Best directors / Directors to seeby kmarkak | created - 05 May 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
This is a list of my favorite directors and directors i want to see
Finished 235 / 315 directors
Best Director: Michael Moore Movies AVG: 7.6 (10 Movies) Final Score: 8.08 Best Film: Bowling For Columbine, Sicko (9)
Director | Bowling for Columbine
Michael Francis Moore was born in Flint, Michigan on April 23, 1954, and was raised in its Davison suburb. He is the son of Helen Veronica (Wall), a secretary, and Francis Richard Moore, who worked on an auto assembly line. He has Irish, as well as English and Scottish, ancestry.
Moore studied ...
Last Movie: Fahrenheit 11/9, 2018
Movies AVG: 7.6 (10 Movies) Final Score: 8.08 Best Film: Bowling For Columbine, Sicko (9)
2. Edward Zwick
Producer | Thirtysomething
Edward Zwick is well-known for his heroic movies that include Glory (1989), and the breathtaking works of art that include Legends of the Fall (1994). Zwick has also been known for his thoughtfulness as a director, and for his record of working with television series and other films as a producer.
Last Movie: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, 2016 Movies AVG: 7.41 (11 Movies) Final Score: 7.93 Best Film: Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai (10)
Writer | Brazil
Terry Gilliam was born near Medicine Lake, Minnesota. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of MAD magazine. In his early twenties he was often stopped by the police who suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising. In ...
Last Movie: The Zero Theorem, 2013
Movies AVG: 7.25 (12 Movies) Final Score: 7.8 Best Film: The Holy Grail, Life Of Bryan (9)
Producer | Schindler's List
One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...
Last Movie: Ready Player One, 2018 Movies AVG: 7.0 (31 Movies) Final Score: 7.8 Best Film: AI, Schidler's List, Indiana Jones, The Color Purple (9)
Director | Missing
Costa-Gavras was born on February 12, 1933 in Loutra-Iraias, Greece as Konstantinos Gavras. He is a director and writer, known for Missing (1982), Z (1969) and Amen. (2002). He has been married to Michèle Ray-Gavras since 1968. They have two children.
Last Movie: The Capital, 2012
Movies AVG: 7.17 (12/18 Movies) Final Score: 7.74 Best Film: The Confession, Mad City, Amen (9)
6. Mel Gibson
Actor | Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is ...
Last Movie: Hacksaw Ridge, 2016
Movies AVG: 8.4 (5 Movies) Final Score: 7.72 Best Film: Braveheart (10)
Writer | The Prestige
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.
Last Movie: Dunkirk, 2017 Movies AVG: 7.02 (10 Movies) Final Score: 7.61 Best Film: Memento (9)
Writer | Dancer in the Dark
Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...
Last Movie: The House That Jack Buid, 2018
Movies AVG: 7.08 (13 Movies) Final Score: 7.67 Best Film: Dogville (9)
9. Tony Kaye
Director | Detachment
Tony Kaye was born in London, United Kingdom. He has made several well-known music videos, including the video for "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum, which won a Grammy Award, "Dani California" by Red Hot Chili Peppers, "What God Wants" by Roger Waters, and "Help Me" and "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by ...
Last Movie: Detachment, 2011
Movies AVG: 9 (2 Movies) Final Score: 7.6 Best Film: American History X (10)
10. 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 ...
Last Movie: Avatar, 2010
Movies AVG: 8.0 (8 Movies) Final Score: 7.6 Best Film: Avatar, Titanic, Terminator 2, Alien (9)
11. Tim Burton
Producer | Edward Scissorhands
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...
Last Movie: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, 2016
Movies AVG: 7.0 (16 Movies) Final Score: 7.6 Best Film: Alice In Wonderland, Big Fish, Sleepy Hollow (9)
12. Oliver Stone
Producer | JFK
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.
William Oliver Stone was ...
Last Movie: Snowden, 2012
Movies AVG: 6.84 (20 Movies) Final Score: 7.57 Best Film: Born On The 4th Of July (10)
13. Woody Allen
Writer | Manhattan
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
Last Movie: Wonder Wheel, 2017
Movies AVG: 6.5 (46 Movies) Final Score: 7.5 Best Film: Midnight In Paris (9)
14. Fatih Akin
Director | Gegen die Wand
Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994. His collaboration with Wueste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, "Sensin - You're The One!" ("Sensin -...
