My Favorite Directors of All Time

These are in no particular order; just a list of directors that I really like, and have made some of my favorite films.
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1.
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist) and worked on making his own short films...
“ Pacific Rim
Pan's Labyrinth
The Devil's Backbone
Hellboy
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Crimson Peak
Mimic
Cronos
The Strain ” - Jacob Palacio
 
2.
Lars von Trier
Writer, Melancholia
Lars von Trier (the "von" was adopted during his stay at the Danish Film School) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1956. He graduated from the Danish Film School in 1983 with his short film Befrielsesbilleder ("Images of Relief"), which won the Best Film award at the Munich Film Festival the following year...
“ Antichrist
Melancholia
Nymphomaniac (Vol. I and II)
Dancer in the Dark
Dogville
The Idiots
Breaking the Waves ” - Jacob Palacio
 
3.
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...
“ Bottle Rocket
Rushmore
The Royal Tenebaums
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Darjeeling Limited
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Moonrise Kingdom
The Grand Budapest Hotel ” - Jacob Palacio
 
4.
“ Irreversible
Enter the Void
I Stand Alone
Carne
Love ” - Jacob Palacio
 
5.
“ Shaun of the Dead
Hot Fuzz
The World's End
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Spaced
Grindhouse ("Don't") ” - Jacob Palacio
 
6.
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...
“ Pi
Requim For A Dream
The Fountain
The Wrestler
Black Swan
Noah ” - Jacob Palacio
 
7.
David Lynch
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ Eraserhead
The Elephant Man
Dune
Blue Velvet
Twin Peaks
Wild at Heart
Lost Highway
Mulholland Drive
Inland Empire ” - Jacob Palacio
 
8.
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Writer, Santa sangre
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...
“ The Holy Mountain
El Topo
Santa Sangre
The Rainbow Thief
The Dance of Reality
Tusk
Fando and Lis ” - Jacob Palacio
 
9.
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
Punch-Drunk-Love
There Will Be Blood
Inherent Vice
The Master
Magnolia
Hard Eight ” - Jacob Palacio
 
10.
“ No Country for Old Men
The Big Lebowski
Fargo
Inside Llewyn Davis
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Burn After Reading
A Serious Man
True Grit
The Man Who Wasn't There
The Ladykillers
Raising Arizona
Blood Simple.
Miller's Crossing
Barton Fink
The Hudsucker Proxy
Intolerable Cruelty ” - Jacob Palacio
 
11.
“ No Country for Old Men
The Big Lebowski
Fargo
Inside Llewyn Davis
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Burn After Reading
A Serious Man
True Grit
The Man Who Wasn't There
The Ladykillers
Raising Arizona
Blood Simple.
Miller's Crossing
Barton Fink
The Hudsucker Proxy
Intolerable Cruelty ” - Jacob Palacio
 
12.
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...
“ Jaws
Indiana Jones
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
The Color Purple
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Jurassic Park
War of the Worlds
Hook
Schindler's List
Saving Private Ryan
The Adventures of Tintin
(Many other films) ” - Jacob Palacio
 
13.
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...
“ The Shining
A Clockwork Orange
Full Metal Jacket
2001: A Space Odyssey
Eyes Wide Shut
Barry Lyndon
Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Lolita
Spartacus
Paths Of Glory
Lolita
The Killing
Killer's Kiss
Fear and Desire ” - Jacob Palacio
 
14.
“ Prisoners
Enemy
Sicario
Incendies
Polytechnique
Maelstrom ” - Jacob Palacio
 
15.
“ Hunger
Shame
12 Years a Slave ” - Jacob Palacio
 
16.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Nicolas Winding Refn is a Danish film director, screenwriter and producer. He moved to the United States in 1981 and is known for directing the crime dramas Bleeder (1999) and the Pusher films (1996, 2004, 2005), the fictionalised biographical film Bronson (2008), the dramatic adventure film Valhalla Rising (2009)...
“ Drive
Only God Forgives
Valhalla Rising
Bronson
The Neon Demon ” - Jacob Palacio
 
