John Singleton

​John Daniel Singleton (January 6, 1968-April 29, 2019) was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. A native of South Los Angeles, many of his films consider the implications of inner-city violence like the critically acclaimed and popular Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning and Baby Boy. He later branched out into mainstream territory with the blockbuster 2 Fast 2 Furious and Four Brothers.

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Four Brothers (2005)

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Four adopted brothers return to their Detroit hometown when their mother is murdered and vow to exact revenge on the killers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Tyrese Gibson  •  André 3000  •  Garrett Hedlund

Four adopted brothers return to their Detroit hometown when their mother is murdered and vow to exact revenge on the killers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Tyrese Gibson  •  André 3000  •  Garrett Hedlund

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

It's a major double-cross when former police officer Brian O'Conner teams up with his ex-con buddy Roman Pearce to transport a shipment of "dirty" money for shady Miami-based import-export dealer Carter Verone. But the guys are actually working with undercover ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Paul Walker  •  Tyrese Gibson  •  Eva Mendes  •  Cole Hauser

It's a major double-cross when former police officer Brian O'Conner teams up with his ex-con buddy Roman Pearce to transport a shipment of "dirty" money for shady Miami-based import-export dealer Carter Verone. But the guys are actually working with undercover ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Paul Walker  •  Tyrese Gibson  •  Eva Mendes  •  Cole Hauser

Baadasssss! (2004)

Director Mario Van Peebles chronicles the complicated production of his father Melvin's classic 1971 film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." Playing his father in the film, Van Peebles offers an unapologetic account of Melvin's brash and sometimes deceptive ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Van Peebles
CAST:  Mario Van Peebles  •  Joy Bryant  •  Khleo Thomas  •  T.K. Carter

Director Mario Van Peebles chronicles the complicated production of his father Melvin's classic 1971 film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." Playing his father in the film, Van Peebles offers an unapologetic account of Melvin's brash and sometimes deceptive ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Van Peebles
CAST:  Mario Van Peebles  •  Joy Bryant  •  Khleo Thomas  •  T.K. Carter

Baby Boy (2001)

The story of Jody, a misguided, 20-year-old African-American who is really just a baby boy finally forced-kicking and screaming to face the commitments of real life. Streetwise and jobless, he has not only fathered two children by two different women-Yvette and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Tyrese Gibson  •  Taraji P. Henson  •  Omar Gooding  •  Ving Rhames

The story of Jody, a misguided, 20-year-old African-American who is really just a baby boy finally forced-kicking and screaming to face the commitments of real life. Streetwise and jobless, he has not only fathered two children by two different women-Yvette and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Tyrese Gibson  •  Taraji P. Henson  •  Omar Gooding  •  Ving Rhames

Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)

Back in sunny southern California and on the trail of two murderers, Axel Foley again teams up with LA cop Billy Rosewood. Soon, they discover that an amusement park is being used as a front for a massive counterfeiting ring – and it's run by the same gang that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Hector Elizondo  •  George Lucas

Back in sunny southern California and on the trail of two murderers, Axel Foley again teams up with LA cop Billy Rosewood. Soon, they discover that an amusement park is being used as a front for a massive counterfeiting ring – and it's run by the same gang that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Hector Elizondo  •  George Lucas

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

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Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Laurence Fishburne  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Ice Cube  •  Morris Chestnut

Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Laurence Fishburne  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Ice Cube  •  Morris Chestnut

Higher Learning (1995)

Malik is an African-American student attending on a track scholarship; academics are not his strong suit, and he goes in thinking that his athletic abilities will earn him a free ride through college. Fudge, a "professional student" who has been at Columbus for six ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Omar Epps  •  Kristy Swanson  •  Michael Rapaport  •  Jennifer Connelly

Malik is an African-American student attending on a track scholarship; academics are not his strong suit, and he goes in thinking that his athletic abilities will earn him a free ride through college. Fudge, a "professional student" who has been at Columbus for six ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Omar Epps  •  Kristy Swanson  •  Michael Rapaport  •  Jennifer Connelly

Rosewood (1997)

Spurred by a white woman's lie, vigilantes destroy a black Florida town and slay inhabitants in 1923.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Ving Rhames  •  Jon Voight  •  Don Cheadle  •  Michael Rooker

Spurred by a white woman's lie, vigilantes destroy a black Florida town and slay inhabitants in 1923.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Ving Rhames  •  Jon Voight  •  Don Cheadle  •  Michael Rooker

Shaft (2000)

New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Christian Bale  •  Busta Rhymes

New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Christian Bale  •  Busta Rhymes

Poetic Justice (1993)

In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Janet Jackson  •  Tupac Shakur  •  Regina King  •  Joe Torry

In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Janet Jackson  •  Tupac Shakur  •  Regina King  •  Joe Torry

