Movie Wars Director's Rough Cutby johnhoskins25 | created - 12 Jun 2018 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
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1. Joe Layton
Producer | Annie
Joe Layton was born on May 3, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joe Lichtman. He is known for his work on Annie (1982), My Name Is Barbra (1965) and Color Me Barbra (1966). He was married to Evelyn Russell. He died on May 5, 1994 in Key West, Florida, USA.
† Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip: $7,780,693
2. Bob Clark
Director | A Christmas Story
Bob Clark was born on August 5, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Benjamin Clark. He was a director and writer, known for A Christmas Story (1983), Porky's (1981) and Baby Geniuses (1999). He died on April 4, 2007 in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.
† 1) Porky's $51,862,059 (x8)
2) A Christmas Story $3,935,944
3. John Milius
Writer | Conan the Barbarian
John Milius is a screenwriter and director who came to prominence in the 1970s, when he was associated with Francis Ford Coppola and the pre-Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) George Lucas. Born on April 11, 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri, Milius was one of the first movie industry ...
1) Conan the Barbarian $16,477,181 (x2)
2) Red Dawn $8,230,381
Actor | Rocky
This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of ...
1) Rocky III $12,431,486
2) Staying Alive $12,146,143
3) Rocky IV $64,737,024 (x6)
4) The Expendables $51,793,167 (x2)
Writer | Time After Time
Nicholas Meyer was born in New York City, the son of a psychoanalyst and a concert pianist. He attended the University of Iowa, home of the famous Writers Workshop.
Meyer's award-winning teleplays for ABC's JUDGE DEE & MONASTERY MURDERS and CBS's NIGHT THAT PANICKED AMERICA launched his ...
1) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan $14,347,221
2) Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country $18,162,837
Producer | Schindler's List
One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...
1) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $133,274,165 (x16)
2) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: $33,936,113
3) The Color Purple $4,412,456
4) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $58,261,737 (x2)
5) Hook $49,852,410 (x4)
6) Jurassic Park $113,173,208 (x3)
7) The Lost World: Jurassic Park $106,249,175 (x2)
8) Saving Private Ryan $84,733,724 (x4)
9) A.I. Artificial Intelligence $29,352,630
10) Minority Report $35,677,125
11) War of the Worlds $64,878,725
12) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $100,137,835
13) Ready Player One $41,764,050
Writer | Nine to Five
Colin Higgins was born on July 28, 1941 in Nouméa, New Caledonia, France. He was a writer and director, known for 9 to 5 (1980), Harold and Maude (1971) and Foul Play (1978). He died on August 5, 1988 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
† The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas: $11,874,268
8. Steve Miner
Director | Warlock
Steve Miner has had a very popular career in making films and remains one of Hollywood's most prolific directors and has worked with a variety of stars that includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Leslie Nielsen, C. Thomas Howell, Tom Arnold, Amy Steel Rick Moranis, and Bill Pullman.
Before becoming a director, ...
Friday the 13th Part III $9,406,522
Producer | Ray
Taylor Hackford was born on December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California, USA as Taylor Edwin Hackford. He is a producer and director, known for Ray (2004), Blood In, Blood Out (1993) and Dolores Claiborne (1995). He has been married to Helen Mirren since December 31, 1997. He was previously ...
An Officer and a Gentleman $12,220,469 (x2)
10. Damiano Damiani
Writer | Il giorno della civetta
Damiano Damiani was born on July 23, 1922 in Pasiano di Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Mafia (1968), The Reunion (1963) and Confessions of a Police Captain (1971). He died on March 7, 2013 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
† Amityville II: The Possession $4,104,277
11. Ted Kotcheff
Director | Weekend at Bernie's
William Theodore Kotcheff was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Bulgarian parents from Plovdiv. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. He began his professional career directing TV drama at age 24 at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, at the time ...
First Blood $15,624,092 (x3)
12. George A. Romero
Writer | Land of the Dead
George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; by all indications, though, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 ,in New York City to Ann (Dvorsky) and Jorge Romero. His father was born in Spain and raised in Cuba, and...
