William Friedkin Movies List

William Friedkin
William Friedkin
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Rebel Highway

Director William Friedkin Filmography

Showing 1 to 10 of 23 movies
A Fuller Life
A Fuller Life ( English )
Director: Samantha Fuller
Release date: 28-08-2013
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot
Director: Gary Khammar
Release date: 15-01-2013
Killer Joe
Killer Joe ( English )
Director: William Friedkin
Music Director: Tyler Bates , Steve Boeddeker
Release date: 27-07-2012
Bug ( English )
Director: Bob Neill
Music Director: Holly Wiersma , Tracy Letts
Release date: 19-05-2006
Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy
Artist: James Cromwell , William Friedkin , Steve Jones , Steve Haberman , Joe Dante
Director: Constantine Nasr
Release date: 04-10-2005
The Hunted
The Hunted ( English )
Director: William Friedkin , Julie Pitkanen , P.R. Tooke
Music Director: Brian Tyler , Gary Krause , Robert Ulrich , Tammy Fearing , Eliza Pollack Zebert , Robin Harlan , Sarah Monat , Steve Boeddeker , Jason England , Frank Smathers , Vic Radulich , Mike Szakmeister , Mark Gordon , Eliza Pollack Zebert , Robert Ulrich , Tammy Fearing , Frank E. Eulner , Chuck Michael , David C. Hughes , Shannon Mills , Steve Tushar , Scott Curtis
Release date: 11-03-2003
The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist
Artist: Mark Kermode , Ellen Burstyn , William O'Malley , William Friedkin , Max von Sydow
Director: Mark Kermode
Release Year: 1998
12 Angry Men
12 Angry Men ( English )
Director: William Friedkin , Newt Arnold
Music Director: Joe Earle , David E. Fluhr
Release date: 17-08-1997
Showing 1 to 10 of 23 movies

William Friedkin Biography

William Friedkin is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1971 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. Some of his other films include Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A., Jade, Rules of Engagement, The Hunted, Bug, and Killer Joe. As mentioned in Friedkin's voice-over commentary on the DVD re-release of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, Friedkin directed one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965, called "Off Season". Hitchcock admonished Friedkin for not wearing a tie while directing. In 1965 Friedkin moved to Hollywood and two years later released his first feature film, Good Times starring Sonny and Cher. Several other "art" films followed, including the adaptation of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band and most notably The Birthday Party, based on an unpublished screenplay by Harold Pinter, which he adapted from his own play. Friedkin, however, did not want to be known as an art house director, but rather for action and serious drama through stories about an America upended by crime, hypocrisy, the occult, and amorality. All of which he mounted up into his films to reflect what was going on in an America that was changing in the wake of Vietnam, the Sexual Revolution, and Watergate. In 1971, his The French Connection was released to wide critical acclaim. Shot in a gritty style more suited for documentaries than Hollywood features, the film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Friedkin followed up with 1973's The Exorcist, based on William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel, which revolutionized the horror genre and is considered by some critics to be one of the greatest horror movies of all time. The Exorcist was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. It won the Best Screenplay and Best Sound Mixing. Following these two pictures, Friedkin, along with Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich, was deemed one of the premier directors of New Hollywood; In 1973 the trio announced the formation of an independent production company at Paramount, The Directors Company. Whereas Coppola directed The Conversation and Bogdanovich, the Henry James adaptation, Daisy Miller, Friedkin abruptly left the company, which was soon closed by Paramount. Friedkin's later movies did not achieve the same success. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Friedkin's films received mostly lackluster reviews and moderate ticket sales. However, his action/crime movie To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), starring William Petersen and Willem Dafoe, was a critical favorite and drew comparisons to Friedkin's own The French Connection (particularly for its car-chase sequence). In 2011 Friedkin directed Killer Joe, a black comedy written by Tracy Letts, and starring Matthew McConaughey. Killer Joe premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, prior to its North American debut at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. In April 2013 Friedkin published a memoir, The Friedkin Connection. He was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in September.

Popular Co-Stars of William Friedkin

Gerald Petievich
6 Movies
Mark Kermode
6 Movies
Bud S. Smith
5 Movies
Robert D. Yeoman
5 Movies
Jack Hues
4 Movies
Robert Glass
4 Movies

You may also be interested in

Share Your Comments About William Friedkin

Related Tags

William Friedkin List of Movies, William Friedkin films list, William Friedkin first film, William Friedkin latest film, William Friedkin upcoming films, William Friedkin movie database, William Friedkin Filmography