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1.
Jean-Luc Godard
Director, My Life to Live
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 Switzerland and attended school in Nyons (Switzerland)...
“ Vivre sa vie (1962)
Le mépris (1963)
Masculin féminin (1966)
Prénom Carmen (1983)
Éloge de l'amour (2001)
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Une femme mariée (1964)
À bout de souffle (1960)
Histoire(s) du cinéma (1988-1998)
Scénario du film 'Passion' (1982)
Pierrot le fou (1965)
Anticipation (1967)
King Lear (1987)
JLG/JLG (1994)
Adieu au langage (2014)
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Bande à part (1964)
Week End (1967)
Notre Musique (2004)
"France/tour/detour/deux/enfants" (1977)
Le petit soldat (1963)
Puissance de la parole (1988)
Une femme est une femme (1961) ” - KasparM
 
2.
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...
“ Barry Lyndon (1975)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Lolita (1962)
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The Shining (1980)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
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The Killing (1956) ” - KasparM
 
3.
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...
“ Magnolia (1999)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
The Master (2012)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Boogie Nights (1997)
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Sydney (1996) ” - KasparM
 
4.
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)...
“ Notorious (1946)
Rear Window (1954)
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North by Northwest (1959)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Vertigo (1958)
Marnie (1964)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Rebecca (1940)
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The Wrong Man (1956)
Lifeboat (1944)
Psycho (1960)
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Strangers on a Train (1951)
Under Capricorn (1949)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
I Confess (1953)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Spellbound (1945)
The 39 Steps (1935)
The Lodger (1927)
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The Ring (1927)
Frenzy (1972)
The Birds (1963)
Suspicion (1941)
The Trouble with Harry (1955) ” - KasparM
 
5.
Nicholas Ray
Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle, Jr. 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 University of Chicago after a year...
“ Johnny Guitar (1954)
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In A Lonely Place (1950)
They Live by Night (1949)
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On Dangerous Ground (1952)
Wind Across the Everglades (1958)
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Run for Cover (1955)
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Party Girl (1958) ” - KasparM
 
6.
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...
“ Blue Velvet (1986)
Eraserhead (1977)
Twin Peaks (1990) (His episodes)
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Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Lost Highway (1997)
The Straight Story (1999)
The Elephant Man (1980)
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Inland Empire (2006)
The Grandmother (1970) ” - KasparM
 
7.
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...
“ Citizen Kane (1941)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
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Touch of Evil (1958)
Chimes at Midnight (1965)
Othello (1952)
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The Immortal Story (1968)
The Fountain of Youth (1958)
F for Fake (1973)
Filming Othello (1978)
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The Lady from Shanghai (1947) ” - KasparM
 
8.
Howard Hawks
Director, The Big Sleep
What do the classic films Scarface, Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, Sergeant York, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Rio Bravo have in common? Aside from their displays of great craftsmanship, the answer is director Howard Hawks...
“ Rio Bravo (1959)
Red River (1948)
The Big Sleep (1946)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Red Line 7000
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A Girl in Every Port (1928)
El Dorado (1966)
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Scarface (1932)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Hatari! (1962) ” - KasparM
 
9.
Abbas Kiarostami
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30...
 
10.
Yasujirô Ozu
Director, Tokyo Story
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 film the next year...
“ The Only Son (1936)
An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
Ohayô (1959)
The End of Summer (1961)
Early Summer (1951)
Early Spring (1956)
Late Autumn (1960)
Equinox Flower (1958)
I Was Born But... (1932)
Tokyo Story (1953)
Late Spring (1949)
Floating Weeds (1959)
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Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947)
Tea Over Rice (1952)
Tokyo Twilight (1957)
Passing Fancy (1933)
The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941)
A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)
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A Hen in the Wind (1948)
What Did the Lady Forget? (1937)
An Inn in Tokyo (1935)
Tokyo Chorus (1931) ” - KasparM
 
11.
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, credited as the inventor of "Spaghetti Western" genre. Leone's film-making style includes juxtaposing extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots. His movies include the sword and sandal action films The Last Days of Pompeii and The Colossus of Rhodes...
“ Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
For a Few Dollars More (1965) ” - KasparM
 
