My Favourite Directors

Most people who know me know that I tend to either like one film from a director and hate everything else, or just hate all their work. I'm not very consistent in these things, so these lists are tough for me make.

Ordering is iffy after the top 5/10. I basically used any directors whose styles that I like (regardless of whether I like tons of their films or not) and directors who happen to have a ton of films that I love (regardless of their style or directing abilities).

I don't usually concentrate on directors, so mostly trying to restrict it to those I've seen 5+ from. I've included some with less films based on how good those films were and how much potential I think they have, but are generally ranked lower than those I've seen more films from.
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1.
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...
“ Favourites
1. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
3. The Shining (1980)
4. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
5. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
6. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Great
7. Lolita (1962)

Good
8. Paths of Glory (1957)
9. Spartacus (1960)
10. Barry Lyndon (1975)
11. The Killing (1956)

Meh
12. Fear and Desire (1953)
13. Killer’s Kiss (1955) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
2.
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...
“ Favourites
1. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
2. Pulp Fiction (1994)
3. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
4. Django Unchained (2012)
5. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
6. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

Great
7. Death Proof (2007)
8. Jackie Brown (1997) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
3.
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 Chambers Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
“ Favourites
1. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
2. Eraserhead (1977)

Great
3. Wild at Heart (1990)
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
5. Lost Highway (1997)

Good
6. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
7. The Elephant Man (1980)
8. The Straight Story (1999)

Meh
9. Dune (1984)
10. Inland Empire (2006) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
4.
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)...
“ Favourites
1. eXistenZ (1999)
2. The Fly (1986)
3. Naked Lunch (1991)
4. Crash (1996)

Great
5. The Dead Zone (1983)
6. Videodrome (1983)
7. A History of Violence (2005)
8. Scanners (1981)

Good
9. Dead Ringers (1988)

Meh
10. Spider (2002)
11. The Brood (1979)
12. Shivers (1975)
13. Rabid (1977)

Need to See
A Dangerous Method (2011)
Eastern Promises (2007)
M. Butterfly (1993)
Fast Company (1979)
Crimes of the Future (1970)
Stereo (1969) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
5.
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...
“ Favourites
1. Some Like It Hot (1959)
2. Stalag 17 (1953)
3. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
4. The Major and the Minor (1942)
5. Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

Great
6. The Apartment (1960)
7. The Lost Weekend (1945)

Good
8. Sabrina (1954)
9. The Fortune Cookie (1966)
10. Double Indemnity (1944)

Meh
11. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
12. The Seven Year Itch (1955)
13. One, Two, Three (1961)
14. Ace in the Hole (1951)
15. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

Need to See
Buddy Buddy (1981)
Fedora (1978)
The Front Page (1974)
Avanti! (1972)
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
Irma la Douce (1963)
Love in the Afternoon (1957)
The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
A Foreign Affair (1948)
The Emperor Waltz (1948)
Death Mills (1945) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
6.
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...
“ Favourites
1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
2. Brazil (1985)
3. Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Great
4. Time Bandits (1981)

Good
5. Jabberwocky (1977)

Meh
6. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
8. The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Need to See
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Tideland (2005)
The Fisher King (1991) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
7.
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...
“ Favourites
1. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
2. Annie Hall (1977)
3. Sleeper (1973)
4. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Great
5. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
6. Husbands and Wives (1992)
7. Radio Days (1987)
8. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
9. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Good
10. Shadows and Fog (1991)
11. Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
12. Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
13. Another Woman (1988)
14. Alice (1990)
15. Deconstructing Harry (1997)
16. Celebrity (1998)
17. Small Time Crooks (2000)
18. Midnight in Paris (2011)
19. Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
20. Take the Money and Run (1969)
21. Zelig (1983)
22. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Meh
23. Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
24. Love and Death (1975)
25. Match Point (2005)
26. The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
27. Hollywood Ending (2002)
28. Melinda and Melinda (2004)
29. Manhattan (1979)
30. Anything Else (2003)
31. Scoop (2006)

Bad
32. Bananas (1971)

Need to See
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
Whatever Works (2009)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
Don't Drink the Water (1994)
September (1987)
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
Stardust Memories (1980)
Interiors (1978)
What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
8.
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...
“ Favourites
1. Le samouraï (1967)
2. Le doulos (1962)

Great
3. Le cercle rouge (1970)
4. Le silence de la Mer (1949)
5. L'armée des ombres (1969)

Good
6. Un flic (1972)
7. Le deuxième souffle (1966)

Meh
8. Quand tu liras cette lettre (1953)
9. Bob le flambeur (1956)
10. Les enfants terribles (1950)

Need to See
L'aîné des Ferchaux (1963)
Léon Morin, prêtre (1961)
Deux hommes dans Manhattan (1959) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
9.
“ Favourites
1. Ningen no jôken (1959I)
2. Ningen no jôken (1959/II)
3. Seppuku (1962)
4. Ningen no jôken (1961)

Great
5. Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu (1967)

Meh
6. Kaidan (1964)

Need to See
Tokyo saiban (1983)
Kaseki (1975)
Inochi bô ni furô (1971)
Kuroi kawa (1957) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
10.
Steven Soderbergh
Director, Ocean's Eleven
Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge...
“ Favourites
1. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
2. Schizopolis (1996)

Great
3. Ocean's Eleven (2001)
4. Traffic (2000)
5. Side Effects (2013)
6. Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
7. Erin Brockovich (2000)

Good
8. Ocean's Twelve (2004)
9. Out of Sight (1998)
10. The Limey (1999)

