Directors - 20s

by IsaacRedondela | created - 09 Mar 2020 | updated - 28 Dec 2020 | Public

1. Cate Shortland

Director | Lore

Cate Shortland was born on August 10, 1968 in Temora, New South Wales, Australia. She is a director and writer, known for Lore (2012), Somersault (2004) and Black Widow (2021).

Black Widow

1968 - Temora, New South Wales, Australia

2. Chloé Zhao

Director | Nomadland

Chloé Zhao or Zhao Ting (born March 31, 1982) is a Chinese film director, screenwriter, and producer. Her debut feature film, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015), premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Her second feature film, The Rider (2017), was critically acclaimed and received several accolades ...

Eternals Nomadland

1982 - Beijing, China

3. 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

1986 - China

4. Nia DaCosta

Writer | Candyman

Nia DaCosta is known for her work on Candyman (2021), Little Woods (2018) and Ghost Tape (2020).

Captain Marvel 2 Candyman

1989 - Brooklyn, New York, USA

5. 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 ...

Wonder Woman 1984

1971 - Victorville, California, USA

Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

7. Gina Prince-Bythewood

Writer | The Secret Life of Bees

Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the widely acclaimed feature film Love & Basketball (2000) which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. Her other directing credits include ...

The Old Guard

1969 - Los Angeles, California, USA

8. Anna Mastro

Director | Secret Society of Second-Born Royals

Anna Mastro is a director and producer, known for Secret Society of Second Born Royals (2020), Runaways (2017) and UnREAL (2015).

Secret Society of Second-Born Royals

Seattle, Washington, USA

9. David Galán Galindo

Writer | Orígenes secretos

David Galán Galindo is a writer and director, known for Unknown Origins (2020), Curvas (2012) and Gora Automatikoa (2021).

Orígenes secretos

1982 - Ávila‎, Castile and León, Spain

10. Jaume Collet-Serra

Producer | The Shallows

Jaume Collet-Serra was born on March 23, 1974 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. At the age of 18, he moved to Los Angeles and attended Columbia College Hollywood, working as an editor on the side. Upon graduation, he began shooting music videos and caught the eye of several production ...

Black Adam Jungle Cruise

1974 - Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

11. Joaquim Dos Santos

Producer | The Legend of Korra

Joaquim Dos Santos was born on June 22, 1977 in Lisbon, Portugal. He is known for his work on The Legend of Korra (2012), Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) and Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016).

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2

1977 - Portugal

12. David F. Sandberg

Director | Lights Out

David F. Sandberg was born on January 21, 1981 in Sweden. He is a director and writer, known for Lights Out (2016), Shazam! (2019) and Annabelle: Creation (2017). He is married to Lotta Losten.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods

1981 - Sweden

13. Daniel Espinosa

Director | Snabba cash

Daniel Espinosa was born on March 23, 1977 in Huddinge, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a director and producer, known for Snabba Cash (2010), Life (2017) and Safe House (2012). He was previously married to Nina Milerad.

Morbius

1977 - Huddinge, Stockholms län, Sweden

Freaks: You're One of Us

1977 - Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

15. Andy Serkis

Actor | War for the Planet of the Apes

English film actor, director and author Andy Serkis is known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), ...

Venom 2

1964 - London, England, UK

16. James Wan

Writer | Saw

James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is an Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director of Malaysian Chinese descent. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw (2004) and creating Billy the puppet. Wan has also directed Dead Silence (2007), Death Sentence (2007), Insidious (2010)...

Aquaman 2 Malignant

1977 - Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

17. 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 ...

Thor: Love and Thunder

1975 - Wellington, New Zealand

18. Julius Avery

Director | Overlord

Julius Avery is a director and writer, known for Overlord (2018), Son of a Gun (2014) and Jerrycan (2008).

Samaritan

Australia

19. 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).

The Flash

1973 - Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina

20. Peyton Reed

Director | Ant-Man

Peyton Reed is an American film director, screenwriter and producer who is known for directing Bring It On, Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. He also directed Yes Man, Down with Love and The Break-Up. He directed episodes of The Mandalorian and Back to the Future.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

1964 - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

21. Josh Boone

Director | The Fault in Our Stars

Joshua Boone is an American filmmaker and producer from Virginia Beach. He directed The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love and The New Mutants, a horror themed spin-off of the X-Men films. Had Disney not bought Fox, Boone would have made New Mutants sequels. He also created the miniseries The Stand.

The Stand The New Mutants

1979 - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

22. Dave Wilson

Director | Bloodshot

Dave Wilson is known for his work on Bloodshot (2020), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (2010).

Bloodshot

23. 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 ...

The Batman

1966 - Rockville Center, New York, USA

24. 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 ...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Peacemaker The Suicide Squad

1966 - St. Louis, Missouri, USA

25. Jon Watts

Director | Cop Car

Jon Watts is an American filmmaker and screenwriter. He directed Cop Car and Clown before he was picked by Marvel and Sony to direct Spider-Man: Homecoming starring Tom Holland and Zendaya. It's success resulted in two sequels, Far from Home in 2019 and No Way Home in 2021. He is also picked by ...

Untitled Spider-Man Sequel

1981 - Fountain, Colorado, USA

26. Sam Raimi

Director | Spider-Man

Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead (1981). From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making ...

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness 50 States of Fright

1959 - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA

27. Ryan Coogler

Director | Black Panther

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

Black Panther II

1986 - Oakland, California, USA

28. Destin Daniel Cretton

Director | Short Term 12

Destin Daniel Cretton was born on November 23, 1978 in Maui, Hawaii, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Short Term 12 (2013), Just Mercy (2019) and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021).

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

1978 - Maui, Hawaii, USA



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