Indie Action Movie Filmmakers

by muybueno16 | created - 24 Oct 2015 | updated - 27 Oct 2015 | Public

Any directors, writers or other crew members who have successfully funded their own personal Action/Adventure/Crime/Thriller movies starring beloved familiar cast members and sometimes filming under budget in a quite impressive nature.

1. William Kaufman

Director | Sinners and Saints

Having grown up on the move, Kaufman had the opportunity to live all over the world, before settling in the States after high school. While in film school at the University of North Texas, he started his career working in the special effects department, where he learned the intricacies of feature ...

3. Roger Christian

Set_decorator | Star Wars

Academy Award winner Roger Christian has had an extensive film career. He won an Academy Award for set decoration on director George Lucas's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), which began a long collaboration between the filmmakers. Christian subsequently worked with Lucas on Star Wars: ...

Ignore his 1997 and 2000 respective duds and focus on his other material which is up to par.

4. Chad Law

Writer | Daylight's End

Born and raised in the small town of Farmland, Indiana, Chad is the oldest child of Ed and Nancy Law. His love for film started at a very early age when his father began taking him to genre films such as "Stephen King's Silver Bullet", "The Lost Boys" and "Big Trouble in Little China". After ...

5. Timothy Woodward Jr.

Director | The Final Wish

Timothy Woodward Jr. was born October 15, 1983 in Georgetown, SC. His love for film began early when he saw his first theatrical film. Woodward began his career acting in television series, but in recent years has moved primarily behind the camera. He cut his directing teeth on music videos and ...

6. Keanu Reeves

Actor | The Matrix

Keanu Charles Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the son of Patricia Taylor, a showgirl and costume designer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, ...

7. Evan Law

Writer | The Hit List

Born and raised in the small town of Farmland, Indiana, Evan is the youngest child of parents Ed and Nancy Law. His love of film began at a very early age when his father began taking him to such genre movies as "Big Trouble in Little China" and "Conan the Barbarian." After receiving their first ...

8. Fred Olen Ray

Director | Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood

Fred Olen Ray spent most of his childhood in Florida, where he was always a fan of horror movies on TV. He collected autographs of many of the actors in those films where he met Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. His early career was filled with low-budget horror and science-fiction films, but the ...

9. Isaac Florentine

Director | Undisputed II: Last Man Standing

Adored by his fans for many years Isaac Florentine has built up his excellent reputation within the movie business. At first attracting the action movie fans, Isaac moved into the mainstream with New Line's release Undisputed II: Last man standing. The film received rave reviews not only for its ...

10. Jim Wynorski

Director | The Lost Empire

A 25-year veteran in the Hollywood exploitation field, writer/producer/director Jim Wynorski is responsible for over 150 varied motion pictures in a myriad of genres. Leaving behind a successful commercial business in New York, Wynorski relocated to California in 1980 and soon found himself on the ...

12. Steve Latshaw

Writer | Command Performance

Born in Decatur, Illinois, Steve began his film career in a distinctly Corman-esque style, directing a string of successful B movies in Florida in the early 90s. These included the home video/cable hits Dark Universe (1993) and Jack-O (1995), as well as the cult classic Vampire Trailer Park (1991)....

13. Richard Pepin

Producer | Mindstorm

Richard Pepin was born in Canada. He is a producer and cinematographer, known for Mindstorm (2001), L.A. Heat (1996) and The Sender (1998).

14. Joseph Merhi

Producer | Spartan

Joseph Merhi was born on October 23, 1953 in Syria as Joseph Toufik Merhi. He is a producer and writer, known for Spartan (2004), Mayhem (1986) and L.A. Heat (1996).

15. Roger Corman

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Roger William Corman was born April 5, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan. Initially following in his father's footsteps, Corman studied engineering at Stanford University but while in school, he began to lose interest in the profession and developed a growing passion for film. Upon graduation, he worked a...

