My favourite film directors

A list including my favourite film directors. I rank each directors film in the categories "masterpiece" (can only be one film), "highly recommended", "recommended", "worth a look" and "not that good".
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1.
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Les 400 coups" (1959)
- Highly recommended: "Jules et Jim" (1962), "La peau douce" (1964), "Baisers volés" (1968), "L'enfant sauvage" (1970), "La nuit américaine" (1973), "La femme d'à côté" (1981)
- Recommended: "La sirène du Mississippi" (1969), "Domicile conjugal" (1970), "L'argent de poche" (1976), "L'amour en fuite" (1979), "Le dernier métro" (1980)
- Worth a Look: "Fahrenheit 451" (1966), "Vivement dimanche!" (1983)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Smultronstället" (1957)
- Highly recommended: "Sommarnattens leende" (1955), "Det sjunde inseglet" (1957), "Nattvardsgästerna" (1962), "Persona" (1966), "Viskningar och rop" (1972)
- Recommended: "Ansiktet" (1958), "Tystnaden" (1963), "Vargtimmen" (1968), "Skammen" (1968), "En passion" (1969)
- Worth a Look: "Ansikte mot ansikte" (1976), "The Serpent's Egg" (1977)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
3.
Martin Scorsese
Director, Goodfellas
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Taxi Driver" (1976)
- Highly recommended: "Raging Bull" (1980), "GoodFellas" (1990), "Gangs of New York" (2002), "The Departed" (2006)
- Recommended: "Mean Streets" (1973), "The King of Comedy" (1983), "Casino" (1995), "The Aviator" (2004), "Hugo Cabret" (2011)
- Worth a Look: "After Hours" (1985), "The Color of Money" (1986), "Cape Fear" (1991), "Shutter Island" (2010)
- Not that good: "Shine a Light" (2008). ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
4.
Wes Anderson
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 event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece:-
- Highly recommended: "Rushmore" (1998), "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001), "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009), "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012)
- Recommended: "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" (2004), "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007)
- Worth a Look: "Bottle Rocket" (short film) (1994), "Hotel Chevalier" (2007)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
5.
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)...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Le mépris" (1963)
- Highly recommended: "À bout de souffle" (1960), "Une femme est une femme" (1961), "Bande à part" (1964), "Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution" (1965), "Pierrot le fou" (1965), "Week End" (1967)
- Recommended: "Une femme mariée" (1964), "La chinoise" (1967), "Je vous salue, Marie" (1985)
- Worth a Look: "JLG/JLG - autoportrait de décembre" (1994)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
6.
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Annie Hall" (1977)
- Highly recommended: "Manhattan" (1979), "Zelig" (1983), "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994), "Blue Jasmine" (2013)
- Recommended: "Interiors" (1978), "Broadway Danny Rose" (1984), "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993), "Match Point" (2005), "Midnight in Paris" (2011)
- Worth a Look: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask" (1972), "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995), "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" (2001), "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), "Whatever Works" (2009)
- Not that good: "Scoop" (2006), "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" (2010). ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
7.
Stanley Kubrick
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Barry Lyndon" (1975)
- Highly recommended: "Paths of Glory" (1957), "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964), "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968), "A Clockwork Orange" (1971)
- Recommended: "The Killing" (1956), "Spartacus" (1960), "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999)
- Worth a Look: "Killer's Kiss" (1955), "Lolita" (1962), "The Shining" (1980), "Full Metal Jacket" (1987)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
8.
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Chinatown" (1974)
- Highly recommended: "Repulsion" (1965), "Rosemary's Baby" (1968), "The Pianist" (2002)
- Recommended: "Le locataire" (1976)
- Worth a Look: "Frantic" (1988), "Oliver Twist" (2005)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
9.
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece:-
- Highly recommended: "Se7en" (1995), "The Social Network" (2010)
- Recommended: "The Game" (1997), Fight Club" (1999), "Zodiac" (2007), "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011)
- Worth a Look: "Panic Room" (2002), "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
10.
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)...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Vertigo" (1958)
- Highly recommended: "Rebecca" (1940), "Notorious" (1946), "Strangers of a Train" (1951), "Rear Window" (1954), "North by Northwest" (1959), "Psycho" (1960)
- Recommended: "The Lady Vanishes" (1938), "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943), "Dial M for Murder" (1954), "The Birds" (1963)
- Worth a Look: "Spellbound" (1945), "Rope" (1948), "To Catch a Thief" (1955), "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956), "Marnie" (1964), "Frenzy" (1972)
- Not that good: "Torn Curtain" (1966), "Topaz" (1969). ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
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“ and Ethan Coen (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001053/).
Their films:
- Masterpiece: "Fargo" (1996)
- Highly recommended: "Blood Simple" (1984), "Raising Arizona" (1987), "No Country for Old Men" (2007)
- Recommended: "Miller's Crossing" (1990), "Barton Fink" (1991), "The Big Lebowski" (1998), "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000)
- Worth a Look: "Burn After Reading" (2008), "True Grit" (2010)
- Not that good: "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003), "The Ladykillers" (2004). ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
12.
Spike Jonze
Producer, Her
Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece:-
- Highly recommended: "Being John Malkovich" (1999), "Adaptation." (2002)
- Recommended:-
- Worth a Look: "Where the Wild Things Are" (2009)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
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“ His films:
- Masterpiece:-
- Highly recommended: "My Own Private Idaho" (1991), "Good Will Hunting" (1997), "Elephant" (2003)
- Recommended: "Paranoid Park" (2007)
- Worth a Look: "Finding Forrester" (2000)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
14.
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece:-
- Highly recommended: "Pi" (1998), "Requiem for a Dream" (2000), "The Wrestler" (2008)
- Recommended:-
- Worth a Look: "The Fountain" (2006), "Black Swan" (2010)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
15.
Christopher Nolan
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece:-
- Highly recommended: "Memento" (2000), "The Dark Knight" (2008)
- Recommended: "Following" (1998)
- Worth a Look: "Insomnia" (2002), "Batman Begins" (2005), "The Prestige" (2006), "Inception" (2010), "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
16.
Cameron Crowe
Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market. Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. Crowe...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece:-
- Highly recommended: "Jerry Maguire" (1996), "Almost Famous" (2000)
- Recommended: "Vanilla Sky" (2001)
