-> No, not [[ChristopherColumbus ''that'' Chris Columbus]].

That guy who directed ''Film/HomeAlone'' (and the first sequel), ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'', the first two ''Film/HarryPotter'' films, the movie version of ''Film/{{RENT}}'', and the movie of ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. A protégé of Creator/StevenSpielberg, Columbus started off as a screenwriter in TheEighties, during which time he wrote the scripts for ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', ''Film/TheGoonies'' and ''Film/YoungSherlockHolmes''. He got a reasonably good start as a director in 1987 with ''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting''. And, no, we don't know [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous what the hell his parents were thinking]].

Is well-regarded as being a great director of young children, especially in films where they carry a bulk of the film. His work with Macauley Culkin in ''HomeAlone'' gave him an edge in getting the ''Film/HarryPotter'' gig, as they needed an experienced hand with three children (two of which was their feature film debut) who were going to carry most of the film's two-and-a-half-hour running time. Has also hit box-office gold like few directors have; at various points in his career, he's had the third-highest-grossing domestic film of all time (''Home Alone''), the TWO highest-grossing live-action comedies of all time (''Home Alone'' and ''Mrs. Doubtfire'', which also won a Golden Globe for Best Picture- Musical/Comedy), and then the second-highest-grossing film worldwide of all time with the first ''Harry Potter'' film (all have been surpassed since).

Some have noticed similarities between ''Film/YoungSherlockHolmes'' and the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series (both being about a trio of students solving a mystery at a British BoardingSchool full of eccentric professors) and noted what an odd six-degrees twist it would be if Creator/JKRowling had been influenced by the film. Reportedly, the script of '' Young Sherlock Holmes'' was even used to audition actors for the first ''Potter'' film.

Columbus's production company 1492 Pictures has also produced several movies he did not write or direct, such as the ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' series and the two ''Film/FantasticFour'' movies.

!!Films Directed by Chris Columbus:
* ''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting'' (1987)
* ''Film/HeartbreakHotel'' (1988) (also wrote the script)
* ''Film/HomeAlone'' (1990)
* ''Film/OnlyTheLonely'' (1991) (also wrote the script); produced by JohnHughes)
* ''Film/HomeAlone 2: Lost in New York'' (1992)
* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' (1993)
* ''Film/NineMonths'' (1995) (also wrote the script)
* ''Film/{{Stepmom}}'' (1998)
* ''Film/BicentennialMan'' (1999)
* ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' (2001)
* ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' (2002)
* ''Film/{{RENT}}'' (2005)
* ''Film/ILoveYouBethCooper'' (2009)
* ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians: The Lightning Thief'' (2010)
* ''Film/{{Pixels}}'' (2015)
!!Common tropes in his movies:

* AssociatedComposer: Music/JohnWilliams
* TheFilmOfTheBook
* KidHero
* {{Suburbia}}