1949 movie based on Ayn Rand's novel about architect Howard Roark


The Fountainhead (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Fountainhead is a 1949 American drama film based on the best-seller book of the same name by Ayn Rand. The movie stars Gary Cooper as Howard Roark, Patricia Neal as Dominique Francon, Raymond Massey as Gail Wynand, Robert Douglas as Ellsworth Toohey and Kent Smith as Peter Keating. The film was directed by King Vidor, with the screenplay written by Rand. ..."

Cast and Crew

Gary CooperHoward Roark
Patricia NealDominique Francon
Ayn RandScreenwriter

Video Products

The Fountainhead, 23 Jan 1990


Freedom's Flicks: The 20 Best Libertarian Movies of all Time, Nov 1999
The Orange County Register picks movies for "freedom lovers"
"5.The Fountainhead (1949). Scripted by Ayn Rand from her novel, it's a bold story of an architect who endures poverty and scorn rather than give in to the prevailing egalitarian values of his architect-competitors. The movie, although a bit turgid, well reflects her uncompromising philosophy of individualism."


The Fountainhead (1949)
    by Jon Osborne, Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video, 2001
"That's the subject of this film: the struggle of the creative person against the momentum of mediocrity — the price the creative person pays to move the world forward. ... This is one of the most focused screen representations of libertarian ideas to be found and a popular film in its own right, shelved in the classics section for good reason."