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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.

If you think the best John Cassavetes role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest John Cassavetes performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

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    Mikey and Nicky

    Peter Falk, John Cassavetes
    Mikey and Nicky is a 1976 film written and directed by Elaine May. Originally intended as a...  more
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    Husbands

    Peter Falk, John Cassavetes
    Husbands is a 1970 film written and directed by John Cassavetes. This ensemble film, which...  more
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    25
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    Minnie and Moskowitz

    John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands
    Minnie and Moskowitz is a film by John Cassavetes, starring his wife, Gena Rowlands, and actor...  more
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    22
    3

    A Child Is Waiting

    Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster
    A Child Is Waiting is a 1963 American drama film written by Abby Mann and directed by John...  more
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    Opening Night

    Peter Falk, Joan Blondell
    Opening Night is a 1977 American drama film written and directed by John Cassavetes, and...  more
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    Two-Minute Warning

    Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes
    Two-Minute Warning is a 1976 disaster film directed by Larry Peerce and starring Charlton...  more

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    Brass Target

    Sophia Loren, Max von Sydow
    Brass Target is a 1978 American post war suspense film, based on the novel The Algonquin...  more

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    15
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    Love Streams

    John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands
    Love Streams is a 1984 American film directed by John Cassavetes that tells the story of a...  more
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    14
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    Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    Richard Dreyfuss, John Cassavetes
    Whose Life Is It Anyway? is a 1981 film adapted by Brian Clark and Reginald Rose from a 1972...  more
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    12
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    If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

    Joan Collins, Ian McShane
    If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium is a 1969 romantic comedy film made by Wolper Pictures...  more
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    Fourteen Hours

    Grace Kelly, John Cassavetes
    Fourteen Hours is a 1951 drama film directed by Henry Hathaway, which tells the story of a New...  more
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    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis
    Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman...  more

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    10
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    Devil's Angels

    John Cassavetes, Leo Gordon
    Devil's Angels is a 1967 American biker movie written by Charles B. Griffith and directed by...  more
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    8
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    Too Late Blues

    Stella Stevens, Bobby Darin
    Too Late Blues is a black-and-white American film directed in 1961 by John Cassavetes, with...  more
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    8
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    The Incubus

    John Cassavetes, John Ireland
    The Incubus is a 1982 horror film directed by John Hough. Screenplay by George Franklin, based...  more
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    9
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    Tempest

    Susan Sarandon, Molly Ringwald
    Tempest is a 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by Paul Mazursky. It is a loosely based,...  more

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    14
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    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland
    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee...  more

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    8
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    Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

    Sharon Tate, John Cassavetes
    Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired is a 2008 documentary film directed by Marina Zenovich. It...  more
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    Machine Gun McCain

    Britt Ekland, Peter Falk
    Machine Gun McCain is a 1969 Italian crime film directed by Giuliano Montaldo based on the...  more
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    Saddle the Wind

    John Cassavetes, Robert Taylor
    Saddle the Wind is a 1958 film directed by Robert Parrish....  more
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    The Night Holds Terror

    John Cassavetes, Vince Edwards
    The Night Holds Terror is a 1955 American crime film written and directed by Andrew L. Stone...  more
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    Virgin Island

    Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes
    Virgin Island is a 1958 drama film directed by Pat Jackson....  more
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    4
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    Affair in Havana

    John Cassavetes, Raymond Burr
    Affair in Havana is a crime film noir directed by Laszlo Benedek and written by Maurice Zimm....  more
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    2
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    The Fist of King Kong

    John Cassavetes
    The Fist of King Kong is a 1984 fantasy film written by Rolf Giesen, Heiner Stadler, Ulrich...  more
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    Flesh and Blood

    Denzel Washington, John Cassavetes
    Adapted from the novel by Pete Hamill, Flesh and Blood stars Tom Berenger as Bobby Fallon, a...  more