Movies Directed by Fritz Lang 1919-1960

by jacentko | created - 20 Feb 2013 | updated - 20 Feb 2013 | Public

While the exact origins of film noir are impossible to pinpoint, no director worked within the genre more consistently or more brilliantly than Fritz Lang. Bringing to the screen an obsessive and fatalistic world populated by a rogues' gallery of strange and twisted characters, Lang staked out a uniquely hostile corner of the cinematic universe; despair, isolation, helplessness -- all found refuge in the shadows of his work. A product of German Expressionist thought, he explored humanity at its lowest ebb, with a distinctively rich and bold visual sensibility which virtually defined film noir long before the term was even coined.Born Friedrich Christian Anton Lang in Vienna, Austria, on December 5, 1890, he initially studied to become an artist and architect, later serving in the Austrian army during World War I and earning an honorable discharge after being wounded four times. He first entered the German film industry as a writer, penning a series of horror movies and thrillers beginning with 1917's Hilde Warren Und Der Tod. In 1919, he and director Robert Wiene teamed on the script of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and although Lang exited in the pre-production stages to begin work on another project, his major contribution to the story -- a framing device ultimately revealing the story line to have been a dream -- went on to rank among the most imitated structural techniques in history.As a director, Lang debuted in 1919 with the now-lost Halbblut.

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1. Woman in the Moon (1929)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Willy Fritsch, Gerda Maurus, Klaus Pohl, Fritz Rasp

Votes: 2,718

2. The Spiders - Episode 1: The Golden Sea (1919)

Not Rated | 130 min | Adventure, Western

Kay Hoog finds a message that indicates that some Incas are still alive, but the secret organisation "Die Spinnen" wants the Incas' gold....

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Georg John, Lil Dagover

Votes: 968

3. Der Herr der Liebe (1919)

Romance, Thriller

Residing in a castle in the Carpathian Mountains, Hungarian nobleman Vasile Disecu becomes infatuated with Suzette, the daughter of his neighbor. He mistakes Stefana, a maid who is secretly in love with him.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Carl de Vogt, Gilda Langer, Erika Unruh, Max Narlinski

Votes: 28

4. Halbblut (1919)

Fantasy

The story of a man destroyed by love.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Ressel Orla, Carl de Vogt, Gilda Langer, Paul Morgan

Votes: 48

5. The Wandering Image (1920)

Not Rated | 67 min | Romance

Mia May has surrendered herself to a disciple of free love, and, having given birth to a child, marries the twin brother and Doppelgänger of her chosen lover.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Mia May, Hans Marr, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Loni Nest

Votes: 328

6. The Spiders - Episode 2: The Diamond Ship (1920)

104 min | Adventure

Kay Hoog wants to stop the organisation "Die Spinnen" to get a certain diamond, that will give the owning woman the crown of Asia, but the man, who should be the owner of that diamond, ... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Georg John, Rudolf Lettinger

Votes: 708

7. Vier um die Frau (1921)

Not Rated | 52 min | Drama

Harry Yquem, a wealthy broker, remains obsessed with delusions of his devout wife's infidelity.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Hermann Böttcher, Carola Toelle, Lilli Lohrer, Ludwig Hartau

Votes: 296

8. Destiny (1921)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Bernhard Goetzke, Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Hans Sternberg

Votes: 4,663 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922)

Not Rated | 242 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Aud Egede-Nissen, Gertrude Welcker, Alfred Abel

Votes: 6,785

10. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms, he kills a dragon and finds a treasure, the Hort. He helps Gunther to... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Paul Richter, Margarete Schön, Theodor Loos, Gertrud Arnold

Votes: 4,772

11. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

After Siegfried's dead, Kriemhild marries Etzel, the King of the Huns. She gives birth to a child, and invites her brothers for a party. She tries to persuade Etzel and the other Huns, that... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Margarete Schön, Gertrud Arnold, Theodor Loos, Hans Carl Mueller

Votes: 3,629

12. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 147,633 | Gross: $1.24M

13. Spies (1928)

Not Rated | 90 min | Romance, Thriller

The mastermind behind a ubiquitous spy operation learns of a dangerous romance between a Russian lady in his employ and a dashing agent from the government's secret service.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Willy Fritsch, Lien Deyers

Votes: 2,859

14. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 131,365 | Gross: $0.03M

15. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

Not Rated | 122 min | Crime

A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Otto Wernicke, Gustav Diessl, Rudolf Schündler

Votes: 10,482

16. The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

95 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

French version of the German movie The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933). Both movies were directed simultaneously by Fritz Lang in Germany.

Directors: Fritz Lang, René Sti | Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Thomy Bourdelle, Karl Meixner, Jim Gérald

Votes: 774

17. Liliom (1934)

Unrated | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy

Two women love the same man in a world of few prospects. In Budapest, Liliom is a "public figure," a rascal who's a carousel barker, loved by the experienced merry-go-round owner and by a ... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Charles Boyer, Madeleine Ozeray, Robert Arnoux, Roland Toutain

Votes: 976

18. Fury (1936)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his supposed murder.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 10,414

19. You Only Live Once (1937)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The public defender's secretary and an ex-convict get married and try to make a life together, but a series of disasters sends their lives spiraling out of control.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Barton MacLane, Jean Dixon

Votes: 5,077

20. You and Me (1938)

Approved | 94 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance

An altruistic department-store owner hires ex-convicts in order to give them a second chance at life. Unfortunately, one of the convicts he hires recruits two of his fellow ex-convicts in a plan to rob the store.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, George Raft, Barton MacLane, Harry Carey

Votes: 929

21. The Return of Frank James (1940)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, History, Western

Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper, Henry Hull

Votes: 2,623

22. Western Union (1941)

Passed | 95 min | History, Western

When Edward Creighton leads the construction of the Western Union to unite East with West, he hires a Western reformed outlaw and a tenderfoot Eastern surveyor.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Robert Young, Randolph Scott, Dean Jagger, Virginia Gilmore

Votes: 2,174

23. Man Hunt (1941)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, John Carradine

Votes: 4,471

24. Confirm or Deny (1941)

74 min | Drama, War

Newsman Mitch and teletype operator Jennifer, whose job is to see he doesn't send inappropriate stuff out of the country, dodge bombs during the blitz of London while falling in love.

