by Dr-Faustus | last updated - 3 days ago | Public

A Directors List in Alphabetical Order - Alphabetical links appear below.

The basic function of this list is to act as a companion-piece to my 2017: A Movie Odyssey. The ultimate goal of this list is a comprehensive listing of notable and lesser-known directors on a global scale. Hopefully, this may prove to be a helpful reference tool in discovering some great directors & their films.

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Please note: Surnames preceded by De, Del or dos, are listed under D. Surnames preceded by Van or Von are listed under V. Surnames with an apostrophe ' are listed alphabetically according to the letter preceded by the apostrophe (for example; O'Brien appears before Oakley).

Links Ordered Alphabetically by Surname:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |.

1. Eadweard Muybridge

Director | Child Bringing Bouquet to Woman

Eadweard Muybridge's great breakthrough came in 1872 when he was hired by wealthy American businessman Leland Stanford, for whom Stanford University is named. Stanford was interested in whether horses lifted all legs off the ground at once during trotting and Muybridge was engaged to take ...

An Introduction

Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion, and early work in motion-picture projection.

2. Veikko Aaltonen

Writer | Isä meidän

Veikko Aaltonen was born on December 1, 1955 in Sääksmäki, Finland as Veikko Onni Juhani Aaltonen. He is a writer and director, known for Our Father... (1993), Tuhlaajapoika (1992) and Paimenet (2005).


3. Willie Aames

Actor | Bibleman

After becoming an award-winning, platinum-selling writer, producer/director Willie Aames took a 5-year hiatus and became a 6-star cruise director spending his time circling the globe and visiting over 127 countries. Recently Aames returned to his roots in the acting and film-making splitting his ...

5. Douglas Aarniokoski

Producer | Sleepy Hollow

Douglas Aarniokoski is a producer and director, known for Sleepy Hollow (2013), Limitless (2015) and Bull (2016). He has been married to Kathleen Henry since 2015. He was previously married to Suzanne Todd.

6. Eduard Abalov

Director | U tikhoi pristani

Eduard Abalov was born on October 7, 1927 in Tiflis, Georgian SSR, TSFSR, USSR. He was an actor and director, known for U tikhoi pristani (1958), Severnaya rapsodiya (1974) and Na dalney tochke (1970). He died on August 5, 1987.

7. Dodo Abashidze

Actor | Ashug-Karibi

Dodo Abashidze was born on May 1, 1924 in Tiflis, Transcaucasian SFSR, USSR as David Ivanovich Abashidze. He was an actor and director, known for Ashug-Karibi (1988), Pirveli mertskhali (1975) and The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985). He died on January 26, 1990.

8. Craig Abaya

Director | Retro Girl

Craig Abaya, p.g.a., is a native San Franciscan, producer and director, known for Retro Girl (2016), If I Had a Twin (2015), Bruce Hornsby Live at Villa Montalvo (2002), Joan Armatrading All the Way From America (2004), The Stern Grove Festival Videos (2007) and Bridge School News (2008). As a ...

9. Mickael Abbate

Producer | Phantasmagoria

Mickael Abbate, born 1983 in Fréjus in the Var, France. He is a French/Italian director, scriptwriter and executive producer. Mickael Abbate is a director and assistant director, known for Phantasmagoria (2014), The Transparent Woman (2015) and Therapy (2016). He has dual nationality. He is the ...

10. Darryl Abbinante

Producer | M.O.G. Redux

Darryl Abbinante is a producer and director, known for M.O.G. Redux (2012) and M.O.G. (2006).

11. George Abbott

Writer | The Pajama Game

Legendary Broadway writer/producer/director George Abbott was born in 1887 in Forestville, New York. His father was mayor of Salamanca, New York, for two terms. In 1898 his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Abbott attended Kearney Military Academy. The family returned to New York, where Abbott...

The Corporation-(2003 Documentary). Co-directed with Mark Achbar.

13. Ahmad Abdullah

Director | Microphone

Born in Cairo 19 December 1979, Graduated from the Faculty of Music Education, worked as a film editor from 2003 .living in Cairo - Egypt. Heliopolis was his first long feature film which was considered as one of the beginnings of the Egyptian independent cinema new wave. Still occasionally ...

