For many, Ryan Murphy’s much-anticipated FX series Feud will be their first introduction to the legacies of classic Hollywood icons Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Feud sets up these women as representing two very different acting traditions in Hollywood. Davis is the character actress who is uncomfortable with stardom, preferring to focus on her craft above all else. Crawford is a former glamour girl in her 50s whose looks have lost some of their luster. While this is true to a degree, the reality of who these women were is much more complicated, and there are several films that are worth watching, before diving into Feud, to get a fuller picture. There are films from their later careers, particularly, that I would love to recommend: Crawford’s 1954 odd Western Johnny Guitar and Davis’s 1970s TV films like Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter, which pairs her with Gena Rowlands. But this list is for those who have only a passing knowledge of these actresses. Davis and Crawford were more than the camp spectacles that history has made them out to be, and these ten films prove why.
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