Best directors

Some of the greatest directors in my opinion
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1.
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 :
A Clockwork Orange
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Shining
Eyes Wide Shut
Barry Lyndon
Dr. Strangelove
Paths of Glory
Full Metal Jacket
Lolita
The Killing
Spartacus
Killer's Kiss
Fear and Desire ” - jaypoirier17
 
2.
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 :
Aguirre - The Wrath of God
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
Nosferatu the Vampire
Fitzcarraldo
Encounters at The End of The World
Stroszek
Heart of Glass
Woyzeck
Grizzly Man
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Rescue Dawn
Cobra Verde
The White Diamond
Even Dwarves Started Small
Lo and Behold : Reverries of the Connected World
Invincible
Into The Abyss
Bells from the deep
My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done
Bad Lieutenant : Port of Call New Orleans
My Best Fiend
The Wild Blue Yonder
La Soufrière
Wheel of Time
The Dark Glow of the Mountains
Wings of Hope
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner
Echoes From a Somber Empire
God's Angry Man
Wodaabe : Herdsmen of the Sun
How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck
Scream of Stone
Jag Mandir : The Eccentric Private Theatre of the Maharajah of Udaipur ” - jaypoirier17
 
3.
Martin Scorsese
After serious deliberations about entering the priesthood - he entered a seminary in 1956 - Martin Scorsese opted to channel his passions into film. He graduated from NYU as a film major in 1964. Catching the eye of producer Roger Corman with his 1960s student films (including co-editing Woodstock)...
“ Best films :
Raging Bull
Goodfellas
Taxi Driver
The Wolf of Wall Street
The King of Comedy
Mean Streets
The Departed
The Last Temptation of Christ
The Aviator
Hugo
Shutter Island
Casino
Gangs of New York
After Hours
Alice doesn't Live Here Anymore
Who's that Knocking At My Door
New York, New York
The Age of Innocence
The Last Waltz
Cape Fear
Bringing Out The Dead
Kundun
The Color of Money
Boxcar Bertha ” - jaypoirier17
 
4.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ Best films :
There Will be Blood
The Master
Boogie Nights
Punch-Drunk Love
Inherent Vice
Magnolia
Hard Eight
Junun ” - jaypoirier17
 
5.
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 :
Stalker
Andrey Rublev
Solaris
The Sacrifice
The Mirror
Ivan's Childhood
Nostalghia ” - jaypoirier17
 
6.
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 :
Mulholland Dr.
Eraserhead
Blue Velvet
The Elephant Man
Inland Empire
Wild At Heart
The Straight Story
Lost Highway
Twin Peaks : Fire Walk With Me
Dune ” - jaypoirier17
 
7.
Lars von Trier
Writer, Melancholia
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. A highly distinctive blend of film noir and German Expressionism with stylistic nods to Dreyer...
“ Best Films :
Dancer in the Dark
Antichrist
Melancholia
Breaking the Waves
Nymphomaniac (vol. 1 and 2)
Dogville
Manderlay
Europa
The Element of Crime
Epidemic ” - jaypoirier17
 
8.
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 :
Inglourious Basterds
Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs
Kill Bill (vol. 1 and 2)
Jackie Brown
Django Unchained
The Hateful Eight
Death Proof ” - jaypoirier17
 
9.
“ Best Films :
Amour
Funny Games (original and remake)
Caché
The White Ribbon
La Pianiste
Benny's Video
Code Inconnu ” - jaypoirier17
 
10.
“ Best Films :
Juste la Fin du Monde
Mommy
Tom à la Ferme
Laurence Anyways
Les Amours Imaginaires
J'ai tué ma mère ” - jaypoirier17
 
11.
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 :
Persona
Autumn Sonata
The Seventh Seal
Fanny and Alexander
Wild Strawberries
Cries and Whispers
The Virgin Spring
Through A Glass Darkly
Winter Light
Hour of The Wolf
Shame
The Silence
The Magician
Summer With Monika ” - jaypoirier17
 