† Creepshow $5,870,889
13. Irvin Kershner
Irvin Kershner was born on April 29, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Southern California film school, Kershner began his career in 1950, producing documentaries for the United States Information Service in the Middle East. He later turned to television, directing...
† 1) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Re-issue)
2) Never Say Never Again $27,724,256 (x4)
3) The Empire Strikes Back (Special Edition) $35,121,845 (x2)
14. Richard Donner
Director | Superman
Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard D. Schwartzberg. He is a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon (1987). He has been married to Lauren Shuler Donner since November 27, 1986.
1) The Toy: $6,322,804
2) Lethal Weapon $20,224,114 (x3)
3) Scrooged $13,027,842
4) Lethal Weapon 2 $50,599,175 (x3)
5) Lethal Weapon 3 $76,231,354 (x3)
6) Maverick $17,248,545
7) Conspiracy Theory $19,313,566
8) Lethal Weapon 4 $34,048,124
15. Sydney Pollack
Director | Tootsie
Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films.
Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...
†1) Tootsie $95,861,340 (x14)
2) Out of Africa $5,137,370
3) The Firm $63,695,299 (x3)
4) The Interpreter $22,822,455
16. Brian G. Hutton
Director | Where Eagles Dare
Brian G. Hutton was born on January 1, 1935 in New York City, New York, USA as Brian Geoffrey Hutton. He was an actor and director, known for Where Eagles Dare (1968), Kelly's Heroes (1970) and Wild Seed (1965). He was married to Victoria Sierra. He died on August 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, ...
† High Road to China $6,156,049
Producer | Friday the 13th
Like William Girdler, Oliver Hellman or even Ed Wood, Sean S. Cunningham had a successful career of starting films cheap and fast. Originally from New York, Cunningham had a vast knowledge of directing films and came to Hollywood. He started about the same time Wes Craven did. Cunningham meets ...
Spring Break $10,357,395 (x2)
18. Steve Carver
Director | Lone Wolf McQuade
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Steve Carver received his first camera when he was eight years old. At 13 he began his formal education in photography, attending the High School of Music & Arts in Manhattan where he received training in art and music. Fascinated by techniques of creating imagery, he ...
Lone Wolf McQuade $4,295,300
19. Adrian Lyne
Director | Jacob's Ladder
Adrian Lyne (Director/Writer/Producer) is the creative force behind some of the most talked-about movies of our time, among them, "Fatal Attraction", "9 1/2 Weeks", "Flashdance", "Indecent Proposal", "Jacob's Ladder" and "Unfaithful".
Born in Peterborough, England and raised in London, Lyne attended...
1) Flashdance $10,856,650 (x3)
2) Fatal Attraction $64,445,371 (x8)
3) Jacob's Ladder $7,500,760
4) Indecent Proposal $50,212,910 (x4)
20. John Badham
Director | WarGames
English-born "Army brat" John Badham is the son of English actress Mary Hewitt and the stepson of an American Army general. Raised in Alabama and schooled at Yale, he cut his teeth producing and directing for TV before making his feature debut with The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor ...
1) Blue Thunder $8,258,149
2) Short Circuit $5,346,808
3) Stakeout $27,138,094 (x5)
4) Bird on a Wire $15,338,160
21. Lamont Johnson
Director | Wallenberg: A Hero's Story
Lamont Johnson was born on September 30, 1922 in Stockton, California, USA as Ernest Lamont Johnson Jr. He was a director and actor, known for Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (1985), Lincoln (1988) and My Sweet Charlie (1970). He was married to Tony Johnson. He died on October 24, 2010 in Monterey, ...
† Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone $7,053,016
22. Richard Marquand
Director | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Richard Marquand was born on September 22, 1937 in Llanishen, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales as Richard Alfred Marquand. He was a director and producer, known for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Jagged Edge (1985) and Nowhere to Run (1993). He was married to Carol Bell and Josephine ...
† 1) Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi $90,219,844 (x6)
2) Jagged Edge $3,216,053
3) Return of the Jedi (Special Edition) $16,293,531
23. Richard Lester
Director | A Hard Day's Night
Richard Lester was one of the most influential directors of the 1960s, and continued his career into the 1970s and early '80s. He is best remembered for the two films he helmed starring The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965), the frenetic cutting style of which was seen by many as ...
