My Favorite Directors (filmography ranking)

by bobarctor83 | created - 08 May 2011 | updated - 8 hours ago | Public

1. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...

2. Andrei Tarkovsky

Writer | Solyaris

The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school VGIK. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood (1962), which won the...

1 - Stalker 2 - Sacrifice 3 - Solaris 4 - The Mirror 5 - Ivan's Chilhood 6 - Nostalgia 7 - Andrei Rublev

3. Brian De Palma

Director | Dressed to Kill

Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers. Born on September 11, 1940, De Palma was born in Newark, New Jersey in an Italian-American ...

1 - Blow Out 2 - Phantom of the Paradise 3 - Carrie 4 - Dressed to Kill 5 - Scarface 6 - Carlito's Way 7 - Mission : Impossible 8 - Body Double 9 - Snake Eyes 10 - The Untouchables 11 - Casualties of War 12 - Sisters 13 - Femme Fatale 14 - Raising Cain 15 - Mission to Mars 16 - Obsession 17 - Redacted 18 - Passion 19 - The Fury 20 - Home Movies 21 - Hi, Mom ! 22 - The Black Dahlia 23 - Greetings 24 - Domino 25 - The Bonfire of the Vanities 26 - Murder a la Mod 27 - Dionysus in 69' 28 - The Wedding Party 29 - Wise Guys

4. Werner Herzog

Director | Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

Director. Writer. Producer. Actor. Poet. He studied history, literature and theatre for some time, but didn't finish it and founded instead his own film production company in 1963. Later in his life, Herzog also staged several operas in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has...

1 - Aguirre, the Wrath of God 2 - The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser 3 - Fitzcarraldo 4 - Nosferatu the Vampyre 5 - Stroszek 6 - Woyzeck 7 - The Grizzly Man 8 - My Best Fiend 9 - The Bad Lieutenant : Port of Call New Orleans 10 - Signs of Life 11 - The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner 12 - Heart of Glass 13 - La Soufrière 14 - Where the Green Ants Dream 15 - The Dark Glow of the Mountains 16 - Cobra Verde 17 - Rescue Dawn 18 - Little Dieter Needs to Fly 19 - Cave of Forgotten Dreams 20 - My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 21 - Invincible 22 - Even Dwarfs Started Small 23 - How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... 24 - Encounters at the End of the World 25 - Into the Inferno 26 - Happy People: A Year in the Taiga 27 - Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World 28 - Wheel of Time 29 - God's Angry Man 30 - Scream of Stone 31 - Salt and Fire 32 - No One Will Play with Me 33 - Herakles

5. David Lynch

Writer | Twin Peaks

Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future ...

1 - Mulholland Drive 2 - Lost Highway 3 - Twin Peaks : Fire Walk with Me 4 - Blue Velvet 5 - Twin Peaks: The Return 6 - The Straight Story 7 - Eraserhead 8 - Wild at Heart 9 - Elephant Man 10 - Inland Empire 11 - Dune

6. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...

1 - The Godfather, Part II 2 - The Godfather 3 - The Conversation 4 - Apocalypse Now 5 - Rumble Fish 6 - The Godfather, Part III 7 - Tetro 8 - Dracula 9 - The Outsiders 10 - Cotton Club 11 - Peggy Sue get Married 12 - Twixt 13 - One from the Heart 14 - Tucker: The Man and His Dream 15 - The Rain People 16 - The Rainmaker 17 - Youth Without Youth 18 - Gardens of Stone 19 - Dementia 13 20 - Jack

7. Ingmar Bergman

Writer | Persona

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film Sunday's Children (1992) depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (...

1 - Persona 2 - The Virgin Spring 3 - Winter Light 4 - The Seventh Seal 5 - The Silence 6 - Scenes from a Marriage 7 - Wild Strawberries 8 - Fanny and Alexander 9 - Autumn Sonata 10 - Saraband 11 - Through a Glass Darkly 12 - Shame 13 - The Passion of Anna 14 - Hour of the Wolf 15 - Cries & Whispers

8. David Cronenberg

Actor | The Fly

David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early...

1 - The Fly 2 - eXistenZ 3 - Parasite Murders 4 - A History of Violence 5 - The Brood 6 - Videodrome 7 - The Dead Zone 8 - Eastern Promises 9 - Scanners 10 - Dead Ringers 11 - Crash 12 - Crimes of the Future 13 - Spider 14 - Rage 15 - Cosmopolis 16 - A Dangerous Method 17 - Naked Lunch 18 - Maps to the Stars 19 - M. Butterfly 20 - Crimes of the Future 21 - Stereo 22 - Fast Company

9. Fritz Lang

Actor | Le mépris

Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...

1 - The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 2 - M 3 - Fury 4 - Metropolis 5 - Die Nibelungen: Siegfried 6 - Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge 7 - Ministry of Fear 8 - The Big Heat 9 - The Woman in the Window 10- While the City Sleeps 11 - Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 12 - Scarlett Street 13 - Hangmen Also Die! 14 - You Only Live Once 15 - House by the River 16 - Man Hunt 17 - Secret Beyond the Door... 18 - Rancho Notorious 19 - The Tiger of Eschnapur 20 - The Indian Tomb 21 - Moonfleet 22 - Clash by Night 23 - Cloak and Dagger 24 - Dr. Mabuse the Gambler 25 - Spies 26 - Woman in the Moon 27 - The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 28 - Human Desire 29 - The Return of Frank James 30 - Liliom 31 - Destiny 32 - The Blue Gardenia 33 - You and Me 34 - American Guerrilla in the Philippines

10. Sergio Leone

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...

