A Place in the Sun (1951)
There's a scene in George Stevens' epic potboiler in which Taylor and Montgomery Clift nuzzle on a balcony. In profile, she fits her nose atop the bridge of his nose, and for a fleeting moment they hold that position; two of Hollywood's most beautiful faces, spooning as it were, merging into one supercontinent of astonishingly good looks. This is Taylor's first great grownup role, as the society gal who sweeps good ol' boy Clift off his feet — despite the fact that he's got a very pregnant Shelley Winters waiting for him at home. Things go very, very badly for poor Monty, but Liz, impossibly sultry in glorious black and white, not only endures; she reigns.