20 Best Directors Alive

Sorry, I had to exclude directors like David Lynch, Michael Haneke, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, George Lucas, Gus Van Sant, Robert Zemeckis, Darren Aronofsky, Sofia Coppola, Mira Nair, Ron Howard, Paul Thomas Anderson, Gore Verbinski, Michael Mann, Baz Luhrmann, Guillermo del Toro, Zack Snyder, Michel Gondry, Peter Weir, Kathryn Bigelow, Ethan Coen and last but not the least Stephen Daldry.
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1.
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...
“ One of the Best Directors of all time. His notable films are Fight Club, Se7en, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and most recently, 2011 Oscar favorite, The Social Network. He's been nominated for 2 Best Director Oscars (Benjamin Button, The Social Network) and one Palm d'Or (Zodiac). ” - Ab Siddique
 
2.
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese directed landmark films such as the crime film Mean Streets (1973), the vigilante-thriller Taxi Driver (1976), the biographical sports drama Raging Bull (1980), the black comedy The King of Comedy (1983), and the crime films Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995), all of which he collaborated on with actor and close friend Robert De Niro...
“ There are no words to describe Martin Scorsese's talent. So much entertainment, so much brilliancy. Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Aviator and last but not the least The Departed. Winner of a Best Director Oscar (The Departed), Best Director at Cannes (After Hours) and a Palm d'Or (Taxi Driver). ” - Ab Siddique
 
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...
“ A movie with a perfect blend of rock music. Yes, this is yet another Tarantino masterpiece. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds. Do I have to describe why they are legendary? I know I don't, because the moment you saw it, you understood why he's so artistic and genius minded. Nominated for 2 Best Director Oscars (Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds) and won a Palm d'Or (Pulp Fiction). ” - Ab Siddique
 
4.
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...
“ Know as the Director who never makes "Bad Films". From Memento to Inception, he truly keeps his fans into the world of dreams. ” - Ab Siddique
 
5.
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ If the Orcs of The Lord of The Rings Trilogy is still haunting you, then it's totally Jackson's fault because he is that perfect with his fantasies. Winner of a Best Director Oscar (The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King). ” - Ab Siddique
 
6.
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
“ Movies with a twist, yes, he's the master of these kind of movies. Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland and animated The Corpse Bride. Nominated for Palm d'Or (Ed Wood). ” - Ab Siddique
 
7.
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...
“ He is the Million Dollar Baby. A God gifted mixture of actor and director. It's very hard to start with his works and end it as well. Winner of 2 Best Director Oscars (Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby) and a Carrosse d'Or winner at the Cannes (Mystic River). ” - Ab Siddique
 
8.
James Cameron
Writer, Aliens
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 but, after graduating, drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition. He landed his first professional film job as art director...
“ He is the master of Si-Fi. Jim made two top grossing movies of all time, back to back (Titanic, Avatar). He created Aliens, robots in The Terminator, sank the unsinkable ship Titanic and recently forced us to love Pandora than our mother Earth, in Avatar. Won a Best Director Oscar (Titanic). ” - Ab Siddique
 
9.
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ A living legend, and a master of gangster movies. Won a Best Director Oscar (The Godfather: Part II) and 2 Palm d'Or (Apocalypse Now, The Conversation). ” - Ab Siddique
 
10.
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...
“ Spielberg kept us in his fantasies from Indiana Jones to Jurassic Park, scared us with Jaws, made us cry with The Color Purple, entertained us with E.T. and last but not the least, gained love from around the world by Saving Private Ryan. Winner of 2 Best Director Oscars (Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan) and a Palm d'Or nominee. ” - Ab Siddique
 
11.
Oliver Stone
Director, Platoon
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success. William Oliver Stone was born in New York City...
“ If we talk about war movies, we must mention Oliver's name. He kept us on our toes by recruiting a young college student as a war volunteer in Platoon and made us anti-war fans in Born on the Fourth of July and then revealed the assassination story of JFK in JFK. Winner of 2 Best Director Oscars (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July). ” - Ab Siddique
 
12.
“ Slumdog Millionaire. This is the best reason why he is one of the best. He told us the story of rags to riches, made us love a Hindi song-dance movie and recently thrilled us by a story of a trapped mountain climber with 127 Hours. No one could have told us a story of a drug addict as he did in Trainspotting. One of the all time best British directors. Winner of a Best Director Oscar (Slumdog Millionaire). ” - Ab Siddique
 
13.
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ Ang Lee is most famous for Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger- Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. Winner of a Best Director Oscar (Brokeback Mountain), 2 DGA (Crouching Tiger- Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain) and nominated for 2 Palm d'Or (Ice Storm, Taking Woodstock). ” - Ab Siddique
 
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“ A brilliant film maker. Brother of another brilliant Ethan Coen. He's so much responsible for introducing Western culture to the modern world. From Barton Fink to True Grit, the consistency amaze us all. Winner of a Best Director Oscar (No Country For Men), 3 Best Directors at the Cannes (Barton Fink, Fargo, The Man Who Wasn't There) and a Palm d'Or (Barton Fink). ” - Ab Siddique
 
15.
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...
“ Robbing casinos is not good but Steven Soderbergh did it so brilliantly in the Oceans Trilogy that we can't hate him for that. He made Erin Brockovich which won Julia Roberts her Oscar, Traffic gave Benicio Del Toro and himself their most deserving Oscars. His first movie Sex, Lies, and Videotape earned himself a Palm d'Or and forced us to notice him at first sight. Winner of a Best Director Oscar (Traffic) and Palm d'Or (Sex, Lies, and Videotape). ” - Ab Siddique
 
16.
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ Master of comedy. His movies make us laugh, make us cry and make him love more and more. From Annie Hall to Vicky Christina Barcelona, the journey is amazing. Winner of a Best Director Oscar (Annie Hall). ” - Ab Siddique
 
17.
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...
“ He deserves to be in the top 10 because of his brilliant works in the past like Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Oliver Twist, Tess and so on. But recently there are son many other brilliant directors that it is very hard to look for nook and cranny in the top 10 for him. Though this French man is one of the best director this industry has ever produced. Won the Best Director Oscar in 2003 (The Pianist) and a Palm d'Or for the same film. ” - Ab Siddique
 
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)...
“ A master with so many masterpieces: Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster, and recently Robin Hood. Nominated for 3 Best Director Oscars (Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down). ” - Ab Siddique
 
19.
Rob Marshall
Director, Chicago
“ There are only three films in his career; Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha and Nine. His on going production, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, is said to be the most anticipated film of 2011. ” - Ab Siddique
 
20.
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...
“ This Mexican genius is an international icon for so many international directors. He's like the Satyajit Ray of 21st century. His notable works are: Babel, Amores perros, 21 Grams and the recent Biutiful. Nominated for a Best Director Oscar (Babel) and a Palm d'Or for the same movie. ” - Ab Siddique