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Francis Ford Coppola

Lowest Rated:   10% Supernova (2000)
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Birthplace:   Detroit, Michigan, USA
One of the most acclaimed directors of the 1970s, Francis Ford Coppola spearheaded a renaissance in American filmmaking, heralding a golden age which he defined through masterpieces ranging from The Conversation to Apocalypse Now to his crowning achievement, The Godfather. One of his era's most impassioned talents, Coppola was also one of its most erratic; in both his career and his personal life, he experienced euphoric triumph and shattering tragedy, pushing the limits of the cinematic form with a daring and fervor which became the hallmarks of not only his greatest successes but also his most notorious failures.The son of composer Carmine Coppola, he was born April 7, 1939, in Detroit, MI. Raised in New York, he began making amateur films while still a child and later enrolled in the famed U.C.L.A. Film School in 1960. Upon entering the film industry by helming a number of softcore porn flicks, Coppola was approached by B-movie mogul Roger Corman to direct his first feature, Dementia 13, in 1963. While his Samuel Goldwyn Award-winning student screenplay Pilma, Pilma went unproduced, Coppola's 1966 U.C.L.A. thesis project, a freewheeling comedy titled You're a Big Boy Now, was distributed theatrically by Warner Bros., and that same year he collaborated on the screenplays of the features Is Paris Burning? and This Property Is Condemned. In 1968 he completed his first studio film, the box-office bomb Finian's Rainbow, followed the next year by The Rain People.When he was just 31, Coppola won his first Academy Award for his work on the screenplay of 1970's Patton. Despite his recent success, however, he was on the edge of financial ruin after sinking his money into an ill-fated venture called Scopitone, a device which enabled short movies to be run on a jukebox. On the verge of bankruptcy, he was approached by Paramount to adapt the Mario Puzo best-seller The Godfather. The film was released in 1972 to unprecedented critical and commercial success, emerging as one of the highest-grossing films in Hollywood history and netting a total of four Oscars, including awards for Best Actor (Marlon Brando) and Best Picture. A majestic Mafia epic starring Brando as well as Al Pacino, James Caan, and Robert Duvall, The Godfather was declared an instant classic, and its stature only grew in the years following its initial appearance.Coppola's next move was to write the screenplay for the 1974 adaptation of The Great Gatsby. He then turned to the masterful The Conversation, a taut political thriller which mirrored the events of Watergate and earned the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. At the peak of his powers, Coppola closed out 1974 by premiering The Godfather, Pt. 2, a powerful and ambitious follow-up built around a complex parallel narrative structure spanning a period of 30 years. The second film's success was perhaps even more staggering than the first: The Godfather, Pt. 2 garnered six more Oscars, including a win for Coppola in the Best Director category; Robert DeNiro won his first Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor field; and the movie itself became the first and only sequel ever to win Best Picture honors.Next, Coppola began adapting the Joseph Conrad novel Heart of Darkness, transferring its story to the heart of the Cambodian jungle at the height of the conflict in Vietnam. The result was Apocalypse Now, a grandiose work of flawed genius which nearly destroyed the lives and careers of all involved. Beginning with the heart attack of star Martin Sheen, the film suffered catastrophe after catastrophe, quickly going over budget and over schedule; as Coppola himself later noted, "little by little we went crazy." Begun in 1976, Apocalypse Now was not completed until three years and 30 million dollars later, where it premiered at Cannes as the winner of the Palm d'Or. It was subsequently released to wildly mixed reviews, despite garnering a pair of Oscars. Whatever its artistic merits, Apocalypse Now marked the beginning

