My Favorite Directors (Current Edition)

by tommy_leazaq | created - 22 Dec 2016 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

This list is based on "How excited I am when I am about to watch a new film from these filmmakers"

Min Qualification: 3 films (or) 2 mini-series

Last Seen: Fat City

New Entries (12) ------------------- #063. J. Lee Thompson #117. Mike Flanagan #121. Kaneto Shindo #138. Nagisa Oshima #139. Rene Laloux #159. Bruno Dumont #161. Isao Takahata #179. Theo Angelopoulos #185. Jean-Marie Straub #188. Shuji Terayama #192. Jacques Rivette #195. John Sturges

Drop-Offs from last year (12) --------------------------------- (2017: #129) Pete Docter (2017: #139) Dave Fleischer (2017: #147) Spike Jonze (2017: #153) Brad Bird (2017: #173) Leo McCarey (2017: #178) Victor Sjostrom (2017: #190) Sydney Pollack (2017: #192) Steven Soderbergh (2017: #193) Cecil B. DeMille (2017: #195) Stanley Donen (2017: #196) Erich von Stroheim (2017: #198) Vincente Minnelli

Biggest Jumps ---------------- +78 (#105 from #183) Sam Peckinpah +52 (#130 from #182) Paul Thomas Anderson +41 (#101 from #142) Luchino Visconti +34 (#115 from #149) John Cassavetes +29 (#028 from #057) Lars von Trier +29 (#170 from #199) Alan J. Pakula +28 (#060 from #088) Rainer Werner Fassbinder +21 (#021 from #050) Mike Leigh



Biggest Drops ---------------- -70 (#115 to #185) Jeff Nichols -68 (#110 to #178) Mohsen Makhmalbaf -35 (#161 to #196) Edward Yang -26 (#124 to #150) Stephen Chow -25 (#043 to #068) Francis Ford Coppola -21 (#103 to #124) Kenji Mizoguchi

1. Alfred Hitchcock

Director | Psycho

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #1 (0) 2016: #1 (0) 2015: #1 (0) 2014: #1 (0) 2013: #1 (0) 2012: #1 (0) 2011: #1

Movie Ranking: ---------------

01. Psycho (1960) - Masterpiece 02. Vertigo (1958) - Masterpiece 03. Rear Window (1954) - Masterpiece

04. The Birds (1963) - Brilliant 05. North by Northwest (1959) - Brilliant

06. Rope (1948) - Great 07. Rebecca (1940) - Great 08. Strangers on a Train (1951) - Great 09. The Lady Vanishes (1938) - Great

10. Sabotage (1936) - Very Good 11. Spellbound (1945) - Very Good 12. The Lodger (1927) - Very Good 13. Frenzy (1972) - Very Good 14. Notorious (1946) - Very Good 15. Blackmail (1929) - Very Good 16. The 39 Steps (1935) - Very Good

17. The Trouble with Harry (1955) - Good 18. Saboteur (1942) - Good 19. Shadow of a Doubt (1943) - Good 20. The Wrong Man (1956) - Good 21. Dial M for Murder (1954) - Good 22. Suspicion (1941) - Good

23. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) - OK 24. Marnie (1964) - OK

25. To Catch a Thief (1955) - Below Average

2. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Ran

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #2 (0) 2016: #2 (0) 2015: #2 (0) 2014: #2 (0) 2013: #2 (0) 2012: #2 (0) 2011: #2

Movie Ranking: -----------------

01. Seven Samurai (1954) - Masterpiece 02. Rashomon (1950) - Masterpiece

03. High and Low (1963) - Brilliant 04. Ikiru (1952) - Brilliant 05. Ran (1985) - Brilliant

06. Stray Dog (1949) - Great 07. Throne of Blood (1957) - Great 08. The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945) - Great

09. Yojimbo (1961) - Very Good 10. Sanshiro Sugata (1943) - Very Good 11. Dersu Uzala (1975) - Very Good 12. The Lower Depths (1957) - Very Good 13. The Bad Sleep Well (1960) - Very Good 14. No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) - Very Good 15. The Hidden Fortress (1958) - Very Good 16. Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) - Very Good

17. Red Beard (1965) - Good 18. Kagemusha (1980) - Good 19. Madadayo (1993) - Good 20. I Live in Fear (1955) - Good 21. One Wonderful Sunday (1947) - Good 22. The Quiet Duel (1949) - Good 23. Dodes'ka-den (1970) - Good 24. Drunken Angel (1948) - Good

