An American director associated with the New Hollywood movement, best known for his various thriller films. His greatest works are generally seen as The French Connection and The Exorcist, which established him as an up-and-coming talent in cinema, but his ambitious film Sorcerer, doomed by its release alongside Star Wars, essentially ruined his career and sent him into obscurity (though it is now being re-evaluated as a masterpiece by many critics). He continues making films, some hugely beloved and others hated, but has never regained his former fame or success.
Films by Friedkin with pages on the wiki:
- The French Connection
- The Exorcist
- To Live and Die in L.A.
- The Guardian
- The Hunted
- Killer Joe
Tropes common to Friedkin's works include:
- Bittersweet Ending: In his more optimistic films such as The Exorcist.
- Black and Gray Morality
- Crapsack World: Usually, especially in Sorcerer and To Live and Die in L.A..
- Downer Ending: Almost always. The only other option is a Bittersweet Ending.
- Existentialism: Could be ascribed to all his films, but especially Sorcerer.
- Grey and Gray Morality
- Karma Houdini: A few, most famously in The French Connection.