David O. Russell
celebrates his 61st birthday on August 20, 2019. Throughout his many career ups-and-downs, the five-time Oscar-nominated director has carved out a place for himself with a series of singularly eccentric, screwy films. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all eight of his films, ranked worst to best.
Born in 1958, Russell made his filmmaking debut with the incest comedy “Spanking the Monkey
” (1994), which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and brought his Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay victories at the Independent Spirit Awards. The screwball farce “Flirting with Disaster
” (1996) quickly followed, which earned him additional writing and directing bids at the Indie Spirits
. He achieved a huge critical and commercial success with the Gulf War satire “Three Kings
” (1999), for which he competed at the Writers Guild of America
in Best Original Screenplay.
He received a more muted response with