John Wells

Biography: With such television credits as ER and The West Wing, writer/producer John Wells' resumé reads something like a list of the biggest small-screen hits of the 1990s. There's no question that his television ventures served him well in that decade, and with feature production work on such theatrical hits as The Peacemaker (1997), Far From Heaven, and White Oleander (both 2002) following shortly thereafter, the prolific television figure was poised to make his mark on the film world as well. A native of Alexandria, VA, who spent the majority of his childhood in Denver, CO, Wells graduated from Carnegie Melon University and earned his master's degree at the University of Southern California. Early work as co-executive and supervising producer on television's China Beach provided the burgeoning producer with just the taste of show business needed to fuel his creativity; it was during his tenure on the series that China Beach was nominated for both Peabody and Humanatis awards, inWith such television credits as ER and The West Wing, writer/producer John Wells' resumé reads something like a list of the biggest small-screen hits of the 1990s. There's no question that his television ventures served him well in that decade, and with feature production work on such theatrical hits as The Peacemaker (1997), Far From Heaven, and White Oleander (both 2002) following shortly thereafter, the prolific television figure was poised to make his mark on the film world as well. A native of Alexandria, VA, who spent the majority of his childhood in Denver, CO, Wells graduated from Carnegie Melon University and earned his master's degree at the University of Southern California. Early work as co-executive and supervising producer on television's China Beach provided the burgeoning producer with just the taste of show business needed to fuel his creativity; it was during his tenure on the series that China Beach was nominated for both Peabody and Humanatis awards, in addition to three WGA nominations and six Emmy nominations. Subsequent small-screen ventures such as The Nightman and Angel Street may have failed to live up to expectations in the early '90s, but Wells' involvement with the 1994 series ER found his career truly taking off. A runaway hit throughout the decade and into the new millennium, the wildly popular series earned a slew of awards under Wells' production. In 1997, Wells teamed with ER star George Clooney for the high-stakes thriller The Peacemaker, marking Wells' first foray into feature films. In the years that immediately followed, Wells' small-screen success continued to grow, and his name also became attached to numerous critically praised features. When Aaron Sorkin's political drama The West Wing made its television bow in 1999, its sharp dialogue and convincing portrayal of the Washington elite scored a direct hit with audiences, a fact that was, no doubt, aided by Wells' involvement as a producer. The West Wing would eventually rival even ER in terms of popularity, and Wells' next television endeavor, the popular police drama Third Watch, found him once again thriving. Wells' subsequent involvement as producer on such theatrical releases as One Hour Photo, Far From Heaven, Party Monster, and Camp seemed to indicate that he was moving away from small-screen work. He returned to television, though, with the medical drama Presidio Med in 2002, but the series found only moderate success. By this point, Wells was primarily a feature producer, a fact that he would drive home with work on such films as A Home at the End of the World, Shadows, and Daisy Winters (all 2004). Expand

John Wells' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 58
Highest Metascore: 84 Far From Heaven
Lowest Metascore: 34 Doom
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
28 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
64 Goat Sep 23, 2016 Executive Producer 7.3
42 Burnt Oct 30, 2015 Director / Producer 6.0
80 Love & Mercy Jun 5, 2015 Producer / Producer 3.3
37 Electric Slide Apr 3, 2015 Executive Producer 6.6
58 August: Osage County Dec 25, 2013 Director / Director tbd
54 Cracks Mar 18, 2011 Executive Producer 6.5
69 The Company Men Jan 21, 2011 Director / Director / Producer / Producer / Written By / Written By tbd
34 Motherhood Oct 23, 2009 Executive Producer / Producer 7.3
38 Gigantic Apr 3, 2009 Executive Producer 5.2
51 Savage Grace May 30, 2008 Executive Producer / Executive Producer tbd
56 Then She Found Me Apr 25, 2008 Executive Producer / Executive Producer tbd
73 I'm Not There. Nov 21, 2007 Executive Producer / Executive Producer tbd
68 Infamous Oct 13, 2006 Executive Producer 8.2
62 Nearing Grace Oct 13, 2006 Executive Producer / Executive Producer 5.4
64 The Notorious Bettie Page Apr 14, 2006 Executive Producer 7.3
34 Doom Oct 21, 2005 Producer / Producer tbd
82 Duma Aug 5, 2005 Producer 8.5
56 A Dirty Shame Sep 24, 2004 Executive Producer 5.2
59 A Home at the End of the World Jul 23, 2004 Producer 7.5
73 The Company Dec 25, 2003 Executive Producer 6.9
36 Party Monster Sep 5, 2003 Executive Producer 6.6
55 Camp Jul 25, 2003 Executive Producer 6.9
68 The Good Thief Apr 2, 2003 Producer / Producer tbd
84 Far From Heaven Nov 8, 2002 Executive Producer 8.1
58 The Grey Zone Oct 18, 2002 Executive Producer / Executive Producer 7.8
61 White Oleander Oct 11, 2002 Producer 7.6
64 One Hour Photo Aug 21, 2002 Executive Producer 5.5
43 The Peacemaker Sep 26, 1997 Co-Executive Producer 5.5