Richard Donner Movies

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1. X-15 (1961)

107 min | Drama, History

During the Cold War in the 1960s the U.S.A.F.and NASA tested the experimental rocket-powered aircraft X-15 that set altitude and speed records and reached the edge of outer space.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: David McLean, Charles Bronson, Ralph Taeger, Brad Dexter

Votes: 514

3. Salt and Pepper (1968)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

After discovering the body of a murdered female agent in their trendy Soho, London nightclub, groovy owners Charles Salt and Christopher Pepper partake in a fumbling investigation and ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Michael Bates, Ilona Rodgers

Votes: 489

A time-capsule curiosity that's long-since lost whatever relevance it once had.

4. London Affair (1970)

GP | 98 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy

A 38 year old American novelist discovers the difficulties of being married to a British 16 year old schoolgirl.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Orson Bean, Honor Blackman, Michael Craig

Votes: 780

5. Hernandez (1973 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

Adventures of a Mexican-American detective who can handle anything criminals and bureaucrats throw at him, but can't manage his mother at home.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Henry Darrow, Desmond Dhooge, Dana Elcar, Ronny Cox

6. Nightside (1973 TV Movie)

70 min | Crime, Drama

The story of three people - a press agent, a private detective and a nightclub owner - whose careers require them to spend most of the night awake and on the prowl. In the pilot episode, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: John Cassavetes, Alexis Smith, Mike Kellin, June Havoc

Votes: 7

7. Stat! (1973 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

Medical drama set in the emergency room of a major medical hospital.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Frank Converse, Michael DeLano, Marian Collier, Casey MacDonald

8. A Shadow in the Streets (1975 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

An ex-convict trying to straighten his life out takes a job as a parole agent in an experimental project to help former inmates.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Tony Lo Bianco, Sheree North, Dana Andrews, Ed Lauter

Votes: 15

9. Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

This movie is a teaching tool about a teenage girl struggling with alcoholism to cope with her feelings of insecurity and usual problems of adolescence.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Linda Blair, Larry Hagman, Verna Bloom, William Daniels

Votes: 438

10. The Omen (1976)

R | 111 min | Horror

62 Metascore

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner

Votes: 102,370 | Gross: $4.27M

As long as movies like The Omen are merely scaring us, they're fun in a portentous sort of way.

11. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

80 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 153,150 | Gross: $134.22M

Superman deftly blends humor and gravitas, taking advantage of the perfectly cast Christopher Reeve to craft a loving, nostalgic tribute to an American pop culture icon.

12. Superman II (1980)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors: Richard Lester, Richard Donner | Stars: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty

Votes: 94,323 | Gross: $108.19M

The humor occasionally stumbles into slapstick territory, and the special effects are dated, but Superman II meets, if not exceeds, the standard set by its predecessor.

13. Inside Moves (1980)

PG | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Roary begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits. When Jerry the bartender suddenly finds ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: John Savage, David Morse, Diana Scarwid, Amy Wright

Votes: 1,427

There is so much high drama and splendid triumph that the movie loses any basis in reality, so it's impossible to relate to what anyone's enduring.

14. The Toy (1982)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

16 Metascore

An underemployed reporter finds himself literally purchased as a toy for a rich spoiled brat.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 10,778 | Gross: $47.12M

Absolutely awful.

15. Cyndi Lauper: The Goonies 'R' Good Enough (1985 Video)

7 min | Short, Comedy, Music

Music video for Cyndi Lauper's song, which serves as the theme song for the movie, "The Goonies".

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Cyndi Lauper, Lou Albano, Sean Astin, Freddie Blassie

Votes: 207

16. Ladyhawke (1985)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

The thief Gaston escapes dungeon of medieval Aquila thru the latrine. Soldiers are about to kill him when Navarre saves him. Navarre, traveling with his spirited hawk, plans to kill the bishop of Aquila with help from Gaston.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leo McKern

Votes: 41,603 | Gross: $18.43M

Messy, dated romantic fantasy is dull and violent.

17. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

62 Metascore

A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 228,872 | Gross: $61.50M

An energetic, sometimes noisy mix of Speilbergian sentiment and funhouse tricks that will appeal to kids and nostalgic adults alike.

18. Lethal Weapon (1987)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 227,279 | Gross: $65.21M

The most successful installment in a phenomenally successful series, Lethal Weapon helped redefine action movies for the 1980s and 1990s.

19. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 82,135 | Gross: $60.33M

Scrooged gets by with Bill Murray and a dash of holiday spirit, although it's hampered by a markedly conflicted tone and an undercurrent of mean-spiritedness.

20. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

70 Metascore

Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Patsy Kensit

Votes: 155,042 | Gross: $147.25M

Lethal Weapon 2 may sport a thin plot typical of action fare, but its combination of humor and adrenaline, along with the chemistry between its leads, make this a playful, entertaining sequel.

21. Two-Fisted Tales (1992 TV Movie)

88 min | Drama, Thriller, War

Stories of an Old West gunfighter's last stand, a drag racer whose past comes back to haunt him, and WWI soldier's cowardice are introduced by the foul-mouthed, wheelchair-bound Mr. Rush. All segments were also in "Tales from the Crypt."

Directors: Richard Donner, Tom Holland, Robert Zemeckis | Stars: William Sadler, David Morse, Neil Giuntoli, Roderick Cook

Votes: 511

22. Radio Flyer (1992)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama

A father recounts a dark period of his childhood when he and his little brother lived in the suburbs.

Directors: Richard Donner, David Mickey Evans | Stars: Lorraine Bracco, John Heard, Adam Baldwin, Elijah Wood

Votes: 11,937 | Gross: $4.65M

Radio Flyer pushes so many buttons that I wanted to start pushing back.

23. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

40 Metascore

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue a former LAPD officer who uses his knowledge of police procedure and policies to steal and sell confiscated guns and ammunition to local street gangs.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

Votes: 151,239 | Gross: $144.73M

They know what they're doing and how to do it, but we miss the sense of invention that brightened the earlier movies.

24. Maverick (1994)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene

Votes: 97,972 | Gross: $101.63M

It isn't terribly deep, but it's witty and undeniably charming, and the cast is obviously having fun.

25. Assassins (1995)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Professional hit-man Robert Rath wants to fulfill a few more contracts before retiring but unscrupulous ambitious newcomer hit-man Miguel Bain keeps killing Rath's targets.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas, Julianne Moore, Anatoli Davydov

Votes: 75,010 | Gross: $30.31M

This movie is filled with such preposterous impossibilities that Forrest Gump could have improved it with a quick rewrite.

26. Conspiracy Theory (1997)

R | 135 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

A taxi driver with a pension for conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of these theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart, Cylk Cozart

Votes: 90,434 | Gross: $75.98M

Unfortunately, the parts of the movie that are truly good are buried beneath the deadening layers of thriller cliches and an unconvincing love story.

27. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

R | 127 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

37 Metascore

With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with deadly Chinese triads that are trying to free their former leaders out of prison and onto American soil.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

Votes: 148,170 | Gross: $130.44M

Jet Li's arrival breathes fresh life into a tired franchise formula -- but not enough to put Lethal Weapon 4 on equal footing with its predecessors.

28. Timeline (2003)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

28 Metascore

A group of archaeologists become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve a friend. The group must survive in fourteenth century France before they can escape back to the twenty-first century.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Paul Walker, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, Frances O'Connor

Votes: 58,742 | Gross: $19.48M

This incoherently plotted addition to the time-travel genre looks and sounds cheesy.

29. 16 Blocks (2006)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

An aging alcoholic cop is assigned the task of escorting a witness from police custody to a courthouse 16 blocks away. There are, however, chaotic forces at work that prevent them from making it in one piece.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bruce Willis, Yasiin Bey, David Morse, Jenna Stern

Votes: 123,944 | Gross: $36.88M

Despite strong performances from Bruce Willis and Mos Def, 16 Blocks is a shopworn entry in the buddy-action genre.



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