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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Jon Kane
Editor, Naqoyqatsi
Jon was born in Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania. Not long afterward his family located to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where he spent most of his childhood. As an adolescent he attended Ski Racing Academy Green Mountain Valley School for two years, due to a misguided notion that he was headed for the Olympics. Later, he entered Alfred University as a pre-law major...
 
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Joseph Kane
Director, Laramie
Joseph Kane's career as a professional cellist ended when he became a film editor in 1926. His directing career started with co-directing serials for Mascot and Republic, and he soon became Republic's top western director. He handled many of John Wayne's Republic westerns of the 1940s, and piloted...
 
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Rolfe Kanefsky
Rolfe Kanefsky grew up in the suburbs of New York and attended Hampshire college where he studied Film. He began writing stories at a young age after his childhood dream of becoming a clown took the backseat to his interest in film. He has thus far written and directed 22 feature films and authored another 38 produced screenplays over the last 25 years...
 
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Dae-gyu Kang
Director, Hamoni
 
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Je-kyu Kang
Director Je-Kyu Kang was born in South Korea. Before directing his hit film Swiri pronounced "Shee Rhee", Kang nearly gave up the film business. After struggling for many years, he has finally become one of the premier directors in South Korea.
“ Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War-(2004). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Michael Kang
Director, The Motel
Michael Kang is a Korean American filmmaker based in New York. He was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island but has been in New York since attending New York University Tisch School of the Arts' Dramatic Writing Program where he was a Founder's Day Honors Scholar. His feature film directorial...
 
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Woo-Suk Kang
Producer, Silmido
 
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Marek Kanievska
Director, Less Than Zero
He is well-known for his work in film and television in both the UK and the United States. His feature film directorial debut, Another Country, won awards at the 1984 Cannes and Florence Film Festivals. His next feature film was Less Than Zero, the 1987 adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis' controversial novel. In 2000, Kanievska directed Where The Money Is, a heist film...
 
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Garson Kanin
Writer, Adam's Rib
Garson Kanin has worked as an actor on stage and as a director on Broadway and in Hollywood, but his best-known work is as a writer. During the Great Depression, he dropped out of high school to help support his family by working as a musician and later as a comedian. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts from 1932 to 1933...
 
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D.W. Kann
Art Department, The Mask
At five years old, after seeing Jaws at a drive-in theater, David moved to Martha's Vineyard with his family. Living on the island, he was never afraid of going into the water and he grew up being an avid fan of film. Appearing as a local high school band member in Jaws: The Revenge. During high school...
 
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Ellie Kanner
Casting Department, Sex and the City
 
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Asif Kapadia
Director, Amy
Academy award and four time BAFTA award winning Director / Writer / Producer Asif Kapadia is known for his visually striking films exploring characters living in timeless, extreme and unforgiving landscapes. His films have been box office successes around the world as well as being critically lauded and awarded internationally...
“ Senna-(2010 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Betty Kaplan
Betty Kaplan is a Venezuelan-American film director born in New York City and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Often Kaplan writes, directs and produces her own film projects. Betty has also directed several Televison commercials, directed theater in Los Angeles. She is Co-Chair of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Latino Committee...
 
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David Kaplan
Animation Department, Year of the Fish
 
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Deborah Kaplan
Writer/director Deborah Kaplan met partner, writer/director Harry Elfont, at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' prestigious film school. In a strange coincidence, they discovered that their parents were friends and that they both attended neighboring high schools in Philadelphia. Kaplan had spent time abroad in high school at a film production program at Oxford University in England...
 
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Jonathan Kaplan
Producer, ER
Jonathan Kaplan was born in Paris, France, to film composer Sol Kaplan and actress Frances Heflin (the sister of actor Van Heflin and a regular on ABC's soap opera All My Children. He started his career as a child actor in the Broadway production of "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," directed by Elia Kazan...
 
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“ Bal (Honey)-(2010). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Abhishek Kapoor
Director, Kai po che!
Writer-Director of the successful Bollywood feature films Kai Po Che and Rock On!! and founder of production company Guy in the Sky Pictures (India). He has just wrapped the shoot of his next feature film 'Fitoor' in September 2015, slated for release in February 2016. Fitoor is based on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens...
 
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Raj Kapoor
Actor, Sangam
Raj Kapoor was the son of well-known Indian actor Prithviraj Kapoor, who acted both in film and on stage. After apprenticing in the Bollywood production studios of the 1940's, at 24 years of age Raj Kapoor produced, directed and acted in Aag, with his new company, RK Films. His next production...
 
