My top 30 Favourite Directors

These 30 directors have directed many of my favourite movies and have writing or production credits on many others. Have I missed any of your favourite directors?
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1.
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...
“ A Fistful of Dollars
For a Few Dollars More
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in America ” - kevin.davies
 
2.
“ Raising Arizona
Millers Crossing
Fargo
The Big Lebowski
No Country For Old Men ” - kevin.davies
 
3.
“ Raising Arizona
Millers Crossing
Fargo
The Big Lebowski
No Country For Old Men ” - kevin.davies
 
4.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director. González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006)...
“ Amores Perros
21 Grams
Babel
Biutiful ” - kevin.davies
 
5.
Guy Ritchie
Director, Snatch
Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school and in 1995...
“ Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Snatch
Revolver
RocknRolla
Sherlock Holmes ” - kevin.davies
 
6.
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...
“ Reservoir Dogs
Pulp Fiction
Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2
Inglourious Basterds ” - kevin.davies
 
7.
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...
“ Jaws
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Raiders of the Lost Ark
ET
Empire of the Sun
Schindler's List
Minority Report
War of the Worlds
Munich ” - kevin.davies
 
8.
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)...
“ Alien
Blade Runner
Thelma & Louise
Gladiator ” - kevin.davies
 
9.
“ The Magnificent Seven
The Great Escape
Ice Station Zebra
The Eagle Has Landed ” - kevin.davies
 
10.
Michael Mann
Producer, Heat
A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief starring James Caan as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
“ Manhunter
Heat
Collateral
Miami Vice ” - kevin.davies
 
11.
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...
“ Taxi Driver
Raging Bull
After Hours
The Colour of Money
Cape Fear
Bringing Out the Dead
Shutter Island ” - kevin.davies
 
12.
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...
“ The Three Colours Blue
The Three Colours White
The Three Colours Red ” - kevin.davies
 
13.
Matthew Vaughn
Producer, Kick-Ass
Matthew Vaughn is an English film producer and director. He is known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch and for directing the crime thriller, Layer Cake, the fantasy epic, Stardust, the superhero comedy, Kick-Ass, and the superhero film, X-Men: First Class...
“ Layer Cake
Stardust
Kick Ass ” - kevin.davies
 
14.
Luc Besson
Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue and The Fifth Element, as an adolescent bored in school. He...
“ Nikita
Leon
The Fifth Element
Joan of Arc ” - kevin.davies
 
15.
“ Road Trip
Old School
Starsky & Hutch
The Hangover
Due Date ” - kevin.davies
 
16.
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...
“ Memento
Insomnia
Batman Begins
The Prestige
The Dark Knight
Inception ” - kevin.davies
 
17.
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...
“ Se7en
The Game
Fight Club
Zodiac
The Curse of Benjamin Button
The Social Network ” - kevin.davies
 
18.
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...
“ Spartacus
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Shining
Eyes Wide Shut ” - kevin.davies
 
19.
“ Shallow Grave
Trainspotting
28 Days Later
Slumdog Millionaire
127 Hours ” - kevin.davies
 
20.
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...
“ The Elephant Man
Dune
Blue Velvet
Wild at Heart
Twin Peaks
Mulholland Drive ” - kevin.davies
 
21.
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...
“ The Godfather Trilogy
Apocalypse Now
Dracula ” - kevin.davies
 
22.
Frank Darabont
Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School...
“ The Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile ” - kevin.davies
 
23.
“ The Lives of Others ” - kevin.davies
 
24.
M. Night Shyamalan
Born in India but raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is the son of two doctors. His passion for filmmaking began when he was given a Super-8 camera at age eight, and even at that young age began to model his career on that of his idol, Steven Spielberg...
“ The Sixth Sense
Unbreakable ” - kevin.davies
 
25.
“ The Usual Suspects
X-Men & X-Men 2 ” - kevin.davies
 
26.
Tony Scott
Producer, Man on Fire
Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British military...
“ Top Gun
True Romance ” - kevin.davies
 
27.
Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertisement...
“ Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Twelve Monkeys ” - kevin.davies
 
28.
“ Hero
House of Flying Daggers
Curse of the Golden Flower ” - kevin.davies
 
29.
Zack Snyder
Director, 300
Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and superhero films...
“ 300
Watchmen ” - kevin.davies
 
30.
“ The Breakfast Club
Weird Science
Ferris Bueller's Day Off ” - kevin.davies