Directors of Documentary films

by felix87 | created - 02 Jan 2013 | updated - 02 Jan 2013 | Public

1. Nicolas Philibert

Director | Être et avoir

Nicolas Philibert was born on January 10, 1951 in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. He is a director and writer, known for To Be and to Have (2002), La Maison de la radio (2013) and Louvre City (1990).

Etre et avoir (2003)

2. Luc Jacquet

Director | La marche de l'empereur

Luc Jacquet was born on December 5, 1967 in Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain, France. He is a director and writer, known for March of the Penguins (2005), Antarctica: Ice and Sky (2015) and Il était une forêt (2013).

La Marche de l'empereur (2005)

3. Robert J. Flaherty

Director | Louisiana Story

Robert J. Flaherty was born on February 16, 1884 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, USA as Robert Joseph Flaherty. He was a director and writer, known for Louisiana Story (1948), Man of Aran (1934) and Elephant Boy (1937). He was married to Frances H. Flaherty. He died on July 23, 1951 in Brattleboro, ...

Nanook of the North (1922)

Ethos (2011)

5. Avi Lewis

Producer | This Changes Everything

Avi Lewis is a producer and writer, known for This Changes Everything (2015), The Take (2004) and When the Storm Fades (2018).

The Take (2004)

6. Michael Moore

Director | Bowling for Columbine

Michael Francis Moore was born in Flint, Michigan on April 23, 1954, and was raised in its Davison suburb. He is the son of Helen Veronica (Wall), a secretary, and Francis Richard Moore, who worked on an auto assembly line. He has Irish, as well as English and Scottish, ancestry.

Moore studied ...

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992) The Corporation (2003)

8. Peter Joseph

Writer | Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

Peter Joseph (Winston-Salem, NC, USA) inadvertently became globally acclaimed after a private performance work called "Zeitgeist" went viral online in 2007. This highly controversial art piece was artlessly placed online after a short performance run in Manhattan.Peter is/was a solo percussionist/...

Zeitgeist (2007)

9. Robert Greenwald

Director | Xanadu

Robert Greenwald, founder and president of Brave New Films (BNF), is an award-winning television, feature film and documentary filmmaker whose most recent feature is Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA. Greenwald turned to documentary filmmaking in 2002, inspired by pervasive voter rights ...

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004) Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

10. Irena Salina

Director | Ghost Bird: The Life and Art of Judith Deim

She was born in France July 8, 1968. She acted in French theatre before moving to New York where she studied with Charles Laughton in the Actors Studio. She worked in production in various capacities on numerous films before writing and directing her first short, "See You on Monday", which was ...

Flow: For Love of Water (2008)

Debtocracy (2011) Catastroika (2012)

12. Aris Chatzistefanou

Writer | Make the economy scream

Aris Chatzistefanou is a writer and director, known for Make the economy scream (2019), Fascism Inc. (2014) and Catastroika (2012).

Debtocracy (2011) Catastroika (2012)

13. Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Producer | Unser täglich Brot

Nikolaus Geyrhalter was born in 1972 in Vienna, Austria. He is a producer and director, known for Our Daily Bread (2005), Earth (2019) and The Year After Dayton (1997).

Unser täglich Brot (2005)

14. Werner Herzog

Director | Fitzcarraldo

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

Grizzly Man (2005) Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) Into the Abyss (2011) On Death Row (2012)

15. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | Ultimo tango a Parigi

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films were known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed The Grim Reaper (...

La via del petrolio (1967)

16. Pier Paolo Pasolini

Writer | Il Decameron

Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life ...

La rabbia (1963) Comizi d'amore (1964) Sopralluoghi in Palestina per il vangelo secondo Matteo (1965) Appunti per un film sull'India (1968) Appunti per un romanzo dell'immondezza (1970) Appunti per un'Orestiade africana (1970) Le mura di Sana'a (1971) 12 dicembre (1972)

17. Giuseppe Bertolucci

Director | Berlinguer ti voglio bene

Giuseppe Bertolucci was born on February 24, 1947 in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Berlinguer: I Love You (1977), Il dolce rumore della vita (1999) and Segreti segreti (1985). He was married to Lucilla Albano. He died on June 16, 2012 in Diso, Puglia, Italy.

