John Williams' Film Directors

by ChristopherLeeFan | created - 04 Dec 2015 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

1. Lou Place

Director | Daddy-O

Lou Place was born in 1912 in Portland, Oregon, USA. He is a production manager and assistant director, known for Daddy-O (1958), Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966) and Doc Corkle (1952).

1 film 1958 - Daddy-O

2. Fred M. Wilcox

Director | Forbidden Planet

Fred McLeod Wilcox was born in Tazewell, VA, on December 22, 1906, one of six children born to James Wilcox, a Kentucky optometrist and drugstore owner, who was married six times (twice to one woman). His six children were from his first wife.

Wilcox's six siblings (his father adopted his niece ...

1 film 1960 - I Passed for White

3. Paul Wendkos

Director | The Wild Wild West

He graduated from Columbia University in New York City and studied film at the New School in New York City.

2 films 1960 - Because They're Young 1963 - Gidget Goes to Rome

4. Phil Karlson

Director | Hell to Eternity

Phil Karlson entered the film industry while a law student at Loyola Marymount University in California. He got a job at Universal Pictures as a prop man, then worked pretty much any job they threw at him, from being an assistant director on several Bud Abbott and Lou Costello films to directing ...

1 film 1961 - The Secret Ways

5. Richard Widmark

Actor | The Alamo

Richard Widmark established himself as an icon of American cinema with his debut in the 1947 film noir Kiss of Death (1947) in which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination as the killer "Tommy Udo". Kiss of Death (1947) and other noir thrillers established Widmark as part of a new ...

1 film 1961 - The Secret Ways

6. Frank Tashlin

Director | Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

From 1939-41 he worked as an animator at Walt Disney Studios, although he never got screen credit for any of the work he did.

1 film 1961 - Bachelor Flat

7. Guy Green

Director | The Angry Silence

Guy Green is well known to film audiences. Formerly a cinematographer, he was the first British D.P. to receive an Academy Award for his black-and-white photography on David Lean's Great Expectations (1946). He founded the British Society of Cinematographers together with Freddie Young and Jack ...

1 film 1962 - Diamond Head

8. Robert Altman

Director | Gosford Park

Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...

3 films 1964 - Nightmare in Chicago (TV Movie) 1972 - Images 1973 - The Long Goodbye

9. Don Siegel

Director | Dirty Harry

Don Siegel was educated at Cambridge University, England. In Hollywood from the mid-'30s, he began his career as an editor and second unit director. In 1945 he directed two shorts (Hitler Lives (1945) and Star in the Night (1945)) which both won Academy Awards. His first feature as a director was ...

1 film 1964 - The Killers

10. Frank Sinatra

Actor | The Manchurian Candidate

Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. ...

1 film 1965 - None But the Brave

11. J. Lee Thompson

Director | The Guns of Navarone

J. Lee Thompson was born on August 1, 1914 in Bristol, England as John Lee Thompson. He was a director and writer, known for The Guns of Navarone (1961), Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957) and Tiger Bay (1959). He was married to Lucille Kelly, Penny Thompson, Florence (Bill) Bailey and Joan Henry. He ...

1 film 1965 - John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!

12. Jack Arnold

Director | The Incredible Shrinking Man

Jack Arnold reigns supreme as one of the great directors of 1950s science-fiction features. His films are distinguished by moody black and white cinematography, solid acting, smart, thoughtful scripts, snappy pacing, a genuine heartfelt enthusiasm for the genre and plenty of eerie atmosphere.

Arnold...

1 film 1965 - Who Goes There? (TV Movie)

13. Andrew V. McLaglen

Director | The Wild Geese

Andrew V. McLaglen was born on July 28, 1920 in Wandsworth, London, England as Andrew Victor McLaglen. He was a director and assistant director, known for The Wild Geese (1978), Fools' Parade (1971) and Hellfighters (1968). He was married to Sheila Anne Corbett, Sarah (Sally) Greenwood Pierce, Veda...

1 film 1966 - The Rare Breed

14. William Wyler

Director | The Best Years of Our Lives

William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as the ...

1 film 1966 - How to Steal a Million

15. David Lowell Rich

Director | The Concorde... Airport '79

Under-rated producer and director of the 1960s and 1970s.

In the 1960s he directed episodes of several cult TV shows including one episode of The Twilight Zone.

