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John McTiernan

Highest Rated:   92% Die Hard (1988)
Lowest Rated:   3% Rollerball (2002)
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A master craftsman notable for his almost Hitchcockian ability to create suspense and keep action moving at an exhilarating pace, director John McTiernan began his involved with theatrical arts early in life. His father was an opera singer, and McTiernan made his theatrical debut at age seven playing bit roles in his father's shows. After high school he became involved with summer stock, where he directed, acted, and designed until attended Julliard and New York University, where he studied film. He then became designer and technical director at the Manhattan School of Music. McTiernan went on to make over 200 television commercials before making his feature film debut by directing the fantasy horror movie Nomads (1985). He followed that up with Predator (1987), a sci-fi action film featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger that spawned a franchise. In 1988, McTiernan helmed his best-known film, the blockbuster Die Hard. Starring Bruce Willis, the film was a hit with both audiences and critics and would become one of the most influential action films ever made, inspiring countless "Die Hard in a [Blank]" followers.In the wake of Die Hard, McTiernan scored another hit with 1990's The Hunt for Red October, the first in a series of films based on Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series. However, his luck would change with 1992's Medicine Man and get even worse with 1993's Last Action Hero, a post-modern action fantasy regarded as one of the decade's biggest flops.To get Last Action Hero's taste out of his mouth, McTiernan returned to familiar territory in 1995, helming Die Hard with a Vengeance, the third in the series. It proved to be another hit, but McTiernan's career hit the skids over the next decade, with films like The 13th Warrior and Rollerball filling his resume. The Die Hard series proved yet again to be McTiernan's lucky-charm in 2007, when the series' fourth outing scored at the box-office.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
21% Basic
  • Director
2003
3% Rollerball
  • Director
2002
33% The 13th Warrior
  • Director
  • Producer
1999
70% The Thomas Crown Affair
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet Quicksilver Highway
  • Producer
1997
No Score Yet The Right To Remain Silent
  • Producer
1995
51% Die Hard: With a Vengeance
  • Director
  • Producer
1995
37% Last Action Hero
  • Producer
  • Director
1993
20% Medicine Man
  • Director
1992
25% The Flight of the Intruder
  • Producer
1991
86% The Hunt for Red October
  • Director
1990
92% Die Hard
  • Director
1988
78% Predator
  • Director
1987
13% Nomads
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986

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