Artimidor's Complete Film Ratings by Director

by Artimidor | created - 14 Jan 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

What we've got here is work in progress list comprising my favorite film directors, detailed ratings of films already seen are included and added to the various directors. Directors with only one entry yet will be added to the bottom of the list - this however only in case they can be considered acclaimed directors or where I definitely plan to watch more. Once at least two ratings are available they'll be moved up and sorted into the main list. So consider it more a Top 50 list with the rest lying in waiting to join the fray...

Latest evaluations: 2018/10/05 ~ 7.3 - Ruggles at Red Gap (McCarey, 1935) 2018/09/29 ~ 6.9 - Platform (Zhangke, 2000) # 2018/09/28 ~ 8.6 - Onibaba (Shindô, 1964) 2018/09/22 ~ 5.6 - They Live (Carpenter, 1988) 2018/09/21 ~ 7.8 - Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Kurosawa, 1990) 2018/09/08 ~ 5.5 - Arrebato (Zulueta, 1979) # 2018/08/26 ~ 7.4 - Yankee Doodle Dandy (Curtiz, 1942) 2018/08/25 ~ 6.2 - Carol (Haynes, 2015) 2018/08/18 ~ 7.7 - The Right Stuff (Kaufman, 1983) # 2018/08/15 ~ 7.4 - Orpheus (Cocteau, 1950)

(*) ... Reviewed/to be reviewed on my Masterpieces list (**) ... Reviewed on my Essential TV Series list (#) ... Director unlisted until further noteworthy works emerge

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1. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.9 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 9.7 - A Clockwork Orange (1971) 9.5 - Paths of Glory (1957) 9.3 - The Shining (1980) 9.1 - Dr. Strangelove (1964) 9.0 - Full Metal Jacket (1987) 8.9 - Spartacus (1960) 8.8 - Barry Lyndon (1975) 8.5 - The Killing (1956) 8.4 - Lolita (1962) 8.0 - Eyes Wide Shut (1999) 7.6 - Killer's Kiss (1955) 6.8 - Fear and Desire (1953)

Documentaries on Stanley Kubrick: 8.2 - Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (Harlan, 2001)

2. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.8 - Mulholland Dr. (2001) 9.2 - The Elephant Man (1980) 9.0 - Twin Peaks (TV series, 1990-1991) 8.9 - Inland Empire (2006) 8.8 - Eraserhead (1977) 8.5 - The Straight Story (1999) 8.1 - Blue Velvet (1986) 7.9 - Wild at Heart (1990) 7.5 - Twin Peaks: The Return (TV series, 2017) 7.4 - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) 7.3 - Lost Highway (1997) 6.0 - Eraserhead Stories (2001)

3. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.7 - Vertigo (1958) 9.6 - Psycho (1960) 9.3 - Rear Window (1954) 9.2 - Strangers on a Train (1951) 9.1 - Dial M for Murder (1954) 8.8 - North by Northwest (1959) 8.5 - The Birds (1963) 8.3 - Rebecca (1940) 8.3 - The Paradine Case (1947) 8.2 - Rope (1948) 8.1 - The 39 Steps (1935) 8.1 - Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 8.0 - The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) 8.0 - The Lady Vanishes (1938) 7.9 - The Trouble with Harry (1955) 7.9 - Frenzy (1972) 7.8 - Notorious (1946) 7.8 - Family Plot (1976) 7.8 - Lifeboat (1944) 7.6 - The Wrong Man (1956) 7.5 - I Confess (1953) 7.4 - Spellbound (1945) 7.4 - Saboteur (1942) 7.3 - Marnie (1964) 7.2 - To Catch a Thief (1955) 7.2 - Torn Curtain (1966) 6.8 - Stage Fright (1950) 6.6 - Topaz (1969)

Documentaries on Alfred Hitchcock: 8.1 - Hitchcock/Truffaut (Jones, 2015)

4. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.7 - Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) 9.6 - Once Upon a Time in America (1984) 9.1 - Duck, You Sucker (1971) 8.9 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 8.3 - For a Few Dollars More (1965) 8.0 - A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

5. Béla Tarr

Producer | Werckmeister harmóniák

Béla Tarr was born on July 21, 1955 in Pécs, Hungary. He is a producer and director, known for Werckmeister harmóniák (2000), A torinói ló (2011) and Kárhozat (1988). He is married to Ágnes Hranitzky.

Evaluated films: 9.7 - Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) 9.4 - Satantango (1994) 8.3 - Damnation (1988) 8.2 - The Man From London (2007) 7.0 - The Turin Horse (2011)

6. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writer | Gertrud

The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the ...

Evaluated films: 9.7 - The Passion of Joan of Arc, Einhorn score (1928) 9.1 - Vampyr (1932) 9.1 - Ordet (1955) 8.6 - Day of Wrath (1943) 8.0 - Gertrud (1964) 6.9 - Master of the House (1925)

7. 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/...

Evaluated films: 9.7 - Amélie (2001) 8.9 - Delicatessen (1991) 8.5 - Alien: Resurrection (1997) 8.0 - The City of Lost Children (1995) 7.6 - Micmacs (2009) 7.2 - A Very Long Engagement (2004)

8. Robert Mulligan

Director | Summer of '42

Robert Mulligan was born on August 23, 1925 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Robert Patrick Mulligan. He was a director and producer, known for Summer of '42 (1971), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and The Other (1972). He was married to Sandy Mulligan and Jane Lee Sutherland. He died on ...

