Launched film career when a friend (who was a subcontractor at Brittanica Films) asked him to research historical re-enactments
First professional credit, as 2nd assistant director on Norman Jewison's "The Thomas Crown Affair"; film starred Steve McQueen
Was 2nd assistant director on Woody Allen's "Take the Money and Run"
First produced screenplays, "Hickey and Boggs" and "The Getaway"; both films starred McQueen
Received screenplay credit for John Huston's "The Mackintosh Man," starring Paul Newman
Made feature directorial debut with "Hard Times"; first collaboration with producer Lawrence Gordon
Received screenplay credit for another Newman vehicle "The Drowning Pool"
Wrote script for ABC TV movie pilot "Dog and Cat"
Credited as creator for spin-off police series "Dog and Cat"
Co-wrote and directed "The Driver," starring Ryan O'Neal as a laconic getaway driver for hire and Bruce Dern as a driven cop pursuing him
Directed "The Warriors," a story of violent street gangs which arguably became his most popular film due to its ongoing cult following; shared screenplay credit with David Shaber
First producing credit, Ridley Scott's "Alien"
Directed first Western "The Long Riders," which cast real-life acting brothers (the Keaches, Carradines, Quaids, and Guests) as historical outlaw siblings; first collaboration with musician Ry Cooder
Co-founded Phoenix Films with David Giler and Joseph Gallagher; company produced "Southern Comfort"; re-teamed with Keith Carradine
Scored big hit as co-writer and director of "48 Hrs."; starred Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in his film debut; re-teamed with producer Gordon
Co-scripted and directed rock 'n' roll fable "Streets of Fire"; flopped despite pulsating score by Cooder
Made debut as executive producer with James Cameron's "Aliens"; also credited for story
Re-teamed with Nolte for "Extreme Prejudice"
Co-executive produced HBO series "Tales From the Crypt" along with Robert Zemeckis, Joel Silver, Richard Donner, and Giler; also wrote and directed several episodes
Returned to direct "Another 48 Hrs."; seventh collaboration with Gordon
Co-scripted and co-produced "Alien3," directed by David Fincher
Directed and produced (with Neil Canton) "Geronimo: An American Legend"; co-scripted by John Milius
Co-wrote and directed disappointing "Wild Bill," an odd revisionist take on Wild Bill Hickock (portrayed by Jeff Bridges)
Executive produced (along with Zemeckis, Silver, Donner, and Giler) HBO anthology series "Perversions of Science"; also directed "Dream of Doom" episode
Directed futuristic thriller "Supernova"; replaced Geoffrey Wright, who left project due to creative differences; when Francis Ford Coppola was brought in to re-cut film, he decided to credit himself with pseudonym Thomas Lee and chose not to be associated with finished product
Directed episodes of HBO drama "Deadwood"
Produced and directed AMC miniseries "Broken Trail"; earned Emmy nomination for Best Directing for a Miniseries or TV Movie
Reunited with directory Ridley Scott to produce "Prometheus"
Returned to feature directing with action thriller "Bullet to the Head," starring Sylvester Stallone