One Hit Wonder Directors

by maxwellmcphee | created - 20 Nov 2019 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

This is a list of directors in order of birth date who directed only one popular or successful feature length film, or only one film. It is NOT a list of directors who made only one "good" film. Directors with no birth date listed are in alphabetical order at the end.

1. Charles Tait

Director | The Story of the Kelly Gang

He made what is generally considered the first ever narrative film with The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906).

The Story of the Kelly Gang (only feature film)

2. Robert Wiene

Director | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Robert Wiene was born on April 24, 1873 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany [now Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland]. He was a writer and director, known for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Das wandernde Licht (1916) and L'autre (1930). He died on July 17, 1938 in Paris, France.

The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920)

3. Benjamin Christensen

Director | Hævnens Nat

Benjamin Christensen was born on September 28, 1879 in Viborg, Denmark. He was a director and writer, known for Blind Justice (1916), Seven Footprints to Satan (1929) and Häxan (1922). He was married to Karen Winther, Sigrid Stahl and Ellen Arctander. He died on April 2, 1959 in Copenhagen, ...

Häxan

4. Cedric Gibbons

Art_director | Gaslight

After graduating from New York's Art Students League he worked for his architect father, then started film work at Edison Studios in 1915 assisting Hugo Ballin. In 1918 he moved to Goldwyn as art director and, in 1924, began his 32 year stint as supervising art director for some 1500 MGM films, ...

Tarzan and His Mate (only feature film)

5. Victor Heerman

Writer | Little Women

Victor Heerman was one of four brothers. His mother was a theatrical costumer. His father abandoned the family, and his mother moved the family to New York from London around the turn of the century to take a job as David Belasco's head costumer. Heerman moved to Los Angeles in 1911 to get into the...

Animal Crackers (1930)

6. Merian C. Cooper

Writer | King Kong

In 1920, Merian C. Cooper was a member of volunteer of the American Kosciuszko Squadron that supported the Polish army in the war with Soviet Russia, where he met best friend and producing partner Ernest B. Schoedsack. On 26 July 1920, his plane was shot down, and he spent nearly nine months in the...

King Kong (1933)

7. Alexander Hall

Director | Here Comes Mr. Jordan

Making his stage debut in 1898 at age four, Alexander Hall entered films in 1914 as an actor. Leaving the film industry to serve in the American army in World War I, he returned from military service in 1917 and re-entered the business, but this time as an editor and assistant director. He made his...

Here Comes Mr. Jordan

8. Clyde Bruckman

Writer | The General

Had been out of work and was pretty much broke when he killed himself. He borrowed Buster Keaton's gun and after eating a meal that he could not pay for, shot himself. There are two stories; One says it was in the restroom of the cafe on Santa Monica Blvd, and the other story states he did it in ...

The General (1926)

9. Alan Crosland

Director | Shadows of the Sea

Director Alan Crosland was birn in New York City on August 10, 1894, into an upper-middle class family, which soon moved to East Orange, NJ, where Alan was reared. His family's finances allowed for him to spend part of his elementary education in England, where he acquired a curious Anglo-American ...

The Jazz Singer (1927)

10. Charles Laughton

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent, respectively. He was educated at Stonyhurst (a highly esteemed Jesuit college in England) and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). ...

The Night of the Hunter

11. Peter Lorre

Actor | M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

Peter Lorre was born László Löwenstein in Rózsahegy in the Slovak area of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the son of Hungarian Jewish parents. He learned both Hungarian and German languages from birth, and was educated in elementary and secondary schools in the Austria-Hungary capitol Vienna, but did ...

Der Verlorene (only feature film)

12. 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 ...

L’Atalante (only feature film)

13. Dalton Trumbo

Writer | Roman Holiday

Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter, arguably the most talented, most famous of the blacklisted film professionals known to history as the Hollywood 10, was born in Montrose, Colorado to Orus Trumbo and his wife, the former Maud Tillery.

Dalton Trumbo was raised at 1124 Gunnison Ave. in ...

Johnny Got His Gun (only feature film)

14. Kurt Neumann

Director | Rocketship X-M

He was considered for the director's chair on The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). When James Whale's The Invisible Man (1933) became such a big hit, Universal insisted that Whale, who directed the original Frankenstein (1931), take the helm.

