Directors global

by angeliki_spatki | created - 31 Mar 2011 | updated - 5 days ago | Public

World's, Movie-Directors

1. Atom Egoyan

Director | The Sweet Hereafter

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

"Sweet Hereafter", "Where the Truth Lies" ('05) with Colin Firth, Kevin Bacon, "Felicia's Journey" ('99), Ararat" 2002 - CA

2. Daniel Petrie

Director | A Raisin in the Sun

Daniel Petrie was born on November 26, 1920 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada as Daniel Mannix Petrie. He was a director and producer, known for A Raisin in the Sun (1961), The Bay Boy (1984) and The Assistant (1997). He was married to Dorothea G. Petrie. He died on August 22, 2004 in Los Angeles, ...

Stolen Hours 1963 CA

3. 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 (...

The Dreamers ('03), The Celo ('02 - from 10 min Older), Stealing Beaury ('96), Little Buddha ('93 - K. Reeves, B. Fonda), Sheltering Sky ('90), The Last Emperor ('87), Last Tango in Paris (M. Brando, M. Schneider), La Luna ('79), 1900 ('76 - R. De Niro), Il Conformista ('71 - D. Sanda) - Parma, (Emilia Romana) (66), IT

4. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Director | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/...

Amelie ('02), A Very Long Engagement ('04) - FR

5. Guillermo Arriaga

Writer | The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Guillermo Arriaga was born on March 13, 1958 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a writer and producer, known for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), Amores Perros (2000) and 21 Grams (2003).

"Burning Plain" 2008, Babel 2006 (Writer, Idea) - Mexico City MX

6. Bigas Luna

Writer | Angustia

Bigas Luna was born on March 19, 1946 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Josep Joan Bigas Luna. He was a writer and director, known for Anguish (1987), Jamón, Jamón (1992) and La teta y la luna (1994). He was married to Celia Orós. He died on April 6, 2013 in La Riera de ...

Jamon, Jamon Life in poverty, misery and love - Barcelona, ES

7. Luis Mandoki

Director | Voces inocentes

Luis Mandoki was born in 1954 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a director and producer, known for Innocent Voices (2004), La vida precoz y breve de Sabina Rivas (2012) and Message in a Bottle (1999).

"Message in a Bottle" (Χαμένες Αγάπες) 1999 - MX

8. Tom Hooper

Director | The Danish Girl

Tom Hooper was educated at one of England's most prestigious schools, Westminster. His first film, Runaway Dog, was made when he was 13 years old and shot on a Clockwork 16mm Bolex camera, using 100 feet of film. At age 18, he wrote, directed and produced the short film Painted Faces (1992), which ...

"The King's Speech" ('10) - UK

9. Michael Radford

Director | Il postino

Michael Radford was born on February 24, 1946 in New Delhi, British India. He is a director and writer, known for Il Postino: The Postman (1994), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) and The Merchant of Venice (2004). He is married to Emma Tweed. They have two children. He was previously married to Iseult ...

Il Postino ('94) - New Delhi, IN

10. Giuseppe Tornatore

Writer | La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano

Giuseppe Tornatore was born on May 27, 1956 in Bagheria, Sicily, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano (1998), The Best Offer (2013) and Cinema Paradiso (1988).

"La Sconosciuta" (The Unknown Woman) 2006, "Malena" 2000, "Cinema Paradiso" 1988 - IT

11. Roberto Benigni

Actor | La vita è bella

Roberto Benigni was born on October 27, 1952 in Manciano La Misericordia, Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy as Roberto Remigio Benigni. He is an actor and writer, known for Life Is Beautiful (1997), La tigre e la neve (2005) and Down by Law (1986). He has been married to Nicoletta Braschi since...

La Vita e bella: A poetic - through a little boy eyes view, of War II nazi's concentration camps) - IT

12. Tom Ford

Director | A Single Man

Tom Ford is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He gained fame as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2006, Ford launched his own "Tom Ford" label.

Ford directed the films A Single Man (2009) and Nocturnal Animals (2016), both films were...

A Single Man 209 (A realistic look in the life of a homosexual, with Colin Firth) - Austin, Texas US

13. Kevin Macdonald

Director | The Last King of Scotland

Kevin Macdonald was born on October 28, 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a director and producer, known for The Last King of Scotland (2006), State of Play (2009) and How I Live Now (2013).

