The best Directors of the new generation.

by darkvlader | created - 08 Apr 2011 | updated - 27 Jan 2012 | Public

I think that this are the greatest directors of the new generation, a few of them aren't well known but their jobs are still great, there is a continuation for this list

1. Christopher Nolan

Writer | The Prestige

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.


Top 3 Films:

1.- Memento 2.- Inception 3.- The Dark Knight

Honorable Mention: Insomnia

2. Joel Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), A Serious Man (2009) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

Top 3 Films:

1.- Fargo 2.- No Country for Old Men 3.- Miller's Crossing

Honorable Mention: All of them movies

3. David Fincher

Director | Se7en

David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials...

Top 3 Films:

1.- Seven 2.- The Fight Club 3.- Zodiac

Honorable Mention: The Social Network, The Game

4. Darren Aronofsky

Director | Pi

Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won ...

Top 3 Films:

1.- Requiem for a Dream 2.- The Wrestler 3.- Black Swan

Honorable Mention: The Fountain

5. 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...

Top 3 Films:

1.- There Will be Blood 2.- Boogie Nights 3.- Magnolia

Honorable Mention: Punch-Drunk Love (ha, all of his films are here)

6. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.

In January of...

Top 3 Films:

1.- Pulp Fiction 2.- Reservoir Dogs 3.- Inglourious Bastards

Honorable Mention: Jackie Brown (Mostly likely all of his films)

7. Danny Boyle

Director | 127 Hours

Danny Boyle was born on October 20, 1956 in Manchester, England as Daniel Boyle. He is a director and producer, known for 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later... (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

Top 3:

1.- 28 Days Later 2.- 127 Hours 3.- Transpotting

Honorable Mention: Sunshine

8. Edgar Wright

Director | Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...

Top 3:

1.- Hot Fuzz 2.- Shaun of the Dead 3.- Scott Pilgrim vs The World

(All the films again)

9. Spike Jonze

Producer | Her

Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under the ...

Top 3:

1.- Beign John Malkovich 2.- Where the Wild Things Are 3.- Adaptation

(Again, all the films)

10. Guillermo del Toro

Writer | El laberinto del fauno

Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ...

Top 3:

1.- Pan's Laberinth 2.- Hellboy 3.- Cronos

Honorable Mention: Devil's Backbone

11. Robert Rodriguez

Producer | El mariachi

Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent.

Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York (1981), none ...

Top 3:

1.- Sin City 2.- El Mariachi 3.- Roadracers

Honorable Mention: From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror, Machete

12. Michel Gondry

Director | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band ...

Top 3 Films: 1.- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2.- The Science of Sleep 3.- Be Kind Rewind

Honorable Mention: Human Nature

13. Neill Blomkamp

Director | District 9

Neill Blomkamp was born on September 17, 1979 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and writer, known for District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015). He is married to Terri Tatchell. They have one child.

Top 3:

1.- District 9 2.- " 3.- "

(I hope an in a few years the list might grow)

14. 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: The Beginning (2016). He has been married to Rodene Ronquillo since November 6, 2012. They have two children.

Top 3:

1.- Moon 2.- Source Code 3.- "

Honorable Mention: Whistle [short] (same as above)

15. Shane Black

Writer | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon (1987) screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout (1991) ...

Top 3:

1.- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2.- " 3.- "

(The same with Blomkamp, Death Note will difenetly his second best movie for me)

16. Joe Carnahan

Writer | The A-Team

Joe Carnahan was born on May 9, 1969 in Sacramento, California, USA as Joseph Aaron Carnahan. He is a producer and writer, known for The A-Team (2010), Narc (2002) and Smokin' Aces (2006).

Top 3:

1.- Narc 2.- Smokin' Aces 3.- The A-Team

(If he makes White Jazz and Killing Pablo those might take the last spots)

17. Matthew Vaughn

Producer | Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn is an English film producer and director. He is known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) and for directing the crime thriller, Layer Cake (2004), the fantasy epic, Stardust (2007), the superhero comedy, Kick-Ass (2010), and the ...

