INTERNATIONAL 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.

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, are included.

Following are a number of helpful external links, relative to directors:

1. Film Director | QuickiWiki.
2. Films101 - Directors by Rank.
3. Directors: Strictly Film School.
4. Filmsite: Greatest Film Directors and Their Best Films.
5. TSPDT - The 1,000 Greatest Films (Top 250 Directors).
6. Best Directors of All Time | List of Top Film Directors in History.
7. Famous Film Directors - Biography.com.
8. Great Directors - Senses of Cinema.
9. Best Women Film Directors and Movies Directed by Women - Metacritic.
10. Famous Female Film Directors - Biography.com.
11. The Director List - Women Directors at Work.

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 2016 & Earlier.
8. Australian Directors Guild - Awards for 2017 & Earlier.
9. Cannes Film Festival - Awards for 2016 & Earlier - See: Best Director & Directors' Fortnight Winners.
10. German Directors Award Metropolis - Awards for 2016 & Earlier.
11. 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.

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 or Del, are listed under D. Surnames preceded by Van or Von are listed under V.

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1884.
 
1885.
Stuart Cooper
Director, Overlord
Stuart Cooper's films have won more than twenty international awards. Notably the Silver Medal at the Venice Film Festival, the Gold Medal at the Moscow Film Festival, the Prix CIDALC Gandhi Peace Award and in consecutive years two Silver Bears at the Berlin International Film Festival. Cooper trained...
“ Overlord-(1975). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1887.
 
1889.
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-(1972).
The Godfather: Part II-(1974).
The Conversation-(1974).
Apocalypse Now-(1979).
Dracula-(1992). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1890.
 
1891.
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.
“ The Virgin Suicides-(1999).
Lost in Translation-(2003). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1892.
Scandar Copti
Actor, Ajami
Copti is an Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker born and raised in Yafa. In 2009, his first full-length feature film "Ajami" won the Camera d'Or Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival. His film was also nominated for the 82nd Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category and won more than 15 awards worldwide...
 
1893.
Frank Coraci
Director, Click
Frank Coraci is an American film Director, Writer and Actor best know for his work with Adam Sandler. Coraci was born in Shirley, New York on Long Island. Coraci graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Film. He has directed a number of Sandler's most revered and biggest box office hits (The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy and Click)...
 
1895.
Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell
Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell is an accidental artist. He is best known for his immersive mixed-media art exhibitions that combine fine art, fashion and film. A warrior who trained Jiu-Jitsu for the majority of his life; teaching seminars around the world. The transition from Warrior to Filmmaker began when he acquired a near-fatal respiratory disease that changed his life...
 
1896.
“ Cocaine Cowboys-(2006 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1897.
 
1898.
“ Control-(2007). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1899.
Sergio Corbucci
Writer, Django
Sergio Corbucci was born on December 6, 1927, in Rome, Italy. He entered grade school with thoughts of becoming a businessman, but after earning a college degree in economics he took an abrupt detour into the world of cinema. Corbucci began his career as a film critic, first for the Italian film journal...
“ Castle of Blood-(1964). (Billed as Gordon Wilson Jr.). Co-directed with Antonio Margheriti. (Billed as Anthony M. Dawson).
Django-(1966).
The Great Silence-(1968).
Companeros-(1970). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1900.
Kevin Corcoran
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Mrs. Santa Claus
 
1901.
Rik Cordero
Director, Inside a Change
Rik Cordero was born and raised in Queens, New York and is known for applying unusual, non-traditional shooting methods in his work. He was nominated for Video Director Of The Year at the 2009 BET Awards and was the recipient of the Best Film Award for his feature film, "Inside A Change" which made its world premiere at the 2009 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival...
 
1903.
 
1904.
 
1905.
Ericson Core
Cinematographer, The Fast and the Furious
After graduating from USC's film program as well a degree from the prestigious Art Center College of Design, Core started his career as a Director of Photography on such films as "187" for Kevin Reynolds, "Payback" for Brian Hegleland, "Mumford" for Lawrence Kasdan, "Dancing at the Blue Iguana" for Michael Radford...
 
1907.
Bartlett Cormack
Writer, Fury
Edward Bartlett Cormack was the son of Edward K. and Alice E. Cormack. By 1900 his family had moved from Hammond, Indiana to Chicago, where his Scottish-born father worked in sales. As a playwright, Cormack is remember for such plays as "The Racket", "Tampico", "The Painted Veil" and "Hey Diddle Diddle"...
 
