Oscar Legends (notable directors and other makers)

by adog1990 | created - 08 Oct 2012 | updated - 21 May 2015 | Public

Rows 1-137 are Oscar winning directors, rows 138-286 are nominated directors, rows 287-402 are famous animated people, rows 403-491 are notable famous script writers. Also Mel Gibson, Spike Lee, Seth MacFarlane (the new) and Randall Wallace are my least favorites of them. Also I added James Cameron in low part of the winners. He and Mel Gibson are my least favorite Academy Award winners of direction, but I like some of there films (Aliens, the Termanitor series, Titanic and a little of Braveheart). The reason for James Cameron is due to his reputation and is declared a selfish and cruel director. The first five in each rows are who I think are the greatest Oscar legends of all them. Also, some of these directors had their films nominated or won Best Foreign Language Film and had some of their other films nominated for other Oscar categories. For those whose has their films won Best Foreign Language Film are being declared a film legend (or film legends) to that country while the Oscar they and the producer got for their country will be in the country's national museum. For those who's film were nominated for Best Foreign Language Film are still declared film legends in their country and also Oscar Legends like Best Foreign Language Film winners.

Update: Under some of them are thanks to Executive producer credits by them for other Academy Awards films

New Update: I now add their Academy Award nominated and winner films under some of them.

Newest Update: I add Stanley Donen under the rows of script writers due to he won an Honorary Award while making Academy Award films without being nominated.

Final Updated: The last row are other directors or producers that mostly won Academy Honorary Awards. So Rows 492-510 are other directors to producers who mostly get Honorary Awards from the Academy.

1. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

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 ...

The Gold Rush The Circus The Great Dictator Monsieur Verdoux Limelight

2. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

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 nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....

Citizen Kane The Magnificent Ambersons The Stranger The Third Man Prince of Foxes The Black Rose Is Paris Burning? A Man for All Seasons Casino Royale The Battle of Neretva Is It Always Right to Be Right? Voyage of the Damned The Muppet Movie

3. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

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 ...

Spartacus Lolita Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 2001: A Space Odyssey A Clockwork Orange Barry Lyndon The Spy Who Loved Me Full Metal Jacket A.I. Artificial Intelligence

4. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Artificial Intelligence: AI

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...

Lawrence of Arabia Jaws Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1941 Raiders of the Lost Ark E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Poltergeist Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Back to the Future Young Sherlock Holmes The Color Purple An American Tail Harry and the Hendersons Innerspace Empire of the Sun Who Framed Roger Rabbit Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Dad Back to the Future Part II Hook Cape Fear Jurassic Park Schindler's List Twister The Lost World: Jurassic Park Amistad Men in Black The Mask of Zorro Saving Private Ryan Titus Shrek A.I. Artificial Intelligence Vanilla Sky Minority Report Catch Me If You Can In America Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith War of the Worlds Memoirs of a Geisha Munich Monster House Flags of Our Fathers Letters from Iwo Jima Transformers Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen The Lovely Bones Hereafter True Grit Transformers: Dark of the Moon Margin Call Real Steel The Adventures of Tintin War Horse Lincoln Jurassic World Bridge of Spies The BFG

5. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | The Conversation

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 ...

Is Paris Burning? You're a Big Boy Now Finian's Rainbow Patton The Godfather Paper Moon American Graffiti The Great Gatsby The Conversation The Godfather: Part II Apocalypse Now The Black Stallion Kagemusha One from the Heart The Cotton Club Return to Oz Peggy Sue Got Married Tucker: The Man and His Dream The Godfather: Part III Dracula In the Name of the Father Don Juan DeMarco Frankenstein Sleepy Hollow Adaptation. Lost in Translation Kinsey Marie Antoinette The Good Shepherd

6. 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 ...

