My Favourite Directors

by Smoover1 | created - 24 Nov 2015 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

1. 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...

1. Akahige 10 2. Shichinin no samurai 10 3. Dersu Uzala 8.5 4. Yôjinbô 8.5 5. Kagemusha 8.5 6. Rashômon 8.0 7. Ran 7.5 8. Rhapsody in August 7.0

2. David Lean

Director | Lawrence of Arabia

An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding ...

1. Lawrence of Arabia 10 2. Brief Enconter 10 3. Doctor Zhivago 9.0 4. The Bridge on the River Kwai 9.0

3. 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 ...

1. Barry Lyndon 10 2. 2001 9.5 3. Paths of Glory 9.0 4. The Shining 9.0 5. Dr. Strangelove 9.0 6. A Clockwork Orange 9.0 7. Eyes Wide Shut 8.5 8. Full Metal Jacket 8.5 9. Lolita 7.5 10. The Killing 7.0 11. Fear and Desire 5.0

4. Werner Herzog

Director | Fitzcarraldo

Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn't finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for...

1. Fitzcarraldo 9.0 2. Bad Lieutenant 8.5 3. Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle 8.5 4. Lektionen in Finsternis 8.0 5. Herz aus Glas 8.0 6. Into the Abyss 8.0 7. Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit 8.0 8. Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes 8.0 9. Happy People: A Year in the Taiga 8.0 10. Encounters at the End of the World 7.5 11. Into the Inferno 7.5 12. Little Dieter Needs to Fly 7.5 13. Stroszek 7.5 14. Cobra Verde 7.5 15. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World 7.5 16. Rescue Dawn 7.5 17. Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski 7.5 18. Woyzeck 7.0 19. Lebenszeichen 7.0 20. Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Short) 7.0 21. Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen 7.0 22. La Soufrière (Short) 7.0 23. Behinderte Zukunft? (Short) 7.0 24. My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 7.0 25. Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (Short) 7.0 26. How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... (Short) 7.0 27. Fata Morgana 7.0 28. Grizzly Man 6.5 29. Glaube und Währung (Short) 6.5 30. Wheel of Time 6.5 31. Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht 6.0 32. Letzte Worte (Short) 6.0 33. Die beispiellose Verteidigung der Festung... (Short) 6.0 34. Cave of Forgotten Dreams 5.5 35. Massnahmen gegen Fanatiker (Short) 5.5 36. Huie's Predigt (Short) 5.0

5. 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 ...

1. Goodfellas 10 2. After Hours 8.5 3. Taxi Driver 8.5 4. Raging Bull 8.5 5. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese ... 6. The King of Comedy 8.0 7. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 8.0 8. Bringing Out the Dead 8.0 9. Il mio viaggio in Italia 8.0 10. The Departed 8.0 11. Casino 7.5 12. The Aviator 7.5 13. The Wolf of Wall Street 7.5 14. Shutter Island 7.5 15. Gangs of New York 7.0 16. Silence 7.0 17. Kundun 6.5 18. Hugo 6.5 19. The Big Shave (Short) 5.0

6. 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 ...

1.The Apartment 9.5 2. Sunset Blvd. 9.5 3. The Lost Weekend 8.5 4. Some Like It Hot 8.5 5. Ace in the Hole 7.5 6. The Seven Year Itch 7.0 7. One, Two, Three 7.0 8. Fedora 6.5

7. 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 ...

1. The Wind Rises 9.0 2. Mononoke 8.5 3. Chihiro 8.5 4. Totoro 8.0 5. Kiki's Delivery Service 8.0 6. Howl's Moving Castle 8.0 7. Naushika 8. Castle in the Sky 7.5 9. Porco Rosso 7.5 10. Mei and the Kitten Bus (Short) 7.0 10. On Your Mark (Short) 7.0 11. Ponyo 6.5 12. Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess (Short) 6.5

8. 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. North by Northwest 10 2. Vertigo 9.0 3. Psycho 8.5 4. Rear Window 8.5 5. Lifeboat 8.0 6. The Birds 8.0 7. I Confess 7.5 8. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) 7.5 9. Rope 7.5 10. The Trouble with Harry 7.5 11. To Catch a Thief 7.0 12. The Lodger 7.0 13. Notorious 6.5 14. Foreign Correspondent 6.5 15. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) 6.5 16. Sabotage 6.0 17. Mr. & Mrs. Smith 5.5

9. 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 ...

1. (Twin Peaks) 10 2. The Elephant Man 9.0 3. Mulholland Dr. 8.5 4. Twin Peaks: The Return 8.0 5. The Straight Story 8.0 6. Blue Velvet 8.0 7. Lost Highway 7.5 8. Dune 7.5 9. Eraserhead 7.5 10. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me 7.0 11. The Grandmother 6.5 12. The Alphabet (Short) 5.5 13. The Amputee (Short) 3.5 14. Six Figures Getting Sick (Short) 3.0

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 ...

1. Stalker 9.0 2. Nostalghia 8.5 3. Andrey Rublyov 8.5 4. Offret 8.0 5. Ivanovo detstvo 7.5 6. Katok i skripka 7.5 7. Solyaris 7.5 8. Zerkalo 7.0

11. 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 Mou hitotsu no kyouiku - Ina shogakkou haru gumi no kiroku (1991). His first feature, Maborosi (1995), ...

