Directors of Fantasy films

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1.
“ Mary Poppins (1964)
The Gnome-Mobile (1967)
Love Bug, The (1968)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) ” - felix87
 
2.
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, 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)...
“ Beetlejuice (1988)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Big fish (2003)
Alice in wonderland (2010) ” - felix87
 
3.
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist) and worked on making his own short films...
“ El laberinto del fauno (2006) ” - felix87
 
4.
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...
“ Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, (2001)
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
King Kong (2005) ” - felix87
 
5.
M. Night Shyamalan
Born in India but raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is the son of two doctors. His passion for filmmaking began when he was given a Super-8 camera at age eight, and even at that young age began to model his career on that of his idol, Steven Spielberg...
“ Unbreakable (2000)
Lady in the Water (2006) ” - felix87
 
6.
“ Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Jumanji (1995) ” - felix87
 
7.
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 advertisement...
“ Jabberwocky (1977)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Tideland (2005)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) ” - felix87
 
8.
Ron Howard
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ Splash (1984)
Cocoon (1985)
Willow (1988)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) ” - felix87
 
9.
Jan Svankmajer
Director, Otesánek
After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after becoming involved with the mixed-media productions of Prague's Lanterna Magika Theatre...
“ Neco z Alenky (1988) ” - felix87
 
10.
Spike Jonze
Producer, Her
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...
“ Being John Malkovich (1999)
Where the Wild Things Are (2009) ” - felix87
 
11.
Tarsem Singh
Director, The Fall
Indian director Tarsem Singh is the son of an aircraft engineer. He was educated at Bishop Cotton Boy's School in Shimla and relocated to the USA to study business at Harvard and, significantly, film studies at the Art Center College of Design in California. Upon graduating he embarked on a career as a director of music videos...
“ The Fall (2006)
Mirror Mirror (2012) ” - felix87
 
12.
“ James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Monkeybone (2001) ” - felix87
 
13.
Joe Dante
Director, Gremlins
Joe Dante is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art. After a stint as a film reviewer, he began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard (co-directed with Allan Arkush), a thinly disguised spoof of New World exploitation pictures, shot in ten days for $60,000...
“ Gremlins (1984)
Small soldiers (1998)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) ” - felix87
 
14.
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)...
“ Back to the Future (1985)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Beowulf (2007) ” - felix87
 
15.
Rob Reiner
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner. Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also starred in...
“ The Princess Bride (1987) ” - felix87
 
16.
Darren Aronofsky
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...
“ The Fountain (2006) ” - felix87
 
17.
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...
“ Hook (1991) ” - felix87
 
18.
Wolfgang Petersen
Director, Troy
This director seems to shine most when making movies that can best be described as part action movies/part disaster movies. Beginning with Outbreak (1995) about the outbreak of a killer virus. This film had shades of an Irwin Allen disaster movie, The Swarm (1978), about the outbreak of killer bees. Both films had the military and scientists clash, also both had choppers all over the place...
“ Die unendliche Geschichte (1984) ” - felix87
 
19.
“ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) ” - felix87
 
20.
“ Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) ” - felix87
 
21.
Matthew Vaughn
Producer, Kick-Ass
Matthew Vaughn is an English film producer and director. He is known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch and for directing the crime thriller, Layer Cake, the fantasy epic, Stardust, the superhero comedy, Kick-Ass, and the superhero film, X-Men: First Class...
“ Stardust (2007)
Kick-Ass (2010) ” - felix87
 
22.
“ The Goonies (1985)
Ladyhawke (1985) ” - felix87
 
23.
“ Critters (1986)
101 Dalmatians (1996) ” - felix87
 
24.
Kevin Reynolds
Describing his childhood as that of a typical Air Force brat and the oldest of 2 brothers and a sister, Kevin Reynolds graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a B.A. and then a J.D. (law degree) in the early 1970s. His father was a tenured psychology professor and University vice-president...
“ Waterworld (1995) ” - felix87
 
25.
Jim Henson
Jim Henson never thought that he would make a name of himself in puppetry; it was merely a way of getting himself on television. The vehicle that achieved it was Sam and Friends, a late-night puppet show that was on after the 11:00 news in Washington DC. It proved to be very popular and inspired Jim to continue using puppets for his work...
“ The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
Dark Crystal (1982)
Labyrinth (1986) ” - felix87
 
26.
“ Dark Crystal (1982)
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
The Stepford Wives (2004) ” - felix87
 
27.
“ Sixteen Candles (1984)
Weird Science (1985) ” - felix87
 
28.
Steve Barron
Director, The Durrells
Steve Barron started in films as a camera assistant on epic productions such as Richard Donner's 'Superman', Richard Attenborough's 'A Bridge Too Far' and Ridley Scott's 'The Duellist's'. He began directing music videos in the early eighties for The Jam, Human League, and Adam & the Ants, his work helping to inspire the formation of MTV...
“ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Coneheads (1993)
The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996) ” - felix87
 
