A Directors List in Alphabetical Order - Links appear below.

The basic function of this list is to act as a companion-piece to my 2016: A Movie Odyssey list (titles therein are noted under the applicable directors on this list).
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. 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. A-Z List of Film Directors | Film Directors Site.Com.
4. Directors: Strictly Film School.
5. Filmsite: Greatest Film Directors and Their Best Films.
6. TSPDT - The 1,000 Greatest Films (Top 250 Directors).
7. Best Directors of All Time | List of Top Film Directors in History.
8. Famous Film Directors -
9. Great Directors - Senses of Cinema.
10. Best Women Film Directors and Movies Directed by Women - Metacritic.
11. Famous Female Film Directors -
12. The Director List - Women Directors at Work.

Director-related lists on IMDb:

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 2016 & Earlier.
7. Directors Guild of Canada - Awards for 2015 & Earlier.
8. Australian Directors Guild - Awards for 2015 & Earlier.
9. Cannes Film Festival - Awards for 2015 & Earlier.
Where applicable, see: Best Director & Directors' Fortnight Winners
10. German Directors Award Metropolis - Awards for 2015 & Earlier.
11. DGA Student Awards - Awards for 2015 & Earlier.
12. The Top Directors of the Last 20 Years - IMDb-Editors.
13. IMDb 25: Top 25 Directors by Box Office Totals (1990 to 2015).
14. Russell Crowe: On Directors.
15. Tom Hooper: 10 Great Films by 10 Great Directors That Inspired Me as a Teenager.
16. Most Popular "Film Director" Documentary Titles.
17. 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.

Links ordered alphabetically by surname:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |.
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Sasha Knezev
Sasha Knezev is a Serbian-American filmmaker who attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a BA and MA in Critical Studies. He has produced, written and directed feature films, short-films and commercials. Knezev has authored a book on Eastern European media representation and cinema, regularly contributing as a political and media commentator internationally...
Travis Knight
Animation Department, ParaNorman
Edwin H. Knopf
Producer, Mr. Imperium
The brother of publisher Alfred Knopf, Edwin H. Knopf began his career in the editorial department of his brother's company. He left the publishing industry in 1920 to try his hand at acting, and appeared in stage productions on Broadway and in Europe. After producing several successful plays, he was brought to Hollywood as a director and screenwriter...
Daniel Knudsen
Daniel Knudsen grew up in a neighborhood just outside of Detroit, MI. When he was 17 he began working as crew in films. From there he began acting and pursuing training in film production. During his film production classes his talent was recognized by fellow students, which opened up doors for producing later on...
Zak Knutson
Director, Milius
Zak Knutson is an producer/writer/director/editor/actor based out of Los Angeles. In 2005 he co-founded Chop Shop Entertainment, a filmed entertainment company that supplies added value materials to all of the major studios, and a large number of independents. Chop Shop Entertainment has supplied more movie based content for the internet than any other company in the industry...
“ The Human Condition I: No Greater Love-(1959).
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity-(1959).
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer-(1961).
Samurai Rebellion-(1967). ” - Dr-Faustus
Chris Koch
Director, Snow Day
Howard W. Koch
Getting his start in the movie business in Universal's contract and playdate department in New York City, Howard W. Koch moved on to 20th Century-Fox as a film librarian and then entered production as second assistant director on The Keys of the Kingdom. After many films as assistant director, Koch joined forces...
Karl Koch
Director, Zwobot
Takeshi Koike
Animation Department, Ninja Scroll
“ The Animatrix (segment 'World Record')-(2003). ” - Dr-Faustus
Ana Kokkinos
Director, Head On
Ana Kokkinos graduated from Melbourne's Monash University law school in 1982 and worked for nine years as an industrial lawyer. In 1991 she applied to film school and was accepted in the graduate film and TV programme at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. Her graduation short film, Antamasi (1992), won several awards and played at a number of international film festivals.
Ere Kokkonen
Certainly not critically acclaimed, but certainly one of the most successful, Finnish film maker Erkki "Ere" Kokkonen has created a long career in film business. Kokkonen is best known as a director, but he has also wrote almost 30 movies. Kokkonen's directing career is impressive; he started in the 1960s on television and only few years later he directed the most successful Finnish films...
Ben Kolak
Cinematographer, Maydays
“ The Band's Visit-(2007). ” - Dr-Faustus
Henry Kolker
Actor, Holiday
Stalwart character actor Henry Kolker appeared on the Broadway stage from 1904, comedy being his forte early on. Later, as a leading man in romantic dramas, he partnered famous stars like Alla Nazimova. Moving on to films in 1914 as actor/director, he became noted in particular for directing Disraeli...
Xavier Koller
Director, Journey of Hope
Born in Switzerland. After graduating from High School, Xavier Koller first went through a four-year apprenticeship as a precision toolmaker and then, after three years of training at the Academy of Drama in Zurich, Switzerland, graduated as an actor/director. The next several years he spent acting and directing at German and Swiss theatres...
