Best Picture producers

by aemelnick | created - 20 Jul 2015 | updated - 05 Mar 2018 | Public

Producers of movies that won the Academy Award for Best Picture

1. Lucien Hubbard

Writer | Smart Money

Former night editor for "The New York Times", in Hollywood as a scenarist from 1917, producer from 1924. Produced the first Oscar-winning picture, Wings (1927). Joined Warner Brothers as contract writer and assistant to Darryl F. Zanuck, 1929-32. Subsequently poached by MGM, which led to a ...

1927/28: Wings

2. Harry Rapf

Producer | The Bad Man of Brimstone

Harry Rapf was born on October 16, 1880 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Bad Man of Brimstone (1937), Where the North Begins (1923) and Brown of Harvard (1926). He was married to Clementine Uhlfelder. He died on February 6, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1928/29: The Broadway Melody

3. Irving Thalberg

Producer | The Tower of Lies

Irving Grant Thalberg was born in New York City, to Henrietta (Haymann) and William Thalberg, who were of German Jewish descent. He had a bad heart, having contracted rheumatic fever as a teenager and was plagued with other ailments all of his life. He was quite intelligent with a thirst for ...

1928/29: The Broadway Melody 1931/32: Grand Hotel 1935: Mutiny on the Bounty

4. Lawrence Weingarten

Producer | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

After a somewhat brief acting stint in the silent Bitter Sweet (1916), Weingarten decided to work on the other side of the camera, initially as publicity man for Thomas H. Ince and, later, First National Pictures. He was an early influence in the career of child star Jackie Coogan, before ...

1928/29: The Broadway Melody

5. Carl Laemmle Jr.

Producer | All Quiet on the Western Front

Carl Laemmle Jr. was born on April 28, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Julius Laemmle. He was a producer and writer, known for All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Frankenstein (1931). He died on September 24, 1979 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1929/30: All Quiet on the Western Front

6. William LeBaron

Producer | It's the Old Army Game

Producer, songwriter, composer and author, educated at the University of Chicago and New York University. He wrote a number of Broadway stage scores and libretti, and worked as the managing editor of Cosmopolitan magazine between 1918 and 1919, then was the director general of Cosmopolitan ...

1930/31: Cimarron

7. Wesley Ruggles

Director | London Town

The younger brother of Hollywood character player Charles Ruggles, Wesley Ruggles spent most of his early years in San Francisco. He attended university there, began a lengthy apprenticeship in stock and musical comedy and then joined Keystone in Hollywood as an actor in 1914 working alongside Syd ...

1930/31: Cimarron

8. Frank Lloyd

Director | Mutiny on the Bounty

Frank Lloyd was an unpretentious, technically skilled director, who crafted several enduring Hollywood classics during the 1930's. He started out as a stage actor and singer in early 1900's London and was well-known as an imitator of Harry Lauder. After several years in music hall and with touring ...

1932/33: Cavalcade 1935: Mutiny on the Bounty

1932/33: Cavalcade

10. Frank Capra

Director | It's a Wonderful Life

One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you ...

1934: It Happened One Night 1938: You Can't Take It with You

11. Harry Cohn

It Happened One Night

He was crude, uneducated, foul and, even on his best behavior, abrasive. No major studio executive of the so-called "Golden Age" was more loathed (although at times the dictatorial Samuel Goldwyn and the hard-nosed Jack L. Warner came close) than Harry Cohn.

Born in the middle of 5 children to ...

1934: It Happened One Night

12. Hunt Stromberg

Producer | Naughty Marietta

Founded Producers Distributing Corp., a production/distribution company, in the 1920s.

1936: The Great Ziegfeld

13. Hal B. Wallis

Producer | True Grit

Legendary producer Hal B. Wallis was born in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles when he was in his early 20s. He got a job managing a theater owned by Warner Bros., and his success at the job caught the eye of studio head Jack L. Warner, who gave him a job in the studio's publicity department. Within...

1937: The Life of Emile Zola 1943: Casablanca

14. Jack L. Warner

Producer | My Fair Lady

With his brothers Harry M. Warner, Albert Warner, and Sam Warner, he founded Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. in 1923. They released the first motion picture with synchronized sound, The Jazz Singer (1927) with Al Jolson. In the 1930s they gave employment to a parade of stars, including Bette Davis, ...