15. Vadim Abdrashitov

Director | Magnitnye buri

Vadim Abdrashitov, one of Russian cinema's most independent directors who was influenced by liberation of cultural life during the Khrushchev's "Thaw", is now an internationally renown filmmaker with awards from the Berlin and Venice Film Festivals.

He was born Vadim Yusupovich Abdrashitov on ...

16. Ernest Abdyjaparov

Director | Saratan

Ernest Abdyjaparov was born on February 27, 1961 in Frunze, Kirghiz SSR, USSR. He is a director and writer, known for Saratan (2005), Boz salkyn (2007) and Taranci (1996).

17. Aktan Arym Kubat

Director | Beshkempir

Aktan Arym Kubat was born in 1957 in Sakoulou, Kountouou, Kyrgyzstan. He is a director and writer, known for The Adopted Son (1998), Maimil (2001) and The Light Thief (2010).

Aka: Aktan Abdykalykov.

19. Yutaka Abe

Director | Ashi ni sawatta onna

Yutaka Abe was born on February 2, 1895 in Miyagi, Japan. He was a director and actor, known for Ashi ni sawatta onna (1926), Taiyo no ko (1938) and Shôhin eiga-shû: Pan (1925). He died on January 3, 1977 in Kyoto, Japan.

20. Ramzi Abed

Director | In a Spiral State

Ramzi Abed was born on March 5, 1973. He is a director and producer, known for In a Spiral State (2009), Telephone World (2013) and The Devil's Muse (2007). He was previously married to Amanda Staggs.

21. Dominique Abel

Actor | Paris pieds nus

Dominique Abel was born in 1957. He is an actor and writer, known for Paris pieds nus (2016), The Fairy (2011) and Walking on the Wild Side (2000).

22. Robert Abel

Director | Elvis on Tour

One of the genuine visionaries of Digital Computer Graphics and Visual Effects. From the early 1970s through the mid-80s, the Hollywood-based studio Robert Abel & Associates (RA&A) pushed the leading -- sometimes bleeding -- edge of visual effects. Working primarily in television advertising, (the ...

23. Marguerite Abouet

Actress | Aya de Yopougon

Marguerite Abouet is an actress and director, known for Aya de Yopougon (2013) and Le chat du rabbin (2011).

25. John Abraham

Director | Agraharathil Kazhuthai

Malayalam director who studied economics at a college near Kottayam. His grandfather educated him and gave him his first camera. He worked as an insurance salesman in Bellary. Then he went to FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) and studied under Bengali director Ritwik Kumar Ghatak. He ...

26. Marc Abraham

Producer | Children of Men

Marc Abraham is a producer and writer, known for Children of Men (2006), In Time (2011) and RoboCop (2014).

28. Jim Abrahams

Writer | Airplane!

Jim Abrahams was born on May 10, 1944 in Shorewood, Wisconsin, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Airplane! (1980), Top Secret! (1984) and Police Squad! (1982). He is married to Nancy Cocuzzo.

Airplane!-(1980). Top Secret!-(1984).

29. Lenny Abrahamson

Director | Room

Lenny Abrahamson was born in Dublin in 1966. He studied physics and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. While at university he directed short videos with the Trinity Video Society, which he co-founded with Ed Guiney. He graduated in 1991 with first class honours (gold medal). His first short film...

30. Abiola Abrams

Actress | Jump Tomorrow

Abiola Abrams knew that she wanted to make movies after a 5th grade class trip to the Museum of TV & Radio. The product of mostly single sex education at The Brearley School in Manhattan, Abiola's first foray into media was as a member of a feminist rap and slam poetry group when she was 15. The ...

32. J.J. Abrams

Producer | Lost

J.J. Abrams was born on June 27, 1966 in New York City, New York, USA as Jeffrey Jacob Abrams. He is a producer and writer, known for Lost (2004), Star Trek (2009) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). He has been married to Katie McGrath since 1996. They have three children.

Star Trek-(2009). Super 8-(2011). Star Trek Into Darkness-(2013).

33. Hans Abramson

Director | Bränt barn

Hans Abramson was born on May 5, 1930 in Stockholm, Sweden. He was a director and producer, known for Bränt barn (1967), Relations (1969) and Roseanna (1967). He died on June 9, 2012.