12.
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 :
8¹/²
La Dolce Vita
Amarcord
La Strada
I Vitelloni
Satyricon
Le Notti di Cabiria ” - jaypoirier17
 
13.
Wes Anderson
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ Best films :
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Darjeeling Limited
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Rushmore
Moonrise Kingdom
Fantastc Mr. Fox
Bottle Rocket ” - jaypoirier17
 
14.
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 :
Vertigo
Psycho
Rebecca
Rear Window
Rope
Shadow of A Doubt
The Birds
North By Northwest
The Lady Vanishes
Forreign Correspondent
The Trouble With Harry
Saboteur
The 39 Steps
The Man who Knew too Much (1934)
Frenzy ” - jaypoirier17
 
15.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
His six feature films-Amores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006) (comprising the "Death Trilogy"), Biutiful (2010), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), and The Revenant (2015)-have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations and wins...
“ Best Films :
The Revenant
Birdman or : The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Biutiful
21 Grams
Amorres Perros
Babel ” - jaypoirier17
 
16.
“ (I am including Ethan Coen with him)
Best films :
No Country for Old Men
Fargo
Inside Llewyn Davis
A Serious Man
The Big Lebowski
Barton Fink
Raising Arizona
O Brother, Where Art Thou ?
The Man Who Wasn't There
Blood Simple
Burn After Reading
Miller's Crossing
Hail Ceasar!
True Grit
The Hudsucker Proxy ” - jaypoirier17
 
17.
Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College...
“ Best Films :
The Tree of Life
Days of Heaven
The Thin Red Line
The New World
Badlands
Knight of Cups
To The Wonder ” - jaypoirier17
 
18.
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 :
Apocalypse Now
The Godfather Trilogy
The Conversation
Dracula
The Outsiders
The Rainmaker ” - jaypoirier17
 
19.
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 :
Boyhood
The Before Trilogy
Dazed and Confused
A Scanner Darkly
Waking Life ” - jaypoirier17
 
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 :
Pierrot le Fou
À Bout de Souffle
Vivre Sa Vie
Le Mépris
Une Femme est une Femme
Adieu Au Langage ” - jaypoirier17
 
21.
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 :
Rosemary's Baby
Chinatown
The Pianist
The Ghost Writer
Macbeth
Bitter Moon
Tess
Carnage
Repulsion
Knife in the Water
The Tenant
Venus in Fur
Frantic
The Ninth Gate
Cul-de-Sac
The Fearless Vampire Killers ” - jaypoirier17
 
22.
Spike Jonze
Producer, Her
Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under...
“ Best films :
Her
Being John Malkovich
Where the Wild Things are
Adaptation
Scenes from the Suburbs ” - jaypoirier17
 
23.
“ Best Films :
My Own Private Idaho
Good Will Hunting
Elephant
Drugstore Cowboy
To Die For
Mala Noche
Milk
Gerry
Last Days
Finding Forrester ” - jaypoirier17
 
24.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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 even antigay...
“ Best Films :
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
Ali : Fear Eats the Soul
World on a Wire
Beware of a Holy Whore ” - jaypoirier17
 
25.
Christopher Nolan
After The Dark Knight's success, Warner Bros. signed Nolan to direct Inception. Nolan also wrote and co-produced the film, described as "a contemporary set within the architecture of the mind". Before being released in theaters, critics like Peter Travers and Lou Lumenick wondered if Nolan's faith in moviegoers' intelligence would cost him at the box office...
“ Best films :
Inception
The Dark Knight Trilogy
The Prestige
Interstellar
Memento
Following
Insomnia ” - jaypoirier17
 
26.
David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
“ Best films :
Videodrome
Dead Ringers
A History of Violence
Eastern Promises
Scanners
Crash
The Fly
Maps to the Stars
Naked Lunch
The Dead Zone
Cosmopolis
A Dangerous Method
The Brood ” - jaypoirier17
 
27.
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film The Devil's Backbone (2001), and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), and more mainstream American action movies...
“ Best films :
Pan's Labyrinth
The Devil's Backbone
Cronos
Crimson Peak
Hellboy II : The Golden Army
Hellboy ” - jaypoirier17
 
