Best Directors listed Alphabetically

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Akira Kurosawa
Writer, Yojimbo
After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata. Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom...
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Rashomon - 9
Seven Samurai - 8
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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)...
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Rope - 8
Strangers on a Train - 9
Rear Window - 9
Vertigo - 6
Psycho - 9
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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...
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Andrey Rublyov - 6
Mirror - 7
Stalker - 10
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Billy Wilder
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929, and wrote scripts for many German films until Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933...
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The Apartment - 9
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Buster Keaton
Joseph Frank Keaton, was born in Piqua, Kansas, October 4, 1895 to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage they traveled with a medicine show that included family friend...
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Sherlock Jr. - 9
The General - 8
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Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Charles Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years...
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The Kid - 9
Gold Rush - 7
City Lights - 9
Modern Times - 9
The Great Dictator - 9
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Christopher Nolan
Born in London in 1970, Christopher Nolan began making films at the age of seven years using his father's Super-8 camera and an assortment of male action figures. He graduated to making films involving real people, and his Super-8 surrealistic short 'Tarantella' was shown on P.B.S.' 'image union' in 1989...
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Memento - 9
Batman Begins - 8
The Prestige - 7
The Dark Knight - 10
Inception - 8
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Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood finished high school at the comparatively late age of 19 and worked odd jobs for several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
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Mystic River - 8
Million Dollar Baby - 8
Gran Torino - 9
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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...
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Pi - 9
Requiem for a Dream - 10
The Fountain - 8
The Wrestler - 8
Black Swan - 10
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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...
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Alien³ - 3
Se7en - 9
The Game - 8
Fight Club - 10
Panic Room - 7
Zodiac - 8
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 7
The Social Network - 8
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - 8
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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 Chambers Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
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The Elephant Man - 10
Blue Velvet - 8
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François Truffaut
François began to assiduously go to the movies at 7. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who becomes his protector. Bazin helped the delinquent Truffaut and also when he was put in jail because he deserted the army...
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The 400 Blows - 8
Shoot the Piano Player - 6
Jules and Jim - 7
Day for Night - 8
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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...
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The Godfather - 9
The Godfather Part II - 10
Apocalypse Now - 9
The Godfather Part III - 9
Dracula - 8
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Fernando Meirelles
Director, City of God
Fernando Meirelles was born in a middle class family in São Paulo City, Brazil. He studied architecture at the university of São Paulo. At the same time he developed an interest in filmmaking. With a group of friends he started producing experimental videos. They won a huge number of awards in Brazilian film festivals...
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City of God - 9
Blindness - 6
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Fritz Lang
Director, M
He studied at the College of Technical Sciences of Vienna's Academy of Graphic Arts but unhappy with the career path chosen for him by his parents, he ran away to study art in Munich and Paris. He then spent many years travelling the world including Asia. In 1913, he returned to Paris to paint. When World War I began...
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M - 10
The Testament of Dr Mabuse - 8
Metropolis - 10
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Guy Ritchie
Director, Snatch
Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school and in 1995...
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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - 9
Snatch - 9
Rock'n'Rolla - 6
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Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli...
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind - 7
Castle in the Sky - 6
My Neighbour Totoro - 8
Kiki's Delivery Service - 6
Princess Mononoke - 7
Spirited Away - 8
Howl's Moving Castle - 7
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Ingmar Bergman
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July fourteenth, 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...
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The Seventh Seal - 9
Wild Strawberries - 8
Through a Glass Darkly - 7
Winter Light - 8
The Silence - 8
Persona - 9
Fanny & Alexander - 9
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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...
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The Terminator - 9
Aliens - 6
Titanic - 8
Avatar - 5
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Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Director, Amélie
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/drawer Marc Caro with whom he made two short animation movies: L'évasion and Le manège...
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Delicatessen - 8
Alien: Resurrection - 6
Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain - 10
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Blood Simple - 9
Raising Arizona - 9
Miller's Crossing - 8
Barton Fink - 9
The Hudsucker Proxy - 8
Fargo - 9
The Big Lebowski - 8
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - 8
The Man Who Wasn't There - 8
The Ladykillers - 7
No Country for Old Men - 9
Burn After Reading - 8
A Serious Man - 8
True Grit - 8
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Son of the Bride - 9
The Secret in Their Eyes - 9
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Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personel (The Staff)...
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Three Colours: Blue - 9
Three Colours: White - 7
Three Colours: Red - 8
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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...
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Un Chien Andalou - 9
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie - 6
The Phantom of Liberty - 9
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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...
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Taxi Driver - 9
Raging Bull - 9
The King of Comedy - 8
Goodfellas - 10
Cape Fear - 9
The Departed - 9
Shutter Island - 8
Hugo - 8
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Milos Forman
Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in Buchenwald and his mother died in Auschwitz...
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - 9
Amadeus - 9
The People vs. Larry Flynt - 6
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Orson Welles
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was seven) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr...
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Citizen Kane - 8
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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...
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Magnolia - 9
There Will Be Blood - 9
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Dead Poets Society - 9
The Truman Show - 9
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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...
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Reservoir Dogs - 9
Pulp Fiction - 9
Jackie Brown - 8
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 - 7
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 - 6
Sin City - 7
Inglorious Basterds - 8
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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)...
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Alien - 7
Blade Runner - 7
Gladiator - 7
Black Hawk Down - 8
Kingdom of Heaven - 7
A Good Year - 7
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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)...
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Back to the Future - 8
Back to the Future II - 7
Back to the Future III - 7
Forrest Gump - 10
Cast Away - 8
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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...
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Dance of the Vampires - 6
Oliver Twist - 8
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Sergei M. Eisenstein
The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and then director...
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Battleship Potemkin - 9
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Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics...
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A Fistful of Dollars - 7
For a Few Dollars More - 8
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 9
Once Upon a Time in the West - 8
Once Upon a Time in America - 9
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Sidney Lumet
Director, 12 Angry Men
Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often treated socially relevant themes in his films...
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12 Angry Men - 10
Serpico - 8
Dog Day's Afternoon - 9
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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...
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The Killing - 7
Paths of Glory - 8
Lolita - 8
Dr Strangelove - 9
2001: A Space Odyssey - 10
A Clockwork Orange - 9
Barry Lyndon - 8
The Shinning - 9
Full Metal Jacket - 9
Eyes Wide Shut - 8
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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...
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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial - 8
The Colour Purple - 10
Empire of the Sun - 8
Jurassic Park - 8
Schindler's List - 9
The Lost World: Jurassic Park - 6
Amistad - 7
Saving Private Ryan - 9
Artificial Intelligence: AI - 7
Minority Report - 7
Catch Me If You Can - 9
The Terminal - 7
War of the Worlds - 3
The Adventures of Tintin - 7
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Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College...
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The Thin Red Line - 9
Tree of Life - 8
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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...
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail - 9
Brazil - 8
12 Monkeys - 9
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - 8
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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)...
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Frankenweenie - 8
Beetle Juice - 7
Edward Scissorhands - 7
Ed Wood - 9
Mars Attacks! - 5
Sleepy Hollow - 6
Planet of the Apes - 3
Big Fish - 9
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - 7
Corpse Bride - 8
Alice in Wonderland - 6
Dark Shadows - 5
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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...
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Rushmore - 8
Fantastic Mr. Fox - 9
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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...
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Annie Hall - 9
Midnight in Paris - 8
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