Favorite Paul Schrader Screenplay

by joesiegel | created - 1 month ago | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Paul Schrader is one of the best scriptwriters of the cinema; in his youth he wrote great films that today are great classics and he has also served as a director of very good works. Which of these scripts written by Paul Schrader is your favorite?

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1. The Yakuza (1974)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

American private-eye Harry Kilmer returns to Japan to rescue a friend's kidnapped daughter from the clutches of the Yakuza.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman

Votes: 6,940

2. Taxi Driver (1976)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Votes: 649,604 | Gross: $28.26M

3. Obsession (1976)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A wealthy New Orleans businessman becomes obsessed with a young woman who resembles his wife.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, Sylvia Kuumba Williams

Votes: 7,945 | Gross: $1.00M

4. Rolling Thunder (1977)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

A returning war veteran loses his family to a violent home invasion and decides to seek and retaliate against those responsible.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes, James Best

Votes: 6,763

5. Blue Collar (1978)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

When three workers try to steal from the local union, they discover the corruption of the union instead and decide to blackmail them.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto, Ed Begley Jr.

Votes: 6,300

It was also his directorial debut

6. Hardcore (1979)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley, Dick Sargent

Votes: 7,569

7. Raging Bull (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

89 Metascore

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Votes: 293,156 | Gross: $23.38M

8. American Gigolo (1980)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

57 Metascore

A Los Angeles male escort, who mostly caters to an older female clientèle, is accused of a murder which he did not commit.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo, Nina van Pallandt

Votes: 19,678 | Gross: $23.00M

9. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami, Junya Fukuda

Votes: 7,468 | Gross: $0.44M

10. The Mosquito Coast (1986)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

An inventor spurns his city life to move his family into the jungles of Central America to make a utopia.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix, Jadrien Steele

Votes: 24,973 | Gross: $14.30M

11. Light of Day (1987)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Music

55 Metascore

A pair of siblings must choose whether to pursue their dream of touring with their rock band or support their family and stay in Cleveland, Ohio.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Gena Rowlands, Joan Jett, Michael McKean

Votes: 2,353 | Gross: $10.49M

12. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

R | 164 min | Drama

80 Metascore

The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Paul Greco

Votes: 47,108 | Gross: $7.63M

13. Light Sleeper (1992)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

A drug dealer reconsiders his profession when his boss plans to go straight and an old flame reappears.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, Dana Delany, David Clennon

Votes: 4,837 | Gross: $1.05M

14. City Hall (1996)

R | 111 min | Drama

The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aiello

Votes: 18,583 | Gross: $20.20M

15. Touch (1997)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

When Juvenal, a presumed miracle worker, appears on the scene Bill Hill attempts to exploit him but his plans go astray with the untimely intervention of August Murray and the developing ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Bridget Fonda, Christopher Walken, Skeet Ulrich, LL Cool J

Votes: 2,164 | Gross: $0.41M

16. Affliction (1997)

R | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

79 Metascore

A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintegrate.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn, Brigid Tierney

Votes: 14,019 | Gross: $6.30M

17. Forever Mine (1999)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

An affair between a cabana boy and the young wife of a sinister politician triggers a 16-year vendetta between the two men.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Ray Liotta, Gretchen Mol, Vincent Laresca

Votes: 2,143

18. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

R | 121 min | Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

Haunted by the patients he failed to save, an extremely burned-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic fights to maintain his sanity over three fraught and turbulent nights.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames

Votes: 59,513 | Gross: $16.64M

19. The Walker (2007)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

51 Metascore

An escort who caters to Washington D.C.'s society ladies becomes involved in a murder case.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Ned Beatty

Votes: 5,047 | Gross: $0.08M

20. Dying of the Light (2014)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

31 Metascore

When a devastating illness threatens to end Evan Lake's career in the C.I.A., he goes rogue to hunt down a terrorist who tortured him during a mission gone awry years ago.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin, Alexander Karim, Irène Jacob

Votes: 9,011

21. First Reformed (2017)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Victoria Hill

Votes: 36,266 | Gross: $3.45M



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