Last Movie: In The Fade, 2018
Movies AVG: 7.11 (9 Movies) Final Score: 7.49 Best Film: Head-On, The Cut (8)
15. Clint Eastwood
Actor | Million Dollar Baby
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...
Last Movie: The Mule, 2019 (NEW)
Movies AVG: 6.61 (35 Movies) Final Score: 7.49 Best Film: Letters From Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, The Bridges Of Madison County (9)
16. Stanley Kubrick
Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...
Last Movie: Eyes Wide Shut, 1999
Movies AVG: 6.85 (13 Movies) Final Score: 7.48 Best Film: Full Metal Jacket, Shining, Dr. Strangelove, Spartacus, Paths Of Glory (8)
17. Rob Reiner
Actor | All in the Family
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.
As a child, he often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he created and also starred in....
Last Movie: LBJ, 2016
Movies AVG: 6.84 (19 Movies) Final Score: 7.47 Best Film: The Bucket List, Stand By Me (10)
Director | Der Name der Rose
Jean-Jacques Annaud is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for directing Quest for Fire (1981), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Lover (1992), Seven Years in Tibet (1997) and Wolf Totem (2015). Annaud has received numerous awards for his work, including four César Awards, ...
Last Movie: The Last Wolf, 2015
Movies AVG: 6.8 (10/13 Movies) Final Score: 7.44 Best Film: The Name Of The Rose (9)
19. Marc Forster
Producer | World War Z
Marc Forster is a German-born filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Monster's Ball (2001), Finding Neverland (2004), Stay (2005), Stranger than Fiction (2006), The Kite Runner (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), and World War Z (2013).
His breakthrough film was Monster's...
Last Movie: Christopher Robin, 2018
Movies AVG: 6.8 (10/11 Movies) Final Score: 7.44 Best Film: Machine Gun Preacher, Kite Runner, Stranger Than Fiction, Finding Neverland (8)
20. Paul Verhoeven
Director | RoboCop
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969), about a medieval ...
Last Movie: Elle, 2015
Movies AVG: 6.79 (14/15 Movies) Final Score: 7.43 Best Film: Flesh+Blood (9)
21. Richard Donner
Director | Superman
Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard D. Schwartzberg. He is a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon (1987). He has been married to Lauren Shuler Donner since November 27, 1986.
Last Movie: 16 Blocks, 2006
Movies AVG: 6.72 (19/20 Movies) Final Score: 7.38 Best Film: Scrooged (9)
22. Ron Howard
Actor | Arrested Development
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.
Last Movie: Solo: A Star Wars Story, 2018
Movies AVG: 6.64 (22/25 Movies) Final Score: 7.41 Best Film: A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13 (9)
23. Michael Mann
Producer | The Insider
A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch (1975). He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile (1979), in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release,...
Last Movie: Public Enemies, 2009
Movies AVG: 6.7 (10 Movies) Final Score: 7.36 Best Film: The Insider, The Last Of The Mohicans (9)
24. Roman Polanski
Director | Chinatown
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...
Last Movie: Venus In Fur, 2013
Movies AVG: 6.7 (18/19 Movies) Final Score: 7.36 Best Film: The Pianist (9)
25. 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...
Last Movie: Gone Girl, 2014
Movies AVG: 6.7 (10 Movies) Final Score: 7.36 Best Film: Seven (9)
26. Sidney Lumet
Director | 12 Angry Men
Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although ...
Last Movie: Before The Devil Knows You're Dead , 2007
Movies AVG: 6.7 (17/42 Movies) Final Score: 7.36 Best Film: Running On Empty, Deathtrap, Network, Murder On The Orient Express, Serpico, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Failsafe, 12 Angry Men (8)
27. Akira Kurosawa
Writer | Kakushi-toride no san-akunin
After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...
Last Movie: Madadayo, 1993
Movies AVG: 6.56 (28/30 Movies) Final Score: 7.35 Best Film: Many (8)
28. Terry Jones
Writer | The Meaning of Life
Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. His father was a bank clerk, mother - mistress of the house. He has an older brother, Nigel Jones (1940-). He studied at St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford University. In 1965, with his friend Michael Palin, he made The Late Show (1966) for television, ...
