Favorite directors & producers

by thepoet21 | created - 11 May 2013 | updated - 19 Jan 2015 | Public

These are my own personal favorites. This is not meant to be a list gauging IMDB for the directors who were technically "great". I am not a film student but a fervent film watcher. These are directors who did at least 2 movies I liked and whose style I developed a taste for.

1. 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 ...

Had a great vision. A populist who illustrated the conflicts between the moneyed elite and common people (like in Its A Wonderful Life and Mr Smith Goes To Washington)

2. 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 ...

Grew up watching this mans best movies. Apocalypse Now, The Outsiders, classics.

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 ...

Hollywood's DaVinci! I liked The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and of course 2001, A Space Odyssey.

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 ...

For generations this man has been like the Herman Melville of the Italian American experience on film. Brilliance! I really liked Casino and Mean Streets is an urban flick classic.

5. Rob Cohen

Director | DragonHeart

Rob Cohen is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. One of the 1970's "baby moguls", he built a thriving career as a producer, before concentrating full time on directing from the 1990's, with high adrenaline action blockbusters such as xXx (2002) and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (...

Straight up OG of urban film....

6. Harmony Korine

Director | Gummo

Harmony Korine was born in Bolinas, California, in 1973. His family moved to the east coast of the United States when he was five, and he spent his early years in Nashville, Tennessee, and New York. At the age of 19, he wrote the critically acclaimed screenplay Kids (1995) for director Larry Clark....

He brings out a darker side to Hollywood, and pushes the envelope on a lot of things.

7. 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, Thelma and Louise, GI Jane, Hannibal!

8. 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 ...

The man who brought us Avatar and Terminator 2, which are straight up masterpieces.

9. Antoine Fuqua

Director | The Magnificent Seven

Antoine Fuqua is an American film director, known for his work in the film Training Day as well as The Replacement Killers, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer.

He has directed music videos for such artists as Arrested Development, Prince, ...

Made "urban" dramas Oscar worthy. Training Day is one of my all time favorites and Brooklyn's finest was good also.

10. Mike Nichols

Director | The Graduate

He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin. He later ...

"The Graduate" was classic American kitsch. RIP!

11. Stanley Kramer

Producer | Judgment at Nuremberg

Stanley Kramer was born on September 29, 1913 in Hell's Kitchen [now Clinton], Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Stanley Earl Abramson. He was a producer and director, known for Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and On the Beach (1959). He was married to ...

Practically defined the 60s....I liked the labor day classic "Its a Mad Mad Mad World" and the ode to teen misery "Bless the Beasts and the Children"

12. Michael Schultz

Director | Cooley High

Michael Schultz was born on November 10, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Cooley High (1975), Car Wash (1976) and Krush Groove (1985). He has been married to Lauren Jones since December 6, 1965. They have two children.

Amazing how every 80s flick with a black cast was directed by this man! I loved Krush Groove and The Last Dragon. Hated his Sgt Peppers movie (but so did everybody else) but a director would have to be great to make a movie that bad!

13. Brett Ratner

Director | Red Dragon

Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers. His diverse films resonate with audiences worldwide and, as director, his films have grossed over $2 billion at the global box office. Brett began his career directing music videos before making his feature directorial debut at 26 years...

The Rush Hour series is awesome!

14. Larry Clark

Director | Bully

Was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (1943). Son of Frances Clark (baby photographer) and Lewis Clark. Graduated from Central High school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Studied under Walter Sheffer and Gerard Bakker. Film debut was the movie Kids (1995). He was ...

The Hollywood equivalent of the weirdo who sits on the park bench at the play ground and watches the children play. But I loved "Wassup Rockers" and watched "Bully" even though it really turned my stomach at times.

15. Steve Pink

Writer | Grosse Pointe Blank

Steve Pink was born in the USA. He is a director and writer, known for Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), High Fidelity (2000) and Knight and Day (2010).

Oh man, the guy who directed "Hot Tub Time Machine"! What a genius!

16. Tyler Perry

Writer | Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Perry was born and raised in New Orleans, to Willie Maxine (Campbell) and Emmitt Perry, Sr. His mother was a church-goer and took Perry along with her once a week. His father was a carpenter and they had a very strained and abusive relationship, which led Perry to suffer from depression as a ...

