Movies directed by John Carpenter

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Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China was released at a time when John Carpenter’s white-hot career had begun a downward trajectory. His third feature starring Kurt Russell, Big Trouble matched the action-adventure elements of Escape from New York wit...

Run Time: 1:39
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-08-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, ...
Escape from New York

1988. New York City, overrun by crime, is walled in. It becomes the world's largest, most uncontrolled prison, with the inmates prevented from escaping by armed guards who man the walls twenty-four hours a day. Those confined within the cit...

Run Time: 1:39
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/ACTION
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, ...
Halloween

In late 1978, a small horror film opened in Bowling Green, Kentucky (before moving on to Chicago and New York City) that would change the face of the genre. Initially dismissed by many serious critics as unworthy of attention or praise, the motion...

Run Time: 1:33
U.S. Release Date: 1978-10-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: HORROR
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance, Nancy Loomis, ...
Thing, The

When it was released in 1982, John Carpenter's remake of Howard Hawks' 1951 science fiction classic The Thing from Another World spurred much debate about not only which film was more effective but whether Carpenter's version fit better into the sc...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 1982-06-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/THRILLER
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, ...