Greatest Directors--P-Q

by z_ingle | created - 15 Feb 2015 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

This is a ranked list of directors whose last name begins with a "P" or a "Q."

1. Tyler Perry

Writer | Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Perry was born and raised in New Orleans, to Willie Maxine (Campbell) and Emmitt Perry, Sr. His mother was a church-goer and took Perry along with her once a week. His father was a carpenter and they had a very strained and abusive relationship, which led Perry to suffer from depression as a ...

2. Michael Powell

Director | The Red Shoes

The son of Thomas William Powell and Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self-confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the south of France (where his parents ran a hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury and Dulwich ...

and Pressburger

3. Roman Polanski

Actor | Chinatown

Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933.

His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...

4. Sydney Pollack

Director | Tootsie

Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films.

Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...

5. Sergei Parajanov

Director | Tini zabutykh predkiv

One of the 20th century's greatest masters of cinema Sergei Parajanov was born in Georgia to Armenian parents and it was always unlikely that his work would conform to the strict socialist realism that Soviet authorities preferred. After studying film and music, Parajanov became an assistant ...

6. Gordon Parks

Director | The Learning Tree

The pre-eminent American photojournalist of sub-Saharan descent. An acclaimed photographer for Life magazine from the late 40s through late 60s, he turned to directing films, his second of which, the blaxploitation movie Shaft (1971), achieved success at the box office. In 1989 his first film ...

7. Sidney Poitier

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (although born, two months prematurely, in Miami during a visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (nee Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to...

8. Otto Preminger

Director | Anatomy of a Murder

Otto Ludwig Preminger was born in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary. His father was a prosecutor, and Otto originally intended to follow his father into a law career; however, he fell in love with the theater in his 20's and became one of the most imaginative stage producers and directors. He was ...

9. Sam Peckinpah

Writer | The Wild Bunch

"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael. That ...

10. Alex Proyas

Director | Dark City

Alex Proyas has moved effortlessly between helming TV commercials and music videos to feature films. Born to Greek parents in Egypt, Proyas relocated to Australia with his family when he was three years old. He began making films at age ten and went on to attend the Australian Film Television and ...

11. Wolfgang Petersen

Director | Das Boot

This director seems to shine most when making movies that can best be described as part action movies/part disaster movies.

Beginning with Outbreak (1995) about the outbreak of a killer virus. This film had shades of an Irwin Allen disaster movie, The Swarm (1978), about the outbreak of killer bees....

12. 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 ...

13. Vsevolod Pudovkin

Director | Admiral Nakhimov

Vsevolod Pudovkin was born on February 28, 1893 in Penza, Russian Empire as Vsevolod Illarionovich Pudovkin. He was a director and actor, known for Admiral Nakhimov (1947), Zhukovsky (1950) and Minin i Pozharskiy (1939). He was married to Anna Zemtsova. He died on June 30, 1953 in Jurmala, Latvian ...

14. Pier Paolo Pasolini

Writer | Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma

Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life ...

15. Daniel Petrie

Director | The Bay Boy

Daniel Petrie was born on November 26, 1920 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada as Daniel Mannix Petrie. He was a director and producer, known for The Bay Boy (1984), A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and The Assistant (1997). He was married to Dorothea G. Petrie. He died on August 22, 2004 in Los Angeles, ...

16. D.A. Pennebaker

Director | Dont Look Back

D.A. Pennebaker was born on July 15, 1925 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as Donn Alan Pennebaker. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967), The War Room (1993) and Unlocking the Cage (2016). He was married to Chris Hegedus, Kate Taylor and Sylvia Bell. He died ...

17. Alan J. Pakula

Producer | Sophie's Choice

Alan J. Pakula was born on April 7, 1928 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Alan Jay Pakula. He was a producer and director, known for Sophie's Choice (1982), All the President's Men (1976) and Presumed Innocent (1990). He was married to Hannah Pakula and Hope Lange. He died on November ...

18. Georg Wilhelm Pabst

Director | Komödianten

Georg Wilhelm Pabst is considered by many to be the greatest director of German cinema, in his era. He was especially appreciated by actors and actresses for the humane way in which he treated them. This was in contrast to some of his contemporaries, such as Arnold Fanck, who have been ...

19. Chan-wook Park

Director | Ah-ga-ssi

Chan-wook Park was born on August 23, 1963 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for The Handmaiden (2016), Thirst (2009) and Oldboy (2003). He is married to Eun-hee Kim. They have one child.

20. Alexander Payne

Director | Nebraska

Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older ...

21. Sally Potter

Director | Orlando

Sally Potter made her first 8mm film aged fourteen. She has since written and directed seven feature films, as well as many short films (including THRILLER and PLAY) and a television series, and has directed opera (Carmen for the ENO in 2007) and other live work. Her background is in choreography, ...

