How you think of Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday of heart failure at 79, depends largely on your age. Younger fans might remember her as the tabloid creature whose fluctuating health was breathlessly chronicled throughout the last three decades of her life. Others may think of the gossip-rag queen who made headlines for stealing Eddie Fisher from America's sweetheart Debbie Reynolds, her eight marriages, and her tempestuous romance with (and double marriage to) Richard Burton.

If either of those descriptions fits you, though, that's a shame. Because for those who came of age in the '50s and '60s, Elizabeth Taylor was one of Hollywood's most luminous talents, one whose beauty dazzled moviegoers and who had the dramatic skills to match. Wanna talk about clout? Her diva-like behavior on the set of 1963's 'Cleopatra' postponed that epic production and nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox.

But frankly, we wouldn't have cared about any of that had she not had the beauty and the talent to begin with. So, ultimately it's what she left on the screen that matters. Here are 10 of Elizabeth Taylor's best movies -- 10 reasons that clinch her place as a show business immortal.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Not Yet Rated1958
In Theaters on September 18th, 1958

An alcoholic (Paul Newman) and his wife visit his dying father (Burl Ives) in the South. Read More

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A Place in the Sun
Not Yet Rated1951
In Theaters on August 28th, 1951

A social climber (Montgomery Clift) gets rid of his poor, pregnant girlfriend (Shelley Winters). Read More

Raintree County
Not Yet Rated1957
In Theaters on January 1st, 1957

A New Orleans belle lures a man away from his sweetheart and into marriage during the Civil War. Read More

Suddenly, Last Summer
Not Yet Rated1959
In Theaters on December 22nd, 1959

New Orleans matriarch tries to bribe a brain surgeon to lobotomize her niece who witnessed a murder. Read More

The Taming of the Shrew
Not Yet Rated1967
In Theaters on January 12th, 1967

Shakespeare's Petruchio (Richard Burton) weds Katharina (Elizabeth Taylor) on his own terms. Read More

Butterfield 8
Not Yet Rated1960
In Theaters on January 25th, 2002

Manhattan call girl (Elizabeth Taylor) loves rich married man (Laurence Harvey). Read More

Father of the Bride
Not Yet Rated1950
In Theaters on May 2nd, 2004

A man (Spencer Tracy) sums up his daughter's (Elizabeth Taylor) trying wedding. Read More

Little Women
Not Yet Rated2008
In Theaters on May 5th, 2008

With her husband away at war, a woman raises four daughters in 19th-century New England. Read More

National Velvet
G1944
In Theaters on August 10th, 2001

An ex-jockey (Mickey Rooney) coaches an English girl (Elizabeth Taylor) to the Grand National. Read More

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Not Yet Rated1966
In Theaters on June 22nd, 1966

A professor (Richard Burton) and his wife (Elizabeth Taylor) carry on in front of guests. Read More