"State of Play" ('09) - UK

14. Stephen Frears

Director | Dangerous Liaisons

Stephen Frears was born on June 20, 1941 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Stephen Arthur Frears. He is a director and producer, known for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Philomena (2013) and The Queen (2006). He has been married to Anne Rothenstein since 1992. They have two children. He was ...

Chéri ('09), Dangerous Liaisons ('88) - Leicester, UK

15. Joel Schumacher

Director | The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He is a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and 8MM (1999).

The Phantom of the Opera DE

16. Jean-Luc Godard

Director | À bout de souffle

Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...

French Nouvelle Vague movement creator - Films: "Au bout de souffle" ('60) - A love story of an American girl in Paris who sells newspapers in Champs Elysees (J. Sieberg) and a "careless" naif thief (J.P. Belmondo), Pierrot le fou, Week-end, "Le Mepris" ('63) - Life behind movies, as an American rich producer (J. Palance), resident of a villa in Capri runs after a married actress (B. Bardot) - (76) FR

17. Claude Lelouch

Director | Un homme et une femme

Claude Lelouch was born on October 30, 1937 in Paris, France. He is a writer and director, known for A Man and a Woman (1966), Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté (1988) and The Crook (1970). He is married to Valérie Perrin. He was previously married to Alessandra Martines, Marie-Sophie...

Un Homme et une Femme - a romansque narration of love - FR

18. 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.

Les glaneurs et les ganeuses 2000 (Documentary), Cléo de 5 à 7 1962, Sans toit ni loi 1985 Bruxelles, BE

19. Joe Wright

Director | Pride & Prejudice

Joe Wright is an English film director. He is best known for Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), Anna Karenina (2012), and Darkest Hour (2017).

Wright always had an interest in the arts, especially painting. He would also make films on his Super 8 camera as well as spend time in the evenings...

"Atonement" 2007, Pride & Prejudice 2005 - UK

20. Marco Ferreri

Writer | Storie di ordinaria follia

Marco Ferreri was born on May 11, 1928 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Storie di ordinaria follia (1981), Dillinger Is Dead (1969) and L'udienza (1972). He was married to Jacqueline Ferreri. He died on May 9, 1997 in Paris, France.

Tales of Ordinary Madness 1981 (The life of writer Charles Bukowski) - Milan (Lombardy) IT

21. 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, ...

Ma nuit chez Maude, L' Anglaise et le Duc ('09), Le genou de Claire - FR

22. Andrzej Wajda

Director | Katyn

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

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

"Iron Man"('81), "Promised Land", "Danton", "Tatarak" (War memories as time brings losses, as river-lilies go leafless as they fade in still waters) (85) - PL

23. Luchino Visconti

Director | Rocco e i suoi fratelli

Luchino Visconti was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Luchino Visconti di Modrone. He was a director and writer, known for Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Death in Venice (1971) and Le Notti Bianche (1957). He died on March 17, 1976 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Death in Venice, Rocco e i suoi fratelli, The Innocent, Il Gattopardo - (Milano) IT

24. 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), Story of Women (1988) and The Swindle (1997). He was married to Aurore Chabrol, Stéphane Audran and Agnès Goute. He died on September 12, 2010 in Paris.

"Le beau Serge" (1958) FR

25. Duncan Jones

Director | Moon

Duncan Jones was born on May 30, 1971 in Bromley, Kent, England as Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones. He is a director and writer, known for Moon (2009), Source Code (2011) and Warcraft (2016). He has been married to Rodene Ronquillo since November 6, 2012. They have two children.

Source Code 2011, Moon 2009 UK

26. Lucas Belvaux

Actor | Cavale

Lucas Belvaux was born on November 14, 1961 in Namur, Wallonia, Belgium. He is an actor and director, known for Cavale (2002), Après la vie (2002) and Pas son genre (2014).

"38 Témoins" ('11) BE

27. Joshua Sinclair

Actor | Il giardino dei Finzi Contini

Joshua Sinclair is an eclectic personality. A medical doctor specializing in tropical diseases, he has worked in India with Mother Teresa (Calcutta) and Sister Rosa (Bombay), as well as in various parts of Africa. He is also a professor in comparative theology. Since his acquired professions are ...

