My favourite directors and my top five favourite films of theirs.

by mfilmslove | created - 03 Jun 2012 | updated - 10 Jun 2012 | Public

List will be completed over time

1. 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 ...

Favourite Films - Taxi Driver Shutter Island Mean Streets Cape Fear Goodfellas

2. Paul Verhoeven

Director | Zwartboek

Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969), about a medieval ...

Favourite Films - Total Recall RoboCop Basic Instinct Starship Troopers Black Book

3. John Landis

Director | The Blues Brothers

John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "...

Favourite Films - The Blues Brothers Animal House An American Werewolf In London Coming To America The Kentucky Fried Movie or Oscar

4. John Hughes

Writer | The Breakfast Club

John Hughes was born on February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as John Wilden Hughes Jr. He was a writer, known for The Breakfast Club (1985), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) and Weird Science (1985). He was married to Nancy Ludwig. He died on August 6, 2009 in Manhattan, New York City...

Favourite Films - The Breakfast Club Ferris Bueller's Day Off Planes, Trains & Automobiles Weird Science Sixteen Candles

5. Stephen Frears

Director | Dangerous Liaisons

Stephen Frears was born on June 20, 1941 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Stephen Arthur Frears. He is a director and producer, known for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Philomena (2013) and The Queen (2006). He has been married to Anne Rothenstein since 1992. They have two children. He was ...

Favourite Films - High Fidelity Dangerous Liasions My Beautiful Laundrette Dirty Pretty Things Prick Up Your Ears

6. Lloyd Kaufman

Producer | Troma's War

Stanley Lloyd Kaufman never really wanted to make movies, but wanted to work in Broadway musicals. During his years in Yale, though, he got introduced to "B" pictures and the works of Roger Corman. Lloyd later got the opportunity to executive-produce a short movie made by a fellow student. The film...

Favourite Films - The Toxic Avenger Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV Tromeo and Juliet Terror Firmer Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead

7. Sam Raimi

Director | Spider-Man

Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead (1981). From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making ...

Favourite Films - Army Of Darkness Evil Dead II The Evil Dead Spider-Man Crimewave or Darkman

8. 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 ...

Favourite Films - Apocalypse Now The Godfather The Outsiders The Conversation Dracula or The Rainmaker

9. Mike Nichols

Director | The Graduate

He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin. He later ...

Favourite Films - The Graduate Biloxi Blues Carnal Knowledge Charlie Wilson's War Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

10. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

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

Favourite Films - Terminator 2: Judgement Day The Terminator True Lies The Abyss Aliens

11. 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"...

Favourite Films - The Passenger Identification Of A Woman Blow-Up Beyond The Clouds L'Avventura

12. Werner Herzog

Director | Fitzcarraldo

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...

Favourite Films - Nosferatu the Vampyre Stroszek Aguirre, Wrath of God Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Even Dwarfs Started Small

13. 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 ...

Favourite Films - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Eraserhead Mullholland Drive The Elephant Man Inland Empire

14. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...

Favourite Films - Serenity Avengers Assemble Dollhouse (TV SERIES: 3 EPISODES) Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV SERIES: 22 EPISODES) Thor

15. 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 ...

Favourite Films - Big Fish Edward Scissorhands Ed Wood Beetlejuice Batman Returns

16. Franc Roddam

Writer | Moby Dick

Franc Roddam was born on April 29, 1946 in Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, England as Francis George Roddam. He is a writer and producer, known for Moby Dick (1998), Aria (1987) and Quadrophenia (1979).

Favourite Films - Quadrophenia The Bride Moby Dick (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

17. 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 ...

Favourite Films - The Shining A Clockwork Orange Full Metal Jacket Lolita 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Killing

18. Lindsay Anderson

Director | If....

Lindsay Anderson was born on April 17, 1923 in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India as Lindsay Gordon Anderson. He was a director and actor, known for If.... (1968), Britannia Hospital (1982) and This Sporting Life (1963). He died on August 30, 1994 in Angoulême, Charente, France.

Favourite Films - If... O Lucky Man! This Sporting Man (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

19. Sam Mendes

Producer | Road to Perdition

Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-...

Favourite Films - American Beauty Road To Perdition Jarhead (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

20. Bruce Robinson

Writer | Withnail & I

Such is the mythology that has sprung up around Bruce Robinson's first film, the openly autobiographical Withnail & I (1987), that it's often hard to separate fact from fiction. But the facts appear to be these: trained as an actor at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, he got off to a...

