Looking for the best movie stars from the 1940s and 1950s? This classic era was popular for a breakthrough in crime dramas, or film noir. Here are some of the best movie stars from the film noir time period.
Rita Hayworth: Rita Hayworth was an iconic movie star and sex symbol in the 1940s. Her leading roles included the flick “Gilda,” and she set her mark in a total of 61 films. She was not only a leading lady in movies, but was also a military serviceman pin-up. She also graced the covers of many magazines, including “Nails.”
Humphrey Bogart: A cultural icon, Humphrey Bogart began his movie career in the 1920s but hit his peak form in the 1940s until the mid 1950s. Although he only attained one Academy Award (“The African Queen”), he featured in 75 movies and was known the world over. Bogart’s trademark was his lips and the controversial scar that graced them.
- Ava Gardner: Ava Gardner began her career in the early 1940s with small roles, but eventually drew international attention for her role in “The Killer.” Gardner was nominated for a BAFTA Award, Golden Globe, and Academy Award (Mogambo), and had a budding movie career that spanned four decades.
- Dick Powell: Dick Powell was best known for his eclectic role in the film “The Bad and the Beautiful.” His career began in the early thirties and continued until 1963, the year that he died. Powell also featured in other popular 1940s and 1950s films including “Murder, My Sweet” and “Cry Danger.”