1937: The Life of Emile Zola 1943: Casablanca 1964: My Fair Lady

15. 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...

1939: Gone with the Wind 1940: Rebecca

16. Darryl F. Zanuck

Producer | The Longest Day

One of the kingpins of Hollywood's studio system, Zanuck was the offspring of the ill-fated marriage of the alcoholic night clerk in Wahoo, Nebraska's only hotel and the hotel owner's daughter. Both parents had abandoned him by the time he was 13. At 15, he joined the U.S. Army, and he fought in ...

1941: How Green Was My Valley 1947: Gentleman's Agreement 1950: All About Eve

17. Sidney Franklin

Director | The Good Earth

Sidney Franklin was involved in amateur filmmaking while still at school. With his brother Chester M. Franklin, he wrote, directed and edited a short film, The Baby (1915), at a cost of $400. Somehow it attracted the interest of D.W. Griffith, who decided to put the brothers to work making ...

1942: Mrs. Miniver

18. William Wyler

Director | The Best Years of Our Lives

William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as the...

1942: Mrs. Miniver

19. Leo McCarey

Director | An Affair to Remember

Leo McCarey was born on October 3, 1896 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Thomas Leo McCarey. He was a director and writer, known for An Affair to Remember (1957), Going My Way (1944) and Love Affair (1939). He was married to Stella Martin. He died on July 5, 1969 in Santa Monica, California.

1944: Going My Way

20. Charles Brackett

Writer | Sunset Blvd.

Charles Brackett, born in Saratoga Springs, New York, of Scottish ancestry, followed in his attorney-father's footsteps and graduated with a law degree from Harvard University in 1920. He practised law for several years, before commencing work as drama critic for The New Yorker (1925-29), in ...

1945: The Lost Weekend

21. Samuel Goldwyn

Producer | The Best Years of Our Lives

Famed for his relentless ambition, bad temper and genius for publicity, Samuel Goldwyn became Hollywood's leading "independent" producer -- largely because none of his partners could tolerate him for long. Born Shmuel (or Schmuel) Gelbfisz, probably in 1879, in the Jewish section of Warsaw, he was ...

1946: The Best Years of Our Lives

22. Herbert Smith

Producer | On the Air

He started in production with G.B. Samuelson, joined Paramount British for the production of The Officer's Mess, then in 1932 went to work for his elder brother Sam at British Lion as assistant director on The Frightened Lady, The Calendar, Whiteface, There Goes the Bride, Sally Bishop, The Ringer,...

1948: Hamlet

23. Robert Rossen

Writer | The Hustler

Robert Rossen was born on March 16, 1908 in New York City, New York, USA as Robert Rosen. He was a writer and director, known for The Hustler (1961), All the King's Men (1949) and Alexander the Great (1956). He was married to Susan Siegal. He died on February 18, 1966 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

1949: All the King's Men

24. Arthur Freed

Producer | An American in Paris

Producer, songwriter and author, brother to Ralph Freed, Walter and Ruth Freed. He was educated at the Phillips Exeter Academy, and became associated with Gus Edwards musical acts. He performed in vaudeville with Louis Silvers, with whom he wrote revues for New York restaurants. During World War I,...

1951: An American in Paris 1958: Gigi

25. Cecil B. DeMille

Producer | The Ten Commandments

His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New ...

1952: The Greatest Show on Earth

26. Buddy Adler

Producer | From Here to Eternity

While known mostly for his activities as a film producer, Maurice Buddy Adler attended both Columbia and Pennsylvania universities and wrote fiction short stories for magazines prior to becoming involved in the film industry. In 1936 he joined MGM Pictures as a writer for the regular series of ...

1953: From Here to Eternity

27. Sam Spiegel

Producer | Lawrence of Arabia

Sam Spiegel was born on November 11, 1901 in Jaroslau, Galicia, Austria-Hungary as Samuel P. Spiegel. He is known for his work on Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and On the Waterfront (1954). He was married to Betty Benson, Lynn Baggett and Rachel "Ray" Agranovich. He...

