John Frankenheimer

19 Feb 1930 - 6 Jul 2002

Director, Producer

John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film and television director known for social dramas. He won four consecutive Emmy Awards in the 1990s for the television movies Against the Wall, The Burning Season, Andersonville and George Wallace, which also received a Golden Globe award. He was considered one of the last remaining directors who insisted on having complete control over all elements of production, making his style unique in Hollywood.

His 30 feature films and over 50 plays for television were notable for their influence on contemporary thought. He became a pioneer of the "modern-day political thriller," having begun his career at the peak of the Cold War. Many of his films were noted for creating "psychological dilemmas" for his male protagonists along with having a strong "sense of environment," similar in style to films by director Sidney Lumet, for whom he had earlier worked as assistant director. He developed a "tremendous propensity for exploring political situations" which would ensnare his characters.

Movie critic Leonard Maltin writes that "in his time [1960s]... Frankenheimer worked with the top writers, producers and actors in a series of films that dealt with issues that were just on top of the moment—things that were facing us all." Among his credits were The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Birdman of Alcatraz (also 1962), The Train, (1964), Seven Days in May (also 1964) and Ronin (1998).

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Filmography (32 titles)

(movie, 2002)
···Path to War
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 2000)
···Reindeer Games
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1998)
···Ronin
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime, Adventure
Role: Director
(movie, 1997)
···George Wallace
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Director
(movie, 1996)
···The Island of Dr. Moreau
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Director
(movie, 1996)
···Andersonville
Genre: War, Drama
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1994)
···Against the Wall
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1994)
···The Burning Season
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Director
(movie, 1991)
···Year of the Gun
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1990)
···The Fourth War
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1989)
···Dead Bang
Genre: Action, Drama, Crime
Role: Director
(movie, 1986)
···52 Pick-Up
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1985)
···The Holcroft Covenant
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Director
(movie, 1982)
···The Challenge
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Role: Director
(movie, 1982)
···The Rainmaker
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1979)
···Prophecy
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Director
(movie, 1977)
···Black Sunday
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1975)
···French Connection II
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1973)
···Story of a Love Story
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1973)
···The Iceman Cometh
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1971)
···The Horsemen
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1970)
···I Walk the Line
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1969)
···The Gypsy Moths
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1968)
···The Fixer
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1966)
···Grand Prix
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1966)
···Seconds
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1964)
···The Train
Genre: Action, War
Role: Director
(movie, 1964)
···Seven Days in May
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1962)
···The Manchurian Candidate
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1962)
···Birdman of Alcatraz
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1962)
···All Fall Down
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1957)
···The Young Stranger
Genre: Drama
Role: Director