My Favourite Directors

Under each director, I'll do a personal ranking of theirs films, based on rating.
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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)...
“ He's the kind of filmmaker that stays within a genre. Except he does it very well.

The Birds- 10/10
Rear Window- 10/10
Strangers On a Train- 10/10
Vertigo- 10/10
Lifeboat- 10/10
Notorious- 10/10
Psycho- 10/10
North By Northwest- 9.5/10
Dial M For Murder- 9.5/10
Rebecca- 9.5/10
To Catch A Thief- 9/10
Foreign Correspondent- 9/10
Frenzy- 9/10
The Lady Vanishes- 9/10
Rope- 8.5/10
Shadow of a Doubt- 8.5/10
The Trouble With Harry- 8/10
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog- 8/10
Suspicion- 7.5/10
The Man Who Knew Too Much(1956 version)- 7/10
I Confess- 7/10
The Wrong Man- 7/10
Marnie- 7/10
Sabotage- 7/10
The Paradine Case- 7/10
Spellbound- 7/10
Torn Curtain- 6.5/10
Family Plot- 6/10
The 39 Steps- 6/10
Mr. and Mrs. Smith- 6/10
Under Capricorn- 4.5/10
Topaz- 1.5/10 ” - elevenangrymen
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...
“ He's constantly reinventing himself.

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb- 10/10
Barry Lyndon- 10/10
A Clockwork Orange- 10/10
2001: A Space Odyssey- 10/10
Paths Of Glory- 10/10
Spartacus- 10/10
The Shining- 8.5/10
Eyes Wide Shut- 8.5/10
Full Metal Jacket- 8/10
Lolita- 7.5/10
The Killing- 7.5/10 ” - elevenangrymen
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...
“ Compare Bananas to Match Point.

Point made.
Annie Hall- 10/10
Husbands and Wives- 10/10
Radio Days- 10/10
Match Point- 10/10
Vicky Cristina Barcelona- 9.5/10
Hannah and Her Sisters- 9.5/10
Manhattan- 9.5/10
Midnight in Paris- 9.5/10
Sweet and Lowdown- 9.5/10
Stardust Memories- 9.5/10
Sleeper- 9/10
Manhattan Murder Mystery- 9/10
Crimes and Misdemeanors- 9/10
To Rome With Love-9/10
Deconstructing Harry- 9/10
Love and Death- 8.5/10
Interiors- 8/10
Another Woman- 8/10
Bananas- 8/10
Take The Money and Run- 7.5/10
The Purple Rose Of Cairo- 7.5/10
Bullets Over Broadway- 7/10
Zelig- 7/10
Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Sex*But Were Afraid To Ask- 6.5/10 ” - elevenangrymen
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...
“ Real people. Real situations. Real drama.

The Silence- 10/10
Scenes From A Marriage-10/10
Shame- 9.5/10
The Seventh Seal- 9.5/10
Wild Strawberries- 9.5/10
Summer With Monika- 9.5/10
Cries and Whispers- 9.5/10
Fanny and Alexander- 9.5/10
Smiles Of A Summer Night- 9.5/10
Through A Glass Darkly- 9/10
The Virgin Spring- 9/10
Autumn Sonata- 8.5/10
The Passion of Anna- 8/10
Hour of the Wolf- 8/10
Persona- 7.5/10
The Magic Flute- 7.5/10 ” - elevenangrymen
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...
“ He has great range. Compare Stalag 17 to Some Like it Hot.

The Apartment- 10/10
Sabrina- 10/10
Some Like It Hot- 9.5/10
Double Indemnity- 9.5/10
Love In The Afternoon-9/10
Witness For the Prosecution- 9/10
Sunset Boulevard- 9/10
Ace In The Hole- 9/10
Stalag 17- 8.5/10
The Lost Weekend- 8.5/10
The Seven Year Itch- 6.5/10
Irma La Douce- 6/10 ” - elevenangrymen
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ He knows what he's doing. Trust me.

Magnolia- 10/10
Punch-Drunk Love- 9.5/10
There Will Be Blood- 9.5/10
Boogie Nights- 9/10
Hard Eight(Sydney)- 8/10
The Master- 7.5/10 ” - elevenangrymen
Louis Malle
Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris...
“ Elevator to the Gallows- 10/10
Murmur of the Heart- 9.5/10
Au Revoir, Les Enfants- 9.5/10
Atlantic City- 9/10
The Fire Within- 9/10 ” - elevenangrymen
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...
“ There's a mythical atmosphere to every one of his films.

The Dark Knight- 10/10
Inception- 9.5/10
Memento- 9.5/10
The Dark Knight Rises- 9.5/10
Doodlebug- 8/10
Batman Begins- 7.5/10
Insomnia- 7.5/10
Following- 7.5/10
The Prestige- 7/10 ” - elevenangrymen
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...
“ Gritty. Dirty. Unapologetic. Unbelievably talented.

Raging Bull- 10/10
Taxi Driver- 9.5/10
Goodfellas- 9.5/10
The Departed- 9.5/10
Shutter Island- 9/10
Hugo- 9/10
Gangs Of New York- 8/10
The King Of Comedy-8/10
Kundun- 8/10
The Last Temptation Of Christ- 7/10 ” - elevenangrymen
Federico Fellini
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)...
“ He needs no introduction.

8 1/2- 10/10
La Dolce Vita- 10/10
Amarcord- 8/10
Nights Of Cabiria- 7.5/10
La Strada- 7/10 ” - elevenangrymen
David Lean
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon in 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...
“ The master of the Epic

The Bridge On The River Kwai- 10/10
Brief Encounter- 9.5/10
A Passage To India- 9.5/10
Lawrence Of Arabia- 8/10
Summertime- 7.5/10 ” - elevenangrymen
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...
“ Day For Night- 10/10
The 400 Blows- 9.5/10
The Last Metro- 8.5/10
Jules and Jim- 6/10 ” - elevenangrymen
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...
“ Boring? Slightly. Incomprehensible? Maybe. Genius? No doubt.

Solaris- 10/10
The Sacrifice- 10/10
The Mirror- 9.5/10
Ivan's Childhood- 9.5/10
Stalker- 9/10
Andrei Rublev- 8/10 ” - elevenangrymen
Wes Anderson
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ Moonrise Kingdom- 10/10
Bottle Rocket- 9/10
The Royal Tenenbaums- 9/10
Rushmore- 7.5/10 ” - elevenangrymen