The Greatest BLOCKBUSTER Directors/Producers of All Time. The Best of the Best.

by Harlem_Nights | created - 11 Feb 2016 | updated - 11 Feb 2016 | Public

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1. Michael Bay

Producer | Armageddon

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and Divinyls. His work won...

2. Jerry Bruckheimer

Producer | Armageddon

Jerry Bruckheimer was born on September 21, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Jerome Leon Bruckheimer. He is a producer, known for Armageddon (1998), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006). He is married to Linda Bruckheimer. He was ...

3. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Artificial Intelligence: AI

Undoubtedly one of the most influential personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and certainly one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, ...

4. Kathleen Kennedy

Producer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Kathleen Kennedy worked in San Diego local television before moving to Los Angeles, where she was hired by Steven Spielberg as a secretary on the production of 1941 (1979). Both later reported that she was lacking as a typist but had good production ideas. She was an associate to Mr. Spielberg on ...

5. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

6. Joel Silver

Producer | Hudson Hawk

As flamboyant as any character in his movies, Joel Silver can be credited along with Jerry Bruckheimer as practically reinventing the action film genre in the 1980s. Born in New Jersey, he attended the New York University Film School. After college, he worked at Lawrence Gordon Pictures, earning ...

7. Neal H. Moritz

Producer | The Fast and the Furious

Neal H. Moritz was born on June 6, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a producer, known for The Fast and the Furious (2001), Out of Time (2003) and S.W.A.T. (2003).

8. 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 ...

9. Jon Landau

Producer | Titanic

Jon Landau was born on July 23, 1960 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer, known for Titanic (1997), Avatar (2009) and Dick Tracy (1990).

10. Laura Ziskin

Producer | The Butler

Laura Ziskin was born on March 3, 1950 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA as Laura Ellen Ziskin. She was a producer, known for The Butler (2013), No Way Out (1987) and Spider-Man (2002). She was married to Alvin Sargent and Julian Barry. She died on June 12, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

11. Nancy Meyers

Writer | It's Complicated

Nancy Meyers was born on December 8, 1949 in Pennsylvania, USA as Nancy Jane Meyers. She is a writer and producer, known for It's Complicated (2009), Something's Gotta Give (2003) and The Holiday (2006). She was previously married to Charles Shyer.

12. 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 ...

13. Roland Emmerich

Producer | Independence Day

Roland Emmerich is a German film director and producer of blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Godzilla (1998), Independence Day (1996) and The Patriot (2000). Before fame, he originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director, after watching the original ...

14. Dean Devlin

Producer | Independence Day

Dean Devlin was born on August 27, 1962 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998) and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016). He has been married to Lisa Brenner since July 4, 2003.

15. Stephen Sommers

Producer | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Stephen Sommers was born on March 20, 1962 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota, he attended St. John's University and the University of Seville in Spain. Afterward, Sommers spent the next four years performing as an actor in theater groups and managing rock bands throughout ...

16. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

17. Rob Cohen

Director | DragonHeart

Rob Cohen is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. One of the 1970's "baby moguls", he built a thriving career as a producer, before concentrating full time on directing from the 1990's, with high adrenaline action blockbusters such as xXx (2002) and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (...

18. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "...

19. Gore Verbinski

Director | Rango

Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of ...

20. 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 ...

21. 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 ...

22. 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.

Howard ...

23. Brian Grazer

Producer | A Beautiful Mind

Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer has been making movies and television programs for more than 25 years. As both a writer and producer, he has been personally nominated for four Academy Awards, and in 2002 won the Best Picture Oscar for A Beautiful Mind (2001). In addition to winning ...

24. Kevin Feige

Producer | Guardians of the Galaxy

Kevin Feige was born on June 2, 1973 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is a producer, known for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Iron Man (2008). He is married to Caitlin Feige.

25. Bryan Singer

Director | X-Men

Bryan Singer was born on September 17, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Bryan Jay Singer. He is a producer and director, known for X-Men (2000), The Usual Suspects (1995) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

26. Frank Marshall

Producer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Frank was born in Glendale, California to musician Jack Marshall. He entered the film world when his parents invited him to a birthday party for the daughter of directing legend John Ford in 1966. There, he met Peter Bogdanovich and soon agreed to work on his first film, Targets (1968), later ...

