My Favorite Directors

These are my favorite Directors of all time. The films under their names are my favorite films of theirs (3 film maximum).
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“ Three Kings, American Hustle, and Silver Linings Playbook. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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...
“ Inglorious Bastards, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
“ Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
“ Juno, Up in the Air, and Thank you for Smoking. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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...
“ The Social Network, Fight Club, and Se7en. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
Alfonso Cuarón
Writer, Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then immediately started to film everything he saw...
“ Gravity, Children of Men, and Y Tu Mama Tambien. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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...
“ The Lovely Bones, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, and Heavenly Creatures. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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...
“ Shutter Island, The Departed, and Taxi Driverl. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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...
“ A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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...
“ Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, and Jurassic Park. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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...
“ Life Aquatic, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Darjeeling Limited. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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...
“ Black Swan, The Wrestler, and Requiem for a Dream. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
“ No Country for Old Men, Barton Fink, and The Big Lebowski. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
“ No Country for Old Men, Barton Fink, and The Big Lebowski. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
Spike Jonze
Producer, Her
Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under...
“ Her, Adaptation, and Being John Malkovich. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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, Watchman, and Dawn of the Dead. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
“ Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years A Slave. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
Alexander Payne
Producer, The Descendants
Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older brothers...
“ The Descendents, Nebraska, and Election. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
Joe Wright
Director, Atonement
“ Atonement, Hanna, and Pride and Prejudice. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
“ 28 Days Later, 127 Hours, and Slumdog Millionaire. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
“ Super 8, Star Trek, and Star Trek: Into Darkness. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film The Devil's Backbone (2001), and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), and more mainstream American action movies...
“ Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Hellboy II. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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...
“ Titanic, Avatar, and Terminator 2. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
Ron Howard
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind, and Apollo 13. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
Zach Braff
Actor, Scrubs
Zach Braff was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, to Anne Hutchinson (Maynard), a clinical psychologist, and Harold Irwin Braff, a trial attorney. His father is from a Jewish family (from Russia and Austria), while Zach's mother, who is from a Yankee family with deep roots in New England, converted to Judaism...
“ Garden State. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
Duncan Jones
Director, Moon
“ Moon, and Source Code. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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)...
“ Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, and Alien. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
Cameron Crowe
Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market. Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. Crowe...
“ Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, and Say Anything. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
Rob Reiner
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner. Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also starred in...
“ This is Spinal Tap, Princess Bride, and When Harry Met Sally. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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...
“ Kick-Ass, Layer Cake, and X-Men: First Class. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
“ 500 Days of Summer. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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...
“ Letters From Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, and Grad Torino. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
“ Adventureland, Superbad, and Paul. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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...
“ Batman Begins, Memento, and The Prestige. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
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...
“ Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, and JFK. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld
Sam Raimi
Writer, Spider-Man 3
Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead. From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making movies with an 8mm camera...
“ The Evil Dead, The Evil Dead 2, and Spider Man. ” - ZachMatsonVsTheWorld