Directors Born 1886-1947

by Bellbertolli | created - 05 Apr 2012 | updated - 23 Dec 2015 | Public

By year of birth

1. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

1886-1962

2. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

1889–1977

3. Fritz Lang

Director | M

Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...

1890–1976

4. Ernst Lubitsch

Director | To Be or Not to Be

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 ...

1892-1947

5. John Ford

Director | The Quiet Man

John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...

1894-1973

6. Jean Renoir

Writer | La grande illusion

Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he ...

1894–1979

7. Howard Hawks

Director | Rio Bravo

What do the classic films Scarface (1932), Twentieth Century (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Rio Bravo (1959) have in...

1896–1977

8. Frank Capra

Director | It's a Wonderful Life

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 ...

1897–1991

9. Preston Sturges

Writer | The Great McGinty

Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S....

1898–1959

10. George Cukor

Director | My Fair Lady

George Cukor was born on July 7, 1899 in New York City, New York, USA as George Dewey Cukor. He is known for his work on My Fair Lady (1964), The Philadelphia Story (1940) and Les Girls (1957). He died on January 24, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1899-1983

11. 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 ...

1899–1980

12. Luis Buñuel

Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the ...

1900–1983

13. Robert Bresson

Writer | Au hasard Balthazar

Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Affaires publiques (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Les anges du péché (1943) in 1943. ...

1901–1999

14. Vittorio De Sica

Director | Ladri di biciclette

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 ...

1901–1974

15. William Wyler

Director | The Best Years of Our Lives

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 ...

1902–1981

16. 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 ...

1903–1986

17. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...

1906-1987

18. Luchino Visconti

Director | Le notti bianche

Luchino Visconti was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Luchino Visconti di Modrone. He was a director and writer, known for Le Notti Bianche (1957), Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and Death in Venice (1971). He died on March 17, 1976 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

1906–1976

19. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929, and wrote scripts for many ...

1906–2002

20. Fred Zinnemann

Director | A Man for All Seasons

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...

1907-1997

21. David Lean

Director | Lawrence of Arabia

An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding ...

1908-1991

22. Robert Rossen

Writer | The Hustler

Robert Rossen was born on March 16, 1908 in New York City, New York, USA as Robert Rosen. He was a writer and director, known for The Hustler (1961), All the King's Men (1949) and Alexander the Great (1956). He was married to Susan Siegal. He died on February 18, 1966 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

1908-1966

23. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Ran

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...

1910–1998

24. Michelangelo Antonioni

Writer | Blowup

Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema"...

1912-2007

25. Richard Brooks

Writer | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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...

1912-1992

26. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....

1915–1985

27. Jean-Pierre Melville

Actor | À bout de souffle

The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its ...

1917-1973

28. Ingmar Bergman

Writer | Smultronstället

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (1996) is the ...

1918–2007

29. Federico Fellini

Writer | Amarcord

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 ...

1920–1993

30. Blake Edwards

Writer | Peter Gunn

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 (1942) and wrote a number of others, beginning with ...

1922-2010

31. 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 ...

1924-2011

32. 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...

1925-2006

33. Sam Peckinpah

Writer | Straw Dogs

"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael. That ...

1925–1984

34. Norman Jewison

Director | In the Heat of the Night

Norman Frederick Jewison was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Dorothy Irene (Weaver) and Percy Joseph Jewison, who managed a post office and a convenience store. His mother was an English immigrant, and his father was of English and Ulster-Scots descent. Jewison got his BA at Victoria College, ...

1926

35. Karel Reisz

Director | Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Karel Reisz was born on July 21, 1926 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He was a director and producer, known for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) and Morgan! (1966). He was married to Betsy Blair and Julia Coppard. He died on November 25, 2002 in London, ...

1926–2002

36. Herbert Ross

Director | The Turning Point

Herbert Ross was born on May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Herbert David Ross. He is known for his work on The Turning Point (1977), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969) and The Goodbye Girl (1977). He was married to Lee Radziwill and Nora Kaye. He died on October 9, 2001 in New York ...

