BEST HENRY FONDA MOVIES

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“Jezebel” (1938) Sort of a “Gone With the Wind” with­out the same ex­act char­ac­ters, this well-re­garded drama casts Bette Davis as a will­ful South­ern belle who wants to re­trieve the man she let get away (Fonda).

“Young Mr. Lin­coln” (1939) Among the Fonda ti­tles in­cluded in Turner Clas­sic Movies’ “Sum­mer Un­der the Stars” open­ing-day salute to him Thurs­day, Aug. 1, this John Ford-di­rected view of the young Abra­ham Lin­coln did much to ad­vance the star’s pro­file.

“The Grapes of Wrath” (1940) A mile­stone in Amer­i­can movies, direc­tor John Ford’s ver­sion of the John Stein­beck novel hinges largely on Fonda’s mov­ing por­trayal of Tom Joad, the next gen­er­a­tion of a De­pres­sion-era mi­grant fam­ily.

“My Dar­ling Cle­men­tine” (1946) Sto­ries of the Old West con­tin­ued to hold ap­peal for Fonda as he teamed yet again with direc­tor John Ford by play­ing Wy­att Earp, who be­comes a law­man in his quest to find those re­spon­si­ble for the death of one of his broth­ers.

“The Fugi­tive” (1947) John Ford once again was the prin­ci­pal direc­tor for Fonda in nov­el­ist Gra­ham Greene’s melo­drama about a priest on the run be­cause of con­flict­ing re­li­gious be­liefs in a Mex­i­can town.

“Fort Apache” (1948) John Ford called the shots for Fonda again – as well as for John Wayne, Shirley Tem­ple and others – in this sig­na­ture Western about op­po­si­tion be­tween the com­mand­ing of­fi­cers at a mil­i­tary out­post.

“Mister Roberts” (1955) Fonda re-cre­ated his Broad­way per­for­mance in the ti­tle role as a Navy of­fi­cer hav­ing his own war with his ship’s cap­tain (James Cag­ney) while sta­tioned in the South Pa­cific dur­ing World War II.

“12 An­gry Men” (1957) Also serv­ing as pro­ducer, Fonda mounted a clas­sic by turn­ing a tele­vi­sion play into a movie ve­hi­cle for an out­stand­ing en­sem­ble cast as the mem­bers of a de­lib­er­at­ing jury in a mur­der trial.

“Spencer’s Moun­tain” (1963) The in­spi­ra­tion for tele­vi­sion’s “The Wal­tons,” this af­fect­ing drama casts Fonda as the pa­tri­arch of a close-knit moun­tain fam­ily.

“The Best Man” (1964) Gore Vi­dal’s play made a fine screen ve­hi­cle for Fonda and Cliff Robert­son as highly dis­sim­i­lar ri­vals for a po­lit­i­cal party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion dur­ing a very event­ful con­ven­tion.

“Yours, Mine and Ours” (1968) Fonda is pleas­ingly com­fort­able in the fact-in­spired com­edy about a widow (played by Lu­cille Ball) and a wid­ower who marry and merge their big broods of chil­dren, much to the kids’ dis­plea­sure.

“Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968) A no­tably vi­cious Fonda, play­ing a hired killer in the Old West, was a high­light of “Spaghetti Western” direc­tor Ser­gio Leone’s much-ad­mired epic.

“On Golden Pond” (1981) The cli­max of Fonda’s big-screen ca­reer came with his Os­car win for this mov­ing adap­ta­tion of Ernest Thompson’s play about a cou­ple in their twi­light years, pro­duced by Fonda’s daugh­ter (and co-star) Jane and also mark­ing an­other Acad­emy Award vic­tory for Katharine Hep­burn.

“Young Mr. Lin­coln” “12 An­gry Men”

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