The Silence of the Lambs is released in New York City in 1991. The horror thriller directed by Jonathan Demme stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in a classic performance that earns him an Oscar. The film is a major hit and becomes the first horror film to win the Oscar for Best Picture and later ranked no. 65 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Movies list. A sequel, two prequels and TV show follow.