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List of Jonathan Demme Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Stop Making Sense (1984)
15
3
Stop Making Sense
15
3

Stop Making Sense

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Music, Documentary
Star Cast:
Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales, Lynn Mabry, Ednah Holt
2. Alive from Off Center (1984)
13
3
Alive from Off Center
13
3
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme, Skip Blumberg, Howard Silver
Star Cast:
William H. Macy, Frank Oz, Ann Magnuson, Spalding Gray, Eric Bogosian, Laurie Anderson
3. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
14
3
The Silence of the Lambs
R
14
3

In this Academy Award-winning psychological thriller, FBI trainee Clarice Starling is pulled from her training to interview former psychiatrist and imprisoned cannibalistic psychopath Hannibal Lecter in connection with grisly murders by another serial killer, nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who skins his victims. However, she can only retrieve information from the manipulative killer in exchange for exposing her own psychological traumas.

As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Roger Corman, Chris Isaak, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons, Lawrence T. Wrentz
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Director
4. Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids (2016)
12
3
Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids
12
3
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Music, Documentary
Star Cast:
Justin Timberlake
6. Adaptation. (2002)
12
2
Adaptation.
R
12
2

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is having difficulty adapting Susan Orlean's book The Orchid Thief into a screenplay. His agonies enhance with the arrival of his confident twin brother, Donald who is essentially cheerful. Charlie enlists Donald’s help in writing the screenplay and interviewing Orlean. Finding her answers unconvincing, they decide to follow her.

As:
Producer
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
7. Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)
12
3
Neil Young: Heart of Gold
PG
12
3
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Documentary, Music
Star Cast:
Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ben Keith, Spooner Oldham, Rick Rosas
8. Swimming to Cambodia (1987)
12
2
Swimming to Cambodia
R
12
2
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Sam Waterston, Spalding Gray, Ira Wheeler
9. Melvin and Howard (1980)
11
2
Melvin and Howard
R
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Paul Le Mat, Chip Taylor, Elizabeth Cheshire
10. Citizens Band (1977)
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2
Citizens Band
PG
11
2

Set in a small town, the film binds together several stories about different characters, united by their use of CB radio. In the center is a young boy, who does not know that his girlfriend likes to strike up erotic conversations over the radio. There is also the bigamist truck driver, whose wives meet for the first time after he has an accident near the town. 

As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ed Begley Jr., Ann Wedgeworth, Candy Clark, Paul Le Mat, Charles Napier
12. Something Wild (1986)
11
2
Something Wild
R
11
2

Charles Driggs is a businessman living in New York City, who is “kidnapped” by a free-spirited woman named Lulu. She takes him on an adventurous ride but the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when Lulu’s former husband who is an ex-convict shows up, and the two of them have no other option but to face trouble.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
13. Rachel Getting Married (2008)
10
2
Rachel Getting Married
R
10
2

Kym, who has been in drug-rehab, is released for few days to attend her sister’s wedding. At the family home, she becomes an object of attention for watching eyes. Kym takes her father’s concern as his distrust, whereas Rachel resents her big day getting overshadowed by Kym. Her arrival brings back memories of past conflicts, bitterness and tragedy, affecting the family dynamics. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Sebastian Stan, Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger, Roger Corman, Roslyn Ruff, Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith
14. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
10
2
Devil in a Blue Dress
R
10
2

Devil in a Blue Dress is a mystery drama film which tells the story of Easy Rawlins, a World War II veteran, who finds himself in need of a job after he is laid off from Champion Aircraft. He soon meets DeWitt Albright, a white man who has been looking for a woman, and he decides to hire Easy to find her.

As:
Producer
Director:
Carl Franklin
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle, Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Maury Chaykin
15. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
10
2
The Manchurian Candidate
R
10
2

Gulf War veteran Major Bennett ‘Ben’ Marco starts looking into his past after experiencing vivid dreams. While investigating his friend, Sergeant First Class Raymond Shaw, now a senator, who was also part of the same mission, Marco unveils a conspiracy by elite politicians and the Manchurian Global corporation. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Thriller, Mystery, Drama
16. Gimme the Loot (2012)
10
2
Gimme the Loot
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Adam Leon
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson, Meeko, Sam Soghor, Adam Metzger
18. Into the Night (1985)
10
2
Into the Night
R
10
2

After discovering that his wife has been cheating on him, an insomniac aerospace engineer named Ed Okin drives to an airport on the suggestion of his friend. However, his life takes a turn when a beautiful jewel smuggler named Diana jumps into his car and asks him to drive her to various locations.

