Michael Mann's latest film, "Blackhat," opening Friday, couldn't be more timely: It stars Chris Hemsworth as a hacker helping law enforcement track down a cybercriminal. Ranked No. 8 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 25 greatest living directors, the 71-year-old Mann has never won an Oscar but has had a distinguished career in both TV and film. Here are some highlights.
THE JERICHO MILE (1979) Mann's first feature was a TV movie about a prisoner (Peter Strauss) who trains to become an Olympic runner. It won an Emmy, and Mann earned a best director award from the Directors Guild of America.
MIAMI VICE (1984-89) and CRIME STORY (1986-88) Mann was executive producer of these groundbreaking TV series, known for their visual style and moody atmosphere.
THIEF (1981) Mann's first theatrical feature stars James Caan as a hardened jewel thief and ex-con.
MANHUNTER (1986) William Petersen stars as an FBI profiler tracking a serial killer. Based on Thomas Harris' "Red Dragon," it's the first film featuring Hannibal Lecter (played here by Brian Cox).
LAST OF THE MOHICANS (1992) Mann dipped into the 18th century to make this film set during the French and Indian War, with Daniel Day-Lewis starring as a white man adopted by American Indians.
HEAT (1995) Arguably Mann's best film, this three-hour crime epic features Robert De Niro as the head of a robbery gang, and Al Pacino as the cop out to arrest him. Includes a mind-blowing shootout in downtown Los Angeles.
THE INSIDER (1999) This story of a tobacco industry whistle-blower (Russell Crowe), and how his revelations led to a controversial "60 Minutes" segment, was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture and director.
COLLATERAL (2004) Tom Cruise as a hit man, Jamie Foxx as a cabbie forced to drive him around on his murderous rounds. Foxx earned an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.
MIAMI VICE (2006) Mann's film version of his hit TV show features Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. A critically mixed reaction nonetheless translated into box office success.
PUBLIC ENEMIES (2009) Mann's period crime film stars Johnny Depp as legendary 1930s gangster John Dillinger, pursued by FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale). Includes another amazing shootout sequence, involving Dillinger's gang and the FBI, at Wisconsin's Little Bohemia Lodge.