Oscar Legends: The Complete Collection

by adog1990 | created - 22 May 2015 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

Rows 1-619: Directors Rows 620-790: Animation Creators Rows 791-1006: Script Writers Rows 1007-1169: Producers Rows 1170-1212: Film Crew/Directors Rows 1213-1322: Acting and Film Makers

Finally for what is not on the list are famous Best Picture or any Best Feature Film nominated film studios and their Academy Award films that they did work on, that are:

* American Zoetrope (American Graffiti, The Godfather Part II, The Conversation, Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope, Apocalypse Now, The Black Stallion, Kagemusha, One from the Heart, The Cotton Club, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Godfather Part III, Dracula, Don Juan DeMarco, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, My Family, Sleepy Hollow, Being John Malkovich, Lost in Translation, Kinsey, The Good Shepherd and Marie Antoinette) * Regency Enterprises (Brazil, Legend, Pretty Woman, JFK, The Mambo Kings, Under Siege, Six Degrees of Separation, The Client, L.A. Confidential, Fight Club, Bridget Jones' Diary, Unfaithful, Fantastic Mr. Fox, 12 Years a Slave, Philomena, Gone Girl, Birdman, The Revenant, The Big Short and Bohemian Rhapsody) * Village Roadshow Pictures (The Matrix, Space Cowboys, Training Day, Mystic River, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Happy Feet, Sherlock Holmes, The Great Gatsby, The Lego Movie, The Judge, American Sniper, Mad Max: Fury Road, Sully, Passengers and Ready Player One) * Alcon Entertainment (The Affair of the Necklace, The Blind Side, Prisoners, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049) * Plan B Entertainment (Troy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Departed, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Tree of Life, Moneyball, 12 Years a Slave, Selma, The Big Short, Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk and Vice) * Legendary Pictures (Batman Begins, Superman Returns, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Town, Interstellar, Unbroken, Steve Jobs, Straight Outta Compton, Carne y Arena, Kong: Skull Island and BlacKkKlansman) * Bold Films (Drive, Whiplash and Nightcrawler) * RatPac-Dune Entertainment (The Devil Wears Prada, Borat, Australia, Crazy Heart, Avatar, 127 Hours, Black Swan, Unstoppable, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Prometheus, Life of Pi, Hitchcock, Lincoln, The Sessions, Gravity, The Lego Movie, The Judge, Inherent Vice, American Sniper, Birdman, Mad Max: Fury Road, Creed, The Revenant, Suicide Squad, Sully, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Kong: Skull Island, Dunkirk, The Disaster Artist and Ready Player One) * Caravan Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment (The Sixth Sense, The Insider, Seabiscuit, Memoirs of a Geisha, Wanted, Star Trek and Invictus) * Imagine Entertainment (Willow, Parenthood, Backdraft, The Paper, Apollo 13, The Nutty Professor, Life, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile, Cinderella Man, American Gangster, Changeling, Frost/Nixon and Solo: A Star Wars Story) * Working Title Films (My Beautiful Laundrette, Wild at Heart, Barton Fink, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Dead Man Walking, Fargo, Elizabeth, Billy Elliot, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Bridget Jones's Diary, The Man Who Wasn't There, About a Boy, Thirteen, Pride & Prejudice, United 93, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Atonement, Frost/Nixon, A Serious Man, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Anna Karenina, Les Misérables, The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl, Hail Caesar!, Baby Driver, Victoria & Abdul, Darkest Hour and Mary Queen of Scots) * Media Rights Capital (Babel, Ted, Foxcatcher and Baby Driver) * Phoenix Pictures (The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Mirror Has Two Faces, The Thin Red Line and Black Swan) * Cross Creek Pictures (Black Swan, The Ides of March, Hacksaw Ridge and Roman J. Israel, Esq.) * Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby) * Relativity Media (Monster House, The Pursuit of Happyness, 3:10 to Yuma, Atonement, American Gangster, Charlie Wilson's War, Wanted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Frost/Nixon, A Serious Man, Nine, The Wolfman, Salt, The Social Network, The Fighter, Bridesmaids, Anonymous, Mirror Mirror, Les Misérables and Beyond the Lights) * Jersey Films (Hoffa, Pulp Fiction, Gattaca, Out of Sight and Erin Brockovich) * Castle Rock Entertainment (When Harry Met Sally..., Misery, City Slickers, A Few Good Men, Mr. Saturday Night, In the Line of Fire, The Shawshank Redemption, The American President, Ghosts of Mississippi, Lone Star, Hamlet (1996), Jackie Brown, The Green Mile, A Mighty Wind, Before Sunset, The Polar Express, Michael Clayton and Before Midnight) * Mandalay Pictures (Donnie Brasco, Sleepy Hollow and The Kids Are All Right) * Malpaso Productions (Paint Your Wagon, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Heartbreak Ridge, Bird, Unforgiven, The Bridges of Madison County, Space Cowboys, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Changeling, Invictus, Hereafter, American Sniper, Sully and A Star Is Born (2018)) * Brooksfilms (The Elephant Man, My Favorite Year, Frances, To Be or Not to Be and The Fly) * Jolie Pas Productions (Unbroken and The Breadwinner) * Scott Rudin Productions (Flatliners, The Addams Family, Searching for Bobby Fischer, The Firm, Addams Family Values, Nobody's Fool, Sabrina, The First Wives Club, Marvin's Room, In & Out, The Truman Show, A Civil Action, South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut, Angela's Ashes, Wonder Boys, The Hours, The Village, Closer, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Queen, Notes on a Scandal, Venus, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Doubt, Revolutionary Road, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Julie & Julia, The Social Network, The Way Back, True