Movies starring Michael Shannon

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12 Strong

12 Strong represents a recent war as depicted on screen in an old-fashioned way. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, war movies followed an established template that pitted the “good guys” (often Americans) against the “bad guys.” Such fi...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2018-01-19
MPAA Rating: "R" (War Violence, Profanity)
Genre: War/Thriller
Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, ...
Bug

Calling Bug a "horror" film may be misleading. Although the movie includes some of the trappings genre fans would expect - including a moment of gore that will cause some viewers to turn away from the screen - it's more of a psychological drama. I...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2007-05-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Nudity, Sexual Situations, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA/HORROR
Director: William Friedkin
Cast: Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick Jr
Current War, The

You may have seen a trailer for The Current War a couple of years ago – that’s because, in its original incarnation, it was expected to reach theaters during the 2017 Oscar Season. One of the planned year-end releases of the now-defunct Th...

Run Time: 1:47
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-03-31
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Drama
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, ...
Greatest, The

What a waste of a talented cast! There are times when it can be depressing to see so much acting potential wasted on a script unable to elicit the best from its stars, and this is one such occasion. Although The Greatest can boast a few excellent ...

Run Time: 1:39
U.S. Release Date: 2010-04-09
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Shana Feste
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan, ...
Iceman, The

The Iceman offers a chronological view into the life of its title protagonist... and what a life it is. Based on the book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer by Anthony Bruno, director Ariel Vromen's film presents a slightly fiction...

Run Time: 1:46
U.S. Release Date: 2013-05-03
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity,Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Ariel Vromen
Cast: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, ...
Knives Out

There are reasons why Hollywood rarely backs a murder mystery.  With its various narrative complexities, double dealings, and mandatory twists, the genre is generally unsuited for the constrictions demanded by a two-hour timeslot. As the PBS ...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-02-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Daniel Craig, Katherine Langford, Christopher Plummer, ...
Loving

As straightforward “based on a true story” movies go, Loving is a strong account of the key factual events that led to the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision overturning anti-miscegenation laws. Effectively acted and occasionally moving...

Run Time: 2:03
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-11
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Adult Themes, Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Christopher Mann, ...
Machine Gun Preacher

Machine Gun Preacher uses the "real-life" story of Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) as the framework for a movie that is part drama, part action, and part social conscience. Like Hotel Rwanda, it seeks to provide a human context to one of Africa's most...

Run Time: 2:07
U.S. Release Date: 2011-09-30
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs)
Genre: DRAMA/ACTION
Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker, ...
Man of Steel

Note: There is a "spoiler" in passing for Star Trek into Darkness. Not a big thing if you've seen the movie (or even if you haven't) but don't say you haven't been warned. I also refer in vague terms to the ending of this film. Khan has returne...

Run Time: 2:28
U.S. Release Date: 2013-06-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, ...
Mud

The ghost of Mark Twain looms large over Jeff Nichols' Mud, a modern-day homage to the settings and characters popularized in some of Twain's best loved works. The protagonists in Mud, a couple of 14-year olds, are named Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Ne...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2013-04-26
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: DRAMA/ADVENTURE
Director: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Paul Sparks, Michael Shannon, ...