Top 100 Directors

The first ten entries are absolute favorites and the order is set in stone. Remaining entries on the list are in no particular order, though I have tried to consider seniority. All the directors are represented with a minimum of 2 films each, which I have seen.
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The following directors very closely missed the 100 mark:
Jiri Menzel
Andrei Zulawski
Nicholas Roeg
Ermanno Olmi
Victor Erice
Semih Kaplanoglu
Vincent Gallo
Jafar Panahi
Asghar Farhadi
Fatih Akin
Susan Bier
Klauss Haro
Zeki Demirkubuz
Chan Wook Park
Tsai Ming Liang
Hou Hsiao-hsien
Carlos Reygadas
Bruno Dumont
Darezhan Omirbayev
Zhang Ke Jia
Takashi Miike
Yimou Zhang
Chang Dong Lee
Wes Anderson
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1.
Andrei Tarkovsky
Writer, Solaris
The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood, which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival...
“ Stalker
Mirror
Solaris
Andrei Rublev
Sacrifice
Nostalghia
Ivan's Childhood
Sculpting In Time
The Steamroller And The Violin
There Will Be No Leave Today
Ubiytsy ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
2.
Ingmar Bergman
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...
“ Persona
Wild Strawberries
The Seventh Seal
Hour Of The Wolf
Fanny And Alexander
Winter Light
The Silence
Shame
The Virgin Spring
Cries And Whispers
Autumn Sonata
Summer Interlude
Scenes from A Marriage
Smiles Of A Summer Night
The Magician
The Serpent's Egg
Prison ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
3.
Yasujirô Ozu
Director, Tokyo Story
Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first film the next year...
“ Tokyo Story
Late Spring
Early Summer
I Was Born, But...
Flavor Of Green Tea Over Rice
Tokyo Twilight
Good Morning
Floating Weeds
An Autumn Afternoon ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
4.
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...
“ 2001: A Space Odyssey
Dr. Strangelove
A Clockwork Orange
The Shining
Full Metal Jacket
Paths Of Glory
Spartacus
Lolita
Eyes Wide Shut
Barry Lyndon
The Killing ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
5.
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...
“ Un Chien Andalou
L'age D'or
Land Without Bread
Los Olvidados
Viridiana
The Exterminating Angel
Belle de jour
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
The Phantom of Liberty
That Obscure Object of Desire
Tristana
Simon Of The Desert
El ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
6.
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...
“ Eraserhead
Lost Highway
Blue Velvet
Mulholland Dr.
Inland Empire
The Elephant Man
The Straight Story
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Twin Peaks: Season 1
Twin Peaks: Season 2
Dune
Wild At Heart
Hotel Room ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
7.
Robert Bresson
Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin in 1943. His next film, Les dames du Bois de Boulogne would be the last time he would work with professional actors...
“ Diary Of A Country Priest
Pickpocket
Au Hasard Balthazar
A Man Escaped
L'argent
The Trial Of Joan Of Arc
Mouchette
Lancelot du Lac ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
8.
Jean-Luc Godard
Director, My Life to Live
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of Switzerland and attended school in Nyons (Switzerland)...
“ Breathless
Contempt
Pierrot le Fou
Week End
Bande a Part
Alphaville
Masculin Feminin
Two Or Three Things I Know About her
My Life To Live
Le Petit Soldat
Hail Mary
Forever Mozart
Histoire du Cinema
Film Socialisme ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
9.
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)...
“ 8 1/2
La Strada
La Dolce Vita
Satyricon
Nights Of Cabiria
Amarcord
City Of Women
I Vitteloni
Juliet Of The Spirits ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
10.
Jim Jarmusch
Jarmusch came to New York City from Akron, Ohio to study at Columbia and NYU's film school. He would also study film at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris. He worked as an assistant on Lightning Over Water, a film by Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders, before making his first film, _Permanent Vacation (1982)_...
“ Down By Law
Stranger Than Paradise
Mystery Train
Night On Earth
Dead Man
Ghost Dog
Broken Flowers
Coffee And Cigarette
Permanent Vacation ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
11.