Superman III $13,352,357
24. Joe Alves
Production_designer | Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Joe Alves was born on May 21, 1936 in San Leandro, California, USA as Joseph Manuel Alves. He is an art director and production designer, known for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Jaws 3-D (1983) and Escape from New York (1981). He has been married to Jerri Lauridsen since April 29, 1990...
Jaws 3-D: $13,422,500
25. Harold Ramis
Writer | Ghostbusters
Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" ...
† 1) National Lampoon's Vacation $21,686,839 (x3)
2) Groundhog Day $23,982,685 (x2)
3) Analyze This $33,951,176 (x2)
26. James Signorelli
Producer | Saturday Night Live
Easy Money $5,844,974
27. Stan Dragoti
Director | She's Out of Control
Stan Dragoti was born on October 4, 1932 in New York City, New York, USA as Stanley John Dragoti. He was a director and writer, known for She's Out of Control (1989), The Man with One Red Shoe (1985) and Dirty Little Billy (1972). He was married to Cheryl Tiegs. He died on July 13, 2018 in Los ...
Mr. Mom $26,420,736 (x5)
28. Lawrence Kasdan
Writer | The Big Chill
Lawrence Kasdan was born on January 14, 1949 in Miami, Florida, USA as Lawrence Edward Kasdan. He is a writer and producer, known for The Big Chill (1983), Silverado (1985) and Wyatt Earp (1994). He has been married to Meg Kasdan since November 28, 1971. They have two children.
1) The Big Chill $6,591,395 (x2)
2) French Kiss $9,018,022
29. William Friedkin
Director | The French Connection
Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with ...
1) Deal of the Century $3,520,605
2) Rules of Engagement $25,944,808 (x2)
Director | Soylent Green
Richard Fleischer was born on December 8, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Soylent Green (1973), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and The Vikings (1958). He was married to Mary Dickson. He died on March 25, 2006 in Woodland Hills, Los ...
† Amityville 3-D $2,366,472
31. James L. Brooks
Writer | Broadcast News
James L. Brooks was born on May 9, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as James Lawrence Brooks. He is a writer and producer, known for Broadcast News (1987), As Good as It Gets (1997) and Terms of Endearment (1983). He was previously married to Holly Holmberg Brooks and Marianne Catherine Morrissey.
Terms of Endearment $30,141,854 (x6)
32. Clint Eastwood
Actor | Million Dollar Baby
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...
1) Sudden Impact $22,790,280 (x3)
2) Pale Rider $9,119,111
3) Unforgiven $34,133,302 (x3)
4) Gran Torino $29,484,388
5) American Sniper $184,557,898 (x3)
6) Sully $56,681,318 (x2)
33. Mike Nichols
Director | The Graduate
He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin. He later ...
† 1) Silkwood $3,547,122
2) Biloxi Blues $7,093,325
3) Postcards from the Edge $7,871,856
4) Wolf $17,911,366
5) The Birdcage $57,710,952 (x4)
34. Howard Zieff
Director | The Main Event
Howard Zieff was born on October 21, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Howard Burton Zieff. He was a director and producer, known for The Main Event (1979), My Girl (1991) and The Dream Team (1989). He was married to Ronda Gomez-Quinones. He died on February 21, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
† Unfaithfully Yours $3,774,126
35. Herbert Ross
Director | The Turning Point
Herbert Ross was born on May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Herbert David Ross. He is known for his work on The Turning Point (1977), The Goodbye Girl (1977) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969). He was married to Lee Radziwill and Nora Kaye. He died on October 9, 2001 in New York ...
† 1) Footloose $21,475,313 (x3)
2) The Secret of My Succe$s $29,210,892 (x5)
36. Ron Howard
Actor | Arrested Development
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.