Last Movie: Absolutely Anything, 2015 Movies AVG: 7.67 (6 Movies) Final Score: 7.34 Best Film: The Holy Grail (9)
29. 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,...
Last Movie: The Hobbit, 2014
Movies AVG: 6.67 (13 Movies) Final Score: 7.34 Best Film: Lord Of The Rings (9)
Writer | Reservoir Dogs
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.
In January of...
Last Movie: Django Unchained, 2012
Movies AVG: 6.9 (9/10 Movies) Final Score: 7.32 Best Film: Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Reservoir Dogs (8)
31. 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), A Serious Man (2009) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.
Last Movie: Inside Llewyn Davis, 2013
Movies AVG: 6.63 (16 Movies) Final Score: 7.3 Best Film: The Big Lebowski (9)
Director | Memphis Belle
Michael Caton-Jones was born on October 15, 1957 in Broxburn, West Lothian, Scotland as Michael Jones. He is a director and producer, known for Memphis Belle (1990), Basic Instinct 2 (2006) and The Jackal (1997).
Last Movie: Urban Hymn, 2015
Movies AVG: 6.6 (10 Movies) Final Score: 7.28 Best Film: Shooting Dogs (9)
33. Ridley Scott
Producer | The Martian
Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...
Last Movie: All The Money In The World, 2018
Movies AVG: 6.48 (25 Movies) Final Score: 7.28 Best Film: Kingdom Of Heaven (9)
34. Tim Robbins
Actor | Mystic River
Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins and actress Mary Robbins (née Bledsoe). Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang theater group, ...
Last Movie: Cradle Will Rock, 1999
Movies AVG: 8.33 (3 Movies) Final Score: 7.26 Best Film: Dead Man Walking (9)
35. Taylor Hackford
Producer | Ray
Taylor Hackford was born on December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California, USA as Taylor Edwin Hackford. He is a producer and director, known for Ray (2004), Blood In, Blood Out (1993) and Dolores Claiborne (1995). He has been married to Helen Mirren since December 31, 1997. He was previously ...
Last Movie: The Comedian, 2016
Movies AVG: 6.59 (11/12 Movies) Final Score: 7.27 Best Film: Blood In, Blood Out, (9)
36. Sergio Leone
Writer | Once Upon a Time in America
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...
Last Movie: Once Upon A Time In America, 1984
Movies AVG: 7.29 (7 Movies) Final Score: 7.23 Best Film: Once Upon A Time In America, The Good The Bad And The Ugly (9)
37. Alan Parker
Director | Evita
Prior to moving into film, Alan was noted as one of London's most talented advertising copywriters. He worked for the Collet Dickinson Pearce (CDP) ad agency in the 1960's and early 1970's, and began directing his own tvc scripts in their basement. Formed a partnership with David Puttnam as his ...
Last Movie: The Life Of David Gale, 2003
Movies AVG: 6.54 (13 Movies) Final Score: 7.23 Best Film: Mississippi Burning (9)
38. 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 ...
Last Movie: The Mist, 2007
Movies AVG: 8.0 (4 Movies) Final Score: 7.2 Best Film: The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption (9)
39. Robert Zemeckis
Writer | Back to the Future
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 (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...
Last Movie: Welcome To Marwen, 2018 (NEW)
Movies AVG: 6.5 (14/15 Movies) Final Score: 7.2 Best Film: Forrest Gump (9)
40. Luc Besson
Writer | The Fifth Element
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 The Big Blue (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997), as an adolescent bored in ...
Last Movie: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, 2017
Movies AVG: 6.5 (12 Movies) Final Score: 7.2 Best Film: Leon, The Fifth Element, Lucy (8)
41. Martin Scorsese
Director | Taxi Driver
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 ...
Last Movie: Silence, 2016
Movies AVG: 6.49 (24 Movies) Final Score: 7.19 Best Film: Goodfellas, Casino (9)
42. Kenneth Branagh
Actor | Henry V
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family ...
Last Movie: Cinderella, 2015
Movies AVG: 6.46 (14/15 Movies) Final Score: 7.18 Best Film: Frankenstein, Much Ado About Nothing, Peter's Friends (8)
43. Barry Levinson
Director | Rain Man
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 ...
