Filmmakers I consider to be the greatest

by artur-artborg | created - 20 Jun 2011 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Both inside and outside Hollywood there are a bunch of extremly talented people, whose point in life is creating films, short films and TV-series of never-before-seen epicness. Here is a list of the filmmakers - both among directors, writers and producers - who I believe are just a little bit better than everybody else.

1. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Inception

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.


I don't think there is any question about how great this particular filmmaker is. Ever since Memento, he has proven himself to be something quite different from anything we have ever seen before in movies. No matter if he stands there as director, writer or producer, his films becomes masterpieces. There is not a single film by him which I do not love, and he is without any doubt the greatest filmmaker I know. FAVOURITE WORK: "The Dark Knight"... or "Inception"... or "Memento"... or...

2. Peter Jackson

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

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

"The Fellowship of the Ring" started up my love for fantasy, and since that very first LOTR movie he's made two terrific additions - the last of which is the greatest fantasy movie I've ever seen - as well as "King Kong", a remake that works in all ways that the old versions did not. His own love for films and his talent in finding extremly skilled collaborators have led him into creating four masterpieces, as well as the somewhat odd but still great "The Lovely Bones". I look forward very much to seeing both "Heavenly Creatures" and "The Hobbit"... FAVOURITE WORK: The Lord of the Rings trilogy (but "The Return of the King" in particular)

3. 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...

I can not even start describing this genius. He is crazy, no doubt about it, but undoubtedly one of the very best filmmakers of all time. His writing is ingenious, with crazy stories and awesome dialogue unlike any other. His directing is new and exciting. All in all, he is a master. FAVOURITE WORK: "Pulp Fiction"

4. Miles Luna

Writer | Red vs. Blue

Miles Antony Luna is a Rooster Teeth staff member, director and filmmaker known for writing and directing Red vs. Blue and RWBY. He is the winner of two International Academy of Web Television Awards for Best Animated Series for Red vs. Blue Season 10 and RWBY Volume 1. Miles is one of the writers ...

RoosterTeeth has proven time and time again that it consists of highly talented and passionate individuals burning for their craft. Miles Luna has directed, written and starred in several of these projects and has done a truly amazing job. In addition to being extremely talented, he also appears (based on sponsorcasts, live-streams, twitter, etc.) to be a thoroughly awesome guy. All in all, I respect him just as much as I respect the Hollywood elite, and can't wait to experience his future projects. If more filmmakers could follow his example, there truly would be much fewer sh*tty movies and TV-series out there. FAVOURITE WORK: Impossible to say. He wrote, directed and starred in "Red vs. Blue: Season 13", so in a way that's his greatest achievment. But he co-wrote, co-directed and starred in "RWBY: Volume 3" - which is quite possibly even better - so... Yeah, I just don't know...

5. Hayao Miyazaki

Director | Gake no ue no Ponyo

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the ...

There was a time when animated film was considered a considerably lower artform than most other kinds of cinema. The last few decades this view has grown rarer and rarer, in great part thanks to the amazing career of this ingenious Japanese filmmaker and animator. Miyazaki has created several of the greatest animated masterpieces of the last few decades, and most certainly deserves a place on this list. FAVOURITE WORK: "Princess Mononoke" or "Spirited Away"... I really can't decide.

6. Makoto Shinkai

Writer | Kimi no na wa.

Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer.

Shinkai studied Japanese literature at Chuo University where he was a member of juvenile literature club where he drew picture books. In 1999, Shinkai ...

To be honest, had his first and only credit to date been "Your Name", that alone would have won him his spot on this list. Few films had moved me as much as his latest masterpiece. But even before he spellbound the world with "Kimi no na wa", Makoto Shinkai had already developed his own unique style of animation, directing and writing. Animation was invented for geniuses like this. FAVOURITE WORK: "Your Name"

7. 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 ...

When it comes to directorial skills, Aronofsky may well in my opinion be the best living and working today. But as this is the list of best FILMMAKERS, he won't quite make it to the top. However with terrific motion pictures such as "Pi", "Requiem for a Dream", "The Fountain" and "Black Swan" it should be obvious that he is a filmmaker of great vision. (I choose to ignore "Noah") FAVOURITE WORK: "Requiem for a Dream" or "The Fountain"

8. 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 ...

