Great Directors

Some of the greatest filmmakers of which I have seen two or more films.
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1.
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...
“ Boogie Nights
Magnolia
Punch-Drunk Love
There Will Be Blood
The Master ” - nils-reiffers
 
2.
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...
“ Taxi Driver
The Last Waltz
Goodfellas
Casino
Gangs of New York
The Aviator
The Departed
Shutter Island ” - nils-reiffers
 
3.
“ L'uomo in più
Le conseguenze dell'amore
Il divo: La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti ” - nils-reiffers
 
4.
Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Reservoir Dogs
True Romance (script only)
Pulp Fiction
From Dusk Till Dawn (script only)
Jackie Brown
Kill Bill Vol 1.
Kill Bill Vol 2.
Death Proof
Inglourious Basterds
Django Unchained ” - nils-reiffers
 
5.
Alexander Payne
Producer, The Descendants
Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older brothers...
“ About Schmidt
Sideways
The Descendants ” - nils-reiffers
 
6.
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
His six feature films - Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel (comprising the "Death Trilogy"), Biutiful, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and The Revenant - have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations and wins. In 2015, Iñárritu won the Academy Award for Best Director...
“ Amores Perros
21 Grams
Babel
Biutiful ” - nils-reiffers
 
7.
“ The Hudsucker Proxy
Fargo
The Big Lebowski
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
No Country For Old Men
True Grit ” - nils-reiffers
 
8.
Pedro Almodóvar
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ Hable Con Ella
Volver
La piel que habito ” - nils-reiffers
 
9.
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...
“ Days of Heaven
The New World
The Tree of Life ” - nils-reiffers
 
10.
“ The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Killing Them Softly ” - nils-reiffers
 
11.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Nicolas Winding Refn is a Danish film director, screenwriter and producer. He moved to the United States in 1981 and is known for directing the crime dramas Bleeder (1999) and the Pusher films (1996, 2004, 2005), the fictionalised biographical film Bronson (2008), the dramatic adventure film Valhalla Rising (2009)...
“ Bronson
Drive
Only God Forgives ” - nils-reiffers
 
12.
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ The Godfather
The Godfather: Part 2
Apocalypse Now
Rumble Fish
The Godfather: Part 3
The Rainmaker ” - nils-reiffers
 
13.
“ Control
The American ” - nils-reiffers
 
14.
Sam Mendes
Director, American Beauty
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-years-old...
“ American Beauty
Road to Perdition
Jarhead
Skyfall ” - nils-reiffers
 
15.
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)...
“ 8 1/2
La Dolce Vita
Satyricon
Roma
Ginger e Fred ” - nils-reiffers
 
16.
“ Good Will Hunting
Milk ” - nils-reiffers
 
17.
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...
“ Chinatown
The Pianist
Oliver Twist
The Ghost Writer ” - nils-reiffers
 
18.
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ Se7en
Fight Club
The Social Network
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ” - nils-reiffers
 
19.
Stanley Kubrick
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...
“ A Clockwork Orange
Full Metal Jacket ” - nils-reiffers
 
20.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Director, Amélie
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/drawer Marc Caro with whom he made two short animation movies: L'évasion and Le manège...
“ Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain
Micmacs à tire-larigot ” - nils-reiffers
 
21.
“ In Bruges
Seven Psychopaths ” - nils-reiffers
 
22.
“ Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano
Malena ” - nils-reiffers
 
23.
“ Abel
De Noorderlingen
Ober
Borgman ” - nils-reiffers
 
24.
“ Trainspotting
Slumdog Millionaire
127 Hours ” - nils-reiffers
 
25.
Alejandro Amenábar
Writer, The Others
Amenábar was born in Santiago Chile, on the eve of Pinochet's 1973 coup-de-état, such that his mother, who had already gone through the Spanish Civil War, uprooted the whole family and fled back to Spain. He grew up in Madrid and entered the Sciences Information Faculty at Madrid's Complutense University...
“ Mar Adentro
Agora ” - nils-reiffers
 
