Directors 2019

by roysmith-50422 | created - 10 Apr 2019 | updated - 31 Oct 2020 | Public

1. M. Night Shyamalan

Producer | Lady in the Water

Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots.

He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil ...

2. J.C. Chandor

Producer | A Most Violent Year

J.C. Chandor was born as Jeffrey McDonald Chandor. He is a producer and writer, known for A Most Violent Year (2014), Margin Call (2011) and All Is Lost (2013). He has been married to Mary Cameron Goodyear since 2004. They have two children.

3. Anna Boden

Producer | Half Nelson

Anna Boden is an American film director, cinematographer, editor, and screenwriter best known as the co-writer of the 2006 film Half Nelson. She is known for her collaborations with fellow filmmaker Ryan Fleck. While studying film at NYU, Boden met Ryan Fleck on the set of a student film. Soon they...

4. Ryan Fleck

Director | Half Nelson

Ryan K. Fleck is an American film director, cinematographer, editor, and screenwriter best known for directing and writing the 2006 film Half Nelson and the 2008 film Sugar. He is known for his collaborations with fellow filmmaker Anna Boden. Ryan was born in Berkeley, California and raised in ...

5. John R. Leonetti

Director | Annabelle

John R. Leonetti was born on July 4, 1956 in California, USA as John Robert Leonetti. He is known for his work on Annabelle (2014), The Conjuring (2013) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013).

6. Jonas Åkerlund

Director | Lords of Chaos

Jonas Åkerlund was born on November 10, 1965 in Bromma, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a director and editor, known for Lords of Chaos (2018), Polar (2019) and Madonna: Ray of Light (1998). He is married to B. Åkerlund. He was previously married to Charlotta Palmbäck.

7. Anthony Russo

Director | Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Anthony Russo was born on February 3, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Anthony J. Russo. He is a producer and director, known for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

8. Joe Russo

Director | Avengers: Endgame

Joe Russo was born on July 8, 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Joseph Vincent Russo. He is a producer and director, known for Avengers: Endgame (2019), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

9. Steven Knight

Writer | Locke

Steven Knight is a British screenwriter and film director. He is best known for screenplays he wrote for the films Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and Eastern Promises (2007), and also directed as well as written the film Locke (2013).

Knight is also one of three creators of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire...

10. Christopher Landon

Writer | Freaky

Christopher Landon was born on February 27, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Christopher Beau Landon. He is a writer and producer, known for Freaky (2020), Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) and Happy Death Day 2U (2019).

11. Adam Shankman

Producer | Hairspray

Adam Shankman was born on November 27, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Adam Michael Shankman. He is known for his work on Hairspray (2007), A Walk to Remember (2002) and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005).

12. Rob Letterman

Director | Monsters vs. Aliens

Rob Letterman is a director and writer, known for Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) and Shark Tale (2004).

13. Stephen Merchant

Producer | Extras

Stephen Merchant was born on November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England. He is a producer and writer, known for Extras (2005), Fighting with My Family (2019) and Logan (2017).

14. Joe Berlinger

Producer | Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

Academy Award and eight-time Emmy nominated and Peabody and Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades. Berlinger's films include the landmark documentaries BROTHER'S KEEPER, the PARADISE LOST Trilogy, which helped lead to the ...

15. Kyle Newacheck

Producer | Game Over, Man!

Kyle Newacheck was born on January 23, 1984 in Walnut Creek, California, USA as Kyle Richard Newacheck. He is a producer and writer, known for Game Over, Man! (2018), Workaholics (2011) and Murder Mystery (2019).

16. Jordan Peele

Writer | Get Out

Jordan Haworth Peele attended Sarah Lawrence College as a member of the class of 2001. His mother is white and his father is black. Jordan is married to comedian Chelsea Peretti, with whom he has a son.

He is known for co-writing and starring in the comedy Keanu (2016), opposite his close friend ...

17. Jonathan Levine

Director | 50/50

Jonathan Levine is a director and writer, known for 50/50 (2011), The Wackness (2008) and Warm Bodies (2013).