The Fly (1958)

15. Motoyoshi Oda

Director | Gigantis: The Fire Monster

An English major who graduated from Waseda University, one of Japan's most prestigious, in 1935, Motoyoshi Oda was promptly accepted into the directors' program at Tokyo's P.C.L. (Photo Chemical Laboratories, a film company later incorporated into Toho Studios). He studied under director Kajiro ...

Godzilla Raids Again

16. Marcel Camus

Director | Orfeu Negro

The work of Marcel Camus is characterized by a lyricism which, although central to his fine films of the 1950s and 60s - Fugitive in Saigon (1957), Black Orpheus (1959) and Love in the Night (1968) - later deteriorated into superficial sentimentality. Camus was a professor of painting and sculpture...

Black Orpheus

17. Gordon Parks

Director | The Learning Tree

The pre-eminent American photojournalist of sub-Saharan descent. An acclaimed photographer for Life magazine from the late 40s through late 60s, he turned to directing films, his second of which, the blaxploitation movie Shaft (1971), achieved success at the box office. In 1989 his first film ...

Shaft (1971)

18. Christian Nyby

Editor | Red River

Christian Nyby, the television and movie director who achieved acclaim as a film editor before moving into the director's chair, was born on September 1, 1913, in Los Angeles, California. He made his reputation as a cutter during the 1940s, when he worked with the great helmer Howard Hawks, winning...

The Thing From Another World

19. Gabriel Axel

Director | Babettes gæstebud

Gabriel Axel was born on April 18, 1918 in Århus, Denmark as Gabriel Axel Mørch. He was a director and actor, known for Babette's Feast (1987), The Red Mantle (1967) and Christian (1989). He was married to Lucie Axel Moerch. He died on February 9, 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Babette's Feast

20. Jerome Robbins

Writer | West Side Story

Jerome Robbins was one of the founding members of the Ballet Theatre when it was formed in 1940 portraying a variety of roles for several years before devising his own creations such as 'Fancy Free' about 3 sailors on leave in New York which marked a long association with Leonard Bernstein. With ...

West Side Story (1961)

21. Wolf Rilla

Director | Village of the Damned

Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1920, Wolf Rilla was the son of German actor Walter Rilla. When Nazi leader Adolf Hitler came to power, the elder Rilla--who was Jewish--moved his family to London, England.

After completing his education, Wolf went to work for the BBC World Review in 1942, and in the ...

Village of the Damned (1960)

22. Saul Bass

Director | Why Man Creates

Saul Bass was born in New York City in 1920 and is a widely acclaimed graphic designer with a career spanning over 40 years. Among his most famous works are the title sequences for such classic films as The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960). Bass used his ...

Phase IV (only feature film)

23. Sergey Bondarchuk

Actor | Voyna i mir

Sergei Bondarchuk was one of the most important Russian filmmakers, best known for directing an Academy Award-winning film epic War and Peace (1965), based on the book by Lev Tolstoy, in which he also starred as Pierre Bezukhov.

He was born Sergei Fedorovich Bondarchuk on September, 25, 1920, in the ...

War and Peace (1966)

24. George Dunning

Director | Yellow Submarine

George Dunning was born on November 17, 1920 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was a producer and director, known for Yellow Submarine (1968), The Flying Man (1962) and Family Tree (1950). He died on February 15, 1979 in London, England.

Yellow Submarine

25. Newt Arnold

Assistant_director | The Godfather: Part II

Newt Arnold was born on February 22, 1922 in Palo Alto, California, USA as Newton Dennis Arnold. He was an assistant director and actor, known for The Godfather: Part II (1974), WarGames (1983) and Blade Runner (1982). He was married to Judy Arnold and Peg Yorkin. He died on February 12, 2000 in ...

Bloodsport

26. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...

One Eyed Jacks (only feature film)

27. Herk Harvey

Director | Shake Hands with Danger

Colorado-born Herk Harvey majored in theater at Kansas University, directing and acting in stage productions and later returning to the school in a teaching capacity. He broke into the film business as an actor in some of the movies being made by Centron Corporation of Lawrence, Kansas, an ...