Lajos Koltai
Cinematographer, Malèna
Stephan Komandarev
Stephan Komandarev is a Bulgarian director, producer and scriptwriter, with a number of award-wining documentaries and feature films such as: The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, 2008 (the first Bulgarian film, shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars (2010), the most world-wide theatrical released Bulgarian film ever: in 93 countries...
Satoshi Kon
Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film Memories (this Episode was "Magnetic Rose")...
“ Millennium Actress-(2001).
Tokyo Godfathers-(2003).
Paprika-(2006). ” - Dr-Faustus
Andrey Konchalovskiy
Writer, The Odyssey
The Russian theatre and film director Andrei Konchalovsky is an elder brother of Nikita Mikhalkov, born August, 20, 1937. As a youngster he planned to pursue a career of a musician and learned to play piano but his love for cinema outweighed and he entered VGIK-the major state film school where he studied under Mikhail Romm...
“ Siberiade-(1979).
Runaway Train-(1985). ” - Dr-Faustus
“ Whisper of the Heart-(1995). ” - Dr-Faustus
Larysa Kondracki
Larysa Kondracki was born in Toronto and studied English and theater at McGill University. She received an M.F.A. in film direction from Columbia University and directed the short film VIKO (2008) which played mainly at film festivals to widespread acclaim. The WHISTLEBLOWER is her first feature directorial film...
Jackie Kong
Director, Night Patrol
Jackie Kong is a director, producer, and screenwriter known for irreverent comedy and over-the-top horror films. In 1983, she made her feature film debut as director with the low-budget drive-in horror film The Being, which starred Martin Landau and Jose Ferrer. In 1984, she followed up by directing and co-writing the breakout comedy Night Patrol...
Milan Konjevic
Milan Konjevic graduated film and television directing at the Faculty of dramatic arts in Belgrade 1997. In 1996 he started a comic books production revival, together with Luxor company, where he created three very popular comic book franchises: "Generation Tesla", "Dusk Fighters" and "Romero". Since then he has worked as a director...
Deborah Koons
Deborah Koons Garcia has a Master of Fine Arts from The San Francisco Art Institute. She has made fiction, educational and documentary films. She owns her own production company in the Bay Area of California. For the last ten years, she has focused primarily on films about agriculture and the food system.
“ The Future of Food-(2004 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
Kamshad Kooshan
Kamshad Kooshan is an Iranian-American Movie Writer and Director. Iranian-born & Bay Area film director, screenwriter and film producer, Kamshad Kooshan, immigrated to the United States at the age of Sixteen. He has been involved with photography since the age of 12 and has had many exhibitions. Additionally...
“ Harlan County U.S.A.-(1976 Documentary).
American Dream-(1990 Documentary). Co-directed with Cathy Caplan. ” - Dr-Faustus
Nikola Korabov
Director, Tyutyun
Nikola Korabov was born on December 7, 1928 in Ruse, Bulgaria. He studied at Moscow, VGIK. After coming back to Bulgaria, he has worked at Boyana Film Studio. Korabov is a Bulgarian film director and screenwriter. He directed thirteen films between 1956 and 1999. His film Tobacco (1962) was entered into the 1963 Cannes Film Festival...
Alexander Korda
One of a large group of Hungarian refugees who found refuge in England in the 1930s, Sir Alexander Korda was the first British film producer to receive a knighthood. He was a major, if controversial, figure and acted as a guiding force behind the British film industry of the 1930s and continued to influence British films until his death in 1956...
Zoltan Korda
Director, Sahara
A one time Hungarian cavalry officer, Zoltan Korda started working in films as a cameraman then an editor before becoming a director with London Films run by his brother Alexander Korda. Zoltan had strong liberal/socialist ideals and often clashed with Alexander, who, despite their both being born in Hungary, was a proud supporter of the old British Empire.
“ Sahara-(1943). ” - Dr-Faustus
Hirokazu Koreeda
Director, Still Walking
Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film Lessons from a Calf. His first feature, Maborosi, based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn from his own experiences while filming Kare no inai hachigatsu ga...
“ Maborosi-(1995).
After Life-(1998).
Nobody Knows-(2004).
Still Walking-(2008).
I Wish-(2011). ” - Dr-Faustus
Harmony Korine
Director, Spring Breakers
Harmony Korine was born in Bolinas, California, in 1973. His family moved to the east coast of the United States when he was five, and he spent his early years in Nashville, Tennessee, and New York. At the age of 19, he wrote the critically acclaimed screenplay Kids for director Larry Clark...
“ Gummo-(1997). ” - Dr-Faustus
Baltasar Kormákur
Producer, Everest
Baltasar Kormákur is an actor, producer and director whose work spans theater, movies and television. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, he graduated as an actor from Iceland's National Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. He was immediately signed on by the National Theatre of Iceland, where he worked as one of the leading young performing artists until 1997...
Peter Kosminsky
Director, White Oleander
Born in London, Kosminsky attended Oxford University as a chemistry major. He spent much of his time at the university in theater, where he was a lighting designer for the Dramatic Society and where he ultimately produced a successful touring production of Twelfth Night, co-starring fellow student Hugh Grant...
Frank Kostenko Jr.
