Sony Pictures Classics

Sony Pictures Classics (abbreviated as SPC) is an American film production and distribution company that is a division of Sony Pictures. It was founded in 1992 by former Orion Classics heads Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, and Marcie Bloom (similar to Fox Searchlight Pictures and Focus Features).[2] It distributes, produces and acquires specialty films such as documentaries, independent and art films in the United States and internationally. As of 2015, Barker and Bernard are co-presidents of the division.

Sony Pictures Classics, Inc.
FoundedHollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
(1992 (1992))
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, United States
Key people
  • Michael Barker (Co-President)
  • Tom Bernard (Co-President)
ProductsMotion Pictures
OwnerSony Entertainment
(Sony Corporation)
Number of employees
25 [1]
ParentSony Pictures Entertainment


Sony Pictures Classics was founded in 1992, by Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, and Marcie Bloom, set up as an autonomous division of Sony Pictures.[2] The model of the company is to produce, acquire and/or distribute independent films from the United States and internationally.[3]

Sony Pictures Classics has a history of making reasonable investments for small films, and getting a decent return.[2][4][5] It has a history of not overspending.[2][6] Its largest commercial success of the 2010s is Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (2011), which grossed over $56 million in the U.S., becoming Allen's highest-grossing film ever in the United States.

Occasionally, Sony Pictures Classics agrees to release films for all other film studio divisions of Sony; however, under Sony Pictures Classics' structure within Sony, all other divisions of Sony (including the parent company) cannot force Sony Pictures Classics to release any film that the division does not want to release.[2][7]

Select releases


Release Date Title
March 13, 1992Howards End
September 25, 1992Danzon
October 30, 1992Van Gogh
December 11, 1992Passion Fish
December 23, 1992Indochine
March 3, 1993Olivier, Olivier
April 16, 1993The Story of Qiu Ju
May 28, 1993The Long Day Closes
June 9, 1993Orlando
June 25, 1993Jacquot de Nantes
August 6, 1993House of Angels
December 21, 1993Faraway, So Close!
December 23, 1993The Accompanist
February 25, 1994Belle Époque
March 31, 1994Germinal
April 15, 1994In Custody
June 3, 1994The Slingshot
July 15, 1994Mi Vida Loca
October 19, 1994Vanya on 42nd Street
October 21, 1994I Don't Want to Talk About It
December 22, 1994A Man of No Importance
February 17, 1995Window to Paris
March 8, 1995Martha & Ethel
March 17, 1995Farinelli
April 21, 1995Burnt by the Sun
April 28, 1995Crumb
May 19, 1995Amateur
May 26, 1995A Pure Formality
June 8, 1995Anne Frank Remembered
June 16, 1995Wings of Courage (IMAX)
June 23, 1995Love & Human Remains
June 30, 1995Safe
July 21, 1995Living in Oblivion
September 15, 1995Mute Witness
September 27, 1995Persuasion
October 20, 1995Across the Sea of Time
December 15, 1995The City of Lost Children
December 22, 1995Shanghai Triad
January 24, 1996Caught
March 8, 1996The Flower of My Secret
March 15, 1996The Celluloid Closet
March 29, 1996Denise Calls Up
May 3, 1996Madame Butterfly
May 17, 1996Ashes of Time
May 24, 1996Welcome to the Dollhouse
June 21, 1996Lone Star
July 26, 1996Manny & Lo
September 13, 1996Brother of Sleep
October 9, 1996Beautiful Thing
December 20, 1996The Whole Wide World
December 25, 1996Thieves
January 31, 1997Waiting for Guffman
February 7, 1997SubUrbia
April 23, 1997A Chef in Love
May 2, 1997Broken English
June 20, 1997Dream with the Fishes
When the Cat's Away
August 1, 1997In the Company of Men
September 17, 1997The Myth of Fingerprints
October 3, 1997Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
November 14, 1997The Tango Lesson
December 26, 1997Afterglow
Ma vie en rose
February 6, 1998Nil by Mouth
March 27, 1998Character
Men with Guns
April 3, 1998The Spanish Prisoner
May 1, 1998A Friend of the Deceased
May 22, 1998The Opposite of Sex
June 19, 1998Henry Fool
Marie from the Bay of Angels
July 2, 1998Mark Twain's America in 3D (IMAX)
July 10, 1998Whatever
July 31, 1998The Governess
November 13, 1998Dancing at Lughnasa
November 20, 1998Central Station
December 18, 1998The General
February 12, 1999Tango
April 2, 1999The Dreamlife of Angels
April 16, 1999SLC Punk
The Winslow Boy
May 7, 1999This Is My Father
May 28, 1999The Loss of Sexual Innocence
June 18, 1999Run Lola Run
July 30, 1999Twin Falls Idaho
October 22, 1999One Day in September
November 5, 1999American Movie
December 17, 1999The Emperor and the Assassin
December 29, 1999The Third Miracle


