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Richard Brooks

Highest Rated: 100% The Killers (1946)

Lowest Rated: 14% Fever Pitch (1985)

Birthday: May 18, 1912

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

A pioneering figure in independent filmmaking, writer-director Richard Brooks applied his journalistic background to his feature film career, in which he explored the best and worst in human behavior in films like "The Blackboard Jungle" (1955), "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958), "The Professionals" (1966) and "In Cold Blood" (1967). Brooks moved from newspaper man and radio writer to penning scripts for noir films like "Brute Force" (1947) and "Key Largo" (1948), where he honed his talent for characters who operated on both sides of the law. After graduating to director in the 1950s, he earned an Oscar for writing "Elmer Gantry" (1960) and nominations for writing and directing "Blackboard," "Cat," and "The Professionals" before writing and directing his masterwork, the black-and-white docudrama "In Cold Blood" (1967). The film also served as the coda for his career, as Brooks would try and fail to meet its standard of quality for much of the next two decades. His best work, however, would stand the test of time, and ensure him a spot among the cinematic immortals.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
14% 25% Fever Pitch Director $343.2K 1985
27% 39% Wrong Is Right Director,
Producer
- 1982
63% 74% Looking for Mr. Goodbar Director,
Writer
- 1977
73% 54% Bite the Bullet Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1975
86% 49% $ (Dollars) Director - 1971
33% 36% The Happy Ending Director - 1969
83% 88% In Cold Blood Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1967
89% 81% The Professionals Director,
Screenwriter
- 1966
57% 57% Lord Jim Director,
Producer,
Writer
- 1965
74% 72% Sweet Bird of Youth Director,
Writer
- 1962
94% 87% Elmer Gantry Director,
Writer
- 1960
97% 92% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Director,
Writer
- 1958
25% 58% The Brothers Karamazov Director - 1958
50% 54% Something of Value Director - 1957
89% 52% The Last Hunt Director - 1956
17% 72% The Catered Affair Director - 1956
74% 78% Blackboard Jungle Director,
Writer
- 1955
78% 50% The Last Time I Saw Paris Director,
Writer
- 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flame and the Flesh Director - 1954
No Score Yet 30% Take the High Ground Director - 1953
No Score Yet 25% Battle Circus Director - 1953
78% 73% Deadline U.S.A. Director - 1952
No Score Yet 60% Storm Warning Screenwriter - 1951
No Score Yet 33% The Light Touch Director,
Screenwriter
- 1951
71% 50% Crisis Director - 1950
14% 57% Any Number Can Play Screenwriter - 1949
97% 88% Key Largo Writer - 1948
95% 87% Brute Force Screenwriter - 1947
100% 89% The Killers Writer - 1946
73% 40% Cobra Woman Writer - 1944