The best directors of "the X Files"

by JohnSlash | created - 24 Sep 2012 | updated - 20 Oct 2013 | Public

This is a list compiled of my favorite directors on "the X Files," ordered from greatest to least. I also list all of the episodes they directed in order from greatest to least, with my ratings of each episode in parenthesis.

1. R.W. Goodwin

Producer | The X Files

A five-time Emmy Award nominated and the recipient of three Golden Globe Awards, R.W Goodwin is the director and co-producer with James Swift of the new feature film, Alien Trespass (2009), starring Eric McCormack.

As an Executive Producer for his work on the hit, cult television series, The X-Files...

Episodes:

One Breath (9.5/10) Herrenvolk (9.5/10) The Blessing Way (9.5/10) Anasazi (9.5/10) The End (9/10) Talitha Cumi (9/10) The Erlenmeyer Flask (9/10) Gethsemane (8.5/10) Redux (8.5/10)

2. Rob Bowman

Director | Reign of Fire

Rob Bowman was born on May 15, 1960 in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA as Rob Stanton Bowman. He is a producer and director, known for Reign of Fire (2002), The X Files (1998) and The X-Files (1993). He has been married to Dusty Dawn Bowman since October 5, 2005. They have one child.

Episodes:

Momento Mori (9.5/10) Paper Clip (9.5/10) One Son (9.5/10) Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space' (9.5/10) Kill Switch (9/10) Biogenesis (9/10) Syzygy (9/10) Piper Maru (9/10) Orison (8.5/10) The Field Where I Died (8.5/10) End Game (8.5/10) Paper Hearts (8.5/10) 731 (8.5/10) Sleepless (8.5/10) Pusher (8.5/10) Wetwired (8.5/10) Terms of Endearment (8/10) En Ami (8/10) Our Town (8/10) Never Again (8/10) Drive (8/10) The Pine Bluff Variant (8/10) Dod Kalm (8/10) Tempus Fugit (8/10) F. Emasculata (8/10) Unruhe (8/10) Fresh Bones (8/10) Genderbender (7.5/10) Terma (7.5/10) Aubrey (7.5/10) The Walk (7.5/10) Trevor (7/10)

3. Kim Manners

Producer | The X Files

Kim Manners was born on January 13, 1951 in the USA. He was a producer and director, known for The X-Files (1993), Supernatural (2005) and Charlie's Angels (1976). He died on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Episodes:

The Truth (9.5/10) Redux II (9.5/10) Closure (9.5/10) Two Fathers (9/10) This Is Not Happening (9/10) Milagro (9/10) War of the Coprohages (9/10) Humbug (9/10) Leonard Betts (9/10) Home (9/10) Essence (9/10) Existence (9/10) Apocrypha (9/10) Requiem (9/10) Demons (8.5/10) Emily (8.5/10) Die Hand die verletzt (8.5/10) The Sixth Extinction (8.5/10) Dreamland (8.5/10) Without (8.5/10) Within (8.5/10) The Beginning (8.5/10) Hungry (8.5/10) The Gift (8.5/10) Field Trip (8.5/10) Folie à Deux (8.5/10) Patient X (8.5/10) D.P.O. (8.5/10) Tunguska (8.5/10) Zero Sum (8.5/10) Max (8/10) Audrey Pauley (8/10) Per Manum (8/10) Unusual Suspects (8/10) Provenance (8/10) Quagmire (8/10) The Rain King (8/10) Grotesque (8/10) Kaddish (8/10) Mind's Eye (8/10) Oubliette (8/10) Nothing Important Happened Today (7.5/10) Release (7.5/10) Chinga (7.5/10) Lord of the Flies (7.5/10) Sanguinarium (7.5/10) Theef (7/10) Signs and Wonders (7/10) Hellbound (7/10) Brand X (7/10) Teso dos Bichos (6.5/10)

4. Chris Carter

Writer | The X Files

Born and raised in Bellflower, California, Chris Carter graduated from the California State University at Long Beach with a degree in journalism. Formerly a freelance journalist and editor of "Surfing" magazine, Carter began his career as a screenwriter in 1985 at The Walt Disney Studios. In 1992 ...

Episodes:

The Post-Modern Prometheus (9/10) Improbable (9/10) Duane Barry (9/10) Triangle (8.5/10) How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (8.5/10) The Red and the Black (8.5/10) Providence (8.5/10) The List (8/10) First Person Shooter (7.5/10) Patience (7.5/10)

5. David Duchovny

Actor | The X Files

David William Duchovny was born on August 7, 1960, in New York City, New York, USA. His father, Amram Ducovny, was a writer and publicist who was from a family of Jewish immigrants (from Ukraine and Poland), and worked for the American Jewish Committee. His mother, Margaret (Miller), was a ...

Episodes:

The Unnatural (9/10) Hollywood A.D. (8.5/10) William (8/10)

6. David Nutter

Director | Game of Thrones

David Nutter was born in 1960 in the USA. He is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), The Pacific (2010) and Band of Brothers (2001). He has been married to Birgit Nutter since May 1987. They have two children.

Episodes:

Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (9.5/10) Beyond the Sea (9/10) Ice (9/10) Little Green Men (9/10) Nisei (9/10) Irresistible (8.5/10) Tooms (8.5/10) Blood (8/10) Lazarus (8/10) 2Shy (8/10) Firewalker (8/10) 3 (7.5/10) Shapes (7/10) Roland (7/10)

7. Michael W. Watkins

Director | Quantum Leap

Michael W. Watkins is a director and producer, known for Quantum Leap (1989), The Lost Room (2006) and Into the West (2005).

Episodes:

The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati (9.5/10) Tithonus (8.5/10) Sein Und Zeit (8/10) Arcadia (8/10) X-Cops (7.5/10)

8. Gillian Anderson

Actress | The X Files

Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. She has English, German, and Irish ancestry.

Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. ...

Episodes:

all things (9/10)

9. Tony Wharmby

Director | Dempsey and Makepeace

Father-in-law of English film and TV composer Debbie Wiseman.

Episodes:

Deadalive (9/10) Trust No 1 (8.5/10) Via Negativa (8.5/10) Three Words (8/10) Nothing Important Happened Today II (8/10) 4-D (7.5/10) Badlaa (7/10)

10. Vince Gilligan

Producer | The X Files

Vince Gilligan was born on February 10, 1967 in Richmond, Virginia, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for The X-Files (1993), Breaking Bad (2008) and Better Call Saul (2015).

Episodes:

Je Souhaite (8.5/10) Sunshine Days (8/10)

11. Cliff Bole

Director | The Six Million Dollar Man

Cliff Bole was born on November 9, 1937 in San Francisco, California, USA as Clifford John Bole. He was a director and producer, known for The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and The X-Files (1993). He was married to Brenda. He died on February 15, 2014 in Palm ...

Episodes:

Small Potatoes (8.5/10) Chimera (8.5/10) Jump the Shark (8/10) Bad Blood (7.5/10)

12. Daniel Sackheim

Producer | House M.D.

Daniel Sackheim is a producer and director, known for House M.D. (2004), The Glass House (2001) and The X Files (1998).

Episodes:

Deep Throat (8.5/10) Conduit (8.5/10) The Host (8.5/10) S.R. 819 (8/10) Kitsunegari (7.5/10)

13. Frank Spotnitz

Producer | The Man in the High Castle

Award-winning American writer and producer Frank Spotnitz is the Chief Executive of Big Light Productions Ltd., a London- and Paris-based production company. Big Light creates and oversees a diverse slate of international television series, including drama, comedy and documentaries, and has become ...

Episodes:

Daemonicus (8/10) Alone (8/10)