Frank Capra

Frank Capra

Highest Rated: 100% Lady for a Day (1933)

Lowest Rated: 50% Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Birthday: May 18, 1897

Birthplace: Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy

During the Great Depression, director Frank Capra became America's preeminent filmmaker, leavening despair with his irrepressible optimism of the Everyman triumphing over seemingly insurmountable odds. A true rags-to-riches story himself, Capra started his career as a comedy writer for vaudeville star Harry Langdon before turning to directing during the silent era. In 1931, he began his lifelong collaboration with writer Robert Riskin on socially-conscious films like "American Madness" (1932) and "Lady for a Day" (1933), which led to Oscar glory with the classic screwball comedy "It Happened One Night" (1934), the first movie to ever sweep the five major Academy Award categories. Capra then entered a fruitful period with "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936), which he followed with the classic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), starring James Stewart, who came to exemplify the director's prototypical idealist. During World War II, Capra made several acclaimed wartime propaganda movies, including "Prelude to War" (1942), which won the Oscar for Best Documentary. Upon returning to Hollywood, he reunited with Stewart on "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), a heartwarming tale that failed at the box office, but later became a perennial holiday classic. The director would make several more films over the next two decades before officially retiring and moving out of Hollywood, but "It's a Wonderful Life" would be his crowning achievement. With a career that celebrated patriotism, idealism and small-town American values, Capra's strength as a filmmaker marked him as a true giant of Hollywood's Golden Age.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
100% 95% A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies Himself (archive footage) (Character) - 1995
50% 72% Pocketful of Miracles Director - 1961
75% 49% A Hole in the Head Director,
Producer
- 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unchained Goddess Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bell Science - Hemo the Magnificent Director - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bell Science - Our Mr. Sun Director - 1956
60% 72% Here Comes the Groom Director - 1951
No Score Yet 44% Riding High Director - 1950
80% 78% State of the Union Director,
Producer
- 1948
94% 95% It's a Wonderful Life Director,
Writer,
Producer
$3.3M 1946
No Score Yet 75% War Comes to America Director,
Producer
- 1945
No Score Yet 83% Know Your Enemy: Japan Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Is Germany Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Know Your Ally: Britain Producer - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet History of the Negro Soldier Director - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Attack: The Battle for New Britain Director - 1944
No Score Yet 83% Tunisian Victory Director - 1944
No Score Yet 56% The Negro Soldier Producer - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Attack in the Pacific Director - 1944
81% 92% Arsenic and Old Lace Director,
Producer
- 1944
No Score Yet 50% The Battle of China Director - 1944
No Score Yet 80% The Battle of Russia Director,
Producer
- 1943
No Score Yet 70% The Battle of Britain Director,
Producer
- 1943
No Score Yet 88% Divide and Conquer Director - 1943
No Score Yet 100% The Nazis Strike Director - 1943
No Score Yet 57% Prelude to War Director,
Producer
- 1942
91% 83% Meet John Doe Director,
Producer
- 1941
96% 94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Director,
Producer
- 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Romance of Celluloid Unknown (Character) - 1938
93% 88% You Can't Take It With You Director - 1938
93% 83% Lost Horizon Director,
Producer
- 1937
91% 86% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Director,
Producer
- 1936
98% 93% It Happened One Night Director,
Executive Producer,
Producer
- 1934
100% 53% Broadway Bill Director - 1934
100% 79% Lady for a Day Director - 1933
100% 64% The Bitter Tea of General Yen Director - 1933
No Score Yet 81% American Madness Director - 1932
No Score Yet 63% Forbidden Director,
Producer
- 1932
No Score Yet 57% Dirigible Director - 1931
88% 67% Platinum Blonde Director - 1931
100% 75% The Miracle Woman Director - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rain or Shine Director - 1930
No Score Yet 55% Ladies of Leisure Director - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Younger Generation Director - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Donovan Affair Director - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flight Director - 1929
No Score Yet 88% The Matinee Idol Director - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet Submarine Director - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Power of the Press Director - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Certain Thing Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1928
No Score Yet 73% Long Pants Director - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet His First Flame Screenwriter - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fiddlesticks Screenwriter - 1927
No Score Yet 60% Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Screenwriter - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Afternoon Screenwriter - 1926
No Score Yet 85% The Strong Man Director - 1926
No Score Yet 60% Boobs in the Woods Screenwriter - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Every Man For Himself Screenwriter - 1924
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Down and One to Go Director - 0

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dick Cavett Show Unknown (Character) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Why We Fight Director 1942-1943

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