1. Soshite chichi ni naru 9.0 2. Umimachi Diary 9.0 3. Dare mo shiranai 8.0 4. Shoplifters 8.0 5. Umi yori mo mada fukaku 7.5

12. Fritz Lang

Actor | Le mépris

Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...

1. M 10 2. Fury 8.0 3. Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse 8.0 4. Hangmen Also Die! 7.5 5. The Blue Gardenia 7.5 6. Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse 7.0 7. Der müde Tod 7.0 8. Metropolis 7.0 9. Ministry of Fear 7.0 10. You Only Live Once 7.0 11. Der Tiger von Eschnapur 7.0 12. Das indische Grabmal 6.5 14. House by the River 6.0

13. John Cassavetes

Actor | Love Streams

John Cassavetes was born on December 9, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA as John Nicholas Cassavetes. He was an actor and director, known for Love Streams (1984), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974). He was married to Gena Rowlands. He died on February 3, 1989 in Los ...

1. Opening Night 8.5 2. A Woman Under the Influence 8.5 3. Faces 8.5 4. Gloria 8.5 5. Shadows 8.0 6. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 7.5 7. Too Late Blues 7.5

14. 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 ...

1. Apocalypse Now 9.5 2. The Godfather 9.0 3. The Godfather: Part II 9.0 4. The Conversation 8.5 5. Rumble Fish 8.0 6. The Outsiders 8.0 7. Dracula 7.5 8. The Godfather: Part III 7.0 9. The Cotton Club 7.0 10. The Rainmaker 6.5 11. Dementia 13 6.0 12. Finian's Rainbow 5.0

15. Yimou Zhang

Director | Shi mian mai fu

Yimou Zhang was born on November 14, 1951 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is a director and writer, known for House of Flying Daggers (2004), Ying xiong (2002) and Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006).

1. Raise the Red Lantern 9.5 2. To Live 8.5 3. Red Sorghum 8.5 4. The Road Home 8.0 5. Hero 8.0 6. Ju Dou 8.0 7. Not One Less 7.5 8. House of Flying Daggers 7.5 9. A Simple Noodle Story 6.5 10. Curse of the Golden Flower 5.5

16. 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...

1. There Will Be Blood 10 2. Phantom Thread 9.0 2. Magnolia 8.0 3. Punch-Drunk Love 8.0 4. Boogie Nights 7.5 5. The Master 7.5 6. Inherent Vice 7.5 7. Sydney 7.0

17. Claude Lanzmann

Director | Shoah

Claude Lanzmann was born on November 27, 1925 in Bois-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He was a director and writer, known for Shoah (1985), Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001) and Tsahal (1994). He was married to Dominique Lanzmann-Petithory, Angelika Schrobsdorff and Judith Magre. He...

1. Shoah 9.5 2. Le dernier des injustes 9.0 3. Les quatre soeurs 8.5 3. Un vivant qui passe 8.0 4. Pourquoi Israel 7.5 5. Tsahal 7.5 6. Sobibór, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures 7.5 7. Le rapport Karski 7.0

18. 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 ...

1. Repulsion 9.0 2. Chinatown 9.0 3. The Pianist 8.0 4. Le locataire 8.0 5. Nóz w wodzie 8.0 6. La Vénus à la fourrure 8.0 7. The Ghost Writer 7.5 8. Bitter Moon 7.5 9. Carnage 7.5 10. Cul-de-sac 7.5 11. Dance of the Vampires 7.5 12. Oliver Twist 6.0 13. The Ninth Gate 6.0 14. Frantic 6.0 15. Dwaj ludzie z szafa (Short) 6.0 16. Che? 6.0 17. Gdy spadaja anioly (Short) 6.0 18. Ssaki (Short) 5.5 19. Le gros et le maigre (Short) 5.5 20. Morderstwo (Short) 5.0 21. Usmiech zebiczny (Short) 5.0

19. 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 ...

1. The Man Who Wasn't There 9.0 2. No Country for Old Men 9.0 3. A Serious Man 8.5 4. Blood Simple. 8.0 5. The Big Lebowski 8.0 6. Miller's Crossing 7.5 7. O Brother, Where Art Thou? 7.5 8. Fargo 7.5 9. Inside Llewyn Davis 7.0 10 Raising Arizona 6.5 11. Burn After Reading 6.0 12. True Grit 6.0 13. Hail, Caesar! 6.0 14. Intolerable Cruelty 5.5

20. 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. The Best Years of Our Lives 9.0 2. Ben-Hur 8.5 3. The Big Country 8.0 4. Roman Holiday 8.0 5. Funny Girl 8.0 6. Friendly Persuasion 7.0 7. The Letter 6.5

21. 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 ...

1. Smultronstället 9.0 2. Persona 8.5 3. Fanny och Alexander 8.0 4. Till glädje 8.0 5. Nattvardsgästerna 7.5 6. Tystnaden 7.5 7. Hamnstad 7.5 8. En lektion i kärlek 7.5 9. Kvinnodröm 7.0 10. En passion 7.0 11. Sommarlek 7.0

22. Jacques Demy

Director | Les parapluies de Cherbourg

Jacques Demy was born on June 5, 1931 in Pontchâteau, Loire-Atlantique, France. He was a director and writer, known for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), Une Chambre en Ville (1982) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967). He was married to Agnès Varda. He died on October 27, 1990 in Paris, France.

1. La baie des anges 8.5 2. Les demoiselles de Rochefort 8.0 3. Lola 8.0 4. Une chambre en ville 8.0 5. Les parapluies de Cherbourg 7.5 6. Peau d'âne 7.5

23. 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 ...

1. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. 9.0 2. C'era una volta il West 9.0 3. Per qualche dollaro in più 8.5 4. Per un pugno di dollari 8.5 5. Once Upon a Time in America 7.5

24. Xavier Dolan

Actor | Tom à la ferme

Xavier Dolan was born on March 20, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Xavier Dolan-Tadros. He is an actor and writer, known for Tom à la ferme (2013), I Killed My Mother (2009) and Heartbeats (2010).

1. Mommy 9.0 2. Laurence Anyways 8.5 3. J'ai tué ma mère 8.5 4. Tom à la ferme 7.5 5. Les amours imaginaires 6.5

25. 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...

1. Short Cuts 9.0 2. MASH 9.0 3. McCabe & Mrs. Miller 8.0 4. Nashville 8.0 5. That Cold Day in the Park 7.5 6. The Player 7.5 5. A Prairie Home Companion 7.5 6. Gosford Park 6.5 7. Cookie's Fortune 6.0

26. David Cronenberg

Director | The Fly

David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early...

1. Crash 9.0 2. The Dead Zone 8.5 3. Cosmopolis 8.0 4. Videodrome 8.0 5. A History of Violence 7.5 6. Maps to the Stars 7.5 7. Eastern Promises 7.5 8. The Fly 7.0 9. eXistenZ 7.0 10. Spider 7.0 11. Camera (Short) 7.0 12. Naked Lunch 5.0

27. 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 ...

1. 12 Angry Men 10 2. The Verdict 8.5 3. Serpico 8.0 4. Dog Day Afternoon 7.5 5. Find Me Guilty 7.0 6. Murder on the Orient Express 6.5

28. Lars von Trier

Writer | Dancer in the Dark

Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...

1. Dancer in the Dark 10 2. Breaking the Waves 8.5 3. Nymphomaniac: Vol. I 8.5 4. Europa 8.0 5. Dogville 7.5 6. Nymphomaniac: Vol. II 7.5 7. Idioterne 7.5 8. Manderlay 7.0 9. Melancholia 7.0 10. Forbrydelsens element 6.5 11. De fem benspænd 6.0 12. Epidemic 5.0 13. Antichrist 4.5

29. Douglas Sirk

Director | Schlußakkord

Film director Douglas Sirk, whose reputation blossomed in the generation after his 1959 retirement from Hollywood filmmaking, was born Hans Detlef Sierck on April 26, 1897, in Hamburg, Germany, to a journalist. Both of his parents were Danish, and the future director would make movies in German, ...

1. Imitation of Life 9.0 2. All That Heaven Allows 8.5 3. Written on the Wind 8.0 4. The Tarnished Angels 8.0 5. There's Always Tomorrow 7.0 6. All I Desire 7.0 7. Magnificent Obsession 7.0 8. A Scandal in Paris 6.5 9. Interlude 6.0 10. Sleep, My Love 4.5

30. Lav Diaz

Writer | Ang babaeng humayo

Lav Diaz was born on December 30, 1958 in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao, Mindanao, Philippines as Lavrente Indico Diaz. He is a writer and director, known for Ang babaeng humayo (2016), Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga engkanto (2007) and Mula sa kung ano ang noon (2014).

1. Norte, The End Of History 8.5 2. Evolution of a Filipino Family 8.0 3.The Woman Who Left 8.0 4. From What Is Before 8.0 5. Mga anak ng unos 7.5 6. Siglo ng pagluluwal 7.0 7. lorentina Hubaldo, CTE 7.0 8. Heremias 6.5 9. Melancholia 6.5 10. Elehiya sa dumalaw mula sa himagsikan 6.0 11. Ang araw bago ang wakas 6.0 12. Pagsisiyasat sa gabing ayaw lumimot 5.0

31. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 9.5 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 9.0 3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 8.5 4. Braindead 7.5 5. King Kong 7.5 6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 7.0 7. Bad Taste 6.5 8. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 6.5 9. Heavenly Creatures 6.0 10. The Lovely Bones 6.0 11. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 6.0 12. The Frighteners 5.5

32. Louis Malle

Director | Au revoir les enfants

Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies ...

1. Au revoir les enfants 9.0 2. Lacombe Lucien 8.0 3. Ascenseur pour l'échafaud 8.0 4. L'Inde fantôme 8.0 5. Le souffle au coeur 8.0 6. Milou en mai 7.5 7. Damage 7.0 8. God's Country 7.0 9. ...And the Pursuit of Happiness 7.0 10. Black Moon 7.0 11. Pretty Baby 7.0 12.Calcutta 7.0 13. My Dinner with Andre 7.0 14.Vive le tour 6.5 15. Vanya on 42nd Street 5.5

33. Michelangelo Antonioni

Writer | Blowup

Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema"...

1. L'eclisse 8.5 2. Zabriskie Point 8.5 3. L'avventura 8.5 4. Professione: reporter 7.5 5. La signora senza camelie 6.0

34. Masaki Kobayashi

Director | Ningen no jôken

Masaki Kobayashi was born on February 14, 1916 in Hokkaido, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961), The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) and Harakiri (1962). He died on October 4, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Ningen no jôken III 9.5 2. Ningen no jôken I 9.0 3. Ningen no jôken II 8.5

35. Terrence Malick

Writer | Days of Heaven

Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...

