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:
10. REGARDING HENRY (1991)
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
8. CARNAL KNOWLEDGE (1971)
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)
5. POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE (1990)
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
2. WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966)
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