Often dismissed by some as Ridley Scott's more commercial brother, director Tony Scott established himself in the mid-1980s as one of mainstream Hollywood's more reliable and stylish action filmmakers. Not necessarily an auteur, Scott built a solid reputation as a skilled hired gun for producers Jerry Bruckheimer and the late Don Simpson on several of the highest grossing films, starting with "Top Gun" (1986), a high-concept action movie that made a mega-star out of the film's lead, Tom Cruise. Though he struggled a bit afterwards with over-the-top exercises in style over substance like "Days of Thunder" (1990) and "The Last Boy Scout" (1991), Scott managed to score a cult-like triumph with the underrated "True Romance" (1993), penned by rising indie filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. After helming the commercially viable action thriller "Crimson Tide" (1995), he directed "Enemy of the State" (1998), a rich and compelling political thriller that many considered to be the best film in the Scott canon. As he focused more on producing quality television movies and miniseries like "The Gathering Storm" (HBO, 2002) and "The Company" (TNT, 2007), Scott continued making stylish commercial films that often varied in terms of creative success, though his tragic suicide in August 2012 cut short a brilliant career that always managed to maintain significant audience interest.