Favorite Filmmakers

Rating the movies I watched for my favorite directors. This list will be updated every now and then with a new director and new films.

PS:
I included a rating next to each director to help me organize them, and that's it. I do not consider a director with a B or C rating a second rated director. I love every person on this list otherwise he will not be included.

★★★★★ = Masterpiece
★★★★ = Recommended
★★★ = Decent
★★ = Mediocre
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1.
Orson Welles
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was seven) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr...
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14 Films / 8 Favorites

Citizen Kane (1941) ★★★★★
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) ★★★★★
The Stranger (1946) ★★★★
The Lady from Shanghai (1947) ★★★★★
Macbeth (1948) ★★★★
The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1952) ★★★★★
Mr. Arkadin (1955)[ ★★★★★
Touch of Evil (1958) ★★★★★
The Fountain of Youth (1958) ★★★★
Le procès (1962) ★★★★★
Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight) (1966) ★★★★★
Histoire immortelle (1968) ★★★
F for Fake (1973) ★★★★
Filming 'Othello' (1978) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
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Jean-Luc Godard
Director, My Life to Live
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of Switzerland and attended school in Nyons (Switzerland)...
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37 Films / 12 Favorites

Charlotte et Véronique, ou Tous les garçons s'appellent Patrick (1959) ★★★★
Charlotte et son Jules (1960) ★★★★
À bout de souffle (1960) ★★★★★
Une femme est une femme (1961) ★★★★★
Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux (1962) ★★★★★
Le petit soldat (1963) ★★★★
Les carabiniers (1963) ★★★★
Le mépris (1963) ★★★★★
Bande à part (1964) ★★★★★
Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 (1964) ★★★★
Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965) ★★★★★
Pierrot le fou (1965) ★★★★★
Masculin féminin (1966) ★★★★★
Made in U.S.A (1966) ★★★★★
2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967) ★★★★
La chinoise (1967) ★★★★
Le plus vieux métier du monde (1967) ★★★★
Week End (1967) ★★★★★
Tout va bien (1972) ★★★
Numéro deux (1975) ★★★
Ici et ailleurs (1976) ★★★★
France/tour/detour/deux/enfants (1977) ★★★★★
Sauve qui peut (la vie) (la vie) (1980) ★★★
Passion(1982) ★★★
Scénario du film 'Passion' (1982) ★★★★
Prénom Carmen (1983) ★★★★
'Je vous salue, Marie' (1985) ★★★★
Détective (1985) ★★★★
King Lear (1987) ★★★★
Histoire(s) du cinéma (1988-1998) ★★★★★
Nouvelle vague (1990) ★★★★
Allemagne 90 neuf zéro (1991) ★★★★
Hélas pour moi (1993) ★★★
For Ever Mozart (1996) ★★★
Éloge de l'amour (2001) ★★★★
Notre musique (2004) ★★★★
Film socialisme (2010) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
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Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular "Little Tramp" character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
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14 Films / 8 Favorites

Burlesque on Carmen (1915) ★★★★★
One A.M. (1916) ★★★★
Easy Street (1917) ★★★★
The Kid (1921) ★★★★
The Pilgrim (1923) ★★★
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) ★★★
The Gold Rush (1925) ★★★★★
The Circus (1928) ★★★★
City Lights (1931) ★★★★★
Modern Times (1936) ★★★★★
The Great Dictator (1940) ★★★★★
Monsieur Verdoux (1947) ★★★★★
Limelight (1952) ★★★★★
A King in New York (1957) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
4.
Yasujirô Ozu
Director, Tokyo Story
Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first film the next year...
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“I formulated my own directing style in my own head, proceeding without any unnecessary imitation of others… for me there was no such thing as a teacher. I have relied entirely on my own strength.”

28 Films / 11 Favorites

Daigaku wa detakeredo (I Graduated, But...) (1929) ★★★
Rakudai wa shitakeredo (I Failed But...) (1930) ★★★★
Sono yo no tsuma (That Night's Wife) (1930) ★★★★
Shukujo to hige (The Lady and the Beard) (1931) ★★★
Tôkyô no kôrasu (Tokyo Chorus) (1931) ★★★
Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo(I Was Born, But...) (1932) ★★★★★
Dekigokoro (Passing Fancy) (1933) ★★★★★
Ukikusa monogatari (A Story of Floating Weeds) (1934) ★★★★
Tôkyô no yado (An Inn in Tokyo) (1935) ★★★★
Hitori musuko (The Only Son) (1936) ★★★★★
Shukujo wa nani o wasureta ka (What Did the Lady Forget?) (1937) ★★★★
Todake no kyôdai (The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family) (1941) ★★★★★
Chichi ariki (There Was a Father) (1942) ★★★★
Nagaya shinshiroku (Record of a Tenement Gentleman) (1947) ★★★★★
Kaze no naka no mendori (A Hen in the Wind) (1948) ★★★★
Banshun (Late Spring) (1949) ★★★★★
Munekata kyôdai (The Munekata Sisters) (1950) ★★★
Bakushû (Early Summer) (1951) ★★★★★
Ochazuke no aji (Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice) (1952) ★★★★
Tôkyô monogatari (Tokyo Story) (1953) ★★★★★
Sôshun (Early Spring) (1956) ★★★★
Tôkyô boshoku (Tokyo Twilight) (1957) ★★★★
Higanbana (Equinox Flower) (1958) ★★★★
Ukikusa (Floating Weeds) (1959) ★★★★★
Ohayô (Good Morning) (1959) ★★★★★
Akibiyori (1960) (Late Autumn) ★★★★
Kohayagawa-ke no aki (1961) (The End of Summer) ★★★★
Sanma no aji (1962) (An Autumn Afternoon) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
5.
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 Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
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43 Films / 11 Favorites

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1926) ★★★
The Ring (1927) ★★★★
Blackmail (1929) ★★
Rich and Strange (1930) ★★★
Murder! (1931) ★★★
Number Seventeen (1932) ★★★
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) ★★★★
The 39 Steps (1935) ★★★★★
Sabotage (1936) ★★★
Secret Agent (1936) ★★★
Young and Innocent (1937) ★★
The Lady Vanishes (1938) ★★★★★
Jamaica Inn (1939) ★★
Rebecca (1940) ★★★★★
Foreign Correspondent (1940) ★★★★★
Suspicion (1941) ★★★
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) ★★★★
Saboteur (1942) ★★★★
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) ★★★★
Lifeboat (1944) ★★★
Spellbound (1945) ★★★
Notorious (1946) ★★★★★
The Paradine Case (1947) ★★★
Rope (1948) ★★★★
Under Capricorn (1949) ★★★★★
Stage Fright (1951) ★★★
Strangers on a Train (1951) ★★★★
I Confess (1953) ★★★
Dial M for Murder (1954) ★★★★
Rear Window (1954) ★★★★★
To Catch a Thief (1955) ★★★
The Trouble with Harry (1955) ★★★★
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) ★★★
The Wrong Man (1956) ★★★★★
Vertigo (1958) ★★★★★
North by Northwest (1959) ★★★★★
Psycho (1960) ★★★★★
The Birds (1963) ★★★★
Marnie (1964) ★★★★
Torn Curtain (1966) ★★
Topaz (1969) ★★★
Frenzy (1972) ★★★
Family Plot (1976) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
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10 Films / 6 Favorites

Shadows (1959) ★★★★
Too Late Blues (1961) ★★★
Faces (1968) ★★★★★
Husbands (1970) ★★★★
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) ★★★
A Woman Under the Influence (1974) ★★★★★
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) ★★★★★
Opening Night (1977) ★★★★★
Gloria (1980) ★★★★★
Love Streams (1984) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
7.
Abbas Kiarostami
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30...
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20 Films / 10 Favorites

Nan va Koutcheh (1970) ★★★★
Zang-e Tafrih (1972) ★★★
Mossafer (1974) ★★★
Dow Rahehal Baraye yek Massaleh (1975) ★★★★★
Lebassi Baraye Arossi (1976) ★★★★
Gozaresh (1977) ★★★★
Be Tartib ya Bedoun-e Tartib (1981) ★★★★★
Hamsarayan (1982) ★★★★
Khane-ye doust kodjast? (1987) ★★★★★
Mashgh-e Shab (1989) ★★★
Nema-ye Nazdik (1990) ★★★★★
Zendegi va digar hich (1992) ★★★★★
Zire darakhatan zeyton (1994) ★★★★★
Ta'm e guilass (1997) ★★★★★
Bad ma ra khahad bord (1999) ★★★★★
Dah (2002) ★★★★
Five Dedicated to Ozu (2003) ★★★
Roads of Kiarostami (2006) ★★★
Copie conforme (2010) ★★★★★
Like Someone in Love (2012) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
8.
Nicholas Ray
Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle, Jr. in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the University of Chicago after a year...
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16 Films / 8 Favorites

