Last year I profiled Double Indemnity (1994) in one of my earliest film recommendations since beginning this series in my blog. That classic film noir was directed by the great Billy Wilder. A few years later, Wilder would co-write and direct another brilliant noir, this time Sunset Boulevard (1950). Instead of Fred MacMurray as the lead, William Holden stars and turns in a memorable performance that earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Holden plays a struggling Hollywood screenwriter who attempts to write a silent film script for an aging star (Gloria Swanson). He then becomes her lover. As you might expect, chaos, murder, and mayhem ensue.
While the film did not win any major Oscars in 1950, it has more than stood the test of time as a bonafide masterpiece. It it right up there on many top ten all-time lists.