Lawrence of Arabia Woodstock Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Taxi Driver Raging Bull Round Midnight The Color of Money The Last Temptation of Christ Goodfellas The Grifters Cape Fear Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann The War Room The Age of Innocence Quiz Show Casino Kundun You Can Count on Me Gangs of New York The Aviator Shark Tale The Departed The Young Victoria Hugo The Wolf of Wall Street Silence

7. 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, ...

The Wedding Banquet Eat Drink Man Woman Sense and Sensibility Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Brokeback Mountain Life of Pi Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

8. 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 ...

The Hurt Locker Zero Dark Thirty

9. 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).

12 Years a Slave

10. 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 ...

A Little Princess Amores Perros Y Tu Mamá También 21 Grams Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Babel Children of Men Pan's Labyrinth Biutful Gravity Ida Birdman

11. 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 ...

Amores Perros Y Tu Mamá También 21 Grams Brokeback Mountain Babel Pan's Labyrinth Biutiful Gravity Birdman The Revenant

12. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | The Last Emperor

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed La commare ...

The Conformist Last Tango in Paris The Last Emperor

13. Sean Penn

Actor | Mystic River

Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints.

Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the ...

Dead Man Walking The Thin Red Line Sweet and Lowdown Being John Malkovich I Am Sam Mystic River 21 Grams Babel Into the Wild Persepolis Milk The Tree of Life

14. Yôjirô Takita

Director | Okuribito

Born in Takaoka, Toyama, Yojiro Takita came to international audiences' attention with the release of Okuribito ('Departures'), which won the Best foreign Language film awards at the Oscars in 2009. He had begun his directorial career in the 1980s with the 'chikan' ('molester') series depicting ...

Departures

15. Tim Robbins

Actor | Mystic River

Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins and actress Mary Robbins (née Bledsoe). Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang theater group, ...

Top Gun Bull Durham The Player Short Cuts The Shawshank Redemption Dead Man Walking Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Mystic River War of the Worlds Away from Her

16. 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...

Field of Dreams Good Will Hunting Armageddon Shakespeare in Love Pearl Harbor Gone Baby Gone The Messenger The Town Argo Gone Girl Virunga

17. Robert Benton

Writer | Kramer vs. Kramer

Robert Benton was born on September 29, 1932 in Waxahachie, Texas, USA as Robert Douglas Benton. He is a writer and director, known for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Superman (1978).

Bonnie and Clyde The Late Show Kramer vs. Kramer Superman Places in the Heart Nobody's Fool

18. James L. Brooks

Writer | As Good as It Gets

James L. Brooks was born on May 9, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as James Lawrence Brooks. He is a writer and producer, known for As Good as It Gets (1997), Terms of Endearment (1983) and Broadcast News (1987). He was previously married to Holly Holmberg Brooks and Marianne Catherine Morrissey.

Starting Over Terms of Endearment Broadcast News Big Jerry Maguire As Good as It Gets The Royal Tenenbaums Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare

19. Giuseppe Tornatore

Writer | La migliore offerta

Giuseppe Tornatore was born on May 27, 1956 in Bagheria, Sicily, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for The Best Offer (2013), La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano (1998) and Cinema Paradiso (1988).

Cinema Paradiso The Star Maker Malèna

20. 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...

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21. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

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...

Pulp Fiction Jackie Brown Hero Inglorious Basterds Django Unchained The Hateful Eight

22. 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), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).

Six Shooter In Bruges

23. 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...

Paint Your Wagon Thunderbolt and Lightfoot The Outlaw Josey Wales Heartbreak Ridge Bird Back to the Future Part II Unforgiven In the Line of Fire The Bridge of Madison County Space Cowboys Mystic River Million Dollar Baby Flags of Our Fathers Letters from Iwo Jima In the Valley of Elah Changeling Invictus Hearafter American Sniper

24. Paul Haggis

Writer | Crash

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 (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash (2004) which he himself directed. For Crash (2004), he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and ...

