100+ Favorite Directors

by allisonalmodovar | created - 01 Jun 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

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1. 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 ...

Favorites 1. Shadow of a Doubt 2. Vertigo 3. North by Northwest 4. Strangers on a Train 5. The Birds 6. 39 Steps 7. Frenzy 8. The Lady Vanishes 9. Young and Innocent

Great Films 10. Rear Window 11. The Wrong Man 12. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) 13. Notorious 14. Mr. & Mrs. Smith 15. Lifeboat 16. Psycho

Good Films 17. Sound Test for Blackmail 18. Mary 19. Rope 20. Suspicion Rich and Strange 21. Champagne (1928) 22. Torn Curtain 23. Family Plot 24. Waltzes from Vienna (1934) 25. The Ring (1927/I) 26. Aventure malgache (1944) 27. Bon Voyage (1944) 28. Murder! 29. Blackmail 30. Secret Agent 31. Number Seventeen 32. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) 33. Stage Fright 34. Downhill

Okay Films 35. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 36. Juno and the Paycock 37. Dial M for Murder 38. Marnie 39. Foreign Correspondent 40. The Manxman 41. Easy Virtue 42. I Confess 43. Rebecca 44. Sabotage 45. Saboteur 46. The Farmer’s Wife (1928) 47. The Pleasure Garden

Ugh Films 48. Spellbound 49. To Catch a Thief 50. The Trouble With Harry 51. The Skin Game 52. The Paradine Case 53. Topaz 54. Jamaica Inn 55. Under Capricorn

-Allison / CinemaBecomesHer.Com

2. Claude Chabrol

Director | Le beau Serge

Claude Chabrol was born on June 24, 1930 in Paris, France. He was a director and writer, known for Le Beau Serge (1958), The Swindle (1997) and Story of Women (1988). He was married to Aurore Chabrol, Stéphane Audran and Agnès Goute. He died on September 12, 2010 in Paris.

Tier One 1. La Ceremonie / Judgment in Stone (1995) 2. Que la bête meure / This Man Must Die (1969) 3. Le Boucher (1970) 4. La Rupture (1970) 5. Le Cri du hibou / Cry of the Owl (1987) 6. Une Affaire de Femmes / The Story of Women (1988) 7. La Fille coupée en deux / A Girl Cut in Two (2007) 8. La Demoiselle d’honneur / The Bridesmaid (2004) 9. Inspector Lavardin (1986) 10. L’oeil du malin / The Third Lover (1962) 11. Violette Nozière (1978) 12. Bellamy/Inspector Bellamy (2008) 13. Betty (1992) 14. “Redoutables, Les” (2001) Episode: “Coup De Vice” not in the database 15. La Femme infidèle / Unfaithful Wife (1969)

Tier Two 16. Merci Pour Le Chocolat (2000) 17. À Double Tour (1959) 18. Les Bonnes Femmes (1960) 19. Les Biches (1968) 20. Au coeur du mensonge /The Color of Lies (1999)

Tier Three 21. “Chez Maupassant: La parure (#1.2)” (2007) 22. Masques / Masks 23. Cyprien Katsaris (1996) [TV] not in the database 24. Le Beau Serge / Handsome Serge/Bitter Reunion (1958) 25. M. Le Maudit (1982) not in the database 26. Les Cousins (1959) 27. Les godelureaux/Wise Guys (1961) 28. Les fantômes du chapelier /The Hatter’s Ghost (1982) 29. La ligne de démarcation/Line of Demarcation (1966) not in the database 30. “Chez Maupassant: Le petit fût (#2.4)” (2008) not in the database 31. Les plus belles escroqueries du monde (1964) not in the database 32. Les Magiciens/Death Rite (1976) 33. Madame Bovary (1991) 34. Les innocents aux mains sales / Innocents with Dirty Hands (1975) 35. Juste avant la nuit / Just Before Nightfall (1971) not in the database 36. Marie-Chantal contre le docteur Kha (1965) not in the database 37. Le tigre aime la chair fraiche/Code Name: Tiger (1964)

Tier Four 38. Alice ou la dernière fugue (1977) 39. L’oeil de Vichy (1993) 40. Ophélia (1963) 41. La décade prodigieuse/Ten Days Wonder (1971) 42. Le scandale/The Champagne Murders (1967) 43. L’Ivresse du pouvoir / Comedy of Power (2006)

Tier Five 44. Jours tranquilles à Clichy/Quiet Days in Clichy (1990) 45. Le tigre se parfume à la dynamite (1965) 46. Les Noces rouges / Wedding in Blood (1973) not in the database 47. L’Enfer / Hell (1994) 48. La Fleur du mal / Flower of Evil (2003) 49. “L’Avarice” 50. Folies bourgeoises/Twist (1976) not in the database 51. Rien na va Plus / The Swindle (1997) 52. Docteur Popaul / High Heels (1972) not in the database 53. Nada (1974) not in the database 54. Poulet au vinaigre / Cop au vin (1985) 55. La Route de Corinthe / Who’s Got the Black Box? (1967) not in the database 56. Une partie de plaisir (1975) 57. Les Liens de sang / Blood Relatives (1978)

Tier Six 58. Landru/Bluebeard (1963) 59. Le sang des autres/The Blood of Others (1984) 60. Dr. M (1990)


3. Krzysztof Kieslowski

Writer | Trois couleurs: Bleu

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 (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (...

Tier One: Favorites La Double vie de Veronique/The Double Life Of Veronique Rouge: Trois couleurs/Red Amator/Camera Buff Short Film About Love (Dekalog 6) Klaps/Slate

Tier Two: Good Films Dekalog Gadajace glowy/Talking Heads (1980) Bylem zolnierzem/I Was A Soldier (1971) Tramwaj/Tramway (1966) Zyciorys/Curriculum Vitae (1975) Siedem kobiet w róznym wieku/Seven Women of Different Ages (1979) Pierwsza milosc/First Love (TV 1974) Koncert zyczen/Concert of Wishes (1967) Z miasta Lodzi/From the City of Lodz (1968) not in database Blanc (White) Z punktu widzenia nocnego portiera/Night Porter’s Point of View (1979) Szpital/The Hospital (1977) Urzad/The Office (1966) Podstawy BHP w kopalni miedzi/The Principles of Safety and Hygiene in a Copper Mine (1972) Personel (TV 1976) not in the database

Tier Three: Okay Bleu: Trois couleurs/Blue: Three Colors Trilogy Heaven (based on a script by…) Blizna/The Scar (1976) not in the database

Tier Four Przeswietlenie/X-Ray (1974) Hell (based on a script by…) Refren/Refain (1972) Dworzec/Railway Station (1980) Miedzy Wroclawiem a Zielona Gora/Between Wroclaw and Zielona Gora (1972) Robotnicy 1971 – Nic o nas bez nas / Workers 1971 – Nothing About Us Without Us (1971) not in the database Fabryka/Factory (1971) not in the database No End Blind Chance


4. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

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...

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) Midnight in Paris (2011) The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Another Woman (1988) Alice (1990) Bullets Over Broadway (1994) Love and Death (1975) Blue Jasmine (2013) Annie Hall (1977) Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Café Society (2016) Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Small Time Crooks (2000) Take the Money and Run (1969) Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) Manhattan (1979) Bananas (1971) Irrational Man (2015) Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Sweet and Lowdown (1999) Scoop (2006) Whatever Works (2009) Hollywood Ending (2002) The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) Stardust Memories (1980) Interiors (1978) To Rome with Love (2012) Crisis in Six Scenes (Amazon Series, 2016) You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger/Vous allez rencontrer un bel et sombre inconnu (2010) Match Point (2005) Sleeper (1973) Play It Again, Sam (1972) Radio Days (1987) Wonder Wheel (2017)

Cassandra’s Dream (2007) Broadway Danny Rose (1984) Zelig (1983) Everyone Says I Love You (1996) Don’t Drink the Water (1994) Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971) Mighty Aphrodite Casino Royale Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask… September New York Stories Melinda and Melinda Celebrity Husbands and Wives Shadows and Fog Deconstructing Harry What’s Up, Tiger Lily? King Lear Anything Else

5. Luis Buñuel

Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

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 ...

Tier One: Favorites 1. Cet obscur objet du désir / That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) 2. Ensayo de un crimen / The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955) 3. Journal d’une femme de chambre / Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)

Tier Two: Films I Adore 4. Le Fantôme de la liberté / The Phantom of Liberty (1974) 5. Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie / The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) 6. Viridiana (1961) 7. El Gran Calavera / The Great Madcap (1949) Not in the database 8. Los Olvidados / The Young and the Damned (1950) 9. Nazarín (1959) 10. La Voie lactée / The Milky Way (1969) 11. Simón del desierto / Simon of the Desert (1965)

Tier Three: Really Good Films 12. Un chien andalou/An Andalusian Dog (1929) 13. La hija del engaño/Daughter of Deceit (1951) Not in the database 14. Gran Casino (Tampico) (1947) 15. La fièvre monte à El Pao (1959) 16. Susana (Carne y demonio) / The Devil and the Flesh (1951) 17. Cela s’appelle l’aurore

Tier Four: Not Bad 18. El Bruto / The Brute (1953) 19. Subida al cielo / Mexican Bus Ride (1952) 20. Abismos de pasión / Wuthering Heights (1954) 21. La Ilusión viaja en tranvía / Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1954) 22. Belle de jour (1967)

Tier Five: Films I Wasn’t Too Crazy About 23. El río y la muerte (1955) 24. El Ángel exterminado/The Exterminating Angel (1962) 25. Robinson Crusoe /The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954) 26. Una Mujer sin amor /A Woman Without Love (1952) 27. La Mort en ce jardin/Death in the Garden (1956) 28. Tristana (1970) 29. Las Hurdes 30. L’âge d’or (1930) 31. Fall Of the House of Usher

Tier Six: Films I Absolutely Hated 32. El (1953) 33. La Joven/The Young One (1960)


6. 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 ...