Carnival of Souls

28. Peter R. Hunt

Director | On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Having started out in the film industry as a clapper boy, by the 40's he was working in the editing department and by the 50's he was an assistant editor then a fully fledged editor. In 1962 as editor on the first James Bond film, Dr No, he helped to create a new fast style which put it's mark on ...

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

29. Claude Lanzmann

Director | Shoah

Claude Lanzmann was born on November 27, 1925 in Bois-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He was a director and writer, known for Shoah (1985), The Four Sisters (2018) and Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001). He was married to Dominique Lanzmann-Petithory, Angelika Schrobsdorff and Judith...

Shoah

30. Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

Director | The Blob

Irvin S. Yeaworth began his career in radio, singing (at age ten) on the first radio station in the world, KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He later became a radio and TV producer. His first feature, "Twice Convicted", was shot in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, in the early 1950s (several years ...

The Blob (1958)

31. Robert Moore

Director | Murder by Death

Robert Moore was born on August 7, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was a director and actor, known for Murder by Death (1976), The Cheap Detective (1978) and Rhoda (1974). He died on May 10, 1984 in New York City, New York, USA.

Murder by Death

32. L.Q. Jones

Actor | The Edge

This tall, sandy-haired, mustachioed actor from Texas, born Justus McQueen, adopted the name of the character he portrayed in his first film, Battle Cry (1955). Jones, with his craggy, gaunt looks, first appeared in minor character roles in plenty of WWII films including The Young Lions (1958), The...

A Boy and His Dog

33. John Mackenzie

Director | The Long Good Friday

A solid and reliable filmmaker with frequent flairs of brilliance, Mackenzie gave up a career in acting because of a desire to control what he was doing. He assisted Ken Loach on his classic early TV plays such as The Wednesday Play: Cathy Come Home (1966), which inspired him and gave him the best ...

The Long Good Friday

34. Mel Stuart

Director | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Mel Stuart was born on September 2, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as Stewart Solomon. He was a producer and director, known for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), Running on the Sun: The Badwater 135 (2000) and The Making of the President 1960 (1963). He was married to Roberta ...

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

35. Vera Chytilová

Director | Sedmikrásky

Vera Chytilová was born on February 2, 1929, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). She studied philosophy and architecture in Brno for two years, then worked as a technical draftsman, a designer, a fashion model, a photo re-toucher, then worked as a clapper girl for Barrandov Film ...

Daisies

36. Leonard Kastle

Director | The Honeymoon Killers

Leonard Kastle was born on February 11, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA as Leonard Gregory Kastle. He was a director and writer, known for The Honeymoon Killers (1970), NBC Television Opera Theatre (1949) and The Making of Wedding at Cana. He died on May 18, 2011 in Westerlo, New York.

The Honeymoon Killers (only feature film)

37. Monte Hellman

Director | Iguana

Monte Hellman was born on July 12, 1929, in New York City, where his parents were visiting, but he grew up in Los Angeles. He studied drama at Stanford University--on an NBC scholarship--and film at UCLA. After a few years directing in summer theater, Hellman hooked up with legendary "B" movie ...

Two-Lane Blacktop

38. Robin Hardy

Director | The Wicker Man

Robin Hardy was born on October 2, 1929 in Wimbledon, London, England as Robin St. Clair Rimington Hardy. He was an actor and writer, known for The Wicker Man (1973), Forbidden Sun (1988) and The Fantasist (1986). He was married to Victoria. He died on July 1, 2016 in Reading, Berkshire, England.

The Wicker Man (1973)

39. Richard C. Sarafian

Director | Vanishing Point

Richard C. Sarafian was born on April 28, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Caspar Sarafian. He was a director and actor, known for Vanishing Point (1971), The Next Man (1976) and Blue Streak (1999). He was married to Helen Joan Altman. He died on September 18, 2013 in Santa Monica, ...

