Top Directors

by Andre Te | created - 12 Jun 2012 | updated - 6 days ago | Public

My personal ranking of directors with more than two films already seen. In average movie rating order.

~ = all full length movies seen

I started rating movies in January 2012, so I only rated movies I've seen since that time.

1. Matt Reeves

Writer | Let Me In

Born on April 27, 1966, Matthew Reeves is a writer, director and producer, known for his directorial work on Cloverfield (2008), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017). Reeves was born in in Rockville Center, New York and was childhood friends with director ...

9.0 Let Me In: 9/10 Cloverfield: 9/10

2. Roman Polanski

Actor | Chinatown

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 ...

8.5 Carnage: 9/10 The Ghost Writer: 8/10

3. Tom Hooper

Director | The Danish Girl

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 (1992), which ...

8.5 The King's Speech: 7/10 Lés Misérables: 10/10

4. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | The Revenant

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...

8.5 Birdman: 10/10 The Revenant: 7/10

5. J.A. Bayona

Director | Lo imposible

J.A. Bayona was born on May 9, 1975 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Juan Antonio García Bayona. He is a director, known for The Impossible (2012), The Orphanage (2007) and A Monster Calls (2016).

8.5 Lo imposible: 9/10 A Monster Calls: 8/10

6. Nacho Vigalondo

Writer | Los cronocrímenes

Nacho Vigalondo was born in 1977 in Cabezón de la Sal, Cantabria, Spain. He is a writer and actor, known for Los cronocrímenes (2007), Colossal (2016) and Extraterrestre (2011).

8.5 Los cronocrímenes: 8/10 Colossal: 9/10

7. Cameron Crowe

Writer | Almost Famous

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. ...

8.4 Vanilla Sky: 10/10 We bought a Zoo: 9/10 Almost Famous: 9/10 Jerry Maguire: 8/10 Aloha: 6/10

8. Denis Villeneuve

Director | Arrival

Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started his career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), ...

8.3 Prisoners: 8/10 Sicario: 8/10 Arrival: 8/10 Enemy: 9/10

9. Zal Batmanglij

Writer | The OA

Zal Batmanglij is a writer and director, known for The OA (2016), The East (2013) and Sound of My Voice (2011).

8.3 The East: 8/10 Sound of My Voice: 7/10 The OA: 10/10

10. Christopher Nolan

Writer | The Prestige

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.


8.1 Inception: 10/10 Memento: 8/10 Batman Begins: 8/10 The Dark Knight: 7/10 The Dark Knight Rises: 6/10 The Prestige: 9/10 Interstellar: 9/10

11. Neill Blomkamp

Director | District 9

Neill Blomkamp was born on September 17, 1979 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and writer, known for District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015). He is married to Terri Tatchell. They have one child.

8.0 District 9: 10/10 Elysium: 7/10 Chappie: 7/10

12. Justin Chadwick

Director | The First Grader

Justin Chadwick was born on December 1, 1968 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. He is a director and actor, known for The First Grader (2010), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) and Bleak House (2005).

8.0 The Other Boleyn Girl: 7/10 The First Grader: 9/10

13. James Watkins

Director | Eden Lake

James Watkins was born in 1978 in the UK. He is a director and writer, known for Eden Lake (2008), Bastille Day (2016) and The Woman in Black (2012).

8.0 The Woman In Black: 9/10 Eden Lake: 7/10

14. Tom Tykwer

Composer | Lola rennt

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...

8.0 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer: 8/10 Cloud Atlas: 8/10

15. Mike Cahill

Editor | Another Earth

Mike Cahill was born on July 5, 1979 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He is known for his work on Another Earth (2011), I Origins (2014) and Doctors.

8.0 Another Earth: 9/10 I Origins: 7/10

16. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years...

8.0 Drive: 10/10 The Neon Demon: 6/10

17. David Fincher

Director | Se7en

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...

7.8 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: 10/10 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: 10/10 The Social Network: 7/10 The Game: 7/10 Alien 3: 6/10 Se7en: 7/10

18. 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...

