Directors - Ratedby Deigues | created - 16 Sep 2011 | updated - 9 months ago | Public
Director | Punch-Drunk Love
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...
Writer | Kakushi-toride no san-akunin
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 (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...
Ikiru - 10 Rashomon - 10 Seven Samurai - 10 Red Beard - 9.5 Stray Dog- 9.5 RAN - 9.5 High and Low- 9.5 Yojimbo - 9 Throne of Blood - 9 I live in Fear- 9 The Bad Sleep Well - 9 Kagemusha - 8.5 Donzoko - 8.5 Hidden Fortress - 8.5 Dersu Uzala - 8.5 Sanjuro - 8.5 Scandal - 8 The Quiet Duel - 8 Drunken Angel - 8 Dreams - 8 Rhapsody in August - 7
Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey
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 ...
Writer | Solyaris
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 (1962), which ...
5. Yasujirô Ozu
Director | Tôkyô monogatari
Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first ...
Director | Taxi Driver
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 ...
Raging Bull - 10 Taxi Driver - 10 Goodfellas - 9.5 Mean Streets - 9.5 Casino - 9 King of Comedy - 9 The Departed - 9 After Hours - 8.5 The Wolf of Wall Street - 8.5 The Last Temptation of Christ - 8.5 Age of Innocence - 8 Shutter Island - 8 Color of Money - 8 Cape Fear - 8 Alice Doesn't Live here anymore - 7.5 Bringing out the Dead - 7.5 Hugo - 7.5 New York, New York - 7 Who's that knocking on my door?- 7 Kundun - 7 Boxcar Bertha - 5
Writer | Smultronstället
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) 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 (1996) is the ...
Cries and Whispers - 10 Persona - 10 Through a Glass Darkly- 9.5 Wild Strawberries - 9.5 The Seventh Seal - 9 Sawdust and Tinsel - 9 Monika - 9 Autumn Sonata - 9 Smiles of a Summer Night - 9 Winter Light - 8.5 The Virgin Spring - 8.5 The Silence - 8.5 Saraband - 8.5 Face to Face - 8 The Magician - 8 Fanny and Alexander - 8 Hour of the Wolf - 8 The Devil's Eye - 7.5
Actor | Love Streams
John Cassavetes was born on December 9, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA as John Nicholas Cassavetes. He was an actor and director, known for Love Streams (1984), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974). He was married to Gena Rowlands. He died on February 3, 1989 in Los ...
Writer | 8½
The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the ...
Producer | The Conversation
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 ...
11. Orson Welles
Actor | Citizen Kane
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 nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....
12. Sergio Leone
Writer | Once Upon a Time in America
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 ...
13. 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 ...
Vertigo - 10 Psycho - 9.5 Rear Window - 9.5 North by Northwest - 9.5 The Birds - 9 Rebecca - 9 Notorious - 9 Lifeboat - 9 The lady Vanishes - 8.5 Shadow of a Doubt - 8.5 Dial M for Murder - 8.5 Strangers on a Train - 8.5 I Confess - 8.5 Spellbound - 8.5 Frenzy - 8 Marnie - 8 The Man Who Knew Too Much - 8 Rope - 8 Suspicion - 8 The 39 Steps - 8 The Trouble With Harry- 7.5 The Lodger- 7.5 To Catch a Thief- 7.5 The Wrong Man - 7.5 Stage Fright - 7.5 Torn Curtain - 7
14. Robert Bresson
Writer | Journal d'un curé de campagne
Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Affaires publiques (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Les anges du péché (1943) in 1943. ...
15. Robert Altman
Director | Gosford Park
Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...
16. Werner Herzog
Director | Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes
Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn't finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for...
17. David Lynch
Writer | Twin Peaks
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 ...
18. Luis Buñuel
Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie
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 ...
Viridiana - 10 Belle de Jour - 9.5 The Exterminating Angel - 9.5 That Obscure Object of Desire - 9.5 Un Chien Andalou - 9 L'age D'Or - 9 Los Olvidados - 9 Nazarín - 8.5 Diary of a Chambermaid - 8.5 Ensayo de un Crymen - 8.5 Milky Way - 8 Simon of the Desert - 8 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise - 8 The Phantom of Liberty - 8 La Joven - 8 Tristana - 7.5
Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit
Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...