26.
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...
“ Serpico
Network
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead ” - nils-reiffers
 
27.
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ The Wrestler
Black Swan ” - nils-reiffers
 
28.
Clint Eastwood
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. Held back in school, Clint moved with his parents to Seattle...
“ High Plains Drifter
Mystic River
Million Dollar Baby
Flags of our Fathers
Gran Torino ” - nils-reiffers
 
29.
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...
“ Turks Fruit
Soldaat van Oranje
Showgirls
Zwartboek ” - nils-reiffers
 
30.
David Lean
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927...
“ The Bridge over the River Kwai
Lawrence of Arabia
Doctor Zhivago ” - nils-reiffers
 
31.
“ Caché
Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte ” - nils-reiffers
 
32.
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...
“ The Last of the Mohicans
Heat
Ali
Collateral
Public Enemies ” - nils-reiffers
 
33.
“ Gommora
Reality ” - nils-reiffers
 
34.
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...
“ Vicky Christina Barcelona
Whatever Works
Midnight in Paris
From Rome with Love ” - nils-reiffers
 
35.
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
King Kong
The Lovely Bones ” - nils-reiffers
 
36.
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...
“ Insomnia
Batman Begins
The Prestige
The Dark Knight
Inception
The Dark Knight Rises ” - nils-reiffers
 
37.
Fons Rademakers
Director, The Assault
Fons Rademakers was born on 5 September 1920 in Roosendaal, Netherlands. he began his career as an actor and theater director. His film directorial debut, Village by the River, was also the first Dutch movie ever nominated for an Academy award (Oscar). In 1986 Rademakers won the Foreign Language Oscar for The Assault...
“ Max Havelaar of de koffieveilingen der Nederlandsche handelsmaatschappij
De Aanslag ” - nils-reiffers
 
38.
Guy Ritchie
Director, Snatch
Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school and in 1995...
“ Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Snatch
Sherlock Holmes ” - nils-reiffers
 
39.
Luc Besson
Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue and The Fifth Element, as an adolescent bored in school. He...
“ Le grand Bleu
Léon ” - nils-reiffers
 
40.
Jim Jarmusch
Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
“ Down by the Law
Broken Flowers ” - nils-reiffers
 
41.
Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass started his filmmaking career with a super 8 camera he found in his art room in secondary school. Those short movies were animation horror films he made using old dolls, artist dummies, and the general art room clutter. After studying in Cambridge University he got into Granada Television...
“ Bloody Sunday
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum
Green Zone ” - nils-reiffers
 
42.
Jacques Audiard
Writer, A Prophet
Born in Paris, France, in 1952. Jacques Audiard's family has always been involved in movie business. His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer. But in his teens he refused that world and wanted to be a teacher. He studied literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne but didn't finish his degree...
“ Sur mes lèvres
Un prophète
De rouille et d'os ” - nils-reiffers
 
43.
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)...
“ Mississippi Burning
The Life of David Gale ” - nils-reiffers
 
44.
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...
“ Platoon
Wall Street
Born on the Fourth of July ” - nils-reiffers
 
45.
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 advertising....
“ Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Twelve Monkeys
The Brothers Grimm ” - nils-reiffers
 
46.
Tom Tykwer
Composer, Cloud Atlas
Director, writer, producer and composer Tom Tykwer was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. He showed an interest in film-making from childhood, making super 8 films from the age of 11. Among his first jobs was working at a local art-house cinema. Tykwer eventually relocated to Berlin, first working as a film projectionist and then becoming head of programming at the Moviemento Theater...
“ Lola Rennt
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer ” - nils-reiffers
 
47.
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
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 to...
“ 1492: Conquest of Paradise
Gladiator
Black Hawk Down
Kingdom of Heaven
A Good Year
American Gangster
Body of Lies
Robin Hood ” - nils-reiffers
 
48.
“ Juno
Up in the Air ” - nils-reiffers
 
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50.
Eddy Terstall
Director, Simon
“ De Boekverfilming
Simon
Sextet
Vox Populi ” - nils-reiffers