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1. On the Road (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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56 Metascore

Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams

Votes: 38,236 | Gross: $0.72M

2. Kill Your Darlings (2013)

R | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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65 Metascore

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs.

Director: John Krokidas | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster

Votes: 33,168 | Gross: $1.03M

3. The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)

R | 92 min | Biography, Romance

5.7
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Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town. However, he has visions of a happy life with kids and a white picket fence.... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Kay | Stars: Thomas Jane, Keanu Reeves, Adrien Brody, John Doe

Votes: 1,943 | Gross: $0.05M

4. American Pop (1981)

R | 96 min | Animation, Drama, History

7.3
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57 Metascore

The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Mews Small, Ron Thompson, Jerry Holland, Lisa Jane Persky

Votes: 3,967 | Gross: $6.00M

5. Howl (2010)

R | 84 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.7
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63 Metascore

As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: James Franco, Todd Rotondi, Jon Prescott, Aaron Tveit

Votes: 12,179 | Gross: $0.62M

6. Big Sur (2013)

R | 81 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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49 Metascore

A recounting of Jack Kerouac's three sojourns to the cabin in Big Sur owned by his friend, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Director: Michael Polish | Stars: Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 1,728 | Gross: $0.03M

7. Pushover (1954)

Passed | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood and the cops.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Philip Carey, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 2,230

8. Night Tide (1961)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Romance, Thriller

6.4
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A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman, performing as a mermaid at the local carnival. He soon comes to suspect the girl might be a real mermaid, who draws men to a watery death during the full moon.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Gavin Muir, Luana Anders

Votes: 2,078

9. Neal Cassady (2007)

Not Rated | 80 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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The story of what happened to Neal Cassady after Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" came out. Deals primarily with Neal's relationship to his fictional alter-ego, Dean Moriarty.

Director: Noah Buschel | Stars: Tate Donovan, Amy Ryan, Glenn Fitzgerald, Chris Bauer

Votes: 173

10. Beat (2000)

R | 93 min | Drama

5.6
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The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife.

Director: Gary Walkow | Stars: Courtney Love, Kiefer Sutherland, Lisa Sheridan, Patricia Llaca

Votes: 1,403

11. Queen of the Redwood Mountains (2020)

Drama | Filming

Sometimes it takes a lifetime to keep a promise.

Director: Nic Saunders | Stars: Gavan O'Herlihy, Philip Bulcock, Kasia Halpin, Ben Ashton

12. Burroughs: The Movie (1983)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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Burroughs: The Movie explores the life and times of controversial Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. The film charts the ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Brookner | Stars: Francis Bacon, Mortimer Burroughs, William S. Burroughs, Lucien Carr

Votes: 446

13. Pull My Daisy (1959)

30 min | Short

6.5
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Milo is a railroad brakeman, his wife a painter. They have some poet friends who spend a good bit of time hanging out at their apartment. When Milo and his wife are visited by their bishop,... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie | Stars: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Larry Rivers

Votes: 639

14. Kerouac, the Movie (1985)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.8
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Jack Kerouac was a Beat Generation writer who took the nation by storm upon the publication of his novel On the Road. Kerouac's legacy and influence are explained via interviews with ... See full summary »

Director: John Antonelli | Stars: Peter Coyote, Cindy Alwan, David Andrews, Leon Benedict

Votes: 183

15. William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

7.2
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63 Metascore

William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues. Born the heir of the Burroughs' adding machine estate, he ... See full summary »

Director: Yony Leyser | Stars: Fred Aldrich, Laurie Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra

Votes: 1,001 | Gross: $0.05M

16. Love Always, Carolyn (2011)

70 min | Documentary

6.4
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Documentary about Carolyn Cassady, her life and marriage to Neal Cassady, her relationship with Jack Kerouac and how she takes care of the literary legacy from both.

Directors: Malin Korkeasalo, Maria Ramström | Stars: Carolyn Cassady, John McWhinnie, John Allen Cassady, Neal Cassady

Votes: 104

17. What Happened to Kerouac? (1986)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.1
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Documentary explore the unfulfilled promise of Beat Generation icon Jack Kerouac, covering the period from the publication of his notorious novel On the Road in 1957 to his alcohol-related death 12 years later.

Directors: Richard Lerner, Lewis MacAdams | Stars: Gregory Corso, Jan Kerouac, Herbert Huncke, Fran Landesman

Votes: 274

18. The Beat Generation: An American Dream (1988)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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An investigation of the Beat Generation.

Director: Janet Forman | Stars: Steve Allen, David Amram, Amiri Baraka, Ray Bremser

Votes: 42

19. A Cool Sound from Hell (1959)

71 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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Charlie is inducted into the Toronto Beatnik scene when he falls for a reckless party-girl named Steve. While Debbie, a girl who shares his values, waits in the wings for him, Charlie discovers that Steve is mixed up in a vicious drug ring.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Mel Benstock, George Carron, Alan Crofoot, Albert D'Annibale

Votes: 10

20. Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (2013)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

7.4
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What or who is Big Joy? Big Joy is James Broughton, pioneer of experimental cinema in the 1940s, and trickster poet who was a precursor to the beat movement in San Francisco. BIG JOY is a ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Silha, Eric Slade, Dawn Logsdon | Stars: James Broughton, Neeli Cherkovski, Jack Foley, Alex Gildzen

Votes: 87

21. Flesh Market (1962)

Drama

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A young girl is captured by criminals while investigating the mysterious suicide of her sister in Tokyo.

