Billy Wilder movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Some Like It Hot,’ ‘The Apartment,’ ‘Sunset Blvd.’

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Billy Wilder movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Some Like It Hot,’ ‘The Apartment,’ ‘Sunset Blvd.’
Billy Wilder would’ve celebrated his 113th birthday on June 22, 2019. The six-time Oscar winner left behind a series of classically quotable features from Hollywood’s Golden Age, crafting sharp witted and darkly cynical stories that blended comedy and pathos in equal measure. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Wilder was born to a family of Austrian Jews in 1906. After working as a journalist, he developed an interest in filmmaking and collaborated on the silent feature “People on Sunday” (1929) with fellow rookies Fred Zinnemann, Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer. With the rise of Adolph Hitler, Wilder fled to Paris, where he co-directed the feature “Mauvaise Graine” (1934). Tragically, his mother, stepfather and grandmother all died in the Holocaust.

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After moving to Hollywood, Wilder enjoyed a successful career as a screenwriter,
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