William Wyler Movies: 20 Greatest Films Ranked Worst to Best – Gold Derby

William Wyler was a three-time Oscar winner who crafted several classics during Hollywood’s Golden Age, adapting his style to a wide variety of genres. Let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.
Born in 1902 in Germany, Wyler immigrated to the U.S. when his cousin, Universal Studios chief Carl Laemmle, hired him as an errand boy. He quickly moved up the ranks, directing shorts during the silent era before transitioning into features. It was with the advent of sound that he hit his stride, displaying an ear for dialogue that would serve him well in lofty literary adaptations produced by his longtime partner, independent mogul Samuel Goldwyn.
Wyler quickly became an Oscar mainstay, earning a record-breaking 12 nominations for Best Director: “Dodsworth” (1936), “Wuthering Heights” (1939), “The Letter” (1940), “The Little Foxes” (1941), “Mrs. Miniver” (1942), “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946), “The Heiress” (1949), “Detective Story” (1951), “Roman Holiday” (1953), “Friendly Persuasion” (1956), “Ben-Hur” (1959) and “The Collector” (1965). His three victories for “Mrs. Miniver,” “The Best Years of Our Lives” and “Ben-Hur” — all of which won Best Picture — tie him with Frank Capra for the second most wins in the category (behind John Ford‘s tally of four). He competed additional times for producing “Roman Holiday” and “Friendly Persuasion.”
In addition to his own awards glory, Wyler directed 31 different actors to Oscar nominations, with 13 winning: Bette Davis and Fay Bainter for “Jezebel,” Walter Brennan for “The Westerner” (1940), Greer Garson and Teresa Wright for “Mrs. Miniver,” Fredric March and Harold Russell for “The Best Years of Our Lives,” Olivia de Havilland for “The Heiress,” Audrey Hepburn for “Roman Holiday,” Burl Ives for “The Big Country” (1958), Charlton Heston and Hugh Griffith for “Ben-Hur,” and Barbra Streisand for “Funny Girl” (1968).
Tour our photo gallery of Wyler’s 20 greatest films, including some of the titles listed above, as well as a few movies for which he didn’t receive Oscar nominations.

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