My Favourite Directors

by Smoover1 | created - 24 Nov 2015 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

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1. David Lean

Director | The Bridge on the River Kwai

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 ...

Points: 10.30

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

2. 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 ...

Points: 10.06

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

3. Werner Herzog

Director | Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

Director. Writer. Producer. Actor. Poet. He studied history, literature and theatre for some time, but didn't finish it and founded instead his own film production company in 1963. Later in his life, Herzog also staged several operas in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has...

Points: 9.79

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. The White Diamond 7.0 29. Grizzly Man 6.5 30. Glaube und Währung (Short) 6.5 31. Wheel of Time 6.5 32. Invincible 6.5 33. Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht 6.0 34. Letzte Worte (Short) 6.0 35. Die beispiellose Verteidigung der Festung... (Short) 6.0 36. Cave of Forgotten Dreams 5.5 37. Massnahmen gegen Fanatiker (Short) 5.5 38. Huie's Predigt (Short) 5.0

4. 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 ...

Points: 9.78

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 8.5 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

5. Akira Kurosawa

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...

Points: 9.70

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

6. Edgar Reitz

Director | Die andere Heimat - Chronik einer Sehnsucht

Studied theatre science, German philology, art history, and publicism in Munich. Published some poems and short stories during early 1950s, co-edited the literature magazine "Spuren". In 1952, he took acting lessons, co-founded a student theatre which became established as the university's studio ...

Points: 9.63

1. Die andere Heimat 9.5 2. Heimat 9.0 3. Heimat 2 9.0 4. Heimat 3 8.0

7. 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 ...

Points: 9.55

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

8. Masaki Kobayashi

Director | Seppuku

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

Points: 9.45

1. Ningen no jôken III 9.5 2. Ningen no jôken I 9.0 3. Ningen no jôken II 8.5 4. Seppuku 8.0

9. 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...

Points: 9.43

1. Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss 8.0 2. Lola 8.0 3. Welt am Draht 8.0 4. Chinesisches Roulette 8.0 5. Ich will doch nur, daß ihr mich liebt 8.0 6. Martha 8.0 7. Angst vor der Angst 7.5 8. Die bitteren Tränen der Petra 7.5 9. Angst essen Seele auf 7.5 10. Die Ehe der Maria Braun 7.5 11. Händler der vier Jahreszeiten 12. Faustrecht der Freiheit 7.5 13. Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel 7.5 14. Lili Marleen 7.5 15. Warum läuft Herr R. Amok 7.5 16. Rio das Mortes 7.5 17. Liebe ist kälter als der Tod 7.0 18. Götter der Pest 7.0 19. Die dritte Generation 20. Satansbraten 7.0 21. In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden 7.0 22. Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte 7.0 23. Fontane Effi Briest 6.5 24. Der amerikanische Soldat 6.5 25. Die Niklashauser Fart 6.5

10. 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 ...

Points: 9.39

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 8.0 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

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 ...

Points: 9.30

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

12. 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...

Points: 9.16

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

13. 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), Shoah: Four Sisters (2018) and Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001). He was married to Dominique Lanzmann-Petithory, Angelika Schrobsdorff and ...

Points: 9.16

1. Shoah 9.5 2. Le dernier des injustes 9.0 3. Les quatre soeurs 8.5 4. Un vivant qui passe 8.0 5. Pourquoi Israel 7.5 6. Tsahal 7.5 7. Sobibór, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures 7.5 8. Le rapport Karski 7.0

14. 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 Shadows of a Hot Summer (1978). He died on January 28, 1999 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Points: 9.15

1. Marketa Lazarová 10 2. Holubice 9.0 3. Adelheid 8.0 4. Údolí vcel 7.0

15. John Cassavetes

Actor | Love Streams

John Cassavetes was a Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter. He is considered a pioneer of American independent film, as he often financed his own films.

Cassavetes was born in New York City in 1929 to Nicholas John Cassavetes (1893-1979) and his wife, Katherine Demetre (1906-1983). ...

