Greatest Directors--U-V

by z_ingle | created - 12 Aug 2014 | updated - 14 Jan 2019 | Public

This is a ranked list of directors whose last name begins with a "U" or a "V".

1. 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 ...

2. Agnès Varda

Director | Sans toit ni loi

Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Ixelles, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She was a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Faces Places (2017) and Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962). She was married to Jacques Demy. She died on March 29, 2019 in Paris, France.

3. Phil Vischer

Actor | Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie

Phil Vischer was born on June 16, 1966 in Muscatine, Iowa, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002), VeggieTales (1993) and VeggieTales: Lyle, the Kindly Viking (2001). He has been married to Lisa Vischer since February 2, 1990. They have three children.

4. Liv Ullmann

Actress | Viskningar och rop

Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar ...

5. King Vidor

Director | The Crowd

King Vidor was an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter of Hungarian descent. He was born in Galveston, Texas to lumberman Charles Shelton Vidor and his wife Kate Wallis. King's paternal grandfather Károly (Charles) Vidor had fled Hungary as a refugee following the failed ...

6. W.S. Van Dyke

Director | The Thin Man

For the better part of his career, Woodbridge Strong Van Dyke lived up to his sobriquet "One-Take Woody" by steadfastly adhering to his credo of shooting each scene as quickly and efficiently as possible. Over his 25-year career, he economically directed over 90 diverse entertainments, which not ...

7. Jean Vigo

Writer | Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège

Jean Vigo had bad health since he was a child. Son of anarchist militant Miguel Almareyda, he also never really recovered from his father's mysterious death in jail when he was 12. Abandoned by his mother, he passed from boarding school to boarding school. Aged 23, through meetings with people ...

8. Mario Van Peebles

Actor | Heartbreak Ridge

Mario Van Peebles is a highly regarded director, actor, producer and writer. His directorial skills can be seen in the retelling of the epic mini-series "Roots" starring Forest Whitaker and Matthew Goode. Van Pebbles has directed award-winning shows such as the recent hit "Empire" and "The Last ...

9. Paul Verhoeven

Director | Zwartboek

Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969), about a medieval ...

10. Dziga Vertov

Director | Chelovek s kino-apparatom

Dziga Vertov was born on January 2, 1896 in Bialystok, Grodno Governorate, Russian Empire as Denis Abramovich Kaufman. He was a director and writer, known for Man with a Movie Camera (1929), Three Songs About Lenin (1934) and The Sixth Part of the World (1926). He was married to Elizaveta Svilova. ...

11. Luchino Visconti

Writer | Morte a Venezia

Luchino Visconti was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Luchino Visconti di Modrone. He was a writer and director, known for Death in Venice (1971), Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and Le Notti Bianche (1957). He died on March 17, 1976 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

12. 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), Drugstore Cowboy (1989) and Paranoid Park (2007).

13. Thomas Vinterberg

Director | Jagten

With Last Round (1993) (Last Round), his graduation short from The National Film School of Denmark, he got an early taste of critical success. He received the Jury's and Producers' Awards at the International Student Film Fest in Munich and won the 1st Prize at the Tel Aviv Film Fest. Popular ...

14. Melvin Van Peebles

Actor | The Shining

Melvin Van Peebles was born on August 21, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Shining (1997), Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) and Don't Play Us Cheap (1972).

15. Luis Valdez

Director | La Bamba

Acknowledged as the founder of modern Chicano theatre and film, Luis Valdez was born to migrant farm workers Francisco and Armida Valdez and spent his early life traveling with the family, working in the fields himself. He eventually found himself at San Jose State College, where his play "The ...

16. Margarethe von Trotta

Director | Hannah Arendt

Margarethe von Trotta was born in Berlin in 1942. In the 1960s she moved to Paris where she worked for film collectives, collaborating on scripts and co-directing short films. She also pursued an acclaimed acting career, starring in films by well known German directors such as Rainer Werner ...

17. Edgar G. Ulmer

Director | The Black Cat

Edgar G. Ulmer was born on September 17, 1904 in Olmütz, Moravia, Austria-Hungary [now Olomouc, Czech Republic] as Edgar George Ulmer. He was a director and writer, known for The Black Cat (1934), The Naked Dawn (1955) and Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943). He was married to Shirley Ulmer and Joan ...

18. Gore Verbinski

Director | Rango

Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of ...

19. Roger Vadim

Writer | Barbarella

He discovered Bridget Bardot when she was 15, married her and made her a star then repeated the process with Annette Stroyberg, who gave birth to Vadim's first child Nathalie in 1957. His third wife was actress Jane Fonda who had his daughter Vanessa born in 1968; they divorced in 1973. His fourth ...

20. Ram Gopal Varma

Director | Rangeela

Ram Gopal Varma was born in Hyderabad, the capital city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He initially was a video store owner before eventually becoming one of India's leading film directors. A film buff during his youth, Varma would watch both American and Indian cinema regularly. As a young...

21. Frantisek Vlácil

Director | Marketa Lazarová

Frantisek Vlácil was born on February 19, 1924 in Cesky Tesin, Moravian-Silesian, Czech Republic. He was a director and writer, known for Marketa Lazarová (1967), Adelheid (1970) and Shadows of a Hot Summer (1978). He died on January 28, 1999 in Prague, Czech Republic.

