THE BEST blockbuster directors & producers. You know them, you love them, so keep supporting them.

by Miles_Jones | created - 20 Feb 2014 | updated - 15 Mar 2014 | Public

Respect.

1. Michael Bay

Producer | Armageddon

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 Divinyls. His work won...

The master of the action genre. Simply the best. And that's a FACT.

A lot of pathetic movie nerds/bloggers/wannabe critics on the web and IMDB in particular (like this desperate stalker Jaime Rebanal a.k.a. The One And Only - seriously kid, get a life) tend to criticize Bay exactly because the man is so big and successful. These smelly nerds are extremely angry because their favorite small-time/mid-level directors will NEVER, NEVER be able to achieve the Bay-level of success and popularity.

So cry me a river, militant movie buffs. Bitch and whine all you want. Great thing is - you're not changing anything. Bay is still one of the biggest filmmakers in the world and his fans will keep supporting him for years and years and years.

The End.

2. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Artificial Intelligence: AI

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...

The man who created the modern blockbuster. That's all you need to know.

Always respect him!

3. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

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 before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

4. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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,...

5. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

6. Stephen Sommers

Producer | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Stephen Sommers was born on March 20, 1962 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota, he attended St. John's University and the University of Seville in Spain. Afterward, Sommers spent the next four years performing as an actor in theater groups and managing rock bands throughout ...

7. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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, "...

8. Gore Verbinski

Director | Rango

Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of ...

9. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, 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 ...

10. Francis Lawrence

Director | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Francis Lawrence was born on March 26, 1971 in Vienna, Austria. He is a director and producer, known for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) and Constantine (2005).

11. Ron Howard

Actor | Arrested Development

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.

Howard ...

12. Robert Zemeckis

Writer | Back to the Future

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 (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...

13. Wolfgang Petersen

Director | Das Boot

This director seems to shine most when making movies that can best be described as part action movies/part disaster movies.

Beginning with Outbreak (1995) about the outbreak of a killer virus. This film had shades of an Irwin Allen disaster movie, The Swarm (1978), about the outbreak of killer bees....

14. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the United Kingdom and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted ...

15. Jerry Bruckheimer

Producer | Armageddon

Jerry Bruckheimer was born on September 21, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Jerome Leon Bruckheimer. He is a producer, known for Armageddon (1998), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006). He is married to Linda Bruckheimer. He was ...

16. Arnold Kopelson

Producer | Platoon

Arnold Kopelson has produced 29 motion pictures. He has been honored with a Best Picture Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and an Independent Spirit Award, all for his production of Platoon (1986). He received a Best Picture Academy Award nomination for his production of The Fugitive (2000). Kopelson's...

17. Neal H. Moritz

Producer | The Fast and the Furious

Neal H. Moritz was born on June 6, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a producer, known for The Fast and the Furious (2001), Out of Time (2003) and S.W.A.T. (2003).

18. Joel Silver

Producer | Hudson Hawk

As flamboyant as any character in his movies, Joel Silver can be credited along with Jerry Bruckheimer as practically reinventing the action film genre in the 1980s. Born in New Jersey, he attended the New York University Film School. After college, he worked at Lawrence Gordon Pictures, earning ...

19. Alex Kurtzman

Producer | Sleepy Hollow

Alex Kurtzman was born on September 7, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Alexander Hilary Kurtzman. He is a producer and writer, known for Sleepy Hollow (2013), Star Trek (2009) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009). He is married to Samantha Counter.

As a producer.

20. Roberto Orci

Producer | Star Trek

Roberto Orci was born on July 20, 1973 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a producer and writer, known for Star Trek (2009), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Fringe (2008).

As a producer.

21. Jon Landau

Producer | Titanic

Jon Landau was born on July 23, 1960 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer, known for Titanic (1997), Avatar (2009) and Dick Tracy (1990).

22. Gale Anne Hurd

Producer | The Terminator

Gale Anne Hurd was born on October 25, 1955 in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Stanford University, she joined New World Pictures as executive assistant to Roger Corman, the company president. She worked her way up through various administrative positions and eventually became ...

23. Laura Ziskin

Producer | The Butler

Laura Ziskin was born on March 3, 1950 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA as Laura Ellen Ziskin. She was a producer, known for The Butler (2013), No Way Out (1987) and Spider-Man (2002). She was married to Alvin Sargent and Julian Barry. She died on June 12, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

RIP, Laura.

24. Don Simpson

Producer | Days of Thunder

Mr. Simpson was an extravagant movie producer whose blockbusters Flashdance (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), and Top Gun (1986) helped define the pop culture of the 1980s. Mr. Simpson teamed with Jerry Bruckheimer in 1983 to produce these hits. In 1985 and 1988, the duo were named producers of the...