- Worth a Look: "Elizabethtown" (2005)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
17.
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "The Godfather" (1972)
- Highly recommended: "The Conversation" (1974), "The Godfather: Part II" (1974), "Apocalypse Now" (1979)
- Recommended: "The Outsiders" (1983), "The Godfather: Part III" (1990)
- Worth a Look: "Rumble Fish" (1983), "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986), "The Rainmaker" (1997)
- Not that good: "Jack" (1996). ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)
- Highly recommended: "Jaws" (1975), "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989), "Schindler's List" (1993)
- Recommended: "The Color Purple" (1985), "Jurassic Park" (1993), "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), "Artificial Intelligence: AI" (2001), "Minority Report" (2002), "Catch Me If You Can" (2002), "Munich" (2005), "The Adventures of Tintin" (2011), "Lincoln" (2012)
- Worth a Look: "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), "Terminal" (2004), "War of the Worlds" (2005)
- Not that good: "1941" (1979), "Hook" (1991), "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (1997), "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008). ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
19.
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), his best known works are the noir science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), crime drama Thelma & Louise (1991), historical drama and Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000)...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Alien" (1979)
- Highly recommended: "Blade Runner" (1982), "Thelma & Louise" (1991)
- Recommended: "Gladiator" (2000)
- Worth a Look: "Black Hawk Down" (2001), "Kingdom Of Heaven" (2005), "American Gangster" (2007)
- Not that good: "Black Rain" (1989). ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
20.
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)...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece:-
- Highly recommended: "A History Of Violence" (2005), "Eastern Promises" (2007)
- Recommended: "eXistenZ" (1999)
- Worth a Look: "Dead Ringers" (1988)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
21.
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Lola rennt" (1998)
- Highly recommended:-
- Recommended: "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" (2006), "The International" (2009)
- Worth a Look:-
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
22.
Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in Kingston, New York. He is the son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis, Herma (Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, a painter and pianist. His father was a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and his mother was from a rich Austrian Jewish family. Peter originally was an actor in the 1950s...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "The Last Picture Show" (1971)
- Highly recommended: "What's Up Doc?" (1972), "Paper Moon" (1973)
- Recommended:-
- Worth a Look: "The Thing Called Love" (1993)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
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“ His films:
- Masterpiece:-
- Highly recommended: "Shaun of the Dead" (2004)
- Recommended: "Hot Fuzz" (2007)
- Worth a Look: "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (2010)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
24.
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Belle de Jour" (1967)
- Highly recommended: "Un chien andalou" (1929), "Tristana" (1970)
- Recommended: "Cet obscur objet du désir" (1977)
- Worth a Look:-
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
25.
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece:-
- Highly recommended: "The Untouchables" (1987)
- Recommended: "Scarface" (1983)
- Worth a Look: "Carlito's Way" (1993), "Mission: Impossible" (1996)
- Not that good: "Mission to Mars" (2000), "Black Dahlia" (2006). ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
26.
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece:-
- Highly recommended: "Dogville" (2003)
- Recommended: "The Boss of It All" (2006)
- Worth a Look: "Antichrist" (2009)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
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“ His films:
- Masterpiece:-
- Highly recommended: "The Queen" (2006)
- Recommended: "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988), "High Fidelity" (2000)
- Worth a Look:-
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
28.
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "L'armée des ombres" (1969)
- Highly recommended: "Le doulos" (1962), "Le samouraï" (1967), "Le cercle rouge" (1970)
- Recommended:-
- Worth a Look: "L'aîné des Ferchaux" (1963), "Un flic" (1972)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
29.
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Badlands" (1973)
- Highly recommended: "The Thin Red Line" (1998), "The New World" (2005), "The Tree of Life" (2011)
- Recommended: "To the Wonder" (2012)
- Worth a Look:-
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
30.
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...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Pulp Fiction" (1994)
- Highly recommended: "Reservoir Dogs" (1992), "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" (2004)
- Recommended: "Jackie Brown" (1997), "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" (2003), "Inglourious Basterds" (2009)
- Worth a Look: "Death Proof" (2007)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
31.
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)_...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Down by Law" (1986)
- Highly recommended: "Stranger than Paradise" (1984)
- Recommended: "Mystery Train" (1989), "Dead Man" (1995), "Ghost Dog" (1999), "Coffee and Cigarettes" (2003), "Broken Flowers" (2005)
- Worth a Look: "Permanent Vacation" (1980)
- Not that good: "The Limits of Control" (2009). ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
32.
Christian Petzold
Director, Phoenix
Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960. After studying German and Drama at the Freie Universität Berlin, he enrolled in Berlin's German Academy for Film and Television (DFFB). There he studied film direction while at same time working as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut Bitomsky...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece:
- Highly recommended: "Die innere Sicherheit" (2000)
- Recommended: "Toter Mann" (2001), "Wolfsburg" (2003), "Barbara" (2012)
- Worth a Look: "Yella" (2007)
- Not that good: ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
33.
David Lean
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon in 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927...
“ His films:
- Masterpiece: "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962)
- Highly recommended: "Brief Encounter" (1945), "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957)
- Recommended: "Doctor Zhivago" (1965)
- Worth a Look: "Ryan's Daughter" (1970)
- Not that good:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
34.
Clint Eastwood
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 stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ His films:
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- Not that good: ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
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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)...
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- Not that good: ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
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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 Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