Pasolini prossimo nostro (2006) La rabbia di Pasolini (2008)

18. Silvano Agosti

Editor | Uova di garofano

Silvano Agosti was born on March 23, 1938 in Brescia, Lombardy, Italy. He is an editor and director, known for Sweet War, Farewell (1991), Quartiere (1987) and Fit to Be Untied (1975).

D'amore si vive (1984) Matti da slegare (1975)

19. 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 ...

Italoamericani (1974) A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) Il mio viaggio in Italia (1999) Shine a Light (2008)

20. Jean-Luc Godard

Director | Pierrot le Fou

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

Opération 'Béton' (1958) Lou du Vietnam (1967) Sympathy for the Devil (1968) British Sounds (1970) Histoire(s) du cinéma (1988) JLG/JLG - autoportrait de décembre (1994) De l'origine du XXIe siècle (2000)

21. Alain Resnais

Director | Hiroshima mon amour

Alain Resnais was born on June 3, 1922 in Vannes, Morbihan, France as Alain Pierre Marie Jean Georges Resnais. He was a director and editor, known for Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Same Old Song (1997) and My American Uncle (1980). He was married to Sabine Azéma and Florence Malraux. He died on March...

Nuit et brouillard (1955) Toute la mémoire du monde (1956) Lou du Vietnam (1967)

22. Jean Vigo

Writer | Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège

Jean Vigo had bad health since he was a child. Son of anarchist militant Miguel Almareyda, he also never really recovered from his father's mysterious death in jail when he was 12. Abandoned by his mother, he passed from boarding school to boarding school. Aged 23, through meetings with people ...

À propos de Nice (1930) Taris, roi de l'eau (1931)

23. Oliver Stone

Producer | JFK

Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.

William Oliver Stone was ...

Comandante (2003) South of the Border (2009) Secret History of America (2010)

24. Agnès Varda

Director | Sans toit ni loi

Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She was a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Faces Places (2017) and Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962). She was married to Jacques Demy. She died on March 29, 2019 in Paris, France.

Black Panthers (1968) Lou du Vietnam (1967)

25. Jean Rouch

Director | Moi, un noir

Jean Rouch was born on May 31, 1917 in Paris, France. He was a director and cinematographer, known for I, a Negro (1958), Madame L'Eau (1993) and Six in Paris (1965). He was married to Joselyne Lamothe. He died on February 18, 2004 in Birni N'Konni, Niger.

Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960) (1961)

26. Chris Marker

Writer | Twelve Monkeys

Chris Marker was born on July 29, 1921 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve. He was a writer and director, known for 12 Monkeys (1995), Sans Soleil (1983) and Third Side of the Coin (1960). He died on July 29, 2012 in Paris, France.

Lettre de Sibérie (1957) ¡Cuba Sí! (1961) Un maire au Kosovo (2000)

27. Robert Kenner

Producer | Food, Inc.

Robert Kenner has won an array of awards and garnered rave reviews for his documentary work on a wide range of social and environmental issues. His latest film Command and Control opened theatrically to critical acclaim. His Academy Award-nominated film Food, Inc. had a monumental impact on how our...

Food, Inc. (2008)

28. Shaun Monson

Producer | Dominion

Shaun Monson is a producer and writer, known for Dominion (2018), Unforgotten World and Overhaul.

Earthlings (2005)

29. Fernando E. Solanas

Producer | El exilio de Gardel: Tangos

Fernando E. Solanas was born on February 16, 1936 in Olivos, Vicente López, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Fernando Ezequiel Solanas. He is a producer and director, known for Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (1985), The Journey (1992) and Clouds (1998). He is married to Ángela Correa.

Memoria del saqueo (2004)

30. Charles Ferguson

Producer | Inside Job

Charles Ferguson was born on March 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California, USA as Charles Henry Ferguson. He is a producer and director, known for Inside Job (2010), No End in Sight (2007) and Watergate (2018).

