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The Best Movies Directed By James Gray

Updated September 19, 2019 39 votes 13 voters7 items

Director James Gray's best movies tend to be dramas about the connections between couples and family or the need for redemption. Vote on this list to help determine the best James Gray films. His directorial debut was Little Odessa starring Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, and Moira Kelly, he has since gone on to direct critically acclaimed films such as The Lost City of Z featuring Charlie Hunnam, The Immigrant with Marion Cotillard, and Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt. Another actor that should be mentioned is Joaquin Phoenix who has starred in several of James Gray's top movies. But which one of these films is the best James Gray movie?

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  • The Immigrant
    Photo: The Immigrant / The Weinstein Company

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

    The Immigrant is a 2013 American drama film co-written, produced and directed by James Gray. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Angela Sarafyan, Antoni Corone
    • Released: 2013
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  • The Lost City of Z
    Photo: The Lost City of Z / Amazon Studios

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

    The Lost City of Z is a 2016 American biographical adventure drama film directed by James Gray, based on the 2009 book by David Grann. A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland
    • Released: 2017
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  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

    Ad Astra is a 2019 American epic science fiction thriller film directed by James Gray. Twenty years after his father (Tommy Lee Jones) left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), an Army Corps engineer travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Kennedy
    • Released: 2019
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  • Little Odessa
    Photo: Little Odessa / Fine Line Features

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%

    Little Odessa is an American crime film released in 1995 by James Gray, in his directorial debut, featuring Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Moira Kelly and Vanessa Redgrave. The film earned a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the prestigious Grand Prix of the Belgian Film Critics Association. It also earned admiration from French master Claude Chabrol.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Edward Furlong, Tim Roth, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell, Moira Kelly
    • Released: 1994
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