Million Dollar Baby Crash Flags of Our Fathers Letters from Iwo Jima In the Valley of Elah

25. Oliver Stone

Director | JFK

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 ...

Midnight Express Salvador Platoon Wall Street Born on the Fourth of July Reversal of Fortune JFK Malcolm X Dave Nixon Evita The People vs. Larry Flynt

26. Robert Zemeckis

Writer | Back to the Future

A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...

1941 Romancing the Stone Back to the Future Who Framed Roger Rabbit Back to the Future Part II Death Becomes Her Forest Gump Contact Cast Away The Polar Express Monster House Real Steel Flight The Walk

27. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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,...

Heavenly Creatures Contact The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King King Kong District 9 The Lovely Bones The Adventures of Tintin War Horse The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

28. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Kakushi-toride no san-akunin

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 (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...

Rashmon Seven Samurai The Magnificent Seven Yojimbo Tora! Tora! Tora! Does'ka-den Dersu Uzala Kagemusha Ran Runaway Train

29. Teinosuke Kinugasa

Director | Jigokumon

Former female impersonator who entered films in 1917 as an actor, turned to directing in 1922 and made some of the most formally brilliant Japanese films of the following decades. The few of Kinugasa's early works to have reached the West betray a highly mature, sophisticated talent. His best-known...

Gate of Hell

30. Hiroshi Inagaki

Director | Wasurerareta kora

Inagaki's career in film began as an actor--a child actor, in fact, appearing in numerous silent films beginning at the very dawn of Japanese cinema. This is probably why he was promoted to director at the unusually (for Japan) young age of 22. Along with producer Mansaku Itami (later the father of...

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto

31. Sydney Pollack

Director | Tootsie

Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films.

Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...

The Slender Thread They Shoot Horses, Don't They? The Way We Were Three Days of the Condor The Electric Horseman Honeysuckle Rose Absence of Malice Tootsie Songwriter Out of Africa The Fabulous Baker Boys Havana The Player Death Becomes Her The Firm Husbands and Wives Searching for Bobby Fischer Sense and Sensibility Sabrina A Civil Action The Talented Mr. Ripley Iris The Quiet American Cold Mountain Michael Clayton The Reader The Messenger Silver Linings Playbook

32. Anthony Minghella

Writer | The Talented Mr. Ripley

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...

The English Patient The Talented Mr. Ripley Malèna Iris The Quiet American Cold Mountain Michael Clayton Atonement The Reader Nine Silver Linings Playbook

33. George Roy Hill

Director | The Sting

George Roy Hill was never able to 'hit it off' with the critics despite the fact that 2 of his films - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and The Sting (1973) - had remained among the top 10 box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic ...

Period of Adjustment Toys in the Attic Hawaii Through Modern Millie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid The Sting A Little Romance The World According to Garp

34. 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 ...

Knife in the Water Rosemary's Baby Chinatown Tess Pirates The Pianist The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

35. Bob Fosse

Director | Cabaret

Bob Fosse was born on June 23, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Robert Louis Fosse. He is known for his work on Cabaret (1972), All That Jazz (1979) and Lenny (1974). He was married to Gwen Verdon, Joan McCracken and Mary Ann Niles. He died on September 23, 1987 in Washington, District of Columbia...

Kiss Me Kate White Christmas Damn Yankees! Sweet Charity Cabaret Lenny The Little Prince All That Jazz Chicago

36. Paul Newman

Actor | The Hustler

Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of emigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned...

The Silver Chalice Somebody Up There Likes Me Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Exodus The Hustler Paris Blues Hud A New Kind of Love What a Way to Go! Cool Hand Luke Rachel, Rachel Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Sometimes a Great Notion The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean The Sting The Towering Inferno When Time Ran Out... Absence of Malice The Verdict The Color of Money Blaze Mr. & Mrs. Bridge Nobody's Fool Road to Perdition Cars

37. Robert Redford

Actor | All Is Lost

Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Scottish, Cornish, and Irish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955,...