Need to See
And Everything Is Going Fine (2010)
The Informant! (2009)
The Girlfriend Experience (2009)
Che: Part Two (2008)
Che: Part One (2008)
The Good German (2006)
Bubble (2005)
Solaris (2002)
Full Frontal (2002)
Gray's Anatomy (1996)
Underneath (1995)
King of the Hill (1993)
Kafka (1991) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
11.
Jay Duplass
Jay Duplass, along with his brother, Mark Duplass, first made a name for himself writing and directing several award-winning short films. His first feature film was the Sundance 2005 breakout hit "The Puffy Chair," which went on to win the Audience Award at SXSW and receive two Independent Spirit Award nominations...
“ + Mark Duplass

Favourites
1. Baghead (2008)

Great
2. The Puffy Chair (2005)
3. Cyrus (2010)
4. Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)

Good
5. The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
12.
Stuart Gordon
Writer, Re-Animator
Stuart Gordon started his film directing career in 1985. After graduating from Lane Technical High School, Gordon worked as a commercial artist apprentice prior to enrolling at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Unable to get into the film classes, he enrolled in an acting class and ended up majoring in theater...
“ Favourites
1. Fortress (1992)
2. Dagon (2001)
3. Castle Freak (1995)

Great
4. Re-Animator (1985)
5. Dolls (1987)
6. From Beyond (1986)

Meh
7. Stuck (2007)
8. Daughter of Darkness (1990)
9. Edmond (2005)
10. King of the Ants (2003)

Bad
11. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998)

Need to See
Space Truckers (1996)
Robot Jox (1990) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
13.
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...
“ Favourites
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2. Dead Alive (1992)
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Great
5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
6. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Good
7. The Frighteners (1996)
8. The Lovely Bones (2009)
9. Bad Taste (1987)

Bad
10. King Kong (2005)

Need to See
Forgotten Silver (1995)
Meet the Feebles (1989) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
14.
Robert Rodriguez
Producer, Grindhouse
Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent. Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York, none were as captivated as the 12-year-old Rodriguez...
“ Favourites
1. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
2. Sin City (2005)

Great
3. Machete Kills (2013)
4. Machete (2010)

Meh
5. The Faculty (1998)
6. Planet Terror (2007)

Need to See
El mariachi (1992)
Desperado (1995)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
15.
Vincenzo Natali
Director, Cube
“ Favourites
1. Cube (1997)
2. Cypher (2002)

Great
3. Haunter (2013)

Good
4. Nothing (2003)
5. Splice (2009) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
16.
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...
“ Favourites
1. After Hours (1985)
2. Taxi Driver (1976)
3. The Departed (2006)
4. Mean Streets (1973)
5. Casino (1995)

Great
6. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
7. Gangs of New York (2002)
8. The King of Comedy (1983)

Good
9. Cape Fear (1991)
10. Hugo (2011)
11. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Meh
12. Shutter Island (2010)
13. Goodfellas (1990)
14. Raging Bull (1980)

Need to See
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)
The Aviator (2004)
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Kundun (1997)
The Age of Innocence (1993)
The Color of Money (1986)
The Last Waltz (1978)
New York, New York (1977) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
17.
“ Favourites
1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
2. Hot Fuzz (2007)

Great
3. The World's End (2013)
4. A Fistful of Fingers (1995)

Bad
5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
18.
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...
“ Favourites
1. Jurassic Park (1993)
2. Jaws (1975)
3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
4. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
6. Duel (1971)
7. The Terminal (2004)
8. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
9. Schindler's List (1993)

Great
10. Minority Report (2002)
11. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
12. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
13. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Good
14. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
15. Empire of the Sun (1987)
16. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Meh
17. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
18. War of the Worlds (2005)
19. Lincoln (2012)
20. War Horse (2011)

Need to See
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Munich (2005)
Amistad (1997)
Hook (1991)
Always (1989)
The Color Purple (1985)
1941 (1979)
The Sugarland Express (1974)
Savage (1973)
Something Evil (1972) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
19.
John Carpenter
Writer, Halloween
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles...
“ Favourites
1. The Thing (1982)
2. Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
3. They Live (1988)

Great
4. In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
5. Prince of Darkness (1987)
6. Christine (1983)
7. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

Good
8. Starman (1984)
9. The Ward (2010)
10. Escape from New York (1981)
11. Someone's Watching Me! (1978)
12. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Meh
13. Ghosts of Mars (2001)
14. Vampires (1998)
15. The Fog (1980)
16. Halloween (1978)

Bad
17. Dark Star (1974)

Need to See
Escape from L.A. (1996)
Village of the Damned (1995) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
20.
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...
“ Favourites
1. The Evil Dead (1981)
2. Evil Dead II (1987)
3. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
4. Spider-Man (2002)
5. Army of Darkness (1992)

Great
6. A Simple Plan (1998)
7. The Gift (2000)

Good
8. Darkman (1990)

Bad
9. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
10. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Need to See
For Love of the Game (1999)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Crimewave (1985) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
21.
Jan Svankmajer
Director, Otesánek
After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after becoming involved with the mixed-media productions of Prague's Lanterna Magika Theatre...
“ Favourites
1. Neco z Alenky (1988)

Need to See
Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe) (2010)
Sílení (2005)
Otesánek (2000)
Spiklenci slasti (1996)
Faust (1994) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
22.
Wes Craven
Director, Scream
Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision. Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on the Left, which he wrote...
“ Favourites
1. Scream (1996)
2. The Last House on the Left (1972)
3. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
4. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

