Chris Columbus (Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone)
With over a dozen movies under his directing belt, Chris Columbus is one of Hollywood's most successful family directors. His debut hit, Adventures In Babysitting (aka A Night On The Town), about a babysitter's nightmare job, opened up the chance to helm the smash hit, Home Alone. He went on to direct the sequel, which was another huge success, before flitting between the occasional stinker (Christmas With The Kranks) and hit (Mrs Doubtfire).
In 2001 he directed the first of the Harry Potter series, having pitched fervently for the job and beating over 20 other directors to the gig.