As:
Cast
Director:
John Landis
Genres:
Thriller, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
19. Fighting Mad (1976)
10
2
Fighting Mad
R
10
2

After learning that corrupt land developers want to evict him and his neighbors for real estate development, and the police is of no help, an Arkansas farmer named Tom Hunter, wages a one-man war against the corporation. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Peter Fonda, Philip Carey, Gino Franco, Harry Northup, Noble Willingham
20. Miami Blues (1990)
10
2
Miami Blues
R
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
George Armitage
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Comedy
Star Cast:
Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cecilia Pérez-Cervera, Georgie Cranford, Edward Saxon
22. Crazy Mama (1975)
9
2
Crazy Mama
PG
9
2

This action comedy film tells us the story of three women who begin a crime spree, after their family farm was taken off them by corrupt authorities. 

As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Cloris Leachman, Dennis Quaid, Bill Paxton, Ann Sothern, Jim Backus
23. Married to the Mob (1988)
9
2
Married to the Mob
R
9
2

Angela de Marco is the wife of Frank de Marco, a mafia kingpin. After Frank is killed, she wishes to escape the life of living in the criminal underworld, along with her son. An undercover agent falls for her, but at the same time, she is being harassed by Tony, another mafia kingpin who wants her for himself.  

As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Romance
Star Cast:
24. Black Mama White Mama (1973)
9
2
Black Mama White Mama
R
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Eddie Romero
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Margaret Markov, Lynn Borden, Zaldy Zshornack
25. Ricki and the Flash (2015)
9
2
Ricki and the Flash
PG-13
9
2

This musical comedy drama film tells the story of Ricki, a woman who follows her passion and manages to become a rock star. However, due to circumstances, she is forced to return to her estranged family.

As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Music, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Mamie Gummer, Kevin Kline, Sebastian Stan, Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale
27. Caged Heat (1974)
9
2
Caged Heat
R
9
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Comedy, Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Roberta Collins, Juanita Brown, Erica Gavin, Ella Reid, Cheryl Smith
28. Song One (2014)
9
2
Song One
PG-13
9
2

Song One is a musical drama film which tells the story of Franny Ellis, a young girl whose musician brother Henry suffers an accident leading him to a coma. She returns home, and goes to great lengths to cure her ailing brother, which includes tracking down his favorite musician James Forester and asking him to pay a visit to Henry.

As:
Producer
Director:
Kate Barker-Froyland
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Mary Steenburgen, Anne Hathaway, Lola Kirke, Johnny Flynn, Sarah Steele
30. Amos & Andrew (1993)
8
2
Amos & Andrew
PG-13
8
2

Amos and Andrew is a crime comedy film which tells the story of an African-American playwright Andrew Sterling, who moves to a predominantly white suburb. The local police soon surround his home, assuming that he is a burglar. To cover up their mistake, corrupt Chief Tolliver sends in a low-profile criminal named Amos to break in and take Sterling hostage. When Amos and Andrew realize that Tolliver plans to eliminate both of them, they decide to work together to get out alive.

As:
Producer
Director:
E. Max Frye
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Samuel L. Jackson, Nicolas Cage, Michael Lerner, Margaret Colin, Dabney Coleman
31. Angels Hard as They Come (1971)
8
2
Angels Hard as They Come
R
8
2

Angels Hard As They Come is an action thriller drama film which revolves around the adventures of a biker gang consisting of Long John, Juicer and Monk, who get invited to a race, after a drug deal goes off.

As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Joe Viola
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
William Gary Busey, Scott Glenn, Charles Dierkop, James Iglehart, Gilda Texter, Gary Littlejohn
32. The Hot Box (1972)
8
2
The Hot Box
R
8
2

The film tells the story of a group of four nurses from America who are working in the Republic of San Rosario. However, they get kidnapped by a band of guerillas.

