Top Film Directors I Need to See More Of

by bkrauser-81-311064 | created - 28 Mar 2014 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

I want to say seeing four or more films by a specific director would give any person a feel for their style.

1. Jean-Luc Godard

Director | À bout de souffle

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 ...

Movies I've Seen: Weekend, Alphaville, Pierrot le Fou

Movies I Most Want to See: Breathless, Contempt

2. Yasujirô Ozu

Director | Tôkyô monogatari

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 ...

Movies I've Seen: Tokyo Story, Late Autumn, Good Morning

Movies I Most Want to See: Floating Weeds, Late Spring, I Was Born But...

3. Abbas Kiarostami

Director | Bad ma ra khahad bord

Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career ...

Movies I've Seen: The Wind Will Carry Us, Ten

Movies I Most Want to See: Taste of Cherry, Close-Up, Certified Copy

4. Louis Malle

Director | Au revoir les enfants

Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies ...

Movies I've Seen: Murmurs of the Heart

Movies I Most Want to See: Au Revoir Les Enfants, Atlantic City, Zazie dans le Metro, My Dinner with Andre

5. Ernst Lubitsch

Director | To Be or Not to Be

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 ...

Movies I've Seen: To Be or Not to Be, Trouble in Paradise, The Smiling Lieutenant, The Shop Around the Corner

Movies I Most Want to See: Heaven Can Wait

6. Jean Renoir

Writer | La grande illusion

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 ...

Movies I've Seen: The Rules of the Game, La Grande Illusion, The Lower Depths, The Southerner

Movies I Most Want to See: Boudu Saved from Drowning, La Bete Humaine

7. François Truffaut

Writer | La nuit américaine

French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. 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 became his protector. Bazin helped the ...

Movies I've Seen: The 400 Blows, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim, Day for Night

Movies I Most Want to See: The Last Metro

8. Richard Brooks

Writer | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer.

He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...

Movies I've Seen: Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Elmer Gantry, Blackboard Jungle

Movies I Most Want to See: In Cold Blood, The Professionals

9. Sam Peckinpah

Writer | Straw Dogs

"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), 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 ...

Movies I've Seen: The Wild Bunch, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Movies I Most Want to See: Straw Dogs, Cross of Iron

10. 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 O Lucky Man! (1973). He died on August 30, 1994 in Angoulême, Charente, France.

Movies I've Seen: If..., O Lucky Man, This Sporting Life

Movies I Most Want to See: Britannia Hospital, Red White and Zero

11. George Stevens

Director | Giant

George Stevens, a filmmaker known as a meticulous craftsman with a brilliant eye for composition and a sensitive touch with actors, is one of the great American filmmakers, ranking with John Ford, William Wyler and Howard Hawks as a creator of classic Hollywood cinema, bringing to the screen ...

Movies I've Seen: Swing Time, Giant, Shane, A Place in the Sun

Movies I Most Want to See: I Remember Mama

12. Robert Bresson

Writer | Journal d'un curé de campagne

Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Affaires publiques (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Les anges du péché (1943) in 1943. ...

Movies I've Seen: Au Hasard Balthazar

Movies I Most Want to See: A Man Escaped, Mouchette, Pickpocket, Diary of a Country Priest

13. Mike Leigh

Director | Secrets & Lies

Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Secrets & Lies (1996), Another Year (2010) and Naked (1993). He was previously married to Alison Steadman.

Movies I've Seen: Topsy-Turvy, Happy-Go-Lucky, Mr. Turner

Movies I Most Want to See: Another Year, Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake

14. Henri-Georges Clouzot

Writer | Le salaire de la peur

Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau (1943) banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to ...

Movies I've Seen: Wages of Fear, Diabolique

Movies I Most Want to See: Le Corbeau, Quai des Orfevres, Manon

15. 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...

Movies I've Seen: The Blood of a Poet, Testament of Orpheus, Beauty and the Beast

Movies I Most Want to See: Orpheus, Coriolan, 8 X 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements

16. Delmer Daves

Writer | The Red House

Although Delmer Daves obtained a law degree at Stanford University, he never had the opportunity to use it; while still in college, he obtained a job as a prop boy on The Covered Wagon (1923) and after graduation was hired by several film companies as a technical advisor on films with a college ...

