Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes (born 1965) is an English stage and film director.

His stage career dates back to the mid-1980s, with directorial credits racked up on the West End and with the Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Donmar Warehouse (which he was artistic director of from 1992-2002). He's done plenty of productions of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], [[Creator/AntonChekhov Chekhov]], and the like, but is particularly well-regarded for his fresh stagings of musicals such as ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'' and ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}''. His much-acclaimed 1993 revival of ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' managed a Broadway transfer in 1998 and was his first production to be seen in the U.S.

Shortly after this, he made his film directorial debut with ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', which netted him a Best Director UsefulNotes/AcademyAward -- one of five Oscars, including Best Picture. His film output is definitely weighted towards OscarBait, but he also has one of the most acclaimed Film/JamesBond films to his credit,''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', in 2012, and went on to direct its sequel, ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', in 2015. Speaking of range, he went from the ''Skyfall'' hit ''directly'' to a [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory stage musical adaptation]] of ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''.

He was married to Creator/KateWinslet between 2003 and 2010.

!!Films directed by Mendes include:
* ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' (1999)
* ''Film/RoadToPerdition'' (2002)
* ''Film/{{Jarhead}}'' (2005)
* ''Film/RevolutionaryRoad'' (2008)
* ''Film/AwayWeGo'' (2009)
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' (2012)
** ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' (2015)