Up-and-coming Movie Directors

by Dan Martinez | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Directors that seem to have been recently gaining popularity due to the movies listed. Each director has to have directed at least two movies that have between 1,000 and 125,000 IMDb votes and a minimum rating of 7.0. At least one of those movies has to have been released within the last five years and they also can't have had a release before 1997.

1. Andrea Arnold

Director | Fish Tank

Andrea Arnold was born on April 5, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, England as Andrea P. Arnold. She is an actress and director, known for Fish Tank (2009), Red Road (2006) and American Honey (2016).

Fish Tank, American Honey

2. Andrew Haigh

Director | 45 Years

Andrew Haigh was born on March 7, 1973 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. He is a director and producer, known for 45 Years (2015), Weekend (2011) and Looking (2014).

Weekend, 45 Years

3. Armando Iannucci

Writer | Veep

Armando Iannucci was born on November 28, 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland as Armando Giovanni Iannucci. He is a writer and producer, known for Veep (2012), In the Loop (2009) and The Thick of It (2005). He has been married to Rachel since August 25, 1990. They have two children.

In the Loop, The Death of Stalin

4. Cary Fukunaga

Producer | Beasts of No Nation

Cary Fukunaga was born on July 10, 1977 in Oakland, California, USA as Cary Joji Fukunaga. He is a producer and director, known for Beasts of No Nation (2015), Sin Nombre (2009) and True Detective (2014).

Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, Beasts of No Nation

5. Craig Gillespie

Director | Lars and the Real Girl

Craig Gillespie is an Australian film director, best known for his films Lars and the Real Girl (2007), and I, Tonya (2017).

Born and raised in Sydney, Gillespie moved to New York City at the age of nineteen to study illustration, graphic design and advertising at Manhattan's School of Visual Arts.

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Lars and the Real Girl, Million Dollar Arm

6. Dee Rees

Director | Mudbound

Dee Rees is a director and writer, known for Mudbound (2017), Pariah (2011) and Pariah (2007).

Pariah, Mudbound

7. Destin Daniel Cretton

Director | Short Term 12

Destin Daniel Cretton was born on November 23, 1978 in Maui, Hawaii, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Short Term 12 (2013), Short Term 12 (2008) and Deacon's Mondays (2007).

Short Term 12, The Glass Castle

8. Dexter Fletcher

Actor | Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Dexter Fletcher is an English actor who made his way in many screen and television performances, the most well-liked and well-known of the latter being in Press Gang (1989) where he played opposite real-life love (at the time) Julia Sawalha (Lynda Day on "Press Gang"). His career began at the age ...

Wild Bill, Eddie the Eagle

9. J.C. Chandor

Producer | A Most Violent Year

J.C. Chandor was born as Jeffrey McDonald Chandor. He is a producer and writer, known for A Most Violent Year (2014), Margin Call (2011) and All Is Lost (2013). He has been married to Mary Cameron Goodyear since 2004. They have two children.

Margin Call, A Most Violent Year

10. James Ponsoldt

Director | The Spectacular Now

James Ponsoldt was born in 1978 in Athens, Georgia, USA as James Adam Ponsoldt. He is a director and producer, known for The Spectacular Now (2013), The Circle (2017) and Smashed (2012). He has been married to Megan Holloway since September 25, 2010.

The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour

11. Jeremy Saulnier

Cinematographer | Blue Ruin

Jeremy Saulnier has slyly defined a unique cinematic aesthetic that complements his idiosyncratic narrative premises. His sophomore feature, Blue Ruin (2013) a quirky, crime drama set in a pretty, but grimier part of suburban America was a festival darling and supplanted his name within the ...

Blue Ruin, Green Room

12. Jeremy Sims

Director | Last Cab to Darwin

Jeremy Sims was born on January 10, 1966 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia as Jeremy William Hartley. He is an actor and director, known for Last Cab to Darwin (2015), Beneath Hill 60 (2010) and Chances (1991).

Beneath Hill 60, Last Cab to Darwin

13. John Crowley

Director | Brooklyn

John Crowley was born on August 19, 1969 in Cork, Ireland. He is a director, known for Brooklyn (2015), Boy A (2007) and Intermission (2003). He is married to Fiona Weir. They have one child.