34. Ivan Abramson

Writer | Forbidden Fruit

Born in Russia in 1869, Ivan Abramson emigrated to the US while in his 20s. He went to work for Jewish newspapers. He became interested in the film business and in 1914 founded Ivan Film Productions. He produced several successful films, and even went into business with William Randolph Hearst to ...

35. Aluizio Abranches

Director | Um Copo de Cólera

Aluizio Abranches was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He graduated in Film Making at the London Film School. His first feature-film, "A Glass of Rage" was premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1999. In 2002 he came back with his second feature-film, "The Three Marias", which was ...

36. Alê Abreu

Director | O Menino e o Mundo

Alê Abreu is a director and writer, known for O Menino e o Mundo (2013), Espantalho (1998) and Passo (2007).

37. Aashiq Abu

Producer | Maheshinte Prathikaaram

Aashiq Abu is an Indian film director, producer and actor. He was born in Kochi, Keala in the year 1978 to C.M. Abu and Jameela Abu. Aashiq Abu did his graduation from Maharajas College, Ernakulam, where he was an active member for student union for consecutive years. He married Malayalam actress ...

38. Hany Abu-Assad

Director | Omar

Hany Abu-Assad was born on October 11, 1961 in Nazareth, Israel. He is a director and writer, known for Omar (2013), Paradise Now (2005) and Al qods fee yom akhar (2002).

Paradise Now-(2005). Omar-(2013).

39. Tengiz Abuladze

Director | Monanieba

'Tengiz Abuladze' studied theatrical direction af the Chota Rustaveli Theatre Institute in Tbilisi, Georgia, and film- making at the VGIK Cinematography Institute, graduating in 1953, when he joined Georgia Film Studios as a director. He made documentaries before making his feature debut in 1958. ...

40. Mona Achache

Director | Le hérisson

Mona Achache was born on March 18, 1981. She is a director and writer, known for Le hérisson (2009), Les gazelles (2014) and Accusé (2015).

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media-(1992 Documentary). Co-directed with Peter Wintonick. The Corporation-(2003 Documentary). Co-directed with Jennifer Abbott.

42. Zackie Achmat

Director | Apostles of Civilised Vice

Zackie Achmat is a director, known for Apostles of Civilised Vice (2000), Fire in the Blood (2013) and Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story (2007).

44. Herbert Achternbusch

Actor | Das letzte Loch

Herbert Achternbusch was born on November 23, 1938 in Munich, Germany as Herbert Schild. He is an actor and director, known for Das letzte Loch (1981), Hades (1995) and Das Gespenst (1982). He was previously married to Gerda Achternbusch.

45. Dejan Acimovic

Actor | Je li jasno prijatelju?

Dejan Acimovic has graduated from Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb in 1996. Since 1987 he has been engaged in the ZKM theatre in Zagreb and has performed in many theatre productions. As a film actor he starred in many Croatian and foreign films, as well as several television films and series. In ...

46. Shane Acker

Director | 9

Shane Acker was born as Shane Richard Acker. He is known for his work on 9 (2009), Total Recall (2012) and 9 (2005).


47. Robert Allan Ackerman

Director | Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows

Robert Allan Ackerman was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001), My House in Umbria (2003) and The Ramen Girl (2008).

49. Armondo Linus Acosta

Writer | Romeo.Juliet

Born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Armondo Linus Acosta (aka Armand Acosta and Armando Acosta) is the eldest child of musical and theatrical parents. At home in the theatrical world of the 1940s and 1950s, Acosta began a precocious education in art, music and theater at the age of eight. He went on to...

51. Homi Adajania

Director | Being Cyrus

Homi Adajania is a director and writer, known for Being Cyrus (2005), Finding Fanny (2014) and Cocktail (2012).

52. Jean-François Adam

Writer | M comme Mathieu

Jean-François Adam was born on February 14, 1938 in Paris, France. He was an actor and assistant director, known for M comme Mathieu (1973), Le jeu du solitaire (1976) and Retour à la bien-aimée (1979). He died on October 14, 1980 in Paris.

