Nicholas Ray

Nicholas Ray (born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle; 7 August 1911 – 16 June 1979) was an American film director best known for the movie Rebel Without a Cause and Johnny Guitar.

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Dorothy McGuire  •  Joan Blondell  •  James Dunn  •  Lloyd Nolan

In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Dorothy McGuire  •  Joan Blondell  •  James Dunn  •  Lloyd Nolan

Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Major Daniel Kirby takes command of a squadron of Marine fliers just before they are about to go into combat. While the men are well meaning, he finds them undisciplined and prone to always finding excuses to do what is easy rather than what is necessary. The root ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Robert Ryan  •  Don Taylor  •  Janis Carter

Major Daniel Kirby takes command of a squadron of Marine fliers just before they are about to go into combat. While the men are well meaning, he finds them undisciplined and prone to always finding excuses to do what is easy rather than what is necessary. The root ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Robert Ryan  •  Don Taylor  •  Janis Carter

Hair (1979)

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"Hair" is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical "Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" about a Vietnam War draftee, Claude, who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to the army induction center. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  John Savage  •  Treat Williams  •  Annie Golden  •  Beverly D'Angelo

"Hair" is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical "Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" about a Vietnam War draftee, Claude, who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to the army induction center. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  John Savage  •  Treat Williams  •  Annie Golden  •  Beverly D'Angelo

In a Lonely Place (1950)

An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Frank Lovejoy  •  Carl Benton Reid

An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Frank Lovejoy  •  Carl Benton Reid

Johnny Guitar (1954)

On the outskirts of town, the hard-nosed Vienna owns a saloon frequented by the undesirables of the region, including Dancin' Kid and his gang. Another patron of Vienna's establishment is Johnny Guitar, a former gunslinger and her lover. When a heist is pulled in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Mercedes McCambridge  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Ernest Borgnine

On the outskirts of town, the hard-nosed Vienna owns a saloon frequented by the undesirables of the region, including Dancin' Kid and his gang. Another patron of Vienna's establishment is Johnny Guitar, a former gunslinger and her lover. When a heist is pulled in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Mercedes McCambridge  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Ernest Borgnine

King of Kings (1961)

Who is Jesus, and why does he impact all he meets? He is respected and reviled, emulated and accused, beloved, betrayed, and finally crucified. Yet that terrible fate would not be the end of the story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Jeffrey Hunter  •  Siobhán McKenna  •  Hurd Hatfield  •  Viveca Lindfors

Who is Jesus, and why does he impact all he meets? He is respected and reviled, emulated and accused, beloved, betrayed, and finally crucified. Yet that terrible fate would not be the end of the story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Jeffrey Hunter  •  Siobhán McKenna  •  Hurd Hatfield  •  Viveca Lindfors

Macao (1952)

A man on the run in the Far East is mistaken for an undercover cop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josef von Sternberg  •  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Jane Russell  •  William Bendix  •  Thomas Gomez

A man on the run in the Far East is mistaken for an undercover cop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josef von Sternberg  •  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Jane Russell  •  William Bendix  •  Thomas Gomez

On Dangerous Ground (1951)

A big-city cop is reassigned to the country after his superiors find him too angry to be an effective policeman. While on his temporary assignment he assists in a manhunt of a suspected murderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ida Lupino  •  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Ida Lupino  •  Robert Ryan  •  Ward Bond  •  Charles Kemper

A big-city cop is reassigned to the country after his superiors find him too angry to be an effective policeman. While on his temporary assignment he assists in a manhunt of a suspected murderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ida Lupino  •  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Ida Lupino  •  Robert Ryan  •  Ward Bond  •  Charles Kemper

Party Girl (1958)

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Slick lawyer Thomas Farrell has made a career of defending mobsters in trials. It's not until he meets a lovely showgirl at a mob party that he realizes that there's more to life then winning trials. Farrell tries to quit the racket, but mob boss Rico Angelo ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  John Ireland

Slick lawyer Thomas Farrell has made a career of defending mobsters in trials. It's not until he meets a lovely showgirl at a mob party that he realizes that there's more to life then winning trials. Farrell tries to quit the racket, but mob boss Rico Angelo ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  John Ireland

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

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After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato, and falls for local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  James Dean  •  Natalie Wood  •  Sal Mineo  •  Ann Doran

After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato, and falls for local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  James Dean  •  Natalie Wood  •  Sal Mineo  •  Ann Doran

The American Friend (1977)

Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Lisa Kreuzer  •  Gérard Blain

Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Lisa Kreuzer  •  Gérard Blain

The Savage Innocents (1960)

An Eskimo who has had little contact with white men goes to a trading post where he accidentally kills a missionary and finds himself being pursued by the police.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Anthony Quinn  •  Yoko Tani  •  Peter O'Toole  •  Carlo Giustini

An Eskimo who has had little contact with white men goes to a trading post where he accidentally kills a missionary and finds himself being pursued by the police.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Anthony Quinn  •  Yoko Tani  •  Peter O'Toole  •  Carlo Giustini

They Live by Night (1948)

An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Cathy O'Donnell  •  Farley Granger  •  Howard Da Silva  •  Jay C. Flippen

An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Cathy O'Donnell  •  Farley Granger  •  Howard Da Silva  •  Jay C. Flippen

55 Days at Peking (1963)

Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, delayed relief and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Green  •  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Ava Gardner  •  David Niven  •  Burt Kwouk

Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, delayed relief and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Green  •  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Ava Gardner  •  David Niven  •  Burt Kwouk

Run for Cover (1955)

Western that starts when a man (Matt Dow) is mistaken as a train robber. After the town's sheriff shoots the kid he's riding with, Dow clears his name and ends up as the new sheriff. He romances a Swedish woman and settles in to a peaceful life only to find that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Viveca Lindfors  •  John Derek  •  Ernest Borgnine

Western that starts when a man (Matt Dow) is mistaken as a train robber. After the town's sheriff shoots the kid he's riding with, Dow clears his name and ends up as the new sheriff. He romances a Swedish woman and settles in to a peaceful life only to find that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Viveca Lindfors  •  John Derek  •  Ernest Borgnine

Bigger Than Life (1956)

A seriously ill schoolteacher becomes dependent on a "miracle" drug that begins to affect his sanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  James Mason  •  Barbara Rush  •  Walter Matthau  •  Robert F. Simon

A seriously ill schoolteacher becomes dependent on a "miracle" drug that begins to affect his sanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  James Mason  •  Barbara Rush  •  Walter Matthau  •  Robert F. Simon

Don't Expect Too Much (2011)

Dcoumentary about director/artist Nicholas Ray and his time as a University professor  (more)

DIRECTION:  Susan Ray
CAST:  Nicholas Ray

Dcoumentary about director/artist Nicholas Ray and his time as a University professor  (more)

DIRECTION:  Susan Ray
CAST:  Nicholas Ray

James Dean: The First American Teenager (1975)

Stacy Keach narrates this documentary that chronicles the abbreviated life and career of iconic brooding bad boy James Dean, from his obscure early days working in television to his rise to stardom in films such as Rebel Without a Cause. Clips from Dean's movies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Connolly
CAST:  Stacy Keach  •  Natalie Wood  •  Sal Mineo  •  Sammy Davis Jr.

Stacy Keach narrates this documentary that chronicles the abbreviated life and career of iconic brooding bad boy James Dean, from his obscure early days working in television to his rise to stardom in films such as Rebel Without a Cause. Clips from Dean's movies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Connolly
CAST:  Stacy Keach  •  Natalie Wood  •  Sal Mineo  •  Sammy Davis Jr.

Hot Blood (1956)

Stephen Torino (Wilde), who is tricked by his brother Marco (Adler) into an arranged marriage with tempestuous Annie Caldash (Russell). Annie is willing to give the union a go, but Torino wants none of it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Jane Russell  •  Cornel Wilde  •  Luther Adler  •  Joseph Calleia

Stephen Torino (Wilde), who is tricked by his brother Marco (Adler) into an arranged marriage with tempestuous Annie Caldash (Russell). Annie is willing to give the union a go, but Torino wants none of it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Jane Russell  •  Cornel Wilde  •  Luther Adler  •  Joseph Calleia

Bitter Victory (1957)

During the second world war, two British officers, Brand and Leith, who have never seen combat are assigned a vital mission. Their relationship and the operation are complicated by the arrival of Brand's wife, who had a tryst with Leith years earlier.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Richard Burton  •  Curd Jürgens  •  Ruth Roman  •  Christopher Lee

During the second world war, two British officers, Brand and Leith, who have never seen combat are assigned a vital mission. Their relationship and the operation are complicated by the arrival of Brand's wife, who had a tryst with Leith years earlier.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Richard Burton  •  Curd Jürgens  •  Ruth Roman  •  Christopher Lee
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