1927-2001

37. Alan J. Pakula

Producer | Sophie's Choice

Alan J. Pakula was born on April 7, 1928 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Alan Jay Pakula. He was a producer and director, known for Sophie's Choice (1982), All the President's Men (1976) and Presumed Innocent (1990). He was married to Hannah Pakula and Hope Lange. He died on November ...

1928–1998

38. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...

1928–1999

39. John Cassavetes

Actor | Love Streams

John Cassavetes was born on December 9, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA as John Nicholas Cassavetes. He was an actor and director, known for Love Streams (1984), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and Husbands (1970). He was married to Gena Rowlands. He died on February 3, 1989 in Los Angeles, California,...

1929-1989

40. Sergio Leone

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...

1929–1989

41. Richard Donner

Director | Superman

Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard D. Schwartzberg. He is a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon (1987). He has been married to Lauren Shuler Donner since November 27, 1986.

1930

42. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Gran Torino

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. At school Clint took interest in music...

1930

43. John Frankenheimer

Director | The Manchurian Candidate

Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he ...

1930-2002

44. Jean-Luc Godard

Director | À bout de souffle

Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...

1930

45. Mike Nichols

Director | The Graduate

He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin. He later ...

1931

46. Milos Forman

Director | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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 ...

1932

47. Mike Hodges

Director | Flash Gordon

Mike Hodges was born on July 29, 1932 in Bristol, England as Michael Tommy Hodges. He is a director and producer, known for Flash Gordon (1980), Black Rainbow (1989) and I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003). He was previously married to Jean.

1932

48. Andrei Tarkovsky

Writer | Solyaris

The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood (1962), which ...

1932-1986

49. François Truffaut

Writer | La nuit américaine

French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who became his protector. Bazin helped the ...

1932–1984

50. 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. ...

1933

51. Roman Polanski

Actor | Chinatown

Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...

1933

52. 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...

1934–2008

53. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

1935

54. William Friedkin

Director | The French Connection

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 ...

1935

55. Robert Redford

Actor | All Is Lost

Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Scottish, Cornish, and Irish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955,...

1936

56. Peter Medak

Director | The Krays

Peter Medak is an international Film Director. Born in Budapest, Hungary and fled to England at the age of 18 during the famous uprising against the communist regime. He immediately began his Film career with associated British Picture Corporation in Borehamwood. He studied and worked his way ...

1937

57. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

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 ...

1937

58. Paul Verhoeven

Director | Zwartboek

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 (1969), about a medieval ...

1938

59. John Badham

Director | WarGames

English-born "Army brat" John Badham is the son of English actress Mary Hewitt and the stepson of an American Army general. Raised in Alabama and schooled at Yale, he cut his teeth producing and directing for TV before making his feature debut with The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor ...

1939

60. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | The Conversation

Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...

1939

61. Joel Schumacher

Director | The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He is a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and Phone Booth (2002).

1939

62. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | The Last Emperor

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed La commare ...

1940

63. Brian De Palma

Director | Dressed to Kill

Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the ...

1940

64. Terry Gilliam

Writer | Brazil

Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising....

1940

65. George A. Romero

Writer | Diary of the Dead

George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; by all indications, though, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 ,in New York City to Ann (Dvorsky) and Jorge Romero. His father was born in Spain and raised in Cuba, and...

1940 Survival of the Dead (2009) Diary of the Dead (2007) Land of the Dead (2005) Bruiser (2000) The Dark Half (1993) Monkey Shines (1988) Day of the Dead (1985) Creepshow (1982) Knightriders (1981) Dawn of the Dead (1978) Martin (1977) The Crazies (1973) Hungry Wives (1972) Night of the Living Dead (1968) -

66. Stephen Frears

Director | Dangerous Liaisons

Stephen Frears was born on June 20, 1941 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Stephen Arthur Frears. He is a director and producer, known for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Philomena (2013) and The Queen (2006). He has been married to Anne Rothenstein since 1992. They have two children. He was ...