Favourite Films - Withnail And I Jennifer Eight The Rum Diary How To Get Ahead In Advertising

21. Curtis Hanson

Director | L.A. Confidential

After small films like The Bedroom Window (1987) and Sweet Kill (1972), Curtis Hanson went on to direct major features including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), The River Wild (1994) and the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential (1997). Setting his sights on another city, Hanson was ...

Favourite Films - L.A. Confidential 8 Mile Coma Bad Influence (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

22. Cameron Crowe

Writer | Almost Famous

Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market.

Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. ...

Favourite Films - Say Anything... Jerry Maguire Vanilla Sky Almost Famous (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

23. 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...

Favourite Films - Reservoir Dogs (sue me) Pulp Fiction Death Proof Kill Bill Inglourious Basterds

24. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

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

Favourite Films - Mystic River Changeling The Outlaw Josey Wales Gran Torino Million Dollar Baby

25. 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...

Favourite Films - Fight Club Se7en The Game Zodiac The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

26. Kinji Fukasaku

Director | Batoru rowaiaru

Kinji Fukasaku was born on July 3, 1930 in Mito, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Battle Royale (2000), Fall Guy (1982) and Crest of Betrayal (1994). He was married to Sanae Nakahara. He died on January 12, 2003 in Tokyo, Japan.

Favourite Films - Battle Royale Tora! Tora! Tora! and I guess Battle Royale 2 (guilty pleasure) (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

27. Edgar Wright

Director | Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...

Favourite Films - Hot Fuzz Shaun Of The Dead Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Grindhouse (segment) (Not really interested in his Western)

28. Greg Mottola

Director | Adventureland

Greg Mottola was born on July 11, 1964 in Dix Hills, Long Island, New York, USA as Gregory James Mottola. He is a director and producer, known for Adventureland (2009), Superbad (2007) and The Daytrippers (1996).

Favourite Films - Paul Superbad The Daytrippers (I dislike Adventureland)

29. Guy Ritchie

Director | Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and ...

Favourite Films - Snatch. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Rocknrolla Revolver (I like his Sherlock Holmes films, but they're not a massive fancy)

30. Robert Rodriguez

Producer | El mariachi

Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent.

Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York (1981), none ...

Favourite Films - El mariachi Machete From Dusk Till Dawn The Faculty Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico or Planet Terror

31. Shane Meadows

Director | This Is England

Shane Meadows was born on December 26, 1972 in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England. He is a director and writer, known for This Is England (2006), Dead Man's Shoes (2004) and TwentyFourSeven (1997).

Favourite Films - This Is England Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee Dead Man's Shoes Somers Town (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

32. Robert Zemeckis

Writer | Back to the Future

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

Favourite Films - Back To The Future Forrest Gump Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Romancing The Stone Cast Away

33. Antoine Fuqua

Producer | The Magnificent Seven

Antoine Fuqua is an American film director, known for his work in the film Training Day as well as The Replacement Killers, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer.

He has directed music videos for such artists as Arrested Development, Prince, ...

Favourite Films - Training Day Shooter Replacement Killers (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

34. Frank Darabont

Writer | The Green Mile

Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High ...

Favourite Films - The Shawshank Redemption The Green Mile The Majestic The Mist Buried Alive

35. 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, ...

Favourite Films - Minority Report 1941 Duel Catch Me If You Can Schindler's List

36. Jonathan Levine

Writer | The Wackness

Jonathan Levine is a writer and director, known for The Wackness (2008), 50/50 (2011) and Long Shot (2019).

Favourite Films - The Wackness 50/50 Can't wait for Warm Bodies!

37. Rod Daniel

Director | WKRP in Cincinnati

Rod Daniel was born on August 4, 1942 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA as Rollin Augustus Daniel III. He was a director and producer, known for WKRP in Cincinnati (1978), K-9 (1989) and Teen Wolf (1985). He was married to Martha (Marti) C. Mueller. He died on April 16, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Favourite Films - K-9 Teen Wolf (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

38. Matthew Vaughn

Producer | Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn is an English film producer and director. He is known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) and for directing the crime thriller, Layer Cake (2004), the fantasy epic, Stardust (2007), the superhero comedy, Kick-Ass (2010), and the ...

Favourite Films - Layer Cake Kick-Ass Stardust X-Men: First Class

39. Richard Donner

Director | Superman

Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard D. Schwartzberg. He is a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon (1987). He has been married to Lauren Shuler Donner since November 27, 1986.