Movies I've Seen: 3:10 to Yuma, Jubal, Dark Passage

Movies I Most Want to See: Bird of Paradise, Destination Tokyo

17. Sergei M. Eisenstein

Director | Aleksandr Nevskiy

The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and ...

Movies I've Seen: Battleship Potemkin, Que Viva Mexico!

Movies I Most Want to See: Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible Part I, Ivan the Terrible Part II

18. Leo McCarey

Director | Going My Way

Leo McCarey was born on October 3, 1896 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Thomas Leo McCarey. He was a director and writer, known for Going My Way (1944), An Affair to Remember (1957) and Love Affair (1939). He was married to Stella Martin. He died on July 5, 1969 in Santa Monica, California.

Movies I've Seen: Duck Soup, Make Way for Tomorrow, The Awful Truth, An Affair to Remember

Movies I Most Want to See: Going My Way

19. Lars von Trier

Writer | Dancer in the Dark

Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...

Movies I've Seen: Dogville

Movies I Most Want to See: Melancholia, Dancer in the Dark Breaking the Waves, Europa

20. Preston Sturges

Writer | The Great McGinty

Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S....

Movies I've Seen: Sullivan's Travels, The Lady Eve, The Great McGinty, The Palm Beach Story

Movies I Most Want to See: The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

21. Jean-Pierre Melville

Actor | À bout de souffle

The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its ...

Movies I've Seen: Le Cercle Rouge, Le Samourai, Le Silence de la Mer

Movies I Most Want to See: Army of Shadows, Bob le Flambeur

22. Samuel Fuller

Writer | The Steel Helmet

At age 17, Samuel Fuller was the youngest reporter ever to be in charge of the events section of the New York Journal. After having participated in the European battle theater in World War II, he directed some minor action productions for which he mostly wrote the scripts himself and which he also ...

Movies I've Seen: Shock Corridor, The Baron of Arizona, The Big Red One, The Steel Helmet

Movies I Most Want to See: The Naked Kiss, Pickup on South Street

23. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | The Last Emperor

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 (1961) and directed La commare ...

Movies I've Seen: The Last Emperor, The Conformist

Movies I Most Want to See: Before the Revolution, Last Tango in Paris, Stealing Beauty

24. Yimou Zhang

Director | Shi mian mai fu

Yimou Zhang was born on November 14, 1951 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is a director and actor, known for House of Flying Daggers (2004), Ying xiong (2002) and Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006).

Movies I've Seen: Hero, House of Flying Daggers, The Flowers of War

Movies I Most Want to See: The Story of Qiu Ju, Raise of the Red Lantern

25. Asghar Farhadi

Writer | Darbareye Elly

Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...

Movies I've Seen: A Separation, The Salesman

Movies I Most Want to See: The Past, Fireworks Wednesday, About Elly

26. Peter Bogdanovich

Director | The Last Picture Show

Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in Kingston, New York. He is the son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis, Herma (Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, a painter and pianist. His father was a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and his mother was from a rich Austrian Jewish family. Peter ...

Movies I've Seen: The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon

Movies I Most Want to See: What's Up Doc?, Targets, Noises Off...

27. Jim Jarmusch

Director | Only Lovers Left Alive

Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.

Movies I've Seen: Broken Flowers, Mystery Train, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Paterson

Movies I Most Want to See: Stranger Than Paradise

28. Michelangelo Antonioni

Writer | Blowup

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"...

Movies I've Seen: Blow-Up, L'Avventura

Movies I Most Want to See: La Notte, L'Eclisse, Zabriskie Point

29. Djibril Diop Mambéty

Director | Touki Bouki

Born the son of a Muslim cleric in Colobane, near Dakar, Senegal, Djibril Diop Mambéty received no formal training in filmmaking. He experimented with theater, but in 1968, he was asked to leave an avant-garde theater group. Shortly thereafter, he made his first film short called Badou Boy (1970), ...

