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1.
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...
“ Notably for: E.T, Indiana Jones Trilogy, Catch Me if You Can, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, Jaws, Hook, War of the Worlds, The Terminal, ” - hazle_9
 
2.
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...
“ Notably For: Goodfellas, Casino, The Departed, Raging Bull, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York, Cape Fear, The Aviator, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets ” - hazle_9
 
3.
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ Notably for: Zodiac, Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network ” - hazle_9
 
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“ Notably for: The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary, Trainspotting, 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine ” - hazle_9
 
5.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, The Master, Punch-Drunk Love ” - hazle_9
 
6.
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...
“ Notably for: Escape From New York, Escape From L.A, Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, Starman, ” - hazle_9
 
7.
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...
“ Notably for: The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige, Memento, Insomnia, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar ” - hazle_9
 
8.
Michael Mann
Producer, Heat
A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief starring James Caan as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
“ Collateral, Ali, Miami Vice, Public Enemies, Heat ” - hazle_9
 
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“ Fargo, Big Lebowski, Burn After Reading, True Grit, Intolerable Cruelty, Raising Arizona ” - hazle_9
 
10.
Tony Scott
Producer, Man on Fire
Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British military...
“ Dejavu, Man on Fire, Unstoppable, Taking of Pelham 123, True Romance ” - hazle_9
 
11.
Kevin Smith
Producer, Comic Book Men
Kevin Patrick Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Grace (Schultz) and Donald E. Smith, a postal worker. He is very proud of his native state; this fact can be seen in all of his movies. Kevin is of mostly German, with some Irish and English, ancestry. His first movie, Clerks, was filmed in the convenience store in which Smith worked...
“ Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Red State, Jersey Girl, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks 2, Zach and Miri Make a Porno ” - hazle_9
 
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...
“ Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream ” - hazle_9
 
13.
Duncan Jones
Director, Moon
“ Moon, Source Code ” - hazle_9
 
14.
Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Reservoir Dogs, Inglorious Basterds, Kill Bill 1&2, Jackie Brown ” - hazle_9
 
15.
Ivan Reitman
Producer, Ghostbusters
Ivan Reitman, as a producer and director, has created many of American cinema's most successful and best loved feature film comedies and has worked with Hollywood's acting elite. Reitman has produced such hits as the ground-breaking sensation National Lampoon's Animal House, which introduced John Belushi to American filmgoers...
“ Twins, Ghostbusters 1&2, Evolution, Junior, Six Days Seven Nights, No Strings Attached, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Father's Day ” - hazle_9
 
16.
Ron Howard
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced Cinderella Man starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon, Night Shift, EdTV, Ransom ” - hazle_9
 
17.
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...
“ Dazed and Confused, A Scanner Darkly, Slacker, School of Rock ” - hazle_9
 
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“ Go, Swingers, Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jumper ” - hazle_9
 
19.
Oliver Stone
Director, Platoon
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success. William Oliver Stone was born in New York City...
“ Wall Street, The Doors, Talk Radio, JFK, W., ” - hazle_9
 
20.
Robert Zemeckis
A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone, 1941) and special effect vehicles (Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future)...
“ Forrest Gump, Flight, Castaway, Back to the Future 1-3 ” - hazle_9
 
21.
Steven Soderbergh
Director, Ocean's Eleven
Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge...
“ Out of Sight, Oceans 11-13, Contagian, The Informant!, Traffic ” - hazle_9
 
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“ Kingpin, Dumb & Dumber, There's Something About Mary, "Me, Myself and Irene" ” - hazle_9
 
23.
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...
“ Thelma and Louise, Matchstick Men, American Gangster, Blackhawk Down, Prometheus, Alien ” - hazle_9
 
24.
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...
“ Mystic River, Gran Torino, Unforgiven, Hereafter, ” - hazle_9
 
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“ Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Planes, Trains & Automobiles,

See: Uncle Buck ” - hazle_9
 
26.
Spike Jonze
Producer, Her
Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under...
“ Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., Where The Wild Things Are ” - hazle_9
 
27.
M. Night Shyamalan
Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots. He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil obstetrician and gynecologist...
“ Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable, Devil, ” - hazle_9
 
28.
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...
“ Annie Hall, Match Point, Vicky Christina Barcelona ” - hazle_9
 
29.
Sam Mendes
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-years-old...
“ American Beauty, Skyfall, Away We Go ” - hazle_9
 
30.
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ The Godfather 1 & 2, ” - hazle_9
 
31.
Wes Anderson
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ Moonrise Kingdom, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox ” - hazle_9
 
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“ Die Hard, Predator, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Last Action Hero ” - hazle_9
 
33.
Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to television...
“ Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, ” - hazle_9
 
34.
John Woo
Director, Face/Off
Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow established...
“ Face/Off, Broken Arrow, Paycheck ” - hazle_9
 
35.
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...
“ Terminator 1&2, The Abyss, Titanic, True Lies, ” - hazle_9
 
36.
“ Goodwill Hunting

See: To Die For, Drugstore Cowboy ” - hazle_9
 
37.
“ 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, This is 40, ” - hazle_9
 
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“ Starsky and Hutch, Road Trip, Old School, Due Date, The Hangover ” - hazle_9
 
