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List of Sydney Pollack Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
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2
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
M/PG
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2

This drama film takes us to the time of the Great Depression. The film tells the story of a manipulative emcee named Rocky who enlist several contestants for a dance marathon, offering a cash prize of $ 1,500 to the winner. However, the competition drags on for weeks, and turns out to be inhumanely grueling.

As:
Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bonnie Bedelia, Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern, Gig Young, Michael Sarrazin, Red Buttons, Susannah York
2. The Swimmer (1968)
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2
The Swimmer
12
2
As:
Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack, Frank Perry
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Joan Rivers, Burt Lancaster, Janice Rule, Marge Champion, Janet Landgard
3. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
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2
Jeremiah Johnson
GP
12
2

Jeremiah Johnson decides to become a mountain man and live as a hermit in solitude. However, the Crow Tribe disturbs his peace, and forces him to engage in combat.

As:
Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Adventure, Western, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton, Josh Albee, Joaquín Martínez
4. Three Days of the Condor (1975)
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2
Three Days of the Condor
R
12
2

When Condor, a bookish CIA analyst tasked with reading all kinds of publications from around the world, comes across an unusual thriller novel, he decides to file a report on it. Then one day he returns to the office to find all his coworkers dead. Rattled, he tries to contact the headquarters; but it results in more bloodshed and personal danger. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow, Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, John Houseman
5. Tootsie (1982)
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2
Tootsie
TV-MA
11
2

Although a highly respected actor nobody wants to hire Michael Dorsey because of his perfectionism. In desperation, he decides to pose as a woman and audition for the role of Dorothy Michaels in a popular soap opera. He soon becomes popular, not only with the audience, but also with his fellow actors, who take him to be a woman. To make matters worse, he falls for his costar, Julie. 

As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
6. The Yakuza (1974)
11
2
The Yakuza
R
11
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
Robert Mitchum, Herb Edelman, Brian Keith, Richard Jordan, Ken Takakura
7. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
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2
Sense and Sensibility
PG
11
2

Based on Jane Austen’s epic novel of the same name, Sense and Sensibility narrates the story of Mrs. Dashwood and her three daughters. After the demise of Mr. Dashwood, she has to leave the house to her stepson and begin a new life with her daughters in a small cottage. All ends well when her two daughters, Elinor, who symbolizes sense, and Maranne, who represents sensibility, find true love. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
8. The Reader (2008)
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2
The Reader
R
11
2

In the 1950s Germany, a young Michael Berg has a passionate affair with a much older woman, Hanna Schmitz. The affair ends abruptly but years later, the two meet again. This time Michael is a law student while Hannah is defending herself for her activities as concentration camp guard. While attending the trials, he realises that she is holding back a secret that can help her.

As:
Producer
Director:
Stephen Daldry
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Ralph Fiennes, Kate Winslet, Jeanette Hain, David Kross, Susanne Lothar
9. The Player (1992)
11
2
The Player
TV-MA
11
2

The Player is an American satirical black comedy film, which tells the story of Hollywood film producer Griffin Mill, who starts receiving threats anonymously. However, he is certain that David, a scriptwriter is behind it. He invites the latter to sort things out, but things take an ugly turn, and he ends up murdering him.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime, Comedy
10. Husbands and Wives (1992)
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2
Husbands and Wives
R
11
2

Gabe, a professor, and his wife, Judy, are shocked to hear that their best friends Sally and Jack are splitting up. Eventually, this makes them question their own relationship as well.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jack
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
13. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
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2
Searching for Bobby Fischer
PG
11
2

Josh is a regular kid, who likes playing football. However, his father notices that he is quite good at chess. Therefore, he starts encouraging his son, and helps him in developing his tactics.

As:
Producer
Director:
Steven Zaillian
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
William H. Macy, Ben Kingsley, Laura Linney, Laurence Fishburne, Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen
15. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
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2
Eyes Wide Shut
R
11
2

After his wife confesses to having sexual fantasies about a stranger, reputable physician Bill Hartford strolls through the streets of night desperately searching for random sexual encounters, and eventually sneaks into an invite-only masked party full of temptations. Despite his disguise, he is recognized and confronted for the misadventure, which puts his entire family in danger.

As:
Cast
Role:
Victor Ziegler
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Mystery
16. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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2
The Talented Mr. Ripley
R
11
2

Tom Ripley, who is talented in lying, impersonating and forging, pretends to know recently graduated Princeton student Dickie Greenleaf and promises Dickie's wealthy father to bring him back home from vacationing in Italy. Once there, he becomes obsessed with Dickie's leisurely and extravagant lifestyle and goes to extreme lengths to assume that lifestyle as his own.