17.
Adam Green
Writer, Frozen
Adam Green is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor known for his success within the horror genre with films like the "Hatchet" franchise, "Frozen," and "Digging Up The Marrow." He is also the creator, writer, director, star, and show runner of the television comedy series "Holliston." Born and raised in the small town of Holliston...
“ Hatchet
Hatchet II
Hatchet III
Frozen
Spiral
Chillerama
Holliston
Digging up the Marrow
Coffee and Donuts ” - Jacob Palacio
 
18.
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit
King Kong
Dead Alive
Bad Taste
Meet the Feebles
The Frighteners
Heavenly Creatures
The Lovely Bones
The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun ” - Jacob Palacio
 
19.
Harmony Korine
Director, Spring Breakers
Harmony Korine was born in Bolinas, California, in 1973. His family moved to the east coast of the United States when he was five, and he spent his early years in Nashville, Tennessee, and New York. At the age of 19, he wrote the critically acclaimed screenplay Kids for director Larry Clark...
“ Gummo
Mister Lonely
Trash Humpers
Spring Breakers ” - Jacob Palacio
 
20.
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), his best known works are the noir science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), crime drama Thelma & Louise (1991), historical drama and Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000)...
“ Alien
Prometheus
Blade Runner
Legend
Thelma & Louise
Gladiator
Black Hawk Down
Hannibal
Kingdom of Heaven
Exodus: Gods and Kings
G.I. Jane
American Gangster
Body of Lies
Robin Hood
The Counselor ” - Jacob Palacio
 
21.
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 but, after graduating, drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition. He landed his first professional film job as art director...
“ Avatar
Titanic
The Terminator
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Aliens
The Abyss
True Lies
Piranha II: The Spawning ” - Jacob Palacio
 
22.
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...
“ Fight Club
Alien 3
Gone Girl
The Social Network
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Zodiac
Seven
Panic Room
The Game ” - Jacob Palacio
 
23.
“ Kill List
Sightseers
A Field in England
High-Rise
The ABC's of Death (segment "U is for Unearthed")
Down Terrace ” - Jacob Palacio
 
24.
“ Rubber
Wrong Cops
Wrong
Steak
Reality
Nonfilm ” - Jacob Palacio
 
25.
“ Funny Games
The White Ribbion
Amour
The Piano Teacher
Benny's Video
Cache ” - Jacob Palacio
 
26.
Yorgos Lanthimos
Director, The Lobster
Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied directing for Film and Television at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theatre plays. Kinetta, his first feature film...
“ Dogtooth
Alps
The Lobster
Kinetta
My Best Friend ” - Jacob Palacio
 
27.
Rick Alverson
Director, Entertainment
Rick Alverson (1971) is a filmmaker from Richmond, Virginia. His feature film Entertainment premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival as well as screening that year at Locarno, SXSW and New Directors / New Films. It was released by Magnolia Pictures in 2015. His previous dramatic feature The Comedy premiered in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Tribeca Film...
“ The Comedy
The Builder
New Jerusalem
Entertainment ” - Jacob Palacio
 
30.
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...
“ Where the Wild Things Are
Her
Adaption.
Being John Malkovich ” - Jacob Palacio
 
31.
Charlie Kaufman
Avid reader Charlie Kaufman wrote plays and made short films as a young student. He moved from Massapequa, New York to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1972 where he attended high school. As a comedic actor, he performed in school plays and, after graduation, he enrolled at Boston University but soon transferred NYU to study film...
“ Synecdoche, New York
Anomalisa
(Great writer as well) ” - Jacob Palacio
 
32.
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
The Science of Sleep
Mood Indigo
Be Kind Rewind
The Green Hornet
Human Nature
The We and the I
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
(many other films) ” - Jacob Palacio
 
33.
“ I Killed My Mother
Heartbeats
Laurence Anyways
Tom at the Farm
Mommy
It's Only the End of the World ” - Jacob Palacio
 
