Michael Kenneth Mann (February 5, 1943) is an American director, screenwriter, and producer of film and television who is best known for his distinctive brand of stylized crime drama. His most acclaimed works include the crime films Thief (1981), starring Janes Caan; Manhunter (1986), Heat (1995), the first onscreen pairing of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro; and Collateral (2004), with Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Javier Bardem, and Bruce McGill; the historical drama The Last of the Mohicans (1992), with Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Jodhi May, Russell Means, Wes Studi, Eric Schweig, and Steven Waddington; the docudrama The Insider (1999), with Russell Crowe, Pacino, and Christopher Plummer, and the John Dillinger biopic, Public Enemies (2009), with Johnny Depp. He is also known for his role as executive producer on the popular TV series Miami Vice (1984–89), which he later adapted into a 2006 feature film starring Colin Farrell and Foxx.
For his work, he has received nominations from international organizations and juries, including the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Cannes, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Total Film ranked Mann No. 28 on its list of the 100 Greatest Directors Ever, Sight and Sound ranked him No. 5 on their list of the 10 Best Directors of the Last 25 Years, and Entertainment Weekly ranked Mann No. 8 on their 25 Greatest Active Film Directors list.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
- The Jericho Mile (1979) – TV movie
- Swan Song (1980) – TV movie, co-writer only
- Thief (1981)
- The Keep (1983)
- Manhunter (1986)
- L.A. Takedown (1989) – TV movie
- The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
- Heat (1995)
- The Insider (1999)
- Ali (2001)
- Collateral (2004)
- Miami Vice (2006)
- Public Enemies (2009)*
- Blackhat (2015)