Directors: Archie Mayo, Fritz Lang | Stars: Don Ameche, Joan Bennett, Roddy McDowall, John Loder

Votes: 203

25. Moontide (1942)

Approved | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After a drunken binge on the San Pablo waterfront, longshoreman Bobo fears he may have killed a man. In his uncertainty, he takes a job on an isolated bait barge. That night, he rescues ... See full summary »

Directors: Archie Mayo, Fritz Lang | Stars: Jean Gabin, Ida Lupino, Thomas Mitchell, Claude Rains

Votes: 1,281

26. Hangmen Also Die! (1943)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

After the Nazi administrator of Czechoslovakia is shot, his assassin tries to elude the Gestapo and struggles with his impulse to give himself up as hostages are executed.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 4,199

27. The Woman in the Window (1944)

Approved | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey, Edmund Breon

Votes: 12,344

28. Ministry of Fear (1944)

Not Rated | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Stephen Neale has just been released from an asylum during World War 2 in England when he stumbles on a deadly Nazi spy plot by accident, and tries to stop it.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, Hillary Brooke

Votes: 6,120

29. Scarlet Street (1945)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 12,835

30. Cloak and Dagger (1946)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Film-Noir, Romance

In WW2, the Allies race against time to persuade two nuclear scientists working for the Germans to switch sides.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Gary Cooper, Robert Alda, Lilli Palmer, Vladimir Sokoloff

Votes: 2,190

31. Secret Beyond the Door... (1947)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

When a lovely woman and her new husband settle in an ancient mansion on the East coast, she discovers that he may want to kill her.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Joan Bennett, Michael Redgrave, Anne Revere, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 4,002

32. House by the River (1950)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A deranged writer murders a maid after she resists his advances. The writer engages his brother's help in hiding the body, and then watches as the brother becomes the prime suspect.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Louis Hayward, Lee Bowman, Jane Wyatt, Dorothy Patrick

Votes: 2,586

33. American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War

American soldiers stranded in the Philippines, after the Japanese invasion, form guerrilla bands to fight back.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Tyrone Power, Micheline Presle, Tom Ewell, Robert Patten

Votes: 896

34. Clash by Night (1952)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas, Marilyn Monroe

Votes: 5,133

35. Rancho Notorious (1952)

Approved | 89 min | Western

After the murder of his fiancée, a Wyoming ranch hand sets out to find her killer.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy, Mel Ferrer, Gloria Henry

Votes: 3,573

36. The Blue Gardenia (1953)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A telephone operator ends up drunk and at the mercy of a cad in his apartment. The next morning she wakes up with a hangover and the terrible fear she may be a murderess.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr

Votes: 4,211

37. The Big Heat (1953)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby

Votes: 21,262

38. Human Desire (1954)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

A Korean War vet returns to his job as a railroad engineer and becomes involved in an affair with a co-worker's wife following a murder on a train where they meet.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 3,782

39. Moonfleet (1955)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Drama

A young orphan is sent to the village of Moonfleet, in Dorset, England to stay with his mother's former lover, who has the facade of a gentleman but is a leader of a gang of swashbuckling bootleggers. The duo went on a treasure hunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Stewart Granger, George Sanders, Joan Greenwood, Viveca Lindfors

Votes: 2,996

40. While the City Sleeps (1956)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A serial killer has been killing beautiful women in New York and the new owner of a media company offers a high ranking job to the first of his senior executives who can get the earliest scoops on the case.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Howard Duff

Votes: 4,976

41. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A novelist aided by his future father-in-law conspires to frame himself for the murder of a burlesque dancer as part of an effort to ban capital punishment.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz

Votes: 4,163

42. Tiger of Bengal (1959)

101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In Eschnapur, a local Maharajah and a German architect fall in-love with the same temple dancer.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Walther Reyer, Claus Holm

Votes: 2,152

43. The Indian Tomb (1959)

102 min | Adventure, Romance

A German architect runs away with the maharajah of Eschnapur's fiancee but is caught and thrown in the dungeon, while his relatives arrive from Europe looking for him and the maharajah's brother is scheming to usurp the throne.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Walther Reyer, Claus Holm

Votes: 1,959

44. Journey to the Lost City (1960)

94 min | Adventure

"Journey to the Lost City" is not a specific film by Fritz Lang but the combination of Tiger of Bengal (1959) with its sequel The Indian Tomb (1959), done in 1960 by American International Pictures.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Walther Reyer, Claus Holm

Votes: 197

45. The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)

103 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

In 1960s Germany, criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse uses hypnotized victims and the surveillance equipment of a Nazi-era bugged hotel to steal nuclear technology from a visiting American industrialist.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dawn Addams, Peter van Eyck, Gert Fröbe, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 2,598

46. Fritz Lang Interviewed by William Friedkin (1975)

140 min | Documentary

Interview with the director of "M" & "Metropolis"

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: William Friedkin, Fritz Lang

Votes: 249



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