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List of Brian De Palma Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Scarface (1983)
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13
Scarface
TV-14
43
13

A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface narrates the story of an exiled Cuban criminal, Tony Montana, who joins Miami drug lord Frank Lopez and desire to have it all – the empire as well as latter’s trophy wife. He rises to become powerful drug lord himself. However, enemies and his own paranoia eventually lead to his downfall

Starring:
Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Charles Durning, Richard Belzer, F. Murray Abraham, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
2. Carlito's Way (1993)
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10
Carlito's Way
R
35
10

After drug dealer Carlito Brigante is released early from prison thanks to an exploitation by his sleazy lawyer friend Dave Kleinfeld, he pledges to mend his ways and rekindles his romance with former girlfriend Gail. However, despite repeated attempts to avoid temptations, he is eventually dragged into his former violent lifestyle while assisting Kleinfeld against an Italian Mafia boss.

Starring:
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
3. Carrie (1976)
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8
Carrie
R
32
8

Based on Stephen King’s novel, the film is about Carrie White, a withdrawn, sensitive teenager who is brought up by an overbearing, fanatically religious mother. A target of taunts at school, she often receives help from her gym teacher. When Carrie gets bullied and humiliated at the senior prom, she unleashes her newly found telekinetic powers, leading to terrible consequences.

Starring:
Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Amy Irving, Piper Laurie, William Katt
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
4. Blow Out (1981)
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7
Blow Out
R
31
7

Blow Out is a mystery thriller film, which tells the story of a sound technician who saves a woman after a car plunges into a creek. However, he could not save the other person, who was a governor running for President. Soon, he realizes that the accident was actually part of a big murder conspiracy.    

Starring:
John Lithgow, John Travolta, Dennis Franz, Nancy Allen, Peter Boyden
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
5. The Untouchables (1987)
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11
The Untouchables
R
33
11

The Prohibition era Chicago is replete with corruption and the gangland kingpin Al Capone has the city under his control. When Federal Agent Eliot Ness is assigned to put an end to Capone’s illegal activities, he forms a team of uncorrupted men and soon finds a way to bring the gangster down.

Starring:
Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
6. Dressed to Kill (1980)
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5
Dressed to Kill
R
32
5

When a mysterious blonde woman kills a patient of a psychiatrist, Liz Blake, a call girl, is the only witness to this murder. However, the police thinks that Liz is the murderer, but the real killer tries to silence and get rid of Liz, the only witness.

Starring:
Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz, Keith Gordon, Nancy Allen
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
7. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
24
5
Phantom of the Paradise
PG
24
5

Swan is an unscrupulous record producer who tricks and steals the music of songwriter Winslow Leach. In addition, Swan frames Leach as well, for dealing drugs, and gets him sent to prison. Leach breaks out eventually, and attempts to sabotage Swan’s entire empire.

Starring:
Rod Serling, William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
8. Body Double (1984)
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5
Body Double
R
26
5

Jake Scully, an out-of-work actor, who moves out of his deceitful girlfriend’s apartment, accepts house-sitting job for fellow-actor Sam Bouchard. Soon Jake gets obsessed with sexy neighbor Gloria, as he watches her sensuous striptease every night through telescope, then follows and meets her. But his voyeuristic activities get him implicated in a complex plot as he becomes a suspect in a murder investigation.  

Starring:
Melanie Griffith, Deborah Shelton, Craig Wasson, Guy Boyd, Gregg Henry
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
9. Sisters (1972)
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4
Sisters
R
19
4

Sisters is a psychological horror film which tells the story of a French Canadian model whose twin sister is suspected of a brutal murder. Meanwhile, a reporter named Grace tries to find out the truth about the killing.  

Starring:
Margot Kidder, Charles Durning, William Finley, Jennifer Salt, Lisle Wilson
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
10. Obsession (1976)
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2
Obsession
PG
19
2

Obsession is a mystery drama thriller film which tells the story of a New Orleans businessman, whose life is shattered after he loses his wife and his daughter in a kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later, his life takes a shocking turn, when he meets a woman named Sandra, who has a striking resemblance to his wife. He falls deeply in love with Sandra, but fears that she may face a similar fate.

Starring:
Cliff Robertson, John Lithgow, Geneviève Bujold, Sylvia Kuumba Williams, Wanda Blackman
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
11. Mission: Impossible (1996)
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4
Mission: Impossible
PG-13
22
4

The first installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, the movie follows Ethan Hunt and his mission to expose the mole who has framed him for the murders of many of his Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team. A commercial success, it became one of the highest-grossing films of 1996.  

Starring:
Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Jean Reno, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jon Voight, Emilio Estevez, Vanessa Redgrave
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
12. Casualties of War (1989)
20
3
Casualties of War
R
20
3

This war drama film takes us to the Vietnam War, and it tells the story of Private Eriksson who must not only fight against the enemy but also his own squad leader, Sergeant Tony Meserve, when he orders the squad members to kidnap and rape a poor farm girl. 

