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

Chris Joseph Columbus (born September 10, 1958) is the 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 ''Home Alone'' 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 [[{{Pun}} 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 Creator/JohnHughes)
* ''Film/HomeAlone2LostInNewYork'' (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}}