These Amazing Shadows (2011)

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Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mariano  •  Kurt Norton
CAST:  Jeff Adachi  •  James H. Billington  •  Robin Blaetz  •  Brooks Boliek

Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mariano  •  Kurt Norton
CAST:  Jeff Adachi  •  James H. Billington  •  Robin Blaetz  •  Brooks Boliek

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016)

A celebration of Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining civil rights moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Hercules  •  Rita Coburn Whack
CAST:  Maya Angelou  •  Bill Clinton  •  Hillary Clinton  •  Common

A celebration of Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining civil rights moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Hercules  •  Rita Coburn Whack
CAST:  Maya Angelou  •  Bill Clinton  •  Hillary Clinton  •  Common

Marion Jones: Press Pause (2010)

Few athletes in Olympic history have reached such heights and depths as Marion Jones. After starring at the University of North Carolina and winning gold at the 1997 and '99 World Track and Field Championships, her rise to the top culminated at the 2000 Summer ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
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Few athletes in Olympic history have reached such heights and depths as Marion Jones. After starring at the University of North Carolina and winning gold at the 1997 and '99 World Track and Field Championships, her rise to the top culminated at the 2000 Summer ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
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Abduction (2011)

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A young man sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Taylor Lautner  •  Lily Collins  •  Alfred Molina  •  Jason Isaacs

A young man sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Taylor Lautner  •  Lily Collins  •  Alfred Molina  •  Jason Isaacs

Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006)

Hollywoods biggest talents explore what is the recipe for blockbuster, flops, and how absolute happenstance and controlled luck can make movie magic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Couturié
CAST:  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Pierce Brosnan  •  David Brown  •  George Clooney

Hollywoods biggest talents explore what is the recipe for blockbuster, flops, and how absolute happenstance and controlled luck can make movie magic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Couturié
CAST:  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Pierce Brosnan  •  David Brown  •  George Clooney

Your Studio and You (1995)

A parody of 1950s corporate/industrial films, commissioned by Universal Pictures executives after the studio's purchase by Seagrams, and featuring cameos by many stars and directors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Trey Parker
CAST:  Dian Bachar  •  Andrew Bergman  •  James Cameron  •  Shaun Cassidy

A parody of 1950s corporate/industrial films, commissioned by Universal Pictures executives after the studio's purchase by Seagrams, and featuring cameos by many stars and directors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Trey Parker
CAST:  Dian Bachar  •  Andrew Bergman  •  James Cameron  •  Shaun Cassidy

Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films (1993)

Michael Jackson's Dangerous album once again rocketed the global superstar to mega-platinum success! "Dangerous - The Short Films" captures the visual and musical highlights of his most recent string of hit singles. As well as extensive behind the scenes profiles ...  (more)

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Michael Jackson's Dangerous album once again rocketed the global superstar to mega-platinum success! "Dangerous - The Short Films" captures the visual and musical highlights of his most recent string of hit singles. As well as extensive behind the scenes profiles ...  (more)

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Trojan War (2015)

When Pete Carroll took over the football program at USC after the 2000 season, the once-great Trojans were under siege. But thanks to his football knowledge, upbeat personality and recruiting skills, Southern Cal was soon back atop the college football world as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
CAST:  Pete Carroll  •  Snoop Dogg  •  Matt Leinart  •  Michael B. Jordan

When Pete Carroll took over the football program at USC after the 2000 season, the once-great Trojans were under siege. But thanks to his football knowledge, upbeat personality and recruiting skills, Southern Cal was soon back atop the college football world as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
CAST:  Pete Carroll  •  Snoop Dogg  •  Matt Leinart  •  Michael B. Jordan

L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later (2017)

Documentary film exploring the lives of the people at the flashpoint of the LA riots, 25 years after the uprising made national headlines and highlighted the racial divide in America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  One9  •  Erik Parker
CAST:  John Singleton  •  Edward James Olmos

Documentary film exploring the lives of the people at the flashpoint of the LA riots, 25 years after the uprising made national headlines and highlighted the racial divide in America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  One9  •  Erik Parker
CAST:  John Singleton  •  Edward James Olmos

Star Wars: The Magic & the Mystery (1997)

Host Howie Long takes viewers on a tour of the "Star Wars" universe, as Fox TV celebrates the re-release of the original three legendary films in this one hour special.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas C. Grane
CAST:  Eamonn Holmes  •  Howie Long  •  George Lucas  •  Irvin Kershner

Host Howie Long takes viewers on a tour of the "Star Wars" universe, as Fox TV celebrates the re-release of the original three legendary films in this one hour special.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas C. Grane
CAST:  Eamonn Holmes  •  Howie Long  •  George Lucas  •  Irvin Kershner
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