FILM DIRECTORS LIST: A - Z

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.

Amazon Books: Movie Director Biographies.

Related Directors Lists:

1. Documentaries on Film Directors: A - Z.
2. Great Movies Directed by Women.

Please note: A number of persons not normally categorized as directors, but having at least one or more directing credits, have been included.

Director-Related Lists:

1. Female Directors - On this list.
2. Male Directors - On this list.
3. Best Director Oscar Nominees.
4. Best Director Oscar Winners.
5. Best Director Oscar-Winning Titles.
6. Directors Guild of America - Awards for 2017 & Earlier.
7. Directors Guild of Canada - Awards for 2017 & Earlier.
8. Australian Directors Guild - Awards for 2017 & Earlier.
9. German Directors Award Metropolis - Awards for 2016 & Earlier.
10. DGA Student Awards - Awards for 2016 & Earlier.

IMDb-Editors Director-Related Lists:

1. The Top Directors of the Last 20 Years - IMDb-Editors.
2. IMDb 25: Top 25 Directors by Box Office Totals (1990 to 2015).
3. Top 10 Highest-Grossing Black Directors by Box Office Totals.
4. Directors Who are Their Own Cinematographers and Editors.
5. Danny Boyle's Top Editor-Director Teams.
6. Danny Boyle's Top 10 Sequels.
7. Russell Crowe: On Directors.
8. Tom Hooper: 10 Great Films by 10 Great Directors That Inspired Me as a Teenager.
9. 11 of Director Ben Wheatley's Favorite Movies.
10. 'Their Finest' Director Lone Scherfig: Five Beloved Movies About Movies.
11. 36 Horror Movies Directed by Women.
12. Edgar Wright's Top 10 Heist Movies.
13. Edgar Wright's Top 10 Car Chases in Movies.

IMDb Director Documentary Title Search:

Most Popular "Film Director" Documentary Titles.

IMDb-User Women Directors List:

Women Film Directors: Active in past decade+ - A list by Barbara Ann O'Leary.


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).

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Eadweard Muybridge
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 photographs to settle the point...
“ 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. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ [A]: ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Willie Aames
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 time between Los Angeles and Vancouver...
 
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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 musician...
 
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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 father of a little boy adopted in 2015.
 
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George Abbott
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 attended Hamburg High School...
 
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“ The Corporation-(2003 Documentary). Co-directed with Mark Achbar. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Ahmad Abdullah
Editor, Heliopolis
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 blogging and plays music.
 
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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 January 19...
 
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“ Aka: Aktan Abdykalykov. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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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 only consistent market for such work at the time) RA&A created 33 Clio Award-winning commercials...
 
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John Abraham
Director, Amma Ariyan
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 started with a student film...
 
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“ Airplane!-(1980).
Top Secret!-(1984). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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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...
 
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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 group...
 
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“ Star Trek-(2009).
Super 8-(2011).
Star Trek Into Darkness-(2013). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Ivan Abramson
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 form the Graphic Film Corp...
 
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Aluizio Abranches
Director, A Fit of Rage
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 also premiered in Berlin...
 
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Aashiq Abu
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 Rima Kallingal in the year 2013...
 
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“ Paradise Now-(2005).
Omar-(2013). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Tengiz Abuladze
Director, Repentance
'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. His best-known work in the West is the trilogy Vedreba...
 
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“ Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media-(1992 Documentary). Co-directed with Peter Wintonick.
The Corporation-(2003 Documentary). Co-directed with Jennifer Abbott. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Dejan Acimovic
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 2000 he directed his first feature film...
 
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“ 9-(2009). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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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 study at the Tomlinson Technical Institute...
 
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Masaki Adachi
Director, Zoo
 
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Kasia Adamik
Director, Pokot
 
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Daniel Adams
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 television commercials for a Boston advertising agency...
 
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Al Adamson
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 1960s and 1970s...
 
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“ Shrek-(2001). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Victor Adamson
Someday a clever producer will tell the story of Hollywood's "Poverty Row" of the 1920s-'40s (although Hearts of the West 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, because they were...
 
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Adawna
Director, Teen Dreams
 
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Anita W. Addison
Director, Sirens
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...
 
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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 later co-produce...
 
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Steven A. Adelson
Camera and Electrical 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 of working with some of Hollywood's finest and being mentored by the likes of Christopher Nolan...
 
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Lou Adler
Soundtrack, Hitch
 
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Percy Adlon
Director, Bagdad Cafe
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 singing classes...
“ Bagdad Cafe-(1987). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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John G. Adolfi
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 with actor George Arliss and directed several of Arliss' most successful films.
 
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Matthew Aeberhard
Camera and Electrical Department, Transformers: Dark of the Moon
 
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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 a younger brother...
“ Gone Baby Gone-(2007).
The Town-(2010).
Argo-(2012). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Anne Aghion
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 covers...
 
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Yasmin Ahmad
Director, Sepet
 
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Humayun Ahmed
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 books were family/social drama...
 
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I. Ahmed
Ahmed enrolled himself for the Visual communication course at Loyola College, Chennai. It was at this time that he found friends interested in film making and cinema. With the help of this course, Ahmed found an opportunity to work as an assistant director under director Kadir, of Idhayam fame. The course was his foundation, and helped him shape his career...
 
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Byeong-ki Ahn
Director, Pon