Jon Avnet

Jon Avnet

Highest Rated: 100% Uprising (2001)

Lowest Rated: 0% Funny About Love (1990)

Birthday: Nov 17, 1949

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, New York, USA

Had prominent Hollywood director/producer Jon Avnet gone into business as originally intended, Hollywood may likely be a very different place today. The man who brought such memorable features as Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and The War (1994) to the big screen, Avnet deserves some credit for nurturing the careers of such future Hollywood players as Kathy Bates and Elijah Wood. A native of Brooklyn, NY, who was steered toward filmmaking after winning a directing fellowship at the American Film Institute, Avnet's early success came as a producer. Frequently teaming with longtime collaborators Steve Tisch and Jordan Kerner for such popular 1980s efforts as Risky Business (1983), The Burning Bed (1984), and Less Than Zero (1987), that decade also found Avnet making his directorial debut with the made-for-television drama Between Two Women (again featuring Burning Bed star Farrah Fawcett). Though he wouldn't step into the director's chair again until 1991's Fried Green Tomatoes, success as a producer came often with films such as Tango and Cash (1989). Regardless of his notable success in the 1980s, it was the 1990s that found Avnet truly coming into his own behind the camera. His films Fried Green Tomatoes, The War, and Up Close & Personal (1996) all possessed a warm glow in their telling of remarkably personal tales, and though the latter two may not have achieved the box-office success of his sophomore effort, his continuing work as a producer yielded such hits as The Mighty Ducks (1992) and George of the Jungle (1997). In 1997, Avnet moved into thriller territory with Red Corner (serving double duty as producer and director), and the millennial turnover found him blending his unique style of remarkably personal drama with factual historical events in the acclaimed made-for-television effort Uprising (2001). The tale of a Jewish uprising in the Warsaw ghetto in 1943, the movie was nominated for numerous Emmys and Golden Globes and ultimately took home an Emmy for Outstanding Stunt Coordination. In 2002, Avnet would again step behind the camera for the pilot episode of television's Boomtown, and shortly thereafter he would produce the Gwyneth Paltrow/Jude Law sci-fi thriller The World of Tomorrow (2004).

Highest Rated Movies



43% Three Christs Screenwriter Director Producer 2020
44% Four Good Days Producer 2020
64% Jackie & Ryan Executive Producer Producer 2015
No Score Yet Have A Little Faith Director Executive Producer 2011
85% Black Swan Executive Producer $107M 2010
18% Righteous Kill Producer Director Screenwriter $40M 2008
5% 88 Minutes Producer Director Screenwriter $17M 2008
No Score Yet The Starter Wife Director 2007
17% Land of the Blind Producer 2006
71% Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Producer $37.7M 2004
100% Uprising Screenwriter Director Producer 2001
51% Steal This Movie Executive Producer 2000
74% Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Producer 2000
No Score Yet A House Divided Executive Producer 2000
No Score Yet Mama Flora's Family Executive Producer 1999
21% Inspector Gadget Executive Producer 1999
No Score Yet My Last Love Executive Producer 1999
No Score Yet Poodle Springs Producer 1998
30% Red Corner Producer Director 1997
57% George of the Jungle Producer 1997
20% D3: The Mighty Ducks Producer 1996
31% Up Close & Personal Producer Director 1996
45% Miami Rhapsody Executive Producer 1995
25% The War Director Producer 1994
71% When a Man Loves a Woman Producer 1994
20% D2: The Mighty Ducks Producer 1994
No Score Yet Naomi and Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge Producer 1994
No Score Yet The Nightman Executive Producer 1994
28% The Three Musketeers Executive Producer 1993
23% The Mighty Ducks Producer 1992
No Score Yet For Their Own Good Executive Producer 1992
74% Fried Green Tomatoes Director Producer Screenwriter 1991
No Score Yet Backfield in Motion Executive Producer 1991
No Score Yet In Love and War Producer 1991
0% Funny About Love Producer 1990
81% Men Don't Leave Producer 1990
30% Tango & Cash Producer 1989
No Score Yet Do You Know the Muffin Man? Producer 1989
No Score Yet Breaking Point Producer 1989
No Score Yet Side by Side Executive Producer 1988
50% Less Than Zero Producer 1987
No Score Yet Between Two Women Screenwriter Director 1986
No Score Yet Triplecross Executive Producer 1985
No Score Yet The Burning Bed Executive Producer 1984
No Score Yet Calendar Girl Murders Producer 1984
11% Deal of the Century Executive Producer 1983
92% Risky Business Producer 1983
No Score Yet Prime Suspect Producer 1982
No Score Yet Homeward Bound Producer 1980
No Score Yet Coast to Coast Producer 1980
No Score Yet Checkered Flag or Crash Producer 1978


97% Justified
Director 2015
68% Rake
Director 2014
96% Boomtown
Director Executive Producer 2003


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