Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet

Highest Rated: 100% King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)

Lowest Rated: 14% Gloria (1999)

Birthday: Jun 25, 1924

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

A consummate workaholic who helmed vibrant films well into his eighties, Sidney Lumet laid claim to being one of the most revered and most imitated directors of all time. Films like "Twelve Angry Men" (1957), "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), "Network" (1976) and "The Verdict" (1982) were more than just classics - they became cultural fixtures that transcended generational demands. Because of his visual economy, strong direction of actors, vigorous storytelling and use of the camera to accent themes, Lumet produced a body of work that could only be defined as extraordinary. By refusing to "go Hollywood," he instead became strongly identified with the city of his youth, New York, the place where he filmed a great majority of his films. In fact, Lumet's use of the city became more than just location - he turned New York into a character just as vital and alive as Frank Serpico, Howard Beale or Sonny Wortzik. But it was the social realism which permeated his greatest work that truly defined Lumet - the themes of youthful idealism beaten down by corruption and the hopelessness of inept social institutions allowed him to produce several trenchant and potent films that no other director could have made.

Highest rated movies

Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
82% 71% By Sidney Lumet Self - 2015
80% 85% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Unknown (Character) - 2009
88% 71% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Director $7.1M 2007
62% 63% Find Me Guilty Director,
Writer,
Producer
$1.2M 2006
No Score Yet 45% Strip Search Director - 2004
88% 83% Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust Unknown (Character) - 2004
14% 30% Gloria Director $4.2M 1999
59% 30% Critical Care Producer,
Director
$169.4K 1997
69% 65% Night Falls on Manhattan Director,
Writer
$9.9M 1996
38% 34% Guilty as Sin Director $22.7M 1993
22% 39% A Stranger Among Us Director $12.1M 1992
87% 59% Q & A Director,
Screenwriter
$10.5M 1990
38% 28% Family Business Director $11.1M 1989
79% 68% Running on Empty Director $1.8M 1988
50% 45% Power Director $3.1M 1986
63% 39% The Morning After Director $22.4M 1986
57% 49% Garbo Talks Director - 1984
43% 57% Daniel Director - 1983
88% 88% The Verdict Director - 1982
71% 71% Deathtrap Director - 1982
92% 82% Prince of the City Director,
Screenwriter
- 1981
No Score Yet 47% Just Tell Me What You Want Director,
Producer
- 1980
42% 65% The Wiz Director - 1978
67% 77% Equus Director - 1977
92% 93% Network Director - 1976
96% 90% Dog Day Afternoon Director - 1975
No Score Yet 14% Lovin' Molly Director - 1974
90% 78% Murder on the Orient Express Director - 1974
71% 72% The Offence Director - 1973
90% 88% Serpico Director - 1973
No Score Yet 54% Child's Play Director - 1972
74% 54% The Anderson Tapes Director - 1971
100% 100% King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Director - 1970
No Score Yet 0% The Last of the Mobile Hot-Shots Director,
Producer
- 1969
No Score Yet 76% The Appointment Director - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sea Gull Director - 1968
38% 34% Bye Bye Braverman Director,
Producer
- 1968
No Score Yet 64% The Deadly Affair Director - 1966
67% 57% The Group Director - 1966
71% 92% The Hill Director - 1965
84% 87% The Pawnbroker Director - 1964
93% 91% Fail-Safe Director,
Co-Executive Producer
- 1964
94% 85% Long Day's Journey Into Night Director - 1962
80% 62% A View From the Bridge Director - 1961
50% 63% The Fugitive Kind Director - 1960
No Score Yet 54% That Kind of Woman Director - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates Director - 1958
100% 97% 12 Angry Men Director - 1957
No Score Yet 57% Stage Struck Director - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Third of a Nation Joey Rogers (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 400 Million Unknown (Voice) - 1939

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Play of the Week Director 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Director 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Director 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Director 1955