Movies I've Seen: Touki Bouki

Movies I Most Want to See: The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun, Hyenas, Le Franc, Badou Boy

30. Andrzej Wajda

Director | Danton

Andrzej Wajda is an Academy Award-wining director. He is the most prominent filmmaker in Poland known for The Promised Land (1975), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyn (2007).

He was Born on March 6, 1926, in Suwalki, Poland. His mother, Aniela Wajda, was a teacher at a Ukrainian school. His father, Jakub...

Movies I've Seen: Danton, Man of Iron

Movies I Most Want to See: Man of Marble, Ashes and Diamonds, Katyn, Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania, Korczak

31. Zoltan Korda

Director | Cry, the Beloved Country

A one time Hungarian cavalry officer, Zoltan Korda started working in films as a cameraman then an editor before becoming a director with London Films run by his brother Alexander Korda. Zoltan had strong liberal/socialist ideals and often clashed with Alexander, who, despite their both being born ...

Movies I've Seen: The Four Feathers, The Thief of Bagdad (with Alexander Korda, Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan & William Cameron Menzies)

Movies I Most Want to See: Sahara, Jungle Book, Conquest of the Air

32. Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Producer | Deux jours, une nuit

After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business.

In 1978 ...

with Luc Dardenne

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: The Kid with a Bike, The Child, The Son, Rosetta, Two Days One Night

33. Kenji Mizoguchi

Director | Saikaku ichidai onna

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 ...

Movies I've Seen: Ugetsu, Sansho the Bailiff

Movies I Most Want to See: The Life of Oharu, Sisters of the Gion, Story of the Late Chrysanthemums

34. William Dieterle

Director | Portrait of Jennie

Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Wilhelm Dieterle was the youngest of nine children of parents Jacob and Berthe Dieterle. They lived in poverty, and when he was old enough to work, young Wilhelm earned money as a carpenter and a scrap dealer. He dreamed of better things, though, and theater caught ...

Movies I've Seen: The Devil and Daniel Webster, Duel in the Sun (with King Vidor, Otto Brower, Sidney Franklin, William Cameron Menzies, David O. Selznick & Josef von Sternberg)

Movies I Most Want to See: The Life of Emile Zola, Portrait of Jennie, The Story of Louis Pasteur

35. 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 ...

Movies I've Seen: The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Movies I Most Want to See: Teorema, The Hawks and the Sparrows, Accattone, Arabian Nights

36. Yash Chopra

Producer | Veer-Zaara

Labeled the eternal romantic and with one of the best musical senses in the business, Yash Chopra is arguably India's most successful director of romantic films. Although he made action-oriented films like the ever-popular Deewaar (1975), it is in tackling love and its various aspects that he has ...

Movies I've Seen: Veer-Zaara

Movies I Most Want to See: Dharmputra, Vijay, Dil To Pagal Hai, Deewaar

37. Agnès Varda

Director | Sans toit ni loi

Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She is a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Le Bonheur (1965) and Les plages d'Agnès (2008). She was previously married to Jacques Demy.

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: Vagabond, Cleo from 5 to 7, The Gleaners and I, The Beaches of Agnes

38. Jacques Tourneur

Director | Out of the Past

Born in Paris in 1904, Tourneur went to Hollywood with his father, director Maurice Tourneur around 1913. He started out as a script clerk and editor for his father, then graduated to such jobs as directing shorts (often with the pseudonym Jack Turner), both in France and America. He was hired to ...

Movies I've Seen: Cat People

Movies I Most Want to See: Curse of the Demon, I Walked with a Zombie, Out of the Past, The Leopard Man

39. Wim Wenders

Director | Der Himmel über Berlin

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 ...

Movies I've Seen: Wings of Desire, Land of Plenty

Movies I Most Want to See: Paris Texas, Until the End of the World, The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

40. Roberto Rossellini

Writer | Paisà

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 ...

Movies I've Seen: Escape by Night, Paisan

Movies I Most Want to See: Europe '51, Rome Open City, General Della Rovere

41. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writer | Gertrud

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 ...

