Film Junk Poll: What is the Best Brian De Palma Movie?


With Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s documentary De Palma finally arriving on DVD and Blu-ray this week, it serves as both a reminder and an invitation to look back on the work of an iconic filmmaker. Although he has directed a few big hits and a handful of classics throughout his career, De Palma has had his share of box office disappointments and critical failures as well. However, many of those failures still have their share of ardent fans and supporters, while other De Palma films are in the process of being reappraised and rediscovered. He is best known for Hitchcockian thrillers and crime dramas, but in truth he has dabbled in many different genres over the years. With such a varied filmography under his belt, the question at hand is not necessarily an easy one. What is the greatest Brian De Palma film of all time? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.

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  • robertjbaum

    As a De Palma-head, I really enjoyed the documentary. Here is my top 5:

    1. The Untouchables
    2. Blow Out
    3. Carlito’s Way
    4. Phantom of the Paradise
    5. Scarface

  • R Treloar

    Great documentary. I agree with Jay’s comments during the show in that I wish there were more profiles of directors in this straightforward chronological format. Would be interesting to hear Film Junk weigh in on their De Palma Top 5. Logged and ranked my own recent 15-film De Palma marathon on Letterboxd – Blow Out is my #1:

  • Primal

    I’ve enjoyed many of De Palma’s films. Tough choice, but I think Carlito’s Way is his best film.

  • devolutionary

    Someone seriously picked The Black Dahlia? Oh man, what a bore. It’s not even fun or ridiculous in that De Palma way. I suppose the cinematography looked “nice”.

  • No one important

    I have watched 3 of these in the last month. Blow Out, Body Double and Snake Eyes. All great films but I had to go with Snake Eyes. So much to say about this film but I cannot be arsed going into specific details. Please, please, please do a top 5 list on the next show.

  • Sam

    I remember seeing this in theaters for free after taking a ton of free movie passes that we had at my old job and using them all in like a month or two (saw I believe Illusionist, The Prestige, some Texas Chainsaw movie, and quite a few others), and I remember hating it. I would have been 19 or 20 and it was before getting heavily into film and becoming more familiar with De Palma or classic Film Noir. I’ve been curious about revisiting it, but I almost feel I might hate it even more now.

  • Someone also picked The Fury. It’s like trolling a poll.

  • Blow Out for sure. But Hi Mom (starring DeNiro) should be on this list of choices. His really early stuff is great and really ahead of its time.

    The Cinecast did a summer long retrospective on DePalma if anyone cares.

  • Chris

    Phantom of the Paradise is my favourite MOVIE let alone my favourite De Palma flick.

  • Deven Science

    I was going to vote for Raising Cain, but then noticed The Untouchables, a classic. Once voted, I saw that Raising Cain hasn’t received a single vote. Bummer, as it’s good fun.
    My top 5:
    1) The Untouchables
    2) Raising Cain
    3) Mission Impossible
    4) Carrie
    5) Wise Guys
    Note, I think those may be the only 5 I’ve seen all the way through on this list, so it’s not really a legit list.

  • Craig

    And Passion. Despite what you and Kurt think :-). It’s pretty shit bar the fantastic split screen sequence.