34.
James Wan
Writer, Saw
James Wan (born 27 February 1977) is an Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director of Malaysian Chinese descent. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw and creating Billy the puppet. Wan has also directed Dead Silence, Death Sentence, Insidious, The Conjuring and Furious 7...
“ Saw
Dead Silence
Death Sentence
Insidious
Insidious: Chapter II
The Conjuring
Furious 7 ” - Jacob Palacio
 
35.
Rob Zombie
Soundtrack, The Matrix
Robert Bartleh Cummings, more famously known as Rob Zombie, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965. He is the oldest son of Louise and Robert Cummings, and has a younger brother, Michael David (aka Spider One; b. 1968), who is the lead singer of Powerman 5000. Growing up, Zombie loved horror movies...
“ House of A Thousand Corpses
The Devil's Rejects
Halloween
Halloween II
The Lords of Salem
31
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto
Grindhouse ("Werewolf Women of the S.S.") ” - Jacob Palacio
 
36.
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...
“ Reservoir Dogs
Pulp Fiction
Jackie Brown
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Grindhouse (Death Proof)
Inglourious Basterds
Django Unchained
The Hateful Eight ” - Jacob Palacio
 
37.
Robert Rodriguez
Producer, Grindhouse
Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent. Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York, none were as captivated as the 12-year-old Rodriguez...
“ El mariachi
Desperado
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Sin City
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Grindhouse (Planet Terror)
From Dusk Till Dawn
The Faculty
Machete
Machete Kills
Roadracers
Spy Kids
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
Spy Kids: All The Time in the World in 4D
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D
Shorts ” - Jacob Palacio
 
38.
Alfred Hitchcock
Director, 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)...
“ Psycho
The Birds
Vertigo
Rear Window
North by Northwest
Dial M for Murder
Notorious
The Man Who Knew Too Much
(Many other films) ” - Jacob Palacio
 
39.
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...
“ Halloween
The Thing
The Fog
Christine
They Live
In the Mouth of Madness
Village of the Damned
Escape from New York
Escape from L.A.
Vampires
Ghosts of Mars
The Ward
Assault on Precinct 13
Body Bags
Starman
Big Trouble in Little China
Prince of Darkness
Masters of Horror ” - Jacob Palacio
 
40.
Wes Craven
Director, Scream
Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision. Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on the Left, which he wrote...
“ A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Hills Have Eyes
The Last House on the Left
Scream
Deadly Friend
Shocker
Deadly Blessing
The Serpent and the Rainbow
Swamp Thing
The People Under the Stairs
Red Eye
My Soul to Take
Cursed
The Breed
Invitation to Hell
Vampire in Brooklyn ” - Jacob Palacio
 
41.
Tobe Hooper
Honored with many awards for his films and achievement in the horror genre, Tobe Hooper is truly one of the Masters of Horror. Before becoming a filmmaker, Hooper--a native of Austin, TX--spent the 1960s as a college teacher and documentary cameraman. He organized a small cast of teachers and students and made The Texas Chain Saw Massacre...
“ The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Poltergeist
The Funhouse
Poltergeist
Salem's Lot
Lifeforce
Djinn
Mortuary
Toolbox Murders
Crocodile
The Mangler
Night Terrors
Body Bags
Masters of Horror ” - Jacob Palacio
 
42.
“ Hellraiser
Night Breed
Lord of Illusions ” - Jacob Palacio
 
43.
George A. Romero
George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; however, by all indications, he was very successful. The helmer of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 in New York City, New York, to a Cuban father and a Lithuanian-American mother. He grew up in NY, until attending the renowned Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
“ Night of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead
Day of the Dead
Land of the Dead
Diary of the Dead
Survival of the Dead
Creepshow
Creepshow 2
The Crazies
Monkey Shines
Bruiser
Masters of Horror ” - Jacob Palacio
 
44.
Sam Raimi
Writer, Spider-Man 3
Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead. From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making movies with an 8mm camera...
“ The Evil Dead
Evil Dead 2
Army of Darkness
Drag Me To Hell
Darkman
Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 3
The Gift
Oz: The Great and Powerful ” - Jacob Palacio
 
