Jim Kouf’s first feature films, co-written with David Greenwalt, were CLASS (83), AMERICAN DREAMER (84), and SECRET ADMIRER (86). He also wrote THE HIDDEN (87) under the pseudonym Bob Hunt. In 1984, Jim made his directorial debut with MIRACLES starring Tom Conti, Teri Garr and Christopher Lloyd.
In 1985, he moved to the Disney lot where he began a partnership with Lynn Bigelow to form Kouf/Bigelow Productions. During that time, Jim wrote and produced STAKEOUT (87) and ANOTHER STAKEOUT (93). He also wrote and directed DISORGANIZED CRIME (89) and co-wrote OPERATION DUMBO DROP (94). Kouf/Bigelow Productions executive produced KALIFORNIA for Propaganda starring Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis, SILENT FALL for Morgan Creek/Warner Brothers starring Richard Dreyfuss and Liv Tyler and directed by Bruce Beresford, and CONAIR for Touchstone staring Nicolas Cage.
Jim wrote and directed GANG RELATED starring Jim Belushi, Tupac Shakur, Dennis Quaid, Lela Rochon and James Earl Jones for Orion Pictures and MGM, released in 97. Jim co-wrote RUSH HOUR starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker for New Line in 1998, SNOW DOGS starring Cuba Gooding and James Coburn in 2002, and TAXI staring Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon in 2004.