Best Directors by the Top 250

I took the directors from the movies on the Top 250 and put them in order to basically make a list of the best directors. I've included all of their movies on the Top 250, and they appear in the order the movies do, minus the repeats.

#s of the Top 250 as of August 24, 2012.
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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...
“ #1 - The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
#69 - The Green Mile (1999) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #2 - The Godfather (1972)
#3 - The Godfather: Part II (1974)
#36 - Apocalypse Now (1979) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #4 - Pulp Fiction (1994)
#67 - Reservoir Dogs (1992)
#109 - Inglorious Basterds (2009)
#134 - Sin City (2005) (guest director)
#150 - Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #5 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
#22 - Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
#80 - Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
#114 - For a Few Dollars More (1965)
#221 - A Fistful of Dollars (1964) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #6 - 12 Angry Men (1957)
#168 - Network (1976)
#178 - Dog Day Afternoon (1975) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #7 - Schindler's List (1993)
#27 - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
#137 - Jaws (1975) ” - crunk_juice19
Christopher Nolan
Born in London in 1970, Christopher Nolan began making films at the age of seven years using his father's Super-8 camera and an assortment of male action figures. He graduated to making films involving real people, and his Super-8 surrealistic short 'Tarantella' was shown on P.B.S.' 'image union' in 1989...
“ #8 - The Dark Knight (2008)
#14 - Inception (2010)
#21 - The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
#34 - Memento (2000)
#68 - The Prestige (2006)
#108 - Batman Begins (2005) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #9 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
#13 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
#24 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) ” - crunk_juice19
Irvin Kershner
Irvin Kershner was born on April 29, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Southern California film school, Kershner began his career in 1950, producing documentaries for the United States Information Service in the Middle East. He later turned to television, directing and photographing a series of documentaries called "Confidential File"...
“ #10 - Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #11 - Fight Club (1999)
#26 - Se7en (1995) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #12 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
#89 - Amadeus (1984) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #15 - Goodfellas (1990)
#47 - Taxi Driver (1976)
#51 - The Departed (2006)
#94 - Raging Bull (1980)
#154 - Casino (1995)
#235 - Shutter Island (2010) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #16 - Star Wars (1977) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #17 - Seven Samurai (1954)
#90 - Rashomon (1950)
#116 - Yojimbo (1961)
#131 - Ran (1985) ” - crunk_juice19
Lilly Wachowski
Writer, The Matrix
Director, writer and producer Lilly Wachowski was born in 1967 in Chicago as Andrew Wachowski, the son of Lynne, a nurse and painter and Ron, a businessman. Lilly was educated at Kellogg Elementary School in Chicago, before moving on to Whitney Young High School. After graduating from high school, she attended Emerson College in Boston, but dropped out...
“ #18 - The Matrix (1999) ” - crunk_juice19
Lana Wachowski
Writer, The Matrix
Lana Wachowski and her sister Lilly Wachowski, (also known as 'The Wachowskis') are the duo behind ground-breaking movies such as The Matrix and Cloud Atlas. Born to mother Lynne, a nurse, and father Ron, a businessman of Polish descent, Wachowski grew up in Chicago and formed a tight creative relationship with her sister Lilly...
“ #18 - The Matrix (1999) ” - crunk_juice19
Fernando Meirelles
Director, City of God
Fernando Meirelles was born in a middle class family in São Paulo City, Brazil. He studied architecture at the university of São Paulo. At the same time he developed an interest in filmmaking. With a group of friends he started producing experimental videos. They won a huge number of awards in Brazilian film festivals...
“ #19 - City of God (2002) ” - crunk_juice19
Robert Zemeckis
A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone, 1941) and special effect vehicles (Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future)...
“ #20 - Forrest Gump (1994)
#54 - Back to the Future (1985) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #23 - Casablanca (1942) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #25 - The Silence of the Lambs (1991) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #28 - The Usual Suspects (1995) ” - crunk_juice19
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)...