1. Vivement dimanche! / Confidentially Yours 2. Antoine and Colette 3. Jules et Jim 4. Baisers voles / Stolen Kisses 5. Domicile conjugal /Bed & Board 6. The Man Who Loved Women 7. Le Dernier métro / The Last Metro 8. Les Quatre cents coups / The 400 Blows 9. Nuit Americaine / Day for Night 10. La Mariee Etait en noir / The Bride Wore Black 11. Tirez sur le pianiste / Don’t Shoot the Piano Player 12. Une belle fille comme moi / A Gorgeous Bird Like Me (1972) 13. La Sirène du Mississipi / Mississippi Mermaid 14. L’Argent de poche / Small Change 15. La chambre verte/The Green Room — L’Amour en fuite/Love on the Run Fahrenheit 451 L’Histoire d’Adèle H. /The Story of Adele H. La Petite voleuse/The Little Thief (based on a script by François Truffaut, directed by Claude Miller) Les Mistons/The Kids L’Enfant Sauvage/Wild Child Les Deux anglaises et le continent/Two English Girls La Peau douce/The Soft Skin


7. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...

Tier One: Favorites 1. Todo sobre mi madre / All About My Mother 2. Hable Con Ella / Talk to Her 3. Volver / To Return 4. La Mala educación / Bad Education 5. Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios / Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 6. Flor de mi secreto / Flower of My Secret 7. Entre tinieblas / Dark Habits 8. Los abrazos rotos/Broken Embraces (2009) 9. Carne tremula / Live Flesh (based on the book by Ruth Rendell) 10. Kika 11. La Ley del deseo / Law of Desire 12. Los amantes pasajeros/ I’m So Excited (2013) 13. La piel que habito/The Skin I Live In 14. Pepi, Luci, Bom 15. La concejala antropófaga/The Cannibalistic Councillor 16. Tacones lejanos / High Heels 17. ¡Átame!/Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down 18. Laberinto de pasiones / Labyrinth of Passion 19. ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!! / What Have I Done To Deserve This? 20. Salome (1978) Not in Auteurs’ database 21. Tráiler para amantes de lo prohibido (1985) (TV) Not in Auteurs’ database 22. Matador


8. 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.

Tier One: Favorites 1. Cleo de 5 a 7 / Cleo From 5 to 7 2. Les demoiselles de Rochefort/The Young Girls of Rochefort 3. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse/The Gleaners and I 4. Salut les cubains 5. Elsa la rose 6. Les créatures 7. Jane B. by Agnès V. 8. Faces Places Tier Two: Good Films 9. Les plages d'Agnès/The Beaches of Agnes 10. La Pointe-Courte 11. Le Bonheur/Happiness 12. Les fiancés du pont Mac Donald ou (Méfiez-vous des lunettes noires) 13. Black Panthers/Huey 14. T'as de beaux escaliers, tu sais (1986) 15. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse... deux ans après/The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later 16. Jacquot de Nantes 17. Sans toit ni loi/Vagabond 18. Du côté de la côte (1958) 19. Oncle Yanco/Uncle Yanco 20. Mur Murs 21. L'opéra-mouffe/Diary of a Pregnant Woman 22. Plaisir d'amour en Iran (1976) 23. 101 Nights/Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma 24. L'une chante, l'autre pas/One Sings, The Other Doesn't 25. Lions Love 26. Les dites cariatides 27. Daguerréotypes 28. Le lion volatil/The Vanishing Lion (2003) 29. Le Petit Amor/Kung-fu master! 30. Documenteur

9. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many ...

1. Sunset Blvd. 2. Witness for the Prosecution 3. Double Indemnity 4. Sabrina 5. The Apartment 6. Love in the Afternoon 7. Fortune Cookie 8. Stalag 17 9. Ace In the Hole 10. Mauvaise graine/Bad Blood 11. The Major and the Minor 12. One, Two, Three 13. The Death Mills (1945) 14. Kiss Me Stupid 15. Some Like It Hot 16. The Spirit of Saint Louis 17. Irma La Douce 18. A Foreign Affair 19. Fedora 20. The Lost Weekend 21. Five Graves to Cairo 22. Buddy, Buddy 23. Seven Year Itch 24. The Front Page 25. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes


10. Éric Rohmer

Director | Le genou de Claire

Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, ...

1. L’amour l’après-midi / Chloe in the Afternoon (1972) 2. Le Beau Mariage / The Good Marriage (1978) 3. Pauline à la plage / Pauline at the Beach 4. Le Genou de Claire / Claire’s Knee 5. Le Signe du lion / The Sign of Leo 6. Conte d’hiver / A Winter’s Tale 7. Conte d’été / A Summer’s Tale 8. Ma nuit chez Maud / My Night at Maud’s 9. Les nuits de la pleine lune / Full Moon in Paris (1984) 10. Die Marquise von O / The Marquise of O 11. L’Anglaise et le duc / The Lady and the Duke 12. Suzanne’s Career 13. Les Rendez-vous de Paris not in the database 14. L’Ami de mon amie / Boyfriends and Girlfriends 15. La Collectionneuse / Collector Girl (1967) 16. La Femme de l’aviateur / The Aviator’s Wife (1981) 17. Les amours d’Astrée et de Céladon / Romance of Astree and Celadon 18. The Tree, The Mayor, and the Mediatheque 19. Conte de printemps / A Tale of Springtime (1990) 20. La Boulangère de Monceau /The Girl at the Monceau Bakery 21. Triple agent 22. Le Rayon vert / The Green Ray 23. Conte d’automne / Autumn Tale 24. Perceval le Gallois (1978) 25. 4 aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle


11. Fritz Lang

Actor | Le mépris

Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...

Tier One 1. M 2. Secret Beyond the Door… 3. The Big Heat 4. Human Desire

Tier Two 5. House by the River 6. You & Me 7. Fury 8. Man Hunt 9. While the City Sleeps 10. The Blue Gardenia

Tier Three 11. Woman in the Window 12. Clash by Night 13. Woman in the Moon 14. Spione 15. Liliom 16. Cloak and Dagger 17. Destiny/Der müde Tod 18. Metropolis

Tier Four 19. Scarlet Street 20. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler 21. Vier um die Frau/Four Around a Woman 22. Rancho Notorious 23. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 24. Hangmen Also Die! 25. Ministry of Fear 26. You Only Live Once 27. Harakiri

Tier Five 28. Moonfleet 29. Das indische Grabmal/The Indian Tomb


12. 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 ...

1. Cluny Brown 2. Broken Lullaby 3. Shop Around the Corner 4. Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife 5. Design for Living 6. One Hour With You 7. Heaven Can Wait (1943) 8. That Uncertain Feeling 9. The Doll/DiePuppe 10. I Don’t Want to Be a Man 11. So This is Paris 12. A Royal Scandal 13. Ninotchka 14. The Smiling Lieutenant 15. Austernprinzessin, Die/Oyster Princess (1919) 16. If I Had Million 17. Monte Carlo 18. The Merry Widow (1934) 19. To Be or Not to Be (1942) 20. Eternal Love (1929) 21. Angel 22. The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) 23. Anna Boleyn 24. Bergkatze, Die aka The Wildcat (1921) 25. The Love Parade 26. Passion aka Madame du Barry 27. Trouble in Paradise 28. Lady Windemere’s Fan 29. The Marriage Circle 30. Carmen aka Gypsy Blood 31. The Merry Jail 32. The Eyes of the Mummy 33. Sumurun (1920) 34. The Lady in Ermine


13. Robert Bresson

Writer | Au hasard Balthazar

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. ...

1. Au Hasard Balthazar 2. Procès de Jeanne d’Arc 3. Mouchette 4. Pickpocket 5. Quatre nuits d’un rêveur /Four Nights of a Dreamer 6. Une Femme Douce/A Gentle Woman 7. Diary of a Country Priest 8. Les affaires publiques 9. Les anges du péché 10. Les dames du Bois de Boulogne 11. Un condamné à mort s’est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut/A Man Escaped

12. Lancelot D’Lac 13. L’Argent/Money 14. Le Diable probablement/The Devil Probably


14. Julien Duvivier

Writer | Panique

Revered by such legendary fellow directors as Ingmar Bergman and Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier is one of the greatest figures in the history of French cinema and of world cinema in general. He is perhaps the most neglected of the "Big Five" of classic French cinema (the other four being Jean Renoir,...

