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1. Jonathan Demme

Director | The Silence of the Lambs

Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA as Robert Jonathan Demme. He was a director and producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Rachel Getting Married (2008) and Philadelphia (1993). He was married to Joanne Howard and Evelyn Purcell. He died...

The Silence of the Lambs (1991): 9


2. George Miller

Producer | Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with Mad Max 2 (1981) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max films, Miller has ...

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015): 9


3. Park Chan-Wook

Producer | Ah-ga-ssi

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

Oldeuboi (2003): 10 Ah-ga-ssi (2016): 7


4. Yorgos Lanthimos

Director | The Lobster

Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied directing for Film and Television at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theater plays. Kinetta,...

The Lobster (2015): 8 The Favourite (2018): 9


5. 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), ...

Prisoners (2013): 8 Sicario (2015): 8 Blade Runner 2049 (2017): 9 Dune (2021): 8


6. 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. ...

M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (1931): 8


7. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Ran

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...

Yoidore tenshi (1948): 7 Ran (1985): 9


8. Stanley Kubrick

Writer | 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 ...

Fear and Desire (1953): 4 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): 10 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): 10 A Clockwork Orange (1971): 9 Shining (1980): 8 Full Metal Jacket (1987): 7


9. 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...

Angst essen Seele auf (1974): 8


10. Jan Svankmajer

Director | Otesánek

After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after ...

Alice (1988): 8


11. Henry Selick

Director | Coraline

Henry Selick is a film director, specializing in films with stop-motion animation. He has formal training as an animator.

Selick was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, son of Charles H. Selick and Melanie Molan. He was mostly raised in Rumson, New Jersey. As a child, Selick took up drawing as a hobby. ...

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): 9 Coraline (2009): 7


12. Robert Eggers

Director | The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers was born on July 7, 1983 in Lee, New Hampshire, USA. He is a production designer and director, known for The Lighthouse (2019), The Witch (2015) and The Tell-Tale Heart (2008).

The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015): 7 The Lighthouse (2019): 9


13. Chang-dong Lee

Writer | Beoning

Lee Chang-Dong was born in 1954 in Daegu, which some consider the most right-wing city in South Korea. Lee is a former high-school teacher and an acclaimed novelist. He turned to cinema when he was over 40 years old. His debut film "Green Fish" (1997) brought immediate success and critical acclaim....

Beoning (2018): 8


14. Michael Rianda

Actor | The Mitchells vs the Machines

Michael "Mike" Rianda is an American cartoonist, director, and writer. He is known for his work on the Disney Channel animated series "Gravity Falls (2012)" as a creative director and writer for season 1, and creative consultant for season 2. He is also known for directing, co-writing, and ...

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021): 8


15. 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 Barton Fink (1991). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

Blood Simple (1984): 8 Raising Arizona (1987): 7 Miller's Crossing (1990): 8 Fargo (1996): 10 The Big Lebowski (1998): 10 O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000): 7 The Ladykillers (2004): 4 No Country for Old Men (2007): 10 Burn After Reading (2008): 7 A Serious Man (2009): 8 True Grit (2010): 7 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013): 9 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018): 8


16. Ethan Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The younger brother of Joel, Ethan Coen is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winning writer, producer and director coming from small independent films to big profile Hollywood films. He was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In some films of the brothers- Ethan & Joel wrote, Joel...

Blood Simple (1984): 8 Raising Arizona (1987): 7 Miller's Crossing (1990): 8 Fargo (1996): 10 The Big Lebowski (1998): 10 O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000): 7 The Ladykillers (2004): 4 No Country for Old Men (2007): 10 Burn After Reading (2008): 7 A Serious Man (2009): 8 True Grit (2010): 7 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013): 9 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018): 8


17. Martin McDonagh

Writer | In Bruges

Martin McDonagh was born on March 26, 1970 in Camberwell, London, England. He is a writer and director, known for In Bruges (2008), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).

In Bruges (2008): 8 Seven Psychopaths (2012): 6 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017): 9


18. 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 ...

