Legendary director Joel Schumacher passed away today at the age of 80 after a year-long battle with cancer. The director has a long list of cherished films under his hat, but was perhaps even more famous for his reputation of casting young, unknown talent in his films. Stars like Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey and Brad Renfro all made their first major screen roles in his films. During his career Schumacher directed 35 films and TV shows; here are our favourites.
St. Elmo’s Fire: One of Schumacher’s first films, is also one of his best. It follows the story of seven friends who have just finished university, and find themselves struggling with what comes after. From having to start their careers and be more responsible, to having to make life altering decisions, they discover that life isn’t as easy as they thought it would be. While some are finding it a bit easier than others, all of them find themselves thinking back to the past. The film is a who’s who of 80s superstars, including Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy.
The Lost Boys: This was by far the most popular vampire film of the 80s. It follows the story of a family who move to a small town in California, only to discover that it is infested with vampires. Corey Haim and Corey Feldman star alongside Kiefer Sutherland and bring along not only a few frights, but a few laughs as well.
Flatliners: Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland star in this film about a group of college kids who experiment with near-death experiences only to discover that some things are best left alone. A sequel was made several years later, but it wasn’t nearly as good as this film.
Falling Down: What happens when an ordinary man becomes frustrated with the world around him and decides to start pushing back? That’s what this film starring Michael Douglas explores. While some of the film is a little dated, the point it makes is still relevant in today’s society.
A Time To Kill: Schumacher directed two films based on the works of John Grisham, and this is the better of them. This film stars Matthew McConaughey as a young lawyer who defends a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his daughter. While doing so though he puts his family in danger from the Ku Klux Klan.