Tier One: Excellent Poil de Carotte/The Red Head (1932) Un carnet de bal (1937) La belle équipe/They Were Five/The Good Crew (1936) Chair de poule/Highway Pick-up (1963) Flesh and Fantasy (1943)

Tier Two: Very Good Voici le temps des assassins…/Deadlier Than the Male (1956) Anna Karenina (1948) Pépé le Moko (1937) La fin du jour/The End of the Day (1939) La Fete a Henriette (1952) Marie-Octobre (1959) Don Camillo (1952) Poil de carotte (1925) Le retour de Don Camillo (1953)

Tier Three: Decent Efforts The Great Waltz (1938) not in database L’Imposteur/The Imposter/Strange Confession (1944) Lydia (1941) David Golder (1931) Diaboliquement vôtre/Diabolically Yours (1967) Black Jack (1950) Marie Antoinette (1938) L’affaire Maurizius/On Trial (1954) Le mystère de la tour Eiffel (1927) Panique/Panic (1947) La bandera (1935) Maria Chapdelaine (1934) Le tourbillon de Paris/The Maelstrom of Paris (1928) Marianne de ma jeunesse/Marianne of My Youth (1955/I) Pot-Bouille/Lovers of Paris (1957) Untel père et fils/Immortal France/The Heart of a Nation (1943) Le golem/Golem: Legend of Prague (1936) La chambre ardente/The Burning Court (1962) Golgotha (1935) Au bonheur des dames (1930)

Tier Four: Meh Tales of Manhattan (1942)


15. Roman Polanski

Director | Chinatown

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 ...

Tier One 1. Tess 2. Rosemary’s Baby 3. Chinatown 4. The Pianist

Tier Two 5. The Ghost Writer 6. The Ninth Gate 7. Death and the Maiden 8. Frantic 9. Knife in the Water

Tier Three 10. The Tenant 11. Cul-de-sac 12. Short films (Ssaki, Two Men and a Wardrobe) 13. Repulsion 14. Carnage

Tier Four 15. Oliver Twist 16. The Tragedy of Macbeth 17. Bitter Moon 18. Pirates 19.Che? 20. The Fearless Vampire Killers


16. 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 ...

1. Quai des Orfèvres 2. Les Diaboliques 3. L’enfer (1964) unfinished 4. L’assassin habite… au 21 (1942) [Trivia: This film’s poster was featured in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. ] 5. La vérité/The Truth (1960) 6. Le salaire de la peur/Wages of Fear (1953) 7. Les Espions 8. Le Corbeau 9. La prisonnière/Woman in Chains (1968) 10. Manon 11. Le mystère Picasso/The Mystery of Picasso (1956)


17. Jacques Rivette

Director | La belle noiseuse

Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began "thanks to Rivette," the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his "Cahiers du Cinéma" colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer...

Tier One 1. Jeanne la Pucelle II – Les prisons (1994) 2. Ne touchez pas la hache/Don’t Touch the Axe/Duchess of Langleais (2007) 3. Le pont du Nord (1981) 4. La religieuse (1966) 5. Haut bas fragile (1995)

Tier Two L’amour par terre (1984) Merry-Go-Round (1981) Duelle (une quarantaine) (1976) Jeanne la Pucelle I – Les batailles (1994) Le coup du berger (1956) not in database Secret défense (1998) Histoire de Marie et Julien (2003) Around a Small Mountain Noroît (1976) Paris nous appartient (1960) Céline et Julie vont en bateau (1974) L’amour fou (1969) La bande des quatre (1988) Hurlevent (1985)

Tier Three Va savoir (2001) Out 1 (1974) La belle noiseuse/Divertimento (1991)


18. 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...

Tier One 1. Angst vor der Angst /Fear of Fear (1975) 2. Angst essen Seele auf / Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) 3. Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant, Die / The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) 4. Mutter Küsters’ Fahrt zum Himmel / Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975) 5. Wildwechsel/Jail Bait (1973) 6. Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? / Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970) 7. Welt am Draht / World on a Wire /World on Wires/World on a Wire (1973) (TV) 8. Der Stadtstreicher / The City Tramp (1966) (short film) 9. Das Kleine Chaos/The Little Chaos (1966) 10. Faustrecht der Freiheit / Fox and His Friends (1975)

Tier Two 11. Dritte Generation, Die / The Third Generation (1979) 12. Satansbraten / Satan’s Brew (1976) 13. Chinesisches Roulette /Chinese Roulette (1976) 14. Katzelmacher (1969) 15. Martha (1974)

Tier Three 16. Pioniere in Ingolstadt / Pioneers in Ingolstadt (1971) not in database 17. Lola (1981) 18. Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss, Die / Veronika Voss (1982) 19. In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden / In a Year of 13 Moons (1978) 20. Bolwieser/The Stationmaster’s Wife (1977) (TV) 21. Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (1972)… aka The Merchant of Four Seasons 22. Rio das Mortes (1971) (TV) 23. Nora Helmer (1974) (TV) 24. Niklashauser Fart, Die/ The Niklashausen Journey (1970) 25. Amerikanische Soldat, Der (1970)… aka The American Soldier (USA) 26. Deutschland im Herbst (1978) … aka Germany in Autumn 27. Ehe der Maria Braun, Die / Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) 28. Effi Briest (USA) 29. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) TV Series (14 episodes, 1980) 30. Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte / Beware of a Holy Whore (1971) 31. Liebe ist kälter als der Tod / Love Is Colder Than Death (1969)

Tier Four 32. Whity(1971) 33. Despair (1978) 34. Querelle (1982)


19. Alain Resnais

Director | Hiroshima mon amour

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 Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Same Old Song (1997) and Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980). He was married to Sabine Azéma and Florence Malraux. He ...

1. Les herbes folles/ Wild Grass 2. Coeurs/Private Fears in Public Places 3. Mon Oncle D’Amerique/My American Uncle 4. Je t’aime, je t’aime 5. Hiroshima, Mon amour 6. Smoking/No Smoking 7. L’amour à mort /Love Unto Death 8. La vie est un roman /Life is a Bed of Roses 9. Last Year at Marienbad 10. Vous n’avez encore rien vu/You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet 11. I Want to Go Home 12. Mélo /Melo 13. Muriel (ou Le temps d’un retour) 14. Stavisky… 15. On connaît la chanson/Same Old Song 16. Toute la mémoire du monde /All the World’s Memory 17. Nuit et brouillard/Night and Fog 18. La guerre est finie/The War is Over 19. Pas sur la bouche /Not on the Lips 20. Providence


20. William A. Wellman

Director | A Star Is Born

William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born (1937), was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle.

A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th...

Tier One A Star Is Born (1937) Looking for Trouble (1934) Wild Boys of the Road (1933) The Public Enemy (1931) Magic Town (1947) Night Nurse (1931) Battleground (1949) Safe in Hell (1931) Midnight Mary (1933) Wings (1927) Small Town Girl (1936)

Tier Two The Purchase Price (1932) Lilly Turner (1933) Roxie Hart (1942) Lady of Burlesque (1943) Beau Geste (1939) The Iron Curtain (1948) Good-bye My Lady Nothing Sacred (1937) My Man and I (1952) So Big! (1932) The Great Man’s Lady The Light That Failed (1939) Frisco Jenny (1932) The Boob (1926) Beggars of Life (1928) The Star Witness (1931) College Coach (1933) Gallant Journey (1946) The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) The High and the Mighty (1954) The Next Voice You Hear… (1950) The Conquerors (1932) Maybe It’s Love (1930)

Tier Three The Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936) Central Airport (1933) Heroes for Sale (1933) Across the Wide Missouri (1951) Blood Alley (1955) Yellow Sky (1948) The Hatchet Man (1932) This Man’s Navy (1945) The Happy Years (1950) Track of the Cat (1954)

Tier Four Stingaree (1934) Viva Villa! (1934) Westward the Women (1951) Island in the Sky (1953)


21. Dorothy Arzner

Director | Christopher Strong

Dorothy Arzner, the only woman director during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood's studio system--from the 1920s to the early 1940s and the woman director with the largest oeuvre in Hollywood to this day--was born January 3, 1897 (some sources put the year as 1900), in San Francisco, California, to a ...

Tier One: Favorites Working Girls (1931) Merrily We Go to Hell (1932) Nana (1934) Craig’s Wife (1936) [I’m addicted to this movie. Joan Crawford later remade this movie.]

Tier Two: Very Good Films Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) Get Your Man (1927) First Comes Courage (1943) [A very good, underrated movie. It was Arner’s last.]

Tier Three: Decent Films The Wild Party (1929) Anybody’s Woman (1930) Christopher Strong (1933) [A pretty interesting thirties film about a cross-dressing female pilot.] Sarah and Son (1930) [An amazing performance by Ruth Chatterton. Otherwise the film isn’t too special story-wise.] The Bride Wore Red (1937) The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937) Honor Among Lovers (1931)


22. Marcel Pagnol

Writer | La fille du puisatier

Marcel Pagnol was born on February 28, 1895 in Aubagne, Bouches-du-Rhône, France as Marcel Paul Pagnol. He was a writer and producer, known for The Well-Digger's Daughter (1940), Le schpountz (1938) and Angele (1934). He was married to Jacqueline Pagnol and Simone Collin. He died on April 18, 1974 ...

This list covers not only the films he made, but the adaptations of his novels by other directors.


