Joseph Ruben

Joseph Porter Ruben (born May 10, 1950) is an American film director, screenwriter and producer.

Joseph Ruben
Born (1950-05-10) May 10, 1950
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1974 – present

Movie career

His earlier films, such as The Stepfather, have become cult classics. In the 1990s, he went to direct high-grossing mainstream films such as Sleeping with the Enemy starring Julia Roberts (which grossed over $150,000,000 at the box office), the controversial thriller The Good Son starring Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood, Money Train starring Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes, and Return to Paradise starring Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix. He frequently collaborates with film editor George Bowers.[1]

He has won awards at various film festivals for his films The Stepfather, True Believer, starring Robert Downey Jr. and James Woods, and Dreamscape, starring Dennis Quaid.[2] His 2013 feature, Penthouse North, stars Michael Keaton and Michelle Monaghan. He will return to direct the serial killer thriller Jack after not working for six years. Ruben is also attached to direct the film The Politician's Wife written by Nicholas Meyer.


Year Name Director Producer Writer Notes
1974 The Sister-in-Law Yes Yes Yes Directorial Debut
1976 The Pom Pom Girls Yes Yes Yes
1977 Joyride Yes No Yes
1978 Our Winning Season Yes No No
1980 Breaking Away Yes No No Episode: ''The Cutters''
Gorp Yes No No
1984 Dreamscape Yes No Yes
1987 The Stepfather Yes No No
1989 True Believer Yes No No
1991 Sleeping with the Enemy Yes No No
1993 The Good Son Yes Yes No
1995 Money Train Yes No No
1998 Return to Paradise Yes No No
2004 The Forgotten Yes No No
2013 Penthouse North Yes Yes No
2017 The Ottoman Lieutenant Yes No No


  1. Biography for George Bowers on IMDb
  2. "Joseph Ruben". IMDb. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
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