Favorite Directors (ICM Poll)

by teproc | created - 29 Nov 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1. 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 ...

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) - 10/10 Fargo (1996) - 10/10 Burn After Reading (2008) - 10/10 Blood Simple (1984) - 10/10 Barton Fink (1991) - 10/10 Miller's Crossing (1990) - 9/10 O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) - 8/10 A Serious Man (2009) - 8/10 True Grit (2010) - 7/10 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) - 7/10 The Big Lebowski (1998) - 7/10 No Country for Old Men (2007) - 7/10

2. 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 ...

Vertigo (1958) - 10/10 Rear Window (1954) - 10/10 Psycho (1960) - 9/10 Strangers on a Train (1951) - 9/10 Frenzy (1972) - 8/10 Rope (1948) - 8/10 Rebecca (1940) - 8/10 North by Northwest (1959) - 8/10 Dial M for Murder (1954) - 7/10 Jamaica Inn (1939) - 7/10 Notorious (1946) - 7/10 To Catch a Thief (1955) - 7/10

3. 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...

Pulp Fiction (1994) - 10/10 Reservoir Dogs (1992) - 10/10 Inglourious Basterds (2009) - 9/10 The Hateful Eight (2015) - 9/10 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) - 9/10 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) - 8/10 Death Proof (2007) - 8/10 Jackie Brown (1997) - 7/10 Django Unchained (2012) - 7/10

+ Sin City (2008) - 8/10

4. 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...

Tengoku to jigoku (1963) - 10/10 Shichinin no samurai (1954) - 10/10 Ran (1985) - 9/10 Rashômon (1950) - 9/10 Kakushi-toride no san-akunin (1958) - 8/10 Ikiru (1952) - 8/10 Kumonosu-jô (1957) - 8/10 Tsubaki Sânjurô (1962) - 7/10 Dersu Uzala (1975) - 7/10 Sugata Sanshirô (1943) - 7/10

5. Hayao Miyazaki

Director | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the ...

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) - 10/10 Mononoke-hime (1997) - 10/10 Tonari no Totoro (1988) - 10/10 Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984) - 9/10 Majo no takkyûbin (1989) - 8/10 Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986) - 8/10 Hauru no ugoku shiro (2004) - 8/10

6. Isao Takahata

Director | Hotaru no haka

Isao Takahata was born on October 29, 1935 in Ise, Mie, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Grave of the Fireflies (1988), The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013) and Only Yesterday (1991). He died on April 5, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

Hotaru no haka (1988) - 10/10 Kaguyahime no monogatari (2013) - 10/10 Omohide poro poro (1991) - 10/10

7. 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 ...

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - 9/10 Full Metal Jacket (1987) - 9/10 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - 9/10 A Clockwork Orange (1971) - 8/10 The Shining (1980) - 8/10 Spartacus (1960) - 7/10 The Killing (1956) - 7/10

8. 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 ...

Fanny och Alexander (1982) - 9/10 Persona (1966) - 9/10 Smultronstället (1957) - 8/10 Sommarnattens leende (1955) - 8/10 Viskningar och rop (1972) - 8/10 Nattvardsgästerna (1963) - 7/10 Det sjunde inseglet (1957) - 7/10

9. 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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Memento (2000) - 10/10 Interstellar (2014) - 9/10 Dunkirk (2017) - 8/10 Inception (2010) - 8/10 The Dark Knight (2006) - 7/10 The Prestige (2006) - 7/10

10. 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 ...

Andrey Rublev (1966) - 10/10 Stalker (1979) - 9/10 Solyaris (1972) - 9/10 Ivanovo detstvo (1962) - 7/10

11. 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 ...

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966) - 10/10 C'era una volta il West (1968) - 9/10 Per un pugno di dollari (1964) - 8/10 Per qualche dollaro in piu (1965) - 8/10

12. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an ...

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - 10/10 Moonrise Kingdom (2012) - 8/10 Rushmore (1998) - 8/10 Isle of Dogs (2018) - 7/10 Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) - 7/10

13. Andrew Stanton

Writer | WALL·E

Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse: The New ...

WALL-E (2008) - 10/10 Finding Nemo (2003) - 9/10 Finding Dory (2016) - 8/10

14. 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. ...

Before Sunset (2004) - 9/10 Boyhood (2014) - 9/10 Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) - 8/10 Before Sunrise (1995) - 8/10

15. Chan-wook Park

Director | Ah-ga-ssi

Chan-wook Park was born on August 23, 1963 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for Ah-ga-ssi (2016), Thirst (2009) and Oldeuboi (2003).

Oldeuboi (2003) - 10/10 Ah-ga-ssi (2016) - 8/10 Chinjeolhan geumjassi (2005) - 7/10 Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA (2000) - 7/10 Boksuneun naui geot (2002) - 7/10

16. 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 ...

Black Swan (2010) - 10/10 Mother! (2017) - 8/10 Requiem for a Dream (2000) - 8/10 The Wrestler (2008) - 7/10

17. 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...

Se7en (1995) - 9/10 Zodiac (2007) - 9/10 Gone Girl (2014) - 8/10 The Social Network (2010) - 7/10 Fight Club (1999) - 7/10

18. 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 Streets (1973) - 8/10 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) - 8/10 Taxi Driver (1976) - 8/10 The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) - 7/10 Goodfellas (1990) - 7/10 The Departed (2006) - 7/10 Silence (2016) - 7/10

19. 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, ...