Angele Le Schpountz/Heartbeat La gloire de mon père/My Father’s Glory (1990) Le château de ma mère/My Mother’s Castle (1990) Jean de Florette (1986) Manon des sources /Manon of the Spring (1986) La femme du boulanger/The Baker’s Wife (1938) César (1936) Marius (1931) Fanny (1932) Topaze (1951) not in the database La belle meunière (1948) not in the database La fille du puisatier/The Well-Digger’s Daughter (1940)

Harvest/Regain (1937) Les lettres de mon moulin/Letters from My Windmill (1954) not in the database

Topaze (1933/I, Harry d’Abbadie d’Arrast)


23. 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 ...

1. Drôle de drame ou L’étrange aventure de Docteur Molyneux/Bizarre, Bizarre (1937) 2. Thérèse Raquin (1953) 3. Hôtel du Nord (1938) 4. Jenny (1936) 5. Le Quai des brumes/Port of Shadows (1938) 6. Les visiteurs du soir/The Devil’s Envoys (1942) 7. Les Enfants du paradis/Children of Paradise (1945) 8. Air de Paris/Air of Paris (1954) 9. Le Jour se lève/Daybreak (1939) 10. Les Assassins de l’ordre (1971) 11. La Merveilleuse visite (1974)


24. 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 ...

Tier One: WONDERFULLY DELICIOUS! 1. The Story of a Cheat 2. Le Nouveau Testament/Indiscretions 3. Faisons un rêve 4. Désiré 5. Mon pere avait raison 6. Les perles de la couronne (1937) 7. Le mot de Cambronne (1937)

Tier Two: OKAY 8. Quadrille


25. Maurice Pialat

Director | Sous le soleil de Satan

Maurice Pialat was born on August 31, 1925 in Cunlhat, Puy-de-Dôme, France. He was a director and writer, known for Under the Sun of Satan (1987), À Nos Amours (1983) and Police (1985). He was married to Sylvie Pialat. He died on January 11, 2003 in Paris, France.


A Nos Amours L'enfance nue Passe ton bac d'abord Police Nous Ne Viellirons Pas Ensemble Loulou The Mouth Agape Van Gogh Under the Sun of Satan


26. Michael Haneke

Writer | 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 ...

1. The White Ribbon 2. Hidden/Cache 3. Benny’s Video 4. Amour 5. The Seventh Continent 6. Funny Games U.S. 7. Funny Games 8. Code Unknown 9. The Piano Teacher 10. 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance 11. Time of the Wolf


27. Robert Altman

Director | Gosford Park

Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...

Tier One: Favorites 1. The Long Goodbye 2. Three Women 3. Gosford Park 4. The Player 5. Kansas City 6. California Split

Tier Two: Decent Films 7. Thieves Like Us 8. MASH 9. The Gingerbread Man 10. Secret Honor (1984) 11. That Cold Day in the Park (1969) 12. A Wedding 13. Brewster McCloud 14. Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) 15. The Company (Saw this movie a few days after Altman died, in tribute to him.) 16. Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson 17. A Prairie Home Companion 18. Nightmare in Chicago

Tier Three: Not That Great 19. Fool for Love 20. Vincent & Theo 21. Popeye (1980) 22. Nashville (I saw it in Nashville) 23. McCabe & Mrs. Miller 24. Dr. T & The Women 25. Cookie's Fortune 26. Short Cuts (perhaps I'd like it more on a rewatch)

Tier Four: Unbearable 27. Streamers 28. Images 29. Prêt-à-Porter

To rank: Modern Football (found film)


28. 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 A Woman Under the Influence (1974). He was married to Gena Rowlands. He died on February 3, 1989 in Los ...

Shadows (1959)

Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) Gloria (1980) Too Late Blues (1961)

Opening Night (1977) A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Love Streams (1984)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) Husbands (1970)

A Child Is Waiting (1963) Faces (I) (1968)


29. Anne Fontaine

Writer | Coco avant Chanel

Anne Fontaine was born on July 15, 1959 in Luxembourg as Anne Sibertin-Blanc. She is an actress and writer, known for Coco Before Chanel (2009), The Innocents (2016) and Marvin ou la belle éducation (2017). She is married to Philippe Carcassonne. They have one child.

1. Nathalie... (2003) 2. Entre ses mains/In His Hands (2005) 3. Adore (2013) 4. Les innocentes/The Innocents 5. Gemma Bovery 6. Comment j'ai tué mon père /How I Killed My Father (2001) 7. Nettoyage à sec /Dry Cleaning(1997) 8. Mon pire cauchemar/My Worst Nightmare (2011) 9. La fille de Monaco /The Girl From Monaco (2008) 10. Coco avant Chanel / Coco Before Chanel (2009) 11. Nouvelle chance/Oh, La La! (2006) 12. Augustin, roi du Kung-fu (1999)


30. Bertrand Tavernier

Director | Un dimanche à la campagne

Bertrand Tavernier was a law student that preferred write film criticisms. He also wrote a few books about American movies. Then his first film won a few awards in France and abroad and established his reputation.

1. Coup de Torchon 2. The Clockmaker of St. Paul 3. In the Electric Mist 4. Daddy Nostalgia 5. The Princess of Montpensier 6. Safe Conduct 7. The Judge and the Assassin 8. Let Joy Reign Supreme 9. A Sunday in the Country 10. Round Midnight 11. *Des enfants gâtés/Spoiled Children* (1977) 12. L.627 13. Life and Nothing But 14. Fresh Bait


31. Mike Leigh

Director | Happy-Go-Lucky

Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Another Year (2010). He was previously married to Alison Steadman.

Tier One 1. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) 2. Secrets & Lies (1996) 3. Life Is Sweet (1990) 4. All or Nothing (2002/I) 5. Grown-Ups (1980) TV episode"BBC2 Playhouse" (1 episode, 1980)

Tier Two 6. A Sense of History (1992) (TV) 7. High Hopes (1988) 8. Topsy-Turvy (1999) 9. Who's Who (1979) TV episode 10. The Short & Curlies (1987) (TV) 11. "Five Minute Films" (1975) TV series 12. Abigail's Party (1977) TV episode 13. Vera Drake (2004) 14. Another Year 15. Mr. Turner 16. Career Girls (1997) 17. "Second City Firsts" The Permissive Society (1975) 18. Home Sweet Home (1982) TV episode 19.Meantime (1984) (TV) 20. The Kiss of Death (1977) TV episode 21. Nuts in May (1976) TV episode

Tier Three 22. Hard Labour 23. Naked (1993) 24. Four Days in July (1985) (TV) 25. Bleak Moments (1971)


32. David Lynch

Writer | Twin Peaks

Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future ...

1. Mulholland Dr. 2. Wild at Heart 3. Blue Velvet 4. Lost Highway 5. Twin Peaks: The Return 6. The Straight Story 7. Eraserhead 8. The Elephant Man 9. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me 10. David Lynch Interview Project 11. The Grandmother 12. Inland Empire 13. Dune


33. 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"...

1 Deserto rosso, Il /Red Desert (1964) 2 Eclisse, L’ (1962) 3 Grido, Il (1957) 4 Notte, La (1961) 5 Amiche, Le (1955) 6 Avventura, L’ (1960) 7 Zabriskie Point (1970) 8 Cronaca di un amore (1950) 9 Al di là delle nuvole /Beyond the Clouds (1995) 10 N.U. (1948) 11 Identificazione di una donna (1982) 12 Blowup (1966) / Professione: reporter (1975)


34. Patrice Leconte

Director | Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte was born on November 12, 1947 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Monsieur Hire (1989), La fille sur le pont (1999) and Ridicule (1996).

Tier One: Excellent 1. Confidences Trop Intimes / Intimate Strangers 2. La Fille sur le pont/Girl On A Bridge 3. La Veuve de Saint-Pierre / Widow of Saint-Pierre 4. Le mari de la coiffeuse /The Hairdresser’s Husband

Tier Two: Very Good 5. Le parfum d’Yvonne 6. Ridicule

Tier Three: Good 7. Mon Meuiller Ami / My Best Friend

Tier Four: OK 8. Monsieur Hire 9. La guerre des miss /Beauties at War (2008)

Tier Five: Meh 10. L’homme du train/Man on the Train (2002)


35. 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....

1. Une vraie jeune fille / A Real Young Girl (1976) 2. Abus de faiblesse/Abuse of Weakness 3. Brève traversée / Brief Crossing (2001) 4. Barbe bleue / Bluebeard (2009) 5. Parfait amour! / Perfect Love (1996) 6. 36 Fillette (1988) 7. Tapage nocturne / Nocturnal Uproar (1979) 8. Romance (1999) 9. Sale comme un ange / Dirty Like an Angel (1991) 10. Police (writer) 11. Catherine et Cie/Catherine and Co. (writer) 12. "Si je reste (un peu)" Elodie Frégé music video 13. Une vieille maîtresse / The Last Mistress (2007) 14. Sex is Comedy (2002) 15. À ma soeur! / Fat Girl (2001) 16. "La fidélité" Elodie Frégé music video 17. La belle endormie/The Sleeping Beauty (2010) 18. Anatomie de l'enfer / Anatomy of Hell (2004)

36. Andrzej Munk

Director | Pasazerka

Andrzej Munk was born on October 16, 1920 in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for Passenger (1963), Eroica (1958) and Blekitny krzyz (1955). He died on September 20, 1961 in Lowicz, Lódzkie, Poland.