Movies I've Seen: The Passion of Joan of Arc

Movies I Most Want to See: Gertrud, Ordet, Vampyr, Day of Wrath

42. Joseph H. Lewis

Director | Gun Crazy

The term "style over content" fits director Joseph H. Lewis like a glove. His ability to elevate basically mundane and mediocre low-budget material to sublime cinematic art has gained him a substantial cult following among movie buffs. The Bonnie & Clyde look-alike Gun Crazy (1950), shot in 30 days...

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: Gun Crazy, The Big Combo, Courage of the West, The Miracle Rider, Tumbling Tumbleweeds

43. Josef von Sternberg

Director | The Devil Is a Woman

Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop ...

Movies I've Seen: The Blue Angel

Movies I Most Want to See: The Last Command, Dishonored, Thunderbolt, The Devil is a Woman

44. Cecil B. DeMille

Producer | The Ten Commandments

His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New ...

Movies I've Seen: The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Show on Earth

Movies I Most Want to See: Samson and Delilah, The King of Kings, Union Pacific

45. Max Ophüls

Director | La ronde

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, ...

Movies I've Seen: The Earrings of Madame de..., Caught

Movies I Most Want to See: Lola Montes, La Ronde, Le Plaisir, Letter from an Unknown Woman

46. Jules Dassin

Director | Pote tin Kyriaki

Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi (1955), Never on Sunday (1960), and Topkapi (1964).

He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish ...

Movies I've Seen: The Naked City, Rififi

Movies I Most Want to See: Topkapi, Brute Force, Night and the City

47. Atom Egoyan

Director | The Sweet Hereafter

Born in Egypt to Armenian parents, he was raised in Western Canada. Both his parents were painters, and he planned to be a playwright, but after making a short film, he became hooked on telling stories visually. Returned to ethnic "homeland" when he filmed Calendar (1993) in Armenia. Won attention ...

Movies I've Seen: Ararat

Movies I Most Want to See: The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, Chloe, Devil's Knot

48. Shôhei Imamura

Director | Kuroi ame

Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Ôshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura began his serious directorial career as a member of the New Wave movement in Japan....

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: Intentions of Murder, The Insect Woman, The Eel, The Pornographers, Pigs and Battleships

49. Majid Majidi

Director | Bacheha-Ye aseman

Majid Majidi was born on April 17, 1959 in Tehran, Iran to a middle class family. He started acting in amateur theater groups at the age of fourteen. After receiving his high school diploma, he started studying art at the Institute of Dramatic Art in Tehran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, ...

Movies I've Seen: Children of Heaven

Movies I Most Want to See: The Color of Paradise, The Song of Sparrows, Baran, Muhammad: The Messenger of God

50. 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 ...

Movies I've Seen: Howards End, A Room with a View

Movies I Most Want to See: Maurice, The Remains of the Day, The Europeans

51. Catherine Breillat

Writer | À ma soeur!

Catherine Breillat is a Paris based filmmaker and writer who became famous for her distinctively personal films on sexuality, gender trouble and sibling rivalry. Accused of being a "porno auteuriste", Breillat allowed for an unbiased view of sexuality and extended the language of mainstream movies....

Movies I've Seen: Bluebeard

Movies I Most Want to See: Fat Girl, 36 Fillette, A Real Young Girl, Sex is Comedy

52. Thomas Vinterberg

Director | Jagten

With Sidste omgang (1993) (Last Round), his graduation short from The National Film School of Denmark, he got an early taste of critical success. He received the Jury's and Producers' Awards at the International Student Film Fest in Munich and won the 1st Prize at the Tel Aviv Film Fest. Popular ...

Movies I've Seen: The Hunt

Movies I Most Want to See: The Celebration, The Third Lie, When a Man Comes Home, It's All About Love

53. Noah Baumbach

Writer | The Squid and the Whale

Born in Brooklyn in 1969 Noah Baumbach is the son of two film critics, Georgia Brown and Jonathan Baumbach (also a writer). His studies at Vassar College were the subject of his first film (made as he was 26 years old), Kicking and Screaming (1995). His second major picture, made ten years later, ...

