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      Paul Schrader

      Paul Schrader

      Highest Rated: 96% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Dying of the Light (2014)

      Birthday: Jul 22, 1946

      Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Once called the best screenwriter never to be nominated for an Oscar, writer-director Paul Schrader emerged in the 1970s as one of American cinema's most compelling contributors, thanks in large part to his collaborations with director Martin Scorsese on some of the best movies ever made. After marking his writing debut with the underrated thriller "The Yakuza" (1975), Schrader wrote the dense and gritty "Taxi Driver" (1976) for Scorsese, creating arguably one of cinema's most memorable lead characters in Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro). He went on to write "Obsession" (1977) for Brian De Palma before making an auspicious directorial debut with "Blue Collar" (1978). But Schrader saved his best for his second collaboration with Scorsese and De Niro, "Raging Bull" (1980), an unrelenting portrait of a man, Jake La Motta, gripped by unceasing violence. He also directed Richard Gere in "American Gigolo" (1980), and collaborated with Scorsese again on "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988).

      Highest rated movies

      Eames: The Architect & the Painter

      Photos

      CAT PEOPLE, director Paul Schrader, 1982, ©Universal / HARDCORE, George C. Scott, director Paul Schrader, Season Hubley, on location in San Diego, 1979, (c) Columbia Pictures THE WALKER, director Paul Schrader, Lauren Bacall, Woody Harrelson, on set, 2007. ©Pathe Films ADAM RESURRECTED, (aka EIN LEBEN FUR EIN LEBEN-ADAM RESURRECTED), from left: Derek Jacobi, director Paul Schrader, Jeff Goldblum, on set, 2008. ©Bleiberg Entertainment ADAM RESURRECTED, (aka EIN LEBEN FUR EIN LEBEN-ADAM RESURRECTED), director Paul Schrader (left), Jeff Goldblum (sitting), on set, 2008. ©Bleiberg Entertainment TALES FROM THE SCRIPT, screenwriter Paul Schrader, 2009. ©First Run Features TALES FROM THE SCRIPT, screenwriter Paul Schrader, 2009. ©First Run Features LIGHT OF DAY, director Paul Schrader, Michael J. Fox, Joan Jett, on-set, 1987, ©TriStar Pictures / DOMINION: A PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST, director Paul Schrader (right) on set, 2005, (c) Warner Brothers ADAM RESURRECTED, (aka EIN LEBEN FUR EIN LEBEN-ADAM RESURRECTED), Willem Dafoe (left), director Paul Schrader (center), on set, 2008. ©Bleiberg Entertainment TOUCH, director Paul Schrader, Paul Mazursky, Christopher Walken on set, 1997, (c) United Artists HARDCORE, director Paul Schrader on set, 1979, (c) Columbia THE WALKER, director Paul Schrader, on set, 2007. ©Pathe Films THE WALKER, Woody Harrelson, director Paul Schrader, on set, 2007. ©Pathe Films THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS, director Paul Schrader on set, 1990, (c) Skouras Pictures HARDCORE, director Paul Schrader (right) on set, 1979, (c) Columbia

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      71% 55% Master Gardener Director,
      Screenwriter
      $666.8K 2022
      26% 33% There Are No Saints Screenwriter - 2022
      87% 42% The Card Counter Director,
      Screenwriter
      $2.6M 2020
      94% 69% First Reformed Director,
      Screenwriter
      $3.4M 2017
      51% 19% Dog Eat Dog Director - 2016
      96% 76% Hitchcock/Truffaut Self $304.9K 2015
      11% 15% Dying of the Light Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2014
      21% 15% The Canyons Director $49.5K 2013
      88% 81% Eames: The Architect & the Painter Unknown (Character) $147.6K 2011
      35% 44% Adam Resurrected Director - 2008
      54% 28% The Walker Director,
      Writer
      $77.2K 2007
      30% 25% Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Director $41.8M 2005
      71% 61% Auto Focus Director $2.1M 2002
      29% 41% Forever Mine Director,
      Writer
      - 1999
      73% 70% Bringing Out the Dead Screenwriter $16.6M 1999
      29% 33% Touch Director,
      Writer
      $373.1K 1997
      88% 72% Affliction Director,
      Screenwriter
      $6.3M 1997
      58% 37% City Hall Screenwriter $20.0M 1996
      20% 43% Witch Hunt Director - 1994
      87% 65% Light Sleeper Director,
      Writer
      $1.0M 1992
      No Score Yet 50% Hollywood Mavericks Unknown (Character) - 1990
      52% 59% The Comfort of Strangers Director - 1990
      50% 49% Patty Hearst Director $984.0K 1988
      53% 54% Light of Day Director,
      Writer
      $9.1M 1987
      75% 61% The Mosquito Coast Screenwriter $12.9M 1986
      79% 90% Mishima Director - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Way to Bresson Self - 1984
      64% 45% Cat People Director,
      Writer
      - 1982
      72% 50% American Gigolo Director,
      Writer
      - 1980
      92% 93% Raging Bull Writer $87.3K 1980
      76% 67% Hardcore Director,
      Writer
      - 1979
      96% 88% Blue Collar Director,
      Writer
      - 1978
      86% 78% Rolling Thunder Screenwriter - 1977
      89% 93% Taxi Driver Writer - 1976
      58% 72% The Yakuza Screenwriter - 1975

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2016