John Irvin Movies

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1. The Dogs of War (1980)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

56 Metascore

Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Colin Blakely, Hugh Millais

Votes: 7,204

The Dogs of War can be recommended only as a desperate snack for rabid tastes.

2. Ghost Story (1981)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Two generations of men find themselves haunted by the presence of a spectral woman. When the son of one of the elderly men returns to his hometown after his brother's mysterious death, they attempt to unravel her story.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Craig Wasson, Alice Krige, Fred Astaire, John Houseman

Votes: 6,927 | Gross: $23.37M

The movie is told with style. It goes without saying that style is the most important single element in every ghost story, since without it even the most ominous events disintegrate into silliness.

3. Champions (1984)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The true story of Bob Champion, a British steeple chase jockey who, in the late 1970s, was diagnosed with cancer. Rather than succumb to the disease, however, Bob stages a miraculous ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: John Hurt, Gregory Jones, Mick Dillon, Ann Bell

Votes: 540 | Gross: $0.17M

4. Turtle Diary (1985)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two separate people, a man and a woman, find something very stirring about the sea turtles in their tank at the London Zoo. They meet and form an odd, but sympathetic camaraderie as they ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Glenda Jackson, Ben Kingsley, Richard Johnson, Michael Gambon

Votes: 679 | Gross: $2.16M

Ben Kingsley's smile, so warm and mysterious, is the sun that shines all through "Turtle Diary."

5. Raw Deal (1986)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

44 Metascore

A former FBI agent turned small-town sheriff agrees to help the FBI chief infiltrate the Chicago mafia when the FBI chief's son is killed by them.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar

Votes: 28,153 | Gross: $16.21M

In a way, it should all be so simple. We could type the screenplay ourselves, wearing boxing gloves.

6. Hamburger Hill (1987)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle, Michael Dolan

Votes: 21,892 | Gross: $13.84M

Irvin, who shot a documentary in Vietnam in 1969, the year the action takes place, makes fine use of the Philippines locations and the verisimilitude supplied by the production team.

7. Next of Kin (1989)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

53 Metascore

Truman, a Chicago cop, sets out to find the killer of his brother. Meanwhile, another of his brothers, Briar (a hillbilly) decides to find the killer himself.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin, Helen Hunt

Votes: 8,662 | Gross: $15.94M

A bunch of rednecks get mad and seek revenge. If that sounds good to you, have at it.

8. Eminent Domain (1990)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama

A high-ranking Polish politburo member is banished from the party, and must find out why. Set in 1979 Poland before the Solidarity events.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Anne Archer, Paul Freeman, Anthony Bate

Votes: 307 | Gross: $0.15M

9. Robin Hood (1991)

TV-14 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Swashbuckling legend of Robin Hood unfolds in the 12th century when the mighty Normans ruled England with an iron fist.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Patrick Bergin, Uma Thurman, Jürgen Prochnow, Edward Fox

Votes: 4,329

10. Widows' Peak (1994)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Edwina has just moved into the neighborhood known as "Widows' Peak," so called due to the prevalent marital status of the residents, who tend to be a rather exclusive bunch. The residents ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Joan Plowright, Mia Farrow, Natasha Richardson, Adrian Dunbar

Votes: 1,495 | Gross: $6.24M

"Widow's Peak" is another of those sly, witty, quietly ribald comedies that have been coming out of Ireland in the last few years.

11. Freefall (1994)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Wildlife photographer Katy is sent to Africa by her fiance Dex, the CEO of the international company that publishes the magazine she works for, to take photos of a rare bird of prey ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Eric Roberts, Jeff Fahey, Pamela Gidley, Ron Smerczak

Votes: 565

12. A Month by the Lake (1995)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year, 1937, her London society artist father has recently died and the only other ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox, Uma Thurman, Alida Valli

Votes: 2,037 | Gross: $2.20M

Vanessa Redgrave has never been more likable on screen than in her buoyantly athletic turn here.

13. City of Industry (1997)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Stephen Dorff, Timothy Hutton, Famke Janssen

Votes: 5,451 | Gross: $1.50M

"City of Industry" is a performance in search of a movie.

14. When Trumpets Fade (1998 TV Movie)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, War

A private in the latter days of WWII on the German front struggles between his will to survive and what his superiors perceive as a battlefield instinct.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Ron Eldard, Zak Orth, Frank Whaley, Dylan Bruno

Votes: 6,185

15. Shiner (2000)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The past catches up with a ruthlessly ambitious boxing promoter.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Michael Caine, Martin Landau, Frances Barber, Frank Harper

Votes: 1,936

It's hard to like a film about a guy who is utterly unlikeable, and Shiner, starring Michael Caine as an aging British boxing promoter desperate for a taste of fame and fortune, is certainly that.

16. The Fourth Angel (2001)

R | 96 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A man seeks justice after his wife and two daughters are gunned down in a terrorist attack.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Forest Whitaker, Jason Priestley, Briony Glassco

Votes: 2,886

17. The Boys & Girl from County Clare (2003)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

59 Metascore

In 1965, Jimmy McMahon and his group of Liverpudlians plot to win the annual céilí music competition in Ireland.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Colm Meaney, Bernard Hill, Shaun Evans, Andrea Corr

Votes: 1,316 | Gross: $0.14M

Makes music almost an afterthought, and as such it never truly sings.

18. Dot.Kill (2005)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A detective tries to hunt down a serial killer who broadcasts his murders live on the internet.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Armand Assante, Sonny Marinelli, Raffaello Degruttola, Stanley Townsend

Votes: 726

19. The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha (2005)

102 min | Drama, Mystery

"Laughing Water - Mine Ha-Ha" is based on "Mine-Haha or Physical Education of Young Girls" by German author Frank Wedekind (Spring Awakening, Lulu, Pandora's Vase). Thuringia, Germany, in ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Natalia Tena, Anna Maguire

Votes: 533

20. The Moon and the Stars (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

Together in Rome to shoot a film, a German actress (McCormack) and an English actor (Pryce) contend with forces that complicate their romance as well as the production itself.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Alfred Molina, Catherine McCormack, András Bálint

Votes: 292

21. The Garden of Eden (2008)

R | 111 min | Drama, Thriller

28 Metascore

A young American writer completes his service in WWI and travels across Europe with his wife and her attractive Italian girlfriend. Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Jack Huston, Mena Suvari, Caterina Murino, Carmen Maura

Votes: 867 | Gross: $0.02M

The resulting sangria cocktail is mild, unchallenging, and kinda dull.

22. Mandela's Gun (2016)

Biography

Set in 1962 MANDELAS GUN is a political thriller, based on Mandelas African Odyssey. As Commander-in-Chief of the Liberation Army Umkhonto we Sizwe (the MK) he undergoes military training ... See full synopsis »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Tumisho Masha, Khaled Benaïssa, Nick Boraine, Francis Chouler

Votes: 15



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