Inside Daisy Clover Barefoot in the Park Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid The Hot Rock The Way We Were The Candidate The Sting The Great Gatsby Three Days of the Condor All the President's Men The Electric Horseman Brubaker Ordinary People The Natural Out of Africa The Milagro Beanfield War Havana A River Runs Through It Up Close & Personal Quiz Show Central Station A Civil Action The Horse Whisper Requiem for a Dream Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids The Motorcycle Diaries An Inconvenient Truth The Cove GasLand All Is Lost Captain America: The Winter Soldier

38. Ron Howard

Actor | Arrested Development

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.

Howard ...

The Music Man American Graffiti The Shootist Splash Cocoon Willow Parenthood Backdraft The Paper Apollo 13 How the Grinch Stole Christmas A Beautiful Mind Cinderella Man Changeling Frost/Nixon

39. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown All About My Mother Talk to Her Volver

40. Richard Attenborough

Actor | Jurassic Park

Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a don at Emmanuel College and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. ...

The Angry Silence The Great Escape Seance of a Wet Affternoon The Sand Pebbles The Flight of the Phoenix Doctor Dolittle Young Winston Gandhi A Chorus Line Cry Freedom Chaplin Jurassic Park Shadowlands Hamlet The Lost World: Jurassic Park Elizabeth Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport

41. Franklin J. Schaffner

Director | Patton

Franklin J. Schaffner was one of the most innovative creative minds in the early days of American network television, utilizing a moving camera in the days when most television directors kept the camera static. His eye for visuals was developed in the dozens of live television programs he directed ...

The Strpper The Best Man Planet of the Apes Patton Nicholas and Alexandra Papillon Island in the Stream The Boys from Brazil Yes, Giorgio

42. 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 ...

Sex, Lies, and Videotape Out of Sight Pleasintvile Erin Brockovich Traffic Far from Heaven Good Night, and Good Luck. Syriana The Good German Michael Clayton I'm Not There. Her Citzenfour

43. Mel Brooks

Actor | Spaceballs

Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to ...

The Critic The Producers Blazing Saddles Young Frankenstein The Muppet Movie The Elephant Man My Favorite Year Frances To Be or Not to Be The Prince of Egypt

44. Barry Levinson

Director | Rain Man

Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he ...

...And Justice for All Inside Moves Diner Tootsie Best Friends The Natural Young Sherlock Holmes Good Morning, Vietnam Rain Man Avalon Bugsy Toys Quiz Show A Little Princess Sleepers Donnie Brasco Wag the Dog The Perfect Storm

45. René Clément

Director | Jeux interdits

René Clément was one of the leading French directors of the post-World War II era. He directed what are regarded as some of the greatest films of the time, such as The Battle of the Rails (1946), Forbidden Games (1952) and The Day and the Hour (1963). He was later almost forgotten as a director. He...

The Walls of Malapaga Forbidden Games Gervaise Is Paris Burning?

46. Michael Haneke

Writer | Caché

A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world ...

The White Ribbon Amour

47. Jean-Jacques Annaud

Director | Der Name der Rose

Jean-Jacques Annaud is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for directing Quest for Fire (1981), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Lover (1992), Seven Years in Tibet (1997) and Le dernier loup (2015). Annaud has received numerous awards for his work, including four César ...

Black and White in Color Quest for Fire The Bear The Lover

48. Michel Hazanavicius

Director | The Artist

Michel Hazanavicius was born and raised in Paris, France. His grandparents were originally from Lithuania, but relocated to France in the 1920s. Hazanavicius attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first ...

The Artist

49. Neil Jordan

Writer | The Crying Game

Neil Jordan was born on February 25, 1950 in Sligo, Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for The Crying Game (1992), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and Michael Collins (1996). He has been married to Brenda Rawn since June 30, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Vivienne ...

