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7 essential Doris Day movies

By Jane HaglApril 5, 2017

Rock Hudson & Doris Day
Rock Hudson & Doris Day Pillow talk

Doris Day was nominated for a sole Oscar for all 39 films she appeared in. She is the only female she ranked in numerous top ten box office hits and received seven consecutive Laurel Awards. From musical comedy to Hitchcock drama, Day’s range and All-American, the girl next door vibe appealed to the masses.

Here are the seven, at the very least, Doris Day movies you need to see.


Pillow Talk

Day stars alongside Rock Hudson in a romantic comedy set in New York City. Hudson, a Broadway composer and ultimate playboy, shares a phone line with interior designer Jan Morrow (Day). He spends time wooing his many conquests, annoying Morrow.


Calamity Jane

Day’s vocals and chirpy personality head to the Wild West in the 1953 Warner Brothers film. Loosely based on real-life Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok’s alleged romance, Calamity Jane causes her own calamity when she puts her foot in her mouth and promises the town a singer from Chicago. She first brings the wrong girl to town but then ends up in a messy love triangle.


Move over Darling

Ellen Arden, played by Day, gets stranded on an island after an airplane crash. Her husband, played by James Garner decides it’s time to move on after five years and has her legally declared dead and marries another woman the same day. Everything is dandy until his first his wife Ellen comes home on the same day.


The Touch of Mink

Doris Day again stars as New York City career woman in the 1962 film The Touch of Mink. This time Cary Grant is a wealthy businessman who is interested in an affair while Day’s character wants a marriage. It takes a rash, awkward dates and a couple of flights for them to figure it out.


Send me no Flowers

Judy and George Kimball (Rock Hudson) are enjoying suburban life until hypochondriac George thinks he’s dying. He tries to prepare Judy for his death by purchasing a plot and finding her a second husband. Thanks to miscommunications, the duo creates a lighthearted comedy.


The Man Who Knew Too Much

An Alfred Hitchcock remake of the same Alfred Hitchcock movie is a film noir thriller follows an American family as they get caught up in an assassination attempt and kidnapping while vacationing in Morocco.


Love me or Leave me

Day’s musical chops are on display in the biographical musical based on Ruth Etting’s life, a jazz club singer who marries her manger rather than her true love.