Top 100 Italian Directors

by minalex | created - 07 Feb 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1. Arturo Ambrosio

Producer | Amleto

Founded Società Anonima Ambrosio (1907-14), a production company, in Turin, Italy. Its US distribution arm was called the Ambrosio American Co.

2. Luigi Maggi

Director | Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeii

Luigi Maggi was born on December 21, 1867 in Turin, Italy. He was a director and actor, known for The Last Days of Pompeii (1908), I conquistatori (1921) and Lion of Venice (1914). He died on August 22, 1946 in Turin.

3. Giuseppe de Liguoro

Director | L'Inferno

Giuseppe de Liguoro was born on January 10, 1869 in Naples, Campania, Italy as Giuseppe Dei Conti de Liguoro Presicce. He was a director and actor, known for Dante's Inferno (1911), Count Ugolini (1909) and Homer's Odyssey (1911). He died on March 19, 1944 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

4. Mario Caserini

Director | Romeo e Giulietta

Mario Caserini was born on February 26, 1874 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a director and actor, known for Romeo and Juliet (1908), Capitan Fracassa (1919) and The Last Days of Pompeii (1913). He was married to Maria Caserini. He died on November 17, 1920 in Rome.

5. Enrico Guazzoni

Director | Miryam

Former painter and designer, who pioneered epic motion pictures - replete with vast sets and huge casts - before D.W. Griffith and Hollywood cornered the market. Famous, particularly, for 'Quo Vadis ?' (1912). Doubled as art director on his own films. Active until 1943.

6. Giovanni Pastrone

Director | Cabiria

Giovanni Pastrone was born on September 13, 1883 in Montechiaro d'Asti, Piedmont, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Cabiria (1914), Il fuoco (la favilla - la vampa - la cenere) (1916) and The Warrior (1916). He died on June 27, 1959 in Turin, Piedmont.

7. Gustavo Serena

Actor | Assunta Spina

Gustavo Serena was born on October 5, 1881 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He was an actor and director, known for Assunta Spina (1915), La signora delle camelie (1915) and Zappatore (1930). He died on April 16, 1970 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

8. Carmine Gallone

Director | Giuseppe Verdi

Carmine Gallone was born on September 10, 1885 in Taggia, Liguria, Italy as Carmelo Camillo Gallone. He was a director and writer, known for The Life of Giuseppe Verdi (1938), Odessa in fiamme (1942) and Scipione l'africano (1937). He was married to Soava Gallone. He died on March 12, 1973 in ...

9. Alessandro Blasetti

Director | Prima comunione

Alessandro Blasetti was born on July 3, 1900 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Father's Dilemma (1950), La corona di ferro (1941) and Me, Me, Me... and the Others (1966). He was married to Maria Laura Brofferio. He died on February 1, 1987 in Rome.

10. Luigi Zampa

Writer | Processo alla città

Abandoning earlier studies in architecture and engineering, Luigi Zampa learned screenwriting and directing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, between 1932 and 1937. He went on to make military training films for the Italian army during World War II, as well as collaborating on ...

11. Vittorio De Sica

Director | Ladri di biciclette

Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee ...

13. Giuseppe De Santis

Writer | Caccia tragica

Giuseppe De Santis was born on February 11, 1917 in Fondi, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Caccia tragica (1947), Giorni d'amore (1954) and Bitter Rice (1949). He was married to Gordana Miletic. He died on May 16, 1997 in Rome, Lazio.

14. Luciano Emmer

Director | Domenica d'agosto

Luciano Emmer was born on January 19, 1918 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Domenica d'agosto (1950), L'acqua... il fuoco (2003) and Il paradiso perduto (1949). He died on September 16, 2009 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

15. Gian Carlo Menotti

Writer | The Medium

Gian Carlo Menotti was born on July 7, 1911 in Cadegliano-Viconago, Lombardy, Italy. He was a writer and composer, known for The Medium (1951), Great Performances (1971) and NBC Television Opera Theatre (1950). He was married to Samuel Barber. He died on February 1, 2007 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

16. Raffaello Matarazzo

Writer | Dora la espía

Raffaello Matarazzo started writing film reviews for the Roman newspaper Il Tevere before re-editing scripts for the Italian film company Cines. His first films were comedies until he shifted to making melodramas. With Catene (1949), produced by Titanus in 1949, he became the most successful ...

