Favourite Directors

Best directors in my opinion. In order
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1.
Takashi Miike
Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura, primarily because there were no entrance exams...
“ 13 Assassins - 8
Ichi The Killer - 8
Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai - 8
Audition - 8
Gozu - 8
Visitor Q - 8
Izo - 7
Full Metal Yakuza - 7
One Missed Call - 7
Fudoh - 7
Sukiyaki Western Django - 7
Shinjuku Triad Society - 6 ” - bleah1
 
2.
Ki-duk Kim
He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Crocodile. Then he went on to direct Wild Animals...
“ 3-Iron - 10
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring - 9
Pieta - 9
Time - 8
Samaritan Girl - 8
The Isle - 8
Bad Guy - 8
Soom - 8
Real Fiction - 8
Dream - 8
Address Unknown - 7
The Bow - 7
The Coast Guard - 7 ” - bleah1
 
3.
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ The Black Swan - 9
Requiem for a Dream - 9
The Fountain - 8
The Wrestler - 8
Pi - 8 ” - bleah1
 
4.
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...
“ Seven - 10
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 9
Fight Club - 9
The Social Network - 9
Millennium - 8
Zodiac - 8
Panic Room - 7
The Game - 7
Alien 3 - 7 ” - bleah1
 
5.
Wes Anderson
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ Moonrise Kingdom - 9
The Royal Tanenbaums - 8
The Darjeerling Limited - 7
Rushmore - 7
The Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou - 7 ” - bleah1
 
6.
“ Oldboy - 10
Joint Security Area - 9
Thirst - 8
Lady Vengeance - 8
Simpathy for Mr. Vengeance - 8
Stoker - 8
I'm a Cyborg but That's Ok - 7 ” - bleah1
 
7.
Kar-Wai Wong
Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong cha sit (1997)...
“ In The Mood For Love - 9
2046 - 9
Hong Kong Express - 9
Ashes of Time - 8
Fallen Angels - 8
Days of Being Wild - 8 ” - bleah1
 
8.
Sofia Coppola
Writer, Somewhere
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was previously married to Spike Jonze.
“ Lost in Translation - 9
Somewhere - 8
Marie Antoinette - 7
The Virgin Suicides - 7 ” - bleah1
 
9.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Nicolas Winding Refn is a Danish film director, screenwriter and producer. He moved to the United States in 1981 and is known for directing the crime dramas Bleeder (1999) and the Pusher films (1996, 2004, 2005), the fictionalised biographical film Bronson (2008), the dramatic adventure film Valhalla Rising (2009)...
“ Drive - 8
Bronson - 7
Valhalla Rising - 7
Only God Forgives - 7 ” - bleah1
 
10.
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...
“ Traffic - 9
Ocean's Eleven - 9
Che - 8
Out of Sight - 8
Sex, Lies & Videotape - 8
Solaris - 8
Ocean's Twelve - 7
Ocean's Thirteen - 7
Contagion - 7
Haywire - 6 ” - bleah1
 
11.
Lars von Trier
Writer, Melancholia
Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime. A highly distinctive blend of film noir and German Expressionism with stylistic nods to Dreyer...
“ Melancholia - 9
Dancer in the Dark - 8 ” - bleah1
 
12.
David O. Russell
David Owen Russell is an American film writer, director, and producer, known for a cinema of intense, tragi-comedic characters whose love of life can surpass dark circumstances faced in very specific worlds. His films address such themes as mental illness as stigma or hope; invention of self and survival; the family home as nexus of love...
“ Silver Linings Playbook - 9
The Fighter - 8
I Heart Huckabees - 8
Three Kings - 8 ” - bleah1
 
13.
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...
“ Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - 9
Life of Pi - 9
Lust, Caution - 8
Hulk - 7 ” - bleah1
 
14.
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...
“ Pan's Labyrinth - 9
Pacific Rim - 8
Hellboy II - 8
Hellboy - 7
The Devil's Backbone - 7 ” - bleah1
 
15.
“ Shame - 9 ” - bleah1
 
16.
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
His six feature films - Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel (comprising the "Death Trilogy"), Biutiful, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and The Revenant - have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations and wins. In 2015, Iñárritu won the Academy Award for Best Director...
“ 21 Grams - 9
Babel - 9
Biutiful - 8 ” - bleah1
 
17.
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...
“ Pulp Fiction - 10
Kill Bill vol.1 - 9
Kill Bill vol.2 - 9
Inglorious Basterds - 9
Reservoir Dogs - 9
Django Unchained - 8 ” - bleah1
 
18.
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...
“ Gladiator - 10
Blade Runner - 9
Alien - 9
Prometheus - 8
American Gangster - 8
Kingdom of Heaven - 8
Black Hawk Down - 8
Matchstick Men - 8
A Good Year - 7
Robin Hood - 7
Body of Lies - 7 ” - bleah1
 
19.
“ Both, with the brother...

