Fave directors

by flaiky | created - 29 Nov 2014 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public

100 directors that I generally love the style of and am always interested in exploring, loosely ordered by my overall enthusiasm (based on what I've seen - 3 minimum - and expect). Always subject to change/develop.

I've also added personal ratings for their films, with the criteria:

★★★★★ - Love it ★★★★ - Very solid ★★★ - Like it (with varying degrees of reservations) ★★ - Dislike it ★ - Solid dislike - shouldn't be many of these!

(I'm aware that the order may not always make sense based on my film ratings, but I'm going on instinct rather than stats)

Filmographies are ranked but not strictly.

(Removed or omitted to keep limited to 100, but close running: Hal Ashby, King Vidor, Radu Jude, Roberto Rosselini, Carol Reed, Andrea Arnold, Nicholas Ray, Victor Sjostrom, Alfonso Cuaron, Barry Jenkins, Carl Dreyer, George Cukor, Julien Duvivier, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Francis Ford Coppola, Joseph Losey, Ken Loach, Frank Capra, John Ford, Anthony Mann, Damien Chazelle)

1. 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 ...

Seen: 13/13

★★★★★ 1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 2. The Shining (1980) 3. Barry Lyndon (1975) 4. A Clockwork Orange (1971) 5. The Killing (1956) 6. Dr Strangelove (1964) 7. Full Metal Jacket (1987) ★★★★ 8. Lolita (1962) 9. Paths of Glory (1957) ★★★ 10. Killer's Kiss (1955) 11. Eyes Wide Shut (1999) 12. Spartacus (1960) ★★ 13. Fear and Desire (1953)

2. 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 ...

Seen: 9/10

★★★★★ 1. Blue Velvet (1986) 2. Mulholland Drive (2001) 3. Eraserhead (1977) 4. Wild at Heart (1990) 5. Lost Highway (1997) 6. The Elephant Man (1980) ★★★★ 7. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) 8. The Straight Story (1999) ★★★ 9. Inland Empire (2007)

Shorts: 1. The Grandmother (1970) - 5★ 2. The Alphabet (1968) - 3★ 3. The Amputee (1974) - 1★

(and Twin Peaks - 5★!)

3. 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 ...

Seen: 10/10

★★★★★ 1. 2046 (2004) 2. Fallen Angels (1995) 3. Chungking Express (1994) 4. Days of Being Wild (1991) 5. In the Mood For Love (2000) ★★★★ 6. Happy Together (1997) 7. As Tears Go By (1988) 8. The Grandmaster (2013) 9. Ashes of Time (1994) ★★★ 10. My Blueberry Nights (2007)

4. 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....

Seen: 8/24

★★★★★ 1. Profound Desires of the Gods (1968) 2. The Pornographers (1966) 3. The Ballad of Narayama (1983) 4. The Insect Woman (1963) 5. Pigs and Battleships (1961) ★★★★ 6. Black Rain (1989) 7. Vengeance is Mine (1979) 8. The Eel (1997)

5. 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 ...

Seen: 11/11

★★★★★ 1. The Great Dictator (1940) 2. Modern Times (1936) 3. The Circus (1928) 4. City Lights (1931) 5. The Kid (1921) ★★★★ 6. Limelight (1952) 7. The Gold Rush (1925) 8. Monsieur Verdoux (1947) 9. A Woman of Paris (1923) ★★★ 10. A King in New York (1957) ★ 11. A Countess From Hong Kong (1967)

Shorts - seen 22/70, top ten: 1. A Dog's Life (1918) - 5★ 2. Easy Street (1917) - 4★ 3. The Pilgrim (1921) - 4★ 4. The Rink (1916) - 4★ 5. The Idle Class (1921) - 4★ 6. Pay Day (1922) - 4★ 7. The Immigrant (1917) - 4★ 8. The Adventurer (1917) - 4★ 9. Shoulder Arms (1918) - 4★ 10. The Pawnshop (1916) - 4★

6. Robert Altman

Director | Gosford Park

Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...

Seen: 20/41

★★★★★ 1. Nashville (1975) 2. Images (1972) 3. A Wedding (1978) 4. The Long Goodbye (1973) 5. Short Cuts (1993) 6. Thieves Like Us (1974) 7. The Player (1992) ★★★★ 8. 3 Women (1977) 9. Gosford Park (2001) 10. McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971) 11. Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) 12. Secret Honor (1984) 13. A Prairie Home Companion (2006) ★★★ 14. MASH (1970) 15. Cookie's Fortune (1999) 16. Fool For Love (1985) 17. Kansas City (1996) 18. Prêt-à-Porter (1994) ★★ 19. Brewster McCloud (1970) 20. California Split (1974)

7. 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 ...

Seen: 25/38

★★★★★ 1. Goodfellas (1990) 2. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) 3. Taxi Driver (1976) 4. The King of Comedy (1982) 5. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) 6. Mean Streets (1973) 7. Casino (1995) 8. Raging Bull (1980) 9. The Departed (2006) ★★★★ 10. After Hours (1985) 11. The Aviator (2004) 12. The Age of Innocence (1993) 13. Bringing Out the Dead (1999) 14. Kundun (1997) 15. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) 16. Silence (2016) 17. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) (doc) ★★★ 18. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) (doc) 19. New York, New York (1977) 20. A Letter to Elia (2006) (doc) 21. Gangs of New York (2002) 22. Hugo (2011) ★★ 23. Shutter Island (2010) 24. Cape Fear (1991) 25. The Colour of Money (1986)

8. 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 ...

Seen: 10/14

★★★★★ 1. The White Ribbon (2009) 2. Code Unknown (2000) 3. Cache (2005) 4. Amour (2012) 5. Happy End (2017) 6. Funny Games (1997) ★★★★ 7. The Seventh Continent (1989) 8. Time of the Wolf (2003) 9. The Piano Teacher (2001) ★★★ 10. Benny's Video (1992)

9. Leos Carax

Director | Holy Motors

Leos Carax made several short films and also wrote film criticism, then at the age of 24 years made a very strong first feature Boy Meets Girl (1984). The film played at the 1984 Cannes film festival and was a critical triumph. It paved the way for Carax's second feature Mauvais Sang (1986) (Bad ...

