Favorite Directors

by smcgann14 | created - 16 Jul 2016 | updated - 2 days 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 ...

10/10: The Shining (1980); Full Metal Jacket (1987); Eyes Wide Shut (1999); A Clockwork Orange (1971); Fear and Desire (1953)

2. 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...

10/10: Magnolia (1999); There Will Be Blood (2007); The Master (2012); Hard Eight (1996); Punch-Drunk Love (2002); Phantom Thread (2017); Boogie Nights (1997); Junun (2015); Inherent Vice (2014)

3. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

10/10: The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985); Hannah and Her Sisters (1986); Annie Hall (1977); Manhattan (1979)

9/10: Midnight in Paris (2011); Broadway Danny Rose (1984); Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989); Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972); Blue Jasmine (2013); Small Time Crooks (2000)

7/10: Scoop (2006)

4. Mamoru Hosoda

Director | Toki o kakeru shôjo

Mamoru Hosoda is a Japanese film director and animator. Formerly employed at Toei Animation, he went to work at Madhouse from 2005 to 2011. Hosoda left Madhouse in 2011 to establish his own animation studio, Studio Chizu. He first came to public attention in the early 2000s with the first two films...

10/10: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006); Wolf Children (2012)

5. John Hughes

Writer | Planes, Trains & Automobiles

John Hughes was born on February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as John Wilden Hughes Jr. He was a writer, known for Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), The Breakfast Club (1985) and Uncle Buck (1989). He was married to Nancy Hughes. He died on August 6, 2009 in Manhattan, New York City, ...

10/10: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

9/10: The Breakfast Club (1985)

8/10: Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

6. Robert Zemeckis

Writer | Back to the Future

A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...

10/10: Forrest Gump (1994); Contact (1997); Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988); Allied (2016)

9/10: Back to the Future (1985); The Polar Express (2004); Flight (2012)

8/10: Cast Away (2000)

7/10: Back to the Future Part II (1989); Back to the Future Part III (1990)

6/10: Welcome to Marwen (2018)

7. Rob Reiner

Actor | All in the Family

Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.

As a child, he often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he created and also starred in....

10/10: Stand by Me (1986); This is Spinal Tap (1984)

9/10: Misery (1990)

7/10: The Bucket List (2007); North (1994)

8. Hayao Miyazaki

Director | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the ...

10/10: Spirited Away (2001); The Wind Rises (2013); Castle in the Sky (1986)

9/10: Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979); Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

9. Chan-wook Park

Director | Ah-ga-ssi

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

10/10: The Handmaiden (2016); J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)

9/10: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

10. 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 ...

10/10: The Godfather (1972); The Conversation (1974); One from the Heart (1981)

9/10: Apocalypse Now (1979)

7/10: Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

6/10: Dementia 13 (1963)

11. Joel Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), Fargo (1996) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

10/10: Raising Arizona (1987); No Country for Old Men (2007); The Big Lebowski (1998)

9/10: A Serious Man (2009)

12. Ethan Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and A Serious Man (2009). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two ...

10/10: Raising Arizona (1987); No Country for Old Men (2007); The Big Lebowski (1998)

9/10: A Serious Man (2009)

13. Brad Jones

Writer | Freak Out

Brad Jones was born on December 20, 1981 in Springfield, Illinois, USA. He is an editor and producer, known for Freak Out (2003), Game Boys (2008) and Paranoia (2011). He has been married to Laura Luke since November 11, 2017. He was previously married to Jillian Zurawski.

10/10: Cheap (2005); Game Boys (2008); Freak Out (2003)

9/10: Midnight Heat (2007); Hooker with a Heart of Gold (2010)

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...

10/10: Reservoir Dogs (1992); Pulp Fiction (1994); Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003); Django Unchained (2012)

9/10: Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019)

8/10: Jackie Brown (1997)

15. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Dunkirk

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.


10/10: The Dark Knight (2008); Inception (2010)

9/10: Dunkirk (2017)

8/10: Batman Begins (2005)

16. 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 ...

10/10: Psycho (1960); Notorious (1946); Shadow of a Doubt (1943); Rear Window (1954)

9/10: The 39 Steps (1935)

8/10: The Trouble with Harry (1955)

17. Patty Jenkins

Director | Wonder Woman

Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for directing Wonder Woman, the Warner Bros./DC Comics blockbuster of 2017, and her debut feature Monster. Patty also works in television where she is best known for the pilot and finale episode of AMC's hit show The Killing.

Patty began her career as a ...