1 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2 - Once Upon a Time in the West 3 - For a Few Dollars More 4 - Once Upon a Time in America 5 - A Fistful of Dollars 6 - A Fistful of Dynamite

11. Jean-Pierre Melville

Actor | À bout de souffle

The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its ...

1 - L'Armée des Ombres 2 - Le Cercle Rouge 3 - Le Deuxième Souffle 4 - Le Samouraï 5 - Le Doulos 6 - Bob le Flambeur 7 - Les Enfants Terribles 8 - Un Flic 9 - L'aîné des Ferchaux 10 - Léon Morin, prêtre 11 - Le Silence de la Mer 12 - Two Men in Manhattan

12. Alfred Hitchcock

Director | Psycho

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and ...

1 - Psycho 2 - Vertigo 3 - The Birds 4 - Rope 5 - Rear Window 6 - Strangers on a Train 7 - The Lady Vanishes 8 - Notorious 9 - North by Northwest 10 - Frenzy 11 - The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) 12 - The Wrong Man 13 - Rebecca 14 - Marnie 15 - The Thirty Nine Steps 16 - Shadow of a Doubt 17 - Dial M for Murder 18 - Suspicion 19 - I Confess 20 - Spellbound 21 - Foreign Correspondant 22 - The Paradine Case 23 - Torn Curtain 24 - Stage Fright 25 - Secret Agent 26 - Under Capricorn 27 - Jamaica Inn 28 - The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) 29 - Lifeboat 30 - Young and Innocent 31 - Sabotage 32 - Topaz 33 - Saboteur 34 - Family Plot 35 - The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 36 - Blackmail 37 - The Trouble With Harry 38 - To Catch a Thief

13. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Kakushi-toride no san-akunin

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...

1 - High and Low 2 - Seven Samuraï 3 - Throne of Blood 4 - Dersou Ouzala 5 - The Bad Sleep Well 6 - Rashomon 7 - Stray Dog 8 - Ran 9 - The Hidden Fortress 10 - Red Beard 11 - Kagemusha 12 - Yojimbo 13 - Sanjuro 14 - Dodeskaden 15 - Dreams 16 - The Idiot 17 - To Live 18 - Drunken Angel 19 - Scandal 20 - The Lower Depths 21 - The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail 22 - Judo Saga 23 - I Live in Fear

14. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.

In January of...

1 - Pulp Fiction 2 - Inglorious Basterds 3 - Jackie Brown 4 - Reservoir Dogs 5 - Death Proof 6 - Kill Bill : Vol.I 7 - The Hateful Eight 8 - Django Unchained 9 - Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood 10 - Kill Bill : Vol.II

15. Jim Jarmusch

Director | Broken Flowers

Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.

1 - Dead Man 2 - Down By Law 3 - Ghost Dog, the Way of the Samurai 4 - Stranger than Paradise 5 - Broken Flowers 6 - Paterson 7 - Only Lovers left Alive 8 - Coffee and Cigarettes 9 - Night on Earth 10 - The Dead Don't Die 11 - Mystery Train 12 - The Limits of Control 13 - Permanent Vacation

16. Dario Argento

Writer | Profondo rosso

Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940, in Rome, Italy, the first-born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for filmmaking from his close-knit family from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other ...

1 - Deep Red 2 - Tenebre 3 - Suspiria 4 - Inferno 5 - Phenomena 6 - The Bird with the Crystal Plumage 7 - The Stendhal Syndrome 8 - The Cat o' Nine Tails 9 - Opera 10 - Four Flies on Grey Velvet 11 - Two Evil Eyes 12 - Trauma 13 - Sleepless 14 - Masters of Horror : Jenifer 15 - Masters of Horrors : Pelts 16 - The Card Player 17 - Do You Like Hitchcock? 18 - The Phantom of the Opera 19 - Mother of Tears 20 - Giallo 21 - Dracula 3D

17. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teen years. ...

1 - Valhalla Rising 2 - Drive 3 - Bronson 4 - The Neon Demon 5 - Too Old to Die Young 6 - Pusher II 7 - Pusher III 8 - Pusher 9 - Bleeder 10 - Only God Forgives 11 - Fear X

18. John Carpenter

Writer | The Fog

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

1 - The Thing 2 - Halloween 3 - New York 1997 4 - Assault on Preccinct 13 5 - They Live ! 6 - The Fog 7 - In the Mouth of Madness 8 - Dark Star 9 - Christine 10 - Prince of Darkness 11 - Masters of Horror : John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns 12 - Escape from L.A. 13 - Big Trouble in Little China 14 - Starman 15 - Someone's Watching Me! 16 - Vampires 17 - Memoirs of an Invisible Man 18 - Elvis 19 - Body Bags 20 - The Ward 21 - Village of the Damned 22 - Ghosts of Mars

19. Michael Haneke

Writer | Caché

A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world ...

1 - Benny's Video 2 - Caché 3 - Funny Games 4 - The White Ribbon 5 - Amour 6 - 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance 7 - Funny Games U.S. 8 - Happy End 9 - The Seventh Continent 10 - Code Inconnu : Récit incomplet de divers voyages 11 - La Pianiste 12 - The Castle 13 - Le Temps du Loup

20. James Gray

Director | Ad Astra

Writer/director James Gray made his first film Little Odessa (1994) at the age of twenty-five. The film, which starred Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell, received critical acclaim and was the winner of the Venice Film Festival's prestigious Silver Lion Award in 1994.

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1 - The Yards 2 - We Own the Night 3 - Two Lovers 4 - Ad Astra 5 - Little Odessa 6 - The Lost City of Z 7 - The Immigrant

21. Yasujirô Ozu

Writer | Tôkyô monogatari

Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first ...