25. The Idiot (1951) - OK 26. Sanjuro (1962) - OK 27. The Most Beautiful (1944) - OK 28. Rhapsody in August (1991) - OK

29. Scandal (1950) - Below Average 30. Sanshiro Sugata Part Two (1945) - Below Average

3. Luis Buñuel

Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

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

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #3 (0) 2016: #3 (0) 2015: #3 (0) 2014: #3 (0) 2013: #3 (0) 2012: #3 (+1) 2011: #4

Movie Ranking: -----------------

01. Viridiana (1961) - Masterpiece 02. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) - Masterpiece

03. The Exterminating Angel (1962) - Brilliant 04. Un Chien Andalou (1929) [S] - Brilliant

05. Los Olvidados (1950) - Great

06. Las Hurdes (1933) [S] - Very Good

07. L'Âge d'or (1930) - Good 08. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) - Good

09. Belle de jour (1967) - OK

4. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #4 (0) 2016: #4 (0) 2015: #4 (0) 2014: #4 (0) 2013: #4 (0) 2012: #4 (+2) 2011: #6

Movie Ranking: -----------------

01. Dr. Strangelove (1964) - Masterpiece 02. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Masterpiece

03. A Clockwork Orange (1971) - Brilliant 04. Paths of Glory (1957) - Brilliant

05. The Killing (1956) - Great

06. The Shining (1980) - Very Good 07. Eyes Wide Shut (1999) - Very Good

08. Day of the Fight (1951) [S,D] - Good 09. Full Metal Jacket (1987) - Good 10. Lolita (1962) - Good 11. Spartacus (1960) - Good

12. Barry Lyndon (1975) - OK

5. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

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

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #5 (0) 2016: #5 (0) 2015: #5 (0) 2014: #5 (0) 2013: #5 (0) 2012: #5 (+4) 2011: #9

6. Vittorio De Sica

Director | Ladri di biciclette

Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #6 (0) 2016: #6 (0) 2015: #6 (0) 2014: #6 (+9) 2013: #15 (+22) 2012: #37 (+2) 2011: #39

7. Ingmar Bergman

Writer | Smultronstället

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (1996) is the ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #7 (0) 2016: #7 (0) 2015: #7 (+2) 2014: #9 (+1) 2013: #10 (+7) 2012: #17 (+13) 2011: #30

8. Frank Capra

Director | It's a Wonderful Life

One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #8 (0) 2016: #8 (0) 2015: #8 (0) 2014: #8 (+1) 2013: #9 (+1) 2012: #10 (0) 2011: #10

9. Howard Hawks

Director | Rio Bravo

What do the classic films Scarface (1932), Twentieth Century (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Rio Bravo (1959) have in...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #9 (0) 2016: #9 (+1) 2015: #10 (0) 2014: #10 (+4) 2013: #14 (-2) 2012: #12 (+14) 2011: #26

10. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

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

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #11 (+4) 2016: #15 (0) 2015: #15 (0) 2014: #15 (+5) 2013: #20 (+8) 2012: #28 (-12) 2011: #16

11. 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. ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #10 (0) 2016: #10 (-1) 2015: #9 (-2) 2014: #7 (+4) 2013: #11 (0) 2012: #11 (-8) 2011: #3

12. Roman Polanski

Director | Chinatown

Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #15 (-1) 2016: #14 (0) 2015: #14 (0) 2014: #14 (+2) 2013: #16 (+7) 2012: #23 (+18) 2011: #41

13. Hayao Miyazaki

Director | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #23 (0) 2016: #23 (0) 2015: #23 (0) 2014: #23 (+1) 2013: #24 (-9) 2012: #15 (+25) 2011: #40

14. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #12 (-1) 2016: #11 (0) 2015: #11 (+1) 2014: #12 (-5) 2013: #7 (+29) 2012: #36 (-2) 2011: #34

15. John Ford

Director | The Quiet Man

John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #16 (0) 2016: #16 (0) 2015: #16 (0) 2014: #16 (-4) 2013: #12 (-3) 2012: #9 (+23) 2011: #32

16. William Wyler

Director | The Best Years of Our Lives

William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as the ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #18 (0) 2016: #18 (0) 2015: #18 (0) 2014: #18 (0) 2013: #18 (-4) 2012: #14 (+6) 2011: #20

