My Top 10: Joe Dante's films

by valeriodgs | created - 24 May 2012 | updated - 22 Aug 2014 | Public
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1. The 'Burbs (1989)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman

Votes: 57,723 | Gross: $36.60M

2. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 164,668 | Gross: $148.17M

3. Matinee (1993)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

A small-time film promoter releases a kitschy horror film during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz

Votes: 7,839 | Gross: $9.53M

4. The Howling (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

68 Metascore

After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone

Votes: 25,676 | Gross: $17.99M

5. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York media mogul's high-tech skyscraper.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky

Votes: 78,452 | Gross: $41.48M

6. Innerspace (1987)

PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 46,725 | Gross: $25.89M

7. Explorers (1985)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what?

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Bradley Gregg

Votes: 16,624 | Gross: $9.87M

8. Small Soldiers (1998)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Gregory Smith, David Cross, Jay Mohr

Votes: 82,910 | Gross: $54.68M

9. The Second Civil War (1997 TV Movie)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

A simple immigration issue spins wildly out of control for those involved, ranging from the President of the United States, to a news producer.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Beau Bridges, Joanna Cassidy, Phil Hartman, James Earl Jones

Votes: 1,536

10. Piranha (1978)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 15,751 | Gross: $6.00M