Exciting New Filmmakers.

by TMRode | created - 03 Jul 2012 | updated - 31 Jul 2012 | Public

The 90's gave us Tarantino, Fincher, PTA and the rise of the Coen Brothers. Then we got the emergence of directors such as Nolan, Aronofsky, Reitman, Inarritu, and Apatow in the 2000's. So let's explore some fresh new faces who could be on the rise next. Some of these directors have already established fine careers, while others show true promise to join them, but all have done less than a handful of films and have eager to see what they do next. Feel free to add names of filmmakers in the comments section that you believe in so that everyone has a chance to learn about them and experience their movies.

1. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

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

Filmography: The Pusher Trilogy, Bleeder, Fear X, Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive

Upcoming: Only God Forgives

***This is the most experienced director on this list, but I really feel like he is about to explode in American Cinema so I felt it was necessary to have him on here.

2. Xavier Dolan

Actor | Tom à la ferme

Xavier Dolan was born on March 20, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Xavier Dolan-Tadros. He is an actor and writer, known for Tom à la ferme (2013), Heartbeats (2010) and I Killed My Mother (2009).

Filmography: I Killed my Mother, Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways'

*** Has done three great films and is still just 23 years old. Has the potential to be the next master of international cinema.

3. Bennett Miller

Director | Foxcatcher

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

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

Miller has ...

Filmography: Capote, Moneyball

Upcoming: Foxcatcher

4. Andrew Dominik

Director | Chopper

Andrew Dominik was born on October 7, 1967 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a director and writer, known for Chopper (2000), Killing Them Softly (2012) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007).

Filmography: Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Upcoming: Killing Them Softly

5. Steve McQueen

Director | 12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen was born on October 9, 1969 in London, England as Steve Rodney McQueen. He is a director and writer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Shame (2011) and Hunger (2008).

Filmography: Hunger, Shame

Upcoming: 12 Years a Slave

6. Todd Field

Director | Little Children

William Todd Field was born in Pomona, California, and began acting after graduating from high school in Portland, Oregon, where he was raised. A budding jazz musician as well, he skipped college in favor of a move east to New York to study acting. Once there, he began performing with the Ark ...

Filmography: In the Bedroom, Little Children

Upcoming: Creed of Violence

7. 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...

Filmography: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Upcoming: The World's End, Ant Man

8. Ben Affleck

Producer | Argo

American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has...

Filmography: Gone Baby Gone, The Town

Upcoming: Argo

***Already an established actor, and won an academy award in the 90's for Good Will Hunting (screenplay), but now has the chance to emerge as a very good director if he continues on the path he is on.

9. Duncan Jones

Director | Moon

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

Filmography: Moon, Source Code

Upcoming: Untitled Ian Fleming Project

10. Oren Moverman

Writer | The Messenger

Oren Moverman was born on July 4, 1966 in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel. He is a writer and producer, known for The Messenger (2009), Love & Mercy (2014) and Time Out of Mind (2014).

Filmography: The Messenger, Rampart

Upcoming: Berlin, I love You

11. Cary Joji Fukunaga

Producer | Beasts of No Nation

Cary Joji Fukunaga was born on July 10, 1977 in Oakland, California, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Beasts of No Nation (2015), Sin Nombre (2009) and True Detective (2014).

Filmography: Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre.

12. Neill Blomkamp

Director | District 9

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

Filmography: District 9

Upcoming: Elysium

13. José Padilha

Producer | Tropa de Elite

He is best known for directing the Brazilian critical and financial successes Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within and the 2014 remake of RoboCop. He has won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Elite Squad in 2008. He is also the producer and director of the ...

Filmography: Bus 174, Elite Squad, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Upcoming: Robocop

14. Lynne Ramsay

Director | We Need to Talk About Kevin

Lynne Ramsay was born on December 5, 1969 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a director and writer, known for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), You Were Never Really Here (2017) and Morvern Callar (2002).

Filmography: Ratcatcher, Movern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Upcoming: Jane Got a Gun

15. Tom McCarthy

Writer | The Station Agent

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

McCarthy...

Filmography: The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win

16. Martin McDonagh

Writer | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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

Filmography: In Bruges

Upcoming: Seven Psychopaths

17. Andrea Arnold

Director | American Honey

Andrea Arnold was born on April 5, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, England as Andrea P. Arnold. She is an actress and director, known for American Honey (2016), Fish Tank (2009) and Red Road (2006).