Movies I've Seen: The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha

Movies I Most Want to See: Margot at the Wedding, Kicking and Screaming, Greenberg

54. 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...

Movies I've Seen: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Movies I Most Want to See: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, The Marriage of Maria Braun, Lili Marleen, Effi Briest

55. Joseph Losey

Director | The Servant

Belonging to an important family clan in Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but was always interested in theater and thus worked together with Bertolt Brecht. After directing some shorts for MGM, he made his first important film, The Boy with Green Hair (1948), for RKO. While he was filming ...

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: Mr. Klein, The Go-Between, Accident, The Servant, Don Giovanni

56. Ousmane Sembene

Director | Moolaadé

The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema. Sembene's roots were not, as might be expected, in the educated élite. After working as a mechanic and ...

Movies I've Seen: Xala, Mandabi

Movies I Most Want to See: Black Girl, Moolaade, Faat Kine

57. Dziga Vertov

Director | Chelovek s kino-apparatom

Born in Bialystok, Poland, studied music and enrolled in St. Petersburg Neurological Institute in 1916. Worked on first Soviet newsreel, Kinonedelia (1918-1919), then on subsequent newsreel series (inc. Kinopravda, 1922-1925).

Movies I've Seen: Man with a Movie Camera

Movies I Most Want to See: Kine Eye, Tri Pesni o Lenine, One-Sixth of the World, Lullaby

58. 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).

Movies I've Seen: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet

Movies I Most Want to See: The Taming of the Shrew, Tea with Mussolini, Otello

59. Deepa Mehta

Director | Fire

Deepa Mehta is a transnational artist and a screenwriter, director, and producer whose work has been called "courageous", "provocative" and "breathtaking". Her visually lush and emotionally resonating films have played at every major international film festival; receiving numerous awards and ...

Movies I've Seen: Fire

Movies I Most Want to See: Earth, Water, Bollywood/Hollywood, Heaven on Earth

60. Takashi Miike

Director | Koroshiya 1

Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura, ...

Movies I've Seen: 13 Assassins, The Bird People in China

Movies I Most Want to See: Ichi the Killer, Audition, The City of Lost Souls

61. Kar-Wai Wong

Writer | Yi dai zong shi

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 ...

Movies I've Seen: In the Mood for Love, Days of Being Wild

Movies I Most Want to See: Chungking Express, 2046, My Blueberry Nights

62. Abderrahmane Sissako

Director | Timbuktu

Abderrahmane Sissako was born on October 13, 1961 in Kiffa, Mauritania. He is a director and writer, known for Timbuktu (2014), Life on Earth (1998) and Heremakono (2002).

Movies I've Seen: Timbuktu

Movies I Most Want to See: Bamako, Life on Earth, Waiting for Happiness, Rostov-Luanda

63. John Cassavetes

Actor | Love Streams

John Cassavetes was born on December 9, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA as John Nicholas Cassavetes. He was an actor and director, known for Love Streams (1984), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and Husbands (1970). He was married to Gena Rowlands. He died on February 3, 1989 in Los Angeles, California,...

Movies I've Seen: A Woman Under the Influence, Husbands

Movies I Most Want to See: Shadows, Faces, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

64. Alain Resnais

Director | Mon oncle d'Amérique

Alain Resnais was born on June 3, 1922 in Vannes, Morbihan, France as Alain Pierre Marie Jean Georges Resnais. He was a director and editor, known for Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980), Same Old Song (1997) and Coeurs (2006). He was married to Sabine Azéma and Florence Malraux. He died on March 1,...

Movies I've Seen: Last Year at Marienbad

Movies I Most Want to See: Hiroshima Mon Amour, Night and Fog, Je T'aime je T'aime, Providence

65. Georges Franju

Director | Thérèse Desqueyroux

Georges Franju is a figure of immense importance in the history of French cinema, not primarily for his films (exceptional though many of these are) but for being the co-founder, with Henri Langlois, of the Cinematheque Française in 1937--France's most famous and important film archive.

He worked ...