12.
Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire and also films written for the screen...
“ On the Waterfront (1954)
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Baby Doll (1956)
America, America (1963)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
East of Eden (1955)
Wild River (1960)
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The Arrangement (1969)
Panic in the Streets (1950)
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Splendor in the Grass (1961)
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
Viva Zapata! (1952)
The Last Tycoon (1976) ” - KasparM
 
13.
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...
“ M (1931)
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The Big Heat (1953)
Clash by Night (1952)
Western Union (1942)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Scarlet Street (1945)
Dr. Mabuse, Der Spieler (1922)
Spione (1928)
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Rancho Notorious (1952)
Metropolis (1927)
Fury (1936)
The Indian Tomb (1959)
The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959)
Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (1933)
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
Der müde Tod (1921)
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While the City Sleeps (1956)
You Only Live Once (1937)
Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache (1924) ” - KasparM
 
14.
Anthony Mann
Director, El Cid
“ The Naked Spur (1952)
Man of the West (1958)
Bend of the River (1952)
The Man from Laramie (1955)
Winchester 73 (1950)
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El Cid (1961)
The Tall Target (1951)
The Far Country (1954)
God's Little Acre (1958)
Thunder Bay (1958)
The Tin Star (1957)
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The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
Border Incident (1949)
Devil's Doorway (1950)
The Last Frontier (1955)
The Furies (1950)
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
The Heroes of Telemark (1965) ” - KasparM
 
15.
Max Ophüls
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, Germany...
“ Madame de... (1953)
La ronde (1950)
liebelei (1933)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
Lola Montès (1955)
Le plaisir (1952)
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Caught (1949)
The Reckless Moment (1949) ” - KasparM
 
16.
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...
“ Mauvais Sang (1986)
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Les amants du Pont-Neuf (1991)
Holy Motors (2012)
Pola X (1999)
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Boy Meets Girl (1984)
Merde (2008) ” - KasparM
 
17.
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 exploring the art of exploring sound with the cheap tape recorders available at the time...
“ McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
The Long Goodbye (1972)
Nashville (1975)
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Secret Honor (1984)
Tanner '88 (1988)
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Short Cuts (1993)
O.C. and Stiggs (1985)
California Split (1974)
Kansas City (1996)
Popeye (1980)
A Wedding (1978)
3 Women (1977)
Tanner on Tanner (2004) ” - KasparM
 
18.
“ 35 Rhums (2008)
Beau Travail (1999)
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Chocolat (1988)
U.S. Go Home (1994)
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J'ai pas sommeil (1994)
White Material (2009)
S'en fout la mort (1990)
Nénette et Boni (1996) ” - KasparM
 
19.
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...
“ Django Unchained (2012)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Inglorious Basterds (2009)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Kill Bill: Vol.1 (2003)
Jackie Brown (1997)
Kill Bill: Vol.2 (2004)
Death Proof (2007) ” - KasparM
 
20.
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese directed landmark films such as the crime film Mean Streets, the vigilante-thriller Taxi Driver, the biographical sports drama Raging Bull, the black comedy The King of Comedy, and the crime films Goodfellas and Casino, all of which he collaborated on with actor and close friend Robert De Niro...
“ Taxi Driver (1976)
Mean Streets (1973)
Goodfellas (1990)
Casino (1995)
"Life Stories" (1989) (from New York Stories)
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Raging Bull (1980)
The King of Comedy (1983)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through Martin Scorsese (1995)
Gangs of New York (2002)
The Departed (2006)
The Age of Innocence (1993)
The Last Waltz (1977)
American Boy (1978)
Italianamerican (1974)
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)
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Hugo (2011)
After Hours (1985)
New York, New York (1977)
Public Speaking (2010)
A Letter to Elia (2010) ” - KasparM
 
21.
Blake Edwards
Writer, The Party
Blake Edwards' stepfather's father J. Gordon Edwards was a silent screen director, and his stepfather Jack McEdward was a stage director and movie production manager. Blake acted in a number films, beginning with Ten Gentlemen from West Point and wrote a number of others, beginning with Panhandle and including six for director Richard Quine...
“ Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
The Party (1968)
10 (1979)
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Victor Victoria (1982)
That's Life! (1986)
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The Great Race (1965)
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
The Wild Rovers (1971)
Mister Cory (1957)
Micki + Maude (1984)
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The Pink Panther (1963) ” - KasparM
 