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...
“ Seven Samurai
Rashomon
Ikuru
Throne Of Blood
Yojimbo
Sanjuro
Ran
Dersu Uzala
Kagemusha
Red Beard
Dreams
Madadayo
The Quiet Duel
High And Low ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
12.
Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May second, 1921. His father, 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 Lonely Wife
Pather Panchali
Aparajito
The World Of Apu
The Music Room
The Expedition
The Goddess
The Philosopher's Stone
Three Daughters
Kanchenjungha
The Big City
The Coward and The Holy Man
The Hero
The Zoo
The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha
Days and Nights in the Forest
The Adversary
A Company Limited
The Golden Fortress
The Middleman
The Chess Players
The Elephant God
The Kingdom of Diamonds
The Home and The World
An Enemy of the People
The Branches of the Tree
The Visitor
Distant Thunder
Deliverance ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
13.
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)...
“ Vertigo
The Wrong Man
Rebecca
Rear Window
North By Northwest
Psycho
Frenzy
Shadow Of A Doubt
Stranger On A Train
Man Who Knew Too Much
Spellbound
Blackmail
The 39 Steps
Birds
Rope
Notorious
Sabotage
Dial M For Murder ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
14.
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
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...
“ The Kid
The Gold Rush
City Lights
Modern Times
The Great Dictator
Monsieur Verdoux
Limelight
A King In New York
and numerous shorts. ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
15.
Sergei M. Eisenstein
The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and then director...
“ Battleship Potemkin
October
Strike
Ivan The Terrible Part I
Ivan The Terrible Part II ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
16.
Carl Theodor Dreyer
The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the fact...
“ The Passion Of Joan Of Arc
Vampyr
Ordet
Day Of Wrath
Gertrude ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
17.
Fritz Lang
Director, M
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...
“ M
Metropolis
Dr. Mabuse the Gambler
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
The Big Heat ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
18.
Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau was one of the most multi-talented artists of the 20th century. In addition to being a director, he was a poet, novelist, painter, playwright, set designer, and actor. He began writing at 10 and was a published poet by age 16. He collaborated with the "Russian Ballet" company of Sergei Diaghilev...
“ The Blood Of A Poet
La Belle et la bete
Orphee
Testament Of Orpheus ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
19.
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...
“ Rules Of The Game
The Grand Illusion
The River ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
20.
John Ford
Director, The Searchers
John Ford is, arguably, The Great American Director. When Orson Welles, who repeatedly screened Ford's Stagecoach as a crash course in filmmaking before helming his first film, Citizen Kane, was asked who his three favorite directors were, he answered, "John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." Along with D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille...
“ Stagecoach
The Searchers
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence
My Darling Clementine
How Green Was My Valley
Grapes Of Wrath
Rio Grande ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
21.
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...
“ Its A Wonderful Life
It Happened One Night
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
22.
“ La Terra Trema
Rocco And His Brothers
The Leopard
Death In Venice ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
23.
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 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
The Magnificent Ambersons
Touch Of Evil
The Lady From Shanghai
The Stranger
F For Fake
The Trial ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
24.
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer, Diabolique
After a decade as a screenwriter, Clouzot made his directorial debut in 1942. His next film, Le Corbeau: 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...
“ Wages Of Fear
Les Diabolique
Le Corbeau ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
25.
Maya Deren
Maya Deren came to the USA in 1922 as Eleanora Derenkowsky. Together with her father, a psychiatrist, and her mother, an artist, she fled the pogroms against Russian Jews. She studied journalism and political science in at Syracuse University in New York, finishing her BA at NYU in June 1936 and then received her MA in English literature from Smith in 1939...
“ Meshes Of The Afternoon
At Land
Meditation On Violence
The Private Life Of A Cat ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
26.
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...
“ Le Samourai
Bob le Flambeur
Le Doulos
Army Of Shadows
Le Cercle Rouge ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
27.
“ Samurai Rebellion
Harakiri
Kwaidan
The Human Condition I:No Greater Love
The Human Condition II:Road To Eternity
The Human Condition III:A Soldier's Prayer ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
28.
