Jonathan Demme led a prolific career as a director that spanned over decades - from '80s comedy flick "Melvin and Howard" to what may be his most well known work in "The Silence of the Lambs." See some of the best movies he has directed.
Director Jonathan Demme attends the FIAF and Cine Institute of Haiti screening of "Haiti Optimiste" at Florence Gould Hall on January 24, 2013, in New York City.
One of Demme's early films told the story of hard-luck Melvin E. Dummer, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes
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Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell had chemistry on screen and off in this 1984 comedy.
The Talking Heads concert documentary is considered one of the best concert movies of all time.
Mainstream audiences got one of their first good looks at Melanie Griffith in this 1986 film.
Michelle Pfeiffer proved she had the comic chops to play opposite Alec Baldwin in Demme's 1988 hit.
This all-time classic won Demme a best directing Oscar as well as Academy Awards for stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.
Tom Hanks portrayal as a lawyer dying from AIDS was one of the first Hollywood treatments looking at the disease.
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Demme teamed with Oprah Winfrey for this 1998 thriller.
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Future Oscar winner Anne Hathaway teamed with Demme in this film about a young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past 10 years.