22.
Billy Wilder
The second of two sons, his father ran a chain of railway station cafes. As a youth he was obsessed with everything American. encouraged by his mother he enrolled as a law student at the University of Vienna but quit after 3 months to be a writer on a magazine which although poorly paid it gave him a great amount of experience interviewing such as Richard Strauss and Sigmund Freud...
“ The Apartment (1960)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Stalag 17 (1953)
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Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Avanti! (1972)
One, Two, Three (1961)
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A Foreign Affair (1948)
Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
Love in the Afternoon (1957)
Ace in the Hole (1951)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Major and the Minor (1942)
Sabrina (1954)
Death Mills (1945) ” - KasparM
 
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“ Naked (1993)
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Secret and Lies (1996)
Another Year (2010)
Vera Drake (2004)
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
The Kiss of Death (1977)
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All or Nothing (2002)
Life is Sweet (1990)
High Hopes (1988)
Grown-Ups (1980)
Bleak Moments (1972)
Old Chums (1982)
Afternoon (1982) ” - KasparM
 
24.
Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie Pather Panchali won several International Awards and set Ray as a world-class director...
“ Apur Sansar (1959)
Charulata (1964)
Days and Nights in the Forest (1970)
Pather Panchali (1955)
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Aparajito (1956)
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Deliverance (1984) ” - KasparM
 
25.
Raoul Walsh
Director, White Heat
Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona if an errant jackrabbit hadn't cost him his right eye by leaping through the windshield of his automobile...
“ Objective, Burma! (1945)
White Heat (1949)
The Man I Love (1946)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Regeneration (1915)
Me and My Gal (1932)
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A Distant Trumpet (1964)
They Drive By Night (1940)
band of Angels (1957)
Sea Devils (1953)
Sadie Thompson (1928)
The Big Trail (1930)
What Price Glory (1926)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924) ” - KasparM
 
26.
Jean Renoir
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 began to make movies; he wanted to make a star of her...
“ La Grande Illusion (1937)
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Le crime de monsieur Lange (1936)
La règle du jeu (1939)
Partie de campagne (1936)
La nuit du carrefour (1932)
Boudu sauvé des eaux (1932)
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Toni (1935)
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The River (1951)
This Land is Mine (1943)
The Woman on the Beach (1947) ” - KasparM
 
27.
Ernst Lubitsch
From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at night...
“ Heaven Can Wait (1943)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
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Design for Living (1933)
Broken Lullaby (1932)
Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)
Monte Carlo (1930)
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
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To Be or Not To Be (1942)
Cluny Brown (1946)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
The Merry Widow (1934)
Bluebeard's Eight Wife (1938)
One Hour with You (1932)
Die Puppe (1919)
The Student PRince in Old Heidelberg (1927)
The Marriage Circle (1924)
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Ninotchka (1939)
The Love Parade (1929)
Die Bergkatze (1919) ” - KasparM
 
28.
John Ford
Director, The Searchers
John Ford is, arguably, The Great American Director. When Orson Welles, who repeatedly screened Ford's Stagecoach as a crash course in filmmaking before helming his first film, Citizen Kane, was asked who his three favorite directors were, he answered, "John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." Along with D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille...
“ Grapes of Wrath (1940)
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Two Rode Together (1961)
The Searchers (1956)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Stagecoach (1939)
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Tobacco Road (1941)
The Iron Horse (1924)
3 Bad Men (1926)
Wagon Master (1950)
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The Sun Shines Bright (1953)
7 Women (1966)
Seargent Rutledge (1960)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Judge Priest (1934)
Fort Apache (1948) ” - KasparM
 
29.
Budd Boetticher
Brilliant, distinguished American director, particularly of Westerns, whose simple, bleak style disguises a complex artistic temperament. The son of a wealthy hardware retailer, Boetticher attended Culver Military Academy and Ohio State University, where he excelled in football and boxing. Following his schooling Boetticher...
“ Ride Lonesome (1959)
The Tall T (1957)
Seven Men from Now (1956)
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Decision at Sundown (1957)
Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)
Westbound (1959)
Comanche Station (1960) ” - KasparM
 