22. Francis Veber

Writer | Le dîner de cons

Francis Veber was born on July 28, 1937 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France. He is a writer and director, known for Le Dîner de Cons (1998), The Birdcage (1996) and The ComDads (1983). He has been married to Françoise Veber since January 11, 1964. They have two ...

23. 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), ...

24. Tonino Valerii

Director | Sahara Cross

Tonino Valerii was born on May 20, 1934 in Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy as Antonio Valerii. He was a director and writer, known for Sahara Cross (1977), A Girl Called Jules (1970) and Day of Anger (1967). He was married to Rita. He died on October 13, 2016 in Teramo.

25. Yesim Ustaoglu

Director | Tereddüt

After making several award - winning shorts in Turkey, Yesim Ustaoglu made her feature film debut with 1994's 'The Trace' (Iz). The film was presented at numerous international festivals, including Moscow and Gotenburg and won the Best Film Award at Istanbul Film Festival. Yesim Ustaoglu received ...

26. Jaco Van Dormael

Director | Mr. Nobody

Jaco Van Dormael was born on February 9, 1957 in Ixelles, Brabant, Belgium. He is a director and writer, known for Mr. Nobody (2009), The Brand New Testament (2015) and Toto the Hero (1991).

27. Charles Vidor

Director | Gilda

Hungarian-born Karoly Vidor spent the First World War as a lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian infantry. Following the armistice, he made his way to Berlin and worked for the German film company Ufa, as editor and assistant director. In 1924, he emigrated to the U.S. and, for several years, earned ...

28. Pantelis Voulgaris

Director | Petrina hronia

He studied film direction in Greece and worked in more than 40 films as an assistant director. In 1965 he made his first short film The Thief (1965) and in 1967 his second short film, Jimmy the Tiger (1966) won many awards in several festivals. In 1972 he made his feature film debut, Anna's ...

29. Valentin Vaala

Director | Omena putoaa

Valentin Vaala (1909-1976) was a prolific and highly successful craftsman of the more commercial Finnish cinema that followed a period of political controversy in the 1930s, and one of war followed by subservience to the USSR in the 1940s.He specialized in sophisticated comedies in the style of ...

30. Tomu Uchida

Director | Kiga kaikyô

Tomu Uchida was born on April 26, 1898 in Okayama, Japan. He was a director and actor, known for A Fugitive from the Past (1965), Tsuchi (1939) and Miyamoto Musashi VI (1971). He died on August 7, 1970 in Japan.

31. Marcel Varnel

Director | Chandu the Magician

French-born Marcel Varnel began his film career not in France but in Hollywood, as a 30-year-old in 1924. He left Hollywood for Great Britain in the mid-'30s and began turning out a series of low-budget comedies for Will Hay and George Formby, among others. While his films were for the most part ...

32. Carlo Verdone

Actor | La grande bellezza

Carlo Verdone is considered by many the heir of Alberto Sordi, expecially when they acted together in Troppo forte and In viaggio con papa', in these films many similarities with Sordi were apparent, the popular language, the romanesco, and the embodiment of Italian middle man in the '80s that ...

33. Slavko Vorkapich

Director | Hanka

Slavko Vorkapich was born on March 17, 1894 as Slavoljub Vorkapic. He is known for his work on Hanka (1955), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (1928). He died on October 20, 1976 in Mijas, Málaga, Andalucía, Spain.

34. Sergey Vasilev

Director | Chapaev

Sergey Vasilev was born on November 4, 1900 in Moscow, Russian Empire as Sergei Dmitriyevich Vasilyev. He was a director and writer, known for Chapayev (1934), Fortress on the Volga (1942) and Heroes of Shipka (1955). He died on December 16, 1959 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

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35. Stan Vanderbeek

Director | A La Mode

Stan Vanderbeek was born on January 6, 1927 in New York City, New York, USA as Edward Van Der Beek. He is known for his work on A La Mode (1959), Cine Dreams: Future Cinema of the Mind (1972) and The Passing (1983). He died on September 19, 1984 in Columbia, Maryland, USA.

36. Christian Vincent

Director | La discrète

Christian Vincent was born on November 5, 1955 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for La discrète (1990), Courted (2015) and Haute Cuisine (2012).

37. Marion Vernoux

Director | Rien à faire

Marion Vernoux was born on June 29, 1966 in Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis, France. She is a director and writer, known for Empty Days (1999), Personne ne m'aime (1994) and Raw (2016).

38. Sandrine Veysset

Director | Y'aura t'il de la neige à Noël?

Sandrine Veysset was born in 1967 in Avignon, Vaucluse, France. She is a director and writer, known for Will It Snow for Christmas? (1996), Victor... pendant qu'il est trop tard (1998) and Martha... Martha (2001).

40. Louis van Gasteren

Director | De prijs van overleven

Louis van Gasteren was born on November 20, 1922 in Amsterdam, Netherlands as Louis Alphonse van Gasteren. He was a director and producer, known for De prijs van overleven (2003), The House (1961) and Hans: het leven voor de dood (1983). He was married to Joke Meerman. He died on May 10, 2016 in ...

41. Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd

Director | Le cercle des noyés

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd is a director and writer, known for Le cercle des noyés (2007), Lost Land (2011) and Sida d'ici et de là-bas (1998).



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