John Irvin Moviesby jackallen-67055 | created - 21 Sep 2017 | updated - 21 Sep 2017 | Public
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1. The Dogs of War (1980)
R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.
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.
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 »
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 »
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
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.
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
A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.
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
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.
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.
Votes: 307 | Gross: $0.15M
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
15. Shiner (2000)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
The past catches up with a ruthlessly ambitious boxing promoter.
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.
17. The Boys & Girl from County Clare (2003)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
In 1965, Jimmy McMahon and his group of Liverpudlians plot to win the annual céilí music competition in Ireland.
Votes: 1,316 | Gross: $0.14M
Makes music almost an afterthought, and as such it never truly sings.
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 »
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.
21. The Garden of Eden (2008)
R | 111 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 867 | Gross: $0.02M
The resulting sangria cocktail is mild, unchallenging, and kinda dull.
22. Mandela's Gun (2016)
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 »