HOLLYWOOD DIRECTORS (In alphabetical order)

by Jake279 | created - 12 Jan 2020 | updated - 17 Jan 2020 | Public

1. Adam McKay

Producer | The Other Guys

Adam McKay (born April 17, 1968) is an American screenwriter, director, comedian, and actor. McKay has a comedy partnership with Will Ferrell, with whom he co-wrote the films Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and The Other Guys. Ferrell and McKay also founded their comedy website Funny or Die through ...

Known For: Vice, Bad Blood, Stepbrothers, Anchorman 2, The Other Guys

2. Adam Shankman

Producer | Hairspray

Adam Shankman was born on November 27, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Adam Michael Shankman. He is known for his work on Hairspray (2007), A Walk to Remember (2002) and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005).

Known For: Hairspray, Bringing Down the House, The Wedding Planner, What Men Want, Rock of Ages, Bedtime Stories, The Pacifier, Disenchanted

3. Adam Wingard

Director | V/H/S

At 19 Adam got his start in feature film making early with his directorial debut Home Sick, a slasher horror film starring Bill Moseley and Tom Toweles. However it was his second effort at 24 years old with the film Pop Skull that garnered him a talent to watch. Made for a budget of around 2000 ...

Known For: Godzilla Vs Kong, The Guest, Death Note

4. Akiva Schaffer

Writer | Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Akiva Schaffer was born on December 1, 1977 in Berkeley, California, USA as Akiva Daniel Schaffer. He is a writer and director, known for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), Saturday Night Live (1975) and The Lego Movie (2014). He has been married to Liz Cackowski since 2010. They have two ...

Known For: Rescue Rangers

5. 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.

Known For: Thor: The Dark World, Terminator Genisys, The Many Saints of Newark

6. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | Biutiful

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...

Known For: The Revenant, Birdman, Babel

7. 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 ...

Known For: Ex Machina, Annihilation, Devs

8. 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 ...

Known For: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, Gravity, Roma

9. Amma Asante

Director | Belle

Amma Asante is a British BAFTA award winning screenwriter and director, known for Belle (2013), and A Way of Life (2004). She is a former child actress, who began her writing career at the age of 23 with a script deals from both Channel 4 in the UK and BBC. Her first movie, A Way of Life, which she...

Known For: Belle, A United Kingdom, The Handmaid's Tale, Mrs America

10. Ana Lily Amirpour

Director | A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour was born on July 25, 1976 in Margate, Kent, England. She is a director and writer, known for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), The Bad Batch (2016) and A Little Suicide (2012).

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11. Andrea Arnold

Director | American Honey

Andrea Arnold was born on April 5, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, England as Andrea Patricia Arnold. She is an actress and director, known for American Honey (2016), Fish Tank (2009) and Red Road (2006).

Known For: Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights, American Honey, Transparent, Big Little Lies

12. 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).

Known For: It, It Chapter 2, The Flash, Attack on Titan

13. 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), ...

Known For: Venom 2, Mowgli

14. 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...

Known For: Captain Marvel, Mississippi Grind

15. Anne Fletcher

Director | The Proposal

Anne Fletcher was born on May 1, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She is known for her work on The Proposal (2009), Step Up (2006) and Hairspray (2007).

Known For: Step Up, The Proposal, 27 Dresses, The Guilt Trip, Dumplin’

16. 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).

Known For: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, Cherry

17. Antoine Fuqua

Producer | The Magnificent Seven

Antoine Fuqua is an American film director, known for his work in the film Training Day as well as The Replacement Killers, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer.

He has directed music videos for such artists as Arrested Development, Prince, ...

Known For: The Magnificent Seven, Infinite, Southpaw, Olympus Has Fallen, Shooter, King Arthur, Training Day, The Equalizer, The Equalizer 2

18. Ari Aster

Director | Midsommar

Ari Aster was born on July 15, 1986 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and writer, known for Midsommar (2019), Hereditary (2018) and Disappointment Blvd..

Known For: Hereditary, Midsommer

19. Ava DuVernay

Producer | Selma

A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...

Known For: Selma, New Gods, A Wrinkle in Time

20. Barry Jenkins

Producer | If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins was born on November 19, 1979 in Miami, Florida, USA. He is a producer and director, known for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Moonlight (2016) and Medicine for Melancholy (2008).