Vanishing Point

40. George Ogilvie

Director | Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

George Ogilvie was born on March 5, 1931 in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia as George Buchan Ogilvie. He was a director and actor, known for Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), Short Changed (1986) and Blue Heelers (1994). He died on April 5, 2020 in New South Wales.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (only feature film)

41. Gerald Potterton

Director | Heavy Metal

Gerald Potterton was born on March 8, 1931 in London, England. He is known for his work on Heavy Metal (1981), The Railrodder (1965) and Yellow Submarine (1968).

Heavy Metal (1981)

42. William Shatner

Actor | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

William Shatner has notched up an impressive 70-plus years in front of the camera, displaying heady comedic talent and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise.

Shatner was born ...

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

43. Yoshimitsu Banno

Producer | Godzilla

Yoshimitsu Banno studied at Toho under such directors as Hiromichi Horikawa, Mikio Naruse, Kengo Furusawa and Seiji Maruyama. By 1970 Toho was ready to promote him to full director, and the resulting project, Birth of the Japanese Islands (1970) played at Osaka's Expo 70, attracting record-breaking...

Godzilla vs Hedorah

44. Anthony Perkins

Actor | Psycho

Anthony Perkins was born April 4, 1932 in New York City to Janet Esselstyn (Rane) and Osgood Perkins, an actor of both stage and film. His paternal great-grandfather was noted engraver Andrew Varick Stout Anthony.

Perkins attended the Brooks School, the Browne & Nichols School, Columbia University ...

Psycho 3

45. George Sluizer

Director | Spoorloos

George Sluizer was born on June 25, 1932 in Paris, France. He was a director and producer, known for The Vanishing (1988), The Stone Raft (2002) and Dying to Go Home (1996). He died on September 20, 2014 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands.

The Vanishing

46. Barbara Loden

Actress | Wanda

A one-time pin-up beauty and magazine story model, Barbara Loden studied acting in New York in the early 50s and was on the Broadway boards within the decade. She was discovered for films by legendary producer/director Elia Kazan who was impressed with what she did in a small role as Montgomery ...

Wanda (only feature film)

47. Aleksandr Askoldov

Director | Komissar

Aleksandr Askoldov was born on July 17, 1932 in Kiev, Ukraine, USSR as Aleksandr Yakovlevich Askoldov. He was a director and actor, known for The Commissar (1967), La chasse aux papillons (1992) and Tal cual (1988). He was married to Svetlana. He died on May 21, 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Commisar (only feature film)

48. Bob Rafelson

Producer | Five Easy Pieces

Bob Rafelson is an American film director, writer and producer. He is regarded as one of the founders of the New Hollywood movement in the 1970s. Among his best-known films are Five Easy Pieces (1970), The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981).

He was also one of ...

Five Easy Pieces

49. Elem Klimov

Director | Idi i smotri

Elem Klimov was born on July 9, 1933 in Stalingrad, Nizhne-Volzhskiy kray, RSFSR, USSR [now Volgograd, Volgogradskaya oblast, Russia] as Elem Germanovich Klimov. He was a director and actor, known for Come and See (1985), Rasputin (1981) and Pokhozhdeniya zubnogo vracha (1965). He was married to ...

Come and See

50. Gordon Parks Jr.

Director | Super Fly

Gordon Parks Jr. was born as Gordon Roger Parks in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, the son of photographer and filmmaker Gordon Alexander Parks and Sally Alvis. He is best remembered for the successful if controversial crime film "Super Fly" (1972). He worked as a musician and photographer, early on ...

Super Fly (1972)

51. Perry Henzell

Director | The Harder They Come

Perry Henzell was born on March 7, 1936 in Port Maria, St. Mary, Jamaica as Maxwell Perry Henzell. He was a director and writer, known for The Harder They Come (1972), No Place Like Home: Redux (2019) and No Place Like Home (2006). He was married to Sally Densham. He died on November 30, 2006 in ...

The Harder They Come

52. Peter Collinson

Director | The Italian Job

Peter Collinson was born on April 1, 1936 in Lincolnshire, England as Peter Kenneth Collinson. He was a director and producer, known for The Italian Job (1969), The Long Day's Dying (1968) and Up the Junction (1968). He was married to Ann Collinson and Lisa Shane. He died on December 16, 1980 in ...

