My personal favorite directors

For my first list, I am rattling off my personal favorite directors of all time. These are just my personal favorites, and would love to hear yours if you have the time
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1.
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...
“ Personal Favorites: Seven Samurai, Rashoman, and Ikiru ” - hazjer21
 
2.
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...
“ Personal Favorites: Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Devil's Backbone ” - hazjer21
 
3.
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the films...
“ Personal Favorites: Princess Mononoke, Spirited Way, Porco Rosso ” - hazjer21
 
4.
“ Just assume I also mean Ethan Coen as well. So yeah, the Coen Brothers.

Personal Favorites: The Big Lebowski, Fargo, and No Country For Old Men ” - hazjer21
 
5.
Terry Gilliam
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 advertisement...
“ Personal Favorites: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Time Bandits, and Brazil ” - hazjer21
 
6.
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...
“ Personal Favorites: Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2, and Inglourious Basterds. ” - hazjer21
 
7.
Stanley Kubrick
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...
“ Personal Favorites: A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal jacket, and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb ” - hazjer21
 
8.
Christopher Nolan
Born in London in 1970, Christopher Nolan began making films at the age of seven years using his father's Super-8 camera and an assortment of male action figures. He graduated to making films involving real people, and his Super-8 surrealistic short 'Tarantella' was shown on P.B.S.' 'image union' in 1989...
“ Personal Favorites: The Dark Knight, Inception, Memento ” - hazjer21
 
9.
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...
“ Personal Favorites: Jaws, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Close Encounter of the Third Kind ” - hazjer21
 
10.
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics...
“ Personal Favorites: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Once Upon a Time in America ” - hazjer21