1 - Tokyo Story 2 - An Autumn Afternoon 3 - Equinox Flower 4 - Early Summer 5 - Late Autumn 6 - Late Spring 7 - The End of Summer 8 - Good Morning 9 - The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice 10 - The Only Son 11 - Tokyo Twilight 12 - Floating Weeds

22. Robert Bresson

Writer | Journal d'un curé de campagne

Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin (1943) in 1943. His next film, Les ...

1 - Mouchette 2 - Un condamné à mort s'est échappé 3 - Journal d'un curé de campagne 4 - Au hasard Balthazar 5 - L'argent 6 - Procès de Jeanne d'Arc 7 - Les dames du Bois de Boulogne 8 - Pickpocket 9 - Le diable probablement 10 - Lancelot du Lac 11 - Quatre nuits d’un rêveur

23. Roman Polanski

Director | Chinatown

Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933.

His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...

1 - Chinatown 2 - Rosemary's Baby 3 - The Tenant 4 - Fearless Vampire Killers 5 - The Pianist 6 - The Tragedy of MacBeth 7 - The Ghost Writer 8 - Tess 9 - An Officer and a Spy 10 - Repulsion 11 - The Ninth Gate 12 - Frantic 13 - Knife in the Water 14 - Cul-de-sac 15 - Death and the Maiden 16 - Carnage 17 - Bitter Moon 18 - La Vénus à la Fourrure 19 - Oliver Twist 20 - Che ? 21 - D'après une histoire vraie 22 - Pirates

24. Martin Scorsese

Director | Taxi Driver

Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later ...

1 - Taxi Driver 2 - Casino 3 - Raging Bull 4 - Goodfellas 5 - The Last Temptation of Christ 6 - The Wolf of Wall Street 7 - Mean Streets 8 - Shutter Island 9 - The Departed 10 - Silence 11 - After Hours 12 - King of Comedy 13 - The Irishman 14 - Bringing Out the Dead 15 - Cape Fear 16 - Kundun 17 - The Age of Innocence 18 - New York, New York 19 - Gangs of New York 20 - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 21 - Aviator 22 - Hugo Cabret 23 - The Color of Money 24 - Boxcar Bertha

25. Éric Rohmer

Director | Le genou de Claire

Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, ...

1 - Conte d'été 2 - Ma nuit chez Maud 3 - Pauline à la plage 4 - Le rayon vert 5 - Le genou de Claire 6 - Conte d'hiver 7 - L'amour l'après-midi 8 - Conte d'automne 9 - L'ami de mon amie 10 - 4 aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle 11 - Les nuits de la pleine lune 12 - La collectionneuse 13 - La femme de l'aviateur 14 - La marquise d'O... 15 - L'arbre, le maire et la médiathèque 16 - Conte de printemps 17 - Les rendez-vous de Paris 18 - Le beau mariage 19 - Le signe du lion 20 - Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon

26. François Truffaut

Writer | La nuit américaine

French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who became his protector. Bazin helped the ...

1 - Tirez sur le pianiste 2 - La mariée était en noir 3 - Les quatre cents coups 4 - La nuit américaine 5 - Jules et Jim 6 - L'enfant sauvage 7 - L'histoire d'Adèle H. 8 - Fahrenheit 451 9 - Les deux Anglaises et le continent 10 - La peau douce 11 - L'argent de poche 12 - La femme d'à côté 13 - Le dernier métro 14 - La sirène du Mississipi 15 - Une belle fille comme moi 16 - La chambre verte 17 - Vivement dimanche!

27. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writer | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the ...

1 - The Passion of Joan of Arc 2 - Ordet 3 - Dies Irae 4 - Vampyr 5 - Gertrud

28. Béla Tarr

Producer | Werckmeister harmóniák

Béla Tarr was born on July 21, 1955 in Pécs, Hungary. He is a producer and director, known for Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), The Turin Horse (2011) and Satantango (1994). He is married to Ágnes Hranitzky.

1 - The Man from London 2 - The Turin Horse 3 - Damnation 4 - Satantango 5 - Werckmeister Harmonies

29. Sam Peckinpah

Writer | The Wild Bunch

"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael. That ...

1 - Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia 2 - Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid 3 - Straw Dogs 4 - The Wild Bunch 5 - The Getaway 6 - The Ballad of Cable Hogue 7 - Cross of Iron 8 - Ride the High Country 9 - Major Dundee 10 - The Osterman Weekend 11 - Junior Bonner 12 - The Killer Elite

30. Lars von Trier

Writer | Dancer in the Dark

Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...

1 - Melancholia 2 - Antichrist 3 - The House That Jack Built 4 - Nymphomaniac : Vol.I 5 - Nymphomaniac : Vol.II 6 - Dogville 7 - Dancer in the Dark 8 - Breaking the Waves 9 - Europa 10 - Element of Crime

31. Michael Mann

Producer | The Insider

As a director, screenwriter, and producer, four-time Academy Award© nominee Michael Mann has established himself as one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers in American cinema. After writing and directing the Primetime Emmy Award-winning television movie The Jericho Mile (1979), Mann ...

1 - Heat 2 - Thief 3 - The Insider 4 - Miami Vice 5 - Collateral 6 - Manhunter 7 - Ali 8 - Public Enemies 9 - The Last of the Mohicans 10 - Hacker 11 - The Jericho Mile 12 - The Keep

32. Christopher Nolan

Producer | Tenet

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970, in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.