45.
Roman Polanski
Director, The Pianist
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years before World War II began...
“ Rosemary's Baby
Repulsion
The Fearless Vampire Killers
Chinatown
The Ninth Gate
Oliver Twist
The Pianist
Carnage
Venus in Fur
The Ghost
(Many other films) ” - Jacob Palacio
 
46.
William Friedkin
Director, The Exorcist
Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with Orson Welles after seeing Citizen Kane...
“ The Exorcist
Killer Joe
Bug
The Hunted
Rules of Engagement
The Guardian
Jade
Blue Chips
Rampage
Sorcerer
(Many other films) ” - Jacob Palacio
 
47.
“ District 9
Elysium
Chappie ” - Jacob Palacio
 
48.
Christopher Nolan
After The Dark Knight's success, Warner Bros. signed Nolan to direct Inception. Nolan also wrote and co-produced the film, described as "a contemporary set within the architecture of the mind". Before being released in theaters, critics like Peter Travers and Lou Lumenick wondered if Nolan's faith in moviegoers' intelligence would cost him at the box office...
“ Inception
Interstellar
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
The Prestige
Memento
Insomnia
Following ” - Jacob Palacio
 
49.
Derek Cianfrance
Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied, won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best film...
“ The Place Beyond the Pines
Blue Valentine ” - Jacob Palacio
 
50.
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)...
“ Back to the Future
Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part III
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Death Becomes Her
Forrest Gump
What Lies Beneath
Cast Away
The Polar Express
Beowulf
A Christmas Carol
Flight ” - Jacob Palacio
 
51.
David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
“ The Fly
Scanners
Videodrome
The Brood
Rabid
The Dead Zone
Dead Ringers
Naked Lunch
Spider
A History of Violence
Crash
M. Butterfly
eXistenZ
Eastern Promises
A Dangerous Method
Cosmopolis
Maps to the Stars ” - Jacob Palacio
 
52.
Eli Roth
Producer, Grindhouse
Eli Raphael Roth was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Cora (Bialis), a painter, and Sheldon H. Roth, a psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, and clinical professor. His family is Jewish (from Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Poland). He began shooting Super 8 films at the age of eight, after watching Ridley Scott's Alien and vomiting...
“ Cabin Fever
Hostel
Hostel Part II
The Green Inferno
Hemlock Grove
Grindhouse ("Thanksgiving) ” - Jacob Palacio
 
53.
Ti West
Director, V/H/S
“ The Sacrament
The House of the Devil
The Innkeepers
V/H/S
The ABC's of Death
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
The Roost
Trigger Man ” - Jacob Palacio
 
54.
Adam Wingard
Director, V/H/S
Alabama-based filmmaker Adam Wingard got an early start in his field, as he shot and directed his first feature film at the age of nineteen while still enrolled in film school. That film, the horror-comedy Home Sick, starring Bill Moseley, Tiffany Shepis, 'Tom Towles' qv, and 'Brandon Carroll'...
“ You're Next
A Horrible Way To Die
The Guest
V/H/S
V/H/S/2
The ABC's of Death
Pop Skull
Home Sick ” - Jacob Palacio
 
55.
“ High Tension
The Hills Have Eyes
Mirrors
Piranha 3D
Horns ” - Jacob Palacio
 
56.
Kevin Smith
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
Clerks II
Clerks III
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Mallrats
Chasing Amy
Dogma
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Cop Out
Red State
Tusk
Jersey Girl
Yoga Hosers ” - Jacob Palacio
 
57.
“ Freaks and Geeks
Undeclared
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Knocked Up
Funny People
This is 40 ” - Jacob Palacio
 
58.
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...
“ Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Step Brothers
The Other Guys
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ” - Jacob Palacio
 
