John Frankenheimer Moviesby BaxterCallow | created - 28 Sep 2017 | updated - 28 Sep 2017 | Public
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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.
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 »
4. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Not Rated | 147 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert.
Lancaster is wonderful; a tribute to the human spirit.
5. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller
A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.
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
United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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.
18. French Connection II (1975)
R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama
"Popeye" Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York.
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
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.
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
A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster.
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.
Votes: 1,830 | Gross: $3.53M
Hard-boiled, revolting, kung-fu friendly and ridiculous.
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 »
Votes: 3,133 | Gross: $8.13M
25. The Fourth War (1990)
R | 91 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
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.
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.
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
A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.
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
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.
Votes: 36,536 | Gross: $23.36M
Despite a decent cast, subpar acting and a contrived plot disappointed reviewers.