Movies I've Seen: Eyes Without a Face

Movies I Most Want to See: Judex, Therese, Head Against the Wall, Spotlight on a Murder

66. F.W. Murnau

Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

He studied art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg. During World War I, he was a combat pilot.

Movies I've Seen: Sunrise, Nosferatu

Movies I Most Want to See: Faust, The Last Laugh, Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

67. Michael Haneke

Director | Caché

A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world ...

Movies I've Seen: Amour, The Piano Teacher

Movies I Most Want to See: Cache, The White Ribbon, Funny Games

68. Dario Argento

Writer | L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo

Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940, in Rome, Italy, the first-born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for filmmaking from his close-knit family from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other ...

Movies I've Seen: Suspiria, Demons

Movies I Most Want to See: Deep Red, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Cat O'Nine Tails, Phenomena

69. Alejandro Jodorowsky

Writer | La montaña sagrada

Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Iquique, Chile on February 7, 1929. In 1942 he moved to Santiago where he attended university, was a circus clown and a puppeteer. In 1955 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. He worked with Maurice Chevalier there and made a short film, La cravate...

Movies I've Seen: El Topo

Movies I Most Want to See: The Holy Mountain, Tusk, Santa Sangre, The Rainbow Thief

70. Zhangke Jia

Director | Shan he gu ren

Zhangke Jia was born on May 24, 1970 in Fenyang, Shanxi, China. He is a director and producer, known for Mountains May Depart (2015), A Touch of Sin (2013) and Still Life (2006). He has been married to Tao Zhao since January 7, 2012.

Movies I've Seen: Unknown Pleasures

Movies I Most Want to See: The World, Still Life, Platform, Pickpocket

71. Jacques Demy

Director | Les parapluies de Cherbourg

Jacques Demy was born on June 5, 1931 in Pontchâteau, Loire-Atlantique, France. He was a director and writer, known for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) and Une Chambre en Ville (1982). He was married to Agnès Varda. He died on October 27, 1990 in Paris, France.

Movies I've Seen: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, A Slightly Pregnant Man

Movies I Most Want to See: The Young Girls of Rochefort, Lola, Donkey Skin, Bay of Angels

72. Errol Morris

Director | The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

His documentaries helped spur a rebirth of non-fiction film in the 80s & garnered wide critical success. But until 2003's "The Fog of War," Morris was shunned by the Academy Awards.

Morris' first two films won much acclaim (Gates of Heaven (1978) and Vernon, Florida (1981)). In the second movie, ...

Movies I've Seen: The Fog of War, A Brief History of Time, The Unknown Known, The Thin Blue Line

Movies I Most Want to See: Gates of Heaven

73. Béla Tarr

Producer | Werckmeister harmóniák

Béla Tarr was born on July 21, 1955 in Pécs, Hungary. He is a producer and director, known for Werckmeister harmóniák (2000), A torinói ló (2011) and Kárhozat (1988). He is married to Ágnes Hranitzky.

Movies I've Seen: Satantango

Movies I Most Want to See: The Turin House, Werckmeister Harmonies, Damnation, The Man From London

74. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Director | Loong Boonmee raleuk chat

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the ...

Movies I've Seen: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Movies I Most Want to See: Tropical Malady, Blissfully Yours, Syndromes and a Century, Mysterious Object at Noon

75. Marcel Carné

Director | Le quai des brumes

Marcel Carné, the son of a cabinet maker, entered the movies as the assistant of Jacques Feyder. At the age of 25 he directed his first movie Jenny (1936). Colaborating with the writer Jacques Prévert, the decorator Alexandre Trauner, the musician and composer Maurice Jaubert and the actor Jean ...

Movies I've Seen: Children of Paradise

Movies I Most Want to See: Port of Shadows, The Adultress, Le Jour se Leve, Drole de Drame

76. Frank Borzage

Director | 7th Heaven

Frank Borzage was born on April 23, 1894 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor and director, known for 7th Heaven (1927), No Greater Glory (1934) and Bad Girl (1931). He was married to Juanita Scott, Edna Skelton and Rena Rogers. He died on June 19, 1962 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

Movies I've Seen: Man's Castle, Moonrise

Movies I Most Want to See: The Mortal Storm, 7th Heaven, Street Angel, Stage Door Canteen

77. Claire Denis

Director | Beau travail

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for Beau travail (1999), 35 Shots of Rum (2008) and Nenette and Boni (1996).

