Best of Indian, Italian & North American Directors

These directors are known for their dedication to the craft and the sheer amount of energy and time they spent on pre-production and paying meticulous attention to details. Most of them also wrote the screenplay and wielded the megaphone, which gives them an extra perspective and depth for the direction.

Few of the newer Indian directors are pubescent bachhas who make one kachada movie and they are seated in the front in all award shows by the maggots of the Mumbai media who are the cousins of Kasab (Terrorist who killed 158 people in Mumbai.) These suvvar rats have no morals or integrity and worst scums of the society.

These are not average run-of-the-mill directors but the the best in their craft. They were geniuses' of the trade. They have few common denominator that seperates them from the average director-namely individual style. Part of their talent is their intuition about the right actors for the role and casting them at any cost. The actors in turn were loyal and gave the their best as in Robert DeNero for Scorsese. Good actors harbored a lifelong desire to work with these directors and many got their wish.
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
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...
“ The greatest director ever in the history of the movies. ” - Herag Halli
Robert Wise
Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an odd job at RKO Radio Pictures...
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese directed landmark films such as the crime film Mean Streets, the vigilante-thriller Taxi Driver, the biographical sports drama Raging Bull, the black comedy The King of Comedy, and the crime films Goodfellas and Casino, all of which he collaborated on with actor and close friend Robert De Niro...
“ Suffering from asthma as a kid, kept him indoors and that could have a blessing in disguise since the kid watched movies and observed the life thru the window to become one of the greatest directors of all times. ” - Herag Halli
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...
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...
“ Brilliant directer of 'Bugsy" one of the Top Ten movies of all time. ” - Herag Halli
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 Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
“ Elephant Man." One of the best movies. ” - Herag Halli
James Cameron
Writer, Aliens
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition...
“ Direcor of "The World of Suzie Wong" the most romantic movie anywhere. ” - Herag Halli
Frank Darabont
Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School...
“ An avid reader who happen to bump into the novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" and it only cost him $ 1 in option for the Novella but eleven years in writing the screenplay that won him all major awards including the Oscar. The Rita Haywarth part was not used but replaced with the poster of Raquel welsh. ” - Herag Halli
Alan Parker
Director, Evita
Prior to moving into film, Alan was noted as one of London's most talented advertising copywriters. He worked for the Collet Dickinson Pearce (CDP) ad agency in the 1960's and early 1970's, and began directing his own tvc scripts in their basement. Formed a partnership with David Puttnam as his producer (Puttnam had been a photographers' agent)...
“ "Evita" One of the most fast paced movie and a great Musical after Sound of Music. ” - Herag Halli
“ Director of 'Selena" one of the most heartwarming and romantic movie in the nature of a biopic, of the Tejano singer, Selena Quintenella Perez, who was gunned down by a deranged president of her own fan club, at the height of her fame. Enacted by Jennifer Lopez who shot to fame as singer/dancer with this movie. This movie had also great acting by James Olmos enacting as Selenas father. ” - Herag Halli
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)...
“ Another director who did prolific homework before the movie. He called the actors as "whores." ” - Herag Halli
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...
“ The director of one of the Best Thriller movies Ever "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle." Starring Rebecca DeMornay this movie had it all glamorous actresses, intrigue, supense and thrill. ” - Herag Halli
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...
Raj Kapoor
Actor, Sangam
Raj Kapoor was the son of well-known Indian actor Prithviraj Kapoor, who acted both in film and on stage. After apprenticing in the Bollywood production studios of the 1940's, at 24 years of age Raj Kapoor produced, directed and acted in Aag, with his new company, RK Films. His next production...
“ His inspiration was "Bicyle Thief" by Italian director Vittorio Deseca. He made countless movies but few of the best were "Sangam" "Mera Naam Joker" and 'Barsaat" Greatest mutli hyphenated Indian talent as a producer/director/actor/editor. ” - Herag Halli
Gillo Pontecorvo
Gillo Pontecorvo was an Italian filmmaker. He is best known for his 1966 masterpiece, The Battle of Algiers, widely viewed as one of the finest films of its genre: realistic though fictionalized documentary. Its portrayal of the Algerian resistance during the Algerian War uses the neorealist style pioneered by fellow Italian film directors de Santis and Rossellini...
“ He was Marlon Brando's favorite director from 'Burn" and "Battle of Arlgiers" ” - Herag Halli
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...
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, credited as the inventor of "Spaghetti Western" genre. Leone's film-making style includes juxtaposing extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots. His movies include the sword and sandal action films The Last Days of Pompeii and The Colossus of Rhodes...
Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Director, Anand
By no means is he any glamorous director, yet Hrishikesh Mukherjee is one of the most popular and beloved filmmakers in Indian cinema. His magic lay not in the glamor or largeness so often associated with cinema, but in its simplicity and warmth. He began his career in Bombay, 1951, as an editor and assistant director to Bimal Roy...
“ .Director of One of the Top Ten Indian Movies "Anand" with Rajesh Khanna, Amitab Bachchan. The actors gave their best for him as Robert DeNero and Joe Pecci gave best for Scorsese. ” - Herag Halli
Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire and also films written for the screen...
“ Another of Marlon Brando's favorite director. ” - Herag Halli
“ One of the best of the Newer Indian directors, with movies like "Satta" "Chandini Bar" "Fashion" and the most anticipated movie of 2012 "Heroine." ” - Herag Halli