Known For: Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk

21. Baz Luhrmann

Writer | Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann is an Australian writer, director, and producer with projects spanning film, television, opera, theatre, music, and recording industries. He is regarded by many as a contemporary example of an auteur for his distinctly recognizable style and deep involvement in the writing, directing, ...

Known For: The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, Australia, Untitled Elvis biopic

22. Benh Zeitlin

Director | Beasts of the Southern Wild

Born in New York City and raised in Sunnyside, Queens and then Westchester County, Benh Zeitlin began his career as a film-maker at the tender age of 6 years when he and a friend made a Batman movie. He continued making films as a child before attending Wesleyan University, where he majored in film...

Known For: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Wendy

23. Ben Wheatley

Director | Free Fire

Ben Wheatley was born in May 1972 in Billericay, Essex, England. He is a director and writer, known for Free Fire (2016), Kill List (2011) and Sightseers (2012).

Known For: Tomb Raider 2, High Rise

24. Bill Condon

Director | Gods and Monsters

Bill Condon was born on October 22, 1955 in New York City, New York, USA as William Patrick Condon. He is a director and writer, known for Gods and Monsters (1998), Dreamgirls (2006) and Kinsey (2004).

Known For: Beauty and the Beast, Dream Girls, Twilight 3

25. Brad Bird

Writer | The Incredibles

Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in...

Known For: The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Incredibles 2, The Iron Giant, Mission Impossible 4, Tomorrowland

26. Bryan Singer

Director | X-Men

Bryan Singer was born on September 17, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Bryan Jay Singer. He is a producer and director, known for X-Men (2000), The Usual Suspects (1995) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

Known For: Bohemian Rhapsody, X-men, X-Men 2, X-men: Days of Future Past, X-men: Apocalypse, The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns, Jack the Giant Slayer

27. Cameron Crowe

Writer | Almost Famous

Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market.

Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. ...

Known For: Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown, We Bought A Zoo, Aloha

28. 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 Berlin Syndrome (2017).

Known For: Black Widow

29. Catherine Hardwicke

Director | Twilight

Catherine Hardwicke was born on October 21, 1955 in Cameron, Texas, USA as Helen Catherine Hardwicke. She is a director and production designer, known for Twilight (2008), Thirteen (2003) and Lords of Dogtown (2005).

Known For: Twilight, Miss Bala

30. Cathy Yan

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

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

Known For: Birds of Prey

31. Cary Joji Fukunaga

Producer | Beasts of No Nation

Cary Joji Fukunaga was born on July 10, 1977 in Oakland, California, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Beasts of No Nation (2015), Sin Nombre (2009) and It (2017).

Known For: No Time To Die, Beasts of No Nation

32. Chad Stahelski

Director | John Wick

He came from a kick-boxing background; he entered the film field as a stunt performer at the age of 24. Before that, he worked as an instructor at the Inosanto Martial Arts Academy in California, teaching Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan. After doing numerous roles in low budget martial art movies like Mission...

Known For: John Wick, John Wick 2, John Wick 3, John Wick 4

33. 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 ...

Known For: Eternals, Nomadland

34. 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, "...

Known For: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Adventures in Babysitting, Stepmom, Mrs Doubtfire, Percy Jackson

35. Chris McKay

Director | The Lego Batman Movie

Chris McKay is a director and producer, known for The Lego Batman Movie (2017), The Lego Movie (2014) and Robot Chicken: Star Wars III (2010).

Known For: Lego Batman

36. Chris Sanders

Writer | Lilo & Stitch

Born and raised in Colorado, Chris Sanders fell in love with animation at the age of ten after seeing Ward Kimball animated shorts on 'The Wonderful World of Disney'. He began drawing, and applied to CalArts after his grandmother told him about the animation program at the school. He majored in ...

Known For: The Call of the Wild

37. 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.

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Known For: The Dark Knight, Inception, Tenet, Dunkirk, Momento, Interstellar

38. Christopher McQuarrie

Writer | The Usual Suspects

Christopher McQuarrie is an acclaimed producer, director and an Academy Award® winning writer. McQuarrie grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and in lieu of college, he spent the first five years out of school traveling and working at a detective agency. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue...

Known For: Mission Impossible 5-8, Jack Reacher

39. Christopher Miller

Writer | The Lego Movie

Christopher Miller was born on September 23, 1975 in Everett, Washington, USA as Christopher Robert Miller. He is a producer and writer, known for The Lego Movie (2014), Clone High (2002) and 22 Jump Street (2014). He is married to Robyn Murgio. They have one child.

