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Renny Harlin

Lowest Rated:   4% The Legend of Hercules (2014)
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Finnish director Renny Harlin did not come from an artistically inclined family (his parents were in the medical profession), but Harlin himself had determined his future before he was 12, via extensive use of a home movie camera. Harlin was a twenty-ish film school graduate when he set up his own production company; while he was fairly successful marketing documentaries and commercial shorts, young Harlin could not get anyone in Finland to bankroll him for a feature. He moved to the presumably greener pastures of Hollywood, where he finally realized his goal with the 1986 feature Born American. Harlan's direction of 1990's Die Hard 2 seemed to bode well for steady work in action films; unfortunately, his next effort (released the same month as Die Hard 2) was the ill-fated Andrew Dice Clay vehicle The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990). The collapse of this enterprise resulted in reams of magazine copy about the "once-promising" and "washed-up" Harlin. But in 1993, he responded with the successful Cliffhanger, which managed the remarkable feat of being an actor's picture (the star was Sylvester Stallone) and a director's picture all in one. Renny Harlin was married to actress Geena Davis, whom he directed in the 1995 swashbuckler Cutthroat Island. Though the couple would re-team the following year for Harlin's The Long Kiss Goodnight, they separated in 1997 and divorce soon followed. In 1999 Harlin took the action to the ocean with Long Kiss co-star Samuel L. Jackson in Deep Blue Sea, following in 2001 with the Sylvester Stallone adreno-racer Driven.Next up, Harlin was called in to rescue the production of the prequel Exorcist: The Beginning after countless problems including a completed film from director Paul Schrader that was virtually scrapped by an unsatisfied studio. Harlin followed this up with the thriller Mindhunters. While neither of those efforts were particularly successful upon release at the box office, in 2006 Harlin had returned to his position behind the camera once again to terrify moviegoers with a tale of four teens forced to do battle with a malevolent supernatural force in The Covenant.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
83% Bodies at Rest
  • Director
2019
38% Skiptrace
  • Director
2016
4% The Legend of Hercules
  • Director
$14.8M 2014
48% The Dyatlov Pass Incident (Devil's Pass)
  • Producer
  • Director
2013
35% The Resident
  • Executive Producer
2012
34% 5 Days Of War
  • Director
  • Producer
$17.7k 2011
No Score Yet Mannerheim
  • Director
2010
100% Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
  • Actor
2010
17% Cleaner
  • Director
2008
4% The Covenant
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$23.3M 2006
24% Mindhunters
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Actor
2005
10% Exorcist: The Beginning
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$41.8M 2004
14% Driven
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2001
60% Deep Blue Sea
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1999
58% Blast From the Past
  • Producer
1999
No Score Yet Mistrial
  • Executive Producer
1996
69% The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Producer
1996
38% Cutthroat Island
  • Director
  • Producer
1995
11% Speechless
  • Producer
1994
68% Cliffhanger
  • Director
  • Producer
1993
100% Rambling Rose
  • Producer
1991
28% The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
  • Director
1990
68% Die Hard 2
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1990
55% A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
  • Director
1988
40% Prison
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet Born American
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% White Collar
2009-2014
  • Director
  • 2012
88% Burn Notice
2007-2013
  • Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

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