Top 10: Best Cary Grant Performances


The definition of a suave and debonair leading man, Cary Grant was one of the top male stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. He made women swoon and men envious and was just like fine wine: he got better with age. With a film career that spanned over seventy films and thirty years, his filmography includes everything from slapstick comedies to dark, suspenseful thrillers.

A man of the world in persona and style, Grant starred alongside some of the top leading ladies of the day including Mae West, Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple Black, Doris Day, Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Irene Dunn to name a few. He even turned down the role of James Bond, a role said to be modeled after him, in “Dr. No” (1962). Here’s a list of the Oscar-nominated (and 1970 Honorary recipient) Cary Grant’s ten best performances.

10George Kirby in “Topper” (1937)

9Mortimer Brewster in “Arsenic & Old Lace” (1944)

8David in “Bringing Up Baby” (1938)

7Archibald Cutter in “Gunga Din” (1939)

6Peter Joshua in “Charade” (1963)

5Phillip Adams in “Indiscreet” (1958)

4Ernie Mott in “None But the Lonely Heart” (1944)

3Walter Burns in “His Girl Friday” (1940)

2Nickie Ferrante in “An Affair to Remember” (1957)

1Roger Thornhill in “North by Northwest” (1959)