GAY FILM DIRECTORS past and present

by dmclaughlinabq | created - 19 Aug 2013 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

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1. Jeffrey Schwarz

Producer | The Fabulous Allan Carr

Jeffrey Schwarz is an Emmy Award-winning producer and director based in Los Angeles. His latest documentary is "Tab Hunter Confidential," about the 1950s screen heartthrob, which premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. Previous work includes the Emmy Award-winning HBO Documentary Films' "Vito," "...

--I Am Divine-- --Tab Hunter Confidential-- --Vito-- --Wrangler: Anatomy Of An Icon-- --Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story--

2. Lee Daniels

Producer | Precious

Lee Daniels gave his parents an early Christmas present when he entered the world on December 24, 1959; unfortunately, the Philadelphia native was to have a difficult relationship with his police officer father who later reacted violently to his son's sexuality. Despite the brutality of his ...

--The Butler-- --The Paperboy-- --Shadow Boxer-- --Precious--

3. John Cameron Mitchell

Actor | Hedwig and the Angry Inch

John Cameron Mitchell was born on April 21, 1963 in El Paso, Texas, USA. He is an actor, known for Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), Shortbus (2006) and Rabbit Hole (2010).

--Rabbit Hole-- --Shortbus-- --Trending Down-- --Headwig And the Angry Inch--

4. John Waters

Actor | Seed of Chucky

Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-'60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore ...

--Pink Flamingos-- --Hairspray-- --Serial Mom-- --Female Trouble--

5. Jean Cocteau

Writer | La belle et la bête

Jean Cocteau was one of the most multi-talented artists of the 20th century. In addition to being a director, he was a poet, novelist, painter, playwright, set designer, and actor. He began writing at 10 and was a published poet by age 16. He collaborated with the "Russian Ballet" company of Sergei...

--Beauty And The Beast-- --Orpheus-- --Les Parents Terribles-- --The Blood Of A Poet--

6. Derek Jarman

Director | Edward II

Derek Jarman was born on January 31, 1942 in London, England as Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Edward II (1991), Caravaggio (1986) and Wittgenstein (1993). He died on February 19, 1994 in London.

--Sabastiane-- --Jubilee-- --Caravaggio-- --The Last Of England--

7. John Krokidas

Director | Kill Your Darlings

John received his B.A. in Theater and American Studies from Yale University, where he studied acting and graduated with a Distinction in the Major before attending New York University's Graduate Film Program.

He wrote and directed two short films while at NYU. His first, "Shame No More" played at ...

--Kill Your Darlings-- --Slo-Mo --Shame No More--

8. Alejandro Amenábar

Writer | The Others

Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Tesis (1996). His film ...

--The Others-- --The Sea Inside-- --Open Your Eyes-- --Butterfly--

9. Paul Bartel

Actor | Eating Raoul

Paul Bartel was born in Brooklyn in 1938. He decided he wanted to direct animated movies when he was 11 and by 13 had spent a summer working at New York's UPA animation studio. He majored in theater arts at UCLA, and received a Fulbright scholarship to study film direction in Rome, producing a ...

--Death Race 2000--- --Private Parts-- --Lust In The Dust-- --Eating Raoul--

10. Travis Mathews

Director | Discreet

Since 2000, Travis Mathews has been working as a director, screenwriter, editor and producer. Most recently, Mathews collaborated with James Franco to make the docufiction, Interior. Leather Bar. Of the film, The New York Times said it was "one of the sharpest, best surprises" of the 2013 Sundance ...

--Interior. Leather Bar.-- --I Want Your Love-- --In Their Room: Berlin-- --In Their Room: London--

11. Dustin Lance Black

Writer | Milk

Dustin Lance Black was born on June 10, 1974 in Sacramento, California, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Milk (2008), When We Rise (2017) and J. Edgar (2011). He has been married to Tom Daley since May 6, 2017.

--The Journey Of Jared Price-- --Virginia-- --On The Bus-- --My Life With count Dracula--

12. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit

Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...