54. Catlin Adams

Actress | The Jerk

Catlin Adams was born on October 11, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Nira Barab. She is an actress and director, known for The Jerk (1979), Underworld Awakening (2012) and ABC Afterschool Specials (1972).

55. Daniel Adams

Writer | The Lightkeepers

Adams attended both the University of Vermont and Harvard Extension School, majoring in history. After college, he worked in politics, including two gubernatorial campaigns, a race for attorney general, and two presidential campaigns. He also garnered valuable film production experience directing ...

56. Joey Lauren Adams

Actress | Chasing Amy

Joey Lauren Adams was born on January 9, 1968 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She is an actress, known for Chasing Amy (1997), Big Daddy (1999) and Dazed and Confused (1993).

58. Al Adamson

Director | Angels' Wild Women

Although it's very unlikely that his admittedly cheap-'n'-cheesy films will ever be acknowledged as true works of cinematic art, director/producer/screenwriter Al Adamson did nonetheless make a slew of entertainingly trashy low-budget exploitation features for the drive-in market throughout the ...

59. Andrew Adamson

Director | Shrek 2

Andrew Adamson was born on December 1, 1966 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a producer and director, known for Shrek 2 (2004), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and Shrek (2001). He has been married to Gyulnara Karaeva since January 16, 2016. He was previously ...


60. Victor Adamson

Actor | The Lone Rider

Someday a clever producer will tell the story of Hollywood's "Poverty Row" of the 1920s-'40s (although Hearts of the West (1975) was a valiant effort, it left a lot to be desired), which was centered on Gower Street. So many fly-by-night production companies--which cranked out mostly westerns, ...

61. Pascal Adant

Director | Sunflower Seed

Before moving into filmmaking, Pascal Adant was a photojournalist for the Vox Magazine and was sent in Africa to cover the Somali civil war.

63. Adawna

Director | Teen Dreams

Adawna is a director, known for Teen Dreams (1994).

66. Michael Addis

Director | Poor White Trash

Michael Addis is a producer and director, known for Poor White Trash (2000), Jamie Kennedy: Unwashed (2006) and The McCaingels (2008).

67. Anita W. Addison

Director | Quantum Leap

Producer/director Anita Addison was one of the first African-American, female TV executives. She began her career as a director, directing episodes of "Knots Landing," "Quantum Leap," "Freddy's Nightmares," "ER," "Sirens" and "Judging Amy." She also directed made-for-TV movies, including "There Are...

68. Jus Addiss

Director | The Wild Wild West

Life partner of actor Hayden Rorke.

69. Maren Ade

Producer | Toni Erdmann

Maren Ade was born in Karlsruhe on 12 December 1976 to a couple of teachers.She studied cinema at Munich's Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film. As of 2001 she co-founded, together with Janine Jackowski, a fellow graduate from HFF, the "Komplizen" film company. It is through Komplizen that Maren would...

70. Steven A. Adelson

Camera_department | Batman Begins

Steven Adelson is a Syracuse University graduate, where he got introduced to film in the Visual and Performing Arts school. Steven has been a successful A-Camera operator/Steadicam operator for feature films and television for the past 10 years. He is an LA native who has had the distinct pleasure ...

71. Robert Adetuyi

Writer | Trouble Sleeping

Robert Adetuyi is a writer and director, known for Trouble Sleeping (2015), You Got Served: Beat the World (2011) and Turn It Up (2000).

73. Carine Adler

Director | Under the Skin

Carine Adler was born in 1948 in Brazil. She is a director and writer, known for Under the Skin (1997), Fever (1994) and Shooting Gallery (1995). She has been married to John Reid since 2002.

75. Lou Adler

Producer | Up in Smoke

Lou Adler was born on December 13, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He has been married to Page Hannah since March 28, 1992. They have four children. He was previously married to Shelley Fabares.

77. Percy Adlon

Director | Out of Rosenheim

Percy Adlon is best known for his film "Bagdad Cafe" aka "Out of Rosenheim". He was born in Munich, June 1, 1935, and grew up in Ammerland/Starnbergersee, in the Bavarian countryside. He studied art and theater history, and German literature at Munich's Ludwig-Maximilian University, took acting and...

Bagdad Cafe-(1987).

