John Huston is an American film director, screenwriter and actor who directed more than 50 films during a five-decade career.

He was known for directing films in the “Hollywood gangster” and film noir genres such as The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo and The Asphalt Jungle.

As a director, his work is known for its subtlety and character-driven drama. His film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) brought him his only Academy Award nomination for Best Director.

Who Was John Huston?

Huston’s parents were Irish Catholic immigrants; he had a brother and three sisters; his mother came from a modest background. After moving to Los Angeles,

he worked as a commercial illustrator and creative designer before finding success as a television director and writer/producer on The Rifleman in 1958-59, having also written some of the scripts for that show’s many episodes.

He then crossed back over to feature filmmaking with several minor roles in Hollywood blockbusters of the 1950s before directing two films in 1961: The Misfits (with Marilyn Monroe), which was nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture; and The Unforgiven (with Clint Eastwood), which won one Oscar but failed to impress critics or

Best John Huston Movies          

 John Huston is one of the greatest directors of all time. He had a long career that spanned over 60 years, and he made some of the greatest movies ever made.

Huston was born in Nevada, Missouri on August 19, 1906. After graduating from high school, he moved to California where he got a job as an assistant director for Fox Movietone News. This was his first job in the film industry.

After working for several years at Fox Movietone News, Huston took a job with Warner Bros., where he worked on many films including The Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Asphalt Jungle and The African Queen.

In 1949, John Huston directed Treasure of Sierra Madre starring Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston. This is considered one of the best movies ever made, but it also has some controversial aspects to it such as Bogart’s character killing a man and stealing his money.

John Huston won an Academy Award for Best Director for this film in 1951 along with another Oscar nomination for Best Picture (Best Director also got him an additional nomination). He also won two more Oscars for Best Screenplay (The Treasure

1. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Maltese Falcon is a 1941 film noir directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor and Peter Lorre. The screenplay was written by John Huston and Edwin Balmer, based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. Its cinematography was by Ted Scaife.

It was adapted for the screen in 1939 as a radio play by Orson Welles, who also starred in the lead role; it was broadcast on CBS Radio’s Suspense on October 4, 1939.

The film is set in San Francisco during the 1930s, at the tail end of Prohibition (1929–1933) when bootleggers and gangsters flourished. The story revolves around Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart),

who is hired by wealthy socialite Brigid O’Shaughnessy (Mary Astor) to find her missing brother Mike (Peter Lorre). During their investigation they encounter other characters who are trying to retrieve valuable jewel-encrusted statuettes from a mysterious falcon named “The Maltese Falcon”, which is being used as collateral for money from various people throughout the city.

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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  • Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - John Huston (Writer) - Henry Blanke (Producer)
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2. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)         

John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a compelling, gripping and deeply philosophical film about greed, betrayal and human nature. It was written by James Warner Bellah and Edward Anhalt and directed by Huston.

The movie is based on the novel by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of three very different men who journey to Mexico to find gold in order to save their families from poverty.

Joaquin (played by Humphrey Bogart) is an American who has lived in Mexico for many years with his wife and children. He suffers from a serious case of writer’s block, but when he receives an unexpected inheritance, he decides to return to America with his family so that he can write full time.

He finds out that his brother-in-law has been killed while working as a diamond smuggler in Mexico, which prompts him to go back into business with his nephew Eddie (Mark Rydell).

When they arrive at El Dorado mine, they discover that it has been abandoned for many years due to high costs of living in Mexico City, but when they start digging through its tunnels, they discover a hidden treasure worth millions of dollars

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
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  • Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - John Huston (Writer) - Henry Blanke (Producer)
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  • English (Subtitle)

3. The Man Who Would Be King (1975) 

John Huston’s The Man Who Would Be King is a classic adventure story that tells the tale of a man who is searching for the treasure of ancient kings. Bruce Dern stars as the protagonist, and Richard Burton plays his adversary.

The film has been said to be “a cinematic throwback to Conrad’s Heart of Darkness,” with its exploration of greed, power and corruption.

The movie was based on a book by Rudyard Kipling called The Man Who Would Be King, which was first published in 1888. It tells the story of an Englishman named Danny Deever (Dern) who travels to India in search for buried treasure from an ancient civilization.

Deever is captured by Maharajah Duleep Singh (Burton), who wants to use Deever’s abilities as a translator and guide to find his own fortune.

