Oscar Legends (notable directors and other makers)

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.
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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...
“ The Gold Rush
The Circus
The Great Dictator
Monsieur Verdoux
Limelight ” - adog1990
Orson Welles
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. Maurice Bernstein...
“ 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 ” - adog1990
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...
“ Spartacus
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 ” - adog1990
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...
“ Lawrence of Arabia
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Raiders of the Lost Ark
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Back to the Future
Young Sherlock Holmes
The Color Purple
An American Tail
Harry and the Hendersons
Empire of the Sun
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Back to the Future Part II
Cape Fear
Jurassic Park
Schindler's List
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Men in Black
The Mask of Zorro
Saving Private Ryan
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
Monster House
Flags of Our Fathers
Letters from Iwo Jima
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
The Lovely Bones
True Grit
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Margin Call
Real Steel
The Adventures of Tintin
War Horse
Jurassic World
Bridge of Spies
The BFG ” - adog1990
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...
“ Is Paris Burning?
You're a Big Boy Now
Finian's Rainbow
The Godfather
Paper Moon
American Graffiti
The Great Gatsby
The Conversation
The Godfather: Part II
Apocalypse Now
The Black Stallion
One from the Heart
The Cotton Club
Return to Oz
Peggy Sue Got Married
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
The Godfather: Part III
In the Name of the Father
Don Juan DeMarco
Sleepy Hollow
Lost in Translation
Marie Antoinette
The Good Shepherd ” - adog1990
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...
“ Lawrence of Arabia
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Taxi Driver
Raging Bull
Round Midnight
The Color of Money
The Last Temptation of Christ
The Grifters
Cape Fear
Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann
The War Room
The Age of Innocence
Quiz Show
You Can Count on Me
Gangs of New York
The Aviator
Shark Tale
The Departed
The Young Victoria
The Wolf of Wall Street
Silence ” - adog1990
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ 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 ” - adog1990
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 critiqued by people like Richard Serra...
“ The Hurt Locker
Zero Dark Thirty ” - adog1990
“ 12 Years a Slave ” - adog1990
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 immediately started to film everything he saw...
“ A Little Princess
Amores Perros
Y Tu Mamá También
21 Grams
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Children of Men
Pan's Labyrinth
Birdman ” - adog1990
Alejandro González 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 director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006)...
“ Amores Perros
Y Tu Mamá También
21 Grams
Brokeback Mountain
Pan's Labyrinth
The Revenant ” - adog1990
Bernardo Bertolucci
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 and directed The Grim Reaper. His second film...
“ The Conformist
Last Tango in Paris
The Last Emperor ” - adog1990
Sean Penn
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 second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director...
“ Dead Man Walking
The Thin Red Line
Sweet and Lowdown
Being John Malkovich
I Am Sam
Mystic River
21 Grams
Into the Wild
The Tree of Life ” - adog1990
“ Departures ” - adog1990
Tim Robbins
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 ” - adog1990
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 a younger brother...
“ Field of Dreams
Good Will Hunting
Shakespeare in Love
Pearl Harbor
Gone Baby Gone
The Messenger
The Town
Gone Girl
Virunga ” - adog1990
“ Bonnie and Clyde
The Late Show
Kramer vs. Kramer
Places in the Heart
Nobody's Fool ” - adog1990
“ Starting Over
Terms of Endearment
Broadcast News
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 ” - adog1990
“ Cinema Paradiso
The Star Maker
Malèna ” - adog1990
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
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...
“ What's New Pussycat
Casino Royale
The Front
Annie Hall
Broadway Danny Rose
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Hannah and Her Sisters
Radio Days
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Husbands and Wives
Bullets Over Broadway
Mighty Aphrodite
Deconstructing Harry
Sweet and Lowdown
Match Point
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Midnight in Paris
Blue Jasmine ” - adog1990
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...