17. Mark L. Lester

Director | Firestarter

Director, writer and producer Mark L. Lester has created high-action films throughout his career, including some of the world's biggest box office draws. His directorial expertise has garnered praise for such films as Arnold Schwarzenegger's box-office mega-hit Commando (1985), Stephen King's ...

18. Craig Ross Jr.

Director | Blue Hill Avenue

Craig Ross Jr. was born in Massachusetts, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Blue Hill Avenue (2001), The Mannsfield 12 (2007) and The Affair (2014).

19. Scott Thomas

Director | Anacardium

Scott Thomas is a producer and director, known for Anacardium (2001), Latin Dragon (2004) and NightMan (1997).

20. Craig R. Baxley

Director | Action Jackson

Craig Baxley is a third-generation filmmaker. After starting his career in front of the camera, working his way up as a successful stunt coordinator and second unit director on films like Predator (1987), Reds (1981), The Long Riders (1980) and The Warriors (1979) (with such talented directors as ...

21. Avi Nesher

Director | Timebomb

Avi Nesher's award-winning films have played a major part in Israeli cinema's rise to prominence during the last decade. During that period, remarkably enough, four Israeli movies were nominated for Best Foreign Picture. During that era Nesher was singled out and honored several times as one of ...

22. Philippe Mora

Director | Mad Dog Morgan

Philippe Mora is a highly talented artist and film-maker with an impressive resume to boast of. He was born in Paris in 1949 to Georges and Mirka Mora, who moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1951. There the elder Moras became very important local artistic and cultural figures. Georges was an art ...

23. John Murlowski

Director | Black Cadillac

John Murlowski is a director and producer, known for Black Cadillac (2003), Assimilate (2019) and Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (1998).

24. Roel Reiné

Director | Michiel de Ruyter

Roel Reine was born in The Netherlands, and with his first theatrical feature 'The Delivery' he won The Golden Calf for Best Director (the Dutch equivalent to an Academy Award). In 2005 Roel Reine has moved to Los Angeles and has directed now an impressive slate of 16 feature films for studios like...

25. Stephen Reynolds

Director | Snowman

Stephen Reynolds is a writer, director, editor and cameraman that has built a reputation for shooting fast with minimal budget and producing extremely high production values. He is known for his fast paced shooting style and energy whilst maintaining a strong and slick visual aesthetic. His first ...

26. Jon Hess

Director | Watchers

A graduate of NYU film school.

27. Richard Stanley

Writer | Hardware

Richard Stanley is the award-winning South African-born filmmaker, who made a name of himself with his first feature film, the sci-fi movie Hardware (1990). A low budget movie about a mad-dog android loose in an apartment was released in 1990. Critics slammed it as a Terminator rip-off, yet the ...

30. Nick Gomez

Director | Daredevil

Nick Gomez started his career with Laws of Gravity. This highly acclaimed indie, played in festivals worldwide and was added to the Museum of Modern Art's prestigious Permanent Collection. His feature credits include New Jersey Drive and Drowning Mona. His TV credits include The Sopranos, Oz, True ...

31. Robert Rodriguez

Producer | El mariachi

Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent.

Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York (1981), none ...

32. Jon Cassar

Producer | 24

Jon Cassar was born on April 27, 1958 in Malta. He is a producer and director, known for 24: Redemption (2008), Forsaken (2015) and When the Bough Breaks (2016).

33. Ryan Combs

Director | Double Tap

Compton, California, synonymous with violence and drugs, has chewed up and spit out many of its inhabitants. Suffering loss is not uncommon for families in this area, but writer, director & producer Ryan Combs' story is an exception to the rule. By the age of 11, Ryan had lost both parents to the ...

34. Tony Krantz

Producer | Mulholland Dr.

Tony Krantz is a producer and writer, known for Mulholland Drive (2001), 24 (2001) and The Big Bang (2010).

