Directors who deserve more recognition. Support them.

by a_NORMAL_movie_fan | created - 24 Jan 2014 | updated - 24 Jan 2014 | Public

1. David M. Rosenthal

Director | A Single Shot

David M. Rosenthal was born on March 23, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and writer, known for A Single Shot (2013), Janie Jones (2010) and The Perfect Guy (2015).

2. Andrew Douglas

Director | Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

British director Andrew Douglas began his career in Lord Snowdon's photographic studio. He was a magazine photographer for Esquire and The Face and then a director of music videos and commercials. His 2003 documentary, Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, won a Royal Television Society award. He ...

3. Derek Cianfrance

Director | Blue Valentine

Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied (1998), won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best...

4. Clio Barnard

Director | The Selfish Giant

Clio Barnard is a director and writer, known for The Selfish Giant (2013), Dark River (2017) and The Arbor (2010).

5. Lucky McKee

Director | May

Born and raised in the small riverbank town of Jenny Lind in Calaveras County, California, Edward Lucky McKee grew up mostly in poverty with little access to modern forms of entertainment. When McKee was age ten, he used an old video camera to videotape his sister's birthday party which put him on ...

6. Joshua Oppenheimer

Director | The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer was born on September 23, 1974 in Texas, USA. He is a director and producer, known for The Act of Killing (2012), The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1998) and The Look of Silence (2014).

7. Ryan Coogler

Director | Black Panther

Ryan Coogler was born on May 23, 1986 in Oakland, California, USA as Ryan Kyle Coogler. He is a director and writer, known for Black Panther (2018), Creed (2015) and Fruitvale Station (2013). He has been married to Zinzi Evans since 2016.

8. J.C. Chandor

Producer | A Most Violent Year

J.C. Chandor was born as Jeffrey McDonald Chandor. He is a producer and director, 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.

9. Destin Daniel Cretton

Director | Short Term 12

Destin Daniel Cretton was born on November 23, 1978 in Maui, Hawaii, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Short Term 12 (2013), The Glass Castle (2017) and Short Term 12 (2008).

10. Kirk Wong

Director | The Big Hit

Kirk Wong was born in 1949 in Hong Kong. He is an actor and director, known for The Big Hit (1998), Gunmen (1988) and Health Warning (1983).

11. Nicole Holofcener

Director | Enough Said

Nicole Holofcener was born on March 22, 1960 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Enough Said (2013), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) and Please Give (2010). She was previously married to Benjamin Allanoff.

12. Zhangke Jia

Director | Tian zhu ding

Zhangke Jia was born on May 24, 1970 in Fenyang, Shanxi, China. He is a director and producer, known for A Touch of Sin (2013), Mountains May Depart (2015) and Ash Is Purest White (2018). He has been married to Tao Zhao since January 7, 2012.

13. Mark Palansky

Pearl Harbor

Mark Palansky is a director and producer, known for Pearl Harbor (2001), Armageddon (1998) and The Island (2005).

14. Jem Cohen

Director | Museum Hours

Jem Cohen was born in 1962 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Museum Hours (2012), Chain (2004) and Benjamin Smoke (2000).

15. Morgan Neville

Producer | Best of Enemies

Morgan Neville was born on October 10, 1967 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal (2015), Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) and 20 Feet from Stardom (2013).

16. Peter Landesman

Writer | Concussion

Peter Landesman began his filmmaking and TV career after starting as an award-winning painter and novelist, and investigative journalist and war correspondent for the New York Time Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker and others. As a journalist, Landesman covered the conflicts in Rwanda, Kosovo ...

17. Claire Denis

Director | High Life

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for High Life (2018), Beau travail (1999) and 35 Shots of Rum (2008).

18. Leslye Headland

Writer | Bachelorette

Leslye Headland was born on November 26, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Leslye Ann Headland. She is a writer and director, known for Bachelorette (2012), Sleeping with Other People (2015) and Russian Doll (2019). She has been married to Rebecca Henderson since September 18, 2016.

19. Martha Shane

Producer | After Tiller

Martha Shane is a producer and director, known for After Tiller (2013), P.O.V. (1988) and Narrowsburg (2019).

20. Lana Wilson

Producer | After Tiller

Lana Wilson is an Emmy-winning and Spirit Award-nominated director, writer, and producer based in New York. Her most recent film, The Departure (2017), premiered in the World Documentary Competition at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to be nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for ...

21. Frederick Wiseman

Director | Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Born in 1930, Wiseman is a Cambridge, Massachusetts resident and member of the Massachusetts Bar Association who turned to filmmaking in 1967, after years as an instructor and/or researcher at Boston University, Brandeis University, and Harvard. In 1970 he founded Zipporah Films, Inc., which ...

22. Amy Seimetz

Actress | Upstream Color

Amy Seimetz first came to prominence producing and directing shorts and independent films. Most notably associate producing Barry Jenkins' Medicine For Melancholy which was nominated for Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards, after playing at South By Southwest and the Toronto International Film ...