In the 1970s he got caught up in the disaster movie craze by putting out atleast five disaster films, four for TV and one feature (The ...

1 film 1966 - The Plainsman

16. Norman Panama

Writer | Knock on Wood

Norman Panama was born on April 21, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Norman Kaye Panama. He was a writer and director, known for Knock on Wood (1954), White Christmas (1954) and Above and Beyond (1952). He died on January 13, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1 film 1966 - Not with My Wife, You Don't!

17. Arthur Hiller

Director | Love Story

Arthur Hiller was born on November 22, 1923 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He was a director and producer, known for Love Story (1970), The Hospital (1971) and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989). He was married to Gwen Hiller. He died on August 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1 film 1966 - Penelope

18. Gene Kelly

Actor | Singin' in the Rain

Eugene Curran Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third son of Harriet Catherine (Curran) and James Patrick Joseph Kelly, a phonograph salesman. His father was of Irish descent and his mother was of Irish and German ancestry.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in...

1 film 1967 - A Guide for the Married Man

19. Don Medford

Director | The Hunting Party

Don Medford was born on November 26, 1917 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Donald Muller. He was a director and producer, known for The Hunting Party (1971), The Twilight Zone (1959) and Suspicion (1957). He died on December 12, 2012 in West Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1 film 1967 - Ghostbreakers (TV Movie)

20. Mark Robson

Director | The Harder They Fall

Mark Robson studied political science and economics at the University of California. He then took a law course at Pacific Coast University, and, at one time, also attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Ultimately, his interests led him elsewhere, since he ended up in the movie business as a ...

3 films 1967 - Valley of the Dolls 1969 - Daddy's Gone A-Hunting 1974 - Earthquake

21. Delbert Mann

Director | Marty

Delbert Mann, the Oscar-winning film director, was born Delbert Martin Mann Jr. in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1920. His father moved the family to Nashville, Tennesse, after taking a teaching position at Scarritt College. The young Mann graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he met his future wife, ...

3 films 1967 - Fitzwilly 1968 - Heidi (TV Movie) 1970 - Jane Eyre (TV Movie)

22. Buzz Kulik

Director | To Find a Man

After service in World War II, New York-born Buzz Kulik joined an advertising agency as a producer-director of TV commercials. After a few years he left the agency and became a television director during the period known as "The Golden Age of Television"; Kulik directed many episodes of such highly...

1 film 1968 - Sergeant Ryker

23. Herbert Ross

Director | The Turning Point

Herbert Ross was born on May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Herbert David Ross. He is known for his work on The Turning Point (1977), The Goodbye Girl (1977) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969). He was married to Lee Radziwill and Nora Kaye. He died on October 9, 2001 in New York ...

1 film 1969 - Goodbye, Mr. Chips

24. Mark Rydell

Actor | The Long Goodbye

Mark Rydell was born on March 23, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA as Mortimer H. Rydell. He is known for his work on The Long Goodbye (1973), James Dean (2001) and The Cowboys (1972). He was previously married to Esther Rydell and Joanne Linville.

4 films 1969 - The Reivers 1972 - The Cowboys 1973 - Cinderella Liberty 1984 - The River

1 film 1970 - Storia di una donna

26. Norman Jewison

Director | In the Heat of the Night

Norman Frederick Jewison was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Dorothy Irene (Weaver) and Percy Joseph Jewison, who managed a post office and a convenience store. His mother was an English immigrant, and his father was of English and Ulster-Scots descent. Jewison got his BA at Victoria College, ...

1 film 1971 - Fiddler on the Roof

27. Jack Smight

Director | The Illustrated Man

Emmy Award-winning director Jack Smight was born in Minneapolis, MN, on March 9, 1925, the offspring of Irish immigrants. After graduating from Cretin High School he served in the US Army Air Force during World War Two, where he flew combat missions in the Pacific Theater. After the war he attended...

2 films 1972 - The Screaming Woman (TV Movie) 1976 - Midway

28. Ronald Neame

Director | Golden Salamander

A British filmmaker who, over the years, worked as assistant director, cinematographer, producer, writer and ultimately director, Ronald Neame was born on April 23, 1911. His father, Elwin Neame, was a film director and his mother, Ivy Close, was a film star. During the 1920s, he started working at...