Release Date Title
February 18, 2000Not One Less
February 25, 2000Mifune's Last Song
March 10, 2000Sweet and Lowdown
March 31, 2000All About My Mother
The Color of Paradise
April 7, 2000Me Myself I
May 5, 2000Est – Ouest
May 12, 2000Bossa Nova
May 26, 2000Kikujiro
June 9, 2000Groove
June 28, 2000Trixie
July 7, 2000Shower
August 4, 2000The Tao of Steve
August 25, 2000Solomon & Gaenor
September 15, 2000Goya in Bordeaux
September 29, 2000The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy
October 13, 2000Just Looking
December 8, 2000Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
December 22, 2000The House of Mirth
January 22, 2001Haiku Tunnel
February 6, 2001Pollock
March 2, 2001Me You Them
April 6, 2001Brother
Shadow Magic
April 27, 2001The Luzhin Defence
The Princess and the Warrior
June 8, 2001Divided We Fall
June 15, 2001The Road Home
July 6, 2001The Vertical Ray of the Sun
July 27, 2001Jackpot
September 29, 2001Who Knows?
October 5, 2001Grateful Dawg
November 21, 2001The Devil's Backbone
December 7, 2001Last Orders
December 28, 2001Dark Blue World
January 25, 2002Beijing Bicycle
March 15, 2002Pauline and Paulette
March 22, 2002Son of the Bride
April 5, 2002Crush
April 19, 2002Nine Queens
May 8, 2002Lagaan
May 10, 2002The Lady and the Duke
May 20, 2002Dogtown and Z-Boys
July 5, 2002Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
July 12, 2002My Wife Is an Actress
July 26, 2002Happy Times
August 9, 2002Secret Ballot
August 30, 2002Mad Love
September 13, 2002Quitting
October 18, 2002Auto Focus
November 22, 2002Talk to Her
December 20, 2002Spider
December 30, 2002Love Liza
January 17, 2003Big Shot's Funeral
January 24, 2003Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary
February 14, 2003All the Real Girls
March 7, 2003Laurel Canyon
April 4, 2003The Man Without a Past
April 18, 2003Winged Migration
May 2, 2003Owning Mahowny
May 23, 2003Respiro
June 20, 2003The Legend of Suriyothai
July 11, 2003The Cuckoo
July 24, 2003Masked and Anonymous
August 29, 2003Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
September 26, 2003My Life Without Me
November 26, 2003The Triplets of Belleville
December 3, 2003Monsieur Ibrahim
December 12, 2003The Statement
December 19, 2003The Fog of War
December 25, 2003The Company
February 27, 2004Good Bye Lenin!
March 12, 2004Broken Wings
March 19, 2004Bon Voyage
April 2, 2004Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
April 16, 2004Young Adam
May 14, 2004Carandiru
May 28, 2004Baadasssss!
The Mother
June 18, 2004Facing Windows
July 9, 2004Riding Giants
July 16, 2004Touch of Pink
Zhou Yu's Train
July 28, 2004She Hate Me
September 3, 2004Warriors of Heaven and Earth
September 17, 2004Head in the Clouds
October 15, 2004Being Julia
October 22, 2004Lightning in a Bottle
November 19, 2004Bad Education
December 3, 2004House of Flying Daggers
December 17, 2004Imaginary Heroes
December 29, 2004The Merchant of Venice
February 25, 2005Up and Down
March 11, 2005In My Country
April 1, 2005Look at Me
April 8, 2005Kung Fu Hustle
April 29, 20053-Iron
May 13, 2005Layer Cake
The House of Sand
May 27, 2005Saving Face
August 5, 20052046
August 26, 2005The Memory of a Killer
September 14, 2005L'Enfant (The Child)
September 16, 2005Thumbsucker
September 30, 2005Capote
October 5, 2005Caché
November 9, 2005Joyeux Noël
December 22, 2005Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
January 22, 2006Why We Fight
March 17, 2006Volver
March 23, 2006The Lives of Others
March 31, 2006The Devil and Daniel Johnston
April 7, 2006Friends with Money
June 28, 2006Who Killed the Electric Car?
August 2, 2006Quinceañera
August 25, 2006The Quiet
September 1, 2006Black Book
September 2, 2006Paprika
September 8, 2006Driving Lessons
September 22, 2006American Hardcore
December 21, 2006Curse of the Golden Flower
April 20, 2007The Valet
April 27, 2007Jindabyne
May 19, 2007The Band's Visit
July 13, 2007Interview
September 21, 2007The Jane Austen Book Club
October 5, 2007My Kid Could Paint That
October 12, 2007Sleuth
December 14, 2007Youth Without Youth
December 25, 2007Persepolis
March 7, 2008Married Life
March 14, 2008CJ7
April 25, 2008Standard Operating Procedure
May 9, 2008Redbelt
May 19, 2008Lorna's Silence
May 22, 2008Adoration
May 23, 2008Synecdoche, New York
May 24, 2008The Class
June 20, 2008Brick Lane
July 3, 2008The Wackness
August 1, 2008Frozen River
August 5, 2008The Counterfeiters
August 29, 2008I Served the King of England
October 3, 2008Rachel Getting Married
October 10, 2008Ashes of Time Redux
October 24, 2008I've Loved You So Long
January 18, 2009An Education
January 23, 2009Moon
March 18, 2009Broken Embraces
March 27, 2009The Damned United
April 3, 2009Sugar
Paris 36
April 22, 2009Coco Before Chanel
May 8, 2009Rudo y Cursi
May 22, 2009O' Horten
May 29, 2009Easy Virtue
July 10, 2009Soul Power
August 14, 2009It Might Get Loud
December 25, 2009The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
December 30, 2009The White Ribbon