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, The Last Samurai
Kostenko got his start in the movie industry as a production assistant and as a set medic. His first film was the 1986 comedy, Modern Girls.[2] He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has been the Unit Production Manager for more than 50 feature films and television movies. In addition to his work on feature films...
“ Assistant Director. ” - Dr-Faustus
Henry Koster
Director, Harvey
Henry Koster was born Herman Kosterlitz in Berlin, Germany, on May 1, 1905. His maternal grandfather was a famous operatic tenor, Julius Salomon (who died of tuberculosis in the 1880s). His father was a salesman of ladies unmentionables who left the family while Henry was at a young age, leaving him to support the family...
“ Harvey-(1950). ” - Dr-Faustus
Ted Kotcheff
William Theodore Kotcheff was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Bulgarian parents from Plovdiv. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. He began his professional career directing TV drama at age 24 at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, at the time becoming the youngest director in the CBC...
“ Wake in Fright-(1971). ” - Dr-Faustus
“ Day of the Wacko-(2002). ” - Dr-Faustus
Mariusz Kotowski
Mariusz Kotowski is an award-winning writer and director. Born and raised in Olsztyn, Poland, he was inspired by the art of filmmaking from an early age. He received his Masters of Education degree in Poland. While there, he worked extensively with stage actors and dancers on various productions. After he studied in England...
“ Death Is My Trade-(1977). ” - Dr-Faustus
Jan Kounen
Director, 99 francs
Panos H. Koutras
Director, Xenia
Born in Athens. He studied in London at the "London International Film School" and then in Paris at the "Sorbonne". From 1985 until 1995 he lived in Paris and London and made several shorts films which participated in festivals such as "The London Film Festival", "Festival Du Cinema Mediterraneen" where in 1991 the short film "The Fall and Rise of Lydia Von Burer" won the first price...
“ Balkan Spy-(1984). ” - Dr-Faustus
Klaudia Kovacs
Klaudia Kovacs is a distant relative of Zoltan Latinovits, arguably the most significant Hungarian Actor of the 20th century. Film and Theater Director, Klaudia Kovacs' most well-known work is the eight-time-award-winning, socio-political, historical documentary titled Torn from the Flag. The film is about the international decline of communism and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight...
Torill Kove
Animation Department, The Danish Poet
Bernard L. Kowalski
Bernard Kowalski is an important figure in television with a long and impressive list of credits. To mention a select few, he directed the pilots for Richard Diamond, Private Detective, N.Y.P.D. and The Monroes; executive-produced Baretta; and was co-owner of Mission: Impossible. Kowalski got his first...
Aaron Kozak
Aaron Kozak is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and show businessman. Originally from Grapevine, Texas; Aaron received a B.F.A. in Drama from the Max Weitzenhoffer college of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma, where he studied theatre and film. He moved to Los Angeles in 2005, and still lives there today...
Grigori Kozintsev
Director, Hamlet
Grigori Mikhailovich Kozintsev was born on March 22, 1905, in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kiev, Ukraine). His father, named Mikhail Kozintsev, was a medical doctor. Young Kozintsev studied at the Kiev Gymnazium. There, in 1919, he organized experimental theatre "Arlekin" together with his fellow students Sergei Yutkevich and Aleksei Kapler...
“ Hamlet-(1964).
King Lear-(1971). ” - Dr-Faustus
Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Søren Kragh-Jacobsen was born on 2 March 1947 in Copenhagen, Denmark and is one of the country's most respected directors and co-inventor of the "dogme95" project. After becoming a popular musician, he attended film school in Prague and returned to his home country where he made his first feature film Wanna See My Beautiful Navel?...
“ Aka: Frank Kramer. ” - Dr-Faustus
“ The Defiant Ones-(1958).
On the Beach-(1959).
Inherit the Wind-(1960).
Judgment at Nuremberg-(1961).
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner-(1967).
The Secret of Santa Vittoria-(1969). ” - Dr-Faustus
Wayne Kramer
Director, Running Scared
Wayne Kramer was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He immigrated to the United States in 1986. His feature film breakthrough came in 2003, when he directed William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin and Maria Bello in "The Cooler." Baldwin went on to receive a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination, while both Baldwin and Bello received Golden Globe nominations...
John Krasinski
Actor, The Office
Tall, handsome American film and television star John Krasinski is probably best known for his role as sardonic nice guy "Jim Halpert" on NBC's popular TV series, The Office, for which he won a 2007 and 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series...
Norman Krasna
Writer, Indiscreet
Humorist, playwright and screenwriter Norman Krasna went to great lengths planning for a career in law: he attended New York University, Columbia University and St. John's University law school, then abruptly changed his plans and started work as a copy boy at a New York newspaper. He had a brief stint as a drama critic for the Evening Graphic and wrote a column for the Exhibitor's Herald World...
Paul Krasny
Director, Mannix
Jeff Kreines
Cinematographer, Seventeen
Matt Krentz
Director, Streetballers
Matthew Scott Krentz: Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, the 32-year-old writer/director/producer surrounded himself with the most accomplished filmmakers in the world while working as an art director at Robert Redford's Sundance Filmmakers Labs for five summers. In 2005, MSK Films short film Ponteuse was eligible for an Academy Award...