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 Nominationsby 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Best Director: Albert Nobbs
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
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
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
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
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
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
Best Director: Sexy Beast
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
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
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