7.8 Inglourious Basterds: 8/10 Django Unchained: 7/10 Kill Bill 2: 6/10 The Hateful Eight: 10/10

19. David O. Russell

Writer | Silver Linings Playbook

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 ...

7.8 The Fighter: 7/10 Silver Linings Playbook: 8/10 American Hustle: 7/10 Joy: 9/10

20. Kelly Reichardt

Director | Wendy and Lucy

Kelly Reichardt was born and raised in Miami-Dade Country, Florida, to a family of police officers. She had an interest in photography from a very young age. She started by using her father's camera, which he used for photographing crime scenes. She went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in ...


Certain Woman: 8/10 Meek's Cutoff: 7/10 Night Moves: 8/10

21. Byron Howard

Director | Zootopia

Byron Howard was born on December 26, 1968 in Misawa, Japan as Byron P. Howard. He is known for his work on Zootopia (2016), Tangled (2010) and Bolt (2008).

7.6 Tangled: 9/10 Bolt: 7/10 Zootopia: 7/10 ~

22. 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 ...

7.6 Sucker Punch: 9/10 Watchmen: 8/10 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole: 8/10 300: 8/10 Dawn of the Dead: 6/10 Man Of Steel: 7/10

23. Sofia Coppola

Director | Lost in Translation

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 (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was ...

7.6 Lost In Translation: 10/10 Somewhere: 7/10 Marie Antoinette: 7/10 The Virgin Suicides: 7/10 The Bling Ring: 7/10

24. 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...

7.6 Argo: 9/10 The Town: 7/10 Gone Baby Gone: 7/10 ~

25. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

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...

7.6 Match Point: 8/10 Vicky Cristina Barcelona: 7/10 Scoop: 8/10

26. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

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 ...

7.6 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: 8/10 Children of Men: 6/10 Gravity: 9/10

27. Spike Jonze

Producer | Her

Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under the ...

7.6 Where The Wild Things Are: 8/10 Being John Malkovich: 7/10 Her: 8/10

28. David Yates

Director | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

David Yates was born on October 8, 1963 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England. He is a director and producer, known for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), The Legend of Tarzan (2016) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).

7.5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: 7/10 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: 8/10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1: 8/10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: 7/10

29. Wilson Yip

Director | Yip Man

Wilson Yip was born as Yip Wai-Shun. He is a director and actor, known for Yip Man (2008), SPL: Sha po lang (2005) and Yip Man 3 (2015).

7.5 Yip Man: 8/10 Yip Man 2: 7/10

30. 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 ...

7.5 John Carter: 6/10 Wall-E: 9/10

31. Martin McDonagh

Writer | In Bruges

Martin McDonagh was born on March 26, 1970 in Camberwell, London, England. He is a writer and director, known for In Bruges (2008), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and Seven Psychopaths (2012).

7.5 In Bruges: 8/10 Seven Psychopaths: 7/10 ~

32. 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 ...

7.5 The Hurt Locker: 7/10 Zero Dark Thirty: 8/10

33. Derek Cianfrance

Director | Blue Valentine

Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied (1998), won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best...

7.5 Blue Valentine: 8/10 The Place Beyond The Pines: 7/10

34. Jeff Nichols

Writer | Take Shelter

Jeff Nichols was born on December 7, 1978 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Take Shelter (2011), Midnight Special (2016) and Mud (2012).

7.5 Take Shelter: 8/10 Mud: 7/10

35. Stephen Daldry

Director | The Hours

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 ...


Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: 8/10 The Reader: 7/10

36. Morten Tyldum

Director | Hodejegerne

Morten Tyldum was born on May 19, 1967 in Bergen, Norway. He is a director and producer, known for Hodejegerne (2011), The Imitation Game (2014) and Buddy (2003).

7.5 Hodejegerne: 9/10 Passengers: 6/10

37. Garth Jennings

Director | Sing

Garth Jennings was born in 1972 in Epping, Essex, England. He is a director and actor, known for Sing (2016), Son of Rambow (2007) and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).