"Jump!" ('08) US

28. Atiq Rahimi

Director | Khakestar-o-khak

Atiq Rahimi was born in 1962 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is a director and writer, known for Earth and Ashes (2004), Syngué sabour, pierre de patience (2012) and Afghanistan, un état impossible? (2002).

29. Juan José Campanella

Writer | El secreto de sus ojos

Juan José Campanella was born on July 19, 1959 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a writer and actor, known for The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), El hombre de tu vida (2011) and El mismo amor, la misma lluvia (1999).

"Luna de Avellaneda" (2004) AR

30. Vittorio Taviani

Director | La notte di San Lorenzo

Vittorio Taviani studied law at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in the cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini's Paisan (1946). After writing and directing short films and plays with his brother Paolo, he made his first feature in 1962. The brothers have continued to work together ever ...

La Notte di San Lorenzo, San Mighele aveva un gallo, Il Pratto, Allons Enfants, Padre Padrone - IT

31. 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), Rendez-vous (1985) and Quand on a 17 ans (2016).

32. Sam Garbarski

Director | Irina Palm

Sam Garbarski was born in 1948 in Planegg, Bavaria, Germany. He is a director and writer, known for Irina Palm (2007), Bye Bye Germany (2017) and Vijay and I (2013).

Quartier Lointain 2010 A flash-back to childhood in a research of the lost father, in the protagonist's french province life - BE

33. 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 ...

Jules et Jim 1962, 400 coups, La sirène de Mississipi 1969 FR

34. Andrei Tarkovsky

Writer | Solyaris

The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood (1962), which ...

Solaris 1972, Mirror 1975, The Sacrifice 1986 Ext. Review, Stalker 1979, Ext. Review - 1932-1986 RU

35. Terry Gilliam

Writer | Brazil

Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of MAD magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising....

Fisher King 1991 US

36. Benoît Jacquot

Director | Les adieux à la reine

Benoît Jacquot was born on February 5, 1947 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Farewell, My Queen (2012), À Tout de Suite (2004) and 3 coeurs (2014).

Les Adieux a la Reine (Diane Kruger as Marie Antoinette) FR Président de la jurie d' entrance (2003) de la Femis (National Film School) [link]http://www.lafemis.fr/[/link] - FR

37. Jacques Audiard

Writer | De rouille et d'os

Born in Paris, France, in 1952. Jacques Audiard's family has always been involved in movie business. His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer. But in his teens he refused that world and wanted to be a teacher. He studied literature and philosophy at the ...

"Rust and Bone" (2011) FR

38. Rodrigo García

Writer | Nine Lives

Rodrigo García was born on August 24, 1959 in Bogotá, Colombia. He is a producer and writer, known for Nine Lives (2005), Mother and Child (2009) and In Treatment (2008).

Nine Lives 2005, Blue 2012 Bogota CO

39. Mikhail Kalatozov

Director | Letyat zhuravli

Mikhail Kalatozov was born on December 28, 1903 in Tiflis, Russian Empire as Mikhail Kalatozishvili. He was a director and cinematographer, known for The Cranes Are Flying (1957), Vernye druz'ya (1954) and Zagovor obrechyonnykh (1950). He died on March 27, 1973 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

Soy Cuba 1991 RU

40. Régis Wargnier

Writer | Est - Ouest

Régis Wargnier was born on April 18, 1948 in Metz, Moselle, France. He is a writer and assistant director, known for Est - Ouest (1999), Indochine (1992) and Une femme française (1995).

Est West 1999, Indochine 1992 FR

41. 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), The Mummy (2017) and Star Trek (2009). He is married to Samantha Counter.

People like us 2012 L.A California US

42. Bujar Alimani

Director | Amnistia

Bujar Alimani was born on January 27, 1969 in Patos, Albania. He is a director and writer, known for Amnistia (2011), Zois (2018) and Ygraerio (2006).

Amnesty 2011 AL

43. José Quintero

Director | The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

José Quintero was born on October 15, 1924 in Panama City, Panama. He was a director and actor, known for The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961), A Moon for the Misbegotten (1975) and Profiles in Courage (1964). He died on February 26, 1999 in New York City, New York, USA.