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...
“ The Maltese Falcon
The Treasure Of Sierra Madre
Key Largo
The Asphalt Jungle
The African Queen
Prizzi's Honor
Victory ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
29.
Roberto Rossellini
The master filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, as one of the creators of neo-realism, is one of the most influential directors of all time. His neo-realist films influenced France's nouvelle vague movement in the 1950s and '60s that changed the face of international cinema. He also influenced American directors, including Martin Scorsese...
“ Open City
Paisan
Voyage In Italy
The Flowers Of St. Francis ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
30.
Vittorio De Sica
Director, Bicycle Thieves
Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee idol of the Italian theatre...
“ Bicycle Thieves
The Children Are Watching Us
Shoeshine
Umberto D ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
31.
Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire and also films written for the screen...
“ On The Waterfront
A StreetcarNamed Desire
East Of Eden ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
32.
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...
“ Double Indemnity
The Seven Year Itch
Stalag 17
Sunset Boulevard
Some Like It Hot
The Apartment ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
33.
“ The Cloud Capped Star
The Golden Thread
The Citizen
The Runaway
E flat
A River Called Titash
Reason, Debate and a Story ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
34.
Jacques Tati
The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who conducted his business in the fashionable Rue de Castellane and had taken a Dutch-Italian woman...
“ Le Vacances de Monsieur Hulot
Mon Oncle
Play Time
Trafic ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
35.
Michelangelo Antonioni
Writer, Blow-Up
Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema" studying directorship at the School of Cinema...
“ Blow Up
L'avventura
La Notte
L'eclisse
Red Desert
Il Grido
Zabriskie Point ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
36.
“ Last Year At Marienbad
Night And Fog
Hiroshima Mon Amor
Providence
Muriel ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
37.
François Truffaut
François began to assiduously go to the movies at 7. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who becomes his protector. Bazin helped the delinquent Truffaut and also when he was put in jail because he deserted the army...
“ The 400 Blows
Day For Night
Shoot The Piano Player
Jules et Jim
Stolen Kisses
The Wild Child
The Last Metro
Fahrenheit 451 ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
38.
Kenji Mizoguchi
Director, Ugetsu
Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known outside of Japan because they were especially produced for Venice (e.g...
“ Ugetsu
Sansho The Bailiff ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
39.
Sergei Parajanov
One of the 20th century's greatest masters of cinema Sergei Parajanov was born in Georgia to Armenian parents and it was always unlikely that his work would conform to the strict socialist realism that Soviet authorities preferred. After studying film and music, Parajanov became an assistant director at the Dovzhenko studios in Kiev...
“ The Color of Pomegranates
Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors
The Legend Of Suram Fortress ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
40.
Milos Forman
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...
“ The Fireman's Ball
Loves Of A Blonde
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Amadeus
Man On The Moon ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
41.
Jacques Rivette
Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began "thanks to Rivette," the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his "Cahiers du Cinéma" colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer...
“ Celine And Julie Go Boating
La Belle Noiseuse ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
42.
“ La Jetee
Sans Soleil ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
43.
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writer, Accattone
Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life of a pimp in the slums of Rome caused a sensation...
“ Mama Roma
Gospel According To St. Mathew
Salo
Accatone
Oedipus Rex
Love Meetings
Teorema ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
44.
Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone and directed The Grim Reaper. His second film...
“ The Conformist
The Spider's Stratagem
Last Tango In Paris
The Last Emperor ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
45.
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...
“ The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
The Godfather Part III
The Conversation
Apocalypse Now
Dracula
The Rainmaker ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
46.
Martin Scorsese
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)...
“ Taxi Driver
Raging Bull
Goodfellas
Mean Streets
The Last Temptation Of Christ
The Age Of Innocence
Casino
The Departed
The Aviator
Gangs Of New York
Hugo
Shutter Island ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
47.
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...
“ The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Once Upon A Time In The West
Once Upon A Time In America
A Fistful Of Dollars
For A Few Dollars More ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
48.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and even antigay...