28.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years. New York quickly became his city and soon began to shape Nicolas's future...
“ Best films :
Drive
The Neon Demon
Bronson
Valhalla Rising
Only God Forgives
The Pusher Trilogy ” - jaypoirier17
 
29.
“ Best Films :
LOVE
Enter the Void
Irréversible ” - jaypoirier17
 
30.
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ Best films :
Fight Club
Zodiac
Se7en
Gone Girl
The Social Network
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Game
Alien3 ” - jaypoirier17
 
31.
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 :
Salo : or The 120 Days of Sodom
Accatone
The Gospel According to St-Matthew
Oedipus Rex ” - jaypoirier17
 
32.
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 :
Jules et Jim
Les 400 coups ” - jaypoirier17
 
33.
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
Wings of Desire
Kings of the Road
The American Friend
Alice in the Cities
Wrong Move ” - jaypoirier17
 
34.
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham) on 30 November 1937. His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the UK and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted to join Army (his...
“ Best films :
Blade Runner
Alien
Gladiator
Kingdom of Heaven
The Martian
American Gangster
Prometheus
The Counselor (director's Cut)
Robin Hood
Hannibal
Exodus : Gods and Kings
Body of Lies
A Good Year ” - jaypoirier17
 
35.
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...
“ Best Films :
Schindler's List
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Saving Private Ryan
E.T. the Extraterrestrial
Catch Me if You Can
Jurassic Park
Duel
Lincoln
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The Terminal
The Adventures of Tintin
War of the Worlds
Hook
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ” - jaypoirier17
 
36.
“ Best Films :
Under the Skin
Birth
Sexy Beast ” - jaypoirier17
 
37.
Oliver Stone
Director, Platoon
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success. William Oliver Stone was born in New York City...
“ Best films :
JFK
Platoon
Born on the Fourth of July
Natural Born Killers
Wall Street
Talk Radio
Nixon
Salvador
Alexander (the Final Cut)
Savages ” - jaypoirier17
 
38.
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
F For Fake ” - jaypoirier17
 
39.
Akira Kurosawa
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 :
Ikiru
Seven Samurai
Rashomon
Throne of Blood
Yojimbo ” - jaypoirier17
 
40.
“ Best Films :
A Woman Under the Influence
Shadows ” - jaypoirier17
 
41.
Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertisement...
“ Best Films :
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Brazil
The Fisher King
12 Monkeys
Time Bandits
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Zero Theorem
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Brothers Grimm ” - jaypoirier17
 
42.
“ Best films :
Sicario
Incendies
Prisoners
Enemy
Polytechnique ” - jaypoirier17
 
43.
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ Best films :
Black Swan
Requiem for a Dream
The Wrestler
Pi
Noah ” - jaypoirier17
 
44.
Sofia Coppola
Writer, Somewhere
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was previously married to Spike Jonze.
“ Best Films :
Lost in Translation ” - jaypoirier17
 
45.
Abbas Kiarostami
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 as a filmmaker at the age of 30...
“ Best Films :
Close-up
Taste of Cherry ” - jaypoirier17
 
46.
Spike Lee
Director, Malcolm X
Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University...
“ Best Films :
Do the Right Thing
25th Hour ” - jaypoirier17
 
47.
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personel (The Staff)...
“ Best Films :
Trois Couleurs - Bleu
Trois Couleurs - Rouge
Trois Couleurs - Blanc ” - jaypoirier17
 
48.
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ Best films :
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Hobbit Trilogy
Heavenly Creatures
Braindead
King Kong
The lovely Bones
Bad Taste
Meet The Feebles
The Frighteners ” - jaypoirier17
 
49.
Alfonso Cuarón
Writer, Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then immediately started to film everything he saw...
“ Best Films :
Children of Men
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Gravity ” - jaypoirier17
 
50.
Pedro Almodóvar
Writer, Talk to Her
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 filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ Best Films :
The Skin I Live In
Volver ” - jaypoirier17
 