1941 Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) The Program (2015) Philomena (2013) Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013) The Queen (2006) Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) Dirty Pretty Things (2002) Liam (2000) Fail Safe (2000) High Fidelity (2000) The Hi-Lo Country (1998) The Van (1996) Mary Reilly (1996) Hero (1992) The Grifters (1990) Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987) Prick Up Your Ears (1987) My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) The Hit (1984) Gumshoe (1971) -

67. Krzysztof Kieslowski

Writer | La double vie de Véronique

Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personel (...

1941-1996 Three Colors: Red (1994) Three Colors: White (1994) Three Colors: Blue (1993) The Double Life of Veronique (1991) The Decalogue (1989) TV Mini-Series A Short Film About Love (1988) A Short Film About Killing (1988) Blind Chance (1987) No End (1985) Camera Buff (1979) The Scar (1976) -

68. Wolfgang Petersen

Director | Das Boot

This director seems to shine most when making movies that can best be described as part action movies/part disaster movies.

Beginning with Outbreak (1995) about the outbreak of a killer virus. This film had shades of an Irwin Allen disaster movie, The Swarm (1978), about the outbreak of killer bees....

1941 Vier gegen die Bank (2016) Poseidon (2006) Troy (2004) The Perfect Storm (2000) Air Force One (1997) Outbreak (1995) In the Line of Fire (1993) Shattered (1991) Enemy Mine (1985) The NeverEnding Story (1984) Das Boot (1981) Die Konsequenz (1977) One or the Other (1974)

69. Michael Haneke

Writer | Caché

A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world ...

1942 Amour (2012) The White Ribbon (2009) Funny Games US (2007) Hidden (Caché) (2005) Time of the Wolf (2003) The Piano Teacher (2001) Code Unknown (2000) Funny Games (1997) 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994) Benny's Video (1992) The Seventh Continent (1989) -

70. Walter Hill

Writer | 48 Hrs.

Hill was born in Long Beach, California and educated at Mexico City College and Michigan State University. He worked in oil drilling and construction in the 60s before becoming a 2nd assistant director in 1967. He has written and co-written screenplays, including several uncredited works. He has ...

1942 Tomboy, a Revenger's Tale (2017) Bullet to the Head (2012) Undisputed (2002) Last Man Standing (1996) Wild Bill (1995) Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) Trespass (1992) Another 48 Hrs. (1990) Johnny Handsome (1989) Red Heat (1988) Extreme Prejudice (1987) Crossroads (1986) Brewster's Millions (1985) Streets of Fire (1984) 48 Hrs. (1982) Southern Comfort (1981) The Long Riders (1980) The Warriors (1979) The Driver (1978) Hard Times (1975) -

71. Barry Levinson

Director | Rain Man

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 ...

1942 Rock the Kasbah (2015) The Humbling (2014) The Bay (2012) What Just Happened (2008) Man of the Year (2006) Envy (2004) Bandits (2001) An Everlasting Piece (2000) Liberty Heights (1999) Sphere (1998) Wag the Dog (1997) Sleepers (1996) Disclosure (1994) Jimmy Hollywood (1994) Toys (1992) Bugsy (1991) Avalon (1990) Rain Man (1988) Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) Tin Men (1987) Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) The Natural (1984) Diner (1982) -

72. Mike Newell

Director | Four Weddings and a Funeral

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.

1942 Great Expectations (2012) Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Mona Lisa Smile (2003) Pushing Tin (1999) Donnie Brasco (1997) Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) Into the West (1992) Enchanted April (1991) Dance with a Stranger (1985) -

73. Werner Herzog

Director | Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn't finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for...

1942 Salt and Fire (2016) Queen of the Desert (2015) Into the Abyss (2011) Doc Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) Doc Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010) Doc My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009) Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) Encounters at the End of the World (2007) Doc Rescue Dawn (2006) The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) Grizzly Man (2005) Doc The White Diamond (2004) Doc Wheel of Time (2003) Doc Invincible (2001) My Best Fiend (1999) Doc Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) Doc Lessons of Darkness (1992) Doc Cobra Verde (1987) Fitzcarraldo (1982) Woyzeck (1979) Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) Stroszek (1977) Heart of Glass (1976) The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974) Doc Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Land of Silence and Darkness (1971) Doc Fata Morgana (1971) Doc Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) Signs of Life (1968) -

74. Martin Scorsese

Director | Taxi Driver

Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later ...

