The 10 Essential Movies Of Elvis Presley's Super Hits

The 10 Essential Movies Of Elvis Presley's Super Hits

1. King Creole (1958) As singing delinquent Danny Fisher, Elvis was in the best of hands with Michael Curtiz, who directed Bogie in Casablanca, Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy, and Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood.

2. Jailhouse Rock (1957) Convicted of manslaughter, Elvis’s Vince Everett is shown the ropes by his cellmate (Mickey Shaughnessy). Once out of the joint, he becomes a singing sensation who only looks out for number one on his way up the charts.

3. Viva Las Vegas (1964) Not the best film Presley made, but surely the best Presley travelogue. Presley hit the jackpot with this throwback to the classic MGM musical. (Director George Sidney also helmed Show Boat and Annie Get Your Gun.

4. Follow That Dream (1962) An underrated and overlooked gem that breaks the travelogue template. Presley, playing a cross between Li’l Abner and Forrest Gump, is the dutiful son of an enterprising man who claims squatter’s right

5. Girl Happy (1965) The funniest of the Presley travelogues finds Elvis and his rock combo dispatched to Fort Lauderdale by a Chicago mobster during spring break to keep watch over his girls-just-wanna-have-fun daughter (Shelley Fabares).

6. Roustabout (1964) Presley is a hot-tempered drifter (he does karate on some college boys, which gets him fired from his latest music gig) who winds up working at a struggling carnival. He holds his own opposite Barbara Stanwyck,

7. Blue Hawaii (1961) Presley’s film career can be viewed in two phases: pre–Blue Hawaii and post–Blue Hawaii. One of his biggest box office hits to date was a game changer that prompted manager Colonel Parker 

8. Flaming Star (1960) Released shortly after G.I. Blues, this Don Siegel–directed Western did not fare as well at the box office. Presley sings only two songs in a straight dramatic role as Pacer, the son of a white rancher (John McIntire) and a Native American (Dolores del Río),

9. G.I. Blues (1960) Elvis’s first star vehicle after his military service pairs him with Juliet Prowse, an established star dancer and actress who would help Elvis develop a more mature image (the two were briefly romantically involved).

10. Wild in the Country (1961) With only three songs, it’s not your typical Elvis fare, but with a script credited to Clifford Odets, this was probably the type of prestige film that Presley envisioned for himself when he pursued an acting career

Elvis Presley made 31 films in 13 years, from the 1956 Civil War Western Love Me Tender to the 1969 social drama Change of Habit, in which he portrayed a hip young doctor who unwittingly falls for a nun portrayed by Mary Tyler Moore.