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Best Gene Hackman Movies


  • The Conversation

    The Conversation (PG, 1974)

    Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest, Cindy Williams
    Made between The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), and in part an homage to Michela... read morengelo Antonioni's art-movie classic Blow-Up (1966), The Conversation was a return to small-scale art films for Francis Ford Coppola. Sound surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired to track a young couple (Cindy Williams and Frederic Forrest), taping their conversation as they walk through San Francisco's crowded Union Square. Knowing full well how technology can invade privacy, Harry obsessively keeps to himself, separating business from his personal life, even refusing to discuss what he does or where he lives with his girlfriend, Amy (Teri Garr). Harry's work starts to trouble him, however, as he comes to believe that the conversation he pieced together reveals a plot by the mysterious corporate "Director" who hired him to murder the couple. After he allows himself to be seduced by a call girl, who then steals the tapes, Harry is all the more convinced that a killing will occur, and he can no longer separate his job from his conscience. Coppola, cinematographer Bill Butler, and Oscar-nominated sound editor Walter Murch convey the narrative through Harry's aural and visual experience, beginning with the slow opening zoom of Union Square accompanied by the alternately muddled and clear sound of the couple's conversation caught by Harry's microphones. The Godfather Part II and The Conversation earned Coppola a rare pair of Oscar nominations for Best Picture, as well as two nominations for Best Screenplay (The Godfather Part II won both). Praised by critics, The Conversation was not a popular hit, but it has since come to be seen as one of the artistic high points of the decade, as well as of Coppola's career. Its atmosphere of paranoia and suspicion, combined with its obsessive loner antihero, made it prototypical of the darker "American art movies" of the early '70s, as its audiotape storyline also made it seem eerily appropriate for the era of the Watergate scandal. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
    • fb1008742212
      fb1008742212: .
      Gene Hackman also provides a great role in the lead creating the ideal psychological thriller mindse
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
    • thepiratecandance
      thepiratecandance: . Gene Hackman is in top form as usual.
      Deliberately slow moving but worth the patience.
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
    • fb63603968
      fb63603968: . Granted, I would like to see it a second time so this will do for now.

      By far my favorite Gene Hackman role, though. I like him better as a paranoid freak than the hard-boiled detective in T
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Superman

    Superman (PG, 1978)

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty
    Richard Donner's big-budget blockbuster Superman: The Movie is an immensely entertaining recounting ... read moreof the origin of the famous comic book character. Opening on Krypton (where Marlon Brando plays Superman's father), the film follows the Man of Steel (Christopher Reeve) as he's sent to Earth where he develops his alter-ego Clark Kent and is raised by a Midwestern family. In no time, the movie has run through his teenage years, and Clark gets a job at the Daily Planet, where he is a news reporter. It's there that he falls in love with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who is already in love with Superman. But the love story is quickly sidetracked once the villainous Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) launches a diabolical plan to conquer the world and kill Superman. Superman: The Movie is filled with action, special effects and a surprising amount of humor. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
  • The Conversation

    The Conversation (PG, 1974)

    Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest, Cindy Williams
    Made between The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), and in part an homage to Michela... read morengelo Antonioni's art-movie classic Blow-Up (1966), The Conversation was a return to small-scale art films for Francis Ford Coppola. Sound surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired to track a young couple (Cindy Williams and Frederic Forrest), taping their conversation as they walk through San Francisco's crowded Union Square. Knowing full well how technology can invade privacy, Harry obsessively keeps to himself, separating business from his personal life, even refusing to discuss what he does or where he lives with his girlfriend, Amy (Teri Garr). Harry's work starts to trouble him, however, as he comes to believe that the conversation he pieced together reveals a plot by the mysterious corporate "Director" who hired him to murder the couple. After he allows himself to be seduced by a call girl, who then steals the tapes, Harry is all the more convinced that a killing will occur, and he can no longer separate his job from his conscience. Coppola, cinematographer Bill Butler, and Oscar-nominated sound editor Walter Murch convey the narrative through Harry's aural and visual experience, beginning with the slow opening zoom of Union Square accompanied by the alternately muddled and clear sound of the couple's conversation caught by Harry's microphones. The Godfather Part II and The Conversation earned Coppola a rare pair of Oscar nominations for Best Picture, as well as two nominations for Best Screenplay (The Godfather Part II won both). Praised by critics, The Conversation was not a popular hit, but it has since come to be seen as one of the artistic high points of the decade, as well as of Coppola's career. Its atmosphere of paranoia and suspicion, combined with its obsessive loner antihero, made it prototypical of the darker "American art movies" of the early '70s, as its audiotape storyline also made it seem eerily appropriate for the era of the Watergate scandal. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
    • fb1008742212
      fb1008742212: .
      Gene Hackman also provides a great role in the lead creating the ideal psychological thriller mindse
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
    • thepiratecandance
      thepiratecandance: . Gene Hackman is in top form as usual.
      Deliberately slow moving but worth the patience.
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
    • fb63603968
      fb63603968: . Granted, I would like to see it a second time so this will do for now.

