This week we lost one of our greatest film assets, Academy Award-winning director Mike Nichols. Spanning an incredible number of decades behind the camera, Nichols received his first Oscar nomination as Best Director of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1967. The next year, Nichols won his first and only Oscar as Best Director of The Graduate. He would on go on to receive another three nominations, the last being for his work as a producer on The Remains of the Day in 1994. His career has been marked with some of America's best film masterpieces. Nichols was married to news personality Diane Sawyer.

To celebrate his legacy, here's a look at the ten best films directed by Mike Nichols:


Starring Harrison Ford, Annette Bening

US Release Date: July 10, 1991

Box Office Gross: $43 million

1991 Tagline: "His life was based on power, success, and ruthlessness. Until a bullet made him think again."

9. SILKWOOD (1983)

Starring Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher

US Release Date: December 14, 1983

Box Office Gross: $35.6 million

1983 Tagline: "On November 13, 1974, Karen Silkwood, an employee of a nuclear facility, left to meet with a reporter from the New York Times. She never got there."

Oscar Nominations: Best Director, Best Actress (Streep), Best Supp. Actress (Cher), Best Writing, Best Film Editing


Starring Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret, Candice Bergen

US Release Date: June 30, 1971

Box Office Gross: $28.6 million

Oscar Nomination: Best Supp. Actress (Ann-Margret)

7. CATCH-22 (1970)

Starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Jon Voight, Orson Welles, Martin Sheen, Bob Newhart

US Release Date: June 24, 1970

Box Office Gross: $18 million

BAFTA Nomination: Best Cinematography

6. CLOSER (2004)

Starring Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Jude Law, Natalie Portman

US Release Date: December 10, 2004

Box Office Gross: $34 million

2004 Tagline: "If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking."

Oscar Nominations: Best Supp. Actor (Owen), Best Supp. Actress (Portman)


Starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid

US Release Date: September 14, 1990

Box Office Gross: $37.9 million

1990 Tagline: "Having a wonderful time, wish I were here."

Oscar Nominations: Best Actress (Streep), Best Song

4. THE BIRDCAGE (1996)

Starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest

US Release Date: March 8, 1996

Box Office Gross: $124 million

1996 Tagline: "What could possibly come between a match made in heaven? The parents. Dinner. And a nightclub called...(The Birdcage)"

Oscar Nomination: Best Art Direction-Set Direction

3. WORKING GIRL (1988)

Starring Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusack

US Release Date: December 21, 1988

Box Office Gross: $64 million

1988 Tagline: "For anyone who's ever won. For anyone who's ever lost. And for everyone who's still in there trying."

Oscar Win: Best Song

Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress (Griffith), Best Supp. Actress (Cusack), Best Supp. Actress (Weaver), Best Director


Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

US Release Date: June 22, 1966

Box Office Gross: $28 million

1966 Tagline: "Drop in for drinks and brace yourself."

Oscar Wins: Best Actress (Taylor), Best Supp. Actress (Dennis), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Best Costume Design

Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor (Burton), Best Supp. Actor (Segal), Best Director, Best Writing, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Score

1. THE GRADUATE (1967)

Starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross

US Release Date: December 22, 1967

Box Office Gross: $104 million

1967: "This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future."

Oscar Win: Best Director

Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor (Huffman), Best Actress (Bancroft), Best Supp. Actress (Ross), Best Writing, Best Cinematography

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.