As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Joe Viola
Genres:
Drama, Action, Adventure, War
Star Cast:
Carmen Argenziano, Laurie Rose, Margaret Markov, Andrea Cagan, Rickey Richardson
33. The Truth About Charlie (2002)
7
1
The Truth About Charlie
PG-13
7
1

After returning from holiday, a woman discovers that her husband has been murdered. Meanwhile, several groups of people are also pressurizing her to unravel the mystery of his true identity. At the same time, more people are ending up dead.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Timothy Francis Robbins, Mark Wahlberg, Anna Karina, Thandie Newton, Olga Sékulic, Stephen Dillane, Françoise Bertin
34. The Incredible Melting Man (1977)
7
1
The Incredible Melting Man
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
William Sachs
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Horror
Star Cast:
Myron Healey, Burr DeBenning, Alex Rebar, Michael Alldredge
35. Beah: A Black Woman Speaks (2003)
14
3
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks
14
3
As:
Producer
Director:
LisaGay Hamilton
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Beah Richards, Bill Cobbs, LisaGay Hamilton
36. The Complex Sessions (1994)
13
3
The Complex Sessions
13
3
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Neil Young, Ralph Molina, Frank 'Pancho' Sampedro, Billy Talbot
37. The Power of Rock (2017)
11
2
The Power of Rock
11
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Music, Short
38. The Agronomist (2003)
11
2
The Agronomist
PG-13
11
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Biography, History, Documentary
Star Cast:
Ronald Reagan, Jean Dominique, Aboudja
39. Neil Young Trunk Show (2009)
11
2
Neil Young Trunk Show
11
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Documentary, Music
Star Cast:
Neil Young, Ralph Molina, Ben Keith, Rick Rosas, Anthony Crawford
40. Maangamizi: The Ancient One (2001)
11
2
Maangamizi: The Ancient One
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Martin Mhando, Ron Mulvihill
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Barbarao, Amandina Lihamba, Samahani Kejeri, Waigwa Wachira, Chemi Che-Mponda
41. Crude Independence (2009)
11
2
Crude Independence
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Noah Hutton
Genres:
Documentary
42. The Center (2015)
11
2
The Center
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Charlie Griak
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Matt Cici, Judd Einan, Amanda Day, Ramon Pabon, Roger Wayne
43. One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other Foot in the Grave: Secrets from the Dolly Madison Room (1994)
11
2
One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other Foot in the Grave: Secrets from the Dolly Madison Room
11
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Narrator
Director:
Lucas Platt, Juan Botas
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Paul Bellman, Juan Botas, Daniel Chapman, Eugene Fedorko
44. Deep Time (2015)
11
2
Deep Time
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Noah Hutton
Genres:
Documentary, News, History, Western
45. Storefront Hitchcock (1998)
11
2
Storefront Hitchcock
PG-13
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Music, Documentary
Star Cast:
Robyn Hitchcock, Deni Bonet, Tim Keegan
46. Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007)
11
2
Jimmy Carter Man from Plains
PG
11
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
History, Documentary, Biography
Star Cast:
Jimmy Carter, Lillian Carter, Rosalynn Carter, Elizabeth Hayes, Terry Gross
47. Household Saints (1993)
10
2
Household Saints
R
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Nancy Savoca
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Judith Malina, Tracey Ullman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lili Taylor, Michael Rispoli
48. Mandela (1996)
10
2
Mandela
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Angus Gibson, Jo Menell
Genres:
Biography, History, Documentary
Star Cast:
Patrick Shai, Nelson Mandela, George Bizos, Pieter Willem Botha, Pik Botha
49. I'm Carolyn Parker (2011)
10
2
I'm Carolyn Parker
10
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Documentary
50. Cousin Bobby (1992)
10
2
Cousin Bobby
10
2
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Himself
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Robert W. Castle
51. Neil Young Journeys (2011)
10
2
Neil Young Journeys
PG
10
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Documentary, Music
Star Cast:
Neil Young
52. Enzo Avitabile Music Life (2012)
10
2
Enzo Avitabile Music Life
10
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Enzo Avitabile, Eliades Ochoa, Naseer Shamma, Gerardo Núñez, Ashraf Sharif Khan Poonchwala
54. Roy Cohn/Jack Smith (1994)
9
2
Roy Cohn/Jack Smith
9
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Jill Godmilow
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ron Vawter, Coco McPherson
55. A Master Builder (2013)
9
2
A Master Builder
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Julie Hagerty, Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, Larry Pine, Lisa Joyce
56. The Uttmost (1998)
9
2
The Uttmost
9
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Diana Choi
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Jodie Foster, Michelle Pfeiffer, Anthony Hopkins, William Friedkin
57. Another Telepathic Thing (2015)
8
2
Another Telepathic Thing
8
2
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
Paul Lazar, Tymberly Canale, Stacy Dawson, Molly Hickok, Cynthia J. Hopkins
58. Kenny Chesney: Unstaged (2012)
7
1
Kenny Chesney: Unstaged
7
1
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Kenny Chesney

