Chris Columbus

Chris Columbus

Highest Rated: 92% Night Shift (1982)

Lowest Rated: 0% Solarbabies (1986)

Birthday: Sep 10, 1958

Birthplace: Spangler, Pennsylvania, USA

Screenwriter/Director Chris Columbus sold his first movie script for Jocks while still a film student at New York University; although heavily rewritten by others for the screen, this piece got Columbus' foot in the big-time door. His breakthrough script for producer Steven Spielberg was for Gremlins, and was allegedly inspired by its writer's dreams of mice at his fingers. The film, which blended warmth and whimsy with violent slapstick and some truly mean-spirited moments, was even more vicious than what was seen onscreen before it was cleaned up by Spielberg, himself. The success of Gremlins secured Columbus future writing assignments on such Spielberg projects as Young Sherlock Holmes and The Goonies (both 1985). He also developed the concept for a 1986 television cartoon series, Galaxy High School, about an extraterrestrial school populated by weird-looking space aliens. Columbus was eventually given a chance to direct the medium-budget teen comedy Adventures in Babysitting in 1988. He followed this with Home Alone (1990), directed from a script by John Hughes, which made incredible amounts of money and planted Columbus firmly on the Hollywood "A" list. Columbus continued to alternate between writing and directing as a Hollywood fixture in the '90s, churning out such box-office bonanzas as Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), among other titles, before directing two even bigger blockbusters: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and its sequel the following year, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Although his 2005 adaptation of Rent failed to make much of an impression with moviegoers, he continued to act as a producer on a number of big-budget projects including Night at the Museum and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. In 2009 he directed I Love You, Beth Cooper, but found greater success the next year directing Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. In 2011 he got an Oscar nomination as one of the producers of The Help that drama was in the running for Best Picture.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Christmas Chronicles 2 Producer Director Screenwriter 2020
64% The Christmas Chronicles Producer 2018
83% Patti Cake$ Producer $0.8M 2017
No Score Yet Patti Cake$ Producer 2017
60% It Had to Be You Executive Producer $5.8K 2016
85% Tallulah Producer 2016
90% The Witch Executive Producer $19.3M 2016
47% The Young Messiah Producer 2016
90% Mediterranea Producer 2015
16% Pixels Producer Director $66.5M 2015
54% Little Accidents Executive Producer $5.5M 2015
33% Las Aparicio Executive Producer 2015
47% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Producer $81.6M 2014
42% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Executive Producer $68.6M 2013
76% The Help Producer $169.8M 2011
No Score Yet Ripley's Believe It or Not! Director 2011
50% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Producer Director $61.2M 2010
13% I Love You Beth Cooper Producer Director $14.9M 2009
45% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Producer $177.2M 2009
37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Executive Producer $131.8M 2007
60% Fog City Mavericks Actor 2007
43% Night at the Museum Producer $249.4M 2006
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Actor 2006
46% Rent Producer Director $29.1M 2005
27% Fantastic Four Producer Executive Producer $154.5M 2005
5% Christmas With the Kranks Producer Screenwriter $73.8M 2004
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Producer $249.4M 2004
83% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Executive Producer Director $261.9M 2002
81% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Executive Producer Director $317.6M 2001
19% Monkeybone Executive Producer $5M 2001
36% Bicentennial Man Director Producer 1999
45% Stepmom Producer Director 1998
15% Jingle All the Way Producer 1997
26% Nine Months Producer Director Screenwriter 1995
72% Mrs. Doubtfire Screenwriter Director 1993
33% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Director Screenwriter 1992
No Score Yet Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Screenwriter 1992
64% Only the Lonely Director Screenwriter 1991
65% Home Alone Screenwriter Director 1990
89% The Abyss Screenwriter 1989
38% Heartbreak Hotel Director Screenwriter 1988
74% The Lost Boys Screenwriter 1987
75% Adventures in Babysitting Screenwriter Director 1987
0% Solarbabies Screenwriter 1986
67% Young Sherlock Holmes Screenwriter 1985
71% The Goonies Screenwriter 1985
85% Gremlins Screenwriter 1984
No Score Yet Reckless Screenwriter 1984
92% Night Shift Screenwriter 1982


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Executive Producer Producer 2012
No Score Yet The Movies That Made Us


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