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 -
8. Great Directors - Senses of Cinema.
9. Best Women Film Directors and Movies Directed by Women - Metacritic.
10. Famous Female Film Directors -
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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“ Waco: The Rules of Engagement-(1997 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
Sasa Gedeon
Born in Prag, Sasa Gedeon studies cinema at the Film Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). He directs several shorts before making his first feature film Indiánské léto. In 1999, Gedeon gets international notice with The Idiot Returns, a loose adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic 'L'Idiot'. But the director...
Ellen Geer
Ellen Geer, the daughter of actors Will Geer and Herta Ware, has worked continuously for 40 years in television and motion pictures since making her debut in Richard Lester's "Petulia" (1968) in support of Julie Christie and George C. Scott. Probably best remembered for her turn...
Hans W. Geissendörfer
Writer, Snowland
Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied germanistics, theatre, psychology and african languages between 1962 and 1967. Has travelled Africa and Asia. In 1971 co-founder of the german Filmverlag der Autoren. 1983 he founded his own production company. Geissendoerfer is producer and partly director of the first real German soap opera Lindenstraße...
“ Jiro Dreams of Sushi-(2011 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
“ A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash-(2006 Documentary). Co-directed with Raymond McCormack and Reto Caduff. ” - Dr-Faustus
Jean Genet
Writer, Querelle
Jean-Paul Sartre likens Jean Genet to a saint for a very particular reason, a reason that is apparent in the title of the biography, but which does not translate in the English title--"Saint Genet: Actor and Martyr"--because meaning and referentiality are lost. The French title is "Saint Genet: Comédien et Martyr"; the phrase "Saint Genet" evokes the memory of St...
“ Terribly Happy-(2008). ” - Dr-Faustus
Matthew George
Producer, LBJ
In 2011 George formed Acacia Filmed Entertainment and Savvy Media Holdings. Acacia is developing a slate of projects to produce under these banners. Already completed is LBJ, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richard Jenkins and Bill Pullman AND the thriller Wind River...
“ Hotel Rwanda-(2004). ” - Dr-Faustus
Sergey Gerasimov
Director, Tikhiy Don
Sergei Gerasimov was born in the village of Kundravy in Urals area of the Russian Empire, in 1906. He studied at the Leningrad College of Arts and graduated from the Actors Department of the Leningrad Institute for Stage Arts in 1928. He started his film career in 1924 as an actor, continued as an assistant director and joined the "FEKS" film group...
Richard Gere
Humanitarian and actor Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, the second of five children of Doris Ann (Tiffany), a homemaker, and Homer George Gere, an insurance salesman, both Mayflower descendants. Richard started early as a musician, playing a number of instruments in high school and writing music for high school productions...
Geretta Geretta
Actress, Demons
Geretta Geretta, a multi-faceted woman, has worked the globe, from Northern Ireland to South Africa, from Rome to New York City, as a writer/director/actress: Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Geretta became interested in acting during her school years. Although she relocated to Los Angeles, she...
Haile Gerima
Director, Teza
Halie Gerima arrived in the United States from his native Gondar, Ethiopia, to study acting and directing at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Illinois. He later transferred to the Theater Department at UCLA where he completed the Master's Program in Film. Afterward, he relocated to Washington, DC, to teach at Howard University's Department of Radio...
Marion Gering
Rusian-born Marion Gering was a stage producer and director who came to the US in 1924 as a member of a Soviet trade commission. Making contacts in the theatrical community in Chicago, Gering put on the play "Gas", which was very successful. He stayed in Chicago and founded the Chicago Play Producing Co....
“ Divorce Italian Style-(1961). ” - Dr-Faustus
Chris Gerolmo
His father was a playwright, his mother was a homemaker. He has 3 siblings. He graduated from Harvard and spent one year there in graduate school. He then took after his father and began writing screenplays such as Mississippi Burning, which was nominated for 7 Academy Awards. He married his wife, Joan...
“ Cinderella-(1950).
Alice in Wonderland-(1951).
Lady and the Tramp-(1955).
Sleeping Beauty-(1959).
101 Dalmatians-(1961). ” - Dr-Faustus
Harry W. Gerstad
American film editor who occasionally directed, but won Oscars in his primary field. The son of Harry W. Gerstad, silent film cinematographer, Harry Donald Gerstad grew up in Hollywood. In his late teenage years he got work as a laboratory assistant at Hal Roach Studios, then Warner Bros., and finally at Republic Pictures...
