I have listed my favourite movies from all of the directors under each name...
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...
“ Dr Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, The Shining, 2001 - A Space Odyssey, Eyes Wide Shut, Lolita, Barry Lyndon ” - Olechrwang79
Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future director Jennifer Lynch
shortly after he turned 21...
“ Lost Highway, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Dr., Twin Peaks, The Straight Story, Wild at Heart, Inland Empire ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Raging Bull, Good Fellas, Taxi Driver, Casino, After Hours, The King of Comedy, Mean Streets, The Departed, The Aviator, Shutter Island, Hugo, Bringing Out the Dead, Cape Fear, Gangs of New York, The Wolf of Wall Street ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Fight Club, Se7en, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac, The Social Network, Gone Girl, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Panic Room ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Interstellar ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Rashomon, Sanjuro, Throne of Blood, Kagemusha, Yojimbo, Seven Samurai, Ran, Ikuru, Dersu Uzala, Dreams, High and Low, Stray Dog, Rhapsody in August ” - Olechrwang79
was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti
(A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian
. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics...
“ Once upon a time in the West, Once upon a time in America, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, A Fistfull of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More ” - Olechrwang79
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, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill Vol. I & II, Django Unchained ” - Olechrwang79
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Fountain, Pi, The Wrestler ” - Olechrwang79
“ & Ethan Coen
Miller`s Crossing, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Barton Fink, The Man Who Wasn`t There, A Serious Man, True Grit, O Brother, Where Art Thou? ” - Olechrwang79
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College...
“ The Thin Red Line, Badlands, Days of Heaven, The New World, The Tree of Life ” - Olechrwang79
“ Pan`s Labyrinth, Hellboy II - The Golden Army, Pacific Rim, Cronos ” - Olechrwang79
Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
“ Stranger Than Paradise, Night on Earth, Dead Man, Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai, Broken Flowers ” - Olechrwang79
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master ” - Olechrwang79
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)...
“ Blade Runner, Alien, Gladiator, Black Rain, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster, Body of Lies, Prometheus ” - Olechrwang79
“ Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Brief Encounter ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ The Man Who Would Be King, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, Fat City, The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, The African Queen ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, Manhunter, The Insider, Ali, Collateral, Miami Vice ” - Olechrwang79
He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Crocodile
. Then he went on to direct Wild Animals
“ Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring, The Isle, Bad Guy, 3-Iron ” - Olechrwang79
“ Hero, To Live, Ju Dou, House of Flying Daggers, Riding Alone for a Thousand of Miles, Curse of the Golden Flower ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Desperado, Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror, Machete, El Mariachi, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ” - Olechrwang79
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....
“ Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Twelve Monkeys, Monty Pythons and the Holy Grail, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Time Bandits ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Chinatown, Rosemary`s Baby, The Tenant, The Ninth Gate, The Ghost Writer, Bitter Moon, The Pianist, Frantic ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Saving Private Ryan, Jaws, Empire of the Sun, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Schindler`s List, Catch Me If You Can, A. I. Artificial Intelligence, Munich, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Adventures og Tintin ” - Olechrwang79
Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard
) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki
, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific film-makers...
“ The Man Without a Past, Shadows in Paradise, I Hired a Contract Killer, Ariel, The Match Factory Girl, La Vie de Boheme ” - Olechrwang79
“ Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance, Thirst, Stoker ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ The Abyss, Terminator II - Judgment Day, Aliens, The Terminator, Avatar, True Lies ” - Olechrwang79
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price
“ Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Batman, Mars Attacks!, Big Fish, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd - The Barber of Fleet Street, Frankeweenie, Alice in Wonderland ” - Olechrwang79
is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata
, co-founded Studio Ghibli...
“ Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl`s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, The Castle of Cagliostro, Castle in the Sky, Kiki`s Delivery Service ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Meet the Feebles, Bad Taste, Lord of the Rings Triology, The Lovely Bones, King Kong, The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey, Braindead, The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug ” - Olechrwang79
“ Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Ararat, Felicia`s Journey, Where the Truth Lies ” - Olechrwang79
“ I Stand Alone, Irreversible, Enter the Void ” - Olechrwang79
Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw his chance when a comedian suddenly fell ill...
“ The Blind Swordsman - Zatoichi, Violent Cop, Kikujiro, The Boiling Point, Sonatine, Fireworks, Outrage ” - Olechrwang79
Brian De Palma
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...
“ Scarface, Carrie, The Untouchables, Carlito`s Way, Mission: Impossible ” - Olechrwang79
Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn't finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for his films.
