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      Jonathan Demme

      Jonathan Demme

      Highest Rated: 100% Stop Making Sense (1984)

      Lowest Rated: 32% Song One (2014)

      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.

      Highest rated movies

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% 81% Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids Director - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Center Executive Producer - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deep Time Executive Producer - 2015
      64% 43% Ricki and the Flash Director $26.8M 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's Motivating Hayes Director - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!! Narrator - 2015
      32% 29% Song One Producer $20.2K 2014
      82% 57% A Master Builder Director $46.9K 2013
      67% No Score Yet Enzo Avitabile Music Life Director,
      Producer
      - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful Director,
      Producer,
      Cinematographer
      - 2011
      88% 60% Neil Young Journeys Director,
      Producer
      $214.6K 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% 78% 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
      91% 85% Adaptation Producer $22.2M 2002
      34% 27% The Truth About Charlie Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $5.3M 2002
      50% 63% Shadrach Executive Producer $20.2K 1998
      88% 77% Storefront Hitchcock Director $5.8K 1998
      71% 71% Beloved Director,
      Producer
      $22.8M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Uttmost Producer - 1998
      No Score Yet 61% Subway Stories Executive Producer,
      Director
      - 1997
      94% 78% That Thing You Do! Producer $25.9M 1996
      71% 85% Mandela Producer - 1996
      92% 71% 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
      81% 89% Philadelphia Director,
      Producer
      $76.0M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cousin Bobby Self,
      Director
      - 1992
      95% 95% The Silence of the Lambs Director $130.7M 1991
      85% 56% Miami Blues Producer $8.8M 1990
      90% 49% 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
      40% 49% Into the Night Federal Agent (Character) - 1985
      87% 41% Swing Shift Director - 1984
      100% 97% Stop Making Sense Director $148.4K 1984
      64% 65% Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains Writer - 1982
      No Score Yet 78% Who Am I This Time? Director - 1982
      91% 61% Melvin and Howard Director - 1980
      58% 32% Last Embrace Director - 1979
      100% 68% Citizens Band Director - 1977
      No Score Yet 39% Fighting Mad Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1976
      92% 37% Crazy Mama Director - 1975
      76% 40% Caged Heat Director - 1974
      No Score Yet 20% The Hot Box Writer,
      Producer
      - 1972
      No Score Yet 38% Black Mama, White Mama Writer - 1972
      No Score Yet 21% Angels, Hard as They Come Producer,
      Writer
      - 1970

      TV

      Credit
      68% 87% The Killing Director 2014
      66% 73% A Gifted Man Executive Producer,
      Director
      2011-2012
      92% 96% Oz Commercial Director (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 75% Columbo Director 1978