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Look at any list of the "Best Action Directors of All Time" and you'll invariably find Ridley and Tony Scott near the top. And rightly so, given their impressive filmography.
First consider the older brother Ridley, who was the first to start his film career. He directed Alien in 1979. This launched a highly successful action movie franchise in the ensuing decades. What followed was the 1982 sci-fi cult film Blade Runner, then Legend starring Tom Cruise three years later. What followed were films like Thelma & Louise (1991), Gladiator (2000), and Black Hawk Down (2001) – to name just a few.
Tony's filmography is equally impressive. His first hit was another Tom Cruise film, Top Gun, back in 1986. Beverly Hills Cop II followed in 1987. Then Days of Thunder (1990), the cult classic True Romance (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), and Man on Fire (2004). Like his brother, this list could go on.
But which action director is better? Most "Best Of" lists rank Ridley Scott slightly above his younger brother. But if career box office revenue is any indication of audience reception, they are actually dead even. Up to Tony Scott's tragic death in 2012, they both brought in a whopping $1.1 billion apiece.