Known For: 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie

40. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a bond salesman and later manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school ...

Known For: Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, J Edgar, American Sniper, Jersey Boys, Richard Jewell

41. Colin Trevorrow

Producer | Safety Not Guaranteed

Born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, Colin Trevorrow started making short films when he was 12 years old. He studied film and dramatic writing at New York University. After graduation, he wrote and directed "Home Base" a digital short that became one of the early viral successes on the ...

Known For: Jurassic World, Jurassic World 3

42. Craig Brewer

Director | Hustle & Flow

Father, Walter D. Brewer worked in a number of high-level corporate positions for Matson Navigation Company, culminating in the position of director of corporate development from 1990-1998, when he died. His work caused the family to move from Vallejo, California (where Craig attended elementary ...

Known For: Dolemite Is My Name, Coming 2 America, Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, Footloose

43. 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.

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Known For: Cruella, I Tonya, Fright Night, The Finest Hours

44. Damien Chazelle

Writer | La La Land

Damien Sayre Chazelle is an American director and screenwriter. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother, Celia Sayre (Martin) Chazelle, is an American-Canadian writer and professor of history at The College of New Jersey. His father, Bernard Chazelle, is a French-American Eugene Higgins...

Known For: First Man, La La Land, Whiplash, Babylon

45. Danny Boyle

Director | 127 Hours

Danny Boyle was born on October 20, 1956 in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, England as Daniel Francis Boyle. He is a director and producer, known for 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later... (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

Known For: 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, The Beach, Trainspotting, Yesterday, Steve Jobs, Trance

46. Dan Trachtenberg

Director | 10 Cloverfield Lane

Dan Trachtenberg is known for his work on 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), The Boys (2019) and Space Race.

Known For: 10 Cloverfield Lane

47. Darren Aronofsky

Director | Pi

Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won ...

Known For: Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream, Noah, Mother!

48. David Ayer

Writer | End of Watch

David Ayer is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. David Ayer was born in Champaign, Illinois and grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Bethesda, Maryland, where he was kicked out of his house by his parents as a teenager. Ayer then lived with his cousin in Los Angeles, ...

Known For: Suicide Squad, Bright

49. 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...

Known For: Fight Club, Se7en, Alien 3, Panic Room, Gone Girl, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mindhunter

50. David Frankel

Director | The Devil Wears Prada

David Frankel was born on April 2, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for The Devil Wears Prada (2006), One Chance (2013) and Band of Brothers (2001).

Known For: The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me, Collateral Beauty

51. 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.

Known For: Shazam, Annabelle: Creation

52. David Leitch

Actor | Deadpool 2

David Leitch is a billion dollar film director, actor, stuntman, writer, producer, and stunt coordinator. He co-directed John Wick (2014) with Chad Stahelski, which he also served as producer. David directed Atomic Blonde (2017) starring Charlize Theron. David also directed the box office smash and...

Known For: Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde, Hobbs and Shaw

53. David Lowery

Editor | A Ghost Story

David Lowery is an American writer and director. He is best know for Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Pete's Dragon (2016), and A Ghost Story (2017).

At the age of 19, Lowery wrote and directed his first film, Lullaby.

Lowery had his breakthrough with his first feature film, St. Nick (2009).

He often ...

Known For: A Ghost Story, Peter Pan

54. David S. Goyer

Writer | Dark City

David S. Goyer was born on December 22, 1965 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA as David Samuel Goyer. He is a writer and producer, known for Dark City (1998), The Dark Knight (2008) and Batman Begins (2005). He is married to Marina Black. They have two children.

Known For: Blade 3, The Unborn

55. David Yates

Director | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

David Yates was born on October 8, 1963 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England. He is a director and producer, known for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and The Legend of Tarzan (2016).

Known For: Harry Potter 5-8, The Legend of Tarzan, Fantastic Beasts 1-3

56. Deborah Chow

Director | The Mandalorian

Deborah Chow is a director and writer, known for The Mandalorian (2019), Better Call Saul (2015) and American Gods (2017).

Known For: Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Mandalorian, Better Call Saul, American Gods

57. Dee Rees

Director | Mudbound

Writer/Director Dee Rees is an alumna of New York University's graduate film program and a Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow.

