1962, Warner Bros., 134 min, USA, Dir: Robert Aldrich

Forget about its reputation as a camp classic; this first-rate study of the most dysfunctional siblings in cinema history is a classic, period. Bette Davis is unforgettable as a washed-up child star who passes the time by torturing her invalid sister Joan Crawford, and Robert Aldrich's direction crosses horror with film noir to create one of the most chilling yet darkly comic masterpieces of all time. With the great, underrated Victor Buono in probably his most memorable role (he was Oscar-nominated as supporting actor, as was Davis, for actress).

1952, Cohen Film, 110 min, USA, Dir: David Miller

Joan Crawford gives an Oscar-nominated performance as a San Francisco playwright who marries a virile actor (Jack Palance) she’d rejected for one of her plays. Little does she know, he plans to drop the final curtain on her! Stylish and suspenseful, this is one of Crawford’s best. Featuring a sexy supporting turn by noir’s favorite bad girl, Gloria Grahame. With Bruce Bennett, Virginia Huston and Mike Connors.

1928, Warner Bros., 85 min, USA, Dir: Harry Beaumont

Joan Crawford shot to stardom as a good-hearted party girl vying for the affections of millionaire John Mack Brown while golddigging Anita Page lies in wait. Though it was produced at the very end of the silent era (and includes some music and sound effects), the 1920s roar throughout this drama, with flappers Crawford and Page looking their best thanks to George Barnes’ Oscar-nominated cinematography.

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