Film The Best Movies Directed by John Carpenter  

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

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

List is made up of movies like The Thing and Halloween.

If you’re wondering “what movies did John Carpenter direct?” or “who is John Carpenter?” 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 John Carpenter?” and “what's a good selection of good John Carpenter movies?”

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

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

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John Carpenter has had the pleasure of working with tremendous talent, including Robert De Niro and Charlton Heston. Are you a fan of John Carpenter's filmography? Vote on our lists of the best movies directed by Ridley Scott and Mel Brooks too.

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Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Directed by John Carpenter
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in a then near-future 1997 in a crime-ridden United ...more

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Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison They Live is a 1988 American science fiction film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. It follows a nameless drifter referred to as ...more

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Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action film directed by John Carpenter, and starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong. The film was released in the United ...more

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Tom Welling The Fog is a 1980 American horror film directed by John Carpenter, who also co-wrote the screenplay and composed the music for the film. It stars Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, ...more

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Hayden Christensen, Charlton Heston, Sam Neill In the Mouth of Madness is a 1995 American Lovecraftian horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter and written by Michael De Luca. It stars Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow, ...more

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Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden Christine is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by John Carpenter and starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul and Harry Dean Stanton. It was written by Bill Phillips and ...more

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Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton Assault on Precinct 13 is a 1976 American action thriller film written, directed, scored and edited by John Carpenter. It stars Austin Stoker as a police officer who defends a defunct precinct ...more

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Alice Cooper, Donald Pleasence, Peter Jason Prince of Darkness is a 1987 American supernatural horror film directed, written and scored by John Carpenter. The film is the second installment in what Carpenter calls his "Apocalypse ...more

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Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen Starman is a 1984 American romantic science fiction film, directed by John Carpenter, that tells the story of an alien who has come to Earth in response to the invitation found on the gold ...more

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Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Pam Grier Escape from L.A. is a 1996 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter, co-written and produced by Debra Hill and Kurt Russell, with Russell also ...more

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James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Vampires, also known as John Carpenter's Vampires, is a 1998 American supernatural action-horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter. Adapted from the novel Vampire$ by John Steakley, the ...more

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Ice Cube, Jason Statham, Natasha Henstridge John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars is a 2001 American science fiction action horror film composed, written, and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Ice Cube, Natasha Henstridge, Jason ...more

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John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns Norman Reedus, Udo Kier, Chris Gauthier John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns is the eighth episode of the first season of Masters of Horror. It originally aired in North America on December 16, 2005.

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Kirstie Alley, Mark Hamill, Christopher Reeve John Carpenter's Village of the Damned is a 1995 science fiction-horror film directed by John Carpenter. It is a remake of the 1960 film of the same name which is based on the novel The Midwich ...more

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Dan O'Bannon, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm Dark Star is a 1974 American comic science fiction motion picture directed, co-written, produced and scored by John Carpenter, and co-written by, edited by and starring Dan O'Bannon.

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Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Ed Begley Elvis is a 1979 American television biographical film directed by John Carpenter. It is based upon the life of Elvis Presley, and stars Kurt Russell in the title role. It stars Shelley Winters, ...more

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Mark Hamill, Debbie Harry, Tom Arnold Body Bags is a 1993 American horror sci-fi anthology film, originally made for television, featuring three unconnected stories, with bookend segments featuring John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper as ...more

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Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca, Danielle Panabaker The Ward is a 2010 American psychological horror film directed by John Carpenter. It stars Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker and Jared Harris. The story revolves around a young ...more

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Chevy Chase, Daryl Hannah, Patricia Heaton Memoirs of an Invisible Man is a 1992 film directed by John Carpenter and released by Warner Bros., with many scenes taking place in and around San Francisco. The film is loosely based on a 1987 ...more

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Lauren Hutton, Adrienne Barbeau, David Birney Someone's Watching Me! is a made-for-TV movie, written and directed by John Carpenter and starring Lauren Hutton and Adrienne Barbeau. The film was made in 1978, the same year that ...more

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Memoirs of an Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Directed by John Carpenter
Memoirs of an Invisible Man is a book by H. F. Saint.

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Udo Kier, Chelah Horsdal, Lori Petty

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Dark Star: Hyperdrive Edition: Director's Cut Dan O'Bannon, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm

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Luciana Paluzzi, Sylva Koscina, Steve Reeves Le fatiche di Ercole is a 1957 Italian epic fantasy feature film based upon the Hercules myths and the Quest for the Golden Fleece. The film stars Steve Reeves as the titular hero and Sylva ...more

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Fangland

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Emmanuelle Vaugier, Mark Feuerstein, Caitlin Wachs Pro-Life tells the story of a young girl trapped inside a clinic who discovers the only thing more dangerous than her pursuers is the demonic secret that she carries within her.

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Riot is an upcoming drama film directed by John Carpenter and written by Ron L. Brinkerhoff and Joe Gazzam.