Directors that weren't nominated but were almost close at being nominated for Best Director, Screenplay, or Picture with writers and producers or: Runners Up for Oscar Nominations

by AlexHartsell | created - 24 Sep 2013 | updated - 30 Oct 2014 | Public

Under them are the movies that were nominated for Oscars and the films that nearly got them nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, or Best Screenplay.

Newest Updated: Film Editors and Cinematographers who were also directors.

1. Irvin Kershner

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

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

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

2. Richard Marquand

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

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

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

3. 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...

Best Director: Top Gun Best Director: Crimson Tide

4. Ulu Grosbard

Director | Georgia

A former diamond cutter in his native Belgium, Ulu Grosbard was educated at the University of Chicago, then attended the Yale Drama School. Becoming a stage director in 1957, Grosbard directed many successful Broadway shows. In the early '60s Grosbard journeyed to Hollywood, where he was hired as ...

Best Director: The Subject Was Roses Best Director: Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?

5. John Landis

Director | The Blues Brothers

John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "...

Best Director: An American Werewolf in London Best Director: Trading Places

6. 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 Uncle Buck (1989). He was married to Nancy Ludwig. He died on August 6, 2009 in Manhattan, New York City, ...

Best Original Screenplay: Home Alone

7. 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 ...

Best Director: Starman

8. Joel Schumacher

Director | The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He is a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and Phone Booth (2002).

Best Director: The Client

9. Michael Bay

Producer | Armageddon

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and Divinyls. His work won...

Best Director: The Rock

10. Joe Wright

Director | Pride & Prejudice

Joe Wright is an English film director. He is best known for Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), Anna Karenina (2012), and Darkest Hour (2017).

Wright always had an interest in the arts, especially painting. He would also make films on his Super 8 camera as well as spend time in the evenings...

Best Director: Atonement

11. 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...

Best Director: A History of Violence Best Director: Eastern Promises

12. Marc Forster

Producer | World War Z

Marc Forster is a German-born filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Monster's Ball (2001), Finding Neverland (2004), Stay (2005), Stranger than Fiction (2006), The Kite Runner (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), and World War Z (2013).

His breakthrough film was Monster's...

Best Director: Monster's Ball Best Director: Finding Neverland

13. Jan de Bont

Director | Speed

Jan de Bont was born in the Netherlands to a Roman Catholic Dutch family on the 22 of October 1943. He has always had a creative mind and good mentality for camera techniques and soon got into film as a popular cinematographer. He worked on a huge number of films before finding himself on the ...

Best Director: Speed Best Picture: Minority Report

14. Barry Sonnenfeld

Director | Men in Black

Barry Sonnenfeld was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from New York University of Film School in 1978. He started work as director of photography on the Oscar-nominated In Our Water (1982). Then Joel Coen and Ethan Coen hired him for Blood Simple (1984). This film began his ...

Best Director: The Addams Family Best Director: Men in Black Best Picture: Enchanted

15. 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 ...

Best Picture: Alien Best Adapted Screenplay: Aliens Best Director: Geronimo: An American Legend

16. Vincent Ward

Director | The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey

Vincent Ward has produced, executive produced and/or written and directed feature films including What Dreams May Come (Which won an Oscar and was nominated for 2 Academy Awards), The River Queen (Won best film in Shanghai) and The Last Samurai (4 Academy Award nominations and winner of Best ...

Best Director: What Dreams May Come

17. Don Taylor

Actor | Stalag 17

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

Best Director: Tom Sawyer

18. Sam Raimi

Director | Spider-Man

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

Best Director: A Simple Plan Best Director: Spider-Man 2

19. Paul Schrader

Writer | First Reformed

Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a...

Best Original Screenplay: Taxi Driver Best Adapted Screenplay: Raging Bull Best Adapted Screenplay: Affliction

20. Richard Donner

Director | Superman

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

Best Director: Superman Best Director: Inside Moves Best Director: Lethal Weapon Best Director: Maverick

21. Richard Lester

Director | A Hard Day's Night

Richard Lester was one of the most influential directors of the 1960s, and continued his career into the 1970s and early '80s. He is best remembered for the two films he helmed starring The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965), the frenetic cutting style of which was seen by many as ...

Best Director: A Hard Day's Night Best Director: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

22. Garry Marshall

Director | Pretty Woman

Garry Marshall was born on November 13, 1934 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Garry Kent Maschiarelli. He was a writer and producer, known for Pretty Woman (1990), The Princess Diaries (2001) and Happy Days (1974). He was married to Barbara Marshall. He died on July 19, 2016 in Los ...

