Oscar Legends: The Complete Collectionby adog1990 | created - 22 May 2015 | updated - 3 days ago | Public
Rows 1-607: Directors
Rows 608-775: Animation Creators
Rows 776-991: Script Writers
Rows 992-1154: Producers
Rows 1155-1195: Film Crew/Directors
Rows 1196-1305: Acting and Film Makers
Finally for what is not on the list are famous Best Picture or any Best Feature Film nominated film studios and their Academy Award films that they did work on, that are:
* American Zoetrope (American Graffiti, The Godfather Part II, The Conversation, Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope, Apocalypse Now, The Black Stallion, Kagemusha, One from the Heart, The Cotton Club, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Godfather Part III, Dracula, Don Juan DeMarco, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, My Family, Sleepy Hollow, Being John Malkovich, Lost in Translation, Kinsey, The Good Shepherd and Marie Antoinette) * Regency Enterprises (Brazil, Legend, Pretty Woman, JFK, The Mambo Kings, Under Siege, Six Degrees of Separation, The Client, L.A. Confidential, Fight Club, Bridget Jones' Diary, Unfaithful, Fantastic Mr. Fox, 12 Years a Slave, Philomena, Gone Girl, Birdman, The Revenant and The Big Short) * Village Roadshow Pictures (The Matrix, Space Cowboys, Training Day, Mystic River, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Happy Feet, Sherlock Holmes, The Great Gatsby, The Lego Movie, The Judge, American Sniper, Mad Max: Fury Road, Sully and Passengers) * Alcon Entertainment (The Affair of the Necklace, The Blind Side, Prisoners, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049) * Plan B Entertainment (Troy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Departed, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Tree of Life, Moneyball, 12 Years a Slave, Selma, The Big Short and Moonlight) * Legendary Pictures (Batman Begins, Superman Returns, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Town, Interstellar, Unbroken, Steve Jobs, Straight Outta Compton, Carne y Arena and Kong: Skull Island) * Bold Films (Drive, Whiplash and Nightcrawler) * RatPac-Dune Entertainment (The Devil Wears Prada, Borat, Australia, Crazy Heart, Avatar, 127 Hours, Black Swan, Unstoppable, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Prometheus, Life of Pi, Hitchcock, Lincoln, The Sessions, Gravity, The Lego Movie, The Judge, Inherent Vice, American Sniper, Mad Max: Fury Road, Creed, The Revenant, Suicide Squad, Sully, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Dunkirk and The Disaster Artist) * Caravan Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment (The Sixth Sense, The Insider, Seabiscuit, Memoirs of a Geisha, Wanted, Star Trek and Invictus) * Imagine Entertainment (Willow, Parenthood, Backdraft, The Paper, Apollo 13, The Nutty Professor, Life, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile, Cinderella Man, American Gangster, Changeling and Frost/Nixon) * Working Title Films (My Beautiful Laundrette, Wild at Heart, Barton Fink, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Dead Man Walking, Fargo, Elizabeth, Billy Elliot, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Bridget Jones's Diary, The Man Who Wasn't There, About a Boy, Pride & Prejudice, United 93, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Atonement, Frost/Nixon, A Serious Man, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Anna Karenina, Les Misérables, The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl, Hail Caesar!, Baby Driver, Victoria & Abdul and Darkest Hour) * Media Rights Capital (Babel, Ted, Foxcatcher and Baby Driver) * Phoenix Pictures (The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Mirror Has Two Faces, The Thin Red Line and Black Swan) * Cross Creek Pictures (Black Swan, The Ides of March, Hacksaw Ridge and Roman J. Israel, Esq.) * Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby) * Relativity Media (Monster House, The Pursuit of Happyness, 3:10 to Yuma, Atonement, American Gangster, Charlie Wilson's War, Wanted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Frost/Nixon, A Serious Man, Nine, The Wolfman, Salt, The Social Network, The Fighter, Bridesmaids, Anonymous, Mirror Mirror, Les Misérables and Beyond the Lights) * Jersey Films (Hoffa, Pulp Fiction, Gattaca, Out of Sight and Erin Brockovich) * Castle Rock Entertainment (Misery, City Slickers, A Few Good Men, Mr. Saturday Night, In the Line of Fire, The Shawshank Redemption, The American President, Ghosts of Mississippi, Lone Star, Hamlet (1996), Jackie Brown, The Green Mile, A Mighty Wind, Before Sunset, The Polar Express, Michael Clayton and Before Midnight) * Malpaso Productions (Paint Your Wagon, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Heartbreak Ridge, Bird, Unforgiven, The Bridges of Madison County, Space Cowboys, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Changeling, Invictus, Hereafter, American Sniper and Sully) * Brooksfilms (The Elephant Man, My Favorite Year, Frances, To Be or Not to Be and The Fly) * Jolie Pas Productions (Unbroken and The Breadwinner) * Scott Rudin Productions (The Addams Family, The Firm, Addams Family Values, Sabrina, Marvin's Room, The Truman Show, A Civil Action, South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut, Angela's Ashes, Wonder Boys, The Hours, The Village, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Queen, Notes on a Scandal, No Country for Old Men, Doubt, Revolutionary Road, Julie & Julia, The Social Network, True Grit, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Moonrise