The Italian Job (1969)

53. Dennis Hopper

Actor | Easy Rider

With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard ...

Easy Rider

54. James Frawley

Director | The Muppet Movie

James Frawley was born on September 29, 1936 in Houston, Texas, USA as James Joseph Frawley. He was a director and producer, known for The Muppet Movie (1979), The Big Bus (1976) and The Monkees (1966). He was married to Cynthia Margaret. He died on January 22, 2019 in Indian Wells, California, USA.

The Muppet Movie

55. Tom Stoppard

Writer | Shakespeare in Love

Tom Stoppard was born on July 3, 1937 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia [now in Czech Republic] as Tomás Sträussler. He is known for his work on Shakespeare in Love (1998), Brazil (1985) and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990). He has been married to Sabrina Guinness since 2014. He was previously ...

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (only feature film)

56. Dustin Hoffman

Actor | The Graduate

Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, ...

Quartet

57. Richard Marquand

Director | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Richard Marquand was born on September 22, 1937 in Llanishen, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales as Richard Alfred Marquand. He was a director and producer, known for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Jagged Edge (1985) and Nowhere to Run (1993). He was married to Carol Bell and Josephine ...

Return of the Jedi

58. Steve Gordon

Writer | Arthur

Prior to working in films, he worked with advertising agencies in San Francisco and New York.

Arthur (1981) (only feature film)

59. Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Director | Hausu

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi was born on January 9, 1938 in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. He was a director and editor, known for House (1977), Labyrinth of Cinema (2019) and Turning Point (1994). He was married to Kyôko Ôbayashi. He died on April 10, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

House

60. Joe Pytka

Director | Pepsi: Archaeology

Joe Pytka was born on November 4, 1938 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Pepsi: Archaeology (1985), Space Jam (1996) and Hallmark: Dance Cards (1991).

Space Jam

61. Peter H. Hunt

Director | Great Performances

Peter Hunt was born and raised in Pasadena, California. His career began at age eight on the stage of the Pasadena Playhouse. He went on to study at the Hotchkiss School, Yale, and the Yale School of Drama, where he received a Master's Degree. Before becoming a director, he worked for a number of ...

1776 (1972)

62. Ruggero Deodato

Director | Deathcember

Ruggero Deodato was born on May 7, 1939, in Potenza, Italy, and grew up outside Rome. One of his close friends at the time was Renzo Rossellini, the son of famed Italian director Roberto Rossellini. Knowing Ruggerio's love for the movies, Renzo persuaded him to work as a second unit director on ...

Cannibal Holocaust

63. Souleymane Cissé

Director | Yeelen

Souleymane Cissé was born on April 21, 1940 in Bamako, Mali. He is a director and writer, known for Yeelen (1987), Work (1978) and The Wind (1982).

Yeelen

64. Bruce Lee

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...

The Way of the Dragon (only feature film)

65. Sean S. Cunningham

Producer | Friday the 13th

Like William Girdler, Oliver Hellman or even Ed Wood, Sean S. Cunningham had a successful career of starting films cheap and fast. Originally from New York, Cunningham had a vast knowledge of directing films and came to Hollywood. He started about the same time Wes Craven did. Cunningham meets ...

Friday the 13th (1980)

66. Michael Crichton

Writer | Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he ...

Westworld (1973)

67. Walter Murch

Sound_department | The English Patient

Walter Murch has been editing sound in Hollywood since starting on Francis Ford Coppola's film The Rain People (1969). He edited sound on American Graffiti (1973) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation (1974), won his first Oscar for ...

Return to Oz (only feature film)

68. Kenshô Yamashita

Director | Gojira vs. Supesugojira

Kenshô Yamashita was born on July 8, 1944 in Kagoshima, Japan. He was an assistant director and director, known for Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994), 19 (1987) and Deathquake (1980). He died on August 16, 2016 in Japan.

Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla

69. Jim Sharman

Director | The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Jim Sharman spent much of his young life at the circus, where his father and grandfather ran a travelling boxing sideshow. Taking an interest in theatre, he attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, graduating in 1966. Sharman became interested in directing experimental theatre. ...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

70. James William Guercio

Soundtrack | Electra Glide in Blue

James William Guercio is the chief executive of The Caribou Companies in Boulder, Colorado of which Caribou Films is an entity. Guercio produced and directed "Electra Glide in Blue," the American entry in the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, and in 1979, produced "Second Hand Hearts," directed by Hal ...