1 film 1972 - The Poseidon Adventure

29. Irwin Allen

Producer | The Towering Inferno

A graduate of New York's Columbia School of Journalism, Irwin Allen was a magazine editor, the producer/director of a radio show and the owner of an advertising agency before entering film production in the 1950s. His documentary, The Sea Around Us (1953), won an Academy Award. A successful TV ...

1 film 1972 - The Poseidon Adventure

30. Martin Ritt

Director | Hud

Martin Ritt, one of the best and most sensitive American filmmakers of all time, was a director, actor and playwright who worked in both film and theater. He was born in New York City. His films reflect, like almost none other, a profound and intimate humane vision of his characters.

He originally ...

3 films 1972 - Pete 'n' Tillie 1974 - Conrack 1990 - Stanley & Iris

31. Don Taylor

Actor | Stalag 17

Born in Freeport, Pennsylvania, Don Taylor studied law, then speech and drama at Penn State University, where as a freshman he began taking part in college stage productions. Hitchhiking to Hollywood in 1942, the youthful Taylor screen-tested at Warner Brothers but was rejected because of his draft...

1 film 1973 - Tom Sawyer

32. Richard C. Sarafian

Director | The Next Man

Richard C. Sarafian was born on April 28, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Caspar Sarafian. He was a director and actor, known for The Next Man (1976), Blue Streak (1999) and Bound (1996). He was married to Helen Joan Altman. He died on September 18, 2013 in Santa Monica, California,...

1 film 1973 - The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing

33. James Bridges

Writer | The China Syndrome

James Bridges was born on February 3, 1936 in Paris, Arkansas, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The China Syndrome (1979), Perfect (1985) and The Paper Chase (1973). He died on June 6, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1 film 1973 - The Paper Chase

34. 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, ...

28 films 1974 - The Sugarland Express 1975 - Jaws 1977 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1979 - 1941 1981 - Raiders of the Lost Ark 1982 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1984 - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1987 - Empire of the Sun 1989 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 - Always 1991 - Hook 1993 - Jurassic Park 1993 - Schindler's List 1997 - The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 - Amistad 1998 - Saving Private Ryan 2001 - Artificial Intelligence: AI 2002 - Minority Report 2002 - Catch Me If You Can 2004 - The Terminal 2005 - War of the Worlds 2005 - Munich 2008 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2011 - The Adventures of Tintin 2011 - War Horse 2012 - Lincoln 2016 - The BFG 2017 - The Post

35. John Guillermin

Director | The Towering Inferno

Directed one Oscar-nominated performance: Fred Astaire in The Towering Inferno (1974).

1 film 1974 - The Towering Inferno

36. 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...

1 film 1975 - The Eiger Sanction

37. 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 ...

1 film 1976 - Family Plot

38. Arthur Penn

Director | Bonnie and Clyde

Arthur Penn was born on September 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Little Big Man (1970) and The Miracle Worker (1962). He was married to Peggy Maurer. He died on September 28, 2010 in Manhattan, New York City, New York,...

1 film 1976 - The Missouri Breaks

39. John Frankenheimer

Director | The Manchurian Candidate

Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he ...

1 film 1977 - Black Sunday

40. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

4 films 1977 - Star Wars 1999 - Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 2002 - Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 2005 - Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

41. Brian De Palma

Director | Dressed to Kill

Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the ...

1 film 1978 - The Fury

42. Jeannot Szwarc

Director | Somewhere in Time

Jeannot Szwarc was born on November 21, 1939 in Paris, France. He is a director and producer, known for Somewhere in Time (1980), Jaws 2 (1978) and Ironside (1967).

1 film 1978 - Jaws 2

43. Richard Donner

Director | Superman

Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard D. Schwartzberg. He is a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon (1987). He has been married to Lauren Shuler Donner since November 27, 1986.

1 film 1978 - Superman

44. John Badham

Director | WarGames

English-born "Army brat" John Badham is the son of English actress Mary Hewitt and the stepson of an American Army general. Raised in Alabama and schooled at Yale, he cut his teeth producing and directing for TV before making his feature debut with The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor ...

1 film 1979 - Dracula

45. Irvin Kershner

Director | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Irvin Kershner was born on April 29, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Southern California film school, Kershner began his career in 1950, producing documentaries for the United States Information Service in the Middle East. He later turned to television, directing...

1 film 1980 - Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

46. Allan Arkush

Producer | Heroes

Allan Arkush was born on April 30, 1948 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Heroes (2006), The Temptations (1998) and Witches of East End (2013).