Kingdom, Captain Phillips, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Steve Jobs, Fences and Lady Bird) * Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (United 93, Lars and the Real Girl, The Kite Runner, Moneyball and Hell or High Water) * Bing Crosby Productions/Rysher Entertainment (Road to Rio, High Society, High Time, The Magic Pear Tree, Ben, The Great Santini and Primal Fear) * GK Films (Traffic, Ali, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Blood Diamond, The Young Victoria, The Town, Rango, Hugo, Argo and Allied) * Mirage Enterprises (Absence of Malice, Tootsie, Out of Africa, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Havana, The Firm, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Sense and Sensibility, Sabrina, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Iris, The Quiet American, Cold Mountain, and The Reader) * Recorded Picture Company (The Last Emperor, Sexy Beast, Pina and Kon-Tiki) * Scott Free Productions (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, American Gangster, Unstoppable, Prometheus, The Martian, All the Money in the World and Blade Runner 2049) * MTV Films (Election, Tupac: Resurrection, Hustle & Flow, Murderball and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa) * CBS Films (Inside Llewyn Davis and Hell or High Water) * Senator Film Produktion (The Motorcycle Diaries, Joyeux Noel and Loveless) * Constantin Film Produktion (Dancer in the Dark, Nowhere in Africa, Downfall, The Baader Meinhof Complex and Paris 36) * Bioskop Film (The Tin Drum) * Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (A Simple Story, Angry Harvest, The Nasty Girl, One Day in September, Bowling for Columbine, The Gruffalo, Pina, Mustang, The Square and A Fantastic Woman) * Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) (Downfall and Citizenfour) * Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Das Boot, Schtonk, Dancer in the Dark, Downfall, Amour, Toni Erdmann and Loveless) * Hessischer Rundfunk (Mephisto and Bagdad Cafe) * Studio Babelsberg (Jacob the Liar, A Chef in Love, The Painist, The Constant Gardener, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Reader, Inglourious Basterds, In Darkness, Anonymous, The Book Thief, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Bridge of Spies) * Pathé (La Dolce Vita, Automania 2000, Woman in the Dunes, Clay or The Origin of Species, Hypothese Beta, Angela's Ashes, Lost in Translation, The Chorus, The Queen, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Slumdog Millionaire, The Duchess, Tropic Thunder, Paris 36, Bright Star, 127 Hours, The Illusionist, The Iron Lady, The Great Beauty, Philomena, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Selma and Youth) * Canal+ (Hamlet (1990), Terminator 2, JFK, Indochinhe, The Mambo Kings, Under Siege, Basic Instinct, Damage, Chaplin, Cliffhanger, Queen Margot, Three Colors: Red, Burnt by the Sun, Il Postino, A Chef in Love, Ridicule, East/West, The Straight Story, Humdrum, U-571, The Taste of Others, Vatel, Dancer in the Dark, Amélie, Mulholland Dr., Winged Migration, The Pianist, The Barbarian Invasions, The Triplets of Belleville, The Chorus, The Sea Inside, A Very Long Engagement, Joyeux Noel, March of the Penguins, Days of Glory, The Queen, La Vie en Rose, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Class, Paris 36, Coco Before Chanel, The Secret of Kells, The White Ribbon, A Prophet, The Illusionist, Outside the Law, The Artist, Albert Nobbs, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Amour, The Invisible War, The Great Beauty, Philomena, Ida, Two Days One Night, The Lobster, Mustang, Youth, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle, Elle, Dunkirk, Loveless and Faces Places) * France 3 (A Simple Story, Ridicule, East/West, Amélie, Dancer in the Dark, Winged Migration, The Triplets of Belleville, Days of Glory, The Queen, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Persepolis, Paris 36, Outside the Law, A Cat in Paris, The Artist, Amour and My Life as a Zucchini) * Gaumont (Mon Oncle, Cousin Cousine, To Forget Venice, Three Brothers, Dangerous Moves, Betty Blue, Camille Claudel, The Fifth Element, Vatel and Atonement) * RAI (The Family, Au Revoir les Enfants, Cinema Paradiso, The Star Maker, Downfall, Don't Tell, I Am Love and Fire at Sea) * Anonymous Content (21 Grams, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Babel, Winter's Bone, Spotlight and The Revenant) * Tollin/Robbins Productions (Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream and Norbit) * Davis Entertainment (Predator, Waterworld, Daylight, I Robot, Norbit, Joy and Ferdinand) * Palomar Pictures/Edgar J. Scherick Associates (For Love of Ivy, They Shot Horses Don't They?, Murmur of the Heart, Sleuth, The Heartbreak Kid, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' and Rambling Rose) * Home Box Office (HBO) (A Passage to India, Ironweed, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, 4 Little Girls, Amistad, The Canterbury Tales, Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth, Murder on a Sunday Morning, LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Bowling for Columbine, American Spledor, Maria Full of Grace, Yesterday, Twist of Faith, The Blood of Yingzhou District, The Departed, Borat, Smile Pinki, Tropic Thunder, The Conscience of Nhem En, China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, Saving Face, Dirty Wars, Iron Man 3, Citizenfour, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, O.J.: Made in America, Jim: The James Foley Story and