In a Year With 13 Moons - 10 Fear eats the Soul - 10 Marriage of Maria Braun - 9.5 Merchant of Four Seasons - 9.5 Why does Herr R ryb Amok? - 9 The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant - 9 Lola - 9 World on a Wire - 8.5 Veronika Voss - 8.5 The Third Generation - 8 Chinese Roulette - 8 Fontane - 8 Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven - 7.5 Lilli Marleen - 7.5 Fox and His Friends - 7.5 Beware of the Holly Whore - 7.5 Despair - 7.5 Satan's Brew - 7 Love is Colder than Death - 7 Whity - 6.5 Querelle - 6
20. John Ford
Director | The Quiet Man
John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...
The Searchers - 10 Stagecoach - 9.5 The Grapes of Wrath - 9 The Quiet Man - 9 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - 9 My Darling Clementine - 9 The Informer - 8.5 How Green Was My Valley - 8.5 Young Mr. Lincoln - 8.5 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon - 8 Tobacco Road - 7.5 The Long Voyage Home - 7 Rio Grande - 7 Wagon Master - 7
21. Michael Powell
Director | The Tales of Hoffmann
The son of Thomas William Powell and Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self-confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the south of France (where his parents ran a hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury and Dulwich ...
22. Charles Chaplin
Writer | The Great Dictator
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 ...
23. Luchino Visconti
Director | Le notti bianche
Luchino Visconti was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Luchino Visconti di Modrone. He was a director and writer, known for Le Notti Bianche (1957), Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and Death in Venice (1971). He died on March 17, 1976 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Writer | Blowup
Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema"...
25. Roman Polanski
Actor | Chinatown
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 ...
Writer | La nuit américaine
French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. 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 became his protector. Bazin helped the ...
27. Nicholas Ray
Director | Rebel Without a Cause
Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the ...
Actor | À bout de souffle
The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its ...
29. Jean Renoir
Writer | La grande illusion
Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he ...
30. Terrence Malick
Writer | Days of Heaven
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 ...
31. Fritz Lang
Director | M
Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...
Metropolis - 10 M - 9.5 The Big Heat - 9 Scarlet Street - 9 Human Desire - 8.5 The Woman In the Window - 8.5 Fury - 8.5 Spione - 8.5 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt - 8 The Tiger of Eschnapur - 8 While the City Sleeps - 7.5 Destiny - 7.5 Man Hunt - 7.5 The Testament of Dr. Mabuse - 7 The Indian Tomb - 7 Moonfleet - 6.5
Writer | Paisà
The master filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, as one of the creators of neo-realism, is one of the most influential directors of all time. His neo-realist films influenced France's nouvelle vague movement in the 1950s and '60s that changed the face of international cinema. He also influenced American ...
33. Kenji Mizoguchi
Director | Saikaku ichidai onna
Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known ...
Writer | La double vie de Véronique
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 (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personel (...
35. Buster Keaton
Actor | The General
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, 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 ...
36. Kar-Wai Wong
Writer | Yi dai zong shi
Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong ...
37. Billy Wilder
Writer | The Apartment
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 ...
Sunset Boulevard - 10 Ace in The Hole - 9.5 The Lost Weekend - 9 The Apartment - 9 Stalag 17 - 9 Double Indemnity - 8.5 Witness for the Prosecution - 8 One, Two, Three - 8 The Seven Year Itch - 7.5 Some Like It Hot - 7.5 The Fortune Cookie - 7.5 The Major and the Minor - 7.5 Sabrina - 7.5 A Foreign Affair - 7.5 Irma La Douce - 7 The Front Page - 7 Avanti! - 7 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes - 6.5
38. Elia Kazan
Director | On the Waterfront
Known for his creative stage direction, Elia Kazan was born Elias Kazantzoglou on September 7, 1909 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey). Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He ...
39. Chan-wook Park
Director | Ah-ga-ssi
40. Woody Allen
Writer | Manhattan
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...
