Guy Stuart Ritchie (born 10 September 1968) is an English film director, film producer, screenwriter, and businessman, known for his British gangster films. He left secondary school and got entry-level jobs in the film industry in the mid-1990s. Ritchie eventually went on to direct commercials. In 1995 he directed his first film, The Hard Case, a 20-minute short that impressed investors who backed his first feature film, the crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). He then directed another cockney crime comedy, Snatch (2000).
Ritchie's other crime films include Revolver (2005) and RocknRolla (2008). His British set gangster films have featured emerging stars, such as Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy. He then directed Sherlock Holmes (2009), its sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and the live-action adaptation of Disney's Aladdin (2019).