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List of Brian De Palma Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Scarface (1983)
38
9
Scarface
TV-14
38
9

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

As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Charles Durning, Richard Belzer, F. Murray Abraham, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia
2. Carlito's Way (1993)
32
8
Carlito's Way
R
32
8

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.

As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
3. Blow Out (1981)
27
6
Blow Out
R
27
6

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.    

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
John Travolta, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Nancy Allen, Peter Boyden
4. The Untouchables (1987)
28
9
The Untouchables
R
28
9

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.

As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia
5. Carrie (1976)
26
7
Carrie
R
26
7

Based on Stephen King’s novel, the film is about Carrie White, a withdrawn, sensitive teenager who is brought up by an overbearing, fanatically religious mother.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.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, John Travolta, Piper Laurie, William Katt
6. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
22
4
Phantom of the Paradise
PG
22
4

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.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Music, Musical, Romance, Comedy, Thriller
Star Cast:
Rod Serling, William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham
7. Dressed to Kill (1980)
26
3
Dressed to Kill
R
26
3

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.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz, Keith Gordon, Nancy Allen
8. Body Double (1984)
23
4
Body Double
R
23
4

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.  

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Melanie Griffith, Deborah Shelton, Craig Wasson, Guy Boyd, Gregg Henry
9. Sisters (1972)
18
4
Sisters
R
18
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.  

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Star Cast:
Margot Kidder, Charles Durning, William Finley, Jennifer Salt, Lisle Wilson
10. Obsession (1976)
19
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.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Cliff Robertson, John Lithgow, Geneviève Bujold, Sylvia Kuumba Williams, Wanda Blackman
11. Mission: Impossible (1996)
20
3
Mission: Impossible
PG-13
20
3

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.  

As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Adventure, Action, Thriller
12. De Palma (2015)
13
3
De Palma
R
13
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Genres:
Documentary, Biography
13. Icarus (1960)
12
2
Icarus
12
2
As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Short
14. Casualties of War (1989)
18
3
Casualties of War
R
18
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. 

As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Crime, Drama, War
15. The Fury (1978)
14
2
The Fury
R
14
2

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.

As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Horror
16. 660124: The Story of an IBM Card (1961)
11
2
660124: The Story of an IBM Card
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Short
17. Hi, Mom! (1970)
13
2
Hi, Mom!
R
13
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Durning, Robert De Niro, Allen Garfield, Abraham Goren, Lara Parker
18. Femme Fatale (2002)
14
2
Femme Fatale
R
14
2

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. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Star Cast:
Antonio Banderas, John Stamos, Peter Coyote, Rebecca Romijn, Eriq Ebouaney
19. The Responsive Eye (1966)
10
2
The Responsive Eye
10
2
As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Documentary, Short
Star Cast:
David Hockney, William Seitz, Rudolf Arnheim, Irving H. Leopold, Jeffrey Steele
20. Greetings (1968)
12
2
Greetings
R
12
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert De Niro, Jonathan Warden, Gerrit Graham, Richard Hamilton, Megan McCormick
21. Raising Cain (1992)
14
2
Raising Cain
R
14
2

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.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
John Lithgow, Frances Sternhagen, Gregg Henry, Steven Bauer, Lolita Davidovich
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
As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Short
23. Snake Eyes (1998)
13
2
Snake Eyes
R
13
2

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. 

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Nicolas Cage, Carla Gugino, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Stan Shaw
24. Redacted (2007)
11
2
Redacted
R
11
2

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.  

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
War, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Izzy Diaz, Rob Devaney, Ty Jones, Anas Wellman, Mike Figueroa
25. 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. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
William Finley, Jared Martin, Andra Akers, Margo Norton, Ken Burrows
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. 

As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Katharine Ross, Orson Welles, John Astin, Allen Garfield, Tom Smothers
27. To Bridge This Gap (1965)
9
2
To Bridge This Gap
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma, Ken Burrows
Genres:
Short, Documentary
Star Cast:
R. Jess Brown, Jack Greenberg, Henry Marsh, Demetrius Newton, A.P. Tureaud
28. Woton's Wake (1962)
9
2
Woton's Wake
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Horror, Short
Star Cast:
William Finley, Robin Brooks, Norma Green, Grania Gurievitch, Eleonora Harvey
29. Mission to Mars (2000)
13
3
Mission to Mars
PG
13
3

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. 

As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
30. 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. 

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Kirk Douglas, Nancy Allen, Mary Davenport, Vincent Gardenia, Keith Gordon
31. Dionysus in '69 (1970)
9
4
Dionysus in '69
X
9
4
As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma, Richard Schechner
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Remi Barclay, Samuel Blazer, Jason Bosseau, Richard Dia, William Finley
32. The Black Dahlia (2006)
11
4
The Black Dahlia
R
11
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.  

As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Drama
33. Wise Guys (1986)
9
4
Wise Guys
R
9
4
As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Danny DeVito, Harvey Keitel, Dan Hedaya, Ray Sharkey, Joe Piscopo
34. 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. 

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Brian De Palma, Wilford Leach, Cynthia Munroe
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jill Clayburgh, Robert De Niro, Valda Setterfield, Raymond McNally, John Braswell, Charles Pfluger
35. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
8
3
The Bonfire of the Vanities
R
8
3

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.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Brian De Palma
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
36. Passion (2012)
10
2
Passion
R
10
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.

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

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
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, Allison Anders

TV Shows and Videos

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