The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone 1961 Panama City, PA

44. Karen Shakhnazarov

Director | Palata N°6

Karen Shakhnazarov was born on July 8, 1952 in Krasnodar, Krasnodarskiy kray, RSFSR, USSR as Karen Georgievich Shakhnazarov. He is a director and producer, known for Ward No. 6 (2009), Belyy tigr (2012) and Den polnoluniya (1998).

45. Adrian Lyne

Director | Flashdance

Adrian Lyne (Director/Writer/Producer) is the creative force behind some of the most talked-about movies of our time, among them, "Fatal Attraction", "9 1/2 Weeks", "Flashdance", "Indecent Proposal", "Jacob's Ladder" and "Unfaithful".

Born in Peterborough, England and raised in London, Lyne attended...

Unfaithful 2002, 9 1/2 Weeks 1986, Fatal Attraction 1987, Jacob's Ladder 1990 - Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England UK

46. Sarah Polley

Actress | Dawn of the Dead

Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her ...

47. Volker Schlöndorff

Director | Die Blechtrommel

Has studied economy and political sciences as well as at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique (IDHEC) in Paris, France. Worked as an assistant director with Louis Malle, Jean-Pierre Melville and Alain Resnais. Founded his own production company Bioskop Film together with Reinhard Hauff ...

DE

48. Claude Goretta

Director | L'invitation

Claude Goretta was born on June 23, 1929 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. He is a director and writer, known for L'invitation (1973), The Lacemaker (1977) and La provinciale (1981).

La Provinciale 1981, La Dentellière 1977, L' Invitation 1973 - Geneva CH

49. Jason Reitman

Producer | Up in the Air

Jason Reitman was born on October 19, 1977 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Up in the Air (2009), Thank You for Smoking (2005) and Juno (2007). He was previously married to Michele Lee.

50. Oliver Hirschbiegel

Director | Das Experiment

Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1957. In his teens he left high school and worked as a cooker in a boat.

Then he studied painting and graphism in the Academy of arts in Hamburg where he also started experimenting with video and photography. Those experimental movies attracted the attention of some ...

Downfall 2004 DE

51. Paolo Sorrentino

Writer | Youth

Paolo Sorrentino was born on May 31, 1970 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Youth (2015), The Great Beauty (2013) and This Must Be the Place (2011). He is married to Daniela D'Antonio. They have two children.

La Grande Bellezza IT

52. Anthony Minghella

Writer | The Talented Mr. Ripley

Anthony Minghella was the son of immigrants from Italy, who own an ice-cream factory on the Isle of Wight, where Anthony was born on January 6, 1954. He and his two siblings, Edana Minghella and Dominic Minghella, grew up there, a popular British holiday spot. After graduating from the University of...

The English Patient (1996), The Talented Mr Ripley (1999), Nine (2009) - (Isle of Wight, London) UK

53. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director 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 ...

54. Sam Mendes

Producer | Road to Perdition

Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-...

"An American Beauty" 1999 - UK

55. Bruce Beresford

Director | 'Breaker' Morant

Bruce Beresford was born in Australia and graduated from Sydney University in 1962. He served as Film Officer for the British Film Institute Production Board from 1966-1971 and as a Film Advisor to the Arts Council of Great Britain. Beresford has also directed several operas including Girl Of The ...

Mao's Last Dancer 2009 (The life of Chinese dancer Li Cunxin) - Sydney AU

56. James Ivory

Writer | Call Me by Your Name

The main part of his few movies were filmed in the quarter of a century in which he worked closely together with the Indian producer Ismail Merchant and the German writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. His first films are all set in India and are very much influenced by the style of Satyajit Ray and Jean ...

Room with a View, Howards End, The Golden Bowl, The White Countess, Jefferson in Paris - Berkeley CA 1928 (83) US

57. James Gray

Director | The Immigrant

Writer/director James Gray made his first film Little Odessa (1994) at the age of twenty-five. The film, which starred Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell, received critical acclaim and was the winner of the Venice Film Festival's prestigious Silver Lion Award in 1994.

...