78. John G. Adolfi

Director | A Man and His Mate

Entering films as an actor in 1910, John G. Adolfi soon switched careers and became a director. He turned out numerous, mostly low-budget films for minor companies, but every so often got a chance to work at a big studio like Fox. His big break came in the sound era, when he formed a partnership ...

79. Alexander Adolph

Writer | Tatort

Alexander Adolph was born on November 10, 1965 in Munich, Germany. He is a writer and director, known for Tatort (1970), Der letzte Angestellte (2010) and Unter Verdacht (2002).

80. Franklin Adreon

Director | King of the Carnival

Franklin Adreon was born on November 18, 1902 in Gambrills, Maryland, USA. He was a director and producer, known for King of the Carnival (1955), Panther Girl of the Kongo (1955) and Cyborg 2087 (1966). He died on September 10, 1979 in Ventura County, California, USA.

81. Nikkhil Advani

Director | Kal Ho Naa Ho

Nikkhil Advani was born on April 28, 1971 in Mumbai, Maharahstra, India. He is a writer and director, known for Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), D-Day (2013) and Airlift (2016).

83. Ben Affleck

Producer | Argo

American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has...

Gone Baby Gone-(2007). The Town-(2010). Argo-(2012).

86. Armaees Aghamaliyan

Director | Dar jostojuye damad

Armaees Aghamaliyan is a director and actor, known for Dar jostojuye damad (1959), Fereshtehi dar khaneh man (1963) and Ensanha (1964).

87. Anne Aghion

Director | My Neighbor, My Killer

As a filmmaker, Anne Aghion has been drawn to places as far-ranging as rural Rwanda, the ice fields of Antarctica and the slums of Managua. She has been praised by critics both as a director of unique and poetic vision, and a documentarian who conveys a strong sense of the people and places she ...

88. Gabriel Aghion

Director | Pédale douce

Gabriel Aghion was born on December 30, 1955 in Alexandria, Egypt. He is a director and writer, known for Pédale douce (1996), La scarlatine (1983) and Avocat d'office (1994).

89. Frank Agrama

Producer | L'amico del padrino

Frank Agrama was born on January 1, 1930 in El-Arish, North Sinai, Egypt as Farouk Agrama. He is a producer and director, known for The Godfather's Friend (1972), Dawn of the Mummy (1981) and Bazi-e eshgh (1968). He is married to Olfat El Sergany. They have two children.

90. Marilyn Agrelo

Director | Mad Hot Ballroom

Marilyn Agrelo is a director and producer, known for Mad Hot Ballroom (2005), An Invisible Sign (2010) and Street Gang (2017).

91. Alejandro Agresti

Director | Buenos Aires Vice Versa

Alejandro Agresti was born on June 2, 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a director and writer, known for Buenos Aires Vice Versa (1996), Valentin (2002) and A Less Bad World (2004).

93. Mac Ahlberg

Cinematographer | Striking Distance

Moved to Los Angeles in the late 1970s and worked on films by producer Irwin Yablans, director John Landis and some 30 productions under Charles Band's Empire Pictures and Full Moon Entertainment banner.

94. Per Åhlin

Director | Dunderklumpen!

Per Åhlin was born on August 7, 1931 in Hofors, Gävleborgs län, Sweden as Per Johan Axel Åhlin. He is known for his work on Dunderklumpen! (1974), Resan till Melonia (1989) and Hundhotellet (2000).

96. Yasmin Ahmad

Director | Sepet

Yasmin Ahmad was born on January 7, 1958 in Bukit Treh, Muar, Johor, Malaysia. She was a director and writer, known for Sepet (2004), Talentime (2009) and Gubra (2006). She died on July 25, 2009 in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

97. Humayun Ahmed

Writer | Aguner Poroshmoni

With the publishing of his first book, "Nondito Noroke" in 1972, Humayun Ahmed came into the limelight as a promising young writer. He proved later on that he was not there to be lost among others. His next book, "Shonkhonil Karagar", was another huge success with the readers. Most of his earlier ...

98. I. Ahmed

Director | Manithan

I. Ahmed hails from a traditional Muslim middle-class family. His mother was a teacher by profession and his father worked in a private firm. None of his family members are related to the cinema industry. Although Ahmed was not academically inclined in his school days, he spent most of his time ...