The Best Directors

The list includes all directors who got an award from me for a movie they directed. Directors with the same number of awards are listed in no particular order.
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1.
Alfred Hitchcock
Actor, 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)...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Rear Window (1954)
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
Vertigo (1958)
North by Northwest (1959)
Psycho (1960) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
2.
Billy Wilder
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929, and wrote scripts for many German films until Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933...
“ Awarded Movies:

Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Stalag 17 (1953)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Some Like It Hot (1959) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
3.
Fritz Lang
Director, M
He studied at the College of Technical Sciences of Vienna's Academy of Graphic Arts but unhappy with the career path chosen for him by his parents, he ran away to study art in Munich and Paris. He then spent many years travelling the world including Asia. In 1913, he returned to Paris to paint. When World War I began...
“ Awarded Movies:

Die Nibelungen (1924)
Metropolis (1927)
M (1931)
The Woman in the Window (1945) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
4.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
5.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Key Largo (1948)
Freud (1962) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
6.
“ Awarded Movies:

The Defiant Ones (1958)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
7.
Ingmar Bergman
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 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, as in 'Den Goda Viljan' Pernilla August play his mother...
“ Awarded Movies:

Smultronstället (1957)
Höstsonaten (1978)
Fanny och Alexander (1982) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
8.
William Wyler
Director, Ben-Hur
William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Letter (1940)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Ben-Hur (1959) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
9.
Michael Curtiz
Director, Casablanca
Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner Bros...
“ Awarded Movies:

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Casablanca (1942) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
10.
Sidney Lumet
Director, 12 Angry Men
Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often treated socially relevant themes in his films...
“ Awarded Movies:

Twelve Angry Men (1957)
Fail-Safe (1964)
Equus (1977) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
11.
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.
“ Awarded Movies:

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972)
Stroszek (1977)
Fitzcarraldo (1982) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
12.
David Lynch
Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future director Jennifer Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Elephant Man (1980)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The Straight Story (1999) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
13.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

On the Waterfront (1954)
East of Eden (1955) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
14.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
The Pianist (2002) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
15.
Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer. He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...
“ Awarded Movies:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
In Cold Blood (1967) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
16.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Ninotschka (1939)
To Be or Not to Be (1942) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
17.
“ Awarded Movies:

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Great Escape (1963) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
18.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)
C'era una volta il West (1968) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
19.
Fred Zinnemann
Director, High Noon
Initially grew up wanting to be a violinist, but while at the University of Vienna decided to study law. While doing so, he became increasingly interested in American film and decided that was what he wanted to do. He became involved in European filmaking for a short time before going to America to study film.
“ Awarded Movies:

High Noon (1952)
A Man for All Seasons (1966) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
20.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Sleuth (1972) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
21.
David Lean
David Lean was an English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor, best remembered for big-screen epics such as The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. He is also known for the Dickens adaptations of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, as well as the romantic drama Brief Encounter...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Doctor Zhivago (1965) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
22.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Germania anno zero (1948)
Viaggio in Italia (1953) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
23.
Victor Fleming
Victor Fleming entered motion pictures as a combination driver and stunt man at the Flying A studio in Santa Barbara, California, in 1912, following a series of jobs that included bicycle mechanic, taxi driver, auto mechanic (He also did a little racing on the side), chauffeur and auto salesman. Allan Dwan took credit for hiring him after he repaired Dwan's car...
“ Awarded Movies:

Captains Courageous (1937)
Gone with the Wind (1939) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
24.
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 nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein...
“ Awarded Movies:

Citizen Kane (1941)
Touch of Evil (1958) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
25.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

His Girl Friday (1940)
Sergeant York (1941) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
26.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Angst essen Seele auf (1974)
Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (1982) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
27.
“ Awarded Movies:

La Terra trema (1948)
Ludwig (1972) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
28.
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)...
“ Awarded Movies:

La Strada (1954)
La Dolce vita (1960) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
29.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Los Olvidados (1950)
Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
30.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Andrey Rublyov (1969)
Stalker (1979) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
31.
Raoul Walsh
Director, White Heat
Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona if an errant jackrabbit hadn't cost him his right eye by leaping through the windshield of his automobile...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Roaring Twenties (1939)
White Heat (1949) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
32.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Spartacus (1960)
Dr. Strangelove (1964) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
33.
F.W. Murnau
Director, Nosferatu
Director. First was assistant to Max Reinhardt. Began making movies in Germany in 1919. Went to the USA in 1926.
“ Awarded Movies:

Faust - Eine deutsche Volkssage (1926)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
34.
Charles Laughton
Actor, Spartacus
Charles Laughton was born on July 1, 1899 in Yorkshire, England. He was the son of Robert Laughton, a Yorkshire hotel keeper. His mother was a devout Roman Catholic of Irish ancestry. Laughton briefly attended Scarborough College, a local boys' school in his area before attending Stonyhurst College, an English Jesult school...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Night of the Hunter (1955) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
35.
“ Awarded Movies:

Les Roseaux sauvages (1994) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
36.
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)...
“ Awarded Movies:

Bande à part (1964) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
37.
“ Awarded Movies:

Murder She Said (1961) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
38.
“ Awarded Movies:

Es geschah am hellichten Tag (1958) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
39.
Blake Edwards
Writer, The Party
Blake Edwards' stepfather's father J. Gordon Edwards was a silent screen director, and his stepfather Jack McEdward was a stage director and movie production manager. Blake acted in a number films, beginning with Ten Gentlemen from West Point and wrote a number of others, beginning with Panhandle and including six for director Richard Quine...
“ Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
40.
“ Awarded Movies:

Midnight Lace (1960) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
41.
George Stevens
Director, Giant
George Stevens, a filmmaker known as a meticulous craftsman with a brilliant eye for composition and a sensitive touch with actors, is one of the great American filmmakers, ranking with John Ford, William Wyler and Howard Hawks as a creator of classic Hollywood cinema, bringing to the screen mytho-poetic worlds that were also mass entertainment...
“ Awarded Movies:

Giant (1956) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
42.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
43.
“ Awarded Movies:

Death on the Nile (1978) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
44.
Carol Reed
Director, The Third Man
Carol Reed was the second son of stage actor, dramatics teacher and impresario founder of the Royal School of Dramatic Arts Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Reed was one of Tree's six illegitimate children with Beatrice Mae Pinney, who Tree established in a second household apart from his married life. There were no social scars here; Reed grew up in a well-mannered...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Third Man (1949) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
45.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Der blaue Engel (1930) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
46.
Edmund Goulding
Director, songwriter ("Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere", "Mam'selle"), composer, producer and author. He came to the US in 1919 and joined ASCAP in 1947. His chief musical collaborators included Elsie Janis and 'Mack Gordon (I)', and his other popular song compositions include "Sweetest Moment"...
“ Awarded Movies:

Dark Victory (1939) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
47.
“ Awarded Movies:

Lust och fägring stor (1995) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
48.
“ Awarded Movies:

Murder by Death (1976) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
49.
Robert Siodmak
Director, The Killers
Robert Siodmak (8 August 1900 - 10 March 1973) was a German-born American film director. He is best remembered as a thriller specialist and for a series of stylish, unpretentious Hollywood films noirs he made in the 1940s. Siodmak (pronounced SEE-ODD-MACK) was born in Dresden, Germany, the son of Rosa Philippine (née Blum) and Ignatz Siodmak...
“ Awarded Movies:

Phantom Lady (1944) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
50.
Sam Mendes
Director, American Beauty
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-years-old...
“ Awarded Movies:

Road to Perdition (2002) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
51.
“ Awarded Movies:

The Scarlet Claw (1944) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
52.
Jules Dassin
Director, Rififi
Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi, Never on Sunday, and Topkapi. He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish immigrants...
“ Awarded Movies:

Topkapi (1964) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
53.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Out of the Past (1947) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
54.
Robert Wise
Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an odd job at RKO Radio Pictures...
“ Awarded Movies:

I Want to Live! (1958) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
55.
Georges Franju
Georges Franju is a figure of immense importance in the history of French cinema, not primarily for his films (exceptional though many of these are) but for being the co-founder, with Henri Langlois, of the Cinematheque Française in 1937--France's most famous and important film archive. He worked primarily as a film archivist until 1949...
“ Awarded Movies:

