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. 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).

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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Eadweard Muybridge
Eadweard Muybridge's great breakthrough came in 1872 when he was hired by wealthy American businessman Leland Stanford, for whom Stanford University is named. Stanford was interested in whether horses lifted all legs off the ground at once during trotting and Muybridge was engaged to take photographs to settle the point...
Max Myers
Writer/director Max Myers grew up watching films from Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood, Martin Ritt and Walter Hill. He is an avid fan of the Western, crediting those iconic directors along with films of the 60s & 70s as his main inspiration. Max was born in Iserlohn, West Germany, the son of an English Army soldier and a local schoolgirl...
“ Lost Boys of Sudan-(2003 Documentary). Co-directed with Jon Shenk. ” - Dr-Faustus
Mysskin is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut in 2006 with Chithiram Pesuthadi. His other directorials Anjathe and Nandalala received high critical acclaim. He has also proved his acting skills by starring as a mentally challenged person in Nandalala. Mysskin made...
Hong-jin Na
Writer, The Chaser
Na Hong-jin born in 1974 is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. His debut film The Chaser (2008) won Best Director at the 45th Grand Bell Awards in 2008. The film also won the award for Best Film. His follow up film, The Yellow Sea, was released in South Korea on December 15, 2010. It is scheduled to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
“ [N]:

The Chaser-(2008). ” - Dr-Faustus
Ruba Nadda
Director, Cairo Time
Ruba Nadda is an internationally and critically acclaimed writer, director and producer living in Toronto. She has written and directed 17 films which include: Cairo Time (2009); Sabah (2005); Aadan (2004); Unsettled (2001); and I always come to you (2000); Blue turning Grey over you (1999), Black September (1999)...
Gary Nadeau
Writer, Jack
Petter Næss
Director, Elling
Petter Næss was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1960. Originally he worked as a writer, director and actor for the theatre, staging close to 30 productions. In 1997 he was appointed director of Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) and he quickly made a mark for himself promoting contemporary Norwegian plays and focusing on works for young audiences...
“ Elling-(2001). ” - Dr-Faustus
Rusty Nails
Director, Acne
Rusty Nails was born in Tampa, Florida. He went to high school in Cambridge (at Cambridge Rindge and Latin in Massachusetts) and graduated in 1997. He went to Boston University on a basketball scholarship. He moved to Iowa City, then Madison, Wisconsin. He continued to play basketball until he fell in love with filmmaking and studied film at University of Wisconsin-Madison...
Mira Nair
Director, Monsoon Wedding
Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret. Her debut feature film, Salaam Bombay...
“ Salaam Bombay!-(1988).
Monsoon Wedding-(2001). ” - Dr-Faustus
“ The Intouchables-(2011). ” - Dr-Faustus
“ The Sinners of Hell-(1960). ” - Dr-Faustus
“ Confessions-(2010). ” - Dr-Faustus
“ Ring-(1998). ” - Dr-Faustus
Pan Nalin
Writer, Samsara
Pan Nalin is truly an International filmmaker; as a writer and director he is one of the first Indian filmmaker to achieve worldwide critical and commercial triumph with SAMSARA (Miramax). Pan Nalin recently won Audience Choice Award First-Runner-up for ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES (Mongrel International)...
“ Samsara-(2001). ” - Dr-Faustus
Silvio Narizzano
Director, Georgy Girl
Of Italian-American ancestry, Narizzano was educated at Bishop's University, Quebec. His first theatrical work was with the Mountain Playhouse in Montreal, before joining the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as assistant to Norman Jewison, Arthur Hiller, Sidney J. Furie and Ted Kotcheff. From the mid-1950's...
Mikio Naruse
Director, Ukigumo
“ Meshi-(1951).
Late Chrysanthemums-(1954).
Sound of the Mountain-(1954).
Floating Clouds-(1955).
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs-(1960). ” - Dr-Faustus
Michael P. Nash
Michael Nash is a filmmaker and television producer who was recently an honored recipient of the Social Change Global Institute Filmmaker of the Year Award. MovieMaker Magazine named Nash one of the "Top 10 MovieMakers Of The Planet" (2010) along with Davis Guggenheim, Morgan Freeman, Don Cheadle and Louie Psihoyus...
Vincenzo Natali
Director, Cube
“ Cube-(1997). ” - Dr-Faustus
Grim Natwick
Animation Department, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Myron "Grim" Natwick was born in 1890 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, where he is still considered a favorite son and, throughout his lifetime, displayed exhibitions of his work there. He is best known as the creator of the animated character, "Betty Boop", which often in the past was credited to Max Fleischer as she debuted in his "Out of the Inkwell" series...
Gédéon Naudet
Director, 9/11
Gedeon and Jules Naudet, brothers and filmmakers, shot, produced and directed the iconic documentary 9/11, which has been compared, for its historical significance, to the Zapruder film of the JFK's assassination. Airing on CBS and in 137 countries, 9/11 won every honor in television, including Emmy...
“ 9/11-(2002 Documentary). Co-directed with James Hanlon & Jules Naudet. ” - Dr-Faustus
Jules Naudet
Director, 9/11
“ 9/11-(2002 Documentary). Co-directed with James Hanlon & Gédéon Naudet. ” - Dr-Faustus
“ El Norte-(1983). ” - Dr-Faustus
Eric Nazarian
Born in Armenia and raised in Los Angeles, Eric Nazarian is a graduate of the University of Southern California's (USC) School of Cinematic Arts where he earned a B.A. in Film Production. "The Blue Hour," his first feature film as writer-director, is composed of four stories about working-class lives near the Los Angeles River...
