Directors Born 1886-1947

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1.
Michael Curtiz
Director, Casablanca
The director Michael Curtiz was an American director of Hungarian origin and an Oscar-winner. He received his diploma from the School for Dramatic Arts in 1906. He then went to live in Pécs, then in Szeged. Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. The next year...
“ 1886-1962 ” - Bellbertolli
 
2.
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Charles Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years...
“ 1889–1977 ” - Bellbertolli
 
3.
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...
“ 1890–1976 ” - Bellbertolli
 
4.
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...
“ 1892-1947 ” - Bellbertolli
 
5.
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...
“ 1894-1973 ” - Bellbertolli
 
6.
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...
“ 1894–1979 ” - Bellbertolli
 
7.
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...
“ 1896–1977 ” - Bellbertolli
 
8.
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...
“ 1897–1991 ” - Bellbertolli
 
9.
Preston Sturges
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 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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“ 1899-1983 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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 Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
“ 1899–1980 ” - Bellbertolli
 
12.
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...
“ 1900–1983 ” - Bellbertolli
 
13.
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...
“ 1901–1999 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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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...
“ 1901–1974 ” - Bellbertolli
 
15.
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...
“ 1902–1981 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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 designer and costumer...
“ 1903–1986 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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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...
“ 1906-1987 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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“ 1906–1976 ” - Bellbertolli
 
19.
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...
“ 1906–2002 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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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.
“ 1907-1997 ” - Bellbertolli
 
21.
David Lean
David Lean was an English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor, best remembered for big-screen epics such as The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965). He is also known for the Dickens adaptations of Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948), as well as the romantic drama Brief Encounter (1945)...
“ 1908-1991 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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“ 1908-1966 ” - Bellbertolli
 
23.
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...
“ 1910–1998 ” - Bellbertolli
 
24.
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...
“ 1912-2007 ” - Bellbertolli
 
25.
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...
“ 1912-1992 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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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...
“ 1915–1985 ” - Bellbertolli
 
27.
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...
“ 1917-1973 ” - Bellbertolli
 
28.
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...
“ 1918–2007 ” - Bellbertolli
 
29.
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)...
“ 1920–1993 ” - Bellbertolli
 
30.
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...
“ 1922-2010 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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 his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often treated socially relevant themes in his films...
“ 1924-2011 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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 exploring the art of exploring sound with the cheap tape recorders available at the time...
“ 1925-2006 ” - Bellbertolli
 
33.
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...
“ 1925–1984 ” - Bellbertolli
 
34.
Norman Jewison
Producer, The Hurricane
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, University of Toronto...
“ 1926 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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“ 1926–2002 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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“ 1927-2001 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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“ 1928–1998 ” - Bellbertolli
 
38.
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...
“ 1928–1999 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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“ 1929-1989 ” - Bellbertolli
 
40.
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...
“ 1929–1989 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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“ 1930 ” - Bellbertolli
 
42.
Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood finished high school at the comparatively late age of 19 and worked odd jobs for several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ 1930 ” - Bellbertolli
 
43.
John Frankenheimer
Director, Ronin
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 realized his natural talent to handle a camera...
“ 1930-2002 ” - Bellbertolli
 
44.
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)...
“ 1930 ” - Bellbertolli
 
45.
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...
“ 1931 ” - Bellbertolli
 
46.
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...
“ 1932 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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“ 1932 ” - Bellbertolli
 
48.
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...
“ 1932-1986 ” - Bellbertolli
 
49.
François Truffaut
François began to assiduously go to the movies at 7. 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 becomes his protector. Bazin helped the delinquent Truffaut and also when he was put in jail because he deserted the army...
“ 1932–1984 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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. There...
“ 1933 ” - Bellbertolli
 
51.
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...
“ 1933 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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 ” - Bellbertolli
 
53.
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...
“ 1935 ” - Bellbertolli
 