Eraserhead (1977): 10 The Elephant Man (1980): 7 Dune (1984): 4 Blue Velvet (1986): 9 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992): 8


19. Pete Docter

Writer | Up

Pete Docter is the Oscar®-winning director of "Monsters, Inc.," "Up," and "Inside Out," and Chief Creative Officer at Pixar Animation Studios. He is currently directing Pixar's feature film "Soul" with producer Dana Murray, which is set to release June 19, 2020.

Starting at Pixar in 1990 as the ...

Monsters, Inc. (2001): 8 Up (2009): 7 Inside Out (2015): 7 Soul (2020): 8


20. Josh Safdie

Director | Good Time

Born and raised in New York City: in both Queens & Manhattan. He attended the school of Communication at Boston University. He often collaborates with his brother Benny Safdie. The brothers have both cited early experiences in front of their father's camera as the reasons for their pursing ...

Good Time (2014): 7 Uncut Gems (2019): 8


21. Benny Safdie

Actor | Good Time

Benny Safdie was born in 1986 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Good Time (2017), Uncut Gems (2019) and Daddy Longlegs (2009).

Good Time (2014): 7 Uncut Gems (2019): 8


22. Bong Joon Ho

Writer | Snowpiercer

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

Salinui chueok (2003): 8 Gwoemul (2006): 7 Snowpiercer (2013): 6 Okja (2017): 6 Parasite (2019): 10


23. 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 ...

Double Indemnity (1944): 7


24. Jules Dassin

Director | Du rififi chez les hommes

Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi (1955), Never on Sunday (1960), and Topkapi (1964).

He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish ...

Rififi (1955): 7


25. 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 ...

Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958): 7


26. Georges Franju

Director | Les yeux sans visage

Georges Franju is a figure of immense importance in the history of French cinema, not primarily for his films (exceptional though many of these are) but for being the co-founder, with Henri Langlois, of the Cinematheque Française in 1937--France's most famous and important film archive.

He worked ...

Eyes Without a Face (1960): 7


27. 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 ...

Halloween (1978): 7 The Fog (1980): 7 The Thing (1982): 9 Christine (1983): 6 Big Trouble Little China (1986): 6


28. John Landis

Director | The Blues Brothers

John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "...

The Blues Brothers (1980): 7


29. 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 ...

Rushmore (1999): 7 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004): 7


30. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004): 7


31. Ruben Fleischer

Ruben Fleischer was born on October 31, 1974 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Ruben Samuel Fleischer. He is a producer and director, known for Jekyll. He has been married to Holly Shakoor Fleischer since November 10, 2012.

Zombieland (2009): 7


32. 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...

Django Unchained (2012): 7 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019): 7


33. Dan Gilroy

Writer | Nightcrawler

Dan Gilroy was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Frank D. Gilroy, and sculptor and writer Ruth Dorothy. His brother Tony Gilroy is a screenwriter and director; and his fraternal twin brother, John Gilroy, is a film editor. Through his father, he is of ...

Nightcrawler (2014): 7


34. Matt Reeves

Writer | Let Me In

Matthew George "Matt" Reeves was born April 27, 1966 in Rockville Center, New York, USA and is a writer, director and producer. Reeves began making movies at age eight, directing friends and using a wind-up camera. He befriended filmmaker J.J. Abrams when both were 13 years old and a public-access ...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014): 7


35. Alex Garland

Writer | Ex Machina

Alex Garland is an English novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best known for the films Ex Machina (2015) and Annihilation (2018).

Garland's others works as a writer includes The Beach (2000), 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), Never Let Me Go (2011) and Dredd (2012).

He is ...

Ex-Machina (2014): 8 Annihilation (2018): 6


36. Bjarne Mädel

Actor | Der Tatortreiniger

Bjarne Mädel was born on March 12, 1968 in Hamburg, Germany as Bjarne Ingmar Mädel. He is an actor and director, known for Crime Scene Cleaner (2011), 25 km/h (2018) and How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (2019).

Sörensen hat Angst (2020): 7


37. 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...