7.5 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 6/10 Sing: 9/10

38. Mike Flanagan

Editor | Oculus

Mike Flanagan was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1978 to Timothy and Laura Flanagan. The family relocated frequently, as Timothy was in the U.S. Coast Guard, and finally settled in Bowie, Maryland. As a child, he would shoot and edit short movies on VHS. This continued as he attended Archbishop ...

7.5 Oculus: 8/10 Ouija: Origin of Evil: 7/10

39. Rupert Sanders

Director | Snow White and the Huntsman

Rupert Sanders was born on March 16, 1971 in Westminster, London, England. He is a director and writer, known for Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Ghost in the Shell (2017) and Untitled Rupert Sanders/Sci-Fi Project. He was previously married to Liberty Ross.

7.5 Snow White and the Huntsman: 8/10 Ghost in the Shell: 7/10

40. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

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 ...

7.4 Moonrise Kingdom: 8/10 Fantastic Mr. Fox: 8/10 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: 7/10 The Darjeeling Limited: 8/10 The Grand Budapest Hotel: 6/10

41. Martin Scorsese

Director | Taxi Driver

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 ...

7.2 Shutter Island: 10/10 Hugo: 9/10 The Aviator: 5/10 Gangs Of New York: 8/10 Silence: 4/10

42. Terry Gilliam

Writer | Brazil

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....

7.2 Monty Python And The Holy Grail: 6/10 Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas: 8/10 Twelve Monkeys: 8/10 The Fisher King: 7/10 The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus: 7/10

43. Joe Wright

Director | Pride & Prejudice

Joe Wright is an English film director. He is best known for Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), Anna Karenina (2012), and Darkest Hour (2017).

Wright always had an interest in the arts, especially painting. He would also make films on his Super 8 camera as well as spend time in the evenings...

7.0 Hanna: 7/10 Atonement: 9/10 Pride & Prejudice: 8/10 The Soloist: 5/10 Anna Karenina: 6/10 ~

44. Matthew Vaughn

Producer | Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn is an English film producer and director. He is known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) and for directing the crime thriller, Layer Cake (2004), the fantasy epic, Stardust (2007), the superhero comedy, Kick-Ass (2010), and the ...

7.0 Stardust: 10/10 Kick-Ass: 6/10 X-Men: First Class: 6/10 Layer Cake: 6/10 ~

45. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director 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 ...

7.0 Matchstick Men 8/10 Prometheus 7/10 Alien: 6/10 The Martian: 7/10

46. Jean-Marc Vallée

Director | C.R.A.Z.Y.

Jean-Marc Vallée was born on March 9, 1963 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a director and producer, known for C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005), Dallas Buyers Club (2013) and Wild (2014).

7.0 The Young Victoria: 8/10 C.R.A.Z.Y.: 5/10 Wild: 8/10

47. Paul Feig

Producer | Freaks and Geeks

Paul Feig was born on September 17, 1962 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Freaks and Geeks (1999), The Heat (2013) and Spy (2015). He has been married to Laurie Karon since September 23, 1994.

7.0 Bridesmaids: 7/10 The Heat: 7/10

48. Jake Schreier

Director | Robot & Frank

Jake Schreier is a director and producer, known for Robot & Frank (2012), Paper Towns (2015) and Untitled Jake Schreier/Chris Ford Project.

7.0 Robot & Frank: 7/10 Paper Towns: 7/10

49. Rich Moore

Director | Wreck-It Ralph

Rich Moore was born on May 10, 1963 in Oxnard, California, USA. He is known for his work on Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Zootopia (2016) and Futurama (1999).

7.0 Wreck-It Ralph: 7/10 Zootopia: 7/10

50. Tate Taylor

Director | The Help

Tate Taylor was born on June 3, 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. He is an actor and director, known for The Help (2011), Winter's Bone (2010) and Pretty Ugly People (2008).

7.0 The Help: 9/10 The Girl on the Train: 5/10

51. Gore Verbinski

Director | Rango

Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of ...

6.8 Rango: 8/10 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: 8/10 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: 7/10 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: 7/10 The Lone Ranger: 4/10 A Cure for Wellness: 7/10

52. Darren Aronofsky

Director | Pi

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 ...