35. Ben Wheatley

Director | Free Fire

Ben Wheatley was born in May 1972 in Billericay, Essex, England. He is a director and writer, known for Free Fire (2016), Kill List (2011) and Down Terrace (2009).

36. Neil Marshall

Director | Dog Soldiers

Neil Marshall was born on May 25, 1970 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He is a director and producer, known for Dog Soldiers (2002), The Descent (2005) and Doomsday (2008). He was previously married to Axelle Carolyn.

37. Simon Phillips

Actor | Age of the Living Dead

Simon Phillips is a British actor and producer working in independent British films. He is best known for the Jack trilogy (Jack Says, Jack Said and Jack Falls) and The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan features films. He has appeared in feature films with Danny Dyer, Jason Flemyng, David ...

39. Avi Lerner

Producer | Criminal

Nu Image, Inc. Co-Chairman and principal Avi Lerner is one of the most experienced, prolific and successful independent filmmakers of our time. A well respected feature film producer and distributor, Lerner's reputation, business acumen and impact on the motion picture industry is known worldwide.


40. Danny Lerner

Producer | Autómata

Danny Lerner was born in Israel, his industry career started with working in the distribution of films: he went on to manage a cinema chain and subsequently moved into production when he joined Nu World Productions in 1986.

Since then, he has produced over 70 films, shot on location in South Africa,...

41. Kevin Bernhardt

Actor | Medieval

25+ films produced with stars Orlando Bloom, Ben Foster, Chris Rock, Mike Shannon, Michael Caine, Kevin Bacon, Nick Nolte, Til Schweiger, Donald Sutherland, William Moseley, Christopher Plummer, Djimon Hounsou, Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, Charlie Sheen, Dolph Lundgren, John Lithgow, and ...

42. Daniel Bernhardt

Actor | Atomic Blonde

Daniel Bernhardt was born on the 31st August 1965 in Worblaufen, Bern in Switzerland. After finishing high school, he studied architectural design for four years and graduated in Bern. At the same time he opened a martial arts school with his brother. After completing his studies, Daniel moved to ...

43. John Thompson

Producer | Brooklyn's Finest

John Thompson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a producer and assistant director, known for Brooklyn's Finest (2009), Criminal (2016) and Hellboy (2019). He was married to Tatiana Thompson. He died on January 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

44. Boaz Davidson

Producer | Criminal

Boaz Davidson was born on November 8, 1943 in Tel Aviv, Palestine. He is a producer and writer, known for Criminal (2016), Lemon Popsicle (1978) and 16 Blocks (2006).

46. Michael Stevens

Producer | The Thin Red Line

Michael Stevens was born on November 21, 1966 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Michael Murrow Stevens. He was a producer and writer, known for The Thin Red Line (1998), Herblock: The Black & the White (2013) and The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (2012). He was married to Ali ...

47. Mark Roper

Producer | Don't Breathe

Mark Roper was born on March 16, 1958 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and assistant director, known for Don't Breathe (2016), Killing Season (2013) and Conan the Barbarian (2011).

48. Yossi Wein

Director | Disaster

He was born in Poland. In 1968 he left for Israel. He studied history and philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He had worked in cinematography since 1972 as the director of cinematography or the film director. He made over 60 feature films, dramas and documentaries. He spent most of ...

49. David Sparling

Writer | Operation Delta Force 4: Deep Fault

Currently teaching Drama/TV Productions at Lake Region High School, Eagle Lake Florida

50. Dolph Lundgren

Actor | Rocky IV

Dolph Lundgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Sigrid Birgitta (Tjerneld), a language teacher, and Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren, an engineer and economist for the Swedish government. He lived in Stockholm until the age of 13, when he moved in with his grandparents in Nyland, Ångermanland, Sweden. ...

51. Raul Inglis

Writer | Transparency

Raul Inglis was born in Mexico City, Mexico as Raul Sanchez Inglis. He is a writer and director, known for Transparency (2010), The Falling (1998) and Vice (2008).

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