Director: Satoru Kobayashi | Stars: Tamaki Katori, Hiroshi Asami, Shiro Enami, Kyôko Ôgimachi

22. Corso: The Last Beat (2009)

Documentary

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Following Beat Poet Gregory Corso - literary compatriot of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs -- throughout Europe, discovering his past, and facing his death.

Director: Gustave Reininger | Stars: Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Ethan Hawke

Votes: 21

23. Starving Hysterical Naked (2003)

60 min | Drama

6.6
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The story focuses on the lives of a group Beat Generation artists.

Director: Michael Bockman | Stars: Billy Zane, Alex A. Quinn, Leslie Lewis, Anthony Roth Costanzo

Votes: 17

24. The Ballad of Greenwich Village (2005)

70 min | Documentary

5.1
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THE BALLAD OF GREENWICH VILLAGE is a 70 minute documentary that tells the story of the artists, rebels, and bohemians who came to New York's Greenwich Village over many decades, and changed... See full summary »

Director: Karen Kramer | Stars: Edward Albee, Woody Allen, Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka

Votes: 9

25. Breaking the Rules (2006)

94 min | Documentary, History, Music

6.9
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A history of American counterculture covering 1950s Bebop, the Beat Generation, the Summer of Love, and the origin of Hip-Hop.

Director: Marco Müller | Stars: Diego Reiwald, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Amiri Baraka, Ruth Weiss

Votes: 16

26. The Good Blonde (2017)

Short, Drama

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Based on the short story by Jack Kerouac. The films tells of an encounter on a beach between a Hitchhiker and a mysterious blonde haired girl.

Director: Nic Saunders | Stars: Kirk Baltz, Philip Bulcock, Kasia Halpin, Al Hinkle

27. A Poet on the Lower East Side: A Docu-Diary on Allen Ginsberg (1997)

96 min | Documentary

8.4
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Two writers from the opposite ends of the world share a meeting of the minds. Hungarian poet and translator István Eörsi journeys to New York City to meet literary legend Allen Ginsberg. ... See full summary »

Director: Gyula Gazdag | Stars: Gregory Corso, István Eörsi, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky

Votes: 14

28. Jaguar Harmonics (2014)

Short, Adventure

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Entheogens, sounds, images, poem Jaguar Harmonics.

Director: Mariana Luna

29. David Amram: The First 80 Years (2011)

93 min | Documentary

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The life and times of Classical/Jazz/film score composer/conductor/jazz french hornist/world musician and Beat novelist Jack Keroauc's musical collaborator, David Amram.

Director: Lawrence Kraman | Stars: Adam Amram, Adira Amram, Alana Amram, David Amram

30. The Hotel Upstairs (2001)

57 min | Documentary

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Director: Daniel Baer | Stars: John Chen, Errol Cooper, Agneta Falk, Jack Hirschman

31. Curses and Sermons (2009)

15 min | Short, Fantasy, Western

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With only the moon as his silent witness, a lone gunslinger digs an unmarked grave when a mysterious and beautiful stranger forces him to confront the man he has become and the man he could still be.

Director: Nic Saunders | Stars: Poppy Rose Antionades, Philip Bulcock, Kasia Halpin, Nicola Kelleher

32. William S. Burroughs: 100 Years (2014)

16 min | Short, Biography

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LARB A.V. presents a short documentary on the life of writer William S. Burroughs, in honor of his birthday centennial. With great help from celebrated biographer Barry Miles, we explore ... See full summary »

Director: J.G. Gorin | Star: Barry Miles

33. Beat Generation Ireland (2010– )

Documentary

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Beat Generation is a new concept - an offbeat and bold interactive cross-media entertainment, in the form of a video-blog based magazine filled with tips and the latest news about TV, ... See full summary »

Stars: Helena Drewnicki, Cliona Fox, Katie Larmour

34. Bravo Profiles (1998– )
Episode: Jack Kerouac: On the Road to Desolation (1998)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: David Stewart | Stars: John Suiter, Maxine Franklin, Tom Clark, Joyce Johnson

35. The Works (1996–1997)
Episode: On the Road to Desolation (1997)

Documentary, Biography, Crime

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Director: David Stewart | Stars: John Suiter, Maxine Franklin, Tom Clark, Joyce Johnson

36. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (1994)

TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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59 Metascore

The life and work of Allen Ginsberg, the greatest of the Beat Generation poets is put in focus in this film

Director: Jerry Aronson | Stars: Joan Baez, William F. Buckley, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg

Votes: 231 | Gross: $0.00M



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