Best Director: Pretty Woman

23. Penny Marshall

Actress | Laverne & Shirley

Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall on October 15, 1943 in the Bronx, New York. The Libra was 5' 6 1/2", with brown hair and green eyes. She was the daughter of Marjorie (Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony "Tony" Marshall, an industrial film director. She was the younger sister of ...

Best Director: Big Best Director: Awakenings

24. Jon Favreau

Producer | Chef

Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director.

The amiable, husky-framed actor with the ...

Best Director: Iron Man

25. Bryan Singer

Director | X-Men

Bryan Singer was born on September 17, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Bryan Jay Singer. He is a producer and director, known for X-Men (2000), The Usual Suspects (1995) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

Best Director: The Usual Suspects

26. 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...

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Adventures of Tintin

27. Jerry Zucker

Producer | Airplane!

Jerry Zucker was born on March 11, 1950 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Airplane! (1980), Ghost (1990) and Top Secret! (1984). He has been married to Janet Zucker since May 1987. They have two children.

Best Director: Ghost Best Picture: My Best Friend's Weeding

28. Frank Oz

Actor | The Muppet Show

Frank Richard Oznowicz was born in Hereford, England to puppeteers Frances and Isidore Oznowicz. His family moved to Montana in 1951, eventually settling in Oakland, California. As a teenager, he worked as an apprentice puppeteer at Children's Fairyland amusement park. He is one of the primary ...

Best Director: Little Shop of Horrors Best Director: In & Out

29. George Sidney

Director | Scaramouche

George Sidney was born on October 4, 1916 in Long Island City, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Scaramouche (1952), Pepe (1960) and Show Boat (1951). He was married to Corinne Cole, Jane Robinson and Lillian Burns. He died on May 5, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Best Director: Thousands Cheer Best Director: Anchors Aweigh Best Director: Annie Get Your Gun

30. Charles Vidor

Director | Gilda

Hungarian-born Karoly Vidor spent the First World War as a lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian infantry. Following the armistice, he made his way to Berlin and worked for the German film company Ufa, as editor and assistant director. In 1924, he emigrated to the U.S. and, for several years, earned ...

Best Director: A Farewell to Arms

31. Robert Aldrich

Director | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Robert Aldrich entered the film industry in 1941 when he got a job as a production clerk at RKO Pictures. He soon worked his way up to script clerk, then became an assistant director, a production manager and an associate producer. He began writing and directing for TV series in the early 1950s, ...

Best Director: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Best Director: The Dirty Dozen Best Director: The Longest Yard

32. John McTiernan

Director | Die Hard

John McTiernan was born on January 8, 1951 in Albany, New York, USA as John Campbell McTiernan Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Die Hard (1988), Predator (1987) and Last Action Hero (1993). He has been married to Gail Sistrunk since 2012. He was previously married to Kate Harrington, ...

Best Director: Die Hard

33. Gordon Parks

Director | The Learning Tree

The pre-eminent American photojournalist of sub-Saharan descent. An acclaimed photographer for Life magazine from the late 40s through late 60s, he turned to directing films, his second of which, the blaxploitation movie Shaft (1971), achieved success at the box office. In 1989 his first film ...

Best Director: Shaft

34. 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 ...

Best Director: I, Robot

35. Roland Emmerich

Writer | Independence Day

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

Best Director: The Patriot

36. Andrew Dominik

Director | Chopper

Andrew Dominik was born on October 7, 1967 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a director and writer, known for Chopper (2000), Killing Them Softly (2012) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007).

Best Director: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

37. Anthony Mann

Director | Men in War

Anthony Mann was born on June 30, 1906 in San Diego, California, USA as Emil Anton Bundesmann. He was a director and producer, known for Men in War (1957), El Cid (1961) and God's Little Acre (1958). He was married to Anna; 1 child Nicholas Anthony Mann, Sara Montiel and Mildred Mann. He died on ...

Best Director: The Glenn Miller Story Best Director: El Cid Best Director: The Fall of the Roman Empire

38. Roy Rowland

Director | Meet Me in Las Vegas

Roy Rowland studied law at the University of Southern California, then joined MGM as a script clerk. As if getting that job wasn't enough good luck in the middle of the Depression, he also married the niece of MGM chief Louis B. Mayer.

