David Fincher

David Fincher

Highest Rated: 96% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

Lowest Rated: 20% Love and Other Disasters (2006)

Birthday: Aug 28, 1962

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, USA

With only a handful of credits tucked under his belt, wunderkind prodigy David Fincher became one of the most celebrated artists to scale the heights of Tinseltown during the late '90s and early 2000s. Although Fincher met with some derision early on, as the director of the critically excoriated Alien 3 in 1992, his work on Seven three years down the road won him critical approval and unanimous acceptance across the industry, and marked only the beginning of an influential, splashy career.Born on May 10, 1962, Fincher originally hailed from Denver. Like one of his predecessors, the infamous Kenneth Anger, he stepped behind a camera at the tender age of eight and, particularly inspired by the work of George Lucas, reeled in his first major industry job ten years later at Lucas' own Industrial Light and Magic. After his four-year stint at ILM, during which he worked on such productions as Return of the Jedi (1983) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Fincher helmed commercials and music videos for the likes of Aerosmith, Paula Abdul, and Madonna. Following the disappointment of Alien 3, his directorial debut, the filmmaker received Andrew Kevin Walker's screenplay for Seven, and almost immediately signed on to helm it; it reached cinemas in late 1995. A noirish, grimly atmospheric crime thriller starring Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt as detectives following the gruesome trail of a serial killer (Kevin Spacey), innumerable critics hailed the picture as one of the most innovative and unsettling of the decade, and duly established its director as one of Hollywood's most exciting and unusual new talents. Relentlessly grim and oozing with rancid cynicism, this A-budget feature strayed so far from the escapist fare that typically primes a film for mainstream box-office success that many insiders anticipated limited appeal, but Fincher's stylistic panache and inhibition-defying gutsiness turned Seven into a runaway smash, on both commercial and critical fronts. Because the acclaim surrounding Seven made the relatively unknown Fincher one of Hollywood's hottest young directors, considerable anticipation and buzz surrounded his follow-up, The Game. Released in 1997 and starring Michael Douglas as a soulless attorney who becomes caught up in the sinister, Kafka-esque machinations of the titular scheme, the work boasted almost as much feel-bad cynicism as Seven, but failed to resonate with audiences or critics who found it hopelessly convoluted and shallow.The relative disappointment of The Game, however, did little to dim the excitement that accompanied Fincher's next project, a screen adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's apocalyptic, of-the-moment novel Fight Club. Featuring a sterling cast that included Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, and Seven collaborator Pitt, the 1999 film -- about a couple of depressed urban loners (Norton and Pitt), who vent their aggressions in ultra-violent street brawls -- was easily one of the most publicized of the decade and no less dynamic than either of Fincher's prior films. Fueled in equal measure by stylistic audacity and the spirit of disenfranchised machismo, Fight Club failed to become the incendiary hit both its fans and detractors predicted, although its pre-millennial nihilism influenced directors for years to come and garnered a passionate cult fan base. In spite (or perhaps because) of Fight Club, expectations were high for Fincher's next project, Panic Room, a thriller starring Jodie Foster, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, and Dwight Yoakam, and penned by the prolific David Koepp (Bad Influence, Carlito's Way). As pure an exercise in suspense as could be expected from the director, the film ratcheted up tension as it told the tale of a newly single Manhattan mother (Foster) and her diabetic daughter (Kristen Stewart) who use a high-tech "safe space" to protect themselves from a particularly nasty trio of burglars. Calling to mind the brutality of Peckinpah, Panic Room was greeted by pos


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Mank Director 2020
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web Executive Producer 2018
No Score Yet Millennium: A Garota na Teia de Aranha Executive Producer 2018
96% Hitchcock/Truffaut Actor $0.4M 2015
87% Gone Girl Director 2014
53% Oblivion Producer $89.1M 2013
93% Side by Side David Fincher $29.1K 2012
No Score Yet King Of Clip Director 2012
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Director $102.6M 2011
No Score Yet Reincarnation of Peter Proud Director 2011
96% The Social Network Director Screenwriter $96.5M 2010
No Score Yet Logorama Actor 2010
71% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Producer Director $127.5M 2008
89% Zodiac Director $33.1M 2007
No Score Yet Alien3 (Special Edition) Director 2007
20% Love and Other Disasters Producer 2006
55% Lords of Dogtown Executive Producer $11.1M 2005
39% Full Frontal Film Director 2002
75% Panic Room Director Screenwriter $95.4M 2002
No Score Yet Star Producer 2001
No Score Yet The Follow Executive Producer 2001
No Score Yet Ambush Executive Producer 2001
No Score Yet Chosen Executive Producer 2001
79% Fight Club Director 1999
73% The Game Director 1997
81% Seven (Se7en) Screenwriter Director 1995
43% Alien3 Director 1992
No Score Yet Rick Springfield - The Beat of the Live Drum Director 1985
No Score Yet Alien Legacy Director 1979


77% Love, Death & Robots
Executive Producer 2019
97% Mindhunter
Executive Producer 2019
77% House of Cards
Executive Producer Director Producer 2018
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
Guest 2014
No Score Yet House of Cards
Executive Producer Director
No Score Yet Living on Video
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