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The Best Movies Directed by Brian De Palma  

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List of all movies directed by Brian De Palma ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Brian De Palma are listed here and include movie posters and Brian De Palma movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Brian De Palma as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Brian De Palma movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top Brian De Palma film is can be factored into this list.

From Brian De Palma's studio films to Brian De Palma's independent films, this Brian De Palma filmography keeps tabs on all Brian De Palma movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

Scarface and The Untouchables are only the beginning of the movies on this list.

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All Brian De Palma director credits are included. This list of every movie that Brian De Palma has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the Brian De Palma movie is and which actors starred in the Brian De Palma film.

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Brian De Palma has had the pleasure of working with tremendous talent, including Scarlett Johansson and Al Pacino. We have lists of the best movies directed by Oliver Stone and Francis Ford Coppola too, which you might like if you're a fan of Brian De Palma.

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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Brian De Palma
Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen
Carlito's Way is a 1993 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres. The film adaptation was scripted by David Koepp. ...more
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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Brian De Palma
Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone. A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony ...more
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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Brian De Palma
Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner
The Untouchables is a 1987 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet. Based on the book The Untouchables, the film stars Kevin Costner as government agent Eliot ...more
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John Travolta, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz
Blow Out is a 1981 thriller film, written and directed by Brian De Palma. The film stars John Travolta as Jack Terry, a movie sound effects technician from Philadelphia who, while recording ...more
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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Brian De Palma
John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie
Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more
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Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz
This film is a 1980 American thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma and starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen and Keith Gordon. It centers on an event involving a ...more
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Melanie Griffith, Dennis Franz, Deborah Shelton
Body Double is a 1984 American thriller film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, and Gregg Henry. The original musical score was composed by Pino Donaggio. ...more
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Casualties of War is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Brian De Palma
Sean Penn, Michael J. Fox, John C. Reilly
This film is a 1989 drama film directed by Brian De Palma, with a screenplay by David Rabe, based on the actual events of the incident on Hill 192 in 1966 during Vietnam. It stars Michael J. Fox ...more
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Margot Kidder, Charles Durning, Olympia Dukakis
Sisters is a 1973 American horror film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt and Charles Durning. The plot focuses on a French Canadian model whose separated ...more
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Rod Serling, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper
Phantom of the Paradise is a 1974 American horror musical film written and directed by Brian De Palma. The story is a loosely adapted mixture of several classic European works: Gaston Leroux's ...more
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Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi
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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Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave
Mission: Impossible is a 1996 American action spy film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the 1960s television series. IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) must uncover the mole who has framed
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John Lithgow, Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold
Obsession is a 1976 psychological thriller/mystery directed by Brian De Palma, starring Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, and Stocker Fontelieu. The screenplay was by Paul ...more
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Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas, John Stamos
Femme Fatale is a 2002 French erotic thriller/mystery film directed by Brian De Palma. The film stars Rebecca Romijn and Antonio Banderas. It was screened out of competition at the 2002 Cannes ...more
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John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Gabrielle Carteris
Raising Cain is a 1992 psychological thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma, and starring John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich and Steven Bauer.
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Nicolas Cage, Carla Gugino, Gary Sinise
Snake Eyes is a 1998 conspiracy thriller film directed by Brian De Palma, one featuring his trademark use of long tracking shots and split screens. It starred Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise and Carla ...more
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Robert De Niro, Charles Durning, Gerrit Graham
Hi, Mom! is a black comedy film by Brian De Palma, and is one of Robert De Niro's first movies. De Niro reprises his role of Jon Rubin from Greetings. In this film, Rubin is a fledgling ...more
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Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Karoline Herfurth
Passion is a 2013 thriller film written by Natalie Carter,Alain Corneau and Brian De Palma and directed by Brian De Palma.
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Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise
Mission to Mars is a 2000 science fiction film directed by Brian De Palma from an original screenplay written by Jim Thomas, John Thomas, and Graham Yost. In 2020, a manned Mars exploration ...more
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Robert De Niro, Roz Kelly, Gerrit Graham
Greetings is a 1968 film directed by Brian De Palma. A satirical film about men avoiding the Vietnam War draft, it features a young Robert De Niro in his first major role. It was the first film ...more
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Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis
The Bonfire of the Vanities is a 1990 American comedy-drama film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Tom Wolfe, originally serialized in Rolling Stone. A critical and ...more
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Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan, Hilary Swank
The Black Dahlia is a 2006 American neo noir thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. It is drawn from a novel of the same name by James Ellroy, writer of L.A. Confidential and stars Josh ...more
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Robert De Niro, Jill Clayburgh, Jared Martin
The Wedding Party is a 1969 American film farce. Its simple plot focuses on a soon-to-be groom and his interactions with various relatives of his fiancée and members of the wedding party ...more
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Danny DeVito, Harvey Keitel, Patti LuPone
Wise Guys is a 1986 feature film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Danny DeVito and Joe Piscopo. A comedy revolving around two small-time mobsters from Newark, New Jersey, it also features ...more
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Lionel Stander, Barry Newman, Jared Martin
Murder a la Mod is a 1968 film directed by Brian De Palma. The film was released in one cinema in New York City. It quickly disappeared not long after and was thought lost. However, the film was ...more