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John Dahl

Highest Rated:   100% O.J.: Made in America (2016)
Lowest Rated:   22% Unforgettable (1996)
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Reserved Montanan John Dahl gravitated toward cinematic stories that bore little resemblance to his peaceful roots and made a name for himself as a superb neo-noir director in the 1990s.Raised in Billings, MT, where his youth included a stint as a Boy Scout with his father as his Scout leader, Dahl studied music at the University of Montana before switching to film at Montana State. Dahl subsequently moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute. Entering the movie industry however he could, Dahl directed music videos and did storyboard art for Jonathan Demme before he finally got a break when his script P.I.: Private Investigations (1987) was made into a TV movie.Dahl moved to feature direction with the independent crime movie and his first neo-noir Kill Me Again (1989). Written by Dahl as well, Kill Me Again starred Joanne Whalley-Kilmer as a Mob-scamming femme fatale who cuts a swath through the West, becoming a homage to (and a clever send up of) the 1940s Spider Woman legacy. Dahl hit his creative stride with his next film, Red Rock West (1992). Another dusty Western/noir tale of double-crossing, murder, and adultery, Red Rock West showcased Dahl's eye for atmospheric visuals and sharp sense of humor about the genre. Though Nicolas Cage and Lara Flynn Boyle play the patsy and the lethal seductress to a T, suitably twisted Dennis Hopper particularly stood out as hired killer Lyle From Dallas. Consigned to a cable TV debut by its faithless backers, Red Rock West was rescued by a small San Francisco distributor and it became a breakthrough art house hit for Dahl. Dahl returned to the neo-noir well again with The Last Seduction (1994), this time setting a Double Indemnity-style vamp on the loose in New York City and state. Anchored by Linda Fiorentino's ferociously sexy and funny career performance as the most fatale of femmes, The Last Seduction followed the same route to theatrical success via cable TV, making Fiorentino infamously ineligible for a deserved Oscar nomination. After suffering a box-office and critical rejection with his science fiction yarn Unforgettable (1996), Dahl returned to the underworld with Rounders (1998), a sleekly shot character study set against New York's private poker clubs and card sharks. Rounders' Mean Streets-esque friendship between law student Matt Damon and self-destructive Edward Norton provided moments of interesting buddy drama (even more interesting than co-star John Malkovich's "Russian" accent) and earned kudos for Norton. Dahl's next foray into noir territory, Joy Ride (2001), however, eschewed in-depth character examination for movie-wise dark highway thrills as two guys and a girl get into deep trouble when the guys play a practical joke on the wrong trucker. Though the film failed to make waves at the box office, critics once again praised Dahl's knack for economical, unironic genre-based filmmaking.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% O.J.: Made in America
  • Executive Producer
2016
No Score Yet When the Garden was Eden
  • Executive Producer
2014
63% Broken
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet Hawaiian: The Legend Of Eddie Aikau
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet Youngstown Boys
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet One Night In Vegas
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet The Diplomat
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet The Announcement
  • Executive Producer
2012
No Score Yet Unguarded
  • Executive Producer
2012
No Score Yet Catching Hell
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Renée
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet The Real Rocky
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Roll Tide/War Eagle
  • Executive Producer
2011
85% Two Escobars
  • Executive Producer
2010
No Score Yet Into The Wind
  • Executive Producer
2010
No Score Yet Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore
  • Executive Producer
2010
No Score Yet Kobe Doin' Work
  • Executive Producer
2009
78% You Kill Me
  • Director
$2.4M 2007
37% The Great Raid
  • Director
$10.1M 2005
73% Joy Ride
  • Director
$21.3M 2001
65% Rounders
  • Director
1998
22% Unforgettable
  • Director
1996
94% The Last Seduction
  • Director
1994
95% Red Rock West
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Kill Me Again
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet P.I. Private Investigations
  • Screenwriter
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% The Affair
2014
  • Director
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet 30 for 30
2009
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
82% Billions
2016
  • Director
  • 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • 2016
77% Ray Donovan
2013
  • Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
84% House of Cards
2013-2016
  • Director
  • 2015
No Score Yet House of Lies
2012-2016
  • Director
  • 2015
91% Marvel's Jessica Jones
2015
  • Director
  • 2015
89% Hannibal
2013-2015
  • Director
  • 2015
  • 2013
96% The Americans
2013
  • Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
94% Outlander
2014
  • Director
  • 2014
72% The Strain
2014
  • Director
  • 2014
88% The Bridge (FX)
2013-2014
  • Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
92% Person Of Interest
2011
  • Director
  • 2013
86% The Vampire Diaries
2009
  • Director
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
80% Dexter
2006-2013
  • Director
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
97% Arrow
2012
  • Director
  • 2012
85% Falling Skies
2011-2015
  • Director
  • 2012
88% Homeland
2011
  • Director
  • 2012
92% Shameless
2011
  • Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Shameless USA
2011
  • Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
80% Caprica
2010
  • Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
64% Hellcats
2010-2011
  • Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
94% Terriers
2010
  • Director
  • 2010
70% True Blood
2008-2014
  • Director
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Battlestar Galactica
2005-2009
  • Director
  • 2009
95% Breaking Bad
2008-2013
  • Director
  • 2009
75% United States of Tara
2009-2011
  • Director
  • 2009
No Score Yet Breaking Bad
  • Director

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