John Williams' Film Directorsby ChristopherLeeFan | created - 04 Dec 2015 | updated - 21 Dec 2017 | Public
1. Lou Place
Director | Daddy-O
1 film 1958 - Daddy-O
Director | Forbidden Planet
Fred McLeod Wilcox was born in Tazewell, VA, on December 22, 1906, one of six children born to James Wilcox, a Kentucky optometrist and drugstore owner, who was married six times (twice to one woman). His six children were from his first wife.
Wilcox's six siblings (his father adopted his niece ...
1 film 1960 - I Passed for White
2 films 1960 - Because They're Young 1963 - Gidget Goes to Rome
4. Phil Karlson
Director | Hell to Eternity
Phil Karlson entered the film industry while a law student at Loyola Marymount University in California. He got a job at Universal Pictures as a prop man, then worked pretty much any job they threw at him, from being an assistant director on several Bud Abbott and Lou Costello films to directing ...
1 film 1961 - The Secret Ways
Actor | The Alamo
Richard Widmark established himself as an icon of American cinema with his debut in the 1947 film noir Kiss of Death (1947) in which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination as the killer "Tommy Udo". Kiss of Death (1947) and other noir thrillers established Widmark as part of a new ...
1 film 1961 - The Secret Ways
Director | Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
Frank Tashlin was born on February 19, 1913 in Weehawken, New Jersey, USA as Francis Fredrick von Taschlein. He was a director and writer, known for Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957), The Girl Can't Help It (1956) and Artists and Models (1955). He was married to Jean Deines