Peter Jackson Peter Jackson

Born Oct. 31, 1961, in Pukerua Bay on New Zealand's North Island, Peter Jackson began making movies with his parents' 8mm camera when he was only 8 years old.

Jackson's first professional movies, in his early 20s, were gory horror flicks (Bad Taste in 1987, Meet the Feebles in 1989 and Braindead in 1992). In 1994, he astonished audiences and critics with Heavenly Creatures, based on the true story of two teenage girls who commit a murder.

In 1999, Jackson embarked on one of the biggest undertakings in cinematic history by filming three movies at once: the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was released over three years (The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, The Two Towers in 2002 and The Return of the King in 2003). All three films topped the box office, delighting fans and critics alike and earning more than a half-dozen Oscars.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

2014 PG-13

Conjuring up another epic tale, director Peter Jackson unspools the final chapter of the Hobbit saga, with things coming to a head as Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the Dwarves at last reach Smaug's lair.

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Lovely Bones The Lovely Bones
  • LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Ed. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Ed.
  • King Kong King Kong
  • LOTR: The Two Towers: Extended Ed. LOTR: The Two Towers: Extended Ed.
  • Dead Alive Dead Alive
  • Heavenly Creatures Heavenly Creatures
  • The Frighteners The Frighteners
  • LOTR: Return of the King: Extended Ed. LOTR: Return of the King: Extended Ed.
  • Bad Taste Bad Taste
  • Beyond the Movie: Return of the King Beyond the Movie: Return of the King
  • Sunday Morning Shootout: Best of Season 1 Sunday Morning Shootout: Best of Season 1
  • Ringers: Lord of the Fans Ringers: Lord of the Fans
  • King Kong: Production Diaries King Kong: Production Diaries
  • The Sci-Fi Boys The Sci-Fi Boys