Great
5. Scream 2 (1997)

Good
6. My Soul to Take (2010)
7. Red Eye (2005)
8. Scream 4 (2011)
9. Scream 3 (2000)
10. New Nightmare (1994)
11. Deadly Blessing (1981)
12. The People Under the Stairs (1991)
13. Swamp Thing (1982)

Meh
14. Shocker (1989)
15. Deadly Friend (1986)
16. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Bad
17. Cursed (2005) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
23.
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer, Diabolique
After a decade as a screenwriter, Clouzot made his directorial debut in 1942. His next film, The Raven had the distinction of being banned both by the Nazis and the victorious French forces for differing reasons. He shot to international fame with The Wages of Fear and consolidated that success with Diabolique...
“ Favourites
1. Le salaire de la peur (1953)
2. Le corbeau (1943)
3. Les diaboliques (1955)

Good
4. Manon (1949)

Meh
5. Quai des Orfèvres (1947)

Need to See
La prisonnière (1968)
La vérité (1960)
Les espions (1957)
Le mystère Picasso (1956)
Miquette et sa mère (1950)
L'assassin habite... au 21 (1942) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
24.
George A. Romero
George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; however, by all indications, he was very successful. The helmer of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 in New York City, New York, to a Cuban father and a Lithuanian-American mother. He grew up in NY, until attending the renowned Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
“ Favourites
1. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
2. Day of the Dead (1985)
3. Martin (1976)

Great
4. Monkey Shines (1988)
5. Creepshow (1982)

Good
6. The Dark Half (1993)
7. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
8. The Crazies (1973)

Meh
9. Land of the Dead (2005)
10. Diary of the Dead (2007)
11. Survival of the Dead (2009)

Need to See
Knightriders (1981) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
25.
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)...
“ Favourites
1. Psycho (1960)
2. Rope (1948)
3. Strangers on a Train (1951)
4. Blackmail (1929)
5. Rebecca (1940)

Great
6. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
7. Lifeboat (1944)
8. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
9. The Wrong Man (1956)

Good
10. Dial M for Murder (1954)
11. Foreign Correspondent (1940)
12. The 39 Steps (1935)
13. North by Northwest (1959)

Meh
14. Frenzy (1972)
15. Rear Window (1954)
16. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
17. Suspicion (1941)
18. Notorious (1946)
19. To Catch a Thief (1955)
20. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)
21. Vertigo (1958)

Bad
22. The Birds (1963)

Need to See
Family Plot (1976)
Topaz (1969)
Torn Curtain (1966)
Marnie (1964)
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
I Confess (1953)
Stage Fright (1950)
Under Capricorn (1949)
The Paradine Case (1947)
Spellbound (1945)
Aventure malgache (1944)
Bon Voyage (1944)
Saboteur (1942)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
Jamaica Inn (1939)
Young and Innocent (1937)
Sabotage (1936)
Secret Agent (1936)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
Waltzes from Vienna (1934)
Number Seventeen (1932)
Rich and Strange (1931)
Mary (1931)
The Skin Game (1931)
Murder! (1930)
Juno and the Paycock (1930)
An Elastic Affair (1930)
The Manxman (1929)
Champagne (1928)
Easy Virtue (1928)
The Farmer's Wife (1928)
Downhill (1927)
The Ring (1927)
The Pleasure Garden (1925) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
26.
Paul Verhoeven
Director, Total Recall
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris, about a medieval knight...
“ Favourites
1. Total Recall (1990)
2. Hollow Man (2000)
3. Basic Instinct (1992)

Great
4. RoboCop (1987)
5. Starship Troopers (1997)

Good
6. De vierde man (1983)

Bad
7. Showgirls (1995)

Need to See
Zwartboek (2006)
Flesh+Blood (1985)
Spetters (1980)
Voorbij, voorbij (1979)
Soldaat van Oranje (1977)
Keetje Tippel (1975)
Turks fruit (1973)
Wat zien ik (1971)
Portret van Anton Adriaan Mussert (1968) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
27.
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...
“ Favourites
1. 12 Angry Men (1957)
2. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
3. Fail-Safe (1964)

Good
4. Running on Empty (1988)
5. The Verdict (1982)

Ok
6. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
7. The Hill (1965)

Meh
8. Serpico (1973)
9. Prince of the City (1981)

Bad
10. Network (1976)
11. The Pawnbroker (1964)

Need to See
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Find Me Guilty (2006)
The Morning After (1986)
Daniel (1983)
The Wiz (1978)
Equus (1977)
Child's Play (1972)
The Offence (1972)
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Vu du pont (1962) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
28.
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...
“ Favourites
1. To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Great
2. Ninotchka (1939)
3. Angel (1937)
4. Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Good
5. Die Austernprinzessin (1919)
6. Ich möchte kein Mann sein (1918)
7. Die Puppe (1919)
8. Design for Living (1933)
9. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
10. The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)

Meh
11. Die Bergkatze (1921) 5

Bad
12. Heaven Can Wait (1943)

Need to See
Cluny Brown (1946)
The Merry Widow (1934)
One Hour with You (1932)
Broken Lullaby (1932)
Monte Carlo (1930)
The Love Parade (1929)
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
29.
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.
“ Favourites
1. Le boucher (1970)
2. Une affaire de femmes (1988)

Meh
3. La femme infidèle (1969)