1942 Silence (2016) Sinatra (2016) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Hugo (2011) George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011) Doc Public Speaking (2010) Doc Shutter Island (2010) Shine a Light (2008) Doc The Departed (2006) The Aviator (2004) Gangs of New York (2002) Bringing Out the Dead (1999) My Voyage to Italy (1999) Doc Kundun (1997) Casino (1995) A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese (1995) Doc The Age of Innocence (1993) Cape Fear (1991) Goodfellas (1990) New York Stories (1989) The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) The Color of Money (1986) After Hours (1985) The King of Comedy (1983) Raging Bull (1980) The Last Waltz (1978) Doc New York, New York (1977) Taxi Driver (1976) Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) Italianamerican (1974) Doc Mean Streets (1973) Boxcar Bertha (1972) Street Scenes (1970) Doc Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967) -

75. Jean-Jacques Annaud

Director | Der Name der Rose

Jean-Jacques Annaud is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for directing Quest for Fire (1981), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Lover (1992), Seven Years in Tibet (1997) and Le dernier loup (2015). Annaud has received numerous awards for his work, including four César ...

1943 Day of the Falcon (2011) Two Brothers (2004) Enemy at the Gates (2001) Seven Years in Tibet (1997) The Lover (1992) The Bear (1988) The Name of the Rose (1986) Quest for Fire (1981) -

76. Martin Campbell

Director | Casino Royale

Martin Campbell knows how to entertain an audience when he steps behind the camera. When he directed The Mask of Zorro (1998), the movie earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and launched the international careers of Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Next, when he helmed ...

1943 Green Lantern (2011) Edge of Darkness (2010) Casino Royale (2006) The Legend of Zorro (2005) Beyond Borders (2003) Vertical Limit (2000) The Mask of Zorro (1998) GoldenEye (1995) No Escape (1994) -

77. David Cronenberg

Director | The Fly

David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early...

1943 Maps to the Stars (2013) Cosmopolis (2012) A Dangerous Method (2011) Eastern Promises (2007) A History of Violence (2005) Spider (2002) eXistenZ (1999) Crash (1996) M. Butterfly (1993) Naked Lunch (1991) Dead Ringers (1988) The Fly (1986) The Dead Zone (1983) Videodrome (1983) Scanners (1981) The Brood (1979) Rabid (1977) -

78. Peter Hyams

Director | 2010

Peter Hyams was born in New York on July 26, 1943, and attended Hunter College Elementary School. He studied art and music at the Art Students League and the High School of Music and Art as well as at Syracuse University, where he majored in music and art. Before he became a CBS News news anchor in...

1943 Enemies Closer (2013) Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009) End of Days (1999) Sudden Death (1995) Timecop (1994) Narrow Margin (1990) Running Scared (1986) 2010 (1984) The Star Chamber (1983) Outland (1981) Capricorn One (1977) -

79. Mike Leigh

Director | Secrets & Lies

Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Secrets & Lies (1996), Naked (1993) and Happy-Go-Lucky (2008). He was previously married to Alison Steadman.

1943 Another Year (2010) Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) Vera Drake (2004) All or Nothing (2002) Topsy-Turvy (1999) Career Girls (1997) Secrets and Lies (1996) Naked (1993) -

80. Jonathan Lynn

Writer | Clue

Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay created and wrote every episode of the acclaimed BBC political comedy series Yes Minister (1980) and Yes, Prime Minister (1986). The series received numerous accolades including three BAFTA (British Academy) Awards, two Broadcasting Press Guild Awards and two Pye ...

1943 Wild Target (2010) The Whole Nine Yards (2000) Sgt. Bilko (1996) My Cousin Vinny (1992) -

81. Terrence Malick

Writer | Days of Heaven

Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...