“ Pulp Fiction
Jackie Brown
Inglorious Basterds
Django Unchained
The Hateful Eight ” - adog1990
“ Six Shooter
In Bruges ” - adog1990
Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ Paint Your Wagon
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Heartbreak Ridge
Back to the Future Part II
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
American Sniper ” - adog1990
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 directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash which he himself directed. For Crash, he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay...
“ Million Dollar Baby
Flags of Our Fathers
Letters from Iwo Jima
In the Valley of Elah ” - adog1990
Oliver Stone
Director, Platoon
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 born in New York City...
“ Midnight Express
Wall Street
Born on the Fourth of July
Reversal of Fortune
Malcolm X
The People vs. Larry Flynt ” - adog1990
Robert Zemeckis
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, 1941) and special effect vehicles (Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future)...
“ 1941
Romancing the Stone
Back to the Future
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Back to the Future Part II
Death Becomes Her
Forest Gump
Cast Away
The Polar Express
Monster House
Real Steel
The Walk ” - adog1990
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ Heavenly Creatures
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 ” - adog1990
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...
“ Rashmon
Seven Samurai
The Magnificent Seven
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Dersu Uzala
Runaway Train ” - adog1990
Teinosuke Kinugasa
Director, Gate of Hell
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 silent films are _Kurutta Ippeji (1926)_...
“ Gate of Hell ” - adog1990
Hiroshi Inagaki
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 another acclaimed director...
“ Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto ” - adog1990
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
Out of Africa
The Fabulous Baker Boys
The Player
Death Becomes Her
The Firm
Husbands and Wives
Searching for Bobby Fischer
Sense and Sensibility
A Civil Action
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Quiet American
Cold Mountain
Michael Clayton
The Reader
The Messenger
Silver Linings Playbook ” - adog1990
Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella was the son of immigrants from Italy, who own an ice-cream factory on the Isle of Wight, where Anthony was born on January 6, 1954. He and his two siblings, Edana Minghella and Dominic Minghella, grew up there, a popular British holiday spot. After graduating from the University of Hull...
“ The English Patient
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Quiet American
Cold Mountain
Michael Clayton
The Reader
Silver Linings Playbook ” - adog1990
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, and The Sting - had remained among the top 10 box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic trademarks. Andrew Sarris famously referred to it as 'idiosyncratic...
“ Period of Adjustment
Toys in the Attic
Through Modern Millie
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Sting
A Little Romance
The World According to Garp ” - adog1990
Roman Polanski
Director, The Pianist
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years before World War II began...
“ Knife in the Water
Rosemary's Baby
The Pianist
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly ” - adog1990
Bob Fosse
Miscellaneous Crew, All That Jazz
“ Kiss Me Kate
White Christmas
Damn Yankees!
Sweet Charity
The Little Prince
All That Jazz
Chicago ” - adog1990
Paul Newman
Actor, Cars
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 immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
“ The Silver Chalice
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Hustler
Paris Blues
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
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
Nobody's Fool
Road to Perdition
Cars ” - adog1990
Robert Redford
Actor, The Sting
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, the year after he graduated from high school...
“ 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
Ordinary People
The Natural
Out of Africa
The Milagro Beanfield War
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
All Is Lost
Captain America: The Winter Soldier ” - adog1990
Ron Howard
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ The Music Man
American Graffiti
The Shootist
The Paper
Apollo 13
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
A Beautiful Mind
Cinderella Man
Frost/Nixon ” - adog1990
Pedro Almodóvar
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 filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
All About My Mother
Talk to Her
Volver ” - adog1990
Richard Attenborough
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. Attenborough...
“ The Angry Silence
The Great Escape
Seance of a Wet Affternoon
The Sand Pebbles
The Flight of the Phoenix
Doctor Dolittle
Young Winston
A Chorus Line
Cry Freedom
Jurassic Park
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport ” - adog1990
Franklin J. Schaffner
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 on prestigious shows such as Studio One in Hollywood and Playhouse 90...