Excalibur Mona Lisa The Crying Game Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Michael Collins The End of the Affair

50. Sam Mendes

Producer | Road to Perdition

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-...

Little Voice American Beauty Road to Perdition The Kite Runner Revolutionary Road Skyfall Spectre

51. Bill Condon

Director | Kinsey

Bill Condon was born on October 22, 1955 in New York City, New York, USA as William Patrick Condon. He is a director and writer, known for Kinsey (2004), Dreamgirls (2006) and Gods and Monsters (1998).

Gods and Monsters Chicago Kinsey Dreamgirls The 81st Academy Awards

52. Kevin Macdonald

Director | The Last King of Scotland

Kevin Macdonald was born on October 28, 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a director and producer, known for The Last King of Scotland (2006), State of Play (2009) and Touching the Void (2003).

One Day in September The Last King of Scotland

53. Davis Guggenheim

Producer | Training Day

Davis Guggenheim was born on November 3, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Philip Davis Guggenheim. He is a producer and director, known for Training Day (2001), Waiting for 'Superman' (2010) and An Inconvenient Truth (2006). He has been married to Elisabeth Shue since 1994. They have three ...

Sex, Lies, and Videotape Training Day An Inconvenient Truth

54. John Korty

Director | The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

John Korty was born on June 22, 1936 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He is known for his work on The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), Farewell to Manzanar (1976) and Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?] (1977).

Breaking the Habit The Candidate Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?]

55. Michael Moore

Director | Bowling for Columbine

Michael Francis Moore was born in Flint, Michigan on April 23, 1954, and was raised in its Davison suburb. He is the son of Helen Veronica (Wall), a secretary, and Francis Richard Moore, who worked on an auto assembly line. He has Irish, as well as English and Scottish, ancestry.

Moore studied ...

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56. Michel Gondry

Director | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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 ...

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

57. 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 Shallow Grave (1994).

Trainspotting Slumdog Millionaire 127 Hours Steve Jobs

58. Gavin Hood

Director | Tsotsi

Gavin Hood was born on May 12, 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an actor and producer, known for Tsotsi (2005), A Reasonable Man (1999) and Eye in the Sky (2015). He was previously married to Janine Eser.

Tsotsi

59. Vittorio De Sica

Director | Ladri di biciclette

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 ...

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60. Marleen Gorris

Director | Antonia

Marleen Gorris was born on December 9, 1948 in Roermond, Limburg, Netherlands. She is a director and writer, known for Antonia's Line (1995), The Luzhin Defence (2000) and Gebroken spiegels (1984).

Antonia's Line

61. Sofia Coppola

Writer | 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 ...

The Godfather The Godfather: Part II The Cotton Club Peggy Sue Got Married Anna The Godfather: Part III Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Adaptation. Lost in Translation The Squid and the Whale Marie Antoinette

62. Susanne Bier

Director | Hævnen

Susanne Bier was born on April 15, 1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a director and writer, known for In a Better World (2010), Efter brylluppet (2006) and Brødre (2004). She is married to Jesper Winge Leisner. She was previously married to Philip Zandén.

After the Wedding In a Better World

63. David Lean

Director | Lawrence of Arabia

An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 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 ...

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64. Jonathan Demme

Director | The Silence of the Lambs

Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA as Robert Jonathan Demme. He was a director and producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Rachel Getting Married (2008) and Philadelphia (1993). He was married to Joanne Howard and Evelyn Purcell. He died...

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65. Barbra Streisand

Soundtrack | Funny Girl

Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...

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66. 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 ...

The King's Speech Les Miserables The Danish Girl

67. Laurence Olivier

Actor | Rebecca

Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927.

Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High ...

Wuthering Heights Rebecca Pride and Prejudice 49th Parallel Henry V Hamlet Carrie Richard III The Entertainer Spartacus Khartoum Othello Romeo and Juliet The Shoes of the Fisherman Nicholas and Alexandra Sleuth Marathon Man The Seven-Per-Cent Solution The Boys from Brazil A Little Romance

68. John Schlesinger

Director | Midnight Cowboy

Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War ...