Crimes and Misdemeanors - 9.5 Manhattan - 9 Annie Hall - 9 Hannah and Her Sisters - 9 Deconstructing Harry - 8.5 Stardust Memories - 8.5 Midnight in Paris - 8.5 Vicky Christina Barcelona - 8.5 Match Point - 8.5 Blue Jasmine - 8 Love and Death - 8 Zelig - 8 Bullets Over Broadway - 8 Husbands and Wives - 8 Manhattan Murder Mystery - 8 Radio Days - 8 Purple Rose of Cairo - 8 Another Woman - 7.5 Anything Else - 7.5 Hollywood Ending - 7.5 Sleeper - 7.5 Small Time Crooks - 7.5 Interiors - 7.5 Take the money and run - 7.5 Sweet and Lowdown - 7.5 Whatever Works - 7 Broadway Danny Rose - 7 Everyone Says I love You - 7 Mighty Aphrodite - 7 Bananas - 7 Shadows and Fog - 7 Everything you always wanted to know about sex - 7 Melinda and Melinda - 7 September - 7 A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy - 7 To Rome with Love - 6.5 Celebrity - 6.5 What's Up Tiger Lilly? - 6.5 The Curse of the Jaded Scorpion - 6.5 Irrational Man - 6.5 Magic In The Moonlight - 6.5 Scoop - 6.5
41. Masaki Kobayashi
Director | Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu
Masaki Kobayashi was born on February 14, 1916 in Hokkaido, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Samurai Rebellion (1967), The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) and The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961). He died on October 4, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.
Writer | Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma
Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life ...
Writer | The Last Emperor
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed La commare ...
Writer | Gertrud
The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the ...
45. Howard Hawks
Director | Rio Bravo
What do the classic films Scarface (1932), Twentieth Century (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Rio Bravo (1959) have in...
46. John Huston
Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...
Treasure of the Sierra Madre - 10 Maltese Falcon - 9.5 The Asphalt Jungle - 9 Fat City - 9 The Man Who Would be King - 9 The African Queen - 9 The Dead - 8.5 The Night of the Iguana - 8.5 Moby Dick - 8.5 Reflections in a Golden Eye - 8.5 The Red Badge of Courage - 8.5 Heaven Knows Mr. Allison - 8 Under the Volcano - 8 Wise Blood - 8 The Misfits - 8 Let There Be Light - 8 Key Largo - 8 Freud - 7.5 Beat The Devil - 7.5 The List of Adrian Messenger - 7.5 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean - 7.5 In this our life - 7.5 Moulin Rouge - 7.5 Prizzi's Honor - 7 The Unforgiven - 7 The Mackintosh Man - 6.5 Victory! - 6.5 We Were Strangers - 6 The Barbarian and the Geisha - 5.5
47. Louis Malle
Director | Au revoir les enfants
Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies ...
Au revoir, les enfants - 9.5 The Fire Within - 9.5 Lacombe Lucien - 9 Elevator to the Gallows - 9 Murmur of the Heart - 8.5 My Dinner with Andre - 8.5 Damage - 8.5 Vanya on 42nd Street - 8 Zazie dans le métro - 8 Atlantic City - 8 Les Amants - 8 Milou en Mai - 8 Pretty Baby - 7.5 Le Voleur - 7 Black Moon - 6.5
48. Michael Haneke
Writer | Caché
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 ...
49. Lars von Trier
Writer | Dancer in the Dark
Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...
50. Jean Vigo
Jean Vigo had bad health since he was a child. Son of anarchist militant Miguel Almareyda, he also never really recovered from his father's mysterious death in jail when he was 12. Abandoned by his mother, he passed from boarding school to boarding school. Aged 23, through meetings with people ...
51. Wim Wenders
Director | Der Himmel über Berlin
Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...
Writer | Le salaire de la peur
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 (1943) banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to ...
53. Ki-duk Kim
Writer | Bin-jip
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 Ag-o (1996). Then he went on to direct ...
54. Mike Leigh
Director | Secrets & Lies
Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Secrets & Lies (1996), Another Year (2010) and Naked (1993). He was previously married to Alison Steadman.
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...
Director | Aleksandr Nevskiy
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 ...