“ The Strpper
The Best Man
Planet of the Apes
Nicholas and Alexandra
Island in the Stream
The Boys from Brazil
Yes, Giorgio ” - adog1990
Steven Soderbergh
Director, Ocean's Eleven
Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge...
“ Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Out of Sight
Erin Brockovich
Far from Heaven
Good Night, and Good Luck.
The Good German
Michael Clayton
I'm Not There.
Citzenfour ” - adog1990
Mel Brooks
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 television...
“ The Critic
The Producers
Blazing Saddles
Young Frankenstein
The Muppet Movie
The Elephant Man
My Favorite Year
To Be or Not to Be
The Prince of Egypt ” - adog1990
Barry Levinson
Producer, Sleepers
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 wanted to go to Los Angeles...
“ ...And Justice for All
Inside Moves
Best Friends
The Natural
Young Sherlock Holmes
Good Morning, Vietnam
Rain Man
Quiz Show
A Little Princess
Donnie Brasco
Wag the Dog
The Perfect Storm ” - adog1990
René Clément
Director, Forbidden Games
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, Forbidden Games and The Day and the Hour. He was later almost forgotten as a director. He was back in public attention briefly when his epic Is Paris Burning? (with an all-star cast of famous actors) was released in 1966...
“ The Walls of Malapaga
Forbidden Games
Is Paris Burning? ” - adog1990
“ The White Ribbon
Amour ” - adog1990
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Jean-Jacques Annaud is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for directing Quest for Fire, The Name of the Rose, The Lover, Seven Years in Tibet and Wolf Totem. Annaud has received numerous awards for his work, including four César Awards, one David di Donatello Award, and one National Academy of Cinema Award...
“ Black and White in Color
Quest for Fire
The Bear
The Lover ” - adog1990
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 feature film Mes amis...
“ The Artist ” - adog1990
“ Excalibur
Mona Lisa
The Crying Game
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
Michael Collins
The End of the Affair ” - adog1990
Sam Mendes
Director, American Beauty
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-years-old...
“ Little Voice
American Beauty
Road to Perdition
The Kite Runner
Revolutionary Road
Spectre ” - adog1990
“ Gods and Monsters
The 81st Academy Awards ” - adog1990
“ One Day in September
The Last King of Scotland ” - adog1990
“ Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Training Day
An Inconvenient Truth ” - adog1990
“ Breaking the Habit
The Candidate
Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?] ” - adog1990
Michael Moore
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 journalism at the University of Michigan-Flint...
“ Bowling for Columbine
Dirty Wars
Finding Vivian Maier ” - adog1990
Michel Gondry
He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band called Oui-Oui...
“ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ” - adog1990
“ Trainspotting
Slumdog Millionaire
127 Hours
Steve Jobs ” - adog1990
“ Tsotsi ” - adog1990
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...
“ Shoeshine
Bicycle Thieves
Umberto D.
Indiscretion of an American Wife
A Farewell to Arms
General Della Rovere
It Stared in Naples
Two Women
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Marriage, Italian Style
The Shoes of the Fisherman
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis ” - adog1990
“ Antonia's Line ” - adog1990
Sofia Coppola
Writer, Somewhere
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, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was previously married to Spike Jonze.
“ The Godfather
The Godfather: Part II
The Cotton Club
Peggy Sue Got Married
The Godfather: Part III
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Lost in Translation
The Squid and the Whale
Marie Antoinette ” - adog1990
“ After the Wedding
In a Better World ” - adog1990
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...
“ In Which We Serve
Blithe Spirit
Brief Encounter
Great Expectations
Breaking the Sound Barrier
The Bridge of the River Kwai
Lawrence of Arabia
Doctor Zhivago
Ryan's Daughter
A Passage to India ” - adog1990
“ Melvin and Howard
Swing Shift
Married to the Mob
The Silence of the Lambs
That Thing You Do!
Ulee's Gold
Rachel Getting Married
Ricki and the Flash ” - adog1990
Barbra Streisand
Actress, 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,...
“ Funny Girl
Hello, Dolly!