He sharpened his directing chops at MGM with a series of shorts ...

Best Director: The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. Best Director: Meet Me in Las Vegas

39. Roger Michell

Director | Notting Hill

Roger Michell was born on June 5, 1956 in South Africa. He is a director and producer, known for Notting Hill (1999), Venus (2006) and Titanic Town (1998). He is married to Anna Maxwell Martin. They have two children. He was previously married to Kate Buffery.

Best Director: Venus

40. 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 ...

Best Director: Carrie Best Director: The Untouchables

41. J.J. Abrams

Producer | Lost

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

Best Director: Star Trek

42. H. Bruce Humberstone

Director | Wonder Man

A juvenile actor, Bruce Humberstone started his career as a script clerk, later serving as assistant director for the likes of King Vidor, Edmund Goulding and Allan Dwan. One of the 28 founders of the Directors Guild of America, Humberstone worked in a number of capacities on several silent films. ...

Best Director: Wonder Man

43. 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. ...

Best Director: Fury

44. David S. Goyer

Writer | The Dark Knight

David S. Goyer was born on December 22, 1965 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA as David Samuel Goyer. He is a writer and producer, known for The Dark Knight (2008), Batman Begins (2005) and Dark City (1998). He is married to Marina Black. They have two children.

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Dark Knight

45. John Lee Hancock

Writer | The Blind Side

John Lee Hancock was born on December 15, 1956 in Longview, Texas, USA. He is a writer and director, known for The Blind Side (2009), Saving Mr. Banks (2013) and The Rookie (2002).

Best Director: The Blind Side

46. Harold Ramis

Writer | Ghostbusters

Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" ...

Best Original Screenplay: Ghostbusters

47. 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 (...

Best Director: DragonHeart

48. Jay Roach

Director | Trumbo

Jay Roach was born on June 14, 1957 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA as Mathew Jay Roach. He is a producer and director, known for Trumbo (2015), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and Blown Away (1994). He has been married to Susanna Hoffs since April 17, 1993. They have two ...

Best Director: Meet the Parents Best Picture: Borat: Cultural Learnings of American for Making Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

49. Rodrigo García

Writer | Nine Lives

Rodrigo García was born on August 24, 1959 in Bogotá, Colombia. He is a producer and writer, known for Nine Lives (2005), Mother and Child (2009) and In Treatment (2008).

Best Director: Albert Nobbs

50. Christopher Guest

Actor | This Is Spinal Tap

U.S.-born actor, director, writer, musician, and composer best known for his mockumentaries, poking fun at heavy metal music, small town theatre, dog shows, folk music and film-making itself, Christopher Haden-Guest was born February fifth, 1948, in New York City. His mother, Jean Pauline (Hindes),...

Best Original Screenplay: A Mighty Wind

51. David Twohy

Writer | The Fugitive

As both writer and director, David Twohy has contributed much to the film world, helping to elevate movies in such a way that Entertainment Weekly was prompted to name him "one of the 100 most creative people in Hollywood." In his career, Twohy has worked with on-screen notables like Harrison Ford,...

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Fugitive

52. Andrew Davis

Director | The Fugitive

Director/Producer/Writer) Andrew Davis is a filmmaker with a reputation for directing intelligent thrillers, most notably the Academy Award-nominated box-office hit The Fugitive (1993), starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. The film received seven Academy Award nominations including Best ...

Best Director: The Fugitive

53. John Guillermin

Director | The Towering Inferno

He was replaced by Jack Smight as director of Midway (1976).

Best Director: The Towering Inferno Best Director: Death on the Nile

54. Ted Demme

Director | Blow

Ted Demme was born on October 26, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA as Edward Demme. He was a director and producer, known for Blow (2001), Beautiful Girls (1996) and A Decade Under the Influence (2003). He was married to Amanda Scheer-Demme. He died on January 13, 2002 in Santa Monica, ...

Best Director: Life

55. Tobe Hooper

Director | The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Honored with many awards for his films and achievement in the horror genre, Tobe Hooper is truly one of the Masters of Horror (2005).

Tobe Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, to Lois Belle (Crosby) and Norman William Ray Hooper, who owned a theater in San Angelo. He spent the 1960s as a college ...

Best Director: Poltergeist

56. Wes Craven

Writer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on ...

