John Huston: His 25 best films (as director)

by cafg-0 | created - 23 Sep 2011 | updated - 10 Jul 2015 | Public

My favorite films directed by the great Huston, who also was an actor.

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1. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

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Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 89,506 | Gross: $5.01M

2. The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

PG | 129 min | Adventure

7.9
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Two British former soldiers decide to set themselves up as kings in Kafiristan, a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander the Great.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey

Votes: 38,545

3. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

8.1
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96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 126,581

4. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.9
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91 Metascore

In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull

Votes: 62,728 | Gross: $0.54M

5. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Not Rated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 19,715

6. The Dead (1987)

PG | 83 min | Drama

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Gabriel Conroy and wife Greta attend an early January dinner with friends at the home of his spinster aunts, an evening which results in an epiphany for both of them.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Helena Carroll, Cathleen Delany

Votes: 6,066 | Gross: $4.37M

7. Key Largo (1948)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 31,460

8. Moulin Rouge (1952)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
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Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Director: John Huston | Stars: José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Colette Marchand, Suzanne Flon

Votes: 4,168 | Gross: $11.81M

9. Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

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Bizarre tale of sex, betrayal, and perversion at a military post.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith, Julie Harris

Votes: 5,240

10. The Misfits (1961)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

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A divorcee falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 14,342

11. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

Approved | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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A marine and a nun form an unlikely friendship. The marine is shipwrecked on a Pacific island and the nun has been left behind there; they find comfort in one another as the two wait out the war.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr

Votes: 6,761

12. Prizzi's Honor (1985)

R | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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A professional hitman and hitwoman fall in love.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia, John Randolph

Votes: 19,907 | Gross: $26.70M

13. Fat City (1972)

PG | 97 min | Drama, Sport

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Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell, Candy Clark

Votes: 6,120

14. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Roy Jenson, Gary Combs

Votes: 5,870

15. Moby Dick (1956)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Drama

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The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 14,637 | Gross: $10.40M

16. Under the Volcano (1984)

R | 112 min | Drama

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The last 24 hours in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a lonely, depressed English consul who retreats to alcohol for solace.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Andrews, Ignacio López Tarso

Votes: 4,002 | Gross: $2.56M

17. Freud (1962)

140 min | Biography, Drama

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This pseudobiographical movie depicts five years from 1885 on in the life of the Viennese psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939). At this time, most of his colleagues refuse to cure ... See full summary »

Director: John Huston | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Susannah York, Larry Parks, Susan Kohner

Votes: 1,976

18. The Night of the Iguana (1964)

Approved | 125 min | Drama

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A defrocked Episcopal clergyman leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon

Votes: 9,206

19. In This Our Life (1942)

Approved | 97 min | Drama

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The day before her wedding, a pampered young woman absconds with her sister's husband; in retaliation, her sister begins seeing the woman's former fiancé.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan

Votes: 3,321

20. The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)

Not Rated | 98 min | Mystery

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A former intelligence officer is tasked by the heir to the Gleneyre estate to investigate the unusual deaths of a disparate group of eleven men on a list.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster

Votes: 3,893

21. The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, War

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Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick, Royal Dano

Votes: 3,368

22. The Unforgiven (1960)

Approved | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

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The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is suspected that their adopted daughter was stolen from the local Kiowa tribe.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, John Saxon

Votes: 5,953

23. We Were Strangers (1949)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Romance, Drama

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1932. The tyrannical and despotic government of President Machado has headed Cuba for seven years. The latest measure of that tyranny is the outlawing of public gatherings of more than four... See full summary »

Director: John Huston | Stars: Jennifer Jones, John Garfield, Pedro Armendáriz, Gilbert Roland

Votes: 838

24. The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)

TV-G | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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In 1856, the first U.S. Consul General to Japan encounters the hostility of the local authorities and the love of a young geisha.

Director: John Huston | Stars: John Wayne, Eiko Ando, Sam Jaffe, Sô Yamamura

Votes: 1,428

25. Across the Pacific (1942)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed, kicked out of the Army, and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. ... See full summary »

Directors: John Huston, Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Charles Halton

Votes: 3,564