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Richard Donner

Highest Rated:   93% Superman (1978)
Lowest Rated:   11% Timeline (2003)
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Working briefly as an actor in the late 1950s, American director Richard Donner first wielded the megaphone for a group of TV commercials, then graduated to the weekly western Wanted: Dead or Alive. Some of Donner's best early work was concentrated on the fantasy anthology Twilight Zone, including the imperishable 1963 episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." Donner also worked for Hanna-Barbera, directing several episodes of "Danger Island", a component of the 1968 kid's series The Banana Splits; there was, however, very little that was "kiddie" about "Mystery Island," a hallucinatory symphony of hand-held camerawork. A film director since 1961 Donner turned to movie work full time with 1968's Salt and Pepper. The Omen (1976), a demonic-possession opus, was Donner's first major moneymaker, leading to his directing assignment on the first Superman film in 1978. Superman was popular enough to inspire three sequels, the first of which contained so much uncredited Donner-directed footage that the director was compelled to sue. Donner has struck gold at the box office several times since 1978, notably with the three action-packed Lethal Weapon films starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, and more recently with another Gibson vehicle, Maverick (1994).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine
  • Executive Producer
$179.8M 2009
56% 16 Blocks
  • Director
  • Actor
$37M 2006
11% Timeline
  • Producer
$19.4M 2003
No Score Yet The Omen Legacy
  • Actor
2001
81% X-Men
  • Executive Producer
$156.2M 2000
No Score Yet Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2000
51% Any Given Sunday
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1999
No Score Yet Made Men
  • Producer
1999
52% Lethal Weapon 4
  • Director
  • Producer
1998
No Score Yet Double Tap
  • Producer
1997
52% Conspiracy Theory
  • Producer
  • Director
1997
44% Free Willy 3: The Rescue
  • Executive Producer
1997
12% Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood
  • Executive Producer
1996
15% Assassins
  • Producer
  • Director
1995
33% Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1995
35% Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1995
67% Maverick
  • Director
  • Producer
1994
57% Free Willy
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1993
57% Lethal Weapon 3
  • Producer
  • Director
1992
32% Radio Flyer
  • Director
1992
44% Delirious
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet First Works
  • Actor
1989
83% Lethal Weapon 2
  • Director
  • Producer
1989
No Score Yet Tales from the Crypt
  • Director
1989
68% Scrooged
  • Director
  • Producer
1988
73% The Lost Boys
  • Executive Producer
1987
83% Lethal Weapon
  • Producer
  • Director
1987
70% The Goonies
  • Director
  • Producer
1985
65% Ladyhawke
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Producer
1985
11% The Toy
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet Inside Moves
  • Director
1982
87% Superman II
  • Director
1981
32% Omen III: The Final Conflict
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1981
93% Superman
  • Director
1978
86% The Omen
  • Actor
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet Lola (Twinky)
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet Marshal of Madrid
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet Salt and Pepper
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet X-15
  • Director
1961

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Director
  • Director
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre
1956-1961
  • Director
  • 1960

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