Cameron Crowe

Cameron Bruce Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an American screenwriter and film director. Before moving into the film industry, Crowe was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, for which he still frequently writes. Crowe has made his mark with character-driven, personal films that have been generally hailed as refreshingly original and devoid of cynicism. Michael Walker in The New York Times called Crowe "something of a cinematic spokesman for the post-baby boom generation" because his first few films focused on that specific age group, first as highers and then as young adults making their way in the world. Crowe's debut screenwriting effort, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, grew out of a book he wrote while posing for one year undercover as a student at Clairemont High School in San Diego, California, where he met Geraldine Edwards, who was a student there, and who he later based his Penny Lane character on in Almost Famous, when he discovered she was going backstage to rock and roll concerts. Later, he wrote and directed one more high school saga, Say Anything, and then Singles, a story of Seattle twentysomethings that was woven together by a soundtrack centering on that city's burgeoning grunge music scene. Crowe landed his biggest hit, though, with Jerry Maguire. After this, he was given a green light to go ahead with a pet project, the autobiographical effort Almost Famous. Centering on a teenage music journalist on tour with an up-and-coming band, it gave ...

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Minority Report (2002)

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John Anderton is a top 'Precrime' cop in the late-21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they're committed. But Anderton becomes the quarry when another investigator targets him for a murder charge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Max von Sydow  •  Steve Harris  •  Neal McDonough

John Anderton is a top 'Precrime' cop in the late-21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they're committed. But Anderton becomes the quarry when another investigator targets him for a murder charge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Max von Sydow  •  Steve Harris  •  Neal McDonough

Vanilla Sky (2001)

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David Aames has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia, his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between illusion and reality ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Kurt Russell

David Aames has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia, his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between illusion and reality ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Kurt Russell

Almost Famous (2000)

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In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater—fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Billy Crudup  •  Frances McDormand  •  Jason Lee

In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater—fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Billy Crudup  •  Frances McDormand  •  Jason Lee

Elizabethtown (2005)

Drew Baylor is fired after causing his shoe company to lose hundreds of millions of dollars. To make matters worse, he's also dumped by his girlfriend. On the verge of ending it all, Drew gets a new lease on life when he returns to his family's small Kentucky ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Orlando Bloom  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Alec Baldwin

Drew Baylor is fired after causing his shoe company to lose hundreds of millions of dollars. To make matters worse, he's also dumped by his girlfriend. On the verge of ending it all, Drew gets a new lease on life when he returns to his family's small Kentucky ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Orlando Bloom  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Alec Baldwin

Jerry Maguire (1996)

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Jerry Maguire used to be a typical sports agent—willing to do just about anything he could to get the biggest possible contracts for his clients, plus a nice commission for himself. Then, one day, he suddenly has second thoughts about what he's really doing. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Kelly Preston

Jerry Maguire used to be a typical sports agent—willing to do just about anything he could to get the biggest possible contracts for his clients, plus a nice commission for himself. Then, one day, he suddenly has second thoughts about what he's really doing. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Kelly Preston

Say Anything... (1989)

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A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Ione Skye  •  John Mahoney  •  Lili Taylor

A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Ione Skye  •  John Mahoney  •  Lili Taylor

Singles (1992)

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Romantic comedy about six of Seattle's young people, most of whom live in the same apartment building and whose lives revolve around the city's ever-expanding music scene. The interrelated stories about each character's progress through the singles scene are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Bridget Fonda  •  Campbell Scott  •  Kyra Sedgwick  •  Sheila Kelley

Romantic comedy about six of Seattle's young people, most of whom live in the same apartment building and whose lives revolve around the city's ever-expanding music scene. The interrelated stories about each character's progress through the singles scene are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Bridget Fonda  •  Campbell Scott  •  Kyra Sedgwick  •  Sheila Kelley

The Union (2012)

In November 2009, filmmaker Cameron Crowe began filming a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the album The Union, a collaboration between musicians Elton John and Leon Russell, who hadn't spoken to one another in 38 years prior to beginning work on the album ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Elton John  •  Leon Russell  •  T Bone Burnett

In November 2009, filmmaker Cameron Crowe began filming a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the album The Union, a collaboration between musicians Elton John and Leon Russell, who hadn't spoken to one another in 38 years prior to beginning work on the album ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Elton John  •  Leon Russell  •  T Bone Burnett

Aloha (2015)

A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Rachel McAdams  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Emma Stone  •  Danny McBride

A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Rachel McAdams  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Emma Stone  •  Danny McBride

Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

Carved from over 1,200 hours of footage spanning the band’s career, Pearl Jam: Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam. Part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, and part testimonial to the power of music.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Eddie Vedder  •  Stone Gossard  •  Jeff Ament  •  Mike McCready

Carved from over 1,200 hours of footage spanning the band’s career, Pearl Jam: Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam. Part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, and part testimonial to the power of music.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Eddie Vedder  •  Stone Gossard  •  Jeff Ament  •  Mike McCready

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

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Benjamin has lost his wife and, in a bid to start his life over, purchases a large house that has a zoo – welcome news for his daughter, but his son is not happy about it. The zoo is in need of renovation and Benjamin sets about the work with the head keeper and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Thomas Haden Church  •  Colin Ford

Benjamin has lost his wife and, in a bid to start his life over, purchases a large house that has a zoo – welcome news for his daughter, but his son is not happy about it. The zoo is in need of renovation and Benjamin sets about the work with the head keeper and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Thomas Haden Church  •  Colin Ford

