UCLA Film and Television Archive
"The Man With the Golden Arm" (1955)
Though he failed to get an Oscar nomination for "Suddenly," Sinatra garnered his only lead actor nomination for his riveting, brave turn as Frankie Machine, a junkie trying to beat his addiction in Otto Preminger's no-holds-barred -- at least for the mid-'50s -- drama based on Nelson Algren's bestselling novel. The Hollywood Reporter likened the performance to a "masterpiece." Elmer Bernstein's Oscar-nominated jazz score just adds to the film's dramatic intensity.