Need to See
La cérémonie (1995)
L'enfer (1994)
Que la bête meure (1969)
Les biches (1968)
Les bonnes femmes (1960)
Les cousins (1959)
Le beau Serge (1958) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
30.
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...
“ Favourites
1. Léon (1994)
2. The Fifth Element (1997)
3. Le dernier combat (1983)

Need to See
Nikita (1990)
Le grand bleu (1988) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
31.
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...
“ Favourites
1. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
2. Misery (1990)
3. Stand by Me (1986)
4. The Princess Bride (1987)
5. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

Great
6. A Few Good Men (1992)
7. The American President (1995)

Good
8. The Bucket List (2007)

Need to See
Flipped (2010)
Rumor Has It... (2005)
Everyday Life (2004)
Alex & Emma (2003)
The Story of Us (1999)
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
North (1994)
The Sure Thing (1985) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
32.
Sergio Corbucci
Writer, Django
Sergio Corbucci was born on December 6, 1927, in Rome, Italy. He entered grade school with thoughts of becoming a businessman, but after earning a college degree in economics he took an abrupt detour into the world of cinema. Corbucci began his career as a film critic, first for the Italian film journal...
“ Favourites
1. Il grande silenzio (1968)

Great
2. Django (1966)

Good
3. Il mercenario (1968)

Meh
4. Danza macabra (1964)

Need to See
Vamos a matar, compañeros (1970)
I crudeli (1967)
Navajo Joe (1966) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
33.
“ Favourites
1. The Truman Show (1998)
2. Green Card (1990)

Great
3. Witness (1985)
4. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
5. Dead Poets Society (1989)

Good
6. The Last Wave (1977)
7. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
8. Gallipoli (1981)

Need to See
The Way Back (2010)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Fearless (1993)
The Mosquito Coast (1986) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
34.
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...
“ Favourites
1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
2. The Terminator (1984)
3. Titanic (1997)

Great
4. Aliens (1986)
5. The Abyss (1989)
6. Avatar (2009)
7. True Lies (1994)

Need to See
Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
35.
Robert Zemeckis
A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone, 1941) and special effect vehicles (Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future)...
“ Favourites
1. Back to the Future (1985)
2. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
3. Back to the Future Part III (1990)
4. Cast Away (2000)
5. Contact (1997)

Great
6. Forrest Gump (1994)
7. What Lies Beneath (2000)

Good
8. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Need to See
A Christmas Carol (2009)
Beowulf (2007)
The Polar Express (2004)
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Used Cars (1980)
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
36.
Kevin Smith
Kevin Patrick Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Grace (Schultz) and Donald E. Smith, a postal worker. He is very proud of his native state; this fact can be seen in all of his movies. Kevin is of mostly German, with some Irish and English, ancestry. His first movie, Clerks, was filmed in the convenience store in which Smith worked...
“ Favourites
1. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
2. Clerks II (2006)
3. Chasing Amy (1997)

Great
4. Red State (2011)
5. Clerks. (1994)

Good
6. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
7. Mallrats (1995)

Need to See
Cop Out (2010)
Jersey Girl (2004) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
37.
“ Favourites
1. 28 Days Later (2002)
2. Trainspotting (1996)

Great
3. 127 Hours (2010)
4. Sunshine (2007)

Good
5. Trance (2013)
6. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
7. Shallow Grave (1994)

Ok
8. Millions (2004)

Need to See
The Beach (2000)
A Life Less Ordinary (1997) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
38.
Joseph Losey
Director, The Servant
Belonging to an important family clan in Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but was always interested in theater and thus worked together with Bertolt Brecht. After directing some shorts for MGM, he made his first important film, The Boy with Green Hair, for RKO. While he was filming The Prowler in Italy he was summoned to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee...
“ Favourites
1. The Servant (1963)

Great
2. The Go-Between (1970)
3. Mr. Klein (1976)

Need to See
The Assassination of Trotsky (1972)
Accident (1967)
The Damned (1963)
The Prowler (1951) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
39.
“ Favourites
1. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Great
2. Night Moves (1975)
3. The Miracle Worker (1962)

Good
4. Dead of Winter (1987)

Need to See
The Missouri Breaks (1976)
Little Big Man (1970)
Alice's Restaurant (1969)
The Chase (1966)
Mickey One (1965) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
40.
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...
“ Favourites
1. El laberinto del fauno (2006)
2. El espinazo del diablo (2001)

Great
3. Pacific Rim (2013)
4. Hellboy (2004)

Good
5. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
6. Mimic (1997)
7. Cronos (1993)
8. Blade II (2002) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
41.
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...
“ Favourites
1. The Third Man (1949)
2. The Fallen Idol (1948)

Ok
3. Odd Man Out (1947)

Meh
4. Oliver! (1968)

Need to See
Trapeze (1956)
Outcast of the Islands (1951)
The Way Ahead (1944)
Night Train to Munich (1940)
The Stars Look Down (1940) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
42.
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...
“ Favourites
1. The Graduate (1967)
2. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
3. Closer (2004)

Good
4. What Planet Are You From? (2000)
5. Working Girl (1988)
6. Carnal Knowledge (1971)
7. The Birdcage (1996)
8. Catch-22 (1970)

Meh
9. Wolf (1994)

Need to See
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Wit (2001)
Primary Colors (1998)
Regarding Henry (1991)
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Biloxi Blues (1988)
Heartburn (1986)
Silkwood (1983)
Gilda Live (1980)
The Fortune (1975)
The Day of the Dolphin (1973) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
43.
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...
“ Favourites
1. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
2. Roman Holiday (1953)