As:
Producer
Director:
Anthony Minghella
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
17. Absence of Malice (1981)
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2
Absence of Malice
PG
11
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Sally Field, Paul Newman, Bob Balaban, Melinda Dillon, Luther Adler
19. Michael Clayton (2007)
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2
Michael Clayton
R
11
2

Michael Clayton works for a New York law firm and is their fixer in any messy situation. However, his financial situation is bad; he owes a huge sum to loan shark and his future in the company, undergoing a merger, is uncertain. To get a loan, he has to fix a situation wherein one of the firm's top attorney dealing with a complicated case has turned a whistle-blower.

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Marty Bach
Director:
Tony Gilroy
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Michael O'Keefe
20. Cold Mountain (2003)
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2
Cold Mountain
R
10
2

Set in the Civil War era, Cold Mountain is a period drama that revolves around a Confederate soldier as he makes an epic journey back to his beloved, who is also trying to rebuild her life in the face of trouble and danger. Starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renée Zellweger, it is a touching saga of love and war.

As:
Producer
Director:
Anthony Minghella
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, History, War, Romance
21. Out of Africa (1985)
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2
Out of Africa
PG
10
2

Based on her autobiographical book, the movie tells the story of Baroness Karen Von Blixen, after she moves to Nairobi, under British rule, and marries Baron Bror Blixen. After Bror keeps being unfaithful to her, Karen develops a relationship with hunter Denys Finch Hatton, who becomes the love of her life but refuses to be married. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Michael Kitchen, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Malick Bowens
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director
22. The Quiet American (2002)
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2
The Quiet American
R
10
2

During the Vietnam War, a young American falls in love with a beautiful Vietnamese girl. However, she is dating an English reporter, who is unable to accept this. Therefore, in order to get him out of the way, the reporter decides to frame the American for bombings that take place in the city.

As:
Producer
Director:
Phillip Noyce
Genres:
War, Thriller, Drama, Romance, Mystery
Star Cast:
Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Rade Serbedzija, Tzi Ma, Do Thi Hai Yen
23. Heaven (2002)
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2
Heaven
R
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Tom Tykwer
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Giovanni Ribisi, Cate Blanchett, Remo Girone, Stefania Rocca, Alessandro Sperduti
24. Iris (2001)
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2
Iris
R
10
2

Novelist Irish Murdoch meets John while teaching at the Oxford University. They fall for each other and soon decide to get married. Despite having a happy married life, their lives take a turn when Iris is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Richard Eyre
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Biography
Star Cast:
Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Eleanor Bron
25. Dead Again (1991)
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Dead Again
R
10
2

In 1949, a composer named Roman Strauss receives the death penalty for the murder of his  wife. In the 1990s, a detective finds out about a mute woman, who has also lost her memory, living in an orphanage. He also feels that she is somehow linked to the Strauss murder.

As:
Producer
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
26. The Majestic (2001)
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2
The Majestic
PG
10
2

Set in 1951, an up-and-coming Hollywood screenwriter, Peter Appleton, is accused of being a communist. An accident after getting drunk, results in amnesia. Found near town of Lawson, he is mistaken as the MIA son of the community. He brings life to the town and rebuilds movie theater, the Majestic. As he regains his memory, the authorities also come looking for him.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Frank Darabont
Genres:
Romance, Drama
27. Presumed Innocent (1990)
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2
Presumed Innocent
R
10
2

Presumed Innocent is a mystery thriller film, which tells the story of Rusty, who comes to know that he is being framed, as his blood type matches with the semen found in the victim of an apparent rape and murder. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Alan J. Pakula
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Harrison Ford, Bonnie Bedelia, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia, Paul Winfield
28. The Firm (1993)
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2
The Firm
R
10
2

Harvard Law graduate, Mitch McDeere,lands a high paying job at the Bendini, Lambert & Locke firm, only to realize that the firm helps to launder mob money. As Mitch tries to find proof and break out of the firm’s grips, he finds his and his wife’s lives threatened by the firm and the mob. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama
29. War Hunt (1962)
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2
War Hunt
10
2

At the end of the Korean War, Private, Roy Loomis, encounters a psychotic soldier named Raymond Endore who has a habit of crossing enemy lines at night and slitting their throats. When an armistice is declared, Loomis discovers Endore has been training a young orphan named Charlie and has no intention of leaving Korea. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Sgt. Owen Van Horn
Director:
Denis Sanders
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
30. Sliding Doors (1998)
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2
Sliding Doors
PG-13
10
2

The movie follows the central character Helen Quilley’s life in two alternate storylines. In the first, she manages to catch a train, discovers her boyfriend Gerrys’s affair, breaks up, and starts a relationship with James. In the second, she misses the train, becomes pregnant with Gerry’s child only to later discover his infidelity.