Traffic Stop) * Comedy Central (South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut, Bowling for Columbine and The Big Short) * British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, Twelve Monkeys, Jerry Maguire, The Old Lady and the Pigeons, The Canterbury Tales, Primary Colors, A Simple Plan, Hilary and Jackie, One Day in September, Wonder Boys, Billy Elliot, Shadow of the Vampire, Bowling for Columbine, Dirty Pretty Things, The Triplets of Belleville, Match Point, Mrs Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal, Marie Antoinette, Venus, Eastern Promises, American Gangster, Across the Universe, Charlie Wilson's War, Waltz with Bashir, Man on Wire, The Duchess, Revolutionary Road, Milk, An Education, The Cove, Invictus, In the Loop, Bright Star, The Gruffalo, 127 Hours, Jane Eyre, My Week with Marilyn, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Skyfall, The Invisible Woman, Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks, Brooklyn, Florence Foster Jenkins and Victoria & Abdul) * American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (Man in Space, Charly, A Christmas Carol, Straw Dogs, Kotch, Cabaret, Nashville, Silkwood, Prizzi's Honor, Marvin's Room, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Invictus, The Messenger, Iron Man 3 and Nebraska) * Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (Just Another Missing Kid, Brooklyn Bridge, Bridge to Freedom: 1965, D-Day Remembered, Hoop Dreams, Last Days in Vietnam, Interstellar and Abacus: Small Enough for Jail) * Discovery Communications (Crimson Tide, Face/Off, Talk to Her, Taxi to the Dark Side, Man on Wire, Encounters at the End of the World and Racing Extinction) * The Ladd Company (Outland, Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner, The Right Stuff, Braveheart and Gone Baby Gone) * Annapurna Pictures (The Master, Zero Dark Thirty, The Grandmaster, Her, American Hustle, Foxcatcher, Joy, 20th Century Women and Phantom Thread) * Revolution Studios (Black Hawk Down, Click, Across the Universe, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Straight Outta Compton) * DC Comics/Entertainment (Superman, Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Catch Me If You Can, Batman Begins, Superman Returns, The Dark Knight and Suicide Squad) * Scholastic (The Golden Compass and Boyhood) * Dick Clark Productions (Taxi Driver, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Forrest Gump and Rise of the Planet of the Apes) * The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Two Arabian Knights, The Racket, Prelude to War, The Bad and the Beautiful, Susan Slept Here, A Star Is Born, Rear Window, Vertigo, Spartacus, My Fair Lady, The Oscar, California Suite, Chaplin and The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara) * Interscope Communications/Radar Pictures (Roommates, Mr. Holland's Opus, What Dreams May Come, The Pianist and The Last Samurai) * Carolco Pictures (Tribute, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Music Box, Total Recall, Hamlet (1990), Terminator 2, Rambling Rose, Basic Instinct, Chaplin and Cliffhanger) * Propaganda Films (Wild at Heart, Alien³, The Portrait of a Lady, Sleepers, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation.) * Walden Media (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Wonder) * Amazon Studios (The Salesman, Manchester by the Sea and The Big Sick) * Netflix (The Square, Virunga, What Happened Miss Simone?, Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom, Extremis, The White Helmets, 13th, Heroin(e), Icarus, Strong Island, On Body and Soul and Mudbound) * Golden Harvest Company (The Tempest) * Shaw Brothers (Meteor and Blade Runner) * Huayi Brothers (Molly's Game) * China Film Co-Production Corporation (Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, Farewell My Concubine, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Iron Man 3 and Her) * Sil-Metropole Organisation (Hero and The Grandmaster)
Also to get to know about this list, check my other Oscar Legends lists that are on IMDb. Finally this list is also to be a resume list of Academy Award films these directors to producers have made.
1. 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....
Citizen Kane The Magnificent Ambersons The Stranger
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 ...
Spartacus Lolita Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 2001: A Space Odyssey A Clockwork Orange Barry Lyndon Full Metal Jacket
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, ...
Jaws Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1941 Raiders of the Lost Ark Poltergeist E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom The Color Purple Empire of the Sun Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Hook Jurassic Park Schindler's List The Lost World: Jurassic Park Amistad Saving Private Ryan A.I. Artificial Intelligence Minority Report Catch Me If You Can War of the Worlds Munich Memoirs of a Geisha Flags of Our Fathers Letters from Iwo Jima The Adventures of Tintin War Horse Lincoln Bridge of Spies The Post
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 ...
Is Paris Burning? You're a Big Boy Now Finian's Rainbow Patton The Godfather American Graffiti The Great Gatsby (1974 film) The Conversation The Godfather: Part II Apocalypse Now One from the Heart The Cotton Club Peggy Sue Got Married Tucker: The Man and His Dream The Godfather: Part III Dracula Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Don Juan DeMarco
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 ...