The Way We Were
A Star Is Born
The Prince of Tides
The Mirror Has Two Faces ” - adog1990
Tom Hooper
Tom Hooper was educated at one of England's most prestigious schools, Westminster. His first film, Runaway Dog, was made when he was 13 years old and shot on a Clockwork 16mm Bolex camera, using 100 feet of film. At age 18, he wrote, directed and produced the short film Painted Faces, which premiered at the London Film Festival; it was released theatrically and later shown on Channel 4...
“ The King's Speech
Les Miserables
The Danish Girl ” - adog1990
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 Anglican priest. His surname came from a great-great-grandfather who was of French Huguenot origin...
“ Wuthering Heights
Pride and Prejudice
49th Parallel
Henry V
Richard III
The Entertainer
Romeo and Juliet
The Shoes of the Fisherman
Nicholas and Alexandra
Marathon Man
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
The Boys from Brazil
A Little Romance ” - adog1990
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 II...
“ Darling
Far from the Madding Crowd
Midnight Cowboy
Sunday Bloody Sunday
The Day of the Locust
Marathon Man ” - adog1990
Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire and also films written for the screen...
“ Blues in the Night
Gentleman's Agreement
Panic in the Streets
A Streetcar Named Desire
Viva Zapata!
On the Waterfront
East of Eden
Baby Doll
Splendor in the Grass
America, America
The Last Tycoon ” - adog1990
Alexander Payne
Producer, The Descendants
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 brothers...
“ Election
About Schmidt
The Savages
The Visitor
The Descendants
The Judge's Will ” - adog1990
Jan Sverák
Director, Kolya
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 Oscar (1988)...
“ Kolya ” - adog1990
“ Teenage Father
An Officer and a Gentleman
Against All Odds
White Nights
Ray ” - adog1990
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...
“ 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
The Cardinal
The Night of The Iguana
The Bible: In the Beginning...
Casino Royal
Fat City
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
The Wind and the Lion
The Man Who Would Be King
Under the Volcano
Prizzi's Honor
The Dead ” - adog1990
“ Cat Ballou
Cool Hand Luke
The 42nd Academy Awards
Dog Day Afternoon
A Star is Born
Requiem for a Dream ” - adog1990
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. There were no social scars here; Reed grew up in a well-mannered...
“ Night Train to Munich
Odd Man Out
The Fallen Idol
The Third Man
Mutiny on the Bounty
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Oliver! ” - adog1990
Hal Ashby
Director, Being There
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 before he was 19...
“ 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
Bound for Glory
Coming Home
Being There ” - adog1990
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 wanted to become a filmmaker...
“ Come Blow Your Horn
You're a Big Boy Now
Ice Station Zebra
The Sting
Shampoo ” - adog1990
Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick is well-known for his heroic movies that include Glory, and the breathtaking works of art that include Legends of the Fall. Zwick has also been known for his thoughtfulness as a director, and for his record of working with television series and other films as a producer. Born in 1952...
“ Glory
Legends of the Fall
Good Will Hunting
Shakespeare in Love
I Am Sam
The Last Samurai
Blood Diamond
Defiance ” - adog1990
William A. Wellman
Director, A Star Is Born
William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born, 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 of February in Brookline...
“ The Public Enemy
The Star Witness
A Star is Born
Beau Geste
Lady of Burlesque
The Ox-Bow Incident
Story of G.I. Joe
The High and the Mighty ” - adog1990
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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 productions in Hollywood...
“ Skippy
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
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
Sleuth ” - adog1990
Norman Taurog
Director, Boys Town
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, starring the comic Larry Semon...
“ 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 ” - adog1990
Cameron Crowe
Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market. Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. Crowe...
“ Jerry Maguire
Almost Famous
Vanilla Sky
Minority Report
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Fighter ” - adog1990
Robert Wise
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 odd job at RKO Radio Pictures...