Punkte: 9.11

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 8. Minnie and Moskowitz 7.5

16. 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 ...

Points: 9.10

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. Blackmail 7.0 14. The 39 Steps 6.5 15. Notorious 6.5 16. Foreign Correspondent 6.5 17. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) 6.5 18. Sabotage 6.0 19. Mr. & Mrs. Smith 5.5 20. The Ring 5.5

17. 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 ...

Points: 9.10

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

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 ...

Points: 9.05

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. D'après une histoire vraie 6.0 19. Ssaki (Short) 5.5 20. Le gros et le maigre (Short) 5.5 21. Morderstwo (Short) 5.0 22. Usmiech zebiczny (Short) 5.0

19. Ingmar Bergman

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 ...

Points: 9.02

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. Sommaren med Monika 7.5 10. Kvinnodröm 7.0 11. En passion 7.0 12. Sommarlek 7.0 13. Efter repetitionen 7.0

20. 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 ...

Points: 9.00

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. A Foreign Affair 7.0 9. Fedora 6.5 10. The Front Page 6.0

21. Yimou Zhang

Director | Ying xiong

Yimou Zhang was born on November 14, 1951 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is a director and writer, known for Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and Curse of the Golden Flower (2006). He has been married to Ting Chen since December 2011. They have three children. He was previously married to ...

Points: 8.99

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. Gui lai 6.5 11. Curse of the Golden Flower 5.5

22. 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 ...

Points: 8.99

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

23. 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 ...

Points: 8.93

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

24. 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 ...

Points: 8.90

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

25. 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 ...

Points: 8.88

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. One from the Heart 6.0 13. Twixt 5.5 14. Finian's Rainbow 5.0

26. 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...

Points: 8.86

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

27. 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...

Points: 8.83

1. Short Cuts 9.0 2. MASH 9.0 3. McCabe & Mrs. Miller 8.0 4. 3 Women 8.0 5. Nashville 8.0 6. That Cold Day in the Park 7.5 7. The Player 7.5 8. A Prairie Home Companion 7.5 9. Gosford Park 6.5 10. Cookie's Fortune 6.0

28. 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 ...

Points: 8.83

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

29. 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...

Points: 8.83

1. Manhattan 8.5 2. Hannah and her Sisters 8.0 3. Crimes and Misdemeanors 8.0 4. Interiors 7.5 5. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy 7.5 6. Sleeper 7.5 7. Annie Hall 7.5 8. Another Woman 7.5 9. Husbands and Wives 7.5 10. Love and Death 7.5 11. Alice 7.0 12. Deconstructing Harry 7.0 13. September 7.0 14. Radio Days 7.0 15. The Purple Rose of Cairo 7.0 16. Stardust Memories 7.0 17. Midnight in Paris 7.0 18. Sweet and Lowdown 7.0 19. Melinda and Melinda 6.5 20. Shadows and Fog 6.5 21. Manhattan Murder Mystery 6.5 22. Zelig 6.5 23. Broadway Danny Rose 6.5 24. Cassandra's Dream 6.5 25. Take the Money and Run 6.5 26. Blue Jasmine 6.5 27. Scoop 6.5 28. Bananas 6.5 29. Vicky Cristina Barcelona 6.0 30. To Rome with Love 6.0 31. Whatever Works 6.0 32. Celebrity 6.0 33. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask 6.0 34. What's Up, Tiger Lily? 6.0 35. Magic In The Moonlight 5.5 36. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 5.5 37. Match Point 4.5

30. 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 ...

Points: 8.82

1. 12 Angry Men 10 2. The Verdict 8.5 3. Serpico 8.0 4. Dog Day Afternoon 7.5 5. Q & A 7.5 6. The Pawnbroker 7.5 7. Find Me Guilty 7.0 8. Murder on the Orient Express 6.5

31. 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...

Points: 8.73

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. A Dangerous Method 6.0 13. Naked Lunch 5.0

32. Jacques Demy

Director | Les parapluies de Cherbourg

Jacques Demy was born on June 5, 1931 in Pontchâteau, Loire-Atlantique, France. He was married to Agnès Varda. He died on October 27, 1990 in Paris, France.