1 film 1981 - Heartbeeps

47. Frank Perry

Director | Mommie Dearest

Frank Perry was born on August 21, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Jr. Frank Joseph Perry. He was a director and producer, known for Mommie Dearest (1981), Last Summer (1969) and David and Lisa (1962). He was married to Virginia Brush Ford, Barbara Goldsmith and Eleanor Perry. He died on ...

1 film 1982 - Monsignor

48. Richard Marquand

Director | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Richard Marquand was born on September 22, 1937 in Llanishen, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales as Richard Alfred Marquand. He was a director and producer, known for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Jagged Edge (1985) and Nowhere to Run (1993). He was married to Carol Bell and Josephine ...

1 film 1983 - Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

49. Harry Winer

Director | Alias

Harry Winer was born on May 4, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Harry Stuart Winer. He is a director and producer, known for Alias (2001), Erased (2012) and SpaceCamp (1986). He is married to Shelley Hack. They have one child. He was previously married to Eileen Harriette Pittler.

1 film 1986 - SpaceCamp

50. George Miller

Producer | Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max films, Miller...

1 film 1987 - The Witches of Eastwick

51. Lawrence Kasdan

Writer | The Big Chill

Lawrence Kasdan was born on January 14, 1949 in Miami, Florida, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Big Chill (1983), Silverado (1985) and Wyatt Earp (1994). He has been married to Meg Kasdan since November 28, 1971. They have two children.

1 film 1988 - The Accidental Tourist

52. Oliver Stone

Producer | JFK

Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.

William Oliver Stone was ...

3 films 1989 - Born on the Fourth of July 1991 - JFK 1995 - Nixon

53. Alan J. Pakula

Producer | Sophie's Choice

Alan J. Pakula was born on April 7, 1928 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Alan Jay Pakula. He was a producer and director, known for Sophie's Choice (1982), All the President's Men (1976) and Presumed Innocent (1990). He was married to Hannah Pakula and Hope Lange. He died on November ...

1 film 1990 - Presumed Innocent

54. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "...

5 films 1990 - Home Alone 1992 - Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1998 - Stepmom 2001 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2002 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

55. 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 ...

1 film 1992 - Far and Away

56. Sydney Pollack

Director | Tootsie

Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films.

Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...

1 film 1995 - Sabrina

57. Barry Levinson

Director | Rain Man

Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he ...

1 film 1996 - Sleepers

58. John Singleton

Writer | Boyz n the Hood

Son of mortgage broker Danny Singleton and pharmaceutical company sales executive Sheila Ward and raised in separate households by his unmarried parents, John Singleton attended the Film Writing Program at USC after graduating from high school in 1986. While studying there, he won three writing ...

1 film 1997 - Rosewood

59. Jean-Jacques Annaud

Director | Der Name der Rose

Jean-Jacques Annaud is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for directing Quest for Fire (1981), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Lover (1992), Seven Years in Tibet (1997) and Le dernier loup (2015). Annaud has received numerous awards for his work, including four César ...

1 film 1997 - Seven Years in Tibet

60. Alan Parker

Director | Evita

Prior to moving into film, Alan was noted as one of London's most talented advertising copywriters. He worked for the Collet Dickinson Pearce (CDP) ad agency in the 1960's and early 1970's, and began directing his own tvc scripts in their basement. Formed a partnership with David Puttnam as his ...

1 film 1999 - Angela's Ashes

61. Roland Emmerich

Writer | Independence Day

Roland Emmerich is a German film director and producer of blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Godzilla (1998), Independence Day (1996) and The Patriot (2000). Before fame, he originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director, after watching the original ...

1 film 2000 - The Patriot

62. 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 ...

1 film 2004 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

63. Rob Marshall

Director | Chicago

Rob Marshall was born on October 17, 1960 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. He is known for his work on Chicago (2002), Into the Woods (2014) and Nine (2009).

1 film 2005 - Memoirs of a Geisha

64. Brian Percival

Director | The Book Thief

Brian Percival is a director, known for The Book Thief (2013), Downton Abbey (2010) and ShakespeaRe-Told (2005).

1 film 2013 - The Book Thief

65. J.J. Abrams

Producer | Lost

Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...

1 film 2015 - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

66. 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 ...

1 film 2017 - Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi



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