My Favorite Directors (with movies rankings)

by molard | created - 08 May 2011 | updated - 1 day ago | Public

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 ...

1 - 2001 : a Space Odyssey 2 - Barry Lyndon 3 - The Shining 4 - Eyes Wide Shut 5 - Paths of Glory 6 - A Clockwork Orange 7 - Doctor Strangelove 8 - Full Metal Jacket 9 - The Killing 10 - Lolita 11 - Spartacus 12 - Killer's Kiss

2. Werner Herzog

Director | Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

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

1 - Aguirre, the Wrath of God 2 - The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser 3 - Fitzcarraldo 4 - Nosferatu the Vampyre 5 - Stroszek 6 - Woyzeck 7 - The Grizzly Man 8 - My Best Fiend 9 - The Bad Lieutenant : Port of Call New Orleans 10 - Signs of Life 11 - The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner 12 - Heart of Glass 13 - La Soufrière 14 - The Dark Glow of the Mountains 15 - Cobra Verde 16 - Rescue Dawn 17 - Little Dieter Needs to Fly 18 - Cave of Forgotten Dreams 19 - My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 20 - Invincible 21 - Even Dwarfs Started Small 22 - How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... 23 - Encounters at the End of the World 24 - Into the Inferno 25 - Happy People: A Year in the Taiga 26 - Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World 27 - Wheel of Time 28 - God's Angry Man 29 - Scream of Stone 30 - Salt and Fire 31 - No One Will Play with Me 32 - Herakles

3. Brian De Palma

Director | Dressed to Kill

Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the ...

1 - Blow Out 2 - Phantom of the Paradise 3 - Carrie 4 - Dressed to Kill 5 - Scarface 6 - Carlito's Way 7 - Mission : Impossible 8 - Body Double 9 - Snake Eyes 10 - Casualties of War 11 - The Untouchables 12 - Sisters 13 - Raising Cain 14 - Redacted 15 - Mission to Mars 16 - Femme Fatale 17 - Obsession 18 - Passion 19 - The Fury 20 - Home Movies 21 - Hi, Mom ! 22 - Greetings 23 - The Black Dahlia 24 - The Bonfire of the Vanities 25 - Murder a la Mod 26 - Domino 27 - Dionysus in 69' 28 - The Wedding Party

4. 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 ...

1 - Sacrifice 2 - Stalker 3 - Solaris 4 - The Mirror 5 - Ivan's Chilhood 6 - Nostalgia 7 - Andrei Rublev

5. 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 ...

1 - Mulholland Drive 2 - Lost Highway 3 - Twin Peaks : Fire Walk with Me 4 - Blue Velvet 5 - Eraserhead 6 - The Straight Story 7 - Wild at Heart 8 - Elephant Man 9 - Dune 10 - Inland Empire

6. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | Apocalypse Now

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

1 - The Godfather, Part II 2 - The Godfather 3 - The Conversation 4 - Apocalypse Now 5 - Rumble Fish 6 - The Godfather, Part III 7 - Tetro 8 - Dracula 9 - The Outsiders 10 - Cotton Club 11 - Peggy Sue get Married 12 - Twixt 13 - One from the Heart 14 - The Rainmaker 15 - Youth Without Youth 16 - Dementia 13 17 - Jack

7. Ingmar Bergman

Writer | Smultronstället

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

1 - Persona 2 - The Virgin Spring 3 - The Seventh Seal 4 - Winter Light 5 - The Silence 6 - Wild Strawberries 7 - Saraband 8 - Through a Glass Darkly 9 - Hour of the Wolf 10 - The Magic Flute

8. 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...

1 - The Fly 2 - Videodrome 3 - eXistenZ 4 - Parasite Murders 5 - A History of Violence 6 - The Brood 7 - Crash 8 - The Dead Zone 9 - Eastern Promises 10 - Scanners 11 - Spider 12 - Dead Ringers 13 - Rage 14 - Cosmopolis 15 - Naked Lunch 16 - A Dangerous Method 17 - Maps to the Stars 18 - M. Butterfly 19 - Crimes of the Future 20 - Stereo

9. 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. ...