Alien³ (1992): 3 Se7en (1995): 8 Fight Club (1999): 8 Zodiac (2007): 8


38. 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 ...

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927): 6 The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934): 6 The 39 Steps (1935): 7 Spellbound (1945): 7 Notorious (1946): 8 Stage Fright (1950): 6 Strangers on a Train (1951): 6 I Confess (1953): 5 Dial M for Murder (1954): 7 Rear Window (1954): 9 To Catch a Thief (1955): 5 The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956): 6 The Wrong Man (1956): 6 North by Northwest (1959): 8 Psycho (1969): 9


39. 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...

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972): 7 Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979): 6 Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999): 7


40. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Inception

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.


Memento (2000): 9 Batman Begins (2005): 6 The Dark Knight (2008): 8 Inception (2010): 8 The Dark Knight Rises (2012): 4 Interstellar (2014): 5 Dunkirk (2017): 6 Tenet (2020): 7


41. 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 ...

Prästänkan (1920): 6 Vampyr (1932): 7


42. Mario Bava

Cinematographer | Ecologia del delitto

Italian director Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in the coastal northern Italian town of San Remo. 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 ...

La maschera del demonio (1960): 7 I tre volti della paura (1963): 5 Operazione paura (1966): 7


43. James Gunn

Writer | Guardians of the Galaxy

James Gunn was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, to Leota and James Francis Gunn. He is from a large Catholic family, with Irish and Czech ancestry. His father and his uncles were all lawyers. He has been writing and performing as long as he can remember. He began making 8mm films at the age ...

Super (2010): 5 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): 7 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017): 6 The Suicide Squad (2021): 7


44. Federico Fellini

Writer | Le notti di Cabiria

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 ...

La strada (1954): 7 Le notti di Cabiria (1957): 6 8½ (1963): 9 La città delle donne (1980): 4 La voce della luna (1990): 4


45. Leslie H. Martinson

Director | Batman: The Movie

Leslie H. Martinson was born on January 16, 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Herbert Leslie Martinson. He is known for his work on Batman: The Movie (1966), Black Gold (1962) and Mission: Impossible (1966). He was married to Connie Martinson. He died on September 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, ...

Batman: The Movie (1960): 6


46. Claude Chabrol

Director | La cérémonie

Claude Chabrol was born on June 24, 1930 in Paris, France. He was a director and writer, known for La Cérémonie (1995), Le Beau Serge (1958) and Story of Women (1988). He was married to Aurore Chabrol, Stéphane Audran and Agnès Goute. He died on September 12, 2010 in Paris.

Que la bête meure (1969): 6


47. 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 ...

The Godfather (1972): 10 The Conversation (1974): 9 The Godfather: Part 2 (1974): 10 Apocalypse Now (1979): 9 The Outsiders (1983): 4 The Godfather: Part 3 (1990): 4 Dracula (1992): 6 Jack (1996): 1 Twixt (2011): 1


48. Alejandro Jodorowsky

Writer | La montaña sagrada

Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Tocopilla, Chile on February 17, 1929. In 1939 he moved to Santiago where he attended university, was a circus clown and a puppeteer. In 1953 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. He worked with Maurice Chevalier there and made a short film, La ...

Santa Sangre (1989): 6


49. Lana Wachowski

Writer | The Matrix

Lana Wachowski and her sister Lilly Wachowski, also known as the Wachowskis, are the duo behind such ground-breaking movies as The Matrix (1999) and Cloud Atlas (2012). Born to mother Lynne, a nurse, and father Ron, a businessman of Polish descent, Wachowski grew up in Chicago and formed a tight ...

The Matrix (1999): 6


50. Lilly Wachowski

Writer | The Matrix

Director, writer, and producer Lilly Wachowski was born in 1967 in Chicago, the daughter of Lynne, a nurse and painter, and Ron, a businessman. Lilly was educated at Kellogg Elementary School in Chicago, before moving on to Whitney M. Young High School. After graduating from high school, she ...

