Tom DiCillo

Tom DiCillo

Highest Rated: 96% Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

Lowest Rated: 33% Johnny Suede (1991)

Birthday: Aug 14, 1953

Birthplace: Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, USA

New York independent filmmaker Tom DiCillo had the misfortune of a late start in a rapidly changing game. A graduate of the same film school gene pool as Spike Lee and Jim Jarmush, DiCillo's place in American independent film's so-called golden age was fixed first with his acclaimed work as a cinematographer for Jarmush, whose "Stranger than Paradise" (1984) enjoyed a brief reign as the apex of New York indie cinema. DiCillo did not complete his own directorial debut until he was nearly 40 years old; in the four-year interim between "Johnny Suede" (1991) and DiCillo's follow-up, "Living in Oblivion" (1995), the indie scene was transformed irrevocably by the meteoric critical and box office success of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994), warping investor perceptions of reasonable profit margins for DIY filmmakers. Finding it more difficult to secure financing, DiCillo saw his subsequent four features released by four different distributers, among them Paramount Pictures and Lion's Gate, which remaindered his 2001 comedy "Double Whammy" directly to DVD in lieu of a theatrical release. Shoring up his bank account with TV work, DiCillo's association with executive producer Dick Wolf led to a career vindication with his PBS documentary "The Doors: When You're Strange" (2009), which earned DiCillo a shared Grammy Award and fortified his reputation as a principled filmmaker committed more to maintaining a consistent artistic vision than in reserving a place in the cult of personality.

Highest rated movies

Stranger Than Paradise
Uncle Howard




92% 60% Uncle Howard Unknown (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Down in Shadowland Director,
Film Editor
- 2014
61% 82% The Doors: When You're Strange Director,
$238.6K 2009
83% 57% Delirious Director,
$86.0K 2006
64% 75% Coffee and Cigarettes Cinematographer $2.0M 2003
36% 29% Double Whammy Director,
- 2001
No Score Yet 25% Independent's Day Unknown (Character) - 1998
34% 37% The Real Blonde Director,
$355.5K 1997
61% 81% Box of Moonlight Director,
$795.1K 1996
88% 87% Living in Oblivion Director,
$48.0K 1995
33% 47% Johnny Suede Director,
$8.5K 1991
96% 88% Stranger Than Paradise Airline Agent (Character),
- 1984
No Score Yet 55% Permanent Vacation Cinematographer - 1982


No Score Yet 85% Chicago Fire Director 2012-2015
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Director 2011 2013
93% 91% The Good Wife Director 2011
No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Director 2006-2008
91% 88% Monk Director 2003