Star Wars Directors and Writers: Non-Star Wars Filmography

by thomashastie-40090 | created - 17 Oct 2017 | updated - 18 Oct 2017 | Public

This list is meant to be a comprehensive resource for those seeking out other works from the creative minds behind the Star Wars film franchise.

Included directors:

  • George Lucas (Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)
  • Irvin Kershner (Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Richard Marquand (Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)
  • Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  • J.J. Abrams (Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Episode IX)
  • Rian Johnson (Episode VIII: The Last Jedi)
  • Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
  • Ron Howard (Solo: A Star Wars Story)
  • Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Solo: A Star Wars Story)


Included Writers:

  • Lawrence Kasdan (Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Solo: A Star Wars Story)
  • Leigh Brackett (Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Michael Arndt (Episode VII: The Force Awakens)
  • Chris Terrio (Episode IX)
  • Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
  • Chris Weitz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
  • Tony Gilroy (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
  • Jon Kasdan (Solo: A Star Wars Story)


The list is seperated into sections. Each section is in (roughly) chronological order.

  • Section 1: feature films directed by a Star Wars director
  • Section 2: feature films where a Star Wars director was a major creative influence (writer, producer, etc.)
  • Section 3: feature films written or directed by a Star Wars writer
  • Section 4: television series created, produced or otherwise majorly influenced by a Star Wars director or writer
  • Section 5: other/miscellaneous (documentaries, individual TV episodes, TV movies, short films, etc.)

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1. Stakeout on Dope Street (1958)

83 min | Crime, Drama

Three teenagers find a briefcase with a beat-up old can in it. They throw away the can and pawn the suitcase. When they read in the papers that the can was full of uncut heroin and belonged... See full summary »

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Yale Wexler, Jonathan Haze, Steven Marlo, Abby Dalton

Votes: 286

Irvin Kershner - director, writer

2. The Young Captives (1959)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama

Gripping melodrama about newlyweds involved with a psychopathic killer who holds them captive.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Steven Marlo, Luana Patten, Tom Selden, Joan Granville

Votes: 45

Irvin Kershner - director

3. The Hoodlum Priest (1961)

101 min | Drama

Based on the life of Fr. Charles Clark, a minister to street gangs.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Don Murray, Larry Gates, Cindi Wood, Keir Dullea

Votes: 342

Irvin Kershner - director

Irvin Kershner - director

5. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)

100 min | Drama

An out-of-work Irish immigrant in Montreal remains hopeful that his luck is about to change but his disillusioned family grow tired of his pigheadedness and instability.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Liam Redmond, Tom Harvey

Votes: 183

Irvin Kershner - director

6. A Fine Madness (1966)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Samson Shillitoe, mad genius of a poet irresistible to women, but plagued by writer's block, agrees to see a psychiatrist, and his beautiful wife.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Sean Connery, Joanne Woodward, Jean Seberg, Patrick O'Neal

Votes: 1,074

Irvin Kershner - director

7. The Flim-Flam Man (1967)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A rural con artist and an army deserter cheat the townsfolk and are aided by a rich gal who shields the fleeing duo from the wrath of the pursuing sheriff.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: George C. Scott, Sue Lyon, Harry Morgan, Jack Albertson

Votes: 1,920

Irvin Kershner - director

8. Loving (1970)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

Brooks Wilson is in crisis. He is torn between his wife Selma and two daughters and his mistress Grace, and also between his career as a successful illustrator and his feeling that he might... See full summary »

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: George Segal, Eva Marie Saint, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 476

Irvin Kershner - director

9. THX 1138 (1971)

R | 86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

75 Metascore

In the twenty-fifth century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly controlled society.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie

Votes: 44,986 | Gross: $2.44M

George Lucas - director, writer

10. Up the Sandbox (1972)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

A bored housewife takes refuge in a fantasy world.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Barbra Streisand, David Selby, Ariane Heller, Terry Smith

Votes: 1,207

Irvin Kershner - director

11. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

97 Metascore

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 75,519 | Gross: $115.00M

George Lucas - director, writer ; Ron Howard - actor

12. S*P*Y*S (1974)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy

Two spies end up being chased by the C.I.A., The K.G.B., and a group of anarchists after a botched mission invoked an unwritten "corpse for a corpse" pact.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Zouzou, Joss Ackland

Votes: 794

Irvin Kershner - director

13. The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Western

The English gentleman known as Horse, returns to the American west to save his adopted Indian tribe from extinction.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Richard Harris, Gale Sondergaard, Geoffrey Lewis, William Lucking

Votes: 1,566

Irvin Kershner - director

14. Grand Theft Auto (1977)

PG | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A rich girl steals her dad's Rolls Royce and heads off to Las Vegas to get married. However, her angry parents, a jealous suitor, and a bunch of reward seekers are determined to stop her.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Ron Howard, Nancy Morgan, Elizabeth Rogers, Barry Cahill

Votes: 2,390

Ron Howard - director, writer, actor

15. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 7,868 | Gross: $20.00M

Irvin Kershner - director

16. The Legacy (1978)

R | 102 min | Horror

A millionaire, a million-dollar prostitute, a star-maker, a nation-killer, a woman whose lusts are as cold as graveyard snow. Five of the most powerful people in the world, and Maggie (... See full summary »

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, John Standing, Ian Hogg

Votes: 2,291

Richard Marquand - director

17. Eye of the Needle (1981)

R | 112 min | Romance, Thriller, War

61 Metascore

A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan, Stephen MacKenna, Philip Martin Brown