Where can I begin? This man has become the poster child for film racists everywhere, but his movies are great! I loved "The Family that Prays", "I Can Do Bad By Myself" and "Why Did I Get Married 1&2" He just keeps churning them out. How did anybody know a Christian play maker would be this good?

17. Arnon Milchan

Producer | L.A. Confidential

Arnon Milchan was born on December 6, 1944 in Palestine. He is known for his work on L.A. Confidential (1997), The Revenant (2015) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). He has been married to Amanda Coetzer since 2007. They have two children. He was previously married to Brigitte Genmaire.

This guy is Hollywood.

18. Ava DuVernay

Producer | Queen Sugar

A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...

Screw the Oscars, she deserves one for Selma! But she wont get it.

19. Mark Brown

Writer | Barbershop

Mark Brown was born in Birmingham, England. He is a writer and producer, known for Barbershop (2002), Two Can Play That Game (2001) and Pumping Gas.

One time I met this guy. Didn't realize who he was until I looked him up on IMDB. I really liked Two Can Play That Game.

20. Bob Rafelson

Producer | Five Easy Pieces

Bob Rafelson is an American film director, writer and producer. He is regarded as one of the founders of the New Hollywood movement in the 1970s. Among his best-known films are Five Easy Pieces (1970), The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981).

He was also one of ...

His movies were acid trips, man! The 60s genius behind the Monkees mind bending "Head" and the classic "Five Easy Pieces". Film students study his work.

21. Stephen Herek

Director | Critters

Stephen Herek was born on November 10, 1958 in San Antonio, Texas, USA as Stephen Robert Herek. He is a producer and director, known for Critters (1986), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).

The awesome director behind the sleeper classic "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" Though "Rock Star" fell short, I still liked what he was trying to do.

22. Ivan Reitman

Producer | Up in the Air

Ivan Reitman, as a producer and director, has created many of American cinema's most successful and best loved feature film comedies and has worked with Hollywood's acting elite. Reitman has produced such hits as the ground-breaking sensation National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), which introduced ...

All those great movies on cable you watched late Saturday Night? The great director behind "Meatballs" and "Stripes"

23. Jeff Kanew

Director | Revenge of the Nerds

Jeff Kanew was born on December 16, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA as Jeffrey Roger Kanew. He is an editor and director, known for Revenge of the Nerds (1984), Eddie Macon's Run (1983) and Ordinary People (1980).

Directed the all time classic "Revenge of the Nerds" He also did the funny "Tough Guys"

24. John Hughes

Writer | The Breakfast Club

John Hughes was born on February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as John Wilden Hughes Jr. He was a writer, known for The Breakfast Club (1985), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). He was married to Nancy Ludwig. He died on August 6, 2009 in Manhattan, ...

What would the 80s been without him?

25. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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

"Adventures in Babysitting" was that surprisingly entertaining VHS 80s classic. "Mrs Doubtfire" made for a funny night out at the movies.

26. Randall Emmett

Producer | Silence

Randall Emmett was born on March 25, 1971 in Miami, Florida, USA. He is a producer and executive, known for Silence (2016), Escape Plan (2013) and Everest (2015). He was previously married to Ambyr Childers.

This guy does a movie a minute. Set to produce a Tupac biopic!

27. Andrzej Bartkowiak

Cinematographer | Falling Down

Andrzej Bartkowiak was born on March 6, 1950 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Falling Down (1993), Doom (2005) and Romeo Must Die (2000). He was previously married to Diane Venora.

Responsible for all those great movies with DMX, including "Exit Wounds", "Romeo Must Die" and "Cradle To The Grave".

28. Taylor Hackford

Producer | Ray

Taylor Hackford was born on December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California, USA as Taylor Edwin Hackford. He is a producer and director, known for Ray (2004), Blood In, Blood Out (1993) and Dolores Claiborne (1995). He has been married to Helen Mirren since December 31, 1997. He was previously ...

Blood In Blood Out was an epic, a classic telling of gang life in LA. He also did the powerful biopic Ray.

29. Gilbert Moses

Director | ABC Afterschool Specials

Was nominated for Broadway's 1972 Tony Award as Best Director (Musical) for "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death."

