INTERNATIONAL FILM DIRECTORS LIST: A - Z

A Directors List in Alphabetical Order - 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 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 2016 & Earlier.
8. Australian Directors Guild - Awards for 2015 & Earlier.
9. Cannes Film Festival - Awards for 2016 & Earlier.
Where applicable, see: Best Director & Directors' Fortnight Winners
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10. German Directors Award Metropolis - Awards for 2015 & Earlier.
11. DGA Student Awards - Awards for 2016 & Earlier.

IMDb-Editors Directors Lists:

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. Top 10 Highest-Grossing Black Directors by Box Office Totals.
15. Directors Who are Their Own Cinematographers and Editors.
16. Russell Crowe: On Directors.
17. Tom Hooper: 10 Great Films by 10 Great Directors That Inspired Me as a Teenager.

IMDb Director Documentary Title Search:

18. Most Popular "Film Director" Documentary Titles.

IMDb-User Women Directors List:

19. 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:

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Anjali Menon
Anjali Menon is an Indian film director and screenwriter. Born in Calicut, Kerala, Anjali grew up in Dubai. She did her high school education in Calicut and graduated with a degree in commerce from Providence Women's College, Calicut. She did post-graduation work in communication studies, specializing in TV production...
 
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Vladimir Menshov
Vladimir Menshov - Russian director and actor, noted for the depicting of the Russian Everyman and working class life in his films. Born on September, 17, 1937 in Baku (then USSR, now the territory of Azerbaijan) like many Russian directors and actors Menshov studied acting and directing at the state film school VGIK...
“ Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears-(1980). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ Closely Watched Trains-(1966). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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William Cameron Menzies
Director, Things to Come
William Cameron Menzies was educated at Yale University, the University of Edinburgh and at the Art Students League in New York. He entered the film industry in 1919, after serving with the U.S. Expeditionary Forces in World War I. His initial assignments were in film design and special effects, as assistant to Anton Grot at Famous Players-Lasky...
“ Things to Come-(1936).
Invaders from Mars-(1953). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Burgess Meredith
Actor, Rocky
One of the truly great and gifted performers of the century who often suffered lesser roles, Burgess Meredith was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1907 and educated in Amherst College in Massachusetts before joining Eva Le Gallienne's stage company in New York City in 1933. He became a favorite of dramatist Maxwell Anderson...
 
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James Merendino
Director, SLC Punk!
Born in Rome, Italy, James Antonioni Merendino moved to the United States when he was six years old, where he lived first in New York City and then Salt Lake City. His father, a Doctor, his mother coming from an Italian film family, James was encouraged to pursue the trade of his mother's family. At 16 he returned to Rome to study Theology and Philosophy...
 
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Kieth Merrill
Director, Amazon
 
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Brian A. Metcalf
Producer, The Lost Tree
Brian A. Metcalf, a member of the (DGA) and (VES), attended the Joe Kubert School of Art and the Gnomon School of Visual Effects. He has since held a number of positions as a creative director, traditional artist, writer, photographer, visual effects artist and supervisor working on games, DVDs, web, film and documentaries for all the major studios...
 
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Chris Metzler
After graduating from USC with a degree in business and cinema, Chris Metzler's film career has taken him from the depths of agency work, to coordinating post-production for awful American movies seen late at night in Belgium. His filmmaking work has resulted in him criss-crossing the country with the aid of caffeinated beverages...
 
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Kevin Meyer
Worked on many of his dad's award-winning PBS documentaries, while growing up. Attended the prestigious USC School of Cinema Television, where his final student film, with partner Jeff Burr, won over a dozen film festivals around the world as an official representative of USC and the United States...
 
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Luke Meyer
Director, Darkon
 
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Nicholas Meyer
Nicholas Meyer was born on December 24, 1945 in New York City, and is probably best known for his involvement in the Star Trek films. According to his website, it was seeing his first movie The Beggar's Opera that inspired him to become a filmmaker. He was fascinated by such literary classics as Jules Verne's...
“ Time After Time-(1979).
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan-(1982). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Russ Meyer
Director, Up!
Russell Albion Meyer was born in San Leandro, California, to Lydia Lucinda (Hauck), a nurse, and William Arthur Meyer, a police officer, who divorced during his childhood. His parents were both of German descent. Meyer began winning prizes at 15 with his amateur films. He spent World War II in Europe as a combat cameraman...
“ Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!-(1965). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Leah Meyerhoff
Leah Meyerhoff is an award winning filmmaker whose debut narrative feature film "I Believe in Unicorns" was released theatrically after premiering at SXSW, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival and additional awards from the Woodstock Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, First Time Fest...
 
