Directing Gish

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1. D.W. Griffith

Director | The Birth of a Nation

David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War veteran. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually shape his movies. In 1897 ...

Judith of Bethulia (1914) The Battle of the Sexes (1914) Home, Sweet Home (1914) The Birth of a Nation (1915) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) Hearts of the World (1918) The Great Love (1918) The Greatest Thing in Life (1918) A Romance of Happy Valley (1919) Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919) True Heart Susie (1919) The Greatest Question (1919) Way Down East (1920) Orphans of the Storm (1921)

2. Paul Powell

Director | The Crimson Challenge

Paul Powell was born on September 6, 1881 in Peoria, Illinois, USA as Paul Mahlon Powell. He was a director and writer, known for The Crimson Challenge (1922), The Blinding Trail (1919) and Her Market Value (1925). He was married to Valerie McDonald. He died on July 2, 1944 in Pasadena, California,...

The Lily and the Rose (1915)

3. Christy Cabanne

Director | The Great Secret

Christy Cabanne was, along with Sam Newfield and William Beaudine, one of the most prolific directors in the history of American films.

Cabanne spent several years in the navy, leaving the service in 1908. He decided on a career in the theater, and became a director as well as an actor. Although ...

Daphne and the Pirate (1916) Sold for Marriage (1916) Diane of the Follies (1916)

4. Allan Dwan

Director | A Perfect Crime

Allan Dwan was born on April 3, 1885 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Joseph Aloysius Dwan. He was a director and writer, known for A Perfect Crime (1921), Bound in Morocco (1918) and A Broken Doll (1921). He was married to Marie Shelton and Pauline Bush. He died on December 28, 1981 in Woodland ...

An Innocent Magdalene (1916)

5. Lloyd Ingraham

Actor | Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Lloyd Ingraham was born on November 30, 1874 in Rochelle, Illinois, USA as Lloyd Chauncey Ingraham. He was an actor and director, known for Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916), At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern (1922) and Don Mike (1927). He was married to Maude May Plopper. He ...

The Children Pay (1916)

The House Built Upon Sand (1916)

7. John B. O'Brien

Director | Destiny's Toy

John B. O'Brien was born on December 13, 1884 in Roanoke, Virginia, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Destiny's Toy (1916), Father Tom (1921) and Bab's Diary (1917). He died on August 15, 1936 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Souls Triumphant

8. Henry King

Director | The Song of Bernadette

For more than three decades, Henry King was the most versatile and reliable (not to mention hard-working) contract director on the 20th Century-Fox lot. His tenure lasted from 1930 to 1961, spanning most of Hollywood's "golden" era. King was renowned as a specialist in literary adaptations (A Bell ...

The White Sister (1923) Romola (1924)

9. Fred Niblo

The Artist

Fred Niblo entered films in 1917 after two decades as a touring actor in vaudeville and one-time manager of 'The Four Cohans' (he married Josephine Cohan, the sister of George M. Cohan). He made his film debut with two early Australian silent films in 1916. He worked for Thomas H. Ince from 1917 as ...

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) The Enemy (1927)

10. King Vidor

Director | Hallelujah

King Vidor was an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter of Hungarian descent. He was born in Galveston, Texas to lumberman Charles Shelton Vidor and his wife Kate Wallis. King's paternal grandfather Károly (Charles) Vidor had fled Hungary as a refugee following the failed ...

La Bohème (1926) Duel in the Sun (1946)

11. Victor Sjöström

Actor | Smultronstället

Victor Sjöström was born on September 20, 1879, and is the undisputed father of Swedish film, ranking as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of ...

The Scarlet Letter (1926) The Wind (1928)

12. John S. Robertson

Director | The Girl of Today

John S. Robertson was born on June 14, 1878 in London, Ontario, Canada as John Stuart Robertson. He was a director and actor, known for The Girl of Today (1918), The Fighting Blade (1923) and The Road to Romance (1927). He was married to Josephine Lovett. He died on November 5, 1964 in Escondido, ...

