Best Movies of Jonathan Demme

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Aggregate Rating: 270 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 84 | Earnings: $130.73M

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.


Philadelphia (1993)

Aggregate Rating: 163 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 66 | Earnings: $77.32M

When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.


The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Aggregate Rating: 154 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 76 | Earnings: $65.95M

In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.


Rachel Getting Married (2008)

Aggregate Rating: 151 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 82 | Earnings: $12.80M

A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.


Swimming to Cambodia (1987)

Aggregate Rating: 146 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 68 | Earnings: $1.09M

Spalding Gray discusses his participation in the film The Killing Fields (1984) and the background story about the troubles of Cambodia.


Something Wild (1986)

Aggregate Rating: 144 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 73 | Earnings: $8.36M

A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.


Married to the Mob (1988)

Aggregate Rating: 134 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 71 | Earnings: $21.49M

An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife, who is trying to restart her life following her husband's murder while being pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself.


A Master Builder (2013)

Aggregate Rating: 128 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 67 | Earnings: $0.05M

A successful, ego-maniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.


Beloved (1998)

Aggregate Rating: 117 | Imdb: 5 | Metascore: 57 | Earnings: $22.84M

Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of her deceased daughter.


Ricki and the Flash (2015)

Aggregate Rating: 117 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 54 | Earnings: $26.82M

A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.


The Truth About Charlie (2002)

Aggregate Rating: 104 | Imdb: 4 | Metascore: 55 | Earnings: $5.29M

A woman returns from holiday to find her husband has been murdered, and several groups of people are pressuring her to unravel the mystery of his true identity and activities during his final days.


Melvin and Howard (1980)

Aggregate Rating: 69 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 0 | Earnings: null

The story of hard-luck Melvin E. Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.


Handle with Care (1977)

Aggregate Rating: 67 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 0 | Earnings: null

This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio. Paul LeMat is the local CB coordinator who has time for little else...


Last Embrace (1979)

Aggregate Rating: 62 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 0 | Earnings: null

Harry breaks down and loses his job after his wife is assassinated - could it be his turn next ?


Swing Shift (1984)

Aggregate Rating: 60 | Imdb: 5 | Metascore: 0 | Earnings: $6.70M

A woman finds romance when she takes a job at an aircraft plant to help make ends meet after her husband goes off to war.


Fighting Mad (1976)

Aggregate Rating: 59 | Imdb: 5 | Metascore: 0 | Earnings: null

An Arkansas farmer stages a one-man war against corrupt land developers who want to evict him and his neighbors from their farms for real estate developments.


Crazy Mama (1975)

Aggregate Rating: 57 | Imdb: 5 | Metascore: 0 | Earnings: null

Jonathan Demme directs this joyous relentlessly kitschy celebration of 50's America: opportunity, rock'n'roll, and the road. He follows three generations of women and the men they pick up, ...


Caged Heat (1974)

Aggregate Rating: 54 | Imdb: 5 | Metascore: 0 | Earnings: null

In a women's prison, a group of inmates band together to combat the repressive and abusive policies of the warden.