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Richard Michaels
Miscellaneous Crew, Bewitched
 
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Oscar Micheaux
Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader in 1919) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile in 1931), is not a major figure in American film just for these milestones, but because his oeuvre is a window onto the American psyche as regards race and its deleterious effects on individuals and society...
 
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“ Animal Kingdom-(2010). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Anne-Marie Miéville
Anne-Marie Mieville began her career as a singer in the 60s, but moved on to filmmaking. In 1972, she met Jean-Luc Godard, and they began their extremely prolific collaborative career. They have produced numerous films together, and continue to do so.
 
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Thomas Mignone
Director, On the Doll
Won MTV M2 Video Music Award for Sony Entertainment Recording Artist Mudvayne "Dig"; Won Kerrang Magazine Video Of The Year for Sepultura "Roots"; Grammy Nomination for Slipknot's "Wait & Bleed"; Nominated MVPA Awards Best Direction Of Female Artist for Artemis Records Kittie "What I Always Wanted"; Currently is a director and writer of features...
 
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Takashi Miike
Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura, primarily because there were no entrance exams...
“ The Bird People in China-(1998).
Audition-(1999).
Ichi the Killer-(2001).
Three...Extremes-(segment 'Box')-(2004).
13 Assassins-(2010). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Nikita Mikhalkov
Russian film-maker and actor Nikita Sergeyevich Mikhalkov was born on October, 21, 1945, a son of a well-known Russian poet Sergey Mikhalkov, who provided lyrics for the Russian anthem, and Natalya Petrovna Konchalovskaya, also a poet. As a child he was exposed to genuine literary talk at home, which was a fulcrum for a Russian art community...
 
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“ Miles Brothers. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Lewis Milestone
Lewis Milestone, a clothing manufacturer's son, was born in Bessarabia (now Moldova), raised in Odessa (Ukraine) and educated in Belgium and Berlin (where he studied engineering). He was fluent in both German and Russian and an avid reader. Milestone had an affinity for the theatre from an early age...
“ All Quiet on the Western Front-(1930).
Of Mice and Men-(1939).
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers-(1946). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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John Milius
John Milius is a screenwriter and director who came to prominence in the 1970s, when he was associated with Francis Ford Coppola and the pre-Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope George Lucas. Born on April 11, 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri, Milius was one of the first movie industry professionals to be a film school graduate...
“ Dillinger-(1973).
Big Wednesday-(1978).
Conan the Barbarian-(1982). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Gavin Millar
Director, Dreamchild
Gavin Millar was born in Clydebank, Scotland, to a working class family. The family moved to England when he was nine years old. After school and national service in the Royal Air Force, he studied English at Oxford University. His notable early work as a director was for the BBC in the 1960s. He also went on to direct for commercial television...
 
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“ Capote-(2005).
Moneyball-(2011). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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“ Sudden Fear-(1952).
Lonely Are the Brave-(1962). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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David Lee Miller
David Lee Miller wrote and directed the feature film Breakfast of Aliens (Hemdale), and has written screenplays for Ivan Reitman Productions (Universal), Goldie Hawn (Disney), and the Spider-Man animated series (Fox/Marvel). A Writers Guild of America member since 1989, David wrote, directed and scored Zoo-opolis...
 
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Frank Miller
Writer, Sin City
Frank Miller was born in Olney, Maryland, to a nurse mother and a carpenter and electrician father, and was raised in Montpelier, Vermont. He is of Irish descent. Miller was a big comics writer/artist in the '70s and '80s. He wrote and penciled the Marvel series "Daredevil" for a long time. His friend...
“ Sin City-(2005). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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George Miller
George Miller is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max films, Miller has been involved in a wide range of projects...
“ Mad Max-(1979).
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior-(1981). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Greg Miller
Animation Department, Shrek the Third
Greg Miller is a graphic and digital artist who is employed by Walt Disney Television Studios and Dreamworks Production Companies. He has gained notoriety through his efforts as a producer, director, writer, and artist on various movies and television series. His notable efforts include Shrek the Third (2007)...
 
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James Miller
Director, Death in Gaza
James Miller started working as a freelance cameraman, and in 1995 joined the Frontline News collective, as cameraman, producer, and director in most of the world's hotspots. His first film for Hardcash Productions came four years later. A forensic examination of a massacre in Kosovo, the film won the Royal Television Society (RTS) award for international current affairs in 2000...
“ Death in Gaza-(2004 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
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Randall Miller
Director, Bottle Shock
Randall Miller is a member of the IA, the DGA, SAG and the WGA. He began his career as a struggling actor appearing in tv commercials, theater and a few stints in television shows and movies. After USC Film School he went to the AFI. His thesis film at the AFI launched his career as a director working...