But what makes this film so remarkable isn’t just how good it looks or how well-made it is; it’s also how much fun it is to watch! The cinematography by Jack Cardiff is stunning and adds a lot to the moody tone of the movie, while John Williams’ score adds much needed emotion at key moments throughout

The Man Who Would Be King
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  • Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - John Huston (Writer) - John Foreman (Producer)
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4. The African Queen (1951)      

The story of The African Queen is an adventure tale about the friendship between a young Englishwoman and her antelope-hunting companion, played by Humphrey Bogart. Both are stranded in Africa during the First World War, when the Germans have occupied their homeland.

They decide to escape together, but not before the young woman has a chance to get some revenge on the German soldiers who had taken her father as a prisoner of war. This leads to an encounter between them that changes both their lives forever.

The film was based on the novel by C. S. Forester, which also included other characters such as Kurtz (Robert Morley), a mysterious man who acts as a guide to their journey through dangerous territory and takes them across several rivers in canoes. In order to get away from him, they must first deal with his loyal servant Hildebrand (Peter Bull), who wants revenge for having been fired from his position by Kurtz.

The African Queen
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  • Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley (Actors)
  • Huston,John (Director) - James Agee (Writer) - Sam P. Eagle (Producer)
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  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

5. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)      

The Asphalt Jungle is a film about the world of illegal drugs in Los Angeles. It shows how the business of drug dealing is run, and also gives an insight into the lives of a number of people involved in this trade. The film is based on a novel by William H. White, who also wrote the screenplay for this movie.

It was directed by John Huston, who had previously made The Maltese Falcon and The Treasure of Sierra Madre. He had also worked as an actor in Hollywood films before becoming a director himself. This was his first experience with making a film about drug addiction.

The story follows two characters who are involved in trafficking drugs across the border from Mexico into California. One of them is a man called Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Mitchum),

who is married to Margaret “Maggie” O’Brien (Jean Seberg). She has become addicted to heroin after being introduced to it by her boyfriend Alex Vail (John Breckinridge).

Doyle’s other companion is another man called Jack Foley (Richard Conte), who works with Doyle as his assistant but does not share his wife’s interest in drugs. Doyle and Jack have been friends for years and have

The Asphalt Jungle
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  • Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Ben Maddow (Writer) - Arthur Hornblower Jr. (Producer)
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6. Key Largo (1948)         

 Directed by John Huston. Written by William Goldman. Based on the novel by Donald Barthelme.

Los Angeles, 1968. A young man named Enrico Banducci arrives in Los Angeles with a dream of being a screenwriter. He finds work as a messenger for the studio where his father worked, but soon he’s drawn into the world of film production.

Fat City is a masterful meditation on life in Hollywood during its golden age. Huston uses it as an opportunity to draw parallels between the movie business and politics:

both are obsessed with looking backward and ignoring the present, and both have their own form of corruption one is willing to say anything to get what they want, while the other lies about what they did do to get elected in the first place.

Key Largo
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  • Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - John Huston (Writer) - Jerry Wald (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

7. Fat City (1972)             

 Fat City is a 1972 American drama film directed by John Huston and starring Robert Mitchum, Woody Strode, and Joe Don Baker. The screenplay by Huston and Richard Price was based on the novel Fat City by Leonard Gardner. The film was entered into the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.

The film’s title refers to the city of Reno, Nevada, where it was filmed.[1]


Plot [ edit ]

The story follows three brothers from Chicago who are trying to end their addiction to heroin. One brother (Woody Strode) is a local drug pusher and has been arrested for possession of illegal narcotics; another (Robert Mitchum) is a police officer with an abusive relationship with his brother;

and the third brother (Joe Don Baker) is a boxer who fought in World War II and now works as a garbage collector.[2] The youngest brother (Richard Pacheco) eventually becomes involved with one of his older brothers’ drug dealing operation in order to provide money for medical care for his younger sister.[3][4]

Fat City
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  • Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Leonard Gardner (Writer) - John Huston (Producer)
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8. The Misfits (1961)      

The Misfits is the story of a group of young men who are in jail for breaking into a bank. They were led by one man who had a plan to steal money from the bank and use it to open a roadhouse. He was executed by hanging for his crime,

but the rest of the group went free because they had no connection to him. The movie explores how people can change their lives based on their environment and what happens when you have no choice but to face your mistakes head on.

The film begins with a montage of images showing different parts of life at different times: sleeping, eating, partying, playing guitar with friends, etcetera. The first shot shows some kids playing in a field on their own as birds fly away from them.