1. The Tree of Life 10 2. The Thin Red Line 8.0 3. Badlands 7.5 4. Knight of Cups 7.5 5. The New World 7.0 6. To the Wonder 7.0

36. John Ford

Director | The Quiet Man

John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...

1. My Darling Clementine 9.0 2. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 9.0 3. The Searchers 8.5 4. The Grapes of Wrath 8.0 5. Two Rode Together 7.0 6. Donovan's Reef 7.0 7. Fort Apache 6.5 8. The Long Voyage Home 6.5 9. Rio Grande 6.0 10. They Were Expendable 6.0 11. The Battle of Midway (Short) 5.0

37. Konrad Wolf

Director | Solo Sunny

He was the son of the German dramatist Friedrich Wolf. He left Germany with his family for the USSR and came back to Germany as a nineteen year old Lieutenant in the Russian Army in 1945. Was a short time commander of the town Bernau near Berlin in Spring 1945. _Ich war 19 (1968)_ is an ...

1. Sterne 9.0 2. Ich war neunzehn 8.5 3. Goya 7.5 4. Solo Sunny 7.5 5. Der geteilte Himmel 7.5

38. Andrzej Wajda

Director | Katyn

Andrzej Wajda is an Academy Award-wining director. He is the most prominent filmmaker in Poland known for The Promised Land (1975), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyn (2007).

He was Born on March 6, 1926, in Suwalki, Poland. His mother, Aniela Wajda, was a teacher at a Ukrainian school. His father, Jakub...

1. Niewinni czarodzieje 8.0 2. Korczak 8.0 3. Ziemia obiecana 8.0 4. Ashes and Diamonds 7.5 5. Danton 7.5 6. Katyn 6.5

39. Fred Zinnemann

Director | A Man for All Seasons

Initially grew up wanting to be a violinist, but while at the University of Vienna decided to study law. While doing so, he became increasingly interested in American film and decided that was what he wanted to do. He became involved in European filmaking for a short time before going to America to...

1. The Search 8.5 2. The Day of the Jackal 8.5 3. A Man for All Seasons 7.0 4. The Sundowners 6.5 5. High Noon 6.5

40. 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. Children of Men 8.5 2. Y tu mamá también 8.5 3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 8.0 4. Gravity 7.0 5. A Little Princess 5.5

41. Peter Weir

Director | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Peter Weir was born on August 21, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Lindsay Weir. He is a director and writer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Truman Show (1998) and Witness (1985). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They have two...

1. Witness 8.0 2. Dead Poets Society 8.0 3. Master and Commander 7.5 4. The Truman Show 7.5 5. The Way Back 7.5 6. The Last Wave 7.5 7. Fearless 7.0

42. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....

1. Citizen Kane 10 2. The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice 7.5 3. The Lady from Shanghai 7.0 4. Le procès 7.0 5. Falstaff 7.0 6. The Magnificent Ambersons 6.5 7. The Other Side of the Wind 6.0 8. The Fountain of Youth 6.0

43. Spike Jonze

Producer | Her

Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under the ...

1. Her 10 2. Adaptation. 8.0 3. Being John Malkovich 8.0 4. Where the Wild Things Are 5.0

44. Robert Bresson

Writer | Au hasard Balthazar

Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Affaires publiques (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Les anges du péché (1943) in 1943. ...

1. Mouchette 9.0 2. Au hasard Balthazar 8.0 3. Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent... 8.0 4. Pickpocket 7.5 5. Lancelot du Lac 7.0 6. Journal d'un curé de campagne 7.0 7. Le diable probablement 7.0

45. 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 ...

1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 9.0 2. The Terminator 8.5 3. Aliens 8.0 4. The Abyss 7.5 5. Titanic 6.5 6. True Lies 6.0 7. Avatar 5.5

46. Jean-Pierre Melville

Actor | À bout de souffle

The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its ...

1. Le Cercle rouge 9.5 2. Le silence de la Mer 7.5 3. Le Deuxième souffle 7.5 4. Un flic 7.0

47. 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...

1. Pulp Fiction 9.0 2. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 8.0 3. Jackie Brown 7.5 4. The Hateful Eight 7.5 5. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 7.5 6. Inglourious Basterds 7.5 7. Reservoir Dogs 7.5 8. Django Unchained 5.0 9. Death Proof 3.5

48. Jacques Audiard

Writer | De rouille et d'os

Born in Paris, France, in 1952. Jacques Audiard's family has always been involved in movie business. His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer. But in his teens he refused that world and wanted to be a teacher. He studied literature and philosophy at the ...

1. De rouille et d'os 8.5 2. Un prophète 8.0 3. De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté 8.0 4. Sur mes lèvres 7.0 5. Dheepan 6.0

49. Alain Resnais

Director | Hiroshima mon amour

Alain Resnais was born on June 3, 1922 in Vannes, Morbihan, France as Alain Pierre Marie Jean Georges Resnais. He was a director and editor, known for Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Same Old Song (1997) and Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980). He was married to Sabine Azéma and Florence Malraux. He ...

1. Nuit et brouillard (Short) 9.0 2. Hiroshima mon amour 8.5 3. Les herbes folles 7.5 4. Coeurs 7.0 5. Guernica (Short) 7.0 6. Le chant du Styrène (Short) 6.5 7. Toute la mémoire du monde (Short) 6.5 8. L'année dernière à Marienbad 6.5

50. 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 ...

