The role of a producer in filmmaking could be unclear to many people; however, the mark of a great one is obvious. Here are the top eight best movie producers of all time; the people behind the scenes who created the classic movies that we love watching.

1. Steven Spielberg

Born on Dec. 18, 1946, Steven Spielberg is an American screenwriter, producer, and director. He’s considered among the New Hollywood era founding pioneers. He’s also among the most popular producers in the history of film. In a career that has spanned over 40 years, his films have spanned numerous genres and themes.

Spielberg’s early adventure and science-fiction films, like the Extra-Terrestrial E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Jaws were regarded as archetypes of escapist filmmaking in modern Hollywood. His work has helped in defining modern commercial blockbuster. Spielberg has made many critically acclaimed, top grossing movies, and currently, he’s one of the richest filmmakers worldwide. He has a total of eight Oscar nominations and has won one Oscar.

2. Scott Rudin

Born on July 14, 1958, Scott Rudin is an American theatrical and film producer. He started working as an assistant in theatre production when he was 16 years old. Instead of going to college, he decided to work as a casting director. He later launched his company. At 29 years old, he became president of the production at 20th Century-Fox. He stayed for nearly 15 years at paramount after signing a producing deal.

He finally went to Disney and made movies under the Miramax Films, Hollywood Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and Touchstone Pictures. In the year 2012, Rudin was among the few people to win the Tony Award, Oscar, Grammy, and an Emmy as well as the first producer doing so.

3. Sam Spiegel

He was born on Nov. 11, 1901, in Jarosław, Austrian Poland; he died on Dec. 31, 1985. He started his career in Hollywood, in 1927 as a story translator. He was an American independent film producer. Sam was the first person to win the Best Picture Academy Award three times as well as the only person to ever do like that as a sole producer on all the three the films that have won.

4. Harvey Weinstein

He was born on March 19, 1952. He’s an American film studio executive and film producer. He was popularly known as the Miramax co-founder, which produced several famous independent films such as Clerks, The Crying Game, Lies, and Videotape, and Pulp Fiction. Since 2005, Weinstein and his brother called Bob have been The Weinstein Company co-chairmen.

Weinstein is an Academy Award-winner for producing the famous Shakespeare in Love. He also produced various winning musicals and plays, including August: Osage County, Billy Elliot the Musical, and The Producers, which earned seven Tony Awards.

5. Francis Ford Coppola

Coppola is an American, born on April 7, 1939. He’s a semi-retired film director, screenwriter, and producer. He’s considered a central figure in the filmmaking of the New Hollywood wave. He transformed filmmaking in the genre of gangster drama with the movies called The Godfather. He’s given credit for directing three greatest films in the history of cinema.

6. Eric Fellner

He was born on Oct. 10, 1959. He’s an English producer of films. Fellner and Tim Bevan are the co-chairmen of Working Title Films production company. His work with the directors from outside Hollywood system positioned his company of production apart in the nineties. At that time, the company produced three back-to-back Best Picture nominees: Fargo, Dead Man Walking, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

7. Clint Eastwood

He was born on May 31, 1930. Clint Eastwood is an American political figure, musician, filmmaker, and actor. After he achieved success in the Rawhide, Western TV series, Eastwood grew to international fame for transforming Westerns throughout the seventies. Later, in his career, he branched out into undiscovered territory with films like Letters from Iwo Jima, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby. Eastwood has won two Oscars.

8. Brian Grazer

Grazer alongside Ron Howard, are representing 50 percent of among the strongest film industry working partnerships. Working with Howard, Brian Grazer produced numerous hits, including Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind, and career highlights Apollo 13.

These are the top eight best movie producers of all time who have made history in the film industry, garnering awards or recognition worldwide for their greatest work in filmmaking.

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