Astonishing Directors

This is a list of film directors I find to be astonishing and brilliant in so many ways. Maybe sometimes they have made a dud or two, but (and I know this sounds a bit casual) no one is perfect, especially if you direct films.
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John Landis
John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes. Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "spaghetti" westerns...
“ A master of comedy, he has such a skill that most don't have, though he has had many duds his successes overall overshadow those cock-ups of his.
Notable works incl. Blues Brothers, Animal House and An American Werewolf in New York ” - mfilmslove
“ Basically, he's fantastic.
His work on the movie Rocky influenced Stanley Kubrick's technique on the film The Shining.
Notable works incl. Rocky, Lean on Me and The Karate Kid. ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ Controversial as he is - He's still brilliant.
A brilliant director that is, I wouldn't give him a hand for paedophilistic tendencies.
Notable works incl. The Apartment Trilogy, Chinatown and The Pianist ” - mfilmslove
Walter Hill
Producer, Aliens
Hill was born in Long Beach, California and educated at Mexico City College and Michigan State University. He worked in oil drilling and construction in the 60s before becoming a 2nd assistant director in 1967. He has written and co-written screenplays, including several uncredited works. He has produced and directed films since 1975.
“ What he did for movies in the 80s was extraordinary, he entertained people and was great at it.
Notable works incl. The Warriors, 48 Hrs and Red Heat ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ Here we have a director that is just perfect, he has not stopped making good movies since the 80s.
Notable works incl. Heat, Thief and The Last of the Mohicans ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ Controversial and political and full of himself.
What's not to like? Apart from him being full of himself... anyway he's great
Notable works incl. The Doors, Natural Born Killers and JFK ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ Ah Edward
If only you weren't paired with an averagey screenplay most of the time.
Notable works incl. Glory, About Last Night, Blood Diamond ” - mfilmslove
Frank Oz
Frank Richard Oznowicz was born in Hereford, England to puppeteers Frances and Isidore Oznowicz. His family moved to Montana in 1951, eventually settling in Oakland, California. As a teenager, he worked as an apprentice puppeteer at Children's Fairyland amusement park. He is one of the primary puppeteers...
“ As brilliant a director as he is voicing Yoda.
Notable works incl. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, What About Bob?, Death at a Funeral ” - mfilmslove
“ A legend who brought us many classics wish they'd stop making Home Alone's as they're tainting his name, but oh well.
Notable works incl. The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Curly Sue ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ Great director, bit overrated, but most are.
Notable works incl. Saving Private Ryan, Jaws and 1984 ” - mfilmslove
“ What a film 'Kidnapped' is.
I'm waiting for more. ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ He is too amazing, he went undercover to write the film 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' talk about commitment.
Notable films incl. Say Anything, Almost Famous and Vanilla Sky ” - mfilmslove
Paul Schrader
Writer, Taxi Driver
Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18...
“ Not as good as he is a writer, but nonetheless brilliant.
Notable works incl. American Gigolo, Mishima and The Comfort of Strangers ” - mfilmslove
William Friedkin
Director, The Exorcist
Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with Orson Welles after seeing Citizen Kane...
“ He has scared and thrilled people for years, he is an insanely good director.
Notable works incl. The Exorcist, The French Connection and The Hunted ” - mfilmslove
Luciano Tovoli
Cinematographer, Suspiria
“ Mainly known for his cinematography. His one fairly well known direction is extremely brilliant. Check it out it's called 'The General of the Dead Army' or 'Il generale dell'armata morta' in Italian. ” - mfilmslove
“ Here we have an exceptionally good director that is just getting better over the course of his career.
Notable works incl. The Motorcycle Diaries, Behind the Sun and On the Road ” - mfilmslove
François Truffaut
François began to assiduously go to the movies at 7. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who becomes his protector. Bazin helped the delinquent Truffaut and also when he was put in jail because he deserted the army...
“ Such an excellent director. I honestly wish he were still alive.
