I am tired of hearing people say how much they adore Julie Andrews when all they’ve seen is Mary Poppins, The Sound Of Music, Princess Diaries and the rare occasion of Victor/Victoria. Julie has an extensive list of films that haven’t seen the light of day (did you know she was in 10? Of course not, everyone only cared about Bo Derek) because she was egregiously typecast as the singing nanny.
If you want to brush up on your Julie Andrews filmography here is a list of 5 Julie Andrews movies you should watch coming from a girl with 3 Julie Andrews tattoos. Bonus: I’ll even tell you which one you can see her boobs in.
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
This is the #1 movie I show to people who have only seen Julie in the usual films. It’s funny and cute, it’s a musical that was made too late for it’s time. All my friends agree that this is a must-watch. It was made into a Broadway show which I think says something about the catchy music. You get to see Julie in a light that you won’t see in any other movie. She’s sexy, funny, and just all around adorable in this one.
It takes place in the roaring 20s where Millie (Julie Andrews) is determined to marry her wealthy boss, befriends (the sort of annoying) Mary Tyler Moore and sings a killer Jewish Wedding Song.
A few of you may have already seen or heard of this movie. This is the movie that Julie made after her peak in Hollywood that brought her back into the spotlight, she even made her comeback on Broadway in the stage version of this film. For those of you who like trivia, it’s her 2nd film with the late James Garner (the others are The Americanization of Emily and One Special Night). When I first watched this I couldn’t get over that this was middle-aged Julie Andrews. I was so used to seeing either Mary Poppins-Julie or Princess Diaries-Julie. Once you get past that, it’s very entertaining.
It’s set in Paris, 1930 and Julie plays a woman, pretending to be a man, pretending to be a woman. Need I say more?
I’m going to be honest with you, this is a very long film and it’s one of the few films where she’s not the main character. I recommend this film simply because it’s beautiful. Hawaii has always been one of my favorite Julie Andrews films and one that I don’t watch very often because you really need to get into a certain state of mind before investing in it. It’s definitely worth watching just for the plot line alone, but if you’re in it for Julie you won’t be disappointed. She has few scenes but the ones that she’s in, she’s stunning. Like it’s stupid how stunning she is. She actually has long hair in this one, and she’s hella tanned.
In the 1820s a young minister and his wife (Julie Andrews) embark on a dangerous mission to Hawaii. They embrace the Hawaii culture while trying to convert them to Christianity. Meanwhile Julie’s grows unhappy in her marriage and starts to fall for her ex lover, who is pretty much the bad boy of the film.
Torn Curtain (1966)
Alfred Hitchcock. Paul Newman. Julie Andrews. If that doesn’t sell you, then I don’t know what else to write.
I would say this movie was the beginning of the end of Julie Andrews successful career. She still managed to maintain success, but this movie was made 3 years after The Sound Of Music so her fame was at it’s peak. She was Hollywood’s it girl, which is why 20th Century Fox thought this movie could make them the big bucks. It’s a great film, but after this one Julie’s film career didn’t do so well.
The film is a bio-musical about Gertrude Lawrence. It’s a long one with a lot of songs. I have a love-hate relationship with this film. There are a lot of criticisms I have about it but it’s literally ALL JULIE. You can’t get more Julie Andrews in a film than Star! It’s as if the film was made just as a test to see how many different musical numbers and costume changes she could do in 2 hours.
If you love musicals and you love Julie Andrews, this one is for you.
Julie Bonus: She bares her boobs in S.O.B (1981)
I don’t personally recommend watching the whole thing unless your a huge Blake Edwards fan, in which case you still probably wouldn’t be able to watch the whole thing.