Seen: 5/5

★★★★★ 1. Lovers on the Bridge (1991) 2. The Night is Young (1986) 3. Holy Motors (2012) ★★★★ 4. Boy Meets Girl (1984) 5. Pola X (1999)

10. 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 ...

Both the bros, obvs. Seen: 17/18

★★★★★ 1. Barton Fink (1991) 2. A Serious Man (2009) 3. Fargo (1996) 4. Blood Simple (1984) 5. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) ★★★★ 6. The Big Lebowski (1998) 7. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) 8. No Country For Old Men (2007) 9. Raising Arizona (1987) 10. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) 11. Miller's Crossing (1990) 12. Hail, Caesar! (2016) 13. Burn After Reading (2008) 14. True Grit (2010) ★★★ 15. Intolerable Cruelty (2003) 16. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) 17. The Ladykillers (2004)

11. 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.

Seen: 12/13

★★★★★ 1. Vera Drake (2004) 2. Naked (1993) 3. Topsy-Turvy (1999) 4. Mr Turner (2014) ★★★★ 5. Secrets & Lies (1996) 6. All or Nothing (2002) 7. Another Year (2010) 8. High Hopes (1988) 9. Peterloo (2018) 10. Career Girls (1997) ★★★ 11. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) ★★ 12. Life is Sweet (1990)

TV films: 1. Nuts in May - 5★

12. Paul Thomas Anderson

Director | Punch-Drunk Love

Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making...

Seen: 8/9

★★★★★ 1. Boogie Nights (1997) 2. There Will Be Blood (2007) 3. The Master (2012) 4. Punch Drunk Love (2002) ★★★★ 5. Magnolia (1999) 6. Inherent Vice (2014) 7. Phantom Thread (2017) 8. Hard Eight (1996)

13. 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 ...

Seen: 13/32

★★★★★ 1. The Rules of the Game (1939) 2. Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (1936) 3. Le Chienne (1931) 4. Boudu Saved From Drowning (1932) ★★★★ 5. French Cancan (1954) 6. Le Grande Illusion (1937) 7. This Land is Mine (1943) 8. The Lower Depths (1936) 9. Le Bete Humaine (1938) 10. A Day in the Country (1936) 11. Toni (1935) 12. The River (1951) ★★★ 13. The Southerner (1945)

14. 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 ...

The P&P team. Seen: 11/24

★★★★★ 1. A Matter of Life and Death (1946) 2. The Red Shoes (1948) 3. I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) 4. The Small Back Room (1949) ★★★★ 5. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) 6. Black Narcissus (1947) 7. A Canterbury Tale (1944) 8. 49th Parallel (1941) 9. The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) ★★★ 10. One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942) ★★ 11. Gone to Earth (1950)

Powell films:

1. Peeping Tom (1960) - 4★ 2. The Thief of Baghdad (1940) - 3★ 3. Age of Consent (1969) - 3★

15. 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...

Seen: 12/41

★★★★★ 1. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) 2. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) 3. Despair (1978) 4. Veronika Voss (1982) 5. Fear Eats the Soul (1974) ★★★★ 6. Chinese Roulette (1976) 7. Lola (1981) 8. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) ★★★ 9. The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971) 10. Fox and His Friends (1975) ★★ 11. Effi Briest (1974) 12. Lili Marleen (1981)

16. 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.

Seen: 5/8

★★★★★ 1. Youth (2015) 2. The Great Beauty (2013) 3. This Must Be the Place (2011) ★★★★ 4. Il Divo (2008) 5. The Consequences of Love (2004)

17. 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 ...

Seen: 18/36

★★★★★ 1. Autumn Sonata (1978) 2. Scenes From a Marriage (1973) 3. Fanny and Alexander (1982) 4. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) 5. Hour of the Wolf (1968) 6. Persona (1966) ★★★★ 7. Summer With Monika (1953) 8. Wild Strawberries (1957) 9. Cries and Whispers (1972) 10. Summer Interlude (1951) 11. Shame (1968) 12. The Virgin Spring (1961) 13. The Silence (1963) 15. The Magician (1958) 16. Through a Glass Darkly (1961) ★★★ 14. The Seventh Seal (1957) 17. Face to Face (1976) 18. Winter Light (1963)

TV films: 1. Saraband (2003) - 4★ 2. From the Life of the Marionettes (1980) - 4★

18. 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 ...

Seen: 14/17

★★★★★ 1. Doctor Zhivago (1965) 2. This Happy Breed (1943) 3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 4. Oliver Twist (1948) 5. A Passage to India (1984) ★★★★ 6. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 7. Hobson's Choice (1954) 8. Ryan's Daughter (1970) 9. Summertime (1955) 10. Brief Encounter (1945) 11. Blithe Spirit (1945) ★★★ 12. Great Expectations (1946) 13. The Passionate Friends (1949) 14. In Which We Serve (1942)

19. Jan Troell

Director | Här har du ditt liv

Jan Troell was born on July 23, 1931 in Limhamn, Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Here Is Your Life (1966), Il capitano (1991) and The Emigrants (1971). He is married to Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell.

Seen: 5/19

★★★★★ 1. Everlasting Moments (2008) 2. The New Land (1972) 3. The Emigrants (1971) ★★★★ 4. Hamsun (1996) ★★★ 5. Here is Your Life (1966)

20. Lynne Ramsay

Director | You Were Never Really Here

Lynne Ramsay was born on December 5, 1969 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a director and writer, known for You Were Never Really Here (2017), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and Morvern Callar (2002). She was previously married to Rory Stewart Kinnear.

Seen: 4/4

★★★★★ 1. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) 2. Movern Callar (2002) 3. Ratcatcher (1999) 4. You Were Never Really Here (2017)

Shorts: 1. Gasman - 5★ 2. Small Deaths - 4★

21. 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....

