Austria, Film & the influence on Hollywood.

by maxi13 | created - 12 Jan 2016 | updated - 10 Mar 2018 | Public

Austria is a small country and films coming from here (except some rare exceptions) are not very famous. But Austria has some directors which are able to win in Cannes, some even won Oscars, there are some great documentary movie makers and this country is also well known for its avantgarde films. Thinking about it… quite astonishing for such a tiny country. What is also not so well known is that Austria had a huge impact on Hollywood. Some important directors flew from the Nazis, others left because cheap productions from the USA destroyed huge parts of the film industry of Europe and they wanted to work under better conditions.

Here is a list of chosen films of such persons, which have strong connections to Austria. Most of them would say they are Americans and i have no intention to say something else, just that they are coming from here and that Austria was important in their lives. Just… that some of those people spent important youth years in this country in the middle of Europe.

Its a selected list of films of directors and actors… and even one filmmusic composer got mentioned.

Like in all countries, there are a lot of films which are hard to understand if you dont know the country and the language well. All this Austrian films for Austrians are listed at the end. Most of them are comedies and Austrians humor is very much based on the speach, so its sometimes impossible to understand the jokes if you are not fluently in Austrian german. But if you are really interested in Austrian films, you can give it a try.

All films are listed by the imdb-ratings, from best to worst.

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1. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 485,456 | Gross: $1.02M

Max Steiner was one of the most important music composers of Hollywood. He was Austrian. Amongst his most famous works were the music for "Casablanca" and "Gone with the wind".

Peter Lorre, the iconic villain, was an Austrian actor.

2. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 183,654

Billy Wilder was born in a town which used to be part of Austrian-Hungarian empire (nowadays it is in Poland). His parents were german speaking Austrians and the family moved to Vienna/Austria when he was 10. When he was 28 he left Europe and went to the USA.

3. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Votes: 926,734 | Gross: $204.84M

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria, but left the country at the age of 21. He is maybe the most famous Austrian alive, though a lot of Austrians are not that proud of that. Mozart and Sigmund Freud are maybe more interesting people than this guy ;-) nevertheless… he has Austrian roots.

"Terminator 2" is a good action film, nevertheless a lot of films listed below are much better than this one. anyway! thats the way it is rated on imdb.

4. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 131,184 | Gross: $0.03M

The director Fritz Lang is born in Vienna, the capitol of Austria. He left Austria at the age of 43. His first american movie was "Fury" in the year 1936.

Peter Lorre, the iconic villain, was an Austrian actor.

5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 247,733 | Gross: $44.82M

The producer Sam Spiegel (Austro-American) won the Oscar for Best Film.

6. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 95,527 | Gross: $8.18M

Billy Wilder was born in a town which used to be part of Austrian-Hungarian empire (nowadays it is in Poland). His parents were german speaking Austrians and the family moved to Vienna/Austria when he was 10. When he was 28 he left Europe and went to the USA.

7. Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 131,235 | Gross: $5.72M

Billy Wilder was born in a town which used to be part of Austrian-Hungarian empire (nowadays it is in Poland). His parents were german speaking Austrians and the family moved to Vienna/Austria when he was 10. When he was 28 he left Europe and went to the USA.

8. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 147,413 | Gross: $1.24M

The director Fritz Lang is born in Vienna, the capitol of Austria. He left Austria at the age of 43. His first american movie was "Fury" (1936).

9. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 343,452 | Gross: $51.97M

"Amadeus" is not an austrian film, Milos Forman is not an austrian director, but its all about austria and one of the most famous musician of all time, which was an austrian. its a shame that this film wasnt even co-produced by Austria. Connections: Mozart, Salzburg, Vienna.

10. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,155,025 | Gross: $120.54M

Christoph Waltz, born in Vienna/Austria, won 2 Oscars. His astonishing performance in "Inglourious Basterds" was maybe the best acting performance of the whole decade. You will never forget his interpretation of the Nazi Col. Hans Lauda. One of the most pregnant moments in cinema of the last years.

11. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,242,046 | Gross: $162.81M

Christoph Waltz, born in Vienna/Austria, won 2 Oscars. His astonishing performance in "Inglourious Basterds" was maybe the best acting performance of the whole decade. You will never forget his interpretation of the Nazi Col. Hans Lauda. One of the most pregnant moments in cinema of the last years. His role in Tarantinos Django was quite similar, but he won again.

though Waltz plays well and though i really like Tarantino, i think this film is highly overrated! By far not his best film. Because of this and because i think Waltz performance in "Inglorious Basterds" was much better, i ranked this film lower than the imdb-rating.

12. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 131,093 | Gross: $9.60M

The producer Sam Spiegel (Austro-American) won the Oscar for Best Film.

13. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

97 Metascore

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 225,277 | Gross: $25.00M

Billy Wilder was born in a town which used to be part of Austrian-Hungarian empire (nowadays it is in Poland). His parents were german speaking Austrians and the family moved to Vienna/Austria when he was 10. When he was 28 he left Europe and went to the USA.

14. The Apartment (1960)

Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston

Votes: 147,943 | Gross: $18.60M

Billy Wilder was born in a town which used to be part of Austrian-Hungarian empire (nowadays it is in Poland). His parents were german speaking Austrians and the family moved to Vienna/Austria when he was 10. When he was 28 he left Europe and went to the USA.

15. The Third Man (1949)

Not Rated | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

Votes: 147,866 | Gross: $0.45M

Its not an austrian movie, but it was important of the picture of Vienna in the world. One of the producers was the Austrian director Alexander Korda. and also a lot of Austrian actors played in this film.

16. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Not Rated | 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: 63,147

Maximilian Schell was an Austrian actor.

17. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

98 Metascore

Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 105,419 | Gross: $5.01M

Max Steiner was one of the most important music composers of Hollywood. He was Austrian. Amongst his most famous works were the music for "Casablanca" and "Gone with the wind".

18. The Heiress (1949)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

A young naive woman falls for a handsome young man who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins

Votes: 12,171

Harry Horner (Austro-American) won the Oscar for Best Production Design.

19. The Deer Hunter (1978)

R | 183 min | Drama, War

86 Metascore

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

Votes: 289,295 | Gross: $48.98M

Peter Zinner (Austro-American) won the Oscar for Film Editing.

20. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

87 Metascore

After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British Colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 189,201 | Gross: $44.91M

The producer Sam Spiegel (Austro-American) won the Oscar for Best Film.

21. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 268,601 | Gross: $198.68M

Max Steiner was one of the most important music composers of Hollywood. He was Austrian. Amongst his most famous works were the music for "Casablanca" and "Gone with the wind".

22. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 142,331 | Gross: $2.11M

Peter Lorre, the iconic villain, was an Austrian actor.

23. White Heat (1949)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly

Votes: 25,289

Max Steiner was one of the most important music composers of Hollywood. He was Austrian. Amongst his most famous works were the music for "Casablanca" and "Gone with the wind".

24. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson

Votes: 62,198

Max Steiner was one of the most important music composers of Hollywood. He was Austrian. Amongst his most famous works were the music for "Casablanca" and "Gone with the wind".

Peter Lorre, the iconic villain, was an Austrian actor.

25. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

89 Metascore

A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 91,738 | Gross: $9.45M

Fred Zinnemann was born in the Austrian-Hungarian empire and grew up in Vienna/Austria. He moved to Hollywood in the age of 22.

26. The Hustler (1961)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport

90 Metascore

An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott

Votes: 71,387

Harry Horner (Austro-American) won the Oscar for Best Production Design.

27. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

A seemingly indestructible robot is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a young waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against sentient machines, while a human soldier from the same war is sent to protect her at all costs.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 744,149 | Gross: $38.40M

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria, but left the country at the age of 21. He is maybe the most famous Austrian alive, though a lot of Austrians are not that proud of that. Mozart and Sigmund Freud are maybe more interesting people than this guy ;-) nevertheless… he has Austrian roots.

28. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 161 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

95 Metascore

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 55,044 | Gross: $11.90M

Otto Preminger was born in the Ukraine, but at that time it was austrian-hungarian territory and his parents were german speaking Austrians, who just worked there. When Otto was a teen they went back to (todays) Austria where he got his education. Otto worked mostly in Vienna and Graz, before he left Austria with the age of 30.

29. Stalag 17 (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

84 Metascore

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Votes: 48,604

Billy Wilder was born in a town which used to be part of Austrian-Hungarian empire (nowadays it is in Poland). His parents were german speaking Austrians and the family moved to Vienna/Austria when he was 10. When he was 28 he left Europe and went to the USA.

