Michael Mann

Michael Kenneth Mann (born February 5, 1943) is an American director, screenwriter, and producer of film and television who is best known for his distinctive style of crime drama. His most acclaimed works include the films Thief (1981), Manhunter (1986), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Heat (1995), The Insider (1999), Collateral (2004), and Public Enemies (2009). 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. 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

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Thief (1981)

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Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specialized in high-profile diamond heists. He plans to use his ill-gotten income to retire from crime and build a nice life for himself complete with a home, wife and kids. To accelerate the process, he signs on with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  James Caan  •  Tuesday Weld  •  Willie Nelson  •  Jim Belushi

Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specialized in high-profile diamond heists. He plans to use his ill-gotten income to retire from crime and build a nice life for himself complete with a home, wife and kids. To accelerate the process, he signs on with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  James Caan  •  Tuesday Weld  •  Willie Nelson  •  Jim Belushi

Heat (1995)

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Obsessive master thief Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the other even though ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Robert De Niro  •  Val Kilmer  •  Jon Voight

Obsessive master thief Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the other even though ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Robert De Niro  •  Val Kilmer  •  Jon Voight

Ali (2001)

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In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his unapologetic belief ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Jamie Foxx  •  Jon Voight  •  Mario Van Peebles

In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his unapologetic belief ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Jamie Foxx  •  Jon Voight  •  Mario Van Peebles

Collateral (2004)

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Cab driver Max picks up a man who offers him $600 to drive him around. But the promise of easy money sours when Max realizes his fare is an assassin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Jamie Foxx  •  Jada Pinkett Smith  •  Mark Ruffalo

Cab driver Max picks up a man who offers him $600 to drive him around. But the promise of easy money sours when Max realizes his fare is an assassin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Jamie Foxx  •  Jada Pinkett Smith  •  Mark Ruffalo

L.A. Takedown (1989)

Michael Mann's gutsy telefilm tells the tale of two skilled professionals--one a cop, the other a criminal--who aren't as different as they think.Vincent Hanna (Scott Plank) is an intense cop on the trail of ruthless armed robber Patric McLaren (Alex McArthur). ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Scott Plank  •  Alex McArthur  •  Michael Rooker  •  Ely Pouget

Michael Mann's gutsy telefilm tells the tale of two skilled professionals--one a cop, the other a criminal--who aren't as different as they think.Vincent Hanna (Scott Plank) is an intense cop on the trail of ruthless armed robber Patric McLaren (Alex McArthur). ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Scott Plank  •  Alex McArthur  •  Michael Rooker  •  Ely Pouget

Manhunter (1986)

FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecktor, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  William Petersen  •  Kim Greist  •  Dennis Farina  •  Brian Cox

FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecktor, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  William Petersen  •  Kim Greist  •  Dennis Farina  •  Brian Cox

Miami Vice (2006)

A case involving drug lords and murder in South Florida takes a personal turn for undercover detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs. Unorthodox Crockett gets involved romantically with the Chinese-Cuban wife of a trafficker of arms and drugs, while Tubbs deals ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Colin Farrell  •  Gong Li  •  Luis Tosar

A case involving drug lords and murder in South Florida takes a personal turn for undercover detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs. Unorthodox Crockett gets involved romantically with the Chinese-Cuban wife of a trafficker of arms and drugs, while Tubbs deals ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Colin Farrell  •  Gong Li  •  Luis Tosar

The Insider (1999)

Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Russell Crowe  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Diane Venora

Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Russell Crowe  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Diane Venora

The Keep (1983)

Nazis take over an ancient fortress that contains a mysterious entity that wreaks havoc and death upon them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Scott Glenn  •  Alberta Watson  •  Jürgen Prochnow  •  Robert Prosky

Nazis take over an ancient fortress that contains a mysterious entity that wreaks havoc and death upon them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Scott Glenn  •  Alberta Watson  •  Jürgen Prochnow  •  Robert Prosky

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

In war-torn Colonial America, in the midst of a bloody battle between British, the French and Native American allies, Cora Munro, the aristocratic daughter of a British Colonel and her party are captured by a group of Huron warriors. Fortunately, a group of three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Madeleine Stowe  •  Russell Means  •  Eric Schweig

In war-torn Colonial America, in the midst of a bloody battle between British, the French and Native American allies, Cora Munro, the aristocratic daughter of a British Colonel and her party are captured by a group of Huron warriors. Fortunately, a group of three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Madeleine Stowe  •  Russell Means  •  Eric Schweig

Milius (2013)

The life story of ‘Zen Anarchist’ filmmaker John Milius, one of the most influential storytellers of his generation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joey Figueroa  •  Zak Knutson
CAST:  John Milius  •  Steven Spielberg  •  George Lucas  •  Harrison Ford

The life story of ‘Zen Anarchist’ filmmaker John Milius, one of the most influential storytellers of his generation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joey Figueroa  •  Zak Knutson
CAST:  John Milius  •  Steven Spielberg  •  George Lucas  •  Harrison Ford

