Tony Gilroy has been a pioneer in screenwriting for many years. He has produced films that have grossed several million dollars at the box office worldwide. His career spans multiple genres, including action, drama, and science fiction. Most notably, Gilroy introduced us to the hugely successful Bourne franchise, starting with The Bourney Identity. This led to several more films, and Gilroy himself went on to direct The Bourne Legacy.
Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York, to a show business family. Her mother was a talented artist and writer, and her father was an award-winning playwright, producer, and filmmaker. He started his career in 1992 when he sold his screenplay, A Cutting Edge. From there, Gilroy went on to write successful films, including Armageddon and, currently, Andor on Disney+ (which, interestingly, is influenced by the Bourne films). There is no doubt that Gilroy has proven himself to be a top force in Hollywood. Let’s take a look at the movies he wrote, ranked.
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There is no doubt that Armageddon comes with a lot of criticism. It was considered corny by many, and there are too many scientific inaccuracies to talk about. That said, it’s a solid popcorn movie that’s still watched to this day. Bruce Willis leads a cast of hilarious and interesting characters. Gilroy certainly managed to write a big-budget sci-fi movie. It follows the classic movie structure, with comedy, romance, and drama throughout.
7/8 Extreme measures
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Extreme Measures was one of Gilroy’s first storylines, focusing on a young doctor (Hugh Grant) who challenges the motives of his mentor, played by Gene Hackman. Gilroy effectively adapted a thought-provoking story, conveying the complicated characters and keeping the audience engaged from start to finish. Hackman and Grant brought the characters to life, and they’re driven by dialogue from Gilroy. Diving into the complicated world of medicine is no easy task for a writer, but Gilroy brought gravity to the narrative and characters nonetheless.
6/8 Devil’s Advocate
Gilroy penned the classic supernatural drama, The Devil’s Advocate, featuring a powerful performance from Al Pacino. The story follows a young lawyer (Keanu Reeves) who begins to realize that he is working for the Devil (Pacino). It’s a very interesting look at the world of power and greed. The film balances real-world drama and the supernatural, thanks to Gilroy’s incisive screenplay. Reeves and Pacino work very well on each other and bring Gilroy’s dialogue to life. Gilroy has proven, once again, that he can certainly adapt a novel to the big screen.
5/8 The Bourne Identity
Gilroy adapted The Bourne Identity from the novel of the same name in 2002. The film went on to launch one of the most successful action franchises of all time. Gilroy’s writing perfectly captured the thrill and intrigue in the world of espionage, and Matt Damon was the perfect choice for Jason Bourne. The film was serious, honest and, at the same time, heartbreaking. The story has many puzzles, twists and turns for the audience to experience with the characters.
4/8 Dolores Claiborne
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Gilroy wrote the screenplay by Dolores Claiborne based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. It’s an intriguing dramatic story brought to life through performances by Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Gilroy shows us his abilities as a dramatic writer through these two characters. It’s a story that focuses on corruption, murder, family, and redemption. Adapting a Stephen King novel is no easy feat, but Gilroy pulled it off with this film.
3/8 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Gareth Edwards directed the Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One, which was well received by critics and audiences. It introduced us to an array of new characters, while bringing back some beloved old ones. Gilroy delivers a solid Star Wars story here, highlighting the early years of the Rebellion. The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Mads Mikkelson. Gilroy Andor’s Disney+ series is set in the years leading up to Rogue One and offers an in-depth look at the titular Luna character.
2/8 The Bourne Ultimatum
The Bourne Ultimatum was directed by Oscar nominee Paul Greengrass. This film is a solid conclusion to the original Bourne trilogy. We’re given twists and turns from start to finish, and Gilroy has proven, once again, that he works great within the Bourne franchise. The film features a cast of talented actors such as Matt Damon, Joan Allen, Edgar Ramirez, and Julia Stiles. The film is honest, entertaining, and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
1/8 Michael Clayton
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Gilroy wrote and directed the legal drama, Michael Clayton, featuring memorable performances from George Clooney and Tilda Swinton (the latter of which won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress). Michael Clayton takes you into the dark world of law and politics. It is particularly realistic, which makes it even better. Gilroy delivered the goods when it came to his directorial debut. He also proved that he could execute his own scripts with precision and flair. The film is moving and intriguing from start to finish. Gilroy was subsequently nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Writing, Original Screenplay.