James Franco

James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor. He left college in order to pursue acting and started off his career by making guest appearances on television series in the 1990s. Franco landed a lead part on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks and later achieved recognition for playing the titular character in the TV biopic James Dean (2001), for which he was awarded a Golden Globe Award. He achieved international fame with his portrayals of Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. Franco has appeared in an eclectic range of projects since the 2000s. Ranging from period to contemporary pieces, and from major Hollywood productions to less publicized indie films, as well as fantasy movies to biopics and soap operas. Other notable films include Pineapple Express, a stoner comedy that earned him his second Golden Globes nomination, the Harvey Milk-biopic Milk (both 2008) as well as Danny Boyle's 2010 movie 127 Hours, about real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston's struggle to free his hand from a boulder. His performance in 127 Hours earned him nominations for many high-profile awards, including the Academy Awards, Golden Globe and SAG Awards (None of which he won) Franco has hosted the skit comedy Saturday Night Live twice as well as the 83rd Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway. He volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity and is in a relationship with actress Ahna O'Reilly. Description above from the Wikipedia article James ...

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Spring Breakers (2013)

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After four college girls rob a restaurant to fund their spring break in Florida, they get entangled with a weird dude with his own criminal agenda.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harmony Korine
CAST:  James Franco  •  Selena Gomez  •  Vanessa Hudgens  •  Ashley Benson

After four college girls rob a restaurant to fund their spring break in Florida, they get entangled with a weird dude with his own criminal agenda.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harmony Korine
CAST:  James Franco  •  Selena Gomez  •  Vanessa Hudgens  •  Ashley Benson

The Green Hornet (2011)

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Britt Reid, the heir to the largest newspaper fortune in Los Angeles, is a spoiled playboy who has been, thus far, happy to lead an aimless life. After his father dies, Britt meets Kato, a resourceful company employee. Realizing that they have the talent and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry
CAST:  Seth Rogen  •  Jay Chou  •  Christoph Waltz  •  Cameron Diaz

Britt Reid, the heir to the largest newspaper fortune in Los Angeles, is a spoiled playboy who has been, thus far, happy to lead an aimless life. After his father dies, Britt meets Kato, a resourceful company employee. Realizing that they have the talent and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry
CAST:  Seth Rogen  •  Jay Chou  •  Christoph Waltz  •  Cameron Diaz

An American Crime (2007)

The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tommy O'Haver
CAST:  Elliot Page  •  Hayley McFarland  •  Nick Searcy  •  Catherine Keener

The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tommy O'Haver
CAST:  Elliot Page  •  Hayley McFarland  •  Nick Searcy  •  Catherine Keener

Annapolis (2006)

Jake Huard, from a shipbuilders family, promised his dying mother he'ld make it to Anapolis Naval Academy. Thanks to tenaciously bugging a Congressman, he's selected despite dubious grades. Once inside, Jake soon proves sub-standard academically. Constantly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Justin Lin
CAST:  James Franco  •  Donnie Wahlberg  •  Jim Parrack  •  Tyrese Gibson

Jake Huard, from a shipbuilders family, promised his dying mother he'ld make it to Anapolis Naval Academy. Thanks to tenaciously bugging a Congressman, he's selected despite dubious grades. Once inside, Jake soon proves sub-standard academically. Constantly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Justin Lin
CAST:  James Franco  •  Donnie Wahlberg  •  Jim Parrack  •  Tyrese Gibson

Knocked Up (2007)

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For fun loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Judd Apatow
CAST:  Seth Rogen  •  Katherine Heigl  •  Leslie Mann  •  Paul Rudd

For fun loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Judd Apatow
CAST:  Seth Rogen  •  Katherine Heigl  •  Leslie Mann  •  Paul Rudd

Spider-Man (2002)

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After being bitten by a genetically altered spider, nerdy high school student Peter Parker is endowed with amazing powers to become the Amazing superhero known as Spider-Man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco

After being bitten by a genetically altered spider, nerdy high school student Peter Parker is endowed with amazing powers to become the Amazing superhero known as Spider-Man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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Peter Parker is going through a major identity crisis. Burned out from being Spider-Man, he decides to shelve his superhero alter ego, which leaves the city suffering in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. In the meantime, Parker still can't act on his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco  •  Alfred Molina

Peter Parker is going through a major identity crisis. Burned out from being Spider-Man, he decides to shelve his superhero alter ego, which leaves the city suffering in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. In the meantime, Parker still can't act on his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco  •  Alfred Molina

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

The seemingly invincible Spider-Man goes up against an all-new crop of villains—including the shape-shifting Sandman. While Spider-Man’s superpowers are altered by an alien organism, his alter ego, Peter Parker, deals with nemesis Eddie Brock and also gets caught ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco  •  Thomas Haden Church

The seemingly invincible Spider-Man goes up against an all-new crop of villains—including the shape-shifting Sandman. While Spider-Man’s superpowers are altered by an alien organism, his alter ego, Peter Parker, deals with nemesis Eddie Brock and also gets caught ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco  •  Thomas Haden Church

The Company (2003)

Ensemble drama centered around a group of ballet dancers, with a focus on one young dancer who's poised to become a principal performer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Neve Campbell  •  Malcolm McDowell  •  James Franco  •  Barbara E. Robertson

Ensemble drama centered around a group of ballet dancers, with a focus on one young dancer who's poised to become a principal performer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Neve Campbell  •  Malcolm McDowell  •  James Franco  •  Barbara E. Robertson

The Great Raid (2005)

As World War II rages, the elite Sixth Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Dahl
CAST:  Benjamin Bratt  •  Robert Mammone  •  Max Martini  •  James Carpinello

