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List of Rod Serling Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Planet of the Apes (1968)
19
2
Planet of the Apes
G
19
2

A spaceship crash lands into an unknown planet. Three astronauts think that the planet has no intelligent life form. However, they soon come across a much more advanced society of apes that rule the planet. Humans, in this planet are reduced to slaves and are locked up. Astronaut Taylor has to escape to save his life but he comes across a startling discovery about the planet itself.

As:
Writer
Director:
Franklin J. Schaffner
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure
Star Cast:
Charlton Heston, James Whitmore, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans
3. Patterns (1956)
17
2
Patterns
17
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Fielder Cook
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lauren Bacall, Van Heflin, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, Beatrice Straight, Elizabeth Wilson
4. Seven Days in May (1964)
15
2
Seven Days in May
TV-14
15
2

After the President offers his support to a nuclear disarmament treaty, several military leaders in the US plan to overthrow him, as they fear an attack from the Soviets.

As:
Writer
Director:
John Frankenheimer
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
5. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
13
2
Phantom of the Paradise
PG
13
2

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:
Cast, Narrator
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Music, Musical, Romance, Comedy, Thriller
Star Cast:
William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham
6. The Man (1972)
15
2
The Man
G
15
2

After a tragic incident that kills the President of the United States, an African-American senator is made the first black President, since the Vice President refuses to assume office due to his mental condition. However, things turn difficult for the new President, due to the racism prevalent in the country.     

As:
Writer
Director:
Joseph Sargent
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
James Earl Jones, Martin Balsam, Burgess Meredith, Lew Ayres, William Windom
8. The Rack (1956)
12
2
The Rack
12
2

Capt. Edward Hall Jr., who had been a POW in Korea for 2 years, returns home where he faces court-martial for collaborating with the enemy. His father, a distinguished officer, renounces his son, so a disheartened Hall decides to plead guilty. But his attorney encourages him to recount his experiences. Will he succeed in convincing the court; more specifically, his father?   

As:
Writer
Director:
Arnold Laven
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Cloris Leachman, Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, Rod Taylor, Wendell Corey, Walter Pidgeon, Edmond O'Brien
9. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
15
4
Twilight Zone: The Movie
PG
15
4

The anthology film is based on the landmark supernatural TV series of the same name (1959-1964), and comprises of remake of three episodes of the original series and one new story, each directed by different stalwart directors. The film’s horror and science-fiction segments, portraying eerie, unsettling situations, include-- prologue, ‘Time Out,’ ‘Kick the Can,’ ‘It’s a good Life,’ ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,’ and epilogue.

As:
Writer
Genres:
Horror, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Albert Brooks, Scatman Crothers, Vic Morrow, Doug McGrath, Charles Hallahan
10. Saddle the Wind (1958)
11
2
Saddle the Wind
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Robert Parrish, John Sturges
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Julie London, Robert Taylor, John Cassavetes, Donald Crisp, Charles McGraw
11. The Salamander (1981)
11
2
The Salamander
R
11
2

The movie follows Carabinieri Colonel, Dante Matucci, investigating murders of different people in powerful positions in Italy. A drawing of a salamander is left behind at each murder scene. A sinister Fascist plot to overthrow the Italian government is revealed as the body count keeps increasing. 

As:
Writer
Director:
Peter Zinner
Genres:
Thriller
12. Incident in an Alley (1962)
9
2
Incident in an Alley
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Edward L. Cahn
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Chris Warfield, Erin O'Donnell, Harp McGuire, Virginia Christine, Willis Bouchey
13. Assault on a Queen (1966)
11
2
Assault on a Queen
11
2

When treasure hunters Rosa Lucchesi and Vic Rossiter, with diver, Mark Brittain, and ex-U-boat officer, Eric Lauffnauer, find a sunken WWII German submarine, they plan to use it to rob the British cruise-liner HMS Queen Mary on the high seas. As Mark and Vic vie for Rosa’s affection, the group tries to pull the dangerous heist. Do they succeed in their plan? 

As:
Writer
Director:
Jack Donohue
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Action, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Frank Sinatra, Virna Lisi, Anthony Franciosa, Richard Conte, Alf Kjellin
14. Encounter with the Unknown (1973)
10
1
Encounter with the Unknown
PG
10
1

In the first story of this anthology horror, three college students play a prank which gets out of hand, resulting in the death of one of their classmates. In the next story, a shrieking voice emanates from a hole covered with mist. The third story is about an encounter between a senator and a girl who died many years ago.

As:
Cast, Narrator
Role:
Narrator
Director:
Harry Thomason
Genres:
Mystery, Horror
Star Cast:
Robert Ginnaven, Gary Brockette, John Leslie, Tom Haywood
15. End of the Road (1997)
8
1
End of the Road
8
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Scott Henkel
Genres:
Horror, Short, Thriller
Star Cast:
Nora Rickert, Matthew Sutton

TV Movie(s)

