Paul Schrader  

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"Paul wrote Taxi Driver out his own gut and his own heart in two-and-a-half terrible weeks. I felt close to the character [of Travis Bickle] by way of Dostoevski. I had always wanted to do a move of Notes from the Underground. I mentioned that to Paul and he said, "Well this is what I have -- Taxi Driver," and I said, "Great, this is it.""--Martin Scorsese: A Journey (1991) by Mary Pat Kelly

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Paul Joseph Schrader (born July 22, 1946) is an American screenwriter, director, and film critic. He wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Bringing Out the Dead (1999).

Schrader has directed 18 feature films, including his directing debut, the crime drama Blue Collar (co-written with his brother, Leonard Schrader), the crime drama Hardcore (a loosely autobiographical film also written by Schrader), his 1982 remake of the horror classic Cat People, the crime drama American Gigolo (1980), the biographical drama Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), the true life biopic Patty Hearst (1988), the cult film Light Sleeper (1992), the drama Affliction (1997), the biographical film Auto Focus (2002), the erotic dramatic thriller The Canyons (2013), and the dramatic thriller First Reformed (2017), which earned him his first Academy Award nomination.


Feature films

Year Name Director Writer Executive
1974 The Yakuza Template:Yes Directed by Sydney Pollack. Co-written with Leonard Schrader and Robert Towne.
1976 Taxi Driver Template:Yes Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Obsession Template:Yes Directed by Brian De Palma.
1977 Rolling Thunder Template:Yes Directed by John Flynn. Co-written with Heywood Gould.
1978 Blue Collar Template:Yes Template:Yes Co-written with Leonard Schrader.
1979 Hardcore Template:Yes Template:Yes
Old Boyfriends Template:Yes Template:Yes Directed by Joan Tewkesbury. Co-written with Leonard Schrader.
1980 American Gigolo Template:Yes Template:Yes
Raging Bull Template:Yes Directed by Martin Scorsese. Co-written with Mardik Martin.
1982 Cat People Template:Yes Written by Alan Ormsby. Original screenplay by DeWitt Bodeen.
1985 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Template:Yes Template:Yes Co-written with Leonard Schrader and Chieko Schrader.
1986 The Mosquito Coast Template:Yes Directed by Peter Weir.
1987 Light of Day Template:Yes Template:Yes
1988 Patty Hearst Template:Yes Written by Nicholas Kazan.
The Last Temptation of Christ Template:Yes Directed by Martin Scorsese.
1990 The Comfort of Strangers Template:Yes Written by Harold Pinter.
1992 Light Sleeper Template:Yes Template:Yes
1994 Witch Hunt (TV) Template:Yes Written by Joseph Dougherty.
1996 City Hall Template:Yes Directed by Harold Becker. Co-written with Bo Goldman, Nicholas Pileggi, and Ken Lipper.
1997 Touch Template:Yes Template:Yes
Affliction Template:Yes Template:Yes
1999 Forever Mine Template:Yes Template:Yes
Bringing Out the Dead Template:Yes Directed by Martin Scorsese.
2002 Auto Focus Template:Yes Written by Michael Gerbosi.
2005 Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Template:Yes Written by William Wisher and Caleb Carr.
2007 The Walker Template:Yes Template:Yes
2008 Adam Resurrected Template:Yes Written by Noah Stollman.
2013 The Canyons Template:Yes Written by Bret Easton Ellis.
2014 The Dying of the Light Template:Yes Template:Yes
2016 Dog Eat Dog Template:Yes Also actor. Screenplay by Matthew Wilder, based on the novel by Edward Bunker.
2017 First Reformed Template:Yes Template:Yes
2021 The Card Counter Template:Yes Template:Yes Post-production
The Jesuit Template:Yes Template:Yes Post-production. Directed by Alfonso Pineda Ulloa.

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