Seen: 11/13

★★★★★ 1. Citizen Kane (1941) 2. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) 3. Chimes at Midnight (1965) 4. The Lady From Shanghai (1947) 5. The Trial (1962) ★★★★ 6. Touch of Evil (1958) 7. F For Fake (1973) 8. Mr Arkadin (1955) ★★★ 9. The Stranger (1946) 10. The Immortal Story (1968) 11. The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1952)

22. 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).

Seen: 4/5

★★★★★ 1. You, the Living (2007) 2. Songs From the Second Floor (2000) 3. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) ★★★★ 4. A Swedish Love Story (1970)

23. Peter Greenaway

Director | The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Peter Greenaway trained as a painter and began working as a film editor for the Central Office of Information in 1965. Shortly afterwards he started to make his own films. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, but also paintings, novels and other books. He has held several ...

Seen: 7/16

★★★★★ 1. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) 2. The Draughtman's Contract (1982) 3. A Zed & Two Noughts (1985) ★★★★ 4. The Baby of Macon (1993) 5. The Belly of an Architect 6. Drowning by Numbers (1988) ★★★ 7. Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015)

24. 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 ...

Seen: 7/8

★★★★★ 1. Mirror (1975) 2. Stalker (1979) 3. Solaris (1972) ★★★★ 4. Ivan's Childhood (1962) 5. Andrei Rublev (1966) 6. Nostalgia (1983) ★★★ 7. The Sacrifice (1986)

25. 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 ...

Seen: 15/39

★★★★★ 1. Breathless (1960) 2. Alphaville (1965) 3. My Life to Live (1962) 4. Le Mépris (1963) 5. Le Petit Soldat (1963) ★★★★ 6. Une Femme Mariée (1964) 7. Bande à Part (1964) 8. Tout va Bien (1972) ★★★ 9. Weekend (1967) 10. Pierrot le Fou (1965) 11. In Praise of Love (2001) 12. Goodbye to Language (2014) 13. Masculine Feminine (1966) 14. A Woman is a Woman (1961) ★★ 15. Detective (1985)

26. 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...

Seen: 31/52

★★★★★ 1. Interiors (1978) 2. Stardust Memories (1980) 3. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) 4. Manhattan (1979) 5. Annie Hall (1977) 6. Another Woman (1988) 7. Broadway Danny Rose (1984) ★★★★ 8. Husbands and Wives (1992) 9. September (1987) 10. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) 11. Radio Days (1987) 12. Play it Again, Sam (1972...it counts) 13. Blue Jasmine (2013) 14. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) 15. Zelig (1983) 16. Crimes and Misdemeanours (1989) 17. Bullets Over Broadway (1994) ★★★ 18. Sweet and Lowdown (1999) 19. Love and Death (1975) 20. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex... (1972) 21. Alice (1990) 22. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) 23. Sleeper (1973) 24. Midnight in Paris (2011) 25. Cafe Society (2016) 26. Small Time Crooks (2000) ★★ 27. Deconstructing Harry (1997) 28. Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) 29. To Rome With Love (2012) 30. Bananas (1971) ★ 31. Match Point (2005)

27. 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 ...

Seen: 6/7

★★★★★ 1. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) 2. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) ★★★★ 3. A Fistful of Dynamite (1970) 4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 5. For a Few Dollars More (1965) ★★★ 6. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

28. 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 ...

Seen: 8/13

★★★★★ 1. Le Circle Rouge (1970) 2. Le Samourai (1967) 3. Bob the Gambler (1956) ★★★★ 4. Le Silence de la Mer (1949) 5. Le Doulos (1962) 6. Army of Shadows (1969) 7. Second Breath (1966) 8. Un Flic (1972)

29. 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 ...

Seen: 5/8

★★★★★ 1. Days of Heaven (1978) 2. The Tree of Life (2011) 3. The New World (2005) ★★★★ 4. Badlands (1973) ★★★ 5. The Thin Red Line (1998)

30. 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 ...

Seen: 8/24

★★★★★ 1. Nights of Cabiria (1957) 2. 8½ (1963) 3. I Vitteloni (1953) 4. La Dolce Vita (1960) ★★★★ 5. Juliet of the Spirits (1965) 6. La Strada (1954) ★★★ 7. Amarcord (1973) 8. Ginger and Fred (1986)

31. Marcel Carné

Director | Le quai des brumes

Marcel Carné, the son of a cabinet maker, entered the movies as the assistant of Jacques Feyder. At the age of 25 he directed his first movie Jenny (1936). Colaborating with the writer Jacques Prévert, the decorator Alexandre Trauner, the musician and composer Maurice Jaubert and the actor Jean ...

Seen: 6/22

★★★★★ 1. Children of Paradise (1945) 2. Port of Shadows (1938) 3. Hotel du Nord (1938) ★★★★ 4. Drole de Drame (1937) 5. Daybreak (1939) ★★★ 6. Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942)

32. Kaige Chen

Director | Huang tu di

Kaige Chen was born on August 12, 1952 in Beijing, China. He is a director and writer, known for Huang tu di (1984), Farewell My Concubine (1993) and He ni zai yi qi (2002). He has been married to Hong Chen since 1996. They have two children.

Seen: 5/14

★★★★★ 1. Farewell My Concubine (1993) 2. Life on a String (1991) 3. Yellow Earth (1984) ★★★★ 4. Temptress Moon (1996) ★★★ 5. King of the Children (1987)

33. Bahman Ghobadi

Director | Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand

Bahman Ghobadi was born in 1969 in Baneh, in the province of Iranian Kurdistan, near the Iran-Iraq border. Shortly after graduating from the National Audiovisual School, he made his first short, immediately acclaimed by the local critics. One of these short films, "Life in Fog" (1999) is even ...

Seen: 3/8

★★★★★ 1. Turtles Can Fly (2004) 2. Marooned in Iraq (2002) 3. A Time For Drunken Horses (2000)

34. 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 ...

