Great Directors

A list of directors, their best films and some recognition they have received.
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1.
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.
“ 1. 1972 - Aguirre: The Wrath of God
2. 1982 - Fitzcarraldo
3. 1979 - Nosferatu
4. 1999 - My Best Fiend
5. 2010 - Cave of Forgotten Dreams
6. 1974 - The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
7. 1979 - Woyzeck
8. 1992 - Lessons of Darkness
9. 2007 - Encounters at the End of the World
10. 1998 - Little Dieter Needs to Fly ” - gnevrus
 
2.
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...
“ 1. 1978 - Days of Heaven
2. 2011 - The Tree of Life
3. 1973 - Badlands
4. 1998 - The Thin Red Line
5. 2005 - The New World ” - gnevrus
 
3.
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...
“ 1. 1977 - Annie Hall
2. 1979 - Manhattan
3. 1986 - Hannah and Her Sisters
4. 1978 - Interiors
5. 1989 - Crimes and Misdemeanors
6. 1984 - Broadway Danny Rose
7. 2011 - Midnight In Paris
8. 1992 - Husbands and Wives
9. 1994 - Bullets Over Broadway
10. 2005 - Match Point ” - gnevrus
 
4.
“ 1. 1959 - Shadows
2. 1974 - A Woman Under the Influence
3. 1977 - Opening Night
4. 1968 - Faces
5. 1976 - The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
6. 1984 - Love Streams
7. 1980 - Gloria
8. 1970 - Husbands
9. 1962 - Too Late Blues
10. 1971 - Minnie and Moskowitz ” - gnevrus
 
5.
Spike Lee
Director, Inside Man
Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University...
“ 1. 1989 - Do the Right Thing
2. 1992 - Malcolm X
3. 1997 - 4 Little Girls
4. 2002 - 25th Hour
5. 2006 - When the Levees Broke
6. 1995 - Clockers
7. 2996 - Get On the Bus
8. 1994 - Crooklyn
9. 2006 - Inside Man
10. 2010 - If God Is Willing ad da creek Don't Rise ” - gnevrus
 
6.
“ 1. 2010 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
2. 2011 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
3. 2009 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
4. 2005 - The Girl In the Cafe
5. 2007 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. 2003 - State of Play
7. 2004 - Sex Traffic
8. 2003 - The Young Visiters
9. 2001 - The Way We Live Now
10. 1998 - The Tichborne Claimant ” - gnevrus
 
7.
Milcho Manchevski
Director, Before the Rain
Milcho Manchevski is a New York-based Macedonian-born film director, writer, photographer and artist. His Academy-award nominated film Before the Rain won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, FIPRESCI and Independent Spirit, along with 30 other awards. The New York Times included it on its "1,000 Best Films Ever Made" list...
“ 1. 1994 - Before the Rain
2. 2001 - Dust
3. 2007 - Shadows
4. 2010 - Mothers ” - gnevrus
 
8.
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...
“ 1. 1957 - 12 Angry Men
2. 1975 - Dog Day Afternoon
3. 1976 - Network
4. 1973 - Serpico
5. 1982 - The Verdict
6. 1974 - Murder On the Orient Express
7. 1962 - Long Days Journey Into Night
8. 1964 - Fail-Safe
9. 1964 - The Pawnbroker
10. 2007 - Before the Devil Knows Your Dead ” - gnevrus
 
9.
Tom McCarthy
Writer, Spotlight
Tom McCarthy is an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for direct and write The Station Agent (2003), The Visitor (2007), Win Win (2011), and Spotlight (2015), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Director. McCarthy co-wrote the film Up (2009) with Bob Peterson and Pete Docter...
“ 1. 2003 - The Station Agent
2. 2007 - The Visitor
3. 2011 - Win Win ” - gnevrus
 
10.
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...
“ 1. 1972 - The Godfather
2. 1979 - Apocalypse Now
3. 1974 - The Godfather: Part II
4. 1974 - The Conversation
5. 1983 - Rumble Fish
6. 1990 - The Godfather: Part III
7. 2009 - Tetro
8. 1992 - Dracula
9. 1969 - The Rain People
10. 1983 - The Outsiders ” - gnevrus
 