Points: 8.72

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

33. 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. ...

Points: 8.70

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

34. 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 at the Farm (2013), I Killed My Mother (2009) and Heartbeats (2010).

Points: 8.70

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

35. Konrad Wolf

Director | Goya - oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis

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 ...

Points: 8.65

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

36. 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 ...

Points: 8.63

1. The Tree of Life 10 2. The Thin Red Line 8.0 3. Badlands 7.5 4. Days of Heaven 7.5 5. Knight of Cups 7.5 6. The New World 7.0 7. To the Wonder 7.0

37. 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 ...

Points: 8.62

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

38. 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, ...

Points: 8.58

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. The Lost Patrol 6.5 10. Rio Grande 6.0 11. They Were Expendable 6.0 12. The Battle of Midway (Short) 5.0

39. 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 ...

Points: 8.57

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 15. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 5.5

40. Jacques Rivette

Director | La Belle Noiseuse

Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began "thanks to Rivette," the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his "Cahiers du Cinéma" colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer...

Points: 8.57

1. Out 1, noli me tangere 9.0 2. La religieuse 8.0 2. Duelle (une quarantaine) 7.5 3. Celine and Julie Go Boating 7.5 4. Merry-Go-Round 7.5 5. L'amour par terre 7.5 6. Va savoir 7.0

41. 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), Public Affairs (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin (1943) in 1943. His next film, Les ...

Points: 8.56

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 8. Les dames du Bois de Boulogne 7.0

42. 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, ...

Points: 8.55

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

43. Jean Renoir

Writer | La règle du jeu

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 ...

Points: 8.55

1. La règle du jeu 9.5 2. La grande illusion 8.5 3. La petite marchande d'allumettes (Short) 7.0 4. Partie de campagne (Short) 6.0 5. La chienne 6.0 6. Sur un air de Charleston (Short) 6.0

44. 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 ...

Points: 8.55

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

45. 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 ...

Points: 8.50

1. Limelight 8.5 2. Modern Times 8.0 3. The Kid 8.0 4. City Lights 7.5 5. The Gold Rush 7.5 6. The Circus 7.5 7. The Great Dictator 6.5 8. Easy Street (Short) 6.5 9. Pay Day (Short) 6.5 10. A Dog's Life (Short) 6.0 11. The Idle Class (Short) 6.0 12. The Masquerader (Short) 6.0 13. The Immigrant (Short) 6.0 14. The Adventurer (Short) 6.0 15. The Vagabond (Short) 6.0 16. The Pawnshop (Short) 5.5 17. A Woman (Short) 5.5 18. Sunnyside (Short) 5.5 19. A Day's Pleasure (Short) 5.0 20. One A.M. (Short) 5.0 21. The Cure (Short) 5.0 22. Behind the Screen (Short) 5.0 23. A Night in the Show (Short) 5.0 24. Work (Short) 5.0 25. A Burlesque on Carmen (Short) 5.0

46. 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 ...

Points: 8.47

1. Star Wars 9.0 2. American Graffiti 8.5 3. Star Wars: Episode III 8.0 4. Star Wars: Episode II 7.0 5. Star Wars: Episode I 7.0 6. THX 1138 6.5

47. 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"...

Points: 8.45

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

48. 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.

1. Visages, Villages 8.5 2. Les plages d'Agnès 8.0 3. Le bonheur 8.0 4. Sans toit ni loi 7.5 5. Jane B. par Agnès V. 7.5 6. Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse 7.5 7. Jacquot de Nantes 7.5 8. La Pointe courte 7.0 9. L'opéra-mouffe (Short) 7.0 10. Les Créatures 6.5 11. Black Panthers (Short) 6.5 12. Daguerréotypes 6.0 13. Lions Love 5.0

49. 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 ...

Points: 8.45

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

50. 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 ...

Points: 8.39

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. The House That Jack Built 6.5 11. Forbrydelsens element 6.5 12. De fem benspænd 6.0 13. Epidemic 5.0 14. Antichrist 4.5

51. 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 ...