Last Movie: Paterno, 2018
Movies AVG: 6.33 (21/24 Movies) Final Score: 7.17 Best Film: Rain Man (9)
44. John McTiernan
Director | Die Hard
John McTiernan was born on January 8, 1951 in Albany, New York, USA as John Campbell McTiernan Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Die Hard (1988), Last Action Hero (1993) and Predator (1987). He has been married to Gail Sistrunk since 2012. He was previously married to Kate Harrington, ...
Last Movie: Basic, 2003
Movies AVG: 6.45 (11 Movies) Final Score: 7.16 Best Film: Predator, The Hunt Of Red October, Medicine Man, 13th Warrior (8)
45. Tony Scott
Producer | Domino
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...
Last Movie: Unstoppable, 2010
Movie AVG: 6.44 (16 Movies) Final Score: 7.15 Best Film: Top Gun, Man Of Fire (8)
46. Walter Hill
Writer | 48 Hrs.
Hill was born in Long Beach, California and educated at Mexico City College and Michigan State University. He worked in oil drilling and construction in the 60s before becoming a 2nd assistant director in 1967. He has written and co-written screenplays, including several uncredited works. He has ...
Last Movie: Tomboy, 2016
Movies AVG: 6.42 (19/21 Movies) Final Score: 7.14 Best Film: Crossroads (8)
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 ...
Last Movie: Mother, 2018
Movies AVG: 7.14 (7 Movies) Final Score: 7.11 Best Film: Requiem For A Dream (9)
48. Mike Nichols
Director | The Graduate
He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin. He later ...
Last Movie: Charlie Wilson's War, 2007
Movies AVG: 6.38 (16/18 Movies) Final Score: 7.1 Best Film: Silkwood (8)
Director | Das Boot
This director seems to shine most when making movies that can best be described as part action movies/part disaster movies.
Beginning with Outbreak (1995) about the outbreak of a killer virus. This film had shades of an Irwin Allen disaster movie, The Swarm (1978), about the outbreak of killer bees....
Last Movie: Poseidon, 2006
Movies AVG: 6.36 (11/12 Movies) Final Score: 7.09 Best Film: Das Boot, Outbreak (8)
50. Andrew Niccol
Writer | Gattaca
New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds." He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his The Truman Show (1998) script, but Rudin was not...
Last Movie: In Time, 2011
Movies AVG: 7.6 (5/6 Movies) Final Score: 7.08 Best Film: Lord Of War, In Time (9)
51. Brian De Palma
Director | Dressed to Kill
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the ...
Last Movie: Passion, 2012
Movies AVG: 6.35 (17/29 Movies) Final Score: 7.08 Best Film: Carlito's Way, The Untouchables, Scarface (9)
Writer | The Others
Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis (1996). His film ...
Last Movie: Régression, 2015
Movies AVG: 7.33 (6 Movies) Final Score: 7.07 Best Film: Agora (9)
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 ...
Last Movie: The Revenant, 2016
Movies AVG: 7.33 (6 Movies) Final Score: 7.07 Best Film: Biutiful (9)
54. Peter Berg
Writer | Very Bad Things
Peter Berg is an American actor, director, writer, and producer. His first role was in the Adam Rifkin road movie Never on Tuesday (1989). He went on to star in the World War 2 film A Midnight Clear (1992). Roles in Fire in the Sky (1993) and Cop Land (1997) followed, and the Tom Cruise films ...
Last Movie: Mile 22, 2018
Movies AVG: 6.3 (10 Movies) Final Score: 7.04 Best Film: The Kingdom (8)
55. Jim Jarmusch
Director | Broken Flowers
Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
Last Movie: Paterson, 2016
Movies AVG: 6.3 (11/12 Movies) Final Score: 7.04 Best Film: Ghost Dog (8)
56. Peter Weir
Peter Weir was born on August 21, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Lindsay Weir. He is a director and writer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Witness (1985) and The Truman Show (1998). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They have two...
Last Movie: The Way Back, 2010
Movies AVG: 6.3 (10/13 Movies) Final Score: 7.04 Best Film: Dead Poets Society (10)
Director | Waking Life
Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. ...
Last Movie: Last Flag Flying, 2017
Movies AVG: 6.29 (17/18 Movies) Final Score: 7.03 Best Film: Before Sunrise (9)
58. John Landis
Director | The Blues Brothers
John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "...
