Moverman was born in Israel. He moved with his family to the United States at age 13 and then back to his home country five years later to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces. Moverman would find permanent residence in America beginning in his early 20s, finding work as a journalist before embarking upon a career in show business. Moverman's screenwriting debut came in the form of the humanistic character piece Jesus' Son, which stars Billy Crudup as a recovering drug addict who reforms his life through patterns of charity and compassion. Following a largely forgotten sophomore effort, Face, Moverman wrote his first bona fide high profile project: I'm Not There., an inventive anthology piece about Bob Dylan that earned Oscar attention for star Cate Blanchett, one of several actors who played aspects of the enigmatic singer/songwriter.After his next venture, Married Life (a star-studded collaboration with Ira Sachs), Moverman tried his hand at directing. The former soldier channeled his military career in the crafting of The Messenger, a drama that starred Ben Foster as a young casualty notification officer for the U.S. Army and Woody Harrelson as his alcoholic mentor. The script earned a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. Moverman would reunite with both his Messenger stars for his next film, the renegade cop drama Rampart.Moverman took a couple years off from the big screen, earning his first television credit for the 2013 HBO movie Laughs Unlimited: somewhat of a hybrid of his last two pictures, in that it tackled the themes of military service and law enforcement. In 2014, however, the writer/director returned to the cinema in a big way: he penned the Jared Harris-led horror flick The Quiet Ones, and saw two pictures debut at the 39th Annual Toronto International Film Festival: Love & Mercy, director Bill Pohlad's Brian Wilson biopic, and Time Out of Mind, which starred Richard Gere as a homeless man struggling to reconnect to his estranged daughter. Moverman wrote and directed the latter film.