Joan Allen

Joan Allen (born August 20, 1956) is an American actress. She worked in theatre, television and film during her early career, and achieved recognition for her Broadway debut in Burn This, winning a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play in 1989. She has received three Academy Award nominations; she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Nixon (1995) and The Crucible (1996), and for Best Actress for The Contender (2000). Her other films include The Ice Storm (1996), Face/Off (1997), Pleasantville (1998), The Notebook (2004), The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).

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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

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Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Greengrass
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Julia Stiles  •  David Strathairn  •  Scott Glenn

Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Greengrass
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Julia Stiles  •  David Strathairn  •  Scott Glenn

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation should anyone from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Greengrass
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Brian Cox  •  Julia Stiles  •  Joan Allen

When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation should anyone from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Greengrass
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Brian Cox  •  Julia Stiles  •  Joan Allen

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

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A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Zaillian
CAST:  Max Pomeranc  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Joan Allen  •  Ben Kingsley

A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Zaillian
CAST:  Max Pomeranc  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Joan Allen  •  Ben Kingsley

Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

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Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1945. Engineer Preston Tucker dreams of designing the car of future, but his innovative envision will be repeatedly sabotaged by his own unrealistic expectations and the Detroit automobile industry tycoons.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  Joan Allen  •  Martin Landau  •  Frederic Forrest

Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1945. Engineer Preston Tucker dreams of designing the car of future, but his innovative envision will be repeatedly sabotaged by his own unrealistic expectations and the Detroit automobile industry tycoons.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  Joan Allen  •  Martin Landau  •  Frederic Forrest

A Wedding (1978)

Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the ageing priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families actually turn up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts rather over-zealously, and Dino's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Carol Burnett  •  Desi Arnaz Jr.  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Howard Duff

Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the ageing priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families actually turn up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts rather over-zealously, and Dino's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Carol Burnett  •  Desi Arnaz Jr.  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Howard Duff

Face/Off (1997)

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Sean Archer, a very tough, rugged FBI Agent. Who is still grieving for his dead son Michael. Archer believes that his son's killer is his sworn enemy, a very powerful criminal, Castor Troy. One day, Archer has finally cornered Castor, however, their fight has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Joan Allen  •  Dominique Swain

Sean Archer, a very tough, rugged FBI Agent. Who is still grieving for his dead son Michael. Archer believes that his son's killer is his sworn enemy, a very powerful criminal, Castor Troy. One day, Archer has finally cornered Castor, however, their fight has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Joan Allen  •  Dominique Swain

In Country (1989)

Samantha Hughes, a teenaged Kentucky girl, never knew her father, who died in Vietnam before her birth. Samantha lives with her uncle Emmett, who also served in Vietnam. Emmett hangs around with Tom, Earl, and Pete, three other Vietnam vets who, like Emmett, all ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Emily Lloyd  •  Joan Allen  •  Kevin Anderson

Samantha Hughes, a teenaged Kentucky girl, never knew her father, who died in Vietnam before her birth. Samantha lives with her uncle Emmett, who also served in Vietnam. Emmett hangs around with Tom, Earl, and Pete, three other Vietnam vets who, like Emmett, all ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Emily Lloyd  •  Joan Allen  •  Kevin Anderson

It's the Rage (1999)

A rich cross-section of urban USA find their lives changed when their fates collide at gunpoint.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James D. Stern
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Jeff Daniels  •  Robert Forster  •  Andre Braugher

A rich cross-section of urban USA find their lives changed when their fates collide at gunpoint.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James D. Stern
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Jeff Daniels  •  Robert Forster  •  Andre Braugher

Mad Love (1995)

Matt falls for Casey, the new girl in school. She's fun-loving and eccentric, but there's a darkness to her whimsy that Matt can't begin to comprehend. When Casey attempts to commit suicide, her parents place her in a mental institution. Matt springs her out, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonia Bird
CAST:  Chris O'Donnell  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Matthew Lillard  •  Richard Chaim

Matt falls for Casey, the new girl in school. She's fun-loving and eccentric, but there's a darkness to her whimsy that Matt can't begin to comprehend. When Casey attempts to commit suicide, her parents place her in a mental institution. Matt springs her out, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonia Bird
CAST:  Chris O'Donnell  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Matthew Lillard  •  Richard Chaim

Manhunter (1986)

FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecter, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  William Petersen  •  Kim Greist  •  Dennis Farina  •  Brian Cox

FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecter, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  William Petersen  •  Kim Greist  •  Dennis Farina  •  Brian Cox

Nixon (1995)