Grit, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Moonrise Kingdom, Captain Phillips, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inherent Vice, Ex Machina, Steve Jobs, Fences, Lady Bird and Isle of Dogs) * Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (United 93, Lars and the Real Girl, The Kite Runner, Moneyball and Hell or High Water) * Bing Crosby Productions/Rysher Entertainment (Road to Rio, High Society, High Time, The Magic Pear Tree, Ben, The Great Santini and Primal Fear) * GK Films (Traffic, Ali, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Blood Diamond, The Young Victoria, The Town, Rango, Hugo, Argo, Allied and Bohemian Rhapsody) * Mirage Enterprises (Absence of Malice, Tootsie, Out of Africa, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Havana, The Firm, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Sense and Sensibility, Sabrina, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Iris, The Quiet American, Cold Mountain, Michael Clayton and The Reader) * Recorded Picture Company (The Last Emperor, Sexy Beast, Pina and Kon-Tiki) * Scott Free Productions (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, American Gangster, Unstoppable, Prometheus, The Martian, All the Money in the World and Blade Runner 2049) * MTV Films (Election, Tupac: Resurrection, Hustle & Flow, Murderball and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa) * CBS Films (Inside Llewyn Davis, Hell or High Water and At Eternity's Gate) * Senator Film Produktion (The Motorcycle Diaries, Joyeux Noel and Loveless) * Constantin Film Produktion (Dancer in the Dark, Nowhere in Africa, Downfall, The Baader Meinhof Complex and Paris 36) * Bioskop Film (The Tin Drum) * Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (A Simple Story, Angry Harvest, The Nasty Girl, One Day in September, Bowling for Columbine, The Gruffalo, Pina, Mustang, Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, The Square and A Fantastic Woman) * Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) (Downfall, The Baader Meinhof Complex and Citizenfour) * Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Das Boot, Schtonk, The Dutch Master, Dancer in the Dark, Winged Migration, Downfall, Amour, Toni Erdmann and Loveless) * Hessischer Rundfunk (Mephisto and Bagdad Cafe) * Studio Babelsberg (Jacob the Liar, A Chef in Love, The Painist, The Constant Gardener, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Reader, Inglourious Basterds, In Darkness, Anonymous, The Book Thief, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Bridge of Spies, Never Look Away and Isle of Dogs) * Pathé (Hiroshima Mon Amour, La Dolce Vita, The Leopard, Automania 2000, Woman in the Dunes, Clay or The Origin of Species, Hypothese Beta, Angela's Ashes, Lost in Translation, The Chorus, The Queen, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Slumdog Millionaire, The Duchess, Tropic Thunder, Paris 36, Bright Star, 127 Hours, The Illusionist, The Iron Lady, The Great Beauty, Philomena, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Selma and Youth) * Canal+ (Hamlet (1990), Terminator 2, JFK, Indochinhe, The Mambo Kings, Under Siege, Basic Instinct, Damage, Chaplin, Cliffhanger, Queen Margot, Three Colors: Red, Burnt by the Sun, Il Postino, A Chef in Love, Ridicule, East/West, The Straight Story, Humdrum, U-571, The Taste of Others, Vatel, Dancer in the Dark, Amélie, Mulholland Dr., Winged Migration, The Pianist, The Barbarian Invasions, The Triplets of Belleville, The Chorus, The Sea Inside, A Very Long Engagement, Joyeux Noel, March of the Penguins, Days of Glory, The Queen, La Vie en Rose, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Class, Paris 36, Coco Before Chanel, Logorama, The Secret of Kells, The White Ribbon, A Prophet, The Illusionist, Outside the Law, The Artist, Albert Nobbs, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Amour, The Invisible War, The Great Beauty, Philomena, Ida, Mr. Turner, Two Days One Night, The Lobster, Mustang, Youth, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle, Elle, Dunkirk, Loveless, Faces Places and Cold War) * France 3 (Black and White in Color, A Simple Story, Ridicule, East/West, Amélie, Dancer in the Dark, Winged Migration, The Triplets of Belleville, Days of Glory, The Queen, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Persepolis, Paris 36, The White Ribbon, The Illusionist, Outside the Law, A Cat in Paris, The Artist, Amour, Mr. Turner and My Life as a Zucchini) * TF1 (The Last Metro, Cinema Paradiso, Vatel, A Very Long Engagement, Joyeux Noel and La Vie en Rose) * Gaumont (Mon Oncle, Cousin Cousine, To Forget Venice, Three Brothers, Dangerous Moves, Betty Blue, Camille Claudel, The Fifth Element, Vatel and Atonement) * RAI (The Family, Au Revoir les Enfants, Cinema Paradiso, The Star Maker, Downfall, Don't Tell, I Am Love, Fire at Sea and Never Look Away) * Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica (La Strada, War and Peace, The Nights of Cabiria, The Great War, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Bible: In the Beginning..., Romeo and Juliet, Serpico, Three Days of the Condor, King Kong, The Shootist, The Brink's Job, Ragtime, Dune, Pirates, Blue Velvet, Crimes of the Heart, Buster, Backdraft, DragonHeart, Daylight and U-571) * Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica (Sunset, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Mediterraneo, Il Postino, Se7en, The Star Maker, Life Is Beautiful and Silence) * Cineplex-Odeon Films (The Decline of the American Empire, Bagdad Cafe, Street Smart, The Last Temptation of Christ, Jesus of Montreal, My Left Foot, The Grifters and Mr. & Mrs. Bridge) * Patagonik Film Group (Evita and Son of the Bride) * Anonymous Content (21 Grams, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Babel, Winter's Bone, Spotlight, The Revenant and The Wife) * Tollin/Robbins Productions (Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream and Norbit) * Davis Entertainment (Predator, Waterworld, Daylight, I Robot, Norbit, Joy and Ferdinand) * Palomar Pictures/Edgar J. Scherick