Baker's Dozen of the Best Directors(PLEASE UPDATE)

by TsarStepan | created - 25 Jun 2011 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

These are my favorite directors of all time. My memory is like a river which current is a tad too strong for fishing. If I left one of my favorite directors out then well he was the big one that got away.

1. Robert Altman

Director | Gosford Park

Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...

10/10's 1. Gosford Park (2001); 2. MASH (1970); 3. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)....

2. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an ...

10/10's 1. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001); 2. Rushmore (1998) 3. Moonrise Kingdom (2012) 4. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009); ~9/10's The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014); 6. The Darjeeling Limited (2007); 7. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)....

3. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, 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 ...

10/10's 1. Ed Wood (1994); 2. Beetle Juice (1988); 3. Big Fish (2003); 4. Batman (1989); 5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005); ~9/10's 6. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007); 7. Planet of the Apes (2001); 8. Edward Scissorhands (1990); 9. Alice in Wonderland (2010/I) ....

4. Ethan Coen

Producer | A Serious Man

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for A Serious Man (2009), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two children.

Ethan and Joel Coen count as one singularity like twin suns in a binary star system. 10/10's 1. The Big Lebowski (1998); 2. Fargo (1996); 3. No Country for Old Men (2007); 3. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) 4. Burn After Reading (2008); 5. True Grit (2010); ~9/10's 6. Raising Arizona (1987); 7. Miller's Crossing (1990)....

5. Joel Coen

Writer | Fargo

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for Fargo (1996), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

Ethan and Joel Coen count as one singularity like twin suns in a binary star system.

6. Satoshi Kon

Writer | Papurika

Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z (1991) by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film ...

10/10's 1. Tokyo Godfathers (2003); 2. Paprika (2006); 3. Perfect Blue (1998); 4. Millennium Actress (2001)....

7. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

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 ...

10/10's 1. The Shining (1980); 2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); 3. The Killing (1956); 4. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964); 5. Full Metal Jacket (1987); ~9/10's 6. Eyes Wide Shut (1999); 7. A Clockwork Orange (1971)....

8. Hayao Miyazaki

Director | Gake no ue no Ponyo

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 ...

10/10's 1. Spirited Away (2001); 2. Howl's Moving Castle (2004); 3. Princess Mononoke (1997); 4. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989); 5. The Wind Rises (2013) 6. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984); 7. Ponyo (2008); ~9/10's 8. My Neighbor Totoro (1988); 9. Porco Rosso (1992)....

9. Christopher Nolan

Writer | The Prestige

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.

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10/10's 1. The Dark Knight (2008); 2. The Prestige (2006); 3. Inception (2010); 4. Batman Begins (2005); 5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012); ~9/10 6. Interstellar (2014)

10. Roman Polanski

Actor | Chinatown

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 ...

10/10's 1. Chinatown (1974); 2. The Ghost Writer (2010); 3. Carnage (2011); 4. Rosemary's Baby (1968); 5. The Pianist (2002); ~9/10's 6. The Ninth Gate (1999) 7. Knife in the Water (1962)

11. John Sayles

Writer | Eight Men Out

A bright child, John Sayles began reading novels before age 9. A Williams grad in 1972, he shunned a corporate career to work various blue-collar jobs, moving to east Boston to take a factory job. He wrote stories and submitted them to various magazines, and the Atlantic Monthly gave him the idea ...

10/10's 1. Lone Star (1996); 2. Eight Men Out (1988); 3. Men with Guns (1997); 4. The Secret of Roan Inish (1994); 5. Limbo (1999); 6. Silver City (2004); ~9/10's 7. City of Hope (1991); 8. The Brother from Another Planet (1984); 9. Casa de los babys (2003)....

12. Henry Selick

Director | Coraline

Henry Selick is a film director, specializing in films with stop-motion animation. He has formal training as an animator.

Selick was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, son of Charles H. Selick and Melanie Molan. He was mostly raised Rumson, New Jersey. As a child, Selick took up drawing as a hobby. He ...

10/10's 1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993); 2. Coraline (2009); 3. James and the Giant Peach (1996)....

13. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Artificial Intelligence: AI

Undoubtedly one of the most influential personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and certainly one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, ...

10/10's 1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981); 2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977); 3. Jaws (1975); 4. Munich (2005); 5. Jurassic Park (1993); ~9/10's 6. Schindler's List (1993); 7. Lincoln (2012); 8. Always (1989); 9. War of the Worlds (2005); 10. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001); 11. Minority Report (2002); 12. War Horse (2011)....

14. Kar-Wai Wong

Writer | Yi dai zong shi

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 ...

10/10's 1. In the Mood for Love (2000); 2. Chungking Express (1994); 3. The Grandmaster (2013) 4. Fallen Angels (1995); ~9/10's 5. My Blueberry Nights (2007); 6. 2046 (2004)....