Top 15 Up-And-Coming Directors

Great upcoming directors born in the 60's and 70's.
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Matthew Vaughn
Matthew Vaughn is an English film producer and director. He is known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch and for directing the crime thriller, Layer Cake, the fantasy epic, Stardust, the superhero comedy, Kick-Ass, and the superhero film, X-Men: First Class...
“ Notable Recent Works:
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Kick-Ass (2010)
Stardust (2007) ” - alenlin
Pete Docter
Writer, Up
“ Notable Recent Works:
Up (2009)
Monster's Inc. (2001) ” - alenlin
Lee Unkrich
Editorial Department, Finding Nemo
Lee Unkrich attended Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was born in 1967 and graduated in 1985. He was a great French student and created a character in his movie, Toy Story 2 after his high school French teacher. He was featured in the local paper twice for Monsters, Inc. and for Finding Nemo.
“ Notable Recent Works:
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Monster's Inc. (2001)
Toy Story 2 (1999) ” - alenlin
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...
“ Notable Recent Works:
Inception (2010)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Prestige (2006)
Memento (2000) ” - alenlin
“ Notable Recent Works:
District 9 (2009) - Debut ” - alenlin
Duncan Jones
Director, Moon
“ Notable Recent Works:
Source Code (2011)
Moon (2009) - Debut ” - alenlin
Joss Whedon
Writer, The Avengers
Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon...
“ Notable Recent Works:
Serenity (2005) - Debut ” - alenlin
“ Notable Recent Works:
Super 8 (2011)
Star Trek (2009)
Mission Impossible III (2006) - Debut ” - alenlin
Rupert Wyatt
Writer, Director and Producer Rupert Wyatt was born and raised in the South of England. He is the founding member of the film collective Picture Farm that along with its prolific Commercial output has produced numerous Documentaries and Feature Films including the multi-award winning DARK DAYS (2001)...
“ Notable Recent Works:
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ” - alenlin
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 Rockville Center, New York and was childhood friends with director J.J.Abrams...
“ Notable Recent Works: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) ” - alenlin
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...
“ Notable Recent Works:
The Hangover Part II (2011)
The Hangover (2009)
Old School (2003) ” - alenlin
Andrew Niccol
New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds." He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his The Truman Show script, but Rudin was not willing to gamble on a rookie director...
“ Notable Recent Works:
In Time (2011)
Lord of War (2005)
The Terminal (2004) - Writer & Producer
Truman Show (1998) - Writer & Producer
Gattaca (1997) - Debut ” - alenlin
Gareth Edwards
Director, Rogue One
Gareth James Edwards was born on June 1, 1975 in the English town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Growing up, he admired movies such as the 1977 classic "Star Wars", and went on to pursue a film career. He even cites George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as his biggest influences. Edwards studied BA (Hons) Film...