Seen: 12/32

★★★★★ 1. The Phantom of Liberty (1974) 2. Simon of the Desert (1965) 3. Belle de Jour (1969) ★★★★ 4. Diary of a Chambermaid (1964) 5. Viridiana (1961) 6. Los Olvidados (1950) 7. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1968) 8. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) 9. The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955) ★★★ 10. The Exterminating Angel (1962) 11. L'âge d'Or (1930) 12. Tristana (1970)

Shorts: 1. Un Chien Andalou (1929) - 4★ 2. Land Without Bread (1933) - 3★

35. Spike Jonze

Producer | Her

Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under the ...

Seen: 4/4

★★★★★ 1. Where the Wild Things Are (2009) 2. Her (2013) 3. Being John Malkovich (1999) ★★★★ 4. Adaptation (2002)

36. Max Ophüls

Director | La ronde

Director Max Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, Germany. He began his career as a stage actor and director in the golden twenties. He worked in cities such as Stuttgart, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Vienna, Frankfurt, Breslau and Berlin. In 1929 his son Marcel Ophüls was born in Frankfurt, ...

Seen: 8/24

★★★★★ 1. Madame de... (1953) 2. Lola Montes (1955) 3. La Ronde (1950) ★★★★ 4. Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948) 5. Le Plaisir (1952) 6. The Reckless Moment (1949) ★★★ 7. Liebelei (1933) 8. Caught (1949)

37. Guy Maddin

Director | The Saddest Music in the World

Guy Maddin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Herdis Maddin (a hair-dresser) and Charles "Chas" Maddin (grain clerk and general manager of the Maroons, a Winnipeg hockey team). Maddin studied economics at the University of Winnipeg, working as a bank manager, house painter, and photographic...

Seen: 8/12

★★★★★ 1. The Forbidden Room (2015) 2. Brand Upon the Brain! (2006) 3. The Saddest Music in the World (2003) ★★★★ 4. The Green Fog (2017) 5. My Winnipeg (2007) 6. Keyhole (2011) ★★★ 7. Archangel (1990) 8. Careful (1992)

Shorts: 1. The Heart of the World - 5★

38. Andrey Zvyagintsev

Director | Leviafan

Andrei Zvyagintsev is a Russian filmmaker and was born on Feb.6, 1964 in the northern city of Novisibirsk. He graduated from the Novosibirsk Actors School in 1984 and started to act on stage in provincial theatres. In the early 1990s he came to Moscow - the centre of the Russian film industry - ...

Seen: 4/5

★★★★★ 1. The Return (2003) 2. Leviathan (2014) ★★★★ 4. Loveless (2017) 3. Elena (2011)

39. 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 ...

Seen: 21/61

★★★★★ 1. Dead End (1937) 2. The Little Foxes (1941) 3. Detective Story (1951) 4. The Big Country (1959) 5. Dodsworth (1936) ★★★★ 6. The Collector (1965) 7. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 8. The Westerner (1940) 9. Roman Holiday (1953) 10. Ben-Hur (1959) 11. The Desperate Hours (1955) ★★★ 12. Mrs Miniver (1942) 13. Jezebel (1938) 14. The Letter (1940) 15. Carrie (1952) 16. How to Steal a Million (1966) 17. Friendly Persuasion (1956) 18. The Heiress (1949) 19. The Children's Hour (1961) 20. Wuthering Heights (1939) ★★ 21. Funny Girl (1968)

40. 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.

Seen: 10/14

★★★★★ 1. Stranger Than Paradise (1984) 2. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) 3. Mystery Train (1989) ★★★★ 4. Dead Man (1995) 5. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) 6. Down by Law (1986) ★★★ 7. Night on Earth (1991) 8. Paterson (2016) 9. Broken Flowers (2005) ★★ 10. The Limits of Control (2009)

41. 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 ...

Seen: 8/17

★★★★ 1. Lights in the Dusk (2006) 2. The Man Without a Past (2002) 3. Drifting Clouds (1996) 4. The Match Factory Girl (1990) 5. Ariel (1988) 6. Juha (1999) ★★★ 7. Le Havre (2011) 8. The Other Side of Hope (2017)

42. 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...

Seen: 16/48

★★★★★ 1. Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972) 2. Stroszek (1977) 3. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) 4. Grizzly Man (2005) (doc) ★★★★ 5. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) 6. Fitzcarraldo (1982) 7. Heart of Glass (1976) 8. Land of Silence and Darkness (1971) (doc) 9. Into the Abyss (2011) (doc) 10. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) (doc)(2009) ★★★ 11. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 12. Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) 13. Woyzeck (1979) 14. Ballad of the Little Soldier (1984) (doc) 15. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) (doc) 16. Lessons in Darkness (1992) (doc)

43. 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 (...

Seen: 6/18

★★★★★ 1. A Short Film About Love (1988) 2. Three Colours White (1994) ★★★★ 3. Three Colours Red (1994) 4. The Double Life of Veronique (1991) 5. A Short Film About Killing (1988) 6. Three Colours Blue (1993)

44. 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 ...

Seen: 14/19

★★★★★ 1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) 2. A Face in the Crowd (1957) 3. Wild River (1961) ★★★★ 4. On the Waterfront (1954) 5. Panic in the Streets (1950) 6. The Last Tycoon (1976) 7. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 8. Splendor in the Grass (1960) ★★★ 9. Baby Doll (1956) 10. America, America (1963) 11. Gentleman's Agreement (1947) 12. The Sea of Grass (1946) 13. East of Eden (1955) 14. Viva Zapata! (1952)

45. 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...

Seen: 13/21

★★★★★ 1. Ikiru (1952) 2. Ran (1985) ★★★★ 3. Seven Samurai (1954) 4. Kagemusha (1980) 5. Dersu Uzala (1975) 6. Rashomon (1950) 7. High and Low (1963) 8. Red Beard (1965) 8. Throne of Blood (1957) ★★★ 10. The Hidden Fortress (1958) 11. Stray Dog (1949) 12. Yojimbo (1961) 13. Sanjuro (1962)

46. Jack Clayton

Producer | The Innocents

Jack Clayton was born on March 1, 1921 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. He was a producer and director, known for The Innocents (1961), Screen Two (1985) and The Bespoke Overcoat (1955). He was married to Haya Harareet, Katherine Kath and Christine Norden. He died on February 26, 1995 in Slough, ...