Woodstock Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Taxi Driver Raging Bull The Color of Money The Last Temptation of Christ The Grifters Goodfellas Cape Fear The Age of Innocence Casino Kundun Gangs of New York The Aviator The Departed The Young Victoria Hugo The Wolf of Wall Street Silence
6. Ang Lee
Director | Wo hu cang long
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ...
The Wedding Banquet Eat Drink Man Woman Sense and Sensibility Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Brokeback Mountain Life of Pi
Director | The Hurt Locker
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be ...
The Hurt Locker Zero Dark Thirty
Director | 12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen was born on October 9, 1969 in London, England as Steve Rodney McQueen. He is a director and writer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Shame (2011) and Hunger (2008). He is married to Bianca Stigter. They have two children.
12 Years a Slave
Director | Moonlight
10. Jordan Peele
Writer | Get Out
Jordan Peele attended Sarah Lawrence College as a member of the class of 2001. His mother is white and his father is black. Jordan is married to comedian Chelsea Peretti, with whom he has a son.
He is known for co-writing and starring in the comedy Keanu (2016), opposite his close friend ...
11. 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 ...
A Little Princess Y Tu Mamá También Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Children of Men Pan's Labyrinth Gravity
Producer | The Revenant
Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.
González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...
Amores Perros 21 Grams Babel Biutiful Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) The Revenant Carne y Arena
Writer | El laberinto del fauno
Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ...
Pan's Labyrinth Hellboy II: The Golden Army The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies The Shape of Water
Writer | The Last Emperor
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. 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 La commare ...
The Conformist Last Tango in Paris The Last Emperor
15. 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...
Rashomon Seven Samurai Yojimbo Dodes'ka-den Dersu Uzala Kagemusha Ran Runaway Train
16. Yôjirô Takita
Director | Okuribito
Born in Takaoka, Toyama, Yojiro Takita came to international audiences' attention with the release of Okuribito ('Departures'), which won the Best foreign Language film awards at the Oscars in 2009. He had begun his directorial career in the 1980s with the 'chikan' ('molester') series depicting ...
Director | Jigokumon
Former female impersonator who entered films in 1917 as an actor, turned to directing in 1922 and made some of the most formally brilliant Japanese films of the following decades. The few of Kinugasa's early works to have reached the West betray a highly mature, sophisticated talent. His best-known...
Gate of Hell
18. Hiroshi Inagaki
Director | Wasurerareta kora
Inagaki's career in film began as an actor--a child actor, in fact, appearing in numerous silent films beginning at the very dawn of Japanese cinema. This is probably why he was promoted to director at the unusually (for Japan) young age of 22. Along with producer Mansaku Itami (later the father of...
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
19. Ben Affleck
Producer | Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has...
Good Will Hunting Gone Baby Gone The Town Argo
20. Robert Benton
Writer | Kramer vs. Kramer
Robert Benton was born on September 29, 1932 in Waxahachie, Texas, USA as Robert Douglas Benton. He is a writer and director, known for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Superman (1978).
Bonnie and Clyde The Late Show Superman Kramer vs. Kramer Places in the Heart Nobody's Fool
21. James L. Brooks
Writer | As Good as It Gets
James L. Brooks was born on May 9, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as James Lawrence Brooks. He is a writer and producer, known for As Good as It Gets (1997), Terms of Endearment (1983) and Broadcast News (1987). He was previously married to Holly Holmberg Brooks and Marianne Catherine Morrissey.
Starting Over Terms of Endearment Broadcast News Big Jerry Maguire As Good as It Gets The Longest Daycare
22. 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 ...
Shoeshine Bicycle Thieves Umberto D. Indiscretion of an American Wife A Farewell to Arms Two Women Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Marriage Italian Style Sunflower The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
Writer | La migliore offerta
Giuseppe Tornatore was born on May 27, 1956 in Bagheria, Sicily, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for The Best Offer (2013), La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano (1998) and Cinema Paradiso (1988).
Cinema Paradiso The Star Maker Malèna
24. 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...
What's New Pussycat Annie Hall Interiors Manhattan Zelig Broadway Danny Rose The Purple Rose of Cairo Hannah and Her Sisters Radio Days Crimes and Misdemeanors Alice Husbands and Wives Bullets Over Broadway Mighty Aphrodite Deconstructing Harry Sweet and Lowdown Match Point Vicky Cristina Barcelona Midnight in Paris Blue Jasmine
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...
Pulp Fiction Jackie Brown Inglourious Basterds Django Unchained The Hateful Eight
26. Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh was born on March 26, 1970 in Camberwell, London, England. He is a writer and director, known for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012).
Six Shooter In Bruges Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
27. Clint Eastwood
Actor | Gran Torino
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...
The Outlaw Josey Wales Heartbreak Ridge Bird Unforgiven The Bridges of Madison County Space Cowboys Mystic River Million Dollar Baby Flags of Our Fathers Letters from Iwo Jima Changeling Invictus Hearafter American Sniper Sully
28. Oliver Stone
Director | 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 ...
Midnight Express Salvador Platoon Wall Street Born on the Fourth of July Reversal of Fortune JFK Nixon Evita The People vs. Larry Flynt
29. 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 ...
