US director John McTiernan, whose movies include the Die Hard series, was sentenced to one year in jail on Monday for lying to FBI agents over a wire tapping case.
The 59-year-old was also fined $US100,000 ($A102,933) after being charged with making false statements to federal agents and one count of perjury.
McTiernan, whose films also include The Hunt for Red October and The Thomas Crown Affair, originally pleaded guilty in 2006 to lying about hiring a private investigator to illegally wire tap a producer.
Shortly afterwards he sought to reverse his plea, claiming he was drunk and jet lagged, but he was sentenced to four months in jail and fined $US100,000 ($A102,933).
He remained free pending a ruling by an appeal court, which in 2008 ordered a review that allowed McTiernan's not guilty plea and ordered the fine to be returned.
But in April last year he was indicted by a federal grand jury on new charges, for which he was sentenced on Monday. He is expected to remain free on bail pending a new appeal.
In his initial 2006 guilty plea, McTiernan admitted hiring private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wire tap film producer Charles Roven after they worked on the 2002 film Rollerball, and then lying to FBI agents about it.
Pellicano, who was convicted of 78 felonies at two separate trials in 2008, is currently serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison in the US.