Martin Campbell knows how to entertain an audience when he steps behind the camera. When he directed The Mask of Zorro
, the movie earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and launched the international careers of Antonio Banderas
and Catherine Zeta-Jones
. Next, when he helmed Vertical Limit
, the film was well received by the critics and earned over $200 million in worldwide box-office sales...
“ Beyond Borders
The Mask of Zorro ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Monster's Ball
The Kite Runner
Stranger than Fiction
Quantum of Solace ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Shakespeare in Love
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Remember Me
Hollywoodland ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Sunshine Cleaning
Rain ” - NamsaAbbasi
Moneyball ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Layer Cake
Stardust ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
Grindhouse ” - NamsaAbbasi
Anthony Minghella was the son of immigrants from Italy, who own an ice-cream factory on the Isle of Wight, where Anthony was born on January 6, 1954. He and his two siblings, Edana Minghella
and Dominic Minghella
, grew up there, a popular British holiday spot. After graduating from the University of Hull...
“ The English Patient
The Talented Mr Ripley
Truly Madly Deeply
Cold Mountain ” - NamsaAbbasi
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price
“ Edward Scissorhands
Alice in Wonderland
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dark shadows ” - NamsaAbbasi
A Mighty Heart
Jude ” - NamsaAbbasi
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then immediately started to film everything he saw...
“ Children of Men
Love in the Time of Hysteria ” - NamsaAbbasi
I Don't Know How She Does It ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Sherlock Holmes ” - NamsaAbbasi
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
Reservoir Dogs ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Slumdog Millionaire
A Life Less Ordinary
Trainspotting ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
The Adventures of Tintin
Catch Me If You Can
Saving Private Ryan
Jurassic Park ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
“ Fight Club
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Social Network
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Seven ” - NamsaAbbasi
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
His six feature films-Amores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006) (comprising the "Death Trilogy"), Biutiful (2010), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), and The Revenant (2015)-have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations and wins...
Biutiful ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ The Cider House Rules
The Shipping News
Whats Eating Gilbert Grape
An Unfinished Life ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
“ Annie Hall
Vicky Christina Barcelona
Midnight in Paris ” - NamsaAbbasi
Pride and Prejudice
Anna Karenina ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
Sucker Punch ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
“ Dr Strangelove
A Clockwork Orange
Eyes Wide Shut
2001: A Space Oddessy
Full Metal Jacket
Lolita (1962) ” - NamsaAbbasi
Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret. Her debut feature film, Salaam Bombay...
“ The Namesake
NewYork I Love You
The Reluctant Fundamentalist ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
“ Godfather -1,2,3
Twixt ” - NamsaAbbasi
Julie Taymor is an Academy Award-nominated director, known for such films as Frida
and Across the Universe
. She was born on December 15, 1952, in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Her father, Melvin Lester Taymor, was a gynecologist. Her mother, Elizabeth Bernstein, was a teacher of political science...
Across the Universe
Titus ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Marie Antoinette
The Virgin suicides
Lost in Translation ” - NamsaAbbasi
The house of Flying Daggers
Raise the Red Lantern ” - NamsaAbbasi
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
My Blueberry Nights
Chungking Express ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
“ Seven Samurai
Red Beard ” - NamsaAbbasi
Unfaithful ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
“ Requiem For a Dream
Pi ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ The Illusionist
The Lucky Ones
Limitless ” - NamsaAbbasi
Director, writer, producer and composer Tom Tykwer was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. He showed an interest in film-making from childhood, making super 8 films from the age of 11. Among his first jobs was working at a local art-house cinema. Tykwer eventually relocated to Berlin, first working as a film projectionist and then becoming head of programming at the Moviemento Theater...
“ Run Lola Run
Paris Je'Taime ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Syrianna ” - NamsaAbbasi
Paul Haggis is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back - Million Dollar Baby
directed by Clint Eastwood
, and Crash
which he himself directed. For Crash
, he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay...
The Next Three Days
In the Valley of Elah ” - NamsaAbbasi
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
Sense and Sensibility
Hulk ” - NamsaAbbasi
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ Cinderella Man
A Beautiful Mind
The Davinci Code
Angels and Demons
Far and Away ” - NamsaAbbasi
Memoirs of a Geisha ” - NamsaAbbasi
Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters
and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the script writers Paul Schrader
The Black Dahlia ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
“ City of God
The Constant Gardener
Maids ” - NamsaAbbasi
Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis
. His film Open Your Eyes
was a huge success in Spain and was distributed worldwide...
“ The Others
The Sea Inside
Open Your Eyes ( Abre Los Ojos) ” - NamsaAbbasi
Gods and Monsters ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Hitler- The Rise of Evil
Joan of Arc
The Art of War ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Becoming Jane
Brideshead Revisited ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
“ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Green Hornet
The Science of Sleep ” - NamsaAbbasi
Director and screenwriter Philip Kaufman was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Chicago and later Harvard Law School. He won the Prix de la Nouvelle Critique at Cannes in 1965 for his film Goldstein
. He was the screenwriter for The Outlaw Josey Wales
and was to direct it but was replaced as director by Clint Eastwood
“ Hemingway and Gellhorn
The Unbearable Lightness of Being ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
“ The Pianist
The Ghost Writer
Chinatown ” - NamsaAbbasi
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
Road to Perdition ” - NamsaAbbasi
In 1989, Stephen Daldry worked as a freelance reader of unsolicited manuscripts for Literary Manager Nicholas Wright in the Scripts Department at the Royal National Theatre. In July of that year, he directed a Dadaist/expressionist production of "Judgement Day," a play by Odon von Horvath, at the Old Red Lion in London.
“ Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Billy Elliot ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ High fidelity
Dirty Pretty Things
The Queen ” - NamsaAbbasi
William Todd Field was born in Pomona, California, and began acting after graduating from high school in Portland, Oregon, where he was raised. A budding jazz musician as well, he skipped college in favor of a move east to New York to study acting. Once there, he began performing with the Ark Theatre Company as both an actor and musician...
“ Little Children
In the Bedroom ” - NamsaAbbasi
Tom Hooper was educated at one of England's most prestigious schools, Westminster. His first film, Runaway Dog, was made when he was 13 years old and shot on a Clockwork 16mm Bolex camera, using 100 feet of film. At age 18, he wrote, directed and produced the short film Painted Faces
, which premiered at the London Film Festival; it was released theatrically and later shown on Channel 4...
“ The Kings Speech
The Damned United
Longford ” - NamsaAbbasi
William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford
as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as...
Roman holiday ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ The Searchers
The Grapes of Wrath
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance ” - NamsaAbbasi
David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War hero. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually mold his black-and-white view of human existence and history...
“ Birth of a Nation
Orphans of The Storm
Broken Blossoms ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
“ Citizen Kane
Chimes at Midnight
F for Fake
The Stranger ” - NamsaAbbasi
Cecil B. DeMille
His parents Henry C. DeMille
and Beatrice DeMille
were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille
to the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts...
“ The Ten Commandments
The Greatest Show on Earth
Samson and Delilah
Reap the Wild Wind ” - NamsaAbbasi
Born in Brooklyn in 1969 Noah Baumbach is the son of two film critics, Georgia Brown and Jonathan Baumbach (also a writer). His studies at Vassar College were the subject of his first film (made as he was 26 years old), Kicking and Screaming
. His second major picture, made ten years later, The Squid and the Whale
was no less autobiographical but went back further in his personal history...
“ Margot at the Wedding
The Squid and The Whale
The Fantastic Mr Fox ” - NamsaAbbasi
Lars von Trier
Lars von Trier (the "von" was adopted during his stay at the Danish Film School) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1956. He graduated from the Danish Film School in 1983 with his short film Befrielsesbilleder
("Images of Relief"), which won the Best Film award at the Munich Film Festival the following year...
Dancer in the Dark
Breaking the Waves ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Lemony Snickets
City of Angels
Moonlight Mile ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Last Night ” - NamsaAbbasi
Baz Luhrmann grew up in rural Australia. He first became enthralled by the world of movies and the power of storytelling at his father's theatre. He also encountered a variety of interesting people while working at the local gas station, and Luhrmann went on to use these experiences as a source for his own creativity...
“ Moulin rouge
Romeo + Juliet
Strictly Ballroom ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ The Devil Wears Prada
Dear Diary ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Death at a Funeral
The Stepford Wives ” - NamsaAbbasi
Tsotsi ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ The Truth About Cats and dogs
Californication ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Its Complicated
Somethings Gotta Give
The Holiday ” - NamsaAbbasi
Chicken with Plums ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ For the above ” - NamsaAbbasi
Chromophobia ” - NamsaAbbasi
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)...
“ American Gangster
Body of Lies
A Good Year
Kingdom of Heaven
Thelma and Louise
Black Rain ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
True lies ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
“ Lord of The Rings 1,2,3
The Lovely Bones
Kingkong ” - NamsaAbbasi
Charlie Wilsons War
The Birdcage ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ The End Of the Affair
Breakfast on Pluto
The Crying Game
Interview with the Vampire ” - NamsaAbbasi
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ There Will Be Blood
Punch Drunk Love ” - NamsaAbbasi
Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started exploring the art of exploring sound with the cheap tape recorders available at the time...
“ Gosford Park
A Wedding ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ A Single Man ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ No Country for Old Men
Burn After Reading
A Serious Man ” - NamsaAbbasi
After The Dark Knight's success, Warner Bros. signed Nolan to direct Inception. Nolan also wrote and co-produced the film, described as "a contemporary set within the architecture of the mind". Before being released in theaters, critics like Peter Travers and Lou Lumenick wondered if Nolan's faith in moviegoers' intelligence would cost him at the box office...
The Dark Knight
The Prestige ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Silence of the Lambs
The Manchurian Candidate
Rachel Getting Married
Philadelphia ” - NamsaAbbasi
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
Point Break ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Running with Scissors
Eat, Pray, Love
Nip/Tuck ” - NamsaAbbasi
Congo ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ As Good As It Gets
Terms of Endearment
Broadcast News ” - NamsaAbbasi
Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market. Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe
(née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. Crowe...
“ Almost Famous
Vanilla Sky ” - NamsaAbbasi
I Am Legend
Water For Elephants ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ Meet Joe Black
Scent of a Woman ” - NamsaAbbasi
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...
“ Oceans 11-12-13
Che 1-2 ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ The Other Woman
Bounce ” - NamsaAbbasi
Hunger ” - NamsaAbbasi
Edward Zwick is well-known for his heroic movies that include Glory
, and the breathtaking works of art that include Legends of the Fall
. Zwick has also been known for his thoughtfulness as a director, and for his record of working with television series and other films as a producer. Born in 1952...
“ Blood Diamond
Love and Other Drugs
The Last Samurai
Legends of the Fall ” - NamsaAbbasi
George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney
, a former anchorman and game show host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney
). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney spent most of this youth in Ohio and Kentucky...
“ The Ides of March
Goodnight and Goodluck
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind ” - NamsaAbbasi
The legend of 1900 ” - NamsaAbbasi
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
A Very Long Engagement
The City of Lost Children ” - NamsaAbbasi
“ The Sum of All Fears
Field of Dreams
Sneakers ” - NamsaAbbasi
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College...
“ Tree of Life
The Thin Red Line
The New World
Days of Heaven ” - NamsaAbbasi