Aside from his very successful acting, James Franco is also a name who can direct and write beautiful works and can also produce. Although James Franco’s films are mostly not big box office successes, it can be said that he does not actually have such a goal. Franco, who cares more about the art side of the business, likes to appear in unorthodox films. In this article, we take a closer look at our list of the best James Franco films, in which we include films of almost all genres.
Best James Franco Movies according to IMDb ratings:
- Tristan + Isolde
- The Iceman
- Pineapple Express
- The Holiday
- An American Crime
- The Disaster Artist
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes
- 127 Hours
10) Flyboys (2006) | IMDb: 6.5
- Genre: Action, Drama, History
- Director: Tony Bill
- Cast: James Franco, Jean Reno, Jennifer Decker
One of the favorite war dramas of recent times, Flyboys, takes us to the First World War. The film, which is about the air correspondents in the SS, deals with the struggle of a group of young American pilots in the war. A group of young Americans are volunteering to fight on the side of France, while the United States has not yet entered the war.
Young people who went to the Lafayette Escadrille airbase to fight become the first fighter pilots that France had in the war. Inspired by people and events that actually happened, Flyboys comes across as a very enjoyable movie to watch with the charm of James Franco and realistic visual depiction of war.
9) Howl (2010) | IMDb: 6.7
- Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
- Director: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
- Cast: James Franco, Todd Rotondi, Jon Prescott
Opening the Sundance Film Festival Howl focuses on poet Allen Ginsberg’s eventful poem Howl and the poet’s life. The film is divided into three parts, just like the Howl poem itself. The poet’s own voice is also used in some parts of the film.
The film, which contains sections from Allen Ginsberg‘s youth, his poetic years, and the case he came out with as a result of actions at the Democratic National Conference, reenacts the important avant-garde period of the American poetry and literature world known as the San Francisco Renaissance.
8) Tristan + Isolde (2006) | IMDb: 6.8
- Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
- Director: Kevin Reynolds
- Cast: James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell
Set in the Dark Ages just before the Middle Ages, Tristan + Isolde brings an epic story of love and war to the screen. England and Feudal Ireland are in the midst of a bloody war during this period. Our hero Tristan is a captain of the British army and the right-hand man of King Mark of Cornwall. But Tristan falls into a deep sleep, as a result of which he is injured by a poisoned sword.
Tristan, who is presumed dead, is put on a funeral tue and released into the sea. But Tristan, who is not actually dead, opens his eyes on the shores of Ireland and finds Isolde, the daughter of the King of Ireland, opposite him. Tristan and Isolde, who are in love with each other, are caught up in an impossible love amid the decimating effects of war.
7) The Iceman (2012) | IMDb: 6.8
- Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
- Director: Ariel Vromen
- Cast: Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, James Franco
Based on the biographical novel of the same name by Anthony Bruno The Iceman chronicles the life of Richard Kuklinski, one of the most vicious mafia hitmen in US history. Richard Kuklinski, whose fame has spread across the state, is a criminal who has been in the mafia since childhood. During this time, Kuklinski was trained as a ruthless hitman. A true professional, Kuklinski is also one of the most criminally committed mafia members in US history.
6) Pineapple Express (2008) | IMDb: 6.9
- Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
- Director: David Gordon Green
- Cast: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary Cole
If you like crime and comedy films with complex events, the Pineapple Express starring James Franco should be your next stop. In the film, which came out of the hands of the creators of the movie Superbad, Dale Denton is a lazy junkie in his own state. Dale buys a different drug called Pineapple Express from his drug dealer friend Saul, who looks just like him.
But Dale then witnesses an execution by the drug lord. Afterwards, he drops the drug he bought at the scene and runs away. The police, who found the Pineapple Express at the crime scene and knew that only Saul was selling this drug, pursues Dale and Saul.
5) An American Crime (2007) | IMDb: 7.3
- Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
- Director: Tommy O’Haver
- Cast: Elliot Page, Hayley McFarland, Nick Searcy
An American Crime is a movie that is a little difficult to watch and digest, based on real events. In the movie about the brutal murder committed in Indianapolis, USA in 1965, we are the guests of the famous convict Gertrude Baniszewski’s house.
Sylvia Likens, who was left with a caregiver by her family, who had to travel constantly for work; protector Gertrude Baniszewski , falls victim to a horrific murder committed by Baniszewski’s family and some other youth living in the neighborhood.
Sylvia is subjected to various tortures by many people, especially the mentally ill Gertrude Baniszewski. As a result of these tortures, the young girl dies in the basement of her imprisonment.
4) Spider-Man (2002) | IMDb: 7.3
- Genre: Adventure, Action, Fantasy
- Director: Sam Raimi
- Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe
Spider-Man is not the first movie that comes to mind when it comes to James Franco movies, although many of us actually know James Franco. Franco appears in the series as Harry Osbourne, Peter Parker’s best friend. At the same time, he himself appears in all the films of Sam Raimi’s classic Spider-Man trilogy.
Spider-Man, produced by Sam Raimi, still divides the audience about the best Spider-Man movie today. At the same time, this movie is the production that started the superhero movies rush with X-Men.
3) The Disaster Artist (2017) | IMDb: 7.4
- Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
- Director: James Franco
- Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor
Maybe you’ve heard of The Room, which is called the ”best worst movie in the world,” from somewhere. The Disaster Artist also re-enacts the behind-the-camera of this famous film. In the film, James Franco gets the role of the famous Tommy Wiseau. James Franco’s brother Dave comes across as Greg Sestero, Tommy’s close friend.
The duo of Greg and Tommy, who filmed The Room and moved to Hollywood to fulfill their dreams, are actually getting the fame they want. But this fame, contrary to what they imagine, reaches them in a completely different way.
2) Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) | IMDb: 7.5
- Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
- Director: Rupert Wyatt
- Cast: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto
Planet of the Apes is based on the famous science fiction novel by Pierre Boulle, and different versions of it have been appearing on the screen since 1968. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is relaunching the series in 2011. This film is one of the most acclaimed remakes of The Hell of the Apes.
In the film, in which Andy Serkis performs tremendously as Caesar the chimpanzee, we also watch James Franco as Will Rodman, the scientist who owns Caesar. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which goes back to the origin of the events taking place in this fictional world, becomes the film that ignites the wick of the modernized dystopian trilogy.
1) 127 Hours (2010) | IMDb: 7.5
- Genre: Biography, Drama
- Director: Danny Boyle
- Cast: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara
127 Hours, signed by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, who announced his name with Slumdog Millionaire, brings the tragic event that happened to mountaineer Aron Ralston to the white screen. Aron, who started climbing in the Utah region without telling anyone, is stranded with his arm stuck in a large rock in the Moab region.
At first, Aron, who thinks that his family and the two mountaineers he meets on the way will find him, has to face his inner voice when he realizes that no one knows about him. With the movie 127 Hours, we witness the tragic adventure of Aron Ralston, who tried all kinds of ways to get out of the place he was stuck for 127 hours, that is, a little more than 5 days. 127 Hours is perhaps the most well-known of James Franco’s films.