Richard Brooks

Highest Rated: 100% Cobra Woman (1944)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
After attending Philadelphia's Temple University, Richard Brooks labored away as a sports reporter for the Atlantic City Press Union, the Philadelphia Record and the New York World-Telegram. Brooks joined New York radio station WNEW as a staff writer in the late 1930s, then moved on to the NBC network writing pool. After a season as director of New York's Mill Pond Theatre, Brooks headed to Los Angeles, where he did some more radio writing and broke into films as a scripter of "B" pictures, Maria Montez epics and serials. Following two years' wartime service with the Marines, Brooks published his first novel, an anti-intolerance effort titled The Brick Foxhole. Brooks was contractually unable to work on the screenplay adaptation of Brick Foxhole (released in 1947 as Crossfire), but found time to pen a brace of additional novels; he also co-wrote Brute Force (1947) and Key Largo (1948). In 1950, Brooks made his directorial debut with MGM's Crisis, an offbeat political melodrama containing a memorable dramatic performance by Cary Grant. Brooks' breakthrough film as director was the landmark juvenile delinquent drama The Blackboard Jungle (1955). Thereafter, Brooks was regarded as an "independent" (though he didn't officially break away from the studio system until 1965), scripting as well as directing such prestige items as Brothers Karamazov (1958) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He earned several Academy Award nominations, winning the "Best Screenplay" Oscar for Elmer Gantry (1960). Brooks' later independent productions, nearly all of them adapted from popular novels, included Lord Jim (1965) In Cold Blood (1967) Happy Ending (1969, starring Brooks' then-wife Jean Simmons) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1976). In 1987, Brooks entered into a partnership with actor Robert Culp, but their Crime Inc. Productions never produced a film.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Adventures of Ragtime Agent Dooley 1998
No Score Yet Code Name: Wolverine John Baines 1996
12% The Crow: City of Angels Judah 1996
No Score Yet Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones Actor 1990
24% Shocker Rhino 1989
83% 84 Charlie Mopic O.D. 1989
76% The Hidden Sanchez 1987
No Score Yet Resting Place Booker T. Douglas 1986
14% Fever Pitch Director Screenwriter 1985
38% Wrong Is Right Screenwriter Producer Director 1982
73% Looking for Mr. Goodbar Screenwriter Director 1977
71% Bite the Bullet Producer Director Screenwriter 1975
86% $ (Dollars) (The Heist) Director Screenwriter 1971
33% The Happy Ending Director Screenwriter Producer 1969
84% In Cold Blood Producer Screenwriter Director 1967
88% The Professionals Producer Director Screenwriter 1966
57% Lord Jim Screenwriter Director Producer 1965
75% Sweet Bird of Youth Screenwriter Director 1962
93% Elmer Gantry Screenwriter Director 1960
97% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Screenwriter Director 1958
22% The Brothers Karamazov Screenwriter Director 1957
No Score Yet Something of Value (Africa Ablaze) Screenwriter Director 1957
17% The Catered Affair Director 1956
86% Last Hunt Screenwriter Director 1956
75% Blackboard Jungle Screenwriter Director 1955
88% The Last Time I Saw Paris Screenwriter Director 1954
No Score Yet Take the High Ground Director 1953
No Score Yet Battle Circus Director Screenwriter 1953
86% Deadline - U.S.A. Director Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet The Light Touch Director Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Storm Warning Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Mystery Street Screenwriter 1950
67% Crisis Screenwriter Director 1950
14% Any Number Can Play Screenwriter 1949
97% Key Largo Screenwriter 1948
91% Brute Force Screenwriter 1947
100% Cobra Woman Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet White Savage (White Captive) Screenwriter 1943


90% Being Mary Jane
Patrick Patterson
  • 2015
95% Elementary
Det. Demps
  • 2015
No Score Yet American Experience
Frederick Douglass
  • 2013
92% Person Of Interest
Lead Marshal Pollack
  • 2013
79% Lie to Me
Mark Boulware
  • 2009
85% Firefly
  • 2002
No Score Yet ER
Mr. Freeman
  • 1994


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