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Walter Hill

Highest Rated:   100% Hard Times (1975)
Lowest Rated:   10% Supernova (2000)
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With his lean but bold and visually powerful approach, filmmaker Walter Hill's career proved that action films can be smart, stylish, and distinctive, and his movies put a fresh spin on the traditional themes of Westerns, crime dramas, and even buddy filmsThe son of a riveter who worked in shipbuilding, Hill was born in Long Beach, CA, on January 10, 1942. He briefly followed in his father's blue-collar footsteps, earning his living in oil drilling and construction, before focusing his career on the arts. Hill studied drawing for a spell in Mexico, and later enrolled at Michigan State University, where he received a degree in Journalism. In time, he developed a passion for filmmaking and moved back to California, where he earned his first movie credits as an assistant director on such pictures as The Thomas Crown Affair and Take the Money and Run. Hill next worked as a screenwriter; two films were based on his scripts in 1972: the dark crime drama Hickey and Boggs and Sam Peckinpah's adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel The Getaway. Hill's taut, muscular screenplays, sometimes written in blank verse, earned him a potent reputation in the industry, and, in 1975, he landed his first assignment as a director when he brought his own script, Hard Times, to the screen with Charles Bronson and James Coburn in the leads. While his next project as a writer/director, The Driver, earned a cult following, Hill's third feature really put him on the map. The Warriors earned both rave reviews and controversy; the tale of a New York street gang making its way home through unfriendly territory was accused of inspiring a number of violent incidents at theaters showing the film. However, it also earned a handsome profit, allowing Hill to take on two more ambitious projects: The Long Riders, a period Western in which a number of criminal siblings join forces, and Southern Comfort, an atmospheric suspense film about men on Army Reserve exercises who discover they're fighting a real war. The director then scored a blockbuster with the Eddie Murphy/Nick Nolte comedy 48 Hours. His subsequent movies tended to be more cult-oriented than bona fide hits, but Hill's sharp visual style and tough, street-smart scripts kept him in demand, and he earned some of his strongest reviews in years for his 2002 boxing-behind-bars drama Undisputed. In 1979, Hill moved into producing, working behind the scenes on the sci-fi smash Alien, and helped produce most of his own films, as well as the successful HBO series Tales From the Crypt. He also helped end the career of the infamous and imaginary director Alan Smithee; Hill was hired to step in as director on the troubled sci-fi epic Supernova shortly before shooting began, but opted out of the project before editing was completed, and requested that his name be removed from the film. Since the Director's Guild of America's registered pseudonym for dissatisfied filmmakers, Alan Smithee, had become common knowledge in the wake of the comedy An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn, a new assumed name was created to accommodate Hill -- Thomas Lee -- and the name Smithee was officially retired.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
71% Alien: Covenant
  • Producer
$74.3M 2017
31% The Assignment
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2017
47% Bullet to the Head
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$9.6M 2013
72% Prometheus
  • Producer
$126.5M 2012
No Score Yet Becoming John Ford
  • Actor
2008
12% Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2)
  • Producer
$41.7M 2007
No Score Yet Alien3 (Special Edition)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2007
No Score Yet Alien Resurrection (Special Edition)
  • Producer
2007
No Score Yet Broken Trail
  • Producer
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Little Sister
  • Director
2006
21% AVP - Alien Vs. Predator
  • Producer
$80.3M 2004
94% Alien: The Director's Cut
  • Producer
2003
48% Undisputed
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2002
No Score Yet Hard Times
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2001
10% Supernova
  • Director
2000
54% Alien Resurrection
  • Producer
1997
No Score Yet Howard Hawks: American Artist
  • Actor
1997
37% Last Man Standing
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1996
12% Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood
  • Executive Producer
1996
41% Wild Bill
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1995
35% Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight
  • Executive Producer
1995
33% The Getaway
  • Screenwriter
1994
96% The Fugitive
  • Screenwriter
1993
53% Geronimo - An American Legend
  • Director
1993
46% Alien3
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1992
68% Trespass
  • Director
1992
15% Another 48 Hrs.
  • Director
1990
62% Johnny Handsome
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Tales from the Crypt
  • Director
1989
62% Red Heat
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1988
71% Extreme Prejudice
  • Director
1987
98% Aliens
  • Executive Producer
1986
No Score Yet Blue City
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1986
79% Crossroads
  • Director
1986
36% Brewster's Millions
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet The G.I. Executioner
  • Actor
1985
64% Streets of Fire
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1984
92% 48 HRS
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1982
88% Southern Comfort
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1981
82% The Long Riders
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1980
97% Alien
  • Producer
1979
89% The Warriors
  • Director
1979
80% The Driver
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1978
50% The Drowning Pool
  • Screenwriter
1975
100% Hard Times
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet G.I. Executioner (Wild Dragon Lady) (Wit's End)
  • Actor
1974
50% The MacKintosh Man
  • Screenwriter
1973
No Score Yet The Thief Who Came to Dinner
  • Screenwriter
1973
85% The Getaway
  • Screenwriter
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Deadwood
2004-2006
  • Director
  • 2004

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