Points: 8.38

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

52. Chang-dong Lee

Writer | Beoning

Lee Chang-Dong was born in 1954 in Daegu, which some consider the most right-wing city in South Korea. Lee is a former high-school teacher and an acclaimed novelist. He turned to cinema when he was over 40 years old. His debut film "Green Fish" (1997) brought immediate success and critical acclaim....

Points: 8.38

1. Shi 8.5 2. Milyang 8.0 3. Oasis 7.5 4. Burning 7.5

53. Johnnie To

Director | San taam

With over thirty directing and producing credits to his name, Johnnie To enjoyed international breakthroughs with Election (2005), Election 2 (2006) (aka "Triad Election") and Exiled (2006); those films enjoyed multiple international film festival appearances and were separately sold to more than ...

Points: 8.38

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

54. 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 Way Back (2010) and The Truman Show (1998). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They ...

Points: 8.37

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

55. Isao Takahata

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.

Points 8.35

1. Kaguya 9.0 2. Only Yesterday 8.0 3. Grave of the Fireflies 7.5 4. My Neighbors the Yamadas 7.0 5. The Adventure of Panda and Friends 7.0

56. Jan Svankmajer

Director | Otesánek

After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after ...

Points: 8.35

1. Moznosti dialogu (Short) 8.0 2. Jídlo (Short) 7.5 3. Sílení 7.5 4. Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) 7.5 5. The Pit, the Pendulum and Hope (Short) 7.5 6. Down to the Cellar (Short) 7.5 7. Jabberwocky (Short) 7.5 8. Alice 7.0 9. The Male Game (Short) 7.0 10. Tma/Svetlo/Tma (Short) 7.0 11. Byt (Short) 7.0 12. The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (Short) 7.0 13. Don Sajn (Short) 7.0 14. Punch and Judy (Short) 7.0 15. Zánik domu Usheru (Short) 7.0 16. Kostnice (Short) 7.0 17. Picknick mit Weismann (Short) 6.5 18. A Game with Stones (Short) 6.5 19. Another Kind of Love (Short) 6.5Leonardo's Diary (Short) 6.5 20. The Last Trick (Short) 6.5 21. Historia Naturae, Suita (Short) 6.5 22. Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia G-moll (Short) 6.0 23. Zahrada (Short) 6.0 24. Castle of Otranto (Short) 6.0 25. A Quiet Week in the House (Short) 6.0 26. Et Cetera (Short) 5.5 27. Flora (Short) 5.5 28. Meat Love (Short) 5.0

57. 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 ...

Points: 8.35

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

58. 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...

Points: 8.33

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

59. 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....

Points: 8.32

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

60. 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, ...

Points: 8.30

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

61. 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), La Cérémonie (1995) and Story of Women (1988). He was married to Aurore Chabrol, Stéphane Audran and Agnès Goute. He died on September 12, 2010 in Paris.

Points: 8.30

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. L'Enfer 7.5 7. Merci pour le chocolat 7.5 8. La cérémonie 7.0 9. Violette Nozière 7.0 10. La fille coupée en deux 6.5 11. La décade prodigieuse 6.0 12. Les bonnes femmes 6.0 13. L'ivresse du pouvoir 6.0 14. La route de Corinthe 5.5

62. 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 ...

Points: 8.30

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

63. Lav Diaz

Writer | Ang panahon ng halimaw

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 Season of the Devil (2018), The Woman Who Left (2016) and Florentina Hubaldo, CTE (2012).

Points: 8.29

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 (Short) 6.0 12. Pagsisiyasat sa gabing ayaw lumimot 5.0

64. 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, ...

Points: 8.28

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. Close Encounters of the Third Kind 6.5 18. War Horse 6.5 19. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 6.5 20. The Terminal 6.0 21. The Adventures of Tintin 5.5 22. Hook 5.5 23. Minority Report 5.5 24. Amistad 5.5 25. The Lost World: Jurassic Park 5.5 26. Lincoln 5.0 27. War of the Worlds 4.5

65. 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 ...