1941 Romancing the Stone Back to the Future Who Framed Roger Rabbit Back to the Future Part II Death Becomes Her Forrest Gump Contact Cast Away The Polar Express Flight Allied
30. Peter Jackson
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,...
Heavenly Creatures The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King King Kong (2005 film) District 9 The Lovely Bones The Adventures of Tintin The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
31. Sydney Pollack
Director | Tootsie
Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films.
Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...
The Slender Thread They Shoot Horses, Don't They The Way We Were Three Days of the Condor The Electric Horseman Absence of Malice Tootsie Songwriter Out of Africa Havana The Firm Sabrina (1995 film) Cold Mountain Michael Clayton The Reader
Writer | The Talented Mr. Ripley
Anthony Minghella was the son of immigrants from Italy, who own an ice-cream factory on the Isle of Wight, where Anthony was born on January 6, 1954. He and his two siblings, Edana Minghella and Dominic Minghella, grew up there, a popular British holiday spot. After graduating from the University of...
The English Patient The Talented Mr. Ripley Cold Mountain The Reader Nine
33. George Roy Hill
Director | The Sting
George Roy Hill was never able to 'hit it off' with the critics despite the fact that 2 of his films - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and The Sting (1973) - had remained among the top 10 box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic ...
Period of Adjustment Toys in the Attic Hawaii Through Modern Millie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid The Sting A Little Romance The World According to Garp
34. Roman Polanski
Actor | 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 ...
Knife in the Water Rosemary's Baby Chinatown Tess Pirates The Pianist
35. Ron Howard
Actor | Arrested Development
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.
Splash Cocoon Willow Parenthood Backdraft The Paper Apollo 13 How the Grinch Stole Christmas A Beautiful Mind Cinderella Man Changeling Frost/Nixon
36. 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 ...
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown All About My Mother Talk to Her Volver Wild Tales
Actor | Jurassic Park
Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a don at Emmanuel College and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. ...
The Angry Silence The L-Shaped Room Seance on a Wet Afternoon Young Winston Gandhi A Chorus Line Cry Freedom Chaplin Shadowlands
Director | Planet of the Apes
Franklin J. Schaffner was one of the most innovative creative minds in the early days of American network television, utilizing a moving camera in the days when most television directors kept the camera static. His eye for visuals was developed in the dozens of live television programs he directed ...
The Stripper The Best Man Planet of the Apes Patton Nicholas and Alexandra Papillon Island in the Stream The Boys from Brazil Yes, Giorgio
Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to ...
Sex, Lies, and Videotape Out of Sight Pleasantville Erin Brockovich Traffic The Good German
40. Mel Brooks
Actor | Spaceballs
Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to ...
The Producers Young Frankenstein Blazing Saddles To Be or Not to Be The Fly
41. Barry Levinson
Director | Rain Man
Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he ...
...And Justice for All Inside Moves Diner Best Friends The Natural Young Sherlock Holmes Good Morning Vietnam Rain Man Avalon Bugsy Toys Sleepers Wag the Dog Donnie Brasco
42. René Clément
Director | Jeux interdits
René Clément was one of the leading French directors of the post-World War II era. He directed what are regarded as some of the greatest films of the time, such as The Battle of the Rails (1946), Forbidden Games (1952) and The Day and the Hour (1963). He was later almost forgotten as a director. He...
The Walls of Malapaga Forbidden Games Gervaise Is Paris Burning?
43. 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 ...
The White Ribbon Amour
Director | Der Name der Rose
Jean-Jacques Annaud is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for directing Quest for Fire (1981), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Lover (1992), Seven Years in Tibet (1997) and Le dernier loup (2015). Annaud has received numerous awards for his work, including four César ...
Black and White in Color Quest for Fire The Bear The Lover
Director | The Artist
Michel Hazanavicius was born and raised in Paris, France. His grandparents were originally from Lithuania, but relocated to France in the 1920s. Hazanavicius attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first ...
46. Neil Jordan
Writer | The Crying Game
Neil Jordan was born on February 25, 1950 in Sligo, Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for The Crying Game (1992), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and Michael Collins (1996). He has been married to Brenda Rawn since June 30, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Vivienne ...
Mona Lisa The Crying Game Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Michael Collins The End of the Affair
47. Sam Mendes
Producer | Road to Perdition
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-...
American Beauty Road to Perdition Revolutionary Road Skyfall Spectre
48. Bill Condon
Director | Dreamgirls
Bill Condon was born on October 22, 1955 in New York City, New York, USA as William Patrick Condon. He is a director and writer, known for Dreamgirls (2006), Kinsey (2004) and Gods and Monsters (1998).
Gods and Monsters Chicago Kinsey Dreamgirls Beauty and the Beast (2017 film) The Greatest Showman
49. Davis Guggenheim
Producer | Training Day
Davis Guggenheim was born on November 3, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Philip Davis Guggenheim. He is a producer and director, known for Training Day (2001), Waiting for 'Superman' (2010) and An Inconvenient Truth (2006). He has been married to Elisabeth Shue since 1994. They have three ...