Last Movie: Burke and Hare, 2010
Movies AVG: 6.29 (14/16 Movies) Final Score: 7.03 Best Film: Trading Places, Coming To America (8)
59. John Badham
Director | WarGames
English-born "Army brat" John Badham is the son of English actress Mary Hewitt and the stepson of an American Army general. Raised in Alabama and schooled at Yale, he cut his teeth producing and directing for TV before making his feature debut with The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor ...
Last Movie: Brother's Keeper, 2002
Movies AVG: 6.29 (14/16 Movies) Final Score: 7.03 Best Film: WarGames (8)
Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to ...
Last Movie: Logan Lucky, 2017
Movies AVG: 6.26 (24 Movies) Final Score: 7.01 Best Film: The Good German, Ocean's Eleven, Eric Brockovich, Kafka (8)
Writer | El secreto de sus ojos
Juan José Campanella was born on July 19, 1959 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a writer and actor, known for The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), The Man of Your Dreams (2011) and El mismo amor, la misma lluvia (1999).
Last Movie: Avellaneda's Moon, 2004
Movies AVG: 7.75 (4/6 Movies) Final Score: 7.0 Best Film: Avellaneda's Moon, The Secret In Their Eyes, Son Of The Bride (8)
62. Sam Mendes
Producer | Road to Perdition
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-...
Last Movie: Spectre, 2015
Movies AVG: 7.17 (6 Movies) Final Score: 6.94 Best Film: American Beauty (9)
63. Joel Schumacher
Director | The Phantom of the Opera
Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He is a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and Phone Booth (2002).
Last Movie: Trespass, 2011
Movies AVG: 6.22 (18/23 Movies) Final Score: 6.98 Best Film: The Number 23, 8MM, A Time To Kill, Falling Down (8)
64. 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)...
Last Movie: Draft Day, 2014
Movies AVG: 6.21 (14/16 Movies) Final Score: 6.97 Best Film: Ghost Busters, Kindergarten Cop (8)
65. Jim Sheridan
Producer | In America
Jim Sheridan is a master story-teller, and an acclaimed film director of few films, but good films nevertheless.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1949, Sheridan moved to America in 1982, meeting a man who invited him to run the Irish Arts Center. He found a place to live in Hell's Kitchen, New York City,...
Last Movie: Dream House, 2011
Movies AVG: 7.17 (6/8 Movies) Final Score: 6.93 Best Film: In The Name Of The Father (9)
66. Danny Boyle
Director | 127 Hours
Last Movie: T2 Trainspotting, 2017
Movies AVG: 6.17 (12 Movies) Final Score: 6.94 Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting (8)
67. Iain Softley
Director | Backbeat
Softley was educated at St Benedict's School, Ealing, London, and Queens' College, Cambridge University, where he was a member of the college's dramatic society, the BATS, and directed a number of highly-praised theatrical productions. He worked for Granada TV and the BBC before becoming a director...
Last Movie: Inkheart, 2008
Movies AVG: 7.17 (5/8 Movies) Final Score: 6.93 Best Film: K-PAX (9)
68. Tom Tykwer
Composer | Lola rennt
Director, writer, producer and composer Tom Tykwer was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. He showed an interest in film-making from childhood, making super 8 films from the age of 11. Among his first jobs was working at a local art-house cinema. Tykwer eventually relocated to Berlin, first working...
Last Movie: Cloud Atlas, 2014
Movies AVG: 6.63 (8/10 Movies) Final Score: 6.9 Best Film: Perfume, The International (10)
69. 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...
Last Movie: Wolverine, 2013
Movies AVG: 6.63 (8/9 Movies) Final Score: 6.9 Best Film: Copland (9)
70. 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), ...
Last Movie: Blade Runner 2019, 2018
Movies AVG: 6.63 (8/9 Movies) Final Score: 6.9 Best Film: Incendies (8)
71. 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 ...
Last Movie: The Tiger And The Snow, 2005
Movies AVG: 6.86 (7/8 Movies) Final Score: 6.89 Best Film: The Tiger And The Snow, Life Is Beautiful (9)
72. Walter Salles
Director | Central do Brasil
Walter Salles was born on April 12, 1956 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Walther Moreira Salles Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Central Station (1998), The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) and Foreign Land (1995). He is married to Maria Klabin. They have one child.
