Phil Joanou
Born (1961-11-20) November 20, 1961 (age 59)
OccupationFilm director, music video director
Years active1984–present

Phil Joanou (born November 20, 1961) is an American director of film, music videos, and television programs.

Joanou was born in La Cañada Flintridge, California. He is best known for his collaborations with the rock band U2. Some of the music videos he has directed for the band include "Bad", "One", "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" and "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own". He directed the rockumentary film Rattle and Hum (1988), which documented U2 on their Joshua Tree Tour.[1]

In 1987, he made his feature film directorial debut with the teen comedy film Three O'Clock High. His other feature film directing credits include State of Grace (1990), Final Analysis (1992), Heaven's Prisoners (1996) and Entropy (1999), the latter of which was an autobiographical film based on Joanou's life.[2] After a seven-year gap, Joanou's next feature film directing effort was Gridiron Gang.




  1. ^ "Phil Joanou on How U2 Got Him to Direct 'Rattle and Hum' - Yahoo! Voices". 2012-10-26. Archived from the original on 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  2. ^ "Phil Joanou Reverts to Chaos". Stumped Magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-10.