J. Lee Thompson Movies

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1. Murder Without Crime (1950)

78 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In London, a man is blackmailed by his landlord-neighbor after he accidentally kills, in his flat, a woman he picked up in a nightclub.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Dennis Price, Derek Farr, Patricia Plunkett, Joan Dowling

Votes: 115

2. The Yellow Balloon (1953)

76 min | Drama

One of two young boys accidentally falls to his death when playing in a bombed-out London neighborhood. Frankie, the survivor feels guilty about his friend's death. Len, a petty thief who ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Andrew Ray, Kathleen Ryan, Kenneth More, Bernard Lee

Votes: 178

3. Young and Willing (1954)

Approved | 72 min | Drama

Frank "women in prison" story that sympathetically tracks several inmates through their imprisonment and subsequent return to society. Some are successfully rehabilitated; some are not.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Glynis Johns, Diana Dors, John Gregson, Olive Sloane

Votes: 106

4. Cocktails in the Kitchen (1954)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

In postwar London, young graduate Tony (Sir Dirk Bogarde) and his girlfriend Anne (Susan Stephen) decide to marry. Her well-to-do parents are not convinced, but they agree once he has got a... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Susan Stephen, Cecil Parker, Eileen Herlie

Votes: 135

5. As Long as They're Happy (1955)

74 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A stockbroker's youngest daughter tricks an American singer into visiting her family at their suburban Wimbledon home. Her two sisters and their oddball husbands also visit and the ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Jack Buchanan, Janette Scott, Jeannie Carson, Brenda de Banzie

Votes: 91

6. An Alligator Named Daisy (1955)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Peter Weston is engaged to Vanessa Colebrook, the daughter of a wealthy businessman. On a journey home on a steamer he meets an old sea hand who shares with him how his wife won't let him ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Donald Sinden, Diana Dors, Jeannie Carson, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 251

7. Blonde Sinner (1956)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

A young woman who has been abused and taken advantage of by all the men in her life, finally finds a man she believes truly loves her, but she snaps when she finds out that he, too, is ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Diana Dors, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig, Marie Ney

Votes: 700

8. The Good Companions (1957)

104 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A touring variety troupe, the "Dinky Doos" are in financial trouble. An encounter with three strangers - Inigo Jollifant (a romantic, song-writing ex-schoolmaster), Miss Trant (a ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Eric Portman, Celia Johnson, Hugh Griffith, Janette Scott

Votes: 81

9. Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance

A married, middle-aged woman is shocked to discover that her husband, who she thought was content in their marriage, has become infatuated with a beautiful younger woman and is planning to leave his family for her.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Yvonne Mitchell, Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms, Andrew Ray

Votes: 385

The most affecting aspect of the film is its sense of compassion: we're never asked to condemn or condone, merely to understand.

10. Ice Cold in Alex (1958)

Approved | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During World War II in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: John Mills, Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms, Harry Andrews

Votes: 4,611

11. Tiger Bay (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A twelve-year-old tomboy witnesses the murder of a woman by her Polish merchant marine boyfriend, but bonds with him and thwarts the police in their investigation.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell

Votes: 2,080

12. No Trees in the Street (1959)

96 min | Drama

Surrounded by new 1950s East End high-rise flats, a London detective thinks back to how different things were in the late 1930s. Then it was an area of overcrowded tenements teeming with ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Sylvia Syms, Herbert Lom, Ronald Howard, Stanley Holloway

Votes: 135

13. North West Frontier (1959)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama

In British India, a young prince must be taken to safey across rebel-held territory, and an old train is the only way to do it.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall, Herbert Lom, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 1,989

14. I Aim at the Stars (1960)

107 min | Biography, Drama

The story of rocket scientist Dr. Werner von Braun's career, from the 1920s until the late 1950s.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Victoria Shaw, Herbert Lom, Gia Scala

Votes: 160

15. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

TV-PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 42,341 | Gross: $28.90M

The movie holds up pretty well as a rousing action picture, and also throws in a couple of comments about the contradictions of war.