Inside Job (2010)

31. Sean McAllister

Director | A Syrian Love Story

Sean McAllister was born in 1965 in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England. He is a director and producer, known for A Syrian Love Story (2015), The Reluctant Revolutionary (2012) and Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (2008).

The Liberace of Baghdad (2005)

32. Godfrey Reggio

Director | Koyaanisqatsi

Godfrey Reggio is a pioneer of a film style that creates poetic images of extraordinary emotional impact for audiences worldwide. Reggio is prominent in the film world for his QATSI trilogy, essays of visual images and sound that chronicle the destructive impact of the modern world on the ...

Koyaanisqatsi (1982) Powaqqatsi (1988) Anima Mundi (1992) Naqoyqatsi (2002)

33. Ron Fricke

Cinematographer | Samsara

Ron Fricke is known for his work on Samsara (2011), Baraka (1992) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Chronos (1985 ) Baraka (1992)

34. Dylan Avery

Producer | Olson

Dylan Avery is a producer and editor, known for Olson (2011), Black and Blue (2016) and Buzzkill: Is There Life After Coffee? (2010).

Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup (2009)

35. Vittorio De Seta

Director | Banditi a Orgosolo

Vittorio De Seta was born on October 15, 1923 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Bandits of Orgosolo (1961), Isole di fuoco (1955) and Un uomo a metà (1966). He died on November 28, 2011 in Sellia Marina, Calabria, Italy.

Contadini del mare (1956) Pastori di Orgosolo (1958) Pescherecci (1958) Un giorno in Barbagia (1958) I dimenticati (1959)

36. Wim Wenders

Director | Der Himmel über Berlin

Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...

Pina (2011)

37. Dziga Vertov

Director | Chelovek s kino-apparatom

Born in Bialystok, Poland, studied music and enrolled in St. Petersburg Neurological Institute in 1916. Worked on first Soviet newsreel, Kinonedelia (1918-1919), then on subsequent newsreel series (inc. Kinopravda, 1922-1925).

Celovek's Kinoapparatom (1929)

38. Michelangelo Frammartino

Director | Il dono

Michelangelo Frammartino was born in 1968 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Gift (2003), Le Quattro Volte (2010) and Io non posso entrare (2002).

Le quattro volte (2010)

39. Pietro Marcello

Director | Bella e perduta

Pietro Marcello was born on July 2, 1976 in Caserta, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Lost and Beautiful (2015), Martin Eden (2019) and The Mouth of the Wolf (2009).

La bocca del lupo (2009)

40. Marie-Monique Robin

Director | Organ Snatchers

Marie-Monique Robin was born in 1960. She is a director and writer, known for Organ Snatchers (1993), Das Jahrhundert im Bild and Qu'est-ce qu'on attend? (2016).

Le monde selon Monsanto (2008)

41. James Marsh

Director | The Theory of Everything

James Marsh was born on April 30, 1963 in Truro, Cornwall, England. He is a director and producer, known for The Theory of Everything (2014), The King (2005) and Shadow Dancer (2012).

Man on Wire (2008)

42. Costanza Quatriglio

Director | L'isola

Costanza Quatriglio was born in 1973 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for The Island (2003), Con il fiato sospeso (2013) and Just Like My Son (2018).

L'isola (2003) Il mondo addosso (2006)

43. Daniele Vicari

Director | Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood

Daniele Vicari was born on February 26, 1967 in Castel di Tora, Rieti, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood (2012), Maximum Velocity (V-Max) (2002) and The Human Cargo (2012).

Partigiani (1997) Il mio paese (2006) La nave dolce (2012)

44. David Leaf

Writer | The U.S. vs. John Lennon

David Leaf is an award-winning writer/producer/director best known for his work on acclaimed pop culture programs, music specials and retrospectives. Perhaps most notably, his credits include being one of the Emmy-nominated writers on the landmark all-network telethon America: A Tribute To Heroes, ...