“ Grizzly Man, Aguirre - The Wrath of God, Stroszek, Fitzcarraldo, My Best Fiend, Rescue Dawn, Encounters at the End of the World, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, Wings of Hope ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Life of Pi, The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Lust, Caution, Ride with the Devil ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Triology, The Conversation, Dracula ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Platoon, Salvador, JFK, The Doors, Any Given Sunday, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, Wall Street, ” - Olechrwang79
Yamada Yoji graduated Tokyo University in 1954, the year he joined Shochiku as an assistant director. In 1969, he launched the popular "Tora-san" series, the world's longest theatrical film series. "The Twilight Samurai" (The Twilight Samurai
) marks his 77th film as well as his 41th year as a director since his first film in 1961: Nikai no Tanin (Stranger Upstairs).
“ The Twilight Samurai, The Hidden Blade, Love and Honour, Kabei - Our Mother ” - Olechrwang79
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)...
“ Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Rear Window, Strangers on a Train, Notorious ” - Olechrwang79
is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc
in 1984). At the same time he met designer/drawer Marc Caro
with whom he made two short animation movies: L'évasion
and Le manège
“ Amelie, A Very Long Engagement, The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen, Micmacs ” - Olechrwang79
"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden
, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch
, Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael
. That exploding bottle...
“ The Wild Bunch, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Ride the High Country, Straw Dogs, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Cross of Iron ” - Olechrwang79
“ The Party, The Pink Panther Collection ” - Olechrwang79
Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura
, primarily because there were no entrance exams...
“ Ichi the Killer, Audition, Gozu, 13 Assassins, Three...Extremes, Shinjuku Triad Society, Fudoh - The New Generation, Rainy Dog, The Bird People in China, Dead or Alive ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Leon, The Fifth Element, The Big Blue, La Femme Nikita, Lucy ” - Olechrwang79
“ Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, Shallow Grave, Sunshine, 127 Hours, Trance ” - Olechrwang79
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
“ Dark City, The Crow, I, Robot ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Malcolm X, Summer of Sam, Inside Man, Do the Right Thing, 25th Hour ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ The Avengers, Serenity, Firefly (tv-series) ” - Olechrwang79
“ Funny Games (1997), The Piano Teacher, The White Ribbon, Cache, Amour ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Sweet and Lowdown, Mighty Aphrodite, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris ” - Olechrwang79
Lars von Trier
Lars von Trier (the "von" was adopted during his stay at the Danish Film School) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1956. He graduated from the Danish Film School in 1983 with his short film Befrielsesbilleder
("Images of Relief"), which won the Best Film award at the Munich Film Festival the following year...
“ The Kingdom, Part 1 & 2, The Idiots, Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Manderlay, The Five Obstructions ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ One flew over the Cuckoo`s Nest, The People vs. Larry Flint, Amadeus, Man on the Moon ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Unforgiven, High Plains Drifter, The Bridges of Madison County, Mystic River, Gran Torino, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Changeling, Invictus ” - Olechrwang79
Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started exploring the art of exploring sound with the cheap tape recorders available at the time...
“ Short Cuts, MASH, The Player, Gosford Park ” - Olechrwang79
Born in Paris, France, in 1952. Jacques Audiard's family has always been involved in movie business. His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer. But in his teens he refused that world and wanted to be a teacher. He studied literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne but didn't finish his degree...
“ A Prophet, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Rust and Bone ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ A Bridge Too Fare, Gandhi, Cry Freedom, Chaplin ” - Olechrwang79
“ The Name of the Rose, The Bear, Two Brothers, Quest for Fire ” - Olechrwang79
“ Judgment at Nuremberg, The Defiant Ones, Inherit the Wind ” - Olechrwang79
John Boorman attended Catholic school (Salesian Order) although his family was not, in fact, Roman Catholic. His first job was for a dry-cleaner. Later, he worked as a critic for a women's journal and for a radio station until he entered the television business, working for the BBC in Bristol. There...
“ Deliverance, Hell in the Pacific, Hope and Glory, The General, The Tailor in Panama ” - Olechrwang79
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)...
“ Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Midnight Express, Pink Floyd The Wall, Angel Heart ” - Olechrwang79
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
“ Patton, Papillion, Planet of the Apes (1968) ” - Olechrwang79
Director, writer, producer and composer Tom Tykwer was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. He showed an interest in film-making from childhood, making super 8 films from the age of 11. Among his first jobs was working at a local art-house cinema. Tykwer eventually relocated to Berlin, first working as a film projectionist and then becoming head of programming at the Moviemento Theater...
“ The Princess and the the Warrior, Run Lola Run, Perfume - The Story of a Murderer, Cloud Atlas ” - Olechrwang79
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)...