6.8 Black Swan: 9/10 The Fountain: 7/10 The Wrestler: 7/10 Requiem for a Dream: 7/10 Mother: 4/10

53. Neil Burger

Director | Divergent

Neil Burger is a director and producer, known for Divergent (2014), The Illusionist (2006) and Interview with the Assassin (2002). He has been married to Diana Kellogg since June 30, 1997.

6.7 Limitless: 8/10 The Illusionist: 6/10 Divergent: 6/10

54. Scott Derrickson

Writer | Sinister

Scott Derrickson was born on July 16, 1966 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Sinister (2012), Doctor Strange (2016) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008).

6.7 The Exorcism of Emily Rose: 9/10 Sinister: 7/10 Deliver Us From Evil: 4/10

55. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Gran Torino

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...

6.7 Invictus: 6/10 Letters From Iwo Jima: 8/10 Flags Of Our Fathers: 6/10 Changeling: 7/10

56. Jonathan Levine

Writer | The Wackness

Jonathan Levine is a writer and director, known for The Wackness (2008), 50/50 (2011) and Warm Bodies (2013).

6.7 50/50: 8/10 The Wackness: 6/10 Warm Bodies: 6/10

57. Len Wiseman

Writer | Underworld

Filmmaker Len Wiseman's career began through his work in the art department on the blockbuster hits like Godzilla (1998), Men in Black (1997), and Independence Day (1996). His design talents soon got him behind the camera directing commercials for PlayStation, Time Warner, Oracle, Intel, and ...

6.5 Underworld: Evolution: 7/10 Underworld: 6/10

58. Steve McQueen

Director | 12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen was born on October 9, 1969 in London, England as Steve Rodney McQueen. He is a director and writer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Shame (2011) and Hunger (2008).

6.5 Hunger: 6/10 Shame: 7/10 ~

59. Shawn Levy

Producer | Arrival

Shawn Levy was born on July 23, 1968 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Stranger Things (2016), Real Steel (2011), and the Night at the Museum franchise. He is the founder and principal of 21 Laps Entertainment. He is married to Serena Levy and they have four ...

6.5 Real Steel: 7/10 Date Night: 6/10

60. John Hillcoat

Director | The Road

John Hillcoat was born in 1961 in Queensland, Australia. He is a director, known for The Road (2009), The Proposition (2005) and Lawless (2012).

6.5 The Road: 7/10 Lawless: 6/10

61. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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. Whedon was ...

6.5 The Avengers: 7/10 Serenity: 6/10

62. Alexander Payne

Director | Nebraska

Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older ...

6.5 The Descendants: 8/10 Sideways: 5/10

63. Jason Reitman

Producer | Up in the Air

Jason Reitman was born on October 19, 1977 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Up in the Air (2009), Thank You for Smoking (2005) and Juno (2007). He was previously married to Michele Lee.

6.5 Up in the Air: 8/10 Juno: 5/10

64. Richard Linklater

Director | Waking Life

Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. ...

6.5 Before Sunrise: 6/10 Before Sunset: 7/10

65. 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...

6.5 A Dangerous Method: 5/10 eXistenZ: 8/10

66. Joseph Kosinski

Director | Tron

Joseph Kosinski is a director whose uncompromising visual style has quickly made a mark in the filmmaking zeitgeist. His feature film debut, "Tron Legacy" for Walt Disney Studios, grossed over $400 million worldwide and was nominated for several awards including an Academy Award and a Grammy for ...

6.5 Tron: Legacy: 6/10 Oblivion: 7/10

67. John Lasseter

Writer | Toy Story 2

Although born in Hollywood John and his twin sister, Johanna were raised in Wittier near Los Angeles. His parents were Jewell Mae (Risley), an art teacher, and Paul Eual Lasseter, a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership. His mother's profession contributed to his interest in animation and ...

6.5 Toy Story: 6/10 Toy Story 2: 7/10

68. Lasse Hallström

Director | What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Lasse Hallström was born on June 2, 1946 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Lars Hallström. He is a director and writer, known for What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Chocolat (2000) and The Cider House Rules (1999). He has been married to Lena Olin since March 18, 1994. They have one child. ...

