Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola

Highest Rated: 100% Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019)

Lowest Rated: 10% Supernova (2000)

Birthday: Apr 7, 1939

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


Highest Rated Movies



87% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael Actor 2019
70% The Cotton Club Encore Director Screenwriter 2019
85% Friedkin Uncut Actor 2019
100% Apocalypse Now: Final Cut Screenwriter Producer Director 2019
97% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story Director Screenwriter Actor 2017
No Score Yet The Godfather Epic Producer Director Screenwriter 2016
59% The Bling Ring Executive Producer $5.6M 2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman Actor 2013
84% Seduced And Abandoned Actor 2013
44% On the Road Executive Producer $0.7M 2012
26% Twixt Screenwriter Director Producer 2012
71% Somewhere Executive Producer $1.8M 2010
70% Tetro Director Screenwriter Producer $0.3M 2009
80% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Actor 2009
32% Youth Without Youth Director Screenwriter Producer $0.3M 2007
60% Fog City Mavericks Actor 2007
No Score Yet Lights, Action, Music Actor 2007
55% The Good Shepherd Executive Producer $59.9M 2006
No Score Yet Junky's Christmas Producer 2006
56% Marie Antoinette Executive Producer Producer $16M 2006
90% Kinsey Executive Producer $10.3M 2004
95% Lost In Translation Executive Producer $44.6M 2003
24% Jeepers Creepers 2 Executive Producer $35.3M 2003
51% Suriyothai Executive Producer $0.3M 2003
47% Assassination Tango Executive Producer $0.9M 2003
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls Actor 2003
91% The Kid Stays in the Picture Actor $1.4M 2002
36% Pumpkin Executive Producer $0.2M 2002
66% CQ Executive Producer $0.4M 2002
30% No Such Thing Executive Producer 2002
No Score Yet Another Day Executive Producer 2001
46% Jeepers Creepers Executive Producer 2001
93% Apocalypse Now Redux TV Crew Director Producer Director Screenwriter $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
68% Sleepy Hollow Executive Producer 1999
No Score Yet The Florentine Executive Producer 1999
75% Moby Dick Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet Outrage Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker Director 1997
83% The Rainmaker Screenwriter Director 1997
25% Buddy Producer Executive Producer 1997
No Score Yet The Odyssey Executive Producer 1997
No Score Yet Dark Angel Executive Producer 1996
18% Jack Director Producer 1996
80% Haunted Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Kidnapped Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Tecumseh: The Last Warrior Executive Producer 1995
71% Dead Man Producer 1995
No Score Yet White Dwarf Executive Producer Producer 1995
85% My Family Executive Producer 1995
38% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Producer 1994
69% Don Juan DeMarco Producer 1994
No Score Yet The World of Jim Henson Actor 1994
88% The Secret Garden Executive Producer 1993
71% Bram Stoker's Dracula Producer Director 1992
50% Wind Executive Producer 1992
100% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Actor Director 1991
68% The Godfather, Part III Producer Director 1990
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks Actor 1990
No Score Yet Wait Until Spring, Bandini Producer 1990
75% New York Stories Director Screenwriter $10.8M 1989
83% Tucker: The Man and His Dream Director 1988
75% Barfly Executive Producer 1987
No Score Yet Lionheart Executive Producer 1987
47% Gardens of Stone Director Producer 1987
40% Tough Guys Don't Dance Executive Producer Producer 1987
85% Peggy Sue Got Married Director 1986
89% Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Producer Executive Producer 1985
No Score Yet Captain Eo Director 1985
76% The Cotton Club Screenwriter Director 1984
71% Rumble Fish Director Producer Screenwriter Executive Producer 1983
20% The Black Stallion Returns Producer Executive Producer 1983
63% The Outsiders Screenwriter Producer Director 1983
90% Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance Executive Producer 1983
No Score Yet The Escape Artist Executive Producer Producer 1982
52% One From the Heart Screenwriter Director 1982
No Score Yet Parsifal Producer 1982
80% Hammett Executive Producer 1982
88% Kagemusha Executive Producer 1980
89% The Black Stallion Executive Producer 1979
98% Apocalypse Now Producer Director TV Crew Director Film Director Screenwriter 1979
97% The Godfather, Part II Screenwriter Director Producer 1974
98% The Conversation Producer Screenwriter Director 1974
39% The Great Gatsby Screenwriter 1974
96% American Graffiti Producer 1973
98% The Godfather Screenwriter Director 1972
No Score Yet The People Executive Producer 1972
No Score Yet The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration Director 1972
86% THX 1138 Executive Producer 1971
94% Patton Screenwriter 1970
83% The Rain People Screenwriter Director 1969
57% Finian's Rainbow Director 1968
No Score Yet Filmmaker: A Diary Actor 1968
82% You're a Big Boy Now Director Screenwriter 1966
64% This Property Is Condemned Screenwriter 1966
71% Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?) Screenwriter 1966
63% Dementia 13 Director Screenwriter 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) Producer Director 1960


97% Five Came Back
Appearing 2017
No Score Yet Jay Leno's Garage
Appearing 2015
95% The 4400
Executive Producer 2007
No Score Yet First Wave
Executive Producer 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Guest 1986


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