John McTiernan

John Campbell McTiernan Jr. (born January 8, 1951) is an American filmmaker. He is best known for his action films, especially Predator (1987), Die Hard (1988), and The Hunt for Red October (1990). His later well-known films include the action-comedy-fantasy film Last Action Hero (1993), the action film sequel Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), the heist-film remake The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), and The 13th Warrior (1999). His last completed feature film was the mystery-thriller Basic, released in 2003. He pleaded guilty to perjury and lying to an FBI investigator in regard to his hiring of the private investigator Anthony Pellicano in late 2000 to illegally wiretap the phone calls of two people, one of whom was Charles Roven, a co-producer of his dystopian science-fiction action film remake Rollerball (2002). He was incarcerated in federal prison from April 2013 to February 2014. During his imprisonment, he filed for bankruptcy amidst foreclosure proceedings for his large ranch residence.

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

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A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Rene Russo  •  Denis Leary  •  Ben Gazzara

A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Rene Russo  •  Denis Leary  •  Ben Gazzara

Die Hard (1988)

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NYPD cop John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when, minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Alan Rickman  •  Reginald VelJohnson  •  Bonnie Bedelia

NYPD cop John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when, minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Alan Rickman  •  Reginald VelJohnson  •  Bonnie Bedelia

Basic (2003)

A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Connie Nielsen  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Giovanni Ribisi

A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Connie Nielsen  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Giovanni Ribisi

Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)

New York detective John McClane is back and kicking bad-guy butt in the third installment of this action-packed series, which finds him teaming with civilian Zeus Carver to prevent the loss of innocent lives. McClane thought he'd seen it all, until a genius named ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Graham Greene

New York detective John McClane is back and kicking bad-guy butt in the third installment of this action-packed series, which finds him teaming with civilian Zeus Carver to prevent the loss of innocent lives. McClane thought he'd seen it all, until a genius named ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Graham Greene

Last Action Hero (1993)

Danny is obsessed with a fictional movie character action hero Jack Slater. When a magical ticket transports him into Jack's latest adventure, Danny finds himself in a world where movie magic and reality collide. Now it's up to Danny to save the life of his hero ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Austin O'Brien  •  Charles Dance  •  F. Murray Abraham

Danny is obsessed with a fictional movie character action hero Jack Slater. When a magical ticket transports him into Jack's latest adventure, Danny finds himself in a world where movie magic and reality collide. Now it's up to Danny to save the life of his hero ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Austin O'Brien  •  Charles Dance  •  F. Murray Abraham

Predator (1987)

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A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Carl Weathers  •  Elpidia Carrillo  •  Bill Duke

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Carl Weathers  •  Elpidia Carrillo  •  Bill Duke

Rollerball (2002)

In this fast action-packed thriller, Jonathan, Marcus, and Aurora compete in a dangerous, fierce sport called Rollerball. Although, Johnathan and Marcus try to quit, cruel and vindictive promoter Alexi Petrovich encourages them to still participate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Chris Klein  •  LL Cool J  •  Rebecca Romijn  •  Naveen Andrews

In this fast action-packed thriller, Jonathan, Marcus, and Aurora compete in a dangerous, fierce sport called Rollerball. Although, Johnathan and Marcus try to quit, cruel and vindictive promoter Alexi Petrovich encourages them to still participate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Chris Klein  •  LL Cool J  •  Rebecca Romijn  •  Naveen Andrews

The 13th Warrior (1999)

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A Muslim ambassador exiled from his homeland, Ahmad ibn Fadlan finds himself in the company of Vikings. While the behavior of the Norsemen initially offends ibn Fadlan, the more cultured outsider grows to respect the tough, if uncouth, warriors. During their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Vladimir Kulich  •  Dennis Storhøi  •  Daniel Southern

A Muslim ambassador exiled from his homeland, Ahmad ibn Fadlan finds himself in the company of Vikings. While the behavior of the Norsemen initially offends ibn Fadlan, the more cultured outsider grows to respect the tough, if uncouth, warriors. During their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Vladimir Kulich  •  Dennis Storhøi  •  Daniel Southern

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

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A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius. The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Scott Glenn  •  Sam Neill

A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius. The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Scott Glenn  •  Sam Neill

Medicine Man (1992)

An eccentric scientist working for a large drug company is working on a research project in the Amazon jungle. He sends for a research assistant and a gas chromatograph because he's close to a cure for cancer. When the assistant turns out to be a "mere woman," he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Lorraine Bracco  •  José Wilker  •  Rodolfo De Alexandre

An eccentric scientist working for a large drug company is working on a research project in the Amazon jungle. He sends for a research assistant and a gas chromatograph because he's close to a cure for cancer. When the assistant turns out to be a "mere woman," he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Lorraine Bracco  •  José Wilker  •  Rodolfo De Alexandre

Nomads (1986)

One night, in a Los Angeles hospital, Dr. Flax attends to a seriously injured man who, apparently crazed, whispers mysterious and disconcerting words in French into her ear.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Lesley-Anne Down  •  Anna Maria Monticelli  •  Adam Ant

One night, in a Los Angeles hospital, Dr. Flax attends to a seriously injured man who, apparently crazed, whispers mysterious and disconcerting words in French into her ear.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Lesley-Anne Down  •  Anna Maria Monticelli  •  Adam Ant

Iron and Beyond (2002)

This short documentary explores just how the film Pumping Iron revolutionized the fitness industry and created an international icon in Arnold Schwarzenegger. It also touches on what Hollywood's idea of an action star was and is.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dave McVeigh  •  Scott McVeigh
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Sylvester Stallone  •  John Milius  •  James Cameron

This short documentary explores just how the film Pumping Iron revolutionized the fitness industry and created an international icon in Arnold Schwarzenegger. It also touches on what Hollywood's idea of an action star was and is.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dave McVeigh  •  Scott McVeigh
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Sylvester Stallone  •  John Milius  •  James Cameron

Beneath the Surface: The Making of 'The Hunt for Red October' (2003)

This program features the standard mix of movie clips, production materials, and interviews. Cast and crew start at the beginning and discussed the acquisition of the rights to Clancy's novel and various adaptation issues. They then went into casting, research for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Khammar
CAST:  Alec Baldwin  •  Jan de Bont  •  Larry Ferguson  •  Scott Glenn

This program features the standard mix of movie clips, production materials, and interviews. Cast and crew start at the beginning and discussed the acquisition of the rights to Clancy's novel and various adaptation issues. They then went into casting, research for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Khammar
CAST:  Alec Baldwin  •  Jan de Bont  •  Larry Ferguson  •  Scott Glenn

Tau Ceti Four

A group of rebels set out to kill the oligarchs and military thugs who terrorize a war-torn planet in the remote Tau Ceti solar system.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Travis Fimmel

A group of rebels set out to kill the oligarchs and military thugs who terrorize a war-torn planet in the remote Tau Ceti solar system.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Travis Fimmel