TV Movie(s)

2. Red Hot and Blue (1990)
12
2
Red Hot and Blue
12
2
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, Alex Cox, David Byrne
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
David Byrne, Afrika Bambaataa, Bono, Neneh Cherry, Adam Clayton
4. Survival Guide (1985)
8
2
Survival Guide
8
2
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Star Cast:
Hope Lange, Rosanna Arquette, David Byrne
5. Haiti Dreams of Democracy (1988)
7
1
Haiti Dreams of Democracy
7
1
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Documentary
6. Line of Sight (2014)
6
1
Line of Sight
6
1
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
David Morrissey, Samantha Mathis, Sarah Clarke, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Bailey Anne Borders

TV Shows and Videos

Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime (Live) (1984)
Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime (Live)
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Talking Heads, David Byrne, Chris Frantz
New Order: The Perfect Kiss (1985)
New Order: The Perfect Kiss
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner, New Order
The Killing (2011)
The Killing
TV-14
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Joel Kinnaman, Patti Smith, Joan Allen, Billy Campbell, Elias Koteas
P.O.V. (1988)
P.O.V.
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Mike Rauch, Tim Rauch, Marshall Curry, Natalia Almada, Katie Galloway
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Peter Dinklage, Angela Davis, Deann Borshay
Seven Seconds (2018)
Seven Seconds
TV-MA
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Malik Yoba, Gretchen Mol, Russell Hornsby, Michael Mosley, Raúl Castillo
The Pretenders: Greatest Hits (2000)
The Pretenders: Greatest Hits
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme, Derek Burbidge, Daniel Kleinman
Genres:
Documentary, Music
Star Cast:
Rosanna Arquette, Bono, Chrissie Hynde, Ali Campbell, Elvis Costello
Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000 (2001)
Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000
As:
Director
Director:
Brian De Palma, Sean Penn, Adam Bernstein, Tim Robbins, Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Biography, Music, Documentary
Star Cast:
Courteney Cox, Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan, Danny Federici
New Order: Substance (1989)
New Order: Substance
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme, Kathryn Bigelow, Robert Breer, Philippe Decouflé
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Bill Paxton, Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner
Murder Incorporated (1995)
Murder Incorporated
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Star Cast:
Steven Van Zandt, Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg, Joel C. Simon, Bruce Springsteen
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City (1985)
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme, Lol Creme, Kevin Godley
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Afrika Bambaataa, Via Afrika, Tina B., Ray Barretto, Stiv Bators
Bruce Springsteen: Streets of Philadelphia (1994)
Bruce Springsteen: Streets of Philadelphia
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme, Ted Demme
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen
A Gifted Man (2011)
A Gifted Man
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Constantine Makris, David Platt, Jonathan Kaplan, Peter Werner
Genres:
Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Christina Milian, Julie Benz, Mamie Gummer, Jennifer Ehle, Pablo Schreiber, Patrick Wilson, Rachelle Lefevre
The New Yorker Presents (2015)
The New Yorker Presents
M
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Brett Gelman, Farley Katz, Roz Chast, Liana Finck, Benjamin Schwartz
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1984)
The Oprah Winfrey Show
TV-PG
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Talk-Show
Star Cast:
Chris Rock, Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King, Alexandra Wentworth
UB40 and Chrissie Hynde: I Got You Babe (1985)
UB40 and Chrissie Hynde: I Got You Babe
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Chrissie Hynde, Ali Campbell, UB40
Tavis Smiley Reports (2010)
Tavis Smiley Reports
As:
Director
Director:
Jonathan Demme
Genres:
News
Star Cast:
Tavis Smiley

Jonathan Demme Awards

Academy Awards
The Silence of the Lambs Best Director 1992