My Favorite Directors

No particular order. These directors have directed incredibly entertaining movies.
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1.
Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer, Death Race
Paul W.S. Anderson gained a fair bit of notoriety in his native England when he directed the ultra-violent Shopping (which he also wrote), starring Jude Law and Sean Pertwee in a story about thieves who steal by ramming a car into storefronts. The film was banned in some cinemas in England, and became a direct-to-video slightly edited release in the United States...
“ The Three Musketeers, Resident Evil Retribution ” - LordRaymond
 
2.
Michael Bay
Producer, Transformers
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and The Divinyls...
“ Transformers 1-4, The Island, The Rock, 13 Hours ” - LordRaymond
 
3.
“ Ratatouille, The Iron Giant, Mission Impossible 4, Tomorrowland ” - LordRaymond
 
4.
Kenneth Branagh
Actor, Valkyrie
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter born in 1930, and Frances (Harper) Branagh, also born in 1930. His brother, William Branagh Jr., was born in 1955 and sister, Joyce Branagh, was born in 1970...
“ Cinderella, Thor, Jack Ryan ” - LordRaymond
 
5.
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
“ Alice in Wonderland, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, Dark Shadows ” - LordRaymond
 
6.
James Cameron
Writer, Aliens
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University but, after graduating, drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition. He landed his first professional film job as art director...
“ Avatar, Titanic, True Lies, Terminator 2 ” - LordRaymond
 
7.
Jackie Chan
Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry. Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on Hong Kong's famous Victoria Peak on April 7...
“ Armor of God 1 and 2, Project A 1 and 2, 1911 ” - LordRaymond
 
8.
Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich is a German film director of blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow, Godzilla, Independence Day and The Patriot. Before fame, he originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director, after watching the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Emmerich began his career in his native Germany...
“ 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day ” - LordRaymond
 
9.
Jon Favreau
Producer, Iron Man
Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director. The amiable, husky-framed actor with the tight...
“ Iron Man 1, Cowboys and Aliens, Elf, Jungle Book ” - LordRaymond
 
10.
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...
“ Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, In The Heart of the Sea ” - LordRaymond
 
11.
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Hobbit Trilogy ” - LordRaymond
 
12.
Duncan Jones
Director, Moon
“ Source Code ” - LordRaymond
 
13.
“ Cars 1 and 2, Toy Story 1 and 2, A Bug's Life ” - LordRaymond
 
14.
Jonathan Liebesman
Jonathan Liebesman was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 15, 1976. He would remain in his home country, studying filmmaking at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, until 1996; that year, he traveled to New York City to visit his cousin who was attending New York University. Soon after the visit, Jonathan enrolled at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts...
“ Battle Los Angeles ” - LordRaymond
 
15.
“ Fast Five, Fast and the Furious 6 ” - LordRaymond
 
16.
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli...
“ Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke ” - LordRaymond
 
17.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Animation Department, Kung Fu Panda
“ Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3 ” - LordRaymond
 
18.
Mike Newell
Attended Cambridge University. Three year training course at Granada Television, with intention of going into theatre. Graduated to directing TV plays, building strong reputation for work with David Hare, David Edgar, Hohn, John Osborne, Jack Rosenthal.
“ Prince of Persia The Sands of Time, Harry Potter 4 ” - LordRaymond
 
19.
Christopher Nolan
Born in London in 1970, Christopher Nolan began making films at the age of seven years using his father's Super-8 camera and an assortment of male action figures. He graduated to making films involving real people, and his Super-8 surrealistic short 'Tarantella' was shown on P.B.S.' 'image union' in 1989...
“ Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception, Intersteller ” - LordRaymond
 
20.
“ Air Force One, Troy ” - LordRaymond
 
21.
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), his best known works are the noir science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), crime drama Thelma & Louise (1991), historical drama and Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000)...
“ Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Black Hawk Down, Robin Hood, Exodus Gods and Kings ” - LordRaymond
 
22.
“ X-Men, Valkyrie, Jack the Giant Slayer ” - LordRaymond
 
23.
Zack Snyder
Director, 300
Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and superhero films...
“ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, Sucker Punch ” - LordRaymond
 
24.
Stephen Sommers
Writer, The Mummy
Stephen Sommers was born on March 20, 1962 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota, he attended St. John's University and the University of Seville in Spain. Afterward, Sommers spent the next four years performing as an actor in theater groups and managing rock bands throughout Europe...
“ Van Helsing, GI Joe Rise of Cobra ” - LordRaymond
 
25.
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...
“ Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park 1 and 2, The Terminal, Jaws, Indiana Jones 1-4, Bridge of Spies ” - LordRaymond
 
26.
Andrew Stanton
Writer, Finding Nemo
Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures. In 1990, he became only the second animator and ninth employee to join Pixar Animation Studios...
“ John Carter ” - LordRaymond
 
27.
“ National Treasure 1 and 2, Sorcerer's Apprentice ” - LordRaymond
 
28.
Gore Verbinski
Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of all time ($135,600,000) and grossed over $1 billion dollars worldwide...
“ Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3, Lone Ranger ” - LordRaymond
 
29.
“ Harry Potter 6-8 ” - LordRaymond
 
30.
Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick is well-known for his heroic movies that include Glory, and the breathtaking works of art that include Legends of the Fall. Zwick has also been known for his thoughtfulness as a director, and for his record of working with television series and other films as a producer. Born in 1952...
“ The Last Samurai, Glory ” - LordRaymond