Jonathan Demme in 2015

Jonathan Demme was an American film director, producer and screenwriter of film and television

Feature films

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
1971 Angels Hard as They Come Yes Yes
1972 The Hot Box Yes Yes
1973 Black Mama White Mama Story
1974 Caged Heat Yes Yes
1975 Crazy Mama Yes
1976 Fighting Mad Yes Yes
1977 Handle with Care Yes originally titled Citizens Band
1979 Last Embrace Yes
1980 Melvin and Howard Yes
1984 Swing Shift Yes
1986 Something Wild Yes Yes
1987 Swimming to Cambodia Yes
1988 Married to the Mob Yes
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Yes Academy Award for Best Director[1]
BAFTA Award for Best Direction
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Director[2]
1993 Philadelphia Yes Yes
1998 Beloved Yes Yes
2002 The Truth About Charlie Yes Yes Yes
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Yes Yes
2008 Rachel Getting Married Yes Yes
2013 A Master Builder Yes
2015 Ricki and the Flash Yes

Executive producer[edit]


Second unit director


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
1984 Stop Making Sense Yes Yes
1987 Haiti: Dreams of Democracy Yes Yes Yes
1992 Cousin Bobby Yes
1994 The Complex Sessions Yes
One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other Foot in the Grave:
Secrets from the Dolly Madison Room 1994
1996 Mandela Yes
1998 Storefront Hitchcock Yes
2003 The Agronomist Yes Yes Yes Also cinematographer
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks Yes
2006 Neil Young: Heart of Gold Yes
2007 Man from Plains Yes Yes
Right to Return: New Home Movies From the Lower 9th Ward[4] Yes
2009 Neil Young Trunk Show Yes
2011 I'm Carolyn Parker[5] Yes Yes Also cinematographer
2012 Neil Young Journeys Yes Yes
Enzo Avitabile Music Life[6] Yes Yes
2015 What's Motivating Hayes[7] Yes Short film
2016 Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids[8] Yes


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
1978 Columbo Yes Episode "Murder Under Glass"
1980–86 Saturday Night Live[9] Yes Yes 3 episodes
1982 American Playhouse Yes Episode "Who Am I This Time?"
1987 Trying Times Yes Episode "A Family Tree"
1997 Subway Stories Yes Segment "Subway Car from Hell"
2011 Enlightened[3] Yes 2 episodes
A Gifted Man[3] Yes Yes Episode "Pilot"
2013–14 The Killing[10] Yes 2 episodes
2017 Shots Fired[8] Yes Episode "Hour Six: The Fire This Time"
2018 Seven Seconds Yes Episode "Brenton's Breath" (Posthumous release)

Music videos

Year Title Artist
1979 "Gidget Goes to Hell" Suburban Lawns
1985 "The Perfect Kiss"[11] New Order
1985 "Everybody's Young" Sandra Bernhard
1987 "Solitude Standing" Suzanne Vega
1988 "Away" The Feelies[12]
1995 "Murder Incorporated"[11] Bruce Springsteen

Acting roles

Year Title[11] Role Notes
1977 The Incredible Melting Man Matt Winters
1979 Last Embrace Man on Train
1985 Into the Night Federal Agent
1996 That Thing You Do! Producer of That Thing You Do!
Director of Weekend At Party Pier
2000 Oz Commercial Director[3]
2015 I Thought I Told You to Shut Up Narrator[13] Short documentary


  1. ^ Pristin, Terry (March 31, 1992). "'Silence of the Lambs' Sweeps 5 Major Oscars". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  2. ^ "Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director of 'Silence of the Lambs,' Dies at 73". Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Jonathan Demme Biography & Filmography". Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  4. ^ Kapsis, Robert, ed. (January 1, 2001). "introduction". Jonathan Demme:Interviews. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. xiv. ISBN 978-1-60473-118-7.
  5. ^ "A Steely Fighter From the City That Care Forgot". New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Enzo Avitabile Music Life". Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "What's Motivating Hayes". Archived from the original on April 28, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Lang, Brent; Dagan, Carmel (April 26, 2017). "Jonathan Demme, Silence of the Lambs director, dies at 73". Variety. Archived from the original on April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director of 'Silence of the Lambs,' Dies at 73". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "The Killing gets it exactly right in season four, just in time to end". AV Club. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  11. ^ a b c "Jonathan Demme". BFI. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  12. ^ Lieberman, Josh. "The Feelies at Maxwell's". The Paris Review. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  13. ^ "Jonathan Demme Narrates I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!!," a Short Film About the Counterculture Cartoon Reid Fleming". Open Culture. April 26, 2017. Archived from the original on February 9, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2019.