Best Directors

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1. 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, ...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Jurassic Park
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Minority Report

Movies on Watchlist
  • Jaws
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Schindler's List
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • The Terminal
  • München
  • Lincoln

Upcomming Projects
  • Ready Player One
  • Untitled Indiana Jones Project

2. 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 ...

Noteworthy Movies

  • The Departed
  • Shutter Island
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Silence

Movies on Watchlist
  • Taxi Driver
  • Raging Bull
  • Goodfellas
  • Casino
  • Gangs of New York
  • The Aviator

Upcomming Projects
  • Roosevelt
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • The Irishman

3. 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...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Se7en
  • Fight Club
  • Zodiac
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Social Network
  • Gone Girl

Movies on Watchlist
  • The Game
  • Mindhunter

Upcomming Projects
  • World War Z 2

4. 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.


Noteworthy Movies

  • Following
  • Memento
  • Insomnia
  • The Prestige
  • Inception
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy
  • Interstellar
  • Dunkirk

Movies on Watchlist

Upcomming Projects

5. 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 ...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Back to the Future I, II and III
  • Forrest Gump
  • Cast Away
  • The Polar Express
  • The Walk

Movies on Watchlist
  • Flight

Upcomming Projects
  • The Women of Marwen

6. Shane Black

Writer | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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) ...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Iron Man 3
  • The Nice Guys

Movies on Watchlist

Upcomming Projects
  • The Predator
  • Doc Savage

7. 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 two children.

Noteworthy Movies

  • Moon
  • Source Code
  • Warcraft: The Beginning

Movies on Watchlist

Upcomming Projects
  • Mute

8. 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).

Noteworthy Movies

  • In Bruges
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Movies on Watchlist
  • Seven Psychopaths

Upcomming Projects

9. 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 ...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Pacific Rim
  • The Shape of Water

Movies on Watchlist
  • Hellboy I and II
  • Pan's Labyrinth

Upcomming Projects
  • Pinocchio
  • Nightmare Alley

10. Joel Coen

Writer | Fargo

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for Fargo (1996), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

Noteworthy Movies

  • The Big Lebowski
  • Fargo
  • Inside Llewyn Davis

Movies on Watchlist
  • No Country for Old Men

Upcomming Projects

11. Ethan Coen

Producer | A Serious Man

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for A Serious Man (2009), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two children.

12. 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 ...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Full Metal Jacket
  • The Shining
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

13. 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...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2
  • Django Unchained

Movies on Watchlist
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Inglourious Basterds

Upcomming Projects
  • Untitled Quentin Tarantino/1969 Project
  • Untitled Star Trek Project

14. 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...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Whiplash
  • La La Land

Movies on Watchlist

Upcomming Projects
  • First Man

15. Dan Gilroy

Writer | Nightcrawler

Dan Gilroy was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Frank D. Gilroy, and sculptor and writer Ruth Dorothy. His brother Tony Gilroy is a screenwriter and director; and his fraternal twin brother, John Gilroy, is a film editor. Through his father, he is of ...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Nightcrawler
  • Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Movies on Watchlist

Upcomming Projects
  • Untitled Dan Gilroy Project

16. Ryan Coogler

Director | Creed

Ryan Coogler was born on May 23, 1986 in Oakland, California, USA as Ryan Kyle Coogler. He is a director and writer, known for Creed (2015), Fruitvale Station (2013) and Black Panther (2018).

Noteworthy Movies

  • Creed
  • Black Panther

Movies on Watchlist
  • Fruitvale Station

Upcomming Projects
  • Wrong Answer

17. 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...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Baby Driver

Movies on Watchlist
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Upcomming Projects
  • Shadows

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 ...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Hacksaw Ridge

Movies on Watchlist
  • Braveheart
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Apocalypto

Upcomming Projects

19. Peter Berg

Writer | Very Bad Things

Peter Berg is an American actor, director, writer, and producer. His first role was in the Adam Rifkin road movie Never on Tuesday (1989). He went on to star in the World War 2 film A Midnight Clear (1992). Roles in Fire in the Sky (1993) and Cop Land (1997) followed, and the Tom Cruise films ...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Lone Survivor
  • Patriots Day
  • Deepwater Horizon

Movies on Watchlist
  • Hancock

Upcomming Projects
  • Mile 22

20. 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 ...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Apollo 13
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • The Da Vinci Code + Sequals
  • Rush

Movies on Watchlist
  • Cinderella Man
  • Frost/Nixon

Upcomming Projects
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Seveneves
  • The Girl Before

21. 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), ...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Arrival
  • Sicario

Movies on Watchlist
  • Prisoners
  • Enemy
  • Blade Runner 2049

Upcomming Projects

22. 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).

Noteworthy Movies

  • 28 Days Later...
  • 127 Hours
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Steve Jobs

Movies on Watchlist
  • Trainspotting
  • The Beach
  • Sunshine

Upcomming Projects

23. 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...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Gran Torino
  • Sully
  • American Sniper

Movies on Watchlist
  • Unforgiven
  • Mystic River
  • Invictus
  • J. Edgar

Upcomming Projects

24. 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 ...

Noteworthy Movies

  • Babel
  • Birdman
  • The Revenant

Movies on Watchlist

Upcomming Projects

25. 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 ...

Noteworthy Movies

  • The Martian

Movies on Watchlist
  • Alien
  • Blade Runner
  • Gladiator
  • Black Hawk Down
  • All the Money in the World

Upcomming Projects

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