In 1944, Wise moved into the director's seat with The Curse of the Cat People, and during the 1950s, he directed a string of films that explored important topical issues, including Executive Suite, the fact-based I Want to Live! (which garnered an Oscar for Susan Hayward) and Odds Against Tomorrow, believed by many to be the last true film noir.
In the 1960s, Wise reached the peak of his career, directing and producing the blockbuster musicals West Side Story and The Sound of Music -- both of which earned him Best Picture and Best Director Oscars. Wise died Sept. 14, 2005.
In Rodgers and Hammerstein's greatest collaboration, a feisty postulant named Maria (Julie Andrews) is sent to care for the unruly, motherless Von Trapp children. She soon tames them -- and finds herself falling for their stern father (Christopher Plummer). Oscar-winning director Robert Wise used stunning Austrian locations to transform the popular stage musical into a cinema classic in which the hills truly seemed to come alive.
- West Side Story
- Run Silent, Run Deep
- The Andromeda Strain
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- The Day the Earth Stood Still
- The Sand Pebbles
- I Want to Live!
- The Haunting
- I Walked with a Zombie / Body Snatcher
- Born to Kill
- Somebody Up There Likes Me
- The House on Telegraph Hill
- Cat People / Curse of the Cat People
- The Battle Over Citizen Kane
- Hollywood Screen Tests
- A Storm in Summer
- The Fearmakers Collection
- Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows