6.7 Backroads (1977)
7.0 Newsfront (1978)
7.0 Dead Calm (1989)
5.0 Sliver (1993)
5.5 The Saint (1997)
5.8 Bone Collector (1999)
6.5 Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
5.0 The Quiet American (2002)
4.0 Salt (2010)
5.0 The Giver (2014)
6.0 Above Suspicion (2019)
Philip Noyce (Australia, 1950)
debuted with Backroads (1977), inspired by Monte Hellman’s Two Lane Blacktop and Wim Wenders’ Kings of the Road,
and the nostalgic historical drama Newsfront (1978).
Heatwave (1981) closed the trilogy of realist films.
He then spent much of the decade working for television.
Dead Calm (1989), adapted from Charles Williams' 1963 novel, adds an erotic overtone to the old-fashioned thriller format. A lot of stereotypes (the inept woman, the dead who doesn't die, the tough man who finally restores peace to his family, etc) are tolerable because they set in an unusual context: a claustrophobic environment such as a boat, surrounded by an infinite mass of water. The characters are alone in a world that has to mercy of the weak.
Then came the action movie Blind Fury (1989), inspired by the Japanese Zatoichi film series.
Patriot Games (1992) is an adaptation of the Jack Ryan novel.
Sliver (1993) is a voyeuristic thriller that deals both with sexual obsession and media pervasiveness. As a thriller, it is totally ineffective. As a metaphor on the intrusive media of the technological society, it couldn't be more trivial.
Clear and Present Danger (1994) is an adaptation of Tom Clancy's novel and Noyce's biggest commercial success.
The Saint (1997) is an espionage thriller.
The Bone Collector (1999) was another thriller.
He returned to Australia and directed two historical dramas, Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) and The Quiet American (2002), adapted from the Graham Greene novel, and another action movie, Salt (2010), another blockbuster.
The Giver (2014) is an adaptation of Lois Lowry's novel.
Then came two more thrillers: Above Suspicion (2019) and Lakewood (2021).