30 Favorite Directors

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Cameron Crowe
Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market. Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. Crowe...
“ Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, We Bought a Zoo, Say Anything, Elizabethtown, Singles, vanilla Sky. All of which he wrote and produced as well as directed. (He did not produce Say Anything). He also wrote Fast Times at Ridgemont High; based on his own observations after posing as a highschool student. He loves Rock music and was a journalist for Rolling Stone Magazine. ” - MissAli22
 
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Nick Cassavetes
Director, The Notebook
Nick Cassavetes was born in New York City, the son of actress Gena Rowlands and Greek-American actor and film director John Cassavetes. As a child, he appeared in two of his father's films: Husbands (1970) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974). After spending so much of his youth surrounded by the film industry...
“ The Notebook, John Q, My Sister's Keeper, Alpha Dog, She's So Lovely. ” - MissAli22
 
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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...
“ ET, Hook, Catch Me if you Can, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, AI, The Color Purple, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. ” - MissAli22
 
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“ Curly Sue, The Breakfast Club, Uncle Buck, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, She's Having a baby. Like many Great Directors; he is also a great writer. Some of his writing work includes: Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Some Kind of Wonderful, Planes Trains and Automobiles, The Great Outdoors, Uncle Buck, Beethoven 1 and 2, Home Alone 1 and 2, Curly Sue, Dennis the menace, Baby's Day Out, Miracle on 34th Street, etc etc... ” - MissAli22
 
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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 but, after graduating, drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition. He landed his first professional film job as art director...
“ Titanic, Terminator 2, Avatar, True Lies, Aliens. (Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time; Titanic is the second.) ” - MissAli22
 
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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...
“ Death Proof, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2, Django Unchained. ” - MissAli22
 
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“ The Holiday, It's Complicated, Somethings Gotta Give, What Women Want, The Parent Trap. (She wrote all of the above except What Women Want.) She Also wrote Father of the Bride 1 & 2, Private Benjamin, Baby Boom, I Love Trouble. ” - MissAli22
 
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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 1-3, Forrest Gump, Romancing the Stone, Used Cars, Cast Away, Flight. ” - MissAli22
 
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“ Pretty Woman, Beaches, The Flamingo Kid, Overboard, Frankie and Johnny, The Other Sister, Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries, Raising Helen, Georgia Rule, Valentines Day, and New Years Eve. ” - MissAli22
 
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“ Super 8 (Produced and written as well.) He co-wrote the screenplay for Armageddon. ” - MissAli22
 
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Michael Bay
Producer, Transformers
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and The Divinyls...
“ Armageddon, The Rock, Pearl Harbor, Transformers 1-3,
Bad Boys 1 & 2. ” - MissAli22
 
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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...
“ When Harry Met Sally, The Story of Us, The American President, Stand by Me, North, A Few Good Men, Alex and Emma, The Bucket List, Rumor Has it ” - MissAli22
 
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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...
“ Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Oceans 11 & 12, Magic Mike, Side Effects ” - MissAli22
 
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“ Rock of Ages, A Walk To Remember, The Wedding Planner, Bringing down the House, Bedtime Stories. ” - MissAli22
 
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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, Home Alone 1 & 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, Harry Potter 1 & 2, Rent. ” - MissAli22
 
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Kevin Smith
Kevin Patrick Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Grace (Schultz) and Donald E. Smith, a postal worker. He is very proud of his native state; this fact can be seen in all of his movies. Kevin is of mostly German, with some Irish and English, ancestry. His first movie, Clerks, was filmed in the convenience store in which Smith worked...
“ Jersey Girl, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II, Cop Out. ” - MissAli22
 
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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...
“ Gran Torino, The Bridges of Madison County, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Changeling, Invictus. ” - MissAli22
 
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Gary Ross
Gary Ross is an American writer, director and actor born November 3rd, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. His father was screenwriter Arthur A. Ross (1920 - 2008). After writing for television series The Hitchhiker in 1986, Ross broke through by penning the Tom Hanks hit Big, his first screenplay to be made into a feature film...
“ The Hunger games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville (He has only directed these three films.) ” - MissAli22
 
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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, A Beautiful Mind, Ed TV, Ransom, Apollo 13, Backdraft, Parenthood. ” - MissAli22
 
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“ Walk the Line, Girl Interrupted, 3:10 to Yuma, Identity. ” - MissAli22
 
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Ivan Reitman
Producer, Ghostbusters
Ivan Reitman, as a producer and director, has created many of American cinema's most successful and best loved feature film comedies and has worked with Hollywood's acting elite. Reitman has produced such hits as the ground-breaking sensation National Lampoon's Animal House, which introduced John Belushi to American filmgoers...
“ Kindergarden Cop, Twins, Ghostbusters 1 & 2, Fathers Day, Six Days Seven Nights, No Strings Attached. ” - MissAli22
 
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“ The Lords of Dogtown, Thirteen, Twilight, The Nativity Story, Red Riding Hood. ” - MissAli22
 
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“ Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore, Saving Silverman, Grown ups, Just go with it. ” - MissAli22
 
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Jim Sheridan
Jim Sheridan is a master story-teller, and an acclaimed film director of few films, but good films nevertheless. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1949, Sheridan moved to America in 1982, meeting a man who invited him to run the Irish Arts Center. He found a place to live in Hell's Kitchen, New York City...
 
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Frank Coraci
Director, Click
Frank Coraci is an American film Director, Writer and Actor best know for his work with Adam Sandler. Coraci was born in Brookhaven, New York on Long Island. Coraci graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Film. He has directed a number of Sandler's most revered and biggest box office hits (The Wedding Singer, The Waterloo and Click)...
 
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Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor is an Academy Award-nominated director, known for such films as Frida and Across the Universe. She was born on December 15, 1952, in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Her father, Melvin Lester Taymor, was a gynecologist. Her mother, Elizabeth Bernstein, was a teacher of political science...
 
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