Electra Glide in Blue (only feature film)

71. Robert Greenwald

Director | Xanadu

Robert Greenwald is president of Brave New Films, a nonprofit film company that he founded after a career in commercial television and film to motivate and educate viewers on the most pressing issues of the day.

Brave New Films distributes its work for free through social media and in concert with ...

Xanadu

72. W.D. Richter

Writer | Invasion of the Body Snatchers

W.D. Richter was born on December 7, 1945 in New Britain, Connecticut, USA as Walter Duch Richter. He is a writer and producer, known for Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Stealth (2005) and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984).

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

73. Franc Roddam

Writer | Moby Dick

Franc was born in Norton, near Stockton on Tees and on leaving St John's School at Billingham he went to work at Smith's Dock in Middlesbrough but soon gained a scholarship to the London Film School. From there he moved into the film side of tv commercials and freelancing and his productions of The...

Quadrophenia

74. Pat Proft

Writer | Hot Shots!

Pat Proft was born on March 4, 1947 in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, USA as Patrick Proft. He is a writer and actor, known for Hot Shots! (1991), Scary Movie 3 (2003) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). He has been married to Karen Philipp since May 23, 1981. They have one child.

Wrongfully Accused (only feature film)

75. Ross McElwee

Director | Sherman's March

Ross McElwee was born on July 21, 1947 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA as Ross Simonton McElwee III. He is a director and producer, known for Sherman's March (1985), Bright Leaves (2003) and Photographic Memory (2011). He has been married to Marilyn Levine since October 10, 1987. They have one ...

Sherman's March

76. Stephen King

Writer | Maximum Overdrive

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, at the Maine General Hospital in Portland. His parents were Nellie Ruth (Pillsbury), who worked as a caregiver at a mental institute, and Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman. His father was born under the surname "Pollock," but used the last name ...

Maximum Overdrive (only feature film)

77. Paul Brickman

Writer | Risky Business

Paul Brickman was born on April 23, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Risky Business (1983), True Crime (1999) and Uprising (2001).

Risky Business

78. Jeremy Thomas

Producer | The Last Emperor

His father was the film director Gerald Thomas who made some 40 films including the 'Carry on' series. Films were part of Jeremy's life since childhood when holiday were spent on locations or in the studios. From the age of 10 his only ambition was to make films .Originally he wanted to be a ...

All the Little Animals (only feature film)

79. Jack Bender

Producer | Lost

Jack Bender was born on September 25, 1949 in the USA. He is a producer and director, known for Lost (2004), Alias (2001) and Child's Play 3 (1991). He is married to Laura Owens. They have two children.

Child's Play 3

80. Yoshifumi Kondô

Director | Mimi wo sumaseba

Famed anime director Hayao Miyazaki had intended Kondo to be his successor as Studio Ghibli's film director. Unfortunately, Kondo was only able to direct a single Ghibli film before his untimely death in 1998, Whisper of the Heart (1995).

Whisper of the Heart (only feature film)

81. Bill Murray

Actor | Lost in Translation

Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, ...

Quick Change (only feature film)

82. Steven Lisberger

Writer | TRON

Steven Lisberger was born on April 24, 1951 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and director, known for TRON (1982), TRON: Legacy (2010) and Animalympics (1980).

Tron

83. Fritz Kiersch

Director | Children of the Corn

Fritz Kiersch was born on July 23, 1951 in Alpine, Texas, USA as George Keith Kiersch. He is a director and writer, known for Children of the Corn (1984), Tuff Turf (1985) and Into the Sun (1991).

Children of the Corn (1984)

84. Bo Welch

Production_designer | Edward Scissorhands

Bo Welch was born on November 30, 1951 in Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert W. Welch III. He is a production designer and director, known for Edward Scissorhands (1990), Men in Black (1997) and A Little Princess (1995). He has been married to Catherine O'Hara since April 25, 1992. They have two ...