Paul McCartney: The Space Within Us (2006)

In 2005, rock legend Paul McCartney crossed America with his record-breaking, sold-out US tour. Better than a front-row seat, this feature-length concert film takes viewers onto this stage and beyond, capturing Paul's out-of-this-world performance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Haefeli
CAST:  Paul McCartney  •  Brian Ray  •  Rusty Anderson  •  Paul Wickens

In 2005, rock legend Paul McCartney crossed America with his record-breaking, sold-out US tour. Better than a front-row seat, this feature-length concert film takes viewers onto this stage and beyond, capturing Paul's out-of-this-world performance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Haefeli
CAST:  Paul McCartney  •  Brian Ray  •  Rusty Anderson  •  Paul Wickens

The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

Surrounded by fans and skeptics, grizzled director J.J. "Jake" Hannaford returns from years abroad in Europe to a changed Hollywood, where he attempts to make his innovative comeback film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  John Huston  •  Robert Random  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Susan Strasberg

Surrounded by fans and skeptics, grizzled director J.J. "Jake" Hannaford returns from years abroad in Europe to a changed Hollywood, where he attempts to make his innovative comeback film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  John Huston  •  Robert Random  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Susan Strasberg

Welcome to Hollywood (1998)

A film director (Adam Rifkin) decides to chart the course of a young actor (Tony Markes) as he tries to make it in Hollywood...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Rifkin  •  Tony Markes
CAST:  Adam Rifkin  •  Scott Wolf  •  Peter Facinelli  •  Jou Jou Papailler

A film director (Adam Rifkin) decides to chart the course of a young actor (Tony Markes) as he tries to make it in Hollywood...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Rifkin  •  Tony Markes
CAST:  Adam Rifkin  •  Scott Wolf  •  Peter Facinelli  •  Jou Jou Papailler

Pearl Jam: The Fans Are Alright (2011)

Over 80 minutes of extras created specifically for the die-hard Pearl Jam fans including rare and never-before-seen live performances.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Eddie Vedder  •  Stone Gossard  •  Jeff Ament  •  Mike McCready

Over 80 minutes of extras created specifically for the die-hard Pearl Jam fans including rare and never-before-seen live performances.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Eddie Vedder  •  Stone Gossard  •  Jeff Ament  •  Mike McCready

Ghost Blues: The Story of Rory Gallagher (2010)

Ghost Blues follows the life and career of Rory Gallagher from his upbringing in Cork, his early days with a showband, the brief success of Taste and then his legendary solo career leading up to his health problems in later life and tragic death at the age of just ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Thuillier
CAST:  Cameron Crowe  •  Slash  •  Bob Geldof  •  Gerry McAvoy

Ghost Blues follows the life and career of Rory Gallagher from his upbringing in Cork, his early days with a showband, the brief success of Taste and then his legendary solo career leading up to his health problems in later life and tragic death at the age of just ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Thuillier
CAST:  Cameron Crowe  •  Slash  •  Bob Geldof  •  Gerry McAvoy

David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019)

You thought you knew him. Meet David Crosby now in this portrait of a man with everything but an easy retirement on his mind. With unflinching honesty, self-examination, regret, fear, exuberance and an unshakable belief in family and the transformative nature of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  A.J. Eaton
CAST:  David Crosby  •  Jan Dance  •  Graham Nash  •  Stephen Stills

You thought you knew him. Meet David Crosby now in this portrait of a man with everything but an easy retirement on his mind. With unflinching honesty, self-examination, regret, fear, exuberance and an unshakable belief in family and the transformative nature of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  A.J. Eaton
CAST:  David Crosby  •  Jan Dance  •  Graham Nash  •  Stephen Stills

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019)

With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Epstein  •  Jeffrey Friedman
CAST:  Linda Ronstadt  •  Dolly Parton  •  Emmylou Harris  •  Bonnie Raitt

With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Epstein  •  Jeffrey Friedman
CAST:  Linda Ronstadt  •  Dolly Parton  •  Emmylou Harris  •  Bonnie Raitt

Ringers - Lord of the Fans (2005)

'Ringers: Lord of the Fans' is a feature-length documentary that explores how "The Lord of the Rings" has influenced Western popular culture over the past 50 years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carlene Cordova
CAST:  Dominic Monaghan  •  Elijah Wood  •  Peter Jackson  •  Viggo Mortensen

'Ringers: Lord of the Fans' is a feature-length documentary that explores how "The Lord of the Rings" has influenced Western popular culture over the past 50 years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carlene Cordova
CAST:  Dominic Monaghan  •  Elijah Wood  •  Peter Jackson  •  Viggo Mortensen

The Dream is Always the Same: The Story of Risky Business (2008)

Set against the landscape of 80s teen culture and the dawn of yuppiedom, this documentary relishes 'Risky Business' for having the brains to break from convention, while celebrating the film's cultural impact.  (more)

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CAST:  Amy Heckerling  •  Curtis Armstrong  •  Bronson Pinchot  •  Peter Travers

Set against the landscape of 80s teen culture and the dawn of yuppiedom, this documentary relishes 'Risky Business' for having the brains to break from convention, while celebrating the film's cultural impact.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Amy Heckerling  •  Curtis Armstrong  •  Bronson Pinchot  •  Peter Travers
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