The best directors

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1.
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...
“ watched: Mean streets 7.5/10
Taxi driver 8.5/10
Raging bull 8/10
Goodfellas 10/10
Casino 8.5/10
Gangs of NewYork 9.5/10
Aviator 7.5/10
The Departed 10/10
Shutter island 9.5/10

Still to watch: King of comedy
Cape fear
Age of innocence ” - zeks1992
 
2.
Alfred Hitchcock
Director, Psycho
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
“ watched: Psycho 10/10
Vertigo 10/10
North by northwest 9/10
Rear window 9.5/10
Rope 8/10
Strangers on a train 8.5/10
To catch a thief 8.5/10
Notorious 8.5/10
Shadow of a doubt 8.5/10
The man who knew too much 8/10
I confess 8.5/10

Still to watch: Birds ” - zeks1992
 
3.
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...
“ Watched:Sunset blvd. 9.5/10
Double indemnity 9/10
Witness for the prosecution 9.5/10
The apartment 9/10
Some like it hot 9/10
Stalag 17 9/10
Ace in the hole 8.5/10
Sabrina 8.5/10

Still to watch:The lost weekend ” - zeks1992
 
4.
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...
“ Watched: Lincoln 9/10
Schindler's list 9.5/10
Saving private ryan 10/10
Minority report 9.5/10
Catch me if you can 9/10
Raiders of the lost ark 8.5/10
Indiana Jones and last crusade 8/10
Indiana Jones and the temple of doom 8.5/10
Indiana Jones and kingdom of the crystall skull 6.5/10
E.T. the Extra-Terrestria 8.5/10

Still to watch: War of the worlds
AI-Artificial inteligence ” - zeks1992
 
5.
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...
“ Watched: Barry Lyndon 7.5/10
Shining 8.5/10
A clockwork orange 8.5/10
Full metal jacket 9/10
The killing 8.5/10
2001: A space odyssey 10/10
Eyes wide shut 8.5/10
Paths of glory 9/10
Spartacus 7.5/10
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 10/10

Still to watch: Lolita ” - zeks1992
 
6.
Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear story-telling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of film-making, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
“ Watched: Batman begins 8/10
The dark knight 9.5/10
The dark knight rises 8/10
Insomnia 8/10
Prestige 10/10
Memento 9.5/10
Inception 10/10

Still to watch: Following ” - zeks1992
 
7.
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ Watched: Fight club 10/10
Se7en 9.5/10
The curious case of Benjamin Button 8.5/10
The game 8.5/10

Still to watch: Zodiac ” - zeks1992
 
8.
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...
“ Watched: Inglorious basterds 9/.510
Pulp fiction 10/10
Reservoir dogs 9/10
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 7.5/10
Django unchained 9/10

Still to watch: Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Jackie Brown ” - zeks1992
 
9.
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...
“ Watched: The Maltese falcon 8.5/10
The treasure of the Sierra Madre 9/10
The african queen 8.5/10

Still to watch: The man who would be king ” - zeks1992
 
10.
“ Watched: Miller's crossing 9/10
The big Lebowski 9/10
No country for old men 9/10
Fargo 9/10
Burn after reading 7.5/10
Raising Arizona 8/10

Still to watch: True grit
Barton Fink

Of course Joel Coen counts here...xD ” - zeks1992
 
11.
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...
“ Watched: The bridge on the river Kwai 10/10
Lawrence of Arabia 8.5/10

Still to watch: A passage to India
Doctor Zhivago ” - zeks1992
 
12.
Michael Mann
Producer, Heat
A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief starring James Caan as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
“ Watched: Heat 8.5/10
The insider 9/10
Collateral 8.5/10

Still to watch: Public enemies
The last of the Mohicans ” - zeks1992
 
13.
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, credited as the inventor of "Spaghetti Western" genre. Leone's film-making style includes juxtaposing extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots. His movies include the sword and sandal action films The Last Days of Pompeii and The Colossus of Rhodes...
“ Watched: Once upon time in the west 10/10
Once upon time in America 8.5/10
A fistful of dollars 8/10
For a few dollars more 8.5/10
The good,the bad and the ugly 9/10 ” - zeks1992
 