As:
Producer
Director:
Peter Howitt
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn, John Hannah, John Lynch, Zara Turner
31. The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
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2
The Fabulous Baker Boys
R
10
2

Frank and Jack, two brothers, are musicians who have been struggling for years, without much success. However, their lives change and they start gaining popularity after they team up with a beautiful singer named Susie. However, soon Susie and Jack find themselves attracted to each other, which threatens the stability of the trio.

As:
Producer
Director:
Steve Kloves
Genres:
Music, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Xander Berkeley, Beau Bridges, Ellie Raab
32. The Electric Horseman (1979)
10
2
The Electric Horseman
PG
10
2
As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Western, Romance
Star Cast:
Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine, John Saxon
33. Avenue Montaigne (2006)
10
2
Avenue Montaigne
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Danièle Thompson
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Claude Brasseur, Valérie Lemercier, Christopher Thompson, Albert Dupontel
34. Songwriter (1984)
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3
Songwriter
R
10
3

Loosely based on the life of Willie Nelson, this is a satirical comedy-drama film about a country music composer entangled in a legal contract with a Nashville thug entrepreneur. Swindled of the publishing rights of his songs, he gets nothing for his efforts. The film then goes on to show how he plans to get out of the deal and reunite with his ex wife. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Alan Rudolph
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Kris Kristofferson, Lesley Ann Warren, Rip Torn, Melinda Dillon, Willie Nelson
35. Honeysuckle Rose (1980)
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2
Honeysuckle Rose
PG
10
2

Buck Bonham, a county singer, has a good family, but he is also struggling a little. Professionally, he still has to achieve national fame and personally he needs to find more time for his wife and son. Amidst all this, one of the band members decides to retire and is replaced by his beautiful daughter Lily who has had a crush on Buck ever since she was a child.

As:
Producer
Director:
Jerry Schatzberg
Genres:
Music, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Amy Irving, Slim Pickens, Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Joey Floyd
36. Catch a Fire (2006)
10
2
Catch a Fire
PG-13
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Phillip Noyce
Genres:
Drama, Biography, History
Star Cast:
Timothy Francis Robbins, Tim Robbins, Derek Luke, Tumisho Masha, Bonnie Henna, Mncedisi Shabangu
37. Castle Keep (1969)
10
2
Castle Keep
R
10
2
As:
Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Romance, War, Action, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Peter Falk, Bruce Dern, Burt Lancaster, Patrick O'Neal, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Astrid Heeren
38. Leaving Normal (1992)
10
2
Leaving Normal
R
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Edward Zwick
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Christine Lahti, Meg Tilly, Lenny von Dohlen, Maury Chaykin, Patrika Darbo
39. Death Becomes Her (1992)
9
2
Death Becomes Her
PG-13
9
2

An actress and a writer, two friends turned rivals who are vying for the affection of the same man, secretly drink a miracle potion to stay young. They both plot and plan to kill each other. However, due to the side-effect of the potion, even after their death the two continue to move around as ‘living dead,’ making the matters worst.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Zemeckis
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Horror
40. Changing Lanes (2002)
9
2
Changing Lanes
R
9
2

When Wall Street lawyer Gavin Banek and insurance agent Doyle Gipson, both running late for their vital court appointments, collide in an automobile accident on busy FDR Drive, the delay leads to grievous repercussions in their lives. This turns the two total strangers into bitter, vengeful antagonists who don’t hesitate to resort to unscrupulous, illegal ways to create destruction in the other man’s life. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Stephen Delano
Director:
Roger Michell
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
42. Breaking and Entering (2006)
9
2
Breaking and Entering
R
9
2

Miro is a teen who is hired by a group of thieves to help them break in and steal computers from an architectural firm owned by Will Francis. Will eventually finds out about Miro, who is living a humble life with his mother Amira, but decides not to report to the police.    

As:
Producer
Director:
Anthony Minghella
Genres:
Crime, Romance, Drama
43. Margaret (2011)
9
2
Margaret
R
9
2

Lisa Cohen interacts with a bus driver, running alongside his bus, but this makes him distracted which leads to a fatal accident. Lisa accuses the driver of being responsible for the accident and the death of the woman who died in her arms. She files a lawsuit against the driver as well, but she ends up losing.