1954: On the Waterfront 1957: The Bridge on the River Kwai 1962: Lawrence of Arabia

28. Harold Hecht

Producer | Marty

Hecht won the Academy Award for Best Picture ("Marty") in 1956 and produced the box office hits "Vera Cruz" and "Trapeze," the cult classic "Sweet Smell of Success," the award-winning "Separate Tables" and "Birdman of Alcatraz" and the wildly popular Western comedy, "Cat Ballou". He was a member of...

1955: Marty

29. Mike Todd

Producer | Around the World in 80 Days

Film producer Michael Todd was one of the major contributors to technical innovation in the film industry in the 1950s. Having worked with Fred Waller and Cinerama, he got tired of the three-panel format, left the company and tried to find the process for making "Cinerama coming from one hole". He ...

1956: Around the World in Eighty Days

30. Sam Zimbalist

Producer | Ben-Hur

Sam Zimbalist was born on March 31, 1904 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a producer and editor, known for Ben-Hur (1959), King Solomon's Mines (1950) and Quo Vadis (1951). He was married to Mary Taylor and Margaret C. Donovan. He died on November 4, 1958 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

1959: Ben-Hur

31. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many ...

1960: The Apartment

32. Robert Wise

Director | West Side Story

Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an ...

1961: West Side Story 1965: The Sound of Music

33. Tony Richardson

Director | A Taste of Honey

Tony Richardson was born on June 5, 1928 in Shipley, Yorkshire, England as Cecil Antonio Richardson. He was a director and producer, known for A Taste of Honey (1961), Tom Jones (1963) and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962). He was married to Vanessa Redgrave. He died on November 14,...

1963: Tom Jones

34. Fred Zinnemann

Director | A Man for All Seasons

Initially grew up wanting to be a violinist, but while at the University of Vienna decided to study law. While doing so, he became increasingly interested in American film and decided that was what he wanted to do. He became involved in European filmaking for a short time before going to America to...

1966: A Man for All Seasons

35. Walter Mirisch

Producer | In the Heat of the Night

Walter Mirisch and brothers Marvin Mirisch and Harold Mirisch were one of the most successful producing teams in Hollywood history. Their Mirisch Company produced such diverse hits as Some Like It Hot (1959), The Magnificent Seven (1960), West Side Story (1961), The Great Escape (1963), The Pink ...

1967: In the Heat of the Night

36. John Woolf

Producer | Oliver!

John Woolf was born on March 15, 1913 in London, England. He is known for his work on Oliver! (1968), The Day of the Jackal (1973) and Room at the Top (1959). He was married to Ann Saville, Edana Romney and Dorothy Vernon. He died on June 28, 1999 in London.

1968: Oliver!

37. Jerome Hellman

Producer | Midnight Cowboy

Jerome Hellman was born on September 4, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer, known for Midnight Cowboy (1969), Coming Home (1978) and Being There (1979).

1969: Midnight Cowboy

38. Frank McCarthy

Producer | Patton

Frank McCarthy was born on June 8, 1912 in Richmond, Virginia, USA. He is known for his work on Patton (1970), Decision Before Dawn (1951) and Sailor of the King (1953). He died on December 1, 1986 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1970: Patton

39. Philip D'Antoni

Producer | The French Connection

Philip D'Antoni was born on February 19, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a producer and writer, known for The French Connection (1971), Bullitt (1968) and The Seven-Ups (1973). He died on April 15, 2018 in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

1971: The French Connection

40. Al Ruddy

Producer | Million Dollar Baby

Al Ruddy was born on March 28, 1930 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a writer and producer, known for Million Dollar Baby (2004), The Godfather (1972) and Cannonball Run II (1984). He has been married to Wanda McDaniel since 1981. They have two children. He was previously married to Ma Prem Hasya.

1972: The Godfather 2004: Million Dollar Baby

41. Tony Bill

Director | Flyboys

He graduated in 1962 from the University of Notre Dame with majors in English and Art. Tony began his career in the film industry as an actor. His acting years were distinguished by the quality of the directors who chose him for their films, including Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. Tony...

1973: The Sting

42. Michael Phillips

Producer | The Sting

Michael Phillips has been producing films and television in Hollywood since 1971. His films have garnered 23 Academy Award nominations, winning him a best picture Oscar for The Sting, a Palme d'Or Prize for Taxi Driver, and Italy's David di Donatello award for best picture for Clsoe Encounters of ...

