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The Best Movies Directed by Fritz Lang  

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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. The film was written by former reporter Sydney Boehm, based on a serial by William P. ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Margarete Schön, Georg John, Theodor Loos
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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