25. Mike Stenson

Producer | Remember the Titans

Mike Stenson is a producer and production manager, known for Remember the Titans (2000), Deja Vu (2006) and National Treasure (2004).

26. Chad Oman

Producer | Remember the Titans

Chad Oman was born on May 15, 1965 in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA as Charles Wilton Oman Jr. He is a producer and actor, known for Remember the Titans (2000), Armageddon (1998) and Deja Vu (2006).

27. Kevin Feige

Producer | Guardians of the Galaxy

Kevin Feige was born on June 2, 1973 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is a producer, known for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Daredevil (2003). He is married to Caitlin Feige.

28. Jon Jashni

Producer | Kong: Skull Island

Jon Jashni is a content producer and media investor who recently founded Raintree Ventures, an investment and incubation fund operating in the entertainment space.

Previously, Jashni was President and Chief Creative Officer of Legendary Entertainment where, as part of his duties, he oversaw the ...

29. Thomas Tull

Producer | Inception

Thomas Tull is a producer and actor, known for Inception (2010), Watchmen (2009) and Man of Steel (2013).

30. Richard D. Zanuck

Producer | Deep Impact

Richard D. Zanuck was born on December 13, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Darryl Zanuck. He was a producer, known for Deep Impact (1998), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Jaws (1975). He was married to Lili Fini Zanuck, Linda Harrison and Lili Gentle. He died on July 13, 2012 in ...

31. Duncan Henderson

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Duncan Henderson is a producer and assistant director, known for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and Oblivion (2013). He is married to Michele P. Henderson. They have one child.

32. Bruce Berman

Producer | Training Day

Bruce Berman is Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures. The company has a successful joint partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures to co-produce a wide range of motion pictures, with all films distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Under ...

33. Barbara Broccoli

Producer | Skyfall

She is one of the entertainment industry's most successful female producers. Barbara Broccoli was born to legendary filmmaker Albert R. Broccoli, affectionately known as Cubby, and Dana Broccoli on June 18, 1960. Not long after, Cubby Broccoli and his new partner, Harry Saltzman, secured studio ...

34. Ian Bryce

Producer | Saving Private Ryan

Ian Bryce is a producer and assistant director, known for Saving Private Ryan (1998), Almost Famous (2000) and The Island (2005).

35. Peter Chernin

Producer | Hidden Figures

Peter Chernin was born on May 29, 1951 in Harrison, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Hidden Figures (2016), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Oblivion (2013).

36. Patrick Crowley

Producer | The Bourne Ultimatum

Patrick Crowley is a producer and assistant director, known for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Identity (2002). He is married to Cathleen Summers.

37. Tom Cruise

Actor | Top Gun

In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. ...

As a producer.

38. Donald De Line

Producer | The Italian Job

Donald De Line is a producer and executive, known for The Italian Job (2003), Fool's Gold (2008) and Green Lantern (2011).

39. Michael De Luca

Producer | The Social Network

Michael De Luca was born in 1965. He is known for his work on The Social Network (2010), Captain Phillips (2013) and Brothers (2009). He has been married to Angelique De Luca since June 2009. They have one child.

40. Tom DeSanto

Producer | X-Men

Tom DeSanto is a founding writer/producer behind some of the biggest franchises in movie history (X-Men, Transformers). DeSanto's films have grossed more than $4.47 billion dollars worldwide with a per film average of more than $746 million at the box office, in addition to billions more in home ...

41. John Lasseter

Writer | Toy Story 2

Although born in Hollywood John and his twin sister, Johanna were raised in Wittier near Los Angeles. His parents were Jewell Mae (Risley), an art teacher, and Paul Eual Lasseter, a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership. His mother's profession contributed to his interest in animation and ...

42. Susan Downey

Producer | Sherlock Holmes

Susan Downey was born on November 6, 1973 as Susan Nicole Levin. She is known for her work on Sherlock Holmes (2009), The Book of Eli (2010) and RocknRolla (2008). She has been married to Robert Downey Jr. since August 27, 2005. They have two children.

43. Ted Elliott

Writer | Shrek

Ted Elliott was born on July 4, 1961 in Santa Ana, California, USA. He is a writer, known for Shrek (2001), The Lone Ranger (2013) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

44. Terry Rossio

Writer | Shrek

Terry Rossio was born on July 2, 1960 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He is a writer, known for Shrek (2001), The Lone Ranger (2013) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

45. Larry J. Franco

Producer | The Thing

Larry J. Franco was born on April 5, 1949 in Sonora, California, USA as Larry Joseph Franco. He is a producer and assistant director, known for The Thing (1982), Mars Attacks! (1996) and Anonymous (2011). He has been married to Cindy Leung since June 29, 1991. He was previously married to Jill ...