17. Alberto Lattuada

Writer | Guendalina

Alberto Lattuada was born on November 13, 1914 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Guendalina (1957), Flesh Will Surrender (1947) and Tempest (1958). He was married to Carla Del Poggio. He died on July 3, 2005 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

18. Renato Castellani

Writer | Due soldi di speranza

Renato Castellani was born on September 4, 1913 in Finale Ligure, Liguria, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952), Romeo and Juliet (1954) and Sotto il sole di Roma (1948). He died on December 28, 1985 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

19. Vittorio Cottafavi

Director | Maria Zef

The son of an army officer and landowner, Cottafavi was already endowed with a university education in law, philosophy and literature, by the time he graduated from the famous Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome in 1938.

He began his professional career in the film industry as a clapper ...

20. Francesco Maselli

Director | Storia d'amore

Francesco Maselli was born on December 9, 1930 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Storia d'amore (1986), Codice privato (1988) and Gli sbandati (1955).

21. Cesare Zavattini

Writer | Ladri di biciclette

Cesare Zavattini was born on September 29, 1902 in Luzzara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Bicycle Thieves (1948), Umberto D. (1952) and It's Forever Springtime (1950). He died on October 13, 1989 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Mostly known as a screenwriter, he also directed one of the segments of L'amore in citta

22. Roberto Rossellini

Writer | Paisà

The master filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, as one of the creators of neo-realism, is one of the most influential directors of all time. His neo-realist films influenced France's nouvelle vague movement in the 1950s and '60s that changed the face of international cinema. He also influenced American ...

23. Carlo Lizzani

Director | Banditi a Milano

Carlo Lizzani was born on April 3, 1922 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Banditi a Milano (1968), Chronicle of Poor Lovers (1954) and La vita agra (1964). He died on October 5, 2013 in Rome.

24. Mario Camerini

Director | Il signor Max

Mario Camerini was born on February 6, 1895 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Il signor Max (1937), I'll Give a Million (1935) and Una storia d'amore (1942). He was married to Assia Noris. He died on February 4, 1981 in Gardone Riviera, Lombardy, Italy.

25. Riccardo Freda

Writer | Il cavaliere misterioso

Riccardo Freda was born in Alexandria, Egypt, of Italian parents. Educated in Milan, he became a sculptor, then a newspaper art critic. He began a career in film in 1937 as a screenwriter and production supervisor. He moved into directing in 1942, beginning a career that lasted some 40 years. ...

26. Federico Fellini

Writer | Amarcord

The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the ...

27. Luchino Visconti

Director | Le notti bianche

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 Le Notti Bianche (1957), Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and Death in Venice (1971). He died on March 17, 1976 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

28. 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"...

29. Mauro Bolognini

Director | Senilità

Mauro Bolognini was born on June 28, 1922 in Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Careless (1962), Madamigella di Maupin (1966) and Mosca addio (1987). He died on May 14, 2001 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

30. Mario Bava

Cinematographer | Reazione a catena

Italian director Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in the coastal northern Italian town of San Remo. His father, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cinematographer in the early days of the Italian film industry. Bava was trained as a painter, and when he eventually followed his father into film ...

31. Pier Paolo Pasolini

Writer | Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma

Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life ...

32. Pietro Germi

Writer | Un maledetto imbroglio

Pietro Germi was born on September 14, 1914 in Genoa, Liguria, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for The Facts of Murder (1959), Il ferroviere (1956) and Divorce Italian Style (1961). He was married to Olga D'Aiello and Anna Bancio. He died on December 5, 1974 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

33. Vittorio De Seta

Director | Banditi a Orgosolo

Vittorio De Seta was born on October 15, 1923 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Bandits of Orgosolo (1961), Un uomo a metà (1966) and Isole di fuoco (1955). He died on November 28, 2011 in Sellia Marina, Calabria, Italy.

34. Valerio Zurlini

Writer | Il deserto dei tartari

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 ...

35. Dino Risi

Director | Il sorpasso

Dino Risi became a movie director by chance. In 1940 he met Alberto Lattuada at a friend's boutique. Lattuada told him they needed an assistant director for the movie Piccolo mondo antico (1941). Risi accepted just for fun, not for work. Later, he became a psychiatrist and wrote some articles for a...

36. Mario Monicelli

Writer | I compagni

Mario Monicelli was born on May 15, 1915 in Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for The Organizer (1963), Speriamo che sia femmina (1986) and La grande guerra (1959). He was married to Antonella Salerni and Chiara Rapaccini. He died on November 29, 2010 in Rome, Lazio, ...

37. Marco Bellocchio

Writer | Buongiorno, notte

Marco Bellocchio was born on November 9, 1939 in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Good Morning, Night (2003), Fists in the Pocket (1965) and My Mother's Smile (2002). He is married to Gisella Burinato. They have two children.

