-> ''"I'm a Filmmaker, not a scientist."''
->-'''Roland Emmerich''', justifying the copious amounts of ArtisticLicense in his oeuvre.

''InAWorld... where [[BMovie B-Movies]] end up on the nadir of video store shelves... One Rich Man... dares to make them awesome.''

Roland Emmerich is a German director who is the undisputed king of American [[DisasterMovie Disaster Movies]] in the past fifteen years or so. He's known for blowing up the White House, [[MonumentalDamage among other things]]. [[CriticalDissonance Although his films have a tendency to get mixed reviews, he makes films that absolutely kill at the box office]] and they are usually enjoyable in their own rights.

He became interested in film after seeing ''Film/StarWars'' (like many others), and attended the University of Television and Film in Munich. His early films are generally unknown by most audiences, but were praised in his home country. His first film was ''Das Arche Noah Prinzip'' (''The Noah's Ark Principle''), about a space station that could be used to control the weather, which holds the record for Germany's most expensive student film (about 1.2 million DM). He made several further films in Germany that are borderline unknown; ''Joey'', ''Hollywood-Monster'' and ''Moon 44''; one of which featured one of his frequent collaborators in scripting: Dean Devlin.

In TheNineties, he traveled to Hollywood to direct his first blockbuster: ''Film/UniversalSoldier''. While it received less-than-kind reviews, the film made a decent amount of money in the USA, it made over twice the amount of money overseas. After this, he directed ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', which later kicked off its own [[Series/StargateSG1 TV Series]] and [[Franchise/StargateVerse franchise]].

After ''Stargate'', he would move on to direct his best known film: ''Film/IndependenceDay''. It was the first movie to make $100 Million in one week, and later became the second highest grossing film for the time. After taking a break from directing, he worked with Devlin on the one-season show called ''The Visitor''.

Then, he worked on the 1998 {{Remake}} of ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'', or Godzilla: InNameOnly (GINO) as some fans called it. It used clever ViralMarketing, describing the size of the monster without giving it away. When the actual film came out, it wasn't received well. Creator/RogerEbert and Gene Siskel, who criticized his previous movies, pointed out his TakeThat in the film, and was displeased to find that he didn't get eaten or stepped on by the giant lizard. [[NeverLiveItDown Ebert still held a grudge to his death over this]]. [[PopularityPolynomial Over time]], though, Godzilla fans have considered the movie to be better than less-enjoyable installments in the series.

In the 2000's, he directed the war epic ''Film/ThePatriot'', which is generally seen by critics as his best movie, although it is often maligned as being a Revolutionary War-based re-tread of ''Braveheart''. He made 2004's ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'', about an ice age enveloping the northern hemisphere in a matter of weeks due to an extreme change in the climate caused by extreme global warming [[note]] Al Gore, eat your heart out.[[/note]]. Four years later, he directed and co-wrote the poorly-received ''Film/TenThousandBC'' (which again drew comparisons to another Gibson film, ''Apocalypto'').

''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'', is apparently his swansong for disaster movies. Though the film has very little to do with the apocalypse theory in question[[note]] It basically boils down to "The Mayans, one of the earliest civilizations, said we die this year." And most do.[[/note]], movie fit in as many disasters as it could. [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome It's his most visually impressive movie]], and given who we're talking about that's saying ''a lot''. Interestingly, Creator/RogerEbert (previously critical of Emmerich's work) praised the film, claiming that it was as entertaining as any disaster movie could hope to be.

After ''2012'', he did ''Film/{{Anonymous}}'', about Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, whom some suspect is the real author of the plays of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]]. As always, there are many historical liberties and inaccuracies taken with the film, besides the obvious. Before the movie's release, Emmerich responded to the criticisms of the film's support of the oxford theory by calling the scholars who objected to the theory liars.

His next movie is the thriller ''Film/WhiteHouseDown'' (and has him damaging/destroying the White House yet again), which also happens to come out [[DuelingMovies the same year]] as ''Film/OlympusHasFallen''. He's also working with Devlin on [[http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/roland-emmerich-says-the-stars-have-to-align-for/306311 two long-rumored sequels to Independence Day]].

[[StraightGay Emmerich is openly gay]], and in 2006, he pledged $150,000 to the Legacy Project, a campaign dedicated to gay and lesbian film preservation. Emmerich made the donation on behalf of Outfest, making it the largest gift in the festival's history. He owns homes in Los Angeles, Manhattan, London and Stuttgart. He likes to decorate his homes in a self-described [[KitschCollection "outlandish" manner]], adorning them with rare Hollywood memorabilia, murals and portraits of dictators and Communist figures, and World War II-era relics. His extensive collection of artwork includes a painting of Jesus Christ wearing a Katharine Hamnett-styled t-shirt during his crucifixion, prints of Alison Jackson's works of a Princess Diana lookalike making obscene gestures and engaging in sex acts, a wax sculpture of Pope John Paul II laughing as he reads his own obituary, and a Photoshopped image of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a homoerotic pose. His three favorite movies are ''Film/ThePoseidonAdventure'', ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' and ''Film/{{Earthquake}}'', all disaster movies. [[note]]Probably not coincidentally, the first two films were produced by Irwin Allen, to which his work is often compared.[[/note]]

[[MST3KMantra MSTK3 Mantra]] is in full effect here. Don't try thinking about inconsistencies, [[FridgeLogic internal]] and external, in his movies; you'll enjoy them more that way.

Compare him to Creator/MichaelBay. If they collaborated, [[AwesomenessIsVolatile Hollywood would explode]].

!!Selected Tropography:

* ArtisticLicense: He justifies the silly logical inconsistencies with this, feeling that the action in his movies don't need to be completely accurate to be entertaining. [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality This is probably for the best]].
* ContrivedCoincidence: A frequently employed tool in his work, particularly in ''2012'', ''Independence Day'' and ''The Day After Tomorrow''. In short, it's best not to think to hard about how his heroes make their way towards survival; just be happy that they do.
* ConspiracyKitchenSink: Although he is best known as a Master of Disaster, nearly all of his movies feature a popular conspiracy/fringe theory in some fashion (from AncientAstronauts (Stargate) to Area51 (Independence Day) and Atlantis-like pre-civilizations (10,000 BC), and even the less exotic one about Shakespeare not having written his plays (Anonymous)
* DisasterMovie[-/-]EpicMovie: Usually in tandem.
* GenreThrowback: Almost all of the summer blockbusters that he's made tend to homage B-Movies.
** ''Stargate'' was this for Sci-Fi films.
** ''Independence Day'' was this for Alien Invasion flicks.
** The above film, ''Godzilla'', The Day After Tomorrow and 2012 are these for Disaster Movies.
** ''10,000'' BC was this for "Prehistoric" picture shows from the 50s.
* HollywoodScience: The neutrino-related stuff in ''2012''. Also, the thermodynamic forces at play in ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'' moved faster than in real life ([[{{RuleOfCool}} obviously]]).
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The cast listing for his films run long. ''2012'' alone credits 150 people in the cast, both credited and uncredited.
* MonumentalDamage: His disaster movies always feature at least one monument getting destroyed or damaged.
* RuleOfCool: Absolutely ''any'' film that he's involved in. [[{{TropesAreNotBad}} And we wouldn't have it any other way.]]
* RuleOfFun
* RunningGag: Something bad usually happens to the White House in his films whether it's being [[Film/IndependenceDay blow up by aliens]], [[Film/TwoThousandTwelve having an aircraft carrier smashed into it]], or [[DieHardOnAnX being occupied]] [[Film/WhiteHouseDown by terrorists.]]