--The Marriage Of Maria Braun-- --The Bitter Tears Of Petra Van Kant-- --Lili Marleen-- --Querelle--

13. Todd Haynes

Director | Far from Heaven

Todd Haynes was always interested in art, and made amateur movies and painted while he was still a child. He attended Brown university and majored in art and semiotics. After he graduated he moved to New York City and made the controversial short film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988). ...

--Velvet Goldmine-- --Far From Heaven-- --I'm Not There-- --Safe--

14. Alan Ball

Producer | American Beauty

Alan Ball was born on May 13, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Alan E. Ball. He is a producer and writer, known for American Beauty (1999), Six Feet Under (2001) and True Blood (2008).

--Towelhead-- --All Signs Of Death-- --True Blood-- --Six Feet Under--

15. Paul Morrissey

Director | Mixed Blood

Born in New York City in 1938, Paul Morrissey studied literature at Fordham University. In the early 1960s, following a stint in the Army and jobs in insurance and as a social worker, he began directing short independent films.

In 1965, he was introduced to Andy Warhol, who asked him to contribute ...

--Heat-- --Flesh-- --Trash-- --Flesh For Frankenstein--

16. Rob Epstein

Producer | The Celluloid Closet

Rob Epstein was born on April 6, 1955 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA as Robert P. Epstein. He is a producer and director, known for The Celluloid Closet (1995), Paragraph 175 (2000) and The Times of Harvey Milk (1984).

--Howl-- --The Celluloid Closet-- --The Times Of Harvey Milk-- --Lovelace--

17. George Cukor

Director | My Fair Lady

George Cukor was born on July 7, 1899 in New York City, New York, USA as George Dewey Cukor. He is known for his work on My Fair Lady (1964), The Philadelphia Story (1940) and Les Girls (1957). He died on January 24, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

--My Fair Lady-- --The Philadelphia Story-- --A Star Is Born (1954)-- --Adams Rib--

18. Darren Stein

Director | Sparkler

Darren Stein was born on December 24, 1971 in California, USA.

--Put The Camera On Me-- --GBF-- --Jawbreaker-- --Sparkler--

19. Jeffrey Friedman

Producer | The Celluloid Closet

Jeffrey Friedman was born on August 24, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a producer and director, known for The Celluloid Closet (1995), Paragraph 175 (2000) and Howl (2010).

--Paragraph 175-- --Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt-- --The Celluloid Closet-- --Howl--

20. Jonathan Caouette

Director | Tarnation

Jonathan Caouette has been making films since he was 8 years old. His shorts include "The Ankle Slasher" (1987), "The Techniques and Sciences of Eva" (1988), "Pig Nymph" (1990), "The Hospital" (2001), and "Fame" (2002). As a regional theater actor, Jonathan has appeared as a schizophrenic John the ...

--Walk Away Renee-- --All Flowers In Time-- --42 One Dream Rush-- --Tarnation--

21. Mike Kuchar

Director | The Craven Sluck

Mike Kuchar was born on August 31, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and actor, known for The Craven Sluck (1967), Green Desire (1966) and Fragments (1967).

--I Was A Teenage Rumpot-- --Sins Of The Fleshapoids-- --Pussy On A Hot Ten Roof-- --The Craven Sluck--

22. George Kuchar

Director | The Devil's Cleavage

George Kuchar was born on August 31, 1942 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as George Andrew Kuchar. He was a director and actor, known for The Devil's Cleavage (1975) and Sparkles Tavern (1985). He died on September 6, 2011 in San Francisco, California, USA.

--Unstrap Me-- --Pagan Rhapsody-- --I Married A Heathen- --Hold Me While I'm Naked--

23. Casper Andreas

Actor | Flatbush Luck

Casper is an actor, writer, director and film producer who divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City. He first moved to New York to study acting and directing at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

As an actor, he has guest-starred on "Hawaii Five-0" and on the Hulu series "...

--The Big Gay Musical-- --Going Down In LA-LA Land-- --Between Love And Goodbye-- --Violet Tendencies--

24. Thom Fitzgerald

Producer | Cloudburst

Thom Fitzgerald: Since his 1997 feature debut, Thom has won over two dozen international awards including the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award (Genie), The FIPRESCI European International Critics' Prize, The Emerging Master Award at the Seattle International Film Festival, and the ...

