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      Francis Ford Coppola

      Francis Ford Coppola

      Highest Rated: 100% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Jack (1996)

      Birthday: Apr 7, 1939

      Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

      One of America's most erratic, energetic and controversial filmmakers, Francis Ford Coppola enjoyed stunning triumphs and endured monumental setbacks before resurrecting himself, Phoenix-like, to begin the process all over again. Known primarily for his successful "Godfather" trilogy - "The Godfather" (1972), "The Godfather, Part II" (1974) and "The Godfather, Part III" (1990) - Coppola was the most celebrated of the Young Turks - a group of filmmakers who emerged in the early 1970s that included George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma and William Friedkin. Unbridled by his ambition and enthusiasm, and perhaps obsessive to the point of being manic, Coppola infused a fervent creative energy into his early work, culminating in "Apocalypse Now" (1979), a journey into his own heart of darkness that irrevocably altered his career and may have even caused permanent psychological damage. Renowned for his generosity with other filmmakers, Coppola served as a fierce promoter of others' films, championing the work of Wim Wenders, Paul Schrader and Akira Kurosawa, while playing an important part in the restoration of Abel Gance's classic silent film, "Napoleon" (1927). The quality of his directing fell off throughout the 1980s and 1990s, however, and the big studios - remembering his colossal box-office failures - became leery of backing his more personal projects, preferring instead to employ him as a hired gun on the likes of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) and "The Rainmaker" (1997), which helped the director pay off his enormous debts. Nonetheless, Coppola - having been responsible for directing three of the greatest films in cinema history - remained forever a legend.

      Highest rated movies

      Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
      I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
      Fog City Mavericks

      Photos

      THE COTTON CLUB, director Francis Ford Coppola on set, 1984, (c) Orion THE RAINMAKER, director Francis Ford Coppola, 1997. ©Paramount GODFATHER, Marlon Brando, Francis Ford Coppola, 1972 GARDENS OF STONE, director Francis Ford Coppola, cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth, on-set, 1987, (c) TriStar Pictures / COTTON CLUB, Francis Ford Coppola, 1984 THE GODFATHER, James Caan, Marlon Brando, Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, John Cazale, 1972 HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER'S APOCALYPSE, Francis Ford Coppola on-location directing APOCALYPSE NOW, 1979, documentary released 1991 THE RAINMAKER, director Francis Ford Coppola (standing), Roy Scheider (in witness box) on set, 1997, (c) Paramount THE OUTSIDERS, director Francis Ford Coppola on set, 1983, © Warner Brothers THE GODFATHER, director Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando on set, 1972 TWIXT, from left: Elle Fanning, director Francis Ford Coppola on set, 2011 THE RAINMAKER, director Francis Ford Coppola (front) on set, 1997, (c) Paramount COTTON CLUB, Francis Ford Coppola, 1984 THE RAINMAKER, director Francis Ford Coppola (seated), Danny DeVito on set, 1997, (c) Paramount THE RAINMAKER, director Francis Ford Coppola on set, 1997, (c) Paramount YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH, director Francis Ford Coppola, on set, 2007. ©Sony Pictures Classics THE RAINMAKER, from left: Matt Damon, director Francis Ford Coppola on set, 1997, (c) Paramount YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH, director Francis Ford Coppola, on set, 2007. ©Sony Pictures Classics YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH, director Francis Ford Coppola (center), on set, 2007. ©Sony Pictures Classics HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER'S APOCALYPSE, Marlon Brando, director Francis Ford Coppola, during filming of APOCALYPSE NOW, 1979, documentary released 1991