38. Gillo Pontecorvo

Director | La battaglia di Algeri

Gillo Pontecorvo was an Italian filmmaker. He is best known for his 1966 masterpiece, The Battle of Algiers, widely viewed as one of the finest films of its genre: realistic though fictionalized documentary. Its portrayal of the Algerian resistance during the Algerian War uses the neorealist style ...

39. 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 ...

40. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | The Last Emperor

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. 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 ...

41. Luigi Comencini

Director | Voltati Eugenio

Luigi Comencini was born on June 8, 1916 in Salò, Lombardy, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Voltati Eugenio (1980), Everybody Go Home! (1960) and Bread, Love and Dreams (1953). He was married to Giulia Grifeo. He died on April 6, 2007 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

42. Tonino Valerii

Director | I giorni dell'ira

Tonino Valerii was born on May 20, 1934 in Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy as Antonio Valerii. He was a director and writer, known for Day of Anger (1967), La ragazza di nome Giulio (1970) and Django Unchained (2012). He was married to Rita. He died on October 13, 2016 in Teramo.

43. Paolo Taviani

Director | La notte di San Lorenzo

Paolo Taviani studied liberal arts 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 Vittorio, he made his first feature in 1962. The brothers have continued to work ...

44. 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 ...

45. Liliana Cavani

Director | Dove siete? Io sono qui

Liliana Cavani was born on January 12, 1933 in Carpi, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for Dove siete? Io sono qui (1993), The Night Porter (1974) and L'ospite (1971).

46. Lina Wertmüller

Writer | Pasqualino Settebellezze

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

47. 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.

48. Ettore Scola

Writer | Una giornata particolare

Ettore Scola was born on May 10, 1931 in Trevico, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for A Special Day (1977), The Family (1987) and Le bal (1983). He was married to Gigliola. He died on January 19, 2016 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

49. Ermanno Olmi

Director | L'albero degli zoccoli

Ermanno Olmi was born on July 24, 1931 in Treviglio, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978), La leggenda del santo bevitore (1988) and Il Posto (1961). He has been married to Loredana Detto since February 28, 1963. They have three children.

50. Franco Zeffirelli

Director | Romeo and Juliet

Franco Zeffirelli was born on February 12, 1923 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy as Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli. He is known for his work on Romeo and Juliet (1968), The Taming of the Shrew (1967) and La traviata (1982).

51. Francesco Rosi

Writer | Salvatore Giuliano

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

52. Pasquale Festa Campanile

Writer | Rocco e i suoi fratelli

Wifes name was Angela "Chiquita" Festa Campanile.

55. Ruggero Deodato

Director | Cannibal Holocaust

Ruggero Deodato was born on May 7, 1939, in Potenza, Italy, and grew up outside Rome. One of his close friends at the time was Renzo Rossellini, the son of famed Italian director Roberto Rossellini. Knowing Ruggerio's love for the movies, Renzo persuaded him to work as a second unit director on ...

56. Umberto Lenzi

Director | Superseven chiama Cairo

Born in Massa Marittima, Italy on August 6, 1931, Umberto Lenzi was a movie enthusiast since his early grade school years. During those years, he founded various film fan clubs while studying law. Lenzi started out as a journalist for various local newspapers and magazines. Lenzi put off his law ...

57. Lucio Fulci

Writer | Murderock - Uccide a passo di danza

Lucio Fulci, born in Rome in 1927, remains as controversial in death as he was in life. A gifted craftsman with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of dark humor, Fulci achieved some measure of notoriety for his gore epics of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but respect was long in coming.

Abandoning ...

58. Marino Girolami

Director | Le tardone

Marino Girolami was born on February 1, 1914 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Le tardone (1964), Caccia al marito (1960) and Walter e i suoi cugini (1961). He died on February 20, 1994 in Rome.

59. Giuliano Carnimeo

Director | Il giustiziere della strada

Giuliano Carnimeo was born on July 4, 1932 in Bari, Puglia, Italy as Giuliano Carmineo. He was a director and assistant director, known for The Exterminators of the Year 3000 (1983), Find a Place to Die (1968) and The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972). He died on September 10, 2016 in Rome, Lazio, ...

60. Sergio Leone

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...

61. Rino Di Silvestro

Director | Sogni erotici di Cleopatra

Rino Di Silvestro was an Italian writer/director who specialized in extremely raw, graphic and, in the opinion of many critics, offensive low-budget exploitation fare. He was born in 1932 and hailed from a family of Sicilian landowners. He established his own avant-garde theatre company and ...