Last Movie: On The Road, 2012
Movies AVG: 6.86 (7/8 Movies) Final Score: 6.89 Best Film: Abril Despedaçado, Diaros De Motocicleta (8)
73. David Lean
Director | Lawrence of Arabia
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding ...
Last Movie: A Passage To India, 1984
Movies AVG: 6.1 (15 Movies) Final Score: 6.88 Best Film: Lawrence Of Arabia, The Bridge On The River Kwai (9)
74. Stephen Frears
Director | Dangerous Liaisons
Stephen Frears was born on June 20, 1941 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Stephen Arthur Frears. He is a director and producer, known for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Philomena (2013) and The Queen (2006). He has been married to Anne Rothenstein since 1992. They have two children. He was ...
Last Movie: Phelomena, 2013
Movies AVG: 6.1 (10/21 Movies) Final Score: 6.88 Best Film: Dirty Pretty Things, Phelomena (8)
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 ...
Last Movie: The Shape Of Water, 2018
Movies AVG: 6.1 (10 Movies) Final Score: 6.88 Best Film: El Laberinto Del Fauno, El Espinazo Del Diablo, Cronos, The Shape Of Water (7)
76. 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)...
Last Movie: Burying The Ex, 2014
Movies AVG: 6.09 (11 Movies) Final Score: 6.87 Best Film: Gremlins, Innerspace (8)
Producer | Lady in the Water
Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots.
He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil ...
Last Movie: After Earth, 2013
Movies AVG: 6.33 (9/13 Movies) Final Score: 6.87 Best Film: The Sixth Sense (9)
78. Ang Lee
Director | Wo hu cang long
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ...
Last Movie: Billy Lynn, 2016
Movies AVG: 6.08 (12 Movies) Final Score: 6.86 Best Film: Life Of Pi (8)
79. John Carpenter
Soundtrack | Escape from New York
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...
Last Movie: The Ward, 2010
Movies AVG: 6.06 (18 Movies) Final Score: 6.85 Best Film: Mouth Of Madness, Escape From New York, The Fog (8)
80. Alexander Payne
Director | Nebraska
Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older ...
Last Movie: Nebraska, 2013
Movies AVG: 7.0 (6 Movies) Final Score: 6.8 Best Film: About Schmidt, Nebraska (8)
81. Jason Reitman
Producer | Up in the Air
Jason Reitman was born on October 19, 1977 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Up in the Air (2009), Thank You for Smoking (2005) and Juno (2007). He was previously married to Michele Lee.
Last Movie: Tully, 2018
Movies AVG: 6.5 (8 Movies) Final Score: 6.8 Best Film: Mystery Science Theater: The Movie (3)
82. 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).
Last Movie: X-Men: Apocalypse, 2016
Movies AVG: 6.22 (9/11 Movies) Final Score: 6.78 Best Film: Usual Suspects (10)
83. Paul Greengrass
Director | United 93
Paul Greengrass started his filmmaking career with a super 8 camera he found in his art room in secondary school. Those short movies were animation horror films he made using old dolls, artist dummies, and the general art room clutter.
After studying in Cambridge University he got into Granada ...
Last Movie: Jason Bourne, 2016
Movies AVG: 6.71 (7/9 Movies) Final Score: 6.77 Best Film: Bloody Sunday (9)
84. Penny Marshall
Actress | Laverne & Shirley
Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall on October 15, 1943 in the Bronx, New York. The Libra was 5' 6 1/2", with brown hair and green eyes. She was the daughter of Marjorie (Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony "Tony" Marshall, an industrial film director. She was the younger sister of ...
Last Movie: Capitalism: Maleficent, 2014
Movies AVG: 6.71 (7 Movies) Final Score: 6.77 Best Film: Awakenings (8)
85. David O. Russell
Writer | American Hustle
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 ...
Last Movie: American Hustle, 2013
Movies AVG: 6.71 (7 Movies) Final Score: 6.77 Best Film: Many (7)
86. Brad Anderson
Director | Session 9
Last Movie: Beirut, 2018
Movies AVG: 6.71 (7/10 Movies) Final Score: 6.77 Best Film: The Machinist, Session 9, Happy Accidents, The Call, Eliza Graves, Beirut (7)
87. 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 ...
