John Sayles

John Sayles

Highest Rated: 100% Passion Fish (1992)

Lowest Rated: 10% The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)

Birthday: Sep 28, 1950

Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, USA

After making his start as an actor and published author, John Sayles first entered filmmaking as a prolific screenwriter for low-budget producer Roger Corman, writing the scripts for "Piranha" (1978), "The Lady in Red" (1979) and "Battle Beyond the Stars" (1980). But when he decided to direct his own work, Sayles chose to explore social and political themes through richly drawn characters set against the backdrop of a unique time and place. His first, "The Return of the Secaucus Seven" (1980), was made for a scant $60,000, which established Sayles as a rugged, self-reliant director willing to avoid the studio system in order to make films that stood apart. Though he did use studio money to direct "Baby It's You" (1982) and the lush "Eight Men Out" (1988), Sayles was a beacon of hope and inspiration for aspiring filmmakers, and perhaps even the father of the independent movement of the early 1990s. By the time being an independent filmmaker was the hip new thing, Sayles already had an exemplary body of work that demonstrated the artistic freedom he sought to achieve by making a living as a script doctor-for-hire and using the money to finance his personal projects, which culminated in the exquisite crime thriller "Lone Star" (1996), which further established Sayles as a vibrant independent filmmaker.

Highest rated movies

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Texas Red Governor Johnson (Character) - 2021
74% 53% Go for Sisters Director,
Screenwriter,
Film Editor
$56K 2013
No Score Yet 62% The Normals Dr. Marx (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Legend Of Ivan Tors Self - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet ...But Film Is My Mistress Unknown (Character) - 2010
60% 56% Amigo Director,
Screenwriter,
Film Editor
$183.5K 2010
66% 42% Great Directors Self $17.9K 2009
58% 34% In the Electric Mist Michael Goldman (Character) - 2009
81% 63% The Spiderwick Chronicles Screenwriter $71.1M 2008
43% 47% My Mexican Shivah Executive Producer $13K 2007
69% 57% Honeydripper Director,
Writer
$267.9K 2007
48% 32% Silver City Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
$1M 2004
58% 50% Casa de los Babys Director,
Writer
$475.9K 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Storytellers Unknown (Character) - 2003
80% 57% Sunshine State Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
$3.1M 2002
88% 75% Girlfight Science Teacher (Character),
Executive Producer
$1.5M 2000
72% 69% Limbo Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
$2M 1999
88% 79% Gridlock'd Cop #1 (Character) $5.5M 1997
89% 90% Men With Guns Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
$910.3K 1997
94% 83% Lone Star Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
$13.1M 1996
No Score Yet 44% Men of War Screenwriter - 1995
96% 87% The Secret of Roan Inish Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
$82.6K 1994
92% 62% Matinee Bob (Character) $8.9M 1993
100% 82% Passion Fish Director,
Writer
$2.4M 1992
42% 58% Straight Talk Guy Girardi (Character) $20.1M 1992
94% 82% City of Hope Carl (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
$1.3M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Vegas Mike (Character) - 1990
90% 42% Breaking In Screenwriter $1.8M 1989
86% 79% Eight Men Out Ring Lardner (Character),
Director
$4.3M 1988
94% 93% Matewan Director,
Writer
$23.9K 1987
91% 69% Something Wild Motorcycle cop (Character) $6.4M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hard Choices Don (Character) - 1986
10% 47% The Clan of the Cave Bear Screenwriter $251.9K 1986
89% 75% The Brother From Another Planet Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
- 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Screenwriter - 1983
82% 63% Lianna Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
- 1983
94% 71% Baby, It's You Director,
Screenwriter
- 1983
70% 58% The Howling Writer - 1981
45% 42% Battle Beyond the Stars Screenwriter - 1980
81% 74% Return of the Secaucus 7 Howie (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
- 1980
69% 42% Piranha Writer - 1978

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Overheard With Evan Smith Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Take Part Live Guest 2013

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