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B'Twixt Now and Sunrise Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardball: The Girls of Summer Unknown (Character) - 2019
      89% 55% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael Self - 2018
      86% No Score Yet Friedkin Uncut Self - 2018
      17% 29% Jeepers Creepers 3 Executive Producer - 2017
      97% 88% Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story Self - 2015
      94% 87% Milius Self - 2013
      No Score Yet 80% Trespassing Bergman Unknown (Character) - 2013
      84% 62% Seduced and Abandoned Self - 2013
      60% 33% The Bling Ring Executive Producer $5.8M 2013
      46% 34% On the Road Executive Producer $717.8K 2012
      29% 18% Twixt Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2011
      70% 48% Somewhere Executive Producer $1.8M 2010
      83% 85% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Unknown (Character) - 2009
      71% 70% Tetro Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $438.4K 2009
      33% 44% Youth Without Youth Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $239.5K 2007
      60% 55% Fog City Mavericks Unknown (Character) - 2007
      56% 51% The Good Shepherd Executive Producer $59.9M 2006
      57% 56% Marie Antoinette Executive Producer $16.0M 2006
      90% 75% Kinsey Executive Producer $10.2M 2004
      95% 85% Lost in Translation Executive Producer $44.6M 2003
      24% 37% Jeepers Creepers 2 Executive Producer $35.1M 2003
      36% 57% Pumpkin Executive Producer $305.7K 2002
      47% 33% Assassination Tango Executive Producer $970.2K 2002
      51% 62% Suriyothai Executive Producer $454.3K 2001
      66% 69% CQ Executive Producer $411.0K 2001
      31% 59% No Such Thing Executive Producer $60.0K 2001
      45% 49% Jeepers Creepers Executive Producer $37.9M 2001
      No Score Yet 0% Goosed Executive Producer - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Executive Producer - 1999
      68% 58% The Third Miracle Executive Producer $736.6K 1999
      No Score Yet 46% The Florentine Executive Producer - 1999
      70% 80% Sleepy Hollow Executive Producer $101.1M 1999
      80% 81% The Virgin Suicides Producer $4.9M 1999
      No Score Yet 53% Outrage Executive Producer - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Survival on the Mountain Executive Producer - 1997
      82% 78% John Grisham's The Rainmaker Director,
      Writer
      $45.9M 1997
      26% 32% Buddy Executive Producer $10.0M 1997
      17% 49% Jack Director,
      Producer
      $58.6M 1996
      100% 95% A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies Self - 1995
      72% 68% Don Juan DeMarco Producer $22.0M 1995
      42% 49% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Producer $22.0M 1994
      89% 80% The Secret Garden Executive Producer $30.0M 1993
      78% 79% Bram Stoker's Dracula Director,
      Producer
      $82.0M 1992
      100% 94% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Unknown (Character) - 1991
      86% 85% The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1990
      66% 67% The Godfather, Part III Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $64.6M 1990
      76% 56% New York Stories Director,
      Screenwriter
      $10.6M 1989
      81% 68% Tucker: The Man and His Dream Director $19.2M 1988
      56% 81% Powaqqatsi Executive Producer $75.8K 1988
      44% 55% Gardens of Stone Director,
      Producer
      $4.4M 1987
      39% 47% Tough Guys Don't Dance Executive Producer $421.4K 1987
      87% 55% Peggy Sue Got Married Director $37.7M 1986
      No Score Yet 65% Captain Eo Director - 1985
      74% 57% The Cotton Club Director - 1984
      76% 80% Rumble Fish Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1983
      70% 82% The Outsiders Director - 1983
      80% 63% The Escape Artist Executive Producer - 1982
      77% 62% Hammett Executive Producer - 1982
      91% 91% Koyaanisqatsi Executive Producer - 1982
      51% 61% One From the Heart Director $45.5K 1982
      88% 92% Kagemusha Executive Producer - 1980
      97% 94% Apocalypse Now Director,
      Writer,
      Producer,
      Original Music
      $78.8M 1979
      93% 91% Apocalypse Now Redux Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer,
      Writer,
      Original Music
      - 1979
      90% 83% The Black Stallion Executive Producer - 1979
      41% 47% The Great Gatsby Writer - 1974
      97% 89% The Conversation Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $143.2K 1974
      96% 97% The Godfather, Part II Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1974
      95% 84% American Graffiti Producer - 1973
      97% 98% The Godfather Director,
      Writer
      $134.8M 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The People Executive Producer - 1972
      86% 73% THX-1138 Executive Producer - 1971
      91% 93% Patton Writer - 1970
      85% 62% The Rain People Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1969
      53% 52% Finian's Rainbow Director - 1968
      75% 71% Is Paris Burning? Screenwriter - 1966
      82% 50% You're a Big Boy Now Director - 1966
      64% 76% This Property Is Condemned Screenwriter - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Double Feature Director - 1964
      69% 35% Dementia 13 Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1963
      42% 22% The Terror Associate Producer - 1963
      No Score Yet 19% Battle Beyond the Sun Director - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tonight for Sure Director - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tonight for Sure Director - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Battle Beyond the Sun Director - 1959

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stewart Copeland's Adventures in Music Unknown (Character) 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jay Leno's Garage Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      83% No Score Yet Platinum Executive Producer 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet First Wave Executive Producer 1998-2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moby Dick Executive Producer 1998
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 1986