11.
“ 1. 1997 - Good Will Hunting
2. 1991 - My Own Private Idaho
3. 2003 - Elephant
4. 1989 - Drugstore Cowboy
5. 2008 - Milk
6. 2000 - Finding Forrester
7. 1986 - Mala Noche
8. 1995 - To Die For
9. 2002 - Gerry
10. 2005 - Last Days ” - gnevrus
 
12.
“ 1. 2001 - The Piano Teacher
2. 1989 - the Seventh Continent
3. 2005 - Cache
4. 2009 - The White Ribbon
5. 1994 - 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance
6. 2003 - Time of the Wolf
7. 1997 - Funny Games
8. 1997 - The Castle
9. 1992 - Benny's Video
10. 2000 - Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys ” - gnevrus
 
13.
Wolfgang Petersen
Director, Troy
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. Both films had the military and scientists clash, also both had choppers all over the place...
“ 1. 1981 - Das Boot
2. 1993 - In the Line of Fire
3. 1977 - The Consequence
4. 1984 - The Never Ending Story
5. 1997 - Air Force One
6. 1995 - Outbreak
7. 1974 - One or the Other
8. 2006 - Poseidon
9. 2004 - Troy
10. 2004 - The Perfect Storm ” - gnevrus
 
14.
Michel Gondry
He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band called Oui-Oui...
“ 1. 2004 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. 2006 - The Science of Sleep
3. 2008 - Be Kind Rewind
4. 2005 - Block Party
5. 2001 - Human Nature
6. 2009 - The Thorn In the Heart
7. 2011 - The Green Hornet ” - gnevrus
 
15.
John Carpenter
Writer, Halloween
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles...
“ 1. 1978 - Halloween
2. 1981 - Escape from New York
3. 1982 - The Thing
4. 1976 - Assault on Precinct 13
5. 1984 - Starman
6. 1979 - Elvis
7. 1978 - Someone's Watching Me
8. 1996 - Escape from L.A.
9. 1980 - The Fog
10. 1988 - They Live ” - gnevrus
 
16.
Jim Sheridan
Jim Sheridan is a master story-teller, and an acclaimed film director of few films, but good films nevertheless. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1949, Sheridan moved to America in 1982, meeting a man who invited him to run the Irish Arts Center. He found a place to live in Hell's Kitchen, New York City...
“ 1. 1993 - In the Name of the Father
2. 2002 - In America
3. 1989 - My Left Foot
4. 1997 - The Boxer
5. 1990 - The Field
6. 2009 - Brothers
7. 2005 - Get Rich or Die Tryin
8. 2011 - Dream House ” - gnevrus
 
17.
“ 1. 1994 - The Postman
2. 2004 - The Merchant of Venice
3. 1984 - Nineteen Eighty-Four
4. 2000 - Dancing at the Blue Iguana
5. 1983 - Another Time, Another Place
6. 1987 - White Mischief
7. 2007 - Flawless
8. 1998 - B.Monkey ” - gnevrus
 
18.
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...
“ 1. 1968 - Night of the Living Dead
2. 1978 - Dawn of the Dead
3. 1985 - Day of the Dead
4. 1973 - The Crazies
5. 1976 - Martin
6. 1981 - Knightriders
7. 2005 - Land of the Dead
8. 1982 - Creepshow
9. 2009 - Survival of the Dead
10. 2007 - Diary of the Dead ” - gnevrus
 
19.
Steven Soderbergh
Director, Ocean's Eleven
Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge...
“ 1. 1989 - Sex, Lies, and Videotape
2. 2000 - Traffic
3. 2009 - Che: Part One
4. 2005 - Bubble
5. 2002 - Solaris
6. 1993 - King of the Hill
7. 2009 - The Informant
8. 2008 - Che: Part Two
9. 1996 - Schizopolis
10. 2011 - Contagion ” - gnevrus
 
20.
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...
“ 1. 1995 - Heat
2. 1999 - The Insider
3. 1981 - Thief
4. 2009 - Public Enemies
5. 1992 - The Last of the Mohicans
6. 1979 - The Jericho Mile
7. 2004 - Collateral
8. 1986 - Manhunter
9. 2006 - Miami Vice
10. 2001 - Ali ” - gnevrus
 
