Best directors / Directors to see

by 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)

1. Michael Moore

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.

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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)

3. Terry Gilliam

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)

4. Steven Spielberg

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)

5. Costa-Gavras

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)

7. Christopher Nolan

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.

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Last Movie: Dunkirk, 2017 Movies AVG: 7.02 (10 Movies) Final Score: 7.61 Best Film: Memento (9)

8. Lars von Trier

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)

18. Jean-Jacques Annaud

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.

Howard ...

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

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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)

30. Quentin Tarantino

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)

32. Michael Caton-Jones

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)

49. Wolfgang Petersen

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)

52. Alejandro Amenábar

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)

53. Alejandro G. 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 ...

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

Director | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

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)

57. Richard Linklater

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)

60. Steven Soderbergh

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)

61. Juan José Campanella

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

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

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)

75. 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 ...

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)

77. M. Night Shyamalan

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

Brad Anderson was born in 1964 in Madison, Connecticut, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Session 9 (2001), The Machinist (2004) and Transsiberian (2008).

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)

93. 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/...

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)

96. Fernando Meirelles

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)

99. Andrey Zvyagintsev

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)



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