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“ Les plages d'Agnès (2008)
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Agnès de ci de la Varda (2011)
Sans toi ni loi (1985)
Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962)
Les créatures (1966)
La Pointe-Courte (1955)
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L'une chante, l'autre pas (1977)
L'opéra-mouffe (1958) ” - KasparM
 
31.
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...
“ Seven Samurai (1954)
High and Low (1963)
Red Beard (1965)
Ikiru (1952)
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Stray Dog (1949)
Sanjûro (1962)
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Kagemusha (1980)
Yôjinbô (1961)
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Ran (1985)
Dodes'Ka'Den (1970)
Dersu Uzala (1975)
Rashomon (1950)
Drunken Angel (1948) ” - KasparM
 
32.
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...
“ Persona (1966)
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
Cries and Whispers (1973)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
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The Virgin Spring (1960)
From the Life of the Marionettes (1980) ” - KasparM
 
33.
Michelangelo Antonioni
Writer, Blow-Up
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" studying directorship at the School of Cinema...
“ Professione: reporter (1975)
Identificazione di una donna (1982)
L'avventura (1960)
La notte (1961)
The Red Desert (1964)
Il grido (1957)
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L'eclisse (1962)
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Zabriskie Point (1970) (for the Ending) ” - KasparM
 
34.
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Godfather (1972)
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Rumble Fish (1983)
The Conversation (1974)
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Apocalypse Now (1979)
Finian's Rainbow (1968) ” - KasparM
 
35.
Werner Herzog
Director, Grizzly Man
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 his films.
“ Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
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Fitzcarraldo (1982)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1998)
The White Diamond (2004)
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
The Great Ecstasy of the Sculptor Steiner (1974)
Nosferatu (1979)
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My Best Fiend (1999)
Lessons of Darkness (1992)
Cobra Verde (1987)
Woyzeck (1979)
Stroszek (1977)
Grizzly Man (2005) ” - KasparM
 
36.
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, 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 "Little Tramp" character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ The Kid (1921)
City Lights (1931)
Modern Times (1936)
A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)
Limelight (1952)
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The Gold Rush (1925)
Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
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The Great Dictator (1940)
The Circus (1928) ” - KasparM
 
37.
William Wyler
Director, Ben-Hur
William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as...
“ The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Dodsworth (1936)
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Roman Holiday (1953)
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The Heiress (1949)
The Letter (1940) ” - KasparM
 
38.
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...
“ Viridiana (1961)
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Tristana (1970)
Le journal d'une femme de chambre (1964)
Simon of the Desert (1965)
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The Young One (1960)
Un chien Andalou (1929)
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Los Olvidados (1950)
Belle de jour (1967)
L'âge d'or (1930)
Las Hurdes (1933) ” - KasparM
 
39.
Carol Reed
Director, The Third Man
Carol Reed was the second son of stage actor, dramatics teacher and impresario founder of the Royal School of Dramatic Arts Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Reed was one of Tree's six illegitimate children with Beatrice Mae Pinney, who Tree established in a second household apart from his married life. There were no social scars here; Reed grew up in a well-mannered...
“ The Third Man (1949)
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The Fallen Idol (1948)
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Night Train to Munich (1940)
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Odd Man Out (1947) ” - KasparM
 
40.
“ Four Friends (1981)
The Miracle Worker (1962)
Night Moves (1975)
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Mickey One (1965)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
The Left Handed Gun (1958) ” - KasparM
 
41.
Douglas Sirk
Film director Douglas Sirk, whose reputation blossomed in the generation after his 1959 retirement from Hollywood filmmaking, was born Hans Detlef Sierck on April 26, 1897, in Hamburg, Germany, to a journalist. Both of his parents were Danish, and the future director would make movies in German, Danish and English...
“ There's Always Tomorrow (1956)
Magnificent Obsession (1954)
***
All that Heaven Allows (1955)
***
The Tarnished Angels (1957)
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
Written on the Wind (1956)
***
Imitation of Life (1959) ” - KasparM
 