“ #29 - Rear Window (1954)
#30 - Psycho (1960)
#50 - Vertigo (1958)
#54 - North by Northwest (1959)
#122 - Rebecca (1940)
#136 - Strangers on a Train (1951)
#149 - Notorious (1946)
#174 - Dial M for Murder (1954)
#203 - Rope (1948)
#227 - Shadow of a Doubt (1943) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #31 - It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
#107 - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
#140 - It Happened One Night (1934)
#240 - Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #32 - Leon: The Professional (1994) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #33 - Sunset Blvd. (1950)
#56 - Double Indemnity (1944)
#84 - Some Like It Hot (1959)
#96 - The Apartment (1960)
#106 - Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
#197 - Stalag 17 (1953) ” - crunk_juice19
Tony Kaye
Tony Kaye was born in London, United Kingdom. He has made several well-known music videos, including the video for "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum, which won a Grammy Award, "Dani California" by Red Hot Chili Peppers, "What God Wants" by Roger Waters, and "Help Me" and "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash...
“ #35 - American History X (1998) ” - crunk_juice19
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 but, after graduating, drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition. He landed his first professional film job as art director...
“ #37 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
#57 - Aliens (1986)
#170 - The Terminator (1984) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #38 - Dr. Strangelove (1964)
#45 - The Shining (1980)
#55 - Paths of Glory (1957)
#61 - A Clockwork Orange (1971)
#81 - Full Metal Jacket (1987)
#98 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
#188 - The Killing (1956)
#204 - Barry Lyndon (1975) ” - crunk_juice19
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)...
“ #41 - Alien (1979)
#66 - Gladiator (2000)
#125 - Blade Runner (1982) ” - crunk_juice19
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular "Little Tramp" character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ #42 - City Lights (1931)
#49 - Modern Times (1936)
#70 - The Great Dictator (1940)
#130 - The Kid (1921)
#138 - The Gold Rush (1925) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #43 - Citizen Kane (1941)
#128 - Touch of Evil (1958) ” - crunk_juice19
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli...
“ #44 - Spirited Away (2001)
#101 - Princess Mononoke (1997)
#175 - My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
#194 - Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
#228 - Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
#246 - Castle in the Sky (1986) ” - crunk_juice19
Sam Mendes
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...
“ #46 - American Beauty (1999) ” - crunk_juice19
Lee Unkrich
Editorial Department, Finding Nemo
Lee Unkrich attended Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was born in 1967 and graduated in 1985. He was a great French student and created a character in his movie, Toy Story 2 after his high school French teacher. He was featured in the local paper twice for Monsters, Inc. and for Finding Nemo.
“ #48 - Toy Story 3 (2010)
#167 - Finding Nemo (2003)
#223 - Monsters, Inc. (2001) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #52 - The Pianist (2002)
#76 - Chinatown (1974)
#219 - Rosemary's Baby (1968) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #53 - M (1931
#91 - Metropolis (1927) ” - crunk_juice19
Andrew Stanton
Writer, Finding Nemo
Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures. In 1990, he became only the second animator and ninth employee to join Pixar Animation Studios...
“ #58 - WALL-E (2008)
#167 - Finding Nemo (2001) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #59 - Life Is Beautiful (1997) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #60 - The Lives of Others (2006) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #62 - Amelie (2001) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #63 - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) ” - crunk_juice19
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)...
“ #64 - Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
#97 - The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) ” - crunk_juice19
Joss Whedon
Writer, The Avengers
Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon...
“ #65 - The Avengers (2012) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #71 - Das Boot (1981) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #72 - Requiem for a Dream (2000)
#158 - Black Swan (2010)
#214 - The Wrestler (2008) ” - crunk_juice19
Carol Reed
Director, The Third Man
Carol Reed was the second son of stage actor, dramatics teacher and impresario founder of the Royal School of Dramatic Arts Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Reed was one of Tree's six illegitimate children with Beatrice Mae Pinney, who Tree established in a second household apart from his married life. There were no social scars here; Reed grew up in a well-mannered...