Great
3. The Little Foxes (1941)
4. The Collector (1965) 7

Good
5. Ben-Hur (1959)
6. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
7. Jezebel (1938) 6
8. Dodsworth (1936)
9. The Heiress (1949)
10. Wuthering Heights (1939) 5

Need to See
The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)
Funny Girl (1968)
How to Steal a Million (1966)
The Children's Hour (1961)
The Big Country (1958)
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
The Desperate Hours (1955)
Carrie (1952)
Detective Story (1951)
Dead End (1937)
These Three (1936) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
44.
Jack Hill
Writer, Coffy
Jack Hill grew up around movies - his father was a designer for the Disney studios and Warner Brothers. He went to the University of California to study film, where he was a classmate of Francis Ford Coppola - they worked together on student productions and later both apprenticed with Roger Corman, working on The Terror...
“ Favourites
1. The Big Bird Cage (1972)
2. Coffy (1973)

Great
3. Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1968)

Meh
4. The Jezebels (1975)
5. Foxy Brown (1974)

Need to See
Sorceress (1982)
The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974)
The Big Doll House (1971)
Blood Bath (1966) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
45.
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham) on 30 November 1937. His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the UK and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted to join Army (his...
“ Favourites
1. Alien (1979)
2. Gladiator (2000)

Great
3. Blade Runner (1982)
4. Thelma & Louise (1991)
5. Matchstick Men (2003)

Good
6. Prometheus (2012)
7. Hannibal (2001)

Meh
8. Black Hawk Down (2001)

Bad
9. The Counselor (2013)

Need to See
Body of Lies (2008)
American Gangster (2007)
A Good Year (2006)
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
White Squall (1996)
The Duellists (1977) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
46.
Joss Whedon
Writer, The Avengers
Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon...
“ Favourites
1. Serenity (2005)
2. The Avengers (2012)

Great
3. Much Ado About Nothing (2012) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
47.
Trey Parker
Trey was born in Conifer, Colorado, on October 19, 1969 to Randy Parker ,a geologist, and Sharon Parker, an insurance broker. He has an older sister, Shelley Parker. He met Matt Stone (co-creator of South Park) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double major of music and Japanese...
“ Favourites
1. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)
2. Orgazmo (1997)
3. Team America: World Police (2004)

Need to See
Alferd Packer: The Musical (1993) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
48.
“ Favourites
1. Idiocracy (2006)
2. Office Space (1999)
3. Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)

Need to See
Extract (2009) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
49.
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...
“ Favourites
1. Fight Club (1999)
2. The Game (1997)
3. Seven (1995)

Great
4. Panic Room (2002)
5. Alien 3 (1992)

Good
6. The Social Network (2010)
7. Zodiac (2007)

Bad
8. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Need to See
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
50.
“ Favourites
1. The Breakfast Club (1985)
2. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
3. Sixteen Candles (1984)

Good
4. Weird Science (1985)
5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Need to See
Curly Sue (1991)
Uncle Buck (1989)
She's Having a Baby (1988) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
51.
Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the script writers Paul Schrader...
“ Favourites
1. Carrie (1976)

Great
2. Mission: Impossible (1996)
3. Scarface (1983)

Good
4. Dressed to Kill (1980)
5. Femme Fatale (2002)
6. Blow Out (1981)
7. Mission to Mars (2000)
8. The Fury (1978)
9. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
10. Sisters (1973)
11. The Untouchables (1987)

Meh
12. Raising Cain (1992)

Need to See
The Black Dahlia (2006)
Snake Eyes (1998)
Carlito's Way (1993)
Casualties of War (1989)
Body Double (1984)
Obsession (1976)
Hi, Mom! (1970) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
52.
Alejandro Amenábar
Writer, The Others
Amenábar was born in Santiago Chile, on the eve of Pinochet's 1973 coup-de-état, such that his mother, who had already gone through the Spanish Civil War, uprooted the whole family and fled back to Spain. He grew up in Madrid and entered the Sciences Information Faculty at Madrid's Complutense University...
“ Favourites
1. The Others (2001)
2. Tesis (1996)

Great
3. Abre los ojos (1997)

Ok
4. Mar adentro (2004)

Need to See
Agora (2009) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
53.
Tom Holland
Writer, Fright Night
Tom Holland is an American director and screenwriter of horror and thriller films. His early writing projects include Class of 1984 and the Robert Bloch- inspired Psycho II, the latter starring Anthony Perkins as the menacing psychopath, Norman Bates. Tom gained more notoriety, however, as a director...
“ Favourites
1. "The Langoliers" (1995)
2. Fright Night (1985)
3. Thinner (1996)

Good
4. Child's Play (1988) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
54.
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...
“ Favourites
1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
2. It Happened One Night (1934)

Great
3. Lost Horizon (1937)

Good
4. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
5. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Meh
6. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
7. You Can't Take It with You (1938)
8. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Need to See
Meet John Doe (1941)
Lady for a Day (1933)
Platinum Blonde (1931)
The Power of the Press (1928) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
55.
Wolfgang Petersen
Director, Troy
This director seems to shine most when making movies that can best be described as part action movies/part disaster movies. Beginning with Outbreak (1995) about the outbreak of a killer virus. This film had shades of an Irwin Allen disaster movie, The Swarm (1978), about the outbreak of killer bees. Both films had the military and scientists clash, also both had choppers all over the place...
“ Favourites
1. Die unendliche Geschichte (1984)
2. Das Boot (1981)

Great
3. Poseidon (2006)
4. Air Force One (1997)
5. Enemy Mine (1985)