No Country for Old Men - 10
Fargo - 8
The Man Who Wasn't There - 8
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - 8
The Big Lebowski - 7
Intolerable Cruelty - 7
True Grit - 7
Burn After Reading - 7 ” - bleah1
 
20.
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...
“ The Departed - 10
Taxi Driver - 9
Shutter Island - 9
Hugo Cabret - 9
The Aviator - 8 ” - bleah1
 
21.
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...
“ Schindler's List - 10
Saving Private Ryan - 9
Raiders of the Lost Ark - 9
Empire of the Sun - 8
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - 8
Jurassic Park - 8
Minority Report - 8
Artificial Intelligence: A.I. - 8
Catch Me If You Can - 8
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial - 8
Munich - 8
War of the Worlds - 8
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 8
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - 7
Hook - 7
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - 7 ” - bleah1
 
22.
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 Clint took interest in music and mechanics...
“ Gran Torino - 9
Million Dollar Baby - 9
Letters from Iwo Jima - 9
Mystic River - 9
Unforgiven - 8
Invictus - 8
Flags of Our Fathers - 8
Hereafter - 7 ” - bleah1
 
23.
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...
“ Heat - 9
Collateral - 9
Public Enemies - 8
The Last of the Mohicans - 8
Miami Vice - 7 ” - bleah1
 
24.
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...
“ Both, with the sister...

Matrix - 10
Cloud Atlas - 8
Matrix Reloaded - 7
Matrix Revolutions - 7 ” - bleah1
 
25.
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...
“ 2001: A Space Odissey - 10
A Clockwork Orange - 9
Dr. Strangelove - 9
Spartacus - 9
Shining - 8
Full Metal Jacket - 8 ” - bleah1
 
26.
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...
“ The Hurt Locker - 9
Zero Dark Thirty - 8
Strange Days - 8
Point Break - 8 ” - bleah1
 
27.
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...
“ The Fly - 9
A History of Violence - 8
Eastern Promises - 7
A Dangerous Method - 7
eXistenZ - 7
Cosmopolis - 7 ” - bleah1
 
28.
Oliver Stone
Director, Platoon
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success. William Oliver Stone was born in New York City...
“ Platoon - 9
Natural Born Killers - 9
Any Given Sunday - 8
Savages - 7
Alexander - 7
Wall Street 2 - 7
Wall Street - 7 ” - bleah1
 
29.
“ Up in the Air - 8
Juno - 8
Thank You For Smoking - 8
Young Adult - 7 ” - bleah1
 
30.
Rian Johnson
Director, Looper
Rian Johnson was born in Maryland. At a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from High school, he went on to attend University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film "Brick" was released in 2005 and was the building block (no pun intended) that launched his career...
“ Looper - 9
Brick - 8
The Brothers Bloom - 7 ” - bleah1
 
31.
“ A Bittersweet Life - 9
I Saw the Devil - 8
The Good The Bad The Weird - 8
The Quiet Family - 7
Two Sisters - 7 ” - bleah1
 
32.
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...
“ Rashomon - 9
Seven Samurai - 9
Throne of Blood - 8 ” - bleah1
 
33.
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ The Town - 8
Argo - 8
Gone Baby Gone - 8 ” - bleah1
 
34.
“ Memories of Murders - 9
The Host - 8
Mother - 7 ” - bleah1
 
35.
“ 127 Hours - 8
Slumdog Millionaire - 8
Sunshine - 8
Trainspotting - 8
28 Days Later - 8
Trance - 7
The Beach - 6 ” - bleah1
 
36.
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...
“ 25th Hour - 9
Inside Man - 8
He Got Game - 7 ” - bleah1
 
37.
“ Kairo - 8
Cure - 8
Tokyo Sonata - 8
Bright Future - 7 ” - bleah1
 
38.
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...
“ Sin City - 9
Machete - 7
From Dusk till Dawn - 7
Spy Kids - 6 ” - bleah1
 
39.
Zack Snyder
Director, 300
Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and superhero films...
“ Watchmen - 8
300 - 8
Dawn of the Dead - 7
Sucker Punch - 7
Man of Steel - 7 ” - bleah1
 
40.
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...
“ American Beauty - 9
Skyfall - 9
Jarhead - 8
Road to Perdition - 7 ” - bleah1
 
41.
“ The Assassination of Jesse James - 9
Killing Them Softly - 7 ” - bleah1
 
42.
James Mangold
Producer, Logan
James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine, and Logan. Mangold also wrote and directed Cop Land, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta.
“ Walk The Line - 9
The Wolverine - 8
3:10 to Yuma - 8 ” - bleah1
 
43.
“ Into Darkness - 8
Star Trek - 8
Mission Impossible: III - 7
Super 8 - 7 ” - bleah1