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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2951.
Thom Fitzgerald
Thom Fitzgerald: Since his 1997 feature debut, Thom has won over two dozen international awards including the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award (Genie), The FIPRESCI European International Critics' Prize, The Emerging Master Award at the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Reader Jury of the "Siegessäule" Award at the Berlin International Film Festival...
 
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Lewin Fitzhamon
Lewin Fitzhamon born in Aldingham, Cumbria in 1869, began as a steeplechase rider and a music hall performer and also producer/writer of sketches in 1889. He first made films with Robert W. Paul,s Film Company in 1900, in 1904, he joined Cecil Hepworth as an writer, film director and actor specializing in children and animals probably directing around 600 films...
 
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George Fitzmaurice
American director of French-Dutch ancestry, born in Paris. He studied the fine arts in Paris before resettling in America. As a set designer for stage productions, he was able to break into films in 1908 doing the same work. He dabbled in screen writing and then began directing, at first sporadically...
 
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James A. FitzPatrick
American documentary film director. After completing training in the dramatic arts, he worked for a while as a journalist. In 1925 he entered films and specialized throughout his career in travel documentaries. Besides directing, he also wrote, produced, and narrated many of his films. MGM distributed...
 
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Jim Fitzpatrick
Actor, Armageddon
Jim Fitzpatrick was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on Offutt Air Force Base, better known as SAC (Strategic Air Command) headquarters. He eventually returned to Florida where his parents (Jim Sr. and Cookie) are from and began his acting career on the stage at the tender age of 13 when he appeared in his first school play...
 
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Hans Fjellestad
Director, Sunset Strip
Los Angeles filmmaker/musician/artist Hans Fjellestad has presented his work in theaters, museums, festivals and clubs throughout the world (U.S., Canada, Europe, Turkey, Afghanistan, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil) and on major television networks including Showtime, ABC, MTV, Adult Swim, Arte, PBS, and BBC...
 
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“ Nanook of the North-(1922 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
2961.
Mike Flanagan
Editor, Oculus
Mike Flanagan was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1978 to Timothy and Laura Flanagan. The family relocated frequently, as Timothy was in the U.S. Coast Guard, and finally settled in Bowie, Maryland. As a child, he would shoot and edit short movies on VHS. This continued as he attended Archbishop Spalding High School in Severna Park...
 
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Tracy Flannigan
Editorial Department, Switched at Birth
 
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Fred Fleck
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Angel Face
 
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Ryan Fleck
Director, Half Nelson
Ryan K. Fleck is an American film director, cinematographer, editor, and screenwriter best known for directing and writing the 2006 film Half Nelson and the 2008 film Sugar. He is known for his collaborations with fellow filmmaker Anna Boden. Ryan was born in Berkeley, California and raised in Berkeley and Oakland...
“ Half Nelson-(2006). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ The Narrow Margin-(1952).
20000 Leagues Under the Sea-(1954).
Fantastic Voyage-(1966).
The Boston Strangler-(1968).
Tora! Tora! Tora!-(1970).
10 Rillington Place-(1971). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ Zombieland-(2009). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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2975.
Victor Fleming
Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the films of Douglas Fairbanks...
“ Treasure Island-(1934).
Captain Courageous-(1937).
Gone with the Wind-(1939).
The Wizard of Oz-(1939). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
2976.
Brian Flemming
Brian Flemming is a film director and playwright whose work has been called "jaggedly imaginative" by the New York Times, "a parallel universe" by the BBC and "immensely satisfying" by USA Today. His films and plays are marked by a unique ability to spark cult-like devotion in their fans, appeal to critics with their intelligence and complexity...
 
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Isaac Florentine
Worshiped by his fans for many years Isaac Florentine has built up his excellent reputation within the movie business. At first attracting the action movie fans, Isaac moved into the mainstream with New Line's release Undisputed II: Last man standing. The film received rave reviews not only for its groundbreaking fighting scenes but also for its complexity and dramatic qualities...
 
