With huge sets, rousing action scenes and a versatile throng portraying a medieval Paris of cutthroats, clergy, beggers and nobles, The Hunchback of Notre Dame remains one of Hollywood's all-time grandest spectacles. Charles Laughton endured a daily five-and-a-half-hour makeup session to become Quasimodo, the mocked and vilified bellringer of Notre Dame. The result was one of his best performances: outsized yet nuanced, heart-rending yet inspiring. Maureen O'Hara is the gypsy Esmeralda, whose simple act of pity frees the emotions within him. When she is wrongly condemned, he rescues her from hanging, sweeping all of Paris into a fight for justice. Directed by William Dieterle (The Life of Emile Zola, Portrait of Jennie).