They Live by Night (1948) ★★★★★
Knock on Any Door (1949) ★★★★
A Woman's Secret (1949) ★★★★
Born to Be Bad (1950) ★★★★
In a Lonely Place (1950) ★★★★★
On Dangerous Ground (1952) ★★★★★
The Lusty Men (1952) ★★★★
Johnny Guitar (1954) ★★★★★
Run for Cover (1955) ★★★★
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) ★★★★★
Bigger Than Life (1956) ★★★★★
The True Story of Jesse James (1957) ★★★
Bitter Victory (1957) ★★★★★
Party Girl (1958) ★★★★★
Wind Across the Everglades (1958) ★★★
The Savage Innocents (1960) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
9.
Howard Hawks
Director, The Big Sleep
What do the classic films Scarface, Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, Sergeant York, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Rio Bravo have in common? Aside from their displays of great craftsmanship, the answer is director Howard Hawks...
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22 Films / 10 Favorites

Fig Leaves (1926) ★★★
A Girl in Every Port (1928) ★★★★
Scarface (1932) ★★★★★
Twentieth Century (1934) ★★★★★
Bringing Up Baby (1938) ★★★★★
Only Angels Have Wings (1939) ★★★★★
His Girl Friday (1940) ★★★★
Ball of Fire (1941) ★★★
To Have and Have Not (1944) ★★★★★
The Big Sleep (1946) ★★★★★
Red River (1948) ★★★★
I Was a Male War Bride (1949) ★★★
The Thing from Another World (1951) ★★★★★
Monkey Business (1952) ★★★★★
The Big Sky (1952) ★★★★
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) ★★★★★
Land of the Pharaohs (1955) ★★★★
Rio Bravo (1959) ★★★★★
Hatari! (1962) ★★★★
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964) ★★★★
Red Line 7000 (1965) ★★★
El Dorado (1966) ★★★ ” - Msainy
 
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Fritz Lang
Director, M
Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. From 1910 to 1914...
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32 Films / 7 Favorites

Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See (Two Parts) (1919) ★★★
Harakiri (1919)
Der müde Tod (1921) ★★★★
Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (1922) ★★★★
Die Nibelungen (1924) ★★★★★
Metropolis (1927) ★★★★★
Spione (1928) ★★★★★
Frau im Mond (1929) ★★★★
M (1931) ★★★★★
Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (1933) ★★★
Fury (1936) ★★★★
You Only Live Once (1937) ★★★★
You and Me (1938) ★★★★
The Return of Frank James (1940) ★★★
Western Union (1941) ★★★
Man Hunt (1941) ★★★★
Hangmen Also Die! (1943) ★★★★
Ministry of Fear (1944) ★★★
The Woman in the Window (1944) ★★★
Scarlet Street (1945) ★★★
Cloak and Dagger (1946) ★★★
House by the River (1950) ★★★
Rancho Notorious (1952) ★★★★
Clash by Night (1952) ★★★★★
The Blue Gardenia (1953) ★★★
The Big Heat (1953) ★★★★★
Human Desire (1954) ★★★
Moonfleet (1955) ★★★★
While the City Sleeps (1956) ★★★★★
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) ★★★★
Der Tiger von Eschnapur (1959) ★★★★
Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse (1960) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
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19 Films / 9 Favorites

Feature Films:
Hiroshima mon amour (1959) ★★★★★
L'année dernière à Marienbad (1961) ★★★★★
Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour (1963) ★★★★★
La guerre est finie (1966) ★★★
Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968) ★★★★
Stavisky... (1974) ★★★
Providence (1977) ★★★★
Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980) ★★★★★
La vie est un roman (1983) ★★★★
L'amour à mort (1984) ★★★★
Mélo (1986) ★★★★★
I Want to Go Home (1989) ★★★
Smoking/No Smoking (1993) ★★★★
On connaît la chanson (1997) ★★★★★
Pas sur la bouche (2003) ★★★★
Coeurs (2006) ★★★★★
Les herbes folles (2009) ★★★★
Vous n'avez encore rien vu (2012) ★★★★★
Aimer, boire et chanter (2014) ★★★★★


Short Documentaries:
Guernica (1950) ★★★
Les statues meurent aussi (1953) ★★★
Night and Fog (1955) ★★★
Toute la mémoire du monde (1956) ★★★
Le chant du Styrène (1959) ★★★ ” - Msainy
 
12.
Jean Renoir
Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he began to make movies; he wanted to make a star of her...
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27 Films / 6 Favorites

La fille de l'eau (1925) ★★★
Sur un air de Charleston (1927) ★★★
La petite marchande d'allumettes (1928) ★★★★
La chienne (1931) ★★★★
La nuit du carrefour (1931) ★★★
Boudu sauvé des eaux (1932) ★★★★
Toni (1934) ★★★★
Le crime de Monsieur Lange (1935) ★★★★★
Les bas-fonds (1936) ★★★
Partie de campagne (1936) ★★★★★
La grande illusion (1937) ★★★★★
La bête humaine (1938) ★★★
La Marseillaise (1938) ★★★★
La règle du jeu (1939) ★★★★★
Swamp Water (1941) ★★★
This Land Is Mine (1943) ★★★★★
The Southerner (1945) ★★★★
The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946) ★★★★
The Woman on the Beach (1947) ★★★
The River (1951) ★★★★
Le carrosse d'or (1952) ★★★★★
French Cancan (1955) ★★★★
Elena et les hommes (1956) ★★
Le testament du Docteur Cordelier (1959) ★★★★
Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (1959) ★★★
Le caporal épinglé (1962) ★★★
Le petit théâtre de Jean Renoir (1970) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
13.
Stanley Kubrick
Director, The Shining
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
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13 Films / 5 Favorites

Day of the Fight (1951) ★★★
Killer's Kiss (1955) ★★★
The Killing (1956) ★★★★★
Paths of Glory (1957) ★★★★
Spartacus (1960) ★★★★
Lolita (1962) ★★★★
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) ★★★★
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) ★★★★★
A Clockwork Orange (1971) ★★★
Barry Lyndon (1975) ★★★★★
The Shining (1980) ★★★★★
Full Metal Jacket (1987) ★★★★★
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
14.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and even antigay...
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32 Films / 6 Favorites

Liebe ist kälter als der Tod (1969) ★★★★
Katzelmacher (1969) ★★★★★
Der amerikanische Soldat (1970) ★★★★
Götter der Pest (1970) ★★★★
Die Niklashauser Fart (1970) ★★★
Warum läuft Herr R. Amok (1970) ★★
Pioniere in Ingolstadt (1971) ★★★★
Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte (1971) ★★★
Whity (1971) ★★★
Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (1971) ★★★★
Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (1972) ★★★★★
Welt am Draht (1972) ★★★★★
Wildwechsel (1973) ★★★★
Nora Helmer (1974) ★★★
Angst essen Seele auf (1974) ★★★★★
Martha (1974) ★★★★
Fontane Effi Briest (1974) ★★
Angst vor der Angst (1975) ★★★★
Faustrecht der Freiheit (1975) ★★★★
Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel (1975) ★★★★
Chinesisches Roulette (1976) ★★★★
Satansbraten (1976) ★★★
Ich will doch nur, daß ihr mich liebt (1976) ★★★★
Despair (1978) ★★★
In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden (1978) ★★★★
Die dritte Generation (1979) ★★★★
Die Ehe der Maria Braun (1979) ★★★★★
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) ★★★★★
Lola (1981) ★★★★
Lili Marleen (1981) ★★★
Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (1982) ★★★★
Querelle (1982) ★★★ ” - Msainy
 
15.
Luis Buñuel
The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the university there, where his close friends included Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca...
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25 Films / 7 Favorites

Un chien andalou (1928) ★★★★
L'âge d'or (1930) ★★★★
Las Hurdes (1932) ★★
El gran calavera (1949) ★★★
Los olvidados (1950) ★★★★★
Susana (1951) ★★★
El bruto (1953) ★★★
El (1953) ★★★★
La ilusión viaja en tranvía (1954) ★★★
Abismos de pasión (1954) ★★
Robinson Crusoe (1954) ★★★
Ensayo de un crimen (1955) ★★★★
Nazarín (1958) ★★★
La fièvre monte à El Pao (1959) ★★★
The Young One (1960) ★★★
Viridiana (1961) ★★★★★
El Ángel Exterminador (1962) ★★★★★
Le journal d'une femme de chambre (1964) ★★★★
Simón del desierto (1965) ★★★★
Belle de jour (1967) ★★★★★
La voie lactée (1969) ★★★
Tristana (1970) ★★★★
Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972) ★★★★★
Le fantôme de la liberté (1974) ★★★★★
Cet obscur objet du désir (1977) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
16.
John Ford
Director, The Searchers
John Ford is, arguably, The Great American Director. When Orson Welles, who repeatedly screened Ford's Stagecoach as a crash course in filmmaking before helming his first film, Citizen Kane, was asked who his three favorite directors were, he answered, "John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." Along with D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille...
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29 Films / 8 Favorites

The Iron Horse (1924) ★★★★★
3 Bad Men (1926) ★★★★
Judge Priest (1934) ★★★★
The Informer (1935) ★★★★
The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936) ★★★★
Stagecoach (1939) ★★★★★
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) ★★★★
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) ★★
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) ★★★★
The Long Voyage Home (1940) ★★★
Tobacco Road (1941) ★★★★
How Green Was My Valley (1941) ★★★★★
They Were Expendable (1945) ★★★
My Darling Clementine (1946) ★★★★★
Fort Apache (1948) ★★★
3 Godfathers (1948) ★★★
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) ★★★★
Wagon Master (1950) ★★★★
Rio Grande (1950) ★★★★
The Quiet Man (1952) ★★★★
The Sun Shines Bright (1953) ★★★★★
The Long Gray Line (1955) ★★★★★
The Searchers (1956) ★★★★★
The Wings of Eagles (1957) ★★★
The Horse Soldiers (1959) ★★★★
Sergeant Rutledge (1960) ★★★★
Two Rode Together (1961) ★★★
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) ★★★★★
7 Women (1966) ★★★ ” - Msainy
 
17.
Jim Jarmusch
Jarmusch came to New York City from Akron, Ohio to study at Columbia and NYU's film school. He would also study film at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris. He worked as an assistant on Lightning Over Water, a film by Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders, before making his first film, _Permanent Vacation (1982)_...
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11 Films / 8 Favorites

Permanent Vacation (1980) ★★
Stranger Than Paradise (1984) ★★★★★
Down by Law (1986) ★★★★★
Mystery Train (1989) ★★★★★
Night on Earth (1991) ★★★★
Dead Man (1995) ★★★★★
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) ★★★★★
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) ★★★★★
Broken Flowers (2005) ★★★★
The Limits of Control (2009) ★★★★ ★★★★★
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) ★★★★ ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
18.
Kenji Mizoguchi
Director, Ugetsu
Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known outside of Japan because they were especially produced for Venice (e.g...
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11 Films / 5 Favorites

Naniwa erejî(1936) ★★★
Gion no shimai(1936) ★★★★
Zangiku monogatari(1939) ★★★★★
Genroku Chûshingura(1941) ★★★
Utamaro o meguru gonin no onna(1946) ★★★★
Saikaku ichidai onna(1952) ★★★★★
Ugetsu monogatari(1953) ★★★★★
Sanshô dayû(1954) ★★★★★
Chikamatsu monogatari(1954) ★★★★★
Shin Heike monogatari(1955) ★★★
Akasen chitai (1956) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
19.
Buster Keaton
When at six months of age he tumbled down a flight of stairs unharmed, he was given the name "Buster" by Harry Houdini who, along with W.C. Fields, Bill Robinson ("Bojangles"), Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson shared headlines with "The Three Keatons": Buster, his father Joe Keaton and mother Myra Keaton...
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12 Films + (19 Shorts) / 5 Favorites

P.S: Keaton made 19 shorts between 1920 and 1923 and they're all very good, but these are the ones which stand out:


One Week (1920) ★★★★
Neighbors (1920) ★★★★
The Scarecrow (1920) ★★★★
Cops (1921) ★★★★
The 'High Sign' (1921) ★★★★
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Three Ages (1923) ★★★★
Our Hospitality (1923) ★★★★★
Sherlock Jr. (1924) ★★★★★
The Navigator (1924) ★★★★
Seven Chances (1925) ★★★★★
Go West (1925) ★★★★
Battling Butler (1926) ★★★
The General (1926) ★★★★★
College (1927) ★★
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) ★★★★
The Cameraman (1928) ★★★★★
Spite Marriage (1929) ★★★ ” - Msainy
 
20.
F.W. Murnau
Director, Nosferatu
He studied art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg. During World War I, he was a combat pilot.
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10 Films / 4 Favorites


Schloß Vogelöd (1921) ★★★★
Der Gang in die Nacht (1921) ★★
Phantom (1922) ★★★★
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) ★★★★★
Der letzte Mann (1924) ★★★★★
Herr Tartüff (1925) ★★★
Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage (1926) ★★★★
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) ★★★★★
City Girl (1929) ★★★★★
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
21.
Jacques Tati
The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who conducted his business in the fashionable Rue de Castellane and had taken a Dutch-Italian woman...
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7 Films / 3 Favorites

L'école des facteurs (1947) ★★★★
Jour de fête(1948) ★★★★
Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot(1953) ★★★★★
Mon oncle(1958) ★★★★★
Playtime(1967) ★★★★★
Trafic(1971) ★★★★
Parade(1974) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
22.
Erich von Stroheim
Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatmaker from Gliwice, Poland. His family was Jewish. After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America around 1909. Working in various jobs he arrived in Hollywood in 1914 and got work in D.W...
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6 Films / 4 Favorites

Blind Husbands (1919) ★★★★★
Foolish Wives (1922) ★★★★★
Greed (1924) ★★★★★
The Merry Widow (1925) ★★★★★
The Wedding March (1928) ★★★★
Queen Kelly (1929) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
23.
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...
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10 Films / 5 Favorites

Eraserhead (1976) ★★★★★
The Elephant Man (1980) ★★★★
Dune (1984) ★★★
Blue Velvet (1986) ★★★★★
Wild at Heart (1990) ★★★★
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) ★★★★
Lost Highway (1996) ★★★★★
The Straight Story (1999) ★★★★
Mulholland Dr. (2001) ★★★★★
Inland Empire (2006) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
24.
Ernst Lubitsch
From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at night...
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17 Films / 5 Favorites

Ich möchte kein Mann sein (1918) ★★★★
Die Austernprinzessin (1919) ★★★★
Die Puppe (1919) ★★★
Madame DuBarry (1919) ★★
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) ★★★★
The Love Parade (1929) ★★★★
Monte Carlo (1930) ★★★★
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) ★★★★
One Hour with You (1932) ★★★★★
Trouble in Paradise (1932) ★★★★★
Broken Lullaby (1932) ★★★★
Design for Living (1933) ★★★★
The Merry Widow (1934) ★★★
Angel (1937) ★★★★
Ninotchka (1939) ★★★
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) ★★★★★
To Be or Not to Be (1942) ★★★★★
Heaven Can Wait (1943) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
25.
Roberto Rossellini
The master filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, as one of the creators of neo-realism, is one of the most influential directors of all time. His neo-realist films influenced France's nouvelle vague movement in the 1950s and '60s that changed the face of international cinema. He also influenced American directors, including Martin Scorsese...
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12 Films / 7 Favorites

Rome, Open City (1945) ★★★★★
Paisan (1946) ★★★★★
Germany, Year Zero (1947) ★★★★★
L'amore (1948) ★★★
Stromboli (1949) ★★★★★
Francesco, giullare di Dio (1950) ★★★★
Europa '51 (1951) ★★★★★
Voyage in Italy (1953) ★★★★★
Non credo più all'amore (La paura) (1954) ★★★★
Il generale Della Rovere (1959) ★★★★
India: Matri Bhumi (1959) ★★★★★
La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (1966) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
26.
Carl Theodor Dreyer
The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the fact...
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11 Films / 3 Favorites

Præsidenten (1919) ★★★★
Prästänkan (1920) ★★★★
Der var engang (1922) ★★★
Die Gezeichneten (1922) ★★★★
Michael (1924) ★★★★
Du skal ære din hustru (1925) ★★
La passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928) ★★★★★
Vampyr (1932) ★★★★
Vredens dag (1943) ★★★★
Ordet (1955) ★★★★★
Gertrud (1964) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
27.
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9 Films / 5 Favorites

Pickpocket (1997) ★★
Platform (2000) ★★★★★
Unknown Pleasures (2002) ★★★★
The World (2004) ★★★★★
Still Life (2006) ★★★★★
24 City (2008) ★★★★
I Wish I Knew (2010) ★★★★
A Touch of Sin (2013) ★★★★★
Mountains May Depart (2015) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
28.
Ingmar Bergman
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July fourteenth, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions 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 is the trilogy closed. Here...
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27 Films / 7 Favorites

Till glädje (1950) ★★★
Sommarlek (1951) ★★★★
Sommaren med Monika (1953) ★★
Gycklarnas afton (1953) ★★★★
Sommarnattens leende (1955) ★★★★
Det sjunde inseglet (1957) ★★★★★
Smultronstället (1957) ★★★★★
Ansiktet (1958) ★★★★
Nära livet (1958) ★★★★
Jungfrukällan (1959) ★★★★
Djävulens öga (1960) ★★★
Såsom i en spegel (1962) ★★★
Nattvardsgästerna (1962) ★★★★
Tystnaden (1963) ★★★
Persona (1966) ★★★★★
Vargtimmen (1967) ★★★
Skammen (1968) ★★★★
En passion (1969) ★★★★
Viskningar och rop (1972) ★★★★★
Scener ur ett äktenskap (1973) ★★★★★
Trollflöjten (1975) ★★★★
Ansikte mot ansikte (1976) ★★★
The Serpent's Egg (1977) ★★★
Höstsonaten (1978) ★★★★★
Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (1980) ★★
Fanny och Alexander (1982) ★★★★★
Saraband (2003) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
29.
Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie Pather Panchali won several International Awards and set Ray as a world-class director...
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25 Films / 10 Favorites

Pather Panchali (1955) ★★★★
Aparajito (1956) ★★★★★
The Music Room (1958) ★★★★★
The World of Apu (1959) ★★★★★
Devi (1960) ★★★★★
Teen Kanya (1961) ★★★★
Rabindranath Tagore (1961) ★★★★★
Abhijaan (1962) ★★★★★
Kanchenjungha (1962) ★★★★
Mahanagar (1964) ★★★★★
Charulata (1964) ★★★★★
Kapurush (1965) ★★★★
Mahapurush (1965) ★★★
Nayak (1966) ★★★★
Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969) ★★★
Aranyer Din Ratri (1970) ★★★★★
Sikkim (1971) ★★★
Pratidwandi (1971) ★★★★
Ashani Sanket (1973) ★★★★
Seemabaddha (1974) ★★★★
Sonar Kella (1974) ★★★
Jana Aranya (1976) ★★★★★
Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977) ★★★★
Joi Baba Felunath (1979) ★★★★
Ghare-Baire (1984) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
30.
Kar-Wai Wong
Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong cha sit (1997)...
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10 Films / 4 Favorites

Wang Jiao ka men (1988) ★★★
Ah fei zing zyun (1990) ★★★★★
Chung Hing sam lam (1994) ★★★★★
Dung che sai duk (1994) ★★★★
Do lok tin si (1995) ★★★★
Chun gwong cha sit (1997) ★★★★★
Faa yeung nin wa (2000) ★★★★★
2046 (2004) ★★★★
My Blueberry Nights (2007) ★★★★
Yi dai zong shi (2013) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
31.
Federico Fellini
Writer,
The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the devil herself said the priests who ran his school)...
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15 Films / 5 Favorites

Luci del varietà (1950) ★★★
Lo sceicco bianco (1951) ★★★
I vitelloni (1953) ★★★★
La strada (1954) ★★★★★
Il bidone (1955) ★★★
Le notti di Cabiria(1957) ★★★★★
La dolce vita (1960) ★★★★★
(1963) ★★★★★
Giulietta degli spiriti (1965) ★★★★
Fellini - Satyricon (1969) ★★★
I clowns (1970) ★★★★
Roma (1972) ★★★★
Amarcord (1973) ★★★★★
Il Casanova di Federico Fellini (1976) ★★★
Prova d'orchestra (1978) ★★★ ” - Msainy
 
32.
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the films...
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11 Films / 7 Favorites

Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (1979) ★★★★
Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984) ★★★★★
Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986) ★★★★★
Tonari no Totoro (1988) ★★★★★
Majo no takkyûbin (1989) ★★★★★
Kurenai no buta (1992) ★★★★★
Mononoke-hime (1997) ★★★★
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) ★★★★★
Hauru no ugoku shiro (2004) ★★★★★
Gake no ue no Ponyo (2008) ★★★★
Kaze tachinu (2013) ★★★ ” - Msainy
 
33.
Preston Sturges
Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S...
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8 Films / 7 Favorites

The Great McGinty (1940) ★★★★★
Christmas in July (1940) ★★★★★
The Lady Eve (1941) ★★★★★
Sullivan's Travels (1941) ★★★★★
The Palm Beach Story (1942) ★★★★★
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) ★★★★
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) ★★★★★
Unfaithfully Yours (1948) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
34.
Sergei M. Eisenstein
The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and then director...
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7 Films / 4 Favorites

Stachka (1924) ★★★★
Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925) ★★★★★
Oktyabr (1927) ★★★★
Staroye i novoye (1929) ★★★★
Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938) ★★★★★
Ivan Groznyy (1944) ★★★★★
Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1946) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
35.
Billy Wilder
The second of two sons, his father ran a chain of railway station cafes. As a youth he was obsessed with everything American. encouraged by his mother he enrolled as a law student at the University of Vienna but quit after 3 months to be a writer on a magazine which although poorly paid it gave him a great amount of experience interviewing such as Richard Strauss and Sigmund Freud...
“ B+


16 Films / 6 Favorites

Five Graves to Cairo (1943) ★★★★★
Double Indemnity (1944) ★★★★★
The Lost Weekend (1945) ★★★
Sunset Blvd. (1950) ★★★★★
Ace in the Hole (1951) ★★★
Stalag 17 (1953) ★★★
Sabrina (1954) ★★★
The Seven Year Itch (1955) ★★★★
Love in the Afternoon (1957) ★★★
Witness for the Prosecution (1957) ★★★★
Some Like It Hot (1959) ★★★★★
The Apartment (1960) ★★★★
One, Two, Three (1961) ★★
Irma la Douce (1963) ★★★
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) ★★★★★
Avanti! (1972) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
36.
Andrei Tarkovsky
Writer, Solaris
The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood, which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival...
“ B+


7 Films / 3 Favorites

Ivanovo detstvo (1962) ★★★★
Andrey Rublev (1966) ★★★★
Solyaris (1972) ★★★★★
Zerkalo (1976) ★★★
Stalker (1979) ★★★★★
Nostalghia (1983) ★★★★
Offret (1986) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
37.
Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Writer, The Assassin
Of the ten films that Hsiao-Hsien Hou directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film or best director awards from prestigious international films festivals in Venice, Berlin, Hawaii, and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes. In a 1988 worldwide critics' poll, Hou was championed as "one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema." Hou's birthplace...
“ B+


12 Films / 3 Favorites

Feng gui lai de ren (1983) ★★★★
Dong dong de jiàqi (1984) ★★★★
Tóngnián wangshì (1985) ★★★★★
Liàn liàn fengchén (1987) ★★★★
Beiqíng chéngshì (1989) ★★★★★
Xi meng ren sheng (1993) ★★★★★
Hao nan hao nu (1995) ★★★★
Nan guo zai jian, nan guo (1996) ★★★★
Hai shang hua (1998) ★★★★
Qian xi man po (2001) ★★★★
Kôhî jikô (2003) ★★★
Zui hao de shi guang (2005) ★★★ ” - Msainy
 
38.
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...
“ B+


18 Films / 6 Favorites

Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi (1945) ★★★
Yoidore tenshi (1948) ★★★
Nora inu (1949) ★★★★
Rashômon (1950) ★★★★★
Ikiru (1952) ★★★★★
Shichinin no samurai (1954) ★★★★★
Kumonosu-jô (1957) ★★★
Kakushi-toride no san-akunin (1958) ★★★★
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (1960) ★★★
Yôjinbô (1961) ★★★★
Tsubaki Sanjûrô (1962) ★★★★
Tengoku to jigoku (1963) ★★★★★
Akahige (1965) ★★★★
Dodesukaden (1970) ★★★★
Dersu Uzala (1975) ★★★★
Kagemusha (1980) ★★★★
Ran (1985) ★★★★★
Hachi-gatsu no rapusodî (1991) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
39.
Éric Rohmer
Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, some have argued convincingly that...
“ B+


25 Films / 5 Favorites

Le signe du lion (1962) ★★★
1 La boulangère de Monceau (1963) ★★★
2 La carrière de Suzanne (1963) ★★★
3 La collectionneuse (1967) ★★★★
4 Ma nuit chez Maud (1969) ★★★★★
5 Le genou de Claire (1970) ★★★★★
6 L'amour l'après-midi (1972) ★★★★
Die Marquise von O... (1976) ★★★
Perceval le Gallois (1978) ★★★★★
La femme de l'aviateur (1981) ★★★★
Le beau mariage (1982) ★★★
Pauline à la plage (1983) ★★★★
Les nuits de la pleine lune (1984) ★★★★
Le rayon vert (1986) ★★★★★
aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle (1987) ★★★★
L'ami de mon amie (1987) ★★★★★
Conte de printemps (1990) ★★★
Conte d'hiver (1992) ★★★★
L'arbre, le maire et la médiathèque (1993) ★★
Les rendez-vous de Paris (1995) ★★★★
Conte d'été (1996) ★★★★
Conte d'automne (1998) ★★★★
L'anglaise et le duc (2001) ★★★★
Triple agent (2004) ★★★
Les amours d'Astrée et de Céladon (2007) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
40.
Vincente Minnelli
Born Lester Anthony Minnelli in Chicago on February 28 1903, his father Vincent was a musical conductor of the Minnelli Brothers' Tent Theater. Wanting to pursue an artistic career, Minelli worked in the costume department of the Chicago Theater, then on Broadway during the depression as a set designer and costumer...
“ B+


17 Films / 5 Favorites

Cabin in the Sky (1943) ★★
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) ★★★★
The Clock (1945) ★★
Undercurrent (1946) ★★★
The Pirate (1948) ★★★★★
Father of the Bride (1950) ★★★★★
An American in Paris (1951) ★★★★
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) ★★★★★
The Story of Three Loves (1953) ★★★★
The Band Wagon (1953) ★★★★★
Brigadoon (1954) ★★
The Cobweb (1955) ★★★★
Gigi (1958) ★★★★
Some Came Running (1958) ★★★★★
Home from the Hill (1960) ★★★★
Bells Are Ringing (1960) ★★★★
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
41.
François Truffaut
François began to assiduously go to the movies at 7. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who becomes his protector. Bazin helped the delinquent Truffaut and also when he was put in jail because he deserted the army...
“ B+


19 Films / 4 Favorites

Les mistons (1957) ★★★
Les quatre cents coups (1959) ★★★★★
Tirez sur le pianiste (1960) ★★★★★
Antoine et Colette (1962) ★★★★
Jules et Jim (1962) ★★★★★
La peau douce (1964) ★★★★
Fahrenheit 451 (1966) ★★★
La mariée était en noir (1968) ★★★
Baisers volés (1968) ★★★★
La sirène du Mississipi (1969) ★★★
L'enfant sauvage (1970) ★★★★
Domicile conjugal (1970) ★★★
Les deux Anglaises et le continent (1971) ★★★
La nuit américaine (1973) ★★★★★
L'histoire d'Adèle H. (1975) ★★★
La chambre verte (1978) ★★★★
Le dernier métro (1980) ★★★★
La femme d'à côté (1981) ★★★
Vivement dimanche! (1983) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
42.
Jacques Tourneur
Director, Out of the Past
Born in Paris in 1904, Tourneur went to Hollywood with his father, director Maurice Tourneur around 1913. He started out as a script clerk and editor for his father, then graduated to such jobs as directing shorts (often with the pseudonym Jack Turner), both in France and America. He was hired to run the second unit for David O. Selznick's A Tale of Two Cities...
“ B+


13 Films / 5 Favorites

Cat People (1942) ★★★★
I Walked with a Zombie (1943) ★★★★
The Leopard Man (1943) ★★★★
Canyon Passage (1946) ★★★★★
Out of the Past (1947) ★★★★★
Berlin Express (1948) ★★★★
Stars in My Crown (1950) ★★★★★
The Flame and the Arrow (1950) ★★★★★
Wichita (1955) ★★★★★
Stranger on Horseback (1955) ★★★★
Great Day in the Morning (1956) ★★★★
Nightfall (1957) ★★★
Night of the Demon (1957) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
43.
David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
“ B+


18 Films / 3 Favorites

Shivers (1975) ★★★
Rabid (1977) ★★★
The Brood (1979) ★★★
Scanners (1981) ★★★
Videodrome (1983) ★★★★★
The Dead Zone (1983) ★★★
The Fly (1986) ★★★★
Dead Ringers (1988) ★★★★
Naked Lunch (1991) ★★★★
M. Butterfly (1993) ★★★★
Crash (1996) ★★★★
eXistenZ (1999) ★★★★
Spider (2002) ★★★★
A History of Violence (2005) ★★★★★
Eastern Promises (2007) ★★★★★
A Dangerous Method (2011) ★★★★
Cosmopolis (2012) ★★★★
Maps to the Stars (2014) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
44.
“ B+


5 Films / 3 Favorites

Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) ★★★★
Memories of Murder (2003) ★★★★★
Gwoemul (2006) ★★★★★
Madeo (2009) ★★★★
Snowpiercer (2013) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
45.
Claude Chabrol
Director, La Cérémonie
French film director considered a master in the mystery genre. He is credited with starting the "nouvelle vague" French film movement.
“ B+


12 Films / 5 Favorites

Le beau Serge (1958) ★★★★
Les cousins (1959) ★★★★
Les bonnes femmes (1960) ★★★★★
L'oeil du malin (1962) ★★★★
Les biches (1968) ★★★★
La femme infidèle (1969) ★★★★ ★★★★★
Que la bête meure (1969) ★★★★★
Le boucher (1970) ★★★★ ★★★★★
La rupture (1970) ★★★★
Violette Nozière (1978) ★★
L'enfer (1994) ★★★★
La cérémonie (1995) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
46.
Douglas Sirk
Film director Douglas Sirk, whose reputation blossomed in the generation after his 1959 retirement from Hollywood filmmaking, was born Hans Detlef Sierck on April 26, 1897, in Hamburg, Germany, to a journalist. Both of his parents were Danish, and the future director would make movies in German, Danish and English...
“ B+


11 Films / 4 Favorites

Lured (1947) ★★
Sleep, My Love (1948) ★★★★
Shockproof (1949) ★★★
All I Desire (1953) ★★★★
Magnificent Obsession (1954) ★★★★
All That Heaven Allows (1955) ★★★★★
There's Always Tomorrow (1956) ★★★★
Written on the Wind (1956) ★★★★★
The Tarnished Angels (1957) ★★★★★
Imitation of Life (1959) ★★★★★
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
47.
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Mr. Kieslowski started his career shooting documentaries and later became associated with the "cinema of moral anxiety" movement. It grouped several Polish directors, including Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, and aimed at depicting the conditions of Poles under communism. His best known work was the Three Colors trilogy: Three Colors: Red...
“ B+


9 Films / 4 Favorites

Camera Buff (1979) ★★★
Blind Chance (1981) ★★★★
A Short Film About Killing (1988) ★★★★
A Short Film About Love (1988) ★★★★
Dekalog (1989) ★★★★★
The Double Life of Veronique (1991) ★★★★★
Three Colours: Blue (1993) ★★★★★
Three Colours: White (1993) ★★★★
Three Colours: Red (1994) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
48.
Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until reunification)...
“ B+


8 Films / 4 Favorites

Alice in den Städten (1974) ★★★★★
Im Lauf der Zeit (1976) ★★★★
Der amerikanische Freund (1977) ★★★★
Der Stand der Dinge (1982) ★★★★
Hammett (1982) ★★★★★
Paris, Texas (1984) ★★★★★
Der Himmel über Berlin (1987) ★★★★★
Pina (2011) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
49.
Max Ophüls
Director Max Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, Germany. He began his career as a stage actor and director in the golden twenties. He worked in cities such as Stuttgart, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Vienna, Frankfurt, Breslau and Berlin. In 1929 his son Marcel Ophüls was born in Frankfurt, Germany...
“ B+


8 Films / 3 Favorites

Liebelei (1932) ★★★★
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) ★★★★★
The Reckless Moment (1949) ★★★★
Caught (1949) ★★★★
La Ronde (1950) ★★★★★
Le Plaisir (1951) ★★★★
Madame de... (1953) ★★★★★
Lola Montès (1955) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
50.
Josef von Sternberg
Director, The Blue Angel
Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop out of high school...
“ B+


14 Films / 3 Favorites

Underworld (1927) ★★★★
The Last Command (1928) ★★★★
The Docks of New York (1928) ★★★★★
Thunderbolt (1929) ★★★★
The Blue Angel (1930) ★★★★
Morocco (1930) ★★★★
Dishonored (1931) ★★★
Shanghai Express (1932) ★★★★
Blonde Venus (1932) ★★★★
The Scarlet Empress (1934) ★★★★★
The Devil is a Woman (1935) ★★★
The Shanghai Gesture (1941) ★★★★
Macao (1952) ★★★
Anatahan (1953) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
51.
Michelangelo Antonioni
Writer, Blow-Up
Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema" studying directorship at the School of Cinema...
“ B+


10 Films / 2 Favorites

Story of a Love Affair (1950) ★★★
The Lady Without Camelias (1953) ★★★★
Il Grido (1957) ★★★★
L'Avventura (1960) ★★★★★
La Notte (1961) ★★★★
L'Eclisse (1962) ★★★★
Red Desert (1964) ★★★★
Blow-Up (1966) ★★★★★
Zabriskie Point (1970) ★★★★
Professione: reporter (1975) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
52.
“ B+

10 Films / 2 Favorites

Családi tüzfészek (1979) ★★★★
Szabadgyalog (1981) ★★★
Panelkapcsolat (1982) ★★★★
Macbeth (1982) ★★★
Almanac of Fall (1984) ★★★★
Damnation (1988) ★★★★
Sátántangó (1994) ★★★★★
Werckmeister harmóniák (2000) ★★★★
A Londoni férfi (2007) ★★★★
The Turin Horse (2011) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
53.
“ B


7 Films / 3 Favorites

Ossessione (1942) ★★★★
La Terra trema (1947) ★★★★
Bellissima (1951) ★★★★
Senso (1954) ★★★★★
White Nights (1957) ★★★★
Rocco and His Brothers (1960) ★★★★★
The Leopard (1963) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
54.
Edward Yang
Writer, Yi Yi
Born on November 6, 1947 in Shanghai, China, Edward Yang has become one of the most talented international filmmakers of his generation. Along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang ranks among the leading artists of the Taiwanese New Wave, and one of the world's most brilliant auteurs. Growing up in Taipei...
“ B


5 Films / 2 Favorites

Qing mei zhu ma (1985) ★★★★
Kong bu fen zi (1986) ★★★★
Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian (1991) ★★★★★
Ma jiang (1996) ★★★★
Yi yi (2000) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
55.
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...
“ B


8 Films / 3 Favorites

Le Silence de la mer (1947) ★★★
Les Enfants terribles (1949) ★★★★
Bob le flambeur (1955) ★★★★
Le Doulos (1962) ★★★★
Second Breath (1966) ★★★★★
Le Samouraï (1967) ★★★★★
Army of Shadows (1969) ★★★★★
The Red Circle (1970) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
56.
“ B


13 Films / 4 Favorites

Bleak Moments (1971) ★★★
Nuts in May (1976) ★★★★
Abigail's Party (1977) ★★★★★
High Hopes (1988) ★★★★★
Life Is Sweet (1991) ★★★★
Naked (1993) ★★★★★
Secrets & Lies (1996) ★★★★★
Topsy-Turvy (1999) ★★★
All or Nothing (2002) ★★★★
Vera Drake (2004) ★★★★
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) ★★★★
Another Year (2010) ★★★★
Mr. Turner (2014) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
57.
“ B


9 Films / 4 Favorites

Big Business (1929) ★★★
Duck Soup (1933) ★★★★★
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) ★★★★
The Awful Truth (1937) ★★★★
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) ★★★★★
Love Affair (1939) ★★★★
Good Sam (1948) ★★★★★
My Son John (1952) ★★★★
An Affair to Remember (1957) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
58.
Pedro Almodóvar
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ B


13 Films / 5 Favorites

¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!! (1984) ★★★
La ley del deseo (1987) ★★★★
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (1988) ★★★★★
La flor de mi secreto (1995) ★★★★
Carne trémula (1997) ★★★★
All About My Mother (1999) ★★★★★
Talk to Her (2002) ★★★★★
La mala educación (2004) ★★★★
Volver (2006) ★★
Los abrazos rotos (2009) ★★★★
The Skin I Live In (2011) ★★★★★
Los amantes pasajeros (2013) ★★★★
Julieta (2016) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
59.
Robert Bresson
Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin in 1943. His next film, Les dames du Bois de Boulogne would be the last time he would work with professional actors...
“ B


13 Films / 2 Favorites

Les Anges du peche (1943) ★★★★
Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) ★★★★
Diary of a Country Priest (1950) ★★★★
A Man Escaped (1956) ★★★★★
Pickpocket (1959) ★★★★★
Trial of Joan of Arc (1962) ★★★★
Au hasard Balthazar (1966) ★★★
Mouchette (1966) ★★★★
Une Femme douce (1969) ★★
Four Nights of a Dreamer (1972) ★★
Lancelot du Lac (1974) ★★★
The Devil Probably (1977) ★★★
L'Argent (1983) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
60.
Mikio Naruse
Director, Ukigumo
“ B


16 Films / 4 Favorites

Flunky, Work Hard (1931) ★★★★
No Blood Relation (1932) ★★★★
Apart from You (1933) ★★★★
Each Night I Dream (1933) ★★★
Street Without End (1934) ★★★★
Wife! Be Like a Rose! (1935) ★★★
A Tale of Archery at the Sanjusangendo (1945) ★★★★
Meshi (1951) ★★★★★
Inazuma (1952) ★★★★
Okaasan (1952) ★★★★
Yama no oto (1954) ★★★★★
Bangiku (1954) ★★★★
Ukigumo (1955) ★★★★★
Nagareru (1956) ★★★
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) ★★★
Midareru (1964) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
61.
Michael Powell
Director, The Red Shoes
The son of Thomas William Powell & 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 an hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury & Dulwich College he first worked at the National Provincial Bank from 1922 - 1925...
“ B


8 Films / 3 Favorites

The Thief of Bagdad (1940) ★★★★
Peeping Tom (1960) ★★★★

With Emeric Pressburger:
A Canterbury Tale (1944) ★★★★
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) ★★★★★
'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945) ★★★★
Black Narcissus (1946) ★★★★
A Matter of Life and Death (1946) ★★★★★
The Red Shoes (1948) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
62.
Samuel Fuller
Sam Fuller had six siblings: three brothers (Ving, Ray and Tom) and three sisters (Evelyn, Tina and Rose). His most famous sibling was his older brother, the nationally syndicated comic strip artist and cartoonist, Ving Fuller. In the 1920s Ving was a staff cartoonist at the New York Evening Graphic...
“ B


13 Films / 4 Favorites

I Shot Jesse James (1949) ★★★
The Baron of Arizona (1950) ★★★★
The Steel Helmet (1951) ★★★★★
Pickup on South Street (1953) ★★★★
House of Bamboo (1955) ★★★★
Forty Guns (1957) ★★★★
Run of the Arrow (1957) ★★★★
The Crimson Kimono (1959) ★★★
Underworld, U.S.A. (1961) ★★★★
Shock Corridor (1963) ★★★★★
The Naked Kiss (1964) ★★★★
The Big Red One (1980) ★★★★★
White Dog (1982) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
63.
“ B


16 Films / 4 Favorites

Wild Oranges (1924) ★★★
The Big Parade (1925) ★★★★★
The Crowd (1928) ★★★★★
The Patsy (1928) ★★★★
Show People (1928) ★★★★
Hallelujah! (1929) ★★
Billy the Kid (1930) ★★★★
The Champ (1931) ★★★★
Our Daily Bread (1934) ★★★★★
Stella Dallas (1937) ★★★
The Citadel (1938) ★★★★
'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers) (1940) ★★★★
Duel in the Sun (1946) ★★★★
Beyond the Forest (1949) ★★
The Fountainhead (1949) ★★★★
Man Without a Star (1955) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
64.
Anthony Mann
Director, El Cid
“ B


22 Films / 3 Favorites

Desperate (1947) ★★★★
Railroaded! (1947) ★★★★
T-Men (1947) ★★★★
Raw Deal (1948) ★★★★
Reign of Terror (1949) ★★★
Side Street (1950) ★★★
Devil's Doorway (1950) ★★★
The Furies (1950) ★★★★
Winchester '73 (1950) ★★★★
The Tall Target (1951) ★★★★
Bend of the River (1952) ★★★★
The Naked Spur (1953) ★★★★★
Thunder Bay (1953) ★★★★★
The Glenn Miller Story (1954) ★★★★
The Man from Laramie (1955) ★★★★
The Last Frontier (1955) ★★★★
The Far Country (1955) ★★★
The Tin Star (1957) ★★★★
Men in War (1957) ★★★★
Man of the West (1958) ★★★★★
El Cid (1961) ★★★★
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) ★★ ” - Msainy
 
65.
Leos Carax
Director, Holy Motors
Leos Carax made several short films and also wrote film criticism, then at the age of 24 years made a very strong first feature Boy Meets Girl. The film played at the 1984 Cannes film festival and was a critical triumph. It paved the way for Carax's second feature Mauvais Sang (Bad Blood). That film was a giant step forward in the same direction that he was going in with his first film...
“ B

5 Films / 3 Favorites

Boy Meets Girl (1984) ★★★★
Mauvais sang (1986) ★★★★★
Les amants du Pont-Neuf (1991) ★★★★★
Pola X (1999) ★★★
Holy Motors (2012) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
66.
Ousmane Sembene
Director, Moolaadé
The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema. Sembene's roots were not, as might be expected, in the educated élite. After working as a mechanic and bricklayer...
“ B


5 Films / 3 Favorites

La noire de... (1966) ★★★★★
Xala (1975) ★★★★
Camp de Thiaroye (1988) ★★★★★
Guelwaar (1993) ★★★★★
Moolaadé (2004) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
67.
Richard Linklater
Director, Before Sunset
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. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period...
“ B


11 Films / 7 Favorites

Dazed and Confused (1993) ★★★
Before Sunrise (1995) ★★★★★
The Newton Boys (1998) ★★★★★
Waking Life (2001) ★★★★★
School of Rock (2003) ★★★
Before Sunset (2004) ★★★★★
Me and Orson Welles (2008) ★★★★
Bernie (2011) ★★★★
Before Midnight (2013) ★★★★★
Boyhood (2014) ★★★★★
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
68.
Jacques Rivette
Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began "thanks to Rivette," the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his "Cahiers du Cinéma" colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer...
“ B

14 Films / 4 Favorites

Paris nous appartient (1961) ★★★★
La religieuse (1966) ★★★★
L'amour fou (1969) ★★★
Out 1, noli me tangere (1971) ★★★
Out 1: Spectre (1974) ★★★
Céline et Julie vont en bateau (1974) ★★★★★
Noroît (1976) ★★★
Duelle (1976) ★★★★
Le pont du Nord (1981) ★★★
L'amour par terre (1984) ★★★★★
La belle noiseuse (1991) ★★★★
Jeanne la Pucelle (1994) ★★★★★
Haut bas fragile (1995) ★★★★★
Secret défense (1998) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
69.
“ B

5 Films / 3 Favorites

Lola (1961) ★★★★
Les parapluies de Cherbourg (1964) ★★★★★
Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967) ★★★★
Une chambre en ville (1982) ★★★★★
Trois places pour le 26 (1988) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
70.
Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis. In addition to the duo's popular nightclub work...
“ B

12 Films / 3 Favorites

The Bellboy (1960) ★★★★
The Errand Boy (1961) ★★★★
The Ladies Man (1961) ★★★★★
The Nutty Professor (1963) ★★★★★
The Patsy (1964) ★★★★
The Family Jewels (1965) ★★★★
Three on a Couch (1966) ★★★★
The Big Mouth (1967) ★★★★
One More Time (1970) ★★
Which Way to the Front? (1970) ★★★
Hardly Working (1980) ★★★★★
Smorgasbord (1983) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
71.
Ming-liang Tsai
Born in Kuching, Malaysia, he graduated from the Drama and Cinema Department of the Chinese Cultural University of Taiwan and worked as a theatrical producer and TV director. His second feature film, Vive L'Amour, won the Golden Lion (best picture) at the 1994 Venice Film Festival. His idiosyncratic oeuvre continues to enthrall audiences worldwide.
“ B


11 Films / 3 Favorites

Rebels of the Neon God (1992) ★★★
Vive L'Amour (1994) ★★★
The River (1997) ★★★★
The Hole (1998) ★★★★
What Time is it There? (2001) ★★★★★
The Skywalk is Gone (2002) ★★★
Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003) ★★★★
Tian bian yi duo yun (2005) ★★★★
Hei yan quan (2006) ★★★★★
Visage (2009) ★★★
Jiao you (2013) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
72.
“ B


4 Films / 4 Favorites

Rupture (1961) ★★★★★
Le soupirant (1962) ★★★★★
Tant qu'on a la santé (1966) ★★★★★
Le grand amour (1969) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
73.
Otto Preminger
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 and became a stage director. He directed his first film in 1931, and came to the US in 1936 to direct on the Broadway stage...
“ B


14 Films / 5 Favorites

Laura (1944) ★★★★★
Fallen Angel (1945) ★★★
Daisy Kenyon (1947) ★★★★
Whirlpool (1949) ★★★
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) ★★★
Angel Face (1953) ★★★★
The Moon Is Blue (1953) ★★★★★
River of No Return (1954) ★★★★
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) ★★★★★
Saint Joan (1957) ★★★★
Bonjour tristesse (1958) ★★★★★
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) ★★★★★
Advise & Consent (1962) ★★★★
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) ★★★ ” - Msainy
 
74.
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...
“ B


12 Films / 5 Favorites

Nóz w wodzie (1962) ★★★★
Repulsion (1965) ★★★★
Cul-de-sac (1966) ★★★
Rosemary's Baby (1968) ★★★★★
Che? (1972) ★★★★★
Chinatown (1974) ★★★★★
Le locataire (1976) ★★★★
Bitter Moon (1992) ★★★★★
The Pianist (2002) ★★★★
The Ghost Writer (2010) ★★
Carnage (2011) ★★★★
La Vénus à la fourrure (2013) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
75.
Noah Baumbach
Writer, Greenberg
Born in Brooklyn in 1969 Noah Baumbach is the son of two film critics, Georgia Brown and Jonathan Baumbach (also a writer). His studies at Vassar College were the subject of his first film (made as he was 26 years old), Kicking and Screaming. His second major picture, made ten years later, The Squid and the Whale was no less autobiographical but went back further in his personal history...
“ B


4 Films / 3 Favorites

The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Greenberg (2010) ★★★★★
Frances Ha (2012) ★★★★★
Mistress America (2015) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
76.
Takeshi Kitano
Takeshi Kitano was born in Tokyo in 1947 and entered show business in 1972 as "Beat" Takeshi, the stage name he continues to use today as a performer. As part of the comic duo Two Beats, Kitano was one of the leading figures in the manzai (stand-up comedy) boom in the late 1970s. With his distinctive art of speech and his idiosyncratic perspective...
“ C+


10 Films / 3 Favorites

Violent Cop (1989) ★★★
Boiling Point (1990) ★★★
A Scene at the Sea (1991) ★★★★
Sonatine (1993) ★★★★
Kids Return (1996) ★★★★★
Hana-bi (1997) ★★★★★
Kikujirô no natsu (1999) ★★★★★
Brother (2000) ★★
Dolls (2002) ★★★
Zatôichi (2003) ★★★ ” - Msainy
 
77.
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...
“ C+


18 Films / 4 Favorites

Mean Streets (1973) ★★★★
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
Taxi Driver (1976) ★★★★★
New York, New York (1977) ★★
Raging Bull (1980) ★★★★★
The King of Comedy (1983) ★★★★
After Hours (1985) ★★★★★
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Goodfellas (1990) ★★★★
Cape Fear (1991) ★★
The Age of Innocence (1993) ★★★
Casino (1995) ★★★★
Kundun (1997)
Bringing Out the Dead (1999) ★★★
My Voyage to Italy (1999) ★★★★★
Gangs of New York (2002) ★★
The Aviator (2004) ★★★
The Departed (2006) ★★★
Shutter Island (2009) ★★★
Hugo (2011) ★★★★
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ★★ ” - Msainy
 
78.
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...
“ C+


25 Films / 4 Favorites

What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) ★★★
Take the Money and Run (1969) ★★★
Bananas (1971) ★★
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex(1972) ★★
Sleeper (1973) ★★★★
Love and Death (1975) ★★★
Annie Hall (1977) ★★★★★
Interiors (1978) ★★★★
Manhattan (1979) ★★★★★
Stardust Memories (1980) ★★★
Zelig (1983) ★★★
Broadway Danny Rose (1984) ★★★★★
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) ★★★★
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) ★★★★
Radio Days (1987) ★★★★
Another Woman (1988) ★★★★
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) ★★★★
Shadows and Fog (1991) ★★★
Husbands and Wives (1992) ★★★
Bullets Over Broadway (1994) ★★★
Deconstructing Harry (1997) ★★★★★
Small Time Crooks (2000) ★★★
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Midnight in Paris (2011) ★★★★
Blue Jasmine (2013) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
79.
D.W. Griffith
David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War hero. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually mold his black-and-white view of human existence and history...
“ C+


9 Films / 2 Favorites

A Corner in Wheat (1909) ★★★
The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) ★★★★
The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' (1914) ★★★
The Birth of a Nation (1915) ★★★★
Intolerance (1916) ★★★★★
Broken Blossoms (1919) ★★★★★
True Heart Susie (1919) ★★★★
Way Down East (1920) ★★★★
Orphans of the Storm (1922) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
80.
Frank Capra
One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you could ever be," Capra said about his Atlantic passage...
“ C+


7 Films / 2 Favorites

The Strong Man (1926)
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) ★★★★
It Happened One Night (1934) ★★★★
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) ★★★
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) ★★★★★
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) ★★★
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
81.
Budd Boetticher
Brilliant, distinguished American director, particularly of Westerns, whose simple, bleak style disguises a complex artistic temperament. The son of a wealthy hardware retailer, Boetticher attended Culver Military Academy and Ohio State University, where he excelled in football and boxing. Following his schooling Boetticher...
“ C+


11 Films / 3 Favorites

Behind Locked Doors (1948) ★★
The Man from the Alamo (1953) ★★★★
The Killer Is Loose (1956) ★★★★
Seven Men from Now (1956) ★★★★
The Tall T (1957) ★★★★★
Decision at Sundown (1957) ★★★★
Buchanan Rides Alone (1958) ★★★
Ride Lonesome (1959) ★★★★★
Westbound (1959) ★★★
Comanche Station (1960) ★★★★
A Time for Dying (1969) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
82.
Aki Kaurismäki
Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific film-makers...
“ C+


11 Films / 2 Favorites

Calamari Union (1985) ★★★★
Shadows in Paradise (1986) ★★★★
Ariel (1988) ★★★★
Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989) ★★★★
The Match Factory Girl (1990) ★★★★★
I Hired a Contract Killer (1990) ★★★★
La vie de bohème (1992) ★★★★
Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994) ★★★
Drifting Clouds (1996) ★★★★
The Man Without a Past (2002) ★★★★★
Le Havre (2011) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
83.
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...
“ C+


7 Films / 2 Favorites

Sydney (1996) ★★★★
Boogie Nights (1997) ★★★★
Magnolia (1999) ★★★★★
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) ★★★
There Will Be Blood (2007) ★★★★★
The Master (2012) ★★★★
Inherent Vice (2014) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
84.
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, credited as the inventor of "Spaghetti Western" genre. Leone's film-making style includes juxtaposing extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots. His movies include the sword and sandal action films The Last Days of Pompeii and The Colossus of Rhodes...
“ C+


6 Films / 2 Favorites

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) ★★★★
For a Few Dollars More (1965) ★★★★
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) ★★★★
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) ★★★★★
Fistful of Dynamite (1971) ★★
Once Upon a Time in America (1984) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
85.
“ C+

4 Films / 2 Favorites

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) ★★★★★
The Long Day Closes (1992) ★★★★★
The House of Mirth (2000) ★★★★
The Deep Blue Sea (2011) ★★★ ” - Msainy
 
86.
“ C+

6 Films / 2 Favorites

Badkonake sefid (1995) ★★★★
Ayneh (1997) ★★★★
The Circle (2000) ★★★★
Crimson Gold (2003) ★★★★★
Offside (2006) ★★★★★
In film nist (2011) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
87.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Mohsen Makhmalbaf is known as one of the most influential filmmakers and founders of the new wave of Iranian cinema in the world today. Many of his films like Salam Cinema, A Moment Of Innocence, Gabbeh, Kandahar and The President have been widely well received across the globe and have brought him over 50 international awards from the prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Venice, Locarno...
“ C+


4 Films / 2 Favorites

The Peddler (1989) ★★★★★
Marriage of the Blessed (1989) ★★★★
Salaam Cinema (1995) ★★★★★
A Moment of Innocence (1995) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
88.
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...
“ C+


8 Films / 3 Favorites

Bottle Rocket (1996) ★★★
Rushmore (1998) ★★★★★
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) ★★★★★
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) ★★★★
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) ★★★★
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) ★★★★
Moonrise Kingdom (2012) ★★★★★
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
89.
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 exploring the art of exploring sound with the cheap tape recorders available at the time...
“ C+


10 Films / 3 Favorites

M*A*S*H (1970)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) ★★★★
Images (1972) ★★★★
The Long Goodbye (1973) ★★★★★
California Split (1974) ★★★★
Nashville (1975) ★★★★
3 Women (1977) ★★★★★
The Player (1992) ★★★★
Short Cuts (1993) ★★★★★
Gosford Park (2001) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
90.
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.
“ C+


17 Films / 2 Favorites

Lebenszeichen (1968) ★★★★
Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen (1970) ★★
Fata Morgana (1971) ★★
Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit (1971) ★★★
Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972) ★★★★★
Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (1974) ★★★
Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (1974) ★★★★
Herz aus Glas (1976) ★★
Stroszek (1977) ★★★★
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979) ★★★★
Fitzcarraldo (1982) ★★★★
Lektionen in Finsternis (1992) ★★
Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) ★★★
Grizzly Man (2005) ★★★★
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009) ★★★★
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) ★★★★
Into the Abyss (2011) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
91.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount productions in Hollywood...
“ C


12 Films / 2 Favorites

Dragonwyck (1946) ★★★
Somewhere in the Night (1946) ★★★★
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) ★★★
House of Strangers (1949) ★★★★
A Letter to Three Wives (1949) ★★★★
All About Eve (1950) ★★★★★
No Way Out (1950) ★★★
5 Fingers (1952) ★★★★
The Barefoot Contessa (1954) ★★★★★
Guys and Dolls (1955) ★★★★★
The Quiet American (1958) ★★★★
Sleuth (1972) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
92.
“ C+

9 Films / 2 Favorites

La Pointe-Courte (1955) ★★
Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962) ★★★★★
Le bonheur (1965) ★★★★
Les créatures (1966) ★★★★
Sans toit ni loi (1985) ★★★★
Kung-fu master! (1988) ★★★
Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma (1995) ★★★★
Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000) ★★★★
Les plages d'Agnès (2008) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
93.
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 stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ C+

14 Films / 2 Favorites

Play Misty for Me (1971) ★★★
High Plains Drifter (1973) ★★★★★
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) ★★★★
Pale Rider (1985) ★★★
Bird (1988) ★★★★
White Hunter Black Heart (1990) ★★★★★
Unforgiven (1992) ★★★★
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Mystic River (2003) ★★★
Million Dollar Baby (2004) ★★★
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) ★★★
Gran Torino (2008) ★★★
Changeling (2008) ★★★
Invictus (2009) ★★ ” - Msainy
 
94.
Nagisa Ôshima
Born in Kyoto, Japan. Studied law at Kyoto University. After graduation, joined the Shochiku Film Company in 1954 as an assistant director.
“ C+

15 Films / 2 Favorites

Seishun zankoku monogatari (1960) ★★★
Taiyô no hakaba (1960) ★★★★
Etsuraku (1965) ★★★
Hakuchû no tôrima (1966) ★★★
Nihon shunka-kô (1967) ★★★★
Muri shinjû: Nihon no natsu (1967) ★★★★
Kaette kita yopparai (1968) ★★★★
Kôshikei (1968) ★★★★★
Shinjuku dorobô nikki (1969) ★★★
Shônen (1969) ★★★★
Tôkyô sensô sengo hiwa (1970) ★★★★
Gishiki (1971) ★★★★
Ai no korîda (1976) ★★
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) ★★★★★
Gohatto (1999) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
95.
Guy Maddin
Guy Maddin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Herdis Maddin (a hair-dresser) and Charles "Chas" Maddin (grain clerk and general manager of the Maroons, a Winnipeg hockey team). Maddin studied economics at the University of Winnipeg, working as a bank manager, house painter, and photographic archivist before becoming a film-maker...
“ C+

9 Films / 3 Favorites

Archangel (1991) ★★
Careful (1992) ★★★
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002) ★★★
Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands (2003) ★★★
The Saddest Music in the World (2003) ★★★★
Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters (2006) ★★★★
My Winnipeg (2007) ★★★★★
Keyhole (2011) ★★★★
The Forbidden Room (2015) ★★★★


The Dead Father (1986 Short Film) ★★
The Heart of the World (2000 Short Film) ★★★★★
My Dad Is 100 Years Old (2005 Short Film) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
96.
Louis Feuillade
Director, Les vampires
A prolific director--over 700 films, most of them short- or medium-length--Louis Feuillade began his career with Gaumont where, as well as directing his own features, he was appointed artistic director in charge of production in 1907. His work was largely comprised of film series; his first series, begun in 1910 and numbering 15 episodes...
“ C+

4 Films / 2 Favorites

Fantomas (1913) ★★★★
Les Vampires (1915) ★★★★★
Judex (1916) ★★★★
Tih Minh (1918) ★★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
97.
“ C


11 Films / 2 Favorites

Blood Simple (1984) ★★★★
Raising Arizona (1987) ★★★★
Miller's Crossing (1990) ★★★★
Barton Fink (1991) ★★★★
Fargo (1995) ★★★★★
The Big Lebowski (1998) ★★★★★
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) ★★★★
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) ★★★★
No Country for Old Men (2007) ★★★★
A Serious Man (2009) ★★★★
True Grit (2010) ★★★★
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
98.
John Huston
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English...
“ C


12 Films / 1 Favorites

The Maltese Falcon (1941) ★★★★★
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) ★★★★
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) ★★★★
Key Largo (1948) ★★★★
The African Queen (1951) ★★★★
Beat the Devil (1953) ★★★
The Unforgiven (1960) ★★★★
The Misfits (1961) ★★★
Fat City (1972) ★★★★
The Man Who Would Be King (1975) ★★★★
Wise Blood (1979) ★★★★
The Dead (1987) ★★★ ” - Msainy
 
99.
Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire and also films written for the screen...
“ C


11 Films / 1 Favorites

Boomerang! (1947) ★★★★
Panic in the Streets (1950) ★★★★
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) ★★★★
Viva Zapata! (1952) ★★★★
On the Waterfront (1954) ★★★★★
East of Eden (1955) ★★★★
Baby Doll (1956) ★★
A Face in the Crowd (1957) ★★★★
Wild River (1960) ★★★★
Splendor in the Grass(1961) ★★★
America, America (1963) ★★★★ ” - Msainy
 
100.
“ C


8 Films / 2 Favorites

Entr'acte (1924) ★★★
Paris qui dort (1925) ★★★
The Italian Straw Hat (1927) ★★★★
Under the Roofs of Paris (1930) ★★★★★
À nous la liberté (1931) ★★★★
Le Million (1931) ★★★★★
I Married a Witch (1942) ★★★★
And Then There Were None (1945) ★★★ ” - Msainy