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List of all movies directed by Fritz Lang ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Fritz Lang are listed here and include movie posters and Fritz Lang movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Fritz Lang as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Fritz Lang 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 Fritz Lang film is can be factored into this list.

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

The list you're viewing has a variety of movies in it, like Metropolis and M.

If you’re wondering “what movies did Fritz Lang direct?” or “who is Fritz Lang?” then this list will explain how most people know this director. This list also answers questions like “what are the all-time best movies directed by Fritz Lang?” and “what's a good selection of good Fritz Lang movies?”

If you're wanting to get into Fritz Lang films, then this list is a great starting point for at least starting with the most decent Fritz Lang works.

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

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Fritz Lang was fortunate enough to work with talented actors, including Henry Fonda and Marilyn Monroe. Do you love films directed by Fritz Lang? Check out our lists of the best movies by Sergei Eisenstein and Ingmar Bergman as well.

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M Peter Lorre, Theo Lingen, Georg John M is a 1931 German drama-thriller film directed by Fritz Lang and starring Peter Lorre. It was written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou and was the director's first sound film. Now ...more

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Metropolis Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. The film was written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou, and starred Brigitte Helm, Gustav ...more

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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse Oscar Beregi, Sr., Rudolf Klein-Rogge The Testament of Dr. Mabuse is a 1933 German crime film directed by Fritz Lang. The movie is a sequel to Lang's silent film Dr. Mabuse the Gambler and features many cast and crew members from ...more

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The Big Heat Lee Marvin, Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones The Big Heat is a 1953 film noir directed by Fritz Lang, starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvin. It is about a cop who takes on the crime syndicate that controls his city, after the ...more

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The Woman in the Window Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey The Woman in the Window is a 1944 film noir directed by Fritz Lang that tells the story of psychology professor Richard Wanley who meets and becomes enamored of a young femme fatale. Based on J. ...more

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Scarlet Street Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea Scarlet Street is a 1945 American film noir directed by Fritz Lang about a middle-aged painter who is seduced by a woman and paints her a portrait, only to come across that she's using him for ...more

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Spione Paul Hörbiger, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp Spione is a German silent espionage thriller written and directed by Fritz Lang in 1928. Lang's wife, Thea von Harbou, worked as a co-writer. The film was Lang's penultimate silent film, and the ...more

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Die Nibelungen Die Nibelungen is a series of two silent fantasy films created by Austrian director Fritz Lang in 1924: Die Nibelungen: Siegfried and Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge. The screenplays for ...more

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Dr. Mabuse the Gambler Georg John, Charles Puffy, Rudolf Klein-Rogge Dr. Mabuse the Gambler is the first film in the Dr. Mabuse series, about the character Doctor Mabuse who featured in the novels of Norbert Jacques. It was directed by Fritz Lang and released in ...more

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Fury Spencer Tracy, Walter Brennan, Sylvia Sidney Fury is a 1936 American drama film directed by Fritz Lang which tells the story of an innocent man who narrowly escapes being lynched and the revenge he seeks. The picture was released by ...more

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Die Nibelungen: Siegfried Margarete Schön, Georg John, Theodor Loos

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While the City Sleeps Vincent Price, George Sanders, Rhonda Fleming While the City Sleeps is a 1956 film noir directed by Fritz Lang. Written by Casey Robinson, the newspaper drama was based on The Bloody Spur by Charles Einstein, which depicts the story of ...more

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Ministry of Fear Ray Milland, Dan Duryea, Alan Napier Ministry of Fear is a 1944 film noir directed by Fritz Lang. Based on a novel by Graham Greene, the film tells the story of a man just released from a mental asylum who finds himself caught up ...more

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The Indian Tomb Debra Paget, Valéry Inkijinoff, Paul Hubschmid The Indian Tomb aka. Journey to the Lost City, or in original German, Das indische Grabmal, is a 1959 German-French-Italian adventure drama film directed by Fritz Lang. It is the second of two ...more