1908.
Roger Corman
Producer, Death Race
Roger William Corman was born April 5, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan. Initially following in his father's footsteps, Corman studied engineering at Stanford University but while in school, he began to lose interest in the profession and developed a growing passion for film. Upon graduation, he worked a total of three days as an engineer at US Electrical Motors...
“ A Bucket of Blood-(1959).
House of Usher-(1960).
Pit and the Pendulum-(1961).
The Tomb of Ligeia-(1964).
The Masque of the Red Death-(1964). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1910.
Alain Corneau
Alain Corneau was a Cesar Award-winning French writer-director best known for his multiple collaborations with French cinema superstars Yves Montand, Simone Signoret and Gérard Depardieu. Born on August 7, 1943 in Meung-sur-Loire, Loiret, Corneay trained as a musician but switched his interest to film, becoming an assistant director...
 
1912.
Cristina Aurora Kotz Cornejo
Director, 3 Américas
Has her MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program and BA in International Relations from the University of Southern California. Received the prestigious Teaching Fellowship, Warner Bros. Post Production Grant and Dean's Post Production Grant while at NYU. Her films have screened at festivals and venues around the world.
 
1913.
Henry Cornelius
Director, Genevieve
Born in South Africa, Henry Cornelius traveled to Europe, where he worked as an actor and director in stage productions in Germany, France and England. In 1933, with the Nazi takeover of Germany, Cornelius left Germany for France, and studied at the Sorbonne. He hooked up with director René Clair and went to England with Clair for The Ghost Goes West as an assistant editor...
 
1914.
 
1915.
 
1917.
Eugene Corr
Eugene Corr has broad experience in both fiction and non-fiction filmmaking. He wrote and directed the feature documentary Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey (with Robert Hillmann), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award (1991). He also wrote and directed the dramatic feature film, Desert Bloom (Jon Voight...
 
1918.
Henry Corra
Henry Corra is a New York City-based documentary filmmaker best known for pioneering Living Cinema. His highly acclaimed films include Umbrellas (1995), George (2000), Frames (2004), Same Sex America (2005), the Emmy-nominated NY77 (2007), The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan (2010), and Farewell to Hollywood (2015)...
 
1919.
 
1922.
 
1924.
 
1925.
 
1926.
 
1927.
 
1928.
 
1929.
Don Coscarelli
Writer, Bubba Ho-Tep
In much the same way that director George A. Romero creative output has been primarily centered around the highly successful "Dead" series of zombie films, then fellow fantasy director Don Coscarelli has for over two decades seen his universe swirling around the lesser successful, but equally cult, and much loved "Phantasm" series of horror movies...
“ Phantasm-(1979).
John Dies at the End-(2012). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1931.
“ Tombstone-(1993). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1932.
Costa-Gavras
Director, Missing
“ Constantin Costa-Gavras.

Z-(1969).
State of Siege-(1972).
Missing-(1982). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1933.
 
1934.
Ricardo Costa
Director, Cravos de Abril
Ricardo Costa completed his studies in 1967 at the Faculty of Arts at the Lisbon University. After submitting a thesis on the novels of Kafka - "Franz Kafka : writing in the mirror" - he obtained the degree of "doctor of philosophy" (PHD) in 1969. He was a high school teacher and owned a company where he published a number of sociological texts and avant-garde papers...
 
1935.
Rocky Costanzo
An American film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor. Born in Newport Beach, California. Raised and still residing in Huntington Beach, California. He spent a good part of his childhood making home movies with the family video camera and began working as an young actor, appearing on many network television shows...
 
1936.
 
1937.
Kevin Costner
Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953...
“ Dances with Wolves-(1989).
Open Range-(2003). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1939.
Manny Coto
Producer, 24
 
1940.
 
1941.
 
1942.
“ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs-(1937). Note: Sequence director. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1943.
Jack Couffer
Jack Couffer was born on Dec 7, 1924, in Upland, California. While growing up near the foothills in Glendale, he became fascinated with natural history and raised hawks, owls, squirrels, skunks and coyotes. During his high school years he worked afternoons as a student assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History...
 
1944.
Allen Coulter
Director, Remember Me
Allen Coulter is an American television and film director, credited with a number of successful television programs. He has directed two feature films, Hollywoodland, a film regarding the questionable death of George Reeves starring Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, and Ben Affleck, and the 2010 film Remember Me...
 
1945.
 
1946.
 
1947.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born on June 11, 1910, in Saint-André-de-Cubzac (Gironde) in France. He entered the naval academy in 1930, was graduated and became a gunnery officer. Then, while he was training to be a pilot, a serious car accident ended his aviation career. In order to rehabilitate his body...
 
