The Best of Film Legend Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn was a movie star unlike any other, starring in 50 films across seven decades, earning herself 12 Oscar nominations and four wins. You can tell by her portrayal of characters on screen that she herself had a sort of fierceness about her – an undeniable spirit, spunk and wit, an eccentric charm and an air of defiance. She was talented and edgy, playing a range of genres from screwball comedies like Bringing Up Baby (1938) to powerful dramas like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967). Katharine starred opposite some of the great leading men of the Hollywood’s Golden Age (1930s to 1960s), like Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart and Jimmy Stewart. She pioneered a path of independence and opportunity for women in Hollywood. In 1991, she released her successful autobiography, simply entitled Me. When she died in 2003 at the age of 96, Katharine left some very large shoes to fill. Katharine remains a hallmark of classic Hollywood cinema.

In celebration of her film legacy (and just in time for the anniversary of her birth on May 12th), here is a must-watch list of Katharine’s finest appearances on the silver screen.

  1. Desk Set (1957)

Desk Set

  1. Philadelphia Story (1940)

Philly Story

  1. Holiday (1938)


  1. Adam’s Rib (1949)

Adams Rib

  1. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)


  1. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

bringing up baby

  1. The African Queen (1951)

African Queen

  1. Summertime (1955)


  1. On Golden Pond (1981)


  1. Little Women (1933)

Little Women


Did I overlook your favorite Hepburn movie? Chime in. Leave a comment below. But while we’re on the subject of Hepburn, you might want to watch Aviator where in Cate Blanchett portrays Katharine Hepburn, a role for which she won an Oscar. This film, while primarily about the extravagant life of Howard Hughes, showcases classic Hollywood and gives a glimpse into the off-screen life of one of its unforgettable stars.

Meredith is Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate. You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.

3 thoughts on “The Best of Film Legend Katharine Hepburn

  1. What a wonderful selection!! Thank you, Meredith. I would like to add one to the list: “Alice Adams.” I think of “Alice Adams” as the prequel to “Summertime.” A young woman has dreams of castles in the sky with a handsome prince by her side. Her fantasies clash with the harsh reality of her family’s low income, a miscreant brother, and trouble surrounding her father’s theft of a company patent. Heartbreaking but powerful film about fantasy versus reality.

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