1 - The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 2 - M 3 - Fury 4 - Metropolis 5 - Die Nibelungen: Siegfried 6 - Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge 7 - Ministry of Fear 8 - The Big Heat 9 - The Woman in the Window 10- While the City Sleeps 11 - Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 12 - Scarlett Street 13 - Hangmen Also Die! 14 - You Only Live Once 15 - House by the River 16 - Man Hunt 17 - Secret Beyond the Door... 18 - Rancho Notorious 19 - The Tiger of Eschnapur 20 - The Indian Tomb 21 - Moonfleet 22 - Clash by Night 23 - Dr. Mabuse the Gambler 24 - Spies 25 - Woman in the Moon 26 - Liliom 27 - The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 28 - Human Desire 29 - The Return of Frank James 30 - Destiny 31 - The Blue Gardenia 32 - You and Me 33 - American Guerrilla in the Philippines

10. 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 ...

1 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2 - Once Upon a Time in the West 3 - For a Few Dollars More 4 - Once Upon a Time in America 5 - A Fistful of Dollars 6 - A Fistful of Dynamite

11. 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...

1 - Seven Samuraï 2 - High and Low 3 - Throne of Blood 4 - Dersou Ouzala 5 - The Bad Sleep Well 6 - Rashomon 7 - Stray Dog 8 - Ran 9 - The Hidden Fortress 10 - Red Beard 11 - Kagemusha 12 - Yojimbo 13 - Sanjuro 14 - Dodeskaden 15 - Dreams 16 - The Idiot 17 - To Live 18 - Drunken Angel 19 - Scandal 20 - The Lower Depths 21 - The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail 22 - Judo Saga 23 - I Live in Fear

12. 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 ...

1 - L'Armée des Ombres 2 - Le Cercle Rouge 3 - Le Deuxième Souffle 4 - Le Samouraï 5 - Le Doulos 6 - Bob le Flambeur 7 - Les Enfants Terribles 8 - Un Flic 9 - L'aîné des Ferchaux 10 - Léon Morin, prêtre 11 - Le Silence de la Mer

13. 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 ...

1 - Benny's Video 2 - Caché 3 - Funny Games 4 - The White Ribbon 5 - Amour 6 - 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance 7 - Happy End 8 - Funny Games U.S. 9 - The Seventh Continent 10 - Code Inconnu : Récit incomplet de divers voyages 11 - La Pianiste 12 - The Castle 13 - Le Temps du Loup

14. 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.

1 - Dead Man 2 - Down By Law 3 - Ghost Dog, the Way of the Samurai 4 - Stranger than Paradise 5 - Paterson 6 - Broken Flowers 7 - Only Lovers left Alive 8 - Coffee and Cigarettes 9 - Night on Earth 10 - The Dead Don't Die 11 - Mystery Train 12 - The Limits of Control 13 - Permanent Vacation

15. 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 ...

1 - Psycho 2 - Vertigo 3 - The Birds 4 - Rope 5 - Strangers on a Train 6 - Rear Window 7 - The Lady Vanishes 8 - Notorious 9 - North by Northwest 10 - Frenzy 11 - The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) 12 - Marnie 13 - The Wrong Man 14 - Rebecca 15 - The Thirty Nine Steps 16 - Shadow of a Doubt 17 - Dial M for Murder 18 - Suspicion 19 - I Confess 20 - Spellbound 21 - Foreign Correspondant 22 - The Paradine Case 23 - Torn Curtain 24 - Stage Fright 25 - Secret Agent 26 - Under Capricorn 27 - Jamaica Inn 28 - The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) 29 - Lifeboat 30 - Young and Innocent 31 - Sabotage 32 - Topaz 33 - Saboteur 34 - Family Plot 35 - The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 36 - The Trouble With Harry 37 - To Catch a Thief

16. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

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

In January of...

1 - Pulp Fiction 2 - Inglorious Basterds 3 - Jackie Brown 4 - Death Proof 5 - Reservoir Dogs 6 - The Hateful Eight 7 - Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood 8 - Kill Bill : Vol.I 9 - Django Unchained 10 - Kill Bill : Vol.II

17. Dario Argento

Writer | Profondo rosso

Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940, in Rome, Italy, the first-born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for filmmaking from his close-knit family from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other ...