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1 - Interstellar 2 - The Prestige 3 - The Dark Knight 4 - Inception 5 - The Dark Knight Rises 6 - Dunkirk 7 - Following 8 - Batman Begins 9 - Memento 10 - Insomnia 11 - Tenet

33. Paul Thomas Anderson

Director | Punch-Drunk Love

Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making...

1 - There Will Be Blood 2 - Magnolia 3 - Licorice Pizza 4 - Phantom Thread 5 - Boogie Nights 6 - Inherent Vice 7 - The Master 8 - Punch-Drunk Love 9 - Hard Eight

34. Richard Linklater

Director | Waking Life

Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. ...

1 - A Scanner Darkly 2 - Before Sunset 3 - Before Sunrise 4 - Before Midnight 5 - Waking Life 6 - Boyhood 7 - School of Rock 8 - Dazed and Confused 9 - Tape 10 - Last Flag Flying 11 - Everybody Wants Some !! 12 - Slacker 13 - Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure 14 - Bernie 15 - Fast Food Nation 16 - Where'd You Go, Bernadette

35. Krzysztof Kieslowski

Writer | Trois couleurs: Bleu

Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (...

1 - The Double Life of Véronique 2 - Dekalog 3 - Trois Couleurs : Rouge 4 - Trois Couleurs : Bleu 5 - Trois couleurs : Blanc 6 - A Short Film About Love

36. Abbas Kiarostami

Writer | Ta'm e guilass

Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career ...

1 - Taste of Cherry 2 - Where Is the Friend's House? 3 - And Life Goes on... 4 - The Wind Will Carry Us 5 - Through the Olive Trees 6 - Close-Up 7 - Certified Copy 8 - Ten

37. Joel Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Joel Daniel Coen is an American filmmaker who regularly collaborates with his younger brother Ethan. They made Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, True Grit, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man, Inside Llewyn Davis, Hail Caesar and other projects. Joel ...

1 - Fargo 2 - The Big Lebowski 3 - No Country for Old Men 4 - Millers' Crossing 5 - Blood Simple 6 - Barton Fink 7 - Inside Llewelyn Davis 8 - O'Brother 9 - The Barber : The Man Who Wasn't There 10 - Raising Arizona 11 - The Tragedy of Macbeth 12 - True Grit 13 - Burn After Reading 14 - A Serious Man 15 - Hail, Caesar ! 16 - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 17 - The Hudsucker Proxy 18 - The Ladykillers 19 - Intolerable Cruelty

38. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father, Richard Head Welles, was a well-to-do inventor, his mother, Beatrice (Ives) Welles, a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died in 1924 (when he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. He was ...

1 - The Trial 2 - Citizen Kane 3 - Touch of Evil 4 - Mr. Arkadin 5 - MacBeth 6 - The Lady from Shangaï 7 - The Magnificent Ambersons 8 - Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight) 9 - F for Fake 10 - The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice 11 - Histoire immortelle 12 - The Stranger

39. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

1 - The Great Dictator 2 - Modern Times 3 - City Lights 4 - The Gold Rush 5 - Limelight 6 - Monsieur Verdoux 7 - The Circus 8 - The Kid 9 - A King in New York 10 - A Countess from Hong Kong

40. Jacques Tati

Writer | Playtime

The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who ...

1 - Mon oncle 2 - Playtime 3 - Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot 4 - Jour de fête 5 - Trafic 6 - Parade

41. Henri-Georges Clouzot

Writer | Le salaire de la peur

Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau (1943) banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to ...

1 - Les diaboliques 2 - Le salaire de la peur 3 - Quai des Orfèvres 4 - Le corbeau 5 - La prisonnière 6 - L'assassin habite au 21 7 - La vérité 8 - Manon 9 - Les espions

42. Bong Joon Ho

Writer | Snowpiercer

Bong Joon-ho is a South Korean filmmaker. The recipient of three Academy Awards, his filmography is characterized by emphasis on social themes, genre-mixing, black humor, and sudden tone shifts. He first became known to audiences and achieved a cult following with his directorial debut film, the ...

1 - Memories of Murder 2 - The Host 3 - Madeo 4 - Parasite 5 - Snowpiercer 6 - Okja

43. David Fincher

Director | Se7en

David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials...

1 - Zodiac 2 - Fight Club 3 - The Social Network 4 - Seven 5 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 6 - Gone Girl 7 - The Game 8 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 9 - Mank 10 - Panic Room 11 - Alien 3

44. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a bond salesman and later manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school ...

1 - Unforgiven 2 - Honkytonk Man 3 - The Bridges of the Madison County 4 - Mystic River 5 - Million Dollar Baby 6 - Gran Torino 7 - High Plains Drifter 8 - Pale Rider 9 - A Perfect World 10 - The Outlaw Josey Wales 11 - White Hunter Black Heart 12 - The Gauntlet 13 - The Eiger Sanction 14 - Bronco Billy 15 - Heartbreak Ridge 16 - Breezy 17 - Play Misty for Me 18 - American Sniper 19 - Changeling 20 - Flag of Our Fathers 21 - Letters From Iwo Jima 22 - True Crime 23 - Bird 24 - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 25 - The Mule 26 - Richard Jewell 27 - Sully 28 - Sudden Impact 29 - Space Cowboys 30 - Blood Work 31 - The Jersey Boys 32 - J. Edgar 33 - Invictus 34 - Firefox 35 - Hereafter 36 - The Rookie 37 - Cry Macho 38 - The 15:17 to Paris

45. Gus Van Sant

Director | Elephant

Gus Green Van Sant Jr. is an American filmmaker, painter, screenwriter, photographer and musician from Louisville, Kentucky who is known for directing films such as Good Will Hunting, the 1998 remake of Psycho, Gerry, Elephant, My Own Private Idaho, To Die For, Milk, Last Days, Finding Forrester, ...

