Herbert Ross Movies

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1. Wonderful Town (1958 TV Movie)

120 min | Musical

Ruth Sherwood and her sister, Eileen arrive in New York from Ohio in the 1930s and find frustration, career hopes and romance in the city of their dreams.

Directors: Mel Ferber, Herbert Ross | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Sydney Chaplin, Jacquelyn McKeever, Joseph Buloff

Votes: 53

2. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

G | 155 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Petula Clark, Michael Redgrave, George Baker

Votes: 2,909

In many ways better than the 1939 film, this beautifully made movie is hurt by being a musical with indifferent songs.

3. The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

A stuffy author enters into an explosive relationship with his neighbor, a foul-mouthed, freewheeling prostitute.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Barbra Streisand, George Segal, Robert Klein, Allen Garfield

Votes: 3,054 | Gross: $23.68M

Sharp dialogue + Streisand & Siegel make this stage-based comedy worthwhile.

4. T.R. Baskin (1971)

GP | 90 min | Drama

An enthusiastic young woman runs away to Chicago to start a new life. She is soon confronted with the emotional coldness of the big city, and has to search for her place in the scheme of things.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Candice Bergen, Peter Boyle, James Caan, Marcia Rodd

Votes: 229

5. Play It Again, Sam (1972)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

77 Metascore

A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca (1942) attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Jerry Lacy

Votes: 23,241

Maybe the movie has too much coherence, and the plot is too predictable; that's a weakness of films based on well-made Broadway plays. Still, that's hardly a serious complaint about something as funny as Play It Again, Sam."

6. The Last of Sheila (1973)

PG | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her multi-millionaire husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt-style mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Richard Benjamin, James Coburn, James Mason, Dyan Cannon

Votes: 4,631

Campy gamer thriller that wasn't as much fun as it pretended to be.

7. Funny Lady (1975)

PG | 136 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Story of singer Fanny Brice's stormy relationship with showman Billy Rose.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Barbra Streisand, James Caan, Omar Sharif, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 4,651 | Gross: $40.06M

A strange anomaly of a film that rarely works and often bores to the point of exhaustion, but how thrilling that a pair of committed actors can pay their own amusement forward in a synergy that defies most traditional outcomes.

8. The Sunshine Boys (I) (1975)

PG | 111 min | Comedy

A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a television special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin, Lee Meredith

Votes: 5,190

Thanks to the sparkling chemistry between its stars and Herbert Ross' gentle direction, this sweetly ambling comedy ranks among Neil Simon's finest screen adaptations.

9. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

To treat his friend's cocaine induced delusions, Watson lures Sherlock Holmes to Sigmund Freud.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Duvall, Nicol Williamson

Votes: 3,956

Recommended for all those who occasionally enjoy their movies with a little cerebral spice added

10. The Turning Point (1977)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

When her daughter joins a ballet company, a former dancer is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 3,976 | Gross: $33.60M

For a film ostensibly dedicated to physical grace, Ross's images are unforgivably clumsy.

11. The Goodbye Girl (1977)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, Paul Benedict

Votes: 11,630 | Gross: $102.00M

Broadway-like funny romantic comedy sitcom about struggling Manhattan actors, that has its awkward moments.

12. California Suite (1978)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine

Votes: 6,070

Means middle-class angst covered with a thin veneer of snappy one-liners and presented in the most anonymous directorial style imaginable.

13. Nijinsky (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant, but headstrong ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Alan Bates, George De La Pena, Leslie Browne, Alan Badel

Votes: 608

It's arty to a fault and also a complete mess, the kind of thing that could make even the staunchest aesthete yearn for a Hollywood action flick.

14. Pennies from Heaven (1981)

R | 108 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

During the Great Depression, a sheet music salesman seeks to escape his dreary life through popular music and a love affair with an innocent school teacher.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Jessica Harper, Vernel Bagneris

Votes: 4,895 | Gross: $9.18M

A complicated little musical, Pennies from Heaven is a dazzling, tragic spectacle.

15. I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

Grandmother has nothing to say when Libby tells her that she is off to LA to look up Dad, a Hollywood screenwriter. Grandmother has been in a New York cemetery for six years and Dad has ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Dinah Manoff, Lance Guest

Votes: 834 | Gross: $6.97M

16. Max Dugan Returns (1983)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

An English teacher and struggling single mother has her life disrupted when the father who abandoned her as a child comes back into her life.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Jason Robards, Marsha Mason, Donald Sutherland, Matthew Broderick

Votes: 3,124 | Gross: $17.61M

Simon's gift is also is his downfall. He's so good at writing lightweight dialogue that it all begins to sound the same.

17. Footloose (1984)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Music, Romance

42 Metascore

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 64,755 | Gross: $80.04M

There's not much dancing, but what's there is great. The rest of the time, Footloose is a nice hunk of trashy teenage cheese.

18. Protocol (1984)

PG | 96 min | Comedy

The US needs to convince the visiting emir Khala'ad of Othar to allow an American military base in his strategic realm. Clueless nightclub waitress Sunny Ann Davis accidentally spots and ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chris Sarandon, Richard Romanus, Andre Gregory

Votes: 4,273 | Gross: $26.30M

Goldies Hawn is irrestible in this funny movie. But the treatment of Protocol is groanable and cliched.

19. The Secret of My Success (1987)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

36 Metascore

A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan, Margaret Whitton

Votes: 27,400 | Gross: $67.00M

Does the movie really believe anyone is as stupid as these characters? Does it care?

20. Dancers (1987)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A successful aging dancer takes a young female protegee.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alessandra Ferri, Leslie Browne, Tommy Rall

Votes: 246 | Gross: $1.19M

21. Steel Magnolias (1989)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship, and welcome her into the fold.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts

Votes: 42,980 | Gross: $83.76M

"Steel Magnolias" is essentially a series of comic one-liners leading up to a teary tragedy, but let it be said that the one-liners are mostly funny and the tragedy deserves most, but not all, of the tears.

22. My Blue Heaven (I) (1990)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Crime

35 Metascore

An all too uptight FBI agent must protect a larger than life mobster with a heart of gold, currently under witness protection in the suburbs.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack, Melanie Mayron

Votes: 17,627 | Gross: $23.59M

Savagely unfunny and unbelievably stupid.

23. True Colors (1991)

R | 111 min | Drama

Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: John Cusack, James Spader, Imogen Stubbs, Mandy Patinkin

Votes: 4,556 | Gross: $0.42M

Requires more than the willing suspension of disbelief; it demands a willful abandonment of incredulity.

24. Undercover Blues (1993)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime

A wise-cracking husband and wife team of ex-Spies arrive in New Orleans on maternity leave with their baby girl. There they are hassled by muggers, the police and their FBI boss, who wants ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Dennis Quaid, Fiona Shaw, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 7,148 | Gross: $12.42M

The movie has enough style to make you overlook reason and the occasionally erratic continuity.

25. Boys on the Side (1995)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

Robin shares a ride in her car from NYC to LA with Jane. They stop at Jane's friend's place in Pittsburg and take her with them west, making a long stop in Tucson. The 3 very different women become close friends.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 11,255 | Gross: $23.45M

It's an original, and what it does best is show how strangers can become friends, and friends can become like family.



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