46. Akiva Goldsman

Writer | A Beautiful Mind

Akiva Goldsman was born on July 7, 1962 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for A Beautiful Mind (2001), Batman & Robin (1997) and Fringe (2008).

47. Brian Grazer

Producer | A Beautiful Mind

Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer has been making movies and television programs for more than 25 years. As both a writer and producer, he has been personally nominated for four Academy Awards, and in 2002 won the Best Picture Oscar for A Beautiful Mind (2001). In addition to winning ...

48. Brad Grey

Producer | The Departed

Brad Grey was born on December 29, 1957 in Bronx, New York, USA as Bradley Alan Grey. He was a producer, known for The Departed (2006), The Sopranos (1999) and The Larry Sanders Show (1992). He was married to Cassandra Huysentuyt and Jill Gutterson. He died on May 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, ...

49. David Heyman

Producer | Gravity

David Heyman was born on July 26, 1961 in London, England as David Jonathan Heyman. He is a producer, known for Gravity (2013), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). He is married to Rose Batstone Uniacke. They have one child.

50. Jeffrey Katzenberg

Producer | Shrek

Jeffrey Katzenberg was born on December 21, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer, known for Shrek (2001), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) and The Prince of Egypt (1998). He has been married to Marilyn Katzenberg since 1975. They have two children.

51. Kathleen Kennedy

Producer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Kathleen Kennedy worked in San Diego local television before moving to Los Angeles, where she was hired by Steven Spielberg as a secretary on the production of 1941 (1979). Both later reported that she was lacking as a typist but had good production ideas. She was an associate to Mr. Spielberg on ...

52. Anne Kopelson

Producer | Se7en

Anne Kopelson was born as Anne Feinberg. She is a producer, known for Se7en (1995), Outbreak (1995) and Murder at 1600 (1997). She is married to Arnold Kopelson.

53. Roy Lee

Producer | The LEGO Movie

Roy Lee was born on March 23, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer, known for The Lego Movie (2014), Run All Night (2015) and Old Boy (2013).

54. Frank Marshall

Producer | Congo

Frank was born in Glendale, California to musician Jack Marshall. He entered the film world when his parents invited him to a birthday party for the daughter of directing legend John Ford in 1966. There, he met Peter Bogdanovich and soon agreed to work on his first film, Targets (1968), later ...

55. Arnon Milchan

Producer | L.A. Confidential

Arnon Milchan was born on December 6, 1944 in Palestine. He is known for his work on L.A. Confidential (1997), The Revenant (2015) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). He has been married to Amanda Coetzer since 2007. They have two children. He was previously married to Brigitte Genmaire.

56. Tony Scott

Producer | Domino

Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...

57. Michael Tadross

Production_manager | Sherlock Holmes

Michael Tadross was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a production manager and producer, known for Sherlock Holmes (2009), I Am Legend (2007) and Run All Night (2015).

58. Mark Vahradian

Producer | Transformers

Mark Vahradian is a producer and writer, known for Transformers (2007), Deepwater Horizon (2016) and Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014).

59. Brian Goldner

Producer | Transformers

Brian Goldner was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro in 2008. prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer of Hasbro, Inc. president, U.S. Toy Segment 2003. Prior thereto, President, U.S. Toys, from 2001 to 2003. Prior thereto, from 2000 to 2001, he was Senior Vice President and General ...

60. Jim Van Wyck

Producer | Armageddon

Jim Van Wyck graduated from the University of Oregon with a mathematics degree, and played eight years of professional baseball in the Minnesota Twins organization. He then entered the film industry through the Directors Guild Training Program. His first job was a production assistant on the ...

61. Paula Wagner

Producer | Mission: Impossible

Paula Wagner has worked in the top ranks of the entertainment industry as a talent agent, film producer, and studio executive. She develops and produces film, theatre, and television projects through her production company Chestnut Ridge Productions (CRP).

Wagner began her career as an agent at ...

62. Walter F. Parkes

Writer | WarGames

Walter F. Parkes was born on April 15, 1951 in Bakersfield, California, USA as Walter Steven Fishman. He is a producer and writer, known for WarGames (1983), Sneakers (1992) and Men in Black (1997). He is married to Laurie MacDonald.

63. Douglas Wick

Producer | Gladiator

Douglas Wick is a producer, known for Gladiator (2000), The Great Gatsby (2013) and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

64. Laurie MacDonald

Producer | Men in Black

Laurie MacDonald was born on December 19, 1953 in the USA. She is a producer, known for Men in Black (1997), The Kite Runner (2007) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). She has been married to Walter F. Parkes since 1983. They have two children.

65. Colin Wilson

Producer | Amistad

Colin Wilson is known for his work on Amistad (1997), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Munich (2005).

66. Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Producer | Four Brothers

Lorenzo di Bonaventura was born in 1957. He is a producer, known for Four Brothers (2005), Transformers (2007) and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009).