Bottom 50 directors

by messiahtool | created - 09 Dec 2015 | updated - 09 Dec 2015 | Public

My 50 directors - from which I've seen at least three movies - that I find the worst.

1. Simon Wincer

Director | The Phantom

Simon Wincer was born in 1943 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is a director and assistant director, known for The Phantom (1996), Harlequin (1980) and Lonesome Dove (1989).

2. Lasse Spang Olsen

Stunts | I Kina spiser de hunde

Lasse Spang Olsen was born on April 23, 1965 in Denmark. He is known for his work on In China They Eat Dogs (1999), Old Men in New Cars: In China They Eat Dogs II (2002) and The Collector (2004). He was previously married to Josephine Bergsøe.

3. Raja Gosnell

Director | Never Been Kissed

Raja Gosnell started his film career as an assistant editor in the late 1970s. His first credit as a film's main editor was the romantic comedy "The Lonely Guy" (1984), for director Arthur Hiller. During the 1980s, Gosnell served as editor in films directed by Tom Laughlin, David Worth, Bob Dahlin,...

4. Brian Robbins

Producer | Norbit

Brian Robbins was born on November 22, 1963 in Marine Park, Brooklyn, New York, USA as Brian Levine. He is a producer and actor, known for Norbit (2007), Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (1997) and Coach Carter (2005). He has been married to Tracy James since October 7, 2012. They have one ...

5. Robert Rodriguez

Producer | El mariachi

Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent.

Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York (1981), none ...

6. 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 ...

7. Rob Cohen

Director | DragonHeart

Rob Cohen is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. One of the 1970's "baby moguls", he built a thriving career as a producer, before concentrating full time on directing from the 1990's, with high adrenaline action blockbusters such as xXx (2002) and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (...

8. Brian Smith

Director | Masterchef

Brian Smith is a director and producer, known for Masterchef (2010), S.T.R.O.N.G. (2016) and 4th and Long (2009).

9. Alice O'Fredericks

Director | Week-end

Alice O'Fredericks was born on September 8, 1900 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Alice Otha Frederiksen. She was a director and writer, known for Week-end (1935), Blaavand melder Storm (1938) and Smil og Taare (1923). She was married to Oskar Klintholm. She died on February 18, 1968 ...

10. Jim Kammerud

Animation_department | 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure

Jim Kammerud was born on July 23, 1960 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Marshall James Kammerud. He is known for his work on 101 Dalmatians 2: Patch's London Adventure (2002), Epic (2013) and Space Jam (1996). He has been married to Jane Haskins since June 6, 2006. He was previously married to Carol D. ...

11. 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...

12. Peter Flinth

Director | Arn: Tempelriddaren

Peter Flinth was born on 7 November 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was admitted to the National Film School of Denmark and in the same time worked as an assistant director on a number of Danish feature films, including most notably Academy Award-nominated Dance of the Polar Bears and Ole ...

14. Annette K. Olesen

Writer | Forbrydelser

Annette K. Olesen was born on November 20, 1965 in Denmark. She is a director and writer, known for In Your Hands (2004), Minor Mishaps (2002) and Little Soldier (2008).

15. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teen years. ...

16. Darrell Rooney

Writer | Aladdin

Darrell Rooney is known for his work on Aladdin (1992), TRON (1982) and Beauty and the Beast (1991).

17. Rob Letterman

Director | Monsters vs. Aliens

Rob Letterman is a director and writer, known for Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) and Shark Tale (2004).

18. Ole Christian Madsen

Director | Flammen & Citronen

Ole Christian "OC" Madsen is from the "Golden Year" of the Danish Filmschool, including director's like Thomas Vinterberg and Per Fly. Ole Christian Madsen started out directing television series, but moved on to his first feature Sinans Wedding in 1997, followed by highly acclaimed second feature ...

19. 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...

20. Hella Joof

Director | En kort en lang

Hella Joof was born on November 1, 1962 in Birkerød, Denmark. She is an actress and director, known for Shake It (2001), Bullerfnis (1990) and Se min kjole (2009). She has been married to Henrik Jepsen since 2012. She was previously married to Runi Lewerissa.

21. Rasmus Heide

Director | Blå mænd

Rasmus Heide is a director and writer, known for Take the Trash (2008), Three Heists and a Hamster (2017) and All for Two (2013).

22. Ben Stiller

Producer | Tropic Thunder

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish Catholic descent (she converted to Judaism).

His parents made no real ...

23. Frank Coraci

Director | The Wedding Singer

Frank Coraci is an American film Director, Writer and Actor best know for his work with Adam Sandler.

Coraci was born in Shirley, New York on Long Island. Coraci graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Film. He has directed a number of ...

24. Tomas Villum Jensen

Director | Min søsters børn

Tomas Villum Jensen was born on April 12, 1971 in Denmark. He is an actor and director, known for My Sister's Kids (2001), Ernst & lyset (1996) and My Sisters Kids in the Snow (2002). He has been married to Maria Montell since January 2006. They have two children.

25. Stefan Fjeldmark

Director | Terkel i knibe

Stefan Fjeldmark was born on January 6, 1964 as Stefan Alvaro Fjeldmark. He is known for his work on Terkel in Trouble (2004), A Fish Tale (2000) and When Life Departs (1997).

26. Garry Marshall

Director | Pretty Woman

Garry Marshall was born on November 13, 1934 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Garry Kent Maschiarelli. He was a writer and producer, known for Pretty Woman (1990), The Princess Diaries (2001) and Happy Days (1974). He was married to Barbara Marshall. He died on July 19, 2016 in Los ...

