Godfather of American independent cinema John Cassavetes led his stable of fearless actors—Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, and, especially, wife Gena Rowlands—into hitherto uncharted cinematic territory, portraying raw human emotion with radical realism and penetrating insight. His films are guided not by conventional narrative technique, but by the rhythms and interiority of everyday life. All films directed by John Cassavetes unless otherwise noted.
An aging actress refuses to accept her fading stardom in the provocative drama.
John Cassavetes plays an unhinged psychotic in this World War II cult classic.
Sidney Poitier and John Cassavetes star in this gritty, lower Manhattan-set drama.
John Cassavetes’ largely improvised debut heralded the birth of the American New Wave.
This gritty drama stars Bobby Darin as a jazz pianist tormented by his ambition.
Judy Garland and Burt Lancaster star in one of John Cassavetes’ rare commerical projects.
Gena Rowlands delivers a legendary performance in “Cassavetes' masterpiece” (Dave Kehr).
Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson star in this tough noir adaptation of a Hemingway story.
John Cassavetes gives a manic performance in this portrait of Sin City sleaze.
John Cassavetes splashes raw emotion across every frame in his first critical triumph.
John Cassavetes delivers his distinctive take on the screwball romantic comedy.
Three buddies undergo midlife crises in this lacerating depiction of male friendship.
The owner of an LA strip club spirals out of control in this tragically human noir.
An Upper West Side mother-to-be discovers she’s carrying the spawn of Satan.
John Cassavetes and Susan Sarandon star in this offbeat adaptation of Shakespeare’s play.
An ex-gangster’s moll protects a young boy in this Gena Rowlands vehicle.
John Cassavetes plays a villainous government operative in Brian De Palma’s tour-de-force.
John Cassavetes’ seldom-seen last film is a comedic reworking of Double Indemnity.
Elaine May’s dark buddy thriller adopts John Cassavetes’ loose-limbed vérité style.
John Cassavetes’ penultimate film overflows with compassion and touches of the surreal.