Seen: 5/7

★★★★★ 1. The Pumpkin Eater (1964) 2. Room at the Top (1959) ★★★★ 3. The Innocents (1961) 4. Our Mother's House (1967) 5. The Great Gatsby (1974)

47. 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).

Seen: 8/21

★★★★★ 1. Raise the Red Lantern (1991) 2. Hero (2002) 3. Ju Dou (1990) ★★★★ 4. To Live (1994) 5. Shanghai Triad (1995) 6. The Story of Qiu Ju (1992) 7. Red Sorghum (1987) 8. The House of Flying Daggers (2004)

Bonus: Impression Liu Sanjie - 5★

48. Mikhail Kalatozov

Director | Letyat zhuravli

Mikhail Kalatozov was born on December 28, 1903 in Tiflis, Russian Empire as Mikhail Kalatozishvili. He was a director and cinematographer, known for The Cranes Are Flying (1957), Vernye druz'ya (1954) and Zagovor obrechyonnykh (1950). He died on March 27, 1973 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

Seen: 3/19

★★★★★ 1. I Am Cuba (1964) 2. Letter Never Sent (1960) 3. The Cranes are Flying (1957)

49. Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Writer | Ci ke Nie Yin Niang

Of the ten films that Hsiao-Hsien Hou directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film or best director awards from prestigious international films festivals in Venice, Berlin, Hawaii, and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes. In a 1988 worldwide critics' poll, Hou was championed ...

Seen = 5/19

★★★★★ 1. A City of Sadness (1989) 2. A Time to Live, a Time to Die (1985) ★★★★ 3. The Puppetmaster (1993) 4. Flowers of Shanghai (1998) ★★★ 5. The Assassin (2015)

50. John Lasseter

Writer | Toy Story 2

Although born in Hollywood John and his twin sister, Johanna were raised in Wittier near Los Angeles. His parents were Jewell Mae (Risley), an art teacher, and Paul Eual Lasseter, a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership. His mother's profession contributed to his interest in animation and ...

Here to represent all the Pixar films. Seen: 18/20

★★★★★ 1. Monsters Inc (2001) 2. Inside Out (2015) 3. Finding Nemo (2003) 4. Wall-E (2008) 5. Toy Story (1994) 6. Toy Story 3 (2010) ★★★★ 7. Up (2009) 8. Toy Story 2 (1999) 9. Finding Dory (2016) 10. Coco (2017) 11. The Incredibles (2004) ★★★ 12. Incredibles 2 (2018) 13. Ratatouille (2007) 14. Cars (2006) 15. A Bug's Life (1998) ★★ 16. Brave (2012) 17. Cars 3 (2017) 18. Monster's University (2013)

Shorts - seen 18/34, top 10: 1. Day and Night (2010) - 5★ 2. For the Birds (2000) - 5★ 3. Dug's Special Mission (2009) - 4★ 4. Bao (2018) - 4★ 5. Presto (2008) - 4★ 6. La Luna (2011) - 4★ 7. Partly Cloudy (2009) - 4★ 8. Lifted (2006) - 4★ 9. Luxo Jr (1986) - 4★ 10. Geri's Game (1997) - 4★

51. Agnès Varda

Director | Sans toit ni loi

Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She is a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Le Bonheur (1965) and Les plages d'Agnès (2008). She was previously married to Jacques Demy.

Seen: 8/21

★★★★★ 1. The Beaches of Agnes (2008) (doc) 2. Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962) 3. Faces Places (2017) (doc) ★★★★ 4. Jacquot de Nantes (1991) 5. Vagabond (1985) ★★★ 6. The Gleaners and I (2000) (doc) 7. Le Bonheur (1965) ★★ 8. Documenteur (1981)

Shorts: 1. Black Panthers (1969) - 3★ 2. The Fiancés of the Bridge Mac Donald (1961) - 3★

52. 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 ...

Seen: 6/17

★★★★★ 1. Darling (1965) 2. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) 3. Midnight Cowboy (1969) ★★★★ 4. Marathon Man (1976) 5. Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) 6. The Day of the Locust (1975)

53. 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 ...

Seen: 9/45

★★★★★ 1. To Be or Not to Be (1942) 2. Trouble in Paradise (1932) 3. Design For Living (1933) ★★★★ 4. One Hour With You (1932) 5. The Shop Around the Corner (1940) 6. Heaven Can Wait (1943) ★★★ 7. Ninotchka (1939) 8. Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938) 9. Angel (1937)

54. Bob Fosse

Director | Cabaret

Bob Fosse was born on June 23, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Robert Louis Fosse. He is known for his work on Cabaret (1972), All That Jazz (1979) and Lenny (1974). He was married to Gwen Verdon, Joan McCracken and Mary Ann Niles. He died on September 23, 1987 in Washington, District of Columbia...

Seen: 4/5

★★★★★ 1. Cabaret (1972) 2. All That Jazz (1979) ★★★★ 3. Lenny (1974) ★★ 4. Sweet Charity (1969)

55. 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 ...

Seen: 8/16

★★★★★ 1. Europa (1991) 2. Melancholia (2011) 3. The Element of Crime (1984) 4. Breaking the Waves (1996) ★★★★ 5. Dogville (2003) 6. Antichrist (2009) ★★★ 7. Dancer in the Dark (2000) 8. Manderlay (2005)

56. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

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 ...

Seen: 6/6

★★★★★ 1. The Revenant (2015) 2. Amores Perros (2000) 3. Biutiful (2010) ★★★★ 4. Birdman (2014) 5. 21 Grams (2003) 6. Babel (2006)

57. 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 ...

Seen: 6/12

★★★★★ 1. Sunrise (1927) 2. The Last Laugh (1924) 3. City Girl (1930) ★★★★ 4. Faust (1926) ★★★ 5. Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) 6. Nosfetatu (1922)

58. 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 ...

