Oliver Stone

William Oliver Stone is an American film director and screenwriter. Stone became known in the late 1980s and the early 1990s for directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an American infantry soldier. His work frequently focuses on contemporary political and cultural issues, often controversially. He has received three Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay for Midnight Express (1978), and Best Director for Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989). The British newspaper The Guardian described him as "one of the few committed men of the left working in mainstream American cinema." Stone's movies often use many different cameras and film formats, including VHS, 8 mm film, and 70 mm film. He sometimes uses several formats in a single scene, as in Natural Born Killers (1994) and JFK (1991).

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Wall Street (1987)

A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider whom takes the youth under his wing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Charlie Sheen  •  Michael Douglas  •  Martin Sheen  •  Daryl Hannah

A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider whom takes the youth under his wing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Charlie Sheen  •  Michael Douglas  •  Martin Sheen  •  Daryl Hannah

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Shia LaBeouf  •  Josh Brolin  •  Carey Mulligan

As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Shia LaBeouf  •  Josh Brolin  •  Carey Mulligan

Natural Born Killers (1994)

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Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Robert Downey Jr.

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Robert Downey Jr.

W. (2008)

The story of the eventful life of George W. Bush—his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith—and the critical days leading up to his decision to invade Iraq.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Josh Brolin  •  Elizabeth Banks  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Ioan Gruffudd

The story of the eventful life of George W. Bush—his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith—and the critical days leading up to his decision to invade Iraq.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Josh Brolin  •  Elizabeth Banks  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Ioan Gruffudd

Alexander (2004)

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Alexander, the King of Macedonia, leads his legions against the giant Persian Empire. After defeating the Persians, he leads his army across the then known world, venturing farther than any westerner had ever gone, all the way to India.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Angelina Jolie  •  Val Kilmer  •  Jared Leto

Alexander, the King of Macedonia, leads his legions against the giant Persian Empire. After defeating the Persians, he leads his army across the then known world, venturing farther than any westerner had ever gone, all the way to India.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Angelina Jolie  •  Val Kilmer  •  Jared Leto

Any Given Sunday (1999)

A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the ageing coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to the pressure of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Dennis Quaid  •  James Woods

A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the ageing coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to the pressure of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Dennis Quaid  •  James Woods

Dave (1993)

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A sweet-natured Temp Agency operator and amateur Presidential look-alike is recruited by the Secret Service to become a temporary stand-in for the President of the United States.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Frank Langella  •  Kevin Dunn

A sweet-natured Temp Agency operator and amateur Presidential look-alike is recruited by the Secret Service to become a temporary stand-in for the President of the United States.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Frank Langella  •  Kevin Dunn

Heaven & Earth (1993)

Le Ly lives in a small Vietnamese village whose serenity is shattered when war breaks out. Caught between the Viet Cong and the South Vietnamese army, the village is all but destroyed. After being both brutalized and raped, Le Ly resolves to flee. She leaves for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Robert John Burke  •  Timothy Carhart  •  Tim Guinee

Le Ly lives in a small Vietnamese village whose serenity is shattered when war breaks out. Caught between the Viet Cong and the South Vietnamese army, the village is all but destroyed. After being both brutalized and raped, Le Ly resolves to flee. She leaves for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Robert John Burke  •  Timothy Carhart  •  Tim Guinee

JFK (1991)

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Follows the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy led by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Gary Oldman  •  Kevin Bacon

Follows the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy led by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Gary Oldman  •  Kevin Bacon

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

Platoon (1986)

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As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Tom Berenger  •  Charlie Sheen  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Forest Whitaker

As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Tom Berenger  •  Charlie Sheen  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Forest Whitaker

Salvador (1986)

A second-rate journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  James Woods  •  Jim Belushi  •  Michael Murphy  •  John Savage

A second-rate journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  James Woods  •  Jim Belushi  •  Michael Murphy  •  John Savage

Talk Radio (1988)

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A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Eric Bogosian  •  Ellen Greene  •  Leslie Hope  •  John C. McGinley

A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Eric Bogosian  •  Ellen Greene  •  Leslie Hope  •  John C. McGinley

The Doors (1991)

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The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Kevin Dillon  •  Frank Whaley

The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Kevin Dillon  •  Frank Whaley

The Hand (1981)

Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and murder those who anger him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Andrea Marcovicci  •  Annie McEnroe  •  Bruce McGill

Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and murder those who anger him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Andrea Marcovicci  •  Annie McEnroe  •  Bruce McGill

U Turn (1997)

When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he's encountered. After becoming involved with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Nick Nolte  •  Jennifer Lopez  •  Joaquin Phoenix

When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he's encountered. After becoming involved with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Nick Nolte  •  Jennifer Lopez  •  Joaquin Phoenix

World Trade Center (2006)

After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the wreckage while the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Maria Bello  •  Maggie Gyllenhaal  •  Michael Peña

After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the wreckage while the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Maria Bello  •  Maggie Gyllenhaal  •  Michael Peña

Comandante (2003)

Documentary on the director's meeting with Castro.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Oliver Stone  •  Juanita Vera  •  Fidel Castro  •  Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

Documentary on the director's meeting with Castro.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Oliver Stone  •  Juanita Vera  •  Fidel Castro  •  Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

Looking For Fidel (2004)

Oliver Stone's second documentary on/interview with Fidel Castro specifically addresses his country's recent crackdown on Cuban dissidents; namely, the execution of three men who hijacked a ferry to the United States.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Fidel Castro  •  Oliver Stone  •  Jimmy Carter  •  James Cason

Oliver Stone's second documentary on/interview with Fidel Castro specifically addresses his country's recent crackdown on Cuban dissidents; namely, the execution of three men who hijacked a ferry to the United States.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Fidel Castro  •  Oliver Stone  •  Jimmy Carter  •  James Cason

Seizure (1974)

Jonathan Frid portrays a horror novelist who has a recurring nightmare about three figures out of his book who terrorize him and his family and friends during a weekend of fun. Then the dream becomes reality and it never ends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Jonathan Frid  •  Martine Beswick  •  Joseph Sirola  •  Christina Pickles

Jonathan Frid portrays a horror novelist who has a recurring nightmare about three figures out of his book who terrorize him and his family and friends during a weekend of fun. Then the dream becomes reality and it never ends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Jonathan Frid  •  Martine Beswick  •  Joseph Sirola  •  Christina Pickles
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