In 2018, Dee became the first Black woman nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for her highly-acclaimed film Mudbound (2017). The film, ...

Known For: Mudbound

58. 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), ...

Known For: Blade Runner 2049, Dune, Arrival, Sicario

59. 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 The Glass Castle (2017).

Known For: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Just Mercy

60. Dexter Fletcher

Director | Rocketman

BAFTA-nominee Dexter Fletcher is a British actor turned director from London. He began his career at the age of 6 and at the age of 9 starred as Baby Face in Alan Parker's Bugsy Malone. Fletcher continued to work in the industry on screen for the next four decades, appearing on-screen alongside ...

Known For: Rocketman, Eddie the Eagle, Sherlock Holmes 3

61. D.J. Caruso

Director | I Am Number Four

Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, Caruso came west to play tennis and study Television Production at Pepperdine University. Interned at Disney Studios in the Product Placement department and later hooked up with Director John Badham, who mentored him into a second-unit director, after Badham lost his ...

Known For: Disturbia, I Am Number Four, xXx 3

62. Doug Liman

Producer | Edge of Tomorrow

Doug Liman was born on July 24, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Swingers (1996) and Fair Game (2010).

Known For: The Bourne Identity, Mr and Mrs Smith, Jumper, Edge of Tomorrow, The Wall, Chaos Walking

63. Drew Goddard

Producer | The Martian

Drew Goddard was raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He attended Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, New Mexico and graduated in 1993. He then attended the University of Colorado, and worked as a production assistant in L.A. after graduation. A spec script Drew wrote based on Six Feet Under (2001) ...

Known For: The Cabin in the Woods

64. Edgar Wright

Director | Shaun of the Dead

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

Known For: Baby Driver, Last Night in Soho, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, The World's End

65. Ericson Core

Cinematographer | The Fast and the Furious

After graduating from USC's film program as well a degree from the prestigious Art Center College of Design, Core started his career as a Director of Photography on such films as "187" for Kevin Reynolds, "Payback" for Brian Hegleland, "Mumford" for Lawrence Kasdan, "Dancing at the Blue Iguana" for...

Known For: Invincible, Togo, Point Break

66. Ethan Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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

Known For: No Country for Old Men, The Ladykillers, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, True Grit

67. F. Gary Gray

Director | Set It Off

F. Gary Gray was born on July 17, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA as Felix Gary Gray. He is a director and producer, known for Set It Off (1996), The Italian Job (2003) and The Negotiator (1998).

Known For: Straight Outta Compton, Law Abiding Citizen, Fast and Furious 8, The Italian Job, Men in Black: International

68. 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 ...

Known For: The Godfather 1-3, Apocalypse Now, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Outsiders, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Rainmaker

69. Frank Darabont

Writer | The Green Mile

Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High ...

Known For: The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile

70. Gareth Edwards

Visual_effects | Monsters

Gareth James Edwards was born on June 1, 1975 in the English town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Growing up, he admired movies such as the 1977 classic "Star Wars", and went on to pursue a film career. He even cites George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as his biggest influences. Edwards studied BA (Hons) ...

Known For: Rogue One, Godzilla

71. Gavin O'Connor

Producer | The Accountant

Gavin O'Connor was born on December 24, 1963 in Long Island, New York, USA as Gavin James O'Connor. He is a producer and director, known for The Accountant (2016), Pride and Glory (2008) and Warrior (2011). He has been married to Brooke Burns since June 22, 2013. They have one child. He was ...

Known For: Warrior, The Accountant, Pain and Glory, Finding the Way Back

72. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

Known For: American Graffiti

73. 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: The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max ...

Known For: Mad Max, The Witches of Eastwick, Babe: pig in the City, Happy Feet

74. 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 ...

Known For: Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3, Rango, The Weather Man, The Lone Ranger, A Cure for Wellness, The Ring

75. Greg Berlanti

Director | Love, Simon

WGA, DGA and Golden Globe nominated writer, director, and producer, Greg Berlanti, is the force behind several of the most inventive and acclaimed works of film and television.

He is the writer, director and producer behind several of the most creative and lauded television series, including ABC's "...

Known For: Love Simon

76. Greta Gerwig

Writer | Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig made her solo directorial debut ...

Known For: Little Women, Lady Bird

77. Guillermo del Toro

Writer | El laberinto del fauno

Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ...