“ Drive, Pusher Triology, Bronson ” - Olechrwang79
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles...
“ The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Halloween, Escape from New York, In the Mouth of Madness ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ True Romance, Man on Fire, The Last Boy Scout, Crimson Tide, Spy Game, Deja Vu ” - Olechrwang79
“ Monster`s Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, World War Z ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Traffic, Ocean`s Eleven, Out of Sight, Erin Bronckovich, The Limey, Solaris ” - Olechrwang79
Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins
and Mark Lewman
) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under...
“ Adaptation., Being John Malkovitch, Where the Wild Things Are, Her ” - Olechrwang79
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
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, Babel, 21 Grams, Biutiful ” - Olechrwang79
“ Die Hard, Predator, The Hunt for Red October, Die Hard: With a Vengeance ” - Olechrwang79
Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and superhero films...
“ Watchmen, 300, Man of Steel, Dawn of the Dead, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga`Hoole ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ 12 Angry Men, Before the Devil Knows You`re Dead, Find Me Guilty, Network, Serpico, Equus, The Hill ” - Olechrwang79
Jim Sheridan is a master story-teller, and an acclaimed film director of few films, but good films nevertheless. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1949, Sheridan moved to America in 1982, meeting a man who invited him to run the Irish Arts Center. He found a place to live in Hell's Kitchen, New York City...
“ In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot, In America, The Boxer ” - Olechrwang79
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)...
“ A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, The Fly, eXistenZ, Naked Lunch, The Dead Zone, Dead Ringers ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Talk to Her, Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, All About My Mother, Volver, Broken Embraces ” - Olechrwang79
Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period...
“ Dazed & Confused, Before Sunrise, A Scanner Darkly, Before Sunset, Bad News Bears, Waking Life, Fast Food Nation ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ American Beauty, Revolutionary Road, Skyfall, Jarhead ” - Olechrwang79
“ Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Flight, Cast Away, Contact ” - Olechrwang79
“ Silence of the Lambs, The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Philadelphia ” - Olechrwang79
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
“ French Connection, The Exorcist, To Live and Die in L.A., Sorcerer, Killer Joe ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch., Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Almost Famous, Singles, Jerry Maguire, We Bought a Zoo ” - Olechrwang79
“ Ip Man, Ip Man 2 - Legend of the Grandmaster, Dragon Tiger Gate ” - Olechrwang79
“ I Saw the Devil, A Bittersweet Life, A Tale of Two Sisters, The Good, The Bad, The Weird ” - Olechrwang79
“ The Omen (1976), Lethal Weapon, The Goonies ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ The Manchurian Candidate (1962), French Connection II, Ronin ” - Olechrwang79
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 Damned United, Longford, The King`s Speech ” - Olechrwang79
“ In a Better World, Brothers (2004), Open Hearts, After the Wedding ” - Olechrwang79
Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into the theater...
“ Kes, Sweet Sixteen, My Name is Joe, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Raining Stones, Looking for Eric, Route Irish, The Angels` Share ” - Olechrwang79
“ Last Exit to Brooklyn, Christiane F., The Baader Meinhof Complex ” - Olechrwang79
Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow
“ Hard Boiled, Bullet in the Head, Face/Off, Red Cliff Part 1 & 2 ” - Olechrwang79
The second of two sons, his father ran a chain of railway station cafes. As a youth he was obsessed with everything American. encouraged by his mother he enrolled as a law student at the University of Vienna but quit after 3 months to be a writer on a magazine which although poorly paid it gave him a great amount of experience interviewing such as Richard Strauss and Sigmund Freud...
“ Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Stalag 17, Witness of the Prosecution, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Sunset Blvd. ” - Olechrwang79
Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong cha sit (1997)...
“ In the Mood for Love, 2046, Chungking Express, My Blueberry Nights ” - Olechrwang79
Paul Greengrass started his filmmaking career with a super 8 camera he found in his art room in secondary school. Those short movies were animation horror films he made using old dolls, artist dummies, and the general art room clutter. After studying in Cambridge University he got into Granada Television...
“ Bloody Sunday, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Captain Phillips, United 93 ” - Olechrwang79
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...
“ Sleepers, Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man, Wag the Dog, Liberty Hights, Bugsy ” - Olechrwang79
“ Dangerous Liaisons, High Fidelity, Dirty Pretty Things, The Hi-Lo Country, Philomena, Tamara Drewe ” - Olechrwang79
“ Naked, Another Year, Happy-Go-Lucky ” - Olechrwang79
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 Producers (1968), Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs ” - Olechrwang79
“ Zero Kelvin, Aberdeen, A Somewhat Gentle Man, The Beautiful Country ” - Olechrwang79