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Chris Columbus

Highest Rated:   95% Night Shift (1982)
Lowest Rated:   0% Solarbabies (1986)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
83% Patti Cake$
  • Producer
$0.8M 2017
No Score Yet I Kill Giants
  • Producer
2017
60% It Had to Be You
  • Executive Producer
$5.8k 2016
84% Tallulah
  • Producer
2016
91% The Witch
  • Executive Producer
$19.3M 2016
46% The Young Messiah
  • Producer
2016
90% Mediterranea
  • Producer
2015
17% Pixels
  • Director
  • Producer
$66.5M 2015
55% Little Accidents
  • Executive Producer
$5.5M 2015
33% Las Aparicio
  • Executive Producer
2015
49% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Producer
$81.6M 2014
42% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  • Executive Producer
$68.6M 2013
75% The Help
  • Producer
$169.8M 2011
No Score Yet Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  • Director
2011
49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$61.2M 2010
14% I Love You Beth Cooper
  • Producer
  • Director
$14.8M 2009
44% 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
$249.3M 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
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Producer
$249.4M 2004
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
$261.9M 2002
80% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
$317.6M 2001
20% Monkeybone
  • Executive Producer
$5M 2001
37% Bicentennial Man
  • Producer
  • Director
1999
44% Stepmom
  • Producer
  • Director
1998
17% Jingle All the Way
  • Producer
1997
27% Nine Months
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1995
71% Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Director
1993
27% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
  • Screenwriter
1992
62% Only the Lonely
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1991
62% Home Alone
  • Director
1990
89% The Abyss
  • Screenwriter
1989
38% Heartbreak Hotel
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1988
73% The Lost Boys
  • Screenwriter
1987
78% Adventures in Babysitting
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1987
0% Solarbabies
  • Screenwriter
1986
65% Young Sherlock Holmes
  • Screenwriter
1985
70% The Goonies
  • Screenwriter
1985
84% Gremlins
  • Screenwriter
1984
No Score Yet Reckless
  • Screenwriter
1984
95% Night Shift
  • Screenwriter
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet 3
2012
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2012

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