Jim Jarmusch


James Robert Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953) is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, producer, editor, and composer. He has been a major proponent of independent cinema since the 1980s, directing films as Stranger Than Paradise (1984), with John Lurie, Eszter Balint, and Richard Edson; Down by Law (1986), with Tom Waits, Lurie, and Roberto Benigini; Mystery Train (1989), with Steve Buscemi; Night on Earth (1991), with Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands, Giancarlo Esposito, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Rosie Perez, Isaach de Bankolé, Béatrice Dalle, Benigni, Paolo Bonacelli, Matti Pellonpää, Kari Väänänen, Sakari Kuosmanen, and Tomi Salmela; Dead Man (1995), with Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Iggy Pop, Crispin Glover, John Hurt, Michael Wincott, Lance Henriksen, Gabriel Byrne, Mili Avital and Robert Mitchum; Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), with Forrest Whitaker; Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Broken Flowers (2005), with Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright, Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton, Julie Delpy, Mark Webber, Chloë Sevigny, Christopher McDonald, and Alexis Dziena; Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), with Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, and Hurt; and Paterson (2016), with Adam Driver. Stranger Than Paradise was added to the National Film Registry in December 2002.

As a musician, Jarmusch has composed music for his films and released two albums with Jozef van Wissem. He studied film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, with fellow students and future collaborators Sara Driver (whom he’s been in relationship with since the 80s and has collaborated on several of his films in some capacity), Tom DiCillo (who was cinematographer on his first two features), Howard Brookner, and Spike Lee (who’s younger brother Ciniqué has appeared in a couple of his films).

He’s also acted in films like Alexandre Rockwell‘s In the Soup, with Buscemi, Seymour Cassel, Jennifer Beals, Carol Kane, Stanley Tucci, Debi Mazar, and Sam Rockwell; Blue in the Face (1995), with Harvey Keitel, Michael J. Fox, Lily Tomlin, Jared Harris, and Giancarlo Esposito; and Sling Blade (1996), with Billy Bob Thornton (who also directed), Dwight Yoakam, John Ritter, J.T. Walsh, and Robert Duvall.

Each review will be linked to the title below. All listed films he directed, unless otherwise noted.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Permanent Vacation (1980)
  • Vortex (1982) – directed by Beth B & Scott B – actor
  • Stranger than Paradise (1984)
  • American Autobahn (1984) – directed by Andre Degas – actor
  • Down By Law (1986)
  • Straight to Hell (1987) – directed by Alex Cox – actor
  • Candy Mountain (1987) – directed by Robert Frank & Rudy Wurlitzer – uncredited actor
  • Helsinki-Naples All Night Long (1987) – directed by Mika Kaurismäki – actor
  • The Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989) – directed by Aki Kaurismäki – actor
  • Mystery Train (1989)
  • The Golden Boat (1990) – directed by Raoul Ruiz – actor
  • Night on Earth (1991)
  • In the Soup (1992) – directed by Alexandre Rockwell – actor
  • Iron Horsemen (1994) – directed by Gilles Charmant – actor
  • Dead Man (1995)
  • Blue in the Face (1995) – directed by Wayne Wang & Paul Auster
  • Sling Blade (1996) – directed by Billy Bob Thornton – actor
  • Year of the Horse (1997) – documentary
  • Cannes Man (1997) – directed by Richard Martini – actor
  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
  • Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002) – directed with Kaige Chen, Victor Erice, Werner Herzog, Aki Kaurismäki, Spike Lee, & Wim Wenders – anthology
  • Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
  • Broken Flowers (2005)
  • The Limits of Control (2009)
  • Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
  • Paterson (2016)
  • Gimme Danger (2016) – documentary
  • The Dead Don’t Die (2019)*