18. Jon Watts

Director | Cop Car

Jon Watts was born on June 28, 1981 in Fountain, Colorado, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Cop Car (2015), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and The Onion News Network (2011).

19. Kevin Kölsch

Director | Starry Eyes

Kevin Kölsch is a director and writer, known for Starry Eyes (2014), Pet Sematary (2019) and Holidays (2016).

21. Michael Tiddes

Director | A Haunted House

Michael Tiddes is an American film director, screenwriter, editor and producer. His most recent release was Netflix's Sextuplets, currently streaming on the service. A comedy, the film tells the story of Alan, an expectant father who grew up believing he was an only child. While searching for his ...

22. John Lee Hancock

Writer | The Blind Side

John Lee Hancock was born on December 15, 1956 in Longview, Texas, USA. He is a writer and director, known for The Blind Side (2009), The Highwaymen (2019) and Saving Mr. Banks (2013).

23. Thomas Sieben

Director | Distanz

Thomas Sieben was born in 1976 in Cologne, Germany. He is a director and writer, known for Distanz (2009), Prey (2021) and Staudamm (2013).

24. Andy Muschietti

Director | Mama

Andy Muschietti was born on August 26, 1973 in Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina as Andrés Muschietti. He is a producer and director, known for Mama (2013), It (2017) and It Chapter Two (2019).

25. Michael Dougherty

Writer | Trick 'r Treat

Michael Dougherty was born on October 28, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Trick 'r Treat (2007), Krampus (2015) and Superman Returns (2006).

26. Guy Ritchie

Director | Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and ...

27. Dexter Fletcher

Director | Rocketman

BAFTA-nominee Dexter Fletcher is a British actor turned director from London. He began his career at the age of 6 and at the age of 9 starred as Baby Face in Alan Parker's Bugsy Malone. Fletcher continued to work in the industry on screen for the next four decades, appearing on-screen alongside ...

28. Lars Klevberg

Director | Polaroid

Lars Klevberg is a Norwegian director. He became interested in photography at a young age, and after graduating with a bachelor in filmmaking, Klevberg wrote and directed The Wall (2012) - a post-apocalyptic short film drama. The Wall screened at Palm Springs in 2013 where acclaimed film critic ...

29. Danny Boyle

Director | 127 Hours

Danny Boyle was born on October 20, 1956 in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, England as Daniel Francis Boyle. He is a director and producer, known for 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later... (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

30. Tim Story

Director | Fantastic Four

Timothy Kevin Story was born on March 13, 1970 in Los Angeles, California. Attended Westchester High School in Los Angeles, California with jazz pianist Eric Reed and actresses Regina King and Nia Long. Graduated from USC film school.

31. Vince Gilligan

Producer | The X Files

George Vincent Gilligan Jr. (born February 10, 1967) is an American writer, producer, and director. He is known for his television work, specifically as creator, head writer, executive producer, and director of Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He was a writer and producer for The ...

32. Alexandre Aja

Director | Haute tension

Alexandre Aja was born on August 7, 1978 in Paris, France as Alexandre Jouan Arcady. He is a director and producer, known for High Tension (2003), The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and Piranha 3D (2010). He is married to Laïla Marrakchi.

33. Todd Phillips

Producer | Joker

Todd Phillips was born on December 20, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Todd Bunzl. He is a producer and director, known for Joker (2019), Due Date (2010) and Old School (2003).

34. Josh Cooley

Writer | Toy Story 4

Josh Cooley is an actor and writer, known for Toy Story 4 (2019), Inside Out (2015) and Up (2009).

35. James Mangold

Producer | Logan

James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted (1999), Walk the Line (2005), which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma (2007), The Wolverine (2013), and Logan (2017).

Mangold also wrote and directed Cop...

36. 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 ...

37. 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...

38. 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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39. Sam Mendes

Producer | 1917

Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-...

40. 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...

41. Ari Aster

Director | Hereditary

Ari Aster was born on July 15, 1986 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and writer, known for Hereditary (2018), Midsommar (2019) and Disappointment Blvd. (2022).



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