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Ridley Scott

Highest Rated:   98% Alien (1979)
Lowest Rated:   18% Domino (2005)
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Birthplace:   South Shields, County Durham, England, UK
One of the most promising directors of the late '70s, Ridley Scott displayed stylistic flair and remarkable storytelling abilities in such films as The Duellists (1977) and his landmark Alien (1979). Although he remained a respected director on both sides of the Atlantic, his career suffered repeated blows throughout the 1980s and '90s with a series of critical and commercial missteps, beginning with the costly and unsuccessful 1492: Conquest of Paradise.Born in 1937, in Northumberland, England, Scott was educated at the West Hartlepool College of Art and London's Royal College of Art. After completing his education, he became a set designer for the British Broadcasting Company in the early '60s, eventually getting promoted to director of such popular BBC series as the long-running police adventure Z Cars. With the establishment of his own firm, Ridley Scott Associates, Scott was in on the ground floor of some of the most inventive European TV commercials of the 1970s.The director's transition to the big screen came with his direction of 1977's The Duellists, a visually striking Napoleonic war film that won the Jury Prize for Best First Feature at the Cannes Film Festival. Further success followed with 1979's Alien, which established Scott as both an important director and a shining knight for horror and sci-fi devotees. In 1982, the director found himself at the center of a storm around his production of Blade Runner. After repeated clashes with studio executives over the film's complex content and downbeat finale, Scott added a voice-over narration and a more positive ending. The results sparked an outcry from film purists, and Blade Runner fell victim to negative reviews and poor box-office results. It wasn't until the early '90s that the director's cut was finally released, theatrically and on video cassette, and the film was recognized as a science fiction masterpiece.In the meantime, Scott continued to direct such films as the 1986 fantasy Legend, starring Tom Cruise, and 1989's Black Rain, which featured Michael Douglas as a vice cop on a mission to Japan. In 1991, he encountered critical and commercial triumph with Thelma & Louise. Starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, the film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Director for Scott. After the film's success, it seemed that the director could do no wrong. Unfortunately, he did just the opposite with his next project, 1992's 1492: Conquest of Paradise. The film proved to be a complete flop, and for the next few years Scott relinquished his directorial duties in favor of producing such films as Monkey Trouble and The Browning Version (both 1994).Scott returned to the director's chair in 1996, with White Squall, an action-adventure film set on a boat full of troubled teenage boys. Unfortunately, the film performed poorly among critics and at the box office, and Scott's next feature, G.I. Jane (1997), suffered a similar fate. He then returned to producing, working on the 1997 TV series The Hunger, which was based on the 1983 movie directed by his brother, Tony Scott, who was best-known for such action fare as Top Gun (1986) and Enemy of the State (1998). After producing the 1998 black comedy Clay Pigeons, Scott returned to directing with Gladiator (2000), a Roman epic starring Russell Crowe as its titular hero. Budgeted at 100 million dollars and weighing in at 154 minutes, the film was hailed by some critics who saw it as a return to grand-scale moviemaking, while others saw it as merely overblown. Regardless of the critics' opinions, Gladiator was undoubtedly wildly popular, earning five Oscars, including Best Picture, at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards.In 2001, Scott applied his icy-cool visual style -- but little else of note -- to Hannibal, the much-anticipated sequel to 1991's Silence of the Lambs. Although the film broke the box-office record for the largest opening weekend for an R-rated film, critics were less than pleased with Hannibal's combina

