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List of Mike Nichols Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
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2
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
TV-MA
16
2

Over the course of a distressing night, a bitter aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use their young guests to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. 

As:
Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal, Sandy Dennis, Agnes Flanagan
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Film from any Source
2. The Graduate (1967)
17
2
The Graduate
TV-MA
17
2

The Graduate, which won an Academy Award for Best director, revolves around the life of fresh college graduate Benjamin Braddock who is seduced into having an affair by Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father’s partner. He is persuaded by his family to go out with Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, but things get complicated when Benjamin falls in love with Elaine.  

As:
Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director, BAFTA Award for Best Direction, BAFTA Award for Best Film
3. The Remains of the Day (1993)
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2
The Remains of the Day
PG
14
2

In pre-WWII Britain, James Stevens is a rigidly duty-bound head butler at Lord Darlington’s mansion. Hired as a housekeeper, efficient Miss Kenton tries to challenge his façade, but their developing feelings get buried under wall of Stevens’ strict decorum. As the self-sacrificing butler realizes his master’s pro-Nazi inclinations his unequivocal loyalty is shaken, which he admits to Kenton when they re-unite years later.

As:
Producer
Director:
James Ivory
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
4. Catch-22 (1970)
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2
Catch-22
R
12
2

Captain John Yossarian is a pilot serving during the World War II, stationed in the Mediterranean. Being fed up of the madness of the ongoing war, he tries to be certified insane, so that he wouldn’t have to fight anymore.  

As:
Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
War, Drama, Comedy
5. Silkwood (1983)
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3
Silkwood
R
12
3

Silkwood is a biographical suspense drama film which tells the story of Karen, who works at a nuclear plant. She decides to raise her voice when she finds out that the working conditions do not meet safety standards. However, this leads to her facing psychological trauma, as well as her death.  

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Thriller, History, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
6. Gilda Live (1980)
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2
Gilda Live
R
11
2

In this one-woman performance, Comedian Gilda Radner does her Broadway performance for  Saturday Night Live, where she plays the characters that she is best known for .

As:
Director
Director:
Mike Nichols, Lorne Michaels
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
Star Cast:
Gilda Susan Radner, Gilda Radner, Don Novello, Paul Shaffer, Nils Nichols, Bob Christianson
7. Carnal Knowledge (1971)
12
2
Carnal Knowledge
R
12
2

Carnal Knowledge is a comedy drama film which revolves around two college roommates named Sandy and Jonathan, who becomes good friends. However, their personalities are quite different. While Sandy is gentle and passive, and idolizes women, Jonathan is tough and aggressive, and objectifies them. But what they have in common is that neither of them are able to sustain a relationship with a woman.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ann-Margret, Jack Nicholson, Rita Moreno, Candice Bergen, Art Garfunkel
8. Closer (2004)
10
2
Closer
R
10
2

In this movie which is adapted from Patrick Marber’s award-winning 1997 play, Dan Woolf is a struggling writer who saves Alice, a newcomer in London, and later falls for her. A year later, he persuades Anna to have an affair with him but is rejected. Anna marries dermatologist Larry Gray, but also begins an affair with Dan. A lot of complications and emotional stress for all four ensues.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Drama, Romance
9. Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
12
2
Charlie Wilson's War
R
12
2

In the 1980s Congressman Charlie Wilson forms an unlikely partnership with American socialite and friend Joanne Herring and CIA operative Gust Avrakotos to bring an end to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. His efforts also lead to the formation of the Regan Doctrine which supported anti-communist resistance all over the world. 

As:
Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Biography, History, Comedy, Drama
10. The Birdcage (1996)
11
2
The Birdcage
R
11
2

Armand Goldman and his long-term partner Albert own the popular drag-club, ‘The Birdcage’, in Miami’s South Beach where Albert, a.k.a. drag-queen Starina is the main attraction. Armand’s son Val declares his intentions of marrying Barbara, daughter of conservative right-wing senator, John Keeley. When the Keeleys arrive to meet Val’s ‘family,’ the Goldmans pretend to be ‘straight,’ and end up creating chaos.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Comedy
11. Working Girl (1988)
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3
Working Girl
R
12
3

Hard working secretary Tess McGill gets upset as she discovers that boss Katherine Parker is about to pinch her idea. When Katherine suffers a broken leg, Tess poses as Katherine and uses her own idea to close a deal with help of investment-broker Jack Trainer. Both grow closer, but Tess is unaware that Jack is Katherine’s boyfriend. Soon, Katherine finds out everything.

