Movies directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

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Boogie Nights

There was a time during the long history of the adult entertainment industry that porn films showed signs of artistic ambition. During the late '70s, a small cadre of directors believed that they could combine the raunch of real sex with an in...

Run Time: 2:28
U.S. Release Date: 1997-10-17
MPAA Rating: "R" (Nudity, Sexual Situations, Profanity, Violence, Drugs)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Melora Walters, Alfred Molina, ...
Hard Eight

Inertia. The dictionary defines it as "a property of matter by which it remains at rest or in uniform motion," and this is an apt descriptor for Paul Thomas Anderson's debut feature, Hard Eight. During the first half, virtually nothing happens --...

Run Time: 1:47
U.S. Release Date: 1997-02-28
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Situations)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, ...
Inherent Vice

At first glance, Inherent Vice might seem to be a detective story. Look a little closer, however, and it becomes clear that this is Paul Thomas Anderson's idea of a comedy. There's slapstick, lowbrow material, and enough strange characters an...

Run Time: 2:28
U.S. Release Date: 2014-12-12
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Drugs, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: THRILLER/COMEDY
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, ...
Magnolia

With Magnolia, director Paul Thomas Anderson has segued into the realm of the three hour movie. It's an ambitious step to take - making lengthy, ensemble movies with tangentially related and occasionally interconnected storylines can be a risky en...

Run Time: 3:05
U.S. Release Date: 1999-12-17
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Jason Robards, Philip Baker Hall, Tom Cruise, ...
Master, The

The Master is one of the most technically impressive films of 2012. It is the work of an artist; every shot is carefully composed. The set design, which recreates post-World War II America, is impeccable. The acting of the leads, Joaquin Phoenix an...

Run Time: 2:17
U.S. Release Date: 2012-09-14
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, ...
Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson’s follow-up to 2014’s Inherent Vice, feels a little like a mash-up of Bergman and Hitchcock without the verve of the latter and the subtleties of the former. What begins as a stately costume drama set i...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2017-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Partial Nudity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville
Punch Drunk Love

Punch Drunk Love represents a departure on the part of two key participants. For Adam Sandler, who portrays the film's protagonist, this is an attempt to play it straight, without falling back on antics, physical comedy, or silliness. For Paul Th...

Run Time: 1:29
U.S. Release Date: 2002-10-11
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: COMEDY
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, ...
There Will Be Blood

The best things about Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood are not elements that will build large audiences. This is a film about character development/disintegration and a comprehensive look at the early days of the oil industry. The more ...

Run Time: 2:38
U.S. Release Date: 2007-12-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Dillon Freasier, ...