“ Bachelor Mother
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
My Favorite Wife
Citizen Kane
The Devil and Daniel Webster
The Magnificent Ambersons
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
The Andromeda Strain
The Hindenburg
Star Trek: The Motion Picture ” - adog1990
Guy Green
Director, A Patch of Blue
Guy Green, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer and director who was a co-founder of the British Society of Cinematographers, was born in Frome, Somerset, England, on Guy Fawke's Day (November 5th), 1913. A devoted cinema enthusiast as a child, Green said he spent so much time watching the silent movies on the big screen...
“ Great Expectations
The Angry Silence
The Mark
A Patch of Blue
Once Is Not Enough ” - adog1990
“ The Royal Family of Broadway
What Price Hollywood?
Little Woman
David Copperfield
Romeo and Juliet
The Philadelphia Story
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 ” - adog1990
William Wyler
Director, Ben-Hur
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 Gay Deception
Barbary Coast
These Three
Come and Get It
Dead End
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
Roman Holiday
Friendly Persuasion
The Big Country
The Children's Hour
The Collector
Funny Girl ” - adog1990
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...
“ 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
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) ” - adog1990
“ Joe
Save the Tiger
The Formula
Traveling Hopefully
The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid, Part II
Happy New Year ” - adog1990
Cecil B. DeMille
His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts...
“ The Sign of the Cross
The Crusades
The Buccaneer
Union Pacific
North West Mounted Police
Reap the Wild Wind
Star Spangled Rhythm
The Story of Dr. Wassell
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) ” - adog1990
Victor Fleming
Victor Fleming entered motion pictures as a combination driver and stunt man at the Flying A studio in Santa Barbara, California, in 1912, following a series of jobs that included bicycle mechanic, taxi driver, auto mechanic (He also did a little racing on the side), chauffeur and auto salesman. Allan Dwan took credit for hiring him after he repaired Dwan's car...
“ Design for Death
The Narrow Margin
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Between Heaven and Hell
Fantastic Voyage
Doctor Dolittle
Tora! Tora! Tora!
The Incredible Sarah
Who Framed Roger Rabbit ” - adog1990
Frank Lloyd
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 repertory companies...
“ Drag
Weary River
The Divine Lady
East Lynne
Berkeley Square
Mutiny on the Bounty
Wells Fargo
If I Were King
The Howards of Virginia
This Woman Is Mine
Blood on the Sun ” - adog1990
Richard Brooks
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 ” - adog1990
John Ford
Director, The Searchers
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, counting (he always did) the two that he won for his WWII documentary work...
“ Arrowsmith
The Informer
Wee Wee Winkie
The Hurricane
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
Mister Roberts
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
How the West Was Won
Cheyenne Autum ” - adog1990
Frank Capra
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 could ever be," Capra said about his Atlantic passage...
“ Lady for a Day
It Happened One Night
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Lost Horizon
You Can't Take It with You
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Meet John Doe
Prelude to War
It's a Wonderful Life
Here Comes the Groom
A Hole in the Head
Pocketful of Miracles ” - adog1990
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 Bros...
“ 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
Mission to Moscow
This is the Army
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 ” - adog1990
István Szabó
Director, Sunshine
Istvan Szabo is the best-known and one of the most critically acclaimed Hungarian film directors of the past few decades. In the 1960s and '70s he directed auteur films in Hungarian, which explore his own generation's experiences and recent Hungarian history (Apa (1966); Szerelmesfilm (1970); Tuzoltó utca 25...
“ Mephisto
Colonel Red
Being Julia
Albert Nobbs ” - adog1990
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 designer and costumer...
“ 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
Lust for Life
Designing Woman
Some Came Running
Bells Are Ringing
The Sandpiper ” - adog1990
Curtis Hanson
After small films like The Bedroom Window and Sweet Kill, Curtis Hanson went on to direct major features including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The River Wild and the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential. Setting his sights on another city, Hanson was critically acclaimed for directing Eminem in Universal Pictures' 8 Mile...
“ Never Cry Wolf
L.A. Confidential
Wonder Boys
8 Mile
Adaptation. ” - adog1990