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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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Peter Falk, Joan Blondell, John Cassavetes

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Cassavetes

Opening Night is a 1977 American drama film written and directed by John Cassavetes, and starring Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell, Paul Stewart, Zohra Lampert, and Cassavetes.
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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Cassavetes Movies
Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

Released: 1968

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia ...more

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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Cassavetes Movies
Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

Released: 1967

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee Marvin. The picture was filmed in England and features an ensemble supporting cast including Ernest ...more

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John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Cassavetes

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 ...more
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Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara

Released: 1970

Directed by: John Cassavetes

Husbands is a 1970 film written and directed by John Cassavetes. This ensemble film, which describes three middle class men in the throes of a midlife crisis, stars Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk and ...more

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Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Ned Beatty

Released: 1975

Directed by: Elaine May

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 ...more
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Ronald Reagan, Angie Dickinson, Lee Marvin

Released: 1964

Directed by: Don Siegel

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 ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Molly Ringwald, John Cassavetes

Released: 1982

Directed by: Paul Mazursky

Tempest is a 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by Paul Mazursky. It is a loosely based, modern-day adaptation of the William Shakespeare play, The Tempest. The picture features John ...more

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John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel

Released: 1971

Directed by: John Cassavetes

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.
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Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi

Released: 1978

Directed by: Brian De Palma, Frank Yablans

The Fury is a 1978 supernatural thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. The film was written by John Farris, based on his novel of the same name. It starred Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, ...more
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Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands

Released: 1976

Directed by: Larry Peerce

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 ...more

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Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster, John Cassavetes

Released: 1963

Directed by: John Cassavetes

A Child Is Waiting is a 1963 American drama film written by Abby Mann and directed by John Cassavetes. Burt Lancaster portrays the director of a state institution for mentally handicapped and ...more
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John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Rupert Crosse

Released: 1959

Directed by: John Cassavetes

Shadows is an improvised film about interracial relations during the Beat Generation years in New York City, and was written and directed by John Cassavetes. The film stars Ben Carruthers, Lelia ...more
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Sophia Loren, Max von Sydow, George Kennedy

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Hough

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
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Richard Dreyfuss, John Cassavetes, Bob Balaban

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Badham

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Grace Kelly, John Cassavetes, Agnes Moorehead

Released: 1951

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Fourteen Hours is a 1951 drama film directed by Henry Hathaway, which tells the story of a New York police officer trying to stop a despondent man from jumping to his death from the fifteenth ...more
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Joan Collins, Ian McShane, Suzanne Pleshette

Released: 1969

Directed by: Mel Stuart

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium is a 1969 romantic comedy film made by Wolper Pictures and released by United Artists. It was directed by Mel Stuart, filmed on location throughout Europe, ...more
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John Cassavetes, Leo Gordon, Buck Taylor

Released: 1967

Directed by: Daniel Haller

Devil's Angels is a 1967 American biker movie written by Charles B. Griffith and directed by Daniel Haller. It stars John Cassavetes.
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Britt Ekland, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes

Released: 1969

Directed by: Giuliano Montaldo

Machine Gun McCain is a 1969 Italian crime film directed by Giuliano Montaldo based on the 1961 novel Candyleg by Ovid Demaris.
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John Cassavetes

Released: 1984

Directed by: Heiner Stadler

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Saddle the Wind John Cassavetes, Robert Taylor, Julie London

Released: 1958

Directed by: Robert Parrish

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The Night Holds Terror John Cassavetes, Vince Edwards, Jack Kelly

Released: 1955

Directed by: Andrew L. Stone

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 ...more
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Virgin Island Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes, Virginia Maskell

Released: 1958

Directed by: Pat Jackson

Virgin Island is a 1958 drama film directed by Pat Jackson.
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John Cassavetes, John Ireland, Matt Birman

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Hough

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, ...more
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Stella Stevens, Bobby Darin, John Cassavetes

Released: 1962

Directed by: John Cassavetes

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 ...more