The Matrix (1999): 6


51. Mary Harron

Director | American Psycho

Mary Harron (born January 12, 1953) is a Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter. She gained recognition for her role in writing and directing several independent films, including I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), American Psycho (2000), and The Notorious Bettie Page (2005). She co-wrote American Psycho and ...

American Psycho (2000): 8 Charlie Says (2018): 4


52. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "...

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001): 6 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002): 6


53. Reggie Rock Bythewood

Producer | Dancing in September

After attending the Million Man March, Bythewood wrote the screenplay for Spike Lee's indie film, "Get On The Bus." Bythewood was also one of the film's investors. Bythewood did the rewrites for the Fox Searchlight film, "Notorious" and was awarded first-position written by credit along with the ...

Biker Boyz (2003): 6


54. Michael Mann

Producer | The Insider

A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch (1975). He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile (1979), in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release,...

Collateral (2004): 6


55. Joe Cornish

Writer | Attack the Block

Joe Cornish was born on December 20, 1968 in London, England as Joseph Murray Cornish. He is a writer and director, known for Attack the Block (2011), Ant-Man (2015) and The Adventures of Tintin (2011).

Attack the Block (2011): 6


56. Sang-ho Yeon

Director | Busanhaeng

Yeon Sang-Ho is a South Korean director, and a screen writer, he was born in Seoul in 1978. He is graduated from Sangmyung University with a degree of Western Painting. He directed few short films as well Megalomania of D in 1997, followed by D-Day in 2000 and The Hell in 2003, then set up his own ...

Busanheng (2016): 6


57. Craig Gillespie

Director | I, Tonya

Craig Gillespie is an Australian film director, best known for his films Lars and the Real Girl (2007), and I, Tonya (2017).

Born and raised in Sydney, Gillespie moved to New York City at the age of nineteen to study illustration, graphic design and advertising at Manhattan's School of Visual Arts.


I, Tonya (2017): 6


58. Chris McKay

Director | The Tomorrow War

Chris McKay is a director and producer, known for The Tomorrow War (2021), The Lego Batman Movie (2017) and The Lego Movie (2014).

The Lego Batman Movie (2017): 6


59. Max Barbakow

Director | Palm Springs

Max Barbakow is a director and writer, known for Palm Springs (2020), The Duke: Based on the Memoir 'I'm the Duke' by J.P. Duke (2016) and Mi Dulcinea (2017).

Palm Springs (2020): 6


60. Enrico Casarosa

Director | Luca

Enrico Casarosa was born on October 19, 1970 in Genoa, Italy. He is known for his work on Luca (2021), Robots (2005) and Incredibles 2 (2018).

Luca (2021): 6


61. Edward Zwick

Producer | Thirtysomething

Zwick moves deftly between the roles of writer, director and producer. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his direction of the 1989 critically acclaimed Civil War drama, Glory. He received his second Golden Globe nomination as a director for Legends of the Fall. Zwick received an Academy Award...

Glory (1989): 5 The Siege (1998): 6 Last Samurai (2003): 7 Blood Diamond (2006): 5 Defiance (2008): Love & Other Drugs (2010): Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016):


62. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

Aliens (1986): 8 Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991): True Lies (1994): 3 Titanic (1997): Avatar (2009):


63. Jon Favreau

Producer | Chef

Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director.

The amiable, husky-framed actor with the ...

Iron Man (2008): 7 Iron Man 2 (2010): 4 The Jungle Book (2016): The Lion King (2019):


64. Rupert Wyatt

Director | The Escapist

Writer, Director and Producer Rupert Wyatt was born and raised in the South of England.

He is the founding member of the film collective Picture Farm that along with its prolific Commercial output has produced numerous Documentaries and Feature Films including the multi-award winning DARK DAYS (2001...

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011): 7 Captive State (2019): 4


65. Taika Waititi

Writer | What We Do in the Shadows

Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, hails from the Raukokore region of the East Coast of New Zealand, and is the son of Robin (Cohen), a teacher, and Taika Waititi, an artist and farmer. His father is Maori (Te-Whanau-a-Apanui), and his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish, Scottish, and ...

