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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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 came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, counting (he always did) the two that he won for his WWII documentary work...
“ 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
 
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Philip Ford
Director, Lassie
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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“ 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
 
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Georges Franju
Georges Franju is a figure of immense importance in the history of French cinema, not primarily for his films (exceptional though many of these are) but for being the co-founder, with Henri Langlois, of the Cinematheque Française in 1937--France's most famous and important film archive. He worked primarily as a film archivist until 1949...
“ Eyes Without a Face-(1960).
Judex-(1963). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Melvin Frank
Melvin Frank was half of a famous screenwriting partnership. The other half of the collaborative effort was Norman Panama. The two men became close friends while attending the University of Chicago. Frank had initially pursued a degree in engineering, but was persuaded by Panama to switch to English instead...
 
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“ Never Take Sweets from a Stranger-(1960). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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John Frankenheimer
Director, Ronin
Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he realized his natural talent to handle a camera...
“ Birdman of Alcatraz-(1962).
The Manchurian Candidate-(1962).
Seven Days in May-(1964).
The Train-(1964).
Seconds-(1966).
The Iceman Cometh-(1973).
French Connection II-(1975).
Black Sunday-(1977).
Ronin-(1998). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Carl Franklin
Director, Out of Time
Carl Franklin studied history and dramatic arts at UC Berkeley. After several years as a television actor with guest shots, roles in TV movies, miniseries, and appearing as a regular on a few unsuccessful series, he returned to school and received his master's degree in directing from the American Film Institute...
 
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Sidney Franklin
Director, The Good Earth
Sidney Franklin was involved in amateur filmmaking while still at school. With his brother Chester M. Franklin, he wrote, directed and edited a short film, The Baby, at a cost of $400. Somehow it attracted the interest of D.W. Griffith, who decided to put the brothers to work making children's films for the Triangle Film Corporation...
“ The Good Earth-(1937).
Goodbye, Mr. Chips-(1939)-(Uncredited).
Duel in the Sun-(1946)-(Uncredited). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ The Muppet Movie-(1979). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ The Hit-(1984).
Dangerous Liaisons-(1988).
High Fidelity-(2000).
Dirty Pretty Things-(2002).
The Queen-(2006).
Philomena-(2013). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Riccardo Freda
Riccardo Freda was born in Alexandria, Egypt, of Italian parents. Educated in Milan, he became a sculptor, then a newspaper art critic. He began a career in film in 1937 as a screenwriter and production supervisor. He moved into directing in 1942, beginning a career that lasted some 40 years. Resisting the strong neo-realism trend in postwar Italy...
 
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Thornton Freeland
On the stage since childhood, Thornton Freeland went to work for Vitagraph in 1918, rising in the ranks from assistant cameraman to director, and made his directorial debut, Three Live Ghosts, just at the dawn of the sound era. A specialist in light romantic comedies and musicals, Freeland alternated between making films in the US and England in the 1930s and 1940s...
 
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Jim Freeman
Director, To Fly!
 
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Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
 
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“ War Photographer-(2001). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Friz Freleng
Friz Freleng was born Isadore Freleng on August 21, 1906 in Kansas City, Missouri. With no formal training in drawing, his first job as an animator was with United Film Advancement Services in 1924 at the age of 17. The first work Friz is credited with was for Disney Studios where he worked as an animator on the "Alice" series in 1927...
“ Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie-(1981). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Harold French
Director, Trio
London-born Harold French made his name on the stage, both as an actor and director. He crossed over to films, making his acting debut in 1920. He became a director shortly before the beginning of World War II, debuting with The Cavalier of the Streets, and made a well-received adaptation of A.E.W. Mason's thriller...
 
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Lloyd French
Director, Busy Bodies
Writer/Director Lloyd French list of credits include the first and last Laurel & Hardy comedy. He began working for Hal Roach in 1919 before joining Warner Brothers in 1933. As head of WB's comedy department, French would work on some 240 comedies and musicals in just under a ten year span. Lloyd French was the son of California natives...
 
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Charles Frend
Director, The Cruel Sea
British director Charles Frend started his film career as an editor, and worked on several Alfred Hitchcock films, including Secret Agent and The Girl Was Young. He later worked for MGM at Elstree Studios, where he edited such films as A Yank at Oxford and Goodbye, Mr. Chips. He made his directorial debut in 1942 and turned out several low-budget dramas and documentaries...
“ The Cruel Sea-(1953). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Theo Frenkel
Director, Alexandra
Theo Frenkel made more than 220 films between 1908 and 1925, but only a few have survived, making it impossible properly to assess his artistic importance. He was a director on a European scale, producing a vast body of work spanning Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Frenkel preferred to call himself Theo Bouwmeester after his mother...
 
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Karl Freund
Cinematographer, I Love Lucy
Karl Freund, an innovative director of photography responsible for development of the three-camera system used to shoot television situation comedies, was born on January 16, 1890, in the Bohemian city of Koeniginhof, then part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire (now known as Dvur Kralove in the Czech Republic)...
“ The Mummy-(1932).
Mad Love-(1935). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Ron Fricke
Cinematographer, Baraka
“ Baraka-(1992 Documentary).
Samsara-(2011 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson started his film making carrier with a series of experimental films and documentaries in the early 1980s. In 1987, he founded The Icelandic Film Corporation, which has become Iceland's most important production company, producing Fridrikssons films as well as working with other Icelandic directors and producers...
 
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Lionel Friedberg
Producer, A Sacred Duty
South African-born, Lionel's career began in television in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), before he began traveling the world. With 18 feature film credits to his name, he moved on to writing and directing. For the past few years he has specialized in non-fiction series and single shows, but he has...
 
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William Friedkin
Director, The Exorcist
Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with Orson Welles after seeing Citizen Kane...
“ The French Connection-(1971).
The Exorcist-(1973).
Sorcerer-(1977).
To Live and Die in L.A.-(1985).
Bug-(2006).
Killer Joe-(2011). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Charles Friedman
Producer, director, author and songwriter who moved on from a high-school education to a show-business career, directing and producing (and associate-producing) films with Sam Goldwyn, Arthur Freed, and Darryl Zanuck. He direced the Broadway musicals "Pins and Needles", "Sing Out the News", "Carmen Jones"...