An Inconvenient Truth
50. Kevin Macdonald
Director | The Last King of Scotland
One Day in September The Last King of Scotland
51. John Korty
Director | The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
John Korty was born on June 22, 1936 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He is known for his work on The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), Farewell to Manzanar (1976) and Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?] (1977).
Breaking the Habit Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?]
52. Louie Psihoyos
Camera_department | Racing Extinction
Louie Psihoyos was born on April 15, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa, USA.
The Cove Racing Extinction
53. 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 Sicko
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 Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt
55. Michel Gondry
Director | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band ...
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
56. Danny Boyle
Director | 127 Hours
Trainspotting Slumdog Millionaire 127 Hours Steve Jobs
57. Gavin Hood
Director | Tsotsi
Gavin Hood was born on May 12, 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an actor and producer, known for Tsotsi (2005), A Reasonable Man (1999) and Eye in the Sky (2015). He was previously married to Janine Eser.
58. Marleen Gorris
Director | Antonia
59. Sofia Coppola
Director | Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was ...
Lost in Translation Marie Antoinette
60. Susanne Bier
Director | Hævnen
Susanne Bier was born on April 15, 1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a director and writer, known for In a Better World (2010), After the Wedding (2006) and Brødre (2004). She is married to Jesper Winge Leisner. She was previously married to Philip Zandén.
After the Wedding In a Better World
61. 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 ...
In Which We Serve Blithe Spirit Brief Encounters Great Expectations Breaking the Sound Barrier Summertime The Bridge on the River Kwai Lawrence of Arabia Doctor Zhivago Ryan's Daughter A Passage to India
62. Jonathan Demme
Director | The Silence of the Lambs
Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA as Robert Jonathan Demme. He was a director and producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008). He was married to Joanne Howard and Evelyn Purcell. He died...
Melvin and Howard Swing Shift Married to the Mob The Silence of the Lambs Philadelphia That Thing You Do! Mandela Ulee's Gold Beloved Adaptation. Rachel Getting Married
63. Tom Hooper
Director | The Danish Girl
Tom Hooper was educated at one of England's most prestigious schools, Westminster. His first film, Runaway Dog, was made when he was 13 years old and shot on a Clockwork 16mm Bolex camera, using 100 feet of film. At age 18, he wrote, directed and produced the short film Painted Faces (1992), which ...
The King's Speech Les Misérables (2012 film) The Danish Girl
64. John Schlesinger
Director | Midnight Cowboy
Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War ...
Darling Far from the Madding Crowd Midnight Cowboy Sunday Bloody Sunday The Day of the Locust Marathon Man
65. 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 ...
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Boomerang! Gentleman's Agreement Pinky Panic in the Streets A Streetcar Named Desire Viva Zapata! On the Waterfront East of Eden Baby Doll Splendor in the Grass America America The Last Tycoon
66. Alexander Payne
Director | Nebraska
Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older ...
Election About Schmidt Sideways The Descendants Nebraska
67. Jan Sverák
Director | Akumulátor 1
Jan Sverak spent his studies at FAMU Documentary Department and graduated in 1988. Sverak's talent first attracted attention through his short films Space Odyssey II. and Oil Gobblers above all - documentary fiction dealing with "newly discovered species" received the American Academy's Student ...
68. Taylor Hackford
Producer | Ray
Taylor Hackford was born on December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California, USA as Taylor Edwin Hackford. He is a producer and director, known for Ray (2004), Blood In, Blood Out (1993) and Dolores Claiborne (1995). He has been married to Helen Mirren since December 31, 1997. He was previously ...
Teenage Father An Officer and a Gentleman Against All Odds White Nights When We Were Kings Ray
69. 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,...
Jezebel Juarez Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet The Maltese Falcon Sergeant York Report from the Aleutians The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Key Largo The Asphalt Jungle The African Queen Moulin Rouge Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison Freud The Cardinal The Night of the Iguana The Bible: In the Beginning... Casino Royale The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Fat City The Man Who Who Be King Annie Under the Volcano Prizzi's Honor The Dead
70. 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. ...
Night Train to Munich A Letter from Home Odd Man Out The Fallen Idol The Third Man The Agony and the Ecstasy Oliver!
71. Edward Zwick
Producer | Thirtysomething
Edward Zwick is well-known for his heroic movies that include Glory (1989), and the breathtaking works of art that include Legends of the Fall (1994). Zwick has also been known for his thoughtfulness as a director, and for his record of working with television series and other films as a producer.
Glory Legends of the Fall Shakespeare in Love Traffic I Am Sam The Last Samurai Blood Diamond Defiance
Director | A Star Is Born
William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born (1937), was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle.
A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th...
Wings The Public Enemy The Star Witness A Star Is Born (1937 film) Beau Geste Lady of Burlesque The Ox-Bow Incident Story of G.I. Joe Battleground The High and the Mighty
73. Norman Taurog
Director | The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
A successful child actor (on stage from 1907) and rather less successful romantic lead, baby-faced Norman Taurog found being behind the camera a more rewarding experience. Before becoming a director, he paid his dues as a prop man and editor. By 1919, he was put in charge of two-reel comedies, ...