Best Director: Music of the Heart

57. Jonathan Kaplan

Director | The Accused

Jonathan Kaplan was born in Paris, France, to film composer Sol Kaplan and actress Frances Heflin (the sister of actor Van Heflin and a regular on ABC's soap opera All My Children (1970). He started his career as a child actor in the Broadway production of "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," ...

Best Director: Heart Like a Wheel Best Director: The Accused

58. Gene Saks

Director | The Odd Couple

Gene Saks was born on November 8, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA as Jean Michael Saks. He was an actor and director, known for The Odd Couple (1968), Deconstructing Harry (1997) and I.Q. (1994). He was married to Keren Victoria Ettlinger and Bea Arthur. He died on March 28, 2015 in East ...

Best Director: The Odd Couple Best Director: Cactus Flower

59. Ben Stiller

Producer | Zoolander

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish Catholic descent (she converted to Judaism).

His parents made no real ...

Best Original Screenplay: Tropic Thunder

60. Nicholas Stoller

Producer | The Muppets

Nicholas Stoller is an English-American screenwriter and director. He is known best for directing the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and writing/directing its 2010 spin-off/sequel, Get Him to the Greek. He also wrote The Muppets and directed the Seth Rogen comedy, Neighbors. He is a ...

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Muppets

61. Joel Zwick

Director | My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Joel Zwick was born on January 11, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a director and producer, known for My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), Elvis Has Left the Building (2004) and The New Odd Couple (1982).

Best Director: My Big Fat Greek Weeding

62. Howard Zieff

Director | The Main Event

Howard Zieff was born on October 21, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Howard Burton Zieff. He was a director and producer, known for The Main Event (1979), My Girl (1991) and The Dream Team (1989). He was married to Ronda Gomez-Quinones. He died on February 21, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Best Director: Private Benjamin

63. Caroline Thompson

Writer | Edward Scissorhands

Caroline Thompson was born on April 23, 1956 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Addams Family (1991) and Corpse Bride (2005). She is married to Steve Nicolaides. She was previously married to Henry Bromell.

Best Original Screenplay: Edward Scissorhands Best Adapted Screenplay: The Addams Family Best Original Screenplay: The Nightmare Before Christmas

64. Nick Castle

Director | The Last Starfighter

Nick Castle was born on September 21, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Nicholas Charles Castle Jr. He is a writer and director, known for The Last Starfighter (1984), The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) and Escape from New York (1981). He has been married to Charlene N Nelson since December 31, ...

Best Adapted Screenplay: Hook

65. Shekhar Kapur

Director | Elizabeth

Shekhar Kapur was born on December 6, 1945 in Lahore, Punjab, British India. He is a director and actor, known for Elizabeth (1998), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) and Bandit Queen (1994). He was previously married to Suchitra Krishnamoorthi.

Best Director: Elizabeth

66. John Woo

Director | Ying hung boon sik

Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow ...

Best Director: Face/Off

67. William Castle

Producer | Homicidal

William Castle was born on April 24, 1914 in New York City, New York, USA as William Schloss. He was a producer and director, known for Homicidal (1961), Rosemary's Baby (1968) and Bug (1975). He was married to Ellen. He died on May 31, 1977 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Best Picture: Rosemary's Baby

68. Richard Loncraine

Director | Richard III

Richard Loncraine has earned great acclaim for his work in film, television and commercials. He studied sculpture at the Central School of Art before attending the Royal College of Art Film School. He spent three years working for the BBC before moving into commercials. Since those days he has ...

Best Director: Richard III

69. Craig Brewer

Director | Hustle & Flow

Father, Walter D. Brewer worked in a number of high-level corporate positions for Matson Navigation Company, culminating in the position of director of corporate development from 1990-1998, when he died. His work caused the family to move from Vallejo, California (where Craig attended elementary ...

Best Director: Hustle & Flow

70. E. Elias Merhige

Director | Shadow of the Vampire

E. Elias Merhige was born in 1964 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a director and writer, known for Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Suspect Zero (2004) and Begotten (1990).

Best Director: Shadow of the Vampire

71. Sharon Maguire

Director | Bridget Jones's Baby

Sharon Maguire was born on November 28, 1960 in Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, Wales. She is a director and producer, known for Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Incendiary (2008).

Best Director: Bridget Jones' Diary

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 ...

Best Director: The Manchurian Candidate Best Director: Seven Days in May Best Director: The Train Best Director: The Fixer

73. H.C. Potter

Director | The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

H.C. Potter was born on November 13, 1904 in New York City, New York, USA as Henry Codman Potter. He was a director and writer, known for The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), Hellzapoppin' (1941) and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948). He was married to Lucilla Annie Wylie. He died...