1) Splash $12,626,242 (x2)
2) Cocoon $7,936,427
3) Gung Ho $7,170,830
4) Willow $8,300,169
5) Parenthood $20,178,800 (x2)
6) Backdraft $24,841,875 (x2)
7) Apollo 13 $73,076,385 (x4)
8) Ransom $34,216,088
9) How the Grinch Stole Christmas $152,943,925 (x4)
10) The Da Vinci Code $77,073,388
11) Angels & Demons $46,204,168
12) Solo: A Star Wars Story $113,817,371 (x2)
37. Hugh Wilson
Writer | Blast from the Past
Hugh Wilson was born on August 24, 1943 in Miami, Florida, USA as Hugh Hamilton Wilson Jr. He was a writer and producer, known for Blast from the Past (1999), WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) and Frank's Place (1987). He was married to Charters Smith. He died on January 14, 2018 in Charlottesville, ...
† 1) Police Academy $34,870,723 (x5)
2) Guarding Tess $7,065,213
3) The First Wives Club $45,245,297 (x3)
38. Joseph Zito
Director | Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Joseph Zito is a well known action film director. Three of his movies--Missing in Action (1984), Invasion U.S.A. (1985) and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)--each reached the #1 box office position of top grossing film in the country in their opening weeks of U.S. theatrical release. "...
1) Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter $11,183,148
2) Missing in Action $9,122,680 (x2)
3) Invasion U.S.A. $6,891,609
39. Joel Silberg
Director | Hershele
Joel Silberg was born on March 30, 1927 in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was a director and writer, known for Hershele (1977), Lambada (1990) and The Simhon Family (1964). He died on February 18, 2013 in Israel.
† Breakin' $6,047,686
40. Barry Levinson
Director | Rain Man
Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he ...
1) The Natural $10,511,614 (x2)
2) Good Morning, Vietnam $70,023,280 (x9)
3) Rain Man $38,727,147 (x5)
4) Disclosure $10,068,126
5) Sleepers $21,910,804 (x2)
41. Leonard Nimoy
Actor | Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Dora (Spinner) and Max Nimoy, who owned a barbershop. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. Raised in a tenement and acting in community theaters since age eight, Nimoy did not make his Hollywood debut until he was 20, with a bit ...
† 1) Star Trek III: The Search for Spock $16,673,295
2) Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home $25,715,706 (x2)
3) Three Men and a Baby $50,342,357 (x5)
42. Ivan Reitman
Producer | Up in the Air
Ivan Reitman, as a producer and director, has created many of American cinema's most successful and best loved feature film comedies and has worked with Hollywood's acting elite. Reitman has produced such hits as the ground-breaking sensation National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)...
1) Ghostbusters $92,172,760 (x9)
2) Twins $27,914,785 (x3)
3) Ghostbusters II $29,472,894
4) Dave $8,506,834
5) No Strings Attached $19,652,921
43. Albert Magnoli
Director | Purple Rain
Albert Magnoli graduated from the Film School at the University of Southern California. While there he completed ten student films, culminating with his Thesis Film project Jazz (1979), which he wrote, produced, edited, and directed. Focusing on the lives of three Los Angeles jazz musicians, "Jazz"...
Purple Rain $7,766,201
45. Carl Reiner
Actor | Ocean's Eleven
Carl Reiner is a legend of American comedy, having achieved great success as a comic actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He has won nine Emmy Awards, three as an actor, four as a writer and two as a producer. He also won a Grammy Award for his "2,000 Year Old Man" album, based on his ...
All of Me $11,062,269 (x2)
46. Arthur Hiller
Director | Love Story
Arthur Hiller was born on November 22, 1923 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He was a director and producer, known for Love Story (1970), The Hospital (1971) and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989). He was married to Gwen Hiller. He died on August 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
† 1) Teachers $15,041,262 (x3)
2) See No Evil, Hear No Evil $13,203,861
47. James Cameron
Writer | Avatar
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...
1) The Terminator $8,240,126 (x2)
2) Aliens $31,531,787 (x4)
3) Terminator 2: Judgment Day $78,450,671 (x4)
4) True Lies $25,869,770
5) Titanic $366,710,504 (x15)
6) Avatar $380,449,291 (x7)
48. Paul Bogart
Director | CBS Playhouse
Paul Bogart was born on November 13, 1919 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Paul Bogoff. He was a director and producer, known for CBS Playhouse (1967), All in the Family (1971) and Torch Song Trilogy (1988). He was married to Alma Jane Gitnick. He died on April 15, 2012 in ...
