Top Directors...

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1.
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...
“ Magnolia, TWBB, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, Hard Eight ” - dwhatif
 
2.
David Lynch
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ Mulholland Dr., Lost Highway, Inland Empire, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Eraserhead ” - dwhatif
 
3.
Akira Kurosawa
Writer, Yojimbo
After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata. Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom...
“ Seven Samurai, Sanjuro, Rashomon, Bad Sleep Well, Yojimbo, High and Low, Ran, Stray Dog, Kagemusha, ” - dwhatif
 
4.
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics...
“ Fistful of Dollars, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, For a Few Dollars More, Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a time in America ” - dwhatif
 
5.
Jean-Pierre Melville
Writer, Le Samouraï
The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its Ishmaels and its Claggarts a challenge to the European canon...
“ Army of Shadows, Le Doulos, Bob Le Flambeur, Le Samourai, Le Cercle Rouge, Les Enfants Terribles, Le Deuxième Souffle ” - dwhatif
 
6.
Lars von Trier
Writer, Melancholia
Lars von Trier (the "von" was adopted during his stay at the Danish Film School) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1956. He graduated from the Danish Film School in 1983 with his short film Befrielsesbilleder ("Images of Relief"), which won the Best Film award at the Munich Film Festival the following year...
“ Antichrist, Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, Breaking the Wave, Manderlay, The Element of Crime, Epidemic ” - dwhatif
 
7.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
His six feature films-Amores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006) (comprising the "Death Trilogy"), Biutiful (2010), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), and The Revenant (2015)-have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations and wins...
“ 21 Grams, Amores Perros, Biutiful, Babel ” - dwhatif
 
8.
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...
“ Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler, Pi, The Fountain ” - dwhatif
 
9.
Roman Polanski
Director, The Pianist
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 before World War II began...
“ Repulsion, The Ghost Writer, Chinatown, Fearless Vampire Killers, Rosemary's Baby, The Tenant, Knife in the Water......... Rush Hour 3 ” - dwhatif
 
10.
Werner Herzog
Director, Grizzly Man
Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn't finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for his films.
“ Stroszek, Bad Lieutenant, Aguirre, Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht, Encounters at the End of the World, Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man, Rescue Dawn, Woyzeck, My Son, My Son, What Have You Done ” - dwhatif
 
11.
Takashi Miike
Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura, primarily because there were no entrance exams...
“ Audition, Gozu, Ichi the Killer, Imprint, One Missed Call, Dead or Alive, Three Extremes, Sukiyaki Western Django ” - dwhatif
 
12.
“ In Vanda's Room, Ossos, Colossal Youth ” - dwhatif
 
13.
“ Enter The Void, Irreversible, I Stand Alone ” - dwhatif