Favorite Directors

by matthewfathi | created - 6 months ago | updated - 13 hours ago | Public

My favorite directors and my ratings for their films usually in order.

Directors I have yet to check their filmography:

Pier Paolo Pasolini Robert Bresson Michelangelo Antonio Micheal Hanke Roberto Rosselini Yasujirō Ozu Kenji Mizoguchi Sergei Eisenstein Charlie Chaplin Buster Keaton Abbas Kiarostami D.W. Grifith Yossef Chahine Fritz Lang Werner Herzog John Huston

1. 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 ...

2001: A Space Odyssey 10 A Clockwork Orange 10 Dr. Strangelove 10 Barry Lyndon 10 Eyes Wide Shut 10 The Shining 10 The Killing 10 Full Metal Jacket 9 Lolita - Killer's Kiss - Spartacus -

2. 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 ...

Taxi Driver 10 Raging Bull 10 After Hours 10 Goodfellas 10 Silence 10 Mean Streets 9.5 The King of Comedy 9 The Aviator 8.5 The Departed 8.5 The Wolf of Wallstreet 8 Shutter Island 7.5 Hugo 7.5 Gangs of New York 6.5 Casino - Bringing Out the Dead - The Last Temptation of Christ - Age of Innocence - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore -

3. Jean-Luc Godard

Director | Pierrot le fou

Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...

Pierret le Fou 10 Weekend 10 Breathless 10 Contempt 10 Vivre sa Vie 9.5 A Woman is a Woman - Band a Part - Alphaville - Masculine Feminine - La Choisine - Hail Marry -

4. 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 ...

Once Upon a Time in America 10 The Good the Bad and the Ugly 10 Once Upon a Time in The West 10 For a Few Dollars More 10 A Fistful of Dollars 8.5 Duck, you Sucker -

5. Federico Fellini

Writer | Amarcord

The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the ...

8½ 10 (2nd all time favorite) La Dolce vita 10 The Nights of Cabiria 9.5 Amarcord 8.5 Roma 8 Juliet of the Spirits - I Vitelloni - Fellini Satyricon - La Strada - Fellini Casanova - City of Women - The Clowns -

6. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.

In January of...

Pulp Fiction 10 Inglorious Bastards 10 Kill Bill Vol.2 9.5 Reservoir Dogs 9.5 Django Unchained 9 Kill Bill 9 The Hateful Eight 9 Once Upon a Time In ... Hollywood 8.5 Jackie Brown 7.5 Death Proof -

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 ...

Mulholland Drive 10 The Elephant Man 10 Eraserhead 9.5 Blue Velvet 9.5 Lost Highway 9.5 Inland Empire - The Straight Story - Twin Peaks - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with me - Wild at Heart -

8. 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...

Manhattan 10 Annie Hall 10 Midnight in Paris 9.5 Hannah and Her Sisters 9.5 Zelig 9 Crimes and Misdemeanors 9 The Purple Rose of Cairo 8.5 Radio Days - Stardust Memories - Love and Death - Bananas - Scoop - Match Point -

9. 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 ...

Persona 10 Hour of the Wolf 10 Autumn Sonata 9.5 The Seventh Seal 9.5 Fanny and Alexander - Cries and Whispers - Wild Strawberries - The Silence - Winter Light - Shame - Scenes from a Marriage - The Virgin Spring - Through a Looking Glass - The Passion of Anna - Summer with Monica - Face to Face - Saraband - Summer Interlude - The Magic Flute - The Magicain -

10. 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. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. ...

The Trial 10 (3rd all time favorite) Citizen Kane 10 Touch of Evil 10 The Immortal Story (short) 8 Chimes at Midnight - F for Fake - The Stranger - The Magnificent Ambersons - Othello - The Lady From Shanghai - The Other Side of the Wind -

11. 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 (...

The Double Life of Veronique 10 Three Colours: Blue 10 Three Colours: Red 9.5 Three Colours: White 8 Blind Killing - No End - Dekalog - A Short Film About Love - A Short Film About Killing -

12. Joel Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), Fargo (1996) and A Serious Man (2009). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

The Big Lebawski 10 No Country For Old Men 10 Barton Fink 10 The Man who wasn't there 9.5 Fargo 9.5 Blood Simple 9 A Serious Man 8.5 Burn after Reading 7 The Hudsucker's Proxy 7 Miller's Crossing 7 True Grit - 7 O' Brother Where Art Tho - Hail Ceaser - inside llewyn davis

and Ethan Coen

13. 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 ...

Wings of Desire 10 (All time favorite film) Paris, Texas 10 The American Friend 9.5 Kings of the Road - Alice in the Cities - Faraway so Close - Beuna Visita Social Club -

14. Roman Polanski

Actor | 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 ...

Rosemary's Baby 10 Chinatown 10 The Pianist 10 Carnage 8 The Tenant - Tess - Knife in the Water - Cul-de-sac -

15. 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 ...

