Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme

Highest Rated: 100% Stop Making Sense (1984)

Lowest Rated: 29% Last Embrace (1979)

Birthday: Feb 22, 1944

Birthplace: Baldwin, New York, USA

An incredibly energetic, optimistic and versatile director of character-driven films, Jonathan Demme emerged from the crucible of B-moviemaking at Roger Corman's New World Pictures in the early 1970s to become one of Hollywood's most critically admired filmmakers. Though he cut his teeth on a few cheapie action flicks like "Caged Heat" (1974) and "Crazy Mama" (1975), Demme tapped into the influence of foreign filmmakers like Francois Truffaut to use sly humor and an oddball style to explore human nature in fiercely intimate films like "Citizen's Band" (1977), "Melvin and Howard" (1980) and the troubled "Swing Shift" (1984). Though mainly interested in fictional storytelling, Demme also carved out a career in non-fiction filmmaking, including the critically acclaimed "Stop Making Sense" (1984), a rock documentary featuring Talking Heads that was widely considered to be one of the best examples of the genre. But Demme reserved his finest work for his most mainstream fare, particularly "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), which became one of only three films to win Academy Awards in all five major Oscar categories and cemented his reputation as being one of the most versatile and accomplished filmmakers of his day. Following the equally high profile AIDS story "Philadelphia" (1993) and Oprah Winfrey-starring Toni Morrison adaptation "Beloved" (1998), Demme returned to his quirkier roots with a series of documentaries focusing on rocker Neil Young, a remake of the conspiracy thriller "The Manchurian Candidate" (2008) and the small-scale indie "Rachel Getting Married" (2008). When Jonathan Demme died of complications from esophageal cancer on April 26, 2017, peers and fans across the globe mourned the loss of one of the most eclectic and unique filmmakers of his generation.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's Motivating Hayes Director - 2015
65% 43% Ricki and the Flash Director $26.8M 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deep Time Executive Producer - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!! Narrator - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Center Executive Producer - 2015
33% 29% Song One Producer $20.2K 2014
81% 57% A Master Builder Director $46.9K 2013
64% No Score Yet Enzo Avitabile Music Life Director,
Producer
- 2013
89% 59% Neil Young Journeys Director,
Producer
$214.6K 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful Director,
Producer,
Cinematographer
- 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crude Independence Executive Producer - 2009
89% 83% Neil Young Trunk Show Director,
Producer,
Original Music
- 2009
84% 62% Rachel Getting Married Director $12.8M 2008
79% 76% Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains Director,
Writer,
Producer
$108.3K 2007
90% 79% Neil Young: Heart of Gold Director,
Producer
$1.8M 2006
80% 63% The Manchurian Candidate Director,
Executive Producer
$65.9M 2004
94% 88% The Agronomist Director,
Producer,
Cinematographer
$226.2K 2003
33% 27% The Truth About Charlie Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$5.3M 2002
91% 85% Adaptation Producer $22.2M 2002
50% 65% Shadrach Executive Producer $20.2K 1998
88% 77% Storefront Hitchcock Director $5.8K 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Uttmost Producer - 1998
78% 71% Beloved Director,
Producer
$22.8M 1998
No Score Yet 63% Subway Stories Executive Producer,
Director
- 1997
93% 78% That Thing You Do! Producer $25.9M 1996
No Score Yet 84% Mandela Producer - 1996
88% 70% Devil in a Blue Dress Executive Producer $15.9M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other Foot in the Grave: Secrets From the Dolly Madison Room Producer - 1994
80% 89% Philadelphia Director,
Producer
$76M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cousin Bobby Himself (Character),
Director
- 1992
96% 95% The Silence of the Lambs Director $130.7M 1991
81% 55% Miami Blues Producer $8.8M 1990
89% 48% Married to the Mob Director $19.7M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Haiti Dreams of Democracy Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1988
100% 91% Swimming to Cambodia Director - 1987
91% 69% Something Wild Director,
Producer
$6.4M 1986
38% 49% Into the Night Federal Agent (Character) - 1985
100% 98% Stop Making Sense Director $148.4K 1984
87% 41% Swing Shift Director - 1984
64% 65% Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains Writer - 1982
91% 60% Melvin and Howard Director - 1980
29% 32% Last Embrace Director - 1979
100% 67% Citizens Band Director - 1977
No Score Yet 39% Fighting Mad Director,
Screenwriter
- 1976
88% 34% Crazy Mama Director - 1975
73% 39% Caged Heat Director - 1974
No Score Yet 20% The Hot Box Writer,
Producer
- 1972
No Score Yet 39% Black Mama, White Mama Writer (Story) - 1972
No Score Yet 22% Angels, Hard as They Come Producer,
Writer
- 1970

TV

Credit
69% 87% The Killing Director 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet On Story Guest 2014
66% 67% A Gifted Man Executive Producer,
Director
2011-2012
89% 94% Oz Commercial Director (Guest Star) 2000

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