Blackhat (2015)

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A man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cyber criminal. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Chris Hemsworth  •  Manny Montana  •  Viola Davis  •  Tang Wei

A man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cyber criminal. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Chris Hemsworth  •  Manny Montana  •  Viola Davis  •  Tang Wei

The Jericho Mile (1979)

Rain Murphy is a man sentenced to life in prison, choosing to do his time in near-isolation, and engages in distance running when given the opportunity for free-time. While his form and speed capture the attention of prison officials who believe he could be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Peter Strauss  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Ed Lauter  •  Richard Lawson

Rain Murphy is a man sentenced to life in prison, choosing to do his time in near-isolation, and engages in distance running when given the opportunity for free-time. While his form and speed capture the attention of prison officials who believe he could be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Peter Strauss  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Ed Lauter  •  Richard Lawson

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Al Pacino (2007)

The American Film Institute (AFI) presents its 35th Life Achievement Award to Al Pacino.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis J. Horvitz
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Jamie Foxx  •  Robin Williams  •  Sean Connery

The American Film Institute (AFI) presents its 35th Life Achievement Award to Al Pacino.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis J. Horvitz
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Jamie Foxx  •  Robin Williams  •  Sean Connery

Public Enemies (2009)

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Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, Hoover makes Dillinger his first ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Johnny Depp  •  Giovanni Ribisi  •  Billy Crudup

Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, Hoover makes Dillinger his first ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Johnny Depp  •  Giovanni Ribisi  •  Billy Crudup

The 4%: Film's Gender Problem (2016)

Explores the hot-button issues around the striking gender gap in Hollywood. Both women and men in the entertainment industry share first-person insights, questions, and anecdotes about the place of women in Hollywood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Caroline Suh
CAST:  Joey Soloway  •  Toni Collette  •  Catherine Hardwicke  •  Amy Heckerling

Explores the hot-button issues around the striking gender gap in Hollywood. Both women and men in the entertainment industry share first-person insights, questions, and anecdotes about the place of women in Hollywood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Caroline Suh
CAST:  Joey Soloway  •  Toni Collette  •  Catherine Hardwicke  •  Amy Heckerling

The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy (2013)

This feature-length documentary delves into the trilogy, opening with the inspiration and vision for the new Batman films and inching its way toward the Rises finale and the culmination of nearly a decade of creative blood, sweat and tears. Candid, thoughtful and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Hillhouse
CAST:  Christopher Nolan  •  Jonathan Nolan  •  Jeff Jensen  •  Zack Snyder

This feature-length documentary delves into the trilogy, opening with the inspiration and vision for the new Batman films and inching its way toward the Rises finale and the culmination of nearly a decade of creative blood, sweat and tears. Candid, thoughtful and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Hillhouse
CAST:  Christopher Nolan  •  Jonathan Nolan  •  Jeff Jensen  •  Zack Snyder

Hancock (2008)

Hancock is a down-and-out superhero who's forced to employ a PR expert to help repair his image when the public grows weary of all the damage he's inflicted during his lifesaving heroics. The agent's idea of imprisoning the antihero to make the world miss him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Berg
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Charlize Theron  •  Jason Bateman  •  Jae Head

Hancock is a down-and-out superhero who's forced to employ a PR expert to help repair his image when the public grows weary of all the damage he's inflicted during his lifesaving heroics. The agent's idea of imprisoning the antihero to make the world miss him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Berg
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Charlize Theron  •  Jason Bateman  •  Jae Head

Inside 'Manhunter' (2001)

A DVD Special Feature documentary on the experience of turning the chilling novel "Red Dragon" into a motion picture, all told through the actors and director of the first interpretation on film of the hideously complex Hannibal Lecter. Features interviews with ...  (more)

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CAST:  William Petersen  •  Tom Noonan  •  Joan Allen  •  Michael Mann

A DVD Special Feature documentary on the experience of turning the chilling novel "Red Dragon" into a motion picture, all told through the actors and director of the first interpretation on film of the hideously complex Hannibal Lecter. Features interviews with ...  (more)

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CAST:  William Petersen  •  Tom Noonan  •  Joan Allen  •  Michael Mann

We Blew It (2017)

How did America change from Easy Rider into Donald Trump? What became of the dreams and utopias of the 1960's and 1970's? What do the people who lived in that golden age think about it today? Did they really blow it? Shot in Cinemascope - from New Jersey to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Baptiste Thoret
CAST:  Ronee Blakley  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Charles Burnett  •  Tobe Hooper

How did America change from Easy Rider into Donald Trump? What became of the dreams and utopias of the 1960's and 1970's? What do the people who lived in that golden age think about it today? Did they really blow it? Shot in Cinemascope - from New Jersey to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Baptiste Thoret
CAST:  Ronee Blakley  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Charles Burnett  •  Tobe Hooper
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