Notable works incl. Confidentially Yours, The 400 Blows and Jules and Jim ” - mfilmslove
Tony Scott
Director, Top Gun
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...
“ What can I say? I love him, though it was very unfortunate he switched to action movies after his two arty films 'Loving Memory' and 'The Hunger' they were brilliant.
Notable works incl. Top Gun, True Romance and Enemy of the State ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ Fantastic director, though he has had many duds.
Notable works incl. Sleepers, Wag the Dog and Diner ” - mfilmslove
“ A guilty pleasure...
He really isn't all that great, but watching his films and laughing at the bloody action, great fun.
Notable works incl. Miami Connection, Los Angeles Streetfighter ” - mfilmslove
David Schwimmer
Actor, Friends
Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Schwimmer was encouraged by a high school instructor to attend a summer program in acting at Northwestern University. Inspired by that experience, he returned to Northwestern where he received a bachelor's degree in speech/theater. In 1988, along with seven other Northwestern graduates, he co-founded Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company.
“ Hope to see more from him...
'Trust' was insanely good and Run Fat Boy Run wasn't bad. ” - mfilmslove
“ Amazing director and very interesting if you've watched his films.
Notable works incl. The Machinist, Session 9 and Vanishing on 7th Street ” - mfilmslove
“ Amazing director, very happy I have come to know of him.
Notable works incl. Il divo, This Must Be The Place and the Consequences of Love ” - mfilmslove
“ No one really talks about this director - they should.
Notable works incl. Life with Judy Garland, The Ramen Girl and The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone ” - mfilmslove
“ A great director, nice technique.
Notable works incl. The Express, Runaway Jury and Things to do in Denver when you're Dead ” - mfilmslove
“ A very good director that should get some more recognition (not that he doesn't have enough atm)
Notable works incl. Praise, The Painted Veil and Stone ” - mfilmslove
Harmony Korine
Director, Spring Breakers
Harmony Korine was born in Bolinas, California, in 1973. His family moved to the east coast of the United States when he was five, and he spent his early years in Nashville, Tennessee, and New York. At the age of 19, he wrote the critically acclaimed screenplay Kids for director Larry Clark...
“ Controversial, but incredibly entertaining.
Notable works incl. Gummo, Spring Breakers and Mister Lonely ” - mfilmslove
Joss Whedon
Writer, The Avengers
Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon...
“ A great director/producer/writer. Mainly writer.
Notable works incl. Firefly, Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and Avengers Assemble ” - mfilmslove
Aaron Schneider
Cinematographer, Kiss the Girls
“ 'Get Low' was very, very, very good.
Please do something else. ” - mfilmslove
“ British director that never fails to deliver.
Notable works incl. Sex Traffic, State of Play and Harry Potter ” - mfilmslove
“ Brilliant guy.
Notable works incl. Exiles, Korkoro and The Crazy Stranger ” - mfilmslove
“ Not all frenchies are horrible.
Notable works incl. Of Gods and Men, The Young Lieutenant ” - mfilmslove
“ Interesting works, but not all of them good.
Notable works incl. Sarah's Key, Pretty Things ” - mfilmslove
“ Shockingly great.
Notable works incl. Polisse, The Actress' Ball ” - mfilmslove
“ He needs more.
Notable works incl. In the Beginning, Quand j'étais chanteur ” - mfilmslove
Milcho Manchevski
Director, Before the Rain
Milcho Manchevski is a New York-based Macedonian-born film director, writer, photographer and artist. His Academy-award nominated film Before the Rain won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, FIPRESCI and Independent Spirit, along with 30 other awards. The New York Times included it on its "1,000 Best Films Ever Made" list...
“ A director and a half, bloody Yugoslavs.
Notable works incl. Before the Rain, Shadows and Dust ” - mfilmslove
Harold Ramis
Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" with other Second City graduates including John Belushi...
“ Extremely funny, nothing else but what you'd expect from a past SNL member.