Associates (For Love of Ivy, They Shot Horses Don't They?, Murmur of the Heart, Sleuth, The Heartbreak Kid, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' and Rambling Rose) * Home Box Office (HBO) (A Passage to India, Ironweed, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, Crack USA: County Under Siege, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, 4 Little Girls, Amistad, The Canterbury Tales, Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth, Murder on a Sunday Morning, LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Bowling for Columbine, American Splendor, Maria Full of Grace, Yesterday, Twist of Faith, The Blood of Yingzhou District, The Departed, Borat, Smile Pinki, Tropic Thunder, The Conscience of Nhem En, China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province, GasLand, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, Saving Face, Dirty Wars, Iron Man 3, Citizenfour, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, O.J.: Made in America, Jim: The James Foley Story and Traffic Stop) * Showtime Network (Gods and Monsters) * Comedy Central (South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut, Bowling for Columbine and The Big Short) * British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, Twelve Monkeys, Jerry Maguire, The Old Lady and the Pigeons, The Canterbury Tales, Primary Colors, Gods and Monsters, A Simple Plan, Hilary and Jackie, One Day in September, Wonder Boys, Billy Elliot, Shadow of the Vampire, Prisoner of Paradise, Bowling for Columbine, Dirty Pretty Things, The Triplets of Belleville, Match Point, Mrs Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal, Marie Antoinette, Venus, Eastern Promises, American Gangster, Across the Universe, Charlie Wilson's War, Waltz with Bashir, This Way Up, Man on Wire, The Duchess, Revolutionary Road, Milk, An Education, The Cove, Invictus, In the Loop, Bright Star, The Gruffalo, 127 Hours, Jane Eyre, My Week with Marilyn, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Skyfall, The Invisible Woman, Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks, Brooklyn, Florence Foster Jenkins, Victoria & Abdul and Bohemian Rhapsody) * American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (Man in Space, Charly, Krakatoa: East of Java, A Christmas Carol, Straw Dogs, Kotch, Cabaret, Nashville, Silkwood, Prizzi's Honor, Marvin's Room, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Invictus, The Messenger, Iron Man 3 and Nebraska) * Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (Just Another Missing Kid, Brooklyn Bridge, Bridge to Freedom: 1965, Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II, D-Day Remembered, Hoop Dreams, Prisoner of Paradise, Last Days in Vietnam, Interstellar, Abacus: Small Enough for Jail and RBG) * WGBH (Mrs. Brown and Julie & Julia) * Discovery Communications (Crimson Tide, Face/Off, Talk to Her, Taxi to the Dark Side, Man on Wire, Encounters at the End of the World, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Nebraska and Racing Extinction) * National Geographic (Bowling for Columbine, March of the Penguins, The Way Back and Free Solo) * The Ladd Company (Outland, Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner, The Right Stuff, Braveheart and Gone Baby Gone) * Annapurna Pictures (The Master, Zero Dark Thirty, The Grandmaster, Her, American Hustle, Foxcatcher, Joy, 20th Century Women, Phantom Thread, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Vice) * Revolution Studios (Black Hawk Down, Click, Across the Universe, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Straight Outta Compton) * DC Comics/Entertainment (Superman, Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Catch Me If You Can, Batman Begins, Superman Returns, The Dark Knight and Suicide Squad) * Dark Horse Comics (The Mask, American Splendor and Hellboy II: The Golden Army) * Scholastic (Doctor DeSoto, The Golden Compass and Boyhood) * Dick Clark Productions (Taxi Driver, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Peggy Sue Got Married, When Harry Met Sally..., Forrest Gump and Rise of the Planet of the Apes) * The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Two Arabian Knights, The Racket, Prelude to War, The Bad and the Beautiful, Susan Slept Here, A Star Is Born (1954), Rear Window, Vertigo, Spartacus, My Fair Lady, The Oscar, California Suite, Chaplin and The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara) * Interscope Communications/Radar Pictures (Roommates, Mr. Holland's Opus, What Dreams May Come, The Pianist and The Last Samurai) * 3 Arts Entertainment (Girl Interrupted, The Matrix, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Blind Side, Unbroken and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi) * Carolco Pictures (Tribute, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Music Box, Total Recall, Hamlet (1990), Terminator 2, Rambling Rose, Basic Instinct, Chaplin and Cliffhanger) * Propaganda Films (Wild at Heart, Alien³, The Portrait of a Lady, Sleepers, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation.) * Walden Media (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Wonder) * Google (The Final Inch, Blue Valentine, Skyfall and Pearl) * Amazon Studios (The Salesman, Manchester by the Sea, The Big Sick and Cold War) * Netflix (The Square, Virunga, What Happened Miss Simone?, Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom, Extremis, The White Helmets, 13th, Heroin(e), Icarus, Strong Island, On Body and Soul, Mudbound, End Game, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Period. End of Sentence. and Roma) * Golden Harvest Company (The Tempest) * Shaw Brothers (Meteor and Blade Runner) * Huayi Brothers (Molly's Game) * China Film Co-Production Corporation (The Last Emperor, Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, Farewell My Concubine, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, House of Flying Daggers, The Kite Runner, Iron Man 3 and Her) * Sil-Metropole Organisation (Hero and The Grandmaster) * Media Asia Films (Shine and The Departed)