† Oh, God! You Devil $5,560,001
49. Jeannot Szwarc
Director | Somewhere in Time
50. Martin Brest
Director | Scent of a Woman
Beverly Hills Cop $134,840,856 (x14)
51. Peter Weir
Peter Weir was born on August 21, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Lindsay Weir. He is a director and writer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Way Back (2010) and The Truman Show (1998). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They ...
1) Witness $4,506,587
2) The Truman Show $51,552,701 (x2)
52. Danny Steinmann
Director | Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
Writer/director/producer Danny Steinmann was the son of noted East Coast art collector Herbert R. Steinmann. Danny made his debut as both writer and director with the funky hardcore porno picture High Rise (1973), on which he used the alias Danny Stone. Steinmann was a production associate on ...
† Friday the 13th: A New Beginning $8,032,883
53. Jerry Paris
Director | The Dick Van Dyke Show
Glimpsed here and there throughout the 1950s in amiable acting supports on film, it was as a TV producer and director that Jerry Paris found his true calling. In front of the camera, however, most fans will remember him quite fondly as the neighborhood dentist to Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore ...
† 1) Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment $28,743,819 (x4)
2) Police Academy 3: Back in Training $19,890,323 (x3)
54. Burt Reynolds
Actor | Boogie Nights
Enduring, strong-featured, and genial star of US cinema, Burt Reynolds started off in T.V. westerns in the 1960s and then carved his name into 1970s/1980s popular culture, as a sex symbol (posing nearly naked for "Cosmopolitan" magazine), and on-screen as both a rugged action figure and then as a ...
† Stick $3,358,299
55. Andrew Davis
Director | The Fugitive
Director/Producer/Writer) Andrew Davis is a filmmaker with a reputation for directing intelligent thrillers, most notably the Academy Award-nominated box-office hit The Fugitive (1993), starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. The film received seven Academy Award nominations including Best ...
1) Code of Silence $11,899,043 (x3)
2) Under Siege $42,131,658 (x4)
3) The Fugitive $104,404,181 (x6)
4) Collateral Damage $15,058,432
Director | Rambo: First Blood Part II
George P. Cosmatos was born on January 4, 1941 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy as Yorgo Pan Cosmatos. He was a director and writer, known for Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Cobra (1986) and Tombstone (1993). He was married to Birgitta Ljungberg. He died on April 19, 2005 in Victoria, British ...
† 1) Rambo: First Blood Part II $59,370,634 (x4)
2) Cobra $23,163,689 (x2)
57. Robert Zemeckis
Writer | Back to the Future
A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...
1) Back to the Future $85,027,831 (x11)
2) Who Framed Roger Rabbit $20,145,971 (x2)
3) Back to the Future Part II $40,670,350 (x2)
4) Back to the Future Part III $23,703,060
5) Death Becomes Her $12,110,355
6) Forrest Gump $76,611,701 (x5)
7) What Lies Beneath $29,702,959
8) Cast Away $82,082,000 (x3)
9) Beowulf $27,515,871
10) A Christmas Carol $30,051,075
58. Amy Heckerling
Writer | Clueless
Amy Heckerling studied Film and TV at New York University and got a Masters Degree in Film from The American Film Institute. Despite this education she couldn't get a break in Hollywood. However, in 1982, she made Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), and people started to take notice. In 1985, ...
1) National Lampoon's European Vacation: $12,329,627
2) Look Who's Talking $60,679,557 (x5)
59. Mark L. Lester
Director | Firestarter
Director, writer and producer Mark L. Lester has created high-action films throughout his career, including some of the world's biggest box office draws. His directorial expertise has garnered praise for such films as Arnold Schwarzenegger's box-office mega-hit Commando (1985), Stephen King's ...
Commando $18,411,178 (x3)
60. Michael Winner
Director | Death Wish
Winner was an only child, born in Hampstead, London, England, to Helen (née Zlota) and George Joseph Winner (1910-1975), a company director. His family was Jewish; his mother was Polish and his father of Russian extraction. Following his father's death, Winner's mother gambled recklessly and sold ...