21.
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...
“ 1. 1982 - Diner
2. 1997 - Wag the Dog
3. 1984 - The Natural
4. 1991 - Bugsy
5. 1988 - Rain Man
6. 1990 - Avalon
7. 2010 - You Don't Know Jack
8. 1987 - Good Morning, Vietnam
9. 1985 - Young Sherlock Holmes
10. 1996 - Sleepers ” - gnevrus
 
22.
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ 1. 1997 - The Ice Storm
2. 2000 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
3. 1995 - Sense and Sensibility
4. 2005 - Brokeback Mountain
5. 1999 - Ride with the Devil
6. 1992 - Pushing Hands
7. 1994 - Eat Drink Man Woman
8. 1993 - The Wedding Banquet
9. 2007 - Lust, Caution
10. 2003 - Hulk ” - gnevrus
 
23.
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist) and worked on making his own short films...
“ 1. 2006 - Pan's Labyrinth
2. 2008 - Hellboy II: The Golden Army
3. 1993 - Cronos
4. 2001 - The Devil's Backbone
5. 2004 - Hellboy
6. 2002 - Blade II
7. 1997 - Mimic ” - gnevrus
 
24.
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...
“ 1. 1962 - Lawrence of Arabia
2. 1965 - Doctor Zhivago
3. 1957 - The Bridge on the River Kwai
4. 1945 - Brief Encounter
5. 1970 - Ryan's Daughter
6. 1955 - Summertime
7. 1948 - Oliver Twist
8. 1984 - A Passage to India
9. 1954 - Hobson's Choice
10. 1946 - Great Expectations ” - gnevrus
 
25.
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...
“ 1. 1997 - L.A. Confidential
2. 2000 - Wonder Boys
3. 2011 - Too Big to Fail
4. 2005 - In Her Shoes
5. 2002 - 8 Mile
6. 1990 - Bad Influence
7. 1995 - The River Wild
8. 2007 - Lucky You
9. 1992 - The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
10. 1987 - The Bedroom Window ” - gnevrus
 
26.
“ 1. 1988 - Die Hard
2. 1987 - Predators
3. 1990 - The Hunt for Red October
4. 1995 - Die Hard: With a Vengeance
5. 1999 - The Thomas Crown Affair
6. 1986 - Nomads
7. 1992 - Medicine Man
8. 1993 - Last Action Hero
9. 1999 - The 13th Warrior
10. 2003 - Basic ” - gnevrus
 
27.
Kenneth Branagh
Actor, Valkyrie
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter born in 1930, and Frances (Harper) Branagh, also born in 1930. His brother, William Branagh Jr., was born in 1955 and sister, Joyce Branagh, was born in 1970...
“ 1. 1989 - Henry V
2. 1996 - Hamlet
3. 1993 - Much Ado About Nothing
4. 2006 - As You Like It
5. 2006 - The Magic Flute
6. 2011 - Thor
7. 1994 - Frankenstein
8. 1991 - Dead Again
9. 1992 - Peter's Friends
10. 1995 - A Midwinter's Tale ” - gnevrus
 
28.
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...
“ 1. 1968 - Once Upon a Time in the West
2. 1966 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
3. 1984 - Once Upon a Time in America
4. 1964 - A Fistful of Dollars
5. 1965 - For a Few Dollars More
6. 1971 - Duck, You Sucker
7. 1961 - The Colossus of Rhodes ” - gnevrus
 
29.
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...
“ 1. 2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2. 2001 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
3. 2002 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
4. 2005 - King Kong
5. 1994 - Heavenly Creatures
6. 1992 - Dead Alive
7. 1995 - Forgotten Silver
8. 1987 - Bad Taste
9. 1996 - The Frighteners
10. 2009 - The Lovely Bones ” - gnevrus
 
30.
Alfonso Cuarón
Writer, Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then immediately started to film everything he saw...
“ 1. 2006 - Children of Men
2. 2001 - Y Tu Mamá También
3. 1995 - A Little Princess
4. 2004 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
5. 1991 - Sólo con tu pareja
6. 1998 - Great Expectations ” - gnevrus
 