57. Sam Peckinpah
Writer | Straw Dogs
"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael. That ...
58. 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 ...
59. Jean-Luc Godard
Director | À bout de souffle
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...
60. Joel Coen
Writer | Fargo
Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for Fargo (1996), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.
The Big Lebowski - 9.5 No Country For Old Men - 9.5 Barton Fink - 9.5 Fargo - 9 A Serious Man - 8.5 Miller's Crossing - 8.5 True Grit - 8 Blood Simple - 8 Burn After Reading - 8 Inside Llewyn Davis - 8 Raising Arizona - 7.5 The Man Who Wasn't There - 7.5 Oh Brother Where Art Thou? - 7.5 The Hudsucker proxy - 7 Hail, Caesar! - 7 Intolerable Cruelty - 6.5
61. Mike Nichols
Director | The Graduate
He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin. He later ...
62. 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, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early...
A History of Violence - 9 Videodrome - 9 Dead Ringers - 8.5 Eastern Promises - 8.5 The Fly - 8.5 The Deadzone - 8 Crash - 8 eXistenZ - 8 M. Butterfly - 8 Naked Lunch - 7.5 The Brood - 7.5 Rabid - 7.5 Spider - 7.5 Scanners - 7 Shivers - 7 A Dangerous Method - 7 Maps to the stars - 6.5 Cosmopolis - 6 Crimes of the Future - 4
63. Jim Jarmusch
Director | Broken Flowers
Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
64. David Fincher
Director | Se7en
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...
65. Nicolas Roeg
Director | Don't Look Now
When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer twelve years later. He first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean's ...
66. John Carpenter
Writer | The Fog
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 ...
67. Peter Greenaway
Director | The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Peter Greenaway trained as a painter and began working as a film editor for the Central Office of Information in 1965. Shortly afterwards he started to make his own films. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, but also paintings, novels and other books. He has held several ...
The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover - 9 The Draughtsman Contract - 8.5 A Zed and Two Noughts - 8.5 Belly of an Architect - 8.5 The Pillow's Book- 8 The Falls- 8 Baby of Mâcon - 8 Drowing by Numbers - 8 Prospero's Books - 7.5 TV Dante - 7.5 Nightwatching - 7.5 The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea - 7.5 The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story - 7 A Life in Suitcases - 7 8 1/2 Women - 7 The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish - 7
68. Brian De Palma
Director | Dressed to Kill
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the ...
69. Michael Mann
Producer | The Insider
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 (1975). He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile (1979), in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release,...
70. Wes Anderson
Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox
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 ...
71. Kihachi Okamoto
Director | Dai yûkai
Okamoto belonged to what one colleague called "the generation where most of them got killed": the leagues of university graduates who were drafted into and sacrificed to the last years of Japan's war in the South Pacific. Okamoto was drafted during the very worst of it, in 1943, but almost alone ...
72. Charlie Kaufman
Writer | Anomalisa
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 ...
73. Sam Mendes
Producer | Road to Perdition
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-...
Writer | Interstellar
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.
75. Tim Burton
Producer | Edward Scissorhands
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 ...
Ed Wood - 9 Big Fish - 8.5 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - 7.5 Sleepy Hollow - 7.5 Corpse Bride - 7.5 Frankenweenie - 7 Edward Scissorhands - 7 Batman - 7 Beetlejuice - 7 Pee-wee's Big Adventure - 7 Alice in Wonderland - 7 Charlie and the chocolate factory - 6.5 Batman Returns - 6.5 Dark Shadows - 6.5 Mars Attacks - 6 Planet of the Apes - 5
76. Steve McQueen
Director | 12 Years a Slave
Writer | The Neon Demon
Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years...
78. Dennis Hopper
Actor | Easy Rider
With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard ...
79. Gus Van Sant
Director | Elephant
Gus Van Sant was born on July 24, 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Gus Greene Van Sant Junior. He is a producer and director, known for Elephant (2003), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989).
80. Gaspar Noé
Director | Irréversible
81. Darren Aronofsky
Director | Pi
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 ...
82. Sofia Coppola
Director | Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was ...