The Mirror 10 Solaris - Stalker 10 The Sacrafice - Andrei Rublev - Ivan's Childhood - Nostalgia -

16. 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 ...

The Godfather 10 The Godfather Part II 10 Apocalypse Now 10 The Conversation -

17. 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...

There Will be Blood 10 Boogie Nights 9.5 Punch Drunk Love 9 The Master 9 Phantom Thread 8.5 Magnolia - Hard Eight -

18. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

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

The Grand Budapest Hotel 10 The Royal Tenenbaums 10 Fantastic Mr. Fox 9 Moonrise Kingdom 8 The Darjeeling Limited 8 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 8 Isle of Dogs 8 Rushmore -

19. 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 ...

Psycho 10 Rear Window 9 Vertigo 8.5 Rope - Notorious -

20. 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...

Fight Club 10 Zodiac 9 Se7en 8.5 Gone Girl 8

21. Brian De Palma

Director | Dressed to Kill

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

Blow Out 9.5 Scarface 9.5 Carlito's Way 9.5 The Untouchables - Carrie -

22. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Dunkirk

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.


The Dark Knight 9 Inception 9 Insomnia 8.5 Momento 8 Intersteller 7.5 The Dark Knight Rises 7.5 Batman Begins 7

23. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many ...

The Apartment 10 Sunset Boulevard 10 Some Like it Hot - Double Identity -

24. Terry Gilliam

Writer | Brazil

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

Brazil 10 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 10 The Fisher King 8

25. 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 The Grim Reaper (...

Last Tango in Paris 10 The Conformist 9.5 The Dreamers 9 The Last Emperor -

26. 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, ...

Shindler's List 9 Saving Private Ryan 9 E.t. 8.5 Jurassic Park 7.5 Bridge of Spies 7

27. 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...

Rashomon 10 Yojimbo 10 High and Low - Seven Samourai - Ikiru - Ran - Sanjuro - Dreams - Throne of Blood - The Hidden Fortress - Kagemusha -

28. 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), ...

Eenemy 10 Blade Runner 2049 10 Prisoners 8.5 Sicario 8.5 Arrival 8.5

29. 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 ...

Sherlock Jr. 10 The General 10 Our Hospitality - The Navigator - Steamboat Bill jr.

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 ...

Network 10 12 Angry Men 10 Dog Day Afternoon - Serpico -

31. Luis Buñuel

Writer | El ángel exterminador

The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the ...

Un Chien Andalou 10 Belle de Jour 10 The Young and the Damned - The Exterminal Angel - The Discreet Charm of Bourgeoisie - Tristana - Phantom of Liberty - That Obscure Object of Desire -

32. Richard Linklater

Director | Waking Life

Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. ...

Before Sunset 10 Before Sunrise 10 Before Midnight 9 Boyhood -

33. Edgar Wright

Director | Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...

Shuan of the Dead 9.5 Scott Pilgram vs the World 8.5 Hot Fuzz 8 Baby Driver 8 The end of the world 7

34. 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 ...

Blade Runner 10 Alien 8.5 Matchstick Men 8 Prometheus 7.5 The Martain 6 American Gangster - Gladiator -

35. Gaspar Noé

Director | Climax

Gaspar Noé was born on December 27, 1963 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a director and producer, known for Climax (2018), Irréversible (2002) and Enter the Void (2009).

Enter the Void 10 Love - Irreversible 9 Climax - I Stand Alone -

36. 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 ...

Ed Wood 9.5 Edward Scissorhands 8.5 Corpse Bride 8.5 Beetlejuice -

37. 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 ...

Adaptation 9.5 Her 8.5 Being John Malkovich 8

38. 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 ...

The 400 Blows 10 Shoot the Piano Player 8 Jules and Jim -

39. 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 ...

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 9.5 The Terminator 8.5 Avatar 7.5 Titanic 7

40. Youssef Chahine

Director | Iskanderija... lih?

Youssef Chahine (born in Alexandria, Egypt, 1926) started studying in a friars' school, and then turned to English College until the High School Certificate. After one year in the University of Alexandria, he moved to the U.S. and spent two years at the Pasadena Play House, taking courses on film ...

Cairo Station 9.5 Cairo as Told by Youssef Chahine (Short) 10 Destiny - Alexandria...why?

41. Michael Powell

Director | The Red Shoes

The son of Thomas William Powell and Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self-confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the south of France (where his parents ran a hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury and Dulwich ...

Peeping Tom 10 The Red Shoes 8.5 The Black Narcissist -

42. 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,...

The Lobster 8.5 The Favourite 8 Dogtooth -

43. Abbas Kiarostami

Director | Copie conforme

Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career ...

Close-up 9.5

44. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

Modern Times 10 City Lights - The Kid - Limelight -

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