From Gremlins to Small Soldiers: Where to watch Joe Dante movies online

Joe Dante is an American filmmaker best known as the director of Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. In addition to his work on one of the most iconic horror comedy franchises of all time, the award-winning filmmaker has directed iconic sci-fi and fantasy movies such as Small Soldiers and Innerspace.

With so many memorable movies to his name, Joe Dante’s use of animatronics and visual effects has captured the imaginations of moviegoers for decades. Whether you’re looking for a new movie or one of your childhood favorites, this list includes every feature film directed by Joe Dante and where you can watch them all on popular streaming services.

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Joe Dante has also directed TV movies (The Greatest Show Ever, The Osiris Chronicles, The Second Civil War), short films (Haunted Lighthouse) and contributed to TV shows (The Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories, Police Squad!). However, this list is exclusively for feature films. You can also use our filters to filter by age rating and find out which movies are available to watch legally for free.

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  1. Hollywood Boulevard

    Hollywood Boulevard

    1976

    IMDB 5.9 (1k)

    #1

    A Midwestern ingenue moves to Hollywood and rivals a B-movie queen in low-budget quickies.

  2. Piranha

    Piranha

    1978

    IMDB 5.9 (24k)

    #2

    When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

  3. Rock 'n' Roll High School

    #3

    A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration.

  4. The Howling

    The Howling

    1981

    IMDB 6.5 (39k)

    #4

    After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a newswoman is sent to a rehabilitation center whose inhabitants may not be what they seem.

  5. Twilight Zone: The Movie

    #5

    1959. Friday nights. We time-traveled. Witnessed surprising twists. Entertained aliens. Experienced fear. And first journeyed to "The Twilight Zone" of Rod Serling's memorable TV series. And guided by four imaginative moviemakers, we traveled there again in 1983. Directors John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller fashion stories based on or inspired by classic episodes. Landis weaves the tale of a bigot who gets a walloping dose of his own hatred. Spielberg takes over with a fable of senior citizens offered a magical rejuvenation. Dante serves up a terror trip with a child who uses his cartoon-inspired powers to enslave his family. Then fright goes aloft with Miller's finale about a neurotic passenger who sees a monster on the jetliner's wing. Or does he?

  6. Gremlins

    Gremlins

    1984

    IMDB 7.3 (245k)

    #6

    When Billy Peltzer is given a strange but adorable pet named Gizmo for Christmas, he inadvertently breaks the three important rules of caring for a Mogwai, unleashing a horde of mischievous gremlins on a small town.

  7. Explorers

    Explorers

    1985

    IMDB 6.4 (23k)

    #7

    Middle schooler Ben spends his free time watching sci-fi films, playing video games and reading comic books. Surprisingly, his affinity for all things fantastical yields a real result – when he has a vivid dream about technology, his prodigy best friend Wolfgang manages to create a working spacecraft. Joined by their buddy Darren, the boys take off into outer space and encounter some very odd extraterrestrial life.

  8. Innerspace

    Innerspace

    1987

    IMDB 6.8 (64k)

    #8

    Test pilot Tuck Pendleton volunteers to test a special vessel for a miniaturization experiment. Accidentally injected into a neurotic hypochondriac, Jack Putter, Tuck must convince Jack to find his ex-girlfriend, Lydia Maxwell, to help him extract Tuck and his ship and re-enlarge them before his oxygen runs out.

  9. Amazon Women on the Moon

    #9

    A spoof of low budget 1950s science-fiction movies, interspersed with various comedy sketches and fake commercials making fun of late-night television.

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  10. The 'Burbs

    The 'Burbs

    1989

    IMDB 6.8 (82k)

    #10

    When secretive new neighbors move in next door, suburbanite Ray Peterson and his friends let their paranoia get the best of them as they start to suspect the newcomers of evildoings and commence an investigation. But it's hardly how Ray, who much prefers drinking beer, reading his newspaper and watching a ball game on the tube expected to spend his vacation.

  11. Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    #11

    Young sweethearts Billy and Kate move to the Big Apple, land jobs in a high-tech office park and soon reunite with the friendly and lovable Gizmo. But a series of accidents creates a whole new generation of Gremlins. The situation worsens when the devilish green creatures invade a top-secret laboratory and develop genetically altered powers, making them even harder to destroy!

  12. Matinee

    Matinee

    1993

    IMDB 6.9 (12k)

    #12

    A showman introduces a small coastal town to a unique movie experience and capitalizes on the Cuban Missile crisis hysteria with a kitschy horror extravaganza combining film effects, stage props and actors in rubber suits in this salute to the B-movie.

  13. The Second Civil War

    #13

    When a planeload of Pakistani orphans are shipped to his state for permanent relocation, the governor of Idaho defies the president and closes the state's border. News Net Television, a cable news program that makes hay by reporting on political scandals, quickly spins the racist act into an overnight media sensation, creating a divide in national opinion over the issue.

  14. Small Soldiers

    Small Soldiers

    1998

    IMDB 6.2 (105k)

    #14

    When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.

  15. Looney Tunes: Back in Action

    #15

    Fed up with all the attention going to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck quits Hollywood, teams up with recently-fired stuntman Damien Drake Jr. and embarks on a round-the-world adventure, along with Bugs and The VP of Warner Bros. Their mission? Find Damien's father, and the missing blue diamond... and stay one step ahead of The Acme Corp., who wants the diamond for their own purposes.

  16. Trapped Ashes

    Trapped Ashes

    2006

    IMDB 4.7 (1k)

    #16

    Trapped in a house of horror, seven people discover that the only way they'll get out alive is to tell their scariest stories.

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  17. The Hole

    The Hole

    2009

    IMDB 5.7 (24k)

    #17

    After moving into a new neighbourhood, brothers Dane & Lucas and their neighbour Julie discover a bottomless hole in the basement of their home. They find that once the hole is exposed, evil is unleashed. With strange shadows lurking around every corner and nightmares coming to life, they are forced to come face to face with their darkest fears to put an end to the mystery of THE HOLE.

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  18. Burying the Ex

    Burying the Ex

    2014

    IMDB 5.4 (11k)

    #18

    Before horror enthusiast Max can break things off with his girlfriend Evelyn she dies in a bus accident. In time, Max meets another woman only to have Evelyn resurface as a zombie ready to resume their relationship.

  19. Nightmare Cinema

    Nightmare Cinema

    2018

    IMDB 5.5 (5k)

    #19

    A series of down-on-their-luck individuals enter the decrepit and spine-chilling Rialto theater, only to have their deepest and darkest fears brought to life on the silver screen by The Projectionist – a mysterious, ghostly figure who holds the nightmarish futures of all who attend his screenings.