I've got the idea to make this list from a list made by mjl21.
Last update January 02, 2014
Brian De Palma, Elia Kazan, Paul Thomas Anderson and Woody Allen fell of this list in the last year, considering all of them have only one movie left in IMDb top 250.
New directors on the list, all with two movies are: Ron Howard, Denis Villeneuve, Richard Linklater, Thomas Vinterberg.
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)...
“ He is absolute leader with 9 movies:
North by Northwest
Strangers on a Train
Dial M for Murder ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ 8 out of 13 feature films he directed are on IMDB top 250 list:
A Clockwork Orange
2001: A Space Odyssey
Full Metal Jacket
Dr.Strangelove or:How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Paths of Glory
Barry Lyndon ” - DeusJ35
Born in London in 1970, Christopher Nolan began making films at the age of seven years using his father's Super-8 camera and an assortment of male action figures. He graduated to making films involving real people, and his Super-8 surrealistic short 'Tarantella' was shown on P.B.S.' 'image union' in 1989...
“ 6 out of 8 feature films he directed are on IMDB top 250 list:
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
The Prestige ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ 6 out of 11 feature films he directed or guest directed are on IMDB top 250 list:
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Sin City (special guest director) ” - DeusJ35
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli...
“ 6 of 11 feature (animated) films he directed are on IMDB top 250 list:
Howl's Moving Castle
Castle in the Sky
My Neighbor Totoro
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind ” - DeusJ35
After serious deliberations about entering the priesthood - he entered a seminary in 1956 - Martin Scorsese opted to channel his passions into film. He graduated from NYU as a film major in 1964. Catching the eye of producer Roger Corman
with his 1960s student films (including co-editing Woodstock
“ He has 6:
Shutter Island ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ Also 6:
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Saving Private Ryan
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Jurassic Park ” - DeusJ35
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...
Some Like It Hot
Witness for the Prosecution
Stalag 17 ” - DeusJ35
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
“ 5 out of 7 feature films he directed are on IMDB top 250 list:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in America
For a Few Dollars More
A Fistful of Dollars ” - DeusJ35
Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, 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 "Little Tramp" character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ He has 5:
The Great Dictator
The Gold Rush
The Kid ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ He has 4:
Rashômon ” - DeusJ35
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
The LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
The LOTR: The Two Towers
The LOTR: The Return of the King
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ” - DeusJ35
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July fourteenth, 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...
The Seventh Seal
Fanny and Alexander ” - DeusJ35
Lee Unkrich attended Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was born in 1967 and graduated in 1985. He was a great French student and created a character in his movie, Toy Story 2
after his high school French teacher. He was featured in the local paper twice for Monsters, Inc.
and for Finding Nemo
“ 3 out of 4 feature (animated) films he directed or co-directed are on IMDB top 250 list:
Toy Story 3
Finding Nemo (co-director)
Monsters, Inc. (co-director) ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ 3 out of 8 feature films he directed are on IMDB top 250 list:
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Personally think that is ridiculous that neither Avatar nor Titanic aren't in top 250. ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ He has 3:
12 Angry Men
Dog Day Afternoon
Network ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ Also 3:
The Godfather: Part II
Apocalypse Now ” - DeusJ35
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...
Gladiator ” - DeusJ35
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...
It's a Wonderful Life
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
It Happened One Night ” - DeusJ35
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood finished high school at the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked odd jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
Million Dollar Baby
Gran Torino ” - DeusJ35
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)...
La dolce vita ” - DeusJ35
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...
The Best Years of Our Lives ” - DeusJ35
“ 3 movies shared with his brother Ethan Coen:
The Big Lebowski
No Country for Old Men
Fargo ” - DeusJ35
“ 2 of 2 feature (animated) films he directed are on IMDB top 250 list:
Monsters, Inc. ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ 2 out of 5 (one is TV movie) feature films he directed are on IMDB top 250 list:
The Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile ” - DeusJ35
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ 2 out of 5 feature films he directed are on IMDB top 250 list:
Requiem for a Dream
Black Swan ” - DeusJ35
Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in Buchenwald and his mother died in Auschwitz...
“ Rest of people on this list have directed 2 feature or animated films that are in IMDB top 250 list:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Amadeus ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ Fight Club
Se7en ” - DeusJ35
“ Forrest Gump
Back to the Future ” - DeusJ35
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 seven) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr...
“ Citizen Kane
Touch of Evil ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Maltese Falcon ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ Twelve Monkeys
Monty Python and the Holy Grail ” - DeusJ35
Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. His father was a bank clerk, mother - mistress of the house. He has an older brother, Nigel Jones
(1940-). He studied at St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford University. In 1965, with his friend Michael Palin
, he made The Late Show
for television, which was his first success...
“ Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Life of Brian ” - DeusJ35
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)...
“ The Bridge on the River Kwai
Lawrence of Arabia ” - DeusJ35
Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures
. In 1990, he became only the second animator and ninth employee to join Pixar Animation Studios...
Finding Nemo ” - DeusJ35
Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school and in 1995...
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels ” - DeusJ35
George Roy Hill
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'...
“ The Sting
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ The Pianist
Chinatown ” - DeusJ35
“ Slumdog Millionaire
Trainspotting ” - DeusJ35
Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. From 1910 to 1914...
Metropolis ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ The Wizard of Oz
Gone with the Wind ” - DeusJ35
“ The Grapes of Wrath
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance ” - DeusJ35
“ The Graduate
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ The Princess Bride
Stand by Me ” - DeusJ35
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ A Beautiful Mind
Rush ” - DeusJ35
Incendies ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ Before Sunrise
Before Midnight ” - DeusJ35
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...
“ The Hunt
The Celebration ” - DeusJ35