1. Im Schatten des Krieges (1963)
13
2
Im Schatten des Krieges
13
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Edward Rothe
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Dietmar Schönherr, Heiner Reddemann, Hubert Suschka, Wera Frydtberg, Kaspar Brüninghaus
2. Der neue Mann (1965)
13
2
Der neue Mann
13
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Rolf Hädrich
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Hanns Lothar, Brigitte Rau, Ernst Fritz Fürbringer, Irmela Goetzen, Eva Bubat
3. A Storm in Summer (1970)
12
2
A Storm in Summer
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Buzz Kulik
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Peter Ustinov, N'Gai Dixon, Peter Bonerz, Anne Collings, John Evans
4. Blood Money (1957)
12
2
Blood Money
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Ralph Nelson
Genres:
Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Jacqueline Hill, George Margo, Warren Mitchell
5. The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond (1975)
12
2
The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond
12
2
As:
Cast, Narrator
Director:
Delbert Mann
Genres:
History, Drama
Star Cast:
Harry Dean Stanton, Claudine Longet, Jim Boles, Elaine Bolton, Christopher Cary, Robert Clary
6. Certain Honorable Men (1968)
11
2
Certain Honorable Men
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Alex Segal
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Peter Fonda, Van Heflin, Hiram Sherman, Alexandra Isles, Pat Hingle
8. The Doomsday Flight (1966)
10
2
The Doomsday Flight
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
William A. Graham
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Jack Lord, Ed Asner, Edward Asner, Howard Caine, Richard Carlson, Katherine Crawford, Edward Faulkner
9. Time Travelers (1976)
9
2
Time Travelers
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Alexander Singer
Genres:
Thriller, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Sam Groom, Tom Hallick, Francine York, Booth Colman, Richard Basehart
10. The Movie Maker (1964)
9
2
The Movie Maker
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Ron Winston
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rod Steiger, Dabney Coleman, Robert Culp, James Dunn, Hanna Hertelendy, Sally Kellerman
11. The Challenge (1955)
9
3
The Challenge
9
3
As:
Writer
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Michael Allen, Arthur Cassell, Andrew Duggan, Griff Evans, Russell Hardie
12. Der entscheidende Augenblick (1961)
13
2
Der entscheidende Augenblick
13
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Imo Moszkowicz
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Günther Tabor, Anke Tegtmeyer, Hans Putz, Christa Fügner, Uwe Nerstheimer
13. Rekvijem za teskasa (1974)
12
2
Rekvijem za teskasa
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Sava Mrmak
Genres:
Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Bora Todorovic, Jovan Janicijevic-Burdus, Neda Spasojevic, Slavko Simic
14. For All Time (2000)
12
2
For All Time
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Steven Schachter
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Mark Harmon, Mary McDonnell, Catherine Hicks, Philip Casnoff, Brittany Tiplady
16. Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994)
10
2
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Robert Markowitz
Genres:
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller
Star Cast:
Gary Cole, Jack Palance, Amy Irving, James Earl Jones, Patrick Bergin, Julia Campbell
17. In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1997)
9
2
In the Presence of Mine Enemies
PG-13
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Joan Micklin Silver
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Armin Mueller-Stahl, Charles Dance, Elina Löwensohn, Chad Lowe, Don McKellar
19. A Town Has Turned to Dust (1998)
8
1
A Town Has Turned to Dust
8
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Rob Nilsson
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Thriller
Star Cast:
Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Gabriel Olds, Judy Collins, Barbara Jane Reams

TV Shows and Videos

Television Playwright (1958)
Television Playwright
As:
Writer
Director:
Adrian Brown, Patrick Dromgoole, Emyr Humphreys, Brandon Acton-Bond, Alvin Rakoff
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lois Maxwell, Michael Caine, Brian Peck, Peter Copley, Jack Allen, Helen Shingler, Rosemary Miller
Star Tonight (1955)
Star Tonight
As:
Writer
Director:
Harry Herrmann
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards, Nancy Coleman, Kathleen Comegys, Doreen Lang, Dennis Patrick, Charles Aidman
The New People (1969)
The New People
As:
Writer
Director:
Charles S. Dubin, Corey Allen, George McCowan, Nicholas Webster, Harry Harvey Jr.
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Dreyfuss, Tiffany Bolling, Zooey Hall, David Moses, Peter Ratray, Jill Jaress
Ichabod and Me (1961)
Ichabod and Me
As:
Cast
Director:
Norman Abbott
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
George Chandler, Robert Sterling, Christine White
The Catholic Hour (1953)
The Catholic Hour
As:
Writer
Director:
Martin Hoade
Genres:
Drama, Family
Star Cast:
Martin Sheen, Sorrell Booke, Carolyn Coates, Eleanor Phelps, Eugene Roche, Frederick Rolf
The Doctor (1952)
The Doctor
As:
Writer
Director:
Robert Aldrich, Don Siegel
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Warner Anderson
Center Stage (1954)
Center Stage
As:
Writer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lee Marvin, Walter Matthau, Luther Adler, Robert Barrat, Vivian Blaine, Alonzo Bozan, Joseph Buloff
The Hitch-Hiker (2015)
The Hitch-Hiker
As:
Writer
Director:
Jaiden Frost
Genres:
Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Nicholas Collins, Mark Henein, Spin Shannon, Zoë Triantis

Rod Serling Awards

Golden Globe Awards
The Twilight Zone Best TV Producer/Director 1963
Primetime Emmy Awards
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama - Adaptation 1964
The Twilight Zone Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama 1961
The Twilight Zone Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama 1960
Playhouse 90 Best Teleplay Writing - One Hour or More 1958
Playhouse 90 Best Teleplay Writing - One Hour or More 1957
Kraft Television Theatre Best Original Teleplay Writing 1956