Votes: 8,674 | Gross: $17.58M

Richard Marquand - director

18. Night Shift (1982)

R | 106 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

A morgue attendant is talked into running a brothel at his workplace after a deceased pimp is sent there. However, the pimp's killers don't look too kindly on this new 'business', nor does the morgue's owner.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton, Shelley Long, Gina Hecht

Votes: 12,950 | Gross: $23.60M

Ron Howard - director

19. Never Say Never Again (1983)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

68 Metascore

A S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow

Votes: 56,581 | Gross: $55.50M

Irvin Kershner - director

20. Splash (1984)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

71 Metascore

A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saved him from drowning as a boy. He falls in love with her, not knowing who or what she is.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy

Votes: 63,953 | Gross: $62.10M

Ron Howard - director

21. Until September (1984)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance

A 'salt of the Earth' Missouri woman on vacation in Paris slowly gives in to the advances of a pushy and very much married French yuppie. Will their unconventional romance last until September, when she has to return home?

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Karen Allen, Thierry Lhermitte, Christopher Cazenove, Hutton Cobb

Votes: 552 | Gross: $4.24M

Richard Marquand - director

22. Cocoon (1985)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 52,989 | Gross: $76.11M

Ron Howard - director

23. Jagged Edge (1985)

R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A wealthy woman is murdered in her beach house. The husband is allegedly knocked out first. He inherits all her inherited wealth. He has a female corporate lawyer, criminal prosecutor 4 years ago, represent him in court. Guilty?

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Peter Coyote, Robert Loggia

Votes: 12,265 | Gross: $40.50M

Richard Marquand - director

24. Gung Ho (1986)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

48 Metascore

When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 10,929 | Gross: $36.61M

Ron Howard - director

25. Hearts of Fire (1987)

R | 95 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A reclusive musician, once a huge rock star, takes a young female protegee. While on a tour she meets a younger, more popular rocker and switches her loyalties.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Bob Dylan, Fiona, Rupert Everett, Julian Glover

Votes: 377

Richard Marquand - director

26. Willow (1988)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

47 Metascore

A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh

Votes: 93,812 | Gross: $57.27M

Ron Howard - director ; George Lucas - writer, producer

27. Parenthood (1989)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards

Votes: 41,421 | Gross: $100.05M

Ron Howard - director

28. RoboCop 2 (1990)

R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

Cyborg law enforcer RoboCop returns to protect the citizens of old Detroit but faces a deadly challenge when a rogue OCP member secretly creates a new, evil RoboCop 2.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Peter Weller, John Glover, Mario Machado, Leeza Gibbons

Votes: 76,370 | Gross: $45.68M

Irvin Kershner - director

29. Backdraft (1991)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

38 Metascore

Two Chicago firefighter brothers, who don't get along, have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 66,975 | Gross: $77.87M

Ron Howard - director

30. Far and Away (1992)

PG-13 | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

A young Irish couple flee to the States, but subsequently struggle to obtain land and prosper freely.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson, Robert Prosky

Votes: 55,348 | Gross: $58.88M

Ron Howard - director

31. The Paper (1994)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

New York City tabloid Editor Henry is faced with tough decisions while he faces several serious life challenges, and a tempting job offer.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Marisa Tomei

Votes: 12,144 | Gross: $38.82M

Ron Howard - director

32. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 248,768 | Gross: $173.84M

Ron Howard - director

33. Ransom (1996)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

60 Metascore

When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte

Votes: 111,968 | Gross: $136.49M

Ron Howard - director

34. Edtv (1999)

PG-13 | 122 min | Comedy, Drama

48 Metascore

A video store clerk agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a television show.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Geoffrey Blake, Gail Boggs

Votes: 39,849 | Gross: $22.36M

Ron Howard - director

35. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

46 Metascore

On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey), who plans on ruining Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 184,795 | Gross: $260.04M

Ron Howard - director

36. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 778,942 | Gross: $170.74M

Ron Howard - director

37. The Missing (I) (2003)

R | 137 min | Adventure, Thriller, Western

55 Metascore

In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Jenna Boyd

Votes: 31,262 | Gross: $26.90M

Ron Howard - director

38. Brick (2005)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin, Meagan Good

Votes: 95,385 | Gross: $2.06M

Rian Johnson - director, writer

39. Cinderella Man (2005)

PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

69 Metascore

The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 167,445 | Gross: $61.65M

Ron Howard - director

40. Mission: Impossible III (2006)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

66 Metascore

IMF Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fiancee in response.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 309,293 | Gross: $134.03M

J.J. Abrams - director, writer

41. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

PG-13 | 149 min | Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellen

Votes: 375,200 | Gross: $217.54M

Ron Howard - director

42. The Brothers Bloom (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

55 Metascore

The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi

Votes: 46,511 | Gross: $3.52M

Rian Johnson - director, writer

43. Frost/Nixon (2008)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 97,504 | Gross: $18.59M

Ron Howard - director

44. Star Trek (2009)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nimoy

Votes: 558,804 | Gross: $257.73M

J.J. Abrams - director

45. Angels & Demons (2009)

PG-13 | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

48 Metascore

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works with a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican during one of the significant events within the church.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 254,980 | Gross: $133.38M

Ron Howard - director

46. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, that things are about to take a turn for the worst.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell, James Caan

Votes: 188,155 | Gross: $124.87M

Phil Lord & Christopher Miller - directors, writers