Notable works incl. Groundhog Day, Analyse This and Caddyshack ” - mfilmslove
Sidney Lumet
Director, 12 Angry Men
Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often treated socially relevant themes in his films...
“ Classic director. Was still making brilliant films till his death which could be said less about a few others, not to mention any names (Stanley Kubrick) eyes wide shut my arse.
Notable works incl. Dog Day Afternoon, Running on Empty, The Pawnbroker ” - mfilmslove
“ A great director that has made many duds.
Notable works incl. The Cider House Rules, What's Eating Gilbert Grape and The Shipping News ” - mfilmslove
“ Honestly I was amazed when I saw his films.
Notable works incl. Gossip, Gracie and It Might Get Loud ” - mfilmslove
“ My sorta guy, the type that most likely loves cross-dressing.
Notable works incl. Breakfast on Pluto, We're No Angels and The Crying Game
(I hope he really isn't a cross dresser would ruin his already *beep* image) ” - mfilmslove
Nicolas Winding Refn
Nicolas Winding Refn is a Danish film director, screenwriter and producer. He moved to the United States in 1981 and is known for directing the crime dramas Bleeder (1999) and the Pusher films (1996, 2004, 2005), the fictionalised biographical film Bronson (2008), the dramatic adventure film Valhalla Rising (2009)...
“ Though he looks a bit like a warped JJ Abrahms he is still a better director.
Notable works incl. Bronson, Drive and Pusher ” - mfilmslove
“ Here we have a director, and a good one at that.
Notable works incl. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Worlds Apart and Dead Man Down ” - mfilmslove
“ Cool films, but doesn't seem a very cool guy.
Notable works incl. This Boy's Life, Shooting Dogs and City by the Sea ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ After Titanic he became the lost soul of a director.
Notable works incl. True Lies, Terminator and The Abyss. ” - mfilmslove
Kevin Smith
Producer, Comic Book Men
Kevin Patrick Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Grace (Schultz) and Donald E. Smith, a postal worker. He is very proud of his native state; this fact can be seen in all of his movies. Kevin is of mostly German, with some Irish and English, ancestry. His first movie, Clerks, was filmed in the convenience store in which Smith worked...
“ One of the funniest fat guys alive and not only for being fat
Notable works incl. Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob and Chasing Amy ” - mfilmslove
Randall Miller
Director, Bottle Shock
Randall Miller is a member of the IA, the DGA, SAG and the WGA. He began his career as a struggling actor appearing in tv commercials, theater and a few stints in television shows and movies. After USC Film School he went to the AFI. His thesis film at the AFI launched his career as a director working...
“ I'm just really happy he keeps casting Eliza Dushku. God how I wish for a night with her.
Notable works incl. Bottle Shock, Nobel Son and Houseguest ” - mfilmslove
“ Sadly not here anymore, but if he was... He'd still be smashing it.
Notable works incl. Morgan, The French Lieutenant's Woman and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. ” - mfilmslove
Aleksandar Petrovic
Director, Skupljaci perja
One of the most acclaimed and successful Yugoslav directors, born in 1929. in Paris. Studied film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague (1947/48). His studies remained unfinished due to the political aggravation between Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia at the time and he was forced to return to homeland...
“ Really, really, really good director. I must see more of his films.
Notable works incl. Happy Gypsies, Tri and The Master and Margaret ” - mfilmslove
“ A bloody hit and miss director.
Notable works incl. Alfie, The Adventurers and Educating Rita ” - mfilmslove
Burt Kennedy
American screenwriter and director--particularly of westerns--Burt Kennedy was the son of performers. He was part of their act, "The Dancing Kennedys", from infancy. He served in World War II as a cavalry officer and was highly decorated. After the war he joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, but was ousted after one play as an actor for missing rehearsal...
“ Here was a man who knew his western movie.
Notable works incl. The Deserter, The War Wagon and Support Your Local Sheriff! ” - mfilmslove
“ An Italian genius.