As World War II rages, the elite Sixth Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Dahl
CAST:  Benjamin Bratt  •  Robert Mammone  •  Max Martini  •  James Carpinello

The Wicker Man (2006)

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A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil LaBute
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kate Beahan  •  Frances Conroy

A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil LaBute
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kate Beahan  •  Frances Conroy

Tristan & Isolde (2006)

An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne (Franco) and the princess of the feuding Irish (Myles) spells doom for the young lovers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Reynolds
CAST:  James Franco  •  Sophia Myles  •  Rufus Sewell  •  David O'Hara

An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne (Franco) and the princess of the feuding Irish (Myles) spells doom for the young lovers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Reynolds
CAST:  James Franco  •  Sophia Myles  •  Rufus Sewell  •  David O'Hara

Whatever It Takes (2000)

A nerdy teen, Ryan Woodman is smitten with the popular and gorgeous Ashley Grant, who apparently has no interest in him. Meanwhile, dim star athlete Chris Campbell has his eye on Ryan's brainy and beautiful friend, Maggie Carter. The two agree to help each other in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Raynr
CAST:  Jodi Lyn O'Keefe  •  Shane West  •  Marla Sokoloff  •  James Franco

A nerdy teen, Ryan Woodman is smitten with the popular and gorgeous Ashley Grant, who apparently has no interest in him. Meanwhile, dim star athlete Chris Campbell has his eye on Ryan's brainy and beautiful friend, Maggie Carter. The two agree to help each other in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Raynr
CAST:  Jodi Lyn O'Keefe  •  Shane West  •  Marla Sokoloff  •  James Franco

Never Been Kissed (1999)

Josie Geller, a baby-faced junior copywriter at the Chicago Sun-Times, must pose as a student at her former high school to research contemporary teenage culture. With the help of her brother, Rob, Josie infiltrates the inner circle of the most popular clique on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raja Gosnell
CAST:  Drew Barrymore  •  David Arquette  •  Michael Vartan  •  Molly Shannon

Josie Geller, a baby-faced junior copywriter at the Chicago Sun-Times, must pose as a student at her former high school to research contemporary teenage culture. With the help of her brother, Rob, Josie infiltrates the inner circle of the most popular clique on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raja Gosnell
CAST:  Drew Barrymore  •  David Arquette  •  Michael Vartan  •  Molly Shannon

Deuces Wild (2002)

1950s New York City. A bad and bloody gang war is about to erupt on the dysfunctional streets of Brooklyn. The Deuces at war with the vicious Vipers. Scott Kalvert directs this tale of lust, drugs, mayhem and madness during one hot summer on the streets of New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Kalvert
CAST:  Stephen Dorff  •  Fairuza Balk  •  Brad Renfro  •  Norman Reedus

1950s New York City. A bad and bloody gang war is about to erupt on the dysfunctional streets of Brooklyn. The Deuces at war with the vicious Vipers. Scott Kalvert directs this tale of lust, drugs, mayhem and madness during one hot summer on the streets of New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Kalvert
CAST:  Stephen Dorff  •  Fairuza Balk  •  Brad Renfro  •  Norman Reedus

The Holiday (2006)

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Two women, one from the United States and one from the United Kingdom, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends. Each woman finds romance with a local man but realizes that the imminent return home may end the relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nancy Meyers
CAST:  Cameron Diaz  •  Kate Winslet  •  Jude Law  •  Jack Black

Two women, one from the United States and one from the United Kingdom, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends. Each woman finds romance with a local man but realizes that the imminent return home may end the relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nancy Meyers
CAST:  Cameron Diaz  •  Kate Winslet  •  Jude Law  •  Jack Black

City by the Sea (2002)

Vincent LaMarca is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police detective who has gone to great lengths to distance himself from his past, but then makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Caton-Jones
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  James Franco  •  Frances McDormand  •  Eliza Dushku

Vincent LaMarca is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police detective who has gone to great lengths to distance himself from his past, but then makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Caton-Jones
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  James Franco  •  Frances McDormand  •  Eliza Dushku

Herbert White (2010)

Michael Shannon stars in the role of Herbert White, a character based on the poem of the same name by Frank Bidart. The story follows Herbert as he works in the lumber industry, supports his family, and stalks and murders women he picks up in town. While Herbert is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Franco
CAST:  Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon stars in the role of Herbert White, a character based on the poem of the same name by Frank Bidart. The story follows Herbert as he works in the lumber industry, supports his family, and stalks and murders women he picks up in town. While Herbert is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Franco
CAST:  Michael Shannon

Grasshopper (2006)

The tragic story of two people fighting to break down the walls which stand in the way of communicating...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Kmetz
CAST:  James Franco  •  Rachel Miner  •  Brad Light  •  Jim Donald Ellis

The tragic story of two people fighting to break down the walls which stand in the way of communicating...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Kmetz
CAST:  James Franco  •  Rachel Miner  •  Brad Light  •  Jim Donald Ellis

The Feast of Stephen (2009)

Stephen watches a group of boys playing basketball. The look in his eyes betrays his sexual interests. When the boys realize, he becomes a victim of their homophobia. Or does it only seem so?  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Franco
CAST:  Remy Germinario  •  Ty Anania  •  Louis Anania  •  Phil Naess

Stephen watches a group of boys playing basketball. The look in his eyes betrays his sexual interests. When the boys realize, he becomes a victim of their homophobia. Or does it only seem so?  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Franco
CAST:  Remy Germinario  •  Ty Anania  •  Louis Anania  •  Phil Naess
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