Boy A, Brooklyn

14. John Michael McDonagh

Writer | The Guard

John Michael McDonagh was born in 1967 in London, England. He is a writer and director, known for The Guard (2011), Calvary (2014) and War on Everyone (2016).

The Guard, Calvary

15. Justin Chadwick

Director | The First Grader

Justin Chadwick was born on December 1, 1968 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. He is a director and actor, known for The First Grader (2010), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) and Bleak House (2005).

The First Grader, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

16. Lee Daniels

Producer | Precious

Lee Daniels gave his parents an early Christmas present when he entered the world on December 24, 1959; unfortunately, the Philadelphia native was to have a difficult relationship with his police officer father who later reacted violently to his son's sexuality. Despite the brutality of his ...

Precious, Lee Daniels' The Butler

17. Lee Toland Krieger

Director | The Vicious Kind

Lee Toland Krieger is a director and producer, known for The Vicious Kind (2009), December Ends (2006) and The Age of Adaline (2015).

The Vicious Kind, The Age of Adaline

18. Lynne Ramsay

Director | We Need to Talk About Kevin

Lynne Ramsay was born on December 5, 1969 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a director and writer, known for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), Morvern Callar (2002) and Ratcatcher (1999).

Ratcatcher, We Need to Talk About Kevin, You Were Never Really Here

19. Michael McGowan

Director | Saint Ralph

Michael McGowan was born on April 14, 1966 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a director and producer, known for Saint Ralph (2004), Still Mine (2012) and Score: A Hockey Musical (2010).

Saint Ralph, One Week, Still Mine

20. Mike Cahill

Editor | Another Earth

Mike Cahill was born on July 5, 1979 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He is known for his work on Another Earth (2011), I Origins (2014) and Doctors.

Another Earth, I Origins

21. Mike Mills

Director | Beginners

Mike Mills was born in 1966, Berkeley, California. He graduated from Cooper Union, 1989.

He works as a filmmaker, graphic designer and artist. As a filmmaker, Mike has completed a number of music videos, commercials, short films, documentaries, and the feature film Thumbsucker (2005). Architecture ...

Beginners, 20th Century Women

22. Nicholas Gyeney

Producer | Beta Test

Nicholas was born in Seattle to Hungarian parents on July 15th, 1986, and quickly immersed himself in the world of motion pictures with the indelible influence of his father, Örs Gyeney, who would sit down with Nicholas to show him new films like Star Wars, The Terminator series, and the adventures...

The Penitent Man, Matt's Chance

23. Niki Caro

Director | Whale Rider

Niki Caro was born in 1967 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is a director and writer, known for Whale Rider (2002), North Country (2005) and McFarland, USA (2015).

Whale Rider, North Country; McFarland, USA; The Zookeeper's Wife

24. Ramin Bahrani

Writer | 99 Homes

Ramin Bahrani was born on March 20, 1975 in North Carolina, USA. He is a writer and director, known for 99 Homes (2014), Chop Shop (2007) and Man Push Cart (2005).

Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo, 99 Homes

25. Ric Roman Waugh

Director | Felon

Ric Roman Waugh was born on February 20, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Felon (2008), Snitch (2013) and That Which I Love Destroys Me (2015). He has been married to Tanya Ballinger since September 24, 2005. They have two children.

Felon, Shot Caller

26. S. Craig Zahler

Writer | Bone Tomahawk

S. Craig Zahler was born in 1973 in Miami, Florida, USA. He is a writer and cinematographer, known for Bone Tomahawk (2015), Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) and Dragged Across Concrete (2018).

Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99

27. Sean Baker

Writer | Tangerine

Sean Baker is a writer/director known for the Spirit Award nominated films Take Out (2004), Prince of Broadway (2008) and Starlet (2012) (winner of the Robert Altman Spirit Award). His latest film Tangerine (2015) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Magnolia Pictures in ...

Tangerine, The Florida Project

28. Simon Curtis

Producer | My Week with Marilyn

Simon Curtis began his directing career at the Royal Court Theatre, where he was Deputy Director to Max Stafford Clark and director of the Theatre Upstairs. His many productions there included the world premiere of Jim Cartwright's ROAD, which transferred to the Lincoln Center, New York. He has ...

My Week with Marilyn, Woman in Gold, Goodbye Christopher Robin