Also to get to know about this list, check my other Oscar Legends lists that are on IMDb. Finally this list is also to be a resume list of Academy Award films these directors to producers have made.

101. Pawel Pawlikowski

Director | Zimna wojna

A literature and philosophy graduate, with extensive post-graduate work at Oxford on German literature, Polish-born Pawel Pawlikowski started as a documentary filmmaker in British television.

His second feature, Last Resort (2000), earned him international critical acclaim at numerous festivals, ...

Ida Cold War

102. Michael Cimino

Writer | The Deer Hunter

Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). But his biggest success was The Deer...

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot The Deer Hunter The Rose Heaven's Gate

103. David Frankel

Director | The Devil Wears Prada

David Frankel was born on April 2, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for The Devil Wears Prada (2006), One Chance (2013) and Band of Brothers (2001).

Dear Diary The Devil Wears Prada

104. Emile Ardolino

Director | Dirty Dancing

Emile Ardolino was born on May 9, 1943 in Maspeth, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Dirty Dancing (1987), Great Performances: Dance in America (1976) and He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983). He died on November 20, 1993 in Bel Air, California, USA.

He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' Dirty Dancing Chances Are

105. Robert Houston

Actor | The Hills Have Eyes

Director/writer Bobby Houston is a California-based filmmaker whose most recent documentary, Mighty Times: The Children's March (2004), won the Academy Award in March 2005. His previous film, Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks (2002), was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 and won an Emmy. ...

Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks Mighty Times: The Children's March

106. Ruby Yang

Editor | Zheng qi

Ruby Yang won an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject for The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006). She is also known for directing The Warriors of Qiugang (2010) and My Voice, My Life (2014).

With filmmaker Thomas Lennon, Yang mounted a vast multi-year AIDS prevention campaign seen over 900 ...

The Blood of Yingzhou District The Warriors of Qiugang

107. Laura Poitras

Producer | Citizenfour

Laura Poitras was born on February 2, 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She is a producer and cinematographer, known for Citizenfour (2014), The Oath (2010) and My Country, My Country (2006).

My Country, My Country Citizenfour

108. Bille August

Director | The House of the Spirits

Bille August was born on November 9, 1948 in Brede, Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for The House of the Spirits (1993), Pelle the Conqueror (1987) and Honning måne (1978). He is married to Sara-Marie Maltha. He was previously married to Pernilla August, Annie Munksgaard and Masja...

Pelle the Conqueror

109. Alejandro Amenábar

Writer | The Others

Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis (1996). His film ...

The Sea Inside

110. Asghar Farhadi

Writer | Darbareye Elly

Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...

A Separation The Salesman

111. Bob Fosse

Director | Cabaret

Bob Fosse was born on June 23, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Robert Louis Fosse. He is known for his work on Cabaret (1972), Lenny (1974) and All That Jazz (1979). He was married to Gwen Verdon, Joan McCracken and Mary Ann Niles. He died on September 23, 1987 in Washington, District of Columbia...

Sweet Charity Cabaret Lenny All That Jazz Chicago

112. Ethan Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two ...

Barton Fink Fargo O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Man Who Wasn't There No Country for Old Men A Serious Man True Grit (2010 film) Inside Llewyn Davis Unbroken Bridge of Spies Hail, Caesar! The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

113. 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.

Barton Fink Fargo O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Man Who Wasn't There No Country for Old Men A Serious Man True Grit (2010 film) Inside Llewyn Davis Unbroken Bridge of Spies Hail, Caesar! The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

114. 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...

The Piano The Portrait of a Lady Bright Star

115. Mike Nichols

Director | The Graduate

He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin. He later ...

Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? The Graduate Carnal Knowledge The Day of the Dolphin Silkwood Working Girl Postcards from the Edge The Remains of the Day The Birdcage Primary Colors Closer Charlie Wilson's War

116. Costa-Gavras

Director | Missing

Costa-Gavras was born on February 12, 1933 in Loutra-Iraias, Greece as Konstantinos Gavras. He is a director and writer, known for Missing (1982), Z (1969) and Amen. (2002). He has been married to Michèle Ray-Gavras since 1968. They have two children.