Then we see an older man working as he takes out trash from his yard while looking over his shoulder at something behind him: presumably his wife (who is pregnant). He drops something on the ground and looks back again just as another bird flies over head;

this time however there are two birds flying together! These shots set up the tone of the film; it’s not just about crime or punishment or even escape – it’s about human nature

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9. The Night of the Iguana (1964)             

The Night of the Iguana is one of John Huston’s best films. It’s a film about power, corruption and obsession. There are three main characters: Danny Archer, an American soldier stationed in the Pacific during World War II, his wife Cathy and Raymond Roussel,

a French Canadian who lives on an island with his wife and two children. All three are haunted by their pasts Danny has killed a man during a bar fight; Cathy has been molested and raped;

Raymond was institutionalized for mental illness after he tried to kill himself during WWI.

The movie starts out with Danny Archer being interrogated by military police. They want to know if he knows where his brother Mike is and if he’s going to help them find him because they think Mike might be dead but they don’t know for sure yet.

During this interrogation, we learn that Danny was friends with Mike’s wife Laura before she died in childbirth. He also helps her husband fix up their house with money from his family back home in Alabama who have just lost their farm due to drought conditions so they can move into town where there is more work available for them as farmers than out on the

The Night of the Iguana
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  • Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Anthony Veiller (Writer) - Ray Stark (Producer)
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10. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)   

John Huston is one of the greatest American directors of all time; he’s certainly the best director to come out of Hollywood in the 1950s. His work is a combination of naturalism and formalism, with a focus on character and psychology.

He has a gift for creating strong female characters who are not just love interests or victims, but people with agency and personality.

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison is one of his most famous films; it stars James Mason as an eccentric Englishman who lives in New York City in 1958 with his wife and young son.

When he discovers that his son has committed suicide, he decides to return to England with his wife but leaves behind his daughter-in-law (Jennifer Jones), who becomes convinced that he murdered their son.

The film is based on Somerset Maugham’s novel Of Human Bondage (1915), which was adapted into a play before being turned into a film by Josef von Sternberg in 1928. Huston had wanted to make this story since reading Maugham’s novel when he was 12 years old; when

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
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  • Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum (Actors)
  • Huston,John (Director) - John Huston (Writer) - Buddy Adler (Producer)
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11. Wise Blood (1979)   

 Wise Blood is a 1979 American drama film directed by John Huston. The screenplay was adapted by Huston from the novel of the same name by Flannery O’Connor. The film stars Danny Glover, Andrew Robinson, John Cusack and Mary Steenburgen. It tells the story of Hazel Motes (Cusack),

an impoverished, eccentric hillbilly living in rural Arkansas. He claims to have had sexual intercourse with Jesus Christ while he was alive on earth, but has been unable to convince anyone else of his claim.

The film was released on March 7, 1980, by Warner Bros., at the time one of director John Huston’s best-known films; it received mixed reviews from critics but gained an audience following its release on home video and cable television.

It won two Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (for Danny Glover) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (for John Huston).

Wise Blood is based on Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” (1955). The story was published posthumously in 1964 as part of O’Connor’s collection Everything That Rises Must Converge: A Novel

Wise Blood
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  • Brad Dourif, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Benedict Fitzgerald (Writer) - Michael Fitzgerald (Producer)
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12. The Red Badge of Courage (1951)     

 One of the best war movies ever made, John Huston’s The Red Badge of Courage has always been more than a simple retelling of Stephen Crane’s Civil War novel.

It may be a story about a young man who stands up to his commanding officer and refuses to back down from battle, but it also reflects the broader themes of courage and cowardice that have always fascinated filmmakers.

The film begins with Will Henry (Fredric March), a young recruit in the Union Army, who finds himself being bullied by everyone around him. This isn’t just because he’s new to the army;

it’s also because he’s an introverted bookworm who lacks self-confidence. His only friend is Private LaFarge (John Garfield), who seems to understand Will better than anyone else does but has trouble expressing his feelings toward Will in words.

When Will gets into trouble during training exercises, he finally decides that enough is enough and challenges his superior officer (Robert Ryan) head-on. He doesn’t care about getting killed in battle; he only wants to prove that he’s not afraid of getting shot at or maimed by cannon fire.

The Red Badge of Courage focuses on three main conflicts: Will’s struggle with cowardice; LaFarge’s battle with

The Red Badge of Courage
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  • Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - John Huston (Writer) - Gottfried Reinhardt (Producer)
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  • English (Subtitle)

13. Prizzi’s Honor (1985)              

 John Huston is known for his work with the film noir genre, but he also made a number of films that fall outside of this genre. His most notable non-noir films include Prizzi’s Honor (1985), The Dead (1987), and The Man Who Would Be King (1975).