Seen: 13/51

★★★★★ 1. Network (1976) 2. 12 Angry Men (1957) 3. The Hill (1965) 4. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) ★★★★ 5. The Pawnbroker (1964) 6. Fail-Safe (1964) 7. Serpico (1973) 8. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) 9. The Verdict (1982) 10. Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) ★★★ 11. Murder on the Orient Express (1974) 12. The Morning After (1985) ★ 13. The Wiz (1978)

59. 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 ...

Seen: 8/12

★★★★★ 1. Sherlock Jr (1924) 2. The Navigator (1924) ★★★★ 3. The Cameraman (1928) 4. The General (1926) 5. Seven Chances (1925) ★★★ 6. Our Hospitality (1923) 7. Steamboat Bill Jr (1928) 8. College (1927)

Shorts: 1. Cops (1922) - 5★ 2. Neighbours (1920) - 4★ 3. The Boat (1921) - 4★ 4. The Play House (1921) - 4★

60. 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...

Seen: 9/24

★★★★★ 1. The Nun's Story (1959) 2. The Day of the Jackal (1973) ★★★★ 3. High Noon (1952) 4. A Man For All Seasons (1966) 5. From Here to Eternity (1953) 6. Julia (1977) 7. Act of Violence (1948) ★★★ 8. The Search (1948) 9. The Men (1950)

61. Claude Chabrol

Director | Le beau Serge

Claude Chabrol was born on June 24, 1930 in Paris, France. He was a director and writer, known for Le Beau Serge (1958), The Swindle (1997) and Story of Women (1988). He was married to Aurore Chabrol, Stéphane Audran and Agnès Goute. He died on September 12, 2010 in Paris.

Seen: 6/57

★★★★★ 1. Story of Women (1988) 2. Violette Noziere (1978) ★★★★ 3. The Ceremony (1995) 4. La Femme Infidele (1967) ★★★ 5. Le Boucher (1970) ★★ 6. Les Biches (1968)

62. Céline Sciamma

Writer | Tomboy

Céline Sciamma was born on November 12, 1980 in Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France. She is a writer and director, known for Tomboy (2011), Naissance des pieuvres (2007) and Bande de filles (2014).

Seen: 3/3

★★★★★ 1. Tomboy (2011) 2. Girlhood (2014) ★★★★ 3. Water Lilies (2007)

63. 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 ...

Seen: 7/34

★★★★★ 1. Early Summer (1951) 2. Late Spring (1949) ★★★★ 3. Tokyo Story (1953) 4. An Autumn Afternoon (1962) 5. Good Morning (1959) 6. The Only Son (1937) 7. I Was Born, But... (1932)

64. 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 ...

Seen: 16/26

★★★★★ 1. Sunset Boulevard (1950) ★★★★ 2. Stalag 17 (1953) 3. Some Like it Hot (1959) 4. Double Indemnity (1944) 5. Sabrina (1954) 6. The Major and the Minor (1942) 7. The Apartment (1960) 8. A Foreign Affair (1948) 9. Ace in the Hole (1951) ★★★ 10. Love in the Afternoon (1957) 11. Five Graves to Cairo (1943) 12. Witness For the Prosecution (1957) 13. The Lost Weekend (1945) 14. The Seven Year Itch (1955) 15. One, Two, Three (1961) 16. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

65. Sam Peckinpah

Writer | The Wild Bunch

"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael. That ...

Seen: 7/14

★★★★★ 1. Straw Dogs (1971) ★★★★ 2. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) 3. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) 4. The Getaway (1972) 5. Cross of Iron (1978) 6. The Wild Bunch (1969) ★★★ 7. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

66. 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 ...

Seen: 9/20

★★★★★ 1. The Skin I Live In (2011) 2. Volver (2006) 3. Live Flesh (1997) ★★★★ 4. All About My Mother (1999) 5. Bad Education (2004) 6. Broken Embraces (2009) ★★★ 7. Talk to Her (2002) 8. Julieta (2016) 9. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

67. 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...

Seen: 15/46

★★★★★ 1. Bringing Up Baby (1938) 2. Monkey Business (1952) 3. Scarface (1932) 4. I Was a Male War Bride (1949) ★★★★ 5. To Have and Have Not (1944) 6. Ball of Fire (1941) 7. Twentieth Century (1934) 8. The Big Sleep (1946) ★★★ 9. Rio Bravo (1959) 10. His Girl Friday (1940) 11. Only Angels Have Wings (1939) 12. The Thing From Another World (1951) 13. Red River (1948) 14. Gentleman Prefer Blondes (1953) ★★ 15. Sergeant York (1941)

68. Steve McQueen

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.

Seen: 4/4

★★★★★ 1. Hunger (2008) 2. 12 Years a Slave (2013) ★★★★ 3. Shame (2011) 4. Widows (2018)

69. Terence Davies

Director | The House of Mirth

Terence Davies was born on November 10, 1945 in Liverpool, England. He is a director and writer, known for The House of Mirth (2000), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and A Quiet Passion (2016).

Seen: 8/9

★★★★★ 1. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) 2. The Long Day Closes (1992) ★★★★ 3. The Deep Blue Sea (2011) 4. The Neon Bible (1995) 5. Sunset Song (2016) ★★★ 6. A Quiet Passion (2016) 7. The House of Mirth (2000) 8. Of Time and the City (2008)

70. Wim Wenders

Director | Der Himmel über Berlin

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

Seen: 8/?? (confusing!)

★★★★★ 1. Paris, Texas (1984) 2. The American Friend (1977) 3. Wings of Desire (1987) 4. The Salt of the Earth (2014) (doc) ★★★★ 5. Kings of the Road (1976) ★★★ 6. The State of Things (1982) 7. Alice in the Cities (1974) 8. Hammett (1982)

71. 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....

Seen: 8/12

★★★★★ 1. The Palm Beach Story (1942) 2. The Lady Eve (1941) ★★★★ 3. Hail the Conquering Hero! (1944) 4. Sullivan's Travels (1941) ★★★ 5. Christmas in July (1940) 6. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) 7. The Great McGinty (1940) ★★ 8. Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

72. Louis Malle

Director | Au revoir les enfants

Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies ...

