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.

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 - Biography.com.
8. Great Directors - Senses of Cinema.
9. Best Women Film Directors and Movies Directed by Women - Metacritic.
10. Famous Female Film Directors - Biography.com.
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. 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.

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. 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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Winsor McCay
Like many pioneers, the work of 'Winsor McCay' has been largely superseded by successors such as Walt Disney and Max Fleischer but he more than earns a place in film history for being the American cinema's first great cartoon animator. He started out as a newspaper cartoonist, achieving a national reputation for his strips 'Little Nemo in Slumberland' and 'Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend'...
 
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“ Facing Ali-(2009 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash-(2006 Documentary). Co-directed with Basil Gelpke and Reto Caduff. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen was born Alexander Duncan McCowan on May 26, 1925 in Tunbridge Wells, England. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in 1942. He established his reputation in classical stage roles, appearing in the ensemble of Laurence Olivier's famed duo-production...
 
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Ian McCrudden
Director, Child of Grace
Anita O' Day - The Life of A Jazz Singer (co-directed with Robbie Cavolina) was nominated for a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video and won a International Press Academy's award for Best Documentary for 2008. Ian got his start at Stanford University, where he received the Golden Medal for non-fiction writing...
 
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Gerald McCullouch
Re-cur-ring guest host of FYE! on E!TV honored by OUT Magazine as One Of The Most Compelling People of the year. He played "Jesus" in the European tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar". After surviving a near fatal car crash, which left him in a coma, he began his career in Atlanta, Georgia. He has appeared in numerous commercials and print campaigns...
 
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“ The Guard-(2011). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ In Bruges-(2008).
Seven Psychopaths-(2012). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Paulette McDonagh
Director, The Cheaters
One of the foremost directors of early Australian film, Paulette was the driving force behind the McDonagh Sisters production trio which included her sisters Isabel (an actress, known as Marie Lorraine) and Phyllis (producer and art director). She had been interested in making films since she was a schoolgirl...
 
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Frank McDonald
A former railroad worker, Frank McDonald came to Hollywood after a career on the stage as an actor/producer/director. At first hired as a dialogue director, McDonald turned out some scripts and in the mid-'30s began directing. Working for almost every studio in Hollywood at one time or another, he did a lot of work for Republic...
 
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Michael McDonald
Actor, MADtv
Michael McDonald was born and raised in Fullerton, Orange County, California. He graduated from USC with a degree in Business and became a loan officer at a bank in Los Angeles. A friend took him to see a sketch comedy/improv show at L.A.'s famous Groundling Theater, and everything changed for him. McDonald quit his job as a banker...
 
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Joseph A. McDonough
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Show Boat
 
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Roddy McDowall
Roderick McDowall was born in London, the son of a Merchant Mariner father and a mother who had always wanted to be in movies. He was enrolled in elocution courses at age five and by ten had appeared in his first film, Murder in the Family, playing Peter Osborne, the younger brother of sisters played by Jessica Tandy and Glynis Johns...
“ One Directing Credit. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Alan B. McElroy
Writer, Spawn
Alan McElroy was born in Cleveland, Ohio, attended Hawken School in Gates Mills, Ohio, and planned on becoming a novelist while majoring in psychology at Boston University, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and at Miami's European campus in Luxembourg. Shortly after graduation and marriage he taught himself to write his first screenplay from an article in Writer's Digest magazine...
 
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McG
Producer, Supernatural
 
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Brad McGann
Brad McGann grew up in New Zealand and studied at the University of Otago and the Swinburne Film and Television School in Melbourne. He directed the drama It Never Rains (1996) and the documentary Come As You Are (co-director, 1996) for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He also directed the award-winning short film Possum (1996). In My Father's Den (2004) is his first feature.
 
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William C. McGann
William C. McGann was an American director of second features. He began his film career as assistant cameraman and graduated to cinematographer for Douglas Fairbanks in the late 1910s. He had a long tenure as director with the Warner Bros. "B" unit, 1930-39. Afterwards, he had brief spells with Paramount and RKO. Well-regarded as a second-unit director, his features as director were mostly routine.
 