Points: 8.28

1. Children of Men 8.5 2. Y tu mamá también 8.5 3. Roma 8.0 4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 8.0 5. Gravity 7.0 6. A Little Princess 5.5

66. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | Ultimo tango a Parigi

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 The Grim Reaper (...

Points: 8.28

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

67. 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 ...

Points: 8.28

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

68. 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 ...

Points: 8.27

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. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 6.0 15. Frankenweenie (Short) 6.0 16. Alice in Wonderland 5.5 17. Planet of the Apes 5.0

69. 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 ...

Points: 8.27

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

70. Noah Baumbach

Writer | Marriage Story

Born in Brooklyn in 1969 Noah Baumbach is the son of two film critics, Georgia Brown and Jonathan Baumbach (also a writer). His studies at Vassar College were the subject of his first film (made as he was 26 years old), Kicking and Screaming (1995). His second major picture, made ten years later, ...

Points: 8.27

1. Marriage Story 8.5 2. The Meyerowitz Stories 8.0 3. Margot at the Wedding 7.5 4. Frances Ha 7.5 5. The Squid and the Whale 7.5 6. Greenberg 7.0 7. Kicking and Screaming 6.5 8. Mistress America 6.0

71. 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 ...

Points: 8.25

1. De rouille et d'os 8.5 2. Un prophète 8.0 3. De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté 8.0 4. The Sisters Brothers 7.5 5. Sur mes lèvres 7.0 6. Dheepan 6.0

72. 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 ...

Points: 8.25

1. The Manchurian Candidate 8.5 2. Seconds 8.0 3. Ronin 7.5 4. French Connection II 7.0

73. Andrea Arnold

Director | Fish Tank

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

Points: 8.25

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

74. François Truffaut

Writer | La nuit américaine

French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who became his protector. Bazin helped the ...

Points: 8.23

1. Les Quatre cents coups 8.0 2. La Nuit américaine 8.0 3. L'Histoire d'Adèle H. 7.5 4. La Sirène du Mississipi 7.0 5. Les mistons 7.0

75. 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...

Points: 8.20

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

76. Costa-Gavras

Director | Missing

Costa-Gavras was born on February 12, 1933 in Loutra-Iraias, Greece as Konstantinos Gavras. He is a director and writer, known for Missing (1982), Amen. (2002) and Z (1969). He has been married to Michèle Ray-Gavras since 1968. They have two children.

Points: 8.20

1. L'aveu 8.0 2. Music Box 8.0 3. Hanna K. 7.5 4. Un homme de trop 7.5 5. Compartiment tueurs 7.0

77. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a bond salesman and later 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 ...

Points: 8.19

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. Sully 7.0 11. Changeling 6.5 12. Play Misty for Me 6.5 13. A Perfect World 6.5 14. Flags of Our Fathers 6.5 15. Space Cowboys 6.5 16. Invictus 6.5 17. Bronco Billy 6.0 18. Firefox 6.0 19. High Plains Drifter 6.0 20. The Bridges of Madison County 5.0 21. American Sniper 3.5

78. 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 ...

Points: 8.18

1. Wolfsburg 8.0 2. Die innere Sicherheit 7.5 3. Yella 7.5 4. Transit 7.5 5. Phoenix 7.5 6. Jerichow 7.0 7. Barbara 7.0

79. 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 six) he traveled the world with his father. He was orphaned at 15 after his father's death and became the ward of Dr. ...

Points: 8.15

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. Black Magic 7.0 7. The Magnificent Ambersons 6.5 8. The Other Side of the Wind 6.0 9. The Fountain of Youth 6.0

80. 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 ...

Points: 8.13

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

81. 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,...

Points: 8.13

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

82. Brad Bird

Writer | The Incredibles

Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in...