1 - Deep Red 2 - Tenebre 3 - Suspiria 4 - Inferno 5 - Phenomena 6 - The Bird with the Crystal Plumage 7 - The Stendhal Syndrome 8 - The Cat o' Nine Tails 9 - Opera 10 - Four Flies on Grey Velvet 11 - Two Evil Eyes 12 - Trauma 13 - Sleepless 14 - Do You Like Hitchcock? 15 - Masters of Horror : Jenifer 16 - Masters of Horrors : Pelts 17 - Mother of Tears 18 - The Phantom of the Opera 19 - The Card Player 20 - Giallo

18. John Carpenter

Writer | Escape from New York

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

1 - The Thing 2 - Halloween 3 - New York 1997 4 - They Live ! 5 - Assault on Preccinct 13 6 - In the Mouth of Madness 7 - The Fog 8 - Dark Star 9 - Christine 10 - Prince of Darkness 11 - Masters of Horror : John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns 12 - Big Trouble in Little China 13 - Escape from L.A. 14 - Starman 15 - Someone's Watching Me! 16 - Vampires 17 - Memoirs of an Invisible Man 18 - Village of the Damned 19 - Body Bags 20 - The Ward 21 - Ghosts of Mars

19. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | Valhalla Rising

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teen years. ...

1 - Valhalla Rising 2 - Drive 3 - Bronson 4 - The Neon Demon 5 - Pusher II 6 - Pusher III 7 - Pusher 8 - Bleeder 9 - Only God Forgives 10 - Fear X

20. 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 ...

1 - Taxi Driver 2 - Casino 3 - Raging Bull 4 - After Hours 5 - The Wolf of Wall Street 6 - The Last Temptation of Christ 7 - Goodfellas 8 - Mean Streets 9 - Shutter Island 10 - Silence 11 - King of Comedy 12 - The Departed 13 - The Irishman 14 - Bringing Out the Dead 15 - Cape Fear 16 - Kundun 17 - New York, New York 18 - The Age of Innocence 19 - Gangs of New York 20 - Aviator 21 - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 22 - Hugo Cabret 23 - The Color of Money 24 - Boxcar Bertha

21. James Gray

Director | The Immigrant

Writer/director James Gray made his first film Little Odessa (1994) at the age of twenty-five. The film, which starred Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell, received critical acclaim and was the winner of the Venice Film Festival's prestigious Silver Lion Award in 1994.

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1 - The Yards 2 - We Own the Night 3 - Two Lovers 4 - Ad Astra 5 - Little Odessa 6 - The Lost City of Z 7 - The Immigrant

22. 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), Public Affairs (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin (1943) in 1943. His next film, Les ...

1 - Mouchette 2 - Un condamné à mort s'est échappé 3 - Journal d'un curé de campagne 4 - Au Hasard Balthazar 5 - L'Argent 6 - Procès de Jeanne d'Arc 7 - Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne 8 - Pickpocket 9 - Lancelot du Lac

23. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writer | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

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

1 - The Passion of Joan of Arc 2 - Ordet 3 - Dies Irae 4 - Vampyr

24. 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 ...

1 - Chinatown 2 - Rosemary's Baby 3 - The Tenant 4 - Fearless Vampire Killers 5 - The Pianist 6 - The Tragedy of MacBeth 7 - The Ghost Writer 8 - Tess 9 - An Officer and a Spy 10 - Repulsion 11 - Frantic 12 - The Ninth Gate 13 - Knife in the Water 14 - Cul-de-sac 15 - Death and the Maiden 16 - Carnage 17 - Bitter Moon 18 - La Vénus à la Fourrure 19 - Oliver Twist 20 - Che ? 21 - D'après une histoire vraie 22 - Pirates

25. Joel Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), Fargo (1996) and A Serious Man (2009). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

1 - Fargo 2 - The Big Lebowski 3 - No Country for Old Men 4 - Millers' Crossing 5 - Blood Simple 6 - Inside Llewelyn Davis 7 - Barton Fink 8 - O'Brother 9 - The Barber : The Man Who Wasn't There 10 - Raising Arizona 11 - True Grit 12 - A Serious Man 13 - Burn After Reading 14 - Hail, Caesar ! 15 - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 16 - The Hudsucker Proxy 17 - The Ladykillers 18 - Intolerable Cruelty

26. 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. ...

1 - A Scanner Darkly 2 - Before Sunset 3 - Before Sunrise 4 - Before Midnight 5 - Waking Life 6 - Boyhood 7 - School of Rock 8 - Dazed and Confused 9 - Last Flag Flying 10 - Everybody Wants Some !! 11 - Slacker 12 - Fast Food Nation 13 - Bernie 14 - Where'd You Go, Bernadette

27. Michael Mann

Producer | The Insider

A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch (1975). He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile (1979), in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release,...

1 - Heat 2 - Thief 3 - Miami Vice 4 - The Insider 5 - Collateral 6 - Manhunter 7 - Ali 8 - The Last of the Mohicans 9 - Public Ennemies 10 - Hacker

28. 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...