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2017
No Score Yet The Godfather Epic
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
2016
60% The Bling Ring
  • Executive Producer
$5.5M 2013
85% Seduced And Abandoned
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman
  • Actor
2013
43% On the Road
  • Executive Producer
$0.7M 2012
29% Twixt
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
2012
71% Somewhere
  • Executive Producer
$1.8M 2010
71% Tetro
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$0.3M 2009
80% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
  • Actor
2009
30% Youth Without Youth
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
$0.2M 2007
60% Fog City Mavericks
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Lights, Action, Music
  • Actor
2007
54% The Good Shepherd
  • Executive Producer
$59.9M 2006
No Score Yet Junky's Christmas
  • Producer
2006
55% Marie Antoinette
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
$16M 2006
90% Kinsey
  • Executive Producer
$10.3M 2004
95% Lost In Translation
  • Executive Producer
$44.6M 2003
23% Jeepers Creepers 2
  • Executive Producer
$35.2M 2003
52% Suriyothai
  • Executive Producer
$0.3M 2003
48% Assassination Tango
  • Executive Producer
$0.9M 2003
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls
  • Actor
2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Black Stallion Returns
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2003
92% The Kid Stays in the Picture
  • Actor
$1.4M 2002
36% Pumpkin
  • Executive Producer
$0.2M 2002
67% CQ
  • Executive Producer
$0.4M 2002
29% No Such Thing
  • Executive Producer
2002
No Score Yet Another Day
  • Executive Producer
2001
45% Jeepers Creepers
  • Executive Producer
2001
93% Apocalypse Now Redux
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • TV Crew Director
$2M 2001
No Score Yet R2-D2: Beneath the Dome
  • Himself
2001
76% The Virgin Suicides
  • Producer
2000
10% Supernova
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Executive Producer
2000
67% The Third Miracle
  • Executive Producer
1999
67% Sleepy Hollow
  • Executive Producer
1999
No Score Yet The Florentine
  • Executive Producer
1999
No Score Yet Outrage
  • Executive Producer
1998
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker
  • Director
1997
82% The Rainmaker
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1997
25% Buddy
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1997
No Score Yet The Odyssey
  • Executive Producer
1997
No Score Yet Dark Angel
  • Executive Producer
1996
17% Jack
  • Producer
  • Director
1996
80% Haunted
  • Executive Producer
1995
No Score Yet Tecumseh: The Last Warrior
  • Executive Producer
1995
71% Dead Man
  • Producer
1995
No Score Yet White Dwarf
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1995
85% My Family
  • Executive Producer
1995
100% A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
  • Actor
1995
39% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Producer
1994
74% Don Juan DeMarco
  • Producer
1994
No Score Yet The World of Jim Henson
  • Actor
1994
85% The Secret Garden
  • Executive Producer
1993
78% Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Director
  • Producer
1992
55% Wind
  • Executive Producer
1992
100% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
  • Actor
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet The Godfather Part III: 2008 Digitally Remastered Edition
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Wait Until Spring, Bandini
  • Producer
1990
73% New York Stories
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$10.8M 1989
84% Tucker: The Man and His Dream
  • Director
1988
78% Barfly
  • Executive Producer
1987
No Score Yet Lionheart
  • Executive Producer
1987
43% Gardens of Stone
  • Producer
  • Director
1987
39% Tough Guys Don't Dance
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1987
85% Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Director
1986
95% Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1985
No Score Yet Captain Eo
  • Director
1985
75% The Cotton Club
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1984
69% Rumble Fish
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1983
65% The Outsiders
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1983
89% Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance
  • Executive Producer
1983
No Score Yet The Escape Artist
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1982
48% One From the Heart
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1982
80% Hammett
  • Executive Producer
1982
No Score Yet Parsifal
  • Producer
1982
87% Kagemusha
  • Executive Producer
1980
88% The Black Stallion
  • Executive Producer
1979
97% Apocalypse Now
  • Producer
  • TV Crew DirectorFilm Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1979
97% The Godfather, Part II
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1974
98% The Conversation
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1974
39% The Great Gatsby
  • Screenwriter
1974
95% American Graffiti
  • Producer
1973
99% The Godfather
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet The People
  • Executive Producer
1972
No Score Yet The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration
  • Director
1972
88% THX 1138
  • Executive Producer
1971
95% Patton
  • Screenwriter
1970
82% The Rain People
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1969
57% Finian's Rainbow
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet Filmmaker: A Diary
  • Actor
1968
80% You're a Big Boy Now
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1966
64% This Property Is Condemned
  • Screenwriter
1966
80% Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?)
  • Screenwriter
1966
67% Dementia 13
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1963
36% The Terror (The Haunting) (The Castle of Terror)
  • Producer
1963
No Score Yet Bellboy and the Playgirls
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1962
No Score Yet Nebo Zovyot (Battle Beyond the Sun) (The Heavens Call) (The Sky Calls)
  • Director
  • Producer
1960

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Five Came Back
2017
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 1986

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