1. Zezowate szczescie/Bad Luck (1960) 2. Eroica/Heroism (1958) 3. Czlowiek na torze/Man on the Tracks (1957) 4. Pasazerka/Passenger (1963)

37. Bertrand Blier

Writer | Trop belle pour toi

Bertrand Blier was born on March 14, 1939 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France. He is a writer and director, known for Too Beautiful for You (1989), The Clink of Ice (2010) and Un, deux, trois, soleil (1993).

Tier One ‘Merci la vie’ (1991) Préparez vos mouchoirs (1978) Calmos / Femmes fatales (1976)

Tier Two Tenue de soirée aka Ménage (1986) Un, deux, trois, soleil/1, 2, 3, Sun (1993) Buffet froid (1979) Les valseuses (1974) Trop belle pour toi (1989) Notre histoire/Our Story (1984) Le bruit des glaçons/The Clink of Ice (2010)

Tier Three La femme de mon pote (1983) Beau-père (1981)

Tier Four Mon homme (1996)

38. Frank Borzage

Director | No Greater Glory

Frank Borzage was born on April 23, 1894 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor and director, known for No Greater Glory (1934), 7th Heaven (1927) 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, ...

Top Tier Big City (1937) Bad Girl (1931) Young America (1932) History Is Made at Night (1937) The Circle (1925) His Butler’s Sister (1943) After Tomorrow (1932) Street Angel (1928) Lucky Star (1929) Seven Sweethearts (1942) Man’s Castle (1933) 7th Heaven (1927) Mannequin (1937) Humoresque (1920) Stranded (1935) Three Comrades (1938) Desire (1936) Note: Produced by Ernst Lubitsch That’s My Man (1947)

Second Tier Hearts Divided (1936) Lazybones (1925) The River (1929) Doctors’ Wives (1931) A Farewell to Arms (1932) Little Man, What Now? (1934) Shipmates Forever (1935) The Mortal Storm (1940) The Shining Hour (1938)

Third/Lower Tier The Spanish Main (1945) Moonrise (1948) Stage Door Canteen (1943) They Had to See Paris (1929) Song o’ My Heart (1930)

39. Frank Capra

Director | It's a Wonderful Life

One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you ...

It Happened One Night (1934) Meet John Doe (1941) Forbidden (1932) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Platinum Blonde (1931) The Matinee Idol (1928) American Madness (1932) The Miracle Woman (1931) Dirigible (1931) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) Lost Horizon (1937) Lady for a Day (1933) The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) Flight (1929) Prelude to War (1943) Pocketful of Miracles (1961) You Can’t Take It with You (1938) Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

40. Alice Guy

Director | Shadows of the Moulin Rouge

Generally considered to be the world's first female director, French-born Alice Guy entered the film business as a secretary at Gaumont-Paris in 1896. The next year Gaumont changed from manufacturing cameras to producing movies, and Guy became one of its first film directors. She impressed the the ...

01. The Birth, the Life and the Death of Christ 02. Falling Leaves

03. The Saphead 04. Algie, the Miner 05. A House Divided 06. Matrimony's Speed Limit 07. The Ocean Waif

41. 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 ...

1. Zazie dans le métro (1960)

2. Le Voleur/The Thief of Paris (1967) 3. Viva Maria! (1965) 4. Lacombe, Lucien (1974) 5. Au revoir, les enfants (1987) 6. Le souffle au coeur/Murmur of the Heart (1971) 7. Le Feu Follet/The Fire Within (1963)

8. Ascenseur pour l’échafaud/Elevator to the Gallows (1958) 9. Le monde du silence/The Silent World (1956) [co-directed w/Jacques-Yves Cousteau] 10. Damage (1992)

11. Les Amants (1958) 12. My Dinner with Andre (1981) 13. Calcutta (1969) 14. Atlantic City (1980)

15. Milou en mai/May Fools (1990) 16. Black Moon (1975) 17. Pretty Baby (1978)

42. 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, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early...

1. The Dead Zone 2. A History of Violence 3. Videodrome 4. Scanners 5. The Fly 6. The Brood 7. Shivers 8. Eastern Promises 9. Spider 10. Dead Ringers 11. M. Butterfly 12. Existenz 13. Rabid 14. Naked Lunch 15. Crash

43. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...

The Night of the Iguana (1964) Maltese Falcon, The (1941) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) The Man Who Would Be King (1975) Asphalt Jungle, The (1950) Across the Pacific (1942) Under the Volcano (1984) Fat City Annie (1982) The Dead (1987) African Queen, The (1951) Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) In This Our Life (1942) Moulin Rouge (1952) Wise Blood (1979) The Red Badge of Courage (1951) Let There Be Light Key Largo (1948) We Were Strangers (1949) Freud (1962) Prizzi’s Honor (1985) On Our Merry Way (1948) Beat the Devil The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) Victory (1981)


44. Nicholas Ray

Director | Rebel Without a Cause

Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the ...

1. Rebel Without a Cause 2. Bigger Than Life 3. The Lusty Men 4. In a Lonely Place 5. A Woman's Secret 6. On Dangerous Ground 7. They Live By Night 8. Born to Be Bad 9. Lightning Over Water 10. Bitter Victory 11. Johnny Guitar 12. Knock on Any Door 13. Flying Leathernecks 14. Party Girl 15. Wind Across the Everglades

45. 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), Une Chambre en Ville (1982) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967). He was married to Agnès Varda. He died on October 27, 1990 in Paris, France.

Tier One: Favorites Les demoiselles de Rochefort /The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) Lola (1961)

Tier Two: Excellent Peau d’âne/Donkey Skin (1970)

Tier Three: Good Une chambre en ville/A Room in Town (1982) Les parapluies de Cherbourg/The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) L’événement le plus important depuis que l’homme a marché sur la lune/A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973) Parking (1985) La baie des anges/Bay of Angels (1963) La naissance du jour (1980) Ars (1959) short

Tier Four: Okay Lady Oscar (1979) Trois Place Pour le 26th/Three Places For the 26th The Pied Piper (1972) Le bel indifférent (1957) Model Shop (1969)

46. Leo McCarey

Director | An Affair to Remember

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 An Affair to Remember (1957), Going My Way (1944) and Love Affair (1939). He was married to Stella Martin. He died on July 5, 1969 in Santa Monica, California.

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

An Affair to Remember (1957) Indiscreet (1931) Good Sam (1948)

Duck Soup (1933) My Son John (1952) Big Business (1929)

The Caretaker’s Daughter (1925) Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942) The Milky Way (1936)

The Awful Truth (1937) Love Affair (1939)

47. André Téchiné

Writer | Les roseaux sauvages

André Téchiné was born on March 13, 1943 in Valence, Tarn-et-Garonne, France. He is a writer and director, known for Wild Reeds (1994), Quand on a 17 ans (2016) and Ma saison préférée (1993).

La fille du RER (2009)

Les soeurs Brontë (1979) Les témoins (2007) Les égarés (2003)

Les temps qui changent (2004) Hôtel des Amériques (1981) Barocco (1976) J’embrasse pas (1991) Alice et Martin (1998)

Le lieu du crime (1986) Les voleurs (1996) – Jonathan Rosenbaum raves about this film and calls it a wonderful film made especially for adults. I’ll definitely have to give this another chance sometime. I remember it being amusing at least. Rendez-vous (1985)

Ma saison préférée (1993)

48. René Clément

Director | Bataille du rail

René Clément was one of the leading French directors of the post-World War II era. He directed what are regarded as some of the greatest films of the time, such as The Battle of the Rails (1946), Forbidden Games (1952) and The Day and the Hour (1963). He was later almost forgotten as a director. He...

Jeux interdits/Forbidden Games (1952)

Gervaise (1956) Le château de verre (1950)

Le passager de la pluie/Rider on the Rain (1970) Les félins/Joy House (1964) Le mura die Malapaga/The Walls of Malapaga (1949) Plein soleil/Purple Noon (1960)

Note: Was an uncredited director on La belle et la bête (1946).

49. Georges Méliès

Director | À la conquête du pôle

Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.

Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, ...

50. Raoul Walsh

Director | Sadie Thompson

Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona ...


Seen: 25/139 Films

Pursued (1947) High Sierra (1941) Sadie Thompson (1928)

The Man I Love (1947) Big Brown Eyes (1936) Me and My Gal (1932) Band of Angels (1957) The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956) The Strawberry Blonde (1941) The Roaring Twenties (1939) The Thief of Bagdad (1924) Gun Fury (1953) They Drive by Night (1940) The Enforcer (1951) uncredited Cheyenne (1947)

Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951) The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) The King and Four Queens (1956) Artists & Models (1937) Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

The Bowery (1933) Manpower (1941) Fighter Squadron (1948) Hitting a New High (1937) White Heat (1949)

51. Elia Kazan

Director | On the Waterfront

Known for his creative stage direction, Elia Kazan was born Elias Kazantzoglou on September 7, 1909 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey). Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He ...