62. Lamberto Bava

Director | Dèmoni

Lamberto Bava was born in Rome, Italy, and was the first of a third generation of Italian filmmakers. His grandfather, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cameraman and optics effects artist during the early days of Italian silent cinema. His father, Mario Bava (1914-1980), was a legendary ...

63. Dario Argento

Writer | L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo

Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940, in Rome, Italy, the first-born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for filmmaking from his close-knit family from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other ...

64. Giuseppe Tornatore

Writer | La migliore offerta

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

65. Gianni Amelio

Director | Le chiavi di casa

Gianni Amelio was born on January 20, 1945 in Magisano, Calabria, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Keys to the House (2004), Il ladro di bambini (1992) and Lamerica (1994).

66. Massimo Troisi

Actor | Il postino

His acting career started when he was 15 in a theatre (Centro Teatro Spazio). In 1969 he founded the group "I saraceni" (later renamed "La smorfia") with Enzo Decaro and Lello Arena. He became famous to the TV audience between 1976 and 1979 with two TV programs "Non Stop" and "Luna Park". First ...

67. Michele Soavi

Director | Deliria

Born in Milan, Italy in 1957, Michele Soavi's parents separated when he was little and he lived with his mother who remarried a painter. Interested in his stepfather's interest in painting, Soavi began an interest in creative arts in his school. During his teenage years, he decided that the cinema ...

68. Carlo Carlei

Director | La corsa dell'innocente

Carlo Carlei was born on April 16, 1960 in Lamezia Terme, Calabria, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Flight of the Innocent (1992), The Last Legion (2007) and Padre Pio (2000).

69. Peter Del Monte

Writer | Compagna di viaggio

Peter Del Monte was born on July 29, 1943 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Traveling Companion (1996), Piccoli fuochi (1985) and Etoile (1989).

70. 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...

71. Aldo Baglio

Actor | Tre uomini e una gamba

Aldo Baglio was born on September 28, 1958 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy as Cataldo Baglio . He is an actor and writer, known for Tre uomini e una gamba (1997), Chiedimi se sono felice (2000) and La leggenda di Al, John e Jack (2002). He is married to Silvana Fallisi. They have two children.

72. Giacomo Poretti

Actor | Tre uomini e una gamba

Giacomo Poretti was born on April 26, 1956 in Villa Cortese, Lombardy, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Tre uomini e una gamba (1997), Chiedimi se sono felice (2000) and La leggenda di Al, John e Jack (2002). He is married to Daniela Cristofori. They have one child. He was previously ...

73. Giovanni Storti

Actor | Tre uomini e una gamba

Giovanni Storti was born on February 20, 1957 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Tre uomini e una gamba (1997), Chiedimi se sono felice (2000) and La leggenda di Al, John e Jack (2002). He is married to Annita Casolo. They have two children.

74. Massimo Venier

Writer | Tre uomini e una gamba

Massimo Venier is a writer and director, known for Tre uomini e una gamba (1997), Tu la conosci Claudia? (2004) and Mi fido di te (2007).

75. Giuseppe Piccioni

Writer | Fuori dal mondo

Giuseppe Piccioni was born on July 2, 1953 in Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Not of This World (1999), Light of My Eyes (2001) and Cuori al verde (1996).

76. Raffaele Mertes

Cinematographer | La corsa dell'innocente

Raffaele Mertes is a director and cinematographer, known for The Flight of the Innocent (1992), Carabinieri (2002) and Solo per amore (2015).

77. Nanni Moretti

Producer | Palombella rossa

Nanni Moretti was born on the 19th of August, 1953. He lives in Rome, where since he was a kid he devotes himself to his two passions: cinema and water-polo. In 1970 he also played in water-polo first division in Italy, and in the junior National team. In those years he was also very committed in ...

78. Marco Tullio Giordana

Director | Romanzo di una strage

Marco Tullio Giordana was born on October 1, 1950 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Romanzo di una strage (2012), I cento passi (2000) and The Best of Youth (2003).

79. Sergio Castellitto

Actor | Non ti muovere

Sergio Castellitto was born in Rome in 1953. After graduating from the Silvio D'Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art in 1978, he began his theatrical career in Italian public theater with "Shakespeare's Measure for Measure" at the Teatro di Roma and with roles in other plays such as "La Madre by ...

80. Asia Argento

Actress | Land of the Dead

Asia Argento was born in Rome, Italy, into a family of actors and filmmakers, both occupations which she has herself pursued. She made her debut when she was only nine years old in Sergio Citti's Sogni e bisogni (1985). In 1988 she had the leading role in Cristina Comencini's first film, Zoo (1988)...