Meh
6. Outbreak (1995)
7. The Perfect Storm (2000)

Bad
8. Troy (2004)

Need to See
In the Line of Fire (1993)
Shattered (1991) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
56.
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...
“ Favourites
1. Before Sunrise (1995)
2. Before Sunset (2004)
3. Before Midnight (2013)

Great
4. A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Good
5. School of Rock (2003)

Meh
6. Dazed and Confused (1993)
7. Waking Life (2001)

Need to See
Bernie (2011)
Me and Orson Welles (2008)
The Newton Boys (1998)
Slacker (1991) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
57.
Thomas Vinterberg
Director, The Hunt
With Last Round (Last Round), his graduation short from The National Film School of Denmark, he got an early taste of critical success. He received the Jury's and Producers' Awards at the International Student Film Fest in Munich and won the 1st Prize at the Tel Aviv Film Fest. Popular success followed with his breakthrough short fiction film...
“ Favourites
1. Festen (1998)
2. Jagten (2012)

Need to See
Submarino (2010)
Dear Wendy (2004)
It's All About Love (2003) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
58.
“ Favourites
1. Stalled (2013)

Great
2. Freak Out (2004) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
59.
“ Favourites
1. Your Sister's Sister (2011)
2. Humpday (2009)

Need to See
Touchy Feely (2013)
My Effortless Brilliance (2008) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
60.
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...
“ Favourites
1. Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
2. Madame de... (1953)

Good
3. Liebelei (1933)

Meh
4. La ronde (1950)
5. The Reckless Moment (1949)
6. Lola Montès (1955)
7. La signora di tutti (1934)

Need to See
Le plaisir (1952)
Caught (1949) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
61.
“ Favourites
1. Lucky Star (1929)

Good
2. 7th Heaven (1927)
3. Street Angel (1928)

Meh
4. Man's Castle (1933)

Need to See
Moonrise (1948)
The Mortal Storm (1940)
Strange Cargo (1940) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
62.
“ Favourites
1. Lilja 4-ever (2002)
2. *beep* Åmål (1998)

Great
3. Tillsammans (2000)

Need to See
Mammoth (2009)
Ett hål i mitt hjärta (2004) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
63.
“ Favourites
1. In Bruges (2008)

Great
2. Seven Psychopaths (2012) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
64.
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...
“ Favourites
1. Children of Men (2006)
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Great
3. Gravity (2013)

Meh
4. Y tu mamá también (2001)

Need to See
Great Expectations (1998)
A Little Princess (1995) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
65.
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
“ Favourites
1. Beetlejuice (1988)
2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
3. Ed Wood (1994)
4. Big Fish (2003)

Good
5. Corpse Bride (2005)
6. Frankenweenie (2012)
7. Batman (1989)
8. Batman Returns (1992)

Meh
9. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
10. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Bad
11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
12. Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Need to See
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Mars Attacks! (1996) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
66.
Mervyn LeRoy
Director, Mister Roberts
The great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 was a tragedy for Mervyn Leroy. While he and his father managed to survive, they lost everything they had. To make money, Leroy sold newspapers and entered talent contests as a singer. When he entered vaudeville, his act was "LeRoy and Cooper--Two Kids and a Piano"...
“ Favourites
1. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
2. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Meh
3. Random Harvest (1942)

Need to See
Mister Roberts (1955)
Madame Curie (1943)
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Little Caesar (1931) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
67.
Bobcat Goldthwait
Robert Francis 'Bobcat' Goldthwait, born May 26, 1962, is an American comedian. He is most widely known for his high pitch voice during his comedy acts. He was born in Syracuse, New York in 1962. He decided on a career as a comedian at an early age and was performing professionally while still in high school at the age of 15...
“ Great
1. World's Greatest Dad (2009)
2. Willow Creek (2013)
3. God Bless America (2011)

Good
4. Shakes the Clown (1991)

Need to See
Stay (2006)
Windy City Heat (2003) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
68.
Shane Black
Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2. Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout to The Long Kiss Goodnight, and in between a re-write on the McTiernan/Schwarzenegger Last Action Hero script.
“ Favourites
1. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Great
2. Iron Man Three (2013) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
69.
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...
“ Favourites
1. The Green Mile (1999)
2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Good
3. The Mist (2007)
4. Buried Alive (1990)

Need to See
The Majestic (2001) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
70.
Christopher Nolan
After The Dark Knight's success, Warner Bros. signed Nolan to direct Inception. Nolan also wrote and co-produced the film, described as "a contemporary set within the architecture of the mind". Before being released in theaters, critics like Peter Travers and Lou Lumenick wondered if Nolan's faith in moviegoers' intelligence would cost him at the box office...
“ Favourites
1. Memento (2000)
2. The Prestige (2006)
3. Batman Begins (2005)

Good
4. Inception (2010)
5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Bad
6. The Dark Knight (2008)

Need to See
Insomnia (2002)
Following (1998) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
71.
James Whale
Director, Frankenstein
James Whale, who grew up poor in an English mining town, learned to put on plays in a World War I German POW camp. Postwar theatre work took him to the London stage, then Broadway, then a contract with Paramount, as dialog director for Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels. He began his contribution to the horror film genre with his move to Universal...
“ Favourites
1. Frankenstein (1931)

Great
2. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
3. The Invisible Man (1933)
4. The Old Dark House (1932)

Good
5. Waterloo Bridge (1931)

Meh
6. Show Boat (1936)

Need to See
The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
72.
“ Favourites
1. [Rec] (2007)