Tier One On the Waterfront (1954) Baby Doll (1956) Pinky (1949) Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) America, America (1963) East of Eden (1955)

Tier Two A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) The Arrangement (1969) Wild River (1960) Panic in the Streets (1950) A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Boomerang! (1947)

Tier Three A Face in the Crowd (1957) The Sea of Grass (1947) Splendor in the Grass (1961) The Last Tycoon (1976)

52. René Clair

Writer | Le silence est d'or

René Clair was born on November 11, 1898 in Paris, France as René-Lucien Chomette. He was a writer and director, known for Le silence est d'or (1947), The Grand Maneuver (1955) and Beauties of the Night (1952). He was married to Bronia Clair. He died on March 15, 1981 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, ...

Tier One: Favorites It Happened Tomorrow (1944) Les belles de nuit (1952) Le million (1931)

Tier Two: Great Films Sous les toits de Paris/Under the Roofs of Paris (1930) La beauté du diable (1950) And Then There Were None (1945) Entr’acte (1924) Paris qui dort (1925) Quatorze Juillet/Bastille Day (1933) La proie du vent (1927) Le voyage imaginaire (1925)

Tier Three: Good Films Les grandes manoeuvres (1955) Les deux timides (1928) Le fantôme du Moulin-Rouge (1925)

Tier Four: Eh Un chapeau de paille d’Italie/The Italian Straw Hat (1928) I Married a Witch (1942) À nous la liberté (1931)

53. Claude Berri

Writer | Jean de Florette

Claude Berri was born on July 1, 1934 in Paris, France as Claude Berel Langmann. He was a producer and actor, known for Jean de Florette (1986), The Two of Us (1967) and Ensemble, c'est tout (2007). He was married to Anne-Marie Rassam and Sylvie Gautrelet. He died on January 12, 2009 in Paris.

Ranked favorites:

Je vous aime (1980) Le vieil homme et l'enfant/The Two of Us (1967) Jean de Florette (1986) Manon des sources Le poulet/The Chicken (1962) Une femme de ménage/The Housekeeper (2002) Uranus (1990) Germinal (1993) Lucie Aubrac (1997) Tchao Pantin Ensemble, c'est tout/Hunting and Gathering (2007)

54. Valerio Zurlini

Writer | Cronaca familiare

Valerio Zurlini was born on March 19, 1926. During his law studies in Rome, he started working in the theatre. In 1943, he joined the Italian resistance. Zurlini became a member of the Italian Communist Party. He filmed short documentaries in the immediate post-war period and in 1954 directed his ...

Estate violenta/Violent Summer (1959) Girl with a Suitcase (1961) Indian Summer (1972) Le ragazze di San Frediano (1955) Il deserto dei Tartari (1976) The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970) Zurlini co-wrote the script The Camp Followers (1965) Family Portrait (1962) Black Jesus (1968) Note: the version I saw was dubbed

55. Howard Hawks

Director | Rio Bravo

What do the classic films Scarface (1932), Twentieth Century (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Rio Bravo (1959) have in...

His Girl Friday (1940) Bringing Up Baby (1938) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Twentieth Century (1934)

Monkey Business (1952) To Have and Have Not (1944) The Criminal Code (1931) A Girl in Every Port (1928)

Sergeant York (1941) Fig Leaves (1926) Only Angels Have Wings (1939) Ball of Fire (1941) Today We Live (1933) The Crowd Roars (1932)

Come and Get It (1936) Land of the Pharaohs (1955) The Thing from Another World (1951) uncredited I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Scarface (1932) The Big Sky (1952) A Song Is Born (1948) The Big Sleep (1946) Red Line 7000 (1965) Tiger Shark (1932) Viva Villa! (1934)

Rio Bravo (1959) Red River (1948)

56. Alain Corneau

Writer | Tous les matins du monde

Alain Corneau was a Cesar Award-winning French writer-director best known for his multiple collaborations with French cinema superstars Yves Montand, Simone Signoret and Gérard Depardieu. Born on August 7, 1943 in Meung-sur-Loire, Loiret, Corneay trained as a musician but switched his interest to ...

Love Crime Serie Noire Police Python 357 Le cousin (1997) Fear and Trembling La menace/The Threat (1977)

All the Mornings of the World Fort Saganne

57. François Ozon

Director | Dans la maison

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

Dans la Maison (2012) Time to Leave 5x2 8 Women

Jeune et Jolie Swimming Pool Criminal Lovers

Water Drops on Burning Rocks) Potiche (Trophy Wife) Hideaway (Le Refuge)

See the Sea Sitcome Under the Sand

Angel Ricky x2000

58. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...

Tier One: Favorites Sherlock Jr. (1924) The General College Steamboat Bill, Jr. The Boat

Tier Two: Really Great Ones Seven Chances (1925) Battling Butler (1926) Convict 13 (1920) The Cameraman (1928) Our Hospitality (1923) Spite Marriage (1929) One Week (1920) The Scarecrow (1920) The Paleface The Goat My Wife’s Relations (1922) The Play House (1921) It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) Neighbors (1920) The Haunted House (1921) Limelight (1952)

Tier Three: Pretty Good Films The Balloonatic Three Ages (1923) Cops (1922) The Navigator (1924) The Blacksmith Film (1965) Daydreams (1922) The Frozen North (1922) The Bell Boy The ‘High Sign’ (1921) Coney Island (1917)

Tier Four: Meh Free and Easy (1930) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Note: These films include all Buster Keaton's performances and are not necessarily all films he directed.

59. Raoul Ruiz

Director | Mistérios de Lisboa

Chilean director Raúl, or Raoul, Ruiz (1941-2011) was one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers to emerge from 1960s World Cinema, providing more intellectual fun and artistic experimentation, shot for shot, than any filmmaker since Jean-Luc Godard. A guerrilla who uncompromisingly ...

Manuel on the Island of Wonders Three Lives and only One Death The Suspended Vocation Le jeu avec le feu/Playing With Fire (1975) Dog’s Dialogue The Blind Owl Comedy of Innocence Mysteries of Lisbon Genealogies of a Crime Le film à venir/The Film To Come (1997) Ce Jour-La/That Day Voyage d’une main/Voyage of a Hand City of Pirates The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting Macel Proust’s Time Regained

60. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | The Last Emperor

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films were known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy. 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 Secca (...

Tier One The Dreamers (2003) La commare secca (1962) Ultimo tango a Parigi/Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Tier Two The Sheltering Sky (1990) La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo/Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981) Besieged (1998) Strategia del ragno (1970)

Tier Three Prima della rivoluzione (1964) Il conformista (1970) Stealing Beauty (1996)

Tier Four Novecento (1976) Partner (1968) The Last Emperor (1987) Little Buddha (1993) La luna (1979)

61. Georges Franju

Director | Thomas l'imposteur

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 ...

Les yeux sans visage/Eyes Without a Face (1960) Judex (1963)

La tête contre les murs/Head Against the Wall (1959) Le sang des bêtes/Blood of the Beasts (1949) Hôtel des Invalides (1952)

Thérèse Desqueyroux (1962) Nuits rouges (1974) Pleins feux sur l’assassin/Spotlight on a Murderer (1961)

62. Milos Forman

Director | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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 ...

1. Amadeus 2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 3. Man on the Moon 4. The People vs. Larry Flynt 5. Loves of a Blonde 6. Black Peter 7. Hair 8. The Firemen's Ball 9. Taking Off 10. Goya's Ghosts

63. Olivier Assayas

Writer | Personal Shopper

Olivier Assayas is a French film director, screenwriter and film critic. He is best know for his films Demonlover (2002), Something in the Air (2012), Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) and Personal Shopper (2016).

Assayas is the son of French director/screenwriter Raymond Assayas, alias Jacques Rémy.

His ...

*Tier One: Amazing* L'heure d'été/Summer Hours (2008) Fin août, début septembre/Late August, Early September (1998) Clean (2004/I) Carlos (2010) (TV)

*Tier Two: Good* L'eau froide/Cold Water (1994) Irma Vep (1996) Paris, je t'aime (2006) (segment "Quartier des Enfants Rouges")

*Tier Three: Meh* Les destinées sentimentales (2000) Demonlover (2002)

64. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | Apocalypse Now

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 ...

Tier One Peggy Sue Got Married The Godfather The Godfather: Part II The Godfather: Part III

Tier Two The Rainmaker Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Tier Three One From the Heart You’re a Big Boy Now The Conversation

Tier Four Apocalypse Now The Rain People Jack Bram Stoker’s Dracula Rumble Fish

Tier Five Tetro Youth Without Youth The Cotton Club The Outsiders Dementia 13 New York Stories (segment)

65. Mikio Naruse

Director | Ukigumo

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 819-826. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.


Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki/When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)

Ani imôto/Older Brother, Younger Sister (1953) Midaregumo/Scattered Clouds (1967) Midareru/Yearning (1964) Onna no naka ni iru tanin/The Stranger Within a Woman/The Thin Line (1966) Okaasan/Mother (1952) Meshi/Repast (1951)

Inazuma/Lightning (1952) Bangiku/Late Chrysanthemums (1954) Tsuma yo bara no yo ni/Wife Be Like a Rose! (1935) Kagirinaki hodo/Street Without End (1934) Ukigumo/Floating Clouds (1955) Hideko no shashô-san/Hideko, the Bus Conductress (1941)

66. Carlos Saura

Writer | Peppermint Frappé

Spanish director, writer, producer (2 films) and actor (2 films). His interest on cinema started when he was very young. His mother, who was a pianist, instilled in him the liking for music, and his brother, Antonio, who was a painter, the passion for art. When he was an teenager he started to ...


