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The creator of both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, George Lucas’ place among the cinematic pantheon is already confirmed, while through his company ILM, he has also paved the way for advancements in the fields of visual effects and CGI. George Lucas’ first feature-length film, THX 1138, flopped, but 1973’s American Graffiti was both a critical and financial success. This convinced Fox to finance 1977’s Star Wars, which is now a pop culture phenomenon and spawned two sequels, both of which he wrote, and three prequels that he wrote and directed. In between these, Lucas also created the character Indiana Jones, but he has since focused on ILM and his work as a producer.