Best Directors

by roshanjose | created - 18 Aug 2017 | updated - 3 days ago | Public

These are the best directors based on the mean average of the ratings I have given to the corresponding director's films.A director, whose a minimum of 3 films I have seen is considered.Films are listed according to my rating. Averages are subjected to change when I re-rate or watch further movies.. Thanks for viewing :)

1. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Dunkirk

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

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MEAN AVERAGE :8.7 FILMS INCLUDED:10 Inception The Dark Knight Memento Interstellar The Dark Knight Rises The Prestige Batman Begins Dunkirk Insomnia Following

2. 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 ...

MEAN AVERAGE :8.7 FILMS INCLUDED:6 2001:A Space Odyssey The Shining A Clockwork Orange Full Metal Jacket Dr.Strange Love Paths of Glory

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 ...

MEAN AVERAGE :8.5 FILMS INCLUDED:8 Psycho Vertigo Dial M for Murder North by Northwest Rebecca Rear Window Strangers on a Train Rope

4. 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 ...

MEAN AVERAGE :8.5 FILMS INCLUDED:4 The Kid City Lights Modern Times The Gold Rush

5. David Fincher

Director | Se7en

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

MEAN AVERAGE :8.4 FILMS INCLUDED:8 Fight Club Gone Girl Se7en The Social Network Zodiac The Curious Case of Benjamin Button The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Panic Room

6. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | The Revenant

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...

MEAN AVERAGE :8.4 FILMS INCLUDED:6 Amores Perros Birdman The Revenant 21 Grams Babel Biutiful

7. Darren Aronofsky

Director | Pi

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

MEAN AVERAGE :8.3 FILMS INCLUDED:6 Requiem for a Dream Black Swan Mother! The Wrestler Pi The Fountain

8. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

MEAN AVERAGE :8.2 FILMS INCLUDED:6 Avatar The Terminator 2:Judgement Day Aliens Titanic The Terminator True Lies

9. 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 ...

MEAN AVERAGE :8.2 FILMS INCLUDED:8 The Wolf of the Wall Street The Departed Goodfellas Shutter Island Taxi Driver The Aviator Hugo Raging Bull

10. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

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

In January of...

MEAN AVERAGE :8.1 FILMS INCLUDED:6 Pulp Fiction Reservoir Dogs Django Unchained Kill Bill:Vol 2 Inglorious Bastards Kill Bill:Vol 1

11. 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, ...

MEAN AVERAGE :8.0 FILMS INCLUDED:9 Schindler's List Jurassic Park Saving Private Ryan Catch me if you can Lincoln Jaws Raiders of the Lost Ark The Terminal The Lost World:Jurassic Park

12. 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...

MEAN AVERAGE :8.0 FILMS INCLUDED:5 There will be Blood The Master Magnolia Phantom Thread Punch Drunk Love

13. 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 ...

MEAN AVERAGE :8.0 FILMS INCLUDED:3 The Godfather The Godfather: Part II Apocalypse Now

14. Mani Ratnam

Writer | Roja

The man who revolutionized Tamil-language cinema, Mani Ratnam is the biggest director in south India and one of the most respected directors in all of India. Each of his films contain its own unique style, with beautifully photographed songs and unique back-lighting. However, his films contain ...

MEAN AVERAGE :8.0 FILMS INCLUDED:8 Nayagan Bombay Roja Alai Payuthey Iruvar OK Kanmani Raavanan Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

15. 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...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.9 FILMS INCLUDED:5 Blue Jasmine Match Point Midnight in Paris Vicky Cristina Barcelona Annie Hall

16. 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 ...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.9 FILMS INCLUDED:4 12 Angry Men Network Dog Day Afternoon Serpico

17. Rajkumar Hirani

Writer | Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

Rajkumar Hirani was born on November 20, 1962 in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. He is a writer and editor, known for Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003), PK (2014) and 3 Idiots (2009).

MEAN AVERAGE :7.9 FILMS INCLUDED:4 3 Idiots PK Sanju Munnabhai MBBS

18. Mel Gibson

Actor | Braveheart

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is ...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.8 FILMS INCLUDED:3 Braveheart Hacksaw Ridge The Passion of the Christ

19. Majid Majidi

Director | Bacheha-Ye aseman

Majid Majidi was born on April 17, 1959 in Tehran, Iran to a middle class family. He started acting in amateur theater groups at the age of fourteen. After receiving his high school diploma, he started studying art at the Institute of Dramatic Art in Tehran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, ...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.8 FILMS INCLUDED:3 Children of Heaven The Color of Paradise The Song of Sparrows

20. Danny Boyle

Director | 127 Hours

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

MEAN AVERAGE :7.8 FILMS INCLUDED:4 Slumdog Millionaire 127 Hours Trainspotting Steve Jobs

21. Asghar Farhadi

Writer | Darbareye Elly

Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.7 FILMS INCLUDED:5 A Seperation Everybody Knows The Past The Salesman About Elly

22. Ron Howard

Actor | Arrested Development

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.

