Directed, wrote, edited and photographed the student short "Four in the Morning"
Produced, directed, wrote and photographed the documentary short "Venice: Theme and Variations"
Helmed the documentary short "The Sword and the Flute", featuring the sitar music of Ravi Shankar
Met Ishmail Merchant at a screening of "The Sword and the Flute"; together formed Merchant Ivory Productions (MIP)
Feature directing debut (and first MIP production), "The Householder"; first collaboration with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala who adapted from her novel
Co-wrote (with Jhabvala) and directed "Shakespeare Wallah", about a troupe of English actors travelling in India
First US-financed film, "The Guru", which he co-wrote with Jhabvala
Switched focus from India to America with "The Wild Party", evoking 1920s Hollywood
Feature acting debut as Man in Warehouse in "The Europeans"; first picture adapted form the work of Henry James; collaborated on screenplay with Jhabvala and directed
Helmed and adapted (with Jhabvala) "Quartet" from the novel by Jean Rhys
Second adaptation of James, "The Bostonians", featuring Christopher Reeve and Vanessa Redgrave
US TV producing debut, "Noon Wine" (PBS)
Breakthrough feature, "A Room With a View", based on the E.M. Forster novel; earned Best Director Oscar nomination
Directed second Forster adaptation, "Maurice"
First collaboration with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, "Howards End"; garnered second Best Director Oscar nomination; Vanessa Redgrave also co-starred
Directed Hopkins and Thompson in "The Remains of the Day", earning another Oscar nomination for Best Director; Christopher Reeve had featured role
Reteamed again with Hopkins for "Surviving Picasso"
Merchant-Ivory entered into production agreement with the UK-based Capitol Films
Directed critically-acclaimed "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries", based on the autobiographical novel by Kaylie Jones, daughter of novelist James Jones; shared screenplay credit with Jhabvala
Directed the period drama "The Golden Bowl"; released in USA in 2001
With Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, wrote screenplay for "Le Divorce" (lensed 2002); also directed