Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Born in Los Angeles, Anderson developed an interest in filmmaking from a young age. An alumnus of the Sundance Institute, Anderson is famous for making often epic psychological drama films which often take place in San Fernando Valley and deal with characters seeking after redemption, forgiveness or loss; they also use wide framing as well as realistic or gritty cinematography. Anderson made his feature film debut with Hard Eight (1996). He found critical and commercial success with Boogie Nights (1997), set in the Golden Age of Porn, and received further accolades with Magnolia (1999), an ensemble piece set in the San Fernando Valley, and Punch-Drunk Love (2002), a romantic comedy-drama film. Anderson's 2007 film There Will Be Blood, about an oil prospector during the Southern California oil boom, achieved major critical and commercial success and was often cited as one of the greatest films of the 2000s. This was followed by The Master (2012) and Inherent Vice (2014). Anderson's eighth film, Phantom Thread, was released in 2017. He has directed music videos for artists including Fiona Apple, Radiohead, Haim, Joanna Newsom, Aimee Mann, Jon Brion and Michael Penn, and has also directed a documentary, Junun (2015), about the making of the album in India. More recently, he directed a short film accompanying Thom Yorke's Anima (2019), released on Netflix and in select IMAX ...

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Magnolia (1999)

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An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  William H. Macy  •  John C. Reilly  •  Tom Cruise

An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  William H. Macy  •  John C. Reilly  •  Tom Cruise

Boogie Nights (1997)

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Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Burt Reynolds  •  John C. Reilly  •  Julianne Moore

Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Burt Reynolds  •  John C. Reilly  •  Julianne Moore

Hard Eight (1996)

A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Philip Baker Hall  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  John C. Reilly  •  Samuel L. Jackson

A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Philip Baker Hall  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  John C. Reilly  •  Samuel L. Jackson

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

A socially awkward and volatile small business owner meets the love of his life after being threatened by a gang of scammers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Emily Watson  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Luis Guzmán

A socially awkward and volatile small business owner meets the love of his life after being threatened by a gang of scammers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Emily Watson  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Luis Guzmán

There Will Be Blood (2007)

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Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview, moves to oil-rich California. Using his son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. However, local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Paul Dano  •  Dillon Freasier  •  Ciarán Hinds

Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview, moves to oil-rich California. Using his son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. However, local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Paul Dano  •  Dillon Freasier  •  Ciarán Hinds

Couch (2003)

A man goes shopping for a new couch.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Adam Sandler

A man goes shopping for a new couch.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Adam Sandler

Blossoms & Blood (2003)

A surreal short film crafted out of extra footage from the Paul Thomas Anderson film Punch-Drunk Love and set to Jon Brion's "Here We Go."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Emily Watson  •  Salvador Curiel  •  Sissy Lake

A surreal short film crafted out of extra footage from the Paul Thomas Anderson film Punch-Drunk Love and set to Jon Brion's "Here We Go."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Emily Watson  •  Salvador Curiel  •  Sissy Lake

Inherent Vice (2014)

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In Los Angeles at the turn of the 1970s, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Josh Brolin  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  Jena Malone

In Los Angeles at the turn of the 1970s, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Josh Brolin  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  Jena Malone

The Dirk Diggler Story (1988)

The rise and fall of Dirk Diggler.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Michael Stein  •  Robert Ridgely  •  Eddie Delcore  •  Rusty Schwimmer

The rise and fall of Dirk Diggler.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Michael Stein  •  Robert Ridgely  •  Eddie Delcore  •  Rusty Schwimmer

The Master (2012)

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Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion" he forms after World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Amy Adams  •  Laura Dern

Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion" he forms after World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Amy Adams  •  Laura Dern

Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes (1999)

Friends, enemies, acquaintances, and family of porn star John Holmes recall their experiences with him, from his childhood to his eventual death from AIDS in 1988.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wesley Emerson
CAST:  John Holmes  •  Bunny Bleu  •  Al Goldstein  •  Candida Royalle