17. Andrei Tarkovsky

Writer | Solyaris

The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood (1962), which ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #17 (0) 2016: #17 (0) 2015: #17 (0) 2014: #17 (0) 2013: #17 (+7) 2012: #24 (-3) 2011: #21

18. Jacques Tati

Writer | Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot

The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #21 (0) 2016: #21 (0) 2015: #21 (0) 2014: #21 (+48) 2013: #69 (New Entry) 2012: NA 2011: NA

19. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #38 (+4) 2016: #42 (+3) 2015: #45 (0) 2014: #45 (-5) 2013: #40 (+4) 2012: #44 (+28) 2011: #72

20. David Lean

Director | Lawrence of Arabia

An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #19 (0) 2016: #19 (0) 2015: #19 (0) 2014: #19 (+4) 2013: #23 (-7) 2012: #16 (+19) 2011: #35

21. Masaki Kobayashi

Director | Ningen no jôken

Masaki Kobayashi was born on February 14, 1916 in Hokkaido, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961), The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) and Harakiri (1962). He died on October 4, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #20 (0) 2016: #20 (0) 2015: #20 (0) 2014: #20 (+9) 2013: #29 (-23) 2012: #6 (New Entry) 2011: NA

22. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #22 (0) 2016: #22 (0) 2015: #22 (0) 2014: #22 (+9) 2013: #31 (-23) 2012: #8 (+10) 2011: #18

23. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

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

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #24 (0) 2016: #24 (0) 2015: #24 (0) 2014: #24 (+48) 2013: #72 (-21) 2012: #51 (New Entry) 2011: NA

24. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #25 (+1) 2016: #26 (+1) 2015: #27 (0) 2014: #27 (-1) 2013: #26 (-4) 2012: #22 (-5) 2011: #17

25. Elia Kazan

Director | On the Waterfront

Known for his creative stage direction, Elia Kazan was born Elias Kazantzoglou on September 7, 1909 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey). Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #14 (-1) 2016: #13 (0) 2015: #13 (0) 2014: #13 (-5) 2013: #8 (+18) 2012: #26 (+11) 2011: #37

26. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

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

In January of...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #26 (+1) 2016: #27 (+2) 2015: #29 (+2) 2014: #31 (-6) 2013: #25 (-4) 2012: #21 (-13) 2011: #8

27. Krzysztof Kieslowski

Writer | Trois couleurs: Bleu

Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #39 (+15) 2016: #54 (0) 2015: #54 (+27) 2014: #81 (0) 2013: #81 (-27) 2012: #54 (+17) 2011: #71

28. Lars von Trier

Writer | Dancer in the Dark

Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #57 (+1) 2016: #58 (+9) 2015: #67 (New Entry) 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

29. Mike Leigh

Director | Happy-Go-Lucky

Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Another Year (2010). He was previously married to Alison Steadman.

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #50 (New Entry) 2016: NA 2015: NA 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

30. Ernst Lubitsch

Director | To Be or Not to Be

From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #13 (-1) 2016: #12 (0) 2015: #12 (-1) 2014: #11 (-5) 2013: #6 (+1) 2012: #7 (New Entry) 2011: NA

31. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #29 (+1) 2016: #30 (+4) 2015: #34 (0) 2014: #34 (-21) 2013: #13 (+35) 2012: #48 (+18) 2011: #66

32. David Lynch

Writer | Twin Peaks

Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #27 (-2) 2016: #25 (0) 2015: #25 (0) 2014: #25 (-3) 2013: #22 (+38) 2012: #60 (-31) 2011: #29

33. Werner Herzog

Director | Fitzcarraldo

Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn't finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #30 (+2) 2016: #32 (+1) 2015: #33 (0) 2014: #33 (+4) 2013: #37 (+32) 2012: #69 (+23) 2011: #92

34. Henri-Georges Clouzot

Writer | Le salaire de la peur

Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau (1943) banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #28 (+1) 2016: #29 (+1) 2015: #30 (-1) 2014: #29 (-1) 2013: #28 (-15) 2012: #13 (-6) 2011: #7

35. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writer | Gertrud

The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #31 (+2) 2016: #33 (-2) 2015: #31 (-1) 2014: #30 (-3) 2013: #27 (+29) 2012: #56 (-14) 2011: #42

