David O. Russell

American film director and screenwriter David Owen Russell has been praised for the loose, comic energy that characterizes his work, and is notorious for his explosive confrontations with cast members. He has won 2 Independent Spirit Awards for writing and directing as well as the Audience Award at Sundance, and a Writers Guild of America Award. Russell was awarded Best First Screenplay and Best First Feature from the Independent Spirit Awards for his first work, the independent dark comedy “Spanking the Monkey” (1994).  In addition, David’s first work also won him the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, The Fighter (2010) received seven Academy Award nominations which was Russell’s first work after a six-year hiatus.  

American Hustle (2013)

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A conman and his seductive partner are forced to work for a wild FBI agent, who pushes them into a world of Jersey power-brokers and the Mafia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Amy Adams  •  Jeremy Renner

A conman and his seductive partner are forced to work for a wild FBI agent, who pushes them into a world of Jersey power-brokers and the Mafia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Amy Adams  •  Jeremy Renner

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Bradley Cooper  •  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Robert De Niro  •  Jacki Weaver

After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Bradley Cooper  •  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Robert De Niro  •  Jacki Weaver

I ♥ Huckabees (2004)

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Jason Schwartzman  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Lily Tomlin  •  Jude Law

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Jason Schwartzman  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Lily Tomlin  •  Jude Law

Spanking the Monkey (1994)

Mind blowing

Bright young student Raymond Aibelli is forced to sidetrack an important medical internship because his mother, Susan, is recovering from a broken leg. When he isn't tasked with the most mundane aspects of Susan's recuperation, Raymond finds distraction in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Jeremy Davies  •  Benjamin Hendrickson  •  Alberta Watson  •  Carla Gallo

Bright young student Raymond Aibelli is forced to sidetrack an important medical internship because his mother, Susan, is recovering from a broken leg. When he isn't tasked with the most mundane aspects of Susan's recuperation, Raymond finds distraction in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Jeremy Davies  •  Benjamin Hendrickson  •  Alberta Watson  •  Carla Gallo

Three Kings (1999)

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A group of American soldiers stationed in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War find a map they believe will take them to a huge cache of stolen Kuwaiti gold hidden near their base, and they embark on a secret mission that's destined to change everything.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Mark Wahlberg  •  Ice Cube  •  Spike Jonze

A group of American soldiers stationed in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War find a map they believe will take them to a huge cache of stolen Kuwaiti gold hidden near their base, and they embark on a secret mission that's destined to change everything.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Mark Wahlberg  •  Ice Cube  •  Spike Jonze

Flirting with Disaster (1996)

Adopted as a child, new father Mel Colpin decides he cannot name his son until he knows his birth parents, and determines to make a cross-country quest to find them. Accompanied by his wife, Nancy, and an inept yet gorgeous adoption agent, Tina, he departs on an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Patricia Arquette  •  Téa Leoni  •  Mary Tyler Moore

Adopted as a child, new father Mel Colpin decides he cannot name his son until he knows his birth parents, and determines to make a cross-country quest to find them. Accompanied by his wife, Nancy, and an inept yet gorgeous adoption agent, Tina, he departs on an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Patricia Arquette  •  Téa Leoni  •  Mary Tyler Moore

The Fighter (2010)

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Boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO'd by drugs and crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Christian Bale  •  Amy Adams  •  Melissa Leo

Boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO'd by drugs and crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Christian Bale  •  Amy Adams  •  Melissa Leo

Accidental Love (2015)

A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, DC. Sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator who takes up her cause - but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Jessica Biel  •  James Marsden  •  Catherine Keener

A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, DC. Sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator who takes up her cause - but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Jessica Biel  •  James Marsden  •  Catherine Keener

Soldiers Pay (2004)

From director David O. Russell (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees) comes the controversial documentary chronicling the soldier's struggle with the current war in Iraq. Interviews with soldiers and with Iraqis who played extras in "Three Kings."  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell  •  Tricia Regan  •  Juan Carlos Zaldívar
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From director David O. Russell (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees) comes the controversial documentary chronicling the soldier's struggle with the current war in Iraq. Interviews with soldiers and with Iraqis who played extras in "Three Kings."  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell  •  Tricia Regan  •  Juan Carlos Zaldívar
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Joy (2015)

Charming

A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Robert De Niro  •  Dascha Polanco

A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Robert De Niro  •  Dascha Polanco

Hal (2019)

Hal Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar®-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby's uncompromising ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Scott
CAST:  Hal Ashby  •  Jane Fonda  •  Jon Voight  •  Lee Grant

Hal Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar®-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby's uncompromising ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Scott
CAST:  Hal Ashby  •  Jane Fonda  •  Jon Voight  •  Lee Grant

Past Forward (2016)

An unreliable story, a parallax view wherein the scenarios, characters, costumes, genres, and endings, repeat and morph, refusing the logic of conventional narrative.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Allison Williams  •  John Krasinski  •  Freida Pinto  •  Jack Huston

An unreliable story, a parallax view wherein the scenarios, characters, costumes, genres, and endings, repeat and morph, refusing the logic of conventional narrative.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Allison Williams  •  John Krasinski  •  Freida Pinto  •  Jack Huston

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019)

Pauline Kael (1919–2001) was undoubtedly one of the greatest names in film criticism. A Californian native, she wrote her first review in 1953 and joined ‘The New Yorker’ in 1968. Praised for her highly opinionated and feisty writing style and criticised for her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Garver
CAST:  Pauline Kael  •  Quentin Tarantino  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Alec Baldwin

Pauline Kael (1919–2001) was undoubtedly one of the greatest names in film criticism. A Californian native, she wrote her first review in 1953 and joined ‘The New Yorker’ in 1968. Praised for her highly opinionated and feisty writing style and criticised for her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Garver
CAST:  Pauline Kael  •  Quentin Tarantino  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Alec Baldwin

Divine Trash (1998)

The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Yeager
CAST:  John Waters  •  Divine  •  Mary Vivian Pearce  •  Mink Stole

The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Yeager
CAST:  John Waters  •  Divine  •  Mary Vivian Pearce  •  Mink Stole

Students of The Graduate (2007)

Documentary about the influence of the 1967 film "The Graduate."  (more)

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CAST:  Harold Ramis  •  Marc Forster  •  Valerie Faris  •  Jonathan Dayton

Documentary about the influence of the 1967 film "The Graduate."  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Harold Ramis  •  Marc Forster  •  Valerie Faris  •  Jonathan Dayton

Untitled David O. Russell Film

Revolves around a doctor and lawyer who form an unlikely partnership.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Margot Robbie  •  John David Washington  •  Rami Malek

Revolves around a doctor and lawyer who form an unlikely partnership.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Margot Robbie  •  John David Washington  •  Rami Malek