Jewison´s debut as a film director came with the 1962 comedy, 40 Pounds of Trouble with Tony Curtis. After three more romantic comedies for Universal, two with Doris Day, Jewison co-wrote and directed the successful classic The Cincinnati Kid, starring Steve McQueen, as an independent filmmaker.

Since then Jewison´s films have covered a wide range of subjects and styles: from the pre-glasnost political satire The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!, the stylish The Thomas Crown Affair, to the sultry mystery In The Heat of the Night, (winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture of 1967), and the angry irony of And Justice for All with Al Pacino.

Jewison also directed the hit screen version of Broadway´s Fiddler on the Roof, the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, the futuristic Rollerball and the political drama F.I.S.T. In 1984, Jewison directed and co-produced the critically acclaimed A Soldier´s Story, adapted from Charles Fuller´s Pulitzer Prize-winning play which was nominated for three Academy Awards®. Two years later Jewison directed and produced Agnes of God, a feature he filmed in his native country, which was honored with three Oscar® nominations, including Best Supporting Actress nominations for Meg Tilly and Anne Bancroft.