36. David Fincher

Director | Se7en

David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #32 (+2) 2016: #34 (-2) 2015: #32 (0) 2014: #32 (+30) 2013: #62 (-31) 2012: #31 (-3) 2011: #28

37. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #33 (+2) 2016: #35 (+1) 2015: #36 (0) 2014: #36 (+21) 2013: #57 (-7) 2012: #50 (-14) 2011: #36

38. 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 ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #34 (+2) 2016: #36 (-1) 2015: #35 (0) 2014: #35 (-1) 2013: #34 (-4) 2012: #30 (+1) 2011: #31

39. Michael Powell

Director | A Matter of Life and Death

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

for "The Archers"

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #35 (+2) 2016: #37 (0) 2015: #37 (0) 2014: #37 (-18) 2013: #19 (-1) 2012: #18 (New Entry) 2011: NA

40. Preston Sturges

Writer | The Great McGinty

Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S....

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #36 (+2) 2016: #38 (0) 2015: #38 (+1) 2014: #39 (+37) 2013: #76 (-18) 2012: #58 (+20) 2011: #78

41. Aleksandr Petrov

Director | Rusalka

He studied art at VGIK (state institute of cinema and TV). He was a disciple of Yuri Norstein at the Advanced School for screenwriters and directors (Moscow).

After making his first films in Russia, in Canada he adapted the novel The Old Man and the Sea (1999), resulting in a 20-minute animated ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #37 (+10) 2016: #47 (0) 2015: #47 (0) 2014: #47 (+36) 2013: #83 (New Entry) 2012: NA 2011: NA

42. Chan-wook Park

Director | Ah-ga-ssi

Chan-wook Park was born on August 23, 1963 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for Ah-ga-ssi (2016), Thirst (2009) and Oldeuboi (2003).

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #40 (0) 2016: #40 (0) 2015: #40 (-2) 2014: #38 (+18) 2013: #56 (New Entry) 2012: NA 2011: NA

43. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Schindler's List

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #41 (0) 2016: #41 (0) 2015: #41 (+1) 2014: #42 (-6) 2013: #36 (-7) 2012: #29 (-14) 2011: #15

44. Hiroshi Teshigahara

Director | Suna no onna

Hiroshi Teshigahara was born the son of Sofu Teshigahara who was the founder of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (flower arrangement). In 1950, he graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in oil painting. In 1958, he became the director of Sogetsu Art Centre and took a ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #42 (-11) 2016: #31 (-5) 2015: #26 (0) 2014: #26 (+29) 2013: #55 (+23) 2012: #78 (New Entry) 2011: NA

45. Carol Reed

Director | The Third Man

Carol Reed was the second son of stage actor, dramatics teacher and impresario founder of the Royal School of Dramatic Arts Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Reed was one of Tree's six illegitimate children with Beatrice Mae Pinney, who Tree established in a second household apart from his married life. ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #44 (0) 2016: #44 (-1) 2015: #43 (-2) 2014: #41 (+17) 2013: #58 (-19) 2012: #39 (+20) 2011: #59

46. Sidney Lumet

Director | 12 Angry Men

Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #45 (-2) 2016: #43 (-1) 2015: #42 (+1) 2014: #43 (+13) 2013: #30 (+2) 2012: #32 (+44) 2011: #76

47. Sergio Leone

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #46 (-1) 2016: #45 (-1) 2015: #44 (0) 2014: #44 (+29) 2013: #73 (-11) 2012: #62 (-19) 2011: #43

48. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #47 (-1) 2016: #46 (0) 2015: #46 (0) 2014: #46 (+1) 2013: #47 (-1) 2012: #46 (-34) 2011: #12

49. Jules Dassin

Director | Pote tin Kyriaki

Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi (1955), Never on Sunday (1960), and Topkapi (1964).

He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #48 (+1) 2016: #49 (0) 2015: #49 (0) 2014: #49 (+1) 2013: #50 (New Entry) 2012: NA 2011: NA

50. Michael Haneke

Writer | Caché

A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #49 (+1) 2016: #50 (0) 2015: #50 (+1) 2014: #51 (New Entry) 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

51. Robert Zemeckis

Writer | Back to the Future

A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #51 (0) 2016: #51 (+1) 2015: #52 (+1) 2014: #53 (+34) 2013: #87 (-16) 2012: #71 (-52) 2011: #19

52. Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Producer | Deux jours, une nuit

After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business.

In 1978 ...