6.5 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen: 7/10 Dear John: 6/10

69. Rob Reiner

Actor | All in the Family

Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.

Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also ...

6.5 The Magic of Belle Isle: 7/10 The Bucket List: 6/10

70. Baltasar Kormákur

Producer | Mýrin

Baltasar Kormákur is an actor, producer and director whose work spans theater, movies and television. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, he graduated as an actor from Iceland's National Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. He was immediately signed on by the National Theatre of Iceland, where he worked as one of...

6.5 Contraband: 7/10 Everest: 6/10

71. Gavin O'Connor

Director | The Accountant

Gavin O'Connor was born on December 24, 1963 in Long Island, New York, USA as Gavin James O'Connor. He is a director and producer, known for The Accountant (2016), Pride and Glory (2008) and Warrior (2011). He has been married to Brooke Burns since June 22, 2013. They have one child. He was ...

6.5 Warrior: 7/10 The Accountant: 6/10

72. Peter Weir

Director | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Peter Weir was born on August 21, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Lindsay Weir. He is a director and writer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Witness (1985) and The Truman Show (1998). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They have two...

6.5 The Way Back: 6/10 The Truman Show: 7/10

73. Chad Stahelski

Director | John Wick

He came from a kick-boxing background; he entered the film field as a stunt performer at the age of 24. Before that, he worked as an instructor at the Inosanto Martial Arts Academy in California, teaching Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan. After doing numerous roles in low budget martial art movies like Mission...

6.5 John Wick: 6/10 John Wick: Chapter 2: 7/10

74. Marc Webb

Director | (500) Days of Summer

Marc Webb was born on August 31, 1974. He is a producer and director, known for (500) Days of Summer (2009), Gifted (2017) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015).

6.5 (500) Days of Summer: 5/10 Gifted: 8/10

75. Ang Lee

Director | Wo hu cang long

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, ...

6.5 Life of Pi: 7/10 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: 6/10

76. Greg Mottola

Director | Adventureland

Greg Mottola was born on July 11, 1964 in Dix Hills, Long Island, New York, USA as Gregory James Mottola. He is a director and producer, known for Adventureland (2009), The Daytrippers (1996) and Superbad (2007).

6.3 Adventureland: 7/10 Paul: 7/10 Superbad: 6/10 Keeping Up with the Joneses: 5/10

77. Phil Lord

Writer | The LEGO Movie

Phil Lord was born on July 12, 1975 in Miami, Florida, USA as Philip A. Lord. He is a producer and writer, known for The Lego Movie (2014), 22 Jump Street (2014) and Clone High (2002).

6.3 21 Jump Street: 6/10 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: 8/10 The Lego Movie: 5/10

78. Christopher Miller

Writer | The LEGO Movie

Christopher Miller was born on September 23, 1975 in Everett, Washington, USA as Christopher Robert Miller. He is a producer and writer, known for The Lego Movie (2014), 22 Jump Street (2014) and Clone High (2002). He is married to Robyn Murgio. They have one child.

6.3 21 Jump Street: 6/10 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: 8/10 The Lego Movie: 5/10

79. Terrence Malick

Writer | Days of Heaven

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 ...

6.3 The Tree of Life: 7/10 The New World: 7/10 To The Wonder: 5/10

80. Bryan Singer

Director | X-Men

Bryan Singer was born on September 17, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Bryan Jay Singer. He is a producer and director, known for X-Men (2000), The Usual Suspects (1995) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

6.3 X-Men: 7 X2: 7 Jack The Giant Slayer: 5/10

81. 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, ...

6.3 The Matrix: 8/10 The Matrix Reloaded: 3/10 Cloud Atlas: 8/10

82. 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 (1999) and Cloud Atlas (2012). Born to mother Lynne, a nurse, and father Ron, a businessman of Polish descent, Wachowski grew up in Chicago and formed a tight...

6.3 The Matrix: 8/10 The Matrix Reloaded: 3/10 Cloud Atlas: 8/10

83. Edgar Wright

Director | Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...