Seen: 7/23

★★★★★ 1. Lift to the Scaffold (1958) 2. Pretty Baby (1978) 3. Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) ★★★★ 4. Atlantic City (1980) 5. My Dinner With Andre (1981) ★★★ 6. Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) 7. Murmer of the Heart (1971)

73. 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. ...

Seen: 11/20

★★★★★ 1. Boyhood (2014) 2. Before Sunset (2004) ★★★★ 3. Before Sunrise (1995) 4. Before Midnight (2013) 5. Slacker (1991) 6. Waking Life (2001) ★★★ 7. Me and Orson Welles (2008) 8. A Scanner Darkly (2006) 9. The School of Rock (2003) 10. Bernie (2011) 11. Dazed and Confused (1993)

74. Rolf de Heer

Producer | Bad Boy Bubby

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

Seen: 5/16

★★★★★ 1. The Tracker (2002) 2. Bad Boy Bubby (1993) ★★★★ 3. Charlie's Country (2013) 4. Alexandra's Project (2003) 5. Ten Canoes (2006)

75. Milos Forman

Director | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in ...

Seen: 4/16

★★★★★ 1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 2. Ragtime (1981) 3. Amadeus (1984) ★★★★ 4. The People vs. Larry Flint (1997)

76. François Truffaut

Writer | La nuit américaine

French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who became his protector. Bazin helped the ...

Seen: 8/24 ★★★★★ 1. Jules and Jim (1962) 2. Shoot the Pianist (1960) ★★★★ 3. The Wild Child (1970) 4. The 400 Blows (1959) 5. The Last Metro (1980) 6. The Story of Adele H (1975) ★★★ 7. Day for Night (1973) 8. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

77. Luchino Visconti

Director | Rocco e i suoi fratelli

Luchino Visconti was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Luchino Visconti di Modrone. He was a director and writer, known for Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Death in Venice (1971) and Le Notti Bianche (1957). He died on March 17, 1976 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Seen: 7/14

★★★★★ 1. Death in Venice (1971) ★★★★ 2. Senso (1954) 3. Rocco and His Brothers (1960) 4. The Damned (1969) 5. The Leopard (1963) 6. White Nights (1957) ★★★ 7. La Terra Trema (1947)

78. 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. ...

Seen: 5/13

★★★★★ 1. A Man Escaped (1956) 2. Diary of a Country Priest (1951) ★★★★ 3. Pickpocket (1959) ★★★ 4. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) 5. Mouchette (1967)

79. 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 ...

Seen: 5/29

★★★★★ 1. Pather Panchali (1955) ★★★★ 2. The World of Apu (1959) 3. Aparajito (1956) ★★★ 4. Days and Nights in the Forest (1970) 5. The Music Room (1958)

80. 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 ...

Seen: 8/10

★★★★★ 1. Bowling For Columbine (2002) (doc) 2. Sicko (2007) (doc) ★★★★ 3. Roger & Me (1989) (doc) 4. Where to Invade Next (2015) (doc) 5. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) (doc) ★★★ 6. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) (doc) 7. Michael Moore in Trumpland (2016) ★★ 8. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) (doc)

81. 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 ...

Seen: 11/22

★★★★★ 1. Rosemary's Baby (1968) 2. Chinatown (1974) 3. Repulsion (1965) 4. Cul-de-Sac (1966) ★★★★ 5. Knife in the Water (1962) 6. The Pianist (2002) 7. Tess (1979) ★★★ 8. Frantic (1988) 9. The Tenant (1976) 10. Carnage (2011) ★★ 11. The Ghost Writer (2010)

82. John Frankenheimer

Director | The Manchurian Candidate

Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he ...

Seen: 4/40

★★★★★ 1. Seconds (1966) 2. The Train (1964) ★★★★ 3. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) 4. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

83. Jacques Audiard

Writer | De rouille et d'os

Born in Paris, France, in 1952. Jacques Audiard's family has always been involved in movie business. His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer. But in his teens he refused that world and wanted to be a teacher. He studied literature and philosophy at the ...

Seen: 4/8

★★★★★ 1. A Prophet (2009) ★★★★ 2. Dheepan (2015) 3. The Beat that My Heart Skipped (2005) ★★★ 4. Rust and Bone (2012)

84. 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. ...

Seen: 13/41

★★★★★ 1. The Testament of Dr Mabuse (1933) 2. Scarlet Street (1945) 3. M (1931) ★★★★ 4. Metropolis (1927) 5. Clash By Night (1952) ★★★ 6. You Only Live Once (1937) 7. Destiny (1921) 8. Fury (1936) 9. You and Me (1938) 10. The Woman in the Window (1944) 12. The Big Heat (1953) ★★ 13. Secret Beyond the Door (1947) 13. Dr Mabuse, the Gambler (1922)

85. George Stevens

Director | Giant

George Stevens, a filmmaker known as a meticulous craftsman with a brilliant eye for composition and a sensitive touch with actors, is one of the great American filmmakers, ranking with John Ford, William Wyler and Howard Hawks as a creator of classic Hollywood cinema, bringing to the screen ...

Seen: 14/26

★★★★★ 1. Woman of the Year (1942) 2. A Place in the Sun (1951) 3. The More the Merrier (1943) ★★★★ 5. Giant (1956) 4. Vivacious Lady (1938) 6. Shane (1953) 7. Swing Time (1936) ★★★ 8. I Remember Mama (1948) 9. Gunga Din (1939) 10. Quality Street (1937) 11. Alice Adams (1935) 12. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) 13. The Talk of the Town (1942) ★ 14. Penny Serenade (1941)

86. 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, ...

Seen: 6/13

★★★★★ 1. Brokeback Mountain (2005) 2. Lust, Caution (2007) 3. The Ice Storm (1997) ★★★★ 4. Sense and Sensibility (1995) 5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) ★★★ 6. Life of Pi (2012)

87. Zhangke Jia

Director | Tian zhu ding

Zhangke Jia was born on May 24, 1970 in Fenyang, Shanxi, China. He is a director and producer, known for A Touch of Sin (2013), Mountains May Depart (2015) and Still Life (2006). He has been married to Tao Zhao since January 7, 2012.