As:
Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
12. Postcards from the Edge (1990)
13
2
Postcards from the Edge
R
13
2

Suzanne is an actress who is a recovering drug addict. Her production company says that she has to stay with her mother, if she wants to continue working. However, the problem is that her mother, who is a former actress, still treats her like a child. In addition, she is manipulative and self-absorbed.  

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
13. Regarding Henry (1991)
10
2
Regarding Henry
PG-13
10
2

Regarding Henry is a romantic drama film, which tells the story of a successful lawyer who starts to suffer from amnesia after he is shot. With the help of his loving wife and daughter, he tries to rediscover his identity and his career.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
John Leguizamo, Rebecca Miller, Harrison Ford, Annette Bening, Michael Haley, Stanley Swerdlow, Julie Follansbee
14. Primary Colors (1998)
10
2
Primary Colors
R
10
2

This critically acclaimed film was based on former US President Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign in 1992. The film tells the story of Henry Burton who joins the presidential campaign of Jack Stanton, Governor of Arkansas, who is running for President.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
15. The Day of the Dolphin (1973)
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2
The Day of the Dolphin
PG
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Paul Sorvino, George C. Scott, John Dehner, Severn Darden, Trish Van Devere
16. Biloxi Blues (1988)
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3
Biloxi Blues
PG-13
10
3

Biloxi Blues is a comedy drama film which tells the story of a teenager named Eugene, who is drafted into the United States Army during the Second World War. He is sent to Camp Shelby, near Biloxi, Mississippi, and he sets few goals for his life and starts maintaining a journal.

As:
Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Christopher Walken, Matthew Broderick, Matt Mulhern, Corey Parker, Markus Flanagan
17. Teach Me! (1968)
9
2
Teach Me!
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Sandy Dennis
20. Friends with Kids (2011)
9
1
Friends with Kids
R
9
1

Friends with Kids is a romantic comedy drama film, which tells the story of Julie and Jason, who are best friends, but decide to have a baby together while keeping their relationship platonic. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Jennifer Westfeldt
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Megan Fox, Chris O'Dowd, Adam Scott
21. Heartburn (1986)
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1
Heartburn
R
9
1

Heartburn is a comedy drama film which tells the story of a magazine writer named Rachel who decides to give up her career after she falls in love with a man named Mark Forman, a newspaper columnist who is a playboy. They try to build a life together, but Mark just can’t seem to give up his old tricks.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
22. What Planet Are You From? (2000)
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1
What Planet Are You From?
R
8
1

This science fiction comedy film tells the story of Harold, an extraterrestrial, whose planet plans to take over Earth. He is sent on a mission to earth as a human clone, with the goal to impregnate a human being and take the child back to his planet. However, things get complicated when Harold ends up falling in love.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Comedy
23. Crescendo! The Power of Music (2014)
11
2
Crescendo! The Power of Music
TV-PG
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Jamie Bernstein, Elizabeth Kling
Genres:
Family, Drama, Documentary, Music
24. The Designated Mourner (1997)
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1
The Designated Mourner
R
8
1
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Jack
Director:
David Hare
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Miranda Richardson, David de Keyser
25. The Longshot (1986)
9
1
The Longshot
PG-13
9
1
As:
Producer
Director:
Paul Bartel
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Anne Meara, Jonathan Winters, Brad Trumbull, Tim Conway, Jack Weston

TV Movie(s)

1. Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall (1962)
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2
Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Joe Hamilton
Genres:
Comedy, Music, Documentary
Star Cast:
2. Wit (2001)
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2
Wit
PG-13
12
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Christopher Lloyd, Harold Pinter, Emma Thompson, Eileen Atkins, Audra McDonald
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie
3. The 'Annie' Christmas Show (1977)
12
2
The 'Annie' Christmas Show
12
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Martin Charnin
Genres:
Musical, Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Reid Shelton, Sandy Faison, Andrea McArdle, Dorothy Loudon, Robert Fitch

TV Shows and Videos

The Big Party (1959)
The Big Party
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself (3 episodes, 1959)
Director:
Norman Jewison
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
Bobby Darin, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Barbara Britton, Abe Burrows
Angels in America (2003)
Angels in America
TV-MA
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Fantasy
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries

Mike Nichols Awards

Academy Awards
The Graduate Best Director 1968
Golden Globe Awards
The Graduate Best Director 1968
Primetime Emmy Awards
Angels in America Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special 2004
Angels in America Outstanding Miniseries 2004
Wit Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special 2001
Wit Outstanding Made for Television Movie 2001
BAFTA Awards
The Graduate Best Direction 1969
The Graduate Best Film 1969
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Best Film from any Source 1967