--The Hanging Garden-- --Beefcake-- --The Wild Dogs-- --Cloudburst--

25. Gregg Araki

Director | Mysterious Skin

Gregg Araki was born on December 17, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Mysterious Skin (2004), Kaboom (2010) and White Bird in a Blizzard (2014).

--Mysterious Skin-- --Kaboom-- --The Living End-- --The Doom Generation--

26. John Schlesinger

Director | Midnight Cowboy

Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War ...

--Far From The Madding Crowd-- --Sunday, Bloody Sunday-- --Darling-- --Midnight Cowboy--

27. Joel Schumacher

Director | The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He is a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and Phone Booth (2002).

--Batman Forever-- --Phone Booth-- --Flawless-- --The Lost Boys--

28. Anthony Perkins

Actor | Psycho

Anthony Perkins was born April 4, 1932 in New York City to Janet Esselstyn (Rane) and Osgood Perkins, an actor of both stage and film. His paternal great-grandfather was noted engraver Andrew Varick Stout Anthony.

Perkins attended the Brooks School, the Browne & Nichols School, Columbia University ...

--Lucky Stiff-- --Psycho III--

29. Bryan Singer

Director | X-Men

Bryan Singer was born on September 17, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Bryan Jay Singer. He is a producer and director, known for X-Men (2000), The Usual Suspects (1995) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

--X-Men-- --The Usual Suspects-- --Superman Returns-- --Apt Pupil--

30. Terence Davies

Director | The House of Mirth

Terence Davies was born on November 10, 1945 in Liverpool, England. He is a director and writer, known for The House of Mirth (2000), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and A Quiet Passion (2016).

--The Neon Bible-- --The House Of Mirth-- --Distant Voices, Still Lives-- --The Terence Davis Trilogy--

31. Dean DeBlois

Writer | How to Train Your Dragon 2

Dean DeBlois is a Canadian writer, director, and producer known best for having co-written and co-directed Disney's Lilo & Stitch (2002) and Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon (2010), both Oscar nominated. While working as an assistant animator and layout artist for Hinton Animation Studios ...

--Lilo & Stich-- --Heima-- --How To Train Your Dragon-- --Go Quite--

32. Tony Richardson

Director | A Taste of Honey

Tony Richardson was born on June 5, 1928 in Shipley, Yorkshire, England as Cecil Antonio Richardson. He was a director and producer, known for A Taste of Honey (1961), Tom Jones (1963) and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962). He was married to Vanessa Redgrave. He died on November 14,...

--The Loved One-- --Tom Jones-- --A Taste Of Honey-- --Blue Sky--

33. Stephen Fry

Actor | Gosford Park

Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson has characterised her friend as "90 ...

--Bright Young Things--

34. Simon Callow

Actor | Four Weddings and a Funeral

Simon Callow was born on June 13, 1949 in London, England as Simon Phillip Hugh Callow. He is an actor, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and A Room with a View (1985).

--The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe--

35. Randal Kleiser

Director | Flight of the Navigator

Randal Kleiser has been an internationally known film director since the release of his first feature, Grease (1978), the most successful movie musical ever made. Other features include The Blue Lagoon (1980) with Brooke Shields, Summer Lovers (1982) starring Peter Gallagher and Daryl Hannah, ...

--Grease-- --Honey I Blew Up The Kid-- --It's My Party-- --The Boy In The Plastic Bubble--

36. Todd Graff

Actor | The Abyss

Todd Graff was born on October 22, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for The Abyss (1989), Camp (2003) and Strange Days (1995).

--Camp-- --Joyful Noise-- --Bandslam--

37. John August

Writer | The Nines

John August's screenwriting credits include Go (1999), Big Fish (2003), Titan A.E. (2000), Charlie's Angels (2000), and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003).

Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, John earned a degree in journalism from Drake University in Iowa and an MFA in film from the Peter ...