Top 3:

1.- Kick-ass 2.- Layer Cake 3.- X-Men: First Class

Honorable Mention: Stardust

18. Abel Ferrara

Director | Bad Lieutenant

Born in the Bronx, Ferrara started making amateur films on Super 8 in his teens before making his debut with violent exploitation films such as 'Driller Killer' and 'Ms.45'. Good reviews for the latter helped create his cult reputation, leading to larger budgets, studio funding and 'name' actors (...

Top 3:

1.- The Bad Lieutenant 2.- Mary 3.- King of New York

Honorable Mention: check all his filmography

19. Lars von Trier

Writer | Dancer in the Dark

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

Top 3:

1.- The Element of Crime 2.- Dogville 3.- Europa

Honorable Mention: Antichrist, Heart of Gold trilogy

20. David O. Russell

Writer | American Hustle

David Owen Russell is an American film writer, director, and producer, known for a cinema of intense, tragi-comedic characters whose love of life can surpass dark circumstances faced in very specific worlds. His films address such themes as mental illness as stigma or hope; invention of self and ...

Top 3:

1.- Three Kings 2.- The Fighter 3.- I Heart Huckabees

Honorable Mentions: Spanking the Monkey, Flirting with Disaster.

(Several of the recent projects which have been linked to him sound interesting, I hope that he can make them)

21. Martin McDonagh

Writer | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Martin McDonagh was born on March 26, 1970 in Camberwell, London, England. He is a writer and director, known for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012).

Top 3:

1.- In Bruges 2.- " 3.- "

Honorable Mention: Six Shooter [short] (He is finally making Seven Psychopats)

22. Christopher McQuarrie

Writer | The Usual Suspects

Christopher McQuarrie is an acclaimed producer, director and an Academy Award® winning writer. McQuarrie grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and in lieu of college, he spent the first five years out of school traveling and working at a detective agency. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue...


1.- The Way of the Gun 2.- 3.-

(Apparently he is making One Shot, hope and i will be ready for the end of 2012.)

23. Matt Dillon

Actor | There's Something About Mary

Matt Dillon's successful film career has spanned over three decades and has showcased his wide range of dramatic and comedic talents. Dillon displayed his versatility with an arresting performance co-starring as a racist cop in the critically acclaimed Paul Haggis film Crash. This role earned him ...


1.- City of Ghosts 2.- 3.-

(Just like McQuarrie, is still unknown if he will ever direct again, but his only film so far is good.)

24. Sean Penn

Actor | Mystic River

Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints.

Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the ...

Top 3:

1.- The Pledge 2.- Into the Wild 3.- The Crossing Guard

Honorable Mention: The Indian Runner

(Does anyone knowns wich will be his next directorial job?)

25. Scott Frank

Writer | Logan

Scott Frank was born on March 10, 1960 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Logan (2017), Out of Sight (1998) and The Lookout (2007).

Top 3:

1.- The Lookout 2.- 3.-

(Damn you Hollywood by not letting that great directors like him, McQuiarre and Dillon prospere.)

26. 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.


Top 3:

1.- Little Odessa 2.- The Yards 3.- We Own the Night

Honorable Mention: Two Lovers (I hope and he'll make his next project soon.)

27. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teen years. ...

Top 3:

1.- Fear X 2.- Pusher Trilogy 3.- Bronson

Honorable Mention; all of his filmography.

28. John Dahl

Director | The Last Seduction

John Dahl was born in 1956 in Billings, Montana, USA. He is known for his work on The Last Seduction (1994), Kill Me Again (1989) and Rounders (1998). He is married to Beth Jana Friedberg. They have four children.

Top 3:

1.- The Last Seduction 2.- Red Rock West 3.- Kill me Again

Honorable Mention; Rounders, Joy Ride, You Kill me.

29. Charlie Kaufman

Writer | Synecdoche, New York

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 ...

Top 3:

1.- Synedoche, New York. 2.- 3.-

Notes: it's great that he is making Frank or Francis

30. Ang Lee

Director | Wo hu cang long

Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ...

Top 3:

1.- Brokeback Mountain 2.- Lust, Caution 3.- Ride With the Devil

Honorable Mentions: All of His Films.

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