JTB Jonathan Demme - 33 Classic Movies (Documentary/Music/Comedy/Drama/Thriller)

by johntbakken | created - 08 Mar 2018 | updated - 08 Mar 2018 | Public

Robert Jonathan Demme was born February 22, 1944 and sadly passed away April 26, 2017. He was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He rose to prominence in the 1980s with his comedy films Melvin and Howard (1980), Swing Shift (1984), Something Wild (1986), and Married to the Mob (1988), as well as the critically acclaimed concert film Stop Making Sense (1984), in collaboration with the band Talking Heads. He became best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs (1991), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director. He later directed Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008).

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1. Caged Heat (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

In a women's prison, a group of inmates band together to combat the repressive and abusive policies of the warden and the corrupt prison doctor.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Juanita Brown, Erica Gavin, Roberta Collins, Ella Reid

Votes: 2,341 | Gross: $0.10M

2. Crazy Mama (1975)

PG | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A family of three women, and their male companions, enter a life of crime in a desperate attempt to buy back their family farm, which was taken off of them by corrupt bankers a couple of decades before.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Cloris Leachman, Stuart Whitman, Ann Sothern, Jim Backus

Votes: 698

3. Fighting Mad (1976)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

An Arkansas farmer stages a one-man war against corrupt land developers who want to evict him and his neighbors from their farms for real estate developments.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Peter Fonda, Gino Franco, Harry Northup, Philip Carey

Votes: 501

4. Citizens Band (1977)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio. Paul LeMat is the local CB coordinator who has time for little else... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Bruce McGill, Roberts Blossom

Votes: 695 | Gross: $0.82M

5. Last Embrace (1979)

R | 102 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Harry breaks down and loses his job after his wife is assassinated - could it be his turn next ?

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Roy Scheider, Janet Margolin, John Glover, Sam Levene

Votes: 2,563 | Gross: $1.54M

6. Melvin and Howard (1980)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of hard-luck Melvin E. Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Paul Le Mat, Jason Robards, Elizabeth Cheshire, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 4,529 | Gross: $4.31M

7. Swing Shift (1984)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance, War

60 Metascore

A woman finds romance when she takes a job at an aircraft plant to help make ends meet after her husband goes off to war.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Fred Ward

Votes: 4,421 | Gross: $6.65M

8. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

89 Metascore

An innovative concert movie for the rock group Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales

Votes: 13,779 | Gross: $5.02M

10. Something Wild (1986)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

73 Metascore

A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, George 'Red' Schwartz

Votes: 16,529 | Gross: $8.36M

11. Swimming to Cambodia (1987)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

Spalding Gray discusses his participation in the film The Killing Fields (1984) and the background story about the troubles of Cambodia.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Spalding Gray, Sam Waterston, Ira Wheeler

Votes: 2,061 | Gross: $1.09M

13. Married to the Mob (1988)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

71 Metascore

A mobster's wife hates her lifestyle, but gets a chance to change it when her husband is killed - if the Long Island mob and the FBI let her.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Paul Lazar, Captain Haggerty

Votes: 16,355 | Gross: $21.49M

14. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,303,117 | Gross: $130.74M

15. Cousin Bobby (1992)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary about Director Jonathan Demme's cousin, an Episcopalian minister in Harlem.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Robert W. Castle, Jane Castle Moulton, Kate Castle, Nancy Castle

Votes: 158

16. Philadelphia (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama

66 Metascore

When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell, Buzz Kilman

Votes: 228,510 | Gross: $77.32M

17. Storefront Hitchcock (1998)

PG-13 | 77 min | Documentary, Music

In this film, director Jonathan Demme documents a live performance by Robyn Hitchcock, an English singer-songwriter.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Robyn Hitchcock, Deni Bonet, Tim Keegan

Votes: 276 | Gross: $0.00M

18. Beloved (1998)

R | 172 min | Drama, History, Horror

57 Metascore

Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of a mysterious young woman

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Yada Beener, Emil Pinnock

Votes: 7,232 | Gross: $22.85M

19. The Truth About Charlie (2002)

PG-13 | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

55 Metascore

A woman returns from holiday to find her husband has been murdered, and several groups of people are pressuring her to unravel the mystery of his true identity and activities during his final days.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Thandiwe Newton, Tim Robbins, Olga Sékulic

Votes: 10,034 | Gross: $5.35M

20. The Agronomist (2003)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

82 Metascore

The true story of Jean Dominique, a Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jean Dominique, Aboudja, Ronald Reagan

Votes: 911 | Gross: $0.23M

21. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 105,916 | Gross: $65.96M

22. Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

PG | 103 min | Documentary, Music

85 Metascore

A film shot over during a two-night performance by Neil Young at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Pegi Young, Ben Keith

Votes: 2,973 | Gross: $1.83M

23. Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007)

PG | 125 min | Documentary, Biography, History

58 Metascore

A chronicle of the former president's tour recent for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, Lillian Carter, Elizabeth Hayes

Votes: 869 | Gross: $0.11M

24. Rachel Getting Married (2008)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 47,734 | Gross: $12.80M

25. Neil Young: Trunk Show (2009)

82 min | Documentary, Music

83 Metascore

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Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Anthony Crawford, Ben Keith, Ralph Molina, Rick Rosas

Votes: 136

26. I'm Carolyn Parker (2011)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

Carolyn Parker, a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, is determined to rebuild her life, even if it takes everything she has.

Director: Jonathan Demme

Votes: 116

27. Neil Young Journeys (2011)

PG | 87 min | Documentary, Music

74 Metascore

Neil Young returns to his birth Canadian province of Ontario to revisit his old haunts and to perform in Toronto's vintage Massey Hall.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Star: Neil Young

Votes: 745 | Gross: $0.21M

30. A Master Builder (2013)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A successful, ego-maniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Wallace Shawn, Julie Hagerty, Lisa Joyce, Andre Gregory

Votes: 801 | Gross: $0.05M

31. Line of Sight (2014 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

Lewis Bernt, a National Transportation Safety Board (Ntsb) investigator, survives a mysterious plane crash, bringing him on an emotionally disorienting quest to discover the accident's cause.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Samantha Mathis, Sarah Clarke, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, David Morrissey

Votes: 11

32. Ricki and the Flash (2015)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

54 Metascore

A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 22,694 | Gross: $26.82M

33. Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids (2016)

90 min | Documentary, Music

81 Metascore

The final performance of Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids' 20/20 Experience World Tour, filmed in 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Aaron Camper, Justin Timberlake, Dontae Winslow

Votes: 1,929



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