As:
Producer
Director:
Kenneth Lonergan
Genres:
Drama
45. The Interpreter (2005)
9
2
The Interpreter
PG-13
9
2

Silvia Broome, who grew up in South Africa, is an expert in various languages and thus works as an interpreter in the United Nations. One day, she accidentally overhears a conversation around a plan to kill the African dictator Zuwanie who is accused of genocide. Secret Service agent Keller and Woods are tasked to protect him. Keller, however has his doubts about Silvia’s claim and intention.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Star Cast:
Sean Penn, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen, Yvan Attal
46. Bobby Deerfield (1977)
9
2
Bobby Deerfield
PG
9
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Al Pacino, Walter McGinn, Marthe Keller, Anny Duperey, Van Doude
47. Sabrina (1995)
9
2
Sabrina
PG
9
2

Sabrina Fairchild, the Larabee family chauffeur's daughter, loves David, the younger Larrabee son. Linus, his older brother, has business interests in David's marriage to a billionaire. In a bid to save it, Linus diverts Sabrina's affections to himself and ends up falling in love with her.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
49. Forty Shades of Blue (2005)
9
2
Forty Shades of Blue
R
9
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Ira Sachs
Genres:
Music, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Rip Torn, Darren E. Burrows, Dina Korzun, Andrew Lawrence Henderson, Elizabeth Morton
50. Flesh and Bone (1993)
9
2
Flesh and Bone
R
9
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Steve Kloves
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Romance
Star Cast:
Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow, James Caan, Julia McNeal
51. Birthday Girl (2001)
9
2
Birthday Girl
R
9
2

Shy and reticent bank clerk John Buckingham arranges to get online mail-order bride Nadia from Russia. Though Nadia’s inability to speak English creates communication difficulties, inhibited John is happy with sexually bold Nadia. But when her cousin Yuri and his friend Alexei arrive unexpectedly to celebrate her birthday, everything turns topsy-turvy. as John gets pulled into a vortex of deceit and crime. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Jez Butterworth
Genres:
Thriller, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Mark Gatiss, Nicole Kidman, Ben Chaplin, Vincent Cassel, Mathieu Kassovitz, Kate Lynn Evans
52. Havana (1990)
9
2
Havana
R
9
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Sydney Pollack
Genres:
Drama, War, Romance
Star Cast:
Alan Arkin, Robert Redford, Tomas Milian, Daniel Davis, Lena Olin
53. Leatherheads (2008)
9
2
Leatherheads
PG-13
9
2

Leatherheads is a romantic comedy sports film which tells the story of an enterprising pro football player who convinces a college football star to play for his team.  

As:
Producer
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
John Krasinski, Jonathan Pryce, Renee Zellweger, George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, David de Vries, Rick Forrester
55. Made of Honor (2008)
9
2
Made of Honor
PG-13
9
2

Serial-dater, Tom Bailey. has been best friends with Hannah for years. When Hannah meets her Mr. Right in Scotsman Colin McMurray and informs Tom of her desire to marry him, Tom realizes he really loves Hannah. Tom now reaches Scotland to sabotage the wedding and win Hannah. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Weiland
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Sussman, Chris Messina, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin McKidd
57. King Ralph (1991)
8
2
King Ralph
PG
8
2

King Ralph is a romantic comedy film which tells the story of an ordinary guy Ralph, who just loses his job as a lounge singer. However, he is soon informed that he has royal blood, and since the Entire British Royal Family was recently killed in an accident, he decides to make a claim for the throne.

As:
Producer
Director:
David S. Ward
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
John Goodman, Peter O'Toole, John Hurt, Richard Griffiths, Camille Coduri
59. In the Name of Love (2003)
12
2
In the Name of Love
12
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Shannon O'Rourke
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Ina Kremert, Michael 'Mondo' Mondini, John O'Scanlon, Lyudmila Potter, Mike Potter

TV Movie(s)

2. Now Is Tomorrow (1958)
9
2
Now Is Tomorrow
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Capt. Stein
Director:
Irvin Kershner
Genres:
Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Charles Bickford, Simon Scott, Jack Hogan, Robert Culp,
4. Poodle Springs (1998)
9
2
Poodle Springs
9
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Bob Rafelson
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Tom Stoppard, David Keith, James Caan, Tom Bower, Nia Peeples

Animation(s)

TV Shows and Videos

The Irv Kupcinet Show (1953)
The Irv Kupcinet Show
As:
Cast
Genres:
Talk-Show
Star Cast:
Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Patty Duke, Rich Little
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008)
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
TV-PG
As:
Producer
Director:
Anthony Minghella
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Family, Mystery, Comedy
Star Cast:
David Oyelowo, Idris Elba, Jill Scott, John Kani, Desmond Dube
Putting It Together: The Making of the Broadway Album (1985)
Putting It Together: The Making of the Broadway Album
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
William Friedkin
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Barbra Streisand, William Friedkin, David Geffen, Stephen Sondheim
Fling (2001)
Fling
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Amy Sedaris, Brooke Langton, Judy Toma, Josh Hopkins

Sydney Pollack Awards

Academy Awards
Out of Africa Best Picture 1986
Out of Africa Best Director 1986
Primetime Emmy Awards
Recount Outstanding Made for Television Movie 2008
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama 1966