16. Cape Fear (1962)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin

Votes: 24,034

Unpleasant but suspenseful film noir.

17. Taras Bulba (1962)

Approved | 122 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In the 16th century Ukraine, the Polish overlords and the Cossacks fight for control of the land but frequent Turkish invasions force them to unite against the common Turkish foe.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Tony Curtis, Yul Brynner, Christine Kaufmann, Sam Wanamaker

Votes: 3,293 | Gross: $4.00M

18. Kings of the Sun (1963)

Approved | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, History

On the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the Native American tribe of chief Black Eagle clashes with the Mayan tribe of king Balam.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Yul Brynner, George Chakiris, Shirley Anne Field, Richard Basehart

Votes: 1,514

19. What a Way to Go! (1964)

Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

A four-time widow discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be rich.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin

Votes: 3,757 | Gross: $13.30M

A big, gaudy, gimmicky comedy which continually promises more than it delivers by way of wit and/or bellylaffs.

20. John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965)

96 min | Comedy

During the Cold War, John Goldfarb (Richard Crenna) crashes his spy plane in the Middle East and is taken prisoner by the local government. His captor, King Fawz (Sir Peter Ustinov), soon ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Peter Ustinov, Richard Crenna, Jim Backus

Votes: 587

21. Return from the Ashes (1965)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In Paris, a Polish gigolo marries a rich Jewish doctor and stands to inherit her estate when she is deported to Dachau by the Nazis.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Samantha Eggar, Ingrid Thulin, Herbert Lom

Votes: 700

22. Eye of the Devil (1967)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Workers employed at a French vineyard follow old pagan rituals that call for the life of the marquis owner to save his crops during dry seasons.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Sharon Tate, Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 1,827

23. Mackenna's Gold (1969)

M | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A bandit kidnaps a Marshal who has seen a map showing a gold vein on Indian lands, but other groups are looking for it too, while the Apache try to keep the secret location undisturbed.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Camilla Sparv

Votes: 7,307

24. Before Winter Comes (1968)

M | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, War

After World War II, in an Austrian camp for displaced people, an interpreter mediates between the British and the Soviets regarding the fate of various refugees.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Topol, Anna Karina, John Hurt

Votes: 253

25. The Chairman (1969)

M | 93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the US government sends a scientist to China to steal the formula for a new agricultural enzyme developed by the Chinese.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Gregory Peck, Anne Heywood, Arthur Hill, Alan Dobie

Votes: 926

26. Brotherly Love (1970)

R | 112 min | Drama

Controversial tragicomedy about a brother's obsessive love for his sister. Having left her husband, Hilary moves in with her unbalanced brother, Pink, who uses wit and humor to hide his amorous yearnings.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Susannah York, Michael Craig, Harry Andrews

Votes: 294

27. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 28,212 | Gross: $9.00M

Dismally lurid stuff, ham-fistedly directed and low on credibility.

28. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

G | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

Ten years after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden

Votes: 27,119 | Gross: $8.80M

Battle looks like the last gap of a dying series, a movie made simply to wring the dollars out of any remaining ape fans.

29. Huckleberry Finn (1974)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Musical

Huckleberry Finn, a rambuctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Jeff East, Paul Winfield, Harvey Korman, David Wayne

Votes: 502

30. The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery

When college professor, Peter Proud begins experiencimg flashbacks of an earlier life, he's mysteriously drawn to a place he's never been to, but which seems familiar. He soon finds his ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Jennifer O'Neill, Margot Kidder, Cornelia Sharpe

Votes: 1,452

31. St. Ives (1976)

PG | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A crime novelist is hired by a shady character to negotiate the return of stolen confidential documents.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jacqueline Bisset, John Houseman, Maximilian Schell

Votes: 1,808

It's got atmosphere, an interesting cast, it's ambitious and has some nice action scenes. But it bogs down in those speculations that are the bane of all crime mysteries.