Prizzi’s Honor was released in 1985, shortly before the release of The Dead. It was a box office success and won three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Huston.

The Dead was not released until 1987. It was the first film directed by Huston after a long absence from the director’s chair, and it earned him another Oscar nomination for Best Director.

Huston’s last major directorial effort was The Man Who Would Be King, which was released in 1975 after several years in development at Universal Studios as well as several other studios. It was not well received by critics or audiences when it was released, but over time it has become recognized as one of his best films.

Prizzi's Honor
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  • Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Richard Condon (Writer)
  • English (Playback Language)
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14. Moby Dick (1956)    

 The 1956 version of Moby Dick is a film adaptation of Herman Melville’s novel. It was directed by John Huston and stars Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, and Mary Astor.

The story begins with Captain Ahab traveling across the Atlantic Ocean aboard his ship The Pequod, in search of the white whale, who killed his son 20 years earlier.

Ahab’s quest for vengeance is fueled by his obsession with finding revenge on the whale for killing his son. Along the way, he meets other characters that are either trying to help him or hinder him from reaching his goal.

The film was shot over three months in March and April 1957 on location at sea off Hawaii.[6] The filming included scenes shot aboard a large scale model ship built by art director Cedric Gibbons.[7] It was filmed in CinemaScope.[8]

Moby Dick (1956)
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  • John Huston (Director)
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15. Under the Volcano (1984)

Under the Volcano is a 1984 novel by British author Malcolm Lowry, who is best known for his 1953 novel Under the Volcano. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 1984 by John Huston, starring Jeff Bridges and Emma Thompson. The screenplay was written by Bridget Fonda and Christopher Monger, based on the novel.

The story is set in Catalonia during the 1930s Spanish Civil War. A young man who works as a fisherman and his wife are trapped on an island during an eruption of Mount Unzen-dake (烏澤山), which has been dormant since 1707.

They survive by eating rats and frogs that they find in their cave home until they can build a boat to escape. After they leave the island, they encounter a mysterious old man who tells them about their past and instructs them to return to the island before it’s too late.

16. Freud (1962)

The opening scene of “Freud” records the arrival of a young patient whom Freud regards as a “narcissist.” He has been brought to Freud by his father, who is concerned about the boy’s poor grades in school and his lack of interest in work.

The father blames this on a secret passion for female impersonation, but Freud interprets it as a symptom of homosexuality.

The boy is diagnosed with paranoia, and this diagnosis is confirmed by the results of an X-ray. He also seems to show signs of hypochondria, which Freud attributes to his desire for attention from women.

The boy’s mother visits Freud for advice, but he rejects her suggestion that she should make him wear women’s clothing. She then accuses him of being unfaithful during her recent illness; he deduces that she wants him to leave home so that she can marry someone else.

17. Moulin Rouge (1952)             

 Moulin Rouge (1952) is a musical film about life in an imaginary cabaret. The story was written by the English playwright John Osborne, and the screenplay was written by Osborne and Huston.

The film stars real-life husband and wife Jean Simmons and Richard Burton, as well as Stanley Baker, Deborah Kerr and Pamela Brown. Directed by John Huston, it is noted for its elaborate choreography of dance numbers which were influenced by the style of Fred Astaire and Gwen Verdon.

The story follows Christian Fabritius (Burton), who arrives in Paris to make his fortune as a painter but instead becomes a writer and singer at a cabaret named Le Moulin Rouge where he falls in love with Nana (Simmons).

The film climaxes with the famous “can-can” scene featuring Kerr as Sylvia who dances on a rotating platform while wearing a sequined dress designed by Charles James. Her performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Moulin Rouge
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  • José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Suzanne Flon (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Anthony Veiller (Writer) - Jack Clayton (Producer)
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18. Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)

John Huston was one of the most successful and influential filmmakers of his generation. His career spanned five decades, during which he worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and produced some of its most acclaimed films.

He directed only four films during his lifetime: The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and Chinatown (1974).

His first two films were classics: The Maltese Falcon is considered an important contribution to noir film, while Treasure of the Sierra Madre was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

In addition, Huston’s script for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 thriller Notorious earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

In 1967, he teamed up with fellow director John Ford to make Reflections in a Golden Eye a complex story about three men who work together in a small village where they must fight off a Nazi invasion.