Evaluated films: 9.7 - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 7.0 - The Man in the Moon (1991)

9. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Ran

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...

Evaluated films: 9.6 - Rashomon (1950) 9.5 - Ikiru (1952) 9.3 - Seven Samurai (1954) 9.3 - Ran (1985) 9.2 - The Hidden Fortress (1958) 9.0 - Throne of Blood (1957) 8.7 - Sanjuro (1962) 8.5 - Dersu Uzala (1975) 8.5 - Red Beard (1965) 8.3 - Yojimbo (1961) 8.3 - High and Low (1963) 8.0 - Stray Dog (1949) 8.0 - Kagemusha (1980) 7.8 - Dodes'ka-den (1970) 7.8 - Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) 7.3 - I Live in Fear (1955) 7.0 - The Lower Depths (1957)

Documentaries on Akira Kurosawa: 7.9 - Great Performances: Kurosawa (Low, 2002)

10. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

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

Evaluated films: 9.6 - Sunset Blvd. (1950) 9.5 - The Apartment (1960) 9.3 - Double Indemnity (1944) 9.0 - Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 8.7 - The Lost Weekend (1945) 8.6 - Ace in the Hole (1951) 8.5 - Some Like It Hot (1959) 8.4 - Stalag 17 (1953) 8.3 - The Seven Year Itch (1955) 8.2 - The Front Page (1975) 8.0 - The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) 8.0 - One, Two, Three (1961) 7.9 - The Fortune Cookie (1966) 7.9 - A Foreign Affair (1958) 7.7 - Sabrina (1954) 7.6 - Avanti! (1972) 7.4 - The Major and the Minor (1942) 7.3 - Love in the Afternoon (1957)

11. Terrence Malick

Writer | Days of Heaven

Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...

Evaluated films: 9.6 - The Tree of Life (2011) 9.5 - The Thin Red Line (1998) 8.6 - Badlands (1973) 8.3 - Days of Heaven (1978) 8.0 - The New World (2005)

12. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.6 - La Strada (1954) 9.5 - Nights of Cabiria (1957) 8.2 - Juliet of the Spirits (1965) 8.2 - Amarcord (1973) 8.2 - I Vitelloni (1953) 8.0 - 8 1/2 (1963) 7.5 - La Dolce Vita (1960) 7.5 - Fellini's Roma (1972) 6.8 - Fellini's Casanova (1976)

13. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.6 - Stalker (1979) 9.3 - Solaris (1972) 9.3 - The Mirror (1975) 9.0 - Nostalghia (1984) 8.9 - The Sacrifice (1986) 8.8 - Andrei Rublev (1966) 7.8 - The Steamroller and the Violin (1960) 7.3 - Ivan's Childhood (1962)

14. Krzysztof Kieslowski

Writer | Trois couleurs: Bleu

Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personel (...

Evaluated films: 9.6 - The Decalogue (TV mini-series, 1988) [*] - A Short Film About Love (1988) [*] - A Short Film About Killing (1988) 9.3 - Three Colors: Blue (1993) 9.1 - The Double Life of Veronique (1991) 8.7 - Three Colors: Red (1994) 8.6 - Three Colors: White (1994) 7.8 - Camera Buff (1979) 7.7 - Blind Chance (1986)

[*] ... Feature film version of a "Decalogue" episode

15. F.W. Murnau

Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air ...

Evaluated films: 9.6 - Sunrise (1927) 8.4 - City Girl (1930) 8.3 - The Last Laugh (1924) 8.2 - Faust (1926) 8.1 - Nosferatu (1922) 7.7 - Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)

16. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.5 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 9.3 - Amadeus (1984) 8.3 - The Firemen's Ball (1967) 8.3 - The Loves of a Blonde (1965) 7.5 - Taking Off (1971) 7.4 - Man on the Moon (1999)

17. Yasujirô Ozu

Director | Tôkyô monogatari

Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first ...

Evaluated films: 9.5 - Tokyo Story (1953) 8.6 - Late Spring (1949) 8.5 - The Only Son (1936) 8.1 - A Hen in the Wind (1948) 8.1 - The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941) 8.0 - An Autumn Afternoon (1962) 8.0 - Early Summer (1951) 8.0 - Equinox Flower (1958) 7.9 - Good Morning (1959) 7.8 - Late Autumn (1960) 7.7 - There Was a Father (1942) 7.4 - I Was Born, But... (1932)

Documentaries on Yasujirô Ozu: 7.0 - Tokyo-Ga (Wenders, 1985)

18. Franklin J. Schaffner

Director | Planet of the Apes

Franklin J. Schaffner was one of the most innovative creative minds in the early days of American network television, utilizing a moving camera in the days when most television directors kept the camera static. His eye for visuals was developed in the dozens of live television programs he directed ...

Evaluated films: 9.5 - Planet of the Apes (1968) 8.5 - Patton (1970) 8.0 - Papillon (1973)

19. 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).

Evaluated films: 9.5 - Cinema Paradiso (1988) 8.5 - Malena (2000)

20. David Lean

Director | Lawrence of Arabia

An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding ...