Seen: 5/10

★★★★★ 1. Ash is Purest White (2018) ★★★★ 2. Mountains May Depart (2015) 3. Still Life (2006) ★★★ 4. The Pickpocket (1997) 5. The World (2004)

88. Alain Resnais

Director | Hiroshima mon amour

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

Seen: 4/19

★★★★★ 1. Last Year at Marienbad (1961) ★★★★ 2. Providence (1977) 3. Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959) ★★★ 4. Private Fears in Public Places (2006)

Shorts: Night and Fog (1955) - 5★

89. 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), ...

Seen: 6/18

★★★★ 1. Still Walking (2008) 2. Like Father, Like Son (2013) 3. Shoplifters (2018) 4. Nobody Knows (2004) 5. I Wish (2011) ★★ 6. Maborosi (1995)

90. 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 ...

Seen: 30/54

★★★★★ 1. Rear Window (1954) ★★★★ 2. Vertigo (1958) 3. Psycho (1960) 4. Rope (1948) 5. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) 6. Sabotage (1936) 7. Mr and Mrs Smith (1941) 8. Suspicion (1941) 9. Lifeboat (1944) 10. Strangers on a Train (1951) 11. North by Northwest (1959) 12. Foreign Correspondent (1940) 13. Rebecca (1940) ★★★ 14. The 39 Steps (1935) 15. Frenzy (1972) 16. The Lady Vanishes (1938) 17. Saboteur (1942) 18. Notorious (1946) 19. To Catch a Thief (1955) 20. The Lodger (1927) 21. Dial M For Murder (1954) 22. The Wrong Man (1956) 23. Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 24. I Confess (1953) 25. Marnie (1964) 26. The Trouble With Harry (1955) 27. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) ★★ 28. The Birds (1963) 29. Secret Agent (1936) 30. Spellbound (1945)

91. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | The Last Emperor

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

Seen: 6/16

★★★★★ 1. 1900 (1976) 2. The Conformist (1970) ★★★★ 3. The Sheltering Sky (1990) 4. The Last Emperor (1987) ★★★ 5. The Dreamers (2003) 6. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

92. Nicolas Roeg

Director | Don't Look Now

When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer twelve years later. He first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean's ...

Seen: 6/15

★★★★★ 1. Don't Look Now (1973) ★★★★ 2. Walkabout (1971) 3. Bad Timing (1980) ★★★ 4. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) 5. The Witches (1990)

? Performance (1970) - can barely remember!

93. Mikio Naruse

Director | Ukigumo

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 819-826. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

Seen: 4/66

★★★★★ 1. Floating Clouds (1955) ★★★★ 2. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1962) 3. Late Chrysanthemums (1954) ★★ 4. Yearning (1964)

94. Samuel Fuller

Writer | The Steel Helmet

At age 17, Samuel Fuller was the youngest reporter ever to be in charge of the events section of the New York Journal. After having participated in the European battle theater in World War II, he directed some minor action productions for which he mostly wrote the scripts himself and which he also ...

Seen: 8/21

★★★★★ 1. Shock Corridor (1963) ★★★★ 2. The Naked Kiss (1964) 3. The Big Red One (1980) 4. Pickup on South Street (1953) ★★★ 5. White Dog (1982) 6. Forty Guns (1957) 7. Underworld USA (1961) 8. Merrill's Marauders (1962)

95. 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...

Seen: 11/21

★★★★★ 1. Naked Lunch (1991) 2. Eastern Promises (2007) ★★★★ 3. The Fly (1986) 4. Dead Ringers (1988) 5. Crash (1996) 6. A Dangerous Method (2011) 7. Videodrome (1983) ★★★ 8. Maps to the Stars (2014) 9. The Dead Zone (1983) ★★ 10. A History of Violence (2005) ★ 11. Existenz (1999)

96. 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,...

Seen: 15/36

★★★★★ 1. The Asphalt Jungle (1950) 2. The Dead (1987) ★★★★ 3. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 4. The Misfits (1961) 5. The Maltese Falcon (1941) 6. Wise Blood (1979) ★★★ 7. Fat City (1972) 8. Key Largo (1948) 9. The African Queen (1951) 10. Beat the Devil (1953) 11. The Man Who Would Be King (1975) 12. In This Our Life (1942) 13. Annie (1982) ★★ 14. Prizzi's Honour (1985) 15. Heaven Knows, Mr Alison (1957)

97. 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 ...

Seen: 5/24

★★★★★ 1. Riffifi (1955) 2. Night and the City (1950) ★★★★ 3. The Naked City (1948) 4. Thieves Highway (1949) ★★★ 5. Brute Force (1947)

98. John Cassavetes

Actor | Love Streams

John Cassavetes was born on December 9, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA as John Nicholas Cassavetes. He was an actor and director, known for Love Streams (1984), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974). He was married to Gena Rowlands. He died on February 3, 1989 in Los ...

Seen: 10/12

★★★★★ 1. A Woman Under the Influence (1974) ★★★★ 2. Love Streams (1984) 3. Faces (1968) 4. Opening Night (1977) 5. Shadows (1959) 6. A Child is Waiting (1963) ★★★ 7. Gloria (1980) 8. Minnie and Moskovitz (1971) ★★ 9. Husbands (1970) 10. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

99. 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 ...

Seen: 4/32

★★★★★ 1. Miracle in Milan (1951) ★★★★ 2. Bicycle Thieves (1948) 3. Shoeshine (1946) 4. Umberto D (1952)

100. Claire Denis

Director | High Life

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for High Life (2018), 35 Shots of Rum (2008) and Beau travail (1999).

Seen: 5/14

★★★★★ 1. Beau Travail (1999) ★★★★ 2. White Material (2009) ★★★ 3. Chocolat (1988) 4. 35 Shots of Rum (2008) 5. Let the Sunshine In (2017)

TV Films: 1. US Go Home (1994) - 4★



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