[=TriStar=] Pictures is a division of Sony and a sister company of ColumbiaPictures. Founded in 1982 as Nova Pictures by a joint venture of Columbia, Creator/{{CBS}} and {{HBO}}, the company's name changed to Tri-Star Pictures and began distributing films in 1984 (their first release was ''Where The Boys Are '84'', a pickup from ITC). Over the next three years Columbia would buy CBS and HBO's shares of the company and finally in 1987, Columbia had taken over the whole company. Throughout its first 15 years, [=TriStar=] served as an equal to Columbia by producing similar product while also distributing the films of CarolcoPictures (an arrangement that lasted until 1994, when they switched to MetroGoldwynMayer, who distributed most of the studio's final films).

After the flop of ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'', Sony decided to downscale [=TriStar=] and put more emphasis on its then-new B-movie division, ScreenGems. [=TriStar=] continued to exist as a division for titles acquired from different companies and the occasional DirectToVideo product, but still managed to get a successful film every once in a while (such as ''Film/{{District 9}}'' and ''Film/{{Looper}}'').

In 2013, the [=TriStar=] brand started a resurgence. Tom Rothman, a former Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox chairman, joined forces with other Sony executives to form [=TriStar=] Productions. [=TriStar=] productions is intended to supplement the output of Columbia, Screen Gems, and other labels, producing up to four films a year. In addition to continuing with acquiring other companies' work, [=TriStar=] Pictures will distribute these in-house productions. In addition, the company will return to full production of TV series [[note]][=TriStar=] had previously produced TV series, from 1987, just before HBO left, to 1999[[/note]] under Sony Pictures Television.

Also known for its Pegasus mascot and their fanfare, the present version of which was composed by AcademyAward winner Dave Grusin.
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!Films Released by Tri Star include:
* ''Film/AboutLastNight''
* ''Film/AirAmerica''
* ''Film/AngelHeart''
* ''Film/AsGoodAsItGets''
* ''Film/BabyGeniuses''
* ''Film/BasicInstinct''
* ''Film/TheBigHit''
* ''Film/TheBlob'' - the 1988 remake
* ''Film/{{Bugsy}}''
* ''Film/{{The Call}}''
* ''Film/{{Candyman}}''
* ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}''
* ''Film/{{Colombiana}}''
* ''Film/{{District 9}}''
* ''[[ElectricBoogaloo Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo]]''
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}''
* ''Franchise/EvilDead'' (2013 remake)
* ''Film/{{Faster}}'' - international distribution
* ''Film/TheFisherKing''
* ''FrightNightPart2''
* ''Film/{{Glory}}''
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}''
* the Japanese ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films from the 1990s up to ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}''
* ''Film/TheHitcher''
* ''Film/{{Hook}}''
* ''Film/HudsonHawk''
* ''Film/IKnowWhoKilledMe''
* ''Film/IronEagle'' and ''IronEagleII''
* ''Film/JacobsLadder''
* ''Film/{{Jawbreaker}}''
* ''Film/JerryMaguire''
* ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic''
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''
* ''Film/LAStory''
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''
* ''Film/TheLastDragon''
* ''Film/TheLegendOfBillieJean''
* ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall''
* ''Film/LookWhosTalking'' and its sequels
* ''Film/{{Looper}}''
* ''Film/{{Madeline}}''
* ''Film/MaryReilly''
* ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein''
* ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro''
* ''Film/{{Matilda}}''
* ''Film/TheMonsterSquad''
* ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan''
* ''Film/MyBestFriendsWedding''
* ''Film/TheNatural''
* ''Film/NightOfTheCreeps''
* ''Film/PeggySueGotMarried''
* ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}''
* ''Film/PlacesInTheHeart''
* ''Film/{{Pompeii}}''
* ''Film/RealGenius''
* ''Film/{{Rudy}}''
* ''Film/TheRunningMan''
* ''Film/ShortCircuit'' and ''ShortCircuit2''
* ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle''
* ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer''
* ''Film/{{Sparkle}}'' (2012 remake)
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' - co-production with Creator/TouchstonePictures
* ''Film/SteelMagnolias''
* ''Film/{{Stepmom}}'' - co-production with ColumbiaPictures
* all three ''[[ThreeNinjas 3 Ninjas]]'' sequels
* ''Film/TruthOrConsequencesNM''
* ''Film/UniversalSoldier'' and ''Universal Soldier: The Return''
* ''Film/UrbanLegend''
* Distribution of many Creator/CarolcoPictures films, notably ''RamboFirstBloodPartII'' and ''RamboIII'', ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', and ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
* Distribution of some FilmDistrict titles, such as ''Film/{{Insidious}}'', ''Film/DontBeAfraidOfTheDark'' and ''Film/{{Drive}}''.

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