Points: 8.13

1. Ratatouille 9.0 2. The Incredibles 7.5 3. The Iron Giant 7.0 4. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 7.0

83. Wolfgang Staudte

Director | Ciske de Rat

Wolfgang Staudte was born on October 9, 1906 in Saarbrücken, Germany as Wolfgang Georg Friedrich Staudte. He was a director and actor, known for Ciske de Rat (1955), Rotation (1949) and The Fair (1960). He was married to Angelika Hoffmann, Rita Heidelbach, Ingmar Zeisberg and Renate Praetorius. He ...

Points: 8.13

1. Die Mörder sind unter uns 8.0 2. Rotation 8.0 3. Der Untertan 7.5 4. Rosen für den Staatsanwalt 7.0

84. Caroline Link

Director | Nirgendwo in Afrika

Caroline Link was born on June 2, 1964 in Bad Nauheim, Hesse, Germany. She is a director and writer, known for Nowhere in Africa (2001), Beyond Silence (1996) and Annaluise & Anton (1999).

Points: 8.12

1. Jenseits der Stille 9.0 2. Nirgendwo in Afrika 8.0 3. Im Winter ein Jahr 6.0

85. 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 ...

Points: 8.10

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

86. 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,...

Points: 8.10

1. The Lobster 8.0 2. Kynodontas 8.0 3. The Favourite 7.5 4. Alpeis 7.5 5. The Killing of a Sacred Deer 6.5

87. 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 ...

Points: 8.09

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

88. Danny Boyle

Director | 28 Days Later...

Danny Boyle was born on October 20, 1956 in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, England as Daniel Francis Boyle. He is a director and producer, known for 28 Days Later... (2002), 127 Hours (2010) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

Points 8.09

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. T2 Trainspotting 6.5 8. Sunshine 6.0

89. 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 ...

Points: 8.09

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

90. 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 ...

Points: 8.08

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

91. Volker Schlöndorff

Director | Der junge Törless

Has studied economy and political sciences as well as at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique (IDHEC) in Paris, France. Worked as an assistant director with Louis Malle, Jean-Pierre Melville and Alain Resnais. Founded his own production company Bioskop Film together with Reinhard Hauff ...

Points: 8.07

1. Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum 8.0 2. Der Fangschuß 7.5 3. Un amour de Swann 7.5 4. Die Stille nach dem Schuß 7.0 5. A Gathering of Old Men 7.0 6. Der junge Törless 7.0 7. Die Fälschung 7.0 8. Death of a Salesman 7.0 9. Homo Faber 6.5 10. Die Blechtrommel 6.5 11. The Handmaid's Tale 6.0 12. Baal 6.0

92. 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...

Points: 8.05

1. Pulp Fiction 9.0 2. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 8.0 3. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood 8.0 4. Jackie Brown 7.5 5. The Hateful Eight 7.5 6. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 7.5 7. Inglourious Basterds 7.5 8. Reservoir Dogs 7.5 9. Django Unchained 5.0 10. Death Proof 3.5

93. Krzysztof Kieslowski

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 (...

Points: 8.05

1. Dekalog 8.5 2. Amator 7.5 3. La double vie de Véronique 7.0 4. Przypadek 7.0 5. Gadajace glowy (Short) 7.0

94. 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...

Points: 8.05

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

95. Milos Forman

Director | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in ...

Points: 8.03

1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 9.0 2. Valmont 7.5 3. Taking Off 7.5 4. Horí, má panenko 7.0 5. Hair 6.5 6. The People vs. Larry Flyn 6.5

96. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writer | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

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 ...

Points: 8.04

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

97. 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 My American Uncle (1980). He was married to Sabine Azéma and Florence Malraux. He died on March...

Points: 8.03

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

98. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | Biutiful

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 ...

Points: 8.02

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

99. 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), ...

Points: 8.02

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

100. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | Valhalla Rising

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teen years. ...

Points: 8.00

1. Drive 8.0 2. Only God Forgives 8.0 3. Pusher 7.5 4. Pusher II 7.5 5. Bleeder 7.5 6. Pusher 3 7.0 7. Too Old to Die Young 7.0 8. Valhalla Rising 6.0 9. The Neon Demon 6.0 10. Bronson 5.5



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