Lewis Milestone

Lewis Milestone

Highest Rated: 100% The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Lowest Rated: 48% Ocean's 11 (1960)

Birthday: Sep 30, 1895

Birthplace: Kishinew, Russia

Lewis Milestone (born Lewis Milstein in the Ukraine) came to the U.S. as a teenager, and while in the Army during World War I was an assistant director on training films. In Hollywood, he began working as an editor, and after writing and assistant directing in the early 1920s, he helmed his first feature for producer Howard Hughes, Seven Sinners (1925). Milestone's comedy Two Arabian Knights (1927) was widely admired, but the director didn't hit his stride until 1930 with All Quiet on the Western Front, his landmark adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's war novel. In the '30s Milestone scored major achievements in several genres, including comedy (The Front Page [1931]), musical (Hallelujah, I'm a Bum [1933]), and espionage (The General Died at Dawn [1936]); he capped the decade with his classic drama Of Mice And Men (1939), adaptated from John Steinbeck's novella. Notable among his work of the 1940s and '50s are the war films Edge of Darkness (1943), The Purple Heart (1944), A Walk in the Sun (1946), and Pork Chop Hill (1959); The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946), a stylish noir; and the Steinbeck adaptation The Red Pony (1949). Milestone began directing for television in the mid-'50s, and his film output quickly dropped off; after presiding over the Rat Pack in Ocean's 11 (1960) and Marlon Brando in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), his only other '60s credits are two films he started but which were completed and signed by others, PT 109 (1963) and The Dirty Game.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Chalkdust Memories Actor 2007
68% Mutiny on the Bounty Director 1962
48% Ocean's 11 Producer 1960
83% Pork Chop Hill Director 1959
No Score Yet They Who Dare Director 1954
No Score Yet Les Miserables Director 1952
No Score Yet Kangaroo Director 1952
88% Halls of Montezuma Director 1950
No Score Yet The Red Pony Director Producer 1949
No Score Yet Arch of Triumph Director Screenwriter Producer 1948
100% The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Director 1946
100% A Walk in the Sun Producer Director 1945
No Score Yet The Purple Heart Director 1944
No Score Yet The North Star (Armored Attack) Director 1943
No Score Yet Edge of Darkness Director 1943
No Score Yet Our Russian Front Director Producer 1942
No Score Yet Lucky Partners Director 1940
100% Of Mice and Men Producer 1939
86% The General Died at Dawn Director Reporter 1936
83% Anything Goes Director 1936
No Score Yet The Captain Hates the Sea Director Producer 1934
88% Hallelujah, I'm a Bum Producer Director 1933
86% Rain Director Producer 1932
92% The Front Page Director 1931
98% All Quiet on the Western Front Director Screenwriter 1930
100% The Racket Director 1928
No Score Yet Tempest Director 1928
No Score Yet The Garden of Eden Director 1928
No Score Yet Two Arabian Knights Director 1927
100% The Kid Brother Director 1927
No Score Yet Fine Manners Director 1926
No Score Yet Seven Sinners Screenwriter Director 1925


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