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“ What Maisie Knew-(2012). Co-directed with David Siegel. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Jen McGowan
Director, Kelly & Cal
Jen McGowan's first feature, KELLY & CAL, starring Juliette Lewis, Cybill Shepherd and Jonny Weston premiered at SXSW where she won the Gamechanger Director Award. The film was released theatrically by IFC Films to rave reviews such as comparing McGowan to the likes of Alexander Payne and Nicole Holofcener...
 
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Robert A. McGowan
Robert A. McGowan married Madeliene Rosselle, daughter of Joanne Del Mar, choreographer. He had two daughters, Maryanne (Mickie) and Madeliene. He had a prolific but stormy career, and was basically blacklisted, not by actual guilt, but by association with other blacklisted writers. His personal memorabilia was destroyed, and one daughter, Mickie, now searches for relatives.
 
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Robert F. McGowan
Robert F. McGowan started life in Denver, Colorado, intent on becoming the next Thomas A. Edison, but when inventing failed to bring fortune and/or fame, he became a fireman. He worked for the Denver Fire Department until he suffered a serious on-the-job injury at age 30 that nearly cost him a leg. During the first decade of the century in Denver...
 
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Jeff McGrath
Animation Department, The Wild Thornberrys
 
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Tom McGrath
Actor, Megamind
Born on August 7, 1964. Hometown is Lynnwood, Washington. Most popular as Skipper of Madagascar movies & the TV show, Penguins Of Madagascar & was a voice actor for Shrek 3 as Gary, Monsters vs Aliens as Wilson, Megamind as Lord Scott, & a bit part in Puss In Boots as a bar thief as well as being a director, layout & storyboard artist for numerous other animated movies.
“ Megamind-(2010). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ Lucky Number Slevin-(2006). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Patrick McGuinn
Editorial Department, The Proposal
 
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Don McGuire
Writer, Tootsie
American screenwriter and director Don McGuire was a former Warner Brothers contract player and Hollywood press agent during the 1940s. He had a background in journalism, having begun his professional life as a reporter for the Hearst press. After four years of military service, he acted on screen in small roles as interns...
 
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Doug McIntyre
Doug McIntyre is a writer/producer/comedian and radio talk show host who has worked for all the major television networks as well as PBS. Host of "McIntyre in the Morning" on Talk Radio 790 KABC in Los Angeles, he created the nationally syndicated "Red Eye Radio" for WABC in New York City and is a weekly columnist for The Los Angeles Daily News...
 
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Adam McKay
Producer, Step Brothers
Adam McKay (born April 17, 1968) is an American screenwriter, director, comedian, and actor. McKay has a comedy partnership with Will Ferrell, with whom he co-wrote the films Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and The Other Guys. Ferrell and McKay also founded their comedy website Funny or Die through their production company Gary Sanchez Productions...
 
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Jim McKay
Director, Our Song
 
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John McKay
Director, Crush
 
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Luke McKay
Director, Colt 13
Luke McKay is an award winning Sydney based Writer/Director with credits in short film and fashion. His 2015 short 'Colt 13' screened at the 31st Boston Film Festival and 25+ more fests, scoring 5 wins and 9 nominations. His feature debut - the Aussie hostage drama 'Whipping Boy' - is in development...
 
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Rick McKay
Rick McKay lives in New York City and is the award-winning Producer/Director/Writer/Cinematographer/Editor of the hit film Broadway: The Golden Age. For five seasons he was a segment producer on WNET13's City Arts, the most honored, locally produced show in television history, which won over 30 Emmy awards...
 
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Lucky McKee
Director, The Woman
Born and raised in the small riverbank town of Jenny Lind in Calaveras County, California, Edward Lucky McKee grew up mostly in poverty with little access to modern forms of entertainment. When McKee was age ten, he used an old video camera to videotape his sister's birthday party which put him on a path for an interest in film making...
 
