20 Most Essential Jonathan Demme Movies

From serial-killer thrillers to 'Stop Making Sense,' mob comedies to a feature-length monologue – the Demme films you need to see ASAP

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'Cousin Bobby' (1992)
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'Cousin Bobby' (1992)

Folks have paid a lot of lip service (and rightfully so) to Demme's chops as concert-movie director, but his documentary work tends to get short shrift – especially this portrait of the filmmaker's cousin, an Episcopalian minister named Robert Castle who preaches the good word up in Harlem. Meeting up with his blood relative, the man behind the camera reminisces with the man of the cloth about their lives, their family and the notions of faith and charity; it's the last thing you'd expect from the man who'd just made Hannibal Lecter a household name. But it's one of those movies whose cup runneth over with kindness and a sense of brotherly love. Pure Demme, in other words. DF

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