My Top 15 Favorite Filmmakers

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1.
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...
“ The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Goodfellas (1990)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Raging Bull (1980)
The Departed (2006)
The Aviator (2004)
Casino (1995)
Hugo (2011)
Shutter Island (2010)
After Hours (1985)
The King of Comedy (1982)
Mean Streets (1973) ” - ehsndlr
 
2.
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...
“ Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Apartment (1960)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Sabrina (1954)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Stalag 17 (1953)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Irma la Douce (1963)
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
Love in the Afternoon (1957)
Ace in the Hole (1951)
A Foreign Affair (1948)
The Seven Year Itch (1955) ” - ehsndlr
 
3.
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)...
“ Psycho (1960)
Vertigo (1958)
Rear Window (1954)
North by Northwest (1959)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Notorious (1946)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
The Birds (1963)
Rebecca (1940)
Rope (1948) ” - ehsndlr
 
4.
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)...
“ 8½ (1963)
La Dolce Vita (1960)
Nights of Cabiria (1957)
La Strada (1954)
I Vitelloni (1953)
Amarcord (1973) ” - ehsndlr
 
5.
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...
“ Pulp Fiction (1994)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Django Unchained (2012)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Jackie Brown (1997) ” - ehsndlr
 
6.
Ingmar Bergman
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 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, as in 'Den Goda Viljan' Pernilla August play his mother...
“ Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Persona (1966)
Cries & Whispers (1972)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
The Virgin Spring (1960) ” - ehsndlr
 
7.
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)
Rashomon (1950)
Yojimbo (1961)
High and Low (1963)
Ikiru (1952)
Ran (1985)
Dersu Uzala (1975)
Red Beard (1965)
Sanjuro (1962)
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Throne of Blood (1957) ” - ehsndlr
 
8.
“ No Country for Old Men (2007)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Fargo (1996)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Barton Fink (1991)
A Serious Man (2009)
Miller's Crossing (1990)
True Grit (2010)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) ” - ehsndlr
 
9.
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...
“ Schindler's List (1993)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Jaws (1975)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Munich (2005) ” - ehsndlr
 
10.
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...
“ Fight Club (1999)
Se7en (1995)
Gone Girl (2014)
The Social Network (2010)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
The Game (1997) ” - ehsndlr
 
11.
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 (1972)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Conversation (1974)
The Godfather: Part III (1990) ” - ehsndlr
 
12.
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...
“ 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Paths of Glory (1957)
The Shining (1980)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
The Killing (1956)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Spartacus (1960)
Lolita (1962) ” - ehsndlr
 
13.
Sergio Leone
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 Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics...
“ The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
Fistful of Dollars (1964) ” - ehsndlr
 
14.
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...
“ The Dark Knight (2008)
Memento (2000)
Inception (2010)
Interstellar (2014)
The Prestige (2006)
Batman Begins (2005)
Following (1998) ” - ehsndlr
 
15.
David Lean
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 a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927...
“ Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Brief Encounter (1945)
Great Expectations (1946)
Doctor Zhivago (1965) ” - ehsndlr