27. Jay Roach

Director | Trumbo

Jay Roach was born on June 14, 1957 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA as Mathew Jay Roach. He is a producer and director, known for Trumbo (2015), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and Blown Away (1994). He has been married to Susanna Hoffs since April 17, 1993. They have two ...

28. Jon Turteltaub

Director | Cool Runnings

Jon Turteltaub was born on August 8, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA as Jonathan Charles Turteltaub. He is a producer and director, known for Cool Runnings (1993), While You Were Sleeping (1995) and Phenomenon (1996). He has been married to Amy Eldon since July 6, 2006. They have three ...

29. Søren Kragh-Jacobsen

Writer | Mifunes sidste sang

Søren Kragh-Jacobsen was born on 2 March 1947 in Copenhagen, Denmark and is one of the country's most respected directors and co-inventor of the "dogme95" project. After becoming a popular musician, he attended film school in Prague and returned to his home country where he made his first feature ...

30. Shawn Levy

Producer | Arrival

Shawn Levy was born on July 23, 1968 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Stranger Things (2016), Real Steel (2011), and the Night at the Museum franchise. He is the founder and principal of 21 Laps Entertainment. He is married to Serena Levy and they have four ...

31. 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 ...

32. Zack Snyder

Director | 300

Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and ...

33. 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.

34. John Glen

Director | Octopussy

John Glen was born on May 15, 1932 in Sunbury-on-Thames, England. He is an editor and assistant director, known for Octopussy (1983), Licence to Kill (1989) and For Your Eyes Only (1981).

35. Lewis Gilbert

Director | Alfie

Lewis Gilbert was a British film director, producer and screenwriter best known for Alfie (1966), as well as three James Bond films: You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).

He also directed Reach for the Sky (1956), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), Educating Rita (...

36. Simon Wells

Director | The Time Machine

Simon Wells was born in 1961. He is known for his work on The Time Machine (2002), The Prince of Egypt (1998) and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002). He is married to Wendy Wells. They have two children.

37. Tom McGrath

Writer | Madagascar

Born on August 7, 1964. Hometown is Lynnwood, Washington. Most popular as Skipper of Madagascar movies & the TV show, Penguins Of Madagascar & was a voice actor for Shrek 3 as Gary, Monsters vs Aliens as Wilson, Megamind as Lord Scott, & a bit part in Puss In Boots as a bar thief as well as being a...

38. Gary Goldman

Producer | Anastasia

When Gary Goldman met Don Bluth at Walt Disney Studios in 1972, they formed an instant friendship, soon realizing that they both shared the desire of restoring the heritage of classical animation to today's animated films, their friendship eventually turned into a creative partnership that has ...

39. Guy Hamilton

Director | Live and Let Die

Typically British stiff-upper-lip war dramas and action adventure laced with moments of sophisticated comedy were Guy Hamilton's trademark. The son of a British diplomat, he spent most of his youth with his family in France, seemingly destined to be groomed for a career in the diplomatic service. ...

40. Kenneth Kainz

Director | The Rain

Kenneth Kainz was born on May 22, 1970 in Helsingør, Denmark. He is a director, known for The Rain (2018), The Shamer's Daughter (2015) and Rene hjerter (2006). He has been married to Kaya Brüel since 1999.

41. Lana Wachowski

Writer | The Matrix

Lana Wachowski and her sister Lilly Wachowski, (also known as 'The Wachowskis') are the duo behind ground-breaking movies such as The Matrix (1999) and Cloud Atlas (2012). Born to mother Lynne, a nurse, and father Ron, a businessman of Polish descent, Wachowski grew up in Chicago and formed a tight...

42. Lilly Wachowski

Writer | The Matrix

Director, writer and producer Lilly Wachowski was born in 1967 in Chicago as Andrew Wachowski, the son of Lynne, a nurse and painter and Ron, a businessman. Lilly was educated at Kellogg Elementary School in Chicago, before moving on to Whitney Young High School. After graduating from high school, ...

43. Ole Bornedal

Writer | Nattevagten

Ole Bornedal was born 1959 in Noerresundby, Denmark. From the time he was fourteen he knew he wanted to become a filmmaker. However, not being able to get into The Danish Film School, he had to create his own career and after a few years of University Studies in Film, he started working for The ...

44. Paul Haggis

Writer | Crash

Paul Haggis established himself over twenty years with an extensive career in television, before his big break into features arrived when he became the first screenwriter to garner two Best Film Academy Awards back-to-back for his scripts: "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, ...

45. Terence Young

Director | Dr. No

Born in Shanghai and Cambridge-educated, Terence Young began in the industry as a scriptwriter. In the 1940s he worked on a variety of subjects, including the hugely popular wartime romance Suicide Squadron (1941), set to Richard Addinsell's rousing "Warsaw Concerto". His original story was devised...

46. Nikolaj Arcel

Writer | En kongelig affære

Nikolaj Arcel was born on August 25, 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a writer and director, known for A Royal Affair (2012), King's Game (2004) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009).

47. 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...

48. Alex Kendrick

Actor | Courageous

Born in Athens, Georgia as the middle of three sons to Larry and Rhonwyn Kendrick. Grew up in Smyrna, GA and graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. Worked as a Christian DJ for two radio stations before attending New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary...

49. Martin Campbell

Director | Casino Royale

Martin Campbell knows how to entertain an audience when he steps behind the camera. When he directed The Mask of Zorro (1998), the movie earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and launched the international careers of Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Next, when he helmed ...



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