Les Yeux sans visage (1959) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
56.
Andrey Zvyagintsev
Director, Leviathan
Andrei Zvyagintsev is a Russian filmmaker and was born on Feb.6, 1964 in the northern city of Novisibirsk. He graduated from the Novosibirsk Actors School in 1984 and started to act on stage in provincial theatres. In the early 1990s he came to Moscow - the centre of the Russian film industry - with the ambition to star in movies...
“ Awarded Movies:

Vozvrashcheniye (2003) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
57.
Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone and directed The Grim Reaper. His second film...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Dreamers (2003) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
58.
Lewis Milestone
Lewis Milestone, a clothing manufacturer's son, was born in Bessarabia (now Moldova), raised in Odessa (Ukraine) and educated in Belgium and Berlin (where he studied engineering). He was fluent in both German and Russian and an avid reader. Milestone had an affinity for the theatre from an early age...
“ Awarded Movies:

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
59.
“ Awarded Movies:

Le Chat (1971) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
60.
Robert Hamer
Robert James Hamer was born in 1911 along with his twin sister Barbara, the son of Owen Dyke Hamer, a bank clerk, and his wife, Annie Grace Brickell. He was educated at Cambridge University where he wrote some poetry and was published in a collection 'Contemporaries and Their Maker', along with the spy Donald Maclean...
“ Awarded Movies:

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
61.
William A. Wellman
Director, A Star Is Born
William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born, was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle. A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th of February in Brookline...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
62.
“ Awarded Movies:

Queen Christina (1933) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
63.
“ Awarded Movies:

Die Mörder sind unter uns (1946) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
64.
Edward Dmytryk
Edward Dmytryk grew up in San Francisco, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. After his mother died when he was 6, his strict disciplinarian father beat the boy frequently, and the child began running away while in his early teens. Eventually, juvenile authorities allowed him to live alone at the age of 15 and helped him find part-time work as a film studio messenger...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Caine Mutiny (1954) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
65.
Mike Nichols
Director, Closer
He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Graduate (1967) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
66.
George Roy Hill
Director, The Sting
George Roy Hill was never able to 'hit it off' with the critics despite the fact that 2 of his films - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting - had remained among the top 10 box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic trademarks. Andrew Sarris famously referred to it as 'idiosyncratic...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Sting (1973) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
67.
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the United Kingdom and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted to...
“ Awarded Movies:

Black Hawk Down (2001) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
68.
John Frankenheimer
Director, Ronin
Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he realized his natural talent to handle a camera...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
69.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Schindler's List (1993) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
70.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Dersu Uzala (1975) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
71.
Norman Jewison
Producer, The Hurricane
Norman Frederick Jewison was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Dorothy Irene (Weaver) and Percy Joseph Jewison, who managed a post office and a convenience store. His mother was an English immigrant, and his father was of English and Ulster-Scots descent. Jewison got his BA at Victoria College, University of Toronto...
“ Awarded Movies:

In the Heat of the Night (1967) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
72.
Fred Niblo
Fred Niblo entered films in 1917, after two decades as a touring actor in vaudeville and one-time manager of the Four Cohans (he married Josephine Cohan, the sister of George M. Cohan). He appeared in two early Australian silent films in 1916, which effectively marked his screen debut. After that, he worked for Thomas H. Ince from 1917...
“ Awarded Movies:

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Exodus (1960) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
74.
Buster Keaton
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine show that included family friend...
“ Awarded Movies:

The General (1927) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
75.
Charles Vidor
Director, Gilda
Hungarian-born Karoly Vidor spent the First World War as a lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian infantry. Following the armistice, he made his way to Berlin and worked for the German film company Ufa, as editor and assistant director. In 1924, he emigrated to the U.S. and, for several years, earned his living as a singer in Broadway choruses and (at one time) with a Wagnerian troupe...
“ Awarded Movies:

Gilda (1946) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
76.
“ Awarded Movies:

Cool Hand Luke (1967) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
77.
“ Awarded Movies:

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
78.
William Dieterle
Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Wilhelm Dieterle was the youngest of nine children of parents Jacob and Berthe Dieterle. They lived in poverty, and when he was old enough to work, young Wilhelm earned money as a carpenter and a scrap dealer. He dreamed of better things, though, and theater caught his eye as a teen...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
79.
Louis Malle
Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris...
“ Awarded Movies:

Au revoir, les enfants (1987) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
80.
Delmer Daves
Writer, Dark Passage
Although Delmer Daves obtained a law degree at Stanford University, he never had the opportunity to use it; while still in college, he obtained a job as a prop boy on The Covered Wagon and after graduation was hired by several film companies as a technical advisor on films with a college background. Soon afterward he entered films as an actor...
“ Awarded Movies:

Dark Passage (1947) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
81.
Archie Mayo
A stage actor, Archie Mayo went to Hollywood in 1915 and worked until his retirement in 1946. He began directing slapstick 2two-reelers, later making features at Warner Bros. just about the time sound was being introduced into films. He did much work for Warners, but he also made films at Goldwyn, and 20th Century-Fox...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Petrified Forest (1936) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
82.
“ Awarded Movies:

Die Brücke (1959) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
83.
Cecil B. DeMille
His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Ten Commandments (1956) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
84.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Godfather (1972) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
85.
Sidney Lanfield
Director, McHale's Navy
After a stint as a jazz musician and a vaudeville entertainer, Sidney Lanfield was hired by Fox Film Corp. in 1926 as a gag writer and brought to Hollywood. Making his debut as a director in 1930, he specialized in romances and light comedies, directing many of Bob Hope's films in the 1930s and 1940s...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
86.
Frank Beyer
Director, Jacob the Liar
Director. Writer. Began studying at the FAMU in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1952 where he made his diploma in directing. Since 1958 worked as a director for the east-german production company DEFA. In that time he received numerous decorations for his work. His film Spur der Steine was immediately banned in the GDR...
“ Awarded Movies:

Jakob, der Lügner (1975) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
87.
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writer, Accattone
Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life of a pimp in the slums of Rome caused a sensation...
“ Awarded Movies:

Il Vangelo secondo Matteo (1964) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
88.
Frank Lloyd
Frank Lloyd was an unpretentious, technically skilled director, who crafted several enduring Hollywood classics during the 1930's. He started out as a stage actor and singer in early 1900's London and was well-known as an imitator of Harry Lauder. After several years in music hall and with touring repertory companies...
“ Awarded Movies:

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
89.
Jean-Claude Lauzon
Director, Léolo
Lauzon came from a humble family and he worked in many different jobs, until he obtained a title in Communications, and went to Los Angeles to study cinema, in the late 70s. He made some shortcuts, the majority of which received awards, and then two films which also won many prizes and established him as one of the most important Canadian directors of the time...
“ Awarded Movies:

Léolo (1992) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
90.
“ Awarded Movies:

La Vita è bella (1997) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
91.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
92.
Emeric Pressburger
Educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart, Emeric Pressburger worked as a journalist in Hungary and Germany and an author and scriptwriter in Berlin and Paris. He was a Hungarian Jew, chased around Europe (he worked on films for UFA in Berlin and Paris) before World War II, finally finding sanctuary in London--but as a scriptwriter who didn't speak English...
“ Awarded Movies:

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
93.
“ Awarded Movies:

Der Bockerer (1981) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
94.
George Seaton
Working his way up from general factotum and gag writer to becoming a highly versatile writer/director, George Seaton was involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry along the way. He was born George Stenius of Swedish parentage (his family hailed from Stockholm) in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in Detroit...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Country Girl (1954) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
95.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

L'Eclisse (1962) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
96.
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin 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 character, the Little Tramp; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ Awarded Movies:

The Great Dictator (1940) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
97.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

JFK (1991) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
98.
Alexander Mackendrick
One of the most distinguished (if frequently overlooked) directors ever to emerge from the British film industry, Alexander Mackendrick, was in fact born in the US (to Scottish parents), but grew up in his native Scotland, where he studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He started out as a commercial illustrator...
“ Awarded Movies:

Sweet Smell of Success (1957) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
99.
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...
“ Awarded Movies:

Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925) ” - Hohenstauffen
 
100.
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Pedestrian Subway (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (The Staff)...
“ Awarded Movies:

Dekalog (1989) ” - Hohenstauffen