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Controversial director, screenwriter and producer Oliver Stone was born Sept. 15, 1946, in New York City, leaving NYU's film school for Vietnam in the late '60s and entering film production upon his return. Stone's wartime and political experiences would forever color his films.

The thrillers Seizure and The Hand were Stone's first writing and directing jobs, but his screenplays for Midnight Express (which won an Oscar in 1978) and Scarface brought him more attention. He then directed Salvador (1986), followed by Platoon -- the first of his Vietnam trilogy films (including 1989's Born on the Fourth of July) that would earn him directing Oscars.

High-profile films such as Wall Street, JFK and Nixon sparked debates among critics and historians but earned many awards, while Stone's later films (Natural Born Killers, U Turn, Any Given Sunday and Alexander) were criticized for their excess.

Oliver Stone in Snowden

Snowden

2016 R

In 2013, CIA technical expert Edward Snowden stunned the world by revealing a stolen trove of classified U.S. government documents. This Oliver Stone-helmed drama tells the story of the bold theft that exposed secret NSA mass surveillance programs.

  • Oliver Stone in JFK: Special Edition JFK: Special Edition
  • Oliver Stone in Platoon Platoon
  • Oliver Stone in The Doors The Doors
  • Oliver Stone in W. W.
  • Oliver Stone in Natural Born Killers: Director's Cut Natural Born Killers: Director's Cut
  • Oliver Stone in Wall Street Wall Street
  • Oliver Stone in The Battle of Algiers The Battle of Algiers
  • Oliver Stone in Any Given Sunday Any Given Sunday
  • Oliver Stone in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Oliver Stone in Savages Savages
  • Oliver Stone in Heaven & Earth Heaven & Earth
  • Oliver Stone in Alexander: Theatrical Cut Alexander: Theatrical Cut
  • Oliver Stone in World Trade Center World Trade Center
  • Oliver Stone in Born on the Fourth of July Born on the Fourth of July
  • Oliver Stone in JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America
  • Oliver Stone in Casting By Casting By
  • Oliver Stone in The Hand The Hand
  • Oliver Stone in Talk Radio Talk Radio
  • Oliver Stone in Camera Camera
  • Oliver Stone in Jim Brown: All-American Jim Brown: All-American
  • Oliver Stone in Alexander: Director's Cut Alexander: Director's Cut
  • Oliver Stone in Cannes: All Access Cannes: All Access
  • Oliver Stone in The Henry Rollins Show: Season 1 The Henry Rollins Show: Season 1
  • Oliver Stone in Music for the Movies: Georges Delerue Music for the Movies: Georges Delerue
  • Oliver Stone in South of the Border South of the Border