American screenwriter, director and producer, Francis Ford Coppola is best known for directing the Italian mafia Academy Award winning movie, ‘The Godfather’ (1972) and its subsequent sequels. He made his career debut with the movie ‘Tonight for Sure’ (1962) and went on to make award winning films like ‘The Rain People’ (1969), ‘Patton’ (1970), ‘American Graffiti’ (1973), ‘The Conversation’ (1974), ‘Rumble Fish’ (1983) and ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ (1992).
Coppola has faced many box office disasters like ‘The Bellboy and the Playgirls’ (1962), ‘One from the Heart’ (1982), The Cotton Club’ (1984) and ‘Gardens of Stone’ (1987) that brought him close to bankruptcy more than once. While filming the movie ‘Apocalypse’ he faced various problems that kept delaying the release of the film. However, Coppola did not deter and went on to make the film into the super blockbuster titled ‘Apocalypse Now’ (1979). His movie ‘Life without Zoe’ (1989, which he co-wrote with his daughter, has been termed as his worst work.
Coppola is a respected name in the entertainment industry and has ventured into various projects like the Francis Ford Coppola Presents lifestyle brand of hotels and resorts. He has been the jury president at the Cannes Film Festival, 1996 and was a special guest at the 46th Thessaloniki Film Festival.