50 Best Music Video Directors (2019)

by osewa | created - 9 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

We all do love well produced music videos, right? So find a collection of the greatest music video directors right here on IMDb. I have added links to their Instagram pages (or Twitter / Wikipedia in case they are not on the gram).

Credit: Wikipedia | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_video_director Pigeons & Planes | https://pigeonsandplanes.com/in-depth/2017/11/25-music-video-directors-you-should-know/

1. Dave Meyers

Director | The Hitcher

Dave Meyers is a director and producer, known for The Hitcher (2007), Foolish (1999) and Volatile Love (2015).

Latest directed music video: 2018 | STOP TRYING TO BE GOD - Travis Scott featuring Kid Cudi, Stevie Wonder, James Blake, Philip Bailey

https://www.instagram.com/dave_meyers/

Latest directed music video: 2017 | SZA - Dove In The Wind featuring Kendrick Lamar

https://www.instagram.com/nabildo/

3. Lacey Duke

Producer | Afia

Latest directed music video: 2018 | Janelle Monáe - I Like That

https://www.instagram.com/laceyduke/

4. Romain Gavras

Director | Notre jour viendra

Romain Gavras is a director and actor, known for Our Day Will Come (2010), M.I.A.: Bad Girls (2012) and The World Is Yours (2018).

Latest directed music video: 2016 | Gosh - Jamie xx

https://twitter.com/romain_gavras

Latest directed music video: 2016 | Formation – Beyoncé

https://www.instagram.com/msmelina/

6. Eric Wareheim

Writer | Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

Eric Wareheim was born on April 7, 1976 in Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007), Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories (2013) and Master of None (2015).

Latest directed music video: 2016 | Dripping – Blonde Redhead

https://www.instagram.com/ericwareheim/

7. Spike Jonze

Producer | Her

Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under the ...

Latest directed music video: 2015 | Only One - Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spike_Jonze_videography

8. Johan Renck

Soundtrack | Never Been Kissed

Johan Renck is one of the most respected and sought after directors of commercials and music videos today, so much so that the French magazine CB News dubbed him "the number one director of commercials and music videos in the world ".

His directing career started in 1992 when he joined the production...

https://www.instagram.com/johanrenck/

https://www.instagram.com/_brthr_/

10. Paul Thomas Anderson

Director | Punch-Drunk Love

Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Thomas_Anderson

11. Tyler the Creator

Soundtrack | The Grinch

Tyler, The Creator is an American musician in all aspects, including producing, directing music videos as well as writing and performing as an artist. He was born in Boulder, Colorado as Tyler Okonma to a single mother. In 2008 Tyler, The Creator founded the hip-hop collective Odd Future, a ...

https://www.instagram.com/feliciathegoat/

12. Jake Schreier

Director | Robot & Frank

Jake Schreier is a director and producer, known for Robot & Frank (2012), Paper Towns (2015) and Untitled Jake Schreier/Chris Ford Project.

https://www.instagram.com/jakeschreier/

https://www.instagram.com/emilykaibock/

https://www.instagram.com/itsbongoboy/

https://www.instagram.com/_colebennett_/

16. Austin Vesely

Director | Slice

Austin Vesely is a director and actor, known for Slice (2018), Chance the Rapper: Sunday Candy (2015) and $5,000 Video (2013).

https://www.instagram.com/austinvesely/

https://twitter.com/grant_singer

18. Petra Collins

Actress | Transparent

Petra Collins is a director and actress, known for Transparent (2014), A Love Story (2018) and Selena Gomez Feat. Gucci Mane: Fetish (2017).

https://www.instagram.com/petrafcollins/

https://www.instagram.com/truekanda/

20. Floria Sigismondi

Director | The Runaways

Floria Sigismondi is a photographer and director. Apart from her art exhibitions she is best known for directing music videos. Her trademark dilating, jittery camerawork, noticeable as early as her video for Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People", has been replicated by a great number of directors...