It was nominated for three Oscars: Best Director for Huston; Best Supporting Actor for Marlon Brando; and Best Original Score for Elmer Bernstein’s score.

Reflections in a Golden Eye
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  • Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Chapman Mortimer (Writer) - Ray Stark (Producer)
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19. In This Our Life (1942)           

John Huston’s In This Our Life is a remarkable film, and one of the best films ever made about the American experience. Despite being a work of fiction it tells a story that rings true to anyone who has lived in America and been affected by its trials and tribulations.

The film is based on the true story of Josephine Baker, an African-American woman who grew up in St. Louis and became famous as a dancer and singer during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. She became known as “the first lady of jazz” when she sang at both white and black clubs throughout America’s heartland.

The film begins with Josephine Baker’s childhood in St. Louis where she shows great promise as a child singer but also suffers from hardships that would shape her outlook on life.

Through her adolescence she becomes involved in an abusive relationship with her stepfather who forces her into prostitution when she refuses his advances;

this drives her to run away to Chicago where she finally finds freedom from his abuse but also finds that success as a vaudeville performer does not make life any easier for African-Americans living within Jim Crow laws in 1930s America.

In This Our Life (1942)
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  • Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Howard Koch (Writer) - David Lewis (Producer)
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20. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean is a 1972 American biographical film directed by John Huston and starring John Wayne, Chelsea Brown, and Anjanette Comer. It was filmed in Santa Fe,

New Mexico. The screenplay by Robert Rossen is based on the life of Judge Roy Bean (1820–1881), an outlaw who controlled his own small county in southern Texas during the late 19th century. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Chelsea Brown) and Best Black-and-White Cinematography.

In 1881, Judge Roy Bean (John Wayne), the most powerful man in his community, runs true to form. He has no regard for women, children or anyone else but himself and his friends. He lives in large style with several mistresses around him, he keeps slaves in his house as well as inside his wife’s bedroom wall

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
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  • Paul Newman, Victoria Principal, Anthony Perkins (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - John Milius (Writer) - John Huston (Producer)
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21. Across the Pacific (1942)

John Huston’s 1942 film, Across the Pacific, is a magnificently photographed and acted piece of propaganda. The story concerns an American bomber crew flying from California to Australia and back again in order to help defend the Philippines from Japanese invasion.

There are many exciting action sequences and some very good performances by all concerned, but I think it would be hard to improve on its success as a piece of filmmaking.

The screenplay is by a young Buzz Meeks, who wrote it while still in his teens. It’s based on an idea by producer Pandro S. Berman and director John Ford, who had worked together on several films including My Foolish Heart (1949).

Both men had served in the United States Navy during World War II and were fervent supporters of General MacArthur’s campaign against Japan.

In fact, it was Ford who persuaded President Roosevelt to support MacArthur’s plans for an island-hopping campaign across the Pacific Ocean that would involve US troops landing on various islands – including Formosa and Okinawa – before working their way northwards through China towards Japan itself.

The film was shot at Warner Bros Studios in

Across the Pacific (1942)
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  • Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Ewan McGregor (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Richard Macaulay (Writer) - Jack Saper (Producer)
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22. The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)

Adrian Messenger is a British film director and screenwriter who worked primarily in the United States. He directed 13 films between 1949 and 1963. His best-known films are The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) and The Blue Dahlia (1946).

Messenger was born in London, England on 18 December 1914 to an English father and Irish mother, who divorced when he was young. He attended Harrow School where he became interested in acting,

though his father wanted him to follow a more conventional career path. After leaving school, he briefly studied law at University College London before turning to acting instead.

He began his career as a stage actor during World War II after being spotted by Laurence Olivier while working as a waiter at the Savoy Hotel.

He made his debut on stage with Olivier’s National Theatre company in 1942 after which he went on to appear in several films including two with Olivier; Watch What Happens! (1946) and A Tale of Two Cities (1958).

The List of Adrian Messenger
  • George C. Scott, Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Anthony Veiller (Writer) - Edward Lewis (Producer)

23. We Were Strangers (1949)  

 John Huston’s We Were Strangers (1949) was an early production of the newly formed United Artists. It was made in Britain, directed by John Ford and starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The film is considered one of the best examples of film noir.

We Were Strangers is a film noir, which means it’s a movie about criminals and criminals who are not criminals. That’s what makes it so interesting to me. The story begins with a woman named Betty (Lauren Bacall) who has just been released from prison after serving time for murder.