Friends, enemies, acquaintances, and family of porn star John Holmes recall their experiences with him, from his childhood to his eventual death from AIDS in 1988.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wesley Emerson
CAST:  John Holmes  •  Bunny Bleu  •  Al Goldstein  •  Candida Royalle

Cigarettes & Coffee (1993)

Cigarettes & Coffee tells the story of five people's lives all interconnected through a $20 bill.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Philip Baker Hall  •  Kirk Baltz  •  Miguel Ferrer  •  Scott Coffey

Cigarettes & Coffee tells the story of five people's lives all interconnected through a $20 bill.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Philip Baker Hall  •  Kirk Baltz  •  Miguel Ferrer  •  Scott Coffey

Altman (2014)

Robert Altman's life and career contained multitudes. This father of American independent cinema left an indelible mark, not merely on the evolution of his art form, but also on the western zeitgeist. With its use of rare interviews, representative film clips, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Mann
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Julianne Moore  •  Kathryn Reed Altman  •  Bruce Willis

Robert Altman's life and career contained multitudes. This father of American independent cinema left an indelible mark, not merely on the evolution of his art form, but also on the western zeitgeist. With its use of rare interviews, representative film clips, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Mann
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Julianne Moore  •  Kathryn Reed Altman  •  Bruce Willis

A Christmas Eve Conversation With Quentin Tarantino & Paul Thomas Anderson (2015)

Two great filmmakers discuss the evolution of film, 70mm and Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight".  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Quentin Tarantino  •  Paul Thomas Anderson

Two great filmmakers discuss the evolution of film, 70mm and Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight".  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Quentin Tarantino  •  Paul Thomas Anderson

Junun (2015)

Paul Thomas Anderson joined his close friend and collaborator Jonny Greenwood on a trip to Rajasthan in northwest India, where they were hosted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, and he brought his camera with him. Their destination was the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Shye Ben Tzur  •  Ehtisham Khan Ajmeri  •  Gufran Ali  •  Shazib Ali

Paul Thomas Anderson joined his close friend and collaborator Jonny Greenwood on a trip to Rajasthan in northwest India, where they were hosted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, and he brought his camera with him. Their destination was the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Shye Ben Tzur  •  Ehtisham Khan Ajmeri  •  Gufran Ali  •  Shazib Ali

Back Beyond (2013)

A short film consisting of deleted scenes from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Amy Adams  •  Mike Howard

A short film consisting of deleted scenes from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Amy Adams  •  Mike Howard

Mattress Man Commercial (2003)

Paul Thomas Anderson spoofs the famous 1980s Mattress Man commercial outtake using Dean Trumbell, the character played by Philip Seymour Hoffman in Anderson's 'Punch-Drunk Love', and he promotes his mattress company by performing a stunt that doesn't go all that well.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman

Paul Thomas Anderson spoofs the famous 1980s Mattress Man commercial outtake using Dean Trumbell, the character played by Philip Seymour Hoffman in Anderson's 'Punch-Drunk Love', and he promotes his mattress company by performing a stunt that doesn't go all that well.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman

Phantom Thread (2017)

Renowned British dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock comes across Alma, a young, strong-willed woman, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Vicky Krieps  •  Lesley Manville  •  Camilla Rutherford

Renowned British dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock comes across Alma, a young, strong-willed woman, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Vicky Krieps  •  Lesley Manville  •  Camilla Rutherford

HAIM / Valentine (2017)

Three songs, shot live at Valentine Studios, making the album Something to Tell You.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Alana Haim  •  Este Haim  •  Danielle Haim

Three songs, shot live at Valentine Studios, making the album Something to Tell You.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Alana Haim  •  Este Haim  •  Danielle Haim

Anima (2019)

In a short musical film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Thom Yorke of Radiohead stars in a mind-bending visual piece. Best played loud.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Thom Yorke  •  Dajana Roncione

In a short musical film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Thom Yorke of Radiohead stars in a mind-bending visual piece. Best played loud.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Thom Yorke  •  Dajana Roncione
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