14.
George Lucas
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
“ Watched: Star wars 10/10
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 8/10
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 8.5/10
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 8.5/10

Still to watch: American graffiti
THX 1138 ” - zeks1992
 
15.
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...
“ Watched: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 9.5/10
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 9/10
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 10/10

Still to watch: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ” - zeks1992
 
16.
Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers. Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family...
“ Watched: Scarface 9/10
The untouchables 9.5/10
Carlito's way 9/10
Casualties of War 8.5/10 ” - zeks1992
 
17.
Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising....
“ Watched: 12 monkeys 9.5/10
Fear and loathing in Las Vegas 8.5/10
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 8/10

Still to watch: Brazil ” - zeks1992
 
18.
Milos Forman
Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in Buchenwald and his mother died in Auschwitz...
“ Watched: One flew over the cuckoo's nest 10/10
The people vs Larry Flint 8.5/10

Still to watch: Amadeus
Man of the moon ” - zeks1992
 
19.
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), his best known works are the noir science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), crime drama Thelma & Louise (1991), historical drama and Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000)...
“ Watched: Bladerunner 7.5/10
Black hawk down 8.5/10
Allien 7.5/10
Gladiator 10/10
American gangster 9.5/10

Still to watch: Kingdom of Heaven
Hannibal ” - zeks1992
 
20.
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...
“ Watched: Unforgiven 8.5/10
Gran Torino 8.5/10

Still to watch: Milion dollar baby
J. Edgar
Letters from Iwo Jima
Flags of our fathers
Mystic river
Absolute power
The Bridges of Madison County ” - zeks1992
 
21.
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...
“ Watched: The Godfather 10/10
The Godfather: Part II 8/10
The Godfather: Part III 8.5/10
The conversation 7/10
Apocalypse now 7.5/10 ” - zeks1992
 
22.
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...
“ Watched: Chinatown 9/10
Pianist 7.5/10

Still to watch: The Ninth Gate ” - zeks1992
 
23.
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...
“ Watched: Ocean's eleven 9.5/10
Ocean's twelve 8/10
Ocean's thirteen 8.5/10
Traffic 10/10
Still to watch: Erin Brokovich ” - zeks1992
 
24.
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...
“ Watched: Blood diamond 9/10
The siege 7.5/10
Glory 8/10

Still to watch: Legends of the fall ” - zeks1992
 
25.
Gregory Hoblit
Producer, Frequency
Gregory Hoblit was born in Texas but moved to Northern California at a young age because of his father's job in law enforcement, a hint at what might have attracted the mystery/courtroom plots of his movie/TV credits. After graduating from UCLA, he worked as a TV co-producer with Steven Bochco until directing the 80s series...
“ Watched: Primal fear 9/10
Fracture 8/10

Still to watch: Hart's war
Frequency ” - zeks1992
 
26.
Frank Darabont
Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School...
“ Watched: Shawshank redemption 9.5/10
The green mile 9.5/10
The mist 7.5/10 ” - zeks1992
 
27.
George Roy Hill
Director, The Sting
Combative director George Roy Hill never hit it off with the critics, despite the fact that two of his films -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting -- had remained among the top ten box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic trademarks, Andrew Sarris famously referring to it as 'idiosyncratic odious oiliness'...
“ Watched: The Sting 9.5/10
Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid 7/10 ” - zeks1992
 
28.
“ Watched: The Italian Job 8.5/10
The Negotiator 8.5/10

Still to watch: Law Abiding Citizen ” - zeks1992
 
29.
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...
“ Watched: Rain Man 10/10
Sleepers 8.5/10
Wag the dog 8.5/10

Still to watch: Good morning, Vietnam ” - zeks1992
 
30.
Sam Mendes
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...
“ Watched: American beauty 10/10

Stiil to watch: Road to perdition
Skyfall ” - zeks1992
 
31.
“ Watched: The usual suspects 10/10
Valkyrie 7.5/10 ” - zeks1992
 
32.
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)...
“ Watched: Forrest Gump 10/10
Back to the future 10/10
Back to the Future Part II 8.5/10
Back to the Future Part III 8.5/10