1 - There Will Be Blood 2 - Magnolia 3 - Phantom Thread 4 - Boogie Nights 5 - Inherent Vice 6 - The Master 7 - Punch-Drunk Love 8 - Hard Eight

29. 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 ...

1 - Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia 2 - Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid 3 - Straw Dogs 4 - The Wild Bunch 5 - The Getaway 6 - The Ballad of Cable Hogue 7 - Cross of Iron 8 - Ride the High Country

30. 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 six) he traveled the world with his father. He was orphaned at 15 after his father's death and became the ward of Dr. ...

1 - The Trial 2 - Citizen Kane 3 - Touch of Evil 4 - Mr. Arkadin 5 - MacBeth 6 - The Lady from Shangaï 7 - The Magnificent Ambersons 8 - F for Fake 9 - Vérités et Mensonges 10 - Histoire immortelle 11 - The Stranger

31. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Dunkirk

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.

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1 - Interstellar 2 - The Prestige 3 - The Dark Knight 4 - The Dark Knight Rises 5 - Inception 6 - Dunkirk 7 - Following 8 - Memento 9 - Batman Begins 10 - Insomnia

32. 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 ...

1 - Melancholia 2 - Antichrist 3 - Dogville 4 - Nymphomaniac : Vol.I 5 - Nymphomaniac : Vol.II 6 - The House That Jack Built 7 - Dancer in the Dark 8 - Breaking the Waves

33. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

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

1 - Unforgiven 2 - Honkytonk Man 3 - The Bridges of the Madison County 4 - Mystic River 5 - Million Dollar Baby 6 - Gran Torino 7 - High Plains Drifter 8 - Pale Rider 9 - A Perfect World 10 - The Outlaw Josey Wales 11 - White Hunter Black Heart 12 - The Gauntlet 13 - The Eiger Sanction 14 - Bronco Billy 15 - Heartbreak Ridge 16 - Breezy 17 - Play Misty for Me 18 - American Sniper 19 - Changeling 20 - Flag of Our Fathers 21 - Letters From Iwo Jima 22 - True Crime 23 - Bird 24 - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 25 - The Mule 26 - Sully 27 - Sudden Impact 28 - Space Cowboys 29 - Blood Work 30 - The Jersey Boys 31 - J. Edgar 32 - Invictus 33 - Firefox 34 - The Rookie 35 - The 15:17 to Paris

34. Éric Rohmer

Director | Le genou de Claire

Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, ...

1 - Conte d'Eté 2 - Pauline à la Plage 3 - Le Genou de Claire 4 - Conte de Printemps 5 - Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon

35. 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 ...

1 - Tirez sur le Pianiste 2 - La Mariée était en noir 3 - Les 400 coups 4 - La Nuit Américaine 5 - Jules et Jim 6 - Farenheit 451 7 - Le Dernier Métro

36. 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 ...

1 - The Great Dictator 2 - Modern Times 3 - City Lights 4 - The Gold Rush 5 - Limelight 6 - Monsieur Verdoux 7 - The Kid 8 - A King in New York 9 - A Countess from Hong Kong

37. Denis Villeneuve

Director | Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started his career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), ...

1 - Enemy 2 - Incendies 3 - Prisoners 4 - Arrival 5 - Blade Runner 2049 6 - Sicario 7 - Polytechnique

38. Jacques Tati

Writer | Playtime

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

1 - Mon Oncle 2 - Playtime 3 - Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot 4 - Jour de Fête 5 - Trafic 6 - Parade

39. 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 ...

1 - 8 1/² 2 - La Dolce Vita 3 - La Strada 4 - Amarcord 5 - I Vitelloni

40. Béla Tarr

Producer | Werckmeister harmóniák

Béla Tarr was born on July 21, 1955 in Pécs, Hungary. He is a producer and director, known for Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), The Turin Horse (2011) and Satantango (1994). He is married to Ágnes Hranitzky.

1 - The Man from London 2 - The Turin Horse 3 - Damnation 4 - Satantango 5 - Werckmeister Harmonies

41. David Fincher

Director | Se7en

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

1 - Zodiac 2 - Fight Club 3 - The Social Network 4 - Seven 5 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 6 - Gone Girl 7 - The Game 8 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 9 - Panic Room 10 - Alien 3

42. 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 ...

