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Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Type Division
Industry Film
When it was created 1918; 101 years ago (1918) (as CBC Film Sales Corporation)
January 10, 1924; 95 years ago (1924-01-10) (as Columbia Pictures)
Los Angeles, California, United States
People who started it
  • Harry Cohn
  • Jack Cohn
  • Joe Brandt
Headquarters Culver City, California, United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people Sanford Panitch (President)
Things made Motion pictures
Owner(s) Sony Corporation
Parent Sony Pictures Entertainment
Website sonypictures.com

Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (known as Columbia Pictures and Columbia, and formerly CBC Film Sales Corporation) is an American film studio, production company and film distributor that is a member of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, a division of Sony Entertainment's Sony Pictures subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Sony.

What would eventually become Columbia Pictures, CBC Film Sales Corporation, was founded on June 19, 1918 by Harry Cohn, his brother Jack Cohn, and Joe Brandt. It adopted the Columbia Pictures name in 1924, and went public two years later.

In its early years, it was a minor player in Hollywood, but began to grow in the late 1920's, spurred by a successful association with director Frank Capra. With Capra and others, Columbia became one of the primary homes of the screwball comedy. In the 1930's, Columbia's major contract stars were Jean Arthur and Cary Grant. In the 1940's, Rita Hayworth became the studio's premier star and propelled their fortunes into the late 1950's. Rosalind Russell, Glenn Ford, and William Holden also became major stars at the studio.

It is one of the leading film studios in the world, and is a member of the "Big Six" major American film studios. Today, it has become the world's fifth largest major film studio.

Movies Columbia Pictures has made

1930s

  • Tol'able David (1930)
  • Arizona (1931)
  • Platinum Blonde (1931)
  • Broadway Bill (1933)
  • Lady for a Day (1933)
  • Twentieth Century (1934)
  • It Happened One Night (1934)
  • One Night of Love (1934)
  • Mr Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
  • The Awful Truth (1937)
  • Lost Horizon (1937)
  • You Can't Take It with You (1938)
  • Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

1940s

  • His Girl Friday (1940)
  • Penny Serenade (1941)
  • Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
  • You Were Never Lovelier (1941)
  • You'll Never Get Rich (1942)
  • My Sister Eileen (1942)
  • The More the Merrier (1943)
  • Batman (1943)
  • Cover Girl (1944)
  • Gilda (1946)
  • I Didn't Do It (1946)
  • The Jolson Story (1946, and sequel in 1949)
  • The Fuller Brush Man (1948)
  • Superman (1948)
  • All the King's Men
  • 'Batman and Robin' (1949)

1950s

  • Born Yesterday (1950)
  • Harriet Craig (1950)
  • In a Lonely Place (1950)
  • Atom Man Vs. Superman (1950)
  • The Marrying Kind (1952)
  • From Here to Eternity (1953)
  • The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)
  • The Wild One (1953)
  • The Caine Mutiny (1954)
  • On the Waterfront (1954)
  • Queen Bee (1955)
  • Picnic (1955)
  • Autumn Leaves (1956)
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  • Pal Joey (1957)
  • Bell, Book, and Candle (1958)
  • Porgy and Bess (1958, distribution only)
  • Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
  • Gidget (1959)

1960s

  • The Guns of Navarone (1961)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
  • Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  • Hey There It's Yogi Bear (1964) (distribution only)
  • Lord Jim (1965)
  • Three On A Couch (1966)
  • Born Free (1966)
  • The Trouble with Angels (1966)
  • Georgy Girl (1966)
  • The Man Called Flintstone (1966) (distribution only)
  • Casino Royale (1967)
  • In Cold Blood (1967)
  • To Sir, with Love (1967)
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
  • Oliver! (1968)
  • Funny Girl (1968)
  • Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
  • Cactus Flower (1969)
  • Easy Rider (1969)

1970s

  • I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
  • Cromwell (1970)
  • Dad's Army (1971)
  • The Last Picture Show (1971)
  • 1776 (1972)
  • Young Winston (1972)
  • The Way We Were (1973)
  • The Lords of Flatbush (1974)
  • Confessions Of A Window Cleaner (1974)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) (as Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment)
  • Shampoo (1975)
  • Tommy (1975) (first movie with the 1976 "Sunburst" logo)
  • Murder by Death (1976)
  • Taxi Driver (1976) (last movie with the 1936-1975 logo)
  • The Front (1976)
  • Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, re-released in 1980)
  • The Deep (1977)
  • Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
  • Midnight Express (1978)
  • Thank God It's Friday (1978)
  • The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
  • The China Syndrome (1979)
  • Hardcore (1979)
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

1980s

  • The Missing Link (1980)
  • The Blue Lagoon (1980)
  • Stir Crazy (1980) (last movie with the 1976 "Sunburst" logo)
  • Used Cars (1980)
  • Modern Romance (1981)
  • Das Boot (1981) (distribution only; with Triumph Films)
  • Death Wish II (1981)
  • Stripes (1981) (1981-1993 logo appears with the current logo jingle)
  • Neighbors (1981)
  • Absence of Malice (1981)
  • Annie (1982, plus a TriStar Television sequel in 1995 and a TV remake in 1999) (co-production with Rastar)
  • Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) (co-production with Rastar)
  • Tempest (1982)
  • The Toy (1982)
  • Tootsie (1982)
  • Gandhi (1982) (distribution)
  • The Big Chill (1983)
  • Blue Thunder (1983)
  • Christine (1983)
  • Ghostbusters (1984) (and sequel in 1989)
  • Body Double (1984)
  • The Karate Kid (1984)
  • Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
  • Starman (1984)
  • St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
  • Fright Night (1985, and TriStar Pictures sequel in 1988)
  • Stand By Me (1986)
  • The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)
  • Ishtar (1987)
  • Roxanne (1987)
  • The Last Emperor (1987) (distribution)
  • The Beast (1988)
  • The Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu) (1988)
  • School Daze (1988)
  • Casualties of War (1989)
  • The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1989)
  • She's Out of Control (1989)
  • The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)