Notable works incl. Libera, amore mio, The Murri Affair and The Inheritance ” - mfilmslove
“ Brilliant I crave more from this director.
Notable works incl. Never Take Sweets from a Stranger, The Witches and The Executioner ” - mfilmslove
Tinto Brass
Actor, Monella
Giovanni Brass was born on 26 March 1933 into the family of a famous artist, Italico Brass, who was his grandfather. Italico gave his grandson a nickname "Tintoretto," which Giovanni later adapted into his cinematic name, Tinto Brass. Tinto inherited his grandfather's artistic skills, but he applied them to film instead of canvas...
“ Though very controversial and sometimes his films are quite bad (Caligula especially) he still is a solid director.
Notable works incl. Salon Kitty, Trasgredire and Frivolous Lola ” - mfilmslove
“ These spaghetti westerns always get to me.
Notable works incl. Beyond the Law or Al di là della legge, Adiós gringo and Ready for Anything. ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ A bloody brilliant director apart from that bloody Dr Morreau film, jesus christ.
Notable works incl. Seconds, Black Sunday and The Burning Season ” - mfilmslove
Goran Markovic
Director, Tito i ja
The son of actors Rade Markovic and Olivera Markovic, between 1965 and 1970 he studied film directing in Prague and then started working for television, directing documentaries and about fifty tv movies. His first theatrical feature was the critically acclaimed and financially successful Special Education...
“ Bloody Serbians.
Notable works incl. Tito and Me and Special Education ” - mfilmslove
Federico Fellini
The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the devil herself said the priests who ran his school)...
“ One of the greatest Italians.
I could watch 8 1/2 a 1000 and a half more times.
Notable works incl. 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita and La Strada ” - mfilmslove
“ Good director, he makes some pretty films.
Notable works incl. L'Odyssey, A Baby Called Jesus and Quo Vadis? ” - mfilmslove
Ken Annakin
A former salesman and journalist, Ken Annakin got into the film industry making documentary shorts. His feature debut, Holiday Camp, was a comedy about a Cockney family on vacation. It was made for the Rank Organization and was a modest success, spawning three sequels, all of which he directed. He worked steadily thereafter...
“ Sometimes great and sometimes extremely shocking, but I still love the guy.
Notable works incl. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes, The Longest Day and Swiss Family Robinson ” - mfilmslove
“ Another Frenchy, a good one at that.
Notable works incl. Pig Across Paris, Le comte de Monte Cristo and Tu ne tueras point ” - mfilmslove
“ Brilliant director, but sadly he has so many lost films with so many interesting actors in them...
Notable works incl. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Raskolnikow ” - mfilmslove
Paul Wegener
Actor, The Golem
Paul Wegener was born in Arnoldsdorf, West Prussia, part of the German Empire. His birthplace is currently part of Poland, under the name "Jarantowice". Wegener's family included a number of scientists, the most notable being his cousin Alfred Wegener (1880-1930). Alfred is remembered as the originator of the theory of continental drift...
“ A silent but brilliant director.
Notable works incl. The Student of Prague and The Golem ” - mfilmslove
Gary Ross
Gary Ross is an American writer, director and actor born November 3rd, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. His father was screenwriter Arthur A. Ross (1920 - 2008). After writing for television series The Hitchhiker in 1986, Ross broke through by penning the Tom Hanks hit Big, his first screenplay to be made into a feature film...
“ A director of few, but of great. Well apart from the averagey Hunger Games.
Notable works incl. Pleasantville, Seabiscuit and Hunger Games. ” - mfilmslove
John Dahl
Director, Rounders
“ Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
Notable works incl. Kill me Again, The Last Seduction, Red Rock West, Roadkill and Rounders ” - mfilmslove
John Singleton
Producer, Shaft
Son of mortgage broker Danny Singleton and pharmaceutical company sales executive Sheila Ward and raised in separate households by his unmarried parents, John Singleton attended the Film Writing Program at USC after graduating from high school in 1986. While studying there, he won three writing awards from the university...