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“ Bandit Queen-(1994). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Hasan Karacadag
Hasan Karacadag was born in 1976 in Turkey.After high school he went to GATA medical academy.He left the academy two years later.He won the Gold Award and best film award at the 'JVC Tokyo Video Festival' 2001-2002-2003. At year 2002-2003 he won the 'Bunkacho Director Award of Japanese agency for cultural affairs...
 
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Bahadir Karatas
Director, Usta
 
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Gerald Kargl
Director, Angst
Gerald Kargl born 1953 in Villach, Austria, is a writer and director, famous for the psycho-thriller "Angst" (1983). Kargl started experimenting with the film camera when he was 14. This resulted in a large number of short films. Between 1976 and 1982 he founded and organized the Austrian film festival...
“ Angst-(1983). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ Noi the Albino-(2003). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Mohammed Karim
Director, Dunia
 
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Niki Karimi
Actress, Sout-e payan
Born in 1971 in Tehran, Niki Karimi is the most famous, internationally acclaimed Actress and filmmaker in Iran. She began her work as an actress with films such as "Sara" by Dariush Mehrjouii, which she won best actress award at "San Sebastian" film festival and in "Nantes film festival in 1992. After...
 
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Anna Karina
Born in Denmark, she came to Paris at 18. She met Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin and started as a top model. She met Jean-Luc Godard about a cameo in Breathless, but she had to be naked and she refused to play in the movie. One year later, they got married and she became famous with the "Nouvelle vague" movies directed by him, Jacques Rivette or Agnès Varda...
 
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Pekka Karjalainen
Sound Department, Sooloilua
 
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Phil Karlson
Phil Karlson entered the film industry while a law student at Loyola Marymount University in California. He got a job at Universal Pictures as a prop man, then worked pretty much any job they threw at him, from being an assistant director on several Bud Abbott and Lou Costello films to directing short subjects...
“ Kansas City Confidential-(1952).
The Phenix City Story-(1955). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Dean Karr
When speaking of Director/Photographer Dean Karr, the one thing that people seem to agree about is that he is a true original. His signature style, often copied but never duplicated, has gained him international recognition. He is clearly a man to watch if one is interested in knowing which way the wind will be blowing. His work interprets and defines our time...
 
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Matia Karrell
Director, The West Wing
Matia Anne Karrell, a Fulbright Scholar, made her directorial debut with her short film Cadillac Dreams, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film. Born in Boston, Massachusetts of Lebanese parents, she pursued a career as a modern dancer attending the dance program at Harvard University...
 
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Jonathan Karsh
Jonathan Karsh is the winner of the Audience Award and Best Director Award from the 2003 Sundance Film Festival for his directorial debut - the highly acclaimed documentary "My Flesh and Blood" that aired on HBO in 2004. The film went on to win the Emmy for Best Documentary, and the top awards at the Amsterdam International Film Festival and Prague International Film Festival...
 
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Jason Kartalian
Producer, Seahorses
Jason Kartalian was brought up in a creative environment. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, his father is one-of-a-kind character actor Buck Kartalian, his credits include, Planet of the Apes, Outlaw Josey Wales and hundreds of Television shows. In Planet of the Apes, Buck played Julius, Keeper...
 
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Dome Karukoski
Dome Karukoski is one of Finland's most acclaimed directors. In 2013 he was chosen as one of the Variety's TOP-10 Directors to Watch in the world. All of his films have been a success both critically and at the box office. His six films have a total of 33 nominations in the Finnish National Film Awards...
 
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Shaji N. Karun
Director, Vanaprastham
Shaji Neelakantan Karun was born on new years day 1950 as the eldest son of Mr. N. Karunakaran and Mrs. Chandramati in Kollam district of the state of Kerala, India. The family moved to Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state in 1963. He did his schooling in Palkkulangara H.S., and took a batchelor's degree from University College...
 
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Lawrence Kasanoff
Producer, True Lies
As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Threshold Entertainment Group, Lawrence Kasanoff is a renowned producer in the world of film, television, live stage, animation, and technological advances in the next generation of entertainment, both domestically and overseas. With an expertise in developing dynamic content for the most recognizable brands in entertainment...
 
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Jake Kasdan
Producer, New Girl
 
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Jon Kasdan
Jon Kasdan's first acting performance in a major motion picture was at the tender age of 12 in "The Big Chill" as the son of Harold, played by Kevin Kline. Then at age 14 Jonathan Peter Kasdan went on to play an outpost boy in what many critics consider to be the best Western of all times: "Silverado," also starring Kevin Kline as misfit-turned-sheriff Payden...
 
