20 Best Directors Working Today.

The list is based on their recent work, last decade mostly, but the entire body of work and the continuing quality and artistry of film-making delivered is also considered.
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1.
Martin Scorsese
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films...
“ A maestro in a league of his own, as great as the other directors on the list might be.

Best Recent Films: The Departed, Shutter Island, Hugo.
Best Film: GoodFellas.
Next Film: Silence. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
2.
Christopher Nolan
Born in London in 1970, Christopher Nolan began making films at the age of seven years using his father's Super-8 camera and an assortment of male action figures. He graduated to making films involving real people, and his Super-8 surrealistic short 'Tarantella' was shown on P.B.S.' 'image union' in 1989...
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Best Recent Films: Inception, the Dark Knight, Memento.
Best Film: Inception, Memento.
Next Film: The Dark Knight Rises. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
3.
Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
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Best Recent Films: Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2.
Best Film: Pulp Fiction.
Next Film: Django Unchained. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
4.
Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood finished high school at the comparatively late age of 19 and worked odd jobs for several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
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Best Recent Films: Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River.
Best Film: Unforgiven.
Next Film: TBA. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
5.
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
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 and music videos after signing with N...
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Best Recent Films: Benjamin Button, Zodiac, the Social Network.
Best Film: Fight Club.
Next Film: TBA. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
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“ The Coen Brothers, Ethan and Joel Coen.

Best Recent Films: No Country for Old Men, True Grit.
Best Film: No Country for Old Men.
Next Film: Inside Llewyn Davis. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
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Best Recent Films: The Man from London, Werckmeister Harmonies.
Best Film: Satantango.
Next Film: The Turin Horse. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
8.
David Lynch
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 director Jennifer Chambers Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
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Best Recent Films: Mulholland Dr., Inland Empire
Best Film: Mulholland Dr.
Next Film: TBA. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
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Best Recent Films: The White Ribbon, Cache.
Best Film: Cache.
Next Film: Love (Amour). ” - Ali_Mandi
 
10.
Paul Thomas Anderson
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 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
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Best Recent Films: There Will Be Blood, Punch-Drunk Love.
Best Film: There Will Be Blood.
Next Film: The Master. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
11.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director. González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006)...
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Best Recent Films: 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful.
Best Film: Biutiful.
Next Film: TBA. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
12.
Sam Mendes
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-years-old...
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Best Recent Films: Revolutionary Road.
Best Film: American Beauty.
Next Film: Skyfall. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
13.
Steven Soderbergh
Director, Ocean's Eleven
Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge...
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Best Recent Films: Che, Traffic, Ocean's Eleven.
Best Film: Che.
Next Film: Haywire. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
14.
Darren Aronofsky
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 several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
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Best Recent Films: The Wrestler, Black Swan.
Best Film: Black Swan.
Next Film: TBA. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
15.
Wes Anderson
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
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Best Recent Films: The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Best Film: The Royal Tenenbaums.
Next Film: Moonrise Kingdom. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
16.
Steven Spielberg
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
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Best Recent Films: Munich, Minority Report.
Best Film: Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List.
Next Film: Lincolin. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
17.
Ron Howard
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
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Best Recent Films: A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man.
Best Film: Cinderella Man.
Next Film: Rush. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
18.
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), his best known works are the noir science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), crime drama Thelma & Louise (1991), historical drama and Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000)...
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Best Recent Films: Body of Lies, American Gangster.
Best Film: Blade Runner.
Next Film: Prometheus. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
19.
Paul Greengrass
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 Television...
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Best Recent Films: Green Zone, The Bourne Ultimatum.
Best Film: The Bourne Ultimatum.
Next Film: TBA. ” - Ali_Mandi
 
20.
Mel Gibson
Actor, Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
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Best Recent Films: The Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto.
Best Film: Braveheart, the Passion of the Christ.
Next Film: TBA. (sadly, not anytime soon) ” - Ali_Mandi