Elvis Presley movies get a rap for being mindless cash-grabs capitalizing on his world-renowned fame. The perception that they’re nothing more than a continuous series of music videos starring Mr. Rock n’ Roll is perhaps valid to some degree, but there were titles where Presley put forth solid acting performances. He longed to be like another James Dean and while his music career overshadowed his films, there is certainly a handful worth watching. In commemoration of the King of Rock and Roll’s death on this date 34 years ago, we present five Elvis movies worth checking out.
We’ve left off a few more notable titles including Love Me Tender (his first major film), Blue Hawaii and G.I. Blues. What’s your favorite Elvis movie?
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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