“ This guy started off immensely well.
Notable works incl. Boyz n the Hood, Baby Boy and Higher Learning. ” - mfilmslove
“ The Man who brought us Lethal Weapon (though the film would've been a bit bland without Shane Black)
Notable works incl. Lethal Weapon, The Omen and Superman ” - mfilmslove
Shane Black
Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2. Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout to The Long Kiss Goodnight, and in between a re-write on the McTiernan/Schwarzenegger Last Action Hero script.
“ Brilliant writer (and director evident from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)
At the moment has only directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and is finishing up Iron Man 3.
He is also set to direct an American version of Death Note. ” - mfilmslove
Wayne Kramer
Wayne Kramer was born in South Africa, where he graduated from the Johannesburg School for Art, Drama and Music. His feature film debut came in 2003 with "The Cooler," a romantic drama set in Las Vegas and starring William H. Macy as a professional casino jinx and Maria Bello as the cocktail waitress who changes his luck...
“ His noir technique is astonishing.
Notable works incl. The Cooler and Running Scared ” - mfilmslove
Clint Eastwood
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. Held back in school, Clint moved with his parents to Seattle...
“ He makes a much better director. Though still fine acting comes from this man.
Notable works incl. Mystic River, A Perfect World and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil ” - mfilmslove
Marcel Carné
Marcel Carné, the son of a cabinet maker, entered the movies as the assistant of Jacques Feyder. At the age of 25 he directed his first movie Jenny. Colaborating with the writer Jacques Prévert, the decorator Alexandre Trauner, the musician and composer Maurice Jaubert and the actor Jean Gabin...
“ Wonderfully visionary, this guy.
Notable works incl. Children of Paradise, Three Rooms in Manhattan and Port of Shadows ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ A director that just makes his films always look beautiful.
Notable works incl. The Fifth Element, Leon The Last Battle and Big Blue ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ Some of the best have been made by this man.
Notable works incl. Carrie, Scarface and Carlito's Way ” - mfilmslove
Roger Corman
Producer, Death Race
Roger William Corman was born April 5, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan. Initially following in his father's footsteps, Corman studied engineering at Stanford University but while in school, he began to lose interest in the profession and developed a growing passion for film. Upon graduation, he worked a total of three days as an engineer at US Electrical Motors...
“ An amazing man, made some of the greatest b-movies and launched the careers of many great actors.
Notable works incl. The Raven, The Terror, Bloody Mama, The Trip and Little Shop of Horrors ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ Brilliant.
Notable works incl. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Loves of a Blonde and Amadeus ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ One of the greatest directors ever.
Notable works incl. Taxi Driver, After Hours, Goodfellas and Cape Fear ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ He has missed so much, but his hits are so amazing.
Notable works incl. The Godfather Trilogy, Apocalypse Now, Rumble Fish and The Outsiders ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ Here we have a true Italian master of cinema.
Notable works incl. The Last Emperor, Last Tango in Paris and 1900 ” - mfilmslove
Elia Kazan
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 directed a string of successful films...
“ A director of utmost importance in Cinema.
Notable works incl. On the Waterfront, Viva Zapata!, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Last Tycoon. ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ The master of the spaghetti western.
The Dollars Trilogy, Once Upon a Time in America and Duck, You Sucker ” - mfilmslove
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....
“ Brilliant director and member of the pythons, excellent.
Notable works incl. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Twelve Monkeys, The Fisher King, Brazil and Time Bandits ” - mfilmslove
“ Created some of the most realistic films out there.
Notable works incl. The Killing Fields, The Mission and Fat Man and Little Boy ” - mfilmslove
Alan Parker
Director, Evita
Prior to moving into film, Alan was noted as one of London's most talented advertising copywriters. He worked for the Collet Dickinson Pearce (CDP) ad agency in the 1960's and early 1970's, and began directing his own tvc scripts in their basement. Formed a partnership with David Puttnam as his producer (Puttnam had been a photographers' agent)...