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- Masterpiece:
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- Not that good: ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
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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...
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“ His films:
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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...
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- Not that good: ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
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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...
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Oliver Stone
Director, Platoon
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success. William Oliver Stone was born in New York City...
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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...
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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...
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49.
Michael Mann
Producer, Heat
A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief starring James Caan as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
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50.
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 before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition...
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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...
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Stephen Daldry
Director, The Reader
In 1989, Stephen Daldry worked as a freelance reader of unsolicited manuscripts for Literary Manager Nicholas Wright in the Scripts Department at the Royal National Theatre. In July of that year, he directed a Dadaist/expressionist production of "Judgement Day," a play by Odon von Horvath, at the Old Red Lion in London.
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Tim Burton
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 especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
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Paul Haggis
Writer, Crash
Paul Haggis is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back - Million Dollar Baby directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash which he himself directed. For Crash, he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay...
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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.
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Wolfgang Petersen
Director, Das Boot
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...
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Volker Schlöndorff
Director, The Tin Drum
Has studied economy and political sciences as well as at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique (IDHEC) in Paris, France. Worked as an assistant director with Louis Malle, Jean-Pierre Melville and Alain Resnais. Founded his own production company Bioskop Film together with Reinhard Hauff and Eberhard Junkersdorf in 1973...
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Wim Wenders
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)...
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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...
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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...
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Sofia Coppola
Writer, Somewhere
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was previously married to Spike Jonze.
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Fatih Akin
Director, Head-On
Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994. His collaboration with Wueste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, "Sensin - You're The One!" ("Sensin - Du Bist Es!")...
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Oliver Hirschbiegel
Director, Downfall
Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1957. In his teens he left high school and worked as a cooker in a boat. Then he studied painting and graphism in the Academy of arts in Hamburg where he also started experimenting with video and photography. Those experimental movies attracted the attention of some producers of the German TV...
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James Mangold
Director, Walk the Line
James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine, and Logan. Mangold also wrote and directed Cop Land, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta.
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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...
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Spike Lee
Director, Inside Man
Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University...
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
His six feature films - Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel (comprising the "Death Trilogy"), Biutiful, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and The Revenant - have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations and wins. In 2015, Iñárritu won the Academy Award for Best Director...
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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)...
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Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics...
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Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Pedestrian Subway (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (The Staff)...
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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...
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Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor. Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He directed a string of successful films, including A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and East of Eden...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Nicolas Winding Refn
Nicolas Winding Refn is a Danish film director, screenwriter and producer. He moved to the United States in 1981 and is known for directing the crime dramas Bleeder (1999) and the Pusher films (1996, 2004, 2005), the fictionalised biographical film Bronson (2008), the dramatic adventure film Valhalla Rising (2009)...
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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...
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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...
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Pedro Almodóvar
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...
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82.
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...
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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...
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John Woo
Director, Face/Off
Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow established...
 
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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...
 
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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.
 
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Derek Cianfrance
Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied, won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best film...
 
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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...