Directed black exploitation classic "Willie Dynamite" and the masterpiece TV movie Roots!

30. Tony Scott

Producer | Domino

Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...

This guy was great. Tragic how his life ended. Hollywood puts people over the edge? Loved the rapidly moving and exciting Beverly Hills Cop 2, True Romance, Enemy of the State, and Unstoppable. He will be missed.

31. 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 ...

Like me, this guy seems to love comic books and TV. Pee Wee's Big Adventure was awesome. The original Batman movie was one of the greatest of all time. I love his artistic vision.

32. Steve McQueen

Director | 12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen was born on October 9, 1969 in London, England as Steve Rodney McQueen. He is a director and writer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Shame (2011) and Hunger (2008). He is married to Bianca Stigter. They have two children.

I don't care what anybody says, 12 Years A Slave was awesome.

33. John Carpenter

Soundtrack | Escape from New York

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

His best movies have to be dissected and interpreted. I liked "Assault on Precinct 13" and "They Live"

34. Ivan Dixon

Director | The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Ivan Dixon, was a handsome, mustachioed African-American actor and director who carried a strong, serious nature about his solid frame, initially earned attention on the ground-breaking stage and film with pronounced themes of social and racial relevance. He would become better known, however, for ...

A great director, one of the only who was a black man doing black movies in the 70s. He did the controversial "The Spook Who Sat By the Door" and "Trouble Man".

35. Spike Lee

Director | Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended ...

I loved his earlier work; School Days, Do the Right Thing, Mo Betta Blues, Jungle Fever and of course Malcolm X. Everything after Crooklyn just didnt really satisfy as much as his earlier stuff.

36. Alan Parker

Director | Evita

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

Pink Floyd the Wall is one of my personal favorites. The Commitments was good also.

37. Sam Firstenberg

Director | One More Chance

Since 1980 Sam Firstenberg has been in the independent filmmaking field. Directing 22 theatrical feature films since completing his graduate studies in film at Loyola Marymount University. One More Chance (1983), starring Kirstie Alley, won prizes in major film festivals and sparked the beginning ...

I liked his hand in creating the 80s "Ninja" flicks and breakdance classics. The genius behind Ninja III:The Domination and Breakin' 2, Electric Boogaloo.

38. Larry Cohen

Writer | God Told Me To

Larry Cohen was born July 15, 1941, in Kingston, New York, a small town north of New York City. At a young age, his family moved to the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and he eventually majored in film at the historic City College of New York, graduating in 1963. An independent maverick who got his...

The genius behind "Black Ceaser" and "It's Alive"

39. Michael Campus

Director | Survival

Michael Campus was born on March 28, 1935 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Survival (1976), Hiroshima (1995) and The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987). He was married to Arla Dietz Campus. He died on May 15, 2015 in Encino, Los Angeles, ...

He brought the Oakland pimp movie classic The Mack and The Education of Sonny Carson was a classic also.

40. Christian Colson

Producer | Slumdog Millionaire

Christian Colson is a producer, known for Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Selma (2014) and 127 Hours (2010).

I loved Slumdog Millionaire!

41. Emile Ardolino

Director | Dirty Dancing

Emile Ardolino was born on May 9, 1943 in Maspeth, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Dirty Dancing (1987), Great Performances: Dance in America (1976) and He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983). He died on November 20, 1993 in Bel Air, California, USA.

I like how he brought elements of musicals to movies. His greatest was "Sister Act" and "Dirty Dancing".

42. John Singleton

Writer | Boyz n the Hood

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

I just can't help it, I love all the movies in what I call the "hood trilogy"; Boyz N the Hood, Poetic Justice and Baby Boy. Anything outside that (Higher Learning, etc.) is ok, but nothing like his hood flicks.

43. Randall Miller

Director | Bottle Shock

Randall Miller is a member of the IA, the DGA, SAG and the WGA. He began his career as a struggling actor appearing in TV commercials, theater and a few stints in television shows and movies. After USC Film School he went to the AFI. His thesis film at the AFI launched his career as a director ...

Did that movie "Class Act" with Kid N Play....