10/10: Monster (2003); Wonder Woman (2017); Five (2011, segment: 10/10)

18. Kevin Smith

Producer | Clerks

Kevin Patrick Smith was born in Red Bank but grew up in Highlands, New Jersey, the son of Grace (Schultz) and Donald E. Smith, a postal worker. He is very proud of his native state; this fact can be seen in all of his movies. Kevin is of mostly German, with some Irish and English, ancestry.

His ...

10/10: Dogma (1999); Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

9/10: Clerks II (2006); Mallrats (1995)

8/10: Clerks (1994)

19. 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 ...

10/10: Pi (1998); Requiem for a Dream (2000); Noah (2014)

9/10: The Fountain (2006); The Wrestler (2008)

20. Spike Lee

Director | Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended ...

10/10: Do the Right Thing (1989); 25th Hour (2002); Malcolm X (1992); BlacKkKlansman (2018)

6/10: School Daze (1988)

21. 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 ...

10/10: The Aviator (2004); Goodfellas (1990); Boxcar Bertha (1972)

9/10: Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967); The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

22. Satoshi Kon

Writer | Tôkyô goddofâzâzu

Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z (1991) by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film ...

10/10: Perfect Blue (1997); Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

7/10: Millennium Actress (2001)

23. 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 ...

10/10: Lost Highway (1997); Blue Velvet (1986); The Elephant Man (1980); Mulholland Drive (2001); Wild at Heart (1990)

9/10: The Straight Story (1999)

8/10: Eraserhead (1977); Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992); Inland Empire (2006)

6/10: Dune (1984)

24. Bong Joon Ho

Writer | Gisaengchung

Bong Joon Ho was born on September 14, 1969 in Daegu, South Korea. He is a writer and director, known for Parasite (2019), Okja (2017) and Snowpiercer (2013).

10/10: Memories of Murder (2003); Parasite (2019); Okja (2017)

9/10: Mother (2009)

8/10: The Host (2006); Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)

6/10: Snowpiercer (2013)

25. 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, ...

10/10: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989); Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981); War Horse (2011); Catch Me If You Can (2002); Duel (1971)

9/10: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001); The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

7/10: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

6/10: 1941 (1979); Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

26. Wes Anderson

Writer | 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 ...

10/10: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009); The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004); The Royal Tenenbaums (2001); Bottle Rocket (1996)

9/10: Rushmore (1998); Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

27. Gus Van Sant

Director | Elephant

Gus Van Sant was born on July 24, 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Gus Greene Van Sant Junior. He is a director and producer, known for Elephant (2003), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989).

10/10: Elephant (2003); Good Will Hunting (1997); Mala Noche (1986)

9/10: To Die For (1995)

5/10: Gerry (2002)

28. Jason Reitman

Producer | Up in the Air

Jason Reitman was born on October 19, 1977 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Up in the Air (2009), Thank You for Smoking (2005) and Juno (2007). He was previously married to Michele Lee.

10/10: Men, Women & Children (2014); Up in the Air (2009); The Front Runner (2018); Thank You for Smoking (2005)

9/10: Juno (2007)

29. Edgar Wright

Director | Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...

10/10: Baby Driver (2017); Hot Fuzz (2007); Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

30. Steven Soderbergh

Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to ...

10/10: Ocean's Twelve (2004); Behind the Candelabra (2013); The Informant! (2009); High Flying Bird (2019)

9/10: Full Frontal (2002)

8/10: Ocean's Eleven (2001); The Laundromat (2019)

31. Tate Taylor

Producer | The Help

Tate Taylor was born on June 3, 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Help (2011), Winter's Bone (2010) and Pretty Ugly People (2008).

10/10: Get on Up (2014); The Help (2011)

9/10: Pretty Ugly People (2008); The Girl on the Train (2016)

32. Evan Goldberg

Producer | This Is the End

Evan Goldberg is a Canadian director, screenwriter and producer. Goldberg is known for his work on Superbad, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, Funny People, The Green Hornet, 50/50, Goon, The Watch, This is the End, Neighbors, The Interview and The Night Before. Goldberg works alongside longtime ...

10/10: The Interview (2014); This is the End (2013)

33. Seth Rogen

Actor | This Is the End

An actor, comedian and writer, Seth Rogen has come a long way from doing stand-up comedy as a teen.

Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Sandy (Belogus), a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who worked for non-profits. His father is American-born and his mother is Canadian. He is of Russian...

10/10: The Interview (2014); This is the End (2013)

34. 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 ...

10/10: Beetlejuice (1988)

9/10: Edward Scissorhands (1990); Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985); Batman Returns (1992); Batman (1989)

8/10: Corpse Bride (2005); Alice in Wonderland (2010)

7/10: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

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