Top Directors per Countryby BaalMan78 | created - 21 Aug 2016 | updated - 23 Aug 2016 | Public
only living directors
Director | Filme de amor
Júlio Bressane was born on February 13, 1946 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a director and writer.
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).
3. Pablo Stoll
Writer | 25 Watts
Born in Montevideo in 1974.
He studied social communication in the Catholic university of Uruguay where he started directing shorts movies. There he also met Juan Pablo Rebella, his partner as a writer and director in all his movies.
After finishing their degree, he started working in commercials and...
Producer | El Club
Born in Santiago in 1976, Pablo Larraín is, along with Sebastián Lelio, Chile's greatest movie director as well as a major producer (through his Fabula company). Not for the weak-hearted, his films are straightforward, generally aggressive and interspersed with violence. They paint a hard-hitting ...
5. Paz Encina
Director | Hamaca paraguaya
Director | Yawar Mallku
Sanjines made his first feature film, And So It Is (1966), under the auspices of the Bolivian Film Institute, of which he was named director in 1965. A landmark in the history of Bolivian cinema, Ukamau is a sympathetic depiction of the social problems of the Andean peasantry shot exclusively in ...
Producer | Bajo la piel
Francisco J. Lombardi was born on August 3, 1947 in Tacna, Peru. He is a producer and director, known for Under the Skin (1996), Red Ink (2000) and Caídos del cielo (1990). He is married to Tatiana Astengo.
9. Ciro Guerra
Director | El abrazo de la serpiente
Director | Maroa
11. Luis Argueta
Director | Collect Call
12. Fernando Pérez
Director | La vida es silbar
13. Jacobo Morales
Actor | Bananas
Jacobo Morales burst onto the entertainment industry at the age of fourteen and soon after, developed his writing skills in television and with La criada malcriada (1965). The first film he directed, ...And God Created Them (1979), is recognized as the marking point where Puerto Rico's film ...
14. Carlos Reygadas
Director | Stellet Licht
Carlos Reygadas was born on October 10, 1971 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Carlos Reygadas Castillo.
15. 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 ...
16. Denys Arcand
Writer | Les invasions barbares
One of Québec's most politically aware filmmakers, Denys Arcand studied history at Université de Montréal, where he co-directed Alone or with Others (1962) with Denis Héroux and co-written with Stéphane Venne. He joined the National Film Board (NFB) in 1963, where his feature-length documentary on ...
17. Pedro Costa
Director | Cavalo Dinheiro
18. Pedro Almodóvar
Writer | Hable con ella
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...
19. Jean-Luc Godard
Director | À bout de souffle
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...
Writer | The Last Emperor
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films were known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed La Commare Secca (...
21. Mike Leigh
Director | Happy-Go-Lucky
Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Another Year (2010). He was previously married to Alison Steadman.
22. Neil Jordan
Writer | The Crying Game
Neil Jordan was born on February 25, 1950 in Sligo, Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for The Crying Game (1992), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and Michael Collins (1996). He has been married to Brenda Rawn since June 30, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Vivienne ...
23. Agnès Varda
Director | Sans toit ni loi
Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She was a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Faces Places (2017) and Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962). She was married to Jacques Demy. She died on March 29, 2019 in Paris, France.
24. Marleen Gorris
Director | Antonia
Marleen Gorris was born on December 9, 1948 in Roermond, Limburg, Netherlands. She is a director and writer, known for Antonia's Line (1995), Gebroken spiegels (1984) and A Question of Silence (1982).
25. 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 ...
26. Joachim Trier
Director | Louder Than Bombs
Joachim Trier is a Norwegian writer and director. He is known for Reprise (2006), Oslo, August 31st (2011), Louder Than Bombs (2015) and Thelma (2017).
Trier also directed three short films, Pietà (2000), Still (2001) and Procter (2002).
His father, Jacob Trier, was the sound technician of The ...
27. Roy Andersson
Director | Sånger från andra våningen
Roy Andersson was born on March 31, 1943 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Roy Arne Lennart Andersson. He is a director and writer, known for Songs from the Second Floor (2000), A Swedish Love Story (1970) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014).
28. Aki Kaurismäki
Producer | Le Havre
Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965)) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific ...
Producer | Englar alheimsins
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson started his film making carrier with a series of experimental films and documentaries in the early 1980s. In 1987, he founded The Icelandic Film Corporation, which has become Iceland's most important production company, producing Fridrikssons films as well as working with ...
30. Wim Wenders
Director | Der Himmel über Berlin
Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...
31. Michael Haneke
Writer | Caché
A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world ...
32. Alain Tanner
Director | Le retour d'Afrique
Alain Tanner was born on December 6, 1929 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. He is a director and writer, known for Return from Africa (1973), In the White City (1983) and The Salamander (1971). He has been married to Janine Giudici since 1964.
Actor | The Avengers
Born in Lódz, Poland, in 1938. Director, playwright, scriptwriter, and actor. Graduated in ethnology, literature and history from Warsaw University in 1959. Graduated from Lódz Film Academy in directing in 1962. Feature debut: _Identification Marks - None_ (Rysopis, 1964, scr., dir, act.), awarded ...
