Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich

Highest Rated: 65% Independence Day (1996)

Lowest Rated: 0% Moon 44 (1990)

Birthday: Nov 10, 1955

Birthplace: Not Available

A director/writer/producer with a flair for special effects-driven action, German Roland Emmerich made himself at home in blockbuster-hungry 1990s Hollywood. Born and educated in West Germany, Emmerich studied production design as well as direction at the Munich Film and Television School. After his student film, The Noah's Ark Principle, debuted at the 1984 Berlin Film Festival, Emmerich formed his production company Centropolis and directed supernatural fantasies Making Contact (1986) and Ghost Chase (1987), and the straight-to-video action film Moon 44 (1990). On the latter, he met actor Dean Devlin who subsequently switched jobs to become Emmerich's writing and producing partner once Emmerich set up shop in Hollywood.After making his solo Hollywood debut directing Jean-Claude Van Damme in the cyborg action fest Universal Soldier (1992), Emmerich and Devlin revealed a talent for conjuring A-level action spectacles out of B-movie scenarios with their first film together, Stargate (1994). A space odyssey mixing ancient Egyptiana and high-tech wizardry, Stargate became an unexpected hit. Emmerich hit his blockbuster stride with his next film, Independence Day (1996). With its eye-popping destruction of major cities and climactic annihilation of a spacecraft via portable computer, Independence Day blew away its summer movie competition on the strength of its visual flash. Geared to repeat with the endlessly- and creatively-hyped version of Godzilla (1998), Emmerich instead faced the conundrum of directing a $100 million grossing film that did not live up to box office expectations. Emmerich and Devlin next turned their epic visions to the decidedly lower-tech (but still CGI-enhanced) action of the American Revolution in the Mel Gibson summer vehicle The Patriot (2000).

Highest Rated Movies



42% Midway Director Producer 2019
29% Independence Day: Resurgence Producer Screenwriter Director $103.2M 2016
9% Stonewall Producer Director 2015
51% White House Down Screenwriter Producer Director $73.2M 2013
No Score Yet Last Will & Testament Executive Producer 2012
No Score Yet Der Bernd Actor 2012
45% Anonymous Producer Director $4.5M 2011
No Score Yet Hell Producer Executive Producer 2011
39% 2012 Executive Producer Director Screenwriter $166.2M 2009
8% 10,000 B.C. Director Screenwriter Producer $94.8M 2008
33% Trade Producer $0.2M 2007
44% The Day After Tomorrow Producer Screenwriter Director $186.6M 2004
48% Eight Legged Freaks Executive Producer $17.3M 2002
61% The Patriot Director $2.4M 2000
29% The Thirteenth Floor Producer 1999
16% Godzilla Executive Producer Director Producer Screenwriter 1998
No Score Yet High Crusade Producer 1997
65% Independence Day Screenwriter Producer Director 1996
51% Stargate Director 1994
No Score Yet The High Crusade Producer 1994
29% Universal Soldier Director Screenwriter 1992
No Score Yet Eye of the Storm Executive Producer 1991
0% Moon 44 Director 1990
No Score Yet Ghost Chase Director Screenwriter 1988
No Score Yet Making Contact Screenwriter Director 1986
No Score Yet Das Arche Noah Prinzip (The Noah's Ark Principle) Director 1984


No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Guest 2016
45% The Visitor
Executive Producer


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