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“ Office Space, Idiocracy, Extract, ” - hazle_9
 
40.
Harold Ramis
Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" with other Second City graduates including John Belushi...
“ The Ice Harvest, Analyze This, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Bedazzled ” - hazle_9
 
41.
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.
“ Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, Identity, Knight and Day

See: Cop Land ” - hazle_9
 
42.
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...
“ Shawshank Redemption, The Mist

See: Green Mile ” - hazle_9
 
43.
Alfonso Cuarón
Writer, Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then immediately started to film everything he saw...
“ Children of Men

See: Gravity ” - hazle_9
 
44.
Zack Snyder
Director, 300
Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and superhero films...
“ Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen, Man of Steel, ” - hazle_9
 
45.
Marc Forster
Producer, World War Z
Marc Forster is a German-born filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Monster's Ball (2001), Finding Neverland (2004), Stay (2005), Stranger than Fiction (2006), The Kite Runner (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), and World War Z (2013). His breakthrough film was Monster's Ball (2001)...
“ World War Z, Stranger Than Fiction, Quantum of Solace

See: Machine Gun Preacher ” - hazle_9
 
46.
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...
“ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, Green Hornet

See: The Science of Sleep, Moon Indigo ” - hazle_9
 
47.
Tony Gilroy
Tony Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA; and raised in upstate New York. His father, Frank D. Gilroy, was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, director, and screenwriter. Tony has penned many films, including The Devil's Advocate and The Cutting Edge.
“ Michael Clayton, Bourne Legacy ” - hazle_9
 
48.
Allen Hughes
Producer, From Hell
Albert and Allen Hughes began making movies at age 12, but their formal film education began their freshman year of high school when Allen took a TV production class. They soon made a short film entitled How To Be A Burglar and people began to take notice. Their next work, Uncensored videos, was broadcast on cable...
“ Broken City, Book of Eli, Dead Presidents, ” - hazle_9
 
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“ Baseketball, Airplane!, Scary Movie 3&4, Naked Gun 1&2 ” - hazle_9
 
50.
“ Secret Window, Premium Rush, Ghost Town ” - hazle_9
 
51.
Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass started his filmmaking career with a super 8 camera he found in his art room in secondary school. Those short movies were animation horror films he made using old dolls, artist dummies, and the general art room clutter. After studying in Cambridge University he got into Granada Television...
“ United 93, Bourne Supremacy, Bourne Ultimatum,

See: Green Zone ” - hazle_9
 
52.
David Wain
David Wain was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He met the other members of the comedy troupe The State while a film student at NYU, where he graduated from in 1991. As part of The State, he co-created and co-starred on their self-titled MTV sketch comedy show in the mid 90's. He then continued to work with his State partners on many other projects...
“ The Ten, Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer, Wanderlust ” - hazle_9
 
53.
Richard Kelly
Writer, Donnie Darko
James Richard Kelly better known as Richard Kelly, is an American film director and writer, known for writing and directing the cult classic Donnie Darko in 2001. Kelly was born James Richard Kelly in Newport News, Virginia, the son of Lane and Ennis Kelly. He grew up in Midlothian, Virginia, where he attended Midlothian High School and graduated in 1993...
“ Donnie Darko, The Box ” - hazle_9
 
54.
“ Goon, Fubar 1&2

See: It's All Gone Pete Tong ” - hazle_9
 
55.
Cameron Crowe
Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market. Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. Crowe...
“ Almost Famous, We Bought A Zoo ” - hazle_9
 
56.
“ Truman Show

See: Master and Commander ” - hazle_9
 
57.
Chris Columbus
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "Gremlins"...
“ Home Alone 1&2, Mrs. Doubtfire, Bicentennial Man ” - hazle_9
 
58.
Joe Dante
Director, Gremlins
Joseph Dante Jr. was born on November 28, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey, and raised in the nearby borough of Parsippany. His father was a professional golf players and his father wrote some books on the instructions of playing golf some of which included Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf, and Stop that Slice...
“ Gremlins 1&2, The Burbs, Small Soldiers ” - hazle_9
 
59.
Rian Johnson
Director, Looper
Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film Brick was released in 2005 and was the metaphorical building block that launched his career...
“ Looper, Brothers Bloom ” - hazle_9
 
60.
George Roy Hill
Director, The Sting
George Roy Hill was never able to 'hit it off' with the critics despite the fact that 2 of his films - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting - had remained among the top 10 box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic trademarks. Andrew Sarris famously referred to it as 'idiosyncratic...
“ SlapShot ” - hazle_9
 
61.
Alex Proyas
Director, Dark City
Alex Proyas has moved effortlessly between helming TV commercials and music videos to feature films. Born to Greek parents in Egypt, Proyas relocated to Australia with his family when he was three years old. He began making films at age ten and went on to attend the Australian Film Television and Radio School along with Jane Campion and Jocelyn Moorhouse...
“ I, Robot, Dark City, Knowing ” - hazle_9
 
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George Nolfi
Nolfi was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended James Hart Junior High School in Homewood, Illinois, and then Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, both in the south suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude with a bachelor's in public policy and was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to Oxford University...
“ The Adjustment Bureau ” - hazle_9