59.
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, 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)...
“ Edward Scissorhands
Beetlejuice
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Ed Wood
Batman
Batman Returns
Mars Attacks!
Sleepy Hollow
Big Fish
Corpse Bride
Planet of the Apes
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Alice in Wonderland
Dark Shadows
Frankenweenie
Big Eyes ” - Jacob Palacio
 
60.
John Landis
John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes. Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "spaghetti" westerns...
“ An American Werewolf in London
Animal House
The Blues Brothers
The Kentucky Fried Movie
Trading Places
Burke and Hare
Innocent Blood
Three Amigos!
Coming To America
Beverly Hills Cop III
Spies Like Us
Into the Night
Oscar
The Stupids
Blues Brothers 2000
Susan's Plan
Schlock
Masters of Horror ” - Jacob Palacio
 
61.
Martin Scorsese
After serious deliberations about entering the priesthood - he entered a seminary in 1956 - Martin Scorsese opted to channel his passions into film. He graduated from NYU as a film major in 1964. Catching the eye of producer Roger Corman with his 1960s student films (including co-editing Woodstock)...
“ Taxi Driver
Cape Fear
Goodfellas
Casino
Shutter Island
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Departed
Raging Bull
The King of Comedy
Gangs of New York
The Aviator
Hugo
(Many other films) ” - Jacob Palacio
 
62.
“ 28 Days Later
Trainspotting
Slumdog Millionaire
Trance
127 Hours
Sunshine
Millions
Shallow Grave
A Life Less Ordinary
The Beach ” - Jacob Palacio
 
63.
Pedro Almodóvar
Writer, Talk to Her
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ The Skin I Live In
Talk to Her
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Volver
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Bad Education
I'm so Excited!
Broken Embraces
Silencio
All About My Mother
Live Flesh
The Flower of My Secret
Kika
High Heels
Law of Desire
Matador
What Have I Done to Deserve This?
Dark Habits
Labyrinth of Passion
Pepi, Luci, Bom, and Other Girls Like Mom ” - Jacob Palacio
 
64.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
His six feature films-Amores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006) (comprising the "Death Trilogy"), Biutiful (2010), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), and The Revenant (2015)-have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations and wins...
“ Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Biutiful
Babel
21 Grams
Amores Perros
The Revenant ” - Jacob Palacio
 
65.
Leos Carax
Director, Holy Motors
Leos Carax made several short films and also wrote film criticism, then at the age of 24 years made a very strong first feature Boy Meets Girl. The film played at the 1984 Cannes film festival and was a critical triumph. It paved the way for Carax's second feature Mauvais Sang (Bad Blood). That film was a giant step forward in the same direction that he was going in with his first film...
“ Holy Motors
Tokyo! ("Merde")
Pola X
The Lovers on the Bridge
The Night is Young
Boy Meets Girl ” - Jacob Palacio
 
66.
“ Napoleon Dynamite
Nacho Libre
Gentlemen Broncos
Peluca ” - Jacob Palacio
 
67.
“ A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
You, the Living
Songs from the Second Floor
A Swedish Love Story ” - Jacob Palacio
 
68.
Shane Carruth
Composer, Primer
Writer-director Shane Carruth, a former software engineer, burst onto the independent movie scene with his extremely low-budget science-fiction film Primer in 2004. Carruth also played one of the two leads in the film and composed its music. "Primer" won the Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Award at the Sundance Film Festival...
“ Primer
Upstream Color ” - Jacob Palacio
 
69.
“ Mysterious Skin
Smiley Face
White Bird in a Blizzard
Kaboom
Splendor
Nowhere
The Doom Generation
Totally *beep* Up
The Living End
The Long Weekend (O'Despair)
Three Bewildered People in the Night ” - Jacob Palacio
 
70.
“ Whiplash
La La Land ” - Jacob Palacio
 
71.
“ Pineapple Express
Your Highness
The Sitter
Prince Avalanche
Joe
Manglehorn
Eastbound & Down
Snow Angels
Undertow
All the Real Girls
George Washington ” - Jacob Palacio
 