Ricky Gervais
Writer, The Office
Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and went on to study at University College, London, where he gained a degree in Philosophy...
“ Anvil: The Story of Anvil-(2008 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
“ The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane-(1976). ” - Dr-Faustus
Octavio Getino
Born in Leon in Spain, Octavio Getino moved to Argentina in the early 1950s. Here, he co-founded, along with the director Fernando Solanos, the influential and radical film collective known as Cinema Liberacion, and worked with Solanos on the film 'The Hour of the Furnaces', which was largely shot underground and clandestinely...
Jennifer Getzinger
Miscellaneous Crew, Mad Men
Karen Gevorkyan
Graduate of musical school in Yerevan, Karen Gevorkian finished Boris Volchek's master class of VGIK Cinematographer Department. After working for small period at Armenfilm Studios as cimetographer (most notable of his works of that period is Master and Servant), he finished the Advanced Directing Courses in Moscow (master class of Leonid Trauberg in 1967...
“ Our Daily Bread-(2005 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
Subhash Ghai
Producer, Taal
He started his career in hindi cinema as an actor in Taqdeer (1967) and Aradhana (1970). He was the male lead in the 1970's Umang, Sherni, Bharat Ke Shaheed and Gumraah (1973) with Reena Roy and Danny. He turned himself into being a film writer in 1973 and sold his various stories and scripts to leading directors like Prakash Mehra and Dulal Guha in partnership with B Bhalla...
Tina Gharavi
Producer, I Am Nasrine
Born in Tehran, Tina Gharavi is a BAFTA-nominated, award-winning filmmaker initially trained as a painter in the United States later studying cinema in France. Fearless in her approach to storytelling, and unafraid to cross borders and disciplines, her work has been broadcast globally while her installation works exhibited at museums internationally...
“ The Cloud-Capped Star-(1960). ” - Dr-Faustus
Bahman Ghobadi
Director, Turtles Can Fly
Bahman Ghobadi was born in 1969 in Baneh, in the province of Iranian Kurdistan, near the Iran-Iraq border. Shortly after graduating from the National Audiovisual School, he made his first short, immediately acclaimed by the local critics. One of these short films, "Life in Fog" (1999) is even considered as the most famous short ever made in Iran...
“ A Time for Drunken Horses-(2000).
Turtles Can Fly-(2004). ” - Dr-Faustus
Goutam Ghose
Director, Dekha
Constantine Giannaris
Constantine Giannaris is a Greek film director. He studied Finance, History and Philosophy at the Universities of Kiel and Birmingham. His cinema career started in England where he completed independent short films of short budget. His first Greek film, Mia Thesi Ston Helio (1995) was awarded with the Best Greek Film Award at the Short Film Festival of Drama in Greece...
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director, The Wizard of Oz
After graduating from New York's Art Students League he worked for his architect father, then started film work at Edison Studios in 1915 assisting Hugo Ballin. In 1918 he moved to Goldwyn as art director and, in 1924, began his 32 year stint as supervising art director for some 1500 MGM films, with direct responsibility in well over 150 of those...
“ Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room-(2005 Documentary).
Taxi to the Dark Side-(2007 Documentary).
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson-(2008 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
Mel Gibson
Actor, Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
“ Braveheart-(1995).
Apocalypto-(2006). ” - Dr-Faustus
Gary Giddins
Gary Giddins won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Visions of Jazz in 1998. He has written books on Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. A longtime columnist for the Village Voice, he lives in New York City.
Maria Giese
A graduate of Wellesley College and UCLA's Graduate School of Film & Television, Giese completed a short documentary and two short films including the Student Academy Award finalist, "A Dry Heat". She was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in film production in 1994. She wrote and directed the British feature film...
Tony Giglio
Writer, Chaos
Tony Giglio is one of Hollywood's most versatile writer-directors with projects ranging from horror to action, drama, thriller and 3-D! Tony recently directed "S.W.A.T.: Under Siege", produced by Sony and Neal Moritz (Original Film). The movie stars Adrianne Palicki ("John Wick", "GI Joe 2"), Michael Jai White ("Spawn", "The Dark Knight") and will be released in 2017...
Billy Gilbert
The son of singers in the Metropolitan Opera, Billy Gilbert began performing in vaudeville at age 12. He developed a drawn-out, explosive sneezing routine that became his trademark (he was the model for, and voice of, Sneezy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). Gilbert's exquisite comic timing made him the perfect foil for such comedians as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy...