1 - Elephant 2 - Gerry 3 - Good Will Hunting 4 - My Own Private Idaho 5 - Drugstore Cowboy 6 - Paranoid Park 7 - Psycho 8 - A Promised Land 9 - Last Days 10 - Restless 11 - Milk 12 - Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot 13 - To Die For 14 - Finding Forrester 15 - The Sea of Trees

46. Andrey Zvyagintsev

Director | Leviafan

Director and screenwriter Andrey Zvyagintsev is the winner of the Venice Film Festival (2003) and the Cannes Film Festival (2011, 2014, 2017). Two-time the Academy Awards and the BAFTA Awards nominee. Winner or the Golden Globe Awards (2015) for his film "Leviathan". In 2018, his latest work "...

1 - Loveless 2 - The Return 3 - Leviathan 4 - Elena 5 - The Banishment

47. Asghar Farhadi

Writer | Darbareye Elly

Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...

1 - The Salesman 2 - A Separation 3 - The Past 4 - A Hero 5 - Everybody Knows 6 - About Elly 7 - Fireworks Wednesday

48. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Producer | Kis Uykusu

Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul on January 26th, 1959. In 1976, he began studying chemical engineering at Istanbul Technical University, in a context of strong student unrest, boycotts and political polarization. In 1978, he switched courses to Electrical Engineering at Bogazici University. ...

1 - The Wild Pear Tree 2 - Once Upon A Time in Anatolia 3 - Winter Sleep 4 - Three Monkeys 5 - Distant 6 - Climates 7 - The Small Town 8 - Clouds of May

49. Roy Andersson

Director | En kärlekshistoria

Roy Andersson was born on March 31, 1943 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden. He is a director and writer, known for A Love Story (1970), Songs from the Second Floor (2000) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014).

1 - A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence 2 - You, the Living 3 - Songs from the Second Floor 4 - About Endlessness 5 - A Swedish Love Story

50. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Director | Memoria

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the ...

1 - Tropical Malady 2 - Syndromes and a Century 3 - Cemetery of Splendor 4 - Memoria 5 - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 6 - Blissfully Yours

51. Wes Anderson

Director | Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an ...

1 - The Grand Budapest Hotel 2 - Fantastic Mr Fox 3 - Moonrise Kingdom 4 - Rushmore 5 - The Royal Tenenbaums 6 - The French Dispatch 7 - The Aquatic Life of Steeve Zissou 8 - Isle of Dogs 9 - The Darjeeling Limited 10 - Bottle Rocket

52. Samuel Fuller

Writer | Shock Corridor

At age 17, Samuel Fuller was the youngest reporter ever to be in charge of the events section of the New York Journal. After having participated in the European battle theater in World War II, he directed some minor action productions for which he mostly wrote the scripts himself and which he also ...

1 - Shock Corridor 2 - The Big Red One 3 - Pickup on South Street 4 - The Naked Kiss 5 - White Dog 6 - Forbidden! 7 - Forty Guns 8 - House of Bamboo 9 - Underworld U.S.A. 10 - The Crimson Kimono

53. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Schindler's List

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...

1 - Minority Report 2 - Schindler's List 3 - Encounters of the Third Kind 4 - Raiders of the Lost Ark 5 - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 6 - Munich 7 - Jaws 8 - Jurassic Park 9 - Saving Private Ryan 10 - A.I. 11 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 12 - Bridge of Spies 13 - War of the Worlds 14 - Duel 15 - War Horse 16 - Catch Me if You Can 17 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 18 - The Post 19 - The Adventures of Tintin 20 - Lincoln 21 - The BFG 22 - Ready Player One 23 - West Side Story 24 - The Lost World : Jurassic Park 25 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 26 - Empire of the Sun 27 - The Terminal 28 - The Sugarland Express 29 - The Color Purple 30 - Amistad 31 - 1941 32 - Always 33 - Hook

54. Federico Fellini

Writer |

The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the ...

1 - 8 1/² 2 - La Dolce Vita 3 - La Strada 4 - Amarcord 5 - I Vitelloni 6 - Nights of Cabiria 7 - The Ship Sails On

55. Francesco Rosi

Writer | Cadaveri eccellenti

Francesco Rosi was born on November 15, 1922 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Illustrious Corpses (1976), Salvatore Giuliano (1962) and The Challenge (1958). He was married to Giancarla Mandelli. He died on January 10, 2015 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

1 - Three Brothers 2 - Christ Stopped at Eboli 3 - Men Against... 4 - Salvatore Giulano 5 - Illustrious Corpses 6 - Lucky Luciano 7 - The Mattei Affair 8 - Hands Over the City 9 - Chronicle of a Death Foretold 10 - The Palermo Connection

56. Alain Resnais

Director | Hiroshima mon amour

Alain Resnais was born on June 3, 1922 in Vannes, Morbihan, France. He was a director and editor, known for Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Same Old Song (1997) and My American Uncle (1980). He was married to Sabine Azéma and Florence Malraux. He died on March 1, 2014 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, ...

1 - Hiroshima Mon Amour 2 - L'Année dernière à Marienbad 3 - Providence 4 - Mon Oncle d'Amérique 5 - On connaît la chanson 6 - Mélo 7 - Je t'aime, je t'aime 8 - L'amour à mort 9 - Muriel ou le temps d'un retour 10 - Cœurs 11 - Stavisky

57. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...

