Things only got better in 1962, when a string of three Frankenheimer films -- All Fall Down, Birdman of Alcatraz and The Manchurian Candidate -- all proved to be box-office hits. The last film in particular earned Frankenheimer a place in moviemaking history and is listed among the AFI's top 100 films of all time.
The assassination of friend and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy in 1968 was a devastating setback for the director, but he made a comeback in the 1990s with several successful television films before dying of a stroke on July 6, 2002.
Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is a Korean War hero with a lethal secret: He's been brainwashed by the communist Chinese. With one phone call, the Reds can transform Shaw into a deadly assassin -- unless fellow veteran Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) can stop them first. Some thrillers remain as suspenseful -- and timely -- as when they were first released, and this classic from director John Frankenheimer is one of the best.