40 Films of OTTO PREMINGER (1912 - 2005)

by milam_ogden | created - 05 Dec 2015 | updated - 05 Dec 2015 | Public

God smiled and danced in the streets when Otto was born on this date in 1912 in Austria. Migrated to the USA in 1936 and got his start on Broadway.

First major movie hit was Laura in 1944. Over a career than spanned 48 years, Preminger directed 40 feature films. Major genres included: drama (27); comedy (12); romance (12) and crime/film noir (12).

The vast majority of his films (78%) where released in the 40s, 50s and 60s.

IMDb data for Preminger: mean = 6.9; median = 6.7 and mode = 6.7, 6.9 (4)

Highest IMDb rating - 8.1 Laura (1944) & Anatomy of Murder (1959)

Lowest IMb rating - 4.9 Rosebud (1975)

Nine actors received Oscar nominations in films that Preminger directed, they are identified within the film listing.

Preminger died on April 23rd, 1980 in New York City from lung cancer and Alzheimers.

 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc
  • Instant Watch Options
  • Genres
  • Movies or TV
  • IMDb Rating
  • In Theaters
  • On TV
  • Release Year
  • Keywords




IMDb user rating (average) to
Number of votes to »




Reset



Reset
Release year or range to »




































































































1. The Great Love (1931)

76 min | Drama

Ten years after the end of World War I, Austrian soldier Franz leaves Russia and returns to his village, where he is reunited with Frieda, a woman who believes he is her long-lost son.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Hansi Niese, Attila Hörbiger, Betty Bird, Hugo Thimig

Votes: 65

2. Under Your Spell (1936)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

A famous singer, bored with music and fans, goes to live in Mexico. His manager sends a woman to bring him back. They fall in love.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Lawrence Tibbett, Wendy Barrie, Gregory Ratoff, Arthur Treacher

Votes: 37

3. Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937)

Approved | 84 min | Drama

After being in jail for seventeen years a crook is met by the girl he kidnapped as a baby. She now thinks he's her father. When he returns her to her real father there's a job and a reward,... See full summary »

Directors: George Marshall, Otto Preminger | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Walter Connolly, Peter Lorre, June Lang

Votes: 66

4. Danger - Love at Work (1937)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

A young lawyer is unable to get the Pembertons to sign a land sale contract until their daughter falls in love with him.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Ann Sothern, Jack Haley, Mary Boland, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 221

5. Kidnapped (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Drama

In 1747, young David Balfour's life is threatened by his greedy uncle Ebenezer who wishes to become heir to the considerable Balfour estate.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Otto Preminger | Stars: Warner Baxter, Freddie Bartholomew, Arleen Whelan, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 260

6. Margin for Error (1943)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Drama, War

It is a toss-up as to who is most displeased when Patrolman Moe Finkelstein is given the duty of guarding the German consulate run by Karl Baumer; neither Moe nor Baumer is too happy with ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Joan Bennett, Milton Berle, Otto Preminger, Carl Esmond

Votes: 205

7. In the Meantime, Darling (1944)

72 min | Comedy, War

A young bride who comes from a rich family has a hard time adjusting to life in a boarding house with other soldiers and their wives. Her spoiled ways cause resentment from the other wives ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Frank Latimore, Eugene Pallette, Mary Nash

Votes: 184

8. Laura (1944)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

A Police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

Votes: 41,013 | Gross: $4.36M

an excellent film noir, Clifton Webb was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor.

9. A Royal Scandal (1945)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, History

In 18th century Russia,the naive and idealistic lieutenant Chernov meets Empress Catherine the Great who becomes infatuated with him and appoints him Chief of the Imperial Guard.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Coburn, Anne Baxter, William Eythe

Votes: 829

10. Fallen Angel (1945)

Approved | 98 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

A slick con man arrives in a small town looking to make some money, but soon gets more than he bargained for.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Charles Bickford

Votes: 4,653

another very good film noir

11. Centennial Summer (1946)

Approved | 102 min | History, Music, Romance

In 1876 Philadelphia, two sisters vie for the affections of a Frenchman who's come to town to prepare the French pavilion for the Centennial exposition.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Cornel Wilde, Linda Darnell, William Eythe

Votes: 283

12. Forever Amber (1947)

Approved | 138 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In seventeenth-century England, Amber St. Clair aims to raise herself from country girl to nobility, and succeeds, but loses her true love in the process.

Directors: Otto Preminger, John M. Stahl | Stars: Linda Darnell, Cornel Wilde, Richard Greene, George Sanders

Votes: 1,160 | Gross: $16.00M

13. Daisy Kenyon (1947)

Passed | 99 min | Drama, Romance

A commercial artist having an affair with a married attorney becomes involved with a returning soldier and must choose between the two.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews, Henry Fonda, Ruth Warrick

Votes: 2,013

mediocre film noir

14. That Lady in Ermine (1948)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

Circa 1861, Angelina, ruling countess of an Italian principality, is at a loss when invaded by a Hungarian army. Her lookalike ancestress Francesca, who saved a similar situation 300 years ... See full summary »

Directors: Ernst Lubitsch, Otto Preminger | Stars: Betty Grable, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Cesar Romero, Walter Abel