https://twitter.com/floriamamaroma

21. Hannah Lux Davis

Make_up_department | Skyline

Hannah Lux Davis is an award-winning American music video director, commercial director, and filmmaker, best known for her stylized, beauty-driven music videos. Many of the world's top artists - from Ariana Grande to Nicki Minaj - have trusted her, again and again, to create the perfect visuals to ...

https://www.instagram.com/hannahluxdavis/

22. Kevin Abstract

Writer | Billy Star

Kevin Abstract is a producer and actor, known for Billy Star (2017), Helmet Boy (2017) and Yoshua (2017).

https://www.instagram.com/iansimpson/

23. Mark Romanek

Director | One Hour Photo

Mark Romanek was born on September 18, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a director, known for One Hour Photo (2002), Never Let Me Go (2010) and Michael Jackson Feat. Janet Jackson: Scream (1995). He is married to Brigette Romanek.

https://www.instagram.com/markromanek/

24. Director X.

Director | Across the Line

Director X (formerly known as Little X) was born on October 31st,1975 in Toronto, Canada, and is of Trinidadian and Swiss descent. Moving to New York City he became the protégé of pioneering hip hop director Hype Williams, X has been noted for directing high-budget, visually distinctive videos for ...

https://www.instagram.com/directorx/

CANADA is an international duo of directors and a creative production company based in Barcelona and London.

https://www.instagram.com/lawebdecanada/

26. Chris Cunningham

Make_up_department | Judge Dredd

Chris Cunningham made his directorial debut in 1997 with the music video for "Come to Daddy" by Aphex Twin, which was instantly praised, banned, and raved about by many people in the business. He followed up by making the music video for "Windowlicker" by Aphex Twin, and the astounding "All is Full...

Know for: 1997 | Come to Daddy - Aphex Twin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Cunningham

https://www.instagram.com/danielsannwald/

28. Beyoncé

Soundtrack | Dreamgirls

Beyoncé was born & raised in Houston, Texas. Her mom, Tina Lawson designs their glittering costumes & her dad, Mathew Knowles manages Destiny's Child. Solange, her sister (they're 4 years apart), has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts. Beyoncé's of ...

https://www.instagram.com/beyonce/

29. Kanye West

Soundtrack | Safe House

Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. His musical career has been marked by dramatic changes in styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences including soul, baroque pop, electro, indie rock, ...

Latest directed music video: 2018 | Kanye West & Lil Pump ft. Adele Givens - I Love It

https://twitter.com/kanyewest

30. 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...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Fincher

31. Lady Gaga

Soundtrack | A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer.

Gaga was born on March 28, 1986 in Manhattan, New York City, to Cynthia Louise (Bissett) and Joseph Anthony Germanotta, Jr., an internet entrepreneur. Her ...

https://www.instagram.com/ladygaga/

32. Hype Williams

Director | Belly

Williams attended Adelphi University. He first displayed his work by tagging local billboards, storefronts, and playgrounds using HYPE as his graffiti tag. His graffiti style was influenced by artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His big break came when he began working with Classic ...

https://twitter.com/hypewilliams

33. Drake

Actor | Degrassi: The Next Generation

Aubrey Drake Graham was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Dennis Graham, an African-American musician born in Memphis, Tennessee, and Sandi (Sher) Graham, a Canadian Jewish educator. As a young man, Drake appeared in several commercials, for such retailers as Sears and GMC. In 2001, Drake rose ...

https://www.instagram.com/champagnepapi/

34. Kendrick Lamar

Soundtrack | The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Kendrick Lamar is a hip-hop artist from Compton, California. He's signed with Dr. Dre's label, Aftermath. Kendrick also has his own label, known as 'Top Dawg Entertainment', with includes artists such as Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q and Ab Soul. Kendrick's major label debut album, 'good kid m.A.A.d city' ...

https://www.instagram.com/kendricklamar/

35. Britney Spears

Soundtrack | Crossroads

Britney Jean Spears was born in McComb (Mississippi) and raised in rural Louisiana (Kentwood) to Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears. As a child, Britney attended dance classes, and she was great at gymnastics, winning many competitions and the like. But, most of all, Britney loved to sing. At age 8, ...