42.
Sam Peckinpah
"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch, 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 exploding bottle...
“ The Wild Bunch (1969)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
***
Ride the High Country (1962)
The Iron Cross (1977)
Convoy (1978) ” - KasparM
 
43.
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 run the second unit for David O. Selznick's A Tale of Two Cities...
“ Canyon Passage (1946)
Wichita (1955)
Nightfall (1957)
Night of the Demon (1957)
Out of the Past (1947)
***
Stars in My Crown (1950)
Cat People (1942) ” - KasparM
 
44.
Éric Rohmer
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, some have argued convincingly that...
“ La collectionneuse (1967)
Le rayon vert (1986)
Conte d'hiver (1992)
4 aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle (1987)
***
Le beau mariage (1982)
L'ami de mon amie (1987)
The Marquise von O... (1976)
Conte d'automne (1998)
***
Pauline à la plage (1983)
La femme de l'aviateur (1981)
Les nuits de la pleine lune (1984)
Conte d'été (1996)
Le genou de claire (1970)
L'amour l'après-midi (1972)
Ma nuit chez Maud (1969)
Conte de printemps (1990) ” - KasparM
 
45.
“ Love Streams (1984)
***
The Killing of A Chinese Bookie (1976)
Faces (1968)
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Opening Night (1977)
***
Gloria (1980) ” - KasparM
 
46.
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...
“ The Tree of Life (2011)
***
Days of Heaven (1978)
***
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Badlands (1973) ” - KasparM
 
47.
Kar-Wai Wong
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 cha sit (1997)...
“ Chungking Express (1994)
Happy Together (1997)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
***
Days of Being Wild (1990)
Ashes of Time (1994)
***
As tear Go By (1988)
***
2046 (2004) ” - KasparM
 
48.
“ *Iklimler (2006) Climates
*Bir zamanlar Anadolu’da (2011) Once Upon A Time In Anatolia

Koza (1995) Cocoon
Kasaba (1997) The Town
Mayis sikintisi (1999) Clouds of May
Uzak (2002) Distant
Üç maymun (2008) Three Monkeys ” - KasparM
 
49.
Jonas Mekas
Jonas Mekas, born December 24, 1922, Semeniskiai, Birzai, Lithuania, is a director, cinematographer, editor, writer, actor, poet, artist and publicist. More than 60 years of tireless work in film, arts and media has earned him the epithet "The Godfather of American Avant-Garde Cinema". In 1944 Jonas Mekas left Lithuania...
“ *As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000)
*Diaries Notes and Sketches (Walden) (1969)
*Notes on the Circus (1966)
*Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972)
*Lost, Lost, Lost (1976)
*Zefiro Torna or Scenes from the Life of George Maciunas (Fluxus) (1992) ” - KasparM
 
50.
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)...
“ Crash (1996)
***
Dead Ringers (1988)
***
Camera (2000)
Videodrome (1983)
A History of Violence (2005)
Eastern Promises (2007)
***
The Brood (1979)
The Fly (1986) ” - KasparM
 
51.
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...
“ The Thing (1982)
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
They Live (1988)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
***
Dark Star (1974)
"Cigarette Burns" (2005)
***
Starman (1984)
Escape from New York (1981)
Halloween (1978) ” - KasparM
 
52.
Aki Kaurismäki
Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific film-makers...
“ The Match Factory Girl (1990)
la vie de bohème (1992)
***
Lights in the Dusk (2006)
I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)
The Man Without a Past (2002)
Drifting Clouds (1996)
Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994)
Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)
Total Balalaika Show (1994) ” - KasparM
 
53.
Richard Lester
Director, Superman II
Richard Lester was one of the most influential directors of the 1960s, and continued his career into the 1970s and early '80s. He is best remembered for the two films he helmed starring The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965), the frenetic cutting style of which was seen by many as the predecessor of the music video a generation later...
“ Petulia (1968)
***
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum (1966)
Robin and Marian (1976)
Help! (1965) ” - KasparM
 
54.
Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
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 and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the script writers Paul Schrader...
“ Blow Out (1981)
Body Double (1984)
Carrie (1976)
***
Carlito's Way (1993)
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
***
Scarface (1983)
Dressed to Kill (1980)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Greetings (1968)
Hi, Mom! (1970) ” - KasparM
 
