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1.
Christopher Nolan
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. At 7 years old...
“ - Inception
- The Prestige
- Interstellar
- Memento
- The Dark Knight
- Batman Begins
- The Dark Knight Rises ” - ola_barcafan
 
2.
Denis Villeneuve
Director, Arrival
Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started is 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) and Incendies (2010). He is married to Tanya Lapointe.
“ - Prisoners
- Arrival
- Incendies
- Sicario
- Enemy ” - ola_barcafan
 
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Tim Burton
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 especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
“ - Big Fish
- Edward Scissorhands
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
- Sleepy Hollow
- Big Eyes ” - ola_barcafan
 
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David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
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 and music videos after signing with N...
“ - Fight Club
- Zodiac
- Seven
- Gone Girl
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ” - ola_barcafan
 
5.
Guy Ritchie
Director, Snatch
Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 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 unwatchable. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school and in 1995...
“ - Sherlock Holmes
- Snatch
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
- RocknRolla
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ” - ola_barcafan
 
6.
Robert Zemeckis
A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone, 1941) and special effect vehicles (Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future)...
“ - Forrest Gump
- Cast Away
- The Walk ” - ola_barcafan
 
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Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
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 1992...
“ - Django Unchained
- The Hateful Eight
- Reservoir Dogs
- Kill Bill
- Inglorious Basterds ” - ola_barcafan
 
8.
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a 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 Clint took interest in music and mechanics...
“ - Mystic River
- Gran Torino
- Million Dollar Baby
- Jersey Boys ” - ola_barcafan
 
9.
Martin Scorsese
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films...
“ - Shutter Island
- Gangs of New York
- The Wolf of Wall Street ” - ola_barcafan
 
10.
Wes Anderson
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 event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ - The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Darjeeling Limited
- Moonrise Kingdom ” - ola_barcafan
 
11.
Ron Howard
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced Cinderella Man starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ - In the Heart of the Sea
- Rush
- A Beautiful Mind
- The Da Vinci Code
- Apollo 13 ” - ola_barcafan
 
12.
Tony Scott
Producer, Man on Fire
Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British military...
“ - True Romance
- The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3
- Enemy of the State ” - ola_barcafan
 
13.
Damien Chazelle
Writer, Whiplash
Damien Chazelle is an American director and screenwriter. His directorial debut was the musical Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009), his breakthrough came when he wrote and directed his second feature film, Whiplash (2014), which was based on his award-winning 2013 short film of the same name. The film received five Academy Award nominations...
“ - Whiplash
- La La Land ” - ola_barcafan
 
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“ - Burn After Reading
- No Country for Old Men
- The Big Lebowski
- Hail, Caesar! ” - ola_barcafan
 
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“ - Burn After Reading
- No Country for Old Men
- The Big Lebowski
- Hail, Caesar! ” - ola_barcafan
 
16.
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
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 director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006)...
“ - The Revenant
- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
- Amores Perros
- Babel ” - ola_barcafan
 
17.
Michael Mann
Producer, Heat
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. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief starring James Caan as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
“ - Heat
- Collateral
- Public Enemies ” - ola_barcafan
 
18.
Steven Spielberg
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ - Catch me if you Can
- Bridge of Spies
- The Terminal ” - ola_barcafan
 
19.
James Mangold
Producer, Logan
James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine, and Logan. Mangold also wrote and directed Cop Land, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta.
“ - Walk the Line
- Identity
- The Wolverine
- Logan
- Knight and Day ” - ola_barcafan
 
20.
Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising....
“ - Twelve Monkeys
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
- Monthy Pyton and the Holy Grail ” - ola_barcafan
 
21.
Barry Levinson
Producer, Sleepers
Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he wanted to go to Los Angeles...
“ - Rain Man
- Sleepers
- Jimmy Hollywood ” - ola_barcafan
 
22.
Antoine Fuqua
Director, Training Day
Attended West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia on an athletic scholarship for basketball. He studied electrical engineering (focusing on electromagnetism and signal processing) before moving back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (this move was brief and only to figure out his true calling) and then to New York, New York to work in film.
“ - Training Day
- Southpaw
- The Equalizer ” - ola_barcafan
 
23.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years. New York quickly became his city and soon began to shape Nicolas's future...
“ - Drive
- The Neon Demon
- Bronson
- Pusher ” - ola_barcafan
 
24.
David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories...
“ - A History of Violence
- Eastern Promises
- A Dangerous Method ” - ola_barcafan
 
25.
David O. Russell
David Owen Russell is an American film writer, director, and producer, known for a cinema of intense, tragi-comedic characters whose love of life can surpass dark circumstances faced in very specific worlds. His films address such themes as mental illness as stigma or hope; invention of self and survival; the family home as nexus of love...
“ - American Hustle
- The Fighter
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Joy ” - ola_barcafan
 
26.
Darren Aronofsky
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 several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ - Requiem for a Dream
- Black Swan
- The Wrestler ” - ola_barcafan
 
27.
Frank Darabont
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 School...
“ - The Shawshank Redemption
- The Green Mile
- The Mist ” - ola_barcafan
 
28.
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ” - ola_barcafan
 
29.
Luc Besson
Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of Le grand bleu and Le cinquième élément, as an adolescent bored in school. He...
“ - Leon
- Lucy ” - ola_barcafan
 
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“ - Falling Down
- Phone Booth
- 8MM ” - ola_barcafan
 
31.
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ - Gone Baby Gone
- Argo
- The Town ” - ola_barcafan
 
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“ - In Bruges
- Seven Psychopaths ” - ola_barcafan
 
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“ - 127 Hours
- Sunshine
- Slumdog Millionaire ” - ola_barcafan
 
34.
Shane Black
Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2. Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout to The Long Kiss Goodnight, and in between a re-write on the McTiernan/Schwarzenegger Last Action Hero script.
“ - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
- The Nice Guys
- Iron Man 3 ” - ola_barcafan
 
35.
Lenny Abrahamson
Director, Room
Lenny Abrahamson was born in Dublin in 1966. He studied physics and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. While at university he directed short videos with the Trinity Video Society, which he co-founded with Ed Guiney. He graduated in 1991 with first class honours (gold medal). His first short film...
“ - Room
- Frank ” - ola_barcafan
 
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“ - V for Vendetta
- The Raven ” - ola_barcafan
 
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“ - The Imitation Game
- Hodejegerne
- Folk Flest Bor i Kina ” - ola_barcafan
 
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“ - The Theory of Everything
- Shadow Dancer ” - ola_barcafan
 
39.
David Ayer
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, California...
“ - End of Watch
- Fury ” - ola_barcafan