Release Date Title
February 26, 2010The Last Station
A Prophet (Un Prophete)
March 26, 2010Chloe
April 30, 2010Please Give
May 7, 2010Mother and Child
May 21, 2010The Secret in Their Eyes
June 25, 2010Wild Grass
July 23, 2010Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
July 30, 2010Get Low
August 6, 2010Lebanon
August 13, 2010Animal Kingdom
September 3, 2010A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop
September 22, 2010You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
October 8, 2010Inside Job
Tamara Drewe
November 19, 2010Made in Dagenham
December 29, 2010Another Year
February 18, 2011Barney's Version
February 25, 2011Of Gods and Men
March 18, 2011Winter in Wartime
April 1, 2011In a Better World
April 22, 2011Incendies
POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
May 20, 2011Midnight in Paris
July 15, 2011Life, Above All
July 29, 2011The Guard
August 26, 2011Higher Ground
September 16, 2011Restless
September 30, 2011Take Shelter
October 14, 2011The Skin I Live In
November 23, 2011A Dangerous Method
December 16, 2011Carnage
December 30, 2011A Separation
February 10, 2012In Darkness
March 9, 2012Footnote
March 23, 2012The Raid: Redemption
April 6, 2012Damsels in Distress
April 20, 2012Darling Companion
May 11, 2012Where Do We Go Now?
June 22, 2012To Rome with Love
June 29, 2012Neil Young Journeys
July 27, 2012Searching for Sugar Man
August 3, 2012Celeste and Jesse Forever
August 17, 2012Chicken with Plums
October 12, 2012Smashed
November 23, 2012Rust and Bone
December 19, 2012Amour
December 25, 2012West of Memphis
February 1, 2013The Gatekeepers
February 15, 2013No
April 5, 2013The Company You Keep
April 24, 2013At Any Price
May 3, 2013Love Is All You Need
May 24, 2013Before Midnight
Fill the Void
June 28, 2013I'm So Excited
July 26, 2013Blue Jasmine
August 14, 2013The Patience Stone
August 16, 2013Austenland
September 13, 2013Wadjda
October 16, 2013Kill Your Darlings
December 20, 2013The Past
December 25, 2013The Invisible Woman
January 31, 2014Tim's Vermeer
February 28, 2014The Lunchbox
March 21, 2014Jodorowsky's Dune
March 28, 2014The Raid 2
April 11, 2014Only Lovers Left Alive
April 25, 2014For No Good Reason
June 20, 2014Third Person
July 11, 2014Land Ho!
July 25, 2014Magic in the Moonlight
August 22, 2014Love Is Strange
October 14, 2014Whiplash
November 14, 2014Foxcatcher
December 19, 2014Mr. Turner
December 25, 2014Leviathan
2014Island Dreams
January 16, 2015Still Alice
January 23, 2015Red Army
February 20, 2015Wild Tales
March 6, 2015The Lady in the Van
March 27, 2015The Salt of the Earth
May 8, 2015Saint Laurent
May 22, 2015Aloft
July 17, 2015Irrational Man
August 7, 2015The Diary of a Teenage Girl
August 21, 2015Grandma
September 9, 2015Coming Home
October 16, 2015Truth
November 14, 2015Merchants of Doubt
December 18, 2015Son of Saul
March 18, 2016The Bronze
March 25, 2016I Saw the Light
April 1, 2016Miles Ahead
April 22, 2016The Meddler
May 20, 2016Maggie's Plan
July 29, 2016Equity
November 2, 2016The Eagle Huntress
November 11, 2016Elle
December 9, 2016The Comedian
December 21, 2016Julieta
December 25, 2016Toni Erdmann
January 20, 2017The Red Turtle
February 10, 2017Land of Mine
April 14, 2017Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
May 12, 2017Paris Can Wait
June 16, 2017Maudie
June 30, 201713 Minutes
July 28, 2017Brigsby Bear
September 29, 2017Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
October 27, 2017Novitiate
November 24, 2017Call Me by Your Name
December 22, 2017Happy End
December 29, 2017Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
February 2, 2018A Fantastic Woman
February 16, 2018Loveless
March 2, 2018Foxtrot
March 9, 2018The Leisure Seeker
March 23, 2018Final Portrait
March 30, 2018Ramen Teh
April 13, 2018The Rider
May 11, 2018The Seagull
June 22, 2018Boundaries
July 27, 2018Puzzle
August 17, 2018The Wife
September 14, 2018American Chaos
October 10, 2018The Happy Prince
November 2, 2018Maria by Callas
December 14, 2018Capernaum
December 28, 2018Stan & Ollie
January 25, 2019Never Look Away
February 15, 2019Ruben Brandt, Collector
March 22, 2019Sunset
April 26, 2019The White Crow
May 10, 2019All Is True
May 31, 2019The Fall of the American Empire
June 28, 2019Maiden
July 19, 2019David Crosby: Remember My Name
August 9, 2019After the Wedding
August 16, 2019Aquarela
September 20, 2019Where's My Roy Cohn?
October 4, 2019Pain and Glory
October 25, 2019Frankie
November 22, 2019A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Future releases

