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Cult director David Lynch was born Jan. 20, 1946, in Missoula, Mont., where his tumultuous early years served as inspiration for his first feature film, Eraserhead (1977) -- which revealed Lynch's experimental style to audiences and critics alike.

Lynch's first mainstream feature, The Elephant Man (1980), earned him a Best Director Oscar nomination. But that triumph was followed with the commercial failure of Dune (1984). He saved his career -- and his reputation -- with Blue Velvet (1986) and Wild at Heart (1990), which won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. He later turned his attention to the short-lived but highly regarded television series "Twin Peaks."

In 1999, Lynch released the heartwarming drama The Straight Story and returned to the land of the strange with the failed television pilot "Mulholland Dr.," which he reedited as a feature film two years later.

David Lynch in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

1992 R

Originally filmed as a prequel to director David Lynch's cult television series "Twin Peaks," this movie appeared in theaters after the show was canceled and attempted to answer the big questions for diehard fans. Who would have wanted to kill high school prom queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) -- and why? The usual suspects (Grace Zabriskie, Ray Wise and Kyle MacLachlan) reprise their roles alongside guest stars Kiefer Sutherland and David Bowie.

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