Favorite Directors

by max-schwarz23 | created - 11 Jul 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

List of my favorite filmmakers

1. 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...

  • The Master
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Phantom Thread
  • Boogie Nights
  • Magnolia
  • Hard Eight
  • Inherent Vice

2. Andrei Tarkovsky

Writer | Solyaris

The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood (1962), which ...

  • Solaris
  • Stalker
  • The Mirror
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • Sacrifice
  • Andrei Rublev

3. 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 ...

  • The Shining
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Paths of Glory
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Spartacus
  • Barry Lyndon

4. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...

  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • The Conversation

5. 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), ...

  • Prisoners
  • Arrival
  • Enemy
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Sicario
  • Polytechnique

6. Michelangelo Antonioni

Writer | Blowup

Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema"...

  • Red Desert
  • La Notte
  • L'Avventura

7. Lynne Ramsay

Director | You Were Never Really Here

Lynne Ramsay was born on December 5, 1969 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a director and writer, known for You Were Never Really Here (2017), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and Morvern Callar (2002). She was previously married to Rory Stewart Kinnear.

  • Gasman
  • Ratcatcher
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Small Deaths
  • Swimmer
  • Morvern Callar
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Kill the Day

8. 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 ...

  • Goodfellas
  • The Departed
  • Shutter Island
  • Mean Streets
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Silence
  • Raging Bull
  • Casino
  • Taxi Driver
  • Hugo
  • Gangs of New York

9. 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...

  • Pulp Fiction
  • Django Unchained
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Inglorious Bastards
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2
  • Jackie Brown
  • Death Proof

10. 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.

...

  • The Dark Knight
  • Interstellar
  • Inception
  • Memento
  • Dunkirk
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Prestige
  • Batman Begins
  • Following
  • Insomnia

11. 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.

  • No Country for Old Men
  • Fargo
  • Barton Fink
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Raising Arizona
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Miller's Crossing

12. 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.

  • Dead Man
  • Paterson
  • Down By Law
  • Night on Earth
  • Coffee & Cigarettes
  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Gimme Danger

13. 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 ...

  • The Revenant
  • Birdman
  • Babel
  • Amores Perros
  • Biutiful
  • 21 Grams

14. Derek Cianfrance

Director | Blue Valentine

Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied (1998), won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best...

  • Blue Valentine
  • The Place Beyond the Pines

15. 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.

  • Hunger
  • 12 Years A Slave
  • Shame
  • Widows

16. 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, ...

  • Schindler's List
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Jaws
  • Jurassic Park
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

17. Damien Chazelle

Writer | La La Land

Damien Sayre Chazelle is an American director and screenwriter. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother, Celia Sayre (Martin) Chazelle, is an American-Canadian writer and professor of history at The College of New Jersey. His father, Bernard Chazelle, is a French-American Eugene Higgins...

  • First Man
  • La La Land
  • Whiplash

18. Yorgos Lanthimos

Director | The Lobster

Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied directing for Film and Television at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theater plays. Kinetta,...

  • The Lobster
  • The Favourite
  • Dogtooth
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

19. Terrence Malick

Writer | Days of Heaven

Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...

  • Knight of Cups
  • Badlands
  • Tree of Life
  • Song to Song
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Days of Heaven

20. David Lynch

Writer | Twin Peaks

Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future ...

  • Mulholland Drive
  • Twin Peaks
  • Crazy at Heart
  • Eraserhead
  • Inland Empire
  • Blue Velvet

21. Jordan Peele

Writer | Get Out

Jordan Haworth Peele attended Sarah Lawrence College as a member of the class of 2001. His mother is white and his father is black. Jordan is married to comedian Chelsea Peretti, with whom he has a son.

He is known for co-writing and starring in the comedy Keanu (2016), opposite his close friend ...

  • Get Out
  • Us

22. 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...

  • Fight Club
  • The Social Network
  • Gone Girl
  • Se7en
  • Zodiac
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

23. 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 ...

  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • For a Few Dollars More
  • Fistful of Dollars

24. 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 ...

  • Adaptation.
  • Her
  • Welcome Home (short)
  • Being John Malkovich

25. Ingmar Bergman

Writer | Smultronstället

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (1996) is the ...

  • Cries and Whispers
  • Persona
  • The Silence
  • The Seventh Seal

26. 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 ...

  • Requiem for a Dream
  • mother!
  • Black Swan

27. Xavier Dolan

Actor | Tom à la ferme

Xavier Dolan was born on March 20, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Xavier Dolan-Tadros. He is an actor and writer, known for Tom at the Farm (2013), I Killed My Mother (2009) and Heartbeats (2010).

  • Tom at the Farm
  • It's Only the End of the World
  • Mommy

28. Andrea Arnold

Director | American Honey

Andrea Arnold was born on April 5, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, England as Andrea P. Arnold. She is an actress and director, known for American Honey (2016), Fish Tank (2009) and Red Road (2006).

  • Wasp
  • American Honey
  • Milk

29. Werner Herzog

Director | Fitzcarraldo

Director. Writer. Producer. Actor. Poet. He studied history, literature and theatre for some time, but didn't finish it and founded instead his own film production company in 1963. Later in his life, Herzog also staged several operas in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has...

  • Grizzly Man
  • Aguirre, Wrath of God
  • Encounters at the End of the World

30. Alfred Hitchcock

Director | Psycho

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and ...

  • Vertigo
  • Psycho
  • Rear Window
  • Notorious
  • North by Northwest

31. Tom Ford

Director | A Single Man

Tom Ford is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He gained fame as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2006, Ford launched his own "Tom Ford" label.

Ford directed the films A Single Man (2009) and Nocturnal Animals (2016), both films were...

  • Nocturnal Animals
  • A Single Man

32. 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 ...

  • Network
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Serpico
  • Murder on the Orient Express

33. John Cassavetes

Actor | Love Streams

John Cassavetes was a Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter. He is considered a pioneer of American independent film, as he often financed his own films.

Cassavetes was born in New York City in 1929, to Nicholas John Cassavetes and his wife Katherine Demetre (1906-1983). Nicholas was...

  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Love Streams
  • Gloria

34. Rian Johnson

Director | Looper

Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film Brick (2005) was released in 2005 and was ...

  • Brick
  • Looper
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

35. Bennett Miller

Director | Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller is an American film director, best known for Capote (2005), Moneyball (2011), and Foxcatcher (2014). He began his film career directing the 1998 documentary The Cruise.

In 2006 Miller directed the Bob Dylan music video "When the Deal Goes Down" starring Scarlett Johansson.

Miller has ...

  • Foxcatcher
  • Moneyball
  • Capote

36. Sean Baker

Writer | The Florida Project

Sean Baker is a writer/director known for the Spirit Award nominated films Take Out (2004), Prince of Broadway (2008) and Starlet (2012) (winner of the Robert Altman Spirit Award). His latest film Tangerine (2015) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Magnolia Pictures in ...

  • The Florida Project
  • Tangerine

37. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an ...

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Rushmore
  • Bottle Rocket
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou



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