55.
Kenneth Anger
Director, Eaux d'artifice
Kenneth Anger grew up in Hollywood and started out as a child actor, but his interest in filmmaking was evident at an early age: he made his first film, "Who's Been Rocking My Dreamboat?", at age 9. Anger developed into one of the pioneers of the American underground film movement. His gritty, violent...
“ Scorpio Rising (1963)
***
Rabbit's Moon (1950)
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954) (with Pop music soundtrack)
Kustom Kar Kommandos (1970) ” - KasparM
 
56.
Mikio Naruse
Director, Ukigumo
“ Bangiku (1954) Late Chrysanthemums
Inazuma (1952) Lightning
Midareru (1964) Yearning
Okaasan (1952) Mother
***
Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki (1960) When A Woman Ascends the Stairs
Ukigumo (1955) Floating Clouds ” - KasparM
 
57.
Michael Powell
Director, The Red Shoes
The son of Thomas William Powell & 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 an hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury & Dulwich College he first worked at the National Provincial Bank from 1922 - 1925...
“ The Red Shoes (1948)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Peeping Tom (1960)
The Tales of Hoffman (1951)
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
***
The Small Back Room (1949)
I Know Where I'm Going (1945)
***
The Thief of Bagdad (1940) ” - KasparM
 
58.
Emeric Pressburger
Educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart, Emeric Pressburger worked as a journalist in Hungary and Germany and an author and scriptwriter in Berlin and Paris. He was a Hungarian Jew, chased around Europe (he worked on films for UFA in Berlin and Paris) before World War II, finally finding sanctuary in London--but as a scriptwriter who didn't speak English...
“ The Red Shoes (1948)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
***
The Small Back Room (1949)
I Know Where I'm Going (1945) ” - KasparM
 
59.
F.W. Murnau
Director, Nosferatu
He studied art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg. During World War I, he was a combat pilot.
“ Sunrise (1927)
***
Nosferatu (1922)
City Girl (1930)
Faust (1926)
Der Letzte Mann (1924) ” - KasparM
 
60.
Jacques Becker
Writer, Le Trou
His interest in films was stimulated by a meeting with King Vidor, who offered him employment in the US as actor and assistant director. However, he remained in France and became assistant to Jean Renoir, a friend of the family, during that director's peak period (1932-39). In 1934 he ventured briefly into independent production...
“ Touchez pas au Grisbi (1954)
***
Le trou (1960)
***
Antoine et Antoinette (1947)
Goupi mains rouges (1943) ” - KasparM
 
61.
Jean-Pierre Melville
Writer, Le Samouraï
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 Ishmaels and its Claggarts a challenge to the European canon...
“ Le doulos (1962)
L'armée des ombres (1969)
Le samouraï (1967)
***
Le deuxième souffle (1966)
Bob le flambeur (1956) ” - KasparM
 
62.
Federico Fellini
Writer,
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 devil herself said the priests who ran his school)...
“ I Vitelloni (1953)
8 1/2 (1963)
Amarcord (1973)
***
Toby Dammit (1968) ” - KasparM
 
63.
Kenji Mizoguchi
Director, Ugetsu
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 outside of Japan because they were especially produced for Venice (e.g...
“ Ugetsu monogatari (1953) Les contes de la lune vague après la pluie
Zangiku monogatari (1939) The Story of the Late Chrysanthemus
Shin heike monogatari (1955) Taira Clan Saga
Gion no shimai (1936) Sisters of the Gion
Sanshô dayû (1954) Sansho the Bailiff; l’intendant Sansho
Chikamatsu monogatari (1954) The Crucified Lovers/A Story from Chikamatsu ” - KasparM
 
64.
“ Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
***
The Awful Truth (1937)
Big Business (1929)
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
***
Duck Soup (1933) ” - KasparM
 
65.
Carl Theodor Dreyer
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 fact...
“ La passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928)
Gertrud (1964)
Vampyr (1932)
Ordet (1955)
***
Day of Wrath (1943) ” - KasparM
 