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Rancho Notorious Marlene Dietrich, Jack Elam, Arthur Kennedy Rancho Notorious is a 1952 Western film shot in Technicolor, directed by Fritz Lang and starring Marlene Dietrich as the matron of a criminal hideout called Chuck-a-Luck. Arthur Kennedy and Mel ...more

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Man Hunt George Sanders, Roddy McDowall, Joan Bennett Man Hunt is a 1941 American thriller film directed by Fritz Lang and starring Walter Pidgeon and Joan Bennett. It is based on the 1939 novel Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household and is set just ...more

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Woman in the Moon Tilla Durieux, Gustav von Wangenheim, Fritz Rasp Woman in the Moon is a science fiction silent film that premiered 15 October 1929. It is often considered to be one of the first "serious" science fiction films. It was written and ...more

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Kriemhild's Revenge Margarete Schön, Georg John, Theodor Loos Kriemhild's Revenge is a 1924 fantasy adventure film written by Thea von Harbou and Fritz Lang and directed by Fritz Lang.

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The Return of Frank James Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper The Return of Frank James is a 1940 western film directed by Fritz Lang and starring Henry Fonda and Gene Tierney. It is a sequel to Henry King's 1939 film Jesse James. Written by Sam Hellman, ...more

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Liliom Charles Boyer, Antonin Artaud, Florelle Liliom is a 1934 French fantasy film directed by Fritz Lang based on the Hungarian stage play of the same name by Ferenc Molnár. The film stars Charles Boyer as Liliom, a carousel barker ...more

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The Blue Gardenia Nat King Cole, Anne Baxter, Raymond Burr The Blue Gardenia is a 1953 black-and-white film noir directed by Fritz Lang and based on a story by Vera Caspary. It stars Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern and Raymond Burr. The first ...more

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Destiny Georg John, Lil Dagover, Bernhard Goetzke Destiny is a 1921 silent film directed in Germany by Fritz Lang. The film, rich in special effects, is structured as a frame tale with three stories within the story.

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Human Desire Glenn Ford, Edgar Buchanan, Broderick Crawford Human Desire is a 1954 black-and-white film noir directed by Fritz Lang, and loosely based on the novel La Bête humaine by Émile Zola. The story had been filmed twice before: La ...more

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Clash by Night Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan Clash by Night is a 1952 American drama film with some film noir aspects, directed by Fritz Lang and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe and Keith Andes. The ...more

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Cloak and Dagger Gary Cooper, Marc Lawrence, Lilli Palmer Cloak and Dagger is a 1946 film directed by Fritz Lang, starring Gary Cooper. Like 13 Rue Madeleine, it is a tribute to Office of Strategic Services operations in occupied Europe during World ...more

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American Guerrilla in the Philippines Tyrone Power, Jack Elam, Robert Barrat American Guerrilla in the Philippines is a 1950 war film starring Tyrone Power as a U.S. Navy ensign stranded by the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II. Based on the story of ...more

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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Joan Fontaine, Dana Andrews, Joyce Taylor Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is a 1956 film noir directed by Fritz Lang and written by Douglas Morrow. The film stars Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, and Arthur Franz, and was the ...more

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Kämpfende Herzen Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Paul Morgan, Gerhard Ritterband Kämpfende Herzen is a 1921 film directed by Fritz Lang.

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House by the River Jane Wyatt, Kathleen Freeman, Louis Hayward House by the River is a 1950 Gothic film noir directed by Fritz Lang, and starring Louis Hayward, Jane Wyatt, Lee Bowman, and Dorothy Patrick.

