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J. Lee Thompson

Highest Rated:   95% Cape Fear (1962)
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Before reaching his twentieth birthday, British film director J. Lee Thompson was an established repertory actor and playwright. He entered films as an actor in 1934, then switched to screenwriting (usually in collaboration) five years later. Lee-Thompson's directorial debut was Murder Without Crime (1950), but it was his second picture, the noirish The Yellow Balloon (1951), which established him as a bankable director of action programmers. In 1958, Lee-Thompson introduced Hayley Mills to moviegoers in the taut melodrama Tiger Bay (1958). After 1960's I Aim at the Stars, an historically questionable Werner Von Braun biopic, Lee-Thompson was given his most prestigious directing assignment to date: The international moneyspinner The Guns of Navarone (1961). Henceforth all of Lee-Thompson's projects would be expensive A-pictures, even those with B-story values and artistic aspirations like 1961's Cape Fear. The director's style veered from pristine stylishness (What a Way to Go [1964]) to appalling tastelessness (John Goldfarb Please Come Home [1966]); in general, Lee-Thompson could be counted upon for excellent box-office returns. Most of his later assignments were erratic in quality: For every McKenna's Gold (1968), there'd be a Greek Tycoon (1978). In the early '80s, J. Lee-Thompson and his Jaylee production firm hopped on the Indiana Jones bandwagon with a brace of sloppily constructed adventure films (actually one long film cut in two) based on H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Making of The Guns of Navarone
  • Actor
2003
0% Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Messenger of Death
  • Director
1988
14% Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
  • Director
1987
0% Firewalker
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Murphy's Law
  • Director
1986
9% King Solomon's Mines
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet The Evil That Men Do
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet The Ambassador
  • Director
1984
40% 10 to Midnight
  • Director
1983
27% Happy Birthday to Me
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Caboblanco (Cabo Blanco)
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet The Passage
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet The Greek Tycoon
  • Director
1978
20% The White Buffalo
  • Director
1977
38% St. Ives
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet The Reincarnation of Peter Proud
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet The Blue Knight
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn
  • Director
1974
38% Battle For The Planet Of The Apes
  • Director
1973
44% Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet A Great American Tragedy
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet The Chairman
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet MacKenna's Gold
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Before Winter Comes
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Eye of the Devil
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet John Goldfarb, Please Come Home
  • Director
  • Producer
1965
No Score Yet Return From The Ashes
  • Producer
  • Director
1965
0% What a Way to Go!
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Kings of the Sun
  • Director
1963
No Score Yet Taras Bulba
  • Director
1962
95% Cape Fear
  • Director
1962
95% The Guns of Navarone
  • Director
1961
No Score Yet North West Frontier
  • Director
1960
No Score Yet Tiger Bay
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet No Trees in the Street
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet Northwest Frontier
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet Ice Cold in Alex
  • Director
1958
89% Woman in a Dressing Gown
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet The Good Companions
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet Yield to the Night
  • Director
1956
No Score Yet An Alligator Named Daisy
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet The Yellow Balloon
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1953
No Score Yet Murder Without Crime
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1951

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