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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'Something Wild' (1986)

Straight-laced banker Jeff Daniels has his world rocked when he meets the costume-wearing libertine Melanie Griffith. The duo hit the road – and then the fun turns scary when her ex-convict husband, played by a pre-GoodFellas Ray Liotta, shows up. It's a film that showcases Demme's ability to transition between screwball comedy and drama seamlessly without sacrificing one for the other – it's since gone on to become a cult classic. Daniels, Griffith and Liotta were all nominated for Golden Globes as a result; filmmaker John Waters' surprise cameo as a seedy, dollar-bill–straightening used-car salesman sadly was not. KG

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