32. The White Buffalo (1977)

PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Western

At the closing of 1874 a haunted, dying Wild Bill Hickok teams up with a grieving Crazy Horse to hunt a murderous albino buffalo.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jack Warden, Will Sampson, Kim Novak

Votes: 3,543

More a white elephant than a white buffalo picture.

33. The Greek Tycoon (1978)

R | 107 min | Drama

The life of the Greek tycoon Aristotelis Onassis.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Jacqueline Bisset, Raf Vallone, Edward Albert

Votes: 1,043

34. The Passage (1979)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama, War

25 Metascore

During World War II, a Basque shepherd is approached by the underground, who wants him to lead a scientist and his family across the Pyrenees while being pursued by a sadistic German.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Anthony Quinn, James Mason, Malcolm McDowell, Patricia Neal

Votes: 1,400

35. Cabo Blanco (1980)

R | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In 1948, an assortment of shady characters are searching for Nazi loot, sunken off the coast of Peru.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Dominique Sanda, Fernando Rey

Votes: 791

36. Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

24 Metascore

At the snobby Crawford Academy, Virginia's group of friends start to go missing years after horrible events that happened to her as a child around her birthday.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker

Votes: 7,442

A great deal more complex than it has any right or reason to be.

37. 10 to Midnight (1983)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

12 Metascore

An LAPD detective and his rookie partner are on the trail of a psychopathic young man who is murdering young women.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Gene Davis

Votes: 5,844 | Gross: $7.10M

A real button-pusher with a dynamite ending. Gene Davis is memorable as the sicko villain.

38. The Evil That Men Do (1984)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A professional killer comes out of retirement to investigate and avenge the brutal murder of an old friend.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Theresa Saldana, Joseph Maher, José Ferrer

Votes: 3,105 | Gross: $13.10M

39. The Ambassador (1984)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

An American ambassador to Israel tries to bring peace to the Middle East conflict through unconventional methods, but his efforts are hampered at every turn and his personal life threatened.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ellen Burstyn, Rock Hudson, Fabio Testi

Votes: 509

40. King Solomon's Mines (1985)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Fortune hunter Allan Quatermain teams up with a resourceful woman to help her find her missing father lost in the wilds of 1900s Africa while being pursued by hostile tribes and a rival German explorer.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 11,582 | Gross: $15.06M

King Solomon's Mines is frequently laughable. Nothing about the film is convincingly done.

41. Murphy's Law (1986)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An action-packed thriller starring Charles Bronson as Jack Murphy, a cop who is running to stay alive long enough to even the score with his wife's killer.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Kathleen Wilhoite, Carrie Snodgress, Robert F. Lyons

Votes: 4,342 | Gross: $9.95M

42. Firewalker (1986)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A pair of adventurers try to track down an ancient Aztec/Mayan/Egyptian/Apache hoard of gold.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett Jr., Melody Anderson, Will Sampson

Votes: 5,412 | Gross: $11.83M

Where to start with this movie? Where to end? Even more to the point, in which order to show the reels?

43. Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey takes on the members of a vicious Los Angeles drug cartel to stop the flow of drugs after his girlfriend's daughter dies from an overdose.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Kay Lenz, John P. Ryan, Perry Lopez

Votes: 8,046 | Gross: $6.88M

Give up the revenge, too much already

44. Messenger of Death (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

A Denver reporter investigates the mass murder of a family of Mormons in rural Colorado.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Trish Van Devere, Laurence Luckinbill, Daniel Benzali

Votes: 2,222 | Gross: $3.07M

45. Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A brutal Los Angeles police Lt. is determined to bust up an organization that forces underage girls into prostitution.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Juan Fernández, Perry Lopez, James Pax

Votes: 2,521 | Gross: $3.42M

Odd, well-made and thoroughly unpleasant.



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