Darling Far from the Madding Crowd Midnight Cowboy Sunday Bloody Sunday The Day of the Locust Marathon Man

69. Elia Kazan

Director | On the Waterfront

Known for his creative stage direction, Elia Kazan was born Elias Kazantzoglou on September 7, 1909 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey). Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He ...

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70. 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 ...

Election About Schmidt Sideways The Savages The Visitor The Descendants Nebraska The Judge's Will

71. Jan Sverák

Director | Akumulátor 1

Jan Sverak spent his studies at FAMU Documentary Department and graduated in 1988. Sverak's talent first attracted attention through his short films Space Odyssey II. and Oil Gobblers above all - documentary fiction dealing with "newly discovered species" received the American Academy's Student ...

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72. Taylor Hackford

Producer | Ray

Taylor Hackford was born on December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California, USA as Taylor Edwin Hackford. He is a producer and director, known for Ray (2004), Dolores Claiborne (1995) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). He has been married to Helen Mirren since December 31, 1997. He was ...

Teenage Father An Officer and a Gentleman Against All Odds White Nights Ray

73. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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 was English,...

Jezebel Wuthering Heights Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet The Maltese Falcon Sergeant York The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Key Largo The Asphalt Jungle The African Queen Moulin Rouge Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison Freud The Cardinal The Night of The Iguana The Bible: In the Beginning... Casino Royal Fat City The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Chinatown The Wind and the Lion The Man Who Would Be King Annie Under the Volcano Prizzi's Honor The Dead

74. Frank Pierson

Writer | Dog Day Afternoon

Frank Pierson was born on May 12, 1925 in Chappaqua, New York, USA as Frank Romer Pierson. He was a producer and writer, known for Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Presumed Innocent (1990) and Cool Hand Luke (1967). He was married to Helene Szamet, Dori Pierson and Polly Stokes. He died on July 22, 2012 ...

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75. Carol Reed

Director | The Third Man

Carol Reed was the second son of stage actor, dramatics teacher and impresario founder of the Royal School of Dramatic Arts Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Reed was one of Tree's six illegitimate children with Beatrice Mae Pinney, who Tree established in a second household apart from his married life. ...

Night Train to Munich Odd Man Out The Fallen Idol The Third Man Mutiny on the Bounty The Agony and the Ecstasy Oliver!

76. Hal Ashby

Director | Harold and Maude

Hal Ashby was born the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon household in Ogden, Utah, on September 2, 1929. His father was a dairy farmer. After a rough childhood that included the divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, his dropping out of high school, getting married and divorced all ...

Friendly Persuasion The Big Country The Diary of Anne Frank The Children's Hour The Best Man The Greatest Story Ever Told The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming In the Heat of the Night The Thomas Crown Affair Gaily, Gaily The Landlord The Last Detail Shampoo Bound for Glory Coming Home Being There

77. Tony Bill

Director | Flyboys

He graduated in 1962 from the University of Notre Dame with majors in English and Art. Tony began his career in the film industry as an actor. His acting years were distinguished by the quality of the directors who chose him for their films, including Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. Tony...

Come Blow Your Horn You're a Big Boy Now Ice Station Zebra The Sting Shampoo

78. Edward Zwick

Producer | The Last Samurai

Edward Zwick is well-known for his heroic movies that include Glory (1989), and the breathtaking works of art that include Legends of the Fall (1994). 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.

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Glory Legends of the Fall Good Will Hunting Shakespeare in Love Traffic I Am Sam The Last Samurai Blood Diamond Defiance

79. William A. Wellman

Director | A Star Is Born

William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born (1937), was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle.

A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th...

The Public Enemy The Star Witness A Star is Born Beau Geste Lady of Burlesque The Ox-Bow Incident Story of G.I. Joe Battleground The High and the Mighty

80. Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Writer | All About Eve

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount ...