† Death Wish 3 $8,480,795 (x2)
61. Howard Storm
Howard Storm was born on December 11, 1931 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and actor, known for Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972), Bananas (1971) and Take the Money and Run (1969).
Once Bitten $4,025,657
62. J. Lee Thompson
Director | The Guns of Navarone
J. Lee Thompson was born on August 1, 1914 in Bristol, England as John Lee Thompson. He was a director and writer, known for The Guns of Navarone (1961), Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957) and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). He was married to Lucille Kelly, Penny Thompson, Florence (Bill) ...
† King Solomon's Mines $5,005,788
63. Sidney J. Furie
Director | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Toronto-born Sidney J. Furie has enjoyed an incredibly distinguished career that has spanned more than five decades. Having dabbled in every genre, Furie has directed films starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Robert Redford, Diana Ross, Michael Caine, Peter O'Toole, Rodney Dangerfield, Barbara ...
Iron Eagal $6,104,754
64. Paul Mazursky
Actor | An Unmarried Woman
Paul Mazursky was born on April 25, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Irwin Lawrence Mazursky. He is known for his work on An Unmarried Woman (1978), Harry and Tonto (1974) and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969). He was married to Betsy Mazursky. He died on June 30, 2014 ...
† 1) Down and Out in Beverly Hills $23,905,265 (x4)
2) Moon over Parador $3,268,975
65. Howard Deutch
Director | Some Kind of Wonderful
Howard Deutch was born on September 14, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Pretty in Pink (1986) and The Replacements (2000). He has been married to Lea Thompson since July 23, 1989. They have two children.
Pretty in Pink $10,985,538 (x2)
66. Richard Benjamin
Actor | Westworld
Although his actress wife Paula Prentiss became a star by the early 1960s, it took Richard Benjamin almost fifteen years to establish his screen persona, but the wait was rewarding. After extensive work in theatre as actor and director, and his participation in the cult TV series He & She (1967)...
The Money Pit $3,646,200
67. Ridley Scott
Producer | The Martian
Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...
1) Legend $6,852,905 (x2)
2) Black Rain $22,280,167 (x3)
3) G.I. Jane $19,278,102 (x2)
4) Gladiator $59,464,146 (x2)
5) Hannibal $103,478,074 (x3)
6) Black Hawk Down $56,736,559 (x3)
7) Kingdom of Heaven $19,635,996
8) American Gangster $43,565,115
9) Exodus: Gods and Kings $24,115,934
10) The Martian $118,761,845 (x4)
11) Alien: Covenant $36,160,621
68. Richard Pryor
Actor | Superman III
Highly influential, and always controversial, African-American actor/comedian who was equally well known for his colorful language during his live comedy shows, as for his fast paced life, multiple marriages and battles with drug addiction. He has been acknowledged by many modern comic artist's as ...
† Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling $4,879,107
69. Tony Scott
Producer | Domino
Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...
† 1) Top Gun $19,717,148 (x3)
2) Beverly Hills Cop II $62,564,830 (x3)
3) Days of Thunder $15,490,445
4) Crimson Tide $18,612,190
5) Man on Fire $22,751,490
70. Alan Metter
Director | Back to School
Metter grew up in the Boston area, lived in the Hollywood Hills for most of his adult life, and moved to South Florida in 2009.
Alan began his creative life at Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB), the legendary advertising agency. In the late 1970s, Metter leaped at the opportunity to direct some of the first...
Back to School $8,881,035
71. John G. Avildsen
Director | Rocky
John G. Avildsen was born on December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as John Guilbert Avildsen. He was a director and editor, known for Rocky (1976), The Karate Kid Part III (1989) and Rocky V (1990). He was married to Tracy Brooks Swope and Marie Olga Maturevich. He died on June 16, 2017 in ...
† 1) The Karate Kid, Part II $34,475,701 (x4)
2) Lean on Me $9,612,045 (x2)
72. David Cronenberg
Director | The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early...
1) The Fly $11,733,393 (x2)
2) Dead Ringers $3,012,180
73. Rob Reiner
Actor | All in the Family
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.
As a child, he often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he created and also starred in....
