The 10 Best Directors of the 21st Century

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Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
“ Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and Inception, all in the 21st Century ” - lotrfan_89
“ Thank You For Smoking, Juno, and Up in the Air ” - lotrfan_89
“ The Beach(uh..), 28 Days Later, Millions, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, and 127 Hours ” - lotrfan_89
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...
“ Gangs of New York, The Aviator, No Direction Home, The Departed, Shine a Light, Shutter Island, and the pilot for Boardwalk Empire ” - lotrfan_89
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...
“ Kill Bill, Death Proof, and Inglourious Basterds ” - lotrfan_89
“ (and Ethan Coen of course) O Brother, Where Art Thou, The Man Who Wasn't There, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers(uh..), No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man, True Grit (Not a Big Fan) ” - lotrfan_89
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...
“ Space Cowboys, Blood Work, Mystic River, Million Doolar Baby, Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Changeling, Gran Torino, Invictus, and Hereafter ” - lotrfan_89
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...
“ A.I., Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, War of the Worlds, Munich, Indiana Jones 4 (disappointing...) ” - lotrfan_89
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...
“ Panic Room, Zodiac, Benjamin Button, and The Social Network ” - lotrfan_89
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, The Fountain(not a fan), The Wrestler, Black Swan ” - lotrfan_89