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      Frank Capra

      Frank Capra

      Highest Rated: 100% Lady for a Day (1933)

      Lowest Rated: 50% Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

      Birthday: May 18, 1897

      Birthplace: Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy

      During the Great Depression, director Frank Capra became America's preeminent filmmaker, leavening despair with his irrepressible optimism of the Everyman triumphing over seemingly insurmountable odds. A true rags-to-riches story himself, Capra started his career as a comedy writer for vaudeville star Harry Langdon before turning to directing during the silent era. In 1931, he began his lifelong collaboration with writer Robert Riskin on socially-conscious films like "American Madness" (1932) and "Lady for a Day" (1933), which led to Oscar glory with the classic screwball comedy "It Happened One Night" (1934), the first movie to ever sweep the five major Academy Award categories. Capra then entered a fruitful period with "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936), which he followed with the classic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), starring James Stewart, who came to exemplify the director's prototypical idealist. During World War II, Capra made several acclaimed wartime propaganda movies, including "Prelude to War" (1942), which won the Oscar for Best Documentary. Upon returning to Hollywood, he reunited with Stewart on "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), a heartwarming tale that failed at the box office, but later became a perennial holiday classic. The director would make several more films over the next two decades before officially retiring and moving out of Hollywood, but "It's a Wonderful Life" would be his crowning achievement. With a career that celebrated patriotism, idealism and small-town American values, Capra's strength as a filmmaker marked him as a true giant of Hollywood's Golden Age.

      Highest rated movies

      A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

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      TUNISIAN VICTORY, Private Brown of the ATS, Lieutenant William F. Claxton, cutting, documentary by Frank Capra & John Huston, 1944 ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Cary Grant, Director Frank Capra, 1944 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, James Stewart eating cake with Lionel Barrymore on the set, director Frank Capra in background, 1946 HERE COMES THE GROOM, director Frank Capra and the very wet Alexis Smith between takes on set, 1951 MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, director Frank Capra, Jean Arthur, James Stewart on set, 1939 TUNISIAN VICTORY, documentary by Frank Capra & John Huston, 1944 TUNISIAN VICTORY, Major Hugh Stewart (Officer Commanding Army Film Unit), Private Daphne Hudson, ATS, director Frank Capra, documentary by Frank Capra and John Huston, 1944 STATE OF THE UNION, director Frank Capra rests while Van Johnson, dialogue director Harold Winston, Katharine Hepburn, rehearse, 1948 MEET JOHN DOE, from left, director Frank Capra, Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, on-set, 1941 MEET JOHN DOE, director Frank Capra, (far left), Gary Cooper, (right), on-set, 1941 MEET JOHN DOE, director Frank Capra, on-set, 1941 MEET JOHN DOE, from left, Barbara Stanwyck, director Frank Capra, on-set, 1941 TUNISIAN VICTORY, documentary by Frank Capra & John Huston, 1944 TUNISIAN VICTORY, Dwight D. Eisenhower, documentary by Frank Capra & John Huston, 1944 HERE COMES THE GROOM, Paramount's British chief James Perkins visits director Frank Capra, Alexis Smith on set, 1951 MEET JOHN DOE, director Frank Capra, on-set, 1941 LOST HORIZON, Ronald Colman, director Frank Capra and many others filming a scene, 1937 MEET JOHN DOE, from left, Barbara Stanwyck, director Frank Capra, on-set, 1941 MEET JOHN DOE, from left, visiting actor Harry Davenport, screenwriter Robert Riskin, director Frank Capra, on-set, 1941 LOST HORIZON, Frank Capra, Ronald Colman on-set, 1937

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Frank Capra: Mr. America Self - 2023
      100% 95% A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies Himself (archive footage) (Character) - 1995
      50% 72% Pocketful of Miracles Director,
      Producer
      - 1961
      67% 48% A Hole in the Head Director,
      Producer
      - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unchained Goddess Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bell Science - Hemo the Magnificent Director - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bell Science - Our Mr. Sun Director - 1956
      60% 70% Here Comes the Groom Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 42% Riding High Director - 1950
      80% 79% State of the Union Director,
      Producer
      - 1948
      94% 95% It's a Wonderful Life Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $3.3M 1946
      No Score Yet 83% Know Your Enemy: Japan Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Is Germany Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1945
      No Score Yet 75% War Comes to America Director,
      Producer
      - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Know Your Ally: Britain Producer - 1944
      No Score Yet 56% The Negro Soldier Producer - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Attack: The Battle for New Britain Director - 1944
      No Score Yet 57% The Battle of China Director - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Attack in the Pacific Director - 1944
      No Score Yet 83% Tunisian Victory Director - 1944
      86% 92% Arsenic and Old Lace Director,
      Producer
      - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet History of the Negro Soldier Director - 1944
      No Score Yet 88% Divide and Conquer Director - 1943
      No Score Yet 100% The Nazis Strike Director - 1943
      No Score Yet 64% The Battle of Russia Director,
      Producer
      - 1943
      No Score Yet 71% The Battle of Britain Director,
      Producer
      - 1943
      No Score Yet 58% Prelude to War Director,
      Producer
      - 1942
      92% 83% Meet John Doe Director,
      Producer
      - 1941
      97% 94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Director,
      Producer
      - 1939
      94% 88% You Can't Take It With You Director - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Romance of Celluloid Unknown (Character) - 1938
      93% 82% Lost Horizon Director,
      Producer
      - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flying The Lindbergh Trail Director - 1937
      91% 86% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Director,
      Producer
      - 1936
      98% 93% It Happened One Night Director,
      Executive Producer,
      Producer
      - 1934
      100% 58% Broadway Bill Director - 1934
      86% 65% The Bitter Tea of General Yen Director - 1933
      100% 80% Lady for a Day Director - 1933
      No Score Yet 63% Forbidden Director,
      Producer
      - 1932
      No Score Yet 81% American Madness Director - 1932
      88% 68% Platinum Blonde Director - 1931
      No Score Yet 57% Dirigible Director - 1931
      100% 78% The Miracle Woman Director - 1931
      No Score Yet 56% Ladies of Leisure Director - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rain or Shine Director - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Younger Generation Director - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Donovan Affair Director - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flight Director - 1929
      No Score Yet 90% The Matinee Idol Director - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That Certain Thing Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Submarine Director - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Power of the Press Director - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet His First Flame Screenwriter - 1927
      No Score Yet 73% Long Pants Director - 1927
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fiddlesticks Screenwriter - 1927
      No Score Yet 60% Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Screenwriter - 1926
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Afternoon Screenwriter - 1926
      No Score Yet 85% The Strong Man Director - 1926
      No Score Yet 60% Boobs in the Woods Screenwriter - 1925
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Stars Writer - 1925
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Every Man For Himself Screenwriter - 1924
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Down and One to Go Director - 0000