54.
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...
“ 1935 ” - Bellbertolli
 
55.
Robert Redford
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, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school...
“ 1936 ” - Bellbertolli
 
56.
Peter Medak
Director, The Changeling
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 through by being an assistant editor...
“ 1937 ” - Bellbertolli
 
57.
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)...
“ 1937 ” - Bellbertolli
 
58.
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...
“ 1938 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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 Kings. Badham's breakthrough credit was the box office smash Saturday Night Fever...
“ 1939 ” - Bellbertolli
 
60.
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...
“ 1939 ” - Bellbertolli
 
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“ 1939 ” - Bellbertolli
 
62.
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...
“ 1940 ” - Bellbertolli
 
63.
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...
“ 1940 ” - Bellbertolli
 
64.
Terry Gilliam
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 advertisement...
“ 1940 ” - Bellbertolli
 
65.
George A. Romero
George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; however, by all indications, he was very successful. The helmer of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 in New York City, New York, to a Cuban father and a Lithuanian-American mother. He grew up in NY, until attending the renowned Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
66.
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
67.
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Mr. Kieslowski started his career shooting documentaries and later became associated with the "cinema of moral anxiety" movement. It grouped several Polish directors, including Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, and aimed at depicting the conditions of Poles under communism. His best known work was the Three Colors trilogy: Three Colors: Red...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
68.
“ 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) ” - Bellbertolli
 
69.
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
70.
Walter Hill
Producer, Aliens
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 produced and directed films since 1975.
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
71.
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...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
72.
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.
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
73.
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.
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
74.
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese directed landmark films such as the crime film Mean Streets (1973), the vigilante-thriller Taxi Driver (1976), the biographical sports drama Raging Bull (1980), the black comedy The King of Comedy (1983), and the crime films Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995), all of which he collaborated on with actor and close friend Robert De Niro...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
75.
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Jean-Jacques Annaud is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for directing Quest for Fire, The Name of the Rose, The Lover, Seven Years in Tibet and Wolf Totem. Annaud has received numerous awards for his work, including four César Awards, one David di Donatello Award, and one National Academy of Cinema Award...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
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, 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 Vertical Limit, the film was well received by the critics and earned over $200 million in worldwide box-office sales...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
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 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)...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
79.
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
80.
Jonathan Lynn
Writer, Clue
Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay created and wrote every episode of the acclaimed BBC political comedy series Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. The series received numerous accolades including three BAFTA (British Academy) Awards, two Broadcasting Press Guild Awards and two Pye Television Writers Awards...
“ 1943
Wild Target (2010)
The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
Sgt. Bilko (1996)
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
81.
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...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
82.
Michael Mann
Producer, Heat
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. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief starring James Caan as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
83.
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
84.
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
85.
George Lucas
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 Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
86.
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
87.
Harold Ramis
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" with other Second City graduates including John Belushi...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
88.
Tony Scott
Producer, Man on Fire
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 military...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
89.
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
90.
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
91.
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...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
92.
Wim Wenders
Director, Wings of Desire
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 reunification)...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
93.
Andrew Davis
Director, The Fugitive
Andrew Davis (Director/Producer/Writer) is a filmmaker with a reputation for directing intelligent thrillers, most notably the Academy Award® nominated box-office hit, The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. The film received seven Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture and earned Jones a Best Supporting Actor award...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
94.
David Lynch
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 director Jennifer Chambers Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
95.
“ 1946
Vallanzasca: Angel of Evil (2010)
Romanzo Criminale (2005)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
96.
Bruce Robinson
Such is the mythology that has sprung up around Bruce Robinson's first film, the openly autobiographical Withnail & I, 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 good early...
“ 1946
The Rum Diary (2011)
Jennifer Eight (1992)
How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
Withnail & I (1987)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
97.
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...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
98.
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...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli
 
99.
John Woo
Director, Face/Off
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 established...
“ 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)
- ” - Bellbertolli