Best Director: The Cowboy and the Lady

74. Tomas Alfredson

Director | Låt den rätte komma in

Tomas Alfredson was born on April 1, 1965 in Lidingö, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is known for his work on Let the Right One In (2008), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Four Shades of Brown (2004). He was previously married to Cissi Elwin.

Best Director: Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

75. Brad Silberling

Director | City of Angels

Brad Silberling was born on September 8, 1963 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Bradley Mitchell Silberling. He is a producer and director, known for City of Angels (1998), Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) and Moonlight Mile (2002). He has been married to Amy ...

Best Director: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

76. Richard Eyre

Director | Notes on a Scandal

Richard Eyre was born on March 28, 1943 in Barnstaple, Devon, England as Richard Charles Hastings Eyre. He is a director and producer, known for Notes on a Scandal (2006), Iris (2001) and Stage Beauty (2004). He has been married to Sue Birtwistle since 1973.

Best Director: Notes of a Scandal

77. Michael Apted

Director | Rome

Michael Apted was born on February 10, 1941 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England as Michael David Apted. He is a director and producer, known for Rome (2005), Enigma (2001) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). He has been married to Paige Simpson since January 8, 2014. He was previously married to ...

Best Director: Coal Miner's Daughter Best Director: Gorillas in the Mist

78. James Mangold

Producer | Logan

James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted (1999), Walk the Line (2005), which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma (2007), The Wolverine (2013), and Logan (2017).

Mangold also wrote and directed Cop...

Best Director: Girl, Interrupted Best Adapted Screenplay: Walk the Line

79. Chuck Russell

Director | A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Chuck Russell was born on May 9, 1958 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA. He is a director and producer, known for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), The Blob (1988) and The Mask (1994). He has been married to Ania Zeyne since November 29, 2007.

Best Director: The Mask

80. Guy Hamilton

Director | Live and Let Die

Typically British stiff-upper-lip war dramas and action adventure laced with moments of sophisticated comedy were Guy Hamilton's trademark. The son of a British diplomat, he spent most of his youth with his family in France, seemingly destined to be groomed for a career in the diplomatic service. ...

Best Director: Goldfinger Best Director: Diamonds Are Forever

81. Mike Newell

Director | Four Weddings and a Funeral

Attended Cambridge University. Three year training course at Granada Television, with intention of going into theatre. Graduated to directing TV plays, building strong reputation for work with David Hare, David Edgar, Hohn, John Osborne, Jack Rosenthal.

Best Director: Enchanted April Best Director: Four Weddings and a Funeral Best Director: Donnie Brasco

82. Jonathan Glazer

Director | Under the Skin

Jonathan Glazer was born on March 26, 1965 in London, England. He is a director and producer, known for Under the Skin (2013), Birth (2004) and Sexy Beast (2000).

Best Director: Sexy Beast

83. Catherine Hardwicke

Director | Twilight

Catherine Hardwicke was born on October 21, 1955 in Cameron, Texas, USA as Helen Catherine Hardwicke. She is a director and production designer, known for Twilight (2008), Thirteen (2003) and Lords of Dogtown (2005).

Best Director: Thirteen

84. Neil Burger

Director | Divergent

Neil Burger was born in 1963 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Divergent (2014), The Illusionist (2006) and The Upside (2017). He has been married to Diana Kellogg since June 30, 1997.

Best Director: The Illusionist

85. Jeannot Szwarc

Director | Somewhere in Time

Jeannot Szwarc was born on November 21, 1939 in Paris, France. He is a director and producer, known for Somewhere in Time (1980), Jaws 2 (1978) and It Takes a Thief (1968).

Best Director: Somewhere in Time

86. Andy Tennant

Director | Fool's Gold

Andy Tennant was born on June 15, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Andrew Tennant. He is a producer and director, known for Fool's Gold (2008), Hitch (2005) and Sweet Home Alabama (2002). He has been married to Sharon Johnson since February 13, 1993. They have four children.

Best Director: Anna and the King

87. Sacha Gervasi

Director | Anvil: The Story of Anvil

Sacha Gervasi was born in 1966 in London, England. He is a writer and director, known for Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008), Hitchcock (2012) and The Terminal (2004). He has been married to Jessica de Rothschild since 2010.

