What are the best David Cronenberg movies?

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    #1The Fly

    The Fly

    The Fly is a dramatic science fiction horror motion picture that stars Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, and John Getz. It was directed by David Cronenberg and was based on a short story by George Langelaan. The film premiered in the USA.


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    Kelly Cunningham
    Written on May 30, 2018
    "Gus Van Sant's 1998 film Psycho is an extreme example of the needlessness of Hollywood remakes. Too often are they bereft of their own identity which is a key component for any great and memorable movie. However, there are exceptions, such as David Cronenberg's The Fly, a remake of the 1958 Kurt Neumann film. Cronenberg's outing works because it has a strong plot that is heavily altered from the original and complex visual effects that couldn't possibly be pulled off in the 1950's. On this basis, it was a necessary remake. The story follows scientist Seth Brundle as he works towards creating a teleportation system that allows living matter to pass through unharmed. After successfully teleporting a living baboon, Seth tries it out for himself. Unfortunately, a fly was trapped in the pod with him and their genes were spliced upon reanimation. His transformation into Brundlefly is slow and painful, as is his girlfriend's mental anguish when she discovers she is pregnant with Brundle's child. The story is morbid, twisted, and totally gripping. Although the relationship between Seth and Veronica isn't entirely convincing, it' still enough for the audience to get sucked into the film on an emotional level. Chris Walas, legendary make-up/special effects artist, lends his disturbed brilliance to the look of Brundlefly, probably the film's most memorable aspect. The many stages of fusion are perfectly designed and thought-out for maximum grossness. Walas' work in the last twenty minutes alone are worth the price of admission. Jeff Goldblum as Seth Brundle comes off as a genuine mad scientist. The delivery of his lines and his body language and ticks bring a surprising amount of depth and sympathy to his character. Geena Davis as Veronica is tolerable. She doesn't quite sell the hysteria of her character but she is at least an adequate leading lady. John Getz is funny as the despicable Stathis Borans, Veronica's ex-boyfriend and boss. Tight camerawork from Cronenberg and Mark Irwin and an atmospheric score by Howard Shore shape The Fly into a superb 80's remake of a 50's horror film, to be enjoyed right along with the equally brilliant The Thing by John Carpenter."
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    #2Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers is a dramatic horror thriller motion picture that features Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, and Heidi von Palleske. It was directed and written by David Cronenberg and premiered in Toronto International Film Festival.


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    Cheshta Tambe
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "This is a bizarre movie with a lot of weird, twisted humor. If you're on a first date and trying to get your girl to freak out and hide her face on your chest, this is a good movie for that. I'm not saying that happened to me... but this movie will provide you with crazy humor, weird twists, and possibly a three year relationship. I would recommend it."
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    Videodrome is a science fiction horror thriller motion picture that features James Woods, Debbie Harry, and Sonja Smits. It was directed and written by David Cronenberg and premiered on February 4, 1983, in the United States of America.


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    Roy Warren
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "To be honest, I am familiar with James Woods, but do not recall seeing this movie. That being said, after reading the plot, it does sound interesting enough for me to consider giving it a watch one of these days. Also, seeing that it appears to be highly rated is also a plus!"
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    Scanners is a science fiction horror thriller motion picture that stars  Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, and Patrick McGoohan. It was directed and written by David Cronenberg and premiered on January 14, 1981, in the United States.


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    Anthony Kennedy
    Written on May 30, 2018
    "this is an awesome film with great soundtrack. i love it"
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    #5A History of Violence

    A History of Violence
    This masterpiece by David Cronenberg (who presents a very different movie from his previous ones) starring Viggo Mortensen tells us the story of a man that becomes a hero, and how that changes his life... for worse.

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    Adam Andrews
    Written on June 2, 2018
    "A History of Violence is my favorite David Cronenberg movie. It is better than any of the other movies he has done."
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    Existenz is a science fiction horror thriller motion picture that stars Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Ian Holm. It was directed and written by David Cronenberg and premiered on February 16, 1999, in Berlin International Film Festival.


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    #7Naked Lunch

    Naked Lunch

    Naked Lunch is a dramatic motion picture that stars Peter Weller, Judy Davis, and Ian Holm. It was directed by David Cronenberg and was based on a novel by William S. Burroughs. The film premiered on December 12, 1991, in London.


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    Steven Lu
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "With great performances all around Naked Lunch is a mindbending and fascinating film derived from William S Burroughs novel. Kafkaesque and enthralling if you like pushing the boundaries on logic, this is the film to watch."
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    #8Eastern Promises

    Eastern Promises

    Eastern Promises is a dramatic criminal mystery motion picture that features Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, and Armin Mueller-Stahl. It was directed by David Cronenberg and was written by Steven Knight. The film premiered in 2007.


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    Amanda McDonald
    Written on May 31, 2018
    "This movie doesn't quite live up to some of Cronenberg's earlier films, but it is a good film that can stand on itself. If you are looking for the vintage Cronenberg, you should look elsewhere, but if you want to see a good quality movie that doesn't necessarily match some of his older movies, this is a great option."


Best What are the best David Cronenberg movies
1The FlyMovies 15 Paid
2Dead RingersMovies 13 Paid
3VideodromeMovies 10 Paid
4ScannersMovies 8 Paid
5A History of ViolenceMovies 7 Paid
6ExistenzMovies 4 Paid
7Naked LunchMovies 2 Paid
8Eastern PromisesMovies 1 Paid

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