1 - Tokyo Story 2 - Late Autumn 3 - Late Spring

43. Henri-Georges Clouzot

Writer | Le salaire de la peur

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

1 - Les Diaboliques 2 - Le Salaire de la peur 3 - Quai des Orfèvres 4 - Le Corbeau 5 - La Prisonnière 6 - L'assassin habite au 21 7 - La Vérité 8 - Manon

44. Gus Van Sant

Director | Elephant

Gus Van Sant was born on July 24, 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Gus Greene Van Sant Junior. He is a director and producer, known for Elephant (2003), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989).

1 - Elephant 2 - Gerry 3 - Good Will Hunting 4 - My Own Private Idaho 5 - Drugstore Cowboy 6 - Paranoid Park 7 - Psycho 8 - A Promised Land 9 - Last Days 10 - Milk 11 - Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot 12 - To Die For 13 - Finding Forrester

45. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

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

1 - Moonrise Kingdom 2 - The Grand Budapest Hotel 3 - Fantastic Mr Fox 4 - Rushmore 5 - The Royal Tenenbaums 6 - The Aquatic Life of Steeve Zissou 7 - Isle of Dogs 8 - The Darjeeling Limited

46. 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 ...

1 - The General 2 - The Cameraman 3 - The Navigator 4 - Steamboat Bill Jr. 5 - Sherlock Jr. 6 - Our Hospitality

47. Asghar Farhadi

Writer | Darbareye Elly

Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...

1 - The Salesman 2 - A Separation 3 - The Past 4 - Everybody Knows 5 - About Elly

48. Bong Joon Ho

Writer | Okja

Bong Joon Ho was born on September 14, 1969 in Daegu, South Korea. He is a writer and director, known for Okja (2017), Snowpiercer (2013) and Memories of Murder (2003).

1 - Memories of Murder 2 - The Host 3 - Madeo 4 - Parasite 5 - Snowpiercer 6 - Okja

49. Andrey Zvyagintsev

Director | Nelyubov

Andrei Zvyagintsev is a Russian filmmaker and was born on Feb.6, 1964 in the siberian 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 - ...

1 - Loveless 2 - The Return 3 - Leviathan 4 - Elena 5 - The Banishment

50. Alain Resnais

Director | Hiroshima mon amour

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

1 - Hiroshima Mon Amour 2 - L'Année dernière à Marienbad 3 - Providence 4 - Mon Oncle d'Amérique 5 - On connaît la chanson 6 - L'amour à mort 7 - Muriel ou le temps d'un retour 8 - Cœurs 9 - Stavisky

51. 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 ...

1 - On The Waterfront 2 - East of Eden 3 - A Streetcar named Desire 4 - Baby Doll 5 - Wild River 6 - The Last Tycoon 7 - The Arrangement 8 - The Visitors

52. Francesco Rosi

Writer | Cadaveri eccellenti

Francesco Rosi was born on November 15, 1922 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Illustrious Corpses (1976), Salvatore Giuliano (1962) and La sfida (1958). He was married to Giancarla Mandelli. He died on January 10, 2015 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

1 - Three Brothers 2 - Christ Stopped at Eboli 3 - Men Against... 4 - Salvatore Giulano 5 - Illustrious Corpses 6 - Lucky Luciano 7 - Hands Over the City 8 - Chronicle of a Death Foretold 9 - The Palermo Connection

53. 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...

1 - The Deer Hunter 2 - Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 3 - Heaven's Gate 4 - The Sunchaser 5 - The Sicilian 6 - Desperate Hours

54. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Schindler's List

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

1 - Minority Report 2 - Schindler's List 3 - Encounters of the Third Kind 4 - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 5 - Raiders of the Lost Ark 6 - Jaws 7 - Munich 8 - Jurassic Park 9 - Saving Private Ryan 10 - A.I. 11 - Bridge of Spies 12 - War of the Worlds 13 - Duel 14 - War Horse 15 - The Adventures of Tintin 16 - Catch Me if You Can 17 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 18 - The Post 19 - Lincoln 20 - The Lost World : Jurassic Park 21 - The BFG 22 - Ready Player One 23 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 24 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 25 - Empire of the Sun 26 - The Terminal 27 - The Sugarland Express 28 - The Color Purple 29 - Amistad 30 - 1941 31 - Always 32 - Hook

55. 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 ...

1 - The New World 2 - The Thin Red Line 3 - Badlands 4 - Days of Heaven 5 - Tree of Life 6 - Voyage of Time: Life's Journey

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 ...

1 - 21 Grams 2 - Amores Perros 3 - The Revenant 4 - Babel 5 - Birdman 6 - Biutiful

57. Takeshi Kitano

Actor | Zatôichi

Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw ...

1 - Hana-Bi 2 - Violent Cop 3 - Sonatine 4 - A Scene at the Sea 5 - Kids Return 6 - Jugatsu 7 - Dolls 8 - Brother 9 - Kikujiro 10 - Zatoichi 11 - Achilles and the Tortoise 12 - Getting Any 13 - Outrage 14 - Outrage Beyond 15 - Takeshi's

58. 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...

1 - McCabe and Mrs Miller 2 - The Long Goodbye 3 - MASH 4 - Short Cuts 5 - That Cold Day in the Park 6 - Cookie's Fortune 7 - The Player 8 - Gosford Park 9 - Countdown 10 - Dr. T and the Women 11 - The Gingerbread Man 12 - Prêt-à-Porter

59. Alan Clarke

Director | Screen Two

Liverpool native Alan Clarke got his start in the film business in Canada, where he studied acting and directing. Upon returning to England he got a job at ITV, then moved over to the BBC in 1969. He worked mostly in television, but he made a couple of feature films that got attention for their ...

1 - Scum (1977) & Scum (1979) 2 - Elephant 3 - The Firm 4 - Rita, Sue and Bob Too 5 - Made in Britain

60. Joseph Losey

Director | The Servant

Belonging to an important family clan in Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but was always interested in theater and thus worked together with Bertolt Brecht. After directing some shorts for MGM, he made his first important film, The Boy with Green Hair (1948), for RKO. While he was filming ...

1 - Mr Klein 2 - The Servant 3 - The Prowler 4 - Accident 5 - King and Country

61. Samuel Fuller

Writer | Shock Corridor

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 ...

1 - Shock Corridor 2 - The Big Red One 3 - Pickup on South Street 4 - The Naked Kiss 5 - House of Bamboo 6 - Underworld U.S.A.

62. George A. Romero

Writer | Land of the Dead

George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; by all indications, though, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 ,in New York City to Ann (Dvorsky) and Jorge Romero. His father was born in Spain and raised in Cuba, and...

1 - Dawn of the Dead 2 - The Night of the Living Dead 3 - Season of the Witch 4 - Martin 5 - The Day of the Dead 6 - Land of the Dead 7 - Monkey Shines 8 - Creepshow 9 - The Crazies 10 - The Dark Half 11 - Bruiser 12 - Diary of the Dead 13 - Survival of the Dead 14 - Two Evil Eyes

63. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...

1 - Blade Runner 2 - Alien 3 - The Duellists 4 - The Martian 5 - Prometheus 6 - Black Hawk Down 7 - Alien : Covenant 8 - Thelma & Louise 9 - Hannibal 10 - Gladiator 11 - American Gangster 12 - All the Money in the World 13 - Body of Lies 14 - 1492: Conquest of Paradise 15 - Matchstick Men 16 - Black Rain 17 - Kingdom of Heaven 18 - White Squall

64. 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 ...

1 - Nosferatu 2 - Sunrise 3 - Faust

65. Hiroshi Teshigahara

Director | Suna no onna

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

1 - Woman in the Dunes 2 - Pitfall 3 - The Face of Another

66. 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), A Swedish Love Story (1970) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014).

1 - A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence 2 - You, the Living 3 - Songs from the Second Floor

67. Yorgos Lanthimos

Director | The Lobster

Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied directing for Film and Television at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theater plays. Kinetta,...

1 - Canine 2 - The Lobster 3 - The Killing of a Sacred Deer

68. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Director | Loong Boonmee raleuk chat

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the ...

1 - Tropical Malady 2 - Syndromes and a Century 3 - Cemetery of Splendor 4 - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 5 - Blissfully Yours

69. Michelangelo Antonioni

Writer | Blowup

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

1 - Blow Up 2 - L'Avventura 3 - Zabriskie Point 4 - The Passenger

70. 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 ...

1 - Un Prophète 2 - De Battre mon cœur s'est arrêté 3 - Sur mes lèvres 4 - Dheepan 5 - The Sisters Brothers 6 - Regarde les hommes tomber

71. Peter Weir

Director | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Peter Weir was born on August 21, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Lindsay Weir. He is a director and writer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Way Back (2010) and Witness (1985). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They have two ...

1 - The Last Wave 2 - Picnic at Hanging Rock 3 - The Truman Show 4 - The Cars that ate Paris 5 - Dead Poets Society 6 - Gallipoli 7 - Fearless 8 - Witness 9 - The Year of Living Dangerously 10 - The Mosquito Coast 11 - The Plumber 12 - Master and Commander : The Far Side of the World 13 - The Way Back

72. 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...