Z Missing Music Box

117. William Friedkin

Director | The French Connection

Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with ...

The French Connection The Exorcist Sorcerer The Brink's Job

118. 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 ...

Being John Malkovich Adaptation. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Her

119. 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 ...

Wild Strawberries The Virgin Spring Through a Glass Darkly Cries & Whispers The Magic Flute Face to Face Autumn Sonata Fanny and Alexander

120. Milos Forman

Director | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in ...

The Loves of a Blonde The Firemen's Ball One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ragtime Amadeus Valmont The People vs. Larry Flynt

121. Warren Beatty

Actor | Heaven Can Wait

Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass (1961), Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer, ...

Bonnie and Clyde Shampoo Heaven Can Wait Reds Dick Tracy Bugsy Bulworth

122. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

Rambo: First Blood Part II Aliens The Abyss Terminator 2: Judgment Day True Lies Titanic (1997 film) Avatar

123. Kevin Costner

Actor | The Postman

Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle ...

Dances with Wolves Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves The Bodyguard Wyatt Earp Waterworld

124. 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 ...

Rebecca Foreign Correspondent Suspicion Shadow of a Doubt Lifeboat Spellbound Notorious The Paradine Case Strangers on a Train Rear Window To Catch a Thief The Man Who Knew Too Much Vertigo North by Northwest Psycho The Birds

125. 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...

Boogie Nights Magnolia There Will Be Blood The Master Inherent Vice Phantom Thread

126. 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 ...

12 Angry Men Long Day's Journey Into Night The Pawnbroker King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Serpico Murder on the Orient Express Dog Day Afternoon Network Equus The Wiz Prince of the City The Verdict The Morning After Running on Empty

127. 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...

MASH McCabe & Mrs. Miller Images Nashville The Late Show The Player Short Cuts Afterglow Gosford Park

128. 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 ...

The Elephant Man Dune Blue Velvet Wild at Heart The Straight Story Mulholland Dr.

129. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

American Graffiti Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Raiders of the Lost Ark Star Wars: Episode VI - Return or the Jedi Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Willow Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

130. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...

Alien Blade Runner Legend Black Rain Thelma & Louise Gladiator Black Hawk Down The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford American Gangster Prometheus The Martian All the Money in the World

131. 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...

Alien³ Se7en Fight Club The Curious Case of Benjamin Button The Social Network The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Gone Girl

132. David O. Russell

Writer | American Hustle

David Owen Russell is an American film writer, director, and producer, known for a cinema of intense, tragi-comedic characters whose love of life can surpass dark circumstances faced in very specific worlds. His films address such themes as mental illness as stigma or hope; invention of self and ...

The Fighter Silver Linings Playbook American Hustle Joy

133. Richard Linklater

Director | Waking Life

Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. ...

Before Sunset Before Midnight Boyhood

134. Philip Kaufman

Writer | The Right Stuff

Director and screenwriter Philip Kaufman was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Chicago and later Harvard Law School. He won the Prix de la Nouvelle Critique at Cannes in 1965 for his film Goldstein (1964). He was the screenwriter for The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and was to ...

The Outlaw Josey Wales Raiders of the Lost Ark The Right Stuff The Unbearable Lightness of Being Henry & June Quills

135. Peter Weir

Director | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

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...

The Year of Living Dangerously Witness Dead Poets Society Green Card Fearless The Truman Show Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World The Way Back

136. Stephen Daldry

Director | The Hours

In 1989, Stephen Daldry worked as a freelance reader of unsolicited manuscripts for Literary Manager Nicholas Wright in the Scripts Department at the Royal National Theatre. In July of that year, he directed a Dadaist/expressionist production of "Judgement Day," a play by Odon von Horvath, at the ...

Billy Elliot The Hours The Reader Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

137. Jim Sheridan

Producer | In America

Jim Sheridan is a master story-teller, and an acclaimed film director of few films, but good films nevertheless.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1949, Sheridan moved to America in 1982, meeting a man who invited him to run the Irish Arts Center. He found a place to live in Hell's Kitchen, New York City,...

My Left Foot The Field In the Name of the Father In America

138. Henry Koster

Director | Harvey

Henry Koster was born Herman Kosterlitz in Berlin, Germany, on May 1, 1905. His maternal grandfather was a famous operatic tenor Julius Salomon (who died of tuberculosis in the 1880s). His father was a salesman of ladies unmentionables who left the family while Henry was at a young age, leaving him...

Three Smart Girls One Hundred Men and a Girl First Love Spring Parade It Started with Eve Music for Millions The Bishop's Wife The Luck of the Irish Come to the Stable Wabash Avenue Harvey My Cousin Rachel The Robe Désirée A Man Called Peter The Virgin Queen The Power and the Prize Flower Drum Song The Singing Nun

139. Rob Marshall

Director | Chicago

Rob Marshall was born on October 17, 1960 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. He is known for his work on Chicago (2002), Mary Poppins Returns (2018) and Into the Woods (2014).

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140. 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 ...

Days of Heaven The Thin Red Line The New World The Tree of Life

141. Louis Malle

Director | Au revoir les enfants

Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies ...