https://www.instagram.com/britneyspears/

36. Michael Bay

Producer | Armageddon

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and Divinyls. His work won...

https://www.instagram.com/michaelbay/

37. George Michael

Soundtrack | Beverly Hills Cop II

George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in Finchley, north London, in the United Kingdom, to Lesley Angold (Harrison), a dancer, and Kyriacos Panayiotou, a restaurateur. His father was a Greek Cypriot, and his mother was of English background. He first discovered fame as a musician ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Michael

38. David LaChapelle

Director | Rize

By 2011, LaChapelle had a major exhibition of new works at The Lever House in New York and went on to have retrospectives at the Museo Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico in Puerto Rico, the Hangaram Design Museum in Seoul, and Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague. In the following years, LaChapelle's works ...

https://www.instagram.com/david_lachapelle/

39. Jonas Åkerlund

Director | Lords of Chaos

Jonas Åkerlund was born on November 10, 1965 in Bromma, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a director and editor, known for Lords of Chaos (2018), Polar (2019) and Spun (2002). He is married to B. Åkerlund. He was previously married to Charlotta Palmbäck.

https://twitter.com/akerlund_jonas

40. Marc Webb

Director | (500) Days of Summer

Marc Webb was born on August 31, 1974. He is a producer and director, known for 500 Days of Summer (2009), Gifted (2017) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015). He is married to Jane Herman. They have one child.

https://twitter.com/marcw

41. Samuel Bayer

Producer | Pony

Having photographed and directed hundreds of music videos and commercials over the last 15 years, Samuel Bayer has firmly established himself as one of the industry's most prolific and sought-after talents.

A 1987 graduate of New York City's School of Visual Arts, Bayer was a painter who saw film ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Bayer_videography

42. Spike Lee

Director | Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spike_Lee_filmography

43. Bryan Barber

Director | Idlewild

Bryan Barber was born December 20, 1970. He is a music video and motion picture director. He has directed many music videos for popular artists.

Bryan Barber takes inspiration from many sources and says his upbringing has always helped form his vision. For Barber, writing and directing began as an ...

Latest directed music video: 2018 | Something New - Wiz Khalifa ft. Ty Dolla Sign

https://www.instagram.com/bryanbarber/

Latest directed music video: 2018 | Dinero - Jennifer Lopez Feat. DJ Khaled, Cardi B

https://www.instagram.com/josephkahn/

45. Chris Robinson

Director | ATL

Award-winning director Chris Robinson delivers imagery for commercial, music video, feature film and digital platforms.

Robinson's commercial work includes campaigns for global brands like Reebok, Orange, Mountain Dew, Budweiser, Kodak, Gatorade, Apple, Coca-Cola, and Verizon. He recently completed...

Latest directed music video: 2017 | Way Back - TLC Feat. Snoop Dogg

https://www.instagram.com/mrrobotodirector/

46. 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 "...

Know for: 1983 | Thriller - Michael Jackson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Music_videos_directed_by_John_Landis

47. Michel Gondry

Director | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band ...

Latest directed music video: 2016 | City Lights - The White Stripes

https://twitter.com/michelgondry

Latest directed music video: 2018 | I Love It - Kanye West

https://www.instagram.com/amandukah

49. Zia Anger

Director | I Remember Nothing

Zia Anger is a director and producer, known for I Remember Nothing (2015), Always All Ways, Anne Marie and Notes on an Appearance (2018).

Latest directed music video: 2018 | Fallingwater - Maggie Rogers

https://www.instagram.com/zfoa/

http://www.martiniliev.com/

51. Dan Kwan

Director | Swiss Army Man

Dan Kwan is a director and actor, known for Swiss Army Man (2016), DJ Snake and Lil Jon: Turn Down for What (2014) and Untitled Daniels Project.

https://www.instagram.com/dunkwun/

52. Hiro Murai

Director | Atlanta

Hiro Murai is a director and producer, known for Atlanta (2016), Childish Gambino: Sober (2015) and Childish Gambino: This Is America (2018).

Latest directed music video: 2018 | This Is America - Childish Gambino

https://www.instagram.com/muraihiro



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