Evaluated films: 9.4 - Great Expectations (1946) 9.3 - Brief Encounter (1945) 8.8 - Doctor Zhivago (1965) 8.7 - Hobson's Choice (1954) 8.7 - Oliver Twist (1948) 8.5 - Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 8.4 - The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 8.2 - A Woman's Story (1949) 8.1 - Ryan's Daughter (1970) 7.9 - Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952) 7.8 - A Passage to India (1984) 7.7 - In Which We Serve (1942) 7.5 - Madeleine (1950) 7.4 - Blithe Spirit (1945) 7.4 - This Happy Breed (1944) 7.3 - Summertime (1955)

21. Victor Fleming

Director | Gone with the Wind

Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the ...

Evaluated films: 9.4 - The Wizard of Oz (1939) 9.3 - Gone with the Wind (1939) 8.2 - Captains Courageous (1937) 7.0 - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

22. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.4 - Bicycle Thieves (1948) 9.0 - Umberto D. (1952) 8.8 - Miracle in Milan (1951) 8.5 - The Children Are Watching Us (1944) 8.1 - Shoeshine (1946) 6.7 - Woman Times Seven (1967)

23. Sidney Lumet

Director | 12 Angry Men

Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although ...

Evaluated films: 9.4 - 12 Angry Men (1957) 9.0 - Network (1975) 8.6 - Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 8.6 - Murder on the Orient Express (1974) 6.8 - Long Day's Journey Into Night (1968) 6.5 - The Morning After (1986)

Documentaries on Sidney Lumet: 7.0 - By Sidney Lumet (Buirski, 2015)

24. Jim Jarmusch

Director | Only Lovers Left Alive

Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.

Evaluated films: 9.4 - Night on Earth (1991) 9.0 - Dead Man (1995) 8.3 - Mystery Train (1989) 8.3 - Stranger Than Paradise (1984) 8.1 - Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) 8.0 - Down by Law (1986) 7.8 - Broken Flowers (2005) 7.4 - Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) 7.0 - Paterson (2016) 6.7 - Permanent Vacation (1980) 6.4 - The Year of the Horse (1997)

25. 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.

Evaluated films: 9.4 - I Am Cuba (1964) 9.0 - The Cranes are Flying (1957) 8.0 - Letter Never Sent (1960)

26. Jean-Pierre Melville

Actor | À bout de souffle

The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its ...

Evaluated films: 9.4 - Le Samouraï (1967) 8.9 - Le Cercle Rouge (1970) 8.8 - Army of Shadows (1969) 8.2 - Le Doulos (1962) 8.0 - Bob le Flambeur (1956) 7.7 - Un Flic (1972) 6.8 - Léon Morin, Priest (1961) 6.7 - Magnet of Doom (1963)

27. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.4 - Apocalypse Now (1979) 8.8 - The Godfather (1972) 8.7 - The Godfather: Part II (1974) 8.7 - The Conversation (1974) 8.0 - The Godfather: Part III (1990) 7.2 - Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Documentaries on Francis Ford Coppola: 8.2 - Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (Bahr/Hickenlooper, 1991)

28. Satyajit Ray

Writer | Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie ...

Evaluated films: 9.4 - The World of Apu (1959) 8.8 - Aparajito (1956) 8.6 - Pather Panchali (1955) 8.5 - The Music Room (1958) 7.8 - Charulata (1964) 7.4 - The Adversary (1970)

29. Fritz Lang

Actor | Le mépris

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

Evaluated films: 9.4 - Metropolis, uncut (1927) 8.6 - Destiny (1921) 8.5 - M (1931) 8.2 - Fury (1936) 8.2 - The Big Heat (1953) 8.0 - You Only Live Once (1937) 8.0 - The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) 7.3 - The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960) 7.2 - Ministry of Fear (1944) 7.2 - Tiger of Bengal (1959) 7.1 - Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) 7.1 - The Indian Tomb (1959) 6.0 - Secret Beyond the Door (1947)

30. Edgar Reitz

Director | Die andere Heimat - Chronik einer Sehnsucht

Studied theatre science, German philology, art history, and publicism in Munich. Published some poems and short stories during early 1950s, co-edited the literature magazine "Spuren". In 1952, he took acting lessons, co-founded a student theatre which became established as the university's studio ...

31. Elia Kazan

Director | On the Waterfront

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

Evaluated films: 9.4 - On the Waterfront (1954) 8.4 - East of Eden (1955) 8.4 - A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 7.5 - Splendor in the Grass (1961)

32. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.4 - The Labyrinth of the Faun (2006) 7.8 - Hellboy (2004) 7.7 - Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) 7.3 - The Shape of Water (2017) 7.2 - Cronos (1993)

33. 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....

Evaluated films: 9.3 - Brazil (1985) 9.1 - Tideland (2005) 8.6 - Twelve Monkeys (1995) 8.5 - The Fisher King (1991) 8.4 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1989) 7.5 - Time Bandits (1981) 7.2 - The Brothers Grimm (2005) 7.0 - The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen (1988) 6.8 - Jabberwocky (1977) 4.6 - The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

34. Robert Bresson

Writer | Au hasard Balthazar

Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Affaires publiques (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Les anges du péché (1943) in 1943. ...

