The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead

By King Vidor

  • Genre: King Vidor
  • Release Date: 1949-07-02
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 52min
  • Director: King Vidor
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 2.99
From 63 Ratings


An idealistic architect battles corrupt business interest and his love for a married woman in this well-made drama starring Oscar and Golden Globe-winner Gary Cooper ("High Noon," "The Pride of the Yankees"). Co-starring Oscar-nominee Raymond Massey ("Arsenic and Old Lace," "How the West Was Won") and Oscar and Golden Globe-winner Patricia Neal ("Breakfast at Tiffany's"). Directed by Oscar-honoree King Vidor ("War and Peace," "The Champ").




  • All time great movie!

    By Singing angler
    An outstanding movie that does justice to one of the best books ever written. Gary Cooper does a fantastic job playing Howard Roark, the man of unsurpassable integrity (much like the roll he plays in "High Noon" as marshal Will Kane). This movie is a great testimony to the great ideal throughout history: freedom of the individual and supremacy of individual rights over collectivism.
  • Fountainhead Classic

    By Sean Kennedy Santos
    This motion is more than a classic monument to ideas. It is a testimony to an ideal. It should be played in every school of thought across the globe. A brilliant story. I rented it but will return and buy it for my library. 10 /10 Rand's writing is epic in it's conclusion about non conformity in society and the right to be an individual . Who makes films like this anymore with this kind of essence.
  • Help

    By BDkaine
    I Rented the movie, downloaded to my iPhone how do I play it lol
  • Nailed it

    By swross
    The first reviewer nailed it including Pat's performance. Makes one wonder whether this person knew her. Great film.
  • Prosaic and philosophical

    By FriarBen
    Cooper and Neal have chemistry for sure, but the script is prosaic and preachy. Enjoy it as a Rand acolyte or enjoy Neal’s beauty and Cooper’s strength.
  • She was gonna have his baby

    By paulettie
    Real life lovers, Cooper and Neal, she was nearly half his age. She aborted his child he went back to his wife. Cooper wasn't really the Howard Roark of the novel but there is no denying the heat in his scenes with Neal. She made a great Miss Frankon. The scenes with the design firm gluing broken pediments and other frivolities to Roark's model was priceless. The sets are great. If you can past Cooper's bad courtroom scene, it's an admirable adaptation of the book, without the Rand rantings.
  • The Fountainhead is Gary Cooper, not Howard Roark

    By Maresy
    This film is very intense and well made. Ms. Rand was courageous in writing this novel and also getting the chance to write the screenplay as well. She did a fantastic job. Because when you read the novel, it appears that a man might have written it. But when it comes to portraying the "hero", Gary Cooper is who we see, not Howard Roark. As Howard Roark, Cooper is not really "true" to himself, in fact, he is as manipulative as Peter Keating - and also a lot shewrder and as dangerous as Mr. Toohey. As Dominque, Ms. Neal showed us that her "obsession" was not Howard Roark, but indeed Gary Cooper, which enhanced and made her performance all that more devastating. Pat Neal actually became a "hero"! Taking on the world and being an "individual" is quite different than being "yourself" and being true to whom you "really" are!
  • Wonderful Acting, makes one think

    By twinkpm
    Very good movie with wonderful acting, if the viewer understands that the story is based on Rand's various archetypes of human character, all of which are variants between the ideal man of independent-mindedness and the mindless mob. The movie also illustrates flaws in Rand's thinking that few people have original ideas or something of value to offer the world.
  • hunk of near garbage...

    By Szieve
    given the time it was made.. not bad.. by todays standards a load of crap. If you have read the book, you'll understand.. key points of the author are completely edited out.. the looters butchered the story.. Want the whole truth.. read the book, and skip the cheap attempt at a screenplay and bad acting..