1. The General 9.0 2. Sherlock Jr. 7.5 3. The Goat (Short) 7.5 4. The Electric House (Short) 7.5 5. One Week (Short) 7.0 6. The Balloonatic (Short) 7.0 7. The 'High Sign' (Short) 7.0 8. Neighbors (Short) 7.0 9. Cops (Short) 7.0 10. The Scarecrow (Short) 7.0 11. Hard Luck (Short) 7.0 12. The Navigator 7.0 13. The Love Nest (Short) 7.0 14. The Boat (Short) 6.5 15. The Paleface (Short) 6.5 16. Convict 13 (Short) 6.5 17. Day Dreams (Short) 6.5 18. The Frozen North (Short) 6.5 19. The Play House (Short) 6.0 20. The Blacksmith (Short) 6.0 21. The Haunted House (Short) 5.5 22. The Rough House (Short) 5.5 23. My Wife's Relations (Short) 5.0

51. Satyajit Ray

Writer | Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie ...

1. Apur Sansar 8.5 2. Pather Panchali 8.0 3. Aparajito 8.0 4. Pratidwandi 7.5 5. Two (Short) 7.0

52. Johnnie To

Producer | Cheung foh

With over thirty directing and producing credits to his name, Johnnie To enjoyed international breakthroughs with Hak se wui (2005), Triad Election (2006) (aka "Triad Election") and Fong juk (2006); those films enjoyed multiple international film festival appearances and were separately sold to ...

1. The Mission 8.0 2. Breaking News 8.0 3. PTU 8.0 4. Vengeance 8.0 5. Sparrow 7.5 6. Fulltime Killer 7.0 7. Mad Detective 7.0 8. Drug War 6.0

53. 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...

1. Rio Bravo 8.5 2. Bringing Up Baby 8.5 3. Red River 8.0 4. El Dorado 7.5 5. The Big Sky 7.5 6. Hatari! 6.5 7. The Outlaw 6.0 8. Monkey Business 6.0 9. I Was a Male War Bride 6.0 10. The Thing from Another World 6.0

54. Ousmane Sembene

Director | Moolaadé

The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema. Sembene's roots were not, as might be expected, in the educated élite. After working as a mechanic and ...

1. Camp de Thiaroye 9.0 2. Moolaadé 8.0 3. La noire de... 8.0 4. Borom sarret (Short) 6.0

55. Harun Farocki

Director | Memories

The German film director, screenwriter and media artist Harun Farocki was born on the 9th January 1944 in Nový Jicín [Neutitschein], at that time a part of Czechoslovakia annexed by the Third Reich. He was the son of an immigrated Indian doctor and a German woman. Farocki first studied Theatre, ...

1. Zwischen zwei Kriegen 8.0 2. Wie man sieht 8.0 3. Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges 7.5 4. Gefängnisbilder 7.5 5. Leben - BRD 7.5 6. Stilleben 7.0 7. Nicht ohne Risiko 7.0 8. Erkennen und verfolgen 7.0 9. Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik (Short) 7.0 10. Nicht löschbares Feuer (Short) 7.0 11. Der Ausdruck der Hände (Short) 7.0 12. Schlagworte-Schlagbilder. Ein Gespräch mit... (Short) 7.0 13. Worte und Spiele 6.5 14. Die Schöpfer der Einkaufswelten 6.5 15. Ein Bild (Short) 6.0 16. Georg K. Glaser (Short) 6.0 17. Der Auftritt (Short) 6.0 18. Jean-Marie Straub und Danièle Huillet bei der... (Short) 5.5 19. Aufstellung (Short) 5.0 20. Die Worte des Vorsitzenden (Short) 5.0

56. Claude Chabrol

Director | Le beau Serge

Claude Chabrol was born on June 24, 1930 in Paris, France. He was a director and writer, known for Le Beau Serge (1958), The Swindle (1997) and Story of Women (1988). He was married to Aurore Chabrol, Stéphane Audran and Agnès Goute. He died on September 12, 2010 in Paris.

1. Les cousins 8.0 2. La rupture 8.0 3. Les innocents aux mains sales 8.0 4. Le beau Serge 7.5 5. Les biches 7.5 6. Merci pour le chocolat 7.5 7. La cérémonie 7.0 8. La fille coupée en deux 6.5 9. La décade prodigieuse 6.0 10. Les bonnes femmes 6.0 11. L'ivresse du pouvoir 6.0 12. La route de Corinthe 5.5

57. Ki-duk Kim

Writer | Bin-jip

He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Ag-o (1996). Then he went on to direct ...

1. Bin-jip 8.5 2. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 8.0 3. Hwal 8.0 4. Samaria 7.5 5. Seom 7.0 6. Pieta 7.0 7. Moebiuseu 4.0

58. Frantisek Vlácil

Director | Marketa Lazarová

Frantisek Vlácil was born on February 19, 1924 in Cesky Tesin, Moravian-Silesian, Czech Republic. He was a director and writer, known for Marketa Lazarová (1967), Adelheid (1970) and Stíny horkého léta (1978). He died on January 28, 1999 in Prague, Czech Republic.

1. Marketa Lazarová 10 2. Holubice 9.0

59. Frank Capra

Director | It's a Wonderful Life

One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you ...

1. It's a Wonderful Life 8.5 2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 8.0 3. Arsenic and Old Lace 7.5 4. Pocketful of Miracles 7.0 5. Meet John Doe 6.5 6. The Nazis Strike (Short) 6.0 7. The Battle of Russia 6.0 8. Prelude to War 6.0

60. Sam Mendes

Producer | Road to Perdition

Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-...

