My Best Directors

...and my three favorites movies of each of them
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1.
Federico Fellini
Writer,
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)...
“ Best films:
* La dolce vita (1960)
* Otto e mezzo [Fellini 8½] (1963)
* Giulietta degli spiriti (1965) ” - bxrubp
 
2.
Andrei Tarkovsky
Writer, Solaris
The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood, which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival...
“ Best Films:
* Offret (1986)
* Stalker (1979)
* Zerkalo [The Mirror] (1975) ” - bxrubp
 
3.
Carl Theodor Dreyer
The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the fact...
“ Best Films:
* Ordet (1955)
* La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928)
* Vredens dag [Dies irae] (1943) ” - bxrubp
 
4.
Yasujirô Ozu
Director, Tokyo Story
Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first film the next year...
“ Best Films:
* Banshun [Late Spring] (1949)
* Ohayo [Good Morning] (1959)
* Tokyo monogatari [Tokyo Story] (1953) ” - bxrubp
 
5.
Ingmar Bergman
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July fourteenth, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions is the trilogy closed. Here...
“ Best Films:
* Det sjunde inseglet [The Seven Seal] (1957)
* Persona (1966)
* Viskningar och rop [Cries and Whispers] (1972) ” - bxrubp
 
6.
Stanley Kubrick
Director, The Shining
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ Best Films:
* 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
* Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
* A Clockwork Orange (1971) ” - bxrubp
 
7.
Michelangelo Antonioni
Writer, Blow-Up
Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema" studying directorship at the School of Cinema...
“ Best Films:
* L'eclisse (1962)
* La notte (1961)
* L'avventura (1960) ” - bxrubp
 
8.
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Mr. Kieslowski started his career shooting documentaries and later became associated with the "cinema of moral anxiety" movement. It grouped several Polish directors, including Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, and aimed at depicting the conditions of Poles under communism. His best known work was the Three Colors trilogy: Three Colors: Red...
“ Best Films:
* Trois couleurs: Bleu (1993)
* Trois couleurs: Rouge (1994)
* Trois couleurs: Blanc (1994) ” - bxrubp
 
9.
F.W. Murnau
Director, Nosferatu
He studied art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg. During World War I, he was a combat pilot.
“ Best Films:
* Der Letzte Mann [The Last Laugh] (1924)
* Herr Tartüff [Tartuffe] (1925)
* Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) ” - bxrubp
 
10.
Akira Kurosawa
Writer, Yojimbo
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...
“ Best Films:
* Rashomon (1950)
*Akahige [Red Beard] (1965)
* Shichinin no Samurai [Seven Samurai] (1954) ” - bxrubp
 
11.
“ Best Films:
* Rocco e i suoi fratelli (1960)
* Morte a Venezia (1971)
* Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (1974) ” - bxrubp
 
12.
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...
“ Best Films:
* The Godfather (1972)
* The Godfather: Part II (1974)
* Apocalypse Now (1979) ” - bxrubp
 
13.
David Lynch
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ Best Films:
* Lost Highway (1997)
* Blue Velvet (1986)
* Mulholland Drive (2001) ” - bxrubp
 
14.
Kenji Mizoguchi
Director, Ugetsu
Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known outside of Japan because they were especially produced for Venice (e.g...
“ Best Films:
* Ugetsu monogatari [Ugetsu] (1953)
* Sansho Dayu [Sansho the Bailiff] (1954)
* Saikaku ichidai onna [The Life of Oharu] (1952) ” - bxrubp
 
15.
Luis Buñuel
The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the university there, where his close friends included Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca...
“ Best Films:
* Viridiana (1961)
* Los olvidados (1950)
* Él (1952) ” - bxrubp
 
16.
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...
“ Best Films:
* Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)
* Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
* C'era una volta il west (1968) ” - bxrubp
 
17.
Robert Bresson
Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin in 1943. His next film, Les dames du Bois de Boulogne would be the last time he would work with professional actors...
“ Best Films:
* Au hasard Balthazar (1966)
* Journal d'un curé de campagne (1951)
* Mouchette (1967) ” - bxrubp
 
18.
John Ford
Director, The Searchers
John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, counting (he always did) the two that he won for his WWII documentary work...
“ Best Films:
* The Man Who Shot Liberty Balance (1962)
* The Searchers (1956)
* The Grapes of Wrath (1940) ” - bxrubp
 