Cría cuervos (1976)

Elisa, vida mía/Elisa, My Life (1977) Ana y los lobos/Ana and the Wolves (1973) Dulces horas/Sweet Hours (1982)

Deprisa, deprisa (1981)

Stress-es tres-tres (1968) not in database Los Ojos Vendados/Blindfolded Eyes (1978) ¡Ay, Carmela! (1990) El Amor brujo / Love, the Magician (1986) El jardín de las delicias/Garden of Delights (1970) not in database El Dorado (1988) not in database Tango (1998)

Bodas de sangre (1981) La caza (1966)

67. Charlie Kaufman

Writer | Anomalisa

Avid reader Charlie Kaufman wrote plays and made short films as a young student. He moved from Massapequa, New York to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1972 where he attended high school. As a comedic actor, he performed in school plays and, after graduation, he enrolled at Boston University but soon ...

Since he has only directed one film, I included the films he wrote as well.

Tier One: Favorites Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Synecdoche, NY

Tier Two: Good Films Adaptation Human Nature Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Being John Malkovich (while being a very interesting film, I felt the ending was ruined. In fact the filmed ending was different than the one Kaufman wrote.)

68. Lina Wertmüller

Writer | Pasqualino Settebellezze

Lina Wertmüller was born on August 14, 1928 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spañol von Braueich. She is a writer and director, known for Seven Beauties (1975), The Basilisks (1963) and Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto (1974). She was ...

Film d’amore e d’anarchia, ovvero ‘stamattina alle 10 in via dei Fiori nella nota casa di tolleranza…’/Love and Anarchy (1973) Io speriamo che me la cavo/Ciao, Professore (1992)

Notte d’estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico/Summer Night (1986) Ninfa plebea/The Nymph (1996) Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto/Swept Away (1974)

Pasqualino Settebellezze/Seven Beauties (1975) Mimì metallurgico ferito nell’onore/The Seduction of Mimi/Mimi the Metalworker (1972)

69. Martin Scorsese

Director | Taxi Driver

Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later ...


Tier One 1. Goodfellas 2. The Departed 3. The Aviator 4. My Voyage to Italy 5. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) 6. The Big Shave (1967) 7. Mean Streets 8. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) 9. George Harrison: Living in the Material World 10. Shutter Island 11. Casino 12. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Tier Two Hugo The Key to Reserva (2007) What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1963) not in database It’s Not Just You, Murray! (1964) not in database The Last Waltz (1978) Silence

Tier Three Raging Bull After Hours Kundun New York, New York (1977) Italianamerican (1974) The King of Comedy (1982) Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) Taxi Driver The Color of Money (1986) New York Stories (1989) “Life Lessons” Gangs of New York Who’s That Knocking at My Door aka I Call First

Tier Three Shine a Light (2008) Cape Fear Bringing Out the Dead (1999) Age of Innocence Boxcar Bertha The Last Temptation of Christ

70. Albert Maysles

Cinematographer | Grey Gardens

Albert Maysles was born on November 26, 1926 in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Albert Harry Maysles. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Grey Gardens (1975), Salesman (1969) and Gimme Shelter (1970). He was married to Gillian Walker. He died on March 5, 2015 in Manhattan, ...

The Maysles Bros (Albert and David Maysles):

A Visit With Truman Capote Gimme Shelter (1970) Grey Gardens (1975) The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006) Meet Marlon Brando (1966) Showman (1963) Salesman (1968) The Burks of Georgia Addiction (2007) (TV) segment What’s Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. (1964) (TV)

Have also seen assorted shorts (unranked) including but not limited to: Russia (1955), Moscow (1957), “ABC Close-Up!: Yanki, No!” (1960/1961), Untitled (1959), Showman, Natalie Wood Outtakes (1963), Carl Sandberg (1963), What’s Happening (1964), With Love From Truman Outtakes (very good), Meet Marlon Brando Outtakes, Off to War (Vietnam, 1965), Dali’s Fantastic Dream (set on The Fantastic Voyage, 1966), MGM Showreel (Vampire Killers set 1966) and MGM Press Junket, Mother (1968), Gimme Shelter Outtakes (1972), McGovern (1972), Conrack, Orson Welles in Spain.

71. Brian De Palma

Director | Dressed to Kill

Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the ...

Tier One: Favorites Scarface (1983) The Untouchables (1987)

Tier Two: Good Films Blow Out (1981) The Black Dahlia (2006) Sisters (1973) Obsession (1976) Hi, Mom! (1970) The Bonfires of the Vanities (1990) Dressed to Kill (1980) Carrie (1976) Body Double (1984) Carlito’s Way (1993) Mission: Impossible (1996)

Tier Three: Meh Phantom of the Paradise (1974) Femme Fatale (2002)

72. Christophe Honoré

Writer | Plaire, aimer et courir vite

Christophe Honoré was born on April 10, 1970 in Carhaix-Plouguer, Finistère, France. He is a writer and director, known for Plaire, aimer et courir vite (2018), Love Songs (2007) and The Beautiful Person (2008).

1. La Belle Personne 2. Beloved 3. Close to Leo 4. Ma Mere 5. Love Songs 6. Dix-sept fois Cécile Cassard/Seventeen Times Cecile Cassard 7. Dans Paris

73. 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 ...

Tier One: Favorites Mars Attacks! Corpse Bride Ed Wood Alice in Wonderland Big Fish Sleepy Hollow Frankenweenie Vincent

Tier Two: Nice films Beetle Juice Edward Scissorhands

Tier Three: Okay Films Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure Sweeney Todd

Tier Four: What Was He Thinking? The World of Stainboy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

74. Gregory La Cava

Director | Stage Door

A former cartoonist, Gregory La Cava entered films during WWI as an animator for Walter Lantz on such animated films as "The Katzenjammer Kids" series. Hired by the Hearst Corp. as the editor-in-chief for its International Comic Films division, La Cava switched to live-action films in the 1920s and...

My Man Godfrey (1936)

5th Ave Girl (1939)

Running Wild (I) (1927) Stage Door (1937)

The Half Naked Truth (1932) Bed of Roses (1933)

She Married Her Boss (1935)

Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

75. Barbara Kopple

Director | American Dream

Barbara Kopple was born on July 30, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and producer, known for American Dream (1990), Harlan County U.S.A. (1976) and Shut Up & Sing (2006).

American Dream Wild Man Blues Harlan County USA Beyond ‘JFK’: The Question of Conspiracy Havoc Addiction (TV 2007) Shut Up and Sing

76. Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Writer | Cyrano de Bergerac

Jean-Paul Rappeneau was born on April 8, 1932 in Auxerre, Yonne, France. He is a writer and director, known for Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), Bon voyage (2003) and A Matter of Resistance (1966).

Directed works: Bon Voyage (2003) Cyrano de Bergerac La vie de château Le hussard sur le toit /The Horseman on the Roof

His work as a writer is also impressive: Le magnifique (1973) La fabuleuse aventure de Marco Polo (1965) L’homme de Rio (1964) Le combat dans l’île (1962) Very Good Vie privée (1962) Zazie dans le métro (1962) Excellent Signé Arsène Lupin (1959)

77. Robert Benton

Writer | Kramer vs. Kramer

Robert Benton was born on September 29, 1932 in Waxahachie, Texas, USA as Robert Douglas Benton. He is a writer and director, known for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Superman (1978).

Films he wrote & directed: Bonnie and Clyde Feast of Love Kramer vs. Kramer Superman The Human Stain Still of the Night (1982) Billy Bathgate Nadine (1987) Twilight (1998 – not the vampire movie) Bad Company What’s Up, Doc?

78. Nicolas Roeg

Director | Don't Look Now

When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer twelve years later. He first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean's ...

Bad Timing (1980) Walkabout (1971) The Witches (1990) Don’t Look Now (1973) Performance (1970)

79. Eric Rochant

Writer | Un monde sans pitié

Eric Rochant was born on February 24, 1961 in Paris, France. He is a writer and director, known for Love Without Pity (1989), Le Bureau des Légendes (2015) and The Patriots (1994).

Tier One Un monde sans pitié/Love Without Pity (1989) Aux yeux du monde (1991) Les patriotes (1994) Möbius (2013) Anna Oz (1996) Comme les doigts de la main (1984, short) French Lovers (1985, short) Présence féminine (1987, short)

Tier Two Total western (2000)

80. Jim Jarmusch

Director | Broken Flowers

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.

1. Broken Flowers 2. Down By Law 3. Ghost Dog 4. Stranger than Paradise 5. Only Lovers Left Alive 6. Coffee & Cigarettes 7. Mystery Train 8. Night on Earth 9. Permanent Vacation 10. Limits of Control 11. Dead Man

81. Céline Sciamma

Writer | Tomboy

Céline Sciamma was born on November 12, 1980 in Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France. She is a writer and director, known for Tomboy (2011), Naissance des pieuvres (2007) and Bande de filles (2014).