“ Berlin Alexanderplatz
Ali: Fear Eats The Soul
The Bitter Tears Of Petra von Kant
The Marriage Of Maria Braun
Veronika Voss
Rio Das Mortes ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
49.
“ Dog Star Man I-IV
Prelude: Dog Star Man
Mothlight
The Act Of Seeing With One's Own Eyes
and numerous other works. ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
50.
“ Shadows
Faces
Woman Under The Influence
Killing Of A Chinese Bookie
Husbands ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
51.
“ Cleo from 5 to 7
Vagabond
The Gleaners and I ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
52.
Miklós Jancsó
Miklos Jancsó was born in 1921 in Vac, Hungary. His mother Angela Poparada was Romanian and his father Sandor Jancsó Hungarian. Jancsó received a degree in Law from the University of Cluj-Napoca in 1944. After fighting in WWII and a brief period as a POW, he chose to join the Film and Theater Academy in Budapest...
“ The Red And The White
Red Psalm ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
53.
Ken Loach
Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into the theater...
“ Kes
Land And Freedom
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
The Angels Share ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
54.
Roman Polanski
Director, The Pianist
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years before World War II began...
“ Knife In The Water
The Pianist
Chinatown
Rosemary's Baby
The Tenant
Cul De Sac
The Ninth Gate
Bitter Moon
The Ghost Writer
Carnage ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
55.
Werner Herzog
Director, Grizzly Man
Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn't finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for his films.
“ Aguirre : The Wrath Of God
Fitzcarraldo
The Enigma Of Kasper Hauser
Stroszek
The White Diamond
Klaus Kinski: My Enemy My Friend
Nosferatu Phantom Of The Night
Grizzly Man ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
56.
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Mr. Kieslowski started his career shooting documentaries and later became associated with the "cinema of moral anxiety" movement. It grouped several Polish directors, including Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, and aimed at depicting the conditions of Poles under communism. His best known work was the Three Colors trilogy: Three Colors: Red...
“ Camera Buff
Three Colors: Blue
Three Colors: White
Three Colors: Red
Decalogue
A Short Film About Love
A Short Film About Killing
The Double Life Of Veronique
Talking Heads (Doc)
From A Night Porter's Point Of View (Doc) ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
57.
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...
“ Annie Hall
Manhattan
Hannah And Her Sisters
Deconstructing Harry
Crimes And Misdemeanors
Match Point
Curse Of The Jade Scorpion
Hollywood Ending
Everyone Says I Love You
Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask
Midnight In Paris ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
58.
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...
“ 12 Angry Men
Dog Day Afternoon
Network
Serpico
Murder On The Orient Express
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
59.
“ Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Je,tu,il,elle ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
60.
Krzysztof Zanussi
Born in 1939 in Warsaw, Poland. Documentary and feature film director. Studied physics at Warsaw University and philosophy at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Graduated from Lodz Film Academy in 1966. Amateur film maker. His school diploma film 'Death of a Provincial' (The Death of a Provincial) won an awards in Venice...
“ The Year of the Quiet Sun
The Illumination ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
61.
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...
“ Conspirators Of Pleasure
Alice
Faust
Lunacy
Greedy Guts
Surviving Life: Theory And Practice
Dimensions Of Dialogue
Down To The Cellar
Meat Love
Food
Darkness, Light, Darkness
The Flat
Flora
The Death Of Stalinism In Bohemia ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
62.
Wim Wenders
Director, Wings of Desire
Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until reunification)...
“ Paris, Texas
Wings Of Desire
The American Friend
Buena Vista Social Club
Pina
Kings Of The Road
Alice In The Cities ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
63.
Theodoros Angelopoulos
Theo Angelopoulos began to study law in Athens but broke up his studies to go to the Sorbonne in Paris in order to study literature. When he had finished his studies, he wanted to attend the School of Cinema at Paris but decided instead to go back to Greece. There he worked as a journalist and critic for the newspaper "Demokratiki Allaghi" until it was banned by the military after a coup d'état...
“ The Travelling Players
Landscape In The Mist
Ulysses' Gaze
Eternity And A Day
The Weeping Meadow
The Dust Of Time ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
64.