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Robert Florey
Robert Florey became infatuated with Hollywood while in his teens. By the time he set off for America in the early 1920s he had written articles on film for Cinemagazine, La Cinematographie Francaise and Le Technicien du Film, acted and directed one-reel shorts in Switzerland and worked as an assistant for Louis Feuillade at his studio in Nice...
 
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Per Fly
Director, Arven
Per Fly was accepted to the Danish Film School in 1989. He completed his education in 1993 with the graduation film Room 17. In the following years Per Fly directed, among other films, the short films Sofaholdet (1994), Calling Katherine (1994) and The Little Knight (1997). In 1998, he directed the short film Liftarflickan and three episodes of the television show TAXI for Danish Radio...
 
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John Flynn
Director, Lock Up
John Flynn was a very fine, efficient and sadly underrated director who excelled at making mean'n'lean crime pictures. His movies are distinguished by tight plots, a hard, no-nonsense tone, and a taut, streamlined and fiercely economical directorial style. John was born on March 14, 1932 in Chicago...
“ The Outfit-(1973).
Rolling Thunder-(1977). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ At Close Range-(1986).
Glengarry Glen Ross-(1992). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ Waltz with Bashir-(2008 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
2992.
Jorge Fons
Fons studied film production in the Universitary Center of Film Studies at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), belonging to the very first generation of Mexican directors who studied to become filmmakers. His short film Caridad (1973) -part of the trilogy Fe Esperanza y Caridad (1973)- is still considered one of the best movies in Mexican cinema...
 
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“ Whistle Down the Wind-(1961).
Seance on a Wet Afternoon-(1964).
King Rat-(1965).
The Whisperers-(1967). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Stefan Forbes
Camera and Electrical Department, The Boondock Saints
Stefan Forbes is an Emmy-nominated American writer and film director. His first feature film was the 2008 documentary film Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, about the life of political operative Lee Atwater. Boogie Man played at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, played in 40 U.S...
 
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Francis Ford
Elder brother of the director John Ford and himself a screen director (and John's erstwhile mentor) until the advent of sound. He had also acted in his own films and those of other directors, but turned to acting exclusively circa 1929. As actor, he would provide convincing portrayals of men of authority - men sometimes ruthless if not downright unsavory...
 
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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...
“ 3 Bad Men-(1926).
The Informer-(1935).
Stagecoach-(1939).
Drums Along the Mohawk-(1939).
Young Mr. Lincoln-(1939).
The Grapes of Wrath-(1940).
How Green Was My Valley-(1941).
My Darling Clementine-(1946).
Fort Apache-(1948).
3 Godfathers-(1948).
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon-(1949).
Wagon Master-(1950).
Rio Grande-(1950).
The Quiet Man-(1952).
Mister Roberts-(1955).
The Searchers-(1956).
The Last Hurrah-(1958).
The Horse Soldiers-(1959).
Sergeant Rutledge-(1960).
How the West Was Won-(1962).
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance-(1962). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
3004.
Philip Ford
Director, Lassie
 
3005.
Tom Ford
Director, A Single Man
Tom Ford is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He gained fame as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2006, Ford launched his own "Tom Ford" label. Ford directed the films A Single Man (2009) and Nocturnal Animals (2016), both films were Oscar-nominated...
“ A Single Man-(2009). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
3006.
Eugene Forde
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, on November 8, 1896, director Eugene Forde began his industry career as a child actor on the legitimate stage. He left the business in the early 1920s, but in 1926 came back as a writer/director. He was one of the mainstays at the 20th Century-Fox "B" unit starting in 1932...
 
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Walter Forde
Director, The Ghost Train
British director Walter Forde started his show-business career on the stage of the music halls of northern England. He entered the film business as a screenwriter but became an actor in 1920, in a series of two-reel comedies he wrote himself. He spent some time in Hollywood, but not much happened and he came back to Britain in 1925...
 
