Fav Directors

A list of Directors & a few of their films I enjoy.
(Odd-the names - Kubrick, Coppola, Spielberg, & Lucas don't appear at all).
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Sidney Lumet
Director, 12 Angry Men
Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often treated socially relevant themes in his films...
“ Soooo Under-rated >>Dog Day Aftrernoon, Network, The Verdict, 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Murder on the Orient Express, Fail Safe, The Morning After, The Pawnbroker, Before the Devil Know's You're Dead ” - michaelrome2
Billy Wilder
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929, and wrote scripts for many German films until Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933...
“ The Master of both comedy & drama >>The Apartment, Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, Some Like It Hot, The Lost Weekend, The Misfits, Sabrina, The Lost Weekend, The Fortune Cookie, The 7 Year Itch, Irma La Douce ” - michaelrome2
Frank Capra
One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you could ever be," Capra said about his Atlantic passage...
“ Cinema Americana, at it's best>>Mr.Smith Goes to Washington, It Happened One Night, Lost Horizon, It's a Wonderful Life, Arsenic & Old Lace, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take it With You, A Hole in the Head, Meet John Doe, ” - michaelrome2
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...
“ The King of multi-cast performances>>Nashville, The Player, McCabe Mrs. Miller, M*A*S*H, Calironia Split, Godsford Park, Short Cuts, The Long Goodbye, Prarrie Home Companion ” - michaelrome2
Mike Nichols
Director, Closer
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...
“ Oscar Winner on 2nd attempt>>The Graduate, Postcards From the Edge, Sikwood, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, Carnal Knowledge, Catch 22, Primary Colors, Carnage, Working Girl, Biloxi Blues ” - michaelrome2
“ His films have a solid story, and always brings out the plot>>Klute, Sophie's Choice, All the President's Men, Starting Over, The Parralax View, Comes a Horseman, Presumed Innocent, The Pellican Brief ” - michaelrome2
Hal Ashby
Director, Being There
Hal Ashby was born the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon household in Ogden, Utah, on September 2, 1929. His father was a dairy farmer. After a rough childhood that included the divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, his dropping out of high school, getting married and divorced all before he was 19...
“ Love the Humanity that his films depict>>Shampoo, Coming Home, Harold & Maude, Being There, The Last Detail, Bound for Glory ” - michaelrome2
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the United Kingdom and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted to...
“ One of the best present day directors>>Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Alien, American Gangster, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down, Hanibal, G.I. Jane, Matchstick Men, Bodies of Lies, Kingdom of Heaven ” - michaelrome2
Ron Howard
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ Has come of age in front of our nation>>A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Backdraft, Parenthood, Frost/Nixon, Cacoon, The Missing, Cindarella Man, Rush, Ed TV,The DaVinci Code, Nightshift, Far & Away, Splash, ” - michaelrome2
Martin Scorsese
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films...
“ His films take a look at the dark side of life>>Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, The Departed, Raging Bull, The Color of Money, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, The Gangs of New York, Cape Fear, The Age of Innosense, Mean Streets, Casino, The Aviator, The King of Comedy, The Age of Innosence, The Last Waltz, Shutter Island ” - michaelrome2
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, Frantic, The Ghost Writer, Rosemary's Baby, The Piainist, Knife in the Water, Tess, Death and the Maiden, Repulsion ” - michaelrome2
“ As Good As It Gets, Broadcast News, Tearms of Endearment, Spanglish, How Do You Know ” - michaelrome2
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. Held back in school, Clint moved with his parents to Seattle...
“ Mystic River, Unforgiven, Bridges of Madison County, Bronco Billy, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, Outlaw Josey Wales, J.Edgar, Million Dollar Baby, The Eiger Sanction, A Perfect World, Bird, Grand Torino, Play Misty For Me, Absolute Power, Flags of Our Fathers, Honkeytonk Man, Pale Rider ” - michaelrome2
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...
