Paul Greengrass (born 13 August 1955) is an English film director, film producer, and screenwriter, well known for shooting his films in a docudrama style with liberal handheld camera usage.
- Resurrected (1989)
- The Theory Of Flight (1998)
- Bloody Sunday (2002)
- Jason Bourne films:
- United 93 (2006)
- Green Zone (2010)
- Captain Phillips (2013)
- 22 July (2018)
- News Of The World (2020)
Tropes present in his films include:
- Auteur License: Gained one after The Bourne Supremacy and kept it ever since.
- Based on a True Story: Bloody Sunday, United 93, Captain Phillips and 22 July. Some of his earlier TV work qualifies as well.
- The Film of the Book: The Bourne movie series (if only loosely), Green Zone, Captain Phillips, 22 July, and News of the World.
- He Also Did: Worked as a journalist before becoming a filmmaker - among other things, he helped former MI5 operative Peter Wright write his autobiography Spycatcher, which the British government infamously attempted to ban.
- Jitter Cam: A notorious and acclaimed user of this trope.
- Signature Style: Ripped from the Headlines plots along with a documentary-style aesthetic, rapid editing and copious amounts of Jitter Cam.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: His films are as dark as possible while still being classified as "realistic".
- What Could Have Been:
- At one point planned to direct Rush before ultimately choosing Captain Phillips.
- Was one of several directors attached to the Aaron Sorkin-written The Trial of the Chicago 7 during its status in Development Hell before Sorkin finally took the reins himself.
- After Darren Aronofsky left Watchmen, Greengrass took over, planning to cast Joaquin Phoenix as Dan Dreiberg and Hilary Swank as Laurie, before he himself left the project by December 2005.
- He was in talks with 20th Century Fox to direct a film adaptation of Civil War that would have starred the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool and Daredevil until it was cancelled due to the success of X-Men: First Class.