1) Stand by Me $11,474,880 (x3)
2) A Few Good Men $49,283,630 (x4)
3) The Bucket List $19,392,416
74. Peter Faiman
Director | 'Crocodile' Dundee
He was awarded the A.M. (Member of the Order of Australia) in the 1981 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to the media, particularly in the field of television production.
Crocodile Dundee $64,154,938 (x9)
75. Michael Ritchie
Director | The Golden Child
Michael Ritchie was born on November 28, 1938 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA as Michael Brunswick Ritchie. He was a director and producer, known for The Golden Child (1986), The Island (1980) and Fletch (1985). He was married to Jimmie Brown and Georgina Tebrock. He died on April 16, 2001 in New York ...
† 1) The Golden Child $40,717,164 (x5)
2) Fletch Lives $13,693,080 (x2)
76. Oliver Stone
Producer | JFK
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.
William Oliver Stone was ...
1) Platoon $37,623,440 (x4)
2) Born on the Fourth of July $19,120,085 (x3)
3) Natural Born Killers $11,166,687
4) Any Given Sunday $13,584,625
5) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps $19,011,188
77. Michael Apted
Director | Enigma
Michael Apted was born on February 10, 1941 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England as Michael David Apted. He is a director and producer, known for Enigma (2001), Rome (2005) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). He has been married to Paige Simpson since January 8, 2014. He was previously married to ...
1) Critical Condition $9,051,509 (x2)
2) Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey $3,451,230
3) The World Is Not Enough $35,519,007
4) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader $24,005,069
78. Chuck Russell
Director | The Mask
Chuck Russell was born on May 9, 1958 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA. He is a director and producer, known for The Mask (1994), The Blob (1988) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). He has been married to Ania Zeyne since November 29, 2007.
1) A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors: $8,880,555
2) The Mask $23,117,068
3) Eraser $24,566,446
4) The Scorpion King $54,114,145 (x2)
79. Blake Edwards
Writer | The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Blake Edwards' stepfather's father J. Gordon Edwards was a silent screen director, and his stepfather Jack McEdward was a stage director and movie production manager. Blake acted in a number films, beginning with Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942) and wrote a number of others, beginning with ...
† Blind Date $7,531,273
80. Jim Drake
Director | Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol $8,482,487
81. Elaine May
Actress | Small Time Crooks
Elaine May was born on April 21, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Elaine Iva Berlin. She is an actress and writer, known for Small Time Crooks (2000), A New Leaf (1971) and Primary Colors (1998). She was previously married to David L. Rubinfine, Sheldon Harnick and Marvin May.
82. John McTiernan
Director | Die Hard
John McTiernan was born on January 8, 1951 in Albany, New York, USA as John Campbell McTiernan Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Die Hard (1988), Rollerball (2002) and Predator (1987). He has been married to Gail Sistrunk since 2012. He was previously married to Kate Harrington, Donna ...
1) Predator $12,031,638
2) The Hunt for Red October $42,297,966 (x3)
3) Medicine Man $8,494,271
4) Die Hard with a Vengeance $22,162,245
83. George Miller
Producer | Mad Max: Fury Road
George Miller is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max ...
1) The Witches of Eastwick $8,251,230
2) Happy Feet $96,116,896 (x3)
84. Tom Mankiewicz
Writer | Ladyhawke
Tom Mankiewicz was born on June 1, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Thomas Frank Mankiewicz. He is known for his work on Ladyhawke (1985), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Live and Let Die (1973). He died on July 31, 2010 in Los Angeles.
† Dragnet $17,585,319 (x2)
85. Joe Roth
Producer | The Great Debaters
Joe Roth was born on June 13, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Emanuel Roth. He is a producer and director, known for The Great Debaters (2007), Maleficent (2014) and The Forgotten (2004). He has been married to Irene Oh since April 8, 2006. He was previously married to Donna Roth.
Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise $7,900,879
86. Paul Verhoeven
Director | Zwartboek
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969), about a medieval ...