Votes: 624 | Gross: $1.41M

15. The Fan (1949)

89 min | Comedy, Romance

Lord Windermere appears to all -including to his young wife Margaret - as the perfect husband. But their happy marriage is placed at risk when Lord Windermere starts spending his afternoons... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Madeleine Carroll, George Sanders, Richard Greene

Votes: 522

16. Whirlpool (1949)

Approved | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gene Tierney, Richard Conte, José Ferrer, Charles Bickford

Votes: 3,529

17. Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. Will Dixon's vicious nature get the better of him?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Bert Freed

Votes: 7,326

an excellent film noir classic

18. The 13th Letter (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

Respectable citizens receive anonymous letters revealing their adulterous relationships.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Linda Darnell, Charles Boyer, Michael Rennie, Constance Smith

Votes: 330

19. Angel Face (1953)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 6,478

Jean Simmons is awesome in this film noir classic

20. The Moon Is Blue (1953)

M/PG | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

Two aging playboys are both after the same attractive young woman, but she fends them off by claiming that she plans to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Both men determine to find a way around her objections.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: William Holden, David Niven, Maggie McNamara, Tom Tully

Votes: 2,016

21. Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach (1953)

90 min | Comedy

Actress Patty O'Neill meets playboy architect Donald Gresham on the observation deck of the Empire State Building and accepts his invitation to join him for drinks and dinner in his apartment.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Johannes Heesters, Johanna Matz, Tom Tully

Votes: 55

22. River of No Return (1954)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The titular river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig

Votes: 10,084

23. Carmen Jones (1954)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

65 Metascore

Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, Olga James

Votes: 4,378

24. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Passed | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker, Arnold Stang

Votes: 9,354

Frank Sinatra nominated for Best Actor Oscar

25. The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)

Approved | 100 min | Biography, Drama, War

A dramatization of the American general and his court martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gary Cooper, Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy, Rod Steiger

Votes: 1,694

26. Saint Joan (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1456, French King Charles VII recalls the story of how he met the seventeen-year-old peasant girl Joan of Arc, entrusted her with the command of the French Army, and ultimately burned her at the stake as a heretic.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Richard Widmark, Richard Todd, Anton Walbrook, John Gielgud

Votes: 1,052

27. Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Jean Seberg, David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Mylène Demongeot

Votes: 4,239

28. Porgy and Bess (1959)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A woman whose past is scorned by nearly everyone around her meets a man who'd love her regardlessly- if only everyone else would allow them to.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey

Votes: 1,458

Dorothy Dandridge nominated for Best Actress

29. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 161 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

95 Metascore

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 57,242 | Gross: $11.90M

three actors nominated for acting awards: James Stewart, George C Scott and Arthur O'Connell

30. Exodus (1960)

Approved | 208 min | Action, Drama, History

The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford

Votes: 8,577 | Gross: $18.97M

Sal Mineo nominated for Best Supporting Actor

31. Advise & Consent (1962)

Not Rated | 139 min | Drama, Thriller

Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Henry Fonda, Walter Pidgeon

Votes: 6,319

an excellent political primer

32. The Cardinal (1963)

Approved | 175 min | Drama, History, War

A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Nazism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Tom Tryon, John Huston, Romy Schneider, Carol Lynley

Votes: 2,256

John Huston and Maggie McNamara nominated for Best Acting award

33. In Harm's Way (1965)

Approved | 165 min | Drama, War

A Naval officer, reprimanded after Pearl Harbor, is later promoted to Rear Admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon

Votes: 7,751 | Gross: $4.20M

very good war drama

34. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier, Martita Hunt

Votes: 7,495

an excellent suspense thriller

35. Hurry Sundown (1967)

Approved | 146 min | Drama

Following World War II, a northern cannery negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland. The major portion of the land 's owned by Julie Warren and has ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Diahann Carroll

Votes: 968 | Gross: $9.00M

36. Skidoo (1968)

R | 98 min | Comedy

Infamous psychedelic all-star comedy about ex-gangster Tony Banks, who's called out of retirement by mob kingpin God to carry out a hit on fellow mobster "Blue Chips" Packard. When Banks ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Frankie Avalon, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,320

37. Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)

PG | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Junie Moon's face has been disfigured by ill-gotten burns, and she depends on her wit and her friends, Warren and Arthur, to cope. Yearning for independence, the three leave the hospital ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Wayne Tippit, Guy Sorel, Clarice Taylor

Votes: 687 | Gross: $0.39M

38. Such Good Friends (1971)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

While awaiting the outcome of her husband's surgery, Julie Messinger discovers he has been having affairs.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Dyan Cannon, James Coco, Jennifer O'Neill, Ken Howard

Votes: 469

39. Rosebud (1975)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In a bold coup, a Palestinian terrorist group captures the yacht Rosebud and kidnaps the millionaire's five daughters on board. At first they demand film clips to be shown on major European... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Richard Attenborough, Cliff Gorman, Claude Dauphin

Votes: 679

40. The Human Factor (1979)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

62 Metascore

When a leak of information in the African section of British Intelligence is discovered, security man Daintry is brought in to investigate.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Nicol Williamson, Derek Jacobi, Joop Doderer

Votes: 1,140



Recently Viewed