My favorite movie directors

In my opinion, these are the best directors ever to have graced cinema
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1.
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...
“ Definitely my top director. His movies have made me laugh, cry, wonder, sit on the edge of the seat, everything. A true master. Favorite movies - The Apartment, Some like it hot, Double indemnity, Witness for the prosecution. ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
2.
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...
“ Another versatile genius. Though his repertoire of movies is small, each of them is brilliant! Favorites - Dr.Strangelove, 2001:A Space Odyssey, Full metal jacket. ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
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...
“ One of the pioneers of expressionist cinema. Favorite movies - Metropolis, M ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
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“ The two-headed director duo, Coen Brothers have produced some of the truly memorable movies recently. Favorites - Big Lebowski, O Brother Where art Thou?, No country for old men, Blood Simple, Fargo ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
6.
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...
“ To have directed Citizen Kane at 26, he is true genius. ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
7.
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)...
“ Master of suspense. A definite inclusion in any list. Favorite movies - Vertigo, Psycho, Rear Window ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
8.
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...
“ Swedish maestro Ingmar, maker of some of the most thought-provoking movies. Favorites - Persona, Through a glass darkly, Wild Strawberries ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
9.
Jean Renoir
Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he began to make movies; he wanted to make a star of her...
“ Son of painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Jean is the indubitable french movie wiz - Most noted works - Rules of the game, Grand illusion ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
10.
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...
“ Inspiration for many modern film-makers, his movies were something indeed. My favorites - Rashomon, Ikiru ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
11.
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...
“ Probably the director whose movies have had the best personal connect with me - Revolutionary Road, American Beauty ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
12.
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...
“ Slickest movie-maker who redefined violence and pulp influences ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
13.
David Lynch
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ Master of incomprehensible weird movies. But brilliant technique - Blue Velvet, Mulholland Dr. being my favorites ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
14.
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...
“ Known as the father of cinematic surrealism, worked along with Salvador Dali. My favorite works among his - Un Chien Andalou, Viridiana ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
15.
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...
“ Director of feel-good movies like It's a wonderful life, It happened one night ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
16.
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...
“ Master comedian-actor-director, without him, cinema could never have been as entertaining. ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
17.
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...
“ In a career spanning over 5 decades, this master director had more than 10 Oscar nominations. His partnerships with Humphrey Bogart were the best. My favorite movies - Maltese Falcon, African Queen ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
18.
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...
“ The Big Sleep, His Girl Friday, Bringing up Baby are some of his works ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
19.
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...
“ Casablanca should suffice for his inclusion ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
20.
“ Cinema Paradiso, Malena ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
21.
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...
“ Considered a master director of the last 3 decades, I've liked only some of his works like Taxi Driver, Departed ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
22.
Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie Pather Panchali won several International Awards and set Ray as a world-class director...
“ The best Indian director for sure ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
23.
Anurag Kashyap
Anurag Singh Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. Kashyap made his directorial debut with as yet unreleased Paanch, with Kay Kay Menon as the lead. As a filmmaker, he is known for Black Friday (2004), a controversial and award-winning Hindi film about the 1993 Mumbai bombings...
“ The best thing to have happened to Bollywood ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
24.
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
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...
“ Anime master - a hero in Japan. Best movies - My neighbor Totoro, Spirited away, Princess Mononoke ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
25.
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...
“ Some of his movies are really awesome(Fight Club, Social Network), while some suck(Benjamin Button) ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
26.
Mani Ratnam
Writer, Bombay
The man who revolutionized Tamil-language cinema, Mani Ratnam is the biggest director in south India and one of the most respected directors in all of India. Each of his films contain its own unique style, with beautifully photographed songs and unique back-lighting. However, his films contain substance as well as style--Ratnam has dealt with a wide variety of topics...
“ The money-maker in India with unbelievable skill in direction. Favorites - Nayagan, Kannathil muthamittal, Thalapathi ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
27.
Bala
Writer, Naan Kadavul
“ Perhaps the only Tamil director of late to be utterly original with his work and producing unforgettable works like Sethu, Pithamagan, Naan Kadavul ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
28.
Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
“ Commercially and critically successful Nolan is a must in this list. Favorite movie - The Prestige ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
29.
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...
“ Master of the westerns ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
30.
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)...
“ Italian genius whose movies were largely centered around experiences from his own life. Favorites - La dolce vita, La Strada, 8 1/2 ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
31.
“ Maker of some of Pixar's best works - Toy Story, Cars, A Bug's life ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
32.
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...
“ The best stunts of the silent era were this man's. And he directed them himself flawlessly. Favorite movie - The General ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
33.
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...
“ Intellectual humor and an uncanny understanding of love are the hallmarks of this director. Favorite movies - Annie Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
34.
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ Requiem for a dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
35.
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...
“ Not really great, but Before Sunrise and Before Sunset were really well-directed ” - sriganesh-murthi
 
36.
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...
“ Sci-fi god for sure. Favorites - Star Wars, Blade Runner ” - sriganesh-murthi