Tony Scott


Anthony David Leighton Scott (June 21, 1944 – August 19, 2012) was an English film director, producer and screenwriter. His debut feature was vampire romantic drama, The Hunger (1985), with Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon. He was best known for directing action and thriller films such as Top Gun (1986), with Tom Cruise; Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), with Eddie Murphy; Days of Thunder (1990), with Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes, Caroline Williams, and Michael Rooker; The Last Boy Scout (1991), with Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans; True Romance (1993), with Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, James Gandolfini, Dennis Hopper, Michael Rapaport, Bronson Pinchot, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christopher Walken. Crimson Tide (1995), The Fan (1996), with Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes; Enemy of the State (1998), Man on Fire (2004), Déjà Vu (2006), and Unstoppable (2010). He frequently worked with actor Denzel Washington.

He was the younger brother of film director Sir Ridley Scott. They both graduated from the Royal College of Art in London, and both were among a generation of British film directors who started their careers making television commercials. In 1995 both Tony and Ridley received the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema. In 2010, they received the BAFTA Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment. He took his own life on 19 August 2012, by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • The Hunger (1983)
  • Top Gun (1986)**
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
  • Revenge (1990)
  • Days of Thunder (1990)
  • The Last Boy Scout (1991)
  • True Romance (1993)
  • Crimson Tide (1995)
  • The Fan (1996)
  • Enemy of the State (1998)
  • Spy Game (2001)
  • Man on Fire (2004)
  • Domino (2005)
  • Déjà Vu (2006)
  • The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  • Unstoppable (2010)*