Sidney Lumet

25 Jun 1924 - 9 Apr 2011

Director, Writer

Sidney Lumet (June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his name. He was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982). He did not win an individual Academy Award, although he did receive an Academy Honorary Award and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, which was nominated for 10, winning 4.

The Encyclopedia of Hollywood states that Lumet was one of the most prolific directors of the modern era, making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He was noted by Turner Classic Movies for his "strong direction of actors", "vigorous storytelling" and the "social realism" in his best work. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as having been "one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors." Lumet was also known as an "actor's director," having worked with the best of them during his career, probably more than "any other director."

Lumet began his career as an Off-Broadway director, then became a highly efficient TV director. His first movie was typical of his best work: a well-acted, tightly written, deeply considered "problem picture," 12 Angry Men (1957). From that point on Lumet divided his energies among other idealistic problem pictures along with literate adaptations of plays and novels, big stylish pictures, New York-based black comedies, and realistic crime dramas, including Serpico and Prince of the City. As a result of directing 12 Angry Men, he was also responsible for leading the first wave of directors who made a successful transition from TV to movies. In 2005, Lumet received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his "brilliant services to screenwriters, performers, and the art of the motion picture." Two years later, he concluded his career with the acclaimed drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007).

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Filmography (43 titles)

Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 2006)
···Find Me Guilty
Genre: Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 2004)
···Strip Search
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1999)
···Gloria
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1997)
···Critical Care
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1996)
···Night Falls on Manhattan
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1993)
···Guilty as Sin
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1992)
···A Stranger Among Us
Genre: Drama, Romance, Crime
Role: Director
(movie, 1990)
···Q & A
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1989)
···Family Business
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1988)
···Running on Empty
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1986)
···Power
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1986)
···The Morning After
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1984)
···Garbo Talks
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1983)
···Daniel
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1982)
···The Verdict
Genre: Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1982)
···Deathtrap
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1981)
···Prince of the City
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1980)
···Just Tell Me What You Want
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1978)
···The Wiz
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Music, Family
Role: Director
(movie, 1977)
···Equus
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Role: Director
(movie, 1976)
···Network
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1975)
···Dog Day Afternoon
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1974)
···Murder on the Orient Express
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Role: Director
(movie, 1974)
···Lovin' Molly
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1973)
···Serpico
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Role: Director
(movie, 1972)
···The Offence
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Director
(movie, 1972)
···Child's Play
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1971)
···The Anderson Tapes
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1968)
···Bye Bye Braverman
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1968)
···The Sea Gull
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1966)
···The Group
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1965)
···The Hill
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Director
(movie, 1964)
···Fail-Safe
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Role: Director
(movie, 1964)
···The Pawnbroker
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1962)
···Vu du pont
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1960)
···The Iceman Cometh
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1959)
···That Kind of Woman
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Role: Director
(movie, 1959)
···The Fugitive Kind
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1958)
···All the King's Men
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1958)
···Stage Struck
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1957)
···12 Angry Men
Genre: Drama
Role: Director