A look at President Richard M. Nixon—a man carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands from within—spanning his troubled boyhood in California to the shocking Watergate scandal that would end his Presidency.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Joan Allen  •  J.T. Walsh  •  Paul Sorvino

A look at President Richard M. Nixon—a man carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands from within—spanning his troubled boyhood in California to the shocking Watergate scandal that would end his Presidency.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Joan Allen  •  J.T. Walsh  •  Paul Sorvino

Pleasantville (1998)

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Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where everything is peachy keen all the time. But when Jennifer's modern attitude disrupts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Ross
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  William H. Macy  •  Joan Allen

Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where everything is peachy keen all the time. But when Jennifer's modern attitude disrupts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Ross
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  William H. Macy  •  Joan Allen

The Contender (2000)

The vice president is dead, and as the president makes his choice for a replacement, a secret contest of wills is being waged by a formidable rival. When Senator Laine Hanson is nominated as the first woman in history to hold the office, hidden agendas explode into ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rod Lurie
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Joan Allen  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Christian Slater

The vice president is dead, and as the president makes his choice for a replacement, a secret contest of wills is being waged by a formidable rival. When Senator Laine Hanson is nominated as the first woman in history to hold the office, hidden agendas explode into ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rod Lurie
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Joan Allen  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Christian Slater

The Upside of Anger (2005)

After her husband runs off with his secretary, Terry Wolfmeyer is left to fend for herself -- and her four daughters. As she hits rock bottom, Terry finds a friend and drinking buddy in next-door neighbor Denny, a former baseball player. As the two grow closer, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Binder
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Kevin Costner  •  Erika Christensen  •  Keri Russell

After her husband runs off with his secretary, Terry Wolfmeyer is left to fend for herself -- and her four daughters. As she hits rock bottom, Terry finds a friend and drinking buddy in next-door neighbor Denny, a former baseball player. As the two grow closer, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Binder
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Kevin Costner  •  Erika Christensen  •  Keri Russell

Yes (2005)

She is a scientist. He is a Lebanese doctor. They meet at a banquet and fall into a carefree, passionate relationship. But difficulties abound because of his heritage and her loveless marriage. She flies to Havana to sort things out on the beach and in the cabarets ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sally Potter
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Sam Neill  •  Shirley Henderson

She is a scientist. He is a Lebanese doctor. They meet at a banquet and fall into a carefree, passionate relationship. But difficulties abound because of his heritage and her loveless marriage. She flies to Havana to sort things out on the beach and in the cabarets ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sally Potter
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Sam Neill  •  Shirley Henderson

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Kathleen Turner  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Barry Miller  •  Catherine Hicks

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Kathleen Turner  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Barry Miller  •  Catherine Hicks

The Crucible (1996)

Based upon the play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller (who wrote the screen adaptation), the Salem witch trials in 1692 plunge the Massachusetts Bay colony into chaos.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Hytner
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Winona Ryder  •  Paul Scofield  •  Joan Allen

Based upon the play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller (who wrote the screen adaptation), the Salem witch trials in 1692 plunge the Massachusetts Bay colony into chaos.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Hytner
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Winona Ryder  •  Paul Scofield  •  Joan Allen

Josh and S.A.M. (1993)

Josh and Sam are two brothers facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant and the kids are sent to go live with their father in Florida. Meanwhile, Josh tells Sam that he is a "S.A.M." that is going to be sent to Africa to fight in a war and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Weber
CAST:  Jacob Tierney  •  Noah Fleiss  •  Martha Plimpton  •  Stephen Tobolowsky

Josh and Sam are two brothers facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant and the kids are sent to go live with their father in Florida. Meanwhile, Josh tells Sam that he is a "S.A.M." that is going to be sent to Africa to fight in a war and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Weber
CAST:  Jacob Tierney  •  Noah Fleiss  •  Martha Plimpton  •  Stephen Tobolowsky

A Good Marriage (2014)

After 25 years of a good marriage, what will Darcy do once she discovers her husband's sinister secret?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Askin
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Anthony LaPaglia  •  Kristen Connolly  •  Cara Buono

After 25 years of a good marriage, what will Darcy do once she discovers her husband's sinister secret?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Askin
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Anthony LaPaglia  •  Kristen Connolly  •  Cara Buono

Georgia O'Keeffe (2009)

Biopic of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Balaban
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Joan Allen  •  Ed Begley Jr.  •  Kathleen Chalfant

Biopic of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Balaban
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Joan Allen  •  Ed Begley Jr.  •  Kathleen Chalfant
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