34. Jirí Menzel
Director | Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále
Jirí Menzel was born on February 23, 1938 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is an actor and director, known for I Served the King of England (2006), Closely Watched Trains (1966) and Larks on a String (1990). He has been married to Olga Menzelová-Kelymanová since 2004.
35. Juraj Jakubisko
Director | Kristove roky
Juraj Jakubisko was born on April 30, 1938 in Kojsov, Czechoslovakia. He is a director and writer, known for Kristove roky (1967), An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World (1997) and Bathory: Countess of Blood (2008). He is married to Deana Horváthová.
36. Béla Tarr
Producer | Werckmeister harmóniák
Béla Tarr was born on July 21, 1955 in Pécs, Hungary. He is a producer and director, known for Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), The Turin Horse (2011) and Damnation (1988). He is married to Ágnes Hranitzky.
37. Cristian Mungiu
Producer | 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile
38. Emir Kusturica
Director | Underground
A Serbian film director. Born in 1954 in Sarajevo. Graduated in film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague in 1978. During his studies, he was awarded several times for his short movies including Guernica (1978), which took first prize at the Student's Film ...
39. Dalibor Matanic
Director | Zvizdan
Dalibor Matanic was born on January 21, 1975 in Zagreb, Croatia. He is a director and writer, known for The High Sun (2015), The Paper (2016) and Fine Dead Girls (2002). He has been married to Helena Minic since December 6, 2014. They have two children.
40. Jasmila Zbanic
Director | Grbavica
Jasmila Zbanic was born on December 19, 1974 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. She is a director and writer, known for Esma's Secret - Grbavica (2006), On the Path (2010) and For Those Who Can Tell No Tales (2013).
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Director | Pred dozhdot
Milcho Manchevski is a New York-based Macedonian-born film director, writer, photographer and artist. His Academy-award nominated film Before the Rain(1994) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, FIPRESCI and Independent Spirit, along with 30 other awards. The New York Times included it ...
42. 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,...
Director | Russkiy kovcheg
He was born with a disability because of an anatomic defect of his leg, in 1951 in Podorvikha village in Siberian Russia. His father was a Red Army veteran of WW2. One of most important contemporary filmmakers, Sokurov worked extensively in television and later graduated from the prestigious film ...
44. Kira Muratova
Director | Nastroyshchik
Kira Muratova was born on November 5, 1934 in Soroca, Romania as Kira Georgiyevna Korotkova. She was a director and writer, known for The Tuner (2004), Second Class Citizens (2001) and Melody for a Street Organ (2009). She was married to Yevgeni Golubenko and Aleksandr Muratov. She died on June 6, ...
Director | Mer dare
Creator of the "distange montage," Artavazd Peleshian, one of the key Soviet documentarians, removed the boundaries of feature and documentary films, editing both sequences as a real poetical unity. His "distange montage" was a new step in the development of film editing. Even his student works (...
46. Otar Iosseliani
Director | La chasse aux papillons
Otar Iosseliani was born on February 2, 1934 in Tiflis, Transcaucasian SFSR, USSR as Otare Davidovich Ioseliani. He is a director and writer, known for La chasse aux papillons (1992), Winter Song (2015) and And Then There Was Light (1989).
Director | Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da
Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul on January 26th, 1959. In 1976, he began studying chemical engineering at Istanbul Technical University, in a context of strong student unrest, boycotts and political polarization. In 1978, he switched courses to Electrical Engineering at Bogazici University. ...
48. Amos Gitai
Director | Rabin, the Last Day
Born in Haifa in 1950, as the second son of architect Munio Weinraub and former Sionist activist Efratia Margalit. On the year of his birth, his parents changed the family name to "Gitai", which is the Hebrew translation of the German name "Weinraub". While he was a student in architecture, Amos ...
49. Elia Suleiman
Director | Yadon ilaheyya
Elia Suleiman was born on July 28, 1960 in Nazareth, Israel. He is a director and writer, known for Divine Intervention (2002), The Time That Remains (2009) and Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996). He is married to Yasmine Hamdan.
50. Nadine Labaki
Actress | Et maintenant on va où?
Nadine Labaki was born on February 18, 1974 in Beirut, Lebanon. She is an actress and writer, known for Where Do We Go Now? (2011), Caramel (2007) and Capernaum (2018). She has been married to Khaled Mouzanar since October 2007.
Director | Wadjda
Haifaa Al Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of the most significant cinematic figures in the Kingdom. She finished her bachelor's degree in Literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master's degree in Directing and Film Studies from ...
Producer | Syn Babilonu
53. Bahman Ghobadi
Director | Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand
Bahman Ghobadi was born in 1969 in Baneh, in the province of Iranian Kurdistan, near the Iran-Iraq border. Shortly after graduating from the National Audiovisual School, he made his first short, immediately acclaimed by the local critics. One of these short films, "Life in Fog" (1999) is even ...