1948.
Raoul Coutard
Cinematographer, Breathless
 
1949.
“ Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam-(1987 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1950.
Mark Christopher Covino
Originally from Queens, New York, Mark fell in love with film at an early age. He attended college in Vermont, earning a BA in Cinema Studies and Film Production in 2006. There, he became heavily active in the Vermont filmmaking community. He has worked on several productions such as Unless a Death Occurs: Hazing Examined for PBS...
 
1951.
Rich Cowan
Producer, The Ward
 
1952.
Noël Coward
Writer, Easy Virtue
Noel Coward virtually invented the concept of Englishness for the 20th century. An astounding polymath - dramatist, actor, writer, composer, lyricist, painter, and wit -- he was defined by his Englishness as much as he defined it. He was indeed the first Brit pop star, the first ambassador of "cool Britannia." Even before his 1924 drugs-and-sex scandal of The Vortex...
“ In Which We Serve-(1942). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1953.
“ Blackfish-(2013 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1954.
“ Repo Man-(1984).
Sid and Nancy-(1985). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1955.
Brian Cox
Cox's first film as writer/director was the short The Obit Writer, starring Norman Mailer and Mira Sorvino, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. His first feature film Scorpion Spring, which he also wrote and directed, starred Matthew McConaughey, Reuben Blades, Alfred Molina and Esai Morales...
 
1957.
Paul Cox
Director, Innocence
“ Vincent-(1987). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1958.
Abram Cox
Director, Z Nation
Abram Cox began his career as a storyboard artist for commercials and music videos, working for clients such as Coke, Energizer, and Nike. He transitioned into directing with "The Man With No Eyes", an original concept for NBC/Universal's SyFy Channel. He continued working with SyFy Channel, directing three Saturday Night Movies back-to-back ("Alien Lockdown"...
 
1960.
Arthur Crabtree
Arthur Crabtree began his film career as an assistant camera operator at British International Pictures, and it was at Gainsborough Pictures that he became a full-fledged Director of Photography in 1935. He photographed such films as The Remarkable Mr. Kipps, The Man in Grey and Waterloo Road. His ambition...
 
1961.
John Craddock
Producer, Germ
 
1962.
“ Tucker and Dale vs Evil-(2010). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1967.
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston (Joseph Louis Cranston), an actor and former amateur boxer. His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Austrian, German, Irish and Jewish ancestry. He was raised partly by his grandparents...
 
1968.
 
1970.
Wes Craven
Director, Scream
Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision. Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on the Left, which he wrote...
 
1971.
Patrick Creadon
Cinematographer, Wordplay
 
1972.
Leanna Creel
Actress, The Cell
Leanna Creel began her television career acting in series such as Parent Trap III and Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion, her most popular role being that of "Tori Scott" in Saved by the Bell. She graduated from UCLA in 1993 with a BA (Honors) in History and, in 1996, she also earned an MFA in Film & Television. In 1997...
 
1974.
 
1975.
 
1976.
“ Short Term 12-(2013). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1977.
Emanuele Crialese
Writer, Terraferma
Although born in Rome in 1965, Emanuele Crialese has Sicilian roots, to which he pays tribute in film after film. In 1991 he leaves for the USA where he studies film direction at New York University. After making several shorts, he directs his first feature-length movie Once We Were Strangers, in New York...
 
1978.
Charles Crichton
Director Charles Crichton's film career began as an editor in 1935 with Alexander Korda's London Films, and in that capacity he worked on such productions as Sanders of the River, Things to Come and Elephant Boy (which introduced Sabu to movie audiences). He soon left London Films for Ealing Studios...
“ Dead of Night-(1945).
The Lavender Hill Mob-(1951).
Birdman of Alcatraz-(1962)-(Uncredited).
A Fish Called Wanda-(1988). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
1979.
Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he submitted...
 
1980.
 
1981.
Marian Crisan
Director, Morgen
Marian Crisan (b. 1976) received his Bachelor's Degree in Film and TV Directing at UNATC Bucharest in 1999. He directed the short films "Family Portrait" (2006), "Amateur" (2007) and "Megatron" (2008) - which won the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2010, his first feature...
 
1983.
Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp was born George William Crisp at the family home in Bow, London. Donald's parents were James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp, his birth was registered by his mother on 4th September 1882. Donald's sisters were Elizabeth, Ann, Alice (known as Louisa) and Eliza and his brothers were James, John and Mark...
“ The Navigator-(1924). ” - Dr-Faustus