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Danica McKellar
Together with her younger sister, Crystal McKellar, she began acting at a young age in her mother's dance studio. In 1982 the family moved to Los Angeles and a few years later she appeared in her first commercial. A few guest appearances in The Twilight Zone was followed by her breakthrough in The Wonder Years...
 
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Douglas McKeown
Douglas McKeown terrorized several Metuchen, New Jersey neighborhoods in the 1950s and as a teenager, filmed a T-Rex devouring his brother. After a brief career teaching film, theatre and literature in the early 1970s (several of his students went on to distinguish themselves in television, the movies...
 
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Robert McKimson
Robert McKimson was born on October 13, 1910. He started his career in animation, along with many others, as an artist for Walt Disney's Oswald the Rabbit in 1928. After Disney went to produce Mickey Mouse cartoons, Hugh Harman & Rudolph Ising went to Warner Brothers to direct and co-produce cartoon shorts...
 
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“ Shenandoah-(1965). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Norman McLaren
Producer, Neighbours
Norman McClaren is one of the most awarded filmmakers in the history of Canadian cinema, and a pioneer in both animation and filmmaking. Born in Scotland, he entered the Glasgow School of Fine Arts in 1932 to study set design. His early experiments in animation included actually scratching and painting the film stock itself...
 
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Dave McLaughlin
Writer, On Broadway
Attended Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, and Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts. While in high school, Dave was in a serious car accident and sustained a spinal cord injury, which required him to wear a halo neck brace for several months. He met his wife while on vacation in Mexico. Their wedding took place in Arlmont, Massachusetts (Arlington/Belmont line).
 
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Karen McLaughlin
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Birth Day Live!
 
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Norman Z. McLeod
Director, Horse Feathers
Norman Z. McLeod was one of Hollywood's leading early comedy directors. Born in Grayling, Michigan, he came from a family that had no connections to show business (his father was a clergyman). He was educated at the University of Washington and spent two years as a fighter pilot in the US Army in France during World War I...
“ Monkey Business-(1931).
Horse Feathers-(1932). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Louis McMahon
Cinematographer, Julius Caesar
 
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Sean McNamara
Producer, Soul Surfer
To capture the essence of Sean McNamara's skills as a Director, one need not look further than critics' reviews of his latest theatrical work on "Soul Surfer" for Tristar Pictures/FilmDistrict. "Soul Surfer is the kind of sturdy, satisfying family drama that doesn't get made very often anymore. But even beyond that...
 
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“ Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer-(1986). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Daniel McNicoll
Daniel McNicoll was inspired by the original Star Wars films and the subsequent introduction those movies gave him to composer John Williams. Interest developed for orchestral music especially related to film, movies and television. McNicoll studied music and entertainment focusing on producing at Belmont University...
 
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Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie is an acclaimed producer, director and an Academy Award® winning writer. McQuarrie grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and in lieu of college, he spent the first five years out of school traveling and working at a detective agency. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film...
 
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“ Hunger-(2008).
Shame-(2011).
12 Years a Slave-(2013). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ V for Vendetta-(2005). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ Predator-(1987).
Die Hard-(1988). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ Paradise or Oblivion-(2012 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ A Room for Romeo Brass-(1999).
Dead Man's Shoes-(2004).
This is England-(2006).
Somers Town-(2008). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Peter Medak
Director, The Changeling
Peter Medak is an international Film Director. Born in Budapest, Hungary and fled to England at the age of 18 during the famous uprising against the communist regime. He immediately began his Film career with associated British Picture Corporation in Borehamwood. He studied and worked his way through by being an assistant editor...
“ The Changeling-(1980).
Romeo is Bleeding-(1993). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Julio Medem
Director, Sex and Lucia
Julio Medem was born in San Sebastian in northern Spain. As a teenager Medem made short movies with a super-8 camera owned by his father. Some of those films are "El ciego" (1976), "El jueves pasado" (1977) and "Fideos" (1979.) Wanting to know more about the darkest corners of the human mind, Medem studied psychiatry...
 
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