“ Annie Hall, Sleeper, Crimes & Misdemeanors, Zelig, Matchpopint, Hannah & Her Sisters, Stardust Memmories, Interiors, The Purple Rose of Ciaro, Vicki - Chritina - Barcelona, Bullets Over Broadway, veryone Says I Love You, Another Woman, Love & Death, Manhattan, Mighty Aphrodite, Bananas, Sweet & Lowdown, Midnight in Paris, Everyting You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.... ” - michaelrome2
Rob Reiner
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner. Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also starred in...
“ Stand By Me, A Few Good Men, The American President, The Princess Bride, The Bucket List, This is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally ” - michaelrome2
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 Malteese Falcon. Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Prizzi's Honor, Fat City, The African Queen, Key Largo, The Misfits, Across the Pacific, eflections in a Golden Eye ” - michaelrome2
Milos Forman
Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in Buchenwald and his mother died in Auschwitz...
“ One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amedeus, Hair, Ragtime, ” - michaelrome2
Cameron Crowe
Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market. Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. Crowe...
“ Almost Famous, Jerry Macguire, Say Anything, We Bought a Zoo ” - michaelrome2
Bob Rafelson
Bob Rafelson is an American film director, writer and producer. He is regarded as one of the founders of the New Hollywood movement in the 1970s. Among his best-known films are Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Gardens, and The Postman Always Rings Twice. He was also one of the creators of the pop group and TV series The Monkees...
“ Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Gardens, Postman Always Rings Twice, Head, Blood & Wine, Stay Hungry ” - michaelrome2
Alfred Hitchcock
Actor, 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)...
“ Rebecca, Psycho, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Lifeboat, North by Northwest, The Trouble with Harry, Marnie, Suspision, Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Birds, The Lady Vanishes, Rope, The 39 Steps, Notorious, Torn Curtain, Family Plot ” - michaelrome2
Alan Parker
Director, Evita
Prior to moving into film, Alan was noted as one of London's most talented advertising copywriters. He worked for the Collet Dickinson Pearce (CDP) ad agency in the 1960's and early 1970's, and began directing his own tvc scripts in their basement. Formed a partnership with David Puttnam as his producer (Puttnam had been a photographers' agent)...
“ Shoot the Moon, Midnight Express, The Commitments, Fame, Mississippi Burning, Angel Heart ” - michaelrome2
“ Harry & Tonto, Down & Out in Beverly Hills, An Unmarried Woman, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Blume in Love, Moscow on the Hudson, ” - michaelrome2
Curtis Hanson
After small films like The Bedroom Window and Sweet Kill, Curtis Hanson went on to direct major features including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The River Wild and the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential. Setting his sights on another city, Hanson was critically acclaimed for directing Eminem in Universal Pictures' 8 Mile...
“ L.A Confidential, The River Wild, Wonder Boys, 8 Mile, In Her Shoes, Too Big To Fail ” - michaelrome2
“ Bonnie & Clyde, Missouri Breaks, The Chase, Night Moves, Little Big Man, The Left Handed Gun ” - michaelrome2
Oliver Stone
Director, Platoon
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success. William Oliver Stone was born in New York City...
“ JFK, Wall Street, W., Platoon, Any Given Sunday, The Doors, Born on the 4th of July, Nixon, Natural Born Killers, Salvador ” - michaelrome2
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ” - michaelrome2
David O. Russell
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 survival; the family home as nexus of love...
“ Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, I Heart Huckabeesm Three Kings, The Fighter, Flirting with Disaster ” - michaelrome2
Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to television...
“ Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, The Producers, High Anxiety, Silent Movie ” - michaelrome2
“ Husbands, A Woman Under the Infuence, Faces Gloria, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie ” - michaelrome2
Tim Burton
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 especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
“ Beetlejucie, Batman, Ed Wood, Alice in Wonderland, Big Fish, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, Mars Attacks, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie & the Chocolate Factry, Pee Wee's Big Adventure ” - michaelrome2
“ Places in the Heart. Nobody's Fool, Kramer vs. Kramer, Twilight, Feast of Love ” - michaelrome2
Alexander Payne
Producer, The Descendants
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 brothers...