Starring:
Michael J. Fox, Stephen Baldwin, John Leguizamo, Sean Penn, Ving Rhames, Amy Irving, Don Harvey
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
13. De Palma (2015)
13
3
De Palma
R
13
3
Role:
Himself
Directed By:
14. Icarus (1960)
12
2
Icarus
12
2
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
15. The Fury (1978)
15
3
The Fury
R
15
3

Based on a novel of the same name, The Fury is a supernatural thriller film which tells us the story of Peter, a former CIA agent, whose son Robin is a psychic. Their lives take a turn after Ben Childress, Peter’s old colleague, kidnaps Robin, as he is studying people with supernatural powers. He hopes that he will be able to develop their talents, to use them as weapons. Peter soon teams up with a teenager with special abilities to rescue his son.

Starring:
Daryl Hannah, Kirk Douglas, Jim Belushi, Carrie Snodgress, Melody Thomas Scott, Amy Irving, Charles Durning
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
16. 660124: The Story of an IBM Card (1961)
11
2
660124: The Story of an IBM Card
11
2
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
17. Hi, Mom! (1970)
13
3
Hi, Mom!
R
13
3
Starring:
Charles Durning, Robert De Niro, Allen Garfield, Abraham Goren, Lara Parker
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
18. Femme Fatale (2002)
14
3
Femme Fatale
R
14
3

In a daring heist, con-woman Laure Ash steals the jewel Eye of the Serpent in Cannes, and cheating her partners, escapes to Paris. Mistaken as Lily, a distressed woman who commits suicide, Laure assumes Lily's identity. Moving to America, she marries a wealthy person who becomes American ambassador to France. As Lily/Laure meets photographer Nicholas in Paris, she has trouble hiding her dark past. 

Starring:
Antonio Banderas, John Stamos, Peter Coyote, Rebecca Romijn, Eriq Ebouaney
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
19. The Responsive Eye (1966)
10
3
The Responsive Eye
10
3
Starring:
David Hockney, William Seitz, Rudolf Arnheim, Irving H. Leopold, Jeffrey Steele
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
20. Greetings (1968)
12
3
Greetings
R
12
3
Starring:
Robert De Niro, Jonathan Warden, Gerrit Graham, Richard Hamilton, Megan McCormick
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
21. Raising Cain (1992)
15
3
Raising Cain
R
15
3

Dr. Carter Nix, a renowned child psychologist exhibits signs of being mentally imbalance. He also discovers that Jenny, his wife is having an affair. His obsessive concern over the upbringing of their daughter, Nix's severe personality disorder, murder, revenge and abduction of his own daughter result in a fascinating suspense.

Starring:
John Lithgow, Frances Sternhagen, Gregg Henry, Steven Bauer, Lolita Davidovich
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
22. Show Me a Strong Town and I'll Show You a Strong Bank (1966)
9
2
Show Me a Strong Town and I'll Show You a Strong Bank
9
2
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
23. Snake Eyes (1998)
14
3
Snake Eyes
R
14
3

Corrupt Atlantic City police detective, Rick Santoro, is attending a boxing match in Atlantic City Arena. He meets up with his best friend, Navy Commander Kevin Dunne in charge of protecting the Defense Secretary Kirkland. During the match when Kirkland is assassinated and a mysterious Julia Costello becomes the only witness, Rick uncovers a much sinister plot. 

Starring:
Nicolas Cage, Carla Gugino, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Stan Shaw
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
24. Murder à la Mod (1968)
10
2
Murder à la Mod
10
2

A naive young woman named Karen is trying to help her boyfriend Chris, a struggling filmmaker to raise money to divorce his wife. In the meantime, a jolly psycho prankster names Otto has started to stalk the building where Chris is shooting a low-budget movie. 

Starring:
William Finley, Jared Martin, Andra Akers, Margo Norton, Ken Burrows
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
25. Redacted (2007)
11
3
Redacted
R
11
3

Redacted is a war crime thriller film which revolves around the rape of a 15 year old Iraqi girl by US Army soldiers, after which they murder her along with her family.  

Starring:
Izzy Diaz, Rob Devaney, Ty Jones, Anas Wellman, Mike Figueroa
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
26. Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972)
9
2
Get to Know Your Rabbit
R
9
2

Tired of his corporate job, business executive Donald Beeman spontaneously decides to leave his work, take training from master magician Mr. Delasandro, and turn tap-dancing magician. Beeman’s boss Mr. Turnbull follows him to clubs to get him back, and then with Beeman’s help launches ‘Tap-Dancing Magicians’ course for pressured executives, which gains wide popularity bringing Beeman back to where he started from. 