Evaluated films: 9.3 - A Man Escaped (1956) 8.9 - Diary of a Country Priest (1951) 8.3 - L'argent (1983) 8.2 - Mouchette (1967) 8.0 - Pickpocket (1959) 7.9 - Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) 7.3 - Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) 4.0 - The Devil, Probably (1977)

35. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.3 - Caché (2005) 8.8 - Amour (2012) 8.7 - Funny Games (1997) 8.5 - The Seventh Continent (1989) 8.2 - The White Ribbon (2009) 8.0 - Code Unknown (2000) 7.8 - 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994) 7.4 - Benny's Video (1992) 6.9 - The Piano Teacher (2001)

36. 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...

Evaluated films: 9.3 - Magnolia (1999) 8.7 - Boogie Nights (1997) 8.4 - There Will Be Blood (2007) 7.2 - Punch-Drunk Love (2002) 6.5 - The Master (2012)

37. Frank Capra

Director | It's a Wonderful Life

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

Evaluated films: 9.3 - It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 8.6 - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 8.6 - It Happened One Night (1934) 8.1 - Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) 7.2 - Lost Horizon (1937)

38. 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....

Evaluated films: 9.3 - Citizen Kane (1941) 8.5 - The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) 8.3 - The Trial (1962) 8.2 - Touch of Evil (1958) 7.8 - Chimes at Midnight (1965) 7.7 - The Lady From Shanghai (1947) 6.0 - F For Fake (1973)

39. René Clément

Director | Jeux interdits

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

Evaluated films: 9.3 - Forbidden Games (1952) 8.5 - Purple Noon (1960)

40. Robert Wise

Director | West Side Story

Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an ...

Evaluated films: 9.3 - The Sound of Music (1965) 8.4 - The Sand Pebbles (1966) 8.2 - The Body Snatcher (1945) 7.9 - The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) 7.8 - The Curse of the Cat People (1944) 7.6 - Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) 7.1 - The Haunting (1971) 7.1 - West Side Story (1961) 6.4 - Run Silent Run Deep (1958)

41. Errol Morris

Director | The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

His documentaries helped spur a rebirth of non-fiction film in the 80s & garnered wide critical success. But until 2003's "The Fog of War," Morris was shunned by the Academy Awards.

Morris' first two films won much acclaim (Gates of Heaven (1978) and Vernon, Florida (1981)). In the second movie, ...

Evaluated films: 9.2 - The Thin Blue Line (1988) 8.6 - Standard Operating Procedure (2008) 8.5 - The Fog of War (2003) 8.2 - Tabloid (2010) 8.0 - The Unknown Known (2013) 8.0 - A Brief History of Time (1991) 7.9 - Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred Leuchter (1999) 7.6 - Gates of Heaven (1978) 7.2 - Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) 7.2 - Vernon, Florida (1981)

42. Jacques Becker

Writer | Le trou

His interest in films was stimulated by a meeting with King Vidor, who offered him employment in the US as actor and assistant director. However, he remained in France and became assistant to Jean Renoir, a friend of the family, during that director's peak period (1932-39). In 1934 he ventured ...

Evaluated films: 9.2 - Le Trou (1960) 8.0 - Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1955) 7.8 - Casque d'Or (1952)

43. Charlie Kaufman

Writer | Anomalisa

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

Evaluated films: 9.2 - Synecdoche, New York (2008) 7.5 - Anomalisa (2015)

44. Roy Andersson

Director | Sånger från andra våningen

Roy Andersson was born on March 31, 1943 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Roy Arne Lennart Andersson. He is a director and writer, known for Sånger från andra våningen (2000), En kärlekshistoria (1970) and En duva satt på en gren och funderade på ...

Evaluated films: 9.1 - You, the Living (2007) 9.0 - Songs from the Second Floor (2000) 8.9 - A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting Existence (2014) 7.3 - A Swedish Love Story (1970)

45. Terry Jones

Writer | The Meaning of Life

Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. His father was a bank clerk, mother - mistress of the house. He has an older brother, Nigel Jones (1940-). He studied at St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford University. In 1965, with his friend Michael Palin, he made The Late Show (1966) for television, ...

Evaluated films: 9.1 - The Meaning of Life (1982) 9.0 - Life of Brian (1979) 8.4 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

46. 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,...

Evaluated films: 9.1 - A Woman Under the Influence (1974) 9.0 - Opening Night (1977) 8.3 - Love Streams (1984) 7.8 - Shadows (1959) 7.3 - The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) 7.2 - Faces (1968) 6.0 - Husbands (1970)

47. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

Evaluated films: 9.1 - Modern Times (1936) 8.8 - Limelight (1952) 8.6 - The Gold Rush (1925) 8.4 - The Kid (1921) 8.4 - The Circus (1928) 8.3 - City Lights (1931) 8.2 - The Great Dictator (1940) 7.3 - Monsieur Verdoux (1947) 7.3 - A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) 6.5 - A King in New York (1957)

Documentaries on Charles Chaplin: 8.9 - Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (Schickel, 2003)

48. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

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

Evaluated films: 9.1 - The General (1926) 8.7 - Seven Chances (1925) 8.4 - The Cameraman (1928) 8.2 - The Navigator (1924) 8.2 - Sherlock Jr. (1924) 8.0 - Our Hospitality (1923) 7.4 - Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) 7.1 - Battling Butlers (1926) 6.9 - Go West (1925) 6.0 - Three Ages (1923)

Documentaries on Buster Keaton: 8.2 - Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (Brownlow, 1987)

49. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

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

Evaluated films: 9.1 - The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) 8.8 - Casablanca (1942) 8.3 - The Sea Hawk (1942) 8.3 - Captain Blood (1935) 7.8 - Mildred Pierce (1945) 7.8 - The Sea Wolf (1941) 7.7 - They Died With Their Boots On (1941) 7.4 - Dodge City (1939) 7.4 - The Walking Dead (1936) 7.4 - Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) 6.9 - White Christmas (1954) 6.8 - Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

50. Ron Fricke

Cinematographer | Samsara

Ron Fricke is known for his work on Samsara (2011), Baraka (1992) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Evaluated films: 9.1 - Baraka (1992) 8.6 - Samsara (2011)

51. Nicolas Roeg

Director | Don't Look Now

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

Evaluated films: 9.1 - Don't Look Now (1973) 8.5 - Performance (1970) 8.2 - Walkabout (1971) 7.2 - Two Deaths (1995) 2.4 - The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

52. Werner Herzog

Director | Fitzcarraldo

Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn't finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for...

Evaluated films: 9.1 - Stroszek (1977) 8.3 - Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) 8.2 - The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) 8.2 - Fizcarraldo (1982) 8.2 - Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) 8.1 - Grizzly Man (2005) 8.1 - Lessons of Darkness (1992) 8.1 - Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) 8.0 - The White Diamond (2004) 8.0 - My Best Fiend - Klaus Kinski (1999) 8.0 - Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) 7.8 - The Great Ecstasy of the Wood Carver Steiner (1974) 7.7 - Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) 7.6 - Cobra Verde (1987) 7.5 - Into the Abyss (2011) 7.5 - Land of Silence and Darkness (1971) 7.2 - Heart of Glass (1968) 7.0 - Wheel of Time (2002) 6.8 - Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010) 6.8 - La Soufrière (1977) 6.5 - Woyzeck (1979) 2.8 - Fata Morgana (1971)

Documentaries on Werner Herzog: 8.3 - Burden of Dreams (Blank, 1982)

53. Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Writer | Gabbeh

Mohsen Makhmalbaf is known as one of the most influential filmmakers and founders of the new wave of Iranian cinema in the world today.

Many of his films like Salam Cinema, A Moment Of Innocence, Gabbeh, Kandahar and The President have been widely well received across the globe and have brought him ...

Evaluated films: 9.1 - A Moment of Innocence (1996) 8.0 - Salaam Cinema (1995) 7.6 - The Cyclist (1987) 7.5 - Kandahar (2001) 7.4 - Gabbeh (1996) 6.4 - The Silence (1998)

54. Robert Altman

Director | Gosford Park

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

Evaluated films: 9.0 - The Long Goodbye (1988) 8.9 - 3 Women (1977) 8.8 - Short Cuts (1993) 8.7 - Nashville (1975) 8.3 - McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) 7.8 - Thieves Like Us (1974) 7.2 - MASH (1971) 7.2 - That Cold Day in the Park (1969)

Documentaries on Robert Altman: 6.9 - Altman (Mann, 2014)

55. Alain Resnais

Director | Hiroshima mon amour

Alain Resnais was born on June 3, 1922 in Vannes, Morbihan, France as Alain Pierre Marie Jean Georges Resnais. He was a director and editor, known for Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Same Old Song (1997) and Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980). He was married to Sabine Azéma and Florence Malraux. He ...

Evaluated films: 9.0 - Last Year at Marienbad (1961) 8.9 - Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) 8.7 - Night and Fog (1955) 7.7 - Statues also Die (1953) 6.5 - Providence (1977) 6.5 - Stavisky (1974)

56. Abbas Kiarostami

Director | Bad ma ra khahad bord

Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career ...

Evaluated films: 9.0 - Close-Up (1990) 8.7 - Certified Copy (2010) 8.7 - Ten (2002) 8.5 - Where is the Friend's Home? (1987) 8.3 - Taste of Cherry (1997) 8.2 - Through the Olive Trees (1994) 8.1 - The Wind Will Carry Us (1999) 8.0 - Life, and Nothing More (1992) 7.7 - Homework (1989) 7.0 - The Experience (1973) 7.0 - Shirin (2008) 6.5 - ABC Africa (2001)

Documentaries on Abbas Kiarostami: 7.7 - Abbas Kiarostami: The Art of Living (Collins/Daly, 2003)

57. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.0 - Breathless (1960) 8.7 - Vivre Sa Vie (1962) 8.7 - Band of Outsiders (1964) 7.8 - A Woman Is a Woman (1961) 7.7 - Contempt (1963) 6.9 - Alphaville (1965) 6.8 - Masculin Féminin (1966) 6.1 - Weekend (1967) 6.0 - Pierrot le Fou (1965) 5.0 - JLG/JLG: Self-Portrait in December (1994) 2.5 - Nouvelle Vague (1990)

58. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.0 - Alien (1979) 8.7 - Blade Runner (1982) 8.0 - Gladiator (2000) 7.5 - Thelma and Luise (1991) 7.0 - Black Hawk Down (2001) 6.5 - Prometheus (2012) 6.5 - Hannibal (2001) 6.4 - Alien: Covenant (2017) 5.0 - The Martian (2015)

59. Robert Aldrich

Director | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Robert Aldrich entered the film industry in 1941 when he got a job as a production clerk at RKO Pictures. He soon worked his way up to script clerk, then became an assistant director, a production manager and an associate producer. He began writing and directing for TV series in the early 1950s, ...