1943 Voyage of Time (2016) Knight of Cups (2015) To the Wonder (2012) The Tree of Life (2011) The New World (2005) The Thin Red Line (1998) Days of Heaven (1978) Badlands (1973) -

82. Michael Mann

Producer | The Insider

A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch (1975). He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile (1979), in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release,...

1943 Public Enemies (2009) Miami Vice (2006) Collateral (2004) Ali (2001) The Insider (1999) Heat (1995) The Last of the Mohicans (1992) Manhunter (1986) Thief (1981) -

83. Jonathan Demme

Director | The Silence of the Lambs

Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA as Robert Jonathan Demme. He was a director and producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Rachel Getting Married (2008) and Philadelphia (1993). He was married to Joanne Howard and Evelyn Purcell. He died...

1944 Rachel Getting Married (2008) Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007) Doc Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006) Doc The Manchurian Candidate (2004) The Agronomist (2003) Doc Philadelphia (1993) The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Swimming to Cambodia (1987) Something Wild (1986) Stop Making Sense (1984) Doc Melvin and Howard (1980) -

84. Taylor Hackford

Producer | Ray

Taylor Hackford was born on December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California, USA as Taylor Edwin Hackford. He is a producer and director, known for Ray (2004), Dolores Claiborne (1995) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). He has been married to Helen Mirren since December 31, 1997. He was ...

1944 Parker (2013) Ray (2004) Proof of Life (2000) The Devil's Advocate (1997) Blood In, Blood Out (1993) Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) -

85. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

1944 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) Star Wars (1977) American Graffiti (1973) THX 1138 (1971) -

86. Frank Oz

Actor | The Muppet Show

Frank Richard Oznowicz was born in Hereford, England to puppeteers Frances and Isidore Oznowicz. His family moved to Montana in 1951, eventually settling in Oakland, California. As a teenager, he worked as an apprentice puppeteer at Children's Fairyland amusement park. He is one of the primary ...

1944 Death at a Funeral (2007) The Stepford Wives (2004) The Score (2001) Bowfinger (1999) What About Bob? (1991) Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) Little Shop of Horrors (1986) The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) The Dark Crystal (1982) -

87. Harold Ramis

Writer | Ghostbusters

Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" ...

1944 Year One (2009) The Ice Harvest (2005) Analyze That (2002) Bedazzled (2000) Analyze This (1999) Multiplicity (1996) Groundhog Day (1993) Vacation (1983) Caddyshack (1980) -

88. Tony Scott

Producer | Domino

Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...

1944-2012 Unstoppable (2010) The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) Deja Vu (2006) Domino (2005) Man on Fire (2004) Beat the Devil (2002) Short Spy Game (2001) Enemy of the State (1998) The Fan (1996) Crimson Tide (1995) True Romance (1993) The Last Boy Scout (1991) Days of Thunder (1990) Revenge (1990) Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Top Gun (1986) The Hunger (1983) -

89. Peter Weir

Director | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Peter Weir was born on August 21, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Lindsay Weir. He is a director and writer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Witness (1985) and The Truman Show (1998). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They have two...

1944 The Way Back (2010) Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) The Truman Show (1998) Fearless (1993) Green Card (1990) Dead Poets Society (1989) The Mosquito Coast (1986) Witness (1985) The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) Gallipoli (1981) The Last Wave (1977) Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) -

90. Roger Donaldson

Director | The World's Fastest Indian

Roger Donaldson was born on November 15, 1945 in Ballarat, Australia. He is a director and producer, known for The World's Fastest Indian (2005), Species (1995) and Cocktail (1988). He is married to Marliese Schneider. He was previously married to Susan Hockley.

1945 November Man (2014) Cities (2012) Seeking Justice (2011) The Bank Job (2008) The World's Fastest Indian (2005) The Recruit (2003) Thirteen Days (2000) Dante's Peak (1997) Species (1995) The Getaway (1994) White Sands (1992) No Way Out (1987) The Bounty (1984) -

91. Curtis Hanson

Director | L.A. Confidential

After small films like The Bedroom Window (1987) and Sweet Kill (1972), Curtis Hanson went on to direct major features including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), The River Wild (1994) and the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential (1997). Setting his sights on another city, Hanson was ...