"Two Lovers" ('09) - US

58. Tom McCarthy

Producer | Win Win

Tom McCarthy is an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for direct and write The Station Agent (2003), The Visitor (2007), Win Win (2011), and Spotlight (2015), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Director.

McCarthy...

The Visitor 2007 (A movie about immigrants in N.Y.) US

59. 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...

60. Paul Thomas Anderson

Director | Punch-Drunk Love

Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making...

There will be blood, (D. D. Lewis) The rise and fall of an oil minner in the begining of the century - US

61. 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 ...

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013, The Departed 2006, The Aviator 2004, Goodfellas 1990, Taxi Driver 1976, Mean Streets 1973, Raging Bull 1980 - New York ("Little Italy" neighborhood - inspiration for many of his films) US

62. 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 ...

Apocalypse now ('79), Peggy Sue Got Married ('86), Cotton Club 1984, New York Stories ('89) US

63. 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 ...

Cast Away (2000), Forest Gamp (Won Oscar 1994) US

64. Oliver Stone

Producer | JFK

Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.

William Oliver Stone was ...

J.F.K. - US

65. Michael Cimino

Writer | The Deer Hunter

Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). But his biggest success was The Deer...

Deer Hunter 1978 - US (living in Paris)

66. Steven Soderbergh

Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to ...

Sex, Lies and Videotapes 1989, Erin Brockovich 2000, Ocean's Eleven 2001 Atlanta, Georgia US

67. George Hickenlooper

Director | Dogtown

George Hickenlooper graduated from Yale University in 1986. He was born on May 25, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri and raised there, Boston, and San Francisco. His interest in film began in childhood and stemmed from his great-uncle's (Leopold Stokowski) involvement in the movie Fantasia (1940). ...

Factory Girl 2006, The Man from Elysian Fields 2000 - 1963 - 2010 St. Louis, Missouri US

68. Ingmar Bergman

Writer | Smultronstället

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (1996) is the ...

69. Lasse Hallström

Director | What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Lasse Hallström was born on June 2, 1946 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Lars Hallström. He is a director and writer, known for What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Chocolat (2000) and My Life as a Dog (1985). He has been married to Lena Olin since March 18, 1994. They have one child. He was...

What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 - Stockholm SE

70. Joachim Trier

Director | Louder Than Bombs

Joachim Trier is a Norwegian director and writer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1974. Trier is son of Jacob Trier, which was the sound technician of Norway's most popular film ever Flåklypa Grand Prix (1975), and grandson of the important Norwegian filmmaker Erik Løchen. His mother was a ...

NO

71. André Øvredal

Director | Trolljegeren

André Øvredal is a director and writer, known for Trollhunter (2010), The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) and Tunnelen (2016).

NO

72. Aksel Hennie

Actor | Hodejegerne

Aksel Hennie is a Norwegian actor, writer and director. He has acted in a number of successful Norwegian movies, and has received several awards. Hennie grew up in Lambertseter in Oslo. In his late teens he was sentenced for tagging, and became an outcast in the community for confessing to the ...

NO

73. Liv Ullmann

Actress | Ansikte mot ansikte

Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar ...

Trolosa (Faithless, External Review) 2000 - NO

74. Thomas Vinterberg

Director | Jagten

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

Dear Wendy 2004, The Celebration (Festen) 1998 - Copenhagen DK

75. Luc Besson

Writer | Le cinquième élément

Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997), as an adolescent bored in ...

The Lady 2011 FR

76. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | The Revenant

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...

Babel 2006, Amores Perros 2000 MX

77. Ermanno Olmi

Director | L'albero degli zoccoli

Ermanno Olmi was born on July 24, 1931 in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978), La leggenda del santo bevitore (1988) and Il Posto (1961). He was married to Loredana Detto. He died on May 5, 2018 in Asiago, Veneto, Italy.

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli zoccoli ) ('78) - Watch Trailer - Treviglio (Lombardy) IT

78. Elio Petri

Writer | Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto

Elio Petri was born on January 29, 1929 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Eraclio Petri. He was a writer and director, known for Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970), We Still Kill the Old Way (1967) and Lulu the Tool (1971). He was married to Paola Pegoraro. He died on November 10, 1982 in ...