Ray Nazarro
Director, Fury
Boston-born Ray Nazarro began his movie career in the silent-film era, where he often worked as an assistant director. He started his directing career in 1932, beginning with shorts and graduating to low-budget quickie features for Poverty Row studios. He alternated between directing shorts and an assistant director on features--often on westerns at Columbia--for years...
Ronald Neame
A British filmmaker who, over the years, worked as assistant director, cinematographer, producer, writer and ultimately director, Ronald Neame was born on April 23, 1911. His father, Elwin Neame, was a film director and his mother, Ivy Close, was a film star. During the 1920s, he started working at famous Elstree Studios...
“ The Man Who Never Was-(1956).
The Horse's Mouth-(1958).
Tunes of Glory-(1960).
The Chalk Garden-(1964).
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie-(1969). ” - Dr-Faustus
R.T. Neason
Director, Jilla
Hal Needham
As the highest paid stuntman in the world, Hal Needham broke 56 bones, his back twice, punctured a lung and knocked out a few teeth. His career has included work on 4500 television episodes and 310 feature films as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, 2nd unit director and ultimately, director. He wrote and directed some of the most financially successful action comedy films...
Jean Negulesco
Jean Negulesco made his reputation as a director of both polished, popular entertainments as well as critically acclaimed dramatic pictures in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Craiova, Romania, he left home at age 12, ending up in Paris. He earned some money washing dishes, which paid for his art tuition...
“ Road House-(1948).
How to Marry a Millionaire-(1953). ” - Dr-Faustus
Marshall Neilan
In the early days of silent pictures, Marshall Neilan was a top director for Goldwyn Pictures. He had also directed a small number of Louis B. Mayer's independently produced melodramas, but there was a mutual dislike between the two men. During the festivities inaugurating the merger of Metro and Goldwyn Pictures on April 26...
“ The Spider Woman-(1944). ” - Dr-Faustus
David Nelson
David Nelson was born 24 October 1936, New York, New York to Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Nelson. He attended Hollywood High School. David was a film producer in Newport Beach and also directed several episodes of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. He started his own commercial production company. David had two boys by ex-wife...
Gene Nelson
Director, Kissin' Cousins
Gene Nelson was barely a teen when he saw the Fred Astaire movie Flying Down to Rio, which would change his life. It was then that he decided he would be a dancer. After graduating from high school, Nelson joined the Sonja Henie Ice Show and toured for 3 years before joining the Army in World War II...
Gunvor Nelson
Director, My Name Is Oona
Gunvor Eleonora Grundel Nelson, born in Stockholm, Sweden, is director, cinematographer and editor of avant-garde film. She studied at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts & Design and after moving to California, USA, art and art history. Gunvor met her future husband Robert Nelson at California School of Fine Arts...
Jessie Nelson
Writer, I Am Sam
Jessie Nelson is an American producer and writer, known for her work on I Am Sam (2001), Stepmom (1998), Corrina, Corrina (1994), and The Story of us (1999). She is married to movie and T.V. series director Bryan Gordon and their daughter is actress Molly Gordon. Jessie and Molly have worked on many movies together.
Ozzie Nelson
This preeminent sitcom dad of the 50s had already started things off studying law when he decided to put together a dance band in the 20s on the sly. The band was so successful that he never looked back -- his love for entertaining completely took over. The New Jersey-born performer made a living for a time playing hotels and casinos on the East coast...
Ralph Nelson
In 1959, Emmy Award-winning television director Ralph Nelson directed a 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," with John Neville as the Dane, for the DuPont Show of the Month. Nelson himself adapted the 1601 Quatro (the "pirated" version considered corrupt) in order to make a coherent production of a play that uncut...
“ Requiem for a Heavyweight-(1962).
Lilies of the Field-(1963). ” - Dr-Faustus
“ Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple-(2006 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus
“ The Grey Zone-(2001). ” - Dr-Faustus
“ Diamonds of the Night-(1964). ” - Dr-Faustus
“ California Dreamin'-(2007). ” - Dr-Faustus
Jose Nepomuceno
Director, Dalagang bukid
José Nepomuceno (15 May 1893 - 1 December 1959) was a Filipino movie producer and director acknowledged as the "Father of Philippine Movies." He married Isabel Acuña. They had eight children, among whom are child actors Lubin and Angelito Nepomuceno, and Luis Nepomuceno, who became a film director. He was born to Jose Nepomuceno and Teofila Zialcita...
Laura Neri
Born in Brussels, Belgium, of a Greek mother and an Italian father, Laura Neri got her BA in Film Analysis and Screenwriting with Honors at the Free University of Brussels, where writer-director Luc Dardenne was her thesis mentor. She then graduated from the University of Southern California with an MFA in Film Production.
Avi Nesher
Producer, The Secrets
Avi Nesher's award-winning films have played a major part in Israeli cinema's rise to prominence during the last decade. During that period, remarkably enough, four Israeli movies were nominated for Best Foreign Picture. During that era Nesher was singled out and honored several times as one of Israel's all-time greatest filmmakers...
Cãlin Peter Netzer
Calin Peter Netzer was born on the 1st May 1975 in Petrosani [Petroschen], Romania. His family belongs to the Transylvanian Saxons, a cultural minority of German descent who lives since generations in Romania. He was raised mainly in Cluj [Klausenburg]. Netzer's father was a dentist and emigrated to West-Germany in 1981...
Kurt Neumann
Director, The Fly
“ The Fly-(1958). ” - Dr-Faustus
Edward Neumeier
Writer, RoboCop
Edward Neumeier is an American screenwriter, producer and director best known for his work on the science fiction movies RoboCop and Starship Troopers. He wrote the latter's sequel, and most recently wrote and directed Starship Troopers 3: Marauder. Neumeier studied journalism at the University of...
“ 20 Feet from Stardom-(2013 Documentary). ” - Dr-Faustus