27. Thomas Tull

Producer | Inception

Thomas Tull is a producer and actor, known for Inception (2010), Watchmen (2009) and 42 (2013).

28. Paula Wagner

Producer | Mission: Impossible

Paula Wagner has worked in the top ranks of the entertainment industry as a talent agent, film producer, and studio executive. She develops and produces film, theatre, and television projects through her production company Chestnut Ridge Productions (CRP).

Wagner began her career as an agent at ...

29. Tom Cruise

Actor | Top Gun

In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. ...

As a producer...

30. John Lasseter

Writer | Toy Story 2

Although born in Hollywood John and his twin sister, Johanna were raised in Wittier near Los Angeles. His parents were Jewell Mae (Risley), an art teacher, and Paul Eual Lasseter, a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership. His mother's profession contributed to his interest in animation and ...

31. Ian Bryce

Producer | Saving Private Ryan

Ian Bryce is a producer and assistant director, known for Saving Private Ryan (1998), Almost Famous (2000) and The Island (2005).

32. Kenny Bates

Stunts | Pearl Harbor

Kenny Bates is known for his work on Pearl Harbor (2001), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) and The Island (2005).

33. David Heyman

Producer | Gravity

David Heyman was born on July 26, 1961 in London, England as David Jonathan Heyman. He is a producer, known for Gravity (2013), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). He is married to Rose Batstone Uniacke. They have one child.

34. Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Producer | Four Brothers

Lorenzo di Bonaventura was born in 1957. He is a producer, known for Four Brothers (2005), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and Transformers (2007).

35. Michael De Luca

Producer | The Social Network

Michael De Luca was born in 1965. He is known for his work on The Social Network (2010), Captain Phillips (2013) and Brothers (2009). He has been married to Angelique De Luca since June 2009. They have one child.

36. 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 In the Heart of the Sea (2015). He was previously married to Donna Roth.

37. Colin Wilson

Producer | Amistad

Colin Wilson is known for his work on Amistad (1997), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Munich (2005).

38. Fran Walsh

Writer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Fran Walsh was born on January 10, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). She has been married to Peter Jackson ...

39. Emma Thomas

Producer | Inception

Emma Thomas is a producer, known for Inception (2010), Following (1998) and The Dark Knight (2008). She has been married to Christopher Nolan since 1997. They have four children.

40. Lauren Shuler Donner

Producer | Deadpool

Lauren Shuler Donner has, in the past four decades, established herself as one of the most successful and versatile producers in Hollywood. To date, her films have grossed close to $5 billion worldwide. She crossed over to Executive the very successful "Legion" for FX and "The Gifted" for FBC.

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41. Steve Starkey

Producer | Forrest Gump

Steve Starkey is a producer and assistant director, known for Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997) and Cast Away (2000).

42. Michael G. Wilson

Writer | Licence to Kill

Michael G. Wilson was born on January 21, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael Gregg Wilson. He is a writer, known for Licence to Kill (1989), Skyfall (2012) and For Your Eyes Only (1981).

43. Barbara Broccoli

Producer | Skyfall

She is one of the entertainment industry's most successful female producers. Barbara Broccoli was born to legendary filmmaker Albert R. Broccoli, affectionately known as Cubby, and Dana Broccoli on June 18, 1960. Not long after, Cubby Broccoli and his new partner, Harry Saltzman, secured studio ...

44. Walter F. Parkes

Writer | WarGames

Walter F. Parkes was born on April 15, 1951 in Bakersfield, California, USA as Walter Steven Fishman. He is a producer and writer, known for WarGames (1983), Sneakers (1992) and Men in Black (1997). He is married to Laurie MacDonald.

45. David O. Selznick

Producer | Gone with the Wind

David O. Selznick was a son of the silent movie producer Lewis J. Selznick. David studied at Columbia University until his father lost his fortune in the 1920s. David started work as an MGM script reader, shortly followed by becoming an assistant to Harry Rapf. He left MGM to work at Paramount then...

46. Laurie MacDonald

Producer | Men in Black

Laurie MacDonald was born on December 19, 1953 in the USA. She is a producer, known for Men in Black (1997), The Kite Runner (2007) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). She has been married to Walter F. Parkes since 1983. They have two children.