Evaluated films: 9.0 - Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) 8.6 - Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) 8.5 - Kiss Me Deadly (1955) 7.0 - Vera Cruz (1954)

60. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.0 - The 400 Blows (1959) 8.6 - Day for Night (1973) 8.4 - Shoot the Piano Player (1960) 8.2 - Confidentially Yours (1983) 8.0 - Jules and Jim (1962) 7.8 - The Story of Adele H (1975) 7.8 - Antoine and Colette (1962) 7.7 - Stolen Kisses (1968) 7.6 - Bed & Board (1970) 7.6 - The Woman Next Door (1981) 7.4 - Love at Twenty [Segment] (1962) 7.3 - The Wild Child (1970) 7.2 - Two English Girls (1971) 7.1 - Love on the Run (1971) 6.4 - The Last Metro (1980)

61. Masaki Kobayashi

Director | Ningen no jôken

Masaki Kobayashi was born on February 14, 1916 in Hokkaido, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961), The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) and Harakiri (1962). He died on October 4, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.

Evaluated films: 9.0 - Harakiri (1962) 8.6 - The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) 8.3 - Samurai Rebellion (1967) 8.3 - Kwaidan (1964)

62. Julien Duvivier

Writer | Pépé le Moko

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

Evaluated films: 9.0 - The Little World of Don Camillo (1952) 8.6 - The Return of Don Camillo (1953) 7.5 - Pépé le Moko (1937) 7.4 - Flesh and Fantasy (1943)

63. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.0 - The Sweet Hereafter (1997) 8.6 - Exotica (1994) 5.8 - Family Viewing (1988)

64. Marjane Satrapi

Director | Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi was born on November 22, 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She is a director and actress, known for Persepolis (2007), The Voices (2014) and Poulet aux prunes (2011). She is married to Mattias Ripa. She was previously married to Reza.

Evaluated films: 9.0 - Persepolis (2007) 8.6 - Chicken with Plums (2011)

65. 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...

Evaluated films: 9.0 - Zelig (1983) 8.5 - Annie Hall (1977) 8.4 - The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) 8.1 - Love and Death (1975) 8.0 - Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) 7.9 - Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) 7.7 - Blue Jasmine (2013) 7.4 - Manhattan (1979) 7.3 - Bananas (1971) 7.1 - Sleeper (1973) 7.0 - Stardust Memories (1980) 6.8 - Broadway Danny Rose (1984) 6.4 - Deconstructing Harry (1997) 6.3 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972)

Documentaries on Woody Allen: 7.4 - Woody Allen: A Documentary (Weide, 2012)

66. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 9.0 - The Fountain (2006) 8.4 - Requiem for a Dream (2000) 8.0 - The Wrestler (2008) 7.9 - Black Swan (2010) 7.7 - Pi (1998)

67. Víctor Erice

Director | El sur

Víctor Erice was born on June 30, 1940 in Karrantza, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain as Víctor Erice Aras. He is a director and writer, known for El Sur (1983), The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) and El sol del membrillo (1992).

Evaluated films: 9.0 - The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) 8.2 - El Sur (1983) 7.9 - The Quince Tree Sun (1992)

68. Peter Weir

Director | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Peter Weir was born on August 21, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Lindsay Weir. He is a director and writer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Truman Show (1998) and Witness (1985). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They have two...

Evaluated films: 9.0 - Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) 8.0 - The Truman Show (1998) 7.7 - Dead Poets Society (1989) 7.3 - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) 7.1 - Witness (1995)

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 The Cider House Rules (1999). He has been married to Lena Olin since March 18, 1994. They have one child. ...

Evaluated films: 9.0 - My Life as a Dog (1985) 7.3 - Chocolat (2000)

70. Hal Ashby

Director | Harold and Maude

Hal Ashby was born the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon household, in Ogden, Utah, to Eileen Ireta (Hetzler) and James Thomas Ashby, on September 2, 1929. His father was a dairy farmer. After a rough childhood that included the divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, his dropping out of ...

Evaluated films: 8.9 - Being There (1979) 8.8 - Harold and Maude (1971) 8.1 - The Last Detail (1973)

71. George Stevens

Director | Giant

George Stevens, a filmmaker known as a meticulous craftsman with a brilliant eye for composition and a sensitive touch with actors, is one of the great American filmmakers, ranking with John Ford, William Wyler and Howard Hawks as a creator of classic Hollywood cinema, bringing to the screen ...

Evaluated films: 8.9 - Giant (1956) 8.8 - A Place in the Sun (1951) 7.6 - Shane (1953 7.4 - Swing Time (1936)

72. Roman Polanski

Director | Chinatown

Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...

Evaluated films: 8.9 - Rosemary's Baby (1968) 8.7 - Chinatown (1974) 8.7 - The Pianist (2002) 8.5 - Repulsion (1965) 8.2 - Knife in the Water (1962) 7.9 - The Tenant (1976) 7.6 - The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) 7.5 - The Ghost Writer (2010) 7.0 - Carnage (2011) 6.5 - Cul-de-sac (1965)

73. Kenji Mizoguchi

Director | Saikaku ichidai onna

Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known ...