19.
Jean Renoir
Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he began to make movies; he wanted to make a star of her...
“ Best Films:
* La règle du jeu (1939)
* This Land is Mine (1943)
* La grande illusion (1937) ” - bxrubp
 
20.
Jean-Luc Godard
Director, My Life to Live
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of Switzerland and attended school in Nyons (Switzerland)...
“ Best Films:
* Le mépris (1963)
* Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux (1962)
* À bout de souffle (1960) ” - bxrubp
 
21.
Mikio Naruse
Director, Ukigumo
“ Best Films:
* Okaasan [Mother] (1952)
* Midareru [Yearning] (1964)
* Yama no oto [Sound of the Mountain] (1954) ” - bxrubp
 
22.
Vittorio De Sica
Director, Bicycle Thieves
Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee idol of the Italian theatre...
“ Best Films:
* Ladri di biciclette (1948)
* Umberto D. (1952)
* Miracolo a Milano (1951) ” - bxrubp
 
23.
Luis García Berlanga
Writer, El verdugo
Berlanga commenced his studies in Valencia in1928, although in 1929 his family sent him and his brother Fernando (due to a lung disease) to the Beau-soleil hospital school in Switzerland. In 1930, he returned to the San José School in Valencia where he stayed until 1931, the year in which the Jesuits were expelled from Spain...
“ Best Films:
* El verdugo (1963)
* Plácido (1961)
* ¡Bienvenido, Míster Marshall! (1953) ” - bxrubp
 
24.
David Lean
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon in 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927...
“ Best Films:
* Ryan's Daughter (1970)
* Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
* Hobson's Choice (1953) ” - bxrubp
 
25.
“ Best Films:
* Seppuku [Harakiri] (1962)
* Ningen no joken I [The Human Condition I] (1959)
* Ningen no joken III [The Human Condition III] (1961) ” - bxrubp
 
26.
Orson Welles
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was seven) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr...
“ Best Films:
* Citizen Kane (1941)
* Falstaff [Chimes at Midnight] (1965)
* The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) ” - bxrubp
 
27.
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...
“ Best Films:
* Le locataire (1976)
* Nóz W. Wodzie [Knife in the Water] (1962)
* Chinatown (1974) ” - bxrubp
 
28.
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)...
“ Best Films:
* Psycho (1960)
* Vertigo (1958)
* North by Northwest (1959) ” - bxrubp
 
29.
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
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...
“ Best Films:
* Annie Hall (1977)
* Match Point (2005)
* Bullets over Broadway (1994) ” - bxrubp
 
30.
Victor Sjöström
Director, Körkarlen
Victor Sjöström was born on September 20, 1879, and is the undisputed father of Swedish film, ranking as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of directors whom he himself influenced...
“ Best Films:
* The Wind (1928)
* Körkarlen [The Phantom Carriage] (1921)
* Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru [The Outlaw and His Wife] (1918) ” - bxrubp
 
31.
Frank Capra
One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you could ever be," Capra said about his Atlantic passage...
“ Best Films:
* t's a Wonderful Life (1946)
* Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
* You Can't Take it With You (1938) ” - bxrubp
 
32.
Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire and also films written for the screen...
“ Best Films:
* East of Eden (1955)
* Wild River (1960)
* On the Waterfront (1954) ” - bxrubp
 
33.
“ Best Films:
* La grande bellezza (2013)
* Youth - La giovinezza (2015)
* Il divo (2008) ” - bxrubp
 
34.
Fritz Lang
Director, M
He studied at the College of Technical Sciences of Vienna's Academy of Graphic Arts but unhappy with the career path chosen for him by his parents, he ran away to study art in Munich and Paris. He then spent many years travelling the world including Asia. In 1913, he returned to Paris to paint. When World War I began...
“ Best Films:
* M (1931)
* The Woman in the Window (1944)
* Metropolis (1927) ” - bxrubp
 
35.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount productions in Hollywood...
“ Best Films:
* All About Eve (1950)
* Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
* Sleuth (1972) ” - bxrubp
 
36.
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)...
“ Best Films:
* Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
* Amores perros (2000)
* Babel (2006) ” - bxrubp
 