Howard ...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.7 FILMS INCLUDED:5 Rush A Beautiful Mind Apollo 13 The Da Vinchi Code Angels & Demons

23. Yorgos Lanthimos

Director | The Lobster

Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied directing for Film and Television at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theater plays. Kinetta,...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.6 FILMS INCLUDED:4 The Favourite The Lobster The Killing of a Sacred Deer Dogtooth

24. 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 ...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.6 FILMS INCLUDED:5 Alien Gladiator The Martian Thelma & Louise Blade Runner

25. Ethan Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two ...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.6 FILMS INCLUDED:4 No Country for Old Men The Ballad of Buster Sruggs Fargo The Big Lebovsky

26. Richard Linklater

Director | Waking Life

Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. ...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.5 FILMS INCLUDED:4 Before Sunrise Boyhood Before Midnight Before Sunset

27. Robert Zemeckis

Writer | Back to the Future

A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.5 FILMS INCLUDED:4 Forrest Gump Back to the Future Cast Away The Walk

28. 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 ...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.5 FILMS INCLUDED:4 Witness for the Prosecution The Apartment Some Like it Hot Sunset Boulevard

29. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.4 FILMS INCLUDED:4 Gravity Roma Children of Men Y Tu Mama Tambien

30. James Wan

Writer | Saw

James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is an Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director of Malaysian Chinese descent. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw (2004) and creating Billy the puppet. Wan has also directed Dead Silence (2007), Death Sentence (2007), Insidious (2010)...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.4 FILMS INCLUDED:5 Saw The Conjuring Insidious:Part 2 The Conjuring:2 Insidious

31. Damien Chazelle

Writer | Whiplash

Damien Sayre Chazelle is an American director and screenwriter. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother, Celia Sayre (Martin) Chazelle, is an American-Canadian writer and professor of history at The College of New Jersey. His father, Bernard Chazelle, is a French-American Eugene Higgins...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.4 FILMS INCLUDED:3 Whiplash La La Land First Man

32. Cristian Mungiu

Producer | 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile

Cristian Mungiu was born on April 27, 1968 in Iasi, Romania. He is a producer and writer, known for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), Beyond the Hills (2012) and Graduation (2016).

MEAN AVERAGE :7.4 FILMS INCLUDED:3 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days The Graduation Beyond the Hills

33. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.4 FILMS INCLUDED:5 Million Dollar Baby Unforgiven Gran Torino American Sniper Mystic River

34. Denis Villeneuve

Director | Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started his career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), ...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.4 FILMS INCLUDED:5 Prisoners Incendies Arrival Enemy Blade Runner 2049

35. 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 ...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.3 FILMS INCLUDED:3 Mulholland Dr The Straight Story Blue Velvet

36. Alejandro Amenábar

Writer | The Others

Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis (1996). His film ...

MEAN AVERAGE :7.3 FILMS INCLUDED:3 The Sea Inside The Others Open Your Eyes

37. Rob Reiner

Actor | All in the Family

Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.

As a child, he often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he created and also starred in....

MEAN AVERAGE :7.2 FILMS INCLUDED:4 The Bucket List A Few Good Men The Princess Bride Stand by Me

38. Pete Docter

Writer | Up

Pete Docter was born on October 9, 1968 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA as Peter Hans Docter. He is a writer, known for Up (2009), Inside Out (2015) and Monsters, Inc. (2001). He has been married to Amanda Jean Schmidt since December 27, 1992. They have two children.

MEAN AVERAGE :7.1 FILMS INCLUDED:3 Inside Out Monsters Inc. Up

39. Bryan Singer

Director | X-Men

Bryan Singer was born on September 17, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Bryan Jay Singer. He is a producer and director, known for X-Men (2000), The Usual Suspects (1995) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

MEAN AVERAGE :7.0 FILMS INCLUDED:5 Usual Suspects Bohemian Rhapsody X-Men:Days of Future Past X-Men X-Men 2

40. 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 ...

MEAN AVERAGE :6.9 FILMSINCLUDED:3 In the Mood for Love Chungking Express My Blueberry Nights

41. Guy Ritchie

Director | Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and ...

MEAN AVERAGE :6.5 FILMS INCLUDED:3 Snatch Lock,Stock And Two Smoking Barrels Sherlock Holmes

42. M. Night Shyamalan

Producer | Lady in the Water

Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots.

He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil ...

MEAN AVERAGE :5.5 FILMS INCLUDED:3 The SIxth Sense Split After Earth



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