Starring:
Katharine Ross, Orson Welles, John Astin, Allen Garfield, Tom Smothers
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
27. To Bridge This Gap (1965)
9
2
To Bridge This Gap
9
2
Starring:
R. Jess Brown, Jack Greenberg, Henry Marsh, Demetrius Newton, A.P. Tureaud
Directed By:
Brian De Palma, Ken Burrows
28. Woton's Wake (1962)
9
2
Woton's Wake
9
2
Starring:
William Finley, Robin Brooks, Norma Green, Grania Gurievitch, Eleonora Harvey
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
29. Home Movies (1979)
10
2
Home Movies
PG
10
2

Aspiring filmmaker Denis Byrd has started filming everything that happens at his own home. Rather unfortunately for him, his cult guru and film instructor mentor who calls himself The Maestro decides to give frequent instructions to Keith on how to shoot the movie. 

Starring:
Kirk Douglas, Nancy Allen, Mary Davenport, Vincent Gardenia, Keith Gordon
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
30. The Black Dahlia (2006)
13
4
The Black Dahlia
R
13
4

LAPD Detectives Dwight ‘Bucky’ Bleichert and Lee Blanchard become obsessed with solving the murder of Elizabeth Short, who is nicknamed The Black Dahlia. Things get complicated when Lee ends up getting murdered and Bucky becomes involved with a wealthy woman named Madeleine who bears a striking resemblance to Elizabeth.  

Starring:
Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan, Mia Kirshner
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
31. Mission to Mars (2000)
13
4
Mission to Mars
PG
13
4

The first manned mission to Mars ends in disaster when after landing, Commander Luke Graham, gets sucked into a giant opening with a humanoid face. When the rescue mission Mars II reaches Luke on the red planet, they decide to investigate the opening and discover the origins of humanity. 

Starring:
Connie Nielsen, Don Cheadle, Timothy Francis Robbins, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
32. Dionysus in '69 (1970)
9
4
Dionysus in '69
X
9
4
Starring:
Remi Barclay, Samuel Blazer, Jason Bosseau, Richard Dia, William Finley
Directed By:
Brian De Palma, Richard Schechner
33. The Wedding Party (1969)
9
3
The Wedding Party
R
9
3

Charlie and Josephine are to be married but Charlie starts having doubts as the wedding day comes closer. Desperate to stop the wedding after being convinced by his groomsmen, Charlie adopts several schemes to sabotage the wedding including rekindling a relationship between his fiancée and her ex. 

Starring:
Jill Clayburgh, Robert De Niro, Valda Setterfield, Raymond McNally, John Braswell, Charles Pfluger
Directed By:
Brian De Palma, Wilford Leach, Cynthia Munroe
34. Wise Guys (1986)
9
5
Wise Guys
R
9
5
Starring:
Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, Dan Hedaya, Ray Sharkey, Joe Piscopo
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
35. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
9
4
The Bonfire of the Vanities
R
9
4

Based on a novel of the same name, this black comedy film tells the story of an investment banker, named Sherman McCoy who is quite wealthy and enjoys a luxurious life with his mistress Maria Ruskin. However, one day, he finds himself in a big mess when Maria accidentally kills an African-American teenager.

Starring:
Kim Cattrall, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, F. Murray Abraham
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
36. Passion (2012)
11
2
Passion
R
11
2

Passion is a mystery thriller film which tells the story of Christine, working for an international advertising agency, who is romantically involved with her boss. But her boss betrays her, which leads to murder.

Starring:
Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Karoline Herfurth, Paul Anderson, Dominic Raacke
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
37. Jennifer (1964)
7
1
Jennifer
7
1
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
38. Domino (2018)
9
4
Domino
R
9
4
Starring:
Carice van Houten, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Guy Pearce, Nicolas Bro, Søren Malling
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
39. Sisters (2006)
7
1
Sisters
R
7
1
Starring:
Lou Doillon, Stephen Rea, William B. Davis, JR Bourne, Chloë Sevigny
Directed By:
Douglas Buck
40. Rotwang muß weg! (1994)
11
2
Rotwang muß weg!
11
2
Starring:
Udo Kier, Heikko Deutschmann, Beate Finckh, Sybill Norvak
Directed By:
Hans-Christoph Blumenberg

TV Movie(s)

1. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
13
3
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
13
3
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, Allison Anders
Directed By:
Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson

TV Shows and Videos

Bruce Springsteen: Video Anthology 1978-1988 (1989)
Bruce Springsteen: Video Anthology 1978-1988
Starring:
Courteney Cox, Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan, Danny Federici
Directed By:
Brian De Palma, Meiert Avis, Carol Dodds
Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Relax, Version 3 (1984)
Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Relax, Version 3
Starring:
Holly Johnson, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Peter Gill, Brian Nash, Mark O'Toole
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
Bruce Springsteen: Dancing in the Dark (1984)
Bruce Springsteen: Dancing in the Dark
Starring:
Steven Van Zandt, Courteney Cox, Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg, Bruce Springsteen
Directed By:
Brian De Palma
Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000 (2001)
Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000
Starring:
Courteney Cox, Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan, Danny Federici
Directed By:
Brian De Palma, Sean Penn, Adam Bernstein, Tim Robbins, Jonathan Demme
Scene by Scene (1996)
Scene by Scene
Role:
Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Starring:
Jonathan Demme, Jeff Bridges, Mark Cousins
Directed By:
Mark Cousins