1. American Beauty 10 2. Skyfall 8.0 3. Jarhead 7.5 4. Revolutionary Road 7.0 5. Away We Go 7.0 6. Spectre 6.5 7. Road to Perdition 5.5

61. Preston Sturges

Writer | The Great McGinty

Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S....

1. Sullivan's Travels 9.0 2. Unfaithfully Yours 8.0 3. The Great McGinty 7.5

62. 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, ...

1. Life of Pi 9.0 2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 8.5 3. The Wedding Banquet 8.0 4. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 7.5 5. Eat Drink Man Woman 7.0 6. Lust, Caution 7.0 7. Ride with the Devil 7.0 8. Taking Woodstock 7.0 9. Brokeback Mountain 6.5 10. Hulk 1.0

63. 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, ...

1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 9.0 2. Raiders of the Lost Ark 8.5 3. Schindler's List 8.0 4. Jaws 7.5 5. Munich 7.5 6. Bridge of Spies 7.5 7. Jurassic Park 7.5 8. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 7.5 9. Catch Me If You Can 7.5 10. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 7.0 11. The Sugarland Express 7.0 12. Saving Private Ryan 7.0 13. The Post 7.0 14. Duel 6.5 15. Artificial Intelligence: AI 6.5 16. Empire of the Sun 6.5 17. War Horse 6.5 18. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 6.5 19. The Terminal 6.0 20. The Adventures of Tintin 5.5 21. Hook 5.5 22. Minority Report 5.5 23. Amistad 5.5 24. The Lost World: Jurassic Park 5.5 25. Lincoln 5.0 26. War of the Worlds 4.5

64. Terry Gilliam

Writer | Brazil

Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of MAD magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising....

1. Brazil 8.5 2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail 8.5 3. Twelve Monkeys 8.0 4. The Fisher King 7.5 5. Time Bandits 7.5 6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 7.0 7. Storytime (Short) 6.5 8. The Brothers Grimm 6.0 9. Tideland 5.5 10. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 5.5 11.The Zero Theorem 4.5 12. The Meaning of Life 4.0

65. 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 ...

1. The Revenant 9.5 2. Amores perros 8.5 3. 21 Grams 8.0 4. Birdman 7.5 5. Biutiful 5.5 6. Babel 5.5

66. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...

1. Talk to Her 9.0 2. The Skin I Live In 8.0 3. Julieta 7.5 4. Bad Education 7.0 5. Labyrinth of Passion 6.5 6. Law of Desire 6.0 7. Volver 5.0

67. Thomas Vinterberg

Director | Jagten

With Sidste omgang (1993) (Last Round), his graduation short from The National Film School of Denmark, he got an early taste of critical success. He received the Jury's and Producers' Awards at the International Student Film Fest in Munich and won the 1st Prize at the Tel Aviv Film Fest. Popular ...

1. Jagten 10 2. Festen 8.5

68. Keisuke Kinoshita

Writer | Nijûshi no hitomi

Keisuke Kinoshita was born on December 5, 1912 in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan. He was a writer and director, known for Twenty-Four Eyes (1954), The Ballad of Narayama (1958) and The Garden of Women (1954). He died on December 30, 1998 in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Eien no hito 10.0 2. Narayama bushikô 8.0

69. Jean Renoir

Writer | La grande illusion

Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he ...

1. La règle du jeu 9.5 2. La grande illusion 8.5 3. La petite marchande d'allumettes (Short) 7.0 4. La chienne 6.0 5. Sur un air de Charleston (Short) 6.0

70. Claude Sautet

Writer | Un coeur en hiver

Claude Sautet was born on February 23, 1924 in Montrouge, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France as Claude Marie Sautet. He was a writer and director, known for Un Coeur en Hiver (1992), Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995) and The Things of Life (1970). He was married to Graziella Sautet. He died on ...

1. Un coeur en hiver 9.5 2. Classe tous risques 8.0 3. Une histoire simple 7.5 4. Mado 7.5 5. Les choses de la vie 6.0

71. 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).

1. 127 Hours 8.5 2. Trainspotting 8.5 3. Steve Jobs 7.5 4. Slumdog Millionaire 7.0 5. The Beach 6.5 6. 28 Days Later... 6.5 7. Sunshine 6.0

72. Franklin J. Schaffner

Director | Planet of the Apes

Franklin J. Schaffner was one of the most innovative creative minds in the early days of American network television, utilizing a moving camera in the days when most television directors kept the camera static. His eye for visuals was developed in the dozens of live television programs he directed ...

1. Planet of the Apes 8.5 2. Patton 8.0 4. Papillon 8.0 5. Nicholas and Alexandra 7.5

73. Joshua Oppenheimer

Director | The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer was born on September 23, 1974 in Texas, USA. He is a director and producer, known for The Act of Killing (2012), The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1998) and The Look of Silence (2014).

1. The Act of Killing 9.0 2. The Look of Silence 9.0

74. Sam Raimi

Director | Spider-Man

Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead (1981). From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making ...

