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The Best John Cassavetes Movies

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List of the best John Cassavetes movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. John Cassavetes's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top John Cassavetes movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated John Cassavetes movies will be at the top of the list. John Cassavetes has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest John Cassavetes movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining John Cassavetes films to end the squabble once and for all.

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  • Actress Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) is a functioning alcoholic actress who is a few days from the opening night of her latest play, concerning a woman distraught about aging. One night a car kills ...more
  • Love Streams is a 1984 American film directed by John Cassavetes that tells the story of a middle-aged brother and sister who find themselves caring for one another after the other loves in their ...more
  • A young wife comes to believe that her offspring is not of this world. Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move to a New York City apartment ...more
  • As D-Day approaches, Colonel Breed hands the roguish Major Reisman (Lee Marvin) an important assignment: He must train a team of soldiers to parachute across enemy lines and assassinate German ...more
  • The quiet, simple family lives of Gus, Harry and Archie (John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk) are shattered when their best friend, Stuart, has a heart attack and dies suddenly. Now facing their ...more
  • Mikey and Nicky is a 1976 film written and directed by Elaine May. Originally intended as a summer 1976 release, then moved to Christmas 1976 due to editing problems, Mikey and Nicky was released in ...more
  • The Killers, released in the UK as Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers", is a 1964 crime film directed by Don Siegel, starring Lee Marvin, John Cassavetes, Angie Dickinson and Ronald Reagan, and released ...more
  • Based on Shakespeare's famed play, this modern update finds American architect Phillip Dimitrius (John Cassavetes) splitting from his wife, Antonia (Gena Rowlands), and relocating to a Greek island. ...more
  • Machine Gun McCain is a 1969 Italian crime film directed by Giuliano Montaldo based on the 1961 novel Candyleg by Ovid Demaris.
  • Too Late Blues is a black-and-white American film directed in 1961 by John Cassavetes, with stars Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens and Everett Chambers. It is the story of jazz musician "Ghost" Wakefield ...more
  • Minnie and Moskowitz is a film by John Cassavetes, starring his wife, Gena Rowlands, and actor Seymour Cassel in the title roles of Minnie and Moskowitz, respectively.
  • Ken Harrison (Richard Dreyfuss) is a well-known and respected sculptor, until a terrible car accident leaves him a paraplegic. His once positive outlook descends into depression as he comes to grips ...more
  • At a party, Lelia (Lelia Goldoni), a young African-American girl with a light complexion, meets Tony (Anthony Ray), a somewhat callow white musician, and they begin a romance. Lelia thinks she's in ...more
  • When a devious plot separates CIA agent Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) from his son, Robin (Andrew Stevens), the distraught father manages to see through the ruse. Taken because of his psychic ...more
  • Two-Minute Warning is a 1976 disaster film directed by Larry Peerce and starring Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam, Beau Bridges, Jack Klugman, Gena Rowlands, and David Janssen. It was ...more
  • Motorcycle riders the Skulls enjoy swilling booze, smoking grass and bullying squares, but, when one of their members commits a hit-and-run, the gang must go on the lam. While hiding out in a small ...more
  • Preparing to jump from the ledge of a skyscraper, Robert Cosick (Richard Basehart), a depressed young man, is spotted by police officer Charlie Dunnigan (Paul Douglas), who attempts to talk him down. ...more
  • Music teacher Jean Hansen (Judy Garland) works with children at a state mental hospital. Although often at odds with the autocratic director, Dr. Matthew Clark (Burt Lancaster), about teaching ...more
  • Brass Target is a 1978 American post war suspense film, based on the novel The Algonquin Project by Frederick Nolan and directed by John Hough. It stars John Cassavetes, Robert Vaughn, George ...more
  • Adapted from the novel by Pete Hamill, Flesh and Blood stars Tom Berenger as Bobby Fallon, a street punk who develops into a topnotch boxer while in prison. Upon his release, Bobby is taken under the ...more
  • The Night Holds Terror is a 1955 American crime film written and directed by Andrew L. Stone that stars Vince Edwards, John Cassavetes and Jack Kelly. It was originally shown on Z Channel, uncut and ...more
  • Steve Sinclair (Robert Taylor) is a former gunfighter and soldier who left his violent ways behind him after the Civil War. Since then, he has settled down as a rancher in a small Western town. But ...more
  • Crime in the Streets is a 1956 film about juvenile delinquency, directed by Don Siegel and based on a television play written by Reginald Rose. The play first appeared on the Elgin Hour and was ...more
  • The Fist of King Kong is a 1984 fantasy film written by Rolf Giesen, Heiner Stadler, Ulrich Enzensberger and Liliane Targownik and directed by Heiner Stadler.
  • The Incubus is a 1982 horror film directed by John Hough. Screenplay by George Franklin, based on the novel by Ray Russell. Starring John Cassavetes, Kerrie Keane, John Ireland, Helen Hughes, Erin ...more