There are those in Hollywood who makes movies, and there are those who makes pieces of art. Lynch can primarily be seen as a member of the later category. He has some extreme skill, but also some very weird taste. Many of his movies are both panned and praised at the same time, because that's how his projects work: They are all on the knife's edge of being either very, very good or very, very crappy. Now, if you look at Twin Peaks (at least the episodes directed and/or written by him), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and Mulholland Drive, it should be but too obvious how skilled he really is. But then again, if you judge after Dune... FAVOURITE WORK: "Twin Peaks"/"Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"

9. 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 ...

There is a dreamlike aspect of this filmmaker's work that I can't quite get a grasp of. I do know, however, that I find it most agreeable. Being capable of making movies in various languages (from his native Spanish to English, Arabic, Japanese, sign language, you name it), both his directorial and narrative skills are amazing. "Biutiful" remains the best Spanish-language film I've seen.

Also in interviews he is capable of speaking Spanish in a slow, steady and above all comprehensive manner, for which I owe him thanks. This last part doesn't (necessarily) make him a better filmmaker, but does mean that I then can listen to his interviews and understand them without subtitles, which is bliss.

FAVOURITE WORK: "Biutiful"... Though "Birdman" is nearly as brilliant, too... And "The Revenant"... "Babel"... Let's face it, this guy only makes great movies.

10. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...

I am not even going to attempt to explain why this guy is on my list. Anyone who has seen any of his projects (especially "The Shining", "2001: A Space Oddysey" and "Dr Strangelove") should know that he was the greatest filmmaker of his time. Directing, writing and producing in his own great, unique way, his work has been the inspiration for many of my other favourite filmmakers. FAVOURITE WORK: "2001: A Space Odyssey" and/or "The Shining"

11. 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...

The passion of a filmmaker can usually be sensed in his/her work, and seldom more so than in the work of this particular writer-director. With his terrific "Three Flavour Cornetto"-trilogy and awesome "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" - not to mention "Spaced" - he has proven to be a rare genius both when it comes to comedy, action and homage. FAVOURITE WORK: "The World's End" is his best film, but not with much margin... A careful observer will see that all his "Three Cornetto" films as well as "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" is featured on my favourite films of all time list, so...

12. Monty Oum

Writer | RWBY

Monyreak "Monty" Oum was an Asian American web-based animator and writer. A self-taught animator, he scripted and produced several crossover fighting video series, drawing the attention of internet production company Rooster Teeth, who hired him. He was also the original creator, director, writer, ...

Anyone even remotely affiliated with "RWBY" deserves to be on this list, and considering this great man created the series his spot here is well-deserved. His work on "RWBY" - as well as "Red vs. Blue" - was extraordinary, above and beyond that which is normally associated with webseries. Rest In Peace Mr. Oum. FAVOURITE WORK: "RWBY" (not to say that his work on "RvB" wasn't absolutely brilliant)

13. Don Hertzfeldt

Producer | World of Tomorrow

Don Hertzfeldt was born on August 1, 1976 in Fremont, California, USA as Donald Charles Hertzfeldt. He is a producer and writer, known for World of Tomorrow (2015), It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011) and The Simpsons (1989).

I can't quite put my finger on what aspect of his experimental - and often rather disturbing - animated shorts appeal to me. That they DO appeal to me, however, I know to be a fact. One of the most fascinating filmmakers working in both the experimental and animated genres. FAVOURITE WORK: "The Meaning of Life", "It's Such A Beautiful Day" and "World of Tomorrow" are all equally breathtaking, while "Rejected" is an equally good but entirely different animal.

14. Satoshi Kon

Writer | Papurika

Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z (1991) by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film ...

It is a great injustice that I wasn't so much as informed of the existence of this fantastic filmmaker until after his death, and a greater injustice still that he died so young and after having bestowed upon the world so few creations. Four feature films and a one-season TV-series... Then again, considering the amazing quality of these productions, one must concede that Satoshi-kun left a pretty decent legacy. FAVOURITE WORK: "Perfect Blue"... though "Paprika" and "Tokyo Godfathers" are also awesome.

15. Aaron Sorkin

Writer | The West Wing

Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to ...