“ #73 - The Third Man (1949) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #74 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #75 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
#119 - The Maltese Falcon (1941) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #77 - Cinema Paradiso (1988) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #78 - L.A. Confidential (1997) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #79 - The Intouchables (2011) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #79 - The Intouchables (2011) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #82 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
#180 - Twelve Monkeys (1995) ” - crunk_juice19
Terry Jones
Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. His father was a bank clerk, mother - mistress of the house. He has an older brother, Nigel Jones (1940-). He studied at St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford University. In 1965, with his friend Michael Palin, he made The Late Show for television, which was his first success...
“ #82 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
#161 - Life of Brian (1979) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #83 - Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) ” - crunk_juice19
Mel Gibson
Actor, Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
“ #85 - Braveheart (1995) ” - crunk_juice19
Stanley Donen
Since he was a child, Stanley Donen attended dance classes and debuted on Broadway at age 17. With the help of the producer Arthur Freed and the actor Gene Kelly he got the chance to direct the musicals On the Town, Singin' in the Rain, and Love Is Better Than Ever which revolutionized the genre. Another...
“ #86 - Singin' in the Rain (1952) ” - crunk_juice19
Gene Kelly
Eugene Curran Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third son of Harriet Catherine (Curran) and James Patrick Joseph Kelly, a phonograph salesman. His father was of Irish descent and his mother was of Irish and German ancestry. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in Hollywood when Gene Kelly arrived in town in 1941...
“ #86 - Singin' in the Rain (1952) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #87 - The Lion King (1994) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #87 - The Lion King (1994) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #88 - Oldboy (2003) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #92 - Bicycle Thieves (1948) ” - crunk_juice19
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount productions in Hollywood...
“ #93 - All About Eve (1950) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #95 - Unforgiven (1992)
#121 - Gran Torino (2008)
#172 - Million Dollar Baby (2004)
#231 - Mystic River (2003) ” - crunk_juice19
George Roy Hill
Combative director George Roy Hill never hit it off with the critics, despite the fact that two of his films -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting -- had remained among the top ten box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic trademarks, Andrew Sarris famously referring to it as 'idiosyncratic odious oiliness'...
“ #99 - The Sting (1973)
#145 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) ” - crunk_juice19
Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...
“ #102 - A Separation (2011) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #103 - Pan's Labyrinth (2006) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #104 - Die Hard (1988) ” - crunk_juice19
Oliver Hirschbiegel
Director, Downfall
Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1957. In his teens he left high school and worked as a cooker in a boat. Then he studied painting and graphism in the Academy of arts in Hamburg where he also started experimenting with video and photography. Those experimental movies attracted the attention of some producers of the German TV...
“ #105 - Downfall (2004) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #111 - Grave of the Fireflies (1988) ” - crunk_juice19
Pete Docter
Writer, Up
“ #112 - Up (2009)
#223 - Monsters, Inc. (2001) ” - crunk_juice19
Bob Peterson
Actor, Up
Bob Peterson was born in Wooster, Ohio, USA, in 1961. He studied mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University, where he took computer graphics courses and graduated in 1983. He continued his studies in mechanical engineering at Purdue University where he earned a master's degree in 1986. While a student...
“ #112 - Up (2009) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #113 - The Elephant Man (1980) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #115 - On the Waterfront (1954)
#221 - A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #117 - Snatch. (2000)
#146 - Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #118 - The Seventh Seal (1957)
#126 - Wild Strawberries (1957)
#189 - Persona (1966) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #120 - Heat (1995) ” - crunk_juice19
Clyde Bruckman
Writer, The General
Had been out of work and was pretty much broke when he killed himself. He borrowed Buster Keaton's gun and after eating a meal that he could not pay for, shot himself. There are two stories; One says it was in the restroom of the cafe on Santa Monica Blvd, and the other story states he did it in the phone booth...
