Movies directed by Nicholas Ray

They Live by Night

They Live by Night (1948)   3/53/53/53/53/5

95 mins     Crime, Romance, Thriller      

To movie buffs the name Nicholas Ray will be well known but to the average movie lover the name may not mean anything but his movies will be recognizable such as "Rebel Without a Cause". I mention this because depending on wh...

A Woman

A Woman's Secret (1949)   3/53/53/53/53/5

84 mins     Drama, Mystery, Thriller      

"A Woman's Secret" is, well I am not sure what it is because it isn't film-noir and technically as no one ends up dying it isn't a murder mystery either but it is a mystery. That mystery is to why Marian confesses to shooting...

Born to Be Bad

Born to Be Bad (1950)   3/53/53/53/53/5

94 mins     Drama      

In the same year which saw Anne Baxter star as the manipulative Eve Harrington in "All About Eve" there was also "Born to be Bad" another movie about a manipulative woman, this time Joan Fontaine playing Christabel Caine, a g...

In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place (1950)   3/53/53/53/53/5

94 mins     Drama, Mystery      

In a Lonely Place: Humphrey Bogart stars as a screenwriter with a volatile side whose relationship with a neighbour comes under pressure as the police look into a murder...

Flying Leathernecks

Flying Leathernecks (1951)   3/53/53/53/53/5

102 mins     Action , Drama, War      

Watching "Flying Leathernecks" I felt a little under whelmed because on first look it comes across as a typical flag waver, a patriotic war movie. Even when you take into account that the storyline is about a battle between t...

The Racket

The Racket (1951)   3/53/53/53/53/5

88 mins     Crime, Drama      

The Racket: Robert Mitchum stars as the good cop in a corrupt force trying to bring down the mobset Nick Scanlon (Robert Ryan) who has everyone in his pocket...

On Dangerous Ground

On Dangerous Ground (1952)   3/53/53/53/53/5

82 mins     Drama, Thriller      

"On Dangerous Ground" is for some a film noir classic, for me well it's a good 1950s thriller/ character study which is not what I call film noir but then film noir is a term which seems to cover a wide spectrum of ideas. Wha...

Johnny Guitar

Johnny Guitar (1954)   4/54/54/54/54/5

110 mins     Western      

Directed by Nicholas Ray "Johnny Guitar" stars Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge as to alpha females battling for control of the town and the men who live there....

Run for Cover

Run for Cover (1955)   3/53/53/53/53/5

93 mins     Western      

"Run for Cover" is one of those westerns which when you look at who was involved you get what you expect. As such director Nicholas Ray brings a nice touch of colour and depth to the visuals which make it a rich and beautiful...

Bigger Than Life

Bigger Than Life (1956)   4/54/54/54/54/5

95 mins     Drama      

Director Nicholas Ray's 1956 drama "Bigger Than Life" is a movie which was ahead of its time, not in the sense that it told some futuristic storyline but it told a storyline which people at the time weren't ready for. In simp...

The True Story of Jesse James

The True Story of Jesse James (1957)   3/53/53/53/53/5

92 mins     Action , Biography, Crime, Western      

Now there are two things worth knowing, first up is that "The True Story of Jesse James" is in fact a remake and secondly how much true story there is is debatable as whilst we have pivotal events the drama of them, well I wo...

Bitter Victory

Bitter Victory (1957)   3/53/53/53/53/5

102 mins     Drama, War      

Like Alfred Hitchcock director Nicholas Ray has his devotees who find his movies to be a cut above the norm. There is nothing wrong with that as Nicholas Ray certainly crafted stylish and classic movies and he deserves a lot ...

Party Girl

Party Girl (1958)   4/54/54/54/54/5

99 mins     Drama      

"Party Girl" is a fascinating movie not so much for how esteemed director Nicolas Ray directs it or for the performance of Robert Taylor and Cyd Charisse but because of the storyline and how it progresses. It takes us on a jo...

King of Kings

King of Kings (1961)   2/52/52/52/52/5

168 mins     Biography, Drama      

"King of Kings" is a disappointment, a big disappointment and to be frank almost 3 hours of your life you won't get back. Those are strong words considering how there are many who hold this biblical movie in high esteem but t...

55 Days at Peking

55 Days at Peking (1963)   3/53/53/53/53/5

154 mins     Action , Drama      

Let me tackle the elephant in the room which of course is western actors playing eastern roles which when judged by today's ethics is wrong. There is no denying that but "55 Days at Peking" is a movie which is over 50 years o...


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