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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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
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...
“ #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
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
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...
“ #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
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
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
 
16.
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
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
Michael Curtiz
Director, Casablanca
Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner Bros...
“ #23 - Casablanca (1942) ” - crunk_juice19
 
20.
“ #25 - The Silence of the Lambs (1991) ” - crunk_juice19
 
21.
“ #28 - The Usual Suspects (1995) ” - crunk_juice19
 
22.
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)...
“ #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
 
23.
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
 
24.
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
 
25.
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
 
26.
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
 
27.
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...
“ #37 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
#57 - Aliens (1986)
#170 - The Terminator (1984) ” - crunk_juice19
 
28.
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
 
29.
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...
“ #41 - Alien (1979)
#66 - Gladiator (2000)
#125 - Blade Runner (1982) ” - crunk_juice19
 
30.
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin 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 character, the Little Tramp; 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
 
31.
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 nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein...
“ #43 - Citizen Kane (1941)
#128 - Touch of Evil (1958) ” - crunk_juice19
 
32.
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the films...
“ #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
 
33.
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...
“ #46 - American Beauty (1999) ” - crunk_juice19
 
34.
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
 
35.
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
 
36.
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
 
37.
Andrew Stanton
Writer, WALL·E
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
 
38.
“ #59 - Life Is Beautiful (1997) ” - crunk_juice19
 
39.
“ #60 - The Lives of Others (2006) ” - crunk_juice19
 
40.
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
 
41.
“ #63 - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) ” - crunk_juice19
 
42.
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...
“ #64 - Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
#97 - The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) ” - crunk_juice19
 
43.
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
 
44.
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...
“ #71 - Das Boot (1981) ” - crunk_juice19
 
45.
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
 
46.
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
 
47.
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
 
48.
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
 
49.
“ #77 - Cinema Paradiso (1988) ” - crunk_juice19
 
50.
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
 
51.
“ #79 - The Intouchables (2011) ” - crunk_juice19
 
52.
“ #79 - The Intouchables (2011) ” - crunk_juice19
 
53.
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....
“ #82 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
#180 - Twelve Monkeys (1995) ” - crunk_juice19
 
54.
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
 
55.
“ #83 - Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) ” - crunk_juice19
 
56.
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
 
57.
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
 
58.
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
 
59.
“ #87 - The Lion King (1994) ” - crunk_juice19
 
60.
“ #87 - The Lion King (1994) ” - crunk_juice19
 
61.
“ #88 - Oldboy (2003) ” - crunk_juice19
 
62.
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
 
63.
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
 
64.
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. At school Eastwood took interest in music and mechanics...
“ #95 - Unforgiven (1992)
#121 - Gran Torino (2008)
#172 - Million Dollar Baby (2004)
#231 - Mystic River (2003) ” - crunk_juice19
 
65.
George Roy Hill
Director, The Sting
George Roy Hill was never able to 'hit it off' with the critics despite the fact that 2 of his films - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting - had remained among the top 10 box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic trademarks. Andrew Sarris famously referred to it as 'idiosyncratic...
“ #99 - The Sting (1973)
#145 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) ” - crunk_juice19
 
66.
Asghar Farhadi
Writer, A Separation
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
 
67.
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his filmmaking career, Del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film ; El espinazo del diablo (2001)_, and El laberinto del fauno (2006)_, and more mainstream American action movies...
“ #103 - Pan's Labyrinth (2006) ” - crunk_juice19
 
68.
“ #104 - Die Hard (1988) ” - crunk_juice19
 
69.
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
 
70.
“ #111 - Grave of the Fireflies (1988) ” - crunk_juice19
 
71.
Pete Docter
Writer, Up
“ #112 - Up (2009)
#223 - Monsters, Inc. (2001) ” - crunk_juice19
 
72.
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
 
73.
David Lynch
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ #113 - The Elephant Man (1980) ” - crunk_juice19
 
74.
Elia Kazan
Known for his creative stage direction, Elia Kazan was born Elias Kazantzoglou on September 7, 1909 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey). Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He directed a string of successful films...
“ #115 - On the Waterfront (1954)
#221 - A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) ” - crunk_juice19
 
75.
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
 
76.
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...
“ #118 - The Seventh Seal (1957)
#126 - Wild Strawberries (1957)
#189 - Persona (1966) ” - crunk_juice19
 
77.
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
 
78.
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
 
79.
Buster Keaton
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine show that included family friend...
“ #123 - The General (1926) ” - crunk_juice19
 
80.
“ #124 - Toy Story (1995) ” - crunk_juice19
 
81.
“ #127 - Fargo (1996)
#129 - The Big Lebowski (1998)
#139 - No Country for Old Men (2007) ” - crunk_juice19
 
82.
“ #139 - No Country for Old Men (2007) ” - crunk_juice19
 
83.
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
 
84.
“ #133 - Cool Hand Luke (1967) ” - crunk_juice19
 
85.
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
 
86.
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
 
87.
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
 
88.
“ #141 - Hotel Rwanda (2004) ” - crunk_juice19
 
89.
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
 
90.
M. Night Shyamalan
Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots. He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil obstetrician and gynecologist...
“ #143 - The Sixth Sense (1999) ” - crunk_juice19
 
91.
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
 
92.
Victor Fleming
Victor Fleming entered motion pictures as a combination driver and stunt man at the Flying A studio in Santa Barbara, California, in 1912, following a series of jobs that included bicycle mechanic, taxi driver, auto mechanic (He also did a little racing on the side), chauffeur and auto salesman. Allan Dwan took credit for hiring him after he repaired Dwan's car...
“ #147 - The Wizard of Oz (1939)
#159 - Gone with the Wind (1939) ” - crunk_juice19
 
93.
“ #147 - The Wizard of Oz (1939) (uncredited)
#159 - Gone with the Wind (1939) (uncredited)
#250 - The Philadelphia Story (1940) ” - crunk_juice19
 
94.
Mervyn LeRoy
Director, Quo Vadis
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
 
95.
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
 
96.
“ #147 - The Wizard of Oz (1939) (uncredited) ” - crunk_juice19
 
97.
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
 
98.
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
 
99.
“ #151 - Trainspotting (1996)
#186 - Slumdog Millionaire (2008) ” - crunk_juice19
 
100.
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