“ The Decendents, Nebraska, Sideways, About Schmidt, Election, ” - michaelrome2
Bob Fosse
Miscellaneous Crew, All That Jazz
“ Cabaret, All That Jazz, Lenny, Star 80, Sweet Charity, ” - michaelrome2
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ Gone, Baby Gone, The Town, Argo ” - michaelrome2
Peter Bogdanovich
After spending most of his teens studying acting with the legendary Stella Adler, and working as an actor in live TV and various theaters around the country, including the New York and the American Shakespeare Festivals, Peter Bogdanovich at age 20 began directing plays Off-Broadway and in N.Y. summer theater...
“ The Last Picture Show, What's Up, Doc?, Paper Moon, Saint Jack, Mask ” - michaelrome2
Sydney Pollack
Director, Tootsie
Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films. Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...
“ The Electric Horseman, Tootsie, Jerimiah Johnson, Absense of Malice, Jerimiah Johnson, Out of Africa, The Firm, Three Days of the Condor, The Way we Were, They Soot Horses -Don't They? ” - michaelrome2
“ The Big Chill, Grand Canyon, Wyatt Earp, The Accidental Tourist, Body Heat, Silverado, I Love You To Death, Mumford, ” - michaelrome2
Penny Marshall
Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall in the Bronx, New York, on October 15, 1943. The Libra is 5' 6 1/2", with brown hair and green eyes. She is the daughter of Marjorie (Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony "Tony" Marshall, an industrial film director. She is the younger sister of filmmakers Garry Marshall and Ronny Hallin...
“ A League of Their Own, Big, Awakenings, Riding in Cars with Boys, Reniassance Man, The Preachers Wife, ” - michaelrome2
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 nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein...
“ Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch of Evil ” - michaelrome2
Barry Levinson
Producer, Sleepers
Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he wanted to go to Los Angeles...
“ Bugsy, Sleepers, Rainman, The Natural, Diner, Wag the Dog, ” - michaelrome2
Robert Zemeckis
A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone, 1941) and special effect vehicles (Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future)...
“ Forrest Gump, Flight, Back to the Future(s), Used Cars, Cast Away, Contact, Romancing the Stone, Death Becomes Her ” - michaelrome2
“ Midnight Run, Scent of a Woman, Beverly Hills Cop, Meet Joe Black ” - michaelrome2
Peter Yates
Director, Bullitt
Having seen Robbery and Bullitt, it comes as no surprise that Peter Yates started out as a professional racing car driver and team manager - albeit briefly - before turning his attention to film. The son of a military man, he was educated at Charterhouse School and trained at RADA, gaining his first experience as an actor with local repertory companies...
“ Bullitt, Breaking Away, Eywitness, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Suspect, The House on Carroll Street, John & Mary, For Pete's Sake, Mother - Jugs Speed, The Hot Rock, ” - michaelrome2
Kathryn Bigelow
Director, The Hurt Locker
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be critiqued by people like Richard Serra...
“ Zero Dark Thirty, the Hurt Locker, Point Break, Strange Days, Blue Steel ” - michaelrome2
“ "My Beautiful Launderette, Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters, The Queen, High Fidelity, & Philomena ” - michaelrome2
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, Gentleman's Agreement, Viva Zapata, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, East of Eden, The Arrangement, Baby Doll, A Streetcar Named Desire,The Last Tycoon, Splendor in the Grass, ” - michaelrome2
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...
“ French Connection, The Exorist, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A., Blue Chips, Bug ” - michaelrome2
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...
“ Sargent York, His Girl Frday, Red River, The Big Sleep, Bringing Up Baby, Gentlemen Prefer Blonds, Rio Bravo, To Have & Have Not ” - michaelrome2
Fred Zinnemann
Director, High Noon
Initially grew up wanting to be a violinist, but while at the University of Vienna decided to study law. While doing so, he became increasingly interested in American film and decided that was what he wanted to do. He became involved in European filmaking for a short time before going to America to study film.
“ High Noon, A Man for All Seasons, Julia, From Here to Eternity, Oklahoma, Hatfull of Rain ” - michaelrome2
Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer. He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...
“ In Cold Blood, Looking for Mr.Goodbar, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Bite the Bullet, Lord Jim, Elmer Gantry ” - michaelrome2
John Carney
Director, Once
“ Once, Begin, Again, Sing Street ” - michaelrome2
Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...