83. Joon-ho Bong
Writer | Okja
84. Lilly Wachowski
Writer | The Matrix
Director, writer and producer Lilly Wachowski was born in 1967 in Chicago as Andrew Wachowski, the son of Lynne, a nurse and painter and Ron, a businessman. Lilly was educated at Kellogg Elementary School in Chicago, before moving on to Whitney Young High School. After graduating from high school, ...
85. Charles Laughton
Actor | Witness for the Prosecution
Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent. He was educated at Stonyhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). His first appearance on stage was in 1926. Laughton ...
86. Alexander Payne
Director | Nebraska
Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older ...
87. Andrew Dominik
Director | Chopper
Andrew Dominik was born on October 7, 1967 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a director and writer, known for Chopper (2000), Killing Them Softly (2012) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007).
88. Vincent Gallo
Actor | Buffalo '66
Vincent Gallo. American-born, Buffalo, New York, 1961. Left home, moved to New York City in 1978, and began playing in the experimental musical group, Gray, with artist Jean Michel Basquiat. After leaving Gray, he formed the band, Bohack, and recorded the highly regarded avant-garde industrial ...
89. Joachim Trier
Director | Louder Than Bombs
Joachim Trier is a Norwegian director and writer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1974. Trier is son of Jacob Trier, which was the sound technician of Norway's most popular film ever Flåklypa Grand Prix (1975), and grandson of the important Norwegian filmmaker Erik Løchen. His mother was a ...
90. Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh was born on March 26, 1970 in Camberwell, London, England. He is a writer and director, known for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012).
91. Éric Rohmer
Director | Ma nuit chez Maud
Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, ...
92. Jacques Tourneur
Director | Out of the Past
Born in Paris in 1904, Tourneur went to Hollywood with his father, director Maurice Tourneur around 1913. He started out as a script clerk and editor for his father, then graduated to such jobs as directing shorts (often with the pseudonym Jack Turner), both in France and America. He was hired to ...
Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape
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 ...
Sex,Lies and Videotape - 9 Out of Sight - 8.5 King of the hill - 8 Side Effects - 8 The Limey - 8 Solaris - 8 Kafka - 7.5 Behind the Candelabra - 7.5 The Girlfriend Experience - 7.5 Haywire - 7.5 Bubble - 7.5 Che: Part One & Two - 7.5 Magic Mike - 7 Ocean's Eleven - 7 The Informant - 7 The Underneath - 7 Ocean's Twelve - 6
94. Steven Spielberg
Producer | Artificial Intelligence: AI
Undoubtedly one of the most influential personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and certainly one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, ...
95. David Lean
Director | Lawrence of Arabia
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding ...
96. Lynne Ramsay
Director | We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lynne Ramsay was born on December 5, 1969 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a director and writer, known for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), You Were Never Really Here (2017) and Morvern Callar (2002).
97. Jee-woon Kim
Director | Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom
98. David O. Russell
Writer | Silver Linings Playbook
David Owen Russell is an American film writer, director, and producer, known for a cinema of intense, tragi-comedic characters whose love of life can surpass dark circumstances faced in very specific worlds. His films address such themes as mental illness as stigma or hope; invention of self and ...
99. Max Ophüls
Director | La ronde
Director Max Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, Germany. He began his career as a stage actor and director in the golden twenties. He worked in cities such as Stuttgart, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Vienna, Frankfurt, Breslau and Berlin. In 1929 his son Marcel Ophüls was born in Frankfurt, ...
100. Roger Corman
Producer | Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound
Roger William Corman was born April 5, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan. Initially following in his father's footsteps, Corman studied engineering at Stanford University but while in school, he began to lose interest in the profession and developed a growing passion for film. Upon graduation, he worked a...
The Intruder - 8.5 Pit and The Pendulum - 8.5 House of Usher - 8.5 The Tomb of Ligeia - 8 The Haunted Palace - 7.5 The Masque of the Red Death - 7.5 The Tower of London - 7 Tales of Terror - 7.5 St. Valentine's Day Massacre - 7 The Trip - 6.5 The Terror - 6.5 It Conquered the World - 5.5 The Undead - 5