1973: The Sting

43. Julia Phillips

Producer | The Sting

Julia Phillips was born on April 7, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA as Julia Miller. She was a producer and actress, known for The Sting (1973), Taxi Driver (1976) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). She was married to Michael Phillips. She died on January 1, 2002 in West Hollywood,...

1973: The Sting

44. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...

1974: The Godfather: Part II

45. Gray Frederickson

Producer | The Godfather: Part II

Gray Frederickson is a producer, known for The Godfather: Part II (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979) and The Godfather (1972). He is married to Karen.

1974: The Godfather: Part II

46. Fred Roos

Producer | The Godfather: Part II

Fred Roos was born on May 22, 1934 in Santa Monica, California, USA. He is a casting director and producer, known for The Godfather: Part II (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979) and The Conversation (1974).

1974: The Godfather: Part II

47. Saul Zaentz

Producer | The English Patient

Saul Zaentz learned gambling as a youth in Passaic, New Jersey, playing a card game called briscola. Later, in his twenties, he earned a full-time living as a gambler.

Saul settled in San Francisco after WWII, at first working for a local record distributor and eventually joining the jazz record ...

1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1984: Amadeus 1996: The English Patient

48. Michael Douglas

Actor | Behind the Candelabra

An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny ...

1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

49. Irwin Winkler

Producer | Life as a House

Irwin Winkler's career as a producer, director and writer encompasses popular and influential movies that have impacted contemporary culture. With a passion for big, bold, meaningful stories, his films include an array of true screen classics, garnering among them 12 Academy Awards and 52 Oscar ...

1976: Rocky

50. Robert Chartoff

Producer | Rocky

Robert Chartoff was born on August 26, 1933 in New York City, New York, USA as Robert Irwin Chartoff. He was a producer, known for Rocky (1976), Creed (2015) and Raging Bull (1980). He was married to Jenny Weyman-Cockle, Vanessa Howard and Phyllis Raphael. He died on June 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, ...

1976: Rocky

51. Charles H. Joffe

Producer | Annie Hall

Charles H. Joffe was born on July 16, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Charles Harris Joffe. He was a producer, known for Annie Hall (1977), Match Point (2005) and Sleeper (1973). He was married to Carol Joffe. He died on July 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1977: Annie Hall

52. Barry Spikings

Producer | The Deer Hunter

Barry Spikings was born on November 23, 1939 in Boston, Lincolnshire, England as Barry Peter Spikings. He is a producer, known for The Deer Hunter (1978), Lone Survivor (2013) and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991).

1978: The Deer Hunter

53. Michael Deeley

Producer | The Deer Hunter

Oscar-winning film producer Michael Deeley has produced more than 20 movies, including such classics as The Italian Job, The Deer Hunter and Blade Runner. He has made films for Universal, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Columbia, United Artists, EMI, HBO, CBS and NBC.

Born in ...

1978: The Deer Hunter

54. Michael Cimino

Writer | The Deer Hunter

Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). But his biggest success was The Deer...

1978: The Deer Hunter

55. John Peverall

Producer | The Deer Hunter

John Peverall was born in 1931 in Islington, London, England as John Charles Peverall. He was an assistant director and producer, known for The Deer Hunter (1978), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and The Pirates of Blood River (1962). He was married to Hersha Parady and Tessa Schneider. He died on...

1978: The Deer Hunter

56. Stanley R. Jaffe

Producer | Kramer vs. Kramer

Stanley R. Jaffe was born on July 31, 1940 in New Rochelle, New York, USA as Stanley Richard Jaffe. He is a producer and director, known for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Fatal Attraction (1987) and Black Rain (1989). He has been married to Melinda Jill Marciano since September 27, 1986. They have two ...

1979: Kramer vs. Kramer

57. Ronald L. Schwary

Producer | Ordinary People

Ronald L. Schwary was born on May 23, 1944 in the USA as Ronald Louis Schwary. He is a producer and assistant director, known for Ordinary People (1980), *batteries not included (1987) and Meet Joe Black (1998). He was previously married to Susan Carol Schwary.

1980: Ordinary People

58. David Puttnam

Producer | Chariots of Fire

David Puttnam was born on February 25, 1941 in London, England as David Terence Puttnam. He is a producer, known for Chariots of Fire (1981), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Mission (1986). He has been married to Patricia Mary Jones since 1961. They have two children.