1. The Evil Dead 8.5 2. Evil Dead II 8.0 3. Drag Me to Hell 7.5 4. Army of Darkness 7.0 5. A Simple Plan 7.0 6. Spider-Man 2 6.5 7. Spider-Man 6.5 8. Spider-Man 3 6.0

75. Mikhail Kalatozov

Director | Letyat zhuravli

Mikhail Kalatozov was born on December 28, 1903 in Tiflis, Russian Empire as Mikhail Kalatozishvili. He was a director and cinematographer, known for The Cranes Are Flying (1957), Vernye druz'ya (1954) and Zagovor obrechyonnykh (1950). He died on March 27, 1973 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

1. Soy Cuba 9.0 2. Neotpravlennoe pismo 8.5

76. Atom Egoyan

Director | The Sweet Hereafter

Born in Egypt to Armenian parents, he was raised in Western Canada. Both his parents were painters, and he planned to be a playwright, but after making a short film, he became hooked on telling stories visually. Returned to ethnic "homeland" when he filmed Calendar (1993) in Armenia. Won attention ...

1. Exotica 8.0 2. The Sweet Hereafter 8.0 3. Calendar 8.0 4. Family Viewing 7.5 5. Felicia's Journey 7.5 6. The Adjuster 7.0 7. Next of Kin 7.0 8. Remember 6.5 9. Adoration 6.0 10. Speaking Parts 6.0

77. Georg Wilhelm Pabst

Director | Komödianten

Georg Wilhelm Pabst is considered by many to be the greatest director of German cinema, in his era. He was especially appreciated by actors and actresses for the humane way in which he treated them. This was in contrast to some of his contemporaries, such as Arnold Fanck, who have been ...

1. Die Büchse der Pandora 8.0 2. Tagebuch einer Verlorenen 8.0 3. Die 3 Groschen-Oper 8.0 4. Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney 7.5 5. Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü 7.0 6. Kameradschaft 7.0 7. L'opéra de quat'sous 6.5 8. Westfront 1918 6.0

78. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writer | Gertrud

The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the ...

1. Ordet 8.5 2. La passion de Jeanne d'Arc 8.0 3. Vredens dag 7.5 4. Du skal ære din hustru 7.0 5. Vampyr 7.0 6. De nåede færgen (Short) 6.0 7. Gertrud 6.0

79. Wim Wenders

Director | Der Himmel über Berlin

Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...

1. The Salt of the Earth 9.0 2. Alice in den Städten 8.5 3. Der amerikanische Freund 8.0 4. Im Lauf der Zeit 7.5 5. Bis ans Ende der Welt 7.5 6. Der Stand der Dinge 7.0 7. Tokyo-Ga 7.0 8. Don't Come Knocking 5.0 9. Pina 5.0 10. Der Himmel über Berlin 4.5

80. Jonas Mekas

Director | The Brig

Jonas Mekas, born December 24, 1922, Semeniskiai, Birzai, Lithuania, is a director, cinematographer, editor, writer, actor, poet, artist and publicist. More than 60 years of tireless work in film, arts and media has earned him the epithet "The Godfather of American Avant-Garde Cinema". In 1944 ...

1. As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief... 8.5 2. Diaries Notes and Sketches 8.0 3. Lost, Lost, Lost 8.0 4. Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania 7.0 5. Report from Millbrook (Short) 7.0 6. Quartet Number One (Short) 7.0 7. The Brig 6.5 8. Song of Avignon 6.5 (Short) 9. The Song of Moscow (Short) 6.5 10. The Song of Italy (Short) 6.0 11. The Song of Assisi (Short) 6.0 12. The Song of Avila (Short) 6.0 13. The Song of Stockholm 6.0 (Short) 14. Notes on the Circus (Short) 6.0 15. Hare Krishna (Short) 6.0 16.Wien & Mozart (Short) 5.5 17. Time & Fortune Vietnam Newsreel (Short) 5.5 18. Elvis (Short) 5.0

81. James Whale

Director | The Invisible Man

James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He also directed films in other genres, including what is ...

1. Bride of Frankenstein 9.0 2. Frankenstein 8.5 3. The Old Dark House 6.0

82. Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Producer | Deux jours, une nuit

After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business.

In 1978 ...

1. The Kid with a Bike 8.5 2. Two Days, One Night 8.0 3. The Unknown Girl 8.0

83. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit

Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...

1. Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss 8.0 2. Lola 8.0 3. Martha 8.0 3. Warum läuft Herr R. Amok 7.5

84. Mike Leigh

Director | Happy-Go-Lucky

Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Another Year (2010). He was previously married to Alison Steadman.

1. Mr. Turner 8.5 2. Another Year 7.5 3. Happy-Go-Lucky 7.0 4. Vera Drake 7.0 5. A Sense of History (Short) 6.5

85. Nicolas Roeg

Director | Don't Look Now

When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer twelve years later. He first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean's ...

1. Walkabout 8.5 2. Bad Timing 7.5 3. Insignificance 7.5 4. The Man Who Fell to Earth 7.0

86. Andrea Arnold

Director | American Honey

Andrea Arnold was born on April 5, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, England as Andrea P. Arnold. She is an actress and director, known for American Honey (2016), Fish Tank (2009) and Red Road (2006).

1. Red Road 8.0 2. American Honey 8.0 3. Fish Tank 7.5 4. Wuthering Heights 7.5 5. Wasp (Short) 6.5

87. Christian Petzold

Director | Phoenix

Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960. After studying German and Drama at the Freie Universität Berlin, he enrolled in Berlin's German Academy for Film and Television (DFFB). There he studied film direction while at same time working as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut ...