31.
“ 1. 2002 - In This World
2. 2010 - The Trip
3. 2005 - Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
4. 2006 - The Road to Guantanamo
5. 2007 - A Mighty Heart
6. 2002 - 24 Hour Party People
7. 2009 - The Shock Doctrine
8. 2003 - Code 46
9. 1997 - Welcome to Sarajevo
10. 2010 - The Killer Inside Me ” - gnevrus
 
32.
Alfred Hitchcock
Actor, 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)...
“ 1. 1959 - North by Northwest
2. 1954 - Rear Window
3. 1960 - Psycho
4. 1946 - Notorious
5. 1958 - Vertigo
6. 1945 - Spellbound
7. 1948 - Rope
8. 1935 - The 39 Steps
9. 1941 - Suspicion
10. 1940 - Rebecca ” - gnevrus
 
33.
Cameron Crowe
Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market. Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. Crowe...
“ 1. 2000 - Almost Famous
2. 1996 - Jerry Maguire
3. 1989 - Say Anything…
4. 2001 - Vanilla Sky
5. 1992 - Singles
6. 2011 - Pearl Jam Twenty
7. 2011 - The Union
8. 2011 - We Bought a Zoo
9. 2005 - Elizabethtown ” - gnevrus
 
34.
Richard Linklater
Director, Before Sunset
Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period...
“ 1. 2004 - Before Sunset
2. 1993 - Dazed and Confused
3. 2006 - A Scanner Darkly
4. 1995 - Before Sunrise
5. 2003 - The School of Rock
6. 2001 - Waking Life
7. 2001 - Tape
8. 2008 - Me and Orson Wells
9. 2006 - Fast Food Nation
10. 1991 - Slacker ” - gnevrus
 
35.
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...
“ 1. 1980 - Raging Bull
2. 1976 - Taxi Driver
3. 1990 - Goodfellas
4. 1973 - Mean Streets
5. 1988 - The Last Temptation of Christ
6. 1993 - The Age of Innocence
7. 1995 - Casino
8. 1967 - Who's That Knocking at My Door
9. 1983 - The King of Comedy
10. 1999 - Bringing Out the Dead ” - gnevrus
 
36.
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...
“ 1. 2007 - The Bourne Ultimatum
2. 2006 - United 93
3. 2010 - Green Zone
4. 2002 - Bloody Sunday
5. 2004 - The Bourne Supremacy
6. 1998 - The Theory of Flight
7. 1989 - Resurrected
8. 1996 - The One That Got Away
9. 1999 - The Murder of Stephen Lawrence ” - gnevrus
 
37.
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director. González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006)...
“ 1. 2006 - Babel
2. 2010 - Biutiful
3. 2000 - Amores Perros
4. 2003 - 21 Grams ” - gnevrus
 
38.
“ 1. 2009 - Sin Nombre
2. 2011 - Jane Eyre ” - gnevrus
 
39.
“ 1. 2007 - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2. 2000 - Before Night Falls
3. 1996 - Basquiat
4. 2007 - Berlin
5. 2010 - Miral ” - gnevrus
 
40.
Tony Scott
Director, Top Gun
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...
“ 1. 1995 - Crimson Tide
2. 1993 - True Romance
3. 2004 - Man on Fire
4. 2010 - Unstoppable
5. 1986 - Top Gun
6. 2006 - Deja Vu
7. 1998 - Enemy of the State
8. 1990 - Days of Thunder
9. 2001 - Spy Game
10. 1983 - The Hunger ” - gnevrus
 
41.
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)...
“ 1. 1978 - Midnight Express
2. 1988 - Mississippi Burning
3. 1987 - Angel Heart
4. 1999 - Angela's Ashes
5. 1982 - Pink Floyd The Wall
6. 1980 - Fame
7. 1991 - The Commitments
8. 1996 - Evita
9. 2003 - The Life of David Gale
10. 1982 - Shoot the Moon ” - gnevrus
 
42.
Bob Rafelson
Bob Rafelson is an American film director, writer and producer. He is regarded as one of the founders of the New Hollywood movement in the 1970s. Among his best-known films are Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Gardens, and The Postman Always Rings Twice. He was also one of the creators of the pop group and TV series The Monkees...
“ 1. 1970 - Five Easy Pieces
2. 1972 - The King of Marvin Gardens
3. 1968 - Head
4. 1981 - The Postman Always Rings Twice
5. 1976 - Stay Hungry
6. 1990 - Mountains of the Moon
7. 1987 - Black Widow
8. 1996 - Blood and Wine
9. 2002 - No Good Dead
10. 1998 - Poodle Springs ” - gnevrus
 
