Renny Harlin

Birthday: Mar 15, 1959
Birthplace: Not Available
Finnish director Renny Harlin did not come from an artistically inclined family (his parents were in the medical profession), but Harlin himself had determined his future before he was 12, via extensive use of a home movie camera. Harlin was a twenty-ish film school graduate when he set up his own production company; while he was fairly successful marketing documentaries and commercial shorts, young Harlin could not get anyone in Finland to bankroll him for a feature. He moved to the presumably greener pastures of Hollywood, where he finally realized his goal with the 1986 feature Born American. Harlan's direction of 1990's Die Hard 2 seemed to bode well for steady work in action films; unfortunately, his next effort (released the same month as Die Hard 2) was the ill-fated Andrew Dice Clay vehicle The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990). The collapse of this enterprise resulted in reams of magazine copy about the "once-promising" and "washed-up" Harlin. But in 1993, he responded with the successful Cliffhanger, which managed the remarkable feat of being an actor's picture (the star was Sylvester Stallone) and a director's picture all in one. Renny Harlin was married to actress Geena Davis, whom he directed in the 1995 swashbuckler Cutthroat Island. Though the couple would re-team the following year for Harlin's The Long Kiss Goodnight, they separated in 1997 and divorce soon followed. In 1999 Harlin took the action to the ocean with Long Kiss co-star Samuel L. Jackson in Deep Blue Sea, following in 2001 with the Sylvester Stallone adreno-racer Driven.Next up, Harlin was called in to rescue the production of the prequel Exorcist: The Beginning after countless problems including a completed film from director Paul Schrader that was virtually scrapped by an unsatisfied studio. Harlin followed this up with the thriller Mindhunters. While neither of those efforts were particularly successful upon release at the box office, in 2006 Harlin had returned to his position behind the camera once again to terrify moviegoers with a tale of four teens forced to do battle with a malevolent supernatural force in The Covenant.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Bodies at Rest Director 2019
No Score Yet Deep Blue Sea 2 - Double Feature Director 2018
39% Skiptrace Director 2016
3% The Legend of Hercules Producer $14.8M 2014
50% The Dyatlov Pass Incident (Devil's Pass) Director Producer 2013
35% The Resident Executive Producer 2012
32% 5 Days Of War Producer Director $17.7K 2011
No Score Yet Mannerheim Director 2010
100% Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Actor 2010
30% 12 Rounds Director $12.3M 2009
17% Cleaner Director 2008
4% The Covenant Director $23.3M 2006
24% Mindhunters Executive Producer Director 2005
14% Driven Director Producer 2001
59% Deep Blue Sea Director 1999
57% Blast From the Past Producer 1999
No Score Yet Mistrial Executive Producer 1996
69% The Long Kiss Goodnight Director Producer 1996
38% Cutthroat Island Producer Director 1995
11% Speechless Producer 1994
100% Rambling Rose Producer 1991
29% The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Director 1990
68% Die Hard 2 Director 1990
55% A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Director 1988
40% Prison Director 1988
No Score Yet Born American Director Screenwriter 1986


97% White Collar
  • 2012
88% Burn Notice
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010


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