1) RoboCop $14,341,437 (x2)
2) Total Recall $25,533,700
3) Basic Instinct $35,194,415 (x5)
4) Starship Troopers $22,058,773
5) Hollow Man $39,462,518 (x2)
87. John Glen
Director | For Your Eyes Only
The Living Daylights $18,757,514 (x2)
Actor | Starsky and Hutch
Paul Michael Glaser was born on March 25, 1943 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Paul Manfred Glaser. He is an actor and producer, known for Starsky and Hutch (1975), Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Starsky & Hutch (2004). He was previously married to Tracy Barone and Elizabeth Glaser.
The Running Man $13,788,720 (x2)
89. Danny DeVito
Actor | Matilda
Danny DeVito has amassed a formidable and versatile body of work as an actor, producer and director that spans the stage, television and film.
Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. was born on November 17, 1944, in Neptune, New Jersey, to Italian-American parents. His mother, Julia (Moccello), was a homemaker. ...
1) Throw Momma from the Train $7,318,878
2) The War of the Roses $19,979,575 (x2)
90. Robert Townsend
Producer | Hollywood Shuffle
Robert Townsend transcends any medium he touches whether he's performing stand up, acting, writing, directing, producing, or running a television network. A Chicago native, Townsend is often referred to as one of the "Godfathers" of the Independent Film World." With over 30 years in the business, ...
Eddie Murphy Raw $9,077,324
91. Alan Myerson
Director | Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach
Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach $6,106,661
92. Tim Burton
Producer | Edward Scissorhands
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...
1) Beetlejuice $30,044,956 (x4)
2) Batman $70,564,935 (x2)
3) Batman Returns $84,936,795 (x3)
4) Planet of the Apes $68,532,960
5) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory $84,431,788 (x2)
6) Alice in Wonderland $219,877,539 (x3)
7) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children $28,871,140
8) Dumbo $45,990,748
93. Dennis Hopper
Actor | Easy Rider
With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard ...
† Colors $10,531,936 (x2)
Special_effects | Hatchet
When he ran the make-up effects department at New World Pictures, Roger Corman called him "...the best in the business..." John Carl Buechler was born in Belleville, Illinois. An actor, writer, producer, director, special effects artist, he has always been in love with filmmaking. He was the first ...
† Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood $8,245,038
95. John Cornell
Producer | 'Crocodile' Dundee
John Cornell was born on February 2, 1941 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia. He is a producer and actor, known for Crocodile Dundee (1986), Crocodile Dundee II (1988) and The Paul Hogan Show (1973). He has been married to Delvene Delaney since December 31, 1977.
Crocodile Dundee II $45,699,362 (x3)
96. Walter Hill
Writer | 48 Hrs.
Hill was born in Long Beach, California and educated at Mexico City College and Michigan State University. He worked in oil drilling and construction in the 60s before becoming a 2nd assistant director in 1967. He has written and co-written screenplays, including several uncredited works. He has ...
1) Red Heat $8,133,822
2) Another 48 Hrs. $19,475,559
97. John Landis
Director | The Blues Brothers
John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "...
1) Coming to America $45,164,917 (x3)
2) Oscar $9,255,245 (x2)
98. Roger Donaldson
Director | The World's Fastest Indian
Roger Donaldson was born on November 15, 1945 in Ballarat, Australia. He is a director and producer, known for The World's Fastest Indian (2005), Species (1995) and Cocktail (1988). He is married to Marliese Schneider. He was previously married to Susan Hockley.
1) Cocktail $19,993,945 (x2)
2) The Recruit $16,302,063
99. Christopher Cain
Director | Young Guns
Christopher Cain was born on October 29, 1943 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA as Bruce Doggett. He is a director and writer, known for Young Guns (1988), Pure Country 2: The Gift (2010) and September Dawn (2007).
Young Guns $7,011,393
100. Renny Harlin
Director | Die Hard 2
Born in 15 March 1959 as Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola, he is the most successful Finnish film director in the history of Hollywood.
Harlin started his career in film business in the beginning of 1980s when he was directing commercials and company films for companies like Shell. Later he worked as a ...
1) A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master $26,258,471 (x3)
2) Die Hard 2 $36,256,962 (x2)
3) Cliffhanger $32,610,422 (x2)
4) Driven $12,174,504
5) Exorcist: The Beginning $18,054,001
6) The Covenant $8,852,485