Skippy The Big Broadcast of 1936 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mad About Music Boys Town The Toast of New Orleans Rich, Young and Pretty The Caddy Visit to a Small Planet
Writer | All About Eve
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount ...
Skippy Manhattan Melodrama Fury The Gorgeous Hussy Mannequin (1937 film) Three Comrades The Philadelphia Story Woman of the Year The Keys of the Kingdom The Ghost and Mrs. Muir A Letter to Three Wives No Way Out All About Eve 5 Fingers Julius Caesar The Barefoot Contessa Guys and Dolls Suddenly, Last Summer Cleopatra (1963 film) Sleuth
75. Cameron Crowe
Writer | Almost Famous
Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market.
Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. ...
Jerry Maguire Almost Famous Vanilla Sky
76. 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 ...
The Gay Deception These Three Dodsworth Come and Get It Dead End Jezebel Wuthering Heights The Westerner The Letter The Little Foxes Mrs. Miniver The Best Years of Our Lives The Heiress Detective Story Carrie (1952 film) Roman Holiday Friendly Persuasion The Big Country Ben-Hur The Children's Hour The Collector Funny Girl
77. George Cukor
Director | My Fair Lady
George Cukor was born on July 7, 1899 in Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as George Dewey Cukor. He is known for his work on My Fair Lady (1964), The Philadelphia Story (1940) and Les Girls (1957). He died on January 24, 1983 in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Royal Family of Broadway One Hour with You What Price Hollywood? Little Women (1933 film) David Copperfield Romeo and Juliet (1936 film) Camille Holiday The Philadelphia Story Gaslight A Double Life Edward, My Son Adam's Rib Born Yesterday The Model and the Marriage Broker Pat and Mike The Actress It Should Happen to You A Star Is Born (1954 film) Les Girls Wild Is the Wind Let's Make Love My Fair Lady Travels with My Aunt
78. 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 ...
Ninotchka Rhythm on the River Arise, My Love Hold Back the Dawn Ball of Fire Five Cairo to Cairo Double Indemnity The Lost Weekend The Emperor Waltz A Foreign Affair Sunset Blvd. Ace in the Hole Stalag 17 Sabrina (1954 film) Witness for the Prosecution Some Like It Hot The Apartment One, Two, Three Irma la Douce The Fortune Cookie
79. John G. Avildsen
Director | Rocky
John G. Avildsen was born on December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as John Guilbert Avildsen. He was a director and editor, known for Rocky (1976), The Karate Kid Part III (1989) and Rocky V (1990). He was married to Tracy Brooks Swope and Marie Olga Maturevich. He died on June 16, 2017 in ...
Joe Save the Tiger Rocky The Formula Traveling Hopefully The Karate Kid The Karate Kid, Part II Happy New Year
80. Cecil B. DeMille
Producer | The Ten Commandments
His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New ...
Dynamite The Sign of the Cross Cleopatra (1934 film) The Crusades The Buccaneer (1938 film) Union Pacific North West Mounted Police Reap the Wild Wind The Story of Dr. Wassell Unconquered Samson and Delilah The Greatest Show on Earth The Ten Commandments
81. Victor Fleming
Director | Gone with the Wind
Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the ...
The Awakening Captains Courageous Test Pilot The Wizard of Oz Gone with the Wind Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941 film) Tortilla Flat A Guy Named Joe Joan of Arc
Director | Soylent Green
Richard Fleischer was born on December 8, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Soylent Green (1973), The Vikings (1958) and Red Sonja (1985). He was married to Mary Dickson. He died on March 25, 2006 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, ...
Design for Death The Narrow Margin 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Between Heaven and Hell Fantastic Voyage Doctor Dolittle Tora! Tora! Tora! The Incredible Sarah
83. Frank Lloyd
Director | Cavalcade
Frank Lloyd was an unpretentious, technically skilled director, who crafted several enduring Hollywood classics during the 1930's. He started out as a stage actor and singer in early 1900's London and was well-known as an imitator of Harry Lauder. After several years in music hall and with touring ...
The Divine Lady East Lynne Cavalcade Berkeley Square Mutiny on the Bounty (1935 film) Wells Fargo If I Were King The Howards of Virginia This Woman Is Mine The Spoilers Invisible Agent Blood on the Sun The Last Bomb
84. Richard Brooks
Writer | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer.
He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...
With the Marines at Tarawa Key Largo Mystery Street Take the High Ground Blackboard Jungle The Brothers Karamazov Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Elmer Gantry Sweet Bird of Youth The Professionals In Cold Blood The Happy Ending Bite the Bullet Looking for Mr. Goodbar
85. 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, ...
Arrowsmith The Lost Patrol The Informer Wee Willie Winkle The Hurricane Stagecoach Young Mr. Lincoln Drums Along the Mohawk The Grapes of Wrath The Long Voyage Home How Green Was My Valley The Battle of Midway December 7th They Were Expendable She Wore a Yellow Ribbon When Willie Comes Marching Home The Quiet Man Mogambo Mister Roberts The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance How the West Was Won Cheyenne Autumn
86. 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 ...