--The Nines-- --God--

38. James Ivory

Writer | Call Me by Your Name

The main part of his few movies were filmed in the quarter of a century in which he worked closely together with the Indian producer Ismail Merchant and the German writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. His first films are all set in India and are very much influenced by the style of Satyajit Ray and Jean ...

--A Room With A View-- --Maurice-- --Howards End-- --Heat And Dust--

39. Andy Warhol

Director | Blue Movie

Andrew Warhol's father, Ondrej, came from the Austria-Hungary Empire (now Slovakia) in 1912, and sent for his mother, Julia Zavackyová Warholová, in 1921. His father worked as a construction worker and later as a coal miner. Around some time, the family moved to Pittsburgh. During his teenage years...

--Lonesome Cowboys-- --I,A Man-- --The Velvet Underground & Nico-- --Sleep--

40. Roland Emmerich

Producer | Independence Day

Roland Emmerich is a German film director and producer of blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Godzilla (1998), Independence Day (1996) and The Patriot (2000). Before fame, he originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director, after watching the original ...

--2012-- --Independence Day-- --Stargate-- --Day After Tommorow--

41. Pier Paolo Pasolini

Writer | Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma

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 (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life ...

--Salo-- --Arabian Nights-- --Oedipus Rex-- --Mamma Roma--

42. Steve Balderson

Director | Short Straw

Steve Balderson was born on January 19, 1975 in Manhattan, Kansas, USA as Stephen Clark Balderson. He is a director and producer, known for Short Straw (2018), Firecracker (2005) and The Casserole Club (2011).

--Firecracker-- --Pep Squad-- --Stuck!-- --Underbelly--

43. James Whale

Director | Frankenstein

James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He also directed films in other genres, including what is ...

--Frankenstein-- --The Bride Of Frankenstein-- --The Invisible Man-- --Show Boat (1936)--

44. Kenny Ortega

Director | Hull High

Kenny Ortega was born on April 18, 1950 in Palo Alto, California, USA as Kenneth John Ortega. He is known for his work on Hull High (1990), High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) and XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony (2002).

--Hocus Pocus-- --High School Musical-- --This Is It-- --Newsies--

45. Xavier Dolan

Actor | Tom à la ferme

Xavier Dolan was born on March 20, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Xavier Dolan-Tadros. He is an actor and writer, known for Tom à la ferme (2013), I Killed My Mother (2009) and Heartbeats (2010).

--Tom At The Farm-- --Laurence Anyways-- --Heartbeats-- --I Killed My Mother--

46. Robert Luketic

Director | The Ugly Truth

Robert Luketic was born on November 1, 1973 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is a director and writer, known for The Ugly Truth (2009), Killers (2010) and 21 (2008).

--Legally Blond-- --21-- --Killers-- --Paranoia--

47. Jim Fall

Director | Trick

Jim Fall has had a diversified directing career spanning theater, TV, and motion pictures. Jim's feature film career started with the acclaimed independent feature "Trick" which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival in Dramatic Competition. It was quickly acquired by Fine...

--The Lizzie McGuire Movie-- --Tricks-- --Wedding Wars-- --Holiday Engagement--

48. Tom Kalin

Director | Swoon

Teaches classes on film directing at Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Film Division

--Swoon-- --Savage Grace-- --The Robots Of Sodom-- --Plain Pleasures--

49. Gus Van Sant

Director | Elephant

Gus Van Sant was born on July 24, 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Gus Greene Van Sant Junior. He is a producer and director, known for Elephant (2003), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989).

--Milk-- --Elephant-- --Good Will Hunting-- --My Own Private Idaho--

50. Lindsay Anderson

Director | If....

Lindsay Anderson was born on April 17, 1923 in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India as Lindsay Gordon Anderson. He was a director and actor, known for If.... (1968), Britannia Hospital (1982) and This Sporting Life (1963). He died on August 30, 1994 in Angoulême, Charente, France.

--If...-- --O Lucky Man-- --This Sporting Life-- --The Whales Of August--

51. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

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 ...

--Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown-- --What Have I Done To Deserve This?-- --Law Of Desire-- --I'm So Excited--

52. Ferzan Ozpetek

Writer | Le fate ignoranti

Ferzan Ozpetek was born on February 3, 1959 in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a writer and assistant director, known for Le fate ignoranti (2001), Mine vaganti (2010) and Steam: The Turkish Bath (1997).

--His Secret Life-- --Steam: The Turkish Bath-- --A Perfect Day--

53. Luchino Visconti

Director | Le notti bianche

Luchino Visconti was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Luchino Visconti di Modrone. He was a director and writer, known for Le Notti Bianche (1957), Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and Death in Venice (1971). He died on March 17, 1976 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

--Death In Venice-- --The Damned-- --The Leopard-- --Rocco And His Brothers--

54. Clive Barker

Writer | Hellraiser

Clive Barker was born on October 5, 1952 in Liverpool, England. He is a writer and producer, known for Hellraiser (1987), Nightbreed (1990) and Candyman (1992).

--Hellraiser-- --Night Breed-- --Lord Of Illusion-- --Clive Barkers Salome & The Forbidden--

55. Ira Sachs

Director | Keep the Lights On

Ira Sachs was born in 1965 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

--Keep The Lights On-- --Boy-Girl, Boy-Girl-- --Forty Shades Of Blue-- --The Delta--

56. Paris Barclay

Producer | Sons of Anarchy

Paris Barclay is one of television's most successful and honored directors. Throughout his illustrious career, Paris has directed over 150 episodes of television, including episodes of NYPD BLUE, ER, THE WEST WING, LOST, THE GOOD WIFE, CSI, SONS OF ANARCHY, HOUSE, GLEE, IN TREATMENT, SCANDAL, ...

--In Treatment-- --America's Dream-- --Big Mike-- --Hate--

57. Mike White

Writer | Chuck & Buck

Mike White was born on June 28, 1970 in Pasadena, California, USA as Michael Christopher White. He is a writer and producer, known for Chuck & Buck (2000), The Good Girl (2002) and School of Rock (2003).

--Year Of The Dog--

58. Jeremy Podeswa

Director | Game of Thrones

Jeremy Podeswa was born in 1962 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a director, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Boardwalk Empire (2010) and Fugitive Pieces (2007).

--Eclipse-- --The Five Senses-- --Fugitive Pieces-- --Touch--

59. Peter Paige

Writer | The Fosters

Peter Paige is an accomplished actor, director, and playwright who has worked on countless theatrical productions in New York and at regional theaters around the country, not to mention numerous television and film projects. Paige lived in seven different states before graduating from high school. ...

--Leaving Barstow-- --Say Uncle--

60. Todd Holland

Producer | The Real O'Neals

Todd Holland was born on December 13, 1961 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a producer and director, known for The Real O'Neals (2016), Malcolm in the Middle (2000) and The Larry Sanders Show (1992). He has been married to Scotch Ellis Loring since 2008. They have three children.

--The Wizard-- --Krippendorf's Tribe-- --Firehouse Dog-- --Isabel--

61. Don Mancini

Writer | Seed of Chucky

Don Mancini was born on January 25, 1963 in the USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Seed of Chucky (2004), Bride of Chucky (1998) and Child's Play (1988).

--Curse Of Chucky-- --Seed Of Chucky--

62. Marco Kreuzpaintner

Director | Sommersturm

Marco Kreuzpaintner was born on March 11, 1977 in Rosenheim, Bavaria, West Germany. He is a director and writer, known for Sommersturm (2004), Coming In (2014) and Trade (2007).

--Karbat-- --Summer Storm-- --Trade-- --Gany Und Gar--

63. Michael Sucsy

Director | Grey Gardens

After earning a Masters of Fine Arts in film from the prestigious Art Center College of Design, Sucsy began directing commercials exclusively through Los Angeles-based Palomar Pictures. Dubbed by Shoot! Magazine as one of the industry's crop of new directors to watch, he was subsequently nominated ...

--The Vow-- --Scruples-- --Grey Gardens--

64. Michael Patrick King

Producer | Sex and the City 2

Michael Patrick King was born on September 14, 1954 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Sex and the City 2 (2010), Sex and the City (1998) and Sex and the City (2008).