1 - The General 2 - The Cameraman 3 - The Navigator 4 - Steamboat Bill Jr. 5 - Sherlock Jr. 6 - Our Hospitality 7 - Seven Chances 8 - Three Ages

58. Michelangelo Antonioni

Writer | Blow-Up

Together with Fellini, Bergman and Kurosawa, Michelangelo Antonioni is credited with defining the modern art film. And yet Antonioni's cinema is also recognized today for defying any easy categorization, with his films ultimately seeming to belong to their own distinctive genre. Indeed, the ...

1 - Blow Up 2 - L'Avventura 3 - Zabriskie Point 4 - The Passenger 5 - Red Desert

59. Elia Kazan

Director | On the Waterfront

Known for his creative stage direction, Elia Kazan was born Elias Kazantzoglou on September 7, 1909 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey). Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He ...

1 - On The Waterfront 2 - East of Eden 3 - A Streetcar named Desire 4 - Baby Doll 5 - Wild River 6 - Splendor in the Grass 7 - The Last Tycoon 8 - The Arrangement 9 - The Visitors

60. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear. His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the United Kingdom ...

1 - Blade Runner 2 - Alien 3 - The Duellists 4 - The Martian 5 - Prometheus 6 - Black Hawk Down 7 - The Last Duel 8 - Thelma & Louise 9 - Alien : Covenant 10 - Hannibal 11 - Gladiator 12 - House of Gucci 13 - American Gangster 14 - Matchstick Men 15 - Robin Hood 16 - All the Money in the World 17 - Kingdom of Heaven 18 - Body of Lies 19 - 1492: Conquest of Paradise 20 - Black Rain 21 - Someone to Watch Over Me 22 - White Squall 23 - Exodus: Gods and Kings 24 - The Counselor 25 - A Good Year 26 - Legend

61. Michael Cimino

Writer | The Deer Hunter

Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). But his biggest success was The Deer...

1 - The Deer Hunter 2 - Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 3 - Heaven's Gate 4 - The Sunchaser 5 - The Sicilian 6 - Desperate Hours

62. Denis Villeneuve

Director | Dune: Part One

Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started his career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), ...

1 - Enemy 2 - Incendies 3 - Prisoners 4 - Arrival 5 - Blade Runner 2049 6 - Sicario 7 - Polytechnique 8 - Dune

63. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | Biutiful

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...

1 - 21 Grams 2 - Amores Perros 3 - The Revenant 4 - Babel 5 - Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 6 - Biutiful

64. Paolo Sorrentino

Writer | È stata la mano di Dio

Director and screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino was born in Naples in 1970, and and became an orphan when he lost both of his parents at the age of 16. At the age of 25, after studying for a few years at the Faculty of Economics and Business in University of Naples Federico II, he decided to work in the...

1 - The Great Beauty 2 - Il Divo 3 - Youth 4 - The Young Pope 5 - The New Pope 6 - The Hand of God 7 - The Consequences of Love 8 - Loro 9 - This Must Be the Place 10 - One Man Up

65. Jacques Audiard

Writer | De rouille et d'os

Born in Paris, France, in 1952. Jacques Audiard's family has always been involved in movie business. His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer. But in his teens he refused that world and wanted to be a teacher. He studied literature and philosophy at the ...

1 - Un prophète 2 - De battre mon cœur s'est arrêté 3 - Sur mes lèvres 4 - De rouille et d'os 5 - Dheepan 6 - Les Olympiades 7 - The Sisters Brothers 8 - Un héros très discret 9 - Regarde les hommes tomber

66. Hiroshi Teshigahara

Director | Suna no onna

Hiroshi Teshigahara was born the son of Sofu Teshigahara who was the founder of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (flower arrangement). In 1950, he graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in oil painting. In 1958, he became the director of Sogetsu Art Centre and took a ...

1 - Woman in the Dunes 2 - Pitfall 3 - The Face of Another

67. Luis Buñuel

Writer | Belle de jour

The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the ...

1 - El 2 - Los Olvidados 3 - Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie 4 - Belle de Jour 5 - Le fantôme de la liberté 6 - Le journal d'une femme de chambre 7 - Cet obscur objet du désir 8 - Tristana 9 - The Exterminating Angel 10 - Viridiana 11 - Un Chien Andalou 12 - La voie lactée

68. Joseph Losey

Director | The Servant

Belonging to an important family clan in Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but was always interested in theater and thus worked together with Bertolt Brecht. After directing some shorts for MGM, he made his first important film, The Boy with Green Hair (1948), for RKO. While he was filming ...

1 - Mr Klein 2 - The Servant 3 - The Go-Between 4 - The Prowler 5 - Accident 6 - M 7 - King and Country 8 - The Assassination of Trotsky 9 - The Criminal 10 - Secret Ceremony

69. Terrence Malick

Producer | Badlands

Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...

1 - The New World 2 - The Thin Red Line 3 - Badlands 4 - Days of Heaven 5 - Tree of Life 6 - A Hidden Life 7 - Voyage of Time: Life's Journey

70. Robert Altman

Director | Gosford Park

Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...

1 - McCabe and Mrs Miller 2 - The Long Goodbye 3 - MASH 4 - Short Cuts 5 - That Cold Day in the Park 6 - Cookie's Fortune 7 - Nashville 8 - The Player 9 - 3 Women 10 - Images 11 - Thieves Like Us 12 - Gosford Park 13 - Countdown 14 - Dr. T and the Women 15 - The Gingerbread Man 16 - Prêt-à-Porter

71. F.W. Murnau

Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air ...

1 - Nosferatu 2 - Sunrise 3 - Faust 4 - Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

72. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many ...

1 - Sunset Boulevard 2 - Double Indemnity 3 - The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes 4 - Witness for the Prosecution 5 - The Apartment 6 - Some Like It Hot 7 - Avanti ! 8 - The Fortune Cookie 9 - The Seven Year Itch 10 - Ace in the Hole

73. Takeshi Kitano

Actor | Zatôichi

Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw ...

