'Valentine's Day' Director Garry Marshall Dies at 81: 5 Of His Best Movies

The genius behind movies such as "Pretty Woman," "Valentine's Day" and "The Princess Diaries," Garry Marshall, passed away on Tuesday. He was 81.

The movie and TV director suffered from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at a hospital in Burbank, California, according to his spokeswoman. Family, friends and colleagues in the industry are paying tribute to his work. Marshall was acclaimed for bringing comedic life to the screen. His legacy is built by these five hits.

"Pretty Woman"

The movie that launched the career of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, this romantic comedy is about the relationship that grew between a prostitute and a rich businessman.

This is the biggest hit in Marshall's career and grossed to $500 million. He then worked with Roberts in "Runaway Bride" and "Valentine's Day".


This hit movie made a smash with the song "Wind Beneath My Wings" and starred Bette Midler and Barbra Hershey. The movie's plot revolved around two friends who grew up together, then went separate ways, and reunited.

The movie won two Grammy awards.

"The Princess Diaries"

In 2001, Marshall made this movie with then budding actress Anne Hathaway. The movie is a first for Hathaway.

This is a coming of age movie, where a simple American girl, played by Hathaway, matures into a wise and intelligent princess. She is groomed and taught by the queen, a role played by Julie Andrews.

"Valentine's Day"

This star-studded romantic comedy is one of Marshall's last movie stints. In this movie, he worked with starts like Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Roberts, Hathaway and Shirley MacLaine.

The movie is composed of several mini-plots of people celebrating Valentine's Day, and was a box office hit. It became the first of a series of other two movies, "New Year's Eve" and "Mother's Day".

"The Flamingo Kid"

One of his earlier works, this move starred Matt Damon and Janet Jones. The story is about Jeffrey Willis, played by Damon, who had a summer job in a beach resort. Here, Jeffrey Willis learns life lessons and develops a love interest with Carla Sampson, played by Janet Jones.

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