Michael Bay has given us some of the most exciting movies ever made.
Here are the five movies in his filmography you have to see.
His latest, "Ambulance," hit theaters on Friday.
Bay's debut "Bad Boys" made Will Smith and Martin Lawrence big-screen action stars.
After years making slick commercials and music videos, Bay's first feature film didn't just bring a new spice to the buddy-cop movie with the teaming of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
It also elevated the super-stylized shooting that the movie's producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson had been giving to audiences since the 1980s.
"The Rock" still holds up to this day.
Bay followed up the success of "Bad Boys" by combining the talents of Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage to create a thrilling, one-of-a-kind action movie set on Alcatraz that still holds up to this day.
The mix of action and lighthearted moments made it one of the biggest box-office hits of the year. It was even nominated for an Oscar (best sound mixing).
"Armageddon" gave us Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck saving the world — and that Aerosmith song.
Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck lead a team of deep core drillers to a giant asteroid so they can destroy it before it hits earth. It's the movie that pretty much proved Bay was no box-office fluke and also gave us that Aerosmith song that we still can't get out of our heads, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."
But what it also provided was one of the best DVD commentary tracks ever made. Seek it out, you won't be disappointed.
Bay was untouchable when he made "Pearl Harbor," and that was a problem.
Having just come off of the blockbuster "Armageddon," Bay could do no wrong in the eyes of Hollywood. And with that power, he went and made a three-hour epic about Pearl Harbor that the critics completely panned.
Starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, and Kate Beckinsale, it's cool to look at, and yes, the plot isn't the best, but man is it ambitious.
"Pain & Gain" is unlike any movie in Bay's filmography.
It's the movie you probably forgot Bay made, but it's arguably his most impressive work. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Anthony Mackie play three buff bros who get caught up in an extortion scheme.
Watching the antics of three dumb bodybuilders for two hours (yeah, it probably should only be 90 minutes) is actually extremely enjoyable and it captures one of The Rock's best performances to date.
BONUS: Bay directed the music video for Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)."
Before Bay became a go-to action movie director he was a top director of big-budget music videos. One of this standouts was for Meat Loaf's hit Grammy-winning song "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" in 1993.
Bay's mix of visual themes from "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Phantom of the Opera" (shot by "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" cinematographer Daniel Pearl) along with Meat Loaf's legendary theatrics made the video a huge success.
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