1945 Chasing Mavericks (2012) Too Big to Fail (2011) In Her Shoes (2005) 8 Mile (2002) Wonder Boys (2000) L.A. Confidential (1997) The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) Bad Influence (1990) -

92. Wim Wenders

Director | Der Himmel über Berlin

Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...

1945 Pina (2011) Doc Don't Come Knocking (2005) Land of Plenty (2004) The Soul of a Man (2003) Doc Buena Vista Social Club (1999) Doc Until the End of the World (1991) Wings of Desire (1987) Tokyo-Ga (1985) Doc Paris, Texas (1984) The State of Things (1982) The American Friend (1977) Alice in the Cities (1974) -

93. Andrew Davis

Director | The Fugitive

Director/Producer/Writer) Andrew Davis is a filmmaker with a reputation for directing intelligent thrillers, most notably the Academy Award-nominated box-office hit The Fugitive (1993), starring Harrison Ford and 'Tommy Lee Jones' (Fqv). The film received seven Academy Award nominations including ...

1946 Pretty Boy Floyd (2012) The Guardian (2006) Holes (2003) Collateral Damage (2002) A Perfect Murder (1998) Chain Reaction (1996) The Fugitive (1993) Under Siege (1992) The Package (1989) Above the Law (1988) Code of Silence (1985) -

94. David Lynch

Writer | Twin Peaks

Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future ...

1946 Inland Empire (2006) Mulholland Dr. (2001) The Straight Story (1999) Lost Highway (1997) Twin Peaks (1990–1991) TV Series Wild at Heart (1990) Blue Velvet (1986) Dune (1984) The Elephant Man (1980) Eraserhead (1977) -

95. Michele Placido

Actor | Romanzo criminale

Michele Placido was born on May 19, 1946 in Ascoli Satriano, Puglia, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Romanzo criminale (2005), Un eroe borghese (1995) and Angel of Evil (2010). He has been married to Federica Vincenti since August 14, 2012. They have one child. He was previously married...

1946 Vallanzasca: Angel of Evil (2010) Romanzo Criminale (2005) -

96. Bruce Robinson

Writer | Withnail & I

Such is the mythology that has sprung up around Bruce Robinson's first film, the openly autobiographical Withnail & I (1987), that it's often hard to separate fact from fiction. But the facts appear to be these: trained as an actor at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, he got off to a...

1946 The Rum Diary (2011) Jennifer Eight (1992) How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989) Withnail & I (1987) -

97. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Artificial Intelligence: AI

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...

1946 Lincoln (2012) War Horse (2011) The Adventures of Tintin (2011) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Munich (2005) War of the Worlds (2005) The Terminal (2004) Catch Me If You Can (2002) Minority Report (2002) A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) Saving Private Ryan (1998) Amistad (1997) The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) Schindler's List (1993) Jurassic Park (1993) Hook (1991) Always (1989) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Empire of the Sun (1987) The Color Purple (1985) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 1941 (1979) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Jaws (1975) The Sugarland Express (1974) Duel (1971) -

98. Oliver Stone

Director | JFK

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 ...

1946 Savages (2012) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) South of the Border (2009) Doc W. (2008) World Trade Center (2006) Alexander (2004) Comandante (2003) Doc Any Given Sunday (1999) U Turn (1997) Nixon (1995) Natural Born Killers (1994) Heaven & Earth (1993) JFK (1991) The Doors (1991) Born on the Fourth of July (1989) Talk Radio (1988) Wall Street (1987) Platoon (1986) Salvador (1986) -

99. John Woo

Producer | Ying hung boon sik

Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow ...

1946 Red Cliff II (2009) Red Cliff (2008) Paycheck (2003) Windtalkers (2002) Mission: Impossible II (2000) Face/Off (1997) Broken Arrow (1996) Hard Target (1993) Hard Boiled (1992) Once a Thief (1991) Bullet in the Head (1990) The Killer (1989) A Better Tomorrow II (1987) A Better Tomorrow (1986) -