Starring James Dean
Released: 11 months after death
Rebel Without a Cause may have been hotter in the streets, but Giant, James Dean's final film, also released posthumously, received unrelenting praise across the board. That complaint about Oscar voters not being in touch with the youth has been around awhile: Dean got a posthumous nomination for his role as Jett Rink in Giant but not Jim Stark in Rebel.
While Stark scored big with the kids, Jett Rink, along with Rock Hudson's Jordan "Bick" Benedict Jr. and Elizabeth Taylor's Leslie Benedict, impressed with their melodramatic trials (hostility, secret loves, race relations) set against the gorgeous backdrop of a Texas ranch.