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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...
“ Loves of a Blonde-(1965).
The Firemen's Ball-(1967).
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest-(1975).
Hair-(1979).
Amadeus-(1984).
Man on the Moon-(1999). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Marc Forster
Producer, World War Z
Marc Forster is a German-born filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Monster's Ball (2001), Finding Neverland (2004), Stay (2005), Stranger than Fiction (2006), The Kite Runner (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), and World War Z (2013). His breakthrough film was Monster's Ball (2001)...
“ Monster's Ball-(2001).
Finding Neverland-(2004).
Stranger Than Fiction-(2006).
The Kite Runner-(2007).
World War Z-(2013). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ Local Hero-(1983). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
3015.
Bob Fosse
Miscellaneous Crew, All That Jazz
“ Cabaret-(1972).
Lenny-(1974).
All That Jazz-(1979). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
 
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Lewis R. Foster
Prolific composer, songwriter, author and director, educated at the University of California. He began his directorial and film-writing career in 1920. He also worked as a newspaperman in San Francisco. He joined ASCAP in 1960.
 
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“ Woman on the Run-(1950). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Shawn Foster
His short film, White Pony: Deftones, was a major contribution to the worldwide success of the Deftones record of the same name. Quickly after, he directed videos for a wide range of artists and genres including The Warlocks, Gaunt, Drive-By Truckers, Chevelle, Stabbing Westward, Tim Easton, Sugarcult...
 
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“ African Cats-(2011 Documentary). Co-directed with Keith Scholey. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Eytan Fox
Writer, The Bubble
What is it like to be young in Israel, particularly in the "bubble" called Tel-Aviv? How can you be gay in this country, even in the macho Army named Tzahal? How can you fall in love in a tiny tension-filled country? Can you consider the Palestinians as friends rather than enemies? All these are questions raised by Eytan Fox's films and TV films...
 
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Josh Fox
Director, GasLand
“ GasLand-(2010 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Bryan Foy
Producer, House of Wax
Bryan Foy started in showbiz as a vaudevillian, touring nationally for ten years as one of the 'Seven Little Foys' (the oldest). He left the act in 1918 to embark on a solo career in Hollywood, at first devising gags for Buster Keaton then filming two-reelers at Fox. In 1927, he began his long association with Warner Brothers where he famously produced the first all-talking feature...
 
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Augusto Fraga
Director, Mateus
 
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William A. Fraker
Camera and Electrical Department, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
 
3038.
Jonathan Frakes
Jonathan Scott Frakes was born on August 19, 1952 in Bellefonte, in central Pennsylvania. He is the son of Doris J. (Yingling) and Dr. James R. Frakes, a professor. His parents moved with Jonathan and his younger brother Daniel to Bethlehem in eastern Pennsylvania. There, his father taught English at Lehigh University...
“ Star Trek: First Contact-(1996). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
3039.
“ Le quattro volte-(2010). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Lisa France
Producer, Roll with Me
Lisa France graduated with honors from Brooklyn College with a double major in Biology and Philosophy. At Brooklyn she was a Division I basketball player and cross country and track runner. After graduation France played professional basketball for the Manchester Giants in Manchester, England. Upon returning to the United States...
 
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Freddie Francis
Cinematographer, The Elephant Man
During his last years at school he spent most of his time writing a thesis on 'the future of film' On leaving school he joined Gaumont British Studios at Lime Grove as an apprentice to a stills photographer for a year. He claimed this taught him more about the art of photography than any other form of training could...
“ Nightmare-(1964). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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James Franco
Actor, 127 Hours
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks, James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. His mother is Betsy Franco and his father is Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco who ran a Silicon Valley business. James's mother, a writer, has occasionally acted. Growing up with his two younger brothers...
 
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Jesús Franco
He was only six years old when he started composing music under the protection of his brother Enrique. After the Spanish Civil War he was able to continue his studies at the Real Conservatorio de Madrid, where he finished piano and harmony. Being a Bachelor of Law and an easy-read novel writer (under the pseudonym David Khume)...
“ The Diabolical Dr. Z-(1966). ” - Dr-Faustus