Joseph Ruben

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Ruben made his feature directorial debut at the ripe age of 24 with the bleak psychodrama "The Sister-in-Law" (1975). His subsequent work has included two low-budget looks at high school life ("The Pom Pom Girls" 1976 ... Read more »
Born: 05/09/1950 in Briarcliff, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (16)

Blindsided 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Director

Penthouse North 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Forgotten 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Return to Paradise 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Money Train 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Good Son 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Sleeping With the Enemy 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

True Believer 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Stepfather 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Dreamscape 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Breaking Away 1980 - 1981 (Tv Show)

Director

G.O.R.P. 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Our Winning Season 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Joyride 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pom Pom Girls 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sister-in-Law 1974 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

Dreamscape 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Our Winning Season 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Joyride 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pom Pom Girls 1976 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Pom Pom Girls 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sister-in-Law 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (4)

Penthouse North 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Good Son 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pom Pom Girls 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sister-in-Law 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Ruben made his feature directorial debut at the ripe age of 24 with the bleak psychodrama "The Sister-in-Law" (1975). His subsequent work has included two low-budget looks at high school life ("The Pom Pom Girls" 1976, "Our Winning Season" 1978), a road movie ("Joyride" 1977), a nifty sci-fi thriller, "Dreamscape" (1984), starring Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, and Christopher Plummer and an engaging legal drama, "True Believer" (1989), starring James Woods and Robert Downey, Jr. Ruben seems at his best, however, when exploring the dark underbelly of that most sacred of American institutions, the family: cult favorite "The Stepfather" (1987) has "family man" Terry O'Quinn moving from town to town, settling in with a fatherless family, and then slaying them; "Sleeping with the Enemy" (1991), Ruben's first big commercial hit, sees Julia Roberts faking her own death in order to escape her obsessively possessive husband. He turned his attention to the children in "The Good Son" (1993) wherein the good Elijah Wood tries to warn his family about the pure murderous evil of his cousin Macaulay Culkin.

EDUCATION

Brandeis University

Waltham , Massachusetts

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan

Milestones

2004

Directed the thriller "The Forgotten" starring Julianne Moore

1998

Directed "Return to Paradise" a story of two friends who must choose whether to help a third friend who was arrested in Malaysia for drug possession; starred Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix

1995

Directed Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as New York transit cops in "Money Train" also starred Jennifer Lopez

1993

Directed Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood in "The Good Son"

1991

Directed Julia Roberts in "Sleeping with the Enemy" about a battered wife who escapes her husband to start a new life

1989

Directed James Woods and Robert Downey Jr. in "True Believer"

1984

Directed Dennis Quaid in the sci-fi thriller "Dreamscape" also penned the script

1980

Directed the pilot for the TV series, "Breaking Away"

1975

Wrote and directed first feature, "The Sister-in-Law"

Made first film while in high school, a teenage love story filmed in Super-8

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm not interested in making a movie about the occult or the devil. I think there are enough scary things going on in the house next door."---Joseph Ruben, quoted in the press kit for "Sleeping With the Enemy" (1991)

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