51.
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 :
Once Upon a Time in the West
Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo
Once Upon a Time in America
A Fistful of Dollars ” - jaypoirier17
 
52.
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
“ Best Films :
Big Fish
Edward Scissorhands
Sweeny Todd : The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Ed Wood
Corpse Bride
Sleepy Hollow
Batman
Batman Returns
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Alice in Wonderland
Planet of the Apes ” - jaypoirier17
 
53.
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
Metropolis ” - jaypoirier17
 
54.
Sidney Lumet
Director, 12 Angry Men
Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often treated socially relevant themes in his films...
“ Best Films :
Dog Day Afternoon
12 Angry Men
Serpico
Network ” - jaypoirier17
 
55.
Alejandro Jodorowsky
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...
“ Best Films :
The Holy Mountain ” - jaypoirier17
 
56.
“ Best Films :
Shame
12 Years a Slave
Hunger ” - jaypoirier17
 
57.
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 :
Belle de Jour
Un Chien Andalou ” - jaypoirier17
 
58.
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
Manhattan
Irrational Man ” - jaypoirier17
 
59.
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 :
Sunset Blvd.
Ace in the Hole
The Apartment
The Lost Weekend ” - jaypoirier17
 
60.
“ Best films :
Foxcatcher
Capote
Moneyball ” - jaypoirier17
 
61.
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 :
The Great Dictator
Modern Times
City ights ” - jaypoirier17
 
62.
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 :
On the Waterfront
The Last Tycoon ” - jaypoirier17
 
63.
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...
“ Best Films :
Sex, Lies and Videotape
Traffic
Che
Side Effects
The Informant!
Haywire ” - jaypoirier17
 
64.
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ Best Films :
Brokeback Mountain
Life of Pi
Hulk ” - jaypoirier17
 
65.
Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers. Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family...
“ Best Films :
Scarface
Blow Out
Dressed to Kill
Carrie
The Untouchables ” - jaypoirier17
 
66.
“ Best Films :
We Need to Talk about Kevin ” - jaypoirier17
 
67.
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
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 they shot their first documentary...
“ I am including Luc Dardenne

Best Films :
Deux Jours, Une Nuit
Rosetta
L'enfant ” - jaypoirier17
 
68.
David Lean
David Lean was an English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor, best remembered for big-screen epics such as The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965). He is also known for the Dickens adaptations of Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948), as well as the romantic drama Brief Encounter (1945)...
“ Best Films :
Lawrence of Arabia
The Bridge on the River Kwai ” - jaypoirier17
 
69.
Sam Mendes
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-years-old...
“ Best films :
American Beauty
Road to Perdition
Skyfall
Revolutionary Road
Spectre ” - jaypoirier17
 
70.
“ Best Films :
Trainspotting
127 Hours
Slumdog Millionaire
Trance
The Beach ” - jaypoirier17
 
71.
Milos Forman
Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in Buchenwald and his mother died in Auschwitz...
“ Best Films :
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Amadeus ” - jaypoirier17
 
72.
Hal Ashby
Director, Being There
Hal Ashby was born the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon household in Ogden, Utah, on September 2, 1929. His father was a dairy farmer. After a rough childhood that included the divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, his dropping out of high school, getting married and divorced all before he was 19...
“ Best Films :
Harold and Maude
The Last Detail ” - jaypoirier17
 
73.
“ Best films :
Oldboy
Stoker ” - jaypoirier17
 
74.
“ Best Films :
Naked ” - jaypoirier17
 
75.
Mike Nichols
Director, Closer
He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin...
“ Best Films :
The Graduate
Charlie Wilson's War ” - jaypoirier17
 
76.
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 nineteen and worked odd jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ Best films :
Gran Torino
Mystic River
Million Dollar Baby
Unforgiven
J. Edgar ” - jaypoirier17
 
77.
“ Best Films :
Silver Linings Playbook
The Fighter
American Hustle ” - jaypoirier17
 
