Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes

Highest Rated: 100% Out of the Ashes (2010)

Lowest Rated: 53% NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014)

Birthday: Aug 1, 1965

Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire, England, UK

Because of his highly technical and visual theater productions in London and on Broadway, Sam Mendes made a smooth transition to film with "American Beauty" (1999), which earned him an Academy Award for his directing debut. Previous to his Oscar triumph, Mendes enjoyed a long and very successful career in theater, directing acclaimed and visually stunning productions of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest," Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie," and Lionel Bart's popular musical "Oliver!" But it was his 1998 revival of "Cabaret" that attracted the attention of Hollywood - specifically Mendes fan Steven Spielberg, which led to the stage veteran directing his first feature. Following a few aborted film efforts and a triumphant return to theatre, Mendes returned to celluloid with the elaborate, lavish "Road to Perdition" (2002), which displayed some of the promise of his sterling debut, but ultimately failed to warm many hearts. Nonetheless, he maintained a steady output on stage and on screen, directing the Iraq War drama "Jarhead" (2005) and '50s period piece "Revolutionary Road" (2008), which starred his then-wife, Kate Winslet. Mendes took a huge commercial leap forward as the director of the 23rd and 24th James Bond films, "Skyfall" (2012) and "Spectre" (2015), which brought new emotional depth to the long-running series while confirming his status as an intelligent and deliberate filmmaker capable of crafting deeply resonant films.

Highest rated movies

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage




89% 88% 1917 Director,
$159.2M 2019
No Score Yet 100% Keepers of the Magic Self - 2016
63% 61% Spectre Director $200.1M 2015
53% 45% NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage Unknown (Character) $37.2K 2014
92% 86% Skyfall Director $304.4M 2012
100% 75% Out of the Ashes Executive Producer - 2010
67% 74% Away We Go Director $9.4M 2009
67% 71% Revolutionary Road Director,
$22.9M 2008
65% 84% The Kite Runner Executive Producer $15.8M 2007
65% 73% Things We Lost in the Fire Producer $3.2M 2007
90% 66% Starter for 10 Executive Producer $210.1K 2006
61% 68% Jarhead Director,
$62.6M 2005
81% 86% Road to Perdition Director,
$104.1M 2002
87% 93% American Beauty Director $130.1M 1999


74% 46% Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Executive Producer 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet ET Canada Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet BAFTA: A Life in Pictures Unknown (Character) 2019
91% 90% Penny Dreadful Executive Producer 2014-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose Guest 2009 2015