** Dardenne Brothers **

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #52 (0) 2016: #52 (+1) 2015: #53 (+1) 2014: #54 (New Entry) 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

53. Kar-Wai Wong

Writer | Yi dai zong shi

Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #55 (+1) 2016: #56 (0) 2015: #56 (-6) 2014: #50 (+16) 2013: #66 (-46) 2012: #20 (+40) 2011: #60

54. Béla Tarr

Producer | Werckmeister harmóniák

Béla Tarr was born on July 21, 1955 in Pécs, Hungary. He is a producer and director, known for Werckmeister harmóniák (2000), A torinói ló (2011) and Kárhozat (1988). He is married to Ágnes Hranitzky.

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #53 (0) 2016: #53 (-2) 2015: #51 (New Entry) 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

55. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #54 (+1) 2016: #55 (0) 2015: #55 (0) 2014: #55 (-9) 2013: #46 (-6) 2012: #40 (-27) 2011: #13

56. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #56 (+1) 2016: #57 (0) 2015: #57 (0) 2014: #57 (-5) 2013: #52 (-9) 2012: #43 (+7) 2011: #50

57. Majid Majidi

Director | Bacheha-Ye aseman

Majid Majidi was born on April 17, 1959 in Tehran, Iran to a middle class family. He started acting in amateur theater groups at the age of fourteen. After receiving his high school diploma, he started studying art at the Institute of Dramatic Art in Tehran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #58 (+1) 2016: #59 (+7) 2015: #66 (0) 2014: #66 (New Entry) 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

58. Satoshi Kon

Writer | Tôkyô goddofâzâzu

Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z (1991) by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #59 (+1) 2016: #60 (+8) 2015: #68 (New Entry) 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

59. Aki Kaurismäki

Producer | Le Havre

Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965)) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific ...

2017: #62 (+11) 2016: #73 (New Entry) 2015: NA 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

60. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit

Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #88 (+1) 2016: #89 (-9) 2015: #80 (-8) 2014: #72 (+14) 2013: #86 (-18) 2012: #68 (New Entry) 2011: NA

61. 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...

2017: #60 (+1) 2016: #61 (New Entry) 2015: NA 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

62. Yimou Zhang

Director | Shi mian mai fu

Yimou Zhang was born on November 14, 1951 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is a director and writer, known for House of Flying Daggers (2004), Ying xiong (2002) and Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006).

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #63 (0) 2016: #63 (-4) 2015: #59 (0) 2014: #59 (-11) 2013: #48 (+17) 2012: #65 (New Entry) 2011: NA"

63. Jean-Pierre Melville

Actor | À bout de souffle

The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #68 (+1) 2016: #69 (-4) 2015: #65 (-2) 2014: #63 (-12) 2013: #51 (New Entry) 2012: NA 2011: NA"

64. Georges Méliès

Director | À la conquête du pôle

Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.

Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #64 (0) 2016: #64 (-4) 2015: #60 (+1) 2014: #61 (-29) 2013: #32 (New Entry) 2012: NA 2011: NA"

65. J. Lee Thompson

Director | The Guns of Navarone

J. Lee Thompson was born on August 1, 1914 in Bristol, England as John Lee Thompson. He was a director and writer, known for The Guns of Navarone (1961), Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957) and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). He was married to Lucille Kelly, Penny Thompson, Florence (Bill) ...

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66. Richard Linklater

Director | Waking Life

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

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #66 (0) 2016: #66 (-4) 2015: #62 (+55) 2014: #117 (Re-Entry) 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: #84

67. Ki-duk Kim

Writer | Bin-jip

He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Ag-o (1996). Then he went on to direct ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #67 (+1) 2016: #68 (-5) 2015: #63 (-3) 2014: #60 (-18) 2013: #42 (-4) 2012: #38 (+62) 2011: #100

68. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #43 (-4) 2016: #39 (0) 2015: #39 (+1) 2014: #40 (+13) 2013: #53 (+11) 2012: #64 (-10) 2011: #54

69. Stanley Kramer

Producer | Judgment at Nuremberg

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

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #61 (+1) 2016: #62 (+14) 2015: #76 (-1) 2014: #75 (-40) 2013: #35 (Re-Entry) 2012: NA 2011: #46

70. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #65 (-17) 2016: #48 (0) 2015: #48 (0) 2014: #48 (+17) 2013: #65 (New Entry) 2012: NA 2011: NA

71. Pierre Étaix

Actor | Yoyo

Pierre Étaix was born on November 23, 1928 in Roanne, Loire, France as Pierre Léon Étaix. He was an actor and writer, known for Yoyo (1965), Tant qu'on a la santé (1966) and The Suitor (1962). He was married to Odile Crepin and Annie Fratellini. He died on October 14, 2016 in Paris, France.