Filmography: Red Road, Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights

18. Marc Webb

Director | (500) Days of Summer

Marc Webb was born on August 31, 1974. He is a producer and director, known for (500) Days of Summer (2009), Gifted (2017) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015).

Filmography: 500 Days of Summer

Upcoming: The Amazing Spiderman

19. Sean Durkin

Director | Martha Marcy May Marlene

Sean Durkin is a producer and director, known for Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), Mary Last Seen (2010) and Afterschool (2008).

Filmography: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Upcoming: Janis Joplin Biopic

20. Anton Corbijn

Director | Control

Anton Corbijn was born on May 20, 1955 in Strijen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands as Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard. He is a director and actor, known for Control (2007), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and The American (2010).

Filmography: Control, The American

Upcoming: A Most Wanted Man

21. Jeff Nichols

Writer | Take Shelter

Jeff Nichols was born on December 7, 1978 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Take Shelter (2011), Midnight Special (2016) and Mud (2012).

Filmography: Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter

Upcoming: Mud

22. J.A. Bayona

Director | El orfanato

J.A. Bayona was born on May 9, 1975 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Juan Antonio García Bayona. He is a director, known for The Orphanage (2007), The Impossible (2012) and A Monster Calls (2016).

Filmography: The Orphanage

Upcoming: The Impossible

23. Shane Black

Writer | The Nice Guys

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

Filmography: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Upcoming: Iron Man 3

****Already has had a successful writing career with Lethal Weapon and Last Action Hero.

24. Tom Ford

Director | A Single Man

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

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

Filmography: A Single Man

25. Rian Johnson

Director | Looper

Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film Brick (2005) was released in 2005 and was ...

Filmography: Brick, The Brothers Bloom

Upcoming: Looper

26. Joseph Kosinski

Director | Tron

Joseph Kosinski is a director whose uncompromising visual style has quickly made a mark in the filmmaking zeitgeist. His feature film debut, "Tron Legacy" for Walt Disney Studios, grossed over $400 million worldwide and was nominated for several awards including an Academy Award and a Grammy for ...

Filmography: Tron Legacy

Upcoming: Oblivion

27. J.C. Chandor

Producer | A Most Violent Year

J.C. Chandor was born as Jeffrey McDonald Chandor. He is a producer and writer, known for A Most Violent Year (2014), Margin Call (2011) and All Is Lost (2013). He has been married to Mary Cameron Goodyear since 2004. They have two children.

Filmography: Margin Call

Upcoming: All is Lost

28. Derek Cianfrance

Director | Blue Valentine

Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied (1998), won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best...

Filmography: Brother Tied, Blue Valentine

Upcoming: The Place Beyond the Pines

29. Richard Ayoade

Writer | Submarine

Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty ...

Filmography: Submarine

Upcoming: The Double

30. Nash Edgerton

Director | Gringo

Nash Edgerton was born on January 19, 1973 in Australia. He is known for his work on Gringo (2018), The Square (2008) and Spider (2007).

Filmography: The Square

Upcoming: Untitled Lucky Project

**** Has also done 9 short films including Spider, Bear, Fuel, and Lucky.

31. Scott Cooper

Director | Crazy Heart

Scott Cooper was born in 1970 in Abingdon, Virginia, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Crazy Heart (2009), Out of the Furnace (2013) and Hostiles (2017).

Filmography: Crazy Heart

Upcoming: Out of the Furnace

32. Evan Glodell

Actor | Bellflower

Evan Glodell is an actor and cinematographer, known for Bellflower (2011), Canary and Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins (2017).

Filmography: Bellflower

33. Will Gluck

Producer | Easy A

Will Gluck is a writer/director/producer known for Easy A (2010), Friends with Benefits (2011), Annie (2014), Peter Rabbit (2018), and a number of TV shows including The Michael J. Fox Show (2013). He runs the production company Olive Bridge Entertainment which has partnerships with Sony Pictures ...

Filmography: Fired Up, Easy A, Friends With Benefits

Upcoming: About Last Night

34. David Michôd

Writer | The Rover

David Michôd is a writer and producer, known for The Rover (2014), Animal Kingdom (2010) and War Machine (2017).

Filmography: Animal Kingdom

Upcoming: The Rover

35. Armando Iannucci

Writer | Veep

Armando Iannucci was born on November 28, 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland as Armando Giovanni Iannucci. He is a writer and producer, known for Veep (2012), The Death of Stalin (2017) and In the Loop (2009). He has been married to Rachel since August 25, 1990. They have two children.

