Sydney Lumet, one of the greatest film directors in the last half of the 20th century has just died at his home in Manhattan.

Lumet was known best for award-winning films such as 12 Angry Men, Dog-day afternoon; Network, Fail Safe, The Verdict, The Pawnbroker, Serpico, Murder  on the Orient Express.

The Lumet films that I  enjoyed most and remember best are 12 Angry Men, Network, The  Pawnbroker.

Do you remember any of Lumet’s films?

Which did you like the most?


  1. 1
    Vin Smith Says:

    …Incredible director. His continuing thematic of the little guy fighting entrenched corruption is timeless. He brought out the best in actors. His storytelling style–which was actually no set style whatsoever–was at the top of the directorial game. A Sydney Lumet movie was never just a director doing the same film over and over again. His work ranged the gamut of the cinematic art. A true genius. He should have won Best Director several times over, but Hollywood bias toward a New York director prevented that.

  2. 2
    Vin Smith Says:

    …My favorite Lumet film was Network. Perhaps the only director who could have fully realized Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay. That film contains my favorite movie line of all time, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore! » Actually, that sentiment describes my attitude to a tee…

  3. 3

    I love Sidney Lumet films. And what’s incredible is his over-50 year span of not just making films but making great films.

    My favourite Lumet film is one that doesn’t get a whole lot of attention: « Night Falls on Manhattan » with Andy Garcia, Lena Olin, Ian Holm, and Richard Dreyfuss (in a great cameo).

    Of course, « Network » and « 12 Angry Men » are right up there, too.

  4. 4

    I liked Network and The Verdict, but I loved Murder on the Orient Express and Twelve Angry Men…and Running On Empty; hated The Seagull.

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    zeusiswatching Says:

    I remember a few of his films, and I remember having thought that each one of the films I saw was excellent. Serpico, Network and Murder on the Orient Express were three very different, and great movies.

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