72.
Dario Argento
Dario Argento was born in Rome, Italy on September 7 1940. He is the son of producer Salvatore Argento. He began his career as a movie critic for the Rome daily newspaper "Paese Sera". A professional screenwriter by the tender age of 20, he joined Bernardo Bertolucci to write the screenplay for Sergio Leone's epic western "Once Upon A Time In The West" in 1967...
“ Deep Red
Suspiria
Inferno
Tenebre
Phenomena
Opera
Trauma
The Stendhal Syndrome
The Phantom of the Opera
Sleepless
The Card Player
Mother of Tears
Giallo
Dracula 3D
Masters of Horror ” - Jacob Palacio
 
73.
Lucio Fulci
Lucio Fulci, born in Rome in 1927, remains as controversial in death as he was in life. A gifted craftsman with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of dark humor, Fulci achieved some measure of notoriety for his gore epics of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but respect was long in coming. Abandoning his early career as a med student...
“ Zombie
The Beyond
City of the Living Dead
Don't Torture a Duckling
The House by the Cemetery
The New York Ripper
Zombi 3
(Many other films) ” - Jacob Palacio
 
74.
Stuart Gordon
Writer, Re-Animator
Stuart Gordon started his film directing career in 1985. After graduating from Lane Technical High School, Gordon worked as a commercial artist apprentice prior to enrolling at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Unable to get into the film classes, he enrolled in an acting class and ended up majoring in theater...
“ Re-Animator
From Beyond
Stuck
Dolls
Robot Jox
The Pit and the Pendulum
Fortress
Space Truckers
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
Dagon
King of the Ants
Edmond
Masters of Horror ("The Black Cat" and "Dreams in the Witch-House") ” - Jacob Palacio
 
75.
Tom Holland
Writer, Fright Night
Tom Holland is an American director and screenwriter of horror and thriller films. His early writing projects include Class of 1984 and the Robert Bloch- inspired Psycho II, the latter starring Anthony Perkins as the menacing psychopath, Norman Bates. Tom gained more notoriety, however, as a director...
“ Fright Night
Child's Play
Thinner
The Langoliers
Fatal Beauty
The Temp
Tom Holland's Twisted Tales
Masters of Horror ("We All Scream for Ice Cream") ” - Jacob Palacio
 
76.
Matt Reeves
Writer, Let Me In
Born on April 27, 1966, Matthew Reeves is a writer, director and producer, known for his directorial work on Cloverfield (2008), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War of the Planet of the Apes (2017). Reeves was born in in Rockville Center, New York and was childhood friends with director J.J.Abrams...
“ Cloverfield
Let Me In
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ” - Jacob Palacio
 
77.
Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertisement...
“ Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Brazil
Tideland
The Zero Theorem
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Brothers Grimm
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Twelve Monkeys
The Fisher King
Time Bandits
Jabberwocky
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen ” - Jacob Palacio
 
78.
“ Star Trek
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Super 8
Lost ” - Jacob Palacio
 
79.
Gareth Edwards
Visual Effects, Monsters
“ Godzilla
Godzilla 2
Monsters ” - Jacob Palacio
 
80.
Gareth Evans
Welsh born writer/director, in 2003 directed a short film "Samurai Monogatari" telling the tale of a Samurai waiting to be executed. The short was in Japanese language and starred students from Tokyo who were studying at Cardiff University at the time. In 2003 he also graduated with an MA in Scriptwriting...
“ The Raid: Redemption
The Raid 2: Berandal
The Raid 3
V/H/S/2 (segment "Safe Haven")
Merantau
Footsteps ” - Jacob Palacio
 
81.
Lloyd Kaufman
Actor, Rocky
Stanley Lloyd Kaufman never really wanted to make movies, but wanted to work in Broadway musicals. During his years in Yale, though, he got introduced to "B" pictures and the works of Roger Corman. Lloyd later got the opportunity to executive-produce a short movie made by a fellow student. The film...
“ The Toxic Avenger
The Toxic Avenger Part II
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
Class of Nuke 'Em High
Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1
Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 2
Terror Firmer
Tromeo and Juliet
Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.
Troma's War ” - Jacob Palacio
 