81. Stefano Veneruso

Director | All the Invisible Children

Director/producer Stefano Veneruso was mentored and inspired from childhood by his late uncle Massimo Troisi, renowned director, author and actor better known internationally for producing, co-directing and starring in the Academy Award-winning film The Postman, (Il Postino). Working at Esterno ...

82. Gabriele Muccino

Director | Ricordati di me

Gabriele Muccino was born on May 20, 1967 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Remember Me, My Love (2003), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) and L'ultimo bacio (2001). He has been married to Angelica Russo since December 22, 2012. He was previously married to Elena Majoni.

83. Emanuele Crialese

Director | Respiro

Although born in Rome in 1965, Emanuele Crialese has Sicilian roots, to which he pays tribute in film after film. In 1991 he leaves for the USA where he studies film direction at New York University. After making several shorts, he directs his first feature-length movie Once We Were Strangers (1997)...

84. Daniele Luchetti

Writer | Mio fratello è figlio unico

Daniele Luchetti was born on July 26, 1960 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Mio fratello è figlio unico (2007), Il portaborse (1991) and La nostra vita (2010).

85. Matteo Garrone

Director | Gomorra

Matteo Garrone was born in Rome in 1968. He is the son of a theatre critic, Nico Garrone, and a photographer. In 1996 he won the Sacher d'Oro, an award sponsored by Nanni Moretti, with the short film Silhouette (1996), that became one of the three episodes of his first feature film Terra di mezzo (...

86. Antonello Grimaldi

Director | Caos calmo

Antonello Grimaldi was born on August 14, 1955 in Sassari, Sardinia, Italy. He is a director and actor, known for Caos calmo (2008), Nulla ci può fermare (1989) and Nirvana (1997).

87. Marco Bechis

Writer | BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi

The son of a Chilean woman of Swiss-French origins and an Italian father, he grew up in Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires. At the age of twenty he was expelled from Argentina for political reasons: he landed in Milan and there he lived throughout the 1980s, while also spending lots of time in New York, ...

An Italian-Argentinian director

88. Gianni Di Gregorio

Writer | Gomorra

Gianni Di Gregorio was born on February 19, 1949 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Giovanni Di Gregorio. He is a writer and actor, known for Gomorrah (2008), Mid-August Lunch (2008) and Gianni e le donne (2011).

89. Luca Guadagnino

Director | Call Me by Your Name

Luca Guadagnino was born in 1971 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and producer, known for Call Me by Your Name (2017), Io sono l'amore (2009) and A Bigger Splash (2015).

90. Michelangelo Frammartino

Director | Le quattro volte

Michelangelo Frammartino was born in 1968 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Le Quattro Volte (2010), Il dono (2003) and L'occhio e lo spirito (1997).

91. 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.

92. Paolo Virzì

Writer | La prima cosa bella

Paolo Virzì was born on March 4, 1964 in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for La prima cosa bella (2010), Tutta la vita davanti (2008) and Hardboiled Egg (1997). He has been married to Micaela Ramazzotti since January 17, 2009. They have two children. He was previously ...

93. Roberto Andò

Director | Viva la libertà

Roberto Andò was born on January 11, 1959 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Viva la libertà (2013), Le confessioni (2016) and Il manoscritto del principe (2000).

95. Alice Rohrwacher

Writer | Le meraviglie

Alice Rohrwacher was born in 1982 in Fiesole, Tuscany, Italy. She is a writer and director, known for Le meraviglie (2014), Corpo celeste (2011) and Lazzaro felice (2018).

96. Francesco Munzi

Director | Anime nere

Francesco Munzi was born in 1969 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Anime nere (2014), Saimir (2004) and Il resto della notte (2008).

97. Laura Bispuri

Director | Figlia mia

Laura Bispuri is a director and writer, known for _Sworn Virgin (2015)_ and _Daughter of Mine (2018)_ both presented in Competition at the Berlinale, in 2015 and 2018. She was awarded with the David di Donatello in 2010 for Best Short Film for _Passing Time (2010)_ and with Nastro d'Argento in 2011...

99. Gennaro Nunziante

Writer | Quo vado?

Gennaro Nunziante is a writer and director, known for Quo vado? (2016), Sole a catinelle (2013) and Cado dalle nubi (2009).

100. Gianfranco Rosi

Director | Fuocoammare

Gianfranco Rosi was born in 1964 in Asmara, Eritrea. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Fuocoammare (2016), Sacro GRA (2013) and Below Sea Level (2008).