37.
“ Best Films:
* Amour (2012)
* Funny Games (1997)
* Caché (2005) ” - bxrubp
 
38.
Ernst Lubitsch
From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at night...
“ Best Films:
* To Be or Not to Be (1942)
* Heaven Can Wait (1943)
* Trouble in Paradise (1932) ” - bxrubp
 
39.
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Cuba's greatest and best-known director, Tomas Gutierrez Alea fell in love with cinema at an early age, began as a documentarian much influenced by Italian neorealism and came into his own as an artist during Fidel Castro's regime. Over the years he has evinced a fondness for both historical and contemporary fables...
“ Best Films:
* Fresa y chocolate (1993)
* Memorias del subdesarrollo (1968)
* La muerte de un burócrata (1966) ” - bxrubp
 
40.
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese directed landmark films such as the crime film Mean Streets (1973), the vigilante-thriller Taxi Driver (1976), the biographical sports drama Raging Bull (1980), the black comedy The King of Comedy (1983), and the crime films Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995), all of which he collaborated on with actor and close friend Robert De Niro...
“ Best Films:
* Taxi driver (1976)
* Raging Bull (1980)
* Casino (1995) ” - bxrubp
 
41.
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writer, Accattone
Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life of a pimp in the slums of Rome caused a sensation...
“ Best Films:
* Accattone (1961)
* Mamma Roma (1962)
* Uccellacci e uccellini (1966) ” - bxrubp
 
42.
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...
“ Best Films:
* Reservoir Dogs (1992)
* Pulp Fiction (1994)
* Jackie Brown (1997) ” - bxrubp
 
43.
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Charles Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years...
“ Best Films:
* City Lights (1931)
* Modern Times (1936)
* The Great Dictator (1940) ” - bxrubp
 
44.
Wim Wenders
Director, Wings of Desire
Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until reunification)...
“ Best Films:
* Paris, Texas (1984)
* The Salt of the Earth (2014)
* Buena Vista Social Club (1999) ” - bxrubp
 
45.
Kar-Wai Wong
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)...
“ Best Films:
* Fa yeung nin wa [In the Mood for Love] (2000)
* 2046 (2004)
* Cheun gwong tsa sit [Happy Together] (1997) ” - bxrubp
 
46.
Éric Rohmer
Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, some have argued convincingly that...
“ Best Films:
* Ma nuit chez Maud (1969)
* Le genou de Claire (1970)
* La collectionneuse (1967) ” - bxrubp
 
47.
Carlos Saura
Writer, Cria Cuervos
Spanish director, writer, producer (2 films) and actor (2 films). His interest on cinema started when he was very young. His mother, who was a pianist, instilled in him the liking for music, and his brother, Antonio, who was a painter, the passion for art. When he was an teenager he started to practice photography...
“ Best Films:
* Cría cuervos… (1975)
* Elisa, vida mía (1977)
* Peppermint Frappé (1967) ” - bxrubp
 
48.
William Wyler
Director, Ben-Hur
William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as...
“ Best Films:
* The Little Foxes (1941)
* The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
* The Heiress (1949) ” - bxrubp
 
49.
Billy Wilder
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...
“ Best Films:
* The Apartment (1960)
* Double Indemnity (1944)
* Some Like It Hot (1959) ” - bxrubp
 
50.
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki 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...
“ Best Films:
* Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi [Spirited Away] (2001)
* Tonari no Totoro [My Neighbor Totoro] (1988)
* Kaze tachinu [The Wind Rises] (2013) ” - bxrubp
 
51.
“ Best Films:
* Fargo (1996)
* Miller's Crossing (1990)
* Barton Fink (1991) ” - bxrubp
 
52.
“ Best Films:
* C'eravamo tanto amati (1974)
* Dramma della gelosia - tutti i particolari in cronaca (1970)
* La terrazza (1980) ” - bxrubp
 
53.
Aki Kaurismäki
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's Alphaville) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific film-makers...
“ Best Films:
* Mies vailla menneisyyttä [The Man Without a Past] (2002)
* Ariel (1988)
* Le Havre (2011) ” - bxrubp
 
54.
Werner Herzog
Director, Grizzly Man
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.
“ Best Films:
* Kaspar Hauser [Every Man for Himself and God Against All] (1974)
* Stroszek (1977)
* Fitzcarraldo (1982) ” - bxrubp
 
