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John Milius

Highest Rated: 100% Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019)

Lowest Rated: 2% Texas Rangers (2001)

Birthday: Apr 11, 1944

Birthplace: Not Available

American director John Milius is regarded by some Hollywoodites as the living embodiment of the word "macho;" with this in mind, it is understandable that Milius would want to manifest his rugged view of the world in films after being rejected by the Marines for medical reasons. Winning a National Student Film Festival award in 1967 for I'm So Bored, a short subject filmed while the director was attending University of Southern California, Milius moved into studio work under the guidance of low-budget king Roger Corman and producer Lawrence Gordon. Milius' first major writing job was Evel Knievel (1969), a two-fisted biopic of the famed stunt driver. Other projects in the same gutsy vein followed: The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) (more introspective than most of Milius' work), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), and Magnum Force (1973). Milius' first directorial effort, Dillinger (1973), gave evidence of Roger Corman's penny-pinching influence, but the film's combination of stylistic bloodletting and strong male bonding was pure Milius. In The Wind and the Lion (1975), the director's first big-budget project, Milius took a minor incident in the history of American foreign relations and expanded it into a world-rattling mano y mano showdown between a proud Moroccan shiek and President Theodore Roosevelt. Milius shared an Oscar nomination with Francis Ford Coppola for the screenplay of Apocalypse Now (1979), though it's hard to tell from viewing that much-reshaped project who contributed what. While he continued working into the 1990s, Red Dawn, released in 1984, may well stand as Milius' most typical production: the film speculated that America's only line of defense against enemy invasion would be a legion of volatile, undisciplined, raging-hormone teenaged misfits.

Highest Rated Movies



100% Apocalypse Now: Final Cut Screenwriter 2019
No Score Yet Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray Narrator 2011
No Score Yet Sea of Darkness Actor 2009
No Score Yet Between the Lines: The True Story of Surfers and the Vietnam War Actor 2008
No Score Yet Rated R: Republicans in Hollywood Actor 2004
93% Riding Giants Actor $2.1M 2004
No Score Yet Discovering Treasure: The Story of 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre' Actor 2003
No Score Yet Go West, Young Man! Actor 2003
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls Actor 2003
2% Texas Rangers Screenwriter 2001
93% Apocalypse Now Redux Screenwriter $2M 2001
No Score Yet Rough Riders Screenwriter Director 1997
No Score Yet Motorcycle Gang Director 1994
79% Clear and Present Danger Screenwriter 1994
48% Geronimo - An American Legend Screenwriter 1993
100% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Actor 1991
25% The Flight of the Intruder Director Screenwriter $14.6M 1991
89% The Hunt for Red October Screenwriter 1990
No Score Yet First Works Actor 1989
55% Farewell to the King Director Screenwriter 1989
23% Fatal Beauty Producer 1987
70% Extreme Prejudice Screenwriter 1987
46% Red Dawn Screenwriter Director 1984
56% Uncommon Valor Producer 1983
66% Conan the Barbarian Director Screenwriter 1982
77% Used Cars Executive Producer 1980
42% 1941 Executive Producer 1979
76% Hardcore Executive Producer Producer 1979
98% Apocalypse Now Screenwriter 1979
64% Big Wednesday Screenwriter Director 1978
63% The Wind and the Lion Screenwriter Director 1975
No Score Yet Melvin Purvis, G-Man Screenwriter 1974
92% Dillinger Screenwriter Director 1973
75% Magnum Force Screenwriter 1973
78% The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Screenwriter 1972
95% Jeremiah Johnson Screenwriter 1972
No Score Yet Deadhead Miles Second State Trooper 1972
40% Evel Knievel Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet Marcello, I'm Bored Director 1966
98% The Searchers Narrated 1956


86% Rome
Co-creator Creator Director Screenwriter Executive Producer Producer 2007


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