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: Beau Travail, White Material, 35 Shots of Rum, Chocolat, Trouble Every Day

78. 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.

Movies I've Seen: The Leopard, Senso

Movies I Most Want to See: Ossessione, Rocco and His Brothers, Sandra, La Terra Trema

79. Mario Monicelli

Writer | I compagni

Mario Monicelli was born on May 15, 1915 in Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for The Organizer (1963), Speriamo che sia femmina (1986) and La grande guerra (1959). He was married to Antonella Salerni and Chiara Rapaccini. He died on November 29, 2010 in Rome, Lazio, ...

Movies I've Seen: Big Deal on Madonna Street

Movies I Most Want to See: The Organizer, For Love and Gold, Cops and Robbers, The Passionate Thief

80. Aki Kaurismäki

Producer | Le Havre

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 (1965)) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific ...

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: Leningrad Cowboys Go America, The Match Factory Girl, Le Havre, I Hired a Contract Killer, The Man Without a Past

81. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatmaker from Gliwice, Poland. His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America around 1909. Working in ...

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: Greed, The Wedding March, The Honeymoon, Hello Sister!, The Merry Widow

82. Sacha Guitry

Writer | Les perles de la couronne

French actor, dramatist and director, Sacha Guitry was born in 1885 in Saint-Petersburg where his father, actor Lucien Guitry, was under contract with the city's French theater. Early on, Sacha knew he was going to be an artist. Therefore, his studies were mediocre.

His acting debuts were not too ...

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: The Story of a Cheat, The Pearls of the Crown, Fasions un Reve, La Poison, Desire

83. Jean-Marie Straub

Director | Sicilia!

Jean-Marie Straub was born on January 8, 1933 in Metz, Moselle, Lorraine, France. He is a director and editor, known for Sicilia! (1999), The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968) and Klassenverhältnisse (1984). He was previously married to Danièle Huillet.

with Daniele Huillet

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, Class Relations, Der Tod des Empedokles, Sicily!, From Today Until Tomorrow

84. Ki-duk Kim

Writer | Bin-jip

He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Ag-o (1996). Then he went on to direct ...

Movies I've Seen: Spring Summer Fall Winter...and Spring

Movies I Most Want to See: 3-Iron, Samaritan Girl, Pieta, Breath

85. Claude Chabrol

Director | Le beau Serge

French film director considered a master in the mystery genre. He is credited with starting the "nouvelle vague" French film movement.

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: Le Boucher, La Ceremonie, Les Cousins, This Man Must Die, Story of Women

86. Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Writer | Cìkè Niè Yinniáng

Of the ten films that Hsiao-Hsien Hou directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film or best director awards from prestigious international films festivals in Venice, Berlin, Hawaii, and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes. In a 1988 worldwide critics' poll, Hou was championed ...

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: A Time to Live a Time to Die, Flight of the Red Balloon, Three Times, Millennium Mambo

87. Mira Nair

Director | Salaam Bombay!

Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret. Her debut feature film, Salaam ...

Movies I've Seen: Queen of Katwe, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

Movies I Most Want to See: Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay!, Vanity Fair, Mississippi Masala, Amelia

88. Budd Boetticher

Director | Bullfighter and the Lady

Brilliant, distinguished American director, particularly of Westerns, whose simple, bleak style disguises a complex artistic temperament. The son of a wealthy hardware retailer, Boetticher attended Culver Military Academy and Ohio State University, where he excelled in football and boxing.


Movies I've Seen: The Killer is Loose

Movies I Most Want to See: Seven Men from Now, The Tall T, Ride Lonesome, Comanche Station

89. Dusan Makavejev

Director | W.R. - Misterije organizma

Dusan Makavejev is the premier figure in Yugoslavian film history; his films are deeply rooted in his nation's painful postwar experiences and draw on important Yugoslavian cinematic and cultural models. Makavejev's work has violated many political and sexual taboos and invited censorship in dozens...