6.3 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: 6/10 Hot Fuzz: 6/10 The World's End: 7/10

84. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, 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 ...

6.25 Alice In Wonderland 7/10 Dark Shadows 5/10 Big Fish: 8/10 Frankenweenie: 5/10

85. Jon Favreau

Producer | Chef

Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director.

The amiable, husky-framed actor with the ...

6.0 Zathura: A Space Adventure: 6/10 Iron Man: 7/10 Iron Man 2: 6/10 Chef: 5/10

86. Steven Soderbergh

Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

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 ...

6.0 The Girlfriend Experience: 8/10 Haywire: 5/10 Contagion: 4/10 Side Effects: 7/10

87. Danny Boyle

Director | 127 Hours

Danny Boyle was born on October 20, 1956 in Manchester, England as Daniel Boyle. He is a director and producer, known for 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later... (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

6.0 127 Hours: 6/10 28 Days Later...: 6/10 Trance: 6/10

88. Francis Lawrence

Director | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Francis Lawrence was born on March 26, 1971 in Vienna, Austria. He is a director and producer, known for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) and I Am Legend (2007).

6.0 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire : 7/10 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 : 5/10 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 : 6/10

89. Robert Rodriguez

Producer | El mariachi

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 (1981), none ...

6.0 Sin City: 8/10 Machete: 4/10

90. Josh Radnor

Actor | Liberal Arts

Josh Radnor was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Carol Radnor, a high school guidance counselor, and Alan Radnor, a medical malpractice lawyer. Radnor has two sisters, Melanie Radnor and Joanna Radnor Vilensky. He grew up in Bexley, Ohio, a small city nested inside Columbus. Radnor attended ...

6.0 Liberal Arts: 5/10 Happythankyoumoreplease: 7/10 ~

91. Paul Thomas Anderson

Director | Punch-Drunk Love

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...

6.0 The Master: 6/10 Inherent Vice: 6/10

92. Nima Nourizadeh

Director | American Ultra

Nima is the son of Dr. Alireza Nourizadeh, who is an Iranian scholar, journalist and a Political Commentator for Voice of America and Deutsche Welle radio channels. Nimas' brother is the music producer, Omid Nourizadeh. Nima got his degree from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design and ...

6.0 Project X: 6/10 American Ultra: 6/10

93. Olivier Assayas

Writer | Personal Shopper

Olivier Assayas was born on January 25, 1955 in Paris, France. He is a writer and director, known for Personal Shopper (2016), Something in the Air (2012) and Demonlover (2002).

6.0 Clouds of Sils Maria: 5/10 Personal Shopper: 7/10

94. Daniel Espinosa

Director | Snabba cash

Daniel Espinosa was born on March 23, 1977 in Huddinge, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a director and producer, known for Snabba cash (2010), Life (2017) and Safe House (2012). He was previously married to Nina Milerad.

6.0 Safe House: 7/10 Life: 5/10

95. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Artificial Intelligence: AI

Undoubtedly one of the most influential personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and certainly one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, ...

5.5 War Horse: 7/10 The Terminal: 6/10 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: 3/10 Lincoln: 6/10

96. Luc Besson

Writer | Le cinquième élément

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 (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997), as an adolescent bored in ...

6.0 Lucy: 7/10 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: 5/10

97. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "...

5.5 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: 6/10 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: 5/10

98. George Miller

Producer | Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max films, Miller...

5.5 Mad Max: 5/10 Mad Max 2: 6/10

99. Andrew Niccol

Writer | Gattaca

New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds." He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his The Truman Show (1998) script, but Rudin was not...

5.5 In Time: 6/10 The Host: 5/10

100. Adam McKay

Producer | The Other Guys

Adam McKay (born April 17, 1968) is an American screenwriter, director, comedian, and actor. McKay has a comedy partnership with Will Ferrell, with whom he co-wrote the films Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and The Other Guys. Ferrell and McKay also founded their comedy website Funny or Die through ...

5.3 Stepbrothers: 5/10 Anchorman: 5/10 The Big Short: 6/10