Where to stream Mike Nichols' films
Mike Nichols, a director with classic films like The Graduate and Working Girl to his name, has died at the age of 83—but his legacy lives on in his work, some of which is available to watch on sites like Netflix and Amazon.
Here’s a list of where you can watch Nichols’ films, ranging from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, his 1963 directing debut, to the more recent Charlie Wilson’s War.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?(1966)— iTunes
Playwright Edward Albee wrote “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” for the stage in 1962, and four years later, Nichols turned it into his first movie — one that would go on to nab 13 Academy Award nominations. The film, a comedy drama, stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as a troubled married couple and the breakdown of their relationship.
Even if you haven’t seen The Graduate, you surely know the premise: A recent college grad has an affair with a much older woman, the now-famous Mrs. Robinson. The comedy—only Nichols’ second film—got six Oscar nods that year, and Nichols won for Best Director.
Carnal Knowledge (1971) – iTunes
Fun fact: Art Garfunkel—one-half of Simon and Garfunkel, the duo who provided most of the music for The Graduate—is also an actor, and got a Golden Globe nod for his performance in Carnal Knowledge. He and Jack Nicholson play two one-time roommates, and the film follows their relationships with women over nearly three decades.
Nora Ephron of romantic comedy fame (she wrote When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, among others) wrote a novel titled Heartburn about a once-happy marriage falling apart in 1983 that just a few years later became this film starring Nicholson and Meryl Streep. This was the second movie Ephron ever wrote, the first being 1983’s Silkwood—which Nichols also directed.
Working Girl (1988) – iTunes
Sometimes opening credits can be boring, but not in Working Girl: Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run” plays behind sweeping footage of the Statue of Liberty and her surrounding waters until the camera shifts to the inside of a Staten Island ferry full of commuters. Working Girl was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Director.
The Birdcage (1996) – iTunes
Robin Williams stars in The Birdcage, a remake of 1978’s La Cage aux Folles. The film revolves around The Birdcage itself, a Florida drag club, and a married-to-be couple who have very different sets of parents.
Primary Colors (1998) – iTunes
While many of Nichols’ previous films focused on romantic relationships and family, Primary Colors is a political drama based on a book about Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. The film was well-received, and as a plus, its cast is full of stars including John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, and Kathy Bates.
Closer (2004) –iTunes
Closer, based on a play of the same name, follows four people—played by Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, and Jude Law—who find themselves in intertwined relationships plagued by infidelity. Both Portman and Owen were nominated for their performances in the sultry, complicated drama.
Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) –iTunes
Charlie Wilson’s War is Nichols other foray into the political. Starring Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Julia Roberts, the comedy drama tells the true story of Congressman Charlie Wilson and his partnership with the CIA during Afghanistan’s Soviet war. Hoffman was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance, and the film was nominated for five Golden Globes.