He may have a habit of rubbing our noses in his intelligence (even when supplying Timberlake with lines, his monologues are clearly there to prove just how much smarter than us Mr. Sorkin is), but Aaron Sorkin IS something of a genius, great at both drama and comedy. FAVOURITE WORK: "The West Wing"

16. Fran Walsh

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

Fran Walsh was born on January 10, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). She has been married to Peter Jackson ...

Jackson's wife has been at his side as a writer, producer and songwriter for quite some time, and it is clear that without her the masterpieces of her husband's could never have been made. FAVOURITE WORK: "The Return of the King"

Watching the "making of"-documentary of "The Lord of the Rings" it becomes increasingly apparent just how significant Philippa Boyens was in the creation of the greatest film trilogy of all time. She has a terrific creative mind, and every decision she made on LOTR was the correct one. Without her, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh simply wouldn't be as succesful as they are today. FAVOURITE WORK: "The Return of the King"

18. Steven Moffat

Writer | Sherlock

Steven Moffat was born on November 18, 1961 in Paisley, Scotland as Steven William Moffat. He is a writer and producer, known for Sherlock (2010), Doctor Who (2005) and The Adventures of Tintin (2011). He has been married to Sue Vertue since 1999. They have two children. He was previously married ...

As if co-writing the screenplay for the ingenious new Tintin-movie wasn't enough, Steven Moffat (together with Mark Gatiss) re-invented Sherlock Holmes for the new age. Their take on the Holmes, Watson, Moriarty, Adler et. al. is in my opinion far superior than any previous version... including the original novels and short stories (and yes, I have read them; they're good... just not "Sherlock" good...). FAVOURITE WORK: "Sherlock"

19. Mark Gatiss

Actor | The League of Gentlemen

Mark Gatiss is an accomplished author, actor and playwright. Originally from Sedgefield, County Durham, he graduated from Bretton Hall Drama College with a BA (honors) in Theatre Arts.

He was one-quarter of the award-winning comedy team The League of Gentlemen (1999), and became heavily involved in ...

Why exactly he keeps on praising the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when his own version of the world's most famous (and only) consulting detective is so far superior is quite frankly beyond me. All the same, Mark Gatiss is a very talented writer and producer who deserves every praise. FAVOURITE WORK: "Sherlock"

20. Brad Bird

Writer | The Incredibles

Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in...

It tells you something about a filmmaker if he's directed four movies and the one of those which scored worst at scored 93%. Brad Bird may very well be a genius, and has done some truly exceptional work, from his days at "The Simpsons" to "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol". FAVOURITE FILM: "The Incredibles" FAVOURITE SCENE: I consider the scene in "Iron Giant" when the Iron Giant 'goes ballistic' to be one of cinema's greatest moments. I'm not exaggerating: It's frickin' genius at work!!!

21. Andrew Stanton

Writer | WALL·E

Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse, the New ...

Since Lasseter has withdrawn and started preferring working as an executive producer, it is up to Andrew (and Brad Bird and Pete Docter) to show the world what Pixar Animations can do. Starting up as a great writer, and now continuing as a great director, he has with Wall-E created one of the best animated movies of all time. FAVOURITE WORK: "Wall-E"

22. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....

I have yet to see any other creation of Welles than "Citizen Kane", but that is irrelevant. In that single film - directed, produced, written and acted by him at the age of 25 - is enough to show us what a great master of cinema he was. FAVOURITE WORK: "Citizen Kane"

23. Julie Andem

Writer | Skam

Julie Andem was born in 1982 in Norway. She is a writer and director, known for Skam (2015), SKAM Austin (2018) and Skam France (2018).

Only a very small number of writer/directors are capable of crafting a narrative which is simultaneously realistic, entertaining and emotionally fulfilling. Previously I have believed that only Danish creators have mastered this skill, but with her majestic achievment "Skam" Julie Andem has proven that Norwegians too have an understanding of proper story-telling. Throughout the series she has proven herself to be both a writer and director of rare skill. I greatly look forward to her future productions.

24. 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 ...