She marries a man named Jack (Humphrey Bogart), but their marriage ends up being unhappy because Jack still loves his ex-wife, Kate (Dorothy Malone). One day he goes out for dinner with Betty and ends up falling in love with her.

He proposes marriage, but she refuses him because she doesn’t want to be married again after losing her first husband. After some argument they decide to get married anyway on their wedding day while they’re both drunk

We Were Strangers [DVD]
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  • John Garfield, Jennifer Jones, Gilbert Roland (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - S.P. Eagle (Producer)
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24. The Unforgiven (1960)

This is a film that has its moments. The performances are good, and the direction is at times quite good too. However, I found it to be a little slow-paced, and there was not enough excitement in the gunfights. It was also obvious that the film was about much more than just a bunch of cowboys beating each other up.

The opening scene sets this movie apart from all other westerns of the time. It shows how a young boy from an Indian tribe was kidnapped and put on an exchange trip to be traded for horses for his tribe.

The boy grew up on the reservation and became very skilled at killing white men with his bow and arrow. When he is finally old enough to take up his rifle, he goes out to kill more white men.

This is a good story line, but not one that needs to be told in the first few minutes of a movie like this one! It would have been better if they had shown this happening years ago without telling us why it happened then

The Unforgiven
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  • Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Alan Le May (Writer) - James Hill (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

25. Beat the Devil (1953)             

 Beat the Devil (1953) is a film noir directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, and Jennifer Jones. The supporting cast includes Gloria Grahame, Robert Morley and Peter Lorre.

The film is based on the novel Beat the Devil: An Adventure Story by William F. Nolan. The screenplay was written by Paul Dehn and Jo Swerling from a story by Robert Carson, who worked in collaboration with Nolan.[1]

Beat the Devil was filmed on location in London during the summer of 1952.[2] With John Huston directing from a script by Jo Swerling, it was one of his first feature films shot outside Hollywood.[3]

The film was nominated for Best Storyline Writing (Jo Swerling), Best Cinematography (Walter Schumann), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (John DeCuir) and Best Picture (Black & White) at the 1953 Academy Awards.[4]

Beat The Devil
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  • Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Truman Capote (Writer) - John Huston (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

26. Victory (1981)

John Huston’s melodrama about a World War II naval captain trapped on a desert island with his wife is a study in contrasts. On one hand, it’s a study of how two people can be so utterly incompatible that they cannot even communicate with each other; on the other hand, it’s an oddly touching story of love conquering all.

Victory stars Gregory Peck as Admiral Nelson “Bull” Halsey and Eleanor Parker as his wife Jacqueline Cochran Halsey. They live happily on an island off the coast of Bora-Bora, off the coast of French Polynesia, where they spend their days swimming and fishing.

Their only contact with the outside world comes via their radio operator (John Loder), who sends them occasional messages from Washington D.C., but this communication only exacerbates their isolation from each other and from reality itself.

Eventually they decide to set sail for home in order to have some semblance of normalcy again, but unfortunately neither one knows how to navigate or sail a boat properly,

so they end up capsizing their vessel at sea and sinking into the depths below! The two are saved by some sailors who rescue them from the watery grave after it becomes evident that both of them

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  • Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Max Von Sydow (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Yabo Yablonsky (Writer) - Annie Fargue (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

27. The MacKintosh Man (1973)               

 The MacKintosh Man (1973) is a film that was directed by John Huston. It was also written by Paddy Chayefsky, based on the novel by John Banville.

The story is about an aging Irishman named Robert Cathcart who is living in London with his son, Ian. He has spent much of his life as a novelist but has never been able to find an agent or publisher for his work. In addition, he has only received one rejection letter from an editor at a publishing house.

After receiving this rejection letter, he decides to travel to Ireland and meet with some of his friends there, including one woman named Kathleen (played by Faye Dunaway),

whom he had previously courted but had never married because she refused him because of his reputation as an alcoholic writer and womanizer. After meeting with her brother-in-law, Patrick (played by Peter O’Toole),

they decide to take a trip together to see some of their old friends and family members in Ireland so that they can share stories and memories about what has happened during their lives since they were last together in the country. During their trip back

The MacKintosh Man
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  • Paul Newman, Dominique Sanda, James Mason (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Walter Hill (Writer) - John Foreman (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

28. Annie (1982)              

 John Huston was born in Nevada, Missouri, to Irish Catholic parents. He was raised in Montana and attended the University of Washington, where he studied art history.

