Top of the World: 10 Joan Fontaine’s Films


Last Saturday, we celebrated what would have been Joan Fontaine’s 99th birthday. Unfortunately, as I was quite busy, I didn’t really have time to do anything to celebrate the event on my blog. Well, I’m back with a top from the top of the world and would like to introduce you my 10 most favourite Joan Fontaine’s films. Of course, these are my personal choices, so I simply ask you to respect them (I think you know the song now)!

Here we go:

10. The Affairs of Susan ( William A. Seiter, 1945)

I must be honest, I really hesitated between The Affairs of Susan and The Bigamist, because I’ve only seen them once and quite a long time ago, so I don’t really remember which one I preferred. I’ll go with The Affairs because of Edith Head’s gorgeous gown.


9. The Constant Nymph (Edmund Goulding, 1943)

But one of my very favourite Joan Fontaine’s performances


8. Jane Eyre (Robert Stevenson, 1944)

Once again, it’s one I’ve seen quite a long time ago. But I remember enjoying it. Must revisit it as soon as possible as it is one of Joan’s most iconographic films.

7. Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls, 1948)

Joan is lovely in this film. I couldn’t think of someone better for the role.


6. The Emperor Waltz (Billy Wilder, 1948)

Yes, this probably comes as a surprise (even to me) that I like it better than Letter or Jane Eyre,  but it’s just a film I enjoy so much, and even more than that I’ve been to Vienna! You can read my review here.


5. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Fritz Lang, 1956)

A very underrated one. I watched it for the first time Saturday and highly enjoyed it. Fritz Lang is always a winner for me.


4. Until they Sail (Robert Wise, 1957)

Because of the cast: Joan Fontaine, Jean Simmons, Piper Laurie, Paul Newman and Sandra Dee


3. September Affair (William Dieterle, 1950)

Joan and Joseph Cotten. Such a beautiful film.


2. Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941)

Hitchcock! And she won the Oscar, you know!

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1. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940)

Hitchcock again! I know, not a very original #1 choice, but it’s such a great film! What more can I say…


Well, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed. Don’t hesitate to share your personal top with me!

Happy heavenly birthday again Joan 🙂