The Silent World Murmur of the Heart Lacombe, Lucien Pretty Baby Atlantic City Au Revoir Les Enfants Damage

142. Hugh Hudson

Director | Chariots of Fire

Hugh Hudson was born on August 25, 1936 in London, England. He is a director and producer, known for Chariots of Fire (1981), Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and The Tortoise and the Hare (1966). He has been married to Maryam d'Abo since November 2003. He was previously ...

Chariots of Fire Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

143. James Ivory

Writer | Call Me by Your Name

The main part of his few movies were filmed in the quarter of a century in which he worked closely together with the Indian producer Ismail Merchant and the German writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. His first films are all set in India and are very much influenced by the style of Satyajit Ray and Jean ...

The Europeans The Bostonians A Room with a View Maurice Mr. & Mrs. Bridge Howard's End The Remains of the Day Call Me By Your Name

144. Alan Parker

Director | Evita

Prior to moving into film, Alan was noted as one of London's most talented advertising copywriters. He worked for the Collet Dickinson Pearce (CDP) ad agency in the 1960's and early 1970's, and began directing his own tvc scripts in their basement. Formed a partnership with David Puttnam as his ...

Bugsy Malone Midnight Express Fame Mississippi Burning The Commitments Evita Angela's Ashes

145. 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 ...

Brazil The Adventures of Baron Munchausen The Fisher King Twelve Monkeys The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

146. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...

Toy Story The Avengers

147. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Inception

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.


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148. 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 The Wrestler Black Swan Jackie

149. Fernando Meirelles

Director | Blindness

Fernando Meirelles was born in a middle class family in São Paulo City, Brazil.

He studied architecture at the university of São Paulo. At the same time he developed an interest in filmmaking. With a group of friends he started producing experimental videos and video art. They won a huge number of ...

City of God The Constant Gardner

150. Walter Salles

Director | Central do Brasil

Walter Salles was born on April 12, 1956 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Walther Moreira Salles Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Central Station (1998), The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) and Foreign Land (1995). He is married to Maria Klabin. They have one child.

Central Station The Motorcycle Diaries

151. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Director | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/...

Amélie A Very Long Engagement

152. Jan Troell

Director | Här har du ditt liv

Jan Troell was born on July 23, 1931 in Limhamn, Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Here Is Your Life (1966), Il capitano (1991) and The Emigrants (1971). He is married to Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell.

The Emigrants The New Land

153. Lasse Hallström

Director | What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Lasse Hallström was born on June 2, 1946 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Lars Hallström. He is a director and writer, known for What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Chocolat (2000) and The Cider House Rules (1999). He has been married to Lena Olin since March 18, 1994. They have one child. ...

My Life as a Dog What's Eating Gilbert Grape The Cider House Rules Chocolat

154. Jim Henson

Actor | The Muppet Show

Jim Henson never thought that he would make a name of himself in puppetry; it was merely a way of getting himself on television. The vehicle that achieved it was Sam and Friends (1955), a late-night puppet show that was on after the 11:00 news in Washington DC. It proved to be very popular and ...

Time Piece The Muppet Movie The Great Muppet Caper

155. Paul Greengrass

Director | United 93

Paul Greengrass started his filmmaking career with a super 8 camera he found in his art room in secondary school. Those short movies were animation horror films he made using old dolls, artist dummies, and the general art room clutter.

After studying in Cambridge University he got into Granada ...

United 93 The Bourne Ultimatum Captain Phillips

156. Tony Gilroy

Writer | Michael Clayton

Tony Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA; and raised in upstate New York. His father, Frank D. Gilroy, was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, director, and screenwriter. Tony has penned many films, including The Devil's Advocate (1997) and The Cutting Edge (1992).

The Bourne Ultimatum Michael Clayton Nightcrawler Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

157. John Sturges

Director | The Great Escape

John Sturges was born on January 3, 1910 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as John Elliott Sturges. He was a director and producer, known for The Great Escape (1963), The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). He was married to Katherine Helena Soules and Dorothy Lynn Brooks. He died ...

They Knew What They Wanted Tom Dick and Harry Mystery Street The Magnificent Yankee Kind Lady Bad Day at Black Rock Gunfight at the O.K. Corral The Old Man and the Sea The Magnificent Seven The Great Escape Ice Station Zebra Marooned

158. Rob Reiner

Actor | All in the Family

Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.

As a child, he often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he created and also starred in....

Stand by Me The Princess Bride When Harry Met Sally... Misery A Few Good Men The American President Ghosts of Mississippi

159. Martin Ritt

Director | Hud

Martin Ritt, one of the best and most sensitive American filmmakers of all time, was a director, actor and playwright who worked in both film and theater. He was born in New York City. His films reflect, like almost none other, a profound and intimate humane vision of his characters.

He originally ...

Paris Blues Hud The Spy Who Came in from the Cold The Molly Maguires The Great White Hope Sounder Pete 'n' Tillie The Front Norma Rae Cross Creak Murphy's Romance

160. Julie Taymor

Director | Frida

Julie Taymor is an Academy Award-nominated director, known for such films as Frida (2002) and Across the Universe (2007).

She was born on December 15, 1952, in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Her father, Melvin Lester Taymor, was a gynecologist. Her mother, Elizabeth Bernstein, was a ...