78.
William Friedkin
Director, The Exorcist
Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with Orson Welles after seeing Citizen Kane...
“ Best films :
The Exorcist
The French Connection
Killer Joe
Hunted ” - jaypoirier17
 
79.
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 :
La Notte
L'Eclisse
L'Avventura ” - jaypoirier17
 
80.
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 ” - jaypoirier17
 
81.
“ Best Films :
Gomorrah ” - jaypoirier17
 
82.
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 :
In the Mood for Love ” - jaypoirier17
 
83.
Kathryn Bigelow
Director, The Hurt Locker
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be critiqued by people like Richard Serra...
“ Best Films :
Zero Dark Thirty
The Hurt Locker
Point Break ” - jaypoirier17
 
84.
Todd Haynes
Director, I'm Not There.
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. The movie uses dolls instead of actors to tell the the story of the late Karen Carpenter...
“ Best Films :
I'm Not There
Carol ” - jaypoirier17
 
85.
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 :
Europe 51'
Rome, Open City
Paisan
Germany, Year Zero ” - jaypoirier17
 
86.
Andrea Arnold
Actress, No 73
“ Best Films :
Fish Tank ” - jaypoirier17
 
87.
Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May second, 1921. His father, Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie Pather Panchali won several International Awards and set Ray as a world-class director...
“ Best Films :
The Apu Trilogy ” - jaypoirier17
 
88.
Michael Mann
Producer, Heat
A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief starring James Caan as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
“ Best Films :
Heat
The Insider
Thief
Public Ennemies
The Last of the Mohicans ” - jaypoirier17
 
89.
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
Alien Resurection ” - jaypoirier17
 
90.
Jacques Audiard
Writer, A Prophet
Born in Paris, France, in 1952. Jacques Audiard's family has always been involved in movie business. His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer. But in his teens he refused that world and wanted to be a teacher. He studied literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne but didn't finish his degree...
“ Best Films :
Un Prophète ” - jaypoirier17
 
91.
Rian Johnson
Director, Looper
Rian Johnson was born in Maryland. At a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California where he was raised. After graduating from High school, he went on to attend University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film "Brick" was released in 2005 and was the building block (no pun intended) that launched his career...
“ Best Films :
Looper
The Brother Bloom ” - jaypoirier17
 
92.
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 :
Underground ” - jaypoirier17
 
93.
Bob Fosse
Miscellaneous Crew, All That Jazz
“ Best Films :
All That Jazz ” - jaypoirier17
 
94.
“ Best Films :
La Grande Belleza ” - jaypoirier17
 
95.
“ Best Films :
District 9
Elysium ” - jaypoirier17
 
96.
Michael Moore
Michael Francis Moore was born in Flint, Michigan on April 23, 1954, and was raised in its Davison suburb. He is the son of Helen Veronica (Wall), a secretary, and Francis Richard Moore, who worked on an auto assembly line. He has Irish, as well as English and Scottish, ancestry. Moore studied journalism at the University of Michigan-Flint...
“ Best Films:
Fahrenheit 911 ” - jaypoirier17
 
97.
James Gray
Writer/director James Gray made his first film Little Odessa at the age of twenty-five. The film, which starred Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell, received critical acclaim and was the winner of the Venice Film Festival's prestigious Silver Lion Award in 1994. Miramax Films released James Gray's second feature...
“ Best Films :
Two Lovers
The Immigrant
We Own the Night ” - jaypoirier17
 
98.
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...
“ Best Films :
Aliens
Titanic
Terminator 2 : Judgment Day
The Terminator
Avatar ” - jaypoirier17
 
99.
Jeff Nichols
Writer, Mud
“ Best Films :
Take Shelter
Mud ” - jaypoirier17
 
100.
Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann grew up in rural Australia. He first became enthralled by the world of movies and the power of storytelling at his father's theatre. He also encountered a variety of interesting people while working at the local gas station, and Luhrmann went on to use these experiences as a source for his own creativity...
“ Best Films :
The Great Gatsby
Romeo + Juliet
Australia
Strictly Ballroom ” - jaypoirier17