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #70 (+1) 2016: #71 (New Entry) 2015: NA 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

72. Don Hertzfeldt

Animation_department | World of Tomorrow

Don Hertzfeldt was born on August 1, 1976 in Fremont, California, USA as Donald Charles Hertzfeldt. He is known for his work on World of Tomorrow (2015), It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011) and The Simpsons (1989).

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #71 (New Entry) 2016: NA 2015: NA 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

73. Hirokazu Koreeda

Director | Manbiki kazoku

Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film Mou hitotsu no kyouiku - Ina shogakkou haru gumi no kiroku (1991). His first feature, Maborosi (1995), ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #72 (New Entry) 2016: NA 2015: NA 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

74. Jean-Luc Godard

Director | À bout de souffle

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 ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #79 (-1) 2016: #78 (+9) 2015: #87 (-7) 2014: #74 (+21) 2013: #95 (-28) 2012: #67 (+18) 2011: #85

75. Shôhei Imamura

Director | Kuroi ame

Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Ôshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura began his serious directorial career as a member of the New Wave movement in Japan....

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #89 (New Entry) 2016: NA 2015: NA 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

76. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Director | Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da

Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul on January 26th, 1959. In 1976, he began studying chemical engineering at Istanbul Technical University, in a context of strong student unrest, boycotts and political polarization. In 1978, he switched courses to Electrical Engineering at Bogazici University. ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #69 (-2) 2016: #67 (+2) 2015: #69 (New Entry) 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

77. Satyajit Ray

Writer | Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #73 (-3) 2016: #70 (+8) 2015: #78 (+6) 2014: #84 (-43) 2013: #41 (+1) 2012: #42 (New Entry) 2011: NA

78. Federico Fellini

Writer | Amarcord

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

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #74 (-2) 2016: #72 (-8) 2015: #64 (-2) 2014: #62 (-29) 2013: #33 (-8) 2012: #25 (+24) 2011: #49

79. Jim Jarmusch

Director | Broken Flowers

Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #75 (-1) 2016: #74 (-16) 2015: #58 (0) 2014: #58 (+2) 2013: #60 (New Entry) 2012: NA 2011: NA

80. Tex Avery

Director | A Wild Hare

Tex Avery was a descendant of Judge Roy Bean and Daniel Boone, but all his grandma ever told him about it was "Don't ever mention you are kin to Roy Bean. He's a no good skunk!!" After graduating from North Dallas High School in 1927, Avery moved to Southern California in 1929 and got a job in the ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #76 (-1) 2016: #75 (-3) 2015: #72 (-3) 2014: #69 (-48) 2013: #21 (+53) 2012: #74 (New Entry) 2011: NA

81. Abbas Kiarostami

Director | Bad ma ra khahad bord

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

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #77 (-1) 2016: #76 (+1) 2015: #77 (+5) 2014: #82 (+12) 2013: #94 (-4) 2012: #90 (New Entry) 2011: NA

82. Sergei M. Eisenstein

Director | Aleksandr Nevskiy

The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #82 (-54) 2016: #28 (0) 2015: #28 (0) 2014: #28 (+64) 2013: #92 (-7) 2012: #85 (+5) 2011: #90

83. Ethan Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #84 (-3) 2016: #81 (-6) 2015: #75 (-4) 2014: #71 (0) 2013: #71 (-44) 2012: #27 (0) 2011: #27

84. Robert Bresson

Writer | Au hasard Balthazar

Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Affaires publiques (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Les anges du péché (1943) in 1943. ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #87 (0) 2016: #87 (-16) 2015: #71 (-6) 2014: #65 (-26) 2013: #39 (+14) 2012: #53 (+2) 2011: #55

85. Kon Ichikawa

Director | Inugami-ke no ichizoku

Kon Ichikawa has been influenced by artists as diverse as Walt Disney and Jean Renoir, and his films cover a wide spectrum of moods, from the comic to the overwhelmingly ironic and even the perverse. Ichikawa began his career as a cartoonist, and this influence is apparent in his skillful use of ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #98 (+8) 2016: #106 (-5) 2015: #101 (New Entry) 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

86. Masahiro Shinoda

Director | Shinjû: Ten no Amijima

Masahiro Shinoda was born on March 9, 1931 in Gifu, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Double Suicide (1969), Ballad of Orin (1977) and Chinmoku (1971). He has been married to Shima Iwashita since 1967. They have one child.

