Stephen Frears Movies

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1. Gumshoe (1971)

GP | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Inspired by his love for Dashiell Hammett novels, nightclub comedian Eddie Ginley puts an ad in the paper as a private eye. The case he gets turns out to be a strange setup and as he digs to the bottom of it his life starts falling apart.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw, Frank Finlay, Janice Rule

Votes: 1,292

The derivative noir film reeks of too much Bogie.

2. The Hit (1984)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

Ten years later, after ratting on his old mobster friends in exchange for personal immunity, two hit men drive a hardened criminal to Paris for his execution. However, while on the way, whatever can go wrong, does go wrong.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Freddie Stuart, Ralph Brown, A.J. Clarke, Terence Stamp

Votes: 6,662 | Gross: $0.88M

3. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Richard Graham

Votes: 13,179 | Gross: $2.45M

It is with some relief that we realize it isn't "about" anything; it's simply some weeks spent with some characters in a way that tells us more about some aspects of modern Britain than we've seen before.

4. Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn

Votes: 5,308 | Gross: $1.65M

The great performances in the movie are, of course, at its center. Gary Oldman plays Orton and Alfred Molina plays Halliwell, and these are two of the best performances of the year.

5. Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)

101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Sammy and Rosie are an unconventional middle-class London married couple. They live in the midst of inner-city chaos, surround themselves with intellectual street people, and sleep with ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Claire Bloom, Frances Barber, Ayub Khan-Din

Votes: 1,304 | Gross: $1.20M

6. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 60,749 | Gross: $34.70M

Stylish, seductive, and clever, Stephen Frears' adaptation is a wickedly entertaining exploration of sexual politics.

7. The Grifters (1990)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend--both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening, Jan Munroe

Votes: 23,898 | Gross: $13.45M

This is a movie of plot, not episode. It's not just a series of things that happen to the characters, but a web, a maze of consequences.

8. Hero (I) (1992)

PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A not-so-nice man rescues passengers from a crashed airliner, only to see someone else take credit.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, Andy Garcia, Joan Cusack

Votes: 20,090 | Gross: $19.51M

A mess, though very often an enjoyable one, thanks to the cast.

9. Mary Reilly (1996)

R | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

44 Metascore

A housemaid falls in love with Dr. Jekyll and his darkly mysterious counterpart, Mr. Hyde.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Julia Roberts, John Malkovich, George Cole, Michael Gambon

Votes: 13,413 | Gross: $5.60M

The movie looks good and has its moments. But, overall, the movie borders on boredom.

10. The Van (1996)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Set in the fictional Dublin suburb of Barrytown, Bimbo is a baker who loses his job after being made redundant. Bimbo then acquires the help of his best friend, Larry, to set up a successful burger van.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly, Ger Ryan, Caroline Rothwell

Votes: 4,000 | Gross: $0.62M

This third movie from novelist Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy is as good-natured as The Commitments and The Snapper but far less consistent.

11. The Hi-Lo Country (1998)

R | 114 min | Drama, Romance, Western

Two cowboys have their friendship tested when they fall for the same girl.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Billy Crudup, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette, Cole Hauser

Votes: 3,967 | Gross: $0.16M

The actors fail to live up to the archetypes they portray.

12. High Fidelity (2000)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

79 Metascore

Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black

Votes: 160,006 | Gross: $27.28M

The deft hand of director Stephen Frears and strong performances by the ensemble cast combine to tell an entertaining story with a rock-solid soundtrack.

13. Liam (2000)

R | 90 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A family falls into poverty during the Depression.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Anthony Borrows, Ian Hart, Claire Hackett, David Hart

Votes: 2,379 | Gross: $1.01M

Though Liam's harrowing story is reminiscent of Angela's Ashes, it showcases strong performances, including one by child actor Anthony Borrows.

14. Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou, Sophie Okonedo, Sergi López

Votes: 38,984 | Gross: $8.11M

An illuminating and nuanced film about the exploitation of illegal immigrants.

15. Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Guest, Will Young

Votes: 14,699 | Gross: $11.03M

Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins shine in this warm, witty period piece.

16. The Queen (2006)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, History

91 Metascore

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings

Votes: 98,972 | Gross: $56.44M

Full of wit, humor, and pathos, Stephen Frears' moving portrait looks at life of the British royals during the period after Princess Diana's death.

17. Chéri (2009)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

The son of a courtesan retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman who educated him in the ways of love.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates, Frances Tomelty

Votes: 10,122 | Gross: $2.71M

A too-short script and a romance lacking in heat detracts from an otherwise haughty charmer.

18. Tamara Drewe (2010)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Gemma Arterton, Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Roger Allam

Votes: 19,582 | Gross: $0.56M

Tamara Drewe is one of those British comedies in which, one way or another, we envy all of the characters -- even, briefly, the one run over by stampeding cows.

19. Lay the Favorite (2012)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

38 Metascore

Ex-private dancer Beth aspires to be a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, when she falls in with Dink, a sports gambler. Sparks fly as she proves to be something of a gambling prodigy--much to the ire of Dink's wife, Tulip.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 10,717 | Gross: $0.02M

Best to say as little as possible, cut one's losses and move on.

20. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Drama

Ali's biggest match, his fight with the US government. A film about the politics and hubris surrounding the Vietnam War and the revenge exacted on America's greatest sportsman of the 20th century because he refused to fight in that war.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella, Ed Begley Jr., Peter Gerety

Votes: 2,201

The actors make Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight seem better than it is, but the real Ali, with all his youth, vigor, bravado and passion, convinces us that he and his case deserved much better.

21. Philomena (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham

Votes: 89,749 | Gross: $37.71M

Based on a powerful true story and led by note-perfect performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena offers a profoundly affecting drama for adult filmgoers of all ages.

22. The Program (II) (2015)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 14,813

Ben Foster's impressive efforts to channel Lance Armstrong are often enough to power The Program past director Stephen Frears' frustrating unwillingness to delve deeper into its real-life story.

23. Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson

Votes: 46,013 | Gross: $27.37M

Florence Foster Jenkins makes poignant, crowd-pleasing dramedy out of its stranger-than-fiction tale -- and does its subject justice with a reliably terrific turn from star Meryl Streep.

24. Victoria & Abdul (2017)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

58 Metascore

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard

Votes: 26,920 | Gross: $22.25M

Victoria & Abdul reunites Dame Judi Dench with the role of Queen Victoria -- which is all this period drama needs to overcome its imbalanced narrative.



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