Annie Laurie (1927)

13. Paul L. Stein

Director | Blossom Time

Paul L. Stein was born on February 4, 1892 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Paul Ludwig Stein. He was a director and writer, known for April Blossoms (1934), Das Martyrium (1920) and Tagebuch meiner Frau (1920). He was married to Olga Schroeder Devrient. He died on May 2, 1951 in London, England.

One Romantic Night (1930)

14. Arthur Hopkins

Writer | His Double Life

Playwright, stage producer and director.

His Double Life (1933)

15. John Farrow

Writer | Around the World in 80 Days

John Farrow wrote short stories and plays during his four-year career in the navy. In the late 1920s he came to Hollywood as a technical advisor for a film about Marines and stayed as a screenwriter, from A Sailor's Sweetheart (1927) through Tarzan Escapes (1936). He married Tarzan's Jane, Maureen ...

Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)

16. Charles Lamont

Director | Cipher Bureau

One of the more prolific American directors, Charles Lamont entered films as an actor in 1919 and became a director in 1922. He churned out numerous one- and two-reel comedies for various producers, including Mack Sennett and Al Christie, and began directing features in the mid-'30s. Lamont was a ...

Top Man (1943)

17. John Berry

Director | Ça va barder

John Berry was born on September 6, 1917 in New York City, New York, USA as Jak Szold. He was a director and writer, known for Ça va barder (1955), Mistress of Suspense (1990) and The Great Chase (1968). He was married to Myriam Boyer and Gladys Cole. He died on November 29, 1999 in Paris, ...

Miss Susie Slagle's (1946)

18. William Dieterle

Actor | Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage

Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Wilhelm Dieterle was the youngest of nine children of parents Jacob and Berthe Dieterle. They lived in poverty, and when he was old enough to work, young Wilhelm earned money as a carpenter and a scrap dealer. He dreamed of better things, though, and theater caught ...

Portrait of Jennie (1948)

19. Vincente Minnelli

Director | An American in Paris

Born Lester Anthony Minnelli in Chicago on February 28 1903, his father Vincent was a musical conductor of the Minnelli Brothers' Tent Theater. Wanting to pursue an artistic career, Minelli worked in the costume department of the Chicago Theater, then on Broadway during the depression as a set ...

The Cobweb (1955)

20. Charles Laughton

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent, respectively. He was educated at Stonyhurst (a highly esteemed Jesuit college in England) and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). ...

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

21. Anthony Asquith

Director | The Browning Version

British film director Anthony Asquith was born on November 9, 1902, to H.H. Asquith, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and his second wife. A former home secretary and the future leader of the Liberal Party, H.H. Asquith served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1908-1916 and was ...

Orders to Kill (1958)

22. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...

The Unforgiven (1960)

23. Norman Tokar

Director | The Cat from Outer Space

Performed on Broadway from 1939-1942.

Follow Me, Boys! (1966)

24. Buzz Kulik

Director | To Find a Man

After service in World War II, New York-born Buzz Kulik joined an advertising agency as a producer-director of TV commercials. After a few years he left the agency and became a television director during the period known as "The Golden Age of Television"; Kulik directed many episodes of such highly...

Warning Shot (1967)

25. Peter Glenville

Director | Term of Trial

A talented actor and distinguished stage director, Peter Glenville was the son of Shaun Glenville, the British music hall artist and noted pantomime dame. Born in London Glenville was educated at the Jesuit's Stonyhurst College where he appeared in a production of Hamlet in the 1930s where he was ...

The Comedians (1967)

26. Robert Altman

Director | Gosford Park

Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...

A Wedding (1978)

27. Roy Watts

Editorial_department | Stargate

Hambone and Hillie (1983)

28. Alan Alda

Actor | M*A*S*H

Alan Alda was born on January 28, 1936 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo. He is known for his work on M*A*S*H (1972), The Four Seasons (1981) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). He has been married to Arlene Alda since March 15, 1957. They have three children.

Sweet Liberty (1986)

29. Lindsay Anderson

Director | If....

Lindsay Anderson was born on April 17, 1923 in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India as Lindsay Gordon Anderson. He was a director and actor, known for If.... (1968), Britannia Hospital (1982) and This Sporting Life (1963). He died on August 30, 1994 in Angoulême, Charente, France.

The Whales of August (1987)



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