Favourite Films - The Omen The Goonies Assassins Scrooged Lethal Weapon or Superman

40. Danny Boyle

Director | 127 Hours

Danny Boyle was born on October 20, 1956 in Manchester, England as Daniel Boyle. He is a director and producer, known for 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later... (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

Favourite Films - Trainspotting Shallow Grave The Beach 28 Days Later... 127 Hours

41. Danny Leiner

Director | Dude, Where's My Car?

In addition to writing and directing, Danny has recently formed the production company, SLY DOG FILMS, with writer-producer Matt Tauber. Danny was also the lead guitarist in the seminal Brooklyn garage band, The Flying Guacamoles.

Favourite Films - Harold & Kumar Get the Munchies Dude, Where's My Car? (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

42. Terry Jones

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. His father was a bank clerk, mother - mistress of the house. He has an older brother, Nigel Jones (1940-). He studied at St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford University. In 1965, with his friend Michael Palin, he made The Late Show (1966) for television, ...

Favourite Films - Life Of Brian Monty Python and the Holy Grail The Meaning Of Life (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

43. Terry Gilliam

Writer | Brazil

Terry Gilliam was born near Medicine Lake, Minnesota. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of MAD magazine. In his early twenties he was often stopped by the police who suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising. In ...

Favourite Films - Twelve Monkeys Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas The Fisher King Time Bandits The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

44. Kevin Smith

Producer | Clerks

Kevin Patrick Smith was born in Red Bank but grew up in Highlands, New Jersey, the son of Grace (Schultz) and Donald E. Smith, a postal worker. He is very proud of his native state; this fact can be seen in all of his movies. Kevin is of mostly German, with some Irish and English, ancestry.

His ...

Favourite Films - Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Dogma Mallrats Chasing Amy Clerks

45. 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), A Serious Man (2009) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

Favourite Films - O Brother, Where Art Thou? Barton Fink Blood Simple. The Big Lebowski Fargo, Miller's Crossing, The Man Who Wasn't There or No Country For Old Men

46. 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 ...

Same as Joel Coen.

47. Michael Winterbottom

Director | Genova

Michael Winterbottom was born on March 29, 1961 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. He is a director and producer, known for A Summer in Genoa (2008), A Mighty Heart (2007) and The Killer Inside Me (2010).

Favourite Films - 24 Hour Party People In This World A Cock And Bull Story The Trip (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

48. John Duigan

Writer | The Year My Voice Broke

Duigan emigrated to Australia in 1961, having been born to an Australian father. He is related to many Australian performers, being the husband of Nammi Le, brother of novelist Virginia Duigan (wife of director Bruce Beresford) and uncle of Trilby Beresford.

Duigan studied at Melbourne University, ...

Favourite Films - The Parole Officer Romero The Year My Voice Broke (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

49. Rob Reiner

Actor | All in the Family

Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.

As a child, he often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he created and also starred in....

Favourite Films - This Is Spinal Tap Misery Stand By Me A Few Good Men The Bucket List

50. Chan-wook Park

Director | Ah-ga-ssi

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

Favourite Films - Oldboy Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance Lady Vengeance Thirst I'm a Cyborg

51. Andrew Lau Wai-Keung

Cinematographer | Mou gaan dou

Andrew Lau Wai-Keung was born in Hong Kong in 1960, and has been fond of photography as a child. He joined Shaw Brothers (HK) Ltd. after secondary school graduation. The first film he participated in as a semi-skilled worker in cinematography was Legendary Weapons of China directed by Chia-Liang Liu...

Favourite Films - Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs II Infernal Affairs III (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

52. Alan Mak

Director | Mou gaan dou

Alan Mak Siu Fai was born in Hong Kong in 1965. In 1986, he studied in the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performance Arts. Upon graduation in 1990, he started his movie career.

Mak made his directorial debut in 1997, with his first film being Nude Fear, which was written and produced ...

Favourite Films - Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs II Infernal Affairs III (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

53. 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 ...

Favourite Films - Hour of the Wolf The Seventh Seal Wild Strawberries Persona Shame

54. Taylor Hackford

Producer | Ray

Taylor Hackford was born on December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California, USA as Taylor Edwin Hackford. He is a producer and director, known for Ray (2004), Blood In, Blood Out (1993) and Dolores Claiborne (1995). He has been married to Helen Mirren since December 31, 1997. He was previously ...

