Favorite Directors (ICM Poll)by teproc | created - 29 Nov 2017 | updated - 6 months 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 ...
Fargo (1996) - 10/10 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) - 10/10 Burn After Reading (2008) - 10/10 Blood Simple (1984) - 10/10 Barton Fink (1991) - 10/10 Miller's Crossing (1990) - 9/10 A Serious Man (2009) - 8/10 O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) - 8/10 True Grit (2010) - 7/10 The Big Lebowski (1998) - 7/10 No Country for Old Men (2007) - 7/10 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) - 7/10
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 ...
Tonari no Totoro (1988) - 10/10 Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) - 10/10 Mononoke-hime (1997) - 10/10 Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984) - 9/10 Kurenai no buta (1992) - 9/10 Majo no takkyûbin (1989) - 8/10 Gake no ue no Ponyo (2008) - 8/10 Kaze tachinu (2013) - 8/10 Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986) - 8/10 Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (1979) - 7/10 Hauru no ugoku shiro (2004) - 7/10
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 Rebecca (1940) - 8/10 Rope (1948) - 8/10 North by Northwest (1959) - 8/10 To Catch a Thief (1955) - 7/10 Dial M for Murder (1954) - 7/10 Jamaica Inn (1939) - 7/10 Notorious (1946) - 7/10
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
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) - 8/10
Death Proof (2007) - 8/10
Jackie Brown (1997) - 7/10
Django Unchained (2012) - 7/10
+ Sin City (2008) - 8/10
Writer | Kakushi-toride no san-akunin
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 Kumonosu-jô (1957) - 8/10 Kakushi-toride no san-akunin (1958) - 8/10 Ikiru (1952) - 8/10 Tsubaki Sânjurô (1962) - 7/10 Dersu Uzala (1975) - 7/10 Sugata Sanshirô (1943) - 7/10
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 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - 9/10 Full Metal Jacket (1987) - 9/10 The Shining (1980) - 8/10 A Clockwork Orange (1971) - 8/10 The Killing (1956) - 7/10 Barry Lyndon (1975) - 7/10 Spartacus (1960) - 7/10
Director | Kaguyahime no monogatari
Isao Takahata was born on October 29, 1935 in Ise, Mie, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013), Grave of the Fireflies (1988) and Only Yesterday (1991). He died on April 5, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.
Kaguyahime no monogatari (2013) - 10/10 Hotaru no haka (1988) - 10/10 Omohide poro poro (1991) - 10/10
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 Nostalghia (1983) - 8/10 Offret (1986) - 7/10 Ivanovo detstvo (1962) - 7/10
Writer | Persona
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 ...
Persona (1966) - 9/10 Fanny och Alexander (1982) - 9/10 Sommarnattens leende (1955) - 8/10 Smultronstället (1957) - 8/10 Viskningar och rop (1972) - 8/10 Det sjunde inseglet (1957) - 7/10 Nattvardsgästerna (1963) - 7/10
Writer | Interstellar
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.
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
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 Giù la testa (1971) - 7/10
12. 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 King of Comedy (1982) - 7/10 The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) - 7/10 Silence (2016) - 7/10 The Irishman (2019) - 7/10 Goodfellas (1990) - 7/10 The Departed (2006) - 7/10
13. Wes Anderson
Director | 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
14. 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
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
16. 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 producer, known for The Handmaiden (2016), Thirst (2009) and Oldboy (2003). He is married to Eun-hee Kim. They have one child.
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
17. 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
18. 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...
Zodiac (2007) - 9/10 Se7en (1995) - 9/10 Gone Girl (2014) - 8/10 Fight Club (1999) - 7/10 The Social Network (2010) - 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 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) - 8/10 Catch Me If You Can (2002) - 7/10 Bridge of Spies (2015) - 7/10 Jurassic Park (1993) - 7/10 Saving Private Ryan (1998) - 7/10 The Post (2017) - 7/10
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
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, Personnel (...
Krotki film o milosci (1988) - 8/10 Trois couleurs: Bleu (1993) - 8/10 Trois couleurs: Blanc (1994) - 8/10 La double vie de Véronique (1991) - 7/10 Krotki film o zabijaniu (1988) - 7/10 Amator (1976) - 7/10
23. 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 ...
Big Fish (2003) - 8/10 Sleepy Hollow (1999) - 8/10 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) - 8/10 Edward Scissorhands (1990) - 8/10 Batman Returns (1992) - 7/10
24. 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
25. 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 Roma (2018) - 7/10
26. 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 Stalag 17 (1953) - 7/10 The Lost Weekend (1945) - 7/10 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) - 7/10 Double Indemnity (1944) - 7/10
27. 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...
Shaun of the Dead (2004) - 9/10 The World's End (2013) - 9/10 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) - 8/10
28. Michael Mann
Producer | The Insider
A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch (1975). He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile (1979), in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release,...
Collateral (2004) - 8/10 Manhunter (1986) - 8/10 Thief (1981) - 7/10 Heat (1995) - 7/10 Public Enemies (2009) - 7/10 The Insider (1999) - 7/10
29. Jonathan Demme
Director | The Silence of the Lambs
Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA as Robert Jonathan Demme. He was a director and producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008). He was married to Joanne Howard and Evelyn Purcell. He died...
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - 8/10 Beloved (1998) - 8/10 Stop Making Sense (1984) - 7/10 Philadelphia (1993) - 7/10 Melvin and Howard (1980) - 7/10 Crazy Mama (1975) - 7/10
30. George Cukor
Director | My Fair Lady
George Cukor was an American film director of Hungarian-Jewish descent, better known for directing comedies and literary adaptations. He once won the Academy Award for Best Director, and was nominated other four times for the same Award.
In 1899, George Dewey Cukor was born on the Lower East Side of...
A Star Is Born (1954) - 9/10 The Philadelphia Story (1940) - 8/10 Adam's Rib (1949) - 8/10
31. 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
32. Hirokazu Koreeda
Director | Manbiki kazoku
Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film Lessons from a Calf (1991). His first feature, Maborosi (1995), based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn ...
Umimachi Diary (2015) - 9/10 Aruitemo aruitemo (2008) - 8/10 Manbiki kazoku (2018) - 8/10
33. Lee Unkrich
Editor | Toy Story 2
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 Toy Story 3 (2010) - 7/10 Coco (2017) - 7/10 Toy Story 2 (1999) - 7/10 Monsters, Inc. (2001) - 7/10
34. Agnès Varda
Director | Sans toit ni loi
Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She was a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Faces Places (2017) and Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962). She was married to Jacques Demy. She died on March 29, 2019 in Paris, France.
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
35. 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
36. 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...
Annie Hall (1977) - 8/10 Match Point (2005) - 8/10 Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) - 7/10 Manhattan (1979) - 7/10 Café Society (2016) - 7/10
37. 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
38. Bong Joon Ho
Writer | Snowpiercer
Gwoemul (2006) - 8/10 Salinui chueok (2003) - 8/10 Gisaengchung (2019) - 8/10
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
40. 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 Where to Invade Next (2015) - 8/10 Bowling for Columbine (2002) - 8/10
41. 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
42. 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
43. Jim Jarmusch
Director | Broken Flowers
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.
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) - 8/10 Paterson (2016) - 8/10 Stranger Than Paradise (1984) - 7/10 Broken Flowers (2005) - 7/10
44. 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 ...
Modern Times (1936) - 8/10 City Lights (1931) - 8/10 The Circus (1928) - 7/10 The Gold Rush (1925) - 7/10
45. Howard Hawks
Director | Red River
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