Last Movie: Star Wars III, 2005
Movies AVG: 7.2 (6 Movies) Final Score: 6.76 Best Film: Star Wars IV (9)
88. Sean Penn
Actor | Mystic River
Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints.
Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the ...
Last Movie: The Last Face, 2016
Movies AVG: 7.2 (5 Movies) Final Score: 6.76 Best Film: Into The Wild (10)
89. Steve McQueen
Director | 12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen was born on October 9, 1969 in London, England as Steve Rodney McQueen. He is a director and writer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Shame (2011) and Hunger (2008). He is married to Bianca Stigter. They have two children.
Last Movie: 12 Years Slave, 2013
Movies AVG: 7.67 (3 Movies) Final Score: 6.73 Best Film: Shame, 12 Years A Slave (8)
90. Asghar Farhadi
Writer | Darbareye Elly
Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...
Last Movie: Everybody Knows, 2018 (NEW)
Movies AVG: 6.83 (5/7 Movies) Final Score: 6.67 Best Film: Le Pasee, A Separation, A Propos d'Elly (8)
91. 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 ...
Last Movie: Roma, 2018 (NEW)
Movies AVG: 6.57 (7 Movies) Final Score: 6.66 Best Film: Children Of Men (9)
92. 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...
Last Movie: Darkest Hour, 2015
Movies AVG: 6.57 (7 Movies) Final Score: 6.66 Best Film: Atonement (8)
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/...
Last Movie: Mr. Spivet, 2013
Movies AVG: 6.57 (7 Movies) Final Score: 6.66 Best Film: Micmacs, Long Engagement, Amelie, Delicatessen (7)
94. Alex Proyas
Director | Dark City
Alex Proyas has moved effortlessly between helming TV commercials and music videos to feature films. Born to Greek parents in Egypt, Proyas relocated to Australia with his family when he was three years old. He began making films at age ten and went on to attend the Australian Film Television and ...
Last Movie: Gods Of Egypt, 2016
Movies AVG: 6.8 (6 Movies) Final Score: 6.64 Best Film: I Robot, Dark City (8)
95. Wes Craven
Writer | A Nightmare on Elm Street
Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.
Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on ...
Last Movie: Scream 4
Movies AVG: 5.79 (21 Movies) Final Score: 6.63 Best Film: Nightmare On Elm Street (8)
Director | Blindness
Fernando Meirelles was born in a middle class family in São Paulo City, Brazil.
He studied architecture at the university of São Paulo. At the same time he developed an interest in filmmaking. With a group of friends he started producing experimental videos. They won a huge number of awards in ...
Last Movie: 360, 2011
Movies AVG: 7.25 (4/7 Movies) Final Score: 6.6 Best Film: The Constant Gardener, City Of God (8)
97. 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 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 films, Miller...
Last Movie: Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015
Movies AVG: 7.0 (6 Movies) Final Score: 6.6 Best Film: Mad Max, Lorenzo (8)
98. Stephen Daldry
Director | The Hours
In 1989, Stephen Daldry worked as a freelance reader of unsolicited manuscripts for Literary Manager Nicholas Wright in the Scripts Department at the Royal National Theatre. In July of that year, he directed a Dadaist/expressionist production of "Judgement Day," a play by Odon von Horvath, at the ...
Last Movie: Trash, 2014
Movies AVG: 7.0 (5 Movies) Final Score: 6.6 Best Film: The Reader (8)
Director | Leviafan
Andrei Zvyagintsev is a Russian filmmaker and was born on Feb.6, 1964 in the siberian city of Novisibirsk. He graduated from the Novosibirsk Actors School in 1984 and started to act on stage in provincial theatres. In the early 1990s he came to Moscow - the centre of the Russian film industry - ...
Last Movie: Loveless, 2018
Movies AVG: 7.0 (5 Movies) Final Score: 6.6 Best Film: The Return (8)
100. Neil Burger
Director | Divergent
Neil Burger was born in 1963 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Divergent (2014), The Illusionist (2006) and Interview with the Assassin (2002). He has been married to Diana Kellogg since June 30, 1997.
Last Movie: The Upside, 2017
Movies AVG: 7.0 (5/6 Movies) Final Score: 6.6 Best Film: ALL (7)