54. Siddiq Barmak
Writer | Osama
Date of Birth: September 7, 1962
Growing up in Afghanistan, Siddiq Barmak dreamed of being a cinema projectionist, but he eventually realized that he wanted to have a more hands-on role in filmmaking, and in 1987, he got his masters in film direction.In 1988, he made his first documentary short film...
Director | Ayka
Sergei Dvortsevoy was born on August 18, 1962 in Chimkent, Chimkent Oblast, Kazakh SSR, USSR as Sergey Vladimirovich Dvortsevoy. He is a director and writer, known for Ayka (2018), Tulpan (2008) and Paradise (1995).
Writer | Swades: We, the People
His passion for cinema immediately draws your attention, making you realize that Ashutosh Gowariker would not have been anywhere except behind the camera, however tempting the choice. An actor who took to film direction after almost a decade in front of the camera, Ashutosh has acted in Hindi films...
Director | Loong Boonmee raleuk chat
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the ...
58. Anh Hung Tran
Director | Mùi du du xanh
Anh Hung Tran was born on December 23, 1962 in Danan, Vietnam. He is a director and writer, known for The Scent of Green Papaya (1993), Norwegian Wood (2010) and Cyclo (1995). He is married to Nu Yên-Khê Tran.
59. Rithy Panh
Director | L'image manquante
Rithy Panh was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on the 18th april 1964. He is today one of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers and the most famous Cambodian filmmaker worldwide. After 1975 his family died through the genocidal Khmer Rouge government (1975-1979) while he could escape in 1979 to ...
60. Royston Tan
Director | 15: The Movie
Director | Kaleldo
62. Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Director | Ci ke Nie Yin Niang
Of the ten films that Hsiao-Hsien Hou directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film or best director awards from prestigious international films festivals in Venice, Berlin, Hawaii, and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes. In a 1988 worldwide critics' poll, Hou was championed ...
63. Kar-Wai Wong
Writer | Yi dai zong shi
Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong ...
64. Zhangke Jia
Director | Tian zhu ding
Zhangke Jia was born on May 24, 1970 in Fenyang, Shanxi, China. He is a director and producer, known for A Touch of Sin (2013), Mountains May Depart (2015) and Still Life (2006). He has been married to Tao Zhao since January 7, 2012.
Director | Die Höhle des gelben Hundes
Byambasuren Davaa was born in 1971 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. She is a director and writer, known for The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005), The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003) and The Two Horses of Genghis Khan (2009).
66. Chan-wook Park
Director | Ah-ga-ssi
67. Takeshi Kitano
Actor | Zatôichi
Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw ...
68. Peter Weir
Peter Weir was born on August 21, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Lindsay Weir. He is a director and writer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Witness (1985) and The Truman Show (1998). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They have two...
69. Jane Campion
Writer | The Piano
Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early...
Director | Rih al awras
Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina was born on February 26, 1934 in M'sila, Algeria. He is a director and writer, known for The Winds of the Aures (1966), Chronicle of the Years of Fire (1975) and Sandstorm (1982).
71. Nabil Ayouch
Producer | Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue
Nabil Ayouch was born April 1st 1969 in Paris. He works and lives in Casablanca. In 1997, Nabil Ayouch directed his first feature film, MEKTOUB which, like ALI ZAOUA (2000) represented Morocco at the Oscars. Next came UNE MINUTE DE SOLEIL EN MOINS (2003) and WHATEVER LOLA WANTS (2008), produced by ...
72. Férid Boughedir
Director | Asfour Stah
Férid Boughedir was born in 1944 in Tunis, French Protectorate of Tunisia. He is a director and writer, known for Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces (1990), Parfum de printemps (2016) and A Summer in La Goulette (1996).
73. Khairy Beshara
Director | Moondog
He was born on June 30, 1947 in Tanta, Egypt when his mother was going to visit some relatives in this Delta town north of Cairo. He lived until he was five years old in the countryside as the eldest of four siblings. The family had to move to Cairo for school and He grew up in the popular ...
74. Souleymane Cissé
Director | Yeelen
Director | Timbuktu
Director | Daratt
77. Moussa Touré
Director | TGV
Born in 1958 in Sénégal, Moussa Touré starts working early for the cinema. Debuting as a technician he soon turns to direction, with a first short in 1987 and a first feature in 1991, the multi-awarded Toubab Bi (1991). As of 1987 he creates his own production firm "Les Films du Crocodile" through ...
78. Flora Gomes
Director | Nha fala
Flora Gomes was born on December 31, 1949 in Cadique, Guinea-Bissau as Florentino Gomes. He is a director and writer, known for My Voice My Voice (2002), The Blue Eyes of Yonta (1992) and Mortu Nega (1988).
Director | Tilaï
Idrissa Ouedraogo was born on January 21, 1954 in Banfora, Upper Volta. He was a director and writer, known for The Law (1990), Yaaba (1989) and Samba Traoré (1992). He died on February 18, 2018 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.