--Sex In The City-- --Sex In The City 2-- --It's A Mann's City--

65. Carter Smith

Director | The Ruins

Maine-native Carter Smith began his career in the world of fashion photography. His breakthrough story included a series of gritty, documentary-style portraits of teen life in the Midwest, which appeared in the British magazine ID. His fashion work and celebrity portraits have since been featured ...

--The Ruins-- --Jamie Marks Is Dead-- --Bugcrush: Boys Life 6--

66. Nicholas Hytner

Director | The Madness of King George

Nicholas Hytner was born on May 7, 1956 in Manchester, England. He is known for his work on The Madness of King George (1994), The Crucible (1996) and The History Boys (2006).

--The Madness Of King George-- --The Crucible-- --The History Boys-- --Center Stage--

67. Stephen Daldry

Director | The Hours

In 1989, Stephen Daldry worked as a freelance reader of unsolicited manuscripts for Literary Manager Nicholas Wright in the Scripts Department at the Royal National Theatre. In July of that year, he directed a Dadaist/expressionist production of "Judgement Day," a play by Odon von Horvath, at the ...

--Billy Elliot-- --The Hours-- --The Reader-- --Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close--

68. Don Roos

Writer | The Opposite of Sex

Don Roos was born on April 14, 1955 in New York, USA. He is a writer and director, known for The Opposite of Sex (1998), Happy Endings (2005) and Single White Female (1992). He is married to Dan Bucatinsky. They have two children.

--The Opposite Of Sex-- --Bounce-- --Happy Endings-- --The Other Woman--

69. François Ozon

Director | Dans la maison

François Ozon was born on November 15, 1967 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Dans la maison (2012), 8 femmes (2002) and Young & Beautiful (2013).

--Swimming Pool-- --8 Women-- --In The House-- --Young And Beautiful--

70. Del Shores

Writer | Sordid Lives

Writer/Director/Producer/Actor/Stand-Up Comedian "Del Shores is a master of the Texas comedy." Los Angeles Times

Del Shores has written, directed and produced successfully across studio and independent film, network and cable television and regional and national touring theatre.

Shores' career took ...

--Sordid Lives-- --The Wilde Girls-- --Blues For Willadean-- --Southern Baptist Sissies--

71. Bill Condon

Director | Dreamgirls

Bill Condon was born on October 22, 1955 in New York City, New York, USA as William Patrick Condon. He is a director and writer, known for Dreamgirls (2006), Kinsey (2004) and Gods and Monsters (1998).

--Gods And Monsters-- --Dreamgirls-- --The Fifth Estate-- --Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh--

72. Charles Laughton

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent. He was educated at Stonyhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). His first appearance on stage was in 1926. Laughton ...

--Night Of The Hunter--

73. Tate Taylor

Director | The Help

Tate Taylor was born on June 3, 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. He is an actor and director, known for The Help (2011), Winter's Bone (2010) and Pretty Ugly People (2008).

--The Help-- --Pretty Ugly People--

74. Rob Marshall

Director | Chicago

Rob Marshall was born on October 17, 1960 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. He is known for his work on Chicago (2002), Into the Woods (2014) and Nine (2009).

--Chicago-- --Memoirs Of A Geisha-- --Nine-- --Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides--

75. Tom Ford

Director | A Single Man

Tom Ford is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He gained fame as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2006, Ford launched his own "Tom Ford" label.

Ford directed the films A Single Man (2009) and Nocturnal Animals (2016), both films were...

--A Single Man--

76. Franco Zeffirelli

Director | Romeo and Juliet

Franco Zeffirelli was born on February 12, 1923 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy as Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli. He is known for his work on Romeo and Juliet (1968), The Taming of the Shrew (1967) and La traviata (1982).

--Tea With Mussolini-- --Romeo And Juliet-- --Brother Sun Sister Moon-- --Hamlet--

--Wigstock-- --Motorama-- --Generation A: Portraits Of Autism And Art--

78. Richard Day

Producer | Arrested Development

Richard Day is a producer and writer, known for Arrested Development (2003), Girls Will Be Girls (2003) and Mad About You (1992).