44. Ernest R. Dickerson

Cinematographer | Do the Right Thing

Ernest Roscoe Dickerson A.S.C., aka. Ernest R. Dickerson, is an American film director and cinematographer. As a cinematographer, he is known for his frequent collaborations with Spike Lee. As a director, he is known for films such as Juice (1992), Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995), Bones (...

Did "Juice", "Surviving the Game" and "Never Die Alone".

45. Ron Howard

Actor | Arrested Development

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.

Howard ...

Night Shift is a classic, and Gung Ho was intelligent social commentary.

46. Boaz Davidson

Producer | Criminal

Boaz Davidson was born on November 8, 1943 in Tel Aviv, Palestine. He is a producer and writer, known for Criminal (2016), Lemon Popsicle (1978) and The Expendables 2 (2012).

I just had to put him in here because "The Last American Virgin" was a brilliant film.

47. George Jackson

Producer | New Jack City

George Jackson was born on January 6, 1958 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a producer, known for New Jack City (1991), House Party 2 (1991) and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996). He was married to Yuko Sumida. He died on February 10, 2000 in New York City.

Though he passed on his work is not forgotten. Director of House Party 2, and one of the most prominent black producers, putting out such movies like "New Jack City", "Krush Groove" and "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate."

48. Allen Hughes

Director | The Book of Eli

Albert and Allen Hughes began making movies at age 12, but their formal film education began their freshman year of high school when Allen took a TV production class. They soon made a short film entitled How To Be A Burglar and people began to take notice. Their next work, Uncensored videos, was ...

Menace II Society was a classic! I also liked Dead Presidents.

49. George Tillman Jr.

Director | Faster

After seeing the films, COOLEY HIGH and TAXI DRIVER, Milwaukee, Wisconsin native George Tillman, Jr. became inspired to make films of his own. In 1994, George wrote and directed his first feature film, SCENES FOR THE SOUL. It was shot entirely in Chicago, using local talent and resources. The film,...

Notorious was good!

50. Master P

Actor | Hollywood Homicide

Percy Miller also known as "Master P" was born on April 29, 1970 in New Orleans, LA. Although he was raised in the poverty of Calliope Housing Projects, he was motivated and determined to reach his goals and dreams, which led him to become a successful entrepreneur. As a student-athlete at the ...

The genius behind Hot Boyz and I'm Bout It, he started from the bottom and worked his way up.

51. Mario Van Peebles

Actor | Heartbreak Ridge

Mario Van Peebles is a highly regarded director, actor, producer and writer. His directorial skills can be seen in the retelling of the epic mini-series "Roots" starring Forest Whitaker and Matthew Goode. Van Pebbles has directed award-winning shows such as the recent hit "Empire" and "The Last ...

New Jack City was a classic. I'm waiting for him to really work his full potential. Posse was good, We The Party I haven't seen, but I know he has another great film in him.

52. Doug McHenry

Producer | New Jack City

Doug McHenry is a producer and director, known for New Jack City (1991), The Brothers (2001) and Running Dirty.

One of the directors of House Party 2, and the director of Jason's Lyric and Kingdom Come.

53. Joel Silberg

Director | Hershele

Joel Silberg was born on March 30, 1927 in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was a director and writer, known for Hershele (1977), Lambada (1990) and Mishpahat Simhon (1964). He died on February 18, 2013 in Israel.

Brought the world the memorable "Breakin'" and the counterpart "Rappin'"!

54. Adrian Lyne

Director | Flashdance

Adrian Lyne (Director/Writer/Producer) is the creative force behind some of the most talked-about movies of our time, among them, "Fatal Attraction", "9 1/2 Weeks", "Flashdance", "Indecent Proposal", "Jacob's Ladder" and "Unfaithful".

Born in Peterborough, England and raised in London, Lyne attended...

"Flashdance" was phenomenal, and "Fatal Attraction" was also good.

55. Darin Scott

Director | Dark House

Darin Scott is a producer and director, known for Dark House (2009), Menace II Society (1993) and Caught Up (1998).

Has made some contributions to the "hood flick" genre.

56. Brian Gibson

Producer | Frida

Brian Gibson was born on September 22, 1944 in London, England. He was a director and writer, known for Frida (2002), Play for Today (1970) and Breaking Glass (1980). He was married to Paula Guarderas and Lynn Whitfield. He died on January 4, 2004 in London.

