Joseph Ruben

Joseph Ruben

Highest Rated: 95% True Believer (1989)

Lowest Rated: 19% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017)

Birthday: May 10, 1950

Birthplace: Briarcliff, New York, USA

Ruben made his feature directorial debut at the ripe age of 24 with the bleak psychodrama "The Sister-in-Law" (1975). His subsequent work has included two low-budget looks at high school life ("The Pom Pom Girls" 1976, "Our Winning Season" 1978), a road movie ("Joyride" 1977), a nifty sci-fi thriller, "Dreamscape" (1984), starring Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, and Christopher Plummer and an engaging legal drama, "True Believer" (1989), starring James Woods and Robert Downey, Jr. Ruben seems at his best, however, when exploring the dark underbelly of that most sacred of American institutions, the family: cult favorite "The Stepfather" (1987) has "family man" Terry O'Quinn moving from town to town, settling in with a fatherless family, and then slaying them; "Sleeping with the Enemy" (1991), Ruben's first big commercial hit, sees Julia Roberts faking her own death in order to escape her obsessively possessive husband. He turned his attention to the children in "The Good Son" (1993) wherein the good Elijah Wood tries to warn his family about the pure murderous evil of his cousin Macaulay Culkin.




19% 51% The Ottoman Lieutenant Director $149.8K 2017
No Score Yet 19% Penthouse North Director,
- 2013
31% 36% The Forgotten Director $66.6M 2004
70% 74% Return to Paradise Director $8.3M 1998
22% 29% Money Train Director $35.1M 1995
26% 54% The Good Son Director,
$44.4M 1993
20% 60% Sleeping With the Enemy Director $100.3M 1991
95% 63% True Believer Director $8.7M 1989
88% 65% The Stepfather Director $1.6M 1987
78% 46% Dreamscape Director,
- 1984
No Score Yet 24% Gorp Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Winning Season Director - 1978
No Score Yet 18% Joyride Director,
- 1977
No Score Yet 32% The Pom Pom Girls Director,
- 1976
No Score Yet 8% The Sister-In-Law Director,
- 1974