Rushmore

Rushmore was Anderson’s first commercial and critical breakthrough, earning its place as one of the key works of the American independent film movement of the 1990s. The memorable protagonist is extracurricular overachiever but academic underachiever Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a clever yet bumbling student at the prestigious, private Rushmore Academy. As Max attempts to romance Ms. Cross (Olivia Williams), a recently widowed teacher at Rushmore, he falls in with tycoon Herman Blume (Bill Murray), and the three find themselves embarking on one of the most ill-fated love triangles ever put to film. While Max begins as a confident, know-it-all teen, the film’s examination of youthful alienation, misplaced desire, and subsequent growth ushers him into something more closely resembling adulthood.

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Other Films by Wes Anderson

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Moonrise Kingdom

Anderson’s films are in some ways about journeys—physical, spiritual, and sometimes both. Here his vision of childhood passages of discovery is rendered in the story of Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), both introspective 12-year-olds living on the island of New Penzance—Suzy permanently, Sam temporarily for Khaki Scout summer camp. They fall in love

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Anderson’s first animated film, adapted from a story by legendary children’s author Roald Dahl, is a stop-motion thrill ride through the secret world of animals by way of the terror that is factory farming. Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) and his wife (Meryl Streep), after being trapped following a disastrous farm raid, move to

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The Darjeeling Limited

Anderson continues his examination of modern family dynamics in this tale of three brothers, Francis, Jack, and Peter (Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and Adrien Brody), on a rail-bound spiritual journey through the heart of India following the death of their father. Francis, the eldest and most alpha-type, plans the trip, telling Jack and Peter that

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Inspired by the world of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Anderson’s comedy/drama stars Anderson regular Bill Murray as the eponymous Zissou, a famed but down-on-his-luck oceanographer and filmmaker working on a new project. When the mysterious “Jaguar Shark” devours his devoted friend (Seymour Cassel), Zissou sets out to make a documentary of the destruction of a terrifying creature

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Bottle Rocket

An expansion of his short film made at the University of Texas, Anderson’s first feature signaled a unique fusion of offbeat visual storytelling and infectious soundtrack. Anthony (Luke Wilson) “escapes” from a voluntary mental hospital with the aid of his childhood friend Dignan (Owen Wilson). Dignan wants to impress local hood Mr. Henry (James Caan)