50 Favorite Filmmakers

For directing, writing, producing, etc.
(In no order after David Fincher).
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1.
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...
“ Zodiac
Gone Girl
The Social Network
House of Cards (TV series)
Fight Club
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Se7en
Panic Room
The Game ” - mando-morales35
 
2.
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
Punch-Drunk Love
Magnolia
The Master
Boogie Nights
Inherent Vice ” - mando-morales35
 
3.
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...
“ Inglorious Basterds
Django Unchained
Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs
Kill Bill
The Hateful Eight ” - mando-morales35
 
4.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years. New York quickly became his city and soon began to shape Nicolas's future...
“ Drive
The Neon Demon
Bronson
Only God Forgives
Valhalla Rising
Pusher Trilogy
Fear X
Bleeder ” - mando-morales35
 
5.
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...
“ Pan's Labyrinth
Hellboy & Hellyboy II: The Golden Army
Pacific Rim
The Hobbit
Cronos
The Strain (TV series)
Mama
The Devil's Backbone
The Book of Life
Blade II
Crimson Peak ” - mando-morales35
 
6.
Martin Scorsese
Director, Goodfellas
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...
“ Taxi Driver
Shutter Island
Mean Streets
Goodfellas
The Departed
Hugo
Gangs of New York
The Wolf of Wall Street ” - mando-morales35
 
7.
Richard Linklater
Director, Before Sunset
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...
“ Boyhood
Everybody Wants Some!!
Bernie
School of Rock
Before Trilogy
A Scanner Darkly
Me and Orson Welles ” - mando-morales35
 
8.
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...
“ Jurassic Park
Minority Report
Schindler's List
Catch Me If You Can
The Goonies
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Jaws
The Adventures of Tintin
War Horse
Saving Private Ryan
Lincoln ” - mando-morales35
 
9.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director. González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006)...
“ Babel
Amores Perros
21 Grams
Birdman
The Revenant
Biutiful ” - mando-morales35
 
10.
Wes Anderson
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ The Royal Tenenbaums
Moonrise Kingdom
Rushmore
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Darjeeling Limited ” - mando-morales35
 
11.
Stanley Kubrick
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...
“ The Shining
A Clockwork Orange
Full Metal Jacket
2001: A Space Odyssey
Eyes Wide Shut
Barry Lyndon ” - mando-morales35
 
12.
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)...
“ The Martian
American Gangster
Thelma & Louise
Blade Runner
Gladiator
Alien
Black Hawk Down
Matchstick Men ” - mando-morales35
 
13.
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)...
“ Psycho
Rear Window
Vertigo
The Birds
Rope
Spellbound ” - mando-morales35
 
14.
“ and Ethan Coen

Inside Llewyn Davis
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Fargo
No Country for Old Men
Burn After Reading
True Grit
The Big Lebowski ” - mando-morales35
 
15.
Christopher Nolan
Born in London in 1970, Christopher Nolan began making films at the age of seven years using his father's Super-8 camera and an assortment of male action figures. He graduated to making films involving real people, and his Super-8 surrealistic short 'Tarantella' was shown on P.B.S.' 'image union' in 1989...
“ The Prestige
Memento
Following
Inception
The Dark Knight Trilogy
Interstellar ” - mando-morales35
 
16.
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...
“ Avatar
Titanic
Aliens
Dark Angel (TV series)
The Terminator
True Lies
The Abyss ” - mando-morales35
 
17.
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...
“ Her
Where The Wild Things Are
Bad Grandpa
Being John Malkovich ” - mando-morales35
 
18.
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ Brokeback Mountain
Life of Pi
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Sense and Sensibility ” - mando-morales35
 
19.
Duncan Jones
Director, Moon
“ Whistle (Short)
Moon
Source Code
Warcraft ” - mando-morales35
 
20.
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...
“ Jarhead
American Beauty
Skyfall
Revolutionary Road
Spectre ” - mando-morales35
 
21.
“ Steve Jobs
28 Days Later
127 Hours
Trainspotting
Slumdog Millionaire
Sunshine ” - mando-morales35
 
22.
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...
“ The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit
The Lovely Bones
King Kong
District 9 ” - mando-morales35
 
23.
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...
“ Unforgiven
Million Dollar Baby
Mystic River
Gran Torino
Invictus
American Sniper ” - mando-morales35
 