Skippy Fury The Philadelphia Story The Keys of the Kingdom The Ghost and Mrs. Muir A Letter to Three Wives No Way Out All About Eve 5 Fingers Julius Caesar The Barefoot Contessa Guys and Dolls Suddenly, Last Summer Cleopatra King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Sleuth

81. Norman Taurog

Director | The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

A successful child actor (on stage from 1907) and rather less successful romantic lead, baby-faced Norman Taurog found being behind the camera a more rewarding experience. Before becoming a director, he paid his dues as a prop man and editor. By 1919, he was put in charge of two-reel comedies, ...

Skippy The Big Broadcast of 1936 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mad About Music Boys Town The Toast of New Orleans Rich, Young and Pretty The Caddy Visit to a Small Planet

82. 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. ...

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83. Robert Wise

Director | West Side Story

Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an ...

Bachelor Mother The Hunchback of Notre Dame My Favorite Wife Citizen Kane The Devil and Daniel Webster The Magnificent Ambersons Bombardier The Fallen Sparrow The House of Telegraph Hill The Desert Rats Executive Suite Somebody Up There Like Me I Want to Live! West Side Story Two for the Seesaw The Sound of Music The Sand Pebbles Star! The Andromeda Strain The Hindenburg Star Trek: The Motion Picture

84. Guy Green

Director | The Angry Silence

Guy Green is well known to film audiences. Formerly a cinematographer, he was the first British D.P. to receive an Academy Award for his black-and-white photography on David Lean's Great Expectations (1946). He founded the British Society of Cinematographers together with Freddie Young and Jack ...

Great Expectations The Angry Silence The Mark A Patch of Blue Once Is Not Enough

85. George Cukor

Director | My Fair Lady

George Cukor was born on July 7, 1899 in New York City, New York, USA as George Dewey Cukor. He is known for his work on My Fair Lady (1964), The Philadelphia Story (1940) and Les Girls (1957). He died on January 24, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Royal Family of Broadway What Price Hollywood? Little Woman David Copperfield Romeo and Juliet Camile Holiday The Philadelphia Story Gaslight A Double Life Edward, My Son Adam's Rib Born Yesterday The Model and the Marriage Broker Pat and Mike The Actress It Should Happen to You A Star Is Born Lust for Life Les Girls Wild is the Wind My Fair Lady

86. William Wyler

Director | The Best Years of Our Lives

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 the ...

The Gay Deception Barbary Coast These Three Dodsworth Come and Get It Dead End Jezebel The Cowboy and the Lady Wuthering Heights The Westerner The Letter The Little Foxes Mrs. Miniver The Best Years of Our Lives The Heiress Detective Story Carrie Roman Holiday Friendly Persuasion The Big Country Ben-Hur The Children's Hour The Collector Funny Girl

87. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

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 ...

Ninotchka Rhythm on the River Arise, My Love Hold Back the Dawn Ball of Fire Five Graves to Cairo Double Indemnity The Lost Weekend The Bishop's Wife The Emperor Waltz A Foreign Affair Sunset Blvd. Ace in the Hole Stalag 17 Sabrina The Spirit of St. Louis Witness for the Prosecution Some Like it Hot The Apartment One, Two, Three Irma la Douce The Fortune Cookie Casino Royale Sabrina (1995 film)

88. John G. Avildsen

Director | Rocky

John G. Avildsen was born on December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as John Guilbert Avildsen. He was a director and editor, known for Rocky (1976), Rocky V (1990) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989). He was married to Tracy Brooks Swope and Marie Olga Maturevich. He died on June 16, 2017 in ...

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89. Cecil B. DeMille

Producer | The Ten Commandments

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 ...

