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The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher 

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List of all movies directed by Joel Schumacher ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Joel Schumacher are listed here and include movie posters and Joel Schumacher movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Joel Schumacher as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Joel Schumacher 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 Joel Schumacher film is can be factored into this list. Schumacher was born August 29, 1939 in New York City and died of complications relating to cancer on June 22, 2020. 

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

This list below has everything from The Lost Boys to Batman & Robin.

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

Joel Schumacher has been fortunate enough to work with talented actors, including George Clooney and Michael Fassbender.

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Falling Down is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Tuesday Weld

Released: 1993

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Falling Down is a 1993 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith. The film stars Michael Douglas in the lead role of William Foster, a divorcé and unemployed ...more

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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

Released: 1987

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, ...more

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#44 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #28 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #23 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1996

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name, directed by Joel Schumacher. Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey ...more

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Phone Booth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto

Released: 2002

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Phone Booth is a 2002 American psychological thriller film about a man who is held hostage in a telephone booth by a sniper. It stars Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell ...more

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Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland

Released: 1990

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. Five medical ...more
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8mm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini

Released: 1999

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

8mm is a 1999 American-German mystery thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker. The film stars Nicolas Cage as a private investigator who delves into the ...more

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The Phantom of the Opera... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

Released: 2004

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra ...more

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Batman Forever is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey

Released: 1995

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Batman Forever is a 1995 American superhero film directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the third installment of the initial ...more

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The Client is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker

Released: 1994

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The Client is a 1994 American legal thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, based on the novel by John Grisham. A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney ...more

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Tigerland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Colin Farrell, Michael Shannon, Cole Hauser

Released: 2000

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Tigerland is a 2000 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher starring Colin Farrell in the role of Private Roland Bozz, and takes place in a training camp for soldiers to be sent to Vietnam. ...more

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St. Elmo's Fire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

St. Elmo's Fire is a 1985 American coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film, starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare ...more

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Flawless is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Bauer

Released: 1999

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Flawless is a 1999 crime comedy-drama film that stars Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was directed by Joel Schumacher, who also wrote the screenplay. Other cast members include ...more

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The Number 23 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Jim Carrey, Rhona Mitra, Logan Lerman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The Number 23 is a 2007 American psychological thriller film written by Fernley Phillips and directed by Joel Schumacher. Starring Jim Carrey, the film was released in the United States on ...more

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#28 of 156 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made #27 of 44 The Best Memory Loss Movies #20 of 59 The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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Veronica Guerin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, CiarĂ¡n Hinds

Released: 2003

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Veronica Guerin is a 2003 Irish biographical film directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Cate Blanchett in the title role. The screenplay by Carol Doyle and Mary Agnes Donoghue focuses on ...more
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Cousins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Isabella Rossellini, Ted Danson, Sean Young

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Cousins is a 1989 American romantic comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, Sean Young, William Petersen, Keith Coogan, Lloyd Bridges and Norma ...more
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Dying Young is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Julia Roberts, Ellen Burstyn, Vincent D'Onofrio

Released: 1991

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Dying Young is a 1991 American romance film, directed by Joel Schumacher. It is based on a novel of the same name by Marti Leimbach, and stars Julia Roberts and Campbell Scott with Vincent ...more

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D.C. Cab is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Bill Maher, Gary Busey, Mr. T

Released: 1983

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

D.C. Cab is a 1983 comedy film, starring Mr. T, Max Gail, Adam Baldwin, Gary Busey and Irene Cara. The film was co-written and directed by Joel Schumacher. The R-rated comedy was controversial ...more

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Virginia Hill: Mistress ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Harvey Keitel, Dyan Cannon, Robby Benson

Released: 1974

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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Trespass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Cam Gigandet

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Trespass is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman as a married couple taken hostage by extortionists. Shooting on the project ...more

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Twelve is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Emma Roberts, 50 Cent, Kiefer Sutherland

Released: 2010

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Twelve is a 2010 American-French crime drama teen film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film was written by Jordan Melamed, adapted from Nick McDonell's novel of the same name. The film, a story ...more
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Batman & Robin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman

Released: 1997

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Batman & Robin is a 1997 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the fourth and final installment of Warner Bros.' initial Batman film series. The film was ...more

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Kerry Washington, Chris Rock, Anthony Hopkins

Released: 2002

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Bad Company is a 2002 American action-comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock. The film became somewhat famous for its ...more
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Blood Creek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Michael Fassbender, Henry Cavill, Wentworth Miller

Released: 2008

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Blood Creek, previously known as Creek and Town Creek, is a horror film directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Michael Fassbender as the main antagonist and written by Dave Kajganich. The film ...more
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The Incredible Shrinking... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
The Incredible Shrinking Woman Lily Tomlin, Ned Beatty, Charles Grodin

Released: 1981

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The Incredible Shrinking Woman is a 1981 science fiction/comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher, written by Jane Wagner and starring Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, John Glover and ...more

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Amateur Night at the Dix... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Joel Schumacher
Dennis Quaid, Don Johnson, Kyle Richards

Released: 1979

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill is a 1979 tv film directed by Joel Schumacher.