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      Abel Ferrara

      Abel Ferrara

      Highest Rated: 92% The Projectionist (2019)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jul 19, 1951

      Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

      A prolific independent filmmaker with a penchant for graphic sex and violence, director Abel Ferrara developed a strong following for his highly atmospheric, stylized portraits of an ultra-violent and crime-ridden New York City with gritty movies like "King of New York" (1990) and "Bad Lieutenant" (1992). Often working in collaboration with out-of-bounds actors like Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken and Willem Dafoe, Ferrara rose above the seedy sex and violence to metaphorical and often allegorical levels by exploring good and evil, often through the use of religious iconography. Aided by screenwriting partner and childhood friend Nicholas St. John, he rose to prominence in the indie world with exploitation movies "Driller Killer" (1979) and "Ms. 45" (1980), and even had a brief brush with the mainstream by directing episodes of "Miami Vice" (NBC, 1984-89) and "Crime Story" (NBC, 1986). But it was "King of New York" and "Bad Lieutenant" that earned him a great deal of respect despite their sordid subject matter, the latter of which many considered to be Ferrara's masterpiece. After running into trouble with Madonna on "Dangerous Game" (1993) and the exquisite period gangster piece "The Funeral" (1996), he often struggled to find financing. In his later years, Ferrara continued making tough films that often depicted an essentially evil world that nonetheless contained hope for salvation.

      Highest rated movies

      Ms. 45
      Daddy Longlegs
      The Driller Killer
      Black Butterfly

      Photos

      MARY, director Abel Ferrara, 2005 MARY, director Abel Ferrara, on set, 2005 4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH, director Abel Ferrara, on set, 2011. ©IFC Films GO GO TALES, director Abel Ferrara (center), on set, 2007. ©IFC Films MARY, Stefania Rocca, Director Abel Ferrara, on set, 2005

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Turn in the Wound Director - 2024
      33% 42% Padre Pio Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2022
      54% 9% Zeros and Ones Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sportin' Life Director - 2020
      65% 10% Siberia Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2019
      92% No Score Yet The Projectionist Director - 2019
      80% 38% Tommaso Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2019
      20% No Score Yet Alive in France Director,
      Music
      - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ultima chiamata Jailer (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Piazza Vittorio Self,
      Director
      - 2017
      40% 42% Black Butterfly Pat (Character) - 2017
      79% 33% Pasolini Director $30.1K 2014
      77% 43% Welcome to New York Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Invincible Force Reno Miller (Character) - 2011
      48% 19% 4:44 Last Day on Earth Director,
      Screenwriter
      $15.7K 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Uncle Bob Producer - 2011
      60% No Score Yet Happy Life Executive Producer - 2011
      80% 50% Daddy Longlegs Robber (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mulberry St. Director - 2010
      No Score Yet 33% Napoli, Napoli, Napoli Director - 2009
      No Score Yet 23% Go Get Some Rosemary Robber (Character) $20.7K 2009
      No Score Yet 31% Bandaged Executive Producer - 2009
      71% 44% Chelsea on the Rocks Director $6.9K 2008
      70% 27% Go Go Tales Director,
      Writer
      - 2007
      59% 43% Mary Director,
      Writer
      - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Odyssey in Rome Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 17% White Boy Producer - 2002
      62% 45% 'R Xmas Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2001
      24% 38% New Rose Hotel Director,
      Writer
      $20.4K 1998
      0% 53% The Blackout Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1997
      No Score Yet 61% Subway Stories Director - 1997
      80% 68% The Funeral Director $1.2M 1996
      74% 68% The Addiction Director - 1995
      31% 45% Snake Eyes Director $121.8K 1993
      71% 43% Body Snatchers Director $54.8K 1993
      78% 73% Bad Lieutenant Director,
      Writer
      $47.5K 1992
      70% 77% King of New York Director $2.6M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Un Príncipe de Nueva York Director - 1990
      40% 14% Cat Chaser Director - 1989
      No Score Yet 50% China Girl Director $918.1K 1987
      No Score Yet 70% Gladiator Director - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gladiator Director - 1986
      No Score Yet 86% Crime Story Director - 1986
      64% 33% Fear City Director - 1984
      85% 72% Ms. 45 1st Rapist (Character),
      Director
      - 1981
      64% 32% The Driller Killer Reno Miller (Character),
      Director
      - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Could This Be Love Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1973

      TV

      Credit
      71% 85% Miami Vice Director 1985