The Sign of the Cross Cleopatra The Crusades The Buccaneer Union Pacific North West Mounted Police Reap the Wild Wind Star Spangled Rhythm The Story of Dr. Wassell Unconquered Samson and Delilah Sunset Blvd. When Worlds Collide The Greatest Show on Earth The War of the Worlds The Ten Commandments The Buccaneer (1958 film)

90. Victor Fleming

Director | Gone with the Wind

Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the ...

91. Richard Fleischer

Director | Soylent Green

Richard Fleischer was born on December 8, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Soylent Green (1973), The Vikings (1958) and Red Sonja (1985). He was married to Mary Dickson. He died on March 25, 2006 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, ...

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92. Frank Lloyd

Director | Cavalcade

Frank Lloyd was an unpretentious, technically skilled director, who crafted several enduring Hollywood classics during the 1930's. He started out as a stage actor and singer in early 1900's London and was well-known as an imitator of Harry Lauder. After several years in music hall and with touring ...

Drag Weary River The Divine Lady East Lynne Cavalcade Berkeley Square Mutiny on the Bounty Wells Fargo If I Were King The Howards of Virginia This Woman Is Mine Blood on the Sun

93. Richard Brooks

Writer | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer.

He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...

Blackboard Jungle The Brothers Karamazov Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Elmer Gantry Sweet Bird of Youth The Professionals In Cold Blood The Happy Ending Bite the Bullet Looking for Mr. Goodbar

94. John Ford

Director | The Quiet Man

John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...

Arrowsmith The Informer Wee Wee Winkie The Hurricane Stagecoach Young Mr. Lincoln Drums Along the Mohawk The Grapes of Wrath The Long Voyage Home How Green Was My Valley December 7th They Were Expendable She Wore a Yellow Ribbon When Willie Comes Marching Home The Quiet Man Mogambo Mister Roberts The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance How the West Was Won Cheyenne Autum

95. Frank Capra

Director | It's a Wonderful Life

One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you ...

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96. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

Black Fury Captain Blood Anthony Adverse The Charge of the Light Brigade Black Legion The Adventures of Robin Hood Four Daugthers Angels with Dirty Faces Essex and Elizabeth The Sea Hawk The Sea Wolf Dive Bomber Captains of the Clouds Yankee Doodle Dandy Casablanca Mission to Moscow This is the Army Jaine Mildred Pierce Night and Day Life with Father Romance on the High Seas The Jazz Singer The Egyptian White Christmas The Best Things in Life Are Free

97. István Szabó

Director | Mephisto

Istvan Svabo was the first Hungarian director to win an Oscar (Although a Hungarian-American director, Michael Curtiz [Mihaly Kertesz], also won an Oscar previously for directing Casablanca). He received the award for his 1981 movie Mephisto. In January 2006, it became public that he had been an ...

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98. Leo McCarey

Director | Going My Way

Leo McCarey was born on October 3, 1896 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Thomas Leo McCarey. He was a director and writer, known for Going My Way (1944), An Affair to Remember (1957) and Love Affair (1939). He was married to Stella Martin. He died on July 5, 1969 in Santa Monica, California.

99. Vincente Minnelli

Director | Gigi

Born Lester Anthony Minnelli in Chicago on February 28 1903, his father Vincent was a musical conductor of the Minnelli Brothers' Tent Theater. Wanting to pursue an artistic career, Minelli worked in the costume department of the Chicago Theater, then on Broadway during the depression as a set ...

Cabin in the Sky Meet Me in St. Louis The Pirate Madame Bovary Father of the Bride An American in Paris The Bad and the Beautiful The Story of Three Lovers The Band Wagon Brigadoon Lust for Life Designing Woman Gigi Some Came Running Bells Are Ringing The Sandpiper

100. Curtis Hanson

Director | L.A. Confidential

After small films like The Bedroom Window (1987) and Sweet Kill (1972), Curtis Hanson went on to direct major features including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), The River Wild (1994) and the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential (1997). Setting his sights on another city, Hanson was ...

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