“ #123 - The General (1926) ” - crunk_juice19
Buster Keaton
When, at six months, he tumbled down a flight of stairs unharmed, he was given the name "Buster" by Harry Houdini who, along with W.C. Fields, Bill Robinson ("Bojangles"), Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson shared headlines with "The Three Keatons": Buster, his father Joe Keaton and mother Myra Keaton...
“ #123 - The General (1926) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #124 - Toy Story (1995) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #127 - Fargo (1996)
#129 - The Big Lebowski (1998)
#139 - No Country for Old Men (2007) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #139 - No Country for Old Men (2007) ” - crunk_juice19
Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers. Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family...
“ #132 - Scarface (1983)
#244 - The Untouchables (1987) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #133 - Cool Hand Luke (1967) ” - crunk_juice19
Frank Miller
Writer, Sin City
Frank Miller was born in Olney, Maryland, to a nurse mother and a carpenter and electrician father, and was raised in Montpelier, Vermont. He is of Irish descent. Miller was a big comics writer/artist in the '70s and '80s. He wrote and penciled the Marvel series "Daredevil" for a long time. His friend...
“ #134 - Sin City (2005) ” - crunk_juice19
Robert Rodriguez
Producer, Grindhouse
Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent. Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York, none were as captivated as the 12-year-old Rodriguez...
“ #134 - Sin City (2005) ” - crunk_juice19
Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. But his biggest success was The Deer Hunter which won the Oscar for best film...
“ #135 - The Deer Hunter (1978) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #141 - Hotel Rwanda (2004) ” - crunk_juice19
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.
“ #142 - High Noon (1952) ” - crunk_juice19
M. Night Shyamalan
Born in India but raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is the son of two doctors. His passion for filmmaking began when he was given a Super-8 camera at age eight, and even at that young age began to model his career on that of his idol, Steven Spielberg...
“ #143 - The Sixth Sense (1999) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #144 - Platoon (1986) ” - crunk_juice19
Victor Fleming
Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the films of Douglas Fairbanks...
“ #147 - The Wizard of Oz (1939)
#159 - Gone with the Wind (1939) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #147 - The Wizard of Oz (1939) (uncredited)
#159 - Gone with the Wind (1939) (uncredited)
#250 - The Philadelphia Story (1940) ” - crunk_juice19
Mervyn LeRoy
Director, Mister Roberts
The great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 was a tragedy for Mervyn Leroy. While he and his father managed to survive, they lost everything they had. To make money, Leroy sold newspapers and entered talent contests as a singer. When he entered vaudeville, his act was "LeRoy and Cooper--Two Kids and a Piano"...
“ #147 - The Wizard of Oz (1939) (uncredited) ” - crunk_juice19
Norman Taurog
Director, Boys Town
A successful child actor (on stage from 1907) and rather less successful romantic lead, baby-faced Norman Taurog found being behind the camera a more rewarding experience. Before becoming a director, he paid his dues as a prop man and editor. By 1919, he was put in charge of two-reel comedies, starring the comic Larry Semon...
“ #147 - The Wizard of Oz (1939) (uncredited) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #147 - The Wizard of Oz (1939) (uncredited) ” - crunk_juice19
Sam Wood
After a two-year apprenticeship under Cecil B. DeMille as assistant director, Samuel Grosvenor Wood had the good fortune to have assigned to him two of the biggest stars at Paramount during their heyday: Wallace Reid, between 1919 and 1920; and Gloria Swanson, from 1921 to 1923. By the time his seven-year contract with Paramount expired...
“ #159 - Gone with the Wind (1939) (uncredited) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #148 - The Thing (1982) ” - crunk_juice19
“ #151 - Trainspotting (1996)
#186 - Slumdog Millionaire (2008) ” - crunk_juice19
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...
“ #152 - Annie Hall (1977)
#230 - Manhattan (1979) ” - crunk_juice19