Nicholas Ray

Nicholas Ray

Highest Rated: 100% The Lusty Men (1952)

Lowest Rated: 43% A Woman's Secret (1949)

Birthday: Aug 7, 1911

Birthplace: Galesville, Wisconsin, USA

Having been one of the first to portray disaffected youths in a number of social dramas, director Nicholas Ray pioneered a subgenre while almost singlehandedly putting a spotlight on teenage angst. Ray perfected the character of the detached loner railing against integration into society with "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955), which starred James Dean in the young actor's most iconic role before his tragic death just months before the film's release. Prior to "Rebel," Ray directed "They Live by Night" (1949), one the hallmarks of film noir, and "In a Lonely Place" (1950), which featured arguably one of Humphrey Bogart's finest performances of his career. Ray continued his exploration into the darker corners of American life with "On Dangerous Ground" (1951), before breaking away from noir with a pair of Westerns, "The Lusty Men" (1952) and the female-centric "Johnny Guitar" (1954). But it was "Rebel Without a Cause" that cemented his legacy and made him a darling of the French New Wave critics from Cahiers du Cinema, who hoisted him up as something of a filmmaking god, despite Ray's failure to achieve such success again. Struggling with drug and alcohol addiction later in life, Ray hit bottom with "Party Girl" (1958) and "The Savage Innocents" (1960), before taking a big payday to direct his final two movies, "King of Kings" (1961) and "55 Days at Peking" (1963). Ray collapsed on set of the latter film and never returned to directing Hollywood movies, only to live out the rest of his days as a professor in upstate New York. Despite the obscurity of his final years, Ray nonetheless loomed large over cinema history for both his technical and thematic influences that were felt decades later.

Highest rated movies

The American Friend
Hair

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
67% 70% Lightning Over Water Self,
Director
- 1980
88% 87% Hair The General (Character) - 1979
91% 80% The American Friend Derwatt (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 50% We Can't Go Home Again Unknown (Character),
Director
- 1976
57% 55% 55 Days at Peking Director - 1963
85% 77% King of Kings Director - 1961
69% 73% The Savage Innocents Director,
Writer
- 1959
83% 56% Party Girl Director - 1958
No Score Yet 55% Wind Across the Everglades Director - 1958
76% 68% Bitter Victory Director - 1958
86% 35% The True Story of Jesse James Director - 1957
90% 84% Bigger Than Life Director - 1956
86% 43% Hot Blood Director - 1956
No Score Yet 73% Run for Cover Director - 1955
92% 88% Rebel Without a Cause Director,
Writer
- 1955
94% 85% Johnny Guitar Director,
Producer
- 1954
100% 83% The Lusty Men Director - 1952
75% 64% Flying Leathernecks Director - 1951
89% 78% On Dangerous Ground Director,
Writer
- 1951
No Score Yet 57% Born to Be Bad Director - 1950
98% 89% In a Lonely Place Director - 1950
No Score Yet 20% Roseanna McCoy Director - 1949
43% 33% A Woman's Secret Director - 1949
67% 58% Knock on Any Door Director - 1949
96% 81% They Live by Night Director - 1948