Creator / 20th Century Fox

The making and authorized distribution of this film supported over 14,000 American jobs and involved over 600,000 work hours.

The youngest of the big six movie studios,note  formed in 1935 after a merger of William Fox's Fox Film Corp. and Daryl Zanuck's 20th Century Pictures, Inc. Currently owned by 21st Century Fox and run by honcho Chase Carey.

Well known for its Fanfare composed by Alfred Newman, which has essentially become the unofficial Theme Tune of the motion picture industry. And, of course, its logo—inherited from 20th Century Pictures—the studio's name as a giant structure surrounded by searchlights (most recently revised in 2009, as of Avatar).

In its day, Fox was considered one of the most prestigious of the Hollywood studios, known for its musicals (especially in the 1940s with Betty Grable), and prestige Bio Pics (such as John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln [1939]). Fox also capitalized on its association with Shirley Temple, who single-handedly made over $20 million for the studio in the late 1930s. The studio was distinguished by its glossy production values and sharp-focused, high-contrast cinematography.

In the 1950s, alongside its more standard dramatic fare, Fox produced a series of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals and well-regarded biblical epics, hoping to stave off the threat of television by the sheer size of its productions. Unfortunately, this strategy proved wildly inconsistent in results, the grotesquely overpriced Cleopatra would have nearly bankrupted the studio if the marathon musical The Sound of Music hadn't become the studio's most profitable film until the advent of Star Wars. Furthermore, the strategy then backfired spectacularly when the studio attempted to duplicate that success by producing three expensive, large-scale musicals over a period of three years: Doctor Dolittle (1967), Star! (1968) and Hello, Dolly! (1969). All were released amid massive pre-release publicity and all lost equally massive amounts of money for the studio that could have sunk the studio again if it weren't for the spectacular success of the hit SF series, Planet of the Apes, starting in 1968 to keep it afloat. The result was that several top studio executives (including the company founder's son, Richard Zanuck) lost their jobs, and the studio itself went into such dire financial straits that it produced only one picture for the entire calendar year of 1970. Eventually by 1977, there were moves to have the studio sold off and perhaps dismantled, but that was the year a little, seemingly absurd film called Star Wars exploded into popular culture. 20th Century Fox was the first major studio to embrace the then-new medium of home video through a deal with Magnetic Video, which Fox would subsequently fully acquire as a subsidiary; its Hello Dolly! was the first film released on home video in the U.S.

As of late, unfortunately, the studio has also become notorious for making established franchises into movies and rewriting/ruining them. They've also become hated among movie buffs for what they perceive to be monumental levels of Executive Meddling and a focus on profit over creativity, with Fox studio executives having more control over a film's production than the director does. This is evident during the time when Tom Rothman was running the studio.

On December 14, 2017, in one of the biggest media shake-ups in decades, Disney announced its intention to acquire a large majority of 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets, including 20th Century Fox and its subsidiaries and divisions (including 20th Century Fox Television), in an all-stock deal worth over $66 billion, the largest acquisition ever in Disney's history. Even though it's been speculated that Fox could be merged into the Walt Disney Studios (the first merger between major film studios since the MGM-UA merger in 1981) and relegated to a film label similar to Touchstone Pictures if the deal goes through, the fate of 20th Century Fox remains uncertain.

From 2013 to 2017, it has been the distributor of DreamWorks Animation films and shows, beginning with The Croods, after DWA's previous deal with Paramount expired after Rise of the Guardians. Even after NBCUniversal purchased the studio in 2016, Fox continued releasing DreamWorks Animation films until their contract ended with the release of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.

Films produced and/or distributed (incomplete list; includes Fox Searchlight Pictures releases)

Shows Produced (as 20th Century Fox Television, incomplete list)

Alternative Title(s): Twentieth Century Fox