The Cat in the Hat (only feature film)

85. Steven Seagal

Actor | On Deadly Ground

Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Patricia Anne (Fisher), a medical technician, and Samuel Seagal, a high school math teacher. His paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and his mother had English, German, and distant Irish and Dutch, ancestry. The enigmatic ...

On Deadly Ground (only feature film)

86. David Byrne

Soundtrack | True Stories

David Byrne is an Oscar winning composer, songwriter and singer, best known for being frontman of the New Wave/punk band Talking Heads, which was active between 1975 and 1991. Born in Scotland but raised in the United States in Maryland, Byrne began performing musically in high school.

Byrne ...

True Stories

87. Dan Aykroyd

Writer | Ghostbusters

Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Lorraine Hélène (Gougeon), a secretary from a French-Canadian family, and Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer who advised prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Aykroyd attended Carleton University in 1969, where...

Nothing But Trouble (only feature film)

88. Roberto Benigni

Actor | La vita è bella

Roberto Benigni was born on October 27, 1952 in Manciano La Misericordia, Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy as Roberto Remigio Benigni. He is an actor and writer, known for Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Tiger and the Snow (2005) and Down by Law (1986). He has been married to Nicoletta Braschi ...

Life is Beautiful

89. 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

90. Rick Moranis

Actor | Parenthood

Rick began his career as a radio DJ while he was still at high school which led to him writing, producing and being on air in his own show. He joined the Canadian TV series, SCTV (1976), winning an Emmy for writing and portraying the character, Bob McKenzie, which became the basis for the film, ...

Strange Brew (only feature film)

91. Bill Paxton

Actor | Aliens

Bill Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mary Lou (Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman and actor (as John Paxton). Bill moved to Los Angeles, California at age eighteen, where he found work in the film industry as a set dresser for Roger Corman's New World ...

Frailty

92. Billy Bob Thornton

Actor | Sling Blade

Billy Bob Thornton was born on August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Virginia Roberta (Faulkner), a psychic, and William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton, an educator, high school history teacher, and basketball coach (now deceased). He is the older brother of James Donald (Jimmy Don) (born in ...

Sling Blade

93. Tommy Wiseau

Actor | The Room

Tommy Wiseau is an American actor, director, screenwriter & producer. He trained to be an actor at: American Conservatory Theater, Vince Chase Workshop, Jean Shelton Acting Lab, Laney College and Stella Adler Academy of Acting.

In 2001 he wrote, produced, directed and starred in The Room (2003), a ...

The Room (2003)

94. Tom Hanks

Producer | Cast Away

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has ...

That Thing You Do!

95. John Lafia

Writer | Child's Play

John Lafia was born on April 2, 1957. He was a director and writer, known for Child's Play (1988), Man's Best Friend (1993) and Child's Play (2019). He was married to Beverly. He died on April 29, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Child's Play 2

96. Lizzie Borden

Director | Born in Flames

Lizzie Borden was born on February 3, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Linda Elizabeth Borden. She is a director and writer, known for Born in Flames (1983), Working Girls (1986) and To Die Quietly (1997).

Born in Flames

97. Gary Oldman

Actor | The Dark Knight

Gary Oldman is a talented English movie star and character actor, renowned for his expressive acting style. One of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television, he is known for his roles as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986), ...

Nil by Mouth

98. Marco Brambilla

Director | Heaven's Gate

Marco Brambilla was born in 1960 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Heaven's Gate (2021), The Four Temperaments (2020) and Destricted (2006).

Demolition Man

99. Joe Ranft

Writer | Toy Story

Joseph Ranft was an American writer, voice actor, animator, storyboard artist and magician. He worked for Disney and Pixar. He worked on The Lion King, The Brave Little Toaster, Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Cars, Monsters, Inc and Finding Nemo. He voiced in the many films he worked on, notably as ...

Cars (2006) (only feature film)

100. André Bonzel

Cinematographer | C'est arrivé près de chez vous

André Bonzel was born in 1961. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Man Bites Dog (1992), Flickering Ghosts of Loves Gone By (2021) and Tigers in the City (2012).

Man Bites Dog (only feature film)



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