--Girls Will Be Girls-- --Straight Jacket-- --Girls Will Be Girls 2012--

79. Chris Butler

Writer | ParaNorman

Chris Butler was born in 1974 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He is known for his work on ParaNorman (2012), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) and Coraline (2009).


80. Ismail Merchant

Producer | A Room with a View

Ismail Merchant was born on December 25, 1936 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India as Ismail Noormohamed Abdul Rehman. He was a producer and director, known for A Room with a View (1985), The Remains of the Day (1993) and Howards End (1992). He died on May 25, 2005 in London, England.

--The Mystic Masseur-- --Cotton Mary-- --The Proprietor-- --In Custody--

81. Douglas McKeown

Writer | The Deadly Spawn

Douglas McKeown terrorized several Metuchen, New Jersey neighborhoods in the 1950s and as a teenager, filmed a T-Rex devouring his brother. After a brief career teaching film, theatre and literature in the early 1970s (several of his students went on to distinguish themselves in television, the ...

--The Deadly Spawn--

82. James Bridges

Writer | The China Syndrome

James Bridges was born on February 3, 1936 in Paris, Arkansas, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The China Syndrome (1979), Perfect (1985) and The Paper Chase (1973). He died on June 6, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

--The China Syndrome-- --The Paper Chase-- --Urban Cowboy-- --Mike's Murder--

83. Kenneth Anger

Director | Fireworks

Kenneth Anger grew up in Hollywood and started out as a child actor, but his interest in filmmaking was evident at an early age: he made his first film, "Who's Been Rocking My Dreamboat?", at age 9. Anger developed into one of the pioneers of the American underground film movement. His gritty, ...

--Fireworks-- --Lucifer Rising-- --Scorpio Rising-- --Rabbit Moon--

84. Q. Allan Brocka

Writer | Boy Culture

Q. Allan Brocka was born as Quenton Allan Brocka. He is a writer and director, known for Boy Culture (2006), Eating Out (2004) and Eating Out: Drama Camp (2011).

--Boy Culture-- --Eating Out-- --Eating Out: The Open Weekend-- --Eating Out: Drama Camp--

85. Colin Higgins

Writer | Harold and Maude

Colin Higgins was born on July 28, 1941 in Nouméa, New Caledonia, France. He was a writer and director, known for Harold and Maude (1971), Foul Play (1978) and Silver Streak (1976). He died on August 5, 1988 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

--Nine To Five-- --The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas-- --Foul Play--

86. James Broughton

Director | The Pleasure Garden

James Broughton was born on November 10, 1913 in Modesto, California, USA. He was a director and writer, known for The Pleasure Garden (1953), The Potted Psalm (1946) and Erogeny (1976). He died on May 17, 1999 in Port Townsend, Washington, USA.

--Mothers Day-- --Together-- --Dreamwood-- --The Pleasure Garden--

87. Curtis Harrington

Director | Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet

Curtis Harrington was an excellent and shamefully underrated writer and director who specialized in marvelously offbeat and atmospheric low-budget independent horror pictures. Harrington was born on September 17, 1926, in Los Angeles and grew up in Beaumont, California. A hardcore film buff from a ...

--Games-- --Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?-- --What's The Matter With Helen?-- --Queen Of Blood--

88. Andy Milligan

Director | The Degenerates

Andy Milligan was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 12, 1929. He was a self-taught film maker, playwright, script writer and costume designer. He grew up mostly in Minnesota, but he and his family moved around the country a lot. His father, Andrew Jackson Milligan Sr. (1895-1985) was a ...

--Fleshpot On 42nd Street-- --The Body Beneath-- --The Ghastly Ones-- --Vapors--

89. Howard Brookner

Director | Bloodhounds of Broadway

Howard Brookner was born on April 30, 1954. He was a director and writer, known for Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989), Robert Wilson and the Civil Wars (1987) and Probe (1988). He died on April 27, 1989 in New York City, New York, USA.

--Bloodhounds Of Broadway-- --Robert Wilson And The Civil Wars-- --Burroughs: The Movie-