The best John Ritter’s drama movies

John Ritter

John Ritter

17/09/1948- 11/09/2003
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Sling Blade

Sling Blade
8/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 30/08/1996
  • Character: Vaughan Cunningham
Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside world.

Nowhere

Nowhere
6.5/10
Described as "90210 on acid", the film tells the story of a day in the lives of a group of high school kids in Los Angeles and the strange lives they lead.

Skin Deep

Skin Deep
6.1/10
Hard-drinking novelist Zach Hutton spirals out of control after his wife and mistress both leave him. Alone and crippled by a bad case of writer's block, Zach slips in and out of casual relationships and one-night stands, while his drinking becomes more and more severe. With the help of a bartender and his therapist, Zach confronts his demons -- women and alcohol -- and rediscovers his writing voice.

Panic

Panic
6.7/10
  • Genre: CrimeDrama
  • Release: 01/12/2000
  • Character: Dr. Josh Parks
Alex is going through a midlife crisis and it has become a very difficult time for him. His marriage is struggling, he's worried about his son, and his job of killing people for his family has become the most stressful part of his life. He seeks the help of a therapist and meets a woman in the waiting room that he connects with.

The Other

The Other
6.8/10
Chilling and eerie, this supernatural tale of good versus evil coils around twin brothers living with their grandmother in a sleepy rural area during the summer of 1935. After his grandmother encourages Niles to develop what seem to be psychic gifts, Niles starts to suspect that his twin may be involved in recent fatal accidents.

North

North
4.5/10
Eleven-year-old North has had it with his parents. They are always busy with their careers and don't give North the attention he needs, so he files a lawsuit against them. The judge rules that North should either find new parents or return to his own parents within two months. Thus North starts off on a journey around the world to find parents that really care about him.

Bad Santa

Bad Santa
7.1/10
A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.

Unforgivable

Unforgivable
6.4/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 30/04/1996
  • Character: Paul Hegstrom
John Ritter plays a family man who puts his wife through domestic violence and his children through emotional torture. After leaving his family and almost killing his new girlfriend in one of his rages, he is ordered to seek professional help through an innovative therapy program or go to jail.

Tadpole

Tadpole
6.2/10
Beautiful, sophisticated women are all over Oscar Grubman. He is sensitive and compassionate, speaks French fluently, is passionate about Voltaire, and thinks the feature that tells the most about a woman is her hands. On the train home from Chauncey Academy for the Thanksgiving weekend, Oscar confides in his best friend that he has plans for this vacation--he will win the heart of his true love. But there is one major problem--Oscar's true love is his stepmother Eve. Oscar is certain that he could be a better mate to Eve than his work-obsessed father. He fails to win Eve's heart and is consequently dejected. Oscar's path to his true love is further crossed by Diane, Eve's best friend who, one night while wearing Eve's borrowed perfumed scarf, offers him temporary comfort in an unconventional tryst. For Diane, Oscar fills a void in her life. For Oscar, Diane is somewhat of a distraction, as his continued pursuit of Eve leads to an unexpected resolution.

Pray TV

Pray TV
5.2/10
  • Genre: DramaTV Movie
  • Release: 01/02/1982
  • Character: Tom McPherson
A newly ordained minister accepts a summer job with a dynamic TV evangelist only to find deep conflicts between the latter's conventional activities servicing his community's spiritual needs and his power wielded as a TV celebrity.

Unnatural Causes

Unnatural Causes
6.7/10
  • Genre: DramaTV Movie
  • Release: 10/11/1986
  • Character: Frank Coleman
Frank Coleman is a Vietnam veteran dying from cancer brought on by exposure to the defoliant chemical Agent Orange which he turns to Maude DeVictor, a Veterans Administration benefits counselor who teams up with Coleman to fight a lopsided batted against the bureaucratic system for its cover up of the possible dangers of Agent Orange.

Heartbeat

Heartbeat
5.6/10
The beautiful and talented Adrian is a writer for one of America's most popular TV soap operas. She is also pregnant, and when she refuses to abort her baby, Adrian's selfish husband deserts her. It falls to one of the soap opera's producers, the recently divorced Bill, to convince Adrian to give romance a second chance.

Manhood

Manhood
5.1/10
  • Genre: ComedyDrama
  • Release: 23/01/2003
  • Character: Eli
A black comedy about a reformed womanizer who struggles to keep his family together.

Letting Go

Letting Go
5.9/10
Letting Go stars John Ritter as a widower and Sharon Gless as a lonely unmarried woman. They meet during a group-therapy session. Romance is inevitable, but the road to true happiness is pockmarked by a series of comic complications. Advertised as a straight romantic drama, Letting Go is actually more akin to the screwball comedies of the 1930s, with a strong satirical bent regarding "behavior modification" theories. The made-for-TV film debuted May 11, 1985.

Montana

Montana
6.1/10
A seasoned enforcer is given the seemingly routine task of finding the Boss's runaway mistress, Kitty. However Kitty is involved in plans to overthrow the Boss and this routine task gets very complicated.

Hero at Large

Hero at Large
5.9/10
An idealistic but struggling actor finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he stops a robbery while wearing the costume of Captain Avenger, a superhero character of a film he is hired to to promote. He decides to dabble at being a superhero only to find that it is more difficult and dangerous than he ever imagined.

It Came From the Sky

It Came From the Sky
5.8/10
  • Genre: ComedyDrama
  • Release: 15/05/1999
  • Character: Donald Bridges
Jarvis and Pepper crash land their small plane on the roof of the Bridges family. Pepper finds herself having a positive effect on the households' autistic son Andy.

Loss of Faith

Loss of Faith
4.6/10
A crime novelist searches for a missing baby at his sister's behest and makes painful discoveries about himself along the way.

The Night That Panicked America

The Night That Panicked America
7/10
  • Genre: DramaTV Movie
  • Release: 31/10/1975
  • Character: Walter Wingate
A dramatization of the Oct. 30, 1938 mass panic that Orson Welles' radio play, "The War of the Worlds" accidentally provoked.

A Gun, a Car, a Blonde

A Gun, a Car, a Blonde
5.2/10
  • Genre: DramaThriller
  • Release: 01/06/1997
  • Character: Duncan the Bartender
In this homage to film noir, a wheelchair bound (Jim Metzler) paraplegic fantasizes about the new blonde (Andrea Thompson), who moves into the house across from him..

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