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John Sturges

Director, Actor

Act of ViolenceAct of Violence (w/ Mystery Street) (1949-1950)
Dir. Fred Zinnemann, John Sturges
Feat. Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh
Van Heflin's blissful small–town existence is upended when a returning WWII–vet arrives, determined to settle an old score. Disturbingly…
Bad Day at Black RockBad Day at Black Rock (1955) Aro Favourite
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Lee Marvin
An unflappable Spencer Tracy arrives in a desolate town to investigate a dormant missing–persons report, but the surly locals don't take to…
BacklashBacklash (1956)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Richard Widmark, Donna Reed, William Campbell
Richard Widmark and Donna Reed play the tough–talkin', rootin–tootin leads in this gritty horse opera, as they both seek vengeance for…
Gunfight at the O.K. CorralGunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) Recommended
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming
The legendary Doc Holliday–Wyatt Earp clash with the Clayton gang with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas in the leading spurs. A textbook Western.
Old Man and the Sea, TheOld Man and the Sea, The (1958)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracey excels in this faithful adaptation of Hemingway’s famous novel, as an aging fisherman who carries on a lengthy duel with the forces…
Law and Jake Wade, TheLaw and Jake Wade, The (1958)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark, Patricia Owens
Western from director John Sturges (THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN) about a reformed town marshal whose old criminal partner starts stalking him while he's on…
Last Train from Gun HillLast Train from Gun Hill (1959)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones
Underrated American Western telling the tale of a U.S. Marshal seeking revenge in the town of 'Gun Hill' after the racially charged rape and murder…
Magnificent Seven, TheMagnificent Seven, The (1960) Recommended
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson
Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson head other famous faces–to–be in this popular remake of Kurosawa's THE SEVEN SAMURAI.
By Love PossessedBy Love Possessed (1961)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Lana Turner, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Jason Robards Jr.
Junky drama set in picture perfect New England town centres on the insipid lives and loves of its inhabitants. Sub–Sirkian melodrama has its…
Great Escape, TheGreat Escape, The (1963) Recommended
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough
McQueen heads a star–studded international cast in this superb drama based on a true account of an escape from a German POW camp by a group of…

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