1990s

  • Awakenings (1990)
  • Misery (1990)
  • The Prince of Tides (1991)
  • Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)
  • Boyz N the Hood (1991)
  • City Slickers (1991) (co-production with Castle Rock Entertainment) (and sequel in 1994)
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
  • A League of Their Own (1992)
  • El Mariachi (1992) (distribution)
  • A Few Good Men (1992)
  • Groundhog Day (1993)
  • Lost in Yonkers (1993) (last movie with the 1981-1993 logo)
  • Last Action Hero (1993) (first movie with the 1993-2006 logo)
  • The Age of Innocence (1993)
  • The Next Karate Kid (1994)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (co-production with Castle Rock Entertainment)
  • Desperado (1995)
  • Bad Boys (1995)
  • The Cable Guy (1996)
  • The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
  • The Fifth Element (1997, US distribution only) (co-production with Gaumont)
  • Anaconda (1997)
  • Air Force One (1997)
  • Men in Black (1997) (co-production with Amblin Entertainment)
  • Spiceworld (1997)
  • Still Crazy (1998)
  • Stepmom (1998) (with TriStar Pictures and co-production with 1492 Pictures)
  • Big Daddy (1999)
  • Bicentennial Man (1999) (co-production with Touchstone Pictures)
  • Blue Streak (1999)
  • Elmo in Grouchland (1999)
  • Stuart Little (1999)

2000s

  • Almost Famous (2000, with Dreamworks and Vinyl Films)
  • Erin Brockovich (2000) (co-production with Universal Pictures)
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2000) (co-production with Square Enix and Square Pictures)
  • Charlie's Angels (2000, based on 1970s television series)
  • Hollow Man (2000)
  • The Patriot (2000)
  • Evolution (2001) (co-production with Dreamworks SKG and The Montecito Picture Company) (logo not shown)
  • America's Sweethearts (2001) (co-production with Revolution Studios)
  • Black Hawk Down (2001) (co-production with Revolution Studios, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Scott Free)
  • Thir13en Ghosts (2001) (international distribution only) (co-production with Warner Bros. and Dark Castle Entertainment)
  • Mr. Deeds (2002, remake of 1935 movie Mr Deeds Goes to Town, co-production with New Line Cinema)
  • Spider-Man (2002)
  • Stuart Little 2 (2002)
  • Punch-Drunk Love (2002, with Revolution Studios and New Line Cinema)
  • Eight Crazy Nights (2002)
  • Men in Black II (2002)
  • Seeing Double (2003)
  • National Security(2003)
  • Something's Gotta Give (2003) (co-production with Warner Bros.)
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) (co-production with Dimension Films and Troublemaker Studios)
  • Gothika (2003) (international distribution only) (co-production with Warner Bros. and Dark Castle Entertainment)
  • Bad Boys 2 (2003)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) (international distribution only)
  • The Missing (2003, with Revolution Studios and Imagine Entertainment)
  • Peter Pan (2003) (co-production with Universal Studios and Revolution Studios)
  • Envy (2004) (co-production with Dreamworks SKG and Castle Rock Entertainment) (logo not shown)
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  • Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid (2004) (co-production with Screen Gems)
  • The Grudge (2004)
  • Are We There Yet? (2005) (co-production with Revolution Studios)
  • The Longest Yard (2005) (co-production with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films, remake of 1974 Paramount Pictures movie)
  • Guess Who (2005, remake of 1967 movie Guess Who's Coming to Dinner) (co-production with Regency Enterprises)
  • Lords of Dogtown (2005)
  • Hitch (2005)
  • Bewitched (2005) (based on 1960s television series produced by Screen Gems) (co-production with Red Wagon Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zorro (2005) (co-production with Spyglass Entertainment and Amblin Entertainment)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) (co-production with DreamWorks SKG, Spyglass Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment and Red Wagon Entertainment)
  • Zathura (2005)
  • Yours, Mine & Ours (2005) (co-production with Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Nickelodeon Movies, remake of 1968 United Artists movie)
  • Christmas with the Kranks (2005) (co-production with Revolution Studios)
  • Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)
  • The Producers (2005, with Universal Pictures)
  • Gridiron Gang (2006, with Revolution Studios and Original movie)
  • The Holiday (2006, with Universal Pictures and Waverly Films) (first movie with the 2006-present logo)
  • The Pink Panther (2006) (distributor only; produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
  • The Da Vinci Code (2006, and its sequel Angels & Demons in 2009) (co-production with Imagine Entertainment)
  • Monster House (2006) (co-production with ImageMovers and Amblin Entertainment)
  • Zoom (2006) (co-production with Revolution Studios)
  • RV (2006)
  • Click (2006) (2006, with Revolution Studios)
  • Open Season (2006) (co-production with Sony Pictures Animation)
  • Casino Royale (2006) (co-production with Eon Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
  • Rocky Balboa (2006) (co-production with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Revolution Studios)
  • The Benchwarmers (2006, with Revolution Studios)
  • Ghost Rider (2007) (co-production with Marvel Entertainment)
  • Across the Universe (2007)

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