What We Do In The Shadows (2014): 8 Thor: Ragnarok (2017): 3


66. 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).

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017): 6 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019): 5


67. 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 (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...

Alien (1979): 8 Blade Runner (1982): 7 Legend (1986): 3 Gladiator (2000): 5 Hannibal (2001): 4 Kingdom of Heaven (2005): A Good Year (2006): American Gangster (2007): Body of Lies (2008): Robin Hood (2010): Prometheus (2012): The Counselor (2013): Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014): The Martian (2015): All the Money in the World (2017):


68. Anthony Russo

Director | Avengers: Endgame

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

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): 5 Captain America: Civil War (2016): 5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018): 5 Avengers: Endgame (2019): 6


69. 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).

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): 5 Captain America: Civil War (2016): 5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018): 5 Avengers: Endgame (2019): 6


70. Wolfgang Reitherman

Director | The AristoCats

Wolfgang Reitherman was a German-born American animator who was one of Disney's Nine Old Men.

He began working for Disney in 1933, along with future Disney legends Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl. The three worked together on a number of classic Disney shorts.

Reitherman directed several Disney animated ...

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961): 5


71. Hamilton Luske

Director | Cinderella

Hamilton Luske was born on October 16, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Hamilton Somers Luske. He is known for his work on Cinderella (1950), Pinocchio (1940) and Mary Poppins (1964). He was married to Frances Mary Crabb. He died on February 19, 1968 in Bel Air, California, USA.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961): 5


72. Clyde Geronimi

Director | Cinderella

Clyde Geronimi was born on June 12, 1901 in Chiavenna, Lombardy, Italy as Clito Enrico Geronimi. He is known for his work on Cinderella (1950), Sleeping Beauty (1959) and Peter Pan (1953). He died on April 24, 1989 in Newport Beach, California, USA.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961): 5


73. Albert Hughes

Director | The Book of Eli

Albert and Allen Hughes began making movies at age 12, but their formal film education began their freshman year of high school when Allen took a TV production class. They soon made a short film entitled How To Be A Burglar and people began to take notice. Their next work, Uncensored videos, was ...

From Hell (2001): 5 The Book of Eli (2010):


74. Allen Hughes

Director | The Book of Eli

Albert and Allen Hughes began making movies at age 12, but their formal film education began their freshman year of high school when Allen took a TV production class. They soon made a short film entitled How To Be A Burglar and people began to take notice. Their next work, Uncensored videos, was ...

From Hell (2001): 5 The Book of Eli (2010):


75. Chris Weitz

Writer | About a Boy

Chris Weitz was born on November 30, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA as Christopher John Weitz. He is a producer and writer, known for About a Boy (2002), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). He has been married to Mercedes Martinez since 2006. They have one ...

About a Boy (2002): 5


76. Robert Walker

Director | Brother Bear

Bob was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Michael and Sally Walker (nee Forrest) but grew up in the east end of Ottawa, ON. He graduated from Gloucester High School where his love for art and the gift of the canvas began to flourish. He attended Sheridan College in the animation program and upon ...

Brother Bear (2003): 5


77. Aaron Blaise

Director | Brother Bear

Aaron Blaise is an animator and filmmaker. He was born in 17 February 1968 at Burlington, Vermont, United States and completed his graduation from Ringling College of Art and Design. He is known for his work on Brother Bear (2003), Aladdin (1992) and Beauty and the Beast (1991). He was nominated ...

Brother Bear (2003): 5


78. Francis Lawrence

Director | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Francis Lawrence was born on March 26, 1971 in Vienna, Austria. He is a director and producer, known for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), I Am Legend (2007) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014).

Constantine (2005): 5


79. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...

The Avengers (2012): 6 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): 4


80. Fede Alvarez

Writer | Don't Breathe

Fede Alvarez was born on February 9, 1978 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is a writer and producer, known for Don't Breathe (2016), Evil Dead (2013) and Don't Breathe 2 (2021).

Don't Breathe (2016): 5


81. 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..

