The films directed by Stanley Kramer

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1. Not as a Stranger (1955)

Passed | 135 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

55 Metascore

An ego-driven, aspiring physician, intolerant of the weaknesses of others, especially those closest to him, comes to grips with his own imperfections.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum, Gloria Grahame

Votes: 1,722

Dr. Aarons: [to the interns in the operating theater] I have been a pathologist for over 25 years. I haven't gotten a single laugh out of it yet.

2. The Pride and the Passion (1957)

132 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

During the Napoleonic Wars, a British captain is sent to Spain to help prevent the French from stealing a powerful cannon.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 2,561 | Gross: $8.75M

IMDb reviewer's comment: Sorry, but even Cary Grant can make some stinkers.

3. The Defiant Ones (1958)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw

Votes: 13,892

Law officier: How come they chained a white man to a black?

Sheriff Max Muller: The warden's got a sense of humor.

4. On the Beach (1959)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins

Votes: 12,120 | Gross: $11.00M

Dwight Towers: Well... how'd you recognize me?

Moira Davidson: I love Americans. They're so naive.

5. Inherit the Wind (1960)

Passed | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York

Votes: 27,796

[challenged to say if he considers anything holy]

Henry Drummond: Yes. The individual human mind. In a child's power to master the multiplication table, there is more sanctity than in all your shouted "amens" and "holy holies" and "hosannas." An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man's knowledge is a greater miracle than all the sticks turned to snakes or the parting of the waters.

6. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Approved | 179 min | Drama, War

60 Metascore

In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazis judged for war crimes.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich

Votes: 70,979

Ernst Janning: Judge Haywood... the reason I asked you to come: Those people, those millions of people... I never knew it would come to that. You *must* believe it, *You must* believe it!

Judge Dan Haywood: Herr Janning, it "came to that" the *first time* you sentenced a man to death you *knew* to be innocent.

7. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

G | 210 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

A group of motorists hear about a crook's hidden stash of loot, and race against each other across the country to get to it.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 38,466 | Gross: $46.30M

Benjy Benjamin: Look! We've figured it seventeen different ways, and every time we figured it, it was no good, because no matter how we figured it, somebody don't like the way we figured it! So now, there's only one way to figure it. And that is, every man, including the old bag, for himself!

8. Ship of Fools (1965)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama, Romance, War

A varied group of passengers boarding a ship bound for pre-WWII Germany represents a microcosm of early 1930s society.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, José Ferrer, Lee Marvin

Votes: 5,387

Bill Tenny: I was in Vercaruz trying to teach them greasers to play ball. Man, they tried to poison me. You know, I had the runs for three weeks.

Mary Treadwell: How interesting. I'd like to hear more about it.

9. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Approved | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton

Votes: 40,529 | Gross: $56.70M

Matt Drayton: What the hell is it today? Less than 12% of the people in this city are colored people. I can't even have a dish of Oregon Boosenberry without runnin' into one of them.

10. The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, War

During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village hide a million bottles from the Germans

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Virna Lisi, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 3,343 | Gross: $2.50M

[the Fascist members of the Santa Vittoria town council are being held prisoner in the church bell tower. The priest brings them a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine]

Francucci: It's criminal! You keep us locked up! We don't get enough food! You tell us nothing! There's not even a toilet!

Priest: Next time, vote Communist!

11. R.P.M. (1970)

R | 92 min | Drama

R.P.M. stands for (political) revolutions per minute. Anthony Quinn plays a liberal college professor at a west coast college during the heady days of campus activism in the late 1960's. ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Ann-Margret, Gary Lockwood, Paul Winfield

Votes: 495

Prof. F.W.J. 'Paco' Perez: "Lickety split"? Where do you get your vocabulary?

12. Bless the Beasts & Children (1971)

GP | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of social misfits at a summer camp for boys run away to save penned-in buffaloes from a rifle club's slaughter.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Bill Mumy, Barry Robins, Miles Chapin, Darel Glaser

Votes: 1,281 | Gross: $0.21M

Doctor: Steve, I want you to tell me exactly what you think of Billy.

Lally 1: I hate him. He stinks, he's a pest. My parents give him everything he wants because they think he's so goddamn cute. He and his security pillow. He's the favorite all the time. If I touch him just once, wham! I get it. I wish he was dead. I'd cut him up, dig a hole, put the pieces in, let the worms eat him up and I'd never have to see him again. Then I'd stop banging my head against the wall!

Doctor: That makes sense.

13. Oklahoma Crude (1973)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Western

In 1913, in Oklahoma, oil derrick owner Lena Doyle (Faye Dunaway), aided by her father (Sir John Mills) and a hobo (George C. Scott), is stubbornly drilling for oil despite the pressure from major oil companies to sell her land.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: George C. Scott, Faye Dunaway, John Mills, Jack Palance

Votes: 1,122 | Gross: $1.44M

Lena: Aren't you going to finish your soup?

14. The Domino Principle (1977)

R | 100 min | Drama, Thriller

A Vietnam War veteran, imprisoned for murder, is offered his freedom if he accepts to undertake a contract killing for a shady organization.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Richard Widmark, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 2,208

Shoot someone for us and you are a free man...no questions asked.

15. The Runner Stumbles (1979)

PG | 109 min | Drama

Father Rivard is a priest in a small, economically depressed coal mining town. Working on what he thinks is a "controversial" work, he lives with the brutal lives of his poor parishioners, ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Kathleen Quinlan, Maureen Stapleton, Ray Bolger

Votes: 251

A priest is charged with murdering a nun with whom he was having an affair.



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