1 - Hana-Bi 2 - Violent Cop 3 - Sonatine 4 - A Scene at the Sea 5 - Kids Return 6 - Jugatsu 7 - Dolls 8 - Brother 9 - Kikujiro 10 - Zatoichi 11 - Achilles and the Tortoise 12 - Getting Any 13 - Outrage 14 - Outrage Beyond 15 - Takeshi's 16 - Outrage Coda

74. Peter Weir

Director | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Peter Weir was born on August 21, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is a director and writer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Way Back (2010) and Witness (1985). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They have two children.

1 - The Last Wave 2 - Picnic at Hanging Rock 3 - The Truman Show 4 - The Cars that ate Paris 5 - Dead Poets Society 6 - Gallipoli 7 - Fearless 8 - Witness 9 - The Year of Living Dangerously 10 - The Mosquito Coast 11 - The Plumber 12 - Master and Commander : The Far Side of the World 13 - The Way Back 14 - Green Card

75. Park Chan-wook

Director | Oldeuboi

Park Chan-wook was born on August 23, 1963 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a producer and director, known for Oldboy (2003), The Handmaiden (2016) and Thirst (2009). He is married to Eun-hee Kim. They have one child.

1 - Sympathy for Mister Vengeance 2 - Old Boy 3 - Lady Vengeance 4 - The Handmaiden 5 - Joint Security Area 6 - The Little Drummer Girl 7 - Stoker 8 - Decision to Leave 9 - Thirst

76. George A. Romero

Writer | Land of the Dead

George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; by all indications, though, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 ,in New York City to Ann (Dvorsky) and Jorge Romero. His father was born in Spain and raised in Cuba, and...

1 - Dawn of the Dead 2 - The Night of the Living Dead 3 - Martin 4 - The Day of the Dead 5 - Creepshow 6 - Land of the Dead 7 - Monkey Shines 8 - The Crazies 9 - The Dark Half 10 - Season of the Witch 11 - Bruiser 12 - Two Evil Eyes 13 - Diary of the Dead 14 - Survival of the Dead 15 - Knightriders

77. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born on December 1, 1935, as Allen Konigsberg, in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Martin Konigsberg and Nettie Konigsberg. He has one younger sister, Letty Aronson. As a young boy, he became intrigued with magic tricks and playing the clarinet, two hobbies that he continues today.

Allen ...

1 - Match Point 2 - Cassandra's Dream 3 - Manhattan Murder Mystery 4 - Annie Hall 5 - Manhattan 6 - Bullets over Broadway 7 - Sweet and Lowdown 8 - Midnight in Paris 9 - Hollywood Ending 10 - The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 11 - Shadows and Fog 12 - Mighty Aphrodite 13 - Blue Jasmine 14 - Deconstructing Harry

78. Ruben Östlund

Director | Turist

Ruben Östlund was born on April 13, 1974 in Styrsö, Västra Götalands län, Sweden. He is a director and editor, known for Force Majeure (2014), The Square (2017) and Involuntary (2008). He was previously married to Andrea Östlund.

1 - Force Majeure 2 - The Square 3 - Involuntary 4 - Play

79. Mario Bava

Cinematographer | Ecologia del delitto

Italian director Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in the coastal northern Italian town of Sanremo. His father, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cinematographer in the early days of the Italian film industry. Bava was trained as a painter, and when he eventually followed his father into film ...

1 - Blood and Black Lace 2 - A Bay of Blood 3 - The Girl Who Knew Too Much 4 - The Black Sabbath 5 - Black Sunday 6 - Hatchet for the Honeymoon 7 - Planet of the Vampires 8 - Kill, Baby... Kill! 9 - Diabolik 10 - The Whip and the Body 11 - Schock 12 - Baron Blood 13 - Caltiki, the Immortal Monster

80. Alan Clarke

Director | Screen Two

Liverpool native Alan Clarke got his start in the film business in Canada, where he studied acting and directing. Upon returning to England he got a job at ITV, then moved over to the BBC in 1969. He worked mostly in television, but he made a couple of feature films that got attention for their ...

1 - Scum (1979) 2 - Scum (1977) 3 - Elephant 4 - The Firm 5 - Rita, Sue and Bob Too 6 - Made in Britain

81. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...

1 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 2 - The Asphalt Jungle 3 - The Maltese falcon 4 - The Man Who Would Be King 5 - Key Largo 6 - The Night of the Iguana 7 - Reflections in a Golden Eye 8 - Under the Volcano 9 - The African Queen 10 - Moby Dick 11 - Fat City 12 - The Dead 13 - The Kremlin Letter 14 - The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 15 - The Misfits 16 - Victory

82. Aki Kaurismäki

Producer | Le Havre

Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965)) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific ...

1 - The Man Without a Past 2 - I Hired a Contract Killer 3 - Drifting Clouds 4 - Lights in the Dusk 5 - The Match Factory Girl 6 - Ariel 7 - The Bohemian Life 8 - Shadows in Paradise 9 - Le Havre 10 - The Other Side of Hope 11 - Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana 12 - Juha

83. William Friedkin

Director | The French Connection

Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with ...

1 - Sorcerer 2 - The Exorcist 3 - To Live and Die in L.A. 4 - Cruising 5 - French Connection 6 - Killer Joe 7 - Bug 8 - Jade 9 - Rules of Engagement

84. Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Director | Cure

Kiyoshi Kurosawa was born on July 19, 1955 in Kobe, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Cure (1997), Tokyo Sonata (2008) and Pulse (2001).

