My Favorite Directors

These are currently my favorite directors! There are plenty of others (of course), which are also great, and I will add some of them in the future, when I see more movies that are directed by them. They are: Claude Chabrol, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, David Lean, Sergio Leone, Yasujiro Ozu, Franklin J. Schaffner etc.

It is also possible that some of these directors will ''switch places'' on my list after some time.

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1.
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
 
2.
William Wyler
Director, Ben-Hur
William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Ben-Hur.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
These Three
Jezebel
The Letter
The Heiress
Carrie
Roman Holiday
The Big Country
The Children's Hour
How to Steal a Million. ” - d_smojver
 
3.
“ His best movie (in my opinion): House of Flying Daggers.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Ju Dou
Raise the Red Lantern
Shanghai Triad
The Road Home
Hero
Curse of the Golden Flower. ” - d_smojver
 
4.
James Cameron
Writer, Aliens
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Aliens.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Terminator
The Abyss
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Titanic
Avatar. ” - d_smojver
 
5.
“ His best movie (in my opinion): A Tale of Two Sisters.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
3 Extremes II (segment: Memories)
A Bittersweet Life
The Good, the Bad, the Weird
I Saw the Devil
Doomsday Book (segment: The Heavenly Creature). ” - d_smojver
 
6.
Billy Wilder
The second of two sons, his father ran a chain of railway station cafes. As a youth he was obsessed with everything American. encouraged by his mother he enrolled as a law student at the University of Vienna but quit after 3 months to be a writer on a magazine which although poorly paid it gave him a great amount of experience interviewing such as Richard Strauss and Sigmund Freud...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Double Indemnity.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
The Lost Weekend
Sunset Boulevard
Stalag 17
Witness for the Prosecution
Some Like It Hot
The Apartment
The Front Page. ” - d_smojver
 
7.
Frank Darabont
Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): The Green Mile.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
The Shawshank Redemption
The Mist. ” - d_smojver
 
8.
Stanley Kubrick
Director, The Shining
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
 
9.
David Lynch
Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future director Jennifer Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Mulholland Drive.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Eraserhead
The Elephant Man
Blue Velvet
Wild at Heart
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Lost Highway
Inland Empire. ” - d_smojver
 
10.
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music and mechanics...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Million Dollar Baby.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Play Misty for Me
Unforgiven
The Bridges of Madison County
Mystic River
Flags of Our Fathers
Letters from Iwo Jima
Changeling
Gran Torino. ” - d_smojver
 
11.
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Oldboy.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
JSA: Joint Security Area
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
If You Were Me (segment: Never Ending Peace and Love)
Three... Extremes (segment: Cut)
Lady Vengeance
I'm a Cyborg
Thirst
The Handmaiden. ” - d_smojver
 
12.
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Requiem for a Dream.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Pi
The Fountain
Black Swan. ” - d_smojver
 
13.
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the United Kingdom and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted to...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Gladiator.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
The Duellists
Alien
Blade Runner
White Squall
Hannibal
Black Hawk Down
American Gangster
Body of Lies
Prometheus
The Martian
Alien: Covenant. ” - d_smojver
 
14.
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Windstruck.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
My Sassy Girl
The Classic
Siganitalja (Time Renegades). ” - d_smojver
 
15.
Michael Haneke
A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world cinema...
“ His best movies (in my opinion): Funny Games U.S. & The White Ribbon (I really cannot decide which one of them is better and why!).

His other movies I watched (chronological):
The Castle
Funny Games
Hidden (Caché)
Amour. ” - d_smojver
 
16.
Sion Sono
Director, Ai no mukidashi
Shion Sono is a Japanese director, writer and poet. Born in Aichi Perfecture in 1961 he started his career working as a poet before taking his first steps in film directing. As a student he shot a series of short films in Super 8 and managed to make his first feature films in the late 80s and early 90s...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Love Exposure.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Suicide Club
Noriko's Dinner Table
Strange Circus
Exte: Hair Extensions
Be Sure to Share
Themis. ” - d_smojver
 
17.
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
His six feature films - Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel (comprising the "Death Trilogy"), Biutiful, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and The Revenant - have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations and wins. In 2015, Iñárritu won the Academy Award for Best Director...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Amores Perros.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
21 Grams
Babel
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Revenant. ” - d_smojver
 
18.
Alejandro Amenábar
Writer, The Others
Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis. His film Open Your Eyes was a huge success in Spain and was distributed worldwide...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): The Others.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Tesis
Open Your Eyes
The Sea Inside. ” - d_smojver
 
19.
Dario Argento
Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940, in Rome, Italy, the first-born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for filmmaking from his close-knit family from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other family members...
“ His best movies (in my opinion): The Bird with the Crystal Plumage & Deep Red (I really cannot decide which one of them is better and why!).

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Cat o' Nine Tails
Four Flies on Grey Velvet
Suspiria
Tenebrae
Phenomena
Opera
Two Evil Eyes (segment: The Black Cat)
The Stendhal Syndrome
Sleepless
The Card Player. ” - d_smojver
 
20.
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")...
“ His best movies (in my opinion): Perfect Blue & Millennium Actress (I really cannot decide which one of them is better and why!).