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #78 (-1) 2016: #77 (-3) 2015: #74 (-4) 2014: #70 (-9) 2013: #61 (New Entry) 2012: NA 2011: NA

87. Jean Renoir

Writer | La grande illusion

Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #94 (-3) 2016: #91 (-8) 2015: #83 (+2) 2014: #85 (+11) 2013: #96 (-10) 2012: #86 (+7) 2011: #93

88. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #80 (-15) 2016: #65 (-4) 2015: #61 (-9) 2014: #52 (+18) 2013: #70 (-13) 2012: #57 (-34) 2011: #23

89. Alejandro Jodorowsky

Writer | La montaña sagrada

Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Iquique, Chile on February 7, 1929. In 1942 he moved to Santiago where he attended university, was a circus clown and a puppeteer. In 1955 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. He worked with Maurice Chevalier there and made a short film, La cravate...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #90 (-7) 2016: #83 (+1) 2015: #84 (+6) 2014: #90 (New Entry) 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

90. Roy Andersson

Director | Sånger från andra våningen

Roy Andersson was born on March 31, 1943 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Roy Arne Lennart Andersson. He is a director and writer, known for Songs from the Second Floor (2000), En kärlekshistoria (1970) and En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron (2014).

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #81 (-2) 2016: #79 (New Entry) 2015: NA 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

91. Jafar Panahi

Director | Taxi

Jafar Panahi (Born 11 July 1960) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor, commonly identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement. After several years of making short films and working as an assistant director for fellow Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi achieved ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #83 (-3) 2016: #80 (-7) 2015: #73 (+93) 2014: #166 (New Entry) 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

92. Michelangelo Antonioni

Writer | Blowup

Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema"...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #86 (-4) 2016: #82 (+8) 2015: #90 (-10) 2014: #80 (+4) 2013: #84 (-39) 2012: #45 (+18) 2011: #63

93. Roberto Rossellini

Writer | Paisà

The master filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, as one of the creators of neo-realism, is one of the most influential directors of all time. His neo-realist films influenced France's nouvelle vague movement in the 1950s and '60s that changed the face of international cinema. He also influenced American ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #91 (-6) 2016: #85 (-15) 2015: #70 (-3) 2014: #67 (+33) 2013: #100 (-16) 2012: #84 (+3) 2011: #87

94. Andrzej Wajda

Director | Katyn

Andrzej Wajda is an Academy Award-wining director. He is the most prominent filmmaker in Poland known for The Promised Land (1975), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyn (2007).

He was Born on March 6, 1926, in Suwalki, Poland. His mother, Aniela Wajda, was a teacher at a Ukrainian school. His father, Jakub...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #92 (-4) 2016: #88 (-9) 2015: #79 (+4) 2014: #83 (+38) 2013: #121 (-24) 2012: #97 (New Entry) 2011: NA

95. Yasujirô Ozu

Director | Tôkyô monogatari

Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #97 (-3) 2016: #94 (-5) 2015: #89 (-10) 2014: #79 (-11) 2013: #68 (-2) 2012: #66 (+17) 2011: #83

96. 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...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #100 (-5) 2016: #95 (-4) 2015: #91 (-13) 2014: #78 (-40) 2013: #38 (+54) 2012: #92 (New Entry) 2011: NA

97. Terrence Malick

Writer | Days of Heaven

Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #93 (-3) 2016: #90 (-9) 2015: #81 (-17) 2014: #64 (+3) 2013: #67 (+24) 2012: #91 (New Entry) 2011: NA

98. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Director | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #85 (+18) 2016: #103 (+86) 2015: #189 (New Entry) 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA

99. F.W. Murnau

Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #96 (-12) 2016: #84 (+1) 2015: #85 (-12) 2014: #73 (+18) 2013: #91 (-10) 2012: #81 (-36) 2011: #45

100. 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 ...

Ranking History: ------------------- 2017: #99 (New Entry) 2016: NA 2015: NA 2014: NA 2013: NA 2012: NA 2011: NA



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