Evaluated films: 8.9 - Sansho the Bailiff (1954) 8.7 - Street of Shame (1956) 8.6 - Ugetsu (1953) 8.2 - Life of Oharu (1952) 8.1 - The Crucified Lovers (1954) 7.9 - Miss Oyu (1951) 7.5 - A Geisha (1953) 7.5 - Yôkihi (1955) 7.0 - Woman in the Rumor (1954)

74. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 8.9 - Persona (1966) 8.7 - Fanny and Alexander (1982) 8.5 - The Virgin Spring (1960) 8.2 - Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) 8.1 - Winter Light (1963) 8.1 - Shame (1968) 8.1 - Cries and Whispers (1972) 8.1 - Hour of the Wolf (1968) 8.0 - Wild Strawberries (1957) 8.0 - Through a Glass Darkly (1961) 7.7 - The Silence (1963) 7.4 - The Seventh Seal (1957)

75. Peter Bogdanovich

Director | The Last Picture Show

Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in Kingston, New York. He is the son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis, Herma (Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, a painter and pianist. His father was a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and his mother was from a rich Austrian Jewish family. Peter ...

Evaluated films: 8.9 - The Last Picture Show (1971) 7.2 - Targets (1968)

76. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Schindler's List

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, ...

Evaluated films: 8.8 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 8.6 - Schindler's List (1993) 8.6 - Jaws (1979) 8.4 - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 8.3 - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) 8.2 - E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 8.1 - Saving Private Ryan (1998) 7.6 - Duel (1971) 7.5 - The Color Purple (1985) 7.5 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 7.4 - Minority Report (2002) 7.3 - Jurassic Park (1993) 7.3 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) 6.9 - Artificial Intelligence: A.I. (2001) 4.5 - Twilight Zone: The Movie [Segment] (1983)

77. Jafar Panahi

Director | Taxi

Jafar Panahi (Born 11 July 1960) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor, commonly identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement. After several years of making short films and working as an assistant director for fellow Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi achieved ...

Evaluated films: 8.8 - The Mirror (1997) 8.6 - Closed Curtain (2013) 8.5 - This Is Not a Film (2011) 8.4 - Offside (2006) 8.4 - The Circle (2000) 8.3 - The White Balloon (1995) 7.4 - Taxi Tehran (2015) 6.2 - Crimson Gold (2003)

78. Kaneto Shindô

Writer | Ichimai no hagaki

Kaneto Shindô was born on April 22, 1912 in Hiroshima, Japan. He was a writer and director, known for Ichimai no hagaki (2010), Gogo no Yuigon-jo (1995) and The Naked Island (1960). He was married to Nobuko Otowa and Miyo Shindo. He died on May 29, 2012 in Hiroshima.

Evaluated films: 8.8 - The Naked Island (1960) 8.6 - Onibaba (1964) 8.1 - Kuroneko (1968)

79. Andrew Jarecki

Producer | Capturing the Friedmans

Andrew Jarecki is an American filmmaker, musician, and entrepreneur. He is best known for the Emmy-winning 2015 HBO documentary series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" that led to the arrest and imprisonment of Mr. Durst. He is also known for documentary film "Capturing the Friedmans...

80. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 8.8 - Taxi Driver (1976) 8.5 - The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) 8.3 - King of Comedy (1983) 8.3 - A Personal Journey Through American Movies (1995) 8.2 - Raging Bull (1980) 8.1 - Goodfellas (1990) 8.0 - Casino (1995) 8.0 - After Hours (1985) 7.6 - The Departed (2006) 7.3 - Hugo (2011) 7.1 - Shutter Island (2010) 7.0 - Cape Fear (1991) 6.8 - Mean Streets (1973)

81. John Ford

Director | The Quiet Man

John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...

Evaluated films: 8.8 - The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 8.5 - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 8.2 - The Searchers (1956) 8.1 - Stagecoach (1939) 7.8 - The Informer (1935) 7.7 - How the West Was Won (1962) 7.4 - The Quiet Man (1952) 7.5 - My Darling Clementine (1946) 7.3 - How Green Was My Valley (1941) 7.1 - Wagon Master (1950) 7.1 - 7 Women (1966) 7.0 - They Were Expendable (1945) 6.8 - Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 6.5 - She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

82. Luis Buñuel

Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the ...

Evaluated films: 8.8 - Un Chien Andalou (1929) 8.4 - The Exterminating Angel (1962) 8.4 - Los Olvidados (1950) 8.3 - L'Âge d'Or (1930) 8.2 - Belle de Jour (1967) 8.1 - Viridiana (1961) 8.1 - The Phantom of Liberty (1974) 7.5 - Land Without Bread (1932) 7.4 - That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) 7.3 - Tristana (1970) 7.3 - El (1953) 7.2 - Simon of the Desert (1965) 7.0 - The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

83. William Friedkin

Director | The French Connection

Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with ...

Evaluated films: 8.8 - The Exorcist (1973) 8.4 - The French Connection (1971) 8.1 - Sorcerer (1977)

84. Steve James

Director | The Interrupters

Steve James was born in Hampton, Virginia, USA. He is a director and producer, known for The Interrupters (2011), Hoop Dreams (1994) and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016). He is married to Judy James.

Evaluated films: 8.8 - Hoop Dreams (1994) 8.5 - Life Itself (2014)

85. Adam Elliot

Director | Mary and Max

Grew up on a shrimp farm in southern Australia together with two brothers, one sister and two parrots. He discerned his artistic abilities at an early age and spent five years studying photography, painting, pottery etc. In 1996 he began his studies at the Victorian College of the Arts where Uncle ...