Titus Frida Across the Universe The Tempest

161. Todd Haynes

Director | Far from Heaven

Todd Haynes was always interested in art, and made amateur movies and painted while he was still a child. He attended Brown university and majored in art and semiotics. After he graduated he moved to New York City and made the controversial short film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988). ...

Velvet Goldmine Far from Heaven I'm Not There. Carol

162. Ivan Reitman

Producer | Up in the Air

Ivan Reitman, as a producer and director, has created many of American cinema's most successful and best loved feature film comedies and has worked with Hollywood's acting elite. Reitman has produced such hits as the ground-breaking sensation National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)...

Ghostbusters Dave Junior Up in the Air Hitchcock

163. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "...

Young Sherlock Holmes Home Alone Mrs. Doubtfire Bicentennial Man Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban The Help

164. Jason Reitman

Producer | Up in the Air

Jason Reitman was born on October 19, 1977 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Up in the Air (2009), Thank You for Smoking (2005) and Juno (2007). He was previously married to Michele Lee.

Juno Up in the Air

165. M. Night Shyamalan

Producer | Lady in the Water

Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots.

He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil ...

The Sixth Sense Stuart Little The Village

166. Agnieszka Holland

Director | Pokot

Agnieszka Holland was born 28 of November 1948 in Warsaw but went to Czechoslovakia to study film directing at FAMU in Prague. She began her film career working in Poland with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. She wrote several scripts with Wajda before ...

Angry Harvest Anna Europa Europa In Darkness

167. Chris Weitz

Writer | About a Boy

Chris Weitz was born on November 30, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA as Christopher John Weitz. He is a producer and writer, known for About a Boy (2002), The Golden Compass (2007) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). He has been married to Mercedes Martinez since 2006. They have one child.

About a Boy The Golden Compass A Single Man A Better Life Cinderella (2015 film) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

168. Paul Weitz

Writer | About a Boy

Paul Weitz was born on November 19, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Paul J. Weitz. He is a director, writer and producer, known for Grandma (2015), About a Boy (2002), and Mozart in the Jungle (2014), for which he won a Golden Globe. He has been married to Patricia Brown since December 15, ...

About a Boy

169. Stephen Frears

Director | Dangerous Liaisons

Stephen Frears was born on June 20, 1941 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Stephen Arthur Frears. He is a director and producer, known for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Philomena (2013) and The Queen (2006). He has been married to Anne Rothenstein since 1992. They have two children. He was ...

My Beautiful Laundrette Dangerous Liaisons The Grifters Dirty Pretty Things Mrs. Henderson Presents The Queen Philomena Florence Foster Jenkins Victoria & Abdul

170. Baz Luhrmann

Writer | Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann is an Australian writer, director, and producer with projects spanning film, television, opera, theatre, music, and recording industries. He is regarded by many as a contemporary example of an auteur for his distinctly recognizable style and deep involvement in the writing, directing, ...

Romeo + Juliet Moulin Rouge! Australia The Great Gatsby (2013 film)

171. Franco Zeffirelli

Director | Romeo and Juliet

Franco Zeffirelli was born on February 12, 1923 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy as Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli. He is known for his work on Romeo and Juliet (1968), La traviata (1982) and The Taming of the Shrew (1967). He died on June 15, 2019 in Rome, Italy.

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172. Anatole Litvak

Director | The Snake Pit

The distinguished film director Anatole Litvak was born in the Ukrainian city of Kiev, the son of Jewish parents. His very first job was as a stage hand. In 1915, he became an actor, performing at a little-known experimental theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a teenager, he witnessed the 1917 ...

All This, and Heaven Too Blues in the Night This Above All Sorry, Wrong Number The Snake Pit Decision Before Dawn Anastasia (1956 film)

173. Robert Stevenson

Director | Mary Poppins

Robert Stevenson was born on March 31, 1905 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England as Robert Edward Stevenson. He was a director and writer, known for Mary Poppins (1964), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and King Solomon's Mines (1937). He was married to Ursula Henderson, Frances Holyoke Howard, Anna Lee ...

Back Street The Absent-Minded Professor Mary Poppins Bedknobs and Broomsticks The Island at the Top of the World

174. Noboru Nakamura

Director | Kyoto

Noboru Nakamura was born on August 4, 1913 in Tokyo, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Kyoto (1963), Sekishun (1967) and Nami (1952). He died on May 20, 1981 in Japan.

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175. Kon Ichikawa

Director | Inugami-ke no ichizoku

Kon Ichikawa has been influenced by artists as diverse as Walt Disney and Jean Renoir, and his films cover a wide spectrum of moods, from the comic to the overwhelmingly ironic and even the perverse. Ichikawa began his career as a cartoonist, and this influence is apparent in his skillful use of ...

The Burmese Harp

176. Keisuke Kinoshita

Writer | Nijûshi no hitomi

Keisuke Kinoshita was born on December 5, 1912 in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan. He was a writer and director, known for Twenty-Four Eyes (1954), The Ballad of Narayama (1958) and The Garden of Women (1954). He died on December 30, 1998 in Tokyo, Japan.

Immortal Love

177. Hiroshi Teshigahara

Director | Suna no onna

Hiroshi Teshigahara was born the son of Sofu Teshigahara who was the founder of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (flower arrangement). In 1950, he graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in oil painting. In 1958, he became the director of Sogetsu Art Centre and took a ...