24.
“ 12 Years A Slave
Shame
Hunger ” - mando-morales35
 
25.
“ Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mission: Impossible III
Star Trek & Star Trek Into Darkness
Super 8
Lost (TV series) ” - mando-morales35
 
26.
Kathryn Bigelow
Director, The Hurt Locker
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be critiqued by people like Richard Serra...
“ The Hurt Locker
Zero Dark Thirty
K-19: The Widowmaker
Point Break
Near Dark ” - mando-morales35
 
27.
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ Argo
Gone Baby Gone
The Town
Good Will Hunting ” - mando-morales35
 
28.
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...
“ Cinderella Man
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Frost/Nixon
Rush
A Beautiful Mind
Apollo 13
Cocoon ” - mando-morales35
 
29.
“ Good Will Hunting
Milk
Promised Land
Finding Forrester ” - mando-morales35
 
30.
Sam Raimi
Writer, Spider-Man 3
Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead. From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making movies with an 8mm camera...
“ The Evil Dead
Drag Me to Hell
Spider-Man
Darkman
Oz the Great and Powerful ” - mando-morales35
 
31.
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...
“ Gravity
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Children of Men
Y Tu Mamá También ” - mando-morales35
 
32.
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...
“ The Avengers
Toy Story
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series)
Serenity
Titan A.E.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV series)
The Cabin in the Woods ” - mando-morales35
 
33.
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...
“ Dracula
The Godfather Trilogy
Apocalypse Now
The Conversation
The Rainmaker ” - mando-morales35
 
34.
“ Young Adult
Up in the Air
Juno
Thank You for Smoking ” - mando-morales35
 
35.
“ Trainwreck
Knocked Up
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Girls (TV series)
Funny People
Bridesmaids
Freaks and Geeks (TV series) ” - mando-morales35
 
36.
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...
“ Behind the Candelabra
Haywire
The Ocean's Series
Magic Mike
Contagion ” - mando-morales35
 
37.
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...
“ Pi
Requiem for a Dream
Black Swan
Noah
The Wrestler ” - mando-morales35
 
38.
Sofia Coppola
Writer, Somewhere
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was previously married to Spike Jonze.
“ Lost in Translation
The Virgin Suicides
The Bling Ring
Somewhere ” - mando-morales35
 
39.
“ Silver Linings Playbook
American Hustle
The Fighter
Joy
Three Kings
I Heart Huckabees ” - mando-morales35
 
40.
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)...
“ A History of Violence
The Fly
eXistenZ
Cosmopolis
Eastern Promises ” - mando-morales35
 
41.
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...
“ The Pirates of the Caribbean
Rango
The Lone Ranger
The Ring
The Mexican ” - mando-morales35
 
42.
Denis Villeneuve
Director, Prisoners
Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, the son of Nicole Demers and Jean Villeneuve. He studied at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He is married to Tanya Lapointe and has three children from a previous relationship. He is the older brother of filmmaker Martin Villeneuve.
“ Sicario
Prisoners
Enemy
Incendies ” - mando-morales35
 
43.
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...
“ Iron Man & Iron Man 2
Chef
The Jungle Book
Elf
Made
Swingers ” - mando-morales35
 
44.
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....
“ Twelve Monkeys
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Brazil
The Brothers Grimm
Monty Python and the Holy Grail ” - mando-morales35
 
45.
Rian Johnson
Director, Looper
Rian Johnson was born in Maryland. At a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California where he was raised. After graduating from High school, he went on to attend University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film "Brick" was released in 2005 and was the building block (no pun intended) that launched his career...
“ Looper
Brick
Breaking Bad (TV series)
The Brothers Bloom ” - mando-morales35
 
46.
George Miller
George Miller is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max films, Miller has been involved in a wide range of projects...
“ Mad Max
Babe
Happy Feet
Lorenzo's Oil ” - mando-morales35
 
47.
“ Ant-Man
The World's End
Shaun of the Dead
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Hot Fuzz ” - mando-morales35
 
48.
Tim Burton
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)...
“ Batman & Batman Returns
Corpse Bride
Big Fish
Ed Wood
Frankenweenie ” - mando-morales35
 
49.
Jeff Nichols
Writer, Mud
“ Shotgun Stories
Mud
Take Shelter
Midnight Special ” - mando-morales35
 
50.
“ and Anthony Russo

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: Civil War
Arrested Development (TV series)
Welcome to Collinwood
You, Me and Dupree
Community (TV series) ” - mando-morales35