22. Arthur Penn

Director | Bonnie and Clyde

Arthur Penn was born on September 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Little Big Man (1970) and The Miracle Worker (1962). He was married to Peggy Maurer. He died on September 28, 2010 in Manhattan, New York City, New York,...

23. Marcel Pagnol

Writer | La fille du puisatier

Marcel Pagnol was born on February 28, 1895 in Aubagne, Bouches-du-Rhône, France as Marcel Paul Pagnol. He was a writer and producer, known for The Well-Digger's Daughter (1940), Heartbeat (1938) and La prière aux étoiles (1941). He was married to Jacqueline Pagnol and Simone Collin. ...

24. Gillo Pontecorvo

Director | La battaglia di Algeri

Gillo Pontecorvo was an Italian filmmaker. He is best known for his 1966 masterpiece, The Battle of Algiers, widely viewed as one of the finest films of its genre: realistic though fictionalized documentary. Its portrayal of the Algerian resistance during the Algerian War uses the neorealist style ...

25. Jafar Panahi

Director | Taxi

Jafar Panahi (Born 11 July 1960) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor, commonly identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement. After several years of making short films and working as an assistant director for fellow Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi achieved ...

26. Trey Parker

Music_department | South Park

Trey was born in Conifer, Colorado, on October 19, 1969 to Randy Parker, a geologist, and Sharon Parker, an insurance broker. He has an older sister, Shelley Parker. He met Matt Stone (co-creator of South Park (1997)) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double ...

and Matt Stone

27. Abraham Polonsky

Writer | Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here

Writer-director Abraham Lincoln Polonsky, one of the most prominent victims of the Hollywood blacklisting of communists and social progressives in the post-World War II period, was born on December 5, 1910, in New York, New York. An unreconstructed Marxist, Polonsky never hid his membership in the ...

28. Nick Park

Writer | The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Nick Park was born on December 6, 1958 in Preston, Lancashire, England as Nicholas Wulstan Park. He is a writer and producer, known for Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Chicken Run (2000) and A Grand Day Out (1989).

29. 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, ...

30. Sarah Polley

Actress | Dawn of the Dead

Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her ...

31. Gina Prince-Bythewood

Writer | Shots Fired

Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the widely acclaimed feature film Love & Basketball (2000) which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. Her other directing credits include ...

32. Jean-Marie Poiré

Writer | Les visiteurs

Jean-Marie Poiré was born on July 10, 1945 in Paris, France. He is a writer and director, known for The Visitors (1993), Just Visiting (2001) and Operation Corned Beef (1991).

33. Timothy Quay

Director | The PianoTuner of EarthQuakes

The identical twin Brothers Quay (the other being Stephen) were born near Philadelphia in a town with a large European immigrant population, which fuelled their interest in European (especially Eastern European) culture. They moved to London in the late 1960s to study at the Royal College of Art ...

34. Christian Petzold

Director | Phoenix

Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960. After studying German and Drama at the Freie Universität Berlin, he enrolled in Berlin's German Academy for Film and Television (DFFB). There he studied film direction while at same time working as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut ...

35. Yakov Protazanov

Director | L'angoissante aventure

Yakov Protazanov was born on February 4, 1881 in Moscow, Russian Empire as Yakov Aleksandrovich Protazanov. He was a director and writer, known for A Narrow Escape (1920), Adventures in Bokhara (1943) and Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924). He died on August 9, 1945 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR.

36. Elio Petri

Writer | Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto

Elio Petri was born on January 29, 1929 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Eraclio Petri. He was a writer and director, known for Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970), We Still Kill the Old Way (1967) and His Days Are Numbered (1962). He was married to Paola Pegoraro. He died on November 10, ...

37. Ivan Passer

Director | Intimní osvetlení

Ivan Passer was born on July 10, 1933 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is a director and writer, known for Intimate Lighting (1965), A Boring Afternoon (1964) and Haunted Summer (1988).

38. Sean Penn

Actor | Mystic River

Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints.

Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the ...

39. Raoul Peck

Director | I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck was born in 1953 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is a director and writer, known for I Am Not Your Negro (2016), Lumumba (2000) and Lumumba: La mort du prophète (1990).

40. Tony Palmer

Director | Testimony

Tony Palmer was born on August 29, 1941 in London, England. He is a director and editor, known for Testimony (1987), Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire (1974) and Code Name Vengeance (1987). He is married to Michela. They have three children.

41. Maurice Pialat

Director | Sous le soleil de Satan

Maurice Pialat was born on August 31, 1925 in Cunlhat, Puy-de-Dôme, France. He was a director and writer, known for Under the Sun of Satan (1987), À Nos Amours (1983) and Van Gogh (1991). He was married to Sylvie Pialat. He died on January 11, 2003 in Paris, France.