Known For: The Shape of Water, Nightmare Alley, Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, Hellboy 1-2, Blade 2

78. Guy Ritchie

Director | Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and ...

Known For: Aladdin, Sherlock Holmes, Revolver, The Man from UNCLE, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, RocknRolla, Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

79. Ivan Reitman

Producer | Up in the Air

Ivan Reitman, as a producer and director, has created many of American cinema's most successful and best loved feature film comedies and has worked with Hollywood's acting elite. Reitman has produced such hits as the ground-breaking sensation National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)...

Known For: Ghostbusters 1-2, Twins, kindergarten Cop, Evolution, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Junior

80. J.A. Bayona

Director | El orfanato

J.A. Bayona was born on May 9, 1975 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Juan Antonio García Bayona. He is a director, known for The Orphanage (2007), The Impossible (2012) and A Monster Calls (2016).

Known For: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Orphanage, The Impossible, A Monster Calls

81. Jake Kasdan

Producer | Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Jake Kasdan was born on October 28, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Jacob Kasdan. He is a producer and director, known for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) and Zero Effect (1998).

Known For: Jumanji 2-3, Bad Teacher, Sex Tape, New Girl

82. 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 ...

Known For: Titanic, Avatar, The Terminator, Aliens, Terminator 2, True Lies

83. James Gray

Director | Ad Astra

Writer/director James Gray made his first film Little Odessa (1994) at the age of twenty-five. The film, which starred Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell, received critical acclaim and was the winner of the Venice Film Festival's prestigious Silver Lion Award in 1994.

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Known For: Ad Astra, The Lost City of Z

Known For: Episodes, Black-ish

85. 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 ...

Known For: Guardians of the Galaxy 1-3, The Suicided Squad, Slither

86. James Mangold

Producer | Logan

James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted (1999), Walk the Line (2005), which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma (2007), The Wolverine (2013), and Logan (2017).

Mangold also wrote and directed Cop...

Known For: Logan, Ford Vs Ferrari, Girl Interrupted, The Wolverine, 3:10 to Yuma, Knight and Day

87. James Wan

Producer | The Conjuring 2

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)...

Known For: Aquaman, Fast & Furious 7, Saw, Insidious 1-2, The Conjuring 2, Malignant

88. Jane Campion

Writer | The Piano

Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early...

Known For: The Piano

89. Jason Bateman

Actor | Arrested Development

Jason Bateman is an American film and television actor, known for his role as Michael Bluth on the television sitcom Arrested Development (2003), as well as his role on Valerie (1986).

He was born in Rye, New York. His father, Kent Bateman, from a Utah-based family, is a film and television director...

Known For: Ozark, Clue

90. 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 ...

Known For: Jungle Cruise, Black Adam, The Shallows, Orphan, House of Wax

91. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Director | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/...

Known For: Alien Resurrection, Amelie

92. Jennifer Phang

Director | Advantageous

A Berkeley-born daughter of Chinese-Malaysian and Vietnamese heritage, Jennifer Phang is a graduate of the MFA Directing program at the American Film Institute.

Her sophomore feature Advantageous won a Jury Prize at Sundance 2015 and was based on her award winning Futurestates short Advantageous (...

93. Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Director | Kung Fu Panda 2

Jennifer Yuh Nelson was born on May 7, 1972 in South Korea. She is known for her work on Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), The Darkest Minds (2018) and Todd McFarlane's Spawn (1997).

94. J.J. Abrams

Producer | Lost

Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...

95. Joachim Rønning

Director | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Joachim Rønning is a film director and writer from Sandefjord, Norway - a small coastal town south of Oslo. He spent his teenage years making short films and shooting commercials for local businesses. In 1995 Rønning began directing professionally with his childhood friend, Espen Sandberg. Working ...

96. Joe Dante

Director | Innerspace

Joe Dante is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art. After a stint as a film reviewer, he began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard (1976) (co-directed with Allan Arkush)...

97. 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 a director, known for Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and The Rocketeer (1991).

98. Joel Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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

99. 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).

100. Joe Wright

Director | Pride & Prejudice

Joe Wright is an English film director. He is best known for Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), Anna Karenina (2012), and Darkest Hour (2017).

Wright always had an interest in the arts, especially painting. He would also make films on his Super 8 camera as well as spend time in the evenings...



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