23. Johnnie To

Producer | Cheung foh

With over thirty directing and producing credits to his name, Johnnie To enjoyed international breakthroughs with Election (2005), Election 2 (2006) (aka "Triad Election") and Exiled (2006); those films enjoyed multiple international film festival appearances and were separately sold to more than ...

24. Dave Meyers

Director | The Hitcher

Dave Meyers is a director and producer, known for The Hitcher (2007), Foolish (1999) and Volatile Love (2015).

26. Chad Hartigan

Director | Morris from America

Chad Hartigan was born on August 31, 1982 in Nicosia, Cyprus as Chad Alexander Hartigan. He is a director and actor, known for Morris from America (2016), This Is Martin Bonner (2013) and Room 104 (2017).

27. Jeff Nichols

Writer | Take Shelter

Jeff Nichols was born on December 7, 1978 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. He is a writer, known for Take Shelter (2011), Midnight Special (2016) and Loving (2016).

28. Denis Villeneuve

Director | Blade Runner 2049

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), ...

29. Cate Shortland

Director | Lore

Cate Shortland was born on August 10, 1968 in Temora, New South Wales, Australia. She is a director and writer, known for Lore (2012), Somersault (2004) and Berlin Syndrome (2017).

30. Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Director | The Kings of Summer

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is a director and producer, known for The Kings of Summer (2013), Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Successful Alcoholics (2010).

31. Scott McGehee

Producer | The Deep End

Scott McGehee is a producer, known for The Deep End (2001), Suture (1993) and What Maisie Knew (2012).

32. David Siegel

Producer | The Deep End

David Siegel is a producer and director, known for The Deep End (2001), Suture (1993) and What Maisie Knew (2012).

33. Joe Swanberg

Writer | Easy

Joe Swanberg was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1981. He moved around quite a bit growing up, even spending two years on an island in the Pacific Ocean named Kwajalein. He studied film production at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he developed an interest in emerging video technology ...

34. Penny Lane

Director | Nuts!

Penny Lane is a director and producer, known for Nuts! (2016), Our Nixon (2013) and Hail Satan? (2019).

35. Rupert Wainwright

Director | Stigmata

Rupert Wainwright was born on November 30, 1961 in England. He is a director and writer, known for Stigmata (1999), The Fog (2005) and Blank Check (1994).

36. Jim Fall

Director | Trick

Jim Fall has had a diversified directing career spanning theater, TV, and motion pictures. Jim's feature film career started with the acclaimed independent feature "Trick" which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival in Dramatic Competition. It was quickly acquired by Fine...

37. Mark Waters

Producer | (500) Days of Summer

Mark Waters was born on June 30, 1964 in Wyandotte, Michigan, USA as Mark Stephen Waters. He is a director and producer, known for 500 Days of Summer (2009), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) and Vampire Academy (2014). He has been married to Dina Spybey-Waters since November 10, 2000.

38. Marius Kurkinsky

Actor | Dnevnikat na edin lud

Marius Kurkinsky (birth name - Ivaylo Vasilev Stoyanov ) is a Bulgarian actor and director. He was born on October 15, 1969 in Novi Pazar, Bulgaria. At age 12 he entered the children's theater studio at the Drama Theatre - Varna, and then - in the Theater "Cricket", leaded by brothers Raykovi. He ...

39. Joseph Kahn

Director | Bodied

Joseph Kahn was born on October 12, 1972. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Bodied (2017), Detention (2011) and Torque (2004).

40. Hannah Fidell

Writer | A Teacher

Hannah Fidell was born on October 7, 1985 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Hannah Margalit Fidell. She is a writer and producer, known for A Teacher (2013), 6 Years (2015) and The Long Dumb Road (2018). She has been married to Jake Longstreth since September 23, 2017.

41. Ava DuVernay

Producer | Queen Sugar

A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...

42. James Ponsoldt

Director | The Spectacular Now

James Ponsoldt was born in 1978 in Athens, Georgia, USA as James Adam Ponsoldt. He is a director and producer, known for The Spectacular Now (2013), The Circle (2017) and The End of the Tour (2015). He has been married to Megan Holloway since September 25, 2010.

43. Ti West

Director | The Innkeepers

Ti West Most Notable For Directing Horror Films Is An Actor,Writer,Producer,Editor And Very Genuine Director As Well.Ti Broke Out After Directing Various Features Until 2009 Happened Upon Him With Which He Directed 2 Feature Films 2009's The House Of The Devil & Also Cabin Fever 2 Spring Fever.Ti ...

44. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Director | Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Alfonso was born and raised in Laredo, Texas on the US/Mexico border. He received his BFA from NYU and his MFA from AFI. He began his career as personal assistant to Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron, Robert De Niro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. He has gone on to direct second unit for Ms. Ephron, ...



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