After graduation, he worked as an exhibit designer for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City and then as a film editor for Warner Bros. He later went on to direct films such as The Asphalt Jungle (1950),

The Maltese Falcon (1941), and The Red Badge of Courage (1951). In addition, he produced several films including Chinatown (1974).

Annie Hall is a 1977 romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen. It stars Allen and Diane Keaton as a couple who fall in love as they date other people. Annie Hall won four Oscars at the 50th Academy Awards ceremony:

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actress in a Leading Role. It became one of only five films to receive this honor since 1950.[1]

The film’s screenplay was written by Allen with Marshall Brickman.[2] Annie Hall has been analyzed by critics and audiences alike as a classic American romantic comedy.[3]

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  • Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett (Actors)
  • Huston,John (Director) - Carol Sobieski (Writer) - Ray Stark (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

29. A Walk with Love and Death (1969)

 John Huston’s “A Walk with Love and Death” (1969) is a journey of self-discovery, an attempt to understand what makes a person tick. The film is based on the book by John Payne, who was a confidant of Huston in his later years.

The film begins with the narrator (Huston) as a young man who has just come back from war, where he saw many things that changed his life forever. He meets a woman named Laura (Joan Crawford), who becomes his lover and later his wife.

She gives him two children, but their marriage doesn’t last long because of her alcoholism. The couple eventually divorces, but they remain friends for life.

The film jumps back 20 years later when the narrator returns home to find out that Laura has died in an accident. He goes to her funeral and meets her daughter Angela (Shelley Winters),

who tells him that she doesn’t want anything to do with him because she blames him for her mother’s death. The narrator then takes off on an adventure through France with Angela’s boyfriend Tony (Richard Jordan). They go into town while Angela stays at home looking after their son Sam (Randolph Scott).

30. The Kremlin Letter (1970)    

 In a friendly tone: The Kremlin Letter is a 1970 film directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. It is based on the novel The Kremlin Letter by Leon Uris.

The screenplay was written by Huston himself, who had previously worked with Bogart in The Asphalt Jungle, Red Badge of Courage and The African Queen. He had also directed Bogart in The List of Adrian Messenger.

Katharine Hepburn stars as Margot, a woman who receives cryptic letters from her lover over twenty years ago. After she receives them, Margot begins receiving other letters that seem to be from him as well: one from his brother; another from his mistress; one claiming he has been killed in action;

and others claiming he will come back to her again after he has finished his mission abroad. Each letter contains a code word that must be deciphered before it can be understood properly.

As Margot tries to decipher these codes, she finds herself drawn into a web of deceit involving both Russian intelligence agents and German agents who are trying to obtain information about Soviet technology from their archives in Moscow’s former KGB headquarters.

The Kremlin Letter
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  • Bibi Andersson, Richard Boone, Max Von Sydow (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - John Huston (Writer) - John Huston (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

31. The Roots of Heaven (1958)

John Huston’s The Roots of Heaven is a beautiful and heartbreaking look at life in a small town in rural Alabama. The film follows the lives of several characters, including an elderly widowed woman named Mrs. Joe, who rents rooms to various tenants and helps them with their problems.

One day she gets a call from her son who tells her that her husband has died and she must go to his funeral. As she travels home, she meets a young boy on the road who needs help,

and she decides to take him back with her so that he can live with her while his mother looks for work. Unfortunately, after a few days the boy disappears without a trace; even though Mrs. Joe never saw him again, she believes he is alive somewhere out there. Over time Mrs. Joe becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to him…

The Roots of Heaven (1958) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.0 Import - Italy ]
  • The Roots of Heaven (1958)
  • The Roots of Heaven (1958)
  • Trevor Howard, Orson Welles, Paul Lukas (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - The Roots of Heaven (1958) (Producer)
  • Italian (Subtitle)

32. The Bible: In the Beginning… (1966)

In The Bible: In the Beginning, made in 1966 and released in 1967, John Huston takes a look at the history of creation. He uses an animated version of the story to bring it to life for his audience. It’s a beautiful film that is full of vivid imagery and memorable characters.

The movie begins with a man walking through a desert landscape. After he has passed through the sand, he finds himself in a lush valley where he sees some animals grazing in a field.

It’s not long before he encounters two men fighting over a woman, who ends up being his sister-in-law. The men decide to settle their dispute by throwing dice for her hand in marriage.

The men then leave the woman behind as they continue their journey towards Jerusalem where they will be married by priests who are waiting outside the city walls.

