James L. Brooks

James L. Brooks

Highest Rated: 100% Icebox (2018)

Lowest Rated: 31% How Do You Know (2010)

Birthday: May 9, 1940

Birthplace: North Bergen, New Jersey, USA

Since the late 1960s, writer-director-producer James L. Brooks was a powerful comedic force on both the big screen and on television, creating multi-awarding winning fare that also proved to be smashing popular hits. After getting his start as a writer on shows like "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68) and "My Three Sons" (ABC/CBS, 1960-1972), Brooks created "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77), a groundbreaking sitcom centered around a single, independent woman that earned several Emmy Awards and became one of the most revered programs of all time. Brooks continued his television success with "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983) before experiencing Academy Award triumph with his sentimental, but not maudlin tragic-comedy, "Terms of Endearment" (1983). He followed up with "Broadcast News" (1987), a hilariously honest look at the complicated lives of people in the television news business, before creating with animator Matt Groening "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1990- ), an animated sitcom that became a cultural phenomenon and later a hugely successful movie in 2007. He had more critical and awards success with the heartwarming romantic comedy, "As Good As It Gets" (1997), which only confirmed his unique ability to create popular fare in all mediums that was also lauded by critics.

Highest rated movies

Modern Romance
Real Life




No Score Yet No Score Yet Maggie Simpson in The Force Awakens From Its Nap Producer - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Good, the Bart, and the Loki Producer - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Playdate With Destiny Executive Producer - 2020
100% 74% Icebox Producer - 2018
94% 83% The Edge of Seventeen Producer $14.4M 2016
No Score Yet 83% Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare Screenwriter - 2012
31% 25% How Do You Know Director,
$30.2M 2010
No Score Yet 71% Dreams on Spec Unknown (Character) - 2007
87% 77% The Simpsons Movie Writer,
$183.1M 2007
54% 60% Spanglish Director,
$42.0M 2004
49% 66% Riding in Cars With Boys Producer $29.8M 2001
85% 86% As Good as It Gets Director,
$147.6M 1997
85% 79% Bottle Rocket Executive Producer $488.6K 1996
84% 79% Jerry Maguire Producer $153.6M 1996
61% 42% I'll Do Anything Director,
$10.2M 1994
85% 71% The War of the Roses Producer $84.1M 1989
98% 85% Say Anything... Executive Producer $20.0M 1989
97% 82% Big Producer $113.5M 1988
98% 79% Broadcast News Director,
$49.2M 1987
78% 83% Terms of Endearment Director,
- 1983
82% 71% Modern Romance David (Character) - 1981
81% 82% Real Life Driving Evaluator (Character) - 1979
86% 57% Starting Over Producer - 1979
No Score Yet 70% Thursday's Game Producer,
- 1974


85% 75% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice),
Executive Producer
38% No Score Yet What About Joan Executive Producer 2001
85% 82% The Critic Executive Producer 1994-1995
No Score Yet 100% The Mary Tyler Moore Show Rabbi (Guest Star),
Executive Producer
No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Writer 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Writer 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning World Writer 1968
No Score Yet 90% The Andy Griffith Show Writer 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Writer 1966-1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Mother the Car Writer 1966