66.
John Boorman
Producer, Excalibur
John Boorman attended Catholic school (Salesian Order) although his family was not, in fact, Roman Catholic. His first job was for a dry-cleaner. Later, he worked as a critic for a women's journal and for a radio station until he entered the television business, working for the BBC in Bristol. There...
“ Excalibur (1981)
Point Blank (1967)
Deliverance (1972)
The Emerald Forest (1985)
The General (1998) ” - KasparM
 
67.
John Huston
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 included English...
“ The Dead (1987)
The Misfits (1960)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
***
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
The Unforgiven (1960) ” - KasparM
 
68.
Robert Bresson
Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin in 1943. His next film, Les dames du Bois de Boulogne would be the last time he would work with professional actors...
“ Au hasard Balthazard (1966)
***
Les dames du bois de boulogne (1945)
***
Pickpocket (1959)
Un condamné à mort s'est échappé (1956)
***
Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (1962) ” - KasparM
 
69.
David Lean
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon in 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 a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927...
“ Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Hobson's Choice (1954)
***
Brief Encounter (1945)
A Passage to India (1984) ” - KasparM
 
70.
“ Il posto (1961)
I fidanzati (1963)
***
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) ” - KasparM
 
71.
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...
“ The Verdict (1982)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Prince of the City (1981)
Network (1976)
***
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
***
12 Angry Men (1957)
The Pawnbroker (1964) ” - KasparM
 
72.
Vincente Minnelli
Director, Gigi
Born Lester Anthony Minnelli in Chicago on February 28 1903, his father Vincent was a musical conductor of the Minnelli Brothers' Tent Theater. Wanting to pursue an artistic career, Minelli worked in the costume department of the Chicago Theater, then on Broadway during the depression as a set designer and costumer...
“ The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Some Came Running (1958)
***
The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)
The Band Wagon (1953)
***
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
The Clock (1945) ” - KasparM
 
73.
Samuel Fuller
Sam Fuller had six siblings: three brothers (Ving, Ray and Tom) and three sisters (Evelyn, Tina and Rose). His most famous sibling was his older brother, the nationally syndicated comic strip artist and cartoonist, Ving Fuller. In the 1920s Ving was a staff cartoonist at the New York Evening Graphic...
“ Forty Guns (1957)
***
The Naked Kiss (1964)
I Shot Jesse James (1949)
***
Pickup on South Street (1953)
The Big Red One (1980) ” - KasparM
 
74.
Josef von Sternberg
Director, The Blue Angel
Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop out of high school...
“ The Docks of New York (1928)
***
Morocco (1930)
Dishonored (1931)
Shanghai Express (1932)
The Last Command (1928) ” - KasparM
 
75.
“ Arsenal
***
Earth
Ivan ” - KasparM
 
76.
Jacques Tati
The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who conducted his business in the fashionable Rue de Castellane and had taken a Dutch-Italian woman...
“ Mon Oncle (1958)
Jour de fête (1949)
Play Time (1967)
***
Les vacances de monsieur Hulot (1953) ” - KasparM
 
77.
“ Holiday (1938)
Wild is the Wind (1957)
A Star Is Born (1954)
***
Born Yesterday (1950)
The Women (1939)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Dinner at Eight (1933) ” - KasparM
 
78.
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writer, Accattone
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 was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life of a pimp in the slums of Rome caused a sensation...
“ Accattone (1961)
***
The Gospel According to St. Matthews (1964) ” - KasparM
 
79.
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...
“ Sherlock Jr. (1924)
The General (1926)
***
Go West (1925)
Seven Chances (1925)
One Week (1920) ” - KasparM
 
80.
Roberto Rossellini
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 directors, including Martin Scorsese...
“ Open City (1945)
Voyage in Italy (1954)
The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
***
Il generale della Rovere (1959)
Stromboli (1950) ” - KasparM
 
81.
Louis Malle
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 in Paris...
“ Le feu follet (1963)
***
Le monde du silence (1956)
Le souffle au coeur (1971)
Pretty Baby (1978)
Au revoir les enfants (1987)
Lacombe Lucien (1974)
Zazie dans le métro (1960) ” - KasparM
 
82.
Vittorio De Sica
Director, Bicycle Thieves
Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee idol of the Italian theatre...
“ Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Umberto D. (1952) ” - KasparM
 