30. Laura (1944)

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

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

Votes: 39,223 | Gross: $4.36M

Otto Preminger was born in the Ukraine, but at that time it was austrian-hungarian territory and his parents were german speaking Austrians, who just worked there. When Otto was a teen they went back to (todays) Austria where he got his education. Otto worked mostly in Vienna and Graz, before he left Austria with the age of 30.

31. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

88 Metascore

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody

Votes: 646,847 | Gross: $59.10M

Karl Markovics (born in Vienna/austria), best known for his performance in "The Counterfeiters", worked with Wes Anderson in this film.

32. Before Sunrise (1995)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Pöschl

Votes: 243,796 | Gross: $5.54M

Though the director is not an Austrian and there is no important main character played by an austrian, the connection to vienna is so strong that i deceided to list it here; cause vienna plays the 3rd main role in this great film. It was just co-produced by an austrian company

33. The Big Sleep (1946)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers

Votes: 74,589 | Gross: $6.54M

Max Steiner was one of the most important music composers of Hollywood. He was Austrian. Amongst his most famous works were the music for "Casablanca" and "Gone with the wind".

34. Der Bockerer (1981)

104 min | Drama, History

A politically naive Viennese butcher (Bockerer) manages to survive the Nazi occupation of Austria and the second world war.

Director: Franz Antel | Stars: Karl Merkatz, Alfred Böhm, Hans Holt, Marte Harell

Votes: 821

Though young people from Austria dont know this movie anymore, it used to be very important in the 80s and 90s. Its a shame that someone who is not able to understand Austrian german is not able to understand the humor in the same way. Maybe just an Austrian film for Austrians. But you can give it a try.

35. Now, Voyager (1942)

Approved | 117 min | Drama, Romance

A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper

Votes: 13,736

Max Steiner (Austro-American) won the Oscar for Best Music.

36. King Kong (1933)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 74,690 | Gross: $10.00M

Max Steiner was one of the most important music composers of Hollywood. He was Austrian. Amongst his most famous works were the music for "Casablanca" and "Gone with the wind".

37. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 44,550 | Gross: $3.98M

Erich W. Korngold (Austro-American) won the Oscar for Best Music.

38. One, Two, Three (1961)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy

73 Metascore

In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis

Votes: 18,011

Billy Wilder was born in a town which used to be part of Austrian-Hungarian empire (nowadays it is in Poland). His parents were german speaking Austrians and the family moved to Vienna/Austria when he was 10. When he was 28 he left Europe and went to the USA.

39. The Big Heat (1953)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby

Votes: 21,253

The director Fritz Lang is born in Vienna, the capitol of Austria. He left Austria at the age of 43. His first american movie was "Fury" (1936).

40. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 186,070 | Gross: $163.21M

"The Sound of Music" is an american film, but it plays in Austria and is about Austrians. Its quite funny that this film grounded the picture of Austria in the world, got amazingly famous and that not many Austrians even know this film (and those which knows it, think its "Kitsch" and dont like it). It needed decades before i ve seen this movie for the first time and it was quite fun to see it.

41. Pandora's Box (1929)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz

Votes: 9,058 | Gross: $0.01M

Georg Wilhelm Pabst born in a town which is now in Czech, but he was a german speaking citizen of the Austrian-Hungarian-Empire with Austrian parents which just worked in this area. So most people say he was an Austrian director.

42. The Searchers (1956)

Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

94 Metascore

An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Votes: 74,376

Max Steiner was one of the most important music composers of Hollywood. He was Austrian. Amongst his most famous works were the music for "Casablanca" and "Gone with the wind".

43. The Last Command (1928)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, History, Romance

A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell, Jack Raymond

Votes: 3,009

Josef von Sternberg is an Austrian director.

44. Mildred Pierce (1945)

Passed | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden

Votes: 20,714

Max Steiner was one of the most important music composers of Hollywood. He was Austrian. Amongst his most famous works were the music for "Casablanca" and "Gone with the wind".

45. The Lost Weekend (1945)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir

The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 31,091 | Gross: $9.46M

Billy Wilder (Austro-American) won the Oscar for Directing.

46. Jules and Jim (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino

Votes: 34,031

Oskar Werner was an Austrian actor.

47. Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922)

Not Rated | 242 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller