John Frankenheimer Movies

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1. The Young Stranger (1957)

Approved | 84 min | Drama

When a 16-year-old, neglected by his movie producer father, gets in trouble, his father doesn't believe his claim of self-defense.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: James MacArthur, Kim Hunter, James Daly, James Gregory

Votes: 481

2. The Young Savages (1961)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A D.A. investigates 3 white teenagers accused of murdering a blind Puerto Rican kid.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Edward Andrews, Vivian Nathan

Votes: 1,975

It's a West Side Story without the romance and music.

3. All Fall Down (1962)

Approved | 111 min | Drama

Ralph (Karl Malden) and Annabell Willart (Dame Angela Lansbury) are a feuding couple who are constantly bickering over their worthless, good-for-nothing son Berry-Berry (Warren Beatty). ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Eva Marie Saint, Warren Beatty, Karl Malden, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 1,593

4. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Not Rated | 147 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Charles Crichton | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand

Votes: 15,230

Lancaster is wonderful; a tribute to the human spirit.

5. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

94 Metascore

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 69,252

A classic blend of satire and political thriller that was uncomfortably prescient in its own time, The Manchurian Candidate remains distressingly relevant today.

6. Seven Days in May (1964)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner

Votes: 12,144

A strikingly dramatic, realistic and provocatively topical film.

7. The Train (1964)

Not Rated | 133 min | Thriller, War

In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon

Votes: 13,410 | Gross: $7.41M

A ripping system of motion, at once streamlined spectacle and thorny moral quandary

8. Seconds (1966)

R | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

71 Metascore

An unhappy middle-aged banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity - one that comes with its own price.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Rock Hudson, Frank Campanella, John Randolph, Frances Reid

Votes: 15,225

Featuring dazzling, disorienting cinematography from the great James Wong Howe and a strong lead performance by Rock Hudson, Seconds is a compellingly paranoid take on the legend of Faust.

9. Grand Prix (1966)

Approved | 176 min | Drama, Sport

72 Metascore

American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshirô Mifune

Votes: 7,557 | Gross: $20.85M

Still dazzling, and the movie Ron Howard's "Rush" is sure to be measured against.

10. The Fixer (1968)

M | 132 min | Drama

In Czarist Russia, around 1911, a Russian-Jewish handyman, Yakov Bok (Sir Alan Bates), is wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Brown, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 1,141

I came away admiring only the acting.

11. The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)

G | 80 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

Lt. Commander Finchhaven, a ghostly relic from the First World War, he had fallen down dead drunk on his first assignment and been consigned from the great beyond to sail the seas until a ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: David Niven, Faye Dunaway, Alan Alda, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 610

12. The Gypsy Moths (1969)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Three skydivers and their travelling thrill show barnstorm through a small midwestern town one Fourth of July weekend.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Gene Hackman, Scott Wilson

Votes: 1,718

13. I Walk the Line (1970)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

Henry Tawes is the sheriff in a small town in Tennessee. A man of strong moral fiber, he is always quick to judge others and follows the law zealously. Then he meets Alma, a beautiful young... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Gregory Peck, Tuesday Weld, Estelle Parsons, Ralph Meeker

Votes: 1,525

14. The Horsemen (1971)

PG | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Drama depicting rural life in contemporary Afghanistan and the Afghani people's love for an ancient traditional sport similar to horseback polo.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Omar Sharif, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jack Palance, Peter Jeffrey

Votes: 987 | Gross: $0.07M

The characters are basically unlikely, and neither John Frankenheimer's spare, heroic direction nor Claude Renoir's spectacular photography can quite bring The Horsemen to life.

15. Story of a Love Story (1973)

110 min | Drama

Harry is a married writer who has an affair with a woman whose husband knows that she is unfaithful. As a result of his work, Harry has trouble distinguishing between fantasy and reality ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Alan Bates, Dominique Sanda, Michel Auclair, Evans Evans

Votes: 99

16. The Iceman Cometh (1973)

PG | 239 min | Drama

A salesman with a sudden passion for reform has an idea to sell to his barfly buddies: throw away your pipe dreams. The drunkards, living in a flophouse above a saloon, resent the idea.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Lee Marvin, Fredric March, Robert Ryan, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 1,346

For four hours we live in these two rooms and discover the secrets of these people, and at the end we have gone deeper, seen more, and will remember more, than with most of the other movies of our life.

17. 99 and 44/100% Dead! (1974)

Passed | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Uncle Frank Kelly calls on Harry Crown to help him in a gang war. The war becomes personal when Harry's new girlfriend is kidnapped by Uncle Frank's enemy, Big Eddie.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Richard Harris, Chuck Connors, Edmond O'Brien, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 636

18. French Connection II (1975)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

"Popeye" Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Bernard Fresson, Philippe Léotard

Votes: 15,875 | Gross: $12.48M

If Frankenheimer and his screenplay don't do justice to the character, they at least do justice to the genre, and this is better than most of the many cop movies that followed "The French Connection" into release.

19. Black Sunday (1977)

R | 143 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

Black Sunday is the powerful story of a Black September terrorist group attempting to blow up a Goodyear blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium with 80,000 people and the president of the United States in attendance.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver

Votes: 6,282 | Gross: $15.77M

A smart, tense thriller from director John Frankenheimer, Black Sunday succeeds on a technical level, even if it fails to bring its characters to vivid life.

20. Prophecy (1979)

PG | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

41 Metascore

A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth, Armand Assante, Richard Dysart

Votes: 4,165 | Gross: $18.39M

Too bad the ambitious pic was so poorly made and also so lacking in entertainment value, because there's a good sci-fi story here if done right.

21. The Challenge (1982)

R | 108 min | Action, Drama

A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Scott Glenn, Toshirô Mifune, Donna Kei Benz, Atsuo Nakamura

Votes: 1,830 | Gross: $3.53M

Hard-boiled, revolting, kung-fu friendly and ridiculous.

22. The Holcroft Covenant (1985)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

The son of a German General becomes part of a mysterious conspiracy to gain hidden Nazi funds.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Michael Caine, Anthony Andrews, Victoria Tennant, Lilli Palmer

Votes: 2,770 | Gross: $0.39M

23. 52 Pick-Up (1986)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

A secret fling between a man and his mistress leads to blackmail and murder.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity, John Glover

Votes: 4,622 | Gross: $5.19M

24. Dead Bang (1989)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A cop is gunned down on Xmas eve. Jerry Beck, the homicide cop given the job of hunting the killer, investigates some leads which bring him into contact with a group of white supremacy ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Don Johnson, Penelope Ann Miller, William Forsythe, Bob Balaban

Votes: 3,133 | Gross: $8.13M

25. The Fourth War (1990)

R | 91 min | Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Cold War drama about two gung-ho border commanders (Roy Scheider, Jurgen Prochnow) who carry out their own private war against each other on the German - Czechoslovakia border.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Roy Scheider, Jürgen Prochnow, Tim Reid, Lara Harris

Votes: 1,297 | Gross: $1.31M

26. Year of the Gun (1991)

R | 111 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

Two young Americans, he a journalist and she a photojournalist, experience Red Brigades terrorists close up in Rome, 1978.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Sharon Stone, Valeria Golino, John Pankow

Votes: 2,268 | Gross: $1.18M

28. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

PG-13 | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

After being rescued and brought to an island, a man discovers that its inhabitants are experimental animals being turned into strange-looking humans, all of it the work of a visionary doctor.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Richard Stanley | Stars: David Thewlis, Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 30,030 | Gross: $27.66M

The movie keeps switching focus without ever getting its bearings, and when Brando exits earlier than expected, there's little but mayhem to fall back on.

29. Ronin (1998)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

67 Metascore

A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 166,363 | Gross: $41.62M

This is comparable to French Connection with great action, dynamic road chase scenes, and solid performances.

30. Reindeer Games (2000)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

37 Metascore

After assuming his dead cell-mate's identity to get with the other man's girlfriend, an ex-convict finds himself a reluctant participant in a casino heist.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron, James Frain

Votes: 36,536 | Gross: $23.36M

Despite a decent cast, subpar acting and a contrived plot disappointed reviewers.



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