      By far my favorite Gene Hackman role, though. I like him better as a paranoid freak than the hard-boiled detective in T
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Enemy of the State

    Enemy of the State (R, 1998)

    Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Regina King
    The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-... read morea-minute ride called Enemy of the State. Taking its "innocent man accidentally caught up in political corruption" story from such films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor, they turn up the high-tech volume in an attempt to create the ultimate action film. Robert Clayton Dean, played by Will Smith, is a devoted father, husband, and attorney shopping for a sexy gift for his wife. What he doesn't know is that he was given a videotape from a friend (Jason Lee) regarding the recent murder of a U.S. senator led by corrupt National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight). Now Reynolds is after Dean to cover his tracks or, as the audience soon finds out, frame Dean for Rachel's murder. Since Dean isn't up on his high-tech gadgetry, he needs the aid of ex-intelligence operative Brill (Gene Hackman). Between the explosions and chases is the subtext of George Orwell's 1984 mantra "beware of big brother," as Dean realizes that in the modern world, there is no such thing as total privacy. ~ Arthur Borman, Rovi
    • fb1440512324
      fb1440512324: I liked this, Will Smith and Gene Hackman work well together in this conspiracy story.
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
    • fb1008742212
      fb1008742212: .
      You also get to witness great supporting roles by Gene Hackman and Jon Voight playing the old hero and villain both after Will Smith for separate reas
      Reviewed 20 months days ago
    • fb100001092752191
      fb100001092752191: ''Well, if they're big and you're small, then you're mobile and they're slow. You're hidden and
      Reviewed 21 months days ago
  • Superman

    Superman (PG, 1978)

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty
    Richard Donner's big-budget blockbuster Superman: The Movie is an immensely entertaining recounting ... read moreof the origin of the famous comic book character. Opening on Krypton (where Marlon Brando plays Superman's father), the film follows the Man of Steel (Christopher Reeve) as he's sent to Earth where he develops his alter-ego Clark Kent and is raised by a Midwestern family. In no time, the movie has run through his teenage years, and Clark gets a job at the Daily Planet, where he is a news reporter. It's there that he falls in love with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who is already in love with Superman. But the love story is quickly sidetracked once the villainous Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) launches a diabolical plan to conquer the world and kill Superman. Superman: The Movie is filled with action, special effects and a surprising amount of humor. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
  • Enemy of the State

    Enemy of the State (R, 1998)

    Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Regina King
    The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-... read morea-minute ride called Enemy of the State. Taking its "innocent man accidentally caught up in political corruption" story from such films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor, they turn up the high-tech volume in an attempt to create the ultimate action film. Robert Clayton Dean, played by Will Smith, is a devoted father, husband, and attorney shopping for a sexy gift for his wife. What he doesn't know is that he was given a videotape from a friend (Jason Lee) regarding the recent murder of a U.S. senator led by corrupt National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight). Now Reynolds is after Dean to cover his tracks or, as the audience soon finds out, frame Dean for Rachel's murder. Since Dean isn't up on his high-tech gadgetry, he needs the aid of ex-intelligence operative Brill (Gene Hackman). Between the explosions and chases is the subtext of George Orwell's 1984 mantra "beware of big brother," as Dean realizes that in the modern world, there is no such thing as total privacy. ~ Arthur Borman, Rovi
    • fb1440512324
      fb1440512324: I liked this, Will Smith and Gene Hackman work well together in this conspiracy story.
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
    • fb1008742212
      fb1008742212: .
      You also get to witness great supporting roles by Gene Hackman and Jon Voight playing the old hero and villain both after Will Smith for separate reas
      Reviewed 20 months days ago
    • fb100001092752191
      fb100001092752191: ''Well, if they're big and you're small, then you're mobile and they're slow. You're hidden and
      Reviewed 21 months days ago
  • Runaway Jury

    Runaway Jury (PG-13, 2003)

    John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Bruce Davison
    Three people attempt to bend justice for their own purposes in this drama based on the best-selling ... read morenovel by John Grisham. After a man dies in a shooting incident, his wife files a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the gun, with her lawyer, Wendell Rohr (Dustin Hoffman), arguing that the firm in question knew the shop which sold the weapon was not following federal regulations pertaining to the sale of firearms. As the case goes to trial, the firearm manufacturer is taking no chances on the outcome of a potentially devastating case, and they hire as part of their legal team Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman), a "jury consultant" who makes it his business to see that he knows enough about the jurors to be able to guarantee the result of the trial. Fitch and his team have learned incriminating secrets about nearly everyone hearing the evidence, but Fitch discovers two factors he wasn't counting upon -- Nick Easter (John Cusack), the jury member who appears to have an agenda all his own, and Marlee (Rachel Weisz), a mysterious woman who has her own plans regarding bending the jury to her will. Bruce Davison, Jeremy Piven, and Bruce McGill round out the supporting cast. Incidentally, in John Grisham's original book, the case was filed against a cigarette manufacturer, but the producers opted to adjust the story after several real-life trials against tobacco companies. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • DrStrangeblog
      DrStrangeblog: lengthy scene between legends, and revealed on the DVD as former roommates in late 1950's New York, Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • johnsnelling5
      johnsnelling5: A cracking wee movie - keeps you guessing right to the end what way it's going to go & challenges y
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • ythelastman89
      ythelastman89: . John Cusack and Gene Hackman were about the only decent aspects of this film and make it somehow watchable. It is by
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Crimson Tide