Favourite Films - Ray The Devil's Advocate Dolores Claiborne Blood In, Blood Out The Idolmaker

55. Ted Demme

Director | Blow

Ted Demme was born on October 26, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA as Edward Demme. He was a director and producer, known for Blow (2001), Beautiful Girls (1996) and A Decade Under the Influence (2003). He was married to Amanda Scheer-Demme. He died on January 13, 2002 in Santa Monica, ...

Favourite Films - Blow Life The Ref Who's The Man (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

56. 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.

Favourite Films - Coffee & Cigarettes Down by Law Dead Man Broken Flowers The Limits Of Control

57. Martin Brest

Director | Scent of a Woman

Martin Brest was born on August 8, 1951 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Scent of a Woman (1992), Midnight Run (1988) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984).

Favourite Films - Scent Of A Woman Meet Joe Black Beverly Hills Cop Midnight Run Going In Style

58. Hayao Miyazaki

Director | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

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

Favourite Films - Spirited Away Howl's Moving Castle Princess Mononoke My Neighbour Totoro Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

59. Mike Hodges

Director | Flash Gordon

Mike Hodges was born on July 29, 1932 in Bristol, England as Michael Tommy Hodges. He is a director and producer, known for Flash Gordon (1980), Black Rainbow (1989) and Get Carter (1971). He was previously married to Jean.

Favourite Films - Croupier Get Carter I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Flash Gordon (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

60. Alex Cox

Director | Repo Man

Throughout his years in the industry, Alex Cox, an English writer-director, has not only proven his loyalty and integrity to cult cinema, but also his love for it. This all began in 1977, when Cox dropped out of Oxford University to study Radio, Film & TV at Bristol until graduating in 1977. Seeing...

Favourite Films - Repo Man Sid and Nancy Revengers Tragedy (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

61. Neil Jordan

Writer | The Crying Game

Neil Jordan was born on February 25, 1950 in Sligo, Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for The Crying Game (1992), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and Michael Collins (1996). He has been married to Brenda Rawn since June 30, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Vivienne ...

Favourite Films - We're No Angels The Crying Game The Brave One Interview with the Vamprie The End of An Affair or Michael Collins

62. 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 ...

Favourite Films - Dog Day Afternoon 12 Angry Men Before The Devil Knows You're Dead Network Murder on the Orient Express

63. Stephen Herek

Director | Critters

Stephen Herek was born on November 10, 1958 in San Antonio, Texas, USA as Stephen Robert Herek. He is a producer and director, known for Critters (1986), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).

Favourite Films - Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure Mr. Holland's Opus The Three Musketeers 101 Dalmatians (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

64. Peter Hewitt

Director | Thunderpants

Peter Hewitt was born in 1962 in England. He is a director and writer, known for Thunderpants (2002), Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) and The Candy Show (1989).

Favourite Films - Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Thunderpants The Borrowers (Not really interested in his other films, if you can persuade me, do so.)

65. 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 ...

Favourite Films - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest The Man on the Moon Amadeus The People Vs. Larry Flynt Ragtime or A Blonde In Love

66. Gregg Araki

Writer | Mysterious Skin

Gregg Araki was born on December 17, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Mysterious Skin (2004), White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) and Kaboom (2010).

Favourite Films - The Doom Generation Nowhere Mysterious Skin Totally F----d Up The Living End

67. 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.

...

Favourite Films - Memento Dark Knight Batman Begins Following Insomnia

68. Ivan Reitman

Producer | Up in the Air

Ivan Reitman, as a producer and director, has created many of American cinema's most successful and best loved feature film comedies and has worked with Hollywood's acting elite. Reitman has produced such hits as the ground-breaking sensation National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)...

Favourite Films - Twins Ghostbusters Stripes Kindergarten Cop Evolution

69. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "...

Favourite Films - Home Alone Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Mrs. Doubtfire Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

70. Ringo Lam

Director | Go do gaai bei

Ringo Lam was born in 1955 in Hong Kong as Lin Lingdong. He was a director and writer, known for Full Alert (1997), City on Fire (1987) and Wild City (2015). He died on December 29, 2018 in Hong Kong.

Favourite Films - Twin Dragons City On Fire Maximum Risk Full Alert Full Contact

71. 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 ...

72. 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 ...

73. Paul Morrissey

Director | Mixed Blood

Born in New York City in 1938, Paul Morrissey studied literature at Fordham University. In the early 1960s, following a stint in the Army and jobs in insurance and as a social worker, he began directing short independent films.

In 1965, he was introduced to Andy Warhol, who asked him to contribute ...



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