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“ Body Heat-(1981).
The Big Chill-(1983). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Anurag Kashyap
Anurag Singh Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. Kashyap made his directorial debut with as yet unreleased Paanch, with Kay Kay Menon as the lead. As a filmmaker, he is known for Black Friday (2004), a controversial and award-winning Hindi film about the 1993 Mumbai bombings...
 
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Nicole Kassell
Director, The Woodsman
Nicole Kassell received a BA from Columbia University in Art History and an MFA from NYU's Film Program, where she was honored with full scholarships for two years. Her short film, "Jaime," won the DGA student female filmmaker prize, and her thesis film, "The Green Hour," premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002...
“ The Woodsman-(2004). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Adam Kassen
Producer, Puncture
 
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Mark Kassen
Producer, Puncture
Mark Kassen originated the role of "Ben" in the off-Broadway play, "Things You Shouldn't Say past Midnight". He performed in the Broadway production of "The Last Night of Ballyhoo", and traveled with the production to Los Angeles. A produced playwright, Mark's multi-media play "Perfect" was mounted at the Tiffany Theatre in Los Angeles in 2001...
 
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“ La Haine-(1995). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Jeremy Kasten
Jeremy's films include The Theatre Bizarre, starring Udo Kier and a remake of H.G Lewis' The Wizard of Gore, starring Crispin Glover, Kip Pardue, Bijou Phillips, Brad Dourif, Jeffrey Combs and featuring the Suicide Girls. Wizard premiered to sold out-crowds at the Los Angeles Film Festival and had it's International premiere at Fantasia...
 
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“ The Honeymoon Killers-(1969). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Milton Katselas
Milton Katselas has been an industry leader for decades. He was a talented director, acting teacher, writer and painter. He showcased his talent as a teacher through The Beverly Hills Playhouse for over 20 years. Milton wrote a book, titled "Dreams Into Action," which garnished international attention. He appeared on the The Oprah Winfrey Show discussing the book's success.
 
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E.L. Katz
Writer, Small Crimes
E.L. Katz got his start in the industry working as a horror/music journalist for While You Were Sleeping, Fangoria, Creature-Corner, and Life Sucks Die. After graduating Full Sail Film School in Orlando, he collaborated with acclaimed director Adam Wingard on several features as a screenwriter/producer...
 
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Ross Katz
Producer, In the Bedroom
Nominated for Academy Awards for co-producing Todd Field's In the Bedroom, and Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation. Katz has had three films in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
 
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Lee H. Katzin
Director, The Quest
Lee H. Katzin started directing features in the late 1960s. Turning to made-for-television movies, he became one of the busiest directors in that genre, churning out a slew of mostly routine fodder. Every so often, however, one would rise above the rest: Along Came a Spider is a tense, gritty murder mystery...
 
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Sam Katzman
New York-born Sam Katzman entered the film industry as a prop boy at age 13, and worked his way up the ladder, learning virtually every facet of film production before becoming a producer himself. Starting out producing action/adventure serials (where he got the nickname "Jungle Sam"), Katzman's output encompassed virtually every genre imaginable...
 
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“ Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids-(2004 Documentary). Co-directed with Zana Briski. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Charlie Kaufman
Avid reader Charlie Kaufman wrote plays and made short films as a young student. He moved from Massapequa, New York to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1972 where he attended high school. As a comedic actor, he performed in school plays and, after graduation, he enrolled at Boston University but soon transferred NYU to study film...
“ Synecdoche, New York-(2008). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Lloyd Kaufman
Actor, Rocky
Stanley Lloyd Kaufman never really wanted to make movies, but wanted to work in Broadway musicals. During his years in Yale, though, he got introduced to "B" pictures and the works of Roger Corman. Lloyd later got the opportunity to executive-produce a short movie made by a fellow student. The film...
“ The Toxic Avenger-(1984). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Philip Kaufman
Director and screenwriter Philip Kaufman was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Chicago and later Harvard Law School. He won the Prix de la Nouvelle Critique at Cannes in 1965 for his film Goldstein. He was the screenwriter for The Outlaw Josey Wales and was to direct it but was replaced as director by Clint Eastwood...
“ Invasion of the Body Snatchers-(1978).
The Right Stuff-(1983).
The Unbearable Lightness of Being-(1988). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Aki Kaurismäki
Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific film-makers...
“ Ariel-(1988).
Leningrad Cowboys Go America-(1989).
The Match Factory Girl-(1990).
La Vie de Bohème-(1992).
The Man Without a Past-(2002).
Le Havre-(2011). ” - Dr-Faustus