    Crimson Tide (R, 1995)

    Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza, Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini
    Two leaders with different philosophies about battle and leadership wage war with each other in this... read more tense military thriller. Capt. Frank Ramsey (Gene Hackman) is the commanding officer of a nuclear submarine, the U.S.S. Alabama. Ramsey is a distinguished veteran near the end of his career, and he leads his men with an iron hand; as he puts it, "We're here to preserve democracy, not to practice it." Ramsey is assigned a new second-in-command, Lt. Cmmdr. Ron Hunter (Denzel Washington); Hunter is much younger than Ramsey, Harvard educated, and believes the goal of the military in the nuclear age is to prevent war, not fight it. While at sea, word reaches the Alabama that a splinter group of Russian forces have seized missile silos, and the ship is put on red alert. The Alabama has orders to fire, but as it is receiving a new incoming order the radio malfunctions. It's Ramsey's contention that an order is an order and they are to move forward with the attack, while Hunter feels if there is any question at all about their mission, they should wait until they can receive further instruction, with Hunter going so far as to threaten mutiny against Ramsey if the missile strike is carried out. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Towne both contributed to the screenplay without credit. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • fb626865805
      fb626865805: . Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman are explosive in their performances.
      Reviewed 8 months days ago
    • fb100002362637954
      fb100002362637954: this is a superb thriller that pits Hackman & Washington head to head. Tony Scott keeps thing tight
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • 00Film
      00Film: A fantastic clash of the titans film staring Gene Hackman & Denzel Washington. Although it's a little exaggerated it's a tense fast paced submari
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
  • Mississippi Burning

    Mississippi Burning (R, 1988)

    Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, R. Lee Ermey
    Mississippi Burning is an all-names-changed dramatization of the Ku Klux Klan's murders of three civ... read moreil rights workers in 1964. Investigating the mysterious disappearances of the three activists are FBI agents Gene Hackman (older, wiser) and Willem Dafoe (younger, idealistic). A Southerner himself, Hackman charms and cajoles his way through the tight-lipped residents of a dusty Mississippi town while Dafoe acts upon the evidence gleaned by his partner. Hackman solves the case by exerting his influence upon beauty-parlor worker Frances McDormand, who wishes to exact revenge for the beatings inflicted upon her by her Klan-connected husband Brad Dourif. Many critics took the film to task for its implication that the Civil Rights movement might never have gained momentum without its white participants; nor were the critics happy that the FBI was shown to utilize tactics as brutal as the Klan's. The title Mississippi Burning is certainly appropriate: nearly half the film is taken up with scenes of smoke and flame. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
    • fb1406292366
      fb1406292366: Gene Hackman and good behind-the-camera sensibility upgraded this somewhat cheesy movie script. Fun
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb759103103
      fb759103103: . Absolute stellar performances from Dafoe and Gene Hackman as agents dealing with the KKK and the good ole boys of the small Mississippi town. Bas
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb623795494
      fb623795494: . Gene Hackman is absolutely marvelous when he shows his guts, finesse and acting prowess as an FBI ag
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • The Quick and the Dead

    The Quick and the Dead (R, 1995)

    Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobin Bell
    Director Sam Raimi brings his trademark comic book-influenced visual panache to this post-modern Wes... read moretern. Sharon Stone stars as Ellen, a mysterious female gunslinger who arrives in the frontier hamlet of Redemption for a contest pitting quick-draw artists against each other. The event is the brainchild of Redemption's evil, corrupt mayor, Herod (Gene Hackman), a criminal who has taken over the town and charges a 50% tax on local businesses. The pot for Herod's deadly game has swollen, attracting numerous colorful gunfighters from around the territory. As each battle thins the ranks of players, the pasts of several participants are revealed. Ellen is seeking revenge on Herod for a heinous past injustice. The fast-talking braggart known as "The Kid" (Leonardo DiCaprio) may in fact be Herod's son. The pacifist Reverend Cort (Russell Crowe), who refuses to participate in the bloodshed, is the fastest draw in the West and a former colleague of Herod's. After several spectacular slayings, Ellen and Herod stage a final showdown, but not before he has made her an unexpected proposal. The Quick and the Dead (1995) is dedicated to veteran Western actor Woody Strode, who appears in a cameo as Redemption's coffin maker, his final performance. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
    • fb511895794
      fb511895794: . The film is somewhat entertaining because of performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Gene Hackman and Russell Crowe. The film is about tournament for quick draw gunslingers. Sharon Ston
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • fb681451041
      fb681451041: . Gene Hackman is great in this one.
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • fb100000145806738
      fb100000145806738: . Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio & Gene Hackman co-star, which makes this movie even more disappointing with that kind of star power.
      Reviewed 14 months days ago