82.
James Gunn
James Gunn was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri in a large Irish Catholic family. His father and his uncles were all lawyers. He has been writing and performing as long as he can remember. He began making 8mm films at the age of 12. Many of these were comedic splatter films featuring his brothers being disemboweled by zombies...
“ Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Super
Slither ” - Jacob Palacio
 
83.
“ Sinister
Deliver Us From Evil
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Hellraiser: Inferno ” - Jacob Palacio
 
84.
Edward D. Wood Jr.
Hacks are nothing new in Hollywood. Had Edward D. Wood been born a decade or so earlier it's easy to imagine him working out of some Poverty Row outfit in Gower Gulch, competing with the likes of Victor Adamson, Robert J. Horner and Dwain Esper for the title of all-time hack. He would've fit in nicely at Educational Pictures in the early '30s or PRC in the following decade...
“ Plan 9 from Outer Space
Bride of the Monster
Night of the Ghouls
Glen or Glenda
Jail Bait
Take it Out in Trade ” - Jacob Palacio
 
85.
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...
“ Audition
Ichi the Killer
Visitor Q
Gozu
One Missed Call
Three Extremes
Masters of Horror
(Many other films) ” - Jacob Palacio
 
86.
“ Oldboy
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
I'm A Cyborg, But that's Okay
Thirst
Stoker
Three... Extremes ” - Jacob Palacio
 
87.
“ Snowpiercer
The Host
Mother
Tokyo! ("Shaking Tokyo")
Memories of Murder
Barking Dogs Never Bite ” - Jacob Palacio
 
88.
Larry Clark
Director, Kids
Was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (1943). Son of Frances Clark (baby photographer) and Lewis Clark. Graduated from Central High school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Studied under Walter Sheffer and Gerard Bakker. Film debut was the movie Kids. He was already well known for his revolutionary photographic body of work...
“ Kids
Ken Park
Bully
Another Day in Paradise
Wassup Rockers
Marfa Girl
The Smell of Us ” - Jacob Palacio
 
89.
“ The Lego Movie
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
21 Jump Street
22 Jump Street ” - Jacob Palacio
 
90.
“ The Lego Movie
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
21 Jump Street
22 Jump Street ” - Jacob Palacio
 
91.
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...
“ The Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile
The Majestic
The Mist ” - Jacob Palacio
 
92.
“ Hesher
I Love Sarah Jane ” - Jacob Palacio
 
93.
“ The Babadook ” - Jacob Palacio
 
94.
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 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. These include the Academy Award-winning Babe and Happy Feet film series...
“ Mad Max
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Mad Max: Fury Road
Lorenzo's Oil
Twilight Zone: The Movie (Segment "4")
The Witches of Eastwick ” - Jacob Palacio
 
95.
“ Under the Skin
Birth
Sexy Beast ” - Jacob Palacio
 
96.
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the films...
“ Spirited Away
My Neighbor Totoro
Kiki's Delivery Service
Howl's Moving Castle
Castle in the SKy
Princess Mononoke
Ponyo
Porco Rosso
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
The Wind Rises ” - Jacob Palacio
 
97.
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...
“ The Woman
The Woods
May
Red
All Cheerleaders Die
Tales of Halloween ” - Jacob Palacio
 
98.
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
Sucker Punch
Man of Steel
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ” - Jacob Palacio
 
99.
Xavier Gens
Director, Hitman
“ The Divide
Frontier(s)
Hitman
The ABC's of Death (segment "X is for XXL") ” - Jacob Palacio
 
100.
Tommy Wiseau
Actor, The Room
Tommy Wiseau trained to be an actor at: American Conservatory Theater, Vince Chase Workshop, Jean Shelton Acting Lab, Laney College and Stella Adler Academy of Acting. In 2001 he wrote, produced, directed and starred in "The Room," a feature film that received the 2003 Audience Award at the New York International Film Festival...
“ The Room ” - Jacob Palacio