A Collection of Film Directors

The list is ranked by the amount of films I've watched from each director.
The list only contains masters. I've seen lots of films from other directors that couldn't measure with these. These are also directors I would like to see more of.
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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...
Our Hospitality - 10
Sherlock Jr. - 10 *
The Cameraman - 9,5
Steamboat Bill .Jr - 9,5
Seven Chances - 9
The General - 9
One Week - 9
The Navigator - 9
Cops - 9
Convict 13 - 8
Day Dreams - 8
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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...
Taxi Driver - 10 *
Bob Dylan: No Direction Home - 10
Goodfellas - 9,5
The King of Comedy - 9
Casino - 9
Mean Streets - 8,5
The Aviator - 8,5
The Departed - 8
Hugo - 8
Shutter Island - 7
Gangs of New York - 7
Raging Bull - ( Need To Rewatch )
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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...
Jaws - 10
Indiana Jones: The Temple of Doom - 9
Raiders of the Lost Ark* - 10
Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade - 9
Indiana Jones: The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull - 5
Catch Me If you Can - 9
E.T - 9,5
Shindler's list - 10
Saving Private Ryan - 9
Jurassic Park - 8
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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...
A Clockwork Orange - 10 *
2001: a space odyssey - 10
The Shining - 10
Paths of Glory - 9,5
Spartacus - 9,5
Barry Lyndon - 9
Full Metal Jacket - 8,5
Eyes Wide Shut - 8,5
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the
Bomb - 7
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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...
City Lights - 10 *
The Gold Rush - 10
The Great Dictator - 10
Modern Times - 10
The Circus - 9,5
Limelight - 9
The Kid - 9
The Adventurer - 9
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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...
The Godfather* - 10
The Godfather II - 10
Apocalypse Now - 10
The Outsiders - 8,5
Rumble Fish - 7
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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...
Once Upon a Time in America - 9,5
Once Upon a Time in The West* - 10
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - 10
For a Few Dollars More - 9
A Fistfull of Dollars - 8,5
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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)...
North By Northwest - 10 ( Need To Rewatch )
Psycho* - 10
Rear Window - 10
Vertigo - 9,5
The Birds - 9
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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...
Some Like It Hot - 10
The Apartment - 10
Double Indemnity - 10
Sunset Boulevard* - 10
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David Lynch
Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future director Jennifer Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
Blue Velvet* - 10
Mulholland Drive - 10
The Elephant Man - 10
Eraserhead - 10
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Federico Fellini
The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the devil herself said the priests who ran his school)...
8½ - 10*
Amarcord - 10
La Strada - 10
La Dolce Vita - 10
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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...
Smultronstället - 10 * - Personal Favorite of All Time!
Det Sjunde Inseglet - 10
Viskningar och Rop - 8
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Howard Hawks
Director, The Big Sleep
What do the classic films Scarface, Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, Sergeant York, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Rio Bravo have in common? Aside from their displays of great craftsmanship, the answer is director Howard Hawks...
Scarface - 10
Rio Bravo - 10*
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David Lean
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon in 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...
“ Lawrence of Arabia - 10
The Bridge Over River Kwai - 10*
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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...
The Treasure of The Sierra Madre - 10 ( Need to Rewatch )
The Maltese Falcon - 10
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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...
Bicycle Thief - 9,5
Umberto D. - 10 *
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Fritz Lang
Director, M
Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. From 1910 to 1914...
M - 10 *
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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...
Seven Samourai - 10 *
Rashomon - 10 *
Yojimbo - 9,5
Throne of Blood - 8,5
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Andrei Tarkovsky
Writer, Solaris
The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood, which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival...
Ivan's Childhood - 8,5
Andrei Rublyov - 10 *
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Michelangelo Antonioni
Writer, Blow-Up
Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema" studying directorship at the School of Cinema...
“ Blowup - 10 * ” - axel97
F.W. Murnau
Director, Nosferatu
He studied art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg. During World War I, he was a combat pilot.
“ The Last Laugh - 9,5 * ” - axel97