Still to watch: Cast Away
Who framed Roger Rabbit
Flight ” - zeks1992
 
33.
David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
“ Watched: A history of violence 8.5/10
Eastern promises 8/10

Still to watch: The fly
Videodrome ” - zeks1992
 
34.
Spike Lee
Director, Inside Man
Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University...
“ Watched: 25th hour 9/10
Inside man 9/10

Still to watch: Malcolm X ” - zeks1992
 
35.
Gore Verbinski
Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of all time ($135,600,000) and grossed over $1 billion dollars worldwide...
“ Watched: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 9.5/10
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 8.5/10
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 8/10 ” - zeks1992
 
36.
Robert Rodriguez
Producer, Grindhouse
Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent. Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York, none were as captivated as the 12-year-old Rodriguez...
“ Watched: Desperado 8.5/10
From dusk till dawn 8/10
Sin city 9.5/10

Still to watch: Once upon time in Mexico
Planet terror ” - zeks1992
 
37.
James Cameron
Writer, Aliens
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition...
“ Watched: Titanic 10/10
Alliens 7.5/10
Avatar 7.5/10
The Terminator 8/10
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 9.5/10 ” - zeks1992
 
38.
Luc Besson
Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue and The Fifth Element, as an adolescent bored in school. He...
“ Watched: The fifth element 8/10
Leon 7.5/10 ” - zeks1992
 
39.
Guy Ritchie
Director, Snatch
Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school and in 1995...
“ Watched: Lock,stock and two smoking barrels 8/10
Snatch 7.5/10

Still to watch: RocknRolla
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows ” - zeks1992
 
40.
Barry Sonnenfeld
Director, Men in Black
Barry Sonnenfeld was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from New York University of Film School in 1978. He started work as director of photography on the Oscar-nominated In Our Water. Then Joel Coen and Ethan Coen hired him for Blood Simple.. This film began his collaboration with the Coen Bros....
“ Watched: Men in black 7.5/10
Men in black II 8/10
Men in black 3 8/10
Get Shorty 8/10 ” - zeks1992
 
41.
M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan is an Indian-American film director, screenwriter, producer and occasional actor known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots. His major films include the supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense, the superhero drama thriller Unbreakable, the science fiction thriller Signs...
“ Watched: The sixth sense 9/10
Unbreakable 7.5/10 ” - zeks1992
 
42.
“ Watched: Beverly Hills cop 8.5/10
Midnight run 8/10

Still to watch: Scent of woman
Meet Joe Black ” - zeks1992
 
43.
Tony Scott
Producer, Man on Fire
Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British military...
“ Watched: The taking of Pelham 1 2 3 8/10
Man on fire 8/10
Crimson tide 9/10
True romance 8.5/10

Still to watch: Spy game
The last boy scout
Enemy of a state ” - zeks1992
 
44.
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...
“ Watched: JFK 8.5/10
Platoon 8/10

Still to watch: Nixon
Born on the fourth of July ” - zeks1992
 
45.
Antoine Fuqua
Director, Training Day
Attended West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia on an athletic scholarship for basketball. He studied electrical engineering (focusing on electromagnetism and signal processing) before moving back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (this move was brief and only to figure out his true calling) and then to New York, New York to work in film.
“ Watched: Training day 8.5/10
Shooter 8.5/10 ” - zeks1992
 
46.
John Frankenheimer
Director, Ronin
Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he realized his natural talent to handle a camera...
“ Watched: Ronin 7.5/10
Reindeer games 7.5/10 ” - zeks1992
 
47.
Alex Proyas
Director, Dark City
Alex Proyas has moved effortlessly between helming TV commercials and music videos to feature films. Born to Greek parents in Egypt, Proyas relocated to Australia with his family when he was three years old. He began making films at age ten and went on to attend the Australian Film Television and Radio School along with Jane Campion and Jocelyn Moorhouse...
“ Watched: Dark city 8/10
I,Robot 7/10 ” - zeks1992