29.
Chris Columbus
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "Gremlins"...
“ Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Bicentennial Man (1999)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) ” - felix87
 
30.
Jon Favreau
Producer, Iron Man
Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director. The amiable, husky-framed actor with the tight...
“ Elf (2003) ” - felix87
 
31.
“ Casper (1995)
Lemony Snicket (2004) ” - felix87
 
32.
Jirí Trnka
Director, Ruka
A graduate of Prague's School of Arts and Crafts, in 1936 he created a puppet theater, which was disbanded after the outbreak of WWII. During the war he designed stage sets and illustrated children's books. In 1945 he set up an animation unit with several collaborators at the Prague film studio; they called the unit "Trick Brothers." Trnka specialized in puppet animation...
“ Sen noci svatojánské (1959)
Ruka (1965) ” - felix87
 
33.
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...
“ Toys (1992) ” - felix87
 
34.
Ken Hughes
Ken Hughes was an award-winning writer and director who flourished in the 1950s and 1960s, though he continued directing into the early 1980s. Born in Liverpool, England, on January 19, 1922, Hughes decided early in his life that he wanted to be a filmmaker. When he was 14 years old he won an amateur movie-making contest...
“ Chitty chitty bang bang (1968) ” - felix87
 
35.
“ The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) ” - felix87
 
36.
“ The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
If Looks Could Kill (1991) ” - felix87
 
37.
“ Howard the Duck (1986) ” - felix87
 
38.
“ A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995) ” - felix87
 
39.
Jack Donohue
Director, The Lucy Show
Jack Donohue started as a dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies, continued as a dancer, dance director and dance teacher for tap dance (most prominent pupil: Eleanor Powell) in New York and in London (he starred in the British film Rhythm in the Air with his wife Tutta Rolf). He began working in Hollywood in 1933 as a choreographer and dance director...
“ Babes in Toyland (1961) ” - felix87
 
40.
Arthur Lubin
Director, Mister Ed
A graduate of Carnegie Tech, Arthur Lubin entered films as an actor in the 1920s, and after appearing in many films turned to directing in 1934, mainly for Universal. His forte was light comedy, but he helmed many different types of pictures for the studio. Lubin was the director Universal entrusted with its new comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello; he didn't let the studio down...
“ Francis (1950)
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) ” - felix87
 
41.
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...
“ The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988) ” - felix87
 
42.
“ The Ugly Dachshund (1966) ” - felix87
 
43.
Stephen Sommers
Writer, The Mummy
Stephen Sommers was born on March 20, 1962 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota, he attended St. John's University and the University of Seville in Spain. Afterward, Sommers spent the next four years performing as an actor in theater groups and managing rock bands throughout Europe...
“ The Jungle Book (1994) ” - felix87
 
44.
Chris Noonan
Writer, Babe
“ Babe (1995)
Miss Potter (2006) ” - felix87
 
45.
Harold D. Schuster
A highly regarded editor (he cut the classic Sunrise ), Harold D. Schuster started out in films as an actor. It didn't take him long to abandon that career, and he turned to the production side of the business, working his way up to editor and eventually taking the reins as a director. While much of his directorial output is routine...
“ So Dear to My Heart (1948) ” - felix87
 
46.
Joe Pytka
Director, Space Jam
“ Space jam (1996) ” - felix87
 
47.
“ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) ” - felix87
 
48.
Ralph Bakshi
Ralph Bakshi worked his way up from Brooklyn and became an animation legend. Born on October 29, 1938, in Haifa, Bakshi grew up in Brownsville after his family came to New York to escape World War II. Bakshi attended the Thomas Jefferson High School and was later transferred to the High School of Industrial Arts and graduated with an award in cartooning in 1957...
“ Cool World (1992) ” - felix87
 
49.
Randal Kleiser
Director, Grease
Randal Kleiser has been an internationally known film director since the release of his first feature, Grease, the most successful movie musical ever made. Other features include The Blue Lagoon with Brooke Shields, Summer Lovers starring Peter Gallagher and Daryl Hannah, Grandview, U.S.A. with Jamie Lee Curtis...
“ Navigator (1986)
White Fang (1991)
Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992) ” - felix87
 
50.
“ Underdog (2007) ” - felix87
 
51.
Gabor Csupo
Producer, Rugrats
“ Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
The Secret of Moonacre (2008) ” - felix87
 
52.
“ The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) ” - felix87
 
53.
“ The Golden Compass (2007) ” - felix87
 
54.
Iain Softley
Director, K-PAX
Softley was educated at St Benedict's School, Ealing, London, and Queens' College, Cambridge University, where he was a member of the college's dramatic society, the BATS, and directed a number of highly-praised theatrical productions. He worked for Granada TV and the BBC before becoming a director of music videos and...
“ Inkheart (2008) ” - felix87