“ Brilliant brit.
Notable works incl. Fame, Angel Heart, The Wall, The Commitments and Midnight Express ” - mfilmslove
“ Sometimes criticised, but I love him.
Notable works incl. Meet Joe Black, Beverly Hills Cop and Scent of a Woman ” - mfilmslove
Ousmane Sembene
Director, Black Girl
The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema. Sembene's roots were not, as might be expected, in the educated élite. After working as a mechanic and bricklayer...
“ Very, very good director.
Notable works incl. Xala, Moolaade and Black Girl ” - mfilmslove
Martin Ritt
Director, Hud
Martin Ritt, one of the best and most sensitive American filmmakers of all time, was a director, actor and playwright who worked in both film and theater. He was born in New York City. His films reflect, like almost none other, a profound and intimate humane vision of his characters. He originally attended and played football for Elon College in North Carolina...
“ Great director, too bad he's dead.
Notable works incl. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Black Orchid and Cross Creek ” - mfilmslove
Irwin Winkler
Irwin Winkler's career as a producer, director and writer encompasses popular and influential movies that have impacted contemporary culture. With a passion for big, bold, meaningful stories, his films include an array of true screen classics, garnering among them 12 Academy Awards and 52 Oscar nominations...
“ Very little, but very big.
Notable works incl. Life as a House, De-Lovely and At First Sight. ” - mfilmslove
“ Very interesting, but great director.
Notable works incl. Henry, Wild Things and Mad Dog and Glory ” - mfilmslove
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ Interesting transition, I hope to see more.
Notable works incl. A Bronx Tale and The Good Shepherd ” - mfilmslove
Kenneth Branagh
Actor, Valkyrie
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family escaped The Troubles by moving to Reading...
“ Sometimes misses, but a cool guy nonetheless.
Notable works incl. Henry V, Hamlet and Frankenstein ” - mfilmslove
James Mangold
Producer, Logan
James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine, and Logan. Mangold also wrote and directed Cop Land, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta.
“ Very good director, can't wait for Wolverine.
Notable works incl. Walk the Line, Girl Interrupted and Cop Land ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ Not the best, but a good director.
Notable works incl. Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and Reservoir Dogs ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ Great director, directed the best Harry Potter film.
Notable works incl. Y Tu Mama Tambien, Children of Men and Great Expectations ” - mfilmslove
“ No idea why people dislike, I find him very stylish.
It's probably just cause of Batman & Robin.
Notable works incl. The Number 23, Tigerland, Falling Down, Phonebooth and A Time to Kill ” - mfilmslove
“ Funny guy.
Notable works incl. The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People ” - mfilmslove
“ What I've seen is really good, apart from Nanny McPhee which is slightly average.
Notable works incl. Waking Ned and Everybody's Fine ” - mfilmslove
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...
“ Amazing director
Notable works incl. Sin City, The Faculty, El mariachi trilogy and From Dusk till Dawn. ” - mfilmslove
“ Very interesting director.
Notable works incl. Limitless, The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones ” - mfilmslove
David O. Russell
David Owen Russell is an American film writer, director, and producer, known for a cinema of intense, tragi-comedic characters whose love of life can surpass dark circumstances faced in very specific worlds. His films address such themes as mental illness as stigma or hope; invention of self and survival; the family home as nexus of love...
“ He's making a name for himself, a good name it is.
Notable works incl. I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings and Silver Linings Playbook ” - mfilmslove
Tim Roth
Often mistaken for an American because of his skill at imitating accents, actor Tim Roth was born Timothy Simon Roth on May 14, 1961 in Lambeth, London, England. His mother, Ann, was a teacher and landscape painter. His father, Ernie, was a journalist who had changed the family name from "Smith" to "Roth"; Ernie was born in Brooklyn, New York, to an immigrant family of Irish ancestry...
“ Please Tim Roth make a new film.
The War Zone is his only film. ” - mfilmslove