Oliver Stone (born 1946) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer best known for his films about controversial social and political issues. After wetting his feet in Hollywood with the screenplays for ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' and ''Film/MidnightExpress'', Stone was finally able to direct his legendary war film ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', which drew largely on his own experiences as an infantryman in Vietnam, and earned him Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. He would follow this film with the critically acclaimed ''Film/WallStreet'', ''Film/TalkRadio'', and ''Film/BornOnTheFourthOfJuly'' (another Oscar winner for Best Director) before making headlines with his ultra-controversial (due to its liberal use of ArtisticLicense in portraying historical events) 1991 film ''Film/{{JFK}}'', which took a look at the assassination of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy. He followed the success of ''JFK'' up with the {{Biopic}} ''Film/{{Nixon}}'', which faced equally harsh criticism (though unlike ''JFK'', it acknowledged its artistic license up front) and was a financial flop. The one-two punch of ''JFK'' and ''Film/{{Nixon}}'' has led to the depiction of Stone as a ConspiracyTheorist filmmaker.

The box office failure of ''Film/{{Nixon}}'' made it difficult for Stone to get new movies off the ground, and he briefly moved into Producing, supporting the successful films ''Film/TheJoyLuckClub'', ''Film/ThePeopleVsLarryFlynt'', and ''Film/ReversalOfFortune'', among others. He did continue to direct, though, with the films ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' and ''Film/UTurn'', neither of which were as successful businesswise as his previous films (though ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' became a CultClassic), but he eventually had a major box office success with the football film ''Film/AnyGivenSunday'' and a few successful TV documentaries that documented his interviews with controversial figures such as UsefulNotes/FidelCastro, Hugo Chávez and the leaders of UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}.

In 2004, Stone was finally able to make his passion project, the historical epic ''Film/{{Alexander}}'', about the life of AlexanderTheGreat. It ended up being a critical and commercial failure in the United States, though it made [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff tons of money overseas]] and was a success on home video. Stone was never fully satisfied with the theatrical release of the film, and released a pair of [[ReCut ReCuts]] on DVD which were considerably more well-received than the theatrical release. Following ''Alexander'', Stone made a film about 9/11 titled ''WorldTradeCenter'', which surprised audiences by not being a cynical ConspiracyTheory film, but rather a hopeful tribute to those who worked to save the lives of the victims of the [=WTC=] attacks. Similarly, his UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush {{Biopic}} ''Film/{{W}}'', released in 2008, surprised many by being very sympathetic to the man (though it must be said many people had similar reactions to Stone's portrayal of ''Film/{{Nixon}}''). He later released a long-gestating sequel to ''Film/WallStreet'' entitled ''Film/WallStreetMoneyNeverSleeps'' which, while a financial success, had mixed reviews. His most recent film is the new crime thriller ''Film/{{Savages}}''. In 2012, he created a documentary series for Creator/{{Showtime}}, ''The Untold History of the United States''.

Despite the tendencies of his films to be [[{{Anvilicious}} less than subtle]], Stone is a very talented director whose movies always have a sense of audacity and a dynamic visual style. He's also great at getting fantastic performances from his cast, even (some would argue ''especially'') when they seem to have come from the WTHCastingAgency. Also, as many of the subjects that his films cover are FlameBait, Stone himself is often subject to hyperbole and criticism, so be aware of this before you talk to someone about him.

You can follow him on twitter [[http://twitter.com/#!/TheOliverStone here]].

!!Partial filmography:
* ''Seizure''
* ''Film/MidnightExpress'' (screenwriter)
* ''The Hand''
* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' (screenwriter)
* ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' (screenwriter)
* ''Film/{{Salvador}}''
* ''Film/{{Platoon}}''
* ''Film/WallStreet''
* ''Film/TalkRadio''
* ''Film/BornOnTheFourthOfJuly''
* ''Music/TheDoors''
* ''Film/{{JFK}}''
* ''Film/HeavenAndEarth''
* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers''
* ''Film/{{Nixon}}''
* ''Film/AnyGivenSunday''
* ''Film/{{Alexander}}''
* ''Film/WorldTradeCenter''
* ''Film/{{W}}''
* ''Film/WallStreetMoneyNeverSleeps''
* ''Film/{{Savages}}''