Steven Zaillian

Steven Zaillian

Highest Rated: 100% Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

Lowest Rated: 4% The Cold Light of Day (2012)

Birthday: Jan 30, 1953

Birthplace: Fresno, California, USA

Having established himself as one of the top screenwriters working in Hollywood, Steven Zaillian made the successful transition to directing with the critically acclaimed drama, "Searching for Bobby Fisher" (1993). Though not a box office hit, the film was hailed for turning the world of competitive chess into fertile ground for compelling drama. Prior to his directing debut, Zaillian penned several notable films, including his first produced credit "The Falcon and the Snowman" (1985) and Penny Marshall's tear-jerking drama "Awakenings" (1990). But it was his script work on Steven Spielberg's stark Holocaust drama "Schindler's List" (1993) that earned him his first Academy Award. From there, he wrote a number of high-profile projects like "Clear and Present Danger" (1994) and "Mission: Impossible" (1996), while doing uncredited script doctoring on major blockbuster releases. He returned to the director's chair for the notable courtroom thriller, "A Civil Action" (1998), and collaborated with directors such as Ridley Scott on "Hannibal" (2001) and "Black Hawk Down" (2001), and Martin Scorsese on "Gangs of New York" (2002). After an unsuccessful third stab at directing with the critically maligned "All the King's Men" (2006), Zaillian returned to critical acclaim by penning "Moneyball" (2011) and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011), proving that he was one of the best screenwriters working in the business.




36% 22% Deep Water Producer - 2022
62% 86% Those Who Wish Me Dead Producer $7.3M 2021
95% 86% The Irishman Screenwriter - 2019
45% 49% Red Sparrow Producer $46.7M 2018
30% 35% Exodus: Gods and Kings Screenwriter $65.0M 2014
98% 88% Life Itself Executive Producer $809.7K 2014
4% 29% The Cold Light of Day Executive Producer $3.7M 2012
94% 86% Moneyball Screenwriter $75.6M 2011
86% 86% The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
$102.5M 2011
54% 58% Welcome to the Rileys Executive Producer $152.9K 2010
80% 89% American Gangster Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
$130.1M 2007
11% 40% All the King's Men Director,
$7.2M 2006
72% 81% Gangs of New York Screenwriter - 2002
39% 62% Hannibal Writer $165.1M 2001
62% 55% A Civil Action Director,
Executive Producer
$56.7M 1998
80% 74% Clear and Present Danger Screenwriter $121.5M 1994
98% 97% Schindler's List Screenwriter $96.6M 1993
100% 86% Searching for Bobby Fischer Director,
$7.9M 1993
89% 89% Awakenings Screenwriter $49.4M 1990
82% 69% The Falcon and the Snowman Writer $14.9M 1985
No Score Yet 29% Below the Belt Film Editing - 1980
No Score Yet 29% Breaker! Breaker! Film Editing - 1977