Jaws (1975) - 9/10 Catch Me If You Can (2002) - 8/10 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) - 8/10 Bridge of Spies (2015) - 7/10 Jurassic Park (1993) - 7/10 Saving Private Ryan (1998) - 7/10

20. 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/...

Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001) - 10/10 Delicatessen (1991) - 9/10 Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004) - 7/10

21. 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 ...

The Cameraman (1928) - 8/10 The General (1926) - 8/10 Sherlock Jr. (1924) - 7/10

Shorts: One Week (1920) - 8/10 The "High Sign" (1921) - 8/10 Hard Luck (1921) - 8/10 Cops (1922) - 7/10 The Play House (1921) - 7/10

22. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...

Sleepy Hollow (1999) - 8/10 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) - 8/10 Edward Scissorhands (1990) - 8/10 Mars Attacks! (1996) - 7/10 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) - 7/10 Big Fish (2003) - 7/10

23. Ang Lee

Director | Wo hu cang long

Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ...

Wo hu cang long (2000) - 10/10 Life of Pi (2012) - 8/10 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) - 7/10

24. 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 ...

The Apartment (1960) - 8/10 Sunset Blvd. (1950) - 8/10 The Lost Weekend (1945) - 7/10 Stalag 17 (1953) - 7/10 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) - 7/10 Double Indemnity (1944) - 7/10

25. 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...

The World's End (2013) - 9/10 Shaun of the Dead (2004) - 9/10 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) - 8/10

26. 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 ...

Children of Men (2005) - 9/10 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - 8/10 Gravity (2013) - 8/10

27. Damien Chazelle

Writer | La La Land

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...

La La Land (2016) - 9/10 First Man (2018) - 8/10 Whiplash (2014) - 8/10

28. George Cukor

Director | My Fair Lady

George Cukor was born on July 7, 1899 in Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as George Dewey Cukor. He is known for his work on My Fair Lady (1964), The Philadelphia Story (1940) and Les Girls (1957). He died on January 24, 1983 in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA.

A Star Is Born (1954) - 9/10 The Philadelphia Story (1940) - 8/10 Adam's Rib (1949) - 8/10

29. Lee Unkrich

Editor | Coco

Lee Unkrich is an Academy Award-winning director at Pixar Animation Studios. He most recently directed Disney.Pixar's critically-acclaimed "Coco", which received the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Song.

As the director of Disney.Pixar's "Toy Story 3," Lee was also awarded an ...

Finding Nemo (2003) - 9/10 Coco (2017) - 7/10 Toy Story 3 (2010) - 7/10 Toy Story 2 (1999) - 7/10 Monsters, Inc. (2001) - 7/10

30. Agnès Varda

Director | Sans toit ni loi

Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She is a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Le Bonheur (1965) and Les plages d'Agnès (2008). She was previously married to Jacques Demy.

Sans toit ni loi (1985) - 8/10 Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000) - 7/10 Les plages d'Agnès (2008) - 7/10 L'une chante, l'autre pas (1977) - 7/10 Visages, villages (2017) - 7/10 Les créatures (1966) - 7/10

31. 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), ...

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - 9/10 Arrival (2016) - 8/10 Incendies (2010) - 7/10 Enemy (2013) - 7/10

32. 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...

Match Point (2005) - 8/10 Annie Hall (1977) - 8/10 Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) - 7/10 Café Society (2016) - 7/10 Manhattan (1979) - 7/10

33. Alex Garland

Writer | Ex Machina

Alex Garland is an English novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best known for the films Ex Machina (2015) and Annihilation (2018).

Garland's others works as a writer includes The Beach (2000), 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), Never Let Me Go (2011) and Dredd (2012).

He is ...

Ex Machina (2014) - 9/10 Annihilation (2018) - 9/10

34. George A. Romero

Writer | Land of the Dead

George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; by all indications, though, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 ,in New York City to Ann (Dvorsky) and Jorge Romero. His father was born in Spain and raised in Cuba, and...

Dawn of the Dead (1978) - 10/10 Night of the Living Dead (1968) - 7/10

35. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Director | Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da

Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul on January 26th, 1959. In 1976, he began studying chemical engineering at Istanbul Technical University, in a context of strong student unrest, boycotts and political polarization. In 1978, he switched courses to Electrical Engineering at Bogazici University. ...

Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da (2011) - 9/10 Ahlat Agaci (2018) - 8/10 Kis Uykusu (2014) - 7/10

36. Michael Moore

Director | Bowling for Columbine

Michael Francis Moore was born in Flint, Michigan on April 23, 1954, and was raised in its Davison suburb. He is the son of Helen Veronica (Wall), a secretary, and Francis Richard Moore, who worked on an auto assembly line. He has Irish, as well as English and Scottish, ancestry.

Moore studied ...

Roger & Me (1989) - 8/10 Bowling for Columbine (2002) - 8/10 Where to Invade Next (2015) - 8/10

37. 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 ...

Repulsion (1965) - 8/10 Rosemary's Baby (1968) - 8/10 The Pianist (2002) - 7/10 Chinatown (1974) - 7/10

38. 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 ...

Chung Hing sam lam (1994) - 8/10 Ah fei zing zyun (1990) - 8/10 Yi dai zong shi (2013) - 7/10 Faa yeung nin wa (2000) - 7/10

39. Howard Hawks

Director | Rio Bravo

What do the classic films Scarface (1932), Twentieth Century (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Rio Bravo (1959) have in...

Rio Bravo (1959) - 8/10 His Girl Friday (1940) - 8/10 The Big Sleep (1946) - 8/10



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