Sam Mendes has been a director for the last 10 years and has directed films like Revolutionary Road, Away We Go, Jarhead, American Beauty, and most recently Skyfall.
He is best known for his work with actors who are not well-known outside of Hollywood.
For example, in Jarhead, he worked with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx but then on Revolutionary Road he worked with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Best Sam Mendes Movies
Let’s jump right in with a James Bond movie!
Spectre is the twenty-fourth James Bond film in the franchise.
The movie was directed by Sam Mendes and it stars Daniel Craig as 007, for the fourth time;
Ralph Fiennes, Ben Wishaw, Rory Kinnear, and Naomie Harris are also returning to the series.
New cast members include Christoph Waltz, LéaSeydoux, and Monica Bellucci.
After the events of Skyfall (2012), James Bond (Daniel Craig) has come out a troubled man. His mentor, M (Dame Judi Dench), is dead. MI6 is crumbling under a newer, high-tech organization led by the mysterious Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott).
However, while in Mexico City, Bond finds an Italian hitman trying to bomb a major parade, and stops him. He finds a ring on his finger with a strange symbol on it.
When he soon realizes that this symbol is showing up at terrorist attacks all over the world, he must traverse the world to find out the truth behind the chilling organization known as S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and his blood-curdling connection to it and its leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz).
The theme song “Writing’s on the Wall”, performed and co-written by Sam Smith, won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Spectre grossed over $880 million worldwide, making it the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2015and the second-largest unadjusted total for the series after Skyfall.
American Beauty (1999)
American Beauty is a 1999 drama film directed by Sam Mendes. The story follows Lester Burnham, played by Kevin Spacey, who begins to act out in strange ways after his family moves from the suburbs of Detroit to suburbia Los Angeles.
The movie’s title is derived from an earlier British television play of the same name written by Alan Bennett and first broadcast on BBC2 in 1971.
A significant amount of existential philosophy is written into the film’s narratives and, as the drama unfolds, we, too, begin to ask ourselves what the hell we are doing with our lives.
As we turn the camera to ourselves we are prodded and provoked enigmatically.
Are we living miserable existences? Will we embrace life honestly or will we awkwardly put these questions to the backs of our minds?
American Beauty is an uncomfortable watch but for all the right reasons. Here’s to the philosophy that makes it so.
BEST SAM MENDES MOVIES
Who Is Sam Mendes?
Sam Mendes is the director of Skyfall, Spectre, and American Beauty. He was born in Reading, England on April 26th, 1964 to parents who were both educators.
He attended Magdalen College at Oxford University where he studied English Literature and graduated with a first-class degree before attending the Central School of Speech and Drama for further education.
Revolutionary Road (2008)
The 2008 film “Revolutionary Road” directed by Sam Mendes, is both a love story and an uncomfortable depiction of American society in the 1950s.
The movie follows suburban couple Frank and April Wheeler who are both stuck in their jobs, unhappy with their lives, and desperately seeking some kind of change to break them free from their monotonous existence.
It’s not until they move to Paris that they begin to realize how deep-rooted the problems really are.
The Road to Perdition (2002)
The Road to Perdition is a 2002 film directed by Sam Mendes and starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, and Tyler Hoechlin.
The movie revolves around the story of Michael Sullivan Jr., who is forced to watch his family get murdered by Irish mobsters after he accidentally kills one of their members in self-defense.
Skyfall is the latest James Bond film that was released in 2012. It is an adaptation of Ian Fleming’s novel, and it follows Bond as he investigates a cyber-terrorist who has been attacking MI6.
This movie stars Daniel Craig as James Bond, Javier Bardem as the villain Silva, Judi Dench as M, and Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory.
Skyfall premiered at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 23 October 2012 and was released in the UK on 26 October and in North America on 9 November. It was the first James Bond film to be screened in IMAXvenues, although it was not filmed with IMAX cameras.
The release coincided with the 50th anniversary of the series, which began with Dr. No in 1962. Skyfall won several accolades, including two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and two Grammy Awards.
It received positive reviews from critics and was the fourteenth film to gross over $1 billion worldwide, and the only James Bond film to do so.
It became the seventh-highest-grossing film of all time, the highest-grossing film in the UK, the highest-grossing film in the series, the highest-grossing film worldwide for both Sony Pictures and MGM, and the second-highest-grossing film of 2012.
1917 (2019) film directed by Sam Mendes is a thrilling, action-packed story that follows the life of British soldiers during the First World War.
On 6 April 1917, aerial reconnaissance has observed that the German army, which has pulled back from a sector of the Western Front in northern France, is not in retreat but has made a strategic withdrawal to the new Hindenburg Line, where they are waiting to overwhelm the British with artillery.
In the British trenches, with field telephone lines cut, two young British lance corporals, William Schofield, a veteran of the Somme, and Tom Blake, are ordered by General Erinmore to carry a message to Colonel Mackenzie of the Second Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment, calling off a scheduled attack the next morning that would jeopardize the lives of 1,600 men, including Blake’s brother Joseph, a lieutenant.
This gripping drama tells the tale of how these soldiers’ participation in World War I changed their lives and became one of the greatest stories ever told.
Jarhead is a 2005 film about the life of an American Marine, Anthony Swofford. The movie was directed by Sam Mendes and stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Swofford.
Jarhead follows the story of Swofford who joins the Marines in 1985 at age 18 in order to escape his small-town roots and experience some adventure.
After completing boot camp, he trains for war but is left on a ship when it goes out to sea instead of being deployed with other Marines during Operation Desert Storm.
He ultimately finds himself stationed in Saudi Arabia where he participates in Operation Desert Shield before finally getting into combat during Operation Desert Storm, which lasted six weeks before they were withdrawn from Kuwait City.
Away We Go (2009)
Away We Go is a 2009 comedy-drama film written and directed by Sam Mendes. The story follows newlyweds (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) who travel across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Europe as they try to escape from their mundane lives.
The movie takes place in 2008 following the collapse of Lehman Brothers on September 15th, 2007.
The financial crisis has led John and his wife Maya to question whether or not their life is all they want it to be with no children or a career that doesn’t seem fulfilling enough for them.
Best Sam Mendes Movies – The Most Important Shot In Road To Perdition
In the film Road To Perdition, Tom Hanks plays a man who is trying to get his family back together. He must also deal with his son’s death and how he will be able to survive in this world on the run from mafia hitmen.
The most important shot in the movie was when they were escaping from Chicago and Michael Sullivan Jr.’s mother (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) was driving away with her two sons strapped into the car seats behind her.
The camera pans out at a low angle as she drives off into the distance, leaving everything that has ever mattered behind them.
Quotes From Sam Mendes Characters
There are many great quotes from Sam Mendes’ characters. They include:
“You know, I’m a total sucker for a good quote.”
“I love you and I want to marry you and have your children. And I don’t just want to be friends with you anymore.”
“I think we should get married,” he said in his low voice as if it were something that had only just occurred to him. “And that’s not an offer of marriage.”