1 - Match Point 2 - Cassandra's Dream 3 - Manhattan Murder Mystery 4 - Bullets over Broadway 5 - Sweet and Lowdown 6 - Hollywood Ending 7 - Midnight in Paris 8 - The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 9 - Shadows and Fog 10 - Mighty Aphrodite 11 - Blue Jasmine 12 - Deconstructing Harry

73. 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 ...

1 - Sunset Boulevard 2 - Double Indemnity 3 - The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes 4 - Witness for the Prosecution 5 - The Apartment 6 - Avanti ! 7 - The Fortune Cookie

74. Abbas Kiarostami

Director | Copie conforme

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

1 - The Wind Will Carry Us 2 - Taste of Cherry 3 - Through the Olive Trees 4 - Ten

75. 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,...

1 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 2 - The Asphalt Jungle 3 - The Maltese falcon 4 - The Man Who Would Be King 5 - Key Largo 6 - The Night of the Iguana 7 - Reflections in a Golden Eye 8 - Under the Volcano 9 - The African Queen 10 - Moby Dick 11 - Fat City 12 - The Dead 13 - The Kremlin Letter 14 - The Misfits

76. 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 (...

1 - Dekalog 2 - Trois Couleurs : Rouge

77. 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.

1 - The Great Beauty 2 - Il Divo 3 - Youth 4 - Loro 5 - This Must Be the Place

78. Wes Craven

Writer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on ...

1 - The Last House on the Left 2 - Hills Have Eyes 3 - Scream 4 - A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 - Scream 4 6 - Scream 2 7 - Red Eye 8 - Scream 3 9 - Deadly Friend 10 - The Serpent and the Rainbow 11 - The People Under the Stairs 12 - Deadly Blessing 13 - Shocker

79. Larry Clark

Director | Bully

Was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (1943). Son of Frances Clark (baby photographer) and Lewis Clark. Graduated from Central High school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Studied under Walter Sheffer and Gerard Bakker. Film debut was the movie Kids (1995). He was ...

1 - Bully 2 - Kids 3 - Wassup Rockers 4 - Ken Park 5 - Another Day in Paradise 6 - The Smell of Us

80. Nicholas Ray

Director | Rebel Without a Cause

Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the ...

1 - Rebel Without a Cause 2 - Party Girl 3 - In a Lonely Place 4 - Bigger than Life 5 - They Live by Night

81. Don Siegel

Director | Dirty Harry

Don Siegel was educated at Cambridge University, England. In Hollywood from the mid-'30s, he began his career as an editor and second unit director. In 1945 he directed two shorts (Hitler Lives (1945) and Star in the Night (1945)) which both won Academy Awards. His first feature as a director was ...

1 - Dirty Harry 2 - The Killers 3 - The Beguiled 4 - Escape from Alcatraz 5 - Charley Varrick 6 - Sierra Torride 7 - Coogan's Bluff 8 - Invasion of the Body Snatchers 9 - Madigan 10 - The Black Windmill

82. 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 ...

1 - The Man Without a Past 2 - I Hired a Contract Killer 3 - Lights in the Dusk 4 - Drifting Clouds 5 - The Bohemian Life 6 - Le Havre 7 - The Other Side of Hope

83. Chan-wook Park

Director | Ah-ga-ssi

Chan-wook Park was born on August 23, 1963 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and producer, known for The Handmaiden (2016), Thirst (2009) and Oldboy (2003). He is married to Eun-hee Kim. They have one child.

1 - Sympathy for Mister Vengeance 2 - Old Boy 3 - Lady Vengeance 4 - The Handmaiden 5 - Thirst

84. William Friedkin

Director | The French Connection

Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with ...

1 - The Exorcist 2 - Sorcerer 3 - To Live and Die in L.A. 4 - Cruising 5 - French Connection 6 - Killer Joe 7 - Bug 8 - Rules of Engagement

85. Monte Hellman

Director | Iguana

Monte Hellman was born on July 12, 1932, in New York City, where his parents were visiting, but he grew up in Los Angeles. He studied drama at Stanford University--on an NBC scholarship--and film at UCLA. After a few years directing in summer theater, Hellman hooked up with legendary "B" movie ...

1 - Two-Lane Blacktop 2 - The Shooting 3 - Ride in the Whirlwind 4 - Cockfighter

86. 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 ...