Great
2. Mientras duermes (2011)

Good
3. [Rec] 2 (2009)

Meh
4. Los sin nombre (1999)
5. Darkness (2002)

Need to See
Frágiles (2005) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
73.
George Roy Hill
Director, The Sting
Combative director George Roy Hill never hit it off with the critics, despite the fact that two of his films -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting -- had remained among the top ten box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic trademarks, Andrew Sarris famously referring to it as 'idiosyncratic odious oiliness'...
“ Favourites
1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
2. The Sting (1973)

Ok
3. The World According to Garp (1982)

Need to See
Funny Farm (1988)
A Little Romance (1979)
Slap Shot (1977)
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
The World of Henry Orient (1964) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
74.
“ Favourites
1. Irréversible (2002)

Great
2. Enter the Void (2009)
3. Seul contre tous (1998)

Need to See
Carne (1991) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
75.
“ Great
1. The Cider House Rules (1999)

Good
2. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

Ok
3. Chocolat (2000)
4. Safe Haven (2013)

Need to See
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Mitt liv som hund (1985) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
76.
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...
“ Favourites
1. The Godfather (1972)
2. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Good
3. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
4. Apocalypse Now (1979)
5. The Conversation (1974)

Meh
6. Dementia 13 (1963)
7. The Godfather: Part III (1990)
8. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Need to See
Twixt (2011)
Tetro (2009)
Youth Without Youth (2007)
The Rainmaker (1997)
Jack (1996)
Rumble Fish (1983)
The Outsiders (1983)
One from the Heart (1982) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
77.
Victor Sjöström
Director, Körkarlen
Victor Sjöström was born on September 20, 1879, and is the undisputed father of Swedish film, ranking as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of directors whom he himself influenced...
“ Favourites
1. Körkarlen (1921)
2. The Wind (1928)

Good
3. He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

Meh
4. Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru (1918)
5. Terje Vigen (1917)

Need to See
Mästerman (1920)
Karin Ingmarsdotter (1920)
Ingeborg Holm (1913) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
78.
“ Favourites
1. The Usual Suspects (1995)
2. X-Men (2000)
3. X2 (2003)

Good
4. Apt Pupil (1998)

Meh
5. Superman Returns (2006)

Need to See
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
Valkyrie (2008)
Public Access (1993) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
79.
Frank Henenlotter
Director, Basket Case
Writer/director Frank Henenlotter was born August 29, 1950, in New York City. He gleefully "misspent" his youth watching a large array of blithely cheap'n'cheesy low-budget exploitation flicks in various seedy grindhouse theaters on Mahattan's 42nd St. He began making 8mm films as a teenager. His 16mm black-and-white short Slash of the Knife actually played at a 42nd St...
“ Favourites
1. Basket Case (1982)

Great
2. Frankenhooker (1990)
3. Brain Damage (1988)

Need to See
Bad Biology (2008)
Basket Case 3 (1991)
Basket Case 2 (1990) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
80.
Jon Favreau
Producer, Iron Man
Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director. The amiable, husky-framed actor with the tight...
“ Favourites
1. Iron Man (2008)

Great
2. Elf (2003)

Good
3. Iron Man 2 (2010)

Meh
4. Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

Need to See
Cowboys & Aliens (2011) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
81.
“ Favourites
1. Die Hard (1988)
2. Predator (1987)

Great
3. Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
4. Last Action Hero (1993)

Need to See
Basic (2003)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Nomads (1986) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
82.
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...
“ Favourites
1. The Haunting (1963)
2. The Sound of Music (1965)
3. The Andromeda Strain (1971)

Great
4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Meh
5. The Body Snatcher (1945)
6. The Set-Up (1949)

Bad
7. West Side Story (1961)

Need to See
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Audrey Rose (1977)
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
I Want to Live! (1958)
Blood on the Moon (1948) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
83.
“ Favourites
As Good as It Gets (1997)

Great
Broadcast News (1987)

Good
Terms of Endearment (1983)

Need to See
How Do You Know (2010)
Spanglish (2004)
I'll Do Anything (1994) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
84.
Tom Tykwer
Composer, Cloud Atlas
Director, writer, producer and composer Tom Tykwer was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. He showed an interest in film-making from childhood, making super 8 films from the age of 11. Among his first jobs was working at a local art-house cinema. Tykwer eventually relocated to Berlin, first working as a film projectionist and then becoming head of programming at the Moviemento Theater...
“ Favourites
1. Lola rennt (1998)

Great
2. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

Need to See
Cloud Atlas (2012)
3 (2010)
The International (2009)
Heaven (2002)
Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (2000)
Winterschläfer (1997)
Die tödliche Maria (1993) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
85.
Michele Soavi
Born in Milan, Italy in 1957, Michele Soavi's parents separated when he was little and he lived with his mother who remarried a painter. Interested in his stepfather's interest in painting, Soavi began an interest in creative arts in his school. During his teenage years, he decided that the cinema was his true calling after attending several movie screenings and developing a taste for acting...
“ Favourites
1. Deliria (1987)

Great
2. Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)

Meh
3. La chiesa (1989)

Need to See
Arrivederci amore, ciao (2006)
La setta (1991) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
86.
Lamberto Bava
Director, Demons
Lamberto Bava was born in Rome, Italy, and was the first of a third generation of Italian filmmakers. His grandfather, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cameraman and optics effects artist during the early days of Italian silent cinema. His father, Mario Bava (1914-1980), was a legendary cinematographer...
“ Favourites
1. Dèmoni (1985)