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Last Vermeer
  • Executive Producer
2020
50% Earthquake Bird
  • Executive Producer
2019
88% American Woman
  • Producer
2019
No Score Yet American Woman
  • Producer
2019
52% A Christmas Carol
  • Executive Producer
2019
No Score Yet American Woman
  • Producer
2019
80% All the Money in the World
  • Director
  • Producer
$20.2M 2017
61% Murder On The Orient Express
  • Producer
$101.6M 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
$91.9M 2017
80% Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
  • Executive Producer
2017
36% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
  • Producer
$0.8M 2017
65% Alien: Covenant
  • Producer
  • Director
$74.3M 2017
44% Phoenix Forgotten
  • Producer
$3.6M 2017
No Score Yet Timeless
  • Producer
2017
38% Morgan
  • Producer
$4M 2016
35% Equals
  • Executive Producer
2016
60% Concussion
  • Producer
$23.3M 2015
91% The Martian
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$202.4M 2015
27% Child 44
  • Producer
$1.4M 2015
No Score Yet Halo: Nightfall
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2015
No Score Yet Red Riding
  • Director
2015
43% Killing Jesus
  • Producer
2015
30% Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Director
  • Producer
2014
37% Before I Go to Sleep
  • Producer
2014
79% Get Santa
  • Executive Producer
$1.8M 2014
No Score Yet Klondike
  • Executive Producer
2014
54% Out of the Furnace
  • Producer
$8.4M 2013
34% The Counselor
  • Director
  • Producer
$14.7M 2013
88% Springsteen And I
  • Executive Producer
2013
75% The East
  • Producer
$1.6M 2013
48% Welcome to the Punch
  • Executive Producer
$7.3k 2013
70% Stoker
  • Producer
$1.8M 2013
No Score Yet The Counsellor
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Gucci
  • Director
2013
56% Killing Kennedy
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Killing Lincoln
  • Executive Producer
2013
73% Prometheus
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$126.5M 2012
79% The Grey
  • Producer
$51.6M 2012
No Score Yet The Kind One
  • Director
2012
81% Life in a Day
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
$0.3M 2011
43% Cracks
  • Executive Producer
$18.1k 2011
No Score Yet Gettysburg
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
2011
54% Welcome to the Rileys
  • Executive Producer
$0.2M 2010
80% Cyrus
  • Executive Producer
$7.5M 2010
48% The A-Team
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
$77.3M 2010
No Score Yet Tell-Tale (Tell Tale)
  • Producer
2010
43% Robin Hood
  • Producer
  • Director
$105.3M 2010
No Score Yet The Real Robin Hood
  • Producer
2010
55% Body of Lies
  • Producer
  • Director
$39.4M 2008
No Score Yet Into the Storm
  • Executive Producer
2008
80% American Gangster
  • Director
  • Producer
$130.2M 2007
77% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Producer
$4M 2007
No Score Yet The Company
  • Executive Producer
2007
25% A Good Year
  • Producer
  • Director
$7.4M 2006
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
  • Actor
2006
31% Tristan & Isolde
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
$14.6M 2006
No Score Yet All the Invisible Children
  • Director
2006
18% Domino
  • Producer
$10.2M 2005
75% In Her Shoes
  • Producer
$32.9M 2005
No Score Yet All the Invisible Children
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
$47.3M 2005
82% Matchstick Men
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$36.9M 2003
94% Alien: The Director's Cut
  • Director
2003
68% Red Dragon
  • Producer
$93M 2002
83% The Gathering Storm
  • Executive Producer
2002
No Score Yet The 'Alien' Saga
  • Actor
2002
76% Black Hawk Down
  • Producer
  • Director
$108.6M 2001
39% Hannibal
  • Director
  • Producer
$163.9M 2001
77% Gladiator
  • Director
2000
48% Where the Money Is
  • Producer
2000
No Score Yet The Last Debate
  • Executive Producer
2000
93% RKO 281
  • Executive Producer
1999
62% Clay Pigeons
  • Producer
1998
53% G.I. Jane
  • Producer
  • Director
1997
60% White Squall
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1996
78% The Browning Version
  • Producer
1994
50% Monkey Trouble
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1994
32% 1492: Conquest of Paradise
  • Director
  • Producer
1992
84% Thelma & Louise
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Robin Hood
  • Producer
1991
50% Black Rain
  • Director
1989
67% Someone to Watch over Me
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
1987
38% Legend
  • Director
1985
90% Blade Runner
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1982
92% Blade Runner (The Final Cut)
  • Director
$0.3M 1982
98% Alien
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet Alien Legacy
  • Director
1979
92% The Duellists
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Boy and Bicycle (Boy on a Bicycle)
  • Producer
  • Director
1965

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% The Good Fight
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
62% The Passage
2019
  • Executive Producer
  • 2019
71% Strange Angel
2018-2019
  • Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
87% The Terror
2018-2019
  • Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
84% The Man in the High Castle
2015-2019
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
  • Guest
  • 2018
76% Taboo
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
69% Jean-Claude Van Johnson
2016-2017
  • Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
73% Mercy Street
2016-2017
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
65% BrainDead
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • 2016
94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
80% Klondike
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2014
64% Labyrinth
2012
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2014
48% Coma
2012
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2012
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
30% The Andromeda Strain
2008
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2008
73% The Company
2007
  • Executive Producer
  • 2007
No Score Yet 3001: The Final Odyssey
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
80% James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction
2018
  • Appearing
86% Pillars of the Earth
2010
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
67% The Movies
2019
  • Actor
No Score Yet The New Drama
2016
  • Producer
No Score Yet Z Cars
1962
  • Director

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