1 - The Bridge on the River Kwai 2 - Lawrence of Arabia 3 - Doctor Zhivago 4 - Ryan's Daughter 5 - Brief Encounter

87. Michael Powell

Director | The Red Shoes

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 ...

1 - Peeping Tom 2 - A Matter of Life and Death 3 - Black Narcissus 4 - 49th Parallel

88. Takashi Miike

Director | Koroshiya 1

Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura, ...

1 - Ichi the Killer 2 - Audition 3 - Gozu 4 - Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha 5 - Three ... Extremes 6 - Visitor Q 7 - Blade of the Immortal 8 - Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 9 - The Happiness of the Katakuris 10 - Bird People in China 11 - One Missed Call 12 - Dead or Alive 2 : Tôbôsha 13 - MPD Psycho 14 - Dead or Alive 3 : Final

89. Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Director | Kairo

Kiyoshi Kurosawa was born on July 19, 1955 in Kobe, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Pulse (2001), Tokyo Sonata (2008) and Journey to the Shore (2015).

1 - Tokyo Sonata 2 - Cure 3 - Seance 4 - Kaïro 5 - Shokuzai 6 - Creepy 7 - Journey to the Shore 8 - Retribution

90. Derek Cianfrance

Director | Blue Valentine

Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied (1998), won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best...

1 - Blue Valentine 2 - The Place Beyond the Pines 3 - The Light Between Oceans

91. Lucio Fulci

Writer | Murderock - Uccide a passo di danza

Lucio Fulci, born in Rome in 1927, remains as controversial in death as he was in life. A gifted craftsman with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of dark humor, Fulci achieved some measure of notoriety for his gore epics of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but respect was long in coming.

Abandoning ...

1 - The Psychic 2 - The Beyond 3 - Four of the Apocalypse 4 - The House by the Cemetery 5 - The New York Ripper 6 - Zombi 2 7 - Voices from Beyond 8 - Cat in the Brain

92. Jean-Luc Godard

Director | Pierrot le Fou

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

1 - Le Mépris 2 - Week End 3 - Alphaville 4 - Pierrot le Fou 5 - A Bout de Souffle

93. Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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 ...

1 - Five Fingers 2 - The Ghost And Mrs. Muir 3 - Sleuth 4 - Julius Caesar 5 - All About Eve 6 - Suddenly, Last Summer 7 - House of strangers

94. Mario Bava

Cinematographer | Ecologia del delitto

Italian director Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in the coastal northern Italian town of San Remo. His father, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cinematographer in the early days of the Italian film industry. Bava was trained as a painter, and when he eventually followed his father into film ...

1 - A Bay of Blood 2 - The Girl Who Knew Too Much 3 - The Black Sabbath 4 - Black Sunday 5 - The Whip and the Body

95. 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 ...

1 - Belle de Jour 2 - El 3 - Los Olvidados 4 - Cet obscur objet du désir 5 - Tristana 6 - Un Chien Andalou

96. Claude Sautet

Writer | Un coeur en hiver

Claude Sautet was born on February 23, 1924 in Montrouge, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France as Claude Marie Sautet. He was a writer and director, known for Un Coeur en Hiver (1992), Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995) and The Things of Life (1970). He was married to Graziella Sautet. He died on ...

1 - Max et les Ferrailleurs 2 - Classe tous riques 3 - César et Rosalie 4 - Un Coeur en Hiver 5 - Vincent, François, Paul... et les autres 6 - Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud 7 - Une Histoire Simple

97. 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 ...

1 - Don't Look Now 2 - Walkabout

98. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

1 - Star Wars 2 - THX 1138 3 - Star Wars : Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 4 - American Graffiti 5 - Star Wars : Episode II - Attack of the Clones 6 - Star Wars : Episode I - The Phantom Menace

99. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

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

1 - Edward Scissorhands 2 - Ed Wood 3 - Sleepy Hollow 4 - Beetlejuice 5 - Big Fish 6 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 7 - Corpse Bride 8 - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 9 - Batman 10 - Mars Attacks! 11 - Frankenweenie 12 - Alice in Wonderland 13 - Batman returns 14 - Dark Shadows 15 - Big Eyes 16 - Planet of the Apes 17 - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

100. Jeff Nichols

Writer | Take Shelter

Jeff Nichols was born on December 7, 1978 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. He is a writer, known for Take Shelter (2011), Midnight Special (2016) and Loving (2016).

1 - Take Shelter 2 - Shotgun Stories 3 - Mud 4 - Loving 5 - Midnight Special



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