James Dean, the American Rebel and Heartthrob. He’s what every young actor wants to be, and who wouldn’t want to be a Rebel? James Dean died young and that’s why his career was short and he was an icon. There will be no one like him, if you’ve seen his performances especially Giant, he was a star and deserves to be an American Icon. Here’s a list of his films that are masterpieces. He was in more television shows than films, so if you’re interested in a long list, look up his TV appearances, it’s quite interesting.
James Dean’s final movie and his best. He wanted this role because he didn’t want to be known as a rebel in every film. Giant tells a story about two feuding families and how it affects them through the years. Jett Rink was once the handyman of the Benedict family, after awhile he becomes a millionaire from finding oil on his land. That causes a feud between the two families. Dean’s performance is another four star one. You can also see Dennis Hooper and Sal Mineo in here, Dean’s two costars in Rebel Without a Cause. It’s my favorite of his films, and it’s very enjoyable.
2. East of Eden
His first real film where he was one of the main characters. Dean was nominated an Academy award for best actor. East of Eden is based on the book by John Steinbeck. It’s about two brothers, who fight for affection from their father. It’s exactly like Cane and Abel, Dean plays the brother where he believes that his father loves his brother more, and wants to see his destruction. In his defense his father is kind of a jerk to him and his brother is the golden child, but Dean character’s wasted his life fighting over it . Seriously a great classic film that I think is under appreciated. When people think Dean, they think Rebel Without a Cause, that’s great but this is where it all started.
3. Rebel Without a Cause
I think most people know this film and Dean is most remembered for it. He’s plays the teenager Jim Stark who moves to a new town. He’s not welcomed by the local teenagers, his parents are unusual, he falls in love with a girl in a gang he hates, and everyone basically has problems. It’s a film that doesn’t hold back on teenage issues, gang fights, drunkenness, abuse, and death. It doesn’t glorify any of these things, it just shows the consequences. Yeah it’s pretty depressing but will always be a cult classic to this day. It’s the perfect teenage angst movie.
Sadly these are like his only movies. There’s more that he had but was uncredited for and never had a real speaking role. Like I stated before he has a lot of television appearances. He did Broadway too, which I never knew until I researched. Still with three films to his name, he had made a culture impact in the world of films and modern day life.