Once they arrive at Jerusalem, they see that there are many people waiting around for them including Herod (Rex Harrison).

Herod wants them to stay longer so that he can meet with them himself but both Jesus (Peter Ustinov) and Joseph (Morris Carnovsky) decline his offer because they want to go home immediately after meeting with him

The Bible [DVD] [1966]
  • George C. Scott, Ava Gardner, Peter O'Toole (Actors)
  • Czech, English, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew (Subtitles)

33. The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)              

 The Barbarian and the Geisha is a 1958 American adventure film directed by John Huston, based on the novel The White Bone by Vittorio De Sica. It stars Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

In the early 1920s, Italian director Vittorio De Sica (Brando) arrives in Japan to make his first film. He falls in love with an apprentice geisha (Taylor), who wants to escape from her life of prostitution.

The project was originally conceived as a vehicle for Marlon Brando but he had already signed a contract to star in On the Waterfront (1954).

When it was announced that Brando would be replaced by Richard Burton, who had been suggested as “the most handsome man in Hollywood”, De Sica refused to sign on as director unless he could be credited as co-director.

This was agreed but after filming had begun Brando demanded his name be added to the screenplay; Huston refused and resigned from the project.[1]

The film’s title comes from a pair of lines spoken by Burton’s character: “The white bone lies under my skin”, and “I can feel my heart beating”.

The Barbarian And The Geisha
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  • John Wayne, Eiko Ando, Sam Jaffe (Actors)
  • John Huston (Director) - Charles Grayson (Writer) - Eugene Frenke (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

34. Sinful Davey (1969) 

Sinful Davey is a 1969 film directed by John Huston and based on the novel of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham. It stars Jack Hawkins, David Warner and Richard Harris, with a supporting cast including Robert Shaw,

Trevor Howard and Rita Tushingham. The film’s script was written by James Kennaway, from a story by Huston and Phillip Leacock.

The film centers on Davey Henshaw (Hawkins), who leaves his pregnant mistress behind to sail around the world with his friend Captain Huish (Warner). Upon their return, they are arrested for smuggling opium into China.

During their imprisonment in Shanghai, Huish begins an affair with Davey’s wife Peggy (Tushingham). While in prison, Davey becomes friends with Dic Penderton (Harris), an American sailor who eventually marries Peggy after her husband dies during childbirth.

Sinful Davey
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  • John Huston (Director) - James R. Webb (Writer) - John Huston (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

35. Phobia (1980)

 The movie Phobia (1980) is about a young woman who is being stalked by a serial killer. This movie was directed by John Huston, and it stars Farrah Fawcett and David Carradine.

The story begins with a young woman named Jennifer (Fawcett) going to see the doctor because she has been having nightmares about being stalked by a serial killer. The doctor tells her that she has multiple personality disorder and that she needs to be treated for it.

After Jennifer goes home and gets some rest, she starts noticing things around her house that seem out of place. She hears footsteps behind her when she’s alone in her room, so she checks under her bed to make sure no one is there. But when she checks again after taking a shower, there seems to be someone in the bathroom with her!

Later on, Jennifer goes outside on her porch and sees someone standing there looking at her through the window above the doorframe. She rushes inside, locks herself inside her room, but can’t see anything out of the ordinary when she looks through the window again!

Finally, one night when Jennifer is sleeping

Phobia (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
  • Paul Michael Glaser, Susan Hogan, John Colicos (Actors)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Characteristics of John Huston Movies

 John Huston is undoubtedly one of the most famous directors in Hollywood. He was born in Nevada in 1906, and he began his career as an assistant director. He made his first film with a group of friends in 1933, and he continued to direct movies until 1975.

Huston’s movies often take place in exotic locations and feature strong female characters. His films have been described as “auteurist,” meaning that they are directed by one person, rather than by a committee.

The following are characteristics that make John Huston movies unique:

1) They often take place in exotic locations. The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo and other John Huston movies were filmed on location in places like Mexico City, Havana and Australia.

2) They feature strong female characters who are not afraid to do anything they need to do for their own protection or the protection of others around them. For example, Anastasia is an innocent young woman who survives an arranged marriage only to discover that her new husband is actually a con artist who has sold her family’s wealth for his own gain. As she tries to escape from him and find her true love again, Anastasia

Best John Huston Movies – Wrapping Up

John Huston is one of the most important directors in Hollywood history. He was an inspiration to many younger filmmakers, as well as an accomplished director in his own right.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of some of his greatest movies.


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