Brian De Palma

1940 - Today

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Brian Russell De Palma ([de ˈpalma]; born September 11, 1940) is an American film director and screenwriter. With a career spanning over 50 years, he is best known for work in the suspense, crime and psychological thriller genres. His films include mainstream box office hits such as Carrie (1976), Dressed to Kill (1980), Scarface (1983), The Untouchables (1987), and Mission: Impossible (1996), as well as cult favorites such as Sisters (1972), Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Blow Out (1981), Body Double (1984), Casualties of War (1989), and Carlito's Way (1993).De Palma was a leading member of the New Hollywood generation of film directors. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Brian De Palma has received more than 6,307,266 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Brian De Palma is the 57th most popular film director (down from 53rd in 2019), the 391st most popular biography from United States (up from 396th in 2019) and the 12th most popular American Film Director.

Brian de Palma is most famous for directing such films as Scarface, The Untouchables, Carrie, and The Black Dahlia.

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  • 6.3M

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  • 68.22

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 60

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.55

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.32

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Brian De Palmas by language

Over the past year Brian De Palma has had the most page views in the with 872,124 views, followed by French (136,601), and Italian (124,788). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Ido (152.69%), Malagasy (136.69%), and Waray (89.39%)


Among film directors, Brian De Palma ranks 57 out of 2,041Before him are Takeshi Kitano, Oliver Stone, Michael Haneke, Tony Scott, Luc Besson, and Paul Verhoeven. After him are Aki Kaurismäki, Werner Herzog, Abbas Kiarostami, Stephen Hillenburg, Jacques Tati, and Claude Chabrol.

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Among people born in 1940, Brian De Palma ranks 25Before him are Muhammad Yunus, J. M. Coetzee, Carlos Slim, Joseph Brodsky, Michel Temer, and Saparmurat Niyazov. After him are Martin Sheen, Joachim Gauck, John Hurt, Pina Bausch, Peter Fonda, and Abbas Kiarostami.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Brian De Palma ranks 391 out of 20,380Before him are Ryan O'Neal (1941), Dan Brown (1964), Ruth Handler (1916), Edward Drinker Cope (1840), Sylvia Plath (1932), and Kurt Cobain (1967). After him are Anthony Kiedis (1962), Martin Sheen (1940), Jimmy Wales (1966), Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), Joseph Henry (1797), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Brian De Palma ranks 12Before him are George Lucas (1944), Quentin Tarantino (1963), Tim Burton (1958), John Ford (1894), David Lynch (1946), and Oliver Stone (1946). After him are Stephen Hillenburg (1961), Robert Zemeckis (1952), Chuck Jones (1912), Sydney Pollack (1934), Terry Gilliam (1940), and Jim Jarmusch (1953).