1. Tomboy 2. Water Lilies 3. Bande de filles/Girlhood

82. Costa-Gavras

Director | Missing

Costa-Gavras was born on February 12, 1933 in Loutra-Iraias, Greece as Konstantinos Gavras. He is a director and writer, known for Missing (1982), Z (1969) and Amen. (2002). He has been married to Michèle Ray-Gavras since 1968. They have two children.

83. Alfred E. Green

Director | The Jolson Story

One of the more prolific American directors, Alfred E. Green entered films in 1912 as an actor for the Selig Polyscope Co. He became an assistant to director Colin Campbell and started directing two-reelers, turning to features in 1917. His career lasted into the mid-1950s but his output was mostly...

84. Catherine Corsini

Director | La belle saison

Catherine Corsini was born on May 18, 1956 in Dreux, Eure-et-Loir, France. She is a director and writer, known for La belle saison (2015), Trois mondes (2012) and Les ambitieux (2006).

1. La Repetition 2. Trois mondes/Three Worlds 3. La Nouvelle Eve 4. Partir/Leaving 5. Les Ambitieux 6. Ballades (very interesting, just not very compelling)

85. Vera Chytilová

Director | Dedictví aneb Kurvahosigutntag

Vera Chytilová was born on February 2, 1929, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). She studied philosophy and architecture in Brno for two years, then worked as a technical draftsman, a designer, a fashion model, a photo re-toucher, then worked as a clapper girl for Barrandov Film ...

Daisies Calamity Something Different Inheritance... Pearls of the Deep Fruit of Paradise

86. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

Top Tier Casablanca (1942)

Second Tier Marked Woman (1937) Mildred Pierce (1945) Roughly Speaking (1945)

Third Tier I’ll See You in My Dreams (1951) Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) The Unsuspected (1947) The Breaking Point (1950) Young Man With a Horn (1950) We’re No Angels (1955) Black Legion (1937) uncredited The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)

Fourth Tier Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) Night and Day (1946) White Christmas (1954) The Boy from Oklahoma (1954) Romance on the High Seas (1948) Life with Father (1947) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960) Female (1933) The Story of Will Rogers (1952) The Key (1934) Bright Leaf (1950) My Dream Is Yours (1949) The Sea Wolf (1941) Flamingo Road (1949) The Mad Genius (1931) not in the database Jimmy the Gent (1934) not in the database The Matrimonial Bed (1930) Kid Galahad (1937) Force of Arms (1951) The Sea Hawk (1940) River’s End (1931) The Case of the Curious Bride (1935) Passage to Marseille (1944) Janie (1944) Virginia City (1940) Mountain Justice (1937) British Agent (1934)

Fifth Tier Front Page Woman (1935) The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932) The Walking Dead (1936) God’s Gift to Women (1931) Doctor X (1932) The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) Four’s a Crowd (1938) Santa Fe Trail (1940) Dodge City (1939) The Kennel Murder Case (1933) 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932) Little Big Shot (1935) Mission to Moscow (1943)

Sixth Tier The Woman from Monte Carlo (1932) Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) Black Fury (1935) Captain Blood (1935) Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) Four Daughters (1938) Four Wives (1939)

Not rateable: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Seen: 70/173

87. D.W. Griffith

Director | The Birth of a Nation

David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War veteran. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually shape his movies. In 1897 ...

88. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

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 ...

1. The Royal Tenenbaums 2. Rushmore 3. The Life Aquatic 4. The Grand Budapest Hotel 5. Prada: Candy (2013) (great Prada commercial co-directed by Roman Coppola) 6. Isle of Dogs 7. Fantastic Mr. Fox 8. Moonrise Kingdom 9. The Darjeeling Limited 10. Bottle Rocket (1996) 11. Bottle Rocket (1994) 12. Castello Cavalcanti (ok commercial he did for Prada) 13. Hotel Chevalier

89. Edward Dmytryk

Director | Crossfire

Edward Dmytryk grew up in San Francisco, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. After his mother died when he was 6, his strict disciplinarian father beat the boy frequently, and the child began running away while in his early teens. Eventually, juvenile authorities allowed him to live alone at the age ...

The Sniper (1952)

The End of the Affair (1955) The Caine Mutiny (1954) Murder, My Sweet (1944) Obsession (1949) Counter-Espionage (1942)

The Young Lions (1958) Give Us This Day (1949) The Juggler (1953) The Devil Commands (1941) Cornered (1945) Confessions of Boston Blackie (1941) Hitler's Children (1943) Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1942) Till the End of Time (1946)

Crossfire (1947) The Carpetbaggers (1964) The Left Hand of God (1955) Back to Bataan (1945) Alvarez Kelly (1966) Walk on the Wild Side (1962) Shalako (1968) The Falcon Strikes Back (1943) Tender Comrade (1943) Raintree County (1957) Sweetheart of the Campus (1941) Eight Iron Men (1952)

Where Love Has Gone (1964)

90. William Friedkin

Director | The French Connection

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 ...

91. 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 ...

1. Underground 2. Arizona Dream 3. Time of the Gypsies 4. Black Cat, White Cat 5. When Father Was Away on Business

92. Coline Serreau

Director | 3 hommes et un couffin

Coline Serreau was born on October 29, 1947 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for Three Men and a Cradle (1985), Chaos (2001) and Pourquoi pas! (1977). She was previously married to Benno Besson.

93. Diane Kurys

Writer | Coup de foudre

Diane Kurys was born on December 3, 1948 in Lyon, Rhône, France. She is an actress and writer, known for Entre Nous (1983), Pour une femme (2013) and Peppermint Soda (1977).

Tier One Entre-Nous (1983)

Tier Two Sagan (2008) C’est la vie (1990) Pour une femme/For a Woman Peppermint Soda (1977) Cocktail Molotov (1980) Après l’amour (1992)

Tier Three A Man in Love (1987) The Children of the Century (1999)

94. Allan Dwan

Director | A Perfect Crime

Allan Dwan was born on April 3, 1885 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Joseph Aloysius Dwan. He was a director and writer, known for A Perfect Crime (1921), Bound in Morocco (1918) and A Broken Doll (1921). He was married to Marie Shelton and Pauline Bush. He died on December 28, 1981 in Woodland ...

95. 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 ...


Thieves’ Highway (1949)

Du rififi chez les hommes (1955) Night and the City (1950) Pote tin Kyriaki/Never on Sunday (1960)

Uptight (1968) The Affairs of Martha (1942) Young Ideas (1943) Reunion in France (1942) Celui qui doit mourir/He Who Must Die (1957) A Letter for Evie (1946) Brute Force (1947) Topkapi (1964) Phaedra (1962)

The Naked City (1948)

96. King Vidor

Director | Hallelujah

King Vidor was born on February 8, 1894 in Galveston, Texas, USA as King Wallis Vidor. He was a director and writer, known for Hallelujah (1929), The Crowd (1928) and The Big Parade (1925). He was married to Vidor, Elizabeth Hill, Eleanor Boardman and Florence Vidor. He died on November 1, 1982 in ...

97. Laurence Ferreira Barbosa

Writer | Les gens normaux n'ont rien d'exceptionnel

Laurence Ferreira Barbosa was born on February 27, 1958 in Versailles, France. She is a writer and director, known for Normal People Are Nothing Exceptional (1993), I Hate Love (1997) and Tous les rêves du monde (2017).

1. Normal People Are Nothing Exceptional 2. Ordo 3. I Hate Love 4. Red Lights 5. La Vie Moderne

98. Edward Yang

Writer | Yi yi

Born on November 6, 1947 in Shanghai, China, Edward Yang has become one of the most talented international filmmakers of his generation. Along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang ranks among the leading artists of the Taiwanese New Wave, and one of the world's most brilliant auteurs. ...

99. Norman McLaren

Producer | Neighbours

Norman McClaren is one of the most awarded filmmakers in the history of Canadian cinema, and a pioneer in both animation and filmmaking. Born in Scotland, he entered the Glasgow School of Fine Arts in 1932 to study set design. His early experiments in animation included actually scratching and ...

Tier One: Great A Phantasy (1952) Dots (1940) Neighbours (1952)

Tier Two: Very Good A Chairy Tale (1957) Pas de deux (1968) Blinkity Blank (1955) Boogie-Doodle (1948) Scherzo (1939) Spook Sport (1939) On the Farm (Video 2003) Canon (1964) Short and Suite (1959) Serenal (1959) Spheres (1969) Le merle/Blackbird (1958) Two Bagatelles (1953) Begone Dull Care (1949)

Tier Three: Better Than Okay Ballet Adagio (1972) Loops (1940) Synchromy (1971) Hoppity Pop (1946) Là-haut sur ces montagnes (1946) C’est l’aviron (1944) Mosaic (1965) Lines: Vertical (1960)

Tier Four: Meh Narcissus (1983)

100. John Waters

Writer | Pecker

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 ...

Tier One Desperate Living (1977) Cry-Baby (1990) Serial Mom (1994) Hairspray (1988)

Tier Two Pecker (1998) Cecil B. DeMented (2000) Polyester (1981) Pink Flamingos (1972)

Tier Three Female Trouble (1974)

To see: A Dirty Shame (2004) Multiple Maniacs (1970) The Diane Linkletter Story (1970) Mondo Trasho (1969) Eat Your Makeup (1968) Roman Candles (1966) Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (1964)

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