Release Date Title
December 25, 2019The Song of Names
January 31, 2020The Traitor
February 21, 2020Greed
March 6, 2020The Burnt Orange Heresy
March 20, 2020The Climb

No release date set

The following films have been announced by Sony Pictures Classics, but have "to be determined" release dates.

See also

  • Mongrel Media, the exclusive theatrical Canadian distributor for Sony Pictures Classics films


  1. "Sony Pictures Classics Bosses Shop Cannes Quality". ABC News. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
  2. Thompson, Anne (October 17, 2006). "Sony Pictures Classics at 15". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 4, 2010. Retrieved March 4, 2010. They stay behind the films and manage to find a significant core audience for a large number of them, with the occasional $130 million blowout like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,' [former United Artists president Bingham] Ray says. 'But they spend a fraction of what a major studio would spend to get the same number. Their philosophy is not to pile a lot of money on everything. They run a tight ship; they don't have an army of people working for them. They keep things simple.
  3. "Sony Pictures Classics – About Us".
  4. Pond, Steve (November 16, 2009). "Sony Classics' Embarrassment of Oscar Riches". The Wrap. Retrieved July 28, 2010. It doesn't release blockbusters or Best Picture winners, but its understated business plans reduce risk and keep it in business.
  5. Kaufman, Anthony (January 29, 2008). "PARK CITY '08 | Sundance Buying Spree Stirs Talk; Sony Classics Adds "Baghead," "River," and "Wackness" to '08 Slate". Indiewire. Retrieved February 9, 2012. As Bernard explained, 'We're not looking for home runs; we're looking for singles and doubles.' [...] The tortoise-rather-than-the-hare strategy helped the company capture movies that were under the radar of buyers, and as Bernard argued, even sellers.
  6. "Duncan Jones is Unhappy About Moon – Thompson on Hollywood". Indiewire. April 1, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-06-04. Retrieved July 28, 2010. SPC had nothing to do with the DVD release, which Jones is unhappy about.
  7. Ross, Matt (February 6, 2006). "Translating foreign pix to U.S. hits: SPC finds creative solutions to bring home best in overseas fare". Variety.
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