I liked "Whats Love Got to Do With It" and "Poltergeist 2"

57. Bob Clark

Director | A Christmas Story

Bob Clark was born on August 5, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Benjamin Clark. He was a director and writer, known for A Christmas Story (1983), Porky's (1981) and Black Christmas (1974). He died on April 4, 2007 in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.

Can you believe that this was the director of "Porky's" AND "A Christmas Story"?

58. Matty Rich

Director | Straight Out of Brooklyn

Matty Rich Bio

Matty Rich - Producer/Writer/ Director/Actor

Born and raised in the Red Hook housing projects in Brooklyn, NY, Matty Rich, became highly regarded as the pioneer of Black Filmmakers. Rich made his way onto the Hollywood scene in the early 90's. He gained major recognition as, 19 ...

He tried but fell short. "Straight Out Of Brooklyn" and "The Inkwell" were steps in the great direction for somebody who epitomized black DIY film, but he fell off the radar really quick.

59. Steve Barron

Director | The Durrells

Steve Barron started in films as a camera assistant on epic productions such as Richard Donner's 'Superman', Richard Attenborough's 'A Bridge Too Far' and Ridley Scott's 'The Duellist's'. He began directing music videos in the early eighties for The Jam, Human League, and Adam & the Ants, his work ...

In a whole other world. Can make stupid look incredibly great.

60. Reginald Hudlin

Director | House Party

Reginald Hudlin was born on December 15, 1961 in Centerville, Illinois, USA as Reginald Alan Hudlin. He is a producer and director, known for House Party (1990), Django Unchained (2012) and Marshall (2017). He has been married to Chrisette Suter since November 30, 2002.

Made the classics "House Party" and "Boomerang" with slick, up to date, urban backgrounds.

61. Walter Hill

Writer | 48 Hrs.

Hill was born in Long Beach, California and educated at Mexico City College and Michigan State University. He worked in oil drilling and construction in the 60s before becoming a 2nd assistant director in 1967. He has written and co-written screenplays, including several uncredited works. He has ...

To me, The Warriors is a classic, one of the greatest. I also like his updating of jailhouse boxing flicks, Undisputed.

62. Gerald Seth Sindell

Director | Teenager

Attended Shaker Heights High School (Class of '62).

H.O.T.S was every young teenagers fantasy in the 80s.

63. Savage Steve Holland

Director | Better Off Dead...

Marvelously quirky and creative writer, director, producer and animator Savage Steve Holland was born in 1960. Holland earned the childhood nickname Savage after he kicked a kid in the teeth during a soccer game. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts. Holland's student ...

A cool 80s director of teen comedy not as highly regarded as John Hughes but good nonetheless. Did "Better Off Dead" and "One Crazy Summer"

64. Gordon Parks Jr.

Director | Aaron Loves Angela

Gordon Parks Jr. was born as Gordon Roger Parks in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, the son of photographer and filmmaker Gordon Alexander Parks and Sally Alvis. He is best remembered for the successful if controversial crime film "Super Fly" (1972). He worked as a musician and photographer, early on ...

Great director who made "Superfly".

65. Sean S. Cunningham

Producer | Friday the 13th

Like William Girdler, Oliver Hellman or even Ed Wood, Sean S. Cunningham had a successful career of starting films cheap and fast. Originally from New York, Cunningham had a vast knowledge of directing films and came to Hollywood. He started about the same time Wes Craven did. Cunningham meets ...

66. Alex Proyas

Director | Dark City

Alex Proyas has moved effortlessly between helming TV commercials and music videos to feature films. Born to Greek parents in Egypt, Proyas relocated to Australia with his family when he was three years old. He began making films at age ten and went on to attend the Australian Film Television and ...

"The Crow" is one of my all time favorites. "I, Robot" was amazing.

67. Wei Lo

Director | Tang shan da xiong

Wei Lo was born in 1918 in Jiangsu Province, China. He was an actor and director, known for The Big Boss (1971), The Chinese Connection (1972) and Tie quan xiao zi (1977). He was married to Liang Hua Liu. He died on January 20, 1996 in Hong Kong.

Master of martial art flicks. Did "The Chinese Connection"

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