Evaluated films: 8.8 - Mary and Max (2009) 8.1 - Harvie Krumpet (2003)

86. Mike Nichols

Director | The Graduate

He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin. He later ...

Evaluated films: 8.8 - The Graduate (1967) 7.7 - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

87. Victor Sjöström

Actor | Smultronstället

Victor Sjöström was born on September 20, 1879, and is the undisputed father of Swedish film, ranking as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of ...

Evaluated films: 8.7 - The Phantom Carriage (1921) 8.7 - The Wind (1928) 7.9 - He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

88. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 8.7 - Kings of the Road (1976) 8.6 - Paris, Texas (1984) 8.5 - Alice in the Cities (1974) 8.3 - Wings of Desire (1987) 8.3 - Pina (2011) 7.0 - Faraway, So Close! (1993) 7.0 - Tokyo-Ga (1985) 6.8 - Beyond the Clouds (1995) 6.0 - Room 666 (1982) 5.5 - Until the End of the World (1991)

89. Michael Powell

Director | A Matter of Life and Death

The son of Thomas William Powell and Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self-confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the south of France (where his parents ran a hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury and Dulwich ...

Evaluated films: 8.7 - Stairway to Heaven (1946) 8.6 - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) 8.3 - The Red Shoes (1948) 8.2 - 49th Parallel (1941) 8.1 - The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) 8.0 - I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) 7.8 - Peeping Tom (1960) 7.7 - The Thief of Bagdad (1940) 7.6 - The Battle at the River Plate (1956) 7.6 - Black Narcissus (1947) 7.2 - Ill Met By Moonlight (1957) 6.5 - A Canterbury Tale (1944)

90. Spike Lee

Director | Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended ...

Evaluated films: 8.7 - Do the Right Thing (1989) 8.6 - When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006) 7.3 - Inside Man (2006)

91. Sergei M. Eisenstein

Director | Aleksandr Nevskiy

The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and ...

Evaluated films: 8.7 - Battleship Potemkin (1925) 8.5 - Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958) 8.4 - Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944) 8.1 - Strike (1925) 7.5 - Alexander Nevsky (1938) 6.5 - Que Viva Mexico (1932)

92. Jean Renoir

Writer | La grande illusion

Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he ...

Evaluated films: 8.7 - La Grande Illusion (1937) 8.5 - The River (1951) 8.3 - The Rules of the Game (1939) 8.3 - A Day in the Country (1936) 8.2 - La Bête Humaine (1938) 7.7 - Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932) 7.5 - French Cancan (1955) 7.4 - This Land is Mine (1943) 6.8 - The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)

93. Ernst Lubitsch

Director | To Be or Not to Be

From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at ...

Evaluated films: 8.7 - To Be or Not to Be (1942) 8.5 - The Shop Around the Corner (1940) 8.3 - Trouble in Paradise (1932) 7.9 - Design for Living (1933) 7.8 - Heaven Can Wait (1943) 7.7 - Ninotchka (1939)

94. Josef von Sternberg

Director | The Devil Is a Woman

Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop ...

Evaluated films: 8.7 - The Docks of New York (1928) 8.5 - The Scarlet Empress (1934) 8.3 - Underworld (1927) 7.7 - The Blue Angel (1930) 7.4 - Morocco (1930) 7.3 - The Devil is a Woman (1935) 7.3 - Shanghai Express (1932)

95. Kar-Wai Wong

Writer | Yi dai zong shi

Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong ...

Evaluated films: 8.7 - In the Mood for Love (2000) 8.5 - Chungking Express (1994) 8.2 - 2046 (2004) 7.8 - Days of Being Wild (1990) 7.6 - Happy Together (1997) 6.4 - Fallen Angels (1995)

96. Mike Leigh

Director | Happy-Go-Lucky

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

Evaluated films: 8.7 - Secret & Lies (1996) 8.4 - Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) 7.8 - Another Year (2010) 7.4 - Life is Sweet (1990) 7.0 - Naked (1993)

97. 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 ...

Evaluated films: 8.7 - Paisan (1946) 8.3 - Europe '51 (1951) 8.3 - Rome, Open City (1945) 8.1 - Journey to Italy (1954) 8.0 - Germany Year Zero (1948) 7.7 - Stromboli (1950) 6.2 - The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)

98. Lewis Milestone

Director | All Quiet on the Western Front

Lewis Milestone, a clothing manufacturer's son, was born in Bessarabia (now Moldova), raised in Odessa (Ukraine) and educated in Belgium and Berlin (where he studied engineering). He was fluent in both German and Russian and an avid reader. Milestone had an affinity for the theatre from an early ...

Evaluated films: 8.7 - The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) 8.3 - Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) 8.2 - All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 7.8 - Of Mice and Men (1939) 7.1 - Kangaroo (1952)

99. Ki-duk Kim

Writer | Bin-jip

He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Ag-o (1996). Then he went on to direct ...

Evaluated films: 8.7 - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003) 8.3 - 3-Iron (2004)

100. Joshua Oppenheimer

Director | The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer was born on September 23, 1974 in Texas, USA. He is a director and producer, known for The Act of Killing (2012), The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1998) and The Look of Silence (2014).

Evaluated films: 8.7 - The Look of Silence (2014) 8.3 - The Act of Killing (2012)



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