83.
“ Soy cuba (1964)
The Cranes Are Flying (1957) ” - KasparM
 
84.
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...
“ Andrey Rublyov (1966)
Offret (1986)
Nostalghia (1983)
***
Ivan's Childhood (1962) ” - KasparM
 
85.
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...
“ The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
***
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Hotel Chevalier (2007)
***
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Rushmore (1998) ” - KasparM
 
86.
“ Handle with Care (1977) Citizens Band
Melvin and Howard (1980)
Swing Shift (1984)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
***
Caged Heat (1974)
Crazy Mama (1975) ” - KasparM
 
87.
Russ Meyer
Director, Up!
Russell Albion Meyer was born in San Leandro, California, to Lydia Lucinda (Hauck), a nurse, and William Arthur Meyer, a police officer, who divorced during his childhood. His parents were both of German descent. Meyer began winning prizes at 15 with his amateur films. He spent World War II in Europe as a combat cameraman...
“ Beneath the Valley of the Ultra Vixens (1979)
Up! (1976)
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
***
Supervixens (1975)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
Lorna (1964) ” - KasparM
 
88.
Bernardo Bertolucci
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 and directed The Grim Reaper. His second film...
“ La luna (1979)
The Conformist (1970)
***
The Dreamers (2003)
The Last Emperor (1987) ” - KasparM
 
89.
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...
“ Chinatown (1974)
Le locataire (1976)
Frantic (1987)
***
Dance of the Vampires (1967)
Knife in the Water (1962) ” - KasparM
 
90.
“ Loulou (1980)
***
L'enfance nue (1967)
Van Gogh (1991)
Police (1985)
À nous amours (1983)
***
Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (1972) ” - KasparM
 
91.
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...
“ To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
Sorcerer (1977)
***
Cruising (1980)
***
The French Connection (1971) ” - KasparM
 
92.
Paul Schrader
Writer, Taxi Driver
Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18...
“ Light Sleeper (1992)
The Comfort of Strangers (1990)
***
American Gigolo (1980)
Mishima (1985)
***
Light of Day (1987) ” - KasparM
 
93.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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 even antigay...
“ The American Soldier (1970)
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
***
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)
Veronika Voss (1982)
Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)
Fox and His Friends (1975)
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
Lola (1981)
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) ” - KasparM
 
94.
Paul Verhoeven
Director, Total Recall
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris, about a medieval knight...
“ RoboCop (1987)
Turkish Fruit (1973)
Spetters (1980)
Flesh + Blood (1985)
***
The Fourth Man (1983)
Soldier of Orange (1977)
Starship Troopers (1997) ” - KasparM
 
95.
Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. But his biggest success was The Deer Hunter which won the Oscar for best film...
“ Heaven's Gate (1980)
***
The Deer Hunter (1978)
***
The Year of the Dragon (1985) ” - KasparM
 
96.
Pedro Almodóvar
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...
“ Talk to Her (2002)
***
Broken Embraces (2009)
The Law of Desire (1987)
Volver (2006)
***
Live Flesh (1997) ” - KasparM
 
97.
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...
“ Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Manhattan (1979)
Love and Death (1975)
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Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Stardust Memories (1980)
Interiors (1978)
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Anything Else (2003)
Zelig (1983)
Husbands and Wives (1992)
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Annie Hall (1977)
Hollywood Ending (2002)
Bananas (1970)
Sleeper (1973) ” - KasparM
 
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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...
“ Minority Report (2002)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
E.T. (1982)
Jaws (1975)
Jurassic Park (1993) ” - KasparM
 
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“ The Breakfast Club (1984)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
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Sixteen Candles (1984)
Weird Science (1985) ” - KasparM
 
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Abel Ferrara
Director, Bad Lieutenant
Born in the Bronx, Ferrara started making amateur films on Super 8 in his teens before making his debut with violent exploitation films such as 'Driller Killer' and 'Ms.45'. Good reviews for the latter helped create his cult reputation, leading to larger budgets, studio funding and 'name' actors (Christopher Walken...
“ Bad Lieutenant (1992)
King of New York (1990)
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Ms. 45 (1981)
Fear City (1984)
The Funeral (1996) ” - KasparM