William Wyler


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I'm going to say it, an overrated director.

His best movie is The Letter. Warner Brothers with its studio sytem had better technical resources than his usual producer in the forties, Samuel Goldwyn.
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I think he's got some decent flicks, at least from what I've seen. The Best Years of Our Lives and Ben-Hur are probably my 2 favorites of his thus far.

Bright light. Bright light. Uh oh.
He made an enormous amount of movies which remain highly watchable to this day. So far, I've missed all his silents but I've seen most of his talkies.

Hell's Heroes (30)

Counsellor at Law (33)

The Good Fairy (35)

The Gay Deception (35)

Barbary Coast (35)

These Three (36)

Dodsworth (36)

Come and Get It (36)

Dead End (37)

Jezebel (38)

Wuthering Heights (39)

The Letter (40)

The Little Foxes (41)

Mrs. Miniver (42)

The Memphis Belle (44)

The Best Years of Our Lives (46)

The Heiress (49)

Detective Story (51)

Carrie (52)

Roman Holiday (53)
The Desperate Hours (55)

Friendly Persuasion (56)

The Big Country (58)

Ben-Hur (59)

The Children's Hour (61)

The Collector (65)

How to Steal a Million (66)

Funny Girl (68)

The Liberation of L. B. Jones (70)
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. - John Wooden
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My Wyler Rankings

The Best Years of Our Lives 8.5/10
Ben-Hur 8/10
How to Steal a Million 7.5/10
Wuthering Heights 7/10
Roman Holiday 6.5/10
The Heiress 6.5/10

I like them all in their own way though.

I've seen Roman Holiday, Ben-Hur, and Funny Girl. I would rank them in that order. I may have seen How to Steal A Million, I can't for the life of me remember though.

I like Wyler a lot - mainly because he seemed quite happy to jump around from genre to genre and did most well. Ben Hur is the only one of his films I didn't think much of - so disjointed and, sorry Charlton Heston fans, badly acted. Still watchable though.

I've given the following ratings:

Wuthering Heights

The Collector

Roman Holiday

How to Steal a Million


I've got a copy of The Best Years of Our Lives but haven't watched it yet and there are lots of others I want to see.

I have only seen Wuthering Heights so far that i enjoyed, it's also one of my mums favourite movies.I'm interested in watching more from him, probably starting with The Best Years of Our Lives or Ben Hur.

Geeze, I thought it would be faster to just snap a picture of my shelf, but I see things are out of order (grumble), and I don't currently have cases for everything, anyway. Really need to spend a full weekend cataloging and organizing, but I never seem to have the time. Have a band gig, tonight. Oh, well.

But looking up my collection on Film Aficionado, these are the William Wyler titles I own...

The Barbary Coast
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Big Country
The Children's Hour
Come and Get It
Dead End
The Desperate Hours
Detective Story
Friendly Persuasion
Funny Girl
The Good Fairy
The Heiress
Hell's Heroes
How to Steal a Million
The Letter
The Liberation of L.B. Jones
Little Foxes
Mrs. Miniver
Roman Holiday
The Westerner
Wuthering Heights

As well as the documentary "Diected by William Wyler", plus I've seen a few that I don't own.

If I had to pick one as his best, I'd go with The Big Country, but I love The Letter, Detective Story and Roman Holiday, too.

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"Film is a disease. When it infects your bloodstream it takes over as the number one hormone. It bosses the enzymes, directs the pineal gland, plays Iago to your psyche. As with heroin, the antidote to Film is more Film." - Frank Capra

His best film is Ben-Hur. My ratings of his films:

Jezebel (1938) 7/10
The Letter (1940) 8/10
The Little Foxes (1941) 7/10
Mrs. Miniver (1942) 7/10
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 8/10
Roman Holiday (1953) 8/10
Friendly Persuasion (1956) 9/10
Ben-Hur (1959) 10/10
The Children's Hour (1961) 7/10

The Best Years of Our Lives is one of my favorite movies. Dana Andrews finest acting performance and rated AFI's 37th Best movie of all time.

It's time to have some fun
One of the greats. I've seen these and rate them highly.

1968 Funny Girl
1961 The Children's Hour
1959 Ben-Hur
1958 The Big Country
1956 Friendly Persuasion
1955 The Desperate Hours
1953 Roman Holiday
1951 Detective Story
1949 The Heiress
1946 The Best Years of Our Lives
1942 Mrs. Miniver
1941 The Little Foxes
1940 The Letter
1940 The Westerner
1939 Wuthering Heights
1938 Jezebel
1937 Dead End
1936 Dodsworth

I've seen:

Dodsworth - 9/10
Jazebel - 7/10
Wuthering Heights - 8/10
The Best Years of Our Lives - 9/10
The Heiress - 9/10
Roman Holiday - 8/10
Ben-Hur - 7/10

The Best Years of Our Lives is my current favorite.