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The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse Gert Fröbe, Howard Vernon, Peter van Eyck The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse is a 1960 black-and-white crime film/thriller made in West Germany. It was a West German/French/Italian international co-production and the last film directed by ...more

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Moontide Claude Rains, Ida Lupino, Jean Gabin Moontide is a 1942 American drama film noir directed by Archie Mayo and Fritz Lang, although Lang was uncredited when the film was released. The screenplay was written by John O'Hara and ...more

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You and Me Sylvia Sidney, George Raft, Harry Carey You and Me is a 1938 American film directed by Fritz Lang. Sylvia Sidney and George Raft play a pair of criminals on parole and working in a department store full of similar cases; Harry Carey's ...more

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The Spiders Georg John, Lil Dagover, Carl de Vogt The Spiders is a German silent serial adventure film written and directed by Fritz Lang. It was released in two parts in 1919 and 1920. Two more parts were originally planned but never made.

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The Tiger of Eschnapur Luciana Paluzzi, Debra Paget, Valéry Inkijinoff The Tiger of Eschnapur, or in original German, Der Tiger von Eschnapur, is a 1959 West German-French-Italian adventure film directed by Fritz Lang. It is the first of two films comprising what ...more

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The Spiders, Part 2: The Diamond Ship Georg John, Lil Dagover, Carl de Vogt The Spiders, Part 2: The Diamond Ship is a 1920 western adventure film written and directed by Fritz Lang.

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Hangmen Also Die! Walter Brennan, Gene Lockhart, Brian Donlevy Hangmen Also Die! is a 1943 noir war film directed by the Austrian director Fritz Lang and written by John Wexley from a story by Bertolt Brecht and Lang. The film stars Hans Heinrich von ...more

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You Only Live Once Henry Fonda, Margaret Hamilton, Sylvia Sidney You Only Live Once is a 1937 crime drama film starring Sylvia Sidney and Henry Fonda. Considered an early film noir, the film was the second directed by Fritz Lang in America. At least 15 ...more

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Western Union Robert Young, John Carradine, Randolph Scott Western Union is a 1941 American Western film directed by Fritz Lang and starring Robert Young, Randolph Scott, and Dean Jagger. Filmed in Technicolor on location in Arizona and Utah, Western ...more

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Harakiri Georg John, Lil Dagover, Meinhart Maur Harakiri, or Madame Butterfly, is a 1919 silent film directed in Germany by Fritz Lang. It was one of the first Japanese-themed films depicting Japanese culture. The film was originally released ...more

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Halbblut Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla Halbblut is a 1919 silent film directed by Fritz Lang. It was the first film Lang directed. The film starred Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, and Carl Gerard Schröder. It is presumed to be lost.

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Moonfleet George Sanders, Stewart Granger, Jack Elam Moonfleet is a 1955 Eastman Color film filmed in CinemaScope directed by Fritz Lang which was inspired by the novel Moonfleet by J. Meade Falkner, although significant alterations were made in ...more

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Confirm or Deny Don Ameche, Joan Bennett Confirm or Deny is a 1941 film made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Archie Mayo & Fritz Lang, and starring by Don Ameche and Joan Bennett. The screenplay was written by Jo Swerling, based ...more

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The wandering shadow Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Mia May, Harry Frank Das wandernde Bild is a 1920 German film directed by Fritz Lang. The film is also known as The Moving Image, The Wandering Image and The Wandering Shadow.

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In Night and Ice Sophie Tucker, Norman Kerry, Brandon Hurst In Nacht und Eis, also called Der Untergang der Titanic is a 1912 German film about the sinking of Titanic. The filming began during the summer of 1912 and the film premiered that winter. The ...more

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Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich

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Secret Beyond the Door Joan Bennett, Michael Redgrave, Natalie Schafer Secret Beyond the Door is a 1948 psychological thriller and modern updating of the Bluebeard fairytale, directed by Fritz Lang, produced by Lang's Diana Productions, and released by Universal ...more

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Der Herr der Liebe Fritz Lang, Carl de Vogt Der Herr der Liebe is a 1919 silent film directed in Germany by Fritz Lang. It was his second film. Carl de Vogt and Gilda Langer starred, as they had in Lang's debut feature, Halbblut. Lang ...more