Filmography: In the Loop

*** Has directed a lot of television including I'm Allan Partridge and Veep.

36. Ruben Fleischer

Director | Zombieland

Ruben Fleischer was born on October 31, 1974 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Ruben Samuel Fleischer. He is a producer and writer, known for Zombieland (2009), Gangster Squad (2013) and 30 Minutes or Less (2011). He has been married to Holly Shakoor Fleischer since November 10, 2012.

Filmography: Zombieland, 30 minutes or Less

Upcoming: Gangster Squad

37. Jonathan Levine

Writer | The Wackness

Jonathan Levine is a writer and director, known for The Wackness (2008), 50/50 (2011) and Warm Bodies (2013).

Filmography: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness, 50/50

Upcoming: Warm Bodies

38. Zal Batmanglij

Writer | The OA

Zal Batmanglij is a writer and director, known for The OA (2016), The East (2013) and Sound of My Voice (2011).

Filmography: Sound of my Voice

Upcoming: The East

39. Nicholas Jarecki

Writer | Arbitrage

A New York native, twenty-five year old Nicholas Jarecki is the author of the 2001 Doubleday book Breaking In: How 20 Film Directors Got Their Start. A graduate of NYU film school, Jarecki has directed several music videos and commercials. The Outsider (2005) is his first feature film.

Filmography: The Outsider

Upcoming: Arbitrage

40. Mike Mills

Director | Beginners

Mike Mills was born in 1966, Berkeley, California. He graduated from Cooper Union, 1989.

He works as a filmmaker, graphic designer and artist. As a filmmaker, Mike has completed a number of music videos, commercials, short films, documentaries, and the feature film Thumbsucker (2005). Architecture ...

Filmography: Thumbsucker, Beginners

41. Michaël R. Roskam

Director | The Drop

Michaël R. Roskam was born as Michaël Reynders. He is a director and producer, known for The Drop (2014), Rundskop (2011) and Carlo (2004).

Filmography: Bullhead

42. Joe Cornish

Writer | Attack the Block

Joe Cornish was born on December 20, 1968 in London, England as Joseph Murray Cornish. He is a writer and director, known for Attack the Block (2011), Ant-Man (2015) and The Adventures of Tintin (2011).

Filmography: Attack the Block

43. Debra Granik

Director | Winter's Bone

Debra Granik was born on February 6, 1963 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Winter's Bone (2010), Down to the Bone (2004) and Stray Dog (2014).

Filmography: Down to the Bone, Winter's Bone

44. Rodrigo Cortés

Editor | Buried

Rodrigo Cortés was born in 1973 in Pazos Hermos, Ourense, Galicia, Spain as Rodrigo Cortés Giráldez. He is a writer and editor, known for Buried (2010), Red Lights (2012) and Concursante (2007).

Filmography: The Contestant, Buried

Upcoming: Red Lights

45. Ben Wheatley

Director | Free Fire

Ben Wheatley was born in 1972 in Billericay, Essex, England. He is a director and writer, known for Free Fire (2016), Kill List (2011) and Down Terrace (2009).

Filmography: Down Terrace, Kill List

Upcoming: Sightseers, The ABC's of Death

46. Daniel Espinosa

Director | Snabba cash

Daniel Espinosa was born on March 23, 1977 in Huddinge, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a director and producer, known for Snabba cash (2010), Life (2017) and Safe House (2012). He was previously married to Nina Milerad.

Filmography: Babylonsjukan, Outside Love, Easy Money, Safe House

47. Jim Field Smith

Director | Stag

Jim Field Smith was born on February 20, 1979 in England. He is a director and writer, known for Stag (2016), The Wrong Mans (2013) and Butter (2011).

Filmography: She's Out of My League, Butter

48. Seth Gordon

Director | Identity Thief

Seth Gordon is known for his work on Identity Thief (2013), Pixels (2015) and The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007).

Filmography: The King of Kong, Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses

Upcoming: Identity Thief

49. Christopher Morris

Writer | Four Lions

Morris, the oldest son of two GPs, was educated at Stonyhurst College and Bristol University, where he read Zoology. His upbringing, and in particular, his education, has been the source of much media speculation, especially after the post-Brass Eye Special tabloid backlash. The tabloids focused on...

Filmography: Four Lions