1 - Pulse 2 - Tokyo Sonata 3 - Cure 4 - Seance 5 - Shokuzai 6 - Creepy 7 - Retribution 8 - Journey to the Shore 9 - Doppelganger

85. Michael Powell

Director | The Red Shoes

The son of Thomas William Powell and Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self-confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the south of France (where his parents ran a hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury and Dulwich ...

1 - The Red Shoes 2 - Peeping Tom 3 - A Matter of Life and Death 4 - Black Narcissus 5 - 49th Parallel 6 - The Tales of Hoffmann

86. Wes Craven

Writer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on ...

1 - The Last House on the Left 2 - The Hills Have Eyes 3 - Scream 4 - A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 - Scream 2 6 - Scream 4 7 - Wes Craven's New Nightmare 8 - Red Eye 9 - Scream 3 10 - Deadly Friend 11 - The People Under the Stairs 12 - The Serpent and the Rainbow 13 - Deadly Blessing 14 - Shocker 15 - Cursed 16 - The Hills Have Eyes Part II 17 - Swamp Thing

87. Claude Sautet

Writer | Un coeur en hiver

Claude Sautet was born on February 23, 1924 in Montrouge, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France. He was a writer and director, known for Un Coeur en Hiver (1992), Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995) and The Things of Life (1970). He was married to Graziella Sautet. He died on July 22, 2000 in Paris, ...

1 - Max et les ferrailleurs 2 - Classe tous risques 3 - Un cœur en hiver 4 - Vincent, François, Paul... et les autres 5 - César et Rosalie 6 - Les choses de la vie 7 - Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud 8 - Mado 9 - Un mauvais fils 10 - Une histoire simple 11 - L'arme à gauche

88. David Lean

Director | Lawrence of Arabia

An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding ...

1 - The Bridge on the River Kwai 2 - Lawrence of Arabia 3 - Doctor Zhivago 4 - Ryan's Daughter 5 - Brief Encounter

89. Monte Hellman

Director | Iguana

Monte Hellman was born on July 12, 1929, in New York City, where his parents were visiting, but he grew up in Los Angeles. He studied drama at Stanford University--on an NBC scholarship--and film at UCLA. After a few years directing in summer theater, Hellman hooked up with legendary "B" movie ...

1 - Two-Lane Blacktop 2 - The Shooting 3 - Ride in the Whirlwind 4 - Cockfighter

90. Don Siegel

Director | Dirty Harry

Don Siegel was educated at Cambridge University, England. In Hollywood from the mid-'30s, he began his career as an editor and second unit director. In 1945 he directed two shorts (Hitler Lives (1945) and Star in the Night (1945)) which both won Academy Awards. His first feature as a director was ...

1 - Dirty Harry 2 - The Killers 3 - The Beguiled 4 - Escape from Alcatraz 5 - The Shootist 6 - Charley Varrick 7 - Sierra Torride 8 - Coogan's Bluff 9 - Invasion of the Body Snatchers 10 - Madigan 11 - The Black Windmill

91. Nicholas Ray

Director | Rebel Without a Cause

Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the ...

1 - Rebel Without a Cause 2 - In a Lonely Place 3 - Johnny Guitar 4 - Bigger than Life 5 - They Live by Night

92. Nicolas Roeg

Director | Walkabout

When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer twelve years later. He first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean's ...

1 - Don't Look Now 2 - Walkabout 3 - Bad Timing 4 - The Man Who Fell to Earth

93. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit

Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...

1 - World on a Wire 2 - Ali: Fear Eats the Soul 3 - The Third Generation 4 - The Marriage of Maria Braun

94. Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Producer | Deux jours, une nuit

After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business.

In 1978 ...

1 - Le fils 2 - L'enfant 3 - Le gamin au vélo 4 - Deux jours, une nuit 5 - Le silence de Lorna 6 - Rosetta 7 - La promesse 8 - La fille inconnue 9 - Le jeune Ahmed

95. Jean-Luc Godard

Director | Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux

Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...

1 - Le Mépris 2 - Week End 3 - Alphaville 4 - Pierrot le Fou 5 - Bande à part 6 - A Bout de Souffle 7 - Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux

96. Louis Malle

Director | Au revoir les enfants

Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies ...

1 - Ascenseur pour l'échafaud 2 - Au revoir les enfants 3 - Lacombe Lucien 4 - Le souffle au cœur 5 - Le feu follet 6 - Atlantic City, USA

97. Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Writer | All About Eve

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount ...

1 - Five Fingers 2 - The Ghost And Mrs. Muir 3 - Sleuth 4 - Julius Caesar 5 - All About Eve 6 - Suddenly, Last Summer 7 - House of strangers 8 - Cleopatra

98. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

1 - Star Wars 2 - THX 1138 3 - Star Wars : Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 4 - American Graffiti 5 - Star Wars : Episode II - Attack of the Clones 6 - Star Wars : Episode I - The Phantom Menace

99. Darren Aronofsky

Director | Pi

Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won ...

1 - Pi 2 - The Wrestler 3 - Requiem for a Dream 4 - The Fountain 5 - Black Swan 6 - Mother! 7 - Noah

100. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...

1 - Edward Scissorhands 2 - Sleepy Hollow 3 - Beetlejuice 4 - Ed Wood 5 - Big Fish 6 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 7 - Corpse Bride 8 - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 9 - Batman 10 - Mars Attacks! 11 - Frankenweenie 12 - Alice in Wonderland 13 - Batman returns 14 - Dark Shadows 15 - Big Eyes 16 - Dumbo 17 - Planet of the Apes 18 - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children



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