Louis Malle
Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris...
“ Au Revoir, Les Enfants
The Fire Within
Zazie dans le metro
Black Moon
Atlantic City
Calcutta ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
65.
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Writer, Santa sangre
Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Iquique, Chile on February 7, 1929. In 1942 he moved to Santiago where he attended university, was a circus clown and a puppeteer. In 1955 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. He worked with Maurice Chevalier there and made a short film, La cravate...
“ El Topo
The Holy Mountain
Fando Y Lis
Santa Sangre ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
66.
Pedro Almodóvar
Writer, Talk to Her
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
Volver
All About My Mother
Talk To Her
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down
The Skin I Live In ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
67.
Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College...
“ Badlands
Days Of Heaven
The Thin Red Line
The New World
The Tree Of Life
To The Wonder ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
68.
Aki Kaurismäki
Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific film-makers...
“ Ariel
The Man Without A Past
Drifting Clouds
Leningrad Cowboys Go America
The Match Factory Girl
Le Havre
I Hired A Contract Killer
Single White Female ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
69.
Godfrey Reggio
Director, Koyaanisqatsi
Godfrey Reggio is a pioneer of a film style that creates poetic images of extraordinary emotional impact for audiences worldwide. Reggio is prominent in the film world for his QATSI trilogy, essays of visual images and sound that chronicle the destructive impact of the modern world on the environment...
“ Koyaanisqatsi
Powaqatsi
Naqoyqatsi ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
70.
“ The Piano Teacher
Funny Games
Cache
The White Ribbon
Time Of The Wolf
Amour
Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales Of Several Journeys
Benny's Video ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
71.
Emir Kusturica
Director, Underground
A Serbian film director. Born in 1954 in Sarajevo. Graduated in film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague in 1978. During his studies, he was awarded several times for his short movies including Guernica (1978), which took first prize at the Student's Film Festival in Karlovy Vary...
“ When Father Was Away On Business
Time Of The Gypsies
Underground
Arizona Dream
Black Cat,White Cat
Life Is A Miracle ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
72.
“ Beau Travail
White Material
Chocolat ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
73.
“ A Moment Of Innocence
Salaam Cinema
Kandahar
Gabbeh
Boycott ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
74.
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the films...
“ Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
Howl's Moving Castle
My Neighbor Totoro
Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind
Porco Rosso
Ponyo ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
75.
Abbas Kiarostami
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30...
“ Through The Olive Trees
Close-Up
The Taste Of Cherry
Ten
The Wind Will Carry Us
10 On Ten
Certified Copy
Like Someone In Love ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
76.
“ and Ethan Coen.

Fargo
Miller's Crossing
The Big Lebowski
No Country For Old Men
O Brother Where Art Thou
Burn After Reading
Barton Fink
True Grit
Raising Arizona
The Man Who Wasn't There
A Serious Man
The Hudsucker Proxy
Blood Simple ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
77.
“ Damnation
Satantango
Werckmeister Harmonies
The Turin Horse
Almanac Of Fall
The Man From London ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
78.
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)...
“ Videodrome
Naked Lunch
The Fly
Rabid
Dead Ringers
eXintenZ
A History Of Violence
Eastern Promises
Spider
Cosmopolis ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
79.
Kar-Wai Wong
Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong cha sit (1997)...
“ Chungking Express
In The Mood For Love
Happy Together
2046
Fallen Angels
My Blueberry Nights ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
80.
Lars von Trier
Writer, Melancholia
Lars von Trier (the "von" was adopted during his stay at the Danish Film School) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1956. He graduated from the Danish Film School in 1983 with his short film Befrielsesbilleder ("Images of Relief"), which won the Best Film award at the Munich Film Festival the following year...
“ Dancer In The Dark
Breaking The Waves
The Idiots
Europa
Antichrist
Riget I
Riget II
Dogville
Melancholia
Manderlay
The Element Of Crime ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
81.
Majid Majidi
Majid Majidi was born on April 17, 1959 in Tehran, Iran to a middle class family. He started acting in amateur theater groups at the age of fourteen. After receiving his high school diploma, he started studying art at the Institute of Dramatic Art in Tehran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, his interest in cinema brought him to act in various films...