Midsommar (2019): 5


82. Cathy Yan

Director | Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Cathy Yan is a director and producer, known for Birds of Prey (2020), Dead Pigs (2018) and According to My Mother (2016).

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020): 5


83. Zack Snyder

Director | 300

Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and ...

Dawn of the Dead (2004): 4 Watchmen (2009): 6 Army of the Dead (2021): 4


84. 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 ...

Beetle Juice (1988): 8 Batman (1989): 6 Edward Scissorhands (1990): 9 Batman Returns (1992): 7 Ed Wood (1994): 9 Mars Attacks! (1996): 3 Sleepy Hollow (1999): 6 Planet of the Apes (2001): 2 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005): 2 Corpse Bride (2005): 4 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007): 5 Alice in Wonderland (2010): 2 Dark Shadows (2012): 3 Frankenweenie (2012): 4 Big Eyes (2014): 3 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016): 3 Dumbo (2019): 3


85. Peyton Reed

Director | Ant-Man

Peyton Reed was born on July 3, 1964 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Ant-Man (2015), Bring It on (2000) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018). He has been married to Sheila Reed since 2013. He was previously married to Beth LaMure.

Ant-Man (2015): 6 Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018): 3


86. David Hand

Director | Bambi

David Hand was born on January 23, 1900 in Plainfield, New Jersey, USA as David Dodd Hand. He is known for his work on Bambi (1942), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and The Cat's Nine Lives (1926). He died on October 11, 1986 in San Luis Obispo, California, USA.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937): 3 Bambi (1942): 5


87. 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 ...

Il colosso di Rodi (1961): 4


88. 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 ...

4 mosche di velluto di grigio (1971): 4


89. Brett Ratner

Director | Red Dragon

Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers. His diverse films resonate with audiences worldwide and, as director, his films have grossed over $2 billion at the global box office. Brett began his career directing music videos before making his feature directorial debut at 26 years...

Rush Hour (1998): 4


90. Kenneth Branagh

Actor | Henry V

Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family ...

Thor (2011): 4


91. Shane Black

Writer | The Nice Guys

Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon (1987) screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout (1991) ...

Iron Man 3 (2013): 4


92. 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).

Mama (2013): It (2017): 6 It Chapter Two (2019): 2


93. Scott Derrickson

Director | Doctor Strange

Scott Derrickson was born on July 16, 1966 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Doctor Strange (2016), Sinister (2012) and The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005).

Doctor Strange (2016): 4


94. 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 ...

Captain Marvel (2019): 4


95. 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...

Captain Marvel (2019): 4


96. Paul Weitz

Writer | About a Boy

Paul Weitz was born on November 19, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Paul J. Weitz. He is a director, writer and producer, known for Grandma (2015), About a Boy (2002), and Mozart in the Jungle (2014), for which he won a Golden Globe. He has been married to Patricia Brown since December 15, ...

About a Boy (2002): 5 Little Fockers (2010): 2


97. Andrew Jarecki

Producer | Capturing the Friedmans

Andrew Jarecki is an American filmmaker, musician, and entrepreneur. He is best known for the Emmy-winning 2015 HBO documentary series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" that led to the arrest and imprisonment of Mr. Durst. He is also known for documentary film "Capturing the Friedmans...

All Good Things (2010): 3


98. Joe Johnston

Director | Captain America: The First Avenger

Joe Johnston was born on May 13, 1950 in Austin, Texas, USA as Joseph Eggleston Johnston II. He is known for his work on Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and The Rocketeer (1991).

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): 3


99. Mikael Håfström

Writer | Ondskan

Mikael Håfström was born on July 1, 1960 in Lund, Skåne län, Sweden as Jan Mikael Håfström. He is a writer and director, known for Evil (2003), 1408 (2007) and The Rite (2011).

The Rite (2011): 3


100. Alan Taylor

Director | Game of Thrones

Alan Taylor was born in 1965 as Alan Jamieson Taylor. He is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Terminator Genisys (2015). He has been married to Nicki Ledermann since 2004. They have three children.

Thor: The Dark World (2013): 3


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