43.
“ 1. 2000 - George Washington
2. 2007 - Snow Angels
3. 2003 - All the Real Girls
4. 2004 - Undertow
5. 2008 - Pineapple Express
6. 2011 - Your Highness
7. 2011 - The Sitter ” - gnevrus
 
44.
“ 1. 2001 - Conspiracy
2. 1995 - Truman
3. 1992 - Citizen Cohn
4. 1969 - The Looking Glass War
5. 2003 - Soldier's Girl
6. 1976 - A Star Is Born
7. 1994 - Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee
8. 2000 - Dirty Pictures
9. 1978 - King of the Gypsies
10. 1990 - Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture ” - gnevrus
 
45.
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...
“ 1. 1995 - Seven
2. 2010 - The Social Network
3. 2007 - Zodiac
4. 2011 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
5. 1999 - Fight Club
6. 2008 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
7. 1997 - The Game
8. 2002 - Panic Room
9. 1992 - Alien 3 ” - gnevrus
 
46.
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...
“ 1. 2000 - Snatch.
2. 1998 - Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
3. 2008 - RocknRolla
4. 2009 - Sherlock Holmes
5. 2011 - Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
6. 2005 - Revolver
7. 2002 - Swept Away ” - gnevrus
 
47.
“ 1. 1971 - The Hospital
2. 1964 - The Americanization of Emily
3. 1976 - Silver Streak
4. 1975 - The Man in the Glass Booth
5. 1970 - The Out of Towners
6. 1979 - The In-Laws
7. 1989 - See No Evil, Hear No Evil
8. 1982 - Author! Author!
9. 1970 - Love Story
10. 1971 - Plaza Suite ” - gnevrus
 
48.
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...
“ 1. 1987 - The Untouchables
2. 1981 - Blow Out
3. 1971 - Dressed to Kill
4. 1973 - Sisters
5. 1989 - Casualties of War
6. 1983 - Scarface
7. 1974 - Phantom of the Paradise
8. 1976 - Carrie
9. 1993 - Carlito's Way
10. 1976 - Obsession ” - gnevrus
 
49.
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...
“ 1. 2006 - Letters from Iwo Jima
2. 1992 - Unforgiven
3. 2004 - Million Dollar Baby
4. 2003 - Mystic River
5. 1976 - The Outlaw Josey Wales
6. 1990 - White Hunter Black Heart
7. 1995 - The Bridges of Madison County
8. 2006 - Flags of Our Fathers
9. 1988 - Bird
10. 1971 - Play Misty for Me ” - gnevrus
 
50.
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...
“ 1. 2008 - The Wrestler
2. 2000 - Requiem for a Dream
3. 2010 - Black Swan
4. 1998 - Pi
5. 2006 - The Fountain ” - gnevrus
 
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“ 1. 1996 - Trainspotting
2. 2004 - Millions
3. 2010 - 127 Hours
4. 2002 - 28 Days Later…
5. 2008 - Slumdog Millionaire
6. 2007 - Sunshine
7. 1994 - Shallow Grave
8. 2001 - Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise
9. 2000 - The Beach
10. 1997 - A Life Less Ordinary ” - gnevrus
 
52.
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 age (he wrote and published eerie short stories...
“ 1. 1991 - Naked Lunch
2. 1988 - Dead Ringers
3. 2007 - Eastern Promises
4. 1983 - The Dead Zone
5. 1983 - Videodrome
6. 2005 - A History of Violence
7. 1986 - The Fly
8. 2011 - A Dangerous Method
9. 2002 - Spider
10. 1996 - Crash ” - gnevrus
 
53.
Kathryn Bigelow
Director, The Hurt Locker
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be critiqued by people like Richard Serra...
“ 1. 2008 - The Hurt Locker
2. 1995 - Strange Days
3. 1982 - The Loveless
4. 1987 - Near Dark
5. 1991 - Point Break
6. 2002 - K-19: The Widowmaker
7. 2000 - The Weight of Water
8. 1989 - Blue Steel ” - gnevrus