Good
2. Dèmoni 2... l'incubo ritorna (1986)

Meh
3. La casa con la scala nel buio (1983)

Bad
4. Shark: Rosso nell'oceano (1984)

Need to See
Le foto di Gioia (1987)
Macabro (1980) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
87.
Bob Fosse
Miscellaneous Crew, All That Jazz
“ Favourites
1. Cabaret (1972)
2. All That Jazz (1979)

Need to See
Star 80 (1983)
Lenny (1974)
Sweet Charity (1969) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
88.
Michel Gondry
He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band called Oui-Oui...
“ Favourites
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Great
2. The Green Hornet (2011)

Need to See
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
La science des rêves (2006)
Human Nature (2001) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
89.
Seth Holt
Director, The Nanny
Seth Holt began as an assistant editor at Ealing in 1944, graduating to editor (1949), producer (1955) and director (1958).He returned to editing for Charles Crichton's The Battle of the Sexes and for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Probably his best known film is The Nanny, with Bette Davis. He was working on Blood from the Mummy's Tomb when he died.
“ Favourites
1. Taste of Fear (1961)
2. The Nanny (1965)

Need to See
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)
Station Six-Sahara (1962)
Nowhere to Go (1958) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
90.
Tommy Wiseau
Actor, The Room
Tommy Wiseau trained to be an actor at: American Conservatory Theater, Vince Chase Workshop, Jean Shelton Acting Lab, Laney College and Stella Adler Academy of Acting. In 2001 he wrote, produced, directed and starred in "The Room," a feature film that received the 2003 Audience Award at the New York International Film Festival...
“ Masterpiece
1. The Room (2003) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
91.
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.
“ Favourites
1. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
2. City Girl (1930)

Good
3. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
4. Fury (1936)
5. Faust - Eine deutsche Volkssage (1926)
6. Der letzte Mann (1924)

Meh
7. Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)

Need to See
Herr Tartüff (1925)
Phantom (1922)
Der brennende Acker (1922)
Schloß Vogeloed (1921) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
92.
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 (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965). He is also known for the Dickens adaptations of Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948), as well as the romantic drama Brief Encounter (1945)...
“ Favourites
1. Brief Encounter (1945)

Good
2. Great Expectations (1946)
3. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
4. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Meh
5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Need to See
A Passage to India (1984)
Ryan's Daughter (1970)
Summertime (1955)
Oliver Twist (1948)
This Happy Breed (1944)
In Which We Serve (1942) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
93.
“ Favourites
1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Great
2. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
3. Philadelphia (1993)

Ok
4. Married to the Mob (1988)

Need to See
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
The Truth About Charlie (2002)
Something Wild (1986)
Stop Making Sense (1984)
Swing Shift (1984)
Melvin and Howard (1980)
Last Embrace (1979)
Caged Heat (1974) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
94.
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...
“ Favourites
1. True Romance (1993)

Great
2. Deja Vu (2006)
3. Enemy of the State (1998)

Ok
4. Top Gun (1986)
5. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
6. The Hunger (1983)
7. Unstoppable (2010)

Need to See
Man on Fire (2004)
Beat the Devil (2002)
The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Days of Thunder (1990)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
95.
Ole Bornedal
Writer, Nightwatch
Ole Bornedal was born 1959 in Noerresundby, Denmark. From the time he was fourteen he knew he wanted to become a filmmaker. However, not being able to get into The Danish Film School, he had to create his own career and after a few years of University Studies in Film, he started working for The National Danish Broadcasting Company doing radio-dramas and radio-features...
“ Favourites
1. Nattevagten (1994)

Great
2. Vikaren (2007)

Need to See
The Possession (2012)
Fri os fra det onde (2009)
Kærlighed på film (2007)
I Am Dina (2002)
Dybt vand (1999)
Nightwatch (1997) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
96.
“ Great
1. On the Beach (1959)
2. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Good
3. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
4. The Defiant Ones (1958)
5. Inherit the Wind (1960)

Need to See
Ship of Fools (1965)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
97.
“ Favourites
1. Jean de Florette (1986)

Great
2. Manon des sources (1986)

Need to See
Tchao pantin (1983)
Le vieil homme et l'enfant (1967) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
98.
“ Favourites
1. French Kiss (1995)

Great
2. Dreamcatcher (2003)

Good
3. The Big Chill (1983)
4. Mumford (1999)

Ok
5. Grand Canyon (1991)
6. Body Heat (1981)

Need to See
Darling Companion (2012)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
I Love You to Death (1990)
The Accidental Tourist (1988)
Silverado (1985) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
99.
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ Great
1. The Ice Storm (1997)
2. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
3. Life of Pi (2012)

Good
4. Hulk (2003)

Meh
5. Wo hu cang long (2000)
6. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Need to See
Se, jie (2007)
Ride with the Devil (1999/I)
Yin shi nan nu (1994)
Xi yan (1993) ” - DaveHedgehog
 
100.
Victor Salva
Born in Martinez, California, 20 miles outside San Francisco, Victor Salva had written and directed over 20 short and feature-length films before graduating from high school. In the mid-'80s his 37-minute short Something in the Basement took first place in the fiction category at the Sony/AFI Home Video Competition...
“ Favourites
1. Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Great
2. Clownhouse (1989)

Meh
3. Jeepers Creepers II (2003)

Need to See
Rosewood Lane (2011)
Peaceful Warrior (2006)
Rites of Passage (1999)
Powder (1995)
The Nature of the Beast (1995) ” - DaveHedgehog