42. Frank Perry

Director | Mommie Dearest

Frank Perry was born on August 21, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Jr. Frank Joseph Perry. He was a director and producer, known for Mommie Dearest (1981), Last Summer (1969) and David and Lisa (1962). He was married to Virginia Brush Ford, Barbara Goldsmith and Eleanor Perry. He died on ...

43. Richard Quine

Director | The Mickey Rooney Show

Richard Quine was born on November 12, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was a director and actor, known for The Mickey Rooney Show (1954), My Sister Eileen (1955) and Strangers When We Meet (1960). He was married to Diana Balfour, Fran Jeffries, Barbara Bushman and Susan Peters. He died on June ...

44. Léa Pool

Director | Emporte-moi

Léa Pool was born on September 8, 1950 in Genève, Switzerland. She is a director and writer, known for Set Me Free (1999), La passion d'Augustine (2015) and La femme de l'hôtel (1984).

45. Edwin S. Porter

Director | The White Pearl

In the late 1890s Porter worked as both a projectionist and mechanic, eventually becoming director and cameraman for the Edison Manufacturing Company. Influenced by both the "Brighton school" and the story films of Georges Méliès, Porter went on to make important shorts such as Life of an American ...

46. Irving Pichel

Director | Destination Moon

Irving Pichel was born on June 24, 1891 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Destination Moon (1950), Without Honor (1949) and Tomorrow Is Forever (1946). He was married to Violette Wilson. He died on July 13, 1954 in Hollywood, California, USA.

47. Nicolas Philibert

Director | Être et avoir

Nicolas Philibert was born on January 10, 1951 in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. He is a director and editor, known for To Be and to Have (2002), La Maison de la radio (2013) and In the Land of the Deaf (1992).

48. Dick Powell

Actor | Murder, My Sweet

Few actors ever managed a complete image transition as thoroughly as did Dick Powell: in his case, from the boyish, wavy-haired crooner in musicals to rugged crime fighters in films noir. Powell grew up in the town of Little Rock, Arkansas, one of three brothers (one of them, Howard, ended up as ...

49. Marcelo Piñeyro

Director | Cenizas del paraíso

Marcelo Piñeyro was born in 1953 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a director and writer, known for Ashes of Paradise (1997), The Method (2005) and Burnt Money (2000).

50. Oxide Chun Pang

Director | Gin gwai

Oxide Chun Pang was born in 1965 in Hong Kong. He is a director and writer, known for The Eye (2002), Bangkok Dangerous (2000) and The Messengers (2007). He has been married to Angelica Lee since February 6, 2010. They have two children.

51. Euzhan Palcy

Director | Rue cases nègres

Euzhan Palcy was born on January 13, 1958 in Martinique, France. She is a director and writer, known for Black Shack Alley (1983), Siméon (1992) and A Dry White Season (1989).

52. Aleksandar Petrovic

Director | Skupljaci perja

One of the most acclaimed and successful Yugoslav directors, born in 1929. in Paris. Studied film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague (1947/48). His studies remained unfinished due to the political aggravation between Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia at the time ...

53. Gleb Panfilov

Director | Tema

Gleb Panfilov was born on May 21, 1934 in Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR as Gleb Anatolyevich Panfilov. He is a director and writer, known for Tema (1979), Mother (1990) and No Path Through Fire (1968). He is married to Inna Churikova.

54. Pratibha Parmar

Director | Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Pratibha Parmar was born in Nairobi, Kenya and grew up in London, England. She studied at Bradford University for her B.A. Hons degree and did postgraduate studies at the Cultural Studies Centre at Birmingham University. She is an award-winning producer and director and has made music promos for ...

55. Udayan Prasad

Director | The Yellow Handkerchief

Known for Brothers In Trouble (1995), My Son The Fanatic (1997), Gabriel & Me (2001) and The Yellow Handkerchief (2008). Television drama includes Screen 1 and Screen 2 for BBC TV as well as Talking Heads 2: Playing Sandwiches. He also directed episodes of The Tunnel (2013) and the finale of The ...

56. Lester James Peries

Director | Rekava

Lester James Peries was born on April 5, 1919 in Colombo, Ceylon. He was a director and writer, known for The Line of Destiny (1956), Changes in the Village (1963) and Yagunthaya (1985). He was married to Sumitra Peries. He died on April 29, 2018 in Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka.

57. Lucian Pintilie

Director | Terminus paradis

Lucian Pintilie was born on November 9, 1933 in Tarutino, Bessarabia, Romania. He was a director and writer, known for Next Stop Paradise (1998), Sunday at Six (1966) and The Oak (1992). He was married to Clody Bertola. He died on May 16, 2018 in Bucharest, Romania.

59. James Ponsoldt

Director | The Spectacular Now

James Ponsoldt was born in 1978 in Athens, Georgia, USA as James Adam Ponsoldt. He is a director and producer, known for The Spectacular Now (2013), The Circle (2017) and The End of the Tour (2015). He has been married to Megan Holloway since September 25, 2010.

60. Al Pacino

Actor | Serpico

Al Pacino established himself during one of cinema's most vibrant decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.

Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, to an Italian-American family. His parents, Rose (nee ...

61. Dhundiraj Govind Phalke

Director | Lanka Dahan

Dadasaaheb Phalke was born in 1870 in Trymbakeshwar in Nasik. He was born to a Sanskrit scholar, he studied at J.J. college of Art in Bombay and at Kala Bhavan, Baroda. He then studied architecture and became landscape painter of academic nature studies. He worked in a photographic studio and at ...

62. Rafi Pitts

Writer | Soy Nero

Rafi Pitts' films have attained acclaim and awards around the globe. Pitts' first feature, The Fifth Season (1997), premiered in the Venice Film Festival. His second, Sanam (2000) was hailed by French critics and compared to The 400 Blows (1959). In 2003, Pitts presented his controversial feature ...

63. Artavazd Peleshian

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 (...

64. Jean Painlevé

Director | Pasteur

Jean Painlevé was born on November 20, 1902 in Paris, France. He was a director and writer, known for Pasteur (1947), The Seahorse (1934) and Crevettes (1930). He died on July 2, 1989 in Paris.

65. 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).

66. Sai Paranjape

Director | Sparsh

Sai Paranjpye has succeeded as a woman filmmaker of contemporary India in making work that has received both critical recognition and popular commercial appeal.She is of mixed ancestry with a Russian father and a mother from Maharashtra who had studied math in Cambridge,England.After her parents ...

67. Olga Preobrazhenskaya

Director | Tikhiy Don

Olga Preobrazhenskaya was a Russian theater and film actress, film director, screenwriter and teacher. She studied in the studio of the Moscow Art Theater (1905-1906), then worked in provincial theaters. She made her film debut in 1913. In 1915, she played a number of roles of famous heroines: Liza...

70. Vera Plívová-Simková

Director | Kruh

Vera Plívová-Simková was born on May 29, 1934 in Lomnice nad Popelkou, Czechoslovakia. She is a director and writer, known for Circle (2001), Nez se rozhrne opona (1957) and Prijela k nám pout (1973).

71. Ho-Cheung Pang

Writer | Chi Ming yi Chun Kiu

Pang Ho-cheung was born in Hong Kong. He started working after finishing secondary school. Some of his jobs included working as a postman, a hawker, a waiter and a painting tutor for children. At the same time, he also sent his novels and film critiques to newspapers and magazines, many of which ...

72. Amos Poe

Director | Dead Weekend

Amos Poe is a director and producer, known for Dead Weekend (1995), Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) and A Walk in the Park (2012).

73. Christine Pascal

Writer | Le petit prince a dit

Christine Pascal was born on November 29, 1953 in Lyon, Rhône, France. She was an actress and writer, known for And the Little Prince Said (1992), Félicité (1979) and Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975). She was married to Robert Boner. She died on August 30, 1996 in Garches, Hauts-de-Seine,...

74. Reza Parsa

Writer | Före stormen

Signed the appeal Swedish Film Workers for Peace and Freedom in an Independent Palestine.

75. Rachel Perkins

Director | One Night the Moon

Rachel Perkins was born in 1970. She is a director and producer, known for One Night the Moon (2001), Radiance (1998) and Bran Nue Dae (2009).

76. Anne Claire Poirier

Producer | Mourir à tue-tête

Born in Montreal. Study first in Law but turn to the Conservatoire d'art dramatique. She works on TV at the Societe Radio-Canada as an actress, an interviewer, a writer. Enters the Office du film du Canada in 1960 in the Translation's Office. From edition to production then direction, she becomes a...

77. Ivan Pyrev

Director | Skazanie o zemle sibirskoy

Ivan Pyrev was born on November 4, 1901 in Kamen, Tomsk Governorate, Russian Empire as Ivan Aleksandrovich Pyriev. He was a director and writer, known for Symphony of Life (1948), They Met in Moscow (1941) and Six P.M. (1944). He was married to Lionella Pyryeva and Marina Ladynina. He died on ...

78. Ventura Pons

Director | Anita no perd el tren

Ventura Pons was born on July 25, 1945 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Bonaventura Pons i Sala. He is a director and producer, known for Anita Takes a Chance (2001), To Die (Or Not) (2000) and What's It All About (1995).

79. Alex Ross Perry

Writer | Golden Exits

Alex Ross Perry is a writer and actor, known for Golden Exits (2017), Her Smell (2018) and Listen Up Philip (2014).



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