The Woman in the Dunes

178. Masaki Kobayashi

Director | Ningen no jôken

Masaki Kobayashi was born on February 14, 1916 in Hokkaido, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961), Harakiri (1962) and Samurai Rebellion (1967). He died on October 4, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.


179. Kei Kumai

Writer | Umi to dokuyaku

Kei Kumai was born on June 1, 1929 in Nagano, Japan. He was a writer and director, known for The Sea and Poison (1986), The Long Darkness (1972) and Sandakan 8 (1974). He died on May 23, 2007 in Tokyo, Japan.

Sandakan 8

180. Kôhei Oguri

Director | Doro no kawa

Kôhei Oguri was born on October 29, 1945 in Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Muddy River (1981), The Sting of Death (1990) and Sleeping Man (1996).

Muddy River

181. Yôji Yamada

Writer | Tasogare Seibei

Yamada Yoji graduated Tokyo University in 1954, the year he joined Shochiku as an assistant director. In 1969, he launched the popular "Tora-san" series, the world's longest theatrical film series. "The Twilight Samurai" (The Twilight Samurai (2002)) marks his 77th film as well as his 41th year as ...

The Twilight Samurai

182. Hirokazu Koreeda

Director | Manbiki kazoku

Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film Lessons from a Calf (1991). His first feature, Maborosi (1995), based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn ...


183. Peter Yates

Director | Krull

Having seen Robbery (1967) and Bullitt (1968), it comes as no surprise that Peter Yates started out as a professional racing car driver and team manager - albeit briefly - before turning his attention to film. The son of a military man, he was educated at Charterhouse School and trained at RADA, ...

Bulitt The Hot Rock The Deep Breaking Away The Dresser Roommates

184. 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 ...

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185. Morten Tyldum

Director | Hodejegerne

Morten Tyldum was born on May 19, 1967 in Bergen, Norway. He is a director and producer, known for Headhunters (2011), The Imitation Game (2014) and Buddy (2003).

The Imitation Game Passengers

186. John Singleton

Writer | Boyz n the Hood

Son of Danny Singleton, a mortgage broker, and Sheila Ward, a pharmaceutical company sales executive, and raised in separate households by his unmarried parents, John Singleton attended the Film Writing Program at USC, after graduating from high school in 1986. While studying there, he won three ...

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187. Lee Daniels

Producer | Precious

Lee Daniels gave his parents an early Christmas present when he entered the world on December 24, 1959; unfortunately, the Philadelphia native was to have a difficult relationship with his police officer father who later reacted violently to his son's sexuality. Despite the brutality of his ...

Monster's Ball Precious

188. Reginald Hudlin

Director | House Party

Reginald Hudlin was born on December 15, 1961 in Centerville, Illinois, USA as Reginald Alan Hudlin. He is a producer and director, known for House Party (1990), Django Unchained (2012) and Marshall (2017). He has been married to Chrisette Suter since November 30, 2002. They have two children.

Django Unchained Marshall

189. Dee Rees

Director | Mudbound

Writer/Director Dee Rees is an alumna of New York University's graduate film program and a Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow.

In 2018, Dee became the first Black woman nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for her highly-acclaimed film Mudbound (2017). The film, ...


190. 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 ...

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191. Jean-Marc Vallée

Producer | C.R.A.Z.Y.

Jean-Marc Vallée was born on March 9, 1963 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005), Dallas Buyers Club (2013) and Wild (2014).

The Young Victoria Dallas Buyers Club Wild

192. Joshua Logan

Director | Picnic

Joshua Logan started directing plays while he was still at Princeton and among the first actors he directed were Henry Fonda and James Stewart. His graduation from Princeton was delayed to accompany a classmate to Russia to study with Konstantin Stanislavski, inventor of "method acting". ...

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193. 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), ...

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194. J.C. Chandor

Producer | A Most Violent Year

J.C. Chandor was born as Jeffrey McDonald Chandor. He is a producer and director, known for A Most Violent Year (2014), Margin Call (2011) and All Is Lost (2013). He has been married to Mary Cameron Goodyear since 2004. They have two children.

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196. Michael Mann

Producer | The Insider

A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch (1975). He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile (1979), in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release,...

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197. Francisco Rovira Beleta

Director | Los tarantos

Francisco Rovira Beleta was born on September 25, 1912 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He was a director and writer, known for Los tarantos (1963), Los atracadores (1962) and Hay un camino a la derecha (1953). He died on June 23, 1999 in Barcelona.

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198. Albert Lewin

Writer | The Picture of Dorian Gray

Fought as an infantryman in the US army during World War II in Europe.

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199. Robert Z. Leonard

Director | The Great Ziegfeld

Chicago-born Robert Z. Leonard studied law at the University of Colorado, but the legal profession proved not to be his forte and he dropped out in favor of a career in the theatre. When his family moved to Hollywood in 1907 Leonard sought work in the fledgling film industry, starting as an actor ...

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200. Mikael Håfström

Writer | Ondskan

Mikael Håfström was born on July 1, 1960 in Lund, Skåne län, Sweden as Jan Mikael Håfström. He is a writer and director, known for Evil (2003), 1408 (2007) and The Rite (2011).


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