Worked on various non-mainstream movies "The Playgirls and the Bellboy" (1962) and "Tonight For Sure" (1962)
Credited as Thomas Colchart for adapting <i>Nebo zovyot/The Heaven's Call</i> (1960) into "Battle Beyond the Sun"; served as assistant to director Roger Corman on "The Premature Burial" and as dialogue director on "Tower of London"
Won the Samuel Goldwyn Award for his UCLA screenplay "Pilma, Pilma" (never produced)
Joined Seven Arts (later Warner Brothers-Seven Arts) as scriptwriter
Directed and co-wrote first legitimate feature "Dementia 13"
Directed and wrote UCLA thesis feature "You're a Big Boy Now"; received theatrical release
Established American Zoetrope (later Zoetrope Studios) for which he executive produced John Korty's TV thriller "The People" (1972)
Co-wrote Academy Award-winning screenplay "Patton," directed by Franklin Schaffner
First American Zoetrope film, George Lucas' futuristic "THX-1138"
Scored huge success with "The Godfather"; won Oscar for co-writing screenplay with Mario Puzo
Directed revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" at the American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco) and Gottfried von Einem's opera "The Visit of the Old Lady" for the San Francisco Opera Company
Formed The Directors Company (with Peter Bogdanovich and William Friedkin), which produced only two films ¿ Bogdanovich's "Paper Moon" (1973) and Coppola's "The Conversation" (1974)
Co-wrote (with Puzo) and directed sequel "The Godfather, Part II"; won Oscars for Best Screenplay and Best Director
Scripted the film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby"
Founded Niebaum-Coppola winery
Published <i>City</i> magazine
Released "Apocalypse Now" to mixed reviews but a strong box office; mortgaged everything to personally cover some $16 million of the $30 million cost
American Zoetrope dealt a crippling blow by the failure of the extravagant musical film "One From the Heart"
Directed two film adaptations of S.E. Hinton novels, "The Outsiders" and "Rumble Fish"
Made TV directing debut with "Rip Van Winkle" (Showtime)
Directed "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"
Co-wrote (with daughter Sofia) and directed the "Life Without Zoe" segment of "New York Stories"; received the weakest reviews of the three participating directors (also Martin Scorcese and Woody Allen)
Returned to the Corleone saga for "The Godfather, Part III"; considered the weakest of the trilogy
Produced and directed "Bram Stoker's Dracula"
Appointed to the board of directors at MGM
Served as president of jury at Cannes Film Festival
With Wayne Wang and Tom Luddy, formed production company Chrome Dragon
Dedicated "Jack" (which he produced and directed) to granddaughter Gia Carla, daughter of his son, the late Gian-Carlo
Launched literary magazine <i>Zoetrope</i>
Directed and scripted screen adaptation of "John Grisham's 'The Rainmaker,'" starring Danny Glover and Danny De Vito
Produced first feature through Chrome Dragon, Sherwood Hu's "Lanai-Loa: The Passage"
Won lawsuit against Warner Bros. claiming the studio had stolen his idea for a live-action version of "Pinocchio"; awarded $20 million in compensatory damages by a jury; further awarded $60 million in punative damages; on appeal, however, $60 million damages were dismissed; appelate judge let stand the $20 million award
Served as one of the executive producers of the Sci-Fi Channel series "First Wave"
Produced "The Virgin Suicides," the writing and directing debut of his daughter Sofia Coppola
Executive produced "Lost in Translation," the award-winning film written and directed by Sofia
Returned to directing after a ten year hiatus with "Youth Without Youth," a low-budget, self-financed project adapted from the novella by Romanian author Mircea Eliade
Wrote and directed "Tetro," starring Vincent Gallo
Wrote, directed, and produced thriller "Twixt"
Executive produced feature adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," directed by Walter Salles