55.
Emir Kusturica
Director, Underground
A Serbian film director. Born in 1954 in Sarajevo. Graduated in film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague in 1978. During his studies, he was awarded several times for his short movies including Guernica (1978), which took first prize at the Student's Film Festival in Karlovy Vary...
“ Best Films:
* Dom za Vesanje [Time of the Gypsies] (1989)
* Crna macka, beli macor [Black cat, white cat] (1998)
* Underground (1995) ” - bxrubp
 
56.
John Huston
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English...
“ Best Films:
* The Dead (1987)
* The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
* The Asphalt Jungle (1950) ” - bxrubp
 
57.
Max Ophüls
Director Max Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, Germany. He began his career as a stage actor and director in the golden twenties. He worked in cities such as Stuttgart, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Vienna, Frankfurt, Breslau and Berlin. In 1929 his son Marcel Ophüls was born in Frankfurt, Germany...
“ Best Films:
* Le plaisir (1952)
* La ronde (1950)
* Madame de… (1953) ” - bxrubp
 
58.
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...
“ Best Films:
* Les Quatre cents coups (1959)
* La nuit américaine (1973)
* Jules et Jim (1961) ” - bxrubp
 
59.
“ Best Films:
* A Star Is Born (1954)
* Gone With the Wind (1939)
* The Philadelphia Story (1940) ” - bxrubp
 
60.
Roberto Rossellini
The master filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, as one of the creators of neo-realism, is one of the most influential directors of all time. His neo-realist films influenced France's nouvelle vague movement in the 1950s and '60s that changed the face of international cinema. He also influenced American directors, including Martin Scorsese...
“ Best Films:
* Roma, città aperta (1945)
* Stromboli, terra di Dio (1950)
* Paisà (1946) ” - bxrubp
 
61.
Howard Hawks
Director, The Big Sleep
What do the classic films Scarface, Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, Sergeant York, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Rio Bravo have in common? Aside from their displays of great craftsmanship, the answer is director Howard Hawks...
“ Best Films:
* The Big Sky (1952)
* Bringing Up Baby (1938)
* His Girl Friday (1940) ” - bxrubp
 
62.
“ Best Films:
* La batalla de Chile: La insurrección de la burguesía (1975)
* Salvador Allende (2004)
* Nostalgia de la luz (2010) ” - bxrubp
 
63.
“ Best Films:
* La grande guerra (1959)
* I soliti ignoti (1958)
* Un borghese piccolo piccolo (1977) ” - bxrubp
 
64.
Victor Fleming
Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the films of Douglas Fairbanks...
“ Best Films:
* Gone With the Wind (1939)
* Captains Courageous (1937)
* The Wizard of Oz (1939) ” - bxrubp
 
65.
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 finished high school at the comparatively late age of 19 and worked odd jobs for several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ Best Films:
* Unforgiven (1992)
* Million Dollar Baby (2004)
* Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) ” - bxrubp
 
66.
“ Best Films:
* Ju Dou [1990]
* Da hong Deng long Gao gao Gua [Raise the Red Lantern] (1991)
* Hong gao liang [Red Sorghum] (1988) ” - bxrubp
 
67.
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...
“ Best Films:
* Il conformista (1970)
* Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972)
* Novecento [1900] (1976) ” - bxrubp
 
68.
Blake Edwards
Writer, The Party
Blake Edwards' stepfather's father J. Gordon Edwards was a silent screen director, and his stepfather Jack McEdward was a stage director and movie production manager. Blake acted in a number films, beginning with Ten Gentlemen from West Point and wrote a number of others, beginning with Panhandle and including six for director Richard Quine...
“ Best Films:
* Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
* Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
* The Party (1968) ” - bxrubp
 
69.
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...
“ Best Films:
* Before Sunrise (1995)
* Boyhood (2014)
* Before Sunset (2004) ” - bxrubp
 
70.
Sam Peckinpah
"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...
“ Best Films:
* The Wild Bunch (1969)
* The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
* Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid (1973) ” - bxrubp
 
71.
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)...
“ Best Films:
* Alien (1979)
* Blade Runner (1982)
* The Duellists (1977) ” - bxrubp
 
72.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Director, Amélie
Jean-Pierre Jeunet 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...
“ Best Films:
* Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001)
* Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004)
* Delicatessen (1991) ” - bxrubp