Best Director: Hitchcock

88. Jonathan Mostow

Director | Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Jonathan Mostow was born on November 28, 1961 in Woodbridge, Connecticut, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Breakdown (1997) and U-571 (2000). He has been married to Laurie Sandell since October 7, 2018.

Best Original Screenplay: U-571

89. Charles Jarrott

Director | The Secret Life of Algernon

Charles Jarrott was born on June 16, 1927 in London, England as Charles Borlase Jarrott. He was a director and actor, known for The Secret Life of Algernon (1997), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) and Encounter (1952). He was married to Suzanne Bledsoe, Katharine Blake and Rosemary Palin. He died ...

Best Director: Anne of the Thousand Days Best Director: The Other Side of Midnight

90. Matthew Robbins

Writer | Crimson Peak

Matthew Robbins was born in New York City and went to the Johns Hopkins University, where he received a BA degree in Romance Languages. Shortly after getting his MFA at the USC School of Cinema, he began writing screenplays with partner Hal Barwood. Together, in a period of three years, they wrote ...

Best Director: Dragonslayer

91. Gabriele Muccino

Director | The Pursuit of Happyness

Gabriele Muccino was born on May 20, 1967 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), But Forever in My Mind (1999) and Remember Me, My Love (2003). He has been married to Angelica Russo since December 22, 2012. He was previously married to Elena ...

Best Director: The Pursuit of Happyness

92. Colin Higgins

Writer | Nine to Five

Colin Higgins was born on July 28, 1941 in Nouméa, New Caledonia, France. He was a writer and director, known for 9 to 5 (1980), Foul Play (1978) and Harold and Maude (1971). He died on August 5, 1988 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Best Original Screenplay: Silver Streak Best Original Screenplay: Foul Play Best Original Screenplay: Nine to Five

93. Jeremy Leven

Writer | Don Juan DeMarco

Jeremy Leven was born on August 16, 1941 in South Bend, Indiana, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Don Juan DeMarco (1994), Real Steel (2011) and The Notebook (2004). He was previously married to Roberta Danza.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Real Steel

94. Bertrand Tavernier

Director | Un dimanche à la campagne

Bertrand Tavernier was a law student that preferred write film criticisms. He also wrote a few books about American movies. Then his first film won a few awards in France and abroad and established his reputation.

Best Director: Round Midnight

95. Jessie Nelson

Producer | I Am Sam

Jessie Nelson is an American producer and writer, known for her work on I Am Sam (2001), Stepmom (1998), Corrina, Corrina (1994), and The Story of us (1999). She is married to film and television series director Bryan Gordon and their daughter is actress Molly Gordon. Jessie and Molly have worked ...

Best Original Screenplay: I Am Sam

96. Lone Scherfig

Director | An Education

Writer/director Lone Scherfig graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 1984. Her first feature film, THE BIRTHDAY TRIP (1990), was selected for Panorama in Berlin, the New Directors section at MOMA in New York and won the Grand Jury Prix in Rouen. Her next film, ON OUR OWN (1998), ...

Best Director: An Education

97. Patty Jenkins

Director | Wonder Woman

Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for directing Wonder Woman, the Warner Bros./DC Comics blockbuster of 2017, and her debut feature Monster. Patty also works in television where she is best known for the pilot and finale episode of AMC's hit show The Killing.

Patty began her career as a ...

Best Director: Monster

98. James Frawley

Director | The Muppet Movie

James Frawley was born on September 29, 1936 in Houston, Texas, USA as James Joseph Frawley. He was a director and producer, known for The Muppet Movie (1979), The Big Bus (1976) and The Monkees (1966). He was married to Cynthia Margaret. He died on January 22, 2019 in Indian Wells, California, USA.

Best Director: The Muppet Movie

99. P.J. Hogan

Writer | Muriel's Wedding

P.J. Hogan was born on November 30, 1962 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia as Paul John Hogan. He is a writer and director, known for Muriel's Wedding (1994), The Dressmaker (2015) and Peter Pan (2003). He is married to Jocelyn Moorhouse.

Best Director: My Best Friend's Weeding

100. Victor Nunez

Director | Ulee's Gold

This film director, a founding member of the Independent Feature Project, has made a name with low-budget, non-"Hollywood" projects which gestate for as long as ten years before being filmed. Nunez - who grew up in Peru and in Tallahassee, Florida - completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees ...

Best Original Screenplay: Ulee's Gold Best Director: Ulee's Gold



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