“ Children Of Heaven
Father
Color Of Paradise
Baran
Song Of Sparrows ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
82.
Ki-duk Kim
He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Crocodile. Then he went on to direct Wild Animals...
“ 3-Iron
Spring,Summer,Fall,Winter…And Spring
Dream
Time
Pieta
Arirang ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
83.
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...
“ Reservoir Dogs
Pulp Fiction
Jackie Brown
Kill Bill Vol I
Kill Bill Vol II
Death Proof
The Inglourious Basterds
Django Unchained
From Dusk Till Dawn
Four Rooms ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
84.
Carlos Saura
Writer, Cria Cuervos
Spanish director, writer, producer (2 films) and actor (2 films). His interest on cinema started when he was very young. His mother, who was a pianist, instilled in him the liking for music, and his brother, Antonio, who was a painter, the passion for art. When he was an teenager he started to practice photography...
“ Cria, Cuervos
Carmen
Tango
Flamenco (de Carlos Saura) ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
85.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Director, Amélie
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/drawer Marc Caro with whom he made two short animation movies: L'évasion and Le manège...
“ Amelie
Delicatessen
The City Of Lost Children
A Very Long Engagement
Alien: Resurrection ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
86.
Aleksandr Sokurov
Director, Russkiy kovcheg
He was born with a disability because of an anatomic defect of his leg, in 1951 in Podorvikha village in Siberian Russia. His father was a Red Army veteran of WW2. One of most important contemporary filmmakers, Sokurov worked extensively in television and later graduated from the prestigious film school...
“ Russian Ark
Mother And Son
Aleksandra
Faust
The Son ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
87.
“ Songs From The Second Floor
You, The Living ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
88.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
His six feature films-Amores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006) (comprising the "Death Trilogy"), Biutiful (2010), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), and The Revenant (2015)-have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations and wins...
“ Amores Perros
21 Grams
Babel
Biutiful ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
89.
“ Koridorius
Few Of Us ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
90.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the early 90s...
“ Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past
Syndromes and a Century
Tropical Maladies
Blissfully Yours ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
91.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ There Will Be Blood
The Master
Boogie Nights
Magnolia
Punch Drunk Love
Cigarettes & Coffee ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
92.
“ Distant
Climates
Three Monkeys
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
93.
Alejandro Amenábar
Writer, The Others
Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis. His film Open Your Eyes was a huge success in Spain and was distributed worldwide...
“ Abre Los Ojos
Tesis
Mar Adentro
The Others
Agora ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
94.
Andrey Zvyagintsev
Director, Leviathan
Andrei Zvyagintsev is a Russian filmmaker and was born on Feb.6, 1964 in the northern city of Novisibirsk. He graduated from the Novosibirsk Actors School in 1984 and started to act on stage in provincial theatres. In the early 1990s he came to Moscow - the centre of the Russian film industry - with the ambition to star in movies...
“ The Return
The Banishment
Elena ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
95.
Hirokazu Koreeda
Director, Still Walking
Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film Lessons from a Calf. His first feature, Maborosi, based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn from his own experiences while filming August Without Him...
“ Air Doll
Still Walking
Nobody Knows
After Life ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
96.
“ and Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
Rosetta
L'Enfant
Lorna's Silence
The Kid With A Bike ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
97.
Ousmane Sembene
Director, Moolaadé
The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema. Sembene's roots were not, as might be expected, in the educated élite. After working as a mechanic and bricklayer...
“ Moolade
Mandabi
Xala ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
98.
“ Drugstore Cowboy
My Own Private Idaho
Gerry
Elephant
Last Days
Milk
To Die For
Good Will Hunting
Psycho
Mala Noche ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
99.
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...
“ Slacker
Dazed And Confused
Before Sunrise
Before Sunset
Waking Life
The School Of Rock
A Scanner Darkly ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
100.
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...
“ Pi
Requim For A Dream
The Fountain
The Wrestler
Black Swan ” - Renegade_Blaze