Lady for a Day It Happened One Night Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Lost Horizon You Can't Take It With You Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Meet John Doe Prelude to War The Battle of Russia It's a Wonderful Life Here Comes the Groom A Hole in the Head Pocketful of Miracles
87. 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...
Black Fury Captain Blood The Charge of the Light Brigade The Adventures of Robin Hood Four Daughters Angels with Dirty Faces The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex The Sea Hawk The Sea Wolf Dive Bomber Captain of the Clouds Yankee Doodle Dandy Casablanca Mission to Moscow This is the Army Janie Mildred Pierce Night and Day Life with Father Romance on the High Seas The Jazz Singer The Egyptian White Christmas The Best Things in Life Are Free
88. István Szabó
Director | Sunshine
Istvan Svabo was the first Hungarian director to win an Oscar (Although a Hungarian-American director, Michael Curtiz [Mihaly Kertesz], also won an Oscar previously for directing Casablanca). He received the award for his 1981 movie Mephisto. In January 2006, it became public that he had been an ...
Mephisto Colonel Red Hanussen Being Julia Albert Nobbs
89. Leo McCarey
Director | Going My Way
Leo McCarey was born on October 3, 1896 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Thomas Leo McCarey. He was a director and writer, known for Going My Way (1944), An Affair to Remember (1957) and Love Affair (1939). He was married to Stella Martin. He died on July 5, 1969 in Santa Monica, California.
Ruggles of Red Gap The Awful Truth Love Affair Once Upon a Honeymoon Going My Way The Bells of St. Mary's My Son John An Affair to Remember
Director | An American in Paris
Born Lester Anthony Minnelli in Chicago on February 28 1903, his father Vincent was a musical conductor of the Minnelli Brothers' Tent Theater. Wanting to pursue an artistic career, Minelli worked in the costume department of the Chicago Theater, then on Broadway during the depression as a set ...
Cabin in the Sky Meet Me in St. Louis The Pirate Madame Bovary (1949 film) Father of the Bride An American in Paris The Bad and the Beautiful The Story of Three Loves The Band Wagon Brigadoon Lust for Life Designing Woman Gigi Some Came Running Bells Are Ringing The Sandpiper
91. Curtis Hanson
Director | L.A. Confidential
After small films like The Bedroom Window (1987) and Sweet Kill (1972), Curtis Hanson went on to direct major features including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), The River Wild (1994) and the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential (1997). Setting his sights on another city, Hanson was ...
Never Cry Wolf L.A. Confidential Wonder Boys 8 Mile
92. Terry George
Writer | Hotel Rwanda
Terry George was born on December 20, 1952 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for Hotel Rwanda (2004), In the Name of the Father (1993) and Some Mother's Son (1996). He has been married to Margaret Higgins since 1978. They have two children.
In the Name of the Father Hotel Rwanda The Shore
93. George Seaton
Writer | Miracle on 34th Street
Working his way up from general factotum and gag writer to highly versatile writer/director, George Seaton was involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry along the way.
He was born George Stenius of Swedish parentage (his family hailed from Stockholm) in South Bend, IN, and grew up in ...
Coney Island The Song of Bernadette Miracle on 34th Street The Country Girl The Bridges of Toko-Ri The Proud and Profane The Tin Star Teacher's Pet Twilight of Honor Airport
94. Fred Zinnemann
Director | A Man for All Seasons
Initially grew up wanting to be a violinist, but while at the University of Vienna decided to study law. While doing so, he became increasingly interested in American film and decided that was what he wanted to do. He became involved in European filmaking for a short time before going to America to...
That Mothers Might Live The Seventh Cross The Search The Men Teresa Benjy High Noon The Member of the Wedding From Here to Eternity Oklahoma! A Hateful of Rain The Nun's Story The Sundowners A Man of All Seasons The Day of the Jackal Julia
95. Xavier Koller
Director | Reise der Hoffnung
Born in Switzerland. After graduating from High School, Xavier Koller first went through a four-year apprenticeship as a precision toolmaker and then, after three years of training at the Academy of Drama in Zurich, Switzerland, graduated as an actor/director.
The next several years he spent acting ...
Journey of Hope
96. Delbert Mann
Director | Marty
Delbert Mann, the Oscar-winning film director, was born Delbert Martin Mann Jr. in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1920. His father moved the family to Nashville, Tennesse, after taking a teaching position at Scarritt College. The young Mann graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he met his future wife, ...
Marty The Bachelor Party Desire Under the Elms Separate Tables The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Lover Come Back That Touch of Mink A Gathering of Eagles Dear Heart Mister Buddwing
97. 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 ...
Rome, Open City Paisan La Strada The Nights of Cabiria I Vitelloni La Dolce Vita 8½ Fellini Satyricon Amarcord Fellini's Casanova
98. Paolo Sorrentino
Writer | Youth
Paolo Sorrentino was born on May 31, 1970 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Youth (2015), The Great Beauty (2013) and This Must Be the Place (2011). He is married to Daniela D'Antonio. They have two children.
Il divo The Great Beauty Youth
99. Michael Cimino
Writer | The Deer Hunter
Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). But his biggest success was The Deer...
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot The Deer Hunter The Rose Heaven's Gate