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Howard Hawks

Lowest Rated:   50% A Song Is Born (1948)
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One of the great American film directors, Howard Hawks was a craftsman who made tight, lean pictures during the studio era. Not confined to a particular genre, his filmography provides outstanding and influential examples of a variety of movies. His style was non-obtrusive and no-nonsense, with telling images (he's famous for narratively significant cigarette lighting) and rapid-fire dialogue. Lines in his work were delivered overlapping each other, resulting in unnaturally quick-paced conversations that added tension and a sense of urgency to the stories. In addition to being a good screenwriter himself, he had a tendency to work with some of the era's best writers, including Ben Hecht, William Faulkner, and Jules Furthman. Born in the Midwest in 1896, Hawks moved to California during the earliest days of Hollywood. After studying mechanical engineering at Cornell and serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, he went to work at Famous Players-Laskey and started his own independent productions. By 1924, he was running the story department at Paramount and directing silent films for Fox. But he really began to make his mark with the advent of sound; his first talking pictures included the aviator adventure The Dawn Patrol, the prison film The Criminal Code, and sea adventure Tiger Shark. In 1932, he made the historically important Scarface, which, in many ways, defined the standard of gangster films. In 1938, he made the exemplary screwball comedy Bringing up Baby starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. This quick-talking duo was one of Hawks' many star pairings involving a tough wise guy and smart-mouthed heroine; another good team was Carole Lombard and John Barrymore in the comedy Twentieth Century. Hawks also had a knack for helping to initiate the careers of major Hollywood stars. His 1939 macho adventure Only Angels Have Wings featured Rita Hayworth in a supporting role before she became a leading femme fatale. He made the romantic comedy touchstone His Girl Friday the following year, with Rosalind Russell as the embodiment of the smart-mouthed heroine. In 1944, the director helped start the career of newcomer Lauren Bacall by pairing her with Humphrey Bogart in the war romance To Have and Have Not. Their obvious chemistry and snappy repartee led to one of the most beloved screen duos in history, and to Hawks' 1946 mystery The Big Sleep. During the '40s, he made the powerful Western drama Red River with John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. He also had a hand in launching the iconic stardom of Marilyn Monroewith the '50s comedy Monkey Business and the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. In a response to the Western High Noon, Hawks teamed up again with Wayne for the revisionist Western Rio Bravo. As age caught up with him during the '60s, Hawks' career slowed down -- and so did the pace of his films. He received his first Oscar in 1974, an honorary award from the Academy before his death in Palm Springs, CA, in 1977.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Fazil
  • Director
2010
100% A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Tintorera - Tiger Shark
  • Director
1978
71% Rio Lobo
  • Producer
  • Director
1971
100% El Dorado
  • Producer
  • Director
1967
60% Red Line 7000
  • Director
  • Producer
1965
64% Man's Favorite Sport?
  • Director
  • Producer
1964
67% Hatari!
  • Producer
  • Director
1962
100% Rio Bravo
  • Producer
1959
75% Land of the Pharaohs
  • Director
  • Producer
1955
98% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Actor
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House
  • Director
1952
88% Monkey Business
  • Director
  • Off-screen voice in opening
1952
100% The Big Sky
  • Director
  • Producer
1952
88% The Thing from Another World
  • Producer
1951
79% I Was a Male War Bride
  • Director
1949
50% A Song Is Born
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Corvette K-225
  • Producer
1948
100% Red River
  • Producer
  • Director
1948
96% The Big Sleep
  • Producer
  • Director
1946
97% To Have and Have Not
  • Producer
  • Director
1944
88% Air Force
  • Director
1943
89% The Outlaw
  • Director
1943
85% Sergeant York
  • Producer
  • Director
1941
100% Ball of Fire
  • Director
1941
98% His Girl Friday
  • Producer
  • Director
1940
100% Only Angels Have Wings
  • Director
  • Producer
1939
95% Bringing Up Baby
  • Director
  • Producer
1938
71% Test Pilot
  • Screenwriter
1938
90% Come and Get It
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet The Road to Glory
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Ceiling Zero
  • Director
1936
100% Barbary Coast
  • Director
1935
88% Twentieth Century
  • Director
  • Producer
1934
80% Viva Villa!
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet Today We Live
  • Producer
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Tiger Shark
  • Director
1932
100% Scarface
  • Producer
  • Man on BedMan in Hospital Bed
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet The Crowd Roars
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet The Crowd Roars
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet The Criminal Code
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet The Dawn Patrol (Flight Commander)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Stunt Pilot
1930
No Score Yet A Girl in Every Port
  • Director
1928
No Score Yet Paid To Love
  • Director
1927
No Score Yet The Cradle Snatchers
  • Director
1927
No Score Yet Fig Leaves
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1926
No Score Yet 1925 Studio Tour
  • Actor

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