1981: Chariots of Fire

59. Richard Attenborough

Actor | Jurassic Park

Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a don at Emmanuel College and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. ...

1982: Gandhi

60. James L. Brooks

Writer | As Good as It Gets

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 As Good as It Gets (1997), Terms of Endearment (1983) and Broadcast News (1987). He was previously married to Holly Holmberg Brooks and Marianne Catherine Morrissey.

1983: Terms of Endearment

61. 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...

1985: Out of Africa

62. Arnold Kopelson

Producer | Platoon

Arnold Kopelson has produced 29 motion pictures. He has been honored with a Best Picture Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and an Independent Spirit Award, all for his production of Platoon (1986). He received a Best Picture Academy Award nomination for his production of The Fugitive (2000). Kopelson's...

1986: Platoon

63. Jeremy Thomas

Producer | The Last Emperor

Jeremy Thomas was born on July 26, 1949 in London, England as Jeremy Jack Thomas. He is a producer, known for The Last Emperor (1987), Naked Lunch (1991) and Crash (1996). He is married to Eski Thomas.

1987: The Last Emperor

64. Mark Johnson

Producer | Rain Man

Mark Johnson was born on December 27, 1945 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is a producer, known for Rain Man (1988), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and The Rookie (2002). He has been married to Lezlie Brooks Johnson since September 26, 1982. They ...

1988: Rain Man

65. Richard D. Zanuck

Producer | Driving Miss Daisy

Richard D. Zanuck was born on December 13, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Darryl Zanuck. He was a producer, known for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Deep Impact (1998) and Jaws (1975). He was married to Lili Fini Zanuck, Linda Harrison and Lili Gentle. He died on July 13, 2012 in ...

1989: Driving Miss Daisy

66. Lili Fini Zanuck

Producer | Driving Miss Daisy

Lili Fini Zanuck was born on April 2, 1954 in Leominster, Massachusetts, USA. She is a producer, known for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Reign of Fire (2002) and True Crime (1999). She was previously married to Richard D. Zanuck.

1989: Driving Miss Daisy

67. Jim Wilson

Producer | Dances with Wolves

Jim Wilson is a producer and director, known for Dances with Wolves (1990), The Postman (1997) and Wyatt Earp (1994).

1990: Dances with Wolves

68. Kevin Costner

Actor | The Postman

Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle ...

1990: Dances with Wolves

69. Edward Saxon

Producer | The Silence of the Lambs

Edward Saxon was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is a producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993) and Adaptation. (2002).

1991: The Silence of the Lambs

70. Kenneth Utt

Producer | The Silence of the Lambs

Kenneth Utt was born on July 13, 1921 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. He was a producer and production manager, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The French Connection (1971) and Midnight Cowboy (1969). He died on January 19, 1994 in New York City, New York, USA.

1991: The Silence of the Lambs

71. Ron Bozman

Producer | The Silence of the Lambs

Ron Bozman is a producer and assistant director, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Stepford Wives (2004) and Perfect Stranger (2007).

1991: The Silence of the Lambs

72. 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...

1992: Unforgiven 2004: Million Dollar Baby

73. Steven Spielberg

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, ...

1993: Schindler's List

74. Gerald R. Molen

Producer | Rain Man

Gerald R. Molen was born on January 6, 1935 in Great Falls, Montana, USA as Gerald Robert Molen. He is a producer and production manager, known for Rain Man (1988), Jurassic Park (1993) and Schindler's List (1993).

1993: Schindler's List

75. Branko Lustig

Producer | Gladiator

Branko Lustig was born on June 10, 1932 in Osijek, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He is a producer and production manager, known for Gladiator (2000), Schindler's List (1993) and The Saint (1997).

1993: Schindler's List 2000: Gladiator

76. Wendy Finerman

Producer | Forrest Gump

Wendy Finerman was born on August 2, 1961 in California, USA. She is a producer, known for Forrest Gump (1994), Drumline (2002) and The Fan (1996). She was previously married to Mark Canton.

1994: Forrest Gump

77. Steve Starkey

Producer | Forrest Gump

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

1994: Forrest Gump

78. Steve Tisch

Producer | Forrest Gump

Steve Tisch was born on February 14, 1949 in Lakewood, New Jersey, USA as Steven Elliot Tisch. He is a producer and actor, known for Forrest Gump (1994), The Postman (1997) and Seven Pounds (2008). He has been married to Jamie Alexander Tisch since 1996. They have five children.