Brian Gilbert
Director, Wilde
John Gilbert
John Gilbert was born into a show-business family - his father was a comic with the Pringle Stock Company. By 1915 John was an extra with Thomas H. Ince's company and a lead player by 1917. In those days he was assistant director, actor or screenwriter. He also tried his hand at directing. By 1919 he was being noticed in films and getting better roles...
“ Alfie-(1966).
You Only Live Twice-(1967).
The Spy Who Loved Me-(1977). ” - Dr-Faustus
David Giler
Producer, Aliens
Stuart Gillard
A multi-award-winning director, writer, producer and actor, Stuart Gillard is a three time nominee for the prestigious DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award, winning for Going to the Mat, a movie he directed for the Walt Disney Company. Mr. Gillard is a man of many talents whose career spans three decades...
“ Lars and the Real Girl-(2007). ” - Dr-Faustus
Tyler Gillett
Cinematographer, V/H/S
Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising....
“ Monty Python and the Holy Grail-(1975).
Time Bandits-(1981).
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen-(1988).
The Fisher King-(1991).
Twelve Monkeys-(1995).
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas-(1998).
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus-(2009). ” - Dr-Faustus
Sidney Gilliat
Sidney Gilliat, the English director, screenwriter, and producer, was born on February 15, 1908 in Edgely, Cheshire, England. He began his screen-writing career in the silent movie era, writing inter-titles, going uncredited for his contributions to Honeymoon Abroad, Champagne, and Week-End Wives...
Dan Gilroy
Writer, Nightcrawler
Dan Gilroy was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Frank D. Gilroy, and sculptor and writer Ruth Dorothy. His brother Tony Gilroy is a screenwriter and director; and his fraternal twin brother, John Gilroy, is a film editor. Through his father, he is of Italian, Irish and German descent...
Frank D. Gilroy
Frank D. Gilroy, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright who established himself as a screenwriter for television before breaking through as a dramatist with his 1964 Broadway hit The Subject Was Roses, was born in New York City on October 13, 1925. A native of The Bronx, his father was an Irish-American coffee broker...
Tony Gilroy
Tony Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA; and raised in upstate New York. His father, Frank D. Gilroy, was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, director, and screenwriter. Tony has penned many films, including The Devil's Advocate and The Cutting Edge.
“ Michael Clayton-(2007). ” - Dr-Faustus
Alan Gilsenan
Director, Unless
Robert Ginty
Born in New York, rugged, virile, hard-looking action star Robert Ginty initially sought a career in music, becoming involved in several rock bands from age 16 on. During this stage he actually got to play and hang out with several rock legends, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana and John Lee Hooker. In the 1970s, however, he switched gears and gave acting a try...
Abby Ginzberg
Abby Ginzberg has been producing and directing award-winning documentary films since 1983. Her work has focused on character-driven stories, racial and gender discrimination and social justice issues, and has been shown in film/video festivals and broadcast on public television networks nationally and internationally...
Victor Ginzburg
Director, Generation P
Victor Ginzburg splits his time between Moscow and Venice, California. He moved from Moscow to New York at age 15, and has not left behind neither the spirit nor the storytelling tradition of his native land. Ginzburg's filmmaking career started at the School of Visual Arts in New York, with "Hurricane...
“ The Best of Youth-(2003). ” - Dr-Faustus
“ Dinner Rush-(2000). ” - Dr-Faustus
François Girard
Director, The Red Violin
François Girard was born in Quebec in 1963. Best known for his movie writing and directing (Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The red Violin, Silk...), Girard also directed a number of plays and operas including PARSIFAL at the Metropolitan Opera. He also wrote and directed two Cirque du Soleil shows; Zed and Zarkana...
“ Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould-(1993).
The Red Violin-(1998). ” - Dr-Faustus
William Girdler
Director, 'Sheba, Baby'
Born October 22, 1947 in Jefferson County, Kentucky, William Brent Girdler launched his filmmaking career with the 1972 release of Asylum of Satan. He made a total of nine films in six years and provided the music for the Pat Patterson quickie Dr. Gore. Girdler died in a helicopter accident in the Philippines after completing his final movie The Manitou...
Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish was born into a broken family where her restless father James Lee Gish was frequently absent. Mary Robinson McConnell a.k.a. Mary Gish, her mother, had entered into acting to make money to support the family. As soon as Lillian and her sister Dorothy were old enough, they became part of the act...