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: WR: Mysteries of the Organism, Love Affair or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator, Innocence Unprotected, Montenegro, Sweet Movie

90. 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).

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: Distant Voices Still Lives, The House of Mirth, Of Time and the City, The Deep Blue Sea, The Long Day Closes

91. Peter Greenaway

Director | The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Peter Greenaway trained as a painter and began working as a film editor for the Central Office of Information in 1965. Shortly afterwards he started to make his own films. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, but also paintings, novels and other books. He has held several ...

Movies I've Seen: The Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover

Movies I Most Want to See: Drowning By Numbers, The Pillow Book, The Draughtsman's Contract, A Zed and Two Noughts

92. Larisa Shepitko

Director | Voskhozhdenie

Larisa Shepitko was born on January 6, 1938 in Artyomovsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Larisa Yefimovna Shepitko. She was a director and writer, known for The Ascent (1977), Znoy (1963) and Ty i ya (1971). She was married to Elem Klimov. She died on July 2, 1979.

Movies I've Seen: The Ascent

Movies I Most Want to See: Wings, Heat, Zhivaya Voda, Slepoy Kukhar

93. Jerry Lewis

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis...

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: The Nutty Professor, The Bellboy, The Patsy, The Errand Boy, The Ladies Man

94. 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 ...

Movies I've Seen: Hairspray, Serial Mom, Pink Flamingos

Movies I Most Want to See: Polyester, Eat Your Makeup, Cecil B. Demented

95. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

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...

Movies I've Seen: Drive, Bronson, Only God Forgives, Neon Demon

Movies I Most Want to See: Pusher, With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II, I'm the Angel of Death: Pusher III, Valhalla Rising

96. Leos Carax

Director | Holy Motors

Leos Carax made several short films and also wrote film criticism, then at the age of 24 years made a very strong first feature Boy Meets Girl (1984). The film played at the 1984 Cannes film festival and was a critical triumph. It paved the way for Carax's second feature Mauvais Sang (1986) (Bad ...

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: Holy Motors, The Loves on the Bridge, Pola X, The Night is Young, 42 One Dream Rush

97. Glauber Rocha

Director | Terra em Transe

He studied Law. He also directed theatre pieces, wrote movie criticisms and took part in the creation and development of the 'cinema novo' movement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, becoming its theoretical leader and first embassador in Europe. After "Barravento (1962)", a trilogy of films and "Antonio ...

Movies I've Seen: N/A

Movies I Most Want to See: Black God White Devil, Entranced Earth, The Age of the Earth, Antonio das Mortes, Claro

98. Mani Ratnam

Writer | Kannathil Muthamittal

The man who revolutionized Tamil-language cinema, Mani Ratnam is the biggest director in south India and one of the most respected directors in all of India. Each of his films contain its own unique style, with beautifully photographed songs and unique back-lighting. However, his films contain ...

Movies I've Seen: A Peck on the Cheek

Movies I Most Want to See: Yuva, Roja, Raavan, Bombay

99. Leonid Gayday

Director | 12 stulev

Leonid Iovich Gaidai was born on January 30, 1923, in the town of Svobodny, Amur region of Siberia, USSR. He was the third child in the family of a railroad worker. His father, named Iov Isidorovich Gaidai, was exiled to Siberia from Poltava, Ukraine. His mother, named Maria Ivanovna Lubimova, came...

Movies I've Seen: Operation Y and Other Shurik's Adventures

Movies I Most Want to See: The Diamond Arm, Kidnapping Caucasian Style, Twelve Chairs, Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future

100. Carol Reed

Director | The Third Man

Carol Reed was the second son of stage actor, dramatics teacher and impresario founder of the Royal School of Dramatic Arts Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Reed was one of Tree's six illegitimate children with Beatrice Mae Pinney, who Tree established in a second household apart from his married life. ...

Movies I've Seen: The Third Man, Oliver!, Night Train to Munich

Movies I Most Want to See: Odd Man Out, The Fallen Idol