1994: Forrest Gump

79. Mel Gibson

Actor | Braveheart

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is ...

1995: Braveheart

80. Alan Ladd Jr.

Producer | Braveheart

Alan Ladd Jr. is one of the industry's most respected executives. He started in the movies as an agent in 1963. In 1969, Ladd moved to London to produce, making nine films. He returned to the States in '73 to become Head of Creative Affairs at Fox. Within three very successful years Mr. Ladd was ...

1995: Braveheart

81. Bruce Davey

Producer | Hacksaw Ridge

Bruce Davey was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is a producer and actor, known for Hacksaw Ridge (2016), The Passion of the Christ (2004) and Braveheart (1995).

1995: Braveheart

82. 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 ...

1997: Titanic

83. 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 Alita: Battle Angel (2019).

1997: Titanic

84. David Parfitt

Producer | Shakespeare in Love

David Parfitt was born in 1958 in Durham, Co. Durham, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and My Week with Marilyn (2011).

1998: Shakespeare in Love

85. Donna Gigliotti

Producer | Hidden Figures

Donna Gigliotti was born in 1955. She is a producer, known for Hidden Figures (2016), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and Shakespeare in Love (1998).

1998: Shakespeare in Love

86. Harvey Weinstein

Producer | Shakespeare in Love

Harvey Weinstein was born on March 19, 1952 in Flushing, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is a film producer, known for Pulp Fiction (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Gangs of New York (2002). He is now separated from his wife Georgina Chapman and was previously married to Eve Chilton ...

1998: Shakespeare in Love

87. Edward Zwick

Producer | Thirtysomething

Edward Zwick is well-known for his heroic movies that include Glory (1989), and the breathtaking works of art that include Legends of the Fall (1994). Zwick has also been known for his thoughtfulness as a director, and for his record of working with television series and other films as a producer.

...

1998: Shakespeare in Love

88. Marc Norman

Writer | Shakespeare in Love

Marc Norman was born on February 10, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Marc Brian Norman. He is a writer and director, known for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Cutthroat Island (1995) and Breakout (1975). He has been married to Dale Moore since 1967. They have two children.

1998: Shakespeare in Love

89. Bruce Cohen

Producer | American Beauty

Bruce Cohen was born in Falls Church, Virginia, USA. He is a producer and assistant director, known for American Beauty (1999), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and Milk (2008).

1999: American Beauty

90. Dan Jinks

Producer | American Beauty

Dan Jinks is a producer, known for American Beauty (1999), Milk (2008) and Big Fish (2003).

1999: American Beauty

91. Douglas Wick

Producer | Gladiator

Douglas Wick is a producer, known for Gladiator (2000), The Great Gatsby (2013) and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

2000: Gladiator

92. David Franzoni

Writer | Gladiator

David Franzoni grew up in Vermont, attended the University of Vermont where he studied geology and paleontology and was a partner in a commercial film company. After attending a semester of graduate school, David dropped out, went to Berlin where he bought a motorcycle. He traveled eastern and ...

2000: Gladiator

93. 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 ...

2001: A Beautiful Mind

94. 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 ...

2001: A Beautiful Mind

95. Martin Richards

Producer | Chicago

Martin Richards was born on March 11, 1932 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Morton Richard Klein. He was a producer and executive, known for Chicago (2002), The Shining (1980) and The Boys from Brazil (1978). He was married to Mary Lea Johnson. He died on November 26, 2012 in New York City.

2002: Chicago

96. Barrie M. Osborne

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

Barrie M. Osborne was born on February 7, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA as Barrie Mitchell Osborne. He is a producer and production manager, known for 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...

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

97. 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,...

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

98. 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 ...

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

99. Tom Rosenberg

Producer | Million Dollar Baby

Tom Rosenberg is a producer, known for Million Dollar Baby (2004), Adrift (2018) and The Cave (2005).

2004: Million Dollar Baby

100. Paul Haggis

Writer | Crash

Paul Haggis established himself over twenty years with an extensive career in television, before his big break into features arrived when he became the first screenwriter to garner two Best Film Academy Awards back-to-back for his scripts: "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, ...

2005: Crash



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