79. Francesco Rosi

Writer | Cadaveri eccellenti

Francesco Rosi was born on November 15, 1922 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Cadaveri eccellenti (1976), La sfida (1958) and Salvatore Giuliano (1962). He was married to Giancarla Mandelli. He died on January 10, 2015 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

IT

80. Ken Loach

Director | I, Daniel Blake

Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into...

81. John Cassavetes

Actor | Love Streams

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

The Notebook 2004 US

82. Richard Linklater

Director | Waking Life

Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. ...

Before Midnight ('13) - Watch Trailer, Before Sunrise ('04), Before Sunrise ('95) The 24 hours Trilogy - Houston (Texas) US

83. John Madden

Director | Shakespeare in Love

John Madden was born on April 8, 1949 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. He is a director and producer, known for Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and Miss Sloane (2016).

84. Stephen Daldry

Director | The Hours

In 1989, Stephen Daldry worked as a freelance reader of unsolicited manuscripts for Literary Manager Nicholas Wright in the Scripts Department at the Royal National Theatre. In July of that year, he directed a Dadaist/expressionist production of "Judgement Day," a play by Odon von Horvath, at the ...

The Reader 2008 - (Read an article about today's trials of former Nazi Guards - relevant to the story of the movie) - Dorset UK

85. 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.

Eden à l' Ouest 2009, Etat de siège 1971 - Loutra-Iraias GR / FR

86. 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...

Veronica Voss 1982, Marriage of Maria Brawn 1979, The bitter tears of Petra von Kant 1972, The Merchant of four Seasons 1971, Katzelmacher (The Greek Neighbor) 1969, watch Trailer - Prominent creator, founder of the so-called "New-German Cinema", lightened-up the lives of marginal or problematic people - things consisting also, his own impasses 1945 - 1982 DE

87. Joel Coen

Writer | Fargo

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for Fargo (1996), A Serious Man (2009) and Blood Simple (1984). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

US

88. Ethan Coen

Producer | A Serious Man

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for A Serious Man (2009), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two ...

US

89. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Director | Das Leben der Anderen

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck was born on May 2, 1973 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck. He is a director and writer, known for The Lives of Others (2006), The Tourist (2010) and Werk ohne Autor (2018). He is married to ...

The Tourist, The Lives of Others ('06) - DE

90. Wim Wenders

Director | Der Himmel über Berlin

Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...

Land of Plenty ('06), "Paris, Texas" ('09) - DE

91. Niels Arden Oplev

Director | Män som hatar kvinnor

Niels Arden Oplev was born on March 26, 1961 in Denmark. He is a director and producer, known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), Drømmen (2006) and Flatliners (2017).

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ('06) - DK

92. Peter Greenaway

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

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

The belly of an Architect (87) - (Wales) UK

93. 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 ...

"Amour" (2012), "The White Ribbon" (2009), "Caché" 2005, "La Pianiste" 2001 - DE

94. Bennett Miller

Director | Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller is an American film director, best known for Capote (2005), Moneyball (2011), and Foxcatcher (2014). He began his film career directing the 1998 documentary The Cruise.

In 2006 Miller directed the Bob Dylan music video "When the Deal Goes Down" starring Scarlett Johansson.

Miller has ...

95. 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 ...

Blue Velvet ('86), Inland Empire ('06), Mulholland Dr ('01) - US

96. 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 ...

ES

97. 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 ...

Amadeus 1984 - CZ

98. Nikita Mikhalkov

Actor | 12

Nikita Mikhalkov is the son of the famous communist poet Sergey Mikhalkov, who wrote the lyrics of the Soviet national anthem and had strong connections to the Communist Party. Nikita Mikhalkov's mother, Natalya Petrovna Konchalovskaya, was also a poet and daughter of famous painter Pyotr Petrovich...

"Burn by the Sun" RU

99. Michael Winterbottom

Director | Genova

Michael Winterbottom was born on March 29, 1961 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. He is a director and producer, known for A Summer in Genoa (2008), A Mighty Heart (2007) and The Killer Inside Me (2010).

The Trip ('11), Genoa ('08) - UK

100. 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 ...

Known for "Arizona Dream" ('02), "Underground" ('02) - Sarajevo SE



Recently Viewed