The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

45. John Scheinfeld

Writer | The U.S. vs. John Lennon

From pop culture to politics, sports to world religions, Venice and Toronto film festivals to PBS, Emmy®, Grammy® and Writers Guild Award nominee John Scheinfeld is a critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker with a broad range of subjects and productions to his credit.

Scheinfeld is in production ...

The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

46. Errol Morris

Director | The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

His documentaries helped spur a rebirth of non-fiction film in the 80s & garnered wide critical success. But until 2003's "The Fog of War," Morris was shunned by the Academy Awards.

Morris' first two films won much acclaim (Gates of Heaven (1978) and Vernon, Florida (1981)). In the second movie, ...

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

47. Lucy Walker

Director | The Crash Reel

Lucy Walker was born in London, England. She is a director and producer, known for The Crash Reel (2013), Waste Land (2010) and Blindsight (2006).

Waste Land (2010)

Waste Land (2010)

49. João Jardim

Director | Pro Dia Nascer Feliz

With an eye for detail and commitment for social justice, João Jardim is one of the most acclaimed directors of his generation in Brazil. After winning the Best First-Time Filmmaker Award for his documentary "Janela da Alma" (2001) in the prestigious Gramado Film Festival, Jardim has made a ...

Waste Land (2010)

50. Eugene Jarecki

Director | Why We Fight

Eugene Jarecki is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning director of dramatic and documentary subjects who has twice won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, first in 2005 for Why We Fight (2005) and again in 2012 for The House I Live In (2012)

A public intellectual on domestic and ...

The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002) Why We Fight (2005)

51. Rachel Grady

Director | The Boys of Baraka

Rachel Grady is a director and producer, known for The Boys of Baraka (2005), Jesus Camp (2006) and Detropia (2012).

Jesus Camp (2006)

52. Heidi Ewing

Director | I Carry You with Me

Heidi Ewing is a director and producer known for Jesus Camp (2006), The Boys of Baraka (2005), Detropia (2012) ,12th &Delaware (2010), Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016), One of Us (2017) and Freakonomics (2010). She is currently completing her (currently untitled) first narrative ...

Jesus Camp (2006)

53. Julien Temple

Director | Earth Girls Are Easy

Julien Temple was born on November 26, 1953 in London, England. He is a director and writer, known for Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), Vigo: A Passion for Life (1998) and The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (2015).

The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980) The Filth and the Fury (2000) Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007) Requiem for Detroit? (2010)

54. Rob Epstein

Producer | The Celluloid Closet

Rob Epstein was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA as Robert P. Epstein. He is a producer and director, known for The Celluloid Closet (1995), Paragraph 175 (2000) and The Times of Harvey Milk (1984).

Rob has produced films that have screened worldwide, in cinemas, on television, home video and ...

The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

De la servitude moderne (2009)

56. Rolf de Heer

Producer | Bad Boy Bubby

Rolf de Heer was born on May 4, 1951 in Heemskerk, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. He is a producer and director, known for Bad Boy Bubby (1993), Ten Canoes (2006) and Alexandra's Project (2003).

Ten Canoes (2006)

57. Peter Djigirr

Actor | Ten Canoes

Peter Djigirr is a producer and actor, known for Ten Canoes (2006), Charlie's Country (2013) and Another Country (2015).

Ten Canoes (2006)

58. Sam Green

Director | The Weather Underground

Sam Green is a director and producer, known for The Weather Underground (2002), A Thousand Thoughts (2018) and The Universal Language (2011).

The Weather Underground (2002)

59. Bill Siegel

Director | The Weather Underground

Bill Siegel was born on December 24, 1962 in Orlando, Florida, USA. He was a director and producer, known for The Weather Underground (2002), The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013) and Independent Lens (1999). He was married to Lauren Goffen. He died on December 11, 2018 in the USA.

The Weather Underground (2002)

60. Scott Crary

Producer | Kill Your Idols

Scott Crary was born on April 12, 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Scott Aaron Crary. He is a producer and director, known for Kill Your Idols (2004), Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution (2017) and The Sum of the Prey. He has been married to Paola Alejandra Crary since December 2, 2016.

Kill Your Idols (2004)

The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (2002)

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