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Tokyo Godfathers
Paprika. ” - d_smojver
 
21.
Howard Hawks
Director, The Big Sleep
What do the classic films Scarface, Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, Sergeant York, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Rio Bravo have in common? Aside from their displays of great craftsmanship, the answer is director Howard Hawks...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Bringing Up Baby.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Scarface
His Girl Friday
The Big Sleep
Rio Bravo
El Dorado
Rio Lobo. ” - d_smojver
 
22.
Ki-duk Kim
He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Crocodile. Then he went on to direct Wild Animals...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Address Unknown
Bad Guy
The Coast Guard
Samaritan Girl
3-Iron
Time
Breath
Dream. ” - d_smojver
 
23.
Alfred Hitchcock
Actor, Psycho
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
 
24.
Ingmar Bergman
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions is the trilogy closed. Here, as in 'Den Goda Viljan' Pernilla August play his mother...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Persona.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
The Seventh Seal
Wild Strawberries
The Magician
The Virgin Spring
Hour of the Wolf
Face to Face
The Serpent's Egg
Fanny and Alexander. ” - d_smojver
 
25.
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Modern Times.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
The Kid
The Gold Rush
City Lights. ” - d_smojver
 
26.
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Triangle.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Creep
Black Death
Detour. ” - d_smojver
 
27.
Mel Gibson
Actor, Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Braveheart.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
The Passion of the Christ
Apocalypto
Hacksaw Ridge. ” - d_smojver
 
28.
Steven Spielberg
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
 
29.
Gregory Hoblit
Producer, Frequency
Gregory Hoblit was born in Texas but moved to Northern California at a young age because of his father's job in law enforcement, a hint at what might have attracted the mystery/courtroom plots of his movie/TV credits. After graduating from UCLA, he worked as a TV co-producer with Steven Bochco until directing the 80s series...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Primal Fear.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Fallen
Frequency
Fracture
Untraceable. ” - d_smojver
 
30.
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer, Diabolique
Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to international fame with The Wages of Fear and consolidated that success with Diabolique...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): The Wages of Fear.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Le Corbeau: The Raven
Quai des Orfèvres
Les Diaboliques. ” - d_smojver
 
31.
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Iquique, Chile on February 7, 1929. In 1942 he moved to Santiago where he attended university, was a circus clown and a puppeteer. In 1955 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. He worked with Maurice Chevalier there and made a short film, La cravate...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): The Holy Mountain.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Fando and Lis
El Topo
Santa Sangre. ” - d_smojver
 
32.
Nick Cassavetes
Director, The Notebook
Nick Cassavetes was born in New York City, the son of actress Gena Rowlands and Greek-American actor and film director John Cassavetes. As a child, he appeared in two of his father's films: Husbands and A Woman Under the Influence. After spending so much of his youth surrounded by the film industry, Cassavetes initially decided he did not want to go into the field...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Alpha Dog.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
John Q
The Notebook
My Sister's Keeper. ” - d_smojver
 
33.
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Irreversible.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Carne
Enter the Void. ” - d_smojver
 
34.
John Carpenter
Writer, Halloween
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Halloween.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Assault on Precinct 13
Someone's Watching Me! (TV Movie)
The Fog
The Thing
Prince of Darkness
They Live
Body Bags (TV Movie)
In the Mouth of Madness
Village of the Damned
Ghosts of Mars
The Ward . ” - d_smojver
 
35.
Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
“ His best movies (in my opinion):Inception & Interstellar.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Following
Memento
Insomnia
Batman Begins
The Prestige
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Dunkirk. ” - d_smojver
 
36.
Andrei Tarkovsky
Writer, Solaris
The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood, which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Solyaris.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Ivan's Childhood
Mirror
Stalker
Nostalghia. ” - d_smojver
 
37.
Richard Linklater
Director, Before Sunset
Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Before Sunrise.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Waking Life
Before Sunset
A Scanner Darkly
Before Midnight
Boyhood. ” - d_smojver
 
38.
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Match Point.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Annie Hall
Manhattan
Hannah and Her Sisters
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Midnight in Paris. ” - d_smojver
 
39.
Brad Bird
Writer, Ratatouille
Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in the propane business...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Ratatouille.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
The Iron Giant
The Incredibles. ” - d_smojver
 
40.
“ His best movies (in my opinion): [Rec] & Sleep Tight (I really cannot decide which one of them is better and why!).

His other movies I watched (chronological):
The Nameless
Darkness
Fragile
[Rec] 2. ” - d_smojver
 
41.
Luis Buñuel
The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the university there, where his close friends included Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): The Exterminating Angel.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Un Chien Andalou
Robinson Crusoe
Viridiana
Belle de Jour
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. ” - d_smojver
 
42.
Michel Gondry
He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band called Oui-Oui...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
The Science of Sleep
Be Kind Rewind
Tokyo! (segment: Interior Design). ” - d_smojver
 
43.
Rob Reiner
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner. Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also starred in...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Flipped.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
The Sure Thing
Stand by Me
The Princess Bride
Misery
The Story of Us
The Magic of Belle Isle. ” - d_smojver
 
44.
Martin Scorsese
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films...
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Shutter Island.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Taxi Driver
Raging Bull
Goodfellas
Cape Fear
Casino
Gangs of New York
The Departed
Hugo
The Wolf of Wall Street. ” - d_smojver
 
45.
James Mangold
Producer, Logan
James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine, and Logan. Mangold also wrote and directed Cop Land, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta.
“ His best movie (in my opinion): Identity.

His other movies I watched (chronological):
Cop Land
Girl, Interrupted
Kate & Leopold
3:10 to Yuma. ” - d_smojver