1. Wolfsburg 8.0 2. Die innere Sicherheit 7.5 3. Yella 7.5 4. Phoenix 7.5 5. Jerichow 7.0 6. Barbara 7.0

88. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | The Last Emperor

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films were known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed La Commare Secca (...

1. Il conformista 8.0 2. The Dreamers 8.0 3. Novecento 7.5 4. The Sheltering Sky 7.0 5. Io e te 7.0 6. The Last Emperor 6.5

89. 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 ...

1. Limelight 8.5 2. Modern Times 8.0 3. The Kid 8.0 4. The Circus 7.5 5. The Great Dictator 6.5 6. Easy Street (Short) 6.5 7. Pay Day (Short) 6.5 8. A Dog's Life (Short) 6.0 9. The Idle Class (Short) 6.0 10. The Masquerader (Short) 6.0 11. The Immigrant (Short) 6.0 12. The Adventurer (Short) 6.0 13. A Woman (Short) 5.5 14. Sunnyside (Short) 5.5 15. A Day's Pleasure (Short) 5.0 16. One A.M. (Short) 5.0 17. The Cure (Short) 5.0 18. Behind the Screen (Short) 5.0 19. A Night in the Show (Short) 5.0 20. Work (Short) 5.0

90. 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,...

1. The Lobster 8.0 2. Kynodontas 8.0 3. Alpeis 7.5 4. The Killing of a Sacred Deer 6.5

91. 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), ...

1. Arrival 8.0 2. Prisoners 7.5 3. Blade Runner 2049 7.5 4. Enemy 7.0 5. Sicario 7.0 6. Incendies 7.0

92. 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 ...

1. Alien 8.5 2. Blade Runner 8.5 3. Gladiator 8.5 4. Blade Runner 2049 7.5 5. American Gangster 7.5 6. Thelma & Louise 7.0 7. The Martian 7.0 8. Matchstick Men 6.5 9. Kingdom of Heaven 6.5 10. Body of Lies 6.5 11. A Good Year 6.0 12. Robin Hood 5.5 13. Black Hawk Down 5.5 14. Prometheus 5.0 15. Hannibal 5.0

93. 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.

1. Broken Flowers 8.5 2. Only Lovers Left Alive 8.0 3. Night on Earth 8.0 4. Down by Law 7.5 5. Paterson 7.0 6. Mystery Train 7.0 7. The Limits of Control 6.5 8. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai 6.0 9. Dead Man 6.0 10. Coffee and Cigarettes 4.5

94. 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. Letters from Iwo Jima 8.5 2. Unforgiven 8.5 3. Mystic River 8.0 4. Gran Torino 7.5 5. The Outlaw Josey Wales 7.5 6. Million Dollar Baby 7.5 7. J. Edgar 7.5 8. The Eiger Sanction 7.0 9. Pale Rider 7.0 10. Changeling 6.5 11. Play Misty for Me 6.5 12. A Perfect World 6.5 13. Flags of Our Fathers 6.5 14. Space Cowboys 6.5 15. Invictus 6.5 16. Bronco Billy 6.0 17. Firefox 6.0 18. High Plains Drifter 6.0 19. The Bridges of Madison County 5.0 20. American Sniper 3.5

95. 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.

1. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 9.0 2. Only Yesterday 8.0 3. Grave of the Fireflies 7.5 4. Hôhokekyo tonari no Yamada-kun 7.0 5. Panda kopanda (Short) 7.0

96. 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...

1. Fight Club 9.0 2. The Social Network 8.5 3. Se7en 8.0 4. Zodiac 7.5 5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 7.5 6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 6.5 7. The Game 6.5 8. Panic Room 6.0 9. Gone Girl 5.5 10. Alien³ 5.5

97. 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 ...

1. Ed Wood 8.0 2. Edward Scissorhands 8.0 3. Vincent (Short) 8.0 4. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 7.5 5. Batman Returns 7.5 6. Big Fish 7.5 7. Big Eyes 7.5 8.Pee-wee's Big Adventure 7.5 9. Batman 7.0 10. Sleepy Hollow 7.0 11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 7.0 12. Frankenweenie 6.5 13. Mars Attacks! 6.5 14. Frankenweenie (Short) 6.0 15. Alice in Wonderland 5.5 16. Planet of the Apes 5.0

98. Stanley Donen

Director | Charade

Since he was a child, Stanley Donen attended dance classes and debuted on Broadway at age 17. With the help of the producer Arthur Freed and the actor Gene Kelly he got the chance to direct the musicals On the Town (1949), Singin' in the Rain (1952), and Love Is Better Than Ever (1952) which ...

1. Singin' in the Rain 8.5 2. Two for the Road 7.5 3. Charade 7.5 4. Funny Face 7.0

99. Carlos Saura

Writer | Peppermint Frappé

Spanish director, writer, producer (2 films) and actor (2 films). His interest on cinema started when he was very young. His mother, who was a pianist, instilled in him the liking for music, and his brother, Antonio, who was a painter, the passion for art. When he was an teenager he started to ...

1. Cría cuervos 8.0 2. Elisa, vida mía 8.0 3. Tango 7.0 4. El amor brujo 7.0

100. Shôhei Imamura

Director | Kuroi ame

Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Ôshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura began his serious directorial career as a member of the New Wave movement in Japan....

1. Kuroi ame 8.0 2. Unagi 7.5 3. Buta to gunkan 7.5 4. Nusumareta yokujô 6.5



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