Until this the second golden age in Hollywood, quite a lot of the screenplays were boring stuff about nothing. But that wouldn't matter, if the director's name was Alfred Hitchcock. He may well be the greatest director of all time, and when he gets to strut his stuff (in Psycho, Rebecca and so on), his movies become masterpieces. If only he had tended to written the screenplays himself too, maybe he would have been the greatest filmmaker of all time. FAVOURITE WORK: "Psycho"

25. Alma Reville

Writer | Shadow of a Doubt

Alma Reville was born on August 14, 1899 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England as Alma Lucy Reville. She is known for her work on Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Suspicion (1941) and The Lady Vanishes (1938). She was married to Alfred Hitchcock. She died on July 6, 1982 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, ...

"I beg permission to mention by name only four people who have given me the most affection, appreciation, and encouragement, and constant collaboration. The first of the four is a film editor, the second is a scriptwriter, the third is the mother of my daughter Pat [Patricia Hitchcock], and the fourth is as fine a cook as ever performed miracles in a domestic kitchen. And their names are Alma Reville." This speech by Alfred Hithcock suggests just a tiny part of the genius of his wife Alma Reville, without whom many of his masterpieces would never have been made. Throughout her career she worked as a writer, an editor and an assistant director only to mention a few things. A rare talent. FAVOURITE WORK: "Psycho"

26. 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 ...

The greatest Scandinavian filmmaker of all time? No. The greatest Scandinavian director of all time? Maybe. FAVOURITE WORK: "Fanny and Alexander"... But "Seventh Seal", "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Wild Strawberries" are pretty awesome too.

27. J.J. Abrams

Producer | Lost

Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...

Abrams is a producer of some weight, and after a shaky beginning of his career he has produced some of the best TV-series and better films of the 2000s. Lost and Cloverfield are just two examples of films that show us his skill. FAVOURITE WORK: "Lost"

28. Damon Lindelof

Writer | Lost

Damon Lindelof was born on April 24, 1973 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Damon Laurence Lindelof. He is a writer and producer, known for Lost (2004), The Leftovers (2014) and Star Trek (2009). He has been married to Heidi Fugeman since May 28, 2005. They have one child.

Damon may prefer to sit in the chair of the writer and executive producer, but even so his skills come through to the finished product. Lost is a testament to this man's skills. FAVOURITE WORK: "Lost"

29. Simon Pegg

Actor | Shaun of the Dead

English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He later took his stepfather's surname, "Pegg". He was ...

Edgar Wright's right-hand man has rare talents both when it comes to action, comedy and drama, and deserves every praise. FAVOURITE WORK: "The World's End"

30. David Benioff

Writer | Game of Thrones

David Benioff was born on September 25, 1970 in New York City, New York, USA as David Friedman. He is a writer and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), The Kite Runner (2007) and 25th Hour (2002). He has been married to Amanda Peet since September 30, 2006. They have three children.

The co-creator of Game of Thrones and screenwriter of Troy has shown great skills in adapting great tales into as good as the original and much better than the original, respectively. FAVOURITE WORK: "Game of Thrones"

31. D.B. Weiss

Writer | Game of Thrones

D.B. Weiss was born on April 23, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Daniel Brett Weiss. He is a writer and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Dirty White Boys and Untitled Star Wars Project. He is married to Andrea Troyer.

Do I have some issues with "Game of Thrones" (in particular in regards to its fifth season)? Yes! Are these issues so great that I fail to realize how talented its writers and producers must be? No! D.B. Weiss has done a great work on the show in the past, and deserves praise. FAVOURITE WORK: "Game of Thrones"

32. Matt Groening

Writer | The Simpsons

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Matt Groening did not particularly like school, which is what originally turned him towards drawing. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Los Angeles and started drawing a comic strip named "Life in Hell", which eventually became published in the newspaper where he worked. ...

The creator of "The Simpsons"... Do I even need to explain why this guy is a genius? FAVOURITE WORK: "The Simpsons"/"The Simpsons Movie"

33. Adam Price

Writer | Herrens veje

Adam Price is a Danish screenwriter, playwright, and co-owner and executive-producer at SAM Productions ApS (

Adam Price has been acknowledged with several international awards for his work, most recently as creator of the Danish drama series Borgen (2010) (2008-2012) for ...

With "Borgen" being as ingenious a series as it is, Adam Price's place on this list is given. FAVOURITE WORK: "Borgen"

34. Jonathan Nolan

Writer | Interstellar

Attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, graduating in 1994.

Graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1999. Majored in English.

Shortly after graduating from Georgetown University, Jonathan Nolan served as a production assistant on Memento (2000).

Wrote the short story, "...

Christopher's brother shows great skill as a writer. From his great short story "Memento Mori" to his screenplay for "The Dak Knight" he shows great skill and mastership. I can't wait to see "Hell and Gone". FAVOURITE WORK: "The Dark Knight"

35. Maya Ilsøe

Writer | Arvingerne

Maya Ilsøe is known for her work on The Legacy (2014), Pagten (2009) and Parterapi (2010).

"Arvingerne" is a perfect example of a TV-series that - because of its genre and realism - really should not appeal to me at all. The fact that I consider it to be one of the greatest series I have ever seen is a testament to the fantastic skills of the creative team of filmmakers and actors behind it. Maya Ilsøe is the creator and head writer of this amazing show, and that is reason enough to put her on this list. A writer of spectacular talent. FAVOURITE WORK: "Arvingerne" (The Legacy)

36. Søren Sveistrup

Writer | Forbrydelsen

Søren Sveistrup is a writer and producer, known for Forbrydelsen (2007), The Snowman (2017) and Der kommer en dag (2016).

"Forbrydelsen" is a TV-series where every single aspect works. Terrific acting, great directing and cinematography and an inspired score makes it a perfect series. But in the end its the characters, story, plotline and world that truly makes it ingenious. Thus the fact that its main writer is featured on this list should not surprise you. FAVOURITE WORK: "Forbrydelsen (The Killing)"... all three seasons

37. Jessica Hynes

Actress | Spaced

As both a writer and performer, Jessica Hynes has worked prolifically in television, film and theatre. Born in Lewisham, South London in 1972, she was brought up in Brighton, Sussex. At school, she would write bizarre sci-fi stories. At age 15, she joined the National Youth Theatre and left home at...

Any person connected to "Spaced" deserves praise, and few more so than the terrific actress and writer Jessica Stevenson. FAVOURITE WORK: "Spaced"

38. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Artificial Intelligence: AI

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...

Similar to Hitchcock, Spielberg seldom writes, but even so, he manages to turn the screenplays into spectacular pieces of cinema, unlike most pictures one has seen otherwhere. From the moment he finished Jaws to the day he finished Tintin, he shows great skill. FAVOURITE WORK: It's a horrible film to watch, but "Schindler's List" is Spielberg's masterpiece.

39. 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...

Generally, I think that a film can only truly be called "A film by" if the filmmaker in question has in some way been a part of the writing/conception process. David Fincher isn't a writer, but his style is still so original and so great, that his movies truly are HIS movies. FAVOURITE WORK: "The Social Network"... or "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"... or "Gone Girl"... or "Se7en"... or...

40. 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 ...

I'm not certain whether or not it's something to be proud of, but I've thoroughly enjoyed every single film this man has been a part of. His understanding of how to make cool action scenes, his morbid humor, his great taste in songs and movie soundtracks... A great (if most likely crazy) filmmaker. Together with Jane Goldman he's made some terrific *beep* FAVOURITE WORK: "Stardust", "Kick-Ass", "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and "Layer Cake" are all pretty much equally good, so I have no idea...

41. Burnie Burns

Producer | Red vs. Blue

Burnie Burns is an American film producer, animated filmmaker known for his Machinima work on the Red vs. Blue series. Also an actor, he appeared in the 2015 movie The Outfield. He joined the cast of The Amazing Race in season 28. He is also one of the co-founders of Rooster Teeth Productions. He ...

I am quickly becoming a huge Rooster Teeth fan. I can't understand how they haven't become bigger than they are. But their success so far owes a great deal to Burnie Burns, who is a great director, writer, animator, producer and voice actor. FAVOURITE WORK: "Red vs. Blue" (Season 10 in particular)

42. Kerry Shawcross

Writer | RWBY

Kerry "Dragonface" Shawcross is an Internet and YouTube personality, co-writer of the Rooster Teeth production RWBY who also works as a co-director, compositor, and voice actor for Rooster Teeth and Achievement Hunter. He is an employee at Rooster Teeth who is one of the primary script writers and ...

Monty Oum was a genius who could and should have become one of the major elite in the entertainment business. Alas he was taken from us too soon, and "RWBY" - his masterpiece - was left without its creator. That could have been the end of a terrific webseries. However, Kerry Shawcross - alongside with Miles Luna, Gray G. Haddock and the rest of the RoosterTeeth crew and cast - took the reins, and managed to steer away from disaster and instead craft "RWBY: Volume 3", the best volume in the series so far and one of my all-time favourite anythings. Mr. Shawcross did the impossible, and I look forward to him repeating this achievment... FAVOURITE WORK: "RWBY"

43. Jimmy McGovern

Writer | The Street

Jimmy McGovern was born in September 1949 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England as James Stanley McGovern. He is a writer and producer, known for The Street (2006), Cracker (1993) and Moving On (2009).

With Cracker, perhaps the best-written and most well-made British crime series so far, McGovern has shown himself a great writer and producer. FAVOURITE WORK: "Cracker"

44. Nick Park

Writer | The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Nick Park was born on December 6, 1958 in Preston, Lancashire, England as Nicholas Wulstan Park. He is a writer and producer, known for The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Chicken Run (2000) and A Close Shave (1995).

Stop-motion animation has given us some great delights in the past, but I can't really think of anything as ingenious or devilishly hilarious as "Wallace and Gromit". In the shorts, the feature film (and of course also in "Chicken Run"), Nick Park and Aardman proves to be fantastic entertainers. FAVOURITE WORK: Any of the three original "Wallace and Gromit" shorts... They're all pure gold...

45. Jane Goldman

Producer | Kick-Ass

Jane Goldman was born on June 11, 1970 in England. She is a producer and writer, known for Kick-Ass (2010), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Stardust (2007). She has been married to Jonathan Ross since August 1988. They have three children.

The writing and producing partner of Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman has given us some of the most entertaining motion pictures of the last ten years. A wicked writing-style which I enjoy. FAVOURITE WORK: "Stardust"... or "Kick-Ass"... or "Kingsman: The Secret Service"... or...

46. Ronald D. Moore

Producer | Battlestar Galactica

Ron Moore was a member of the Kappa Alpha literary society during his time at Cornell University. He dropped out of college during his senior year, after which he moved to Los Angeles, California, with a friend in hopes of becoming a working writer. He was two weeks away from joining the United ...

The original "Battlestar Galactica" isn't particularly interesting even when compared to other 70's sci-fi shows. The new re-envisioned version spearheaded by Mr. Moore here, however, is one of the most human TV-series available anywhere (despite the handicap that half of its characters aren't human). Ronald D. Moore and his fellow writers, producers and directors did an amazing job on the show. FAVOURITE WORK: "Battlestar Galactica"

47. Måns Mårlind

Writer | Storm

Måns Mårlind was born on July 29, 1969 in Vallentuna, Stockholms län, Sweden as Måns Magnus Mårlind. He is a writer and director, known for Storm (2005), Midnight Sun (2016) and 6 Souls (2010).

Perhaps one of Sweden's greatest living filmmakers, Måns Mårlind is an imaginative and fresh new writer-director unlike any other. With "Storm" he made a motion picture which challenged the entire Swedish view on cinema, and though he has yet to best it he has done some truly great work together with Björn Stein (including the fantastic "Gårdakvarnar och Skit"-sequence in "Känn Ingen Sorg"; while not my favourite movie, it was a great frickin' scene). FAVOURITE WORK: "Storm"

48. 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 ...

In theory, I should have detested "Festen (The Celebration)". The fact that I didn't tells you something about the creative prowess of it's writer-director. Denmark has done it again. FAVOURITE WORK: "Festen"

49. Laetitia Colombani

Director | À la folie... pas du tout

Laetitia Colombani was born in 1976. She is an actress and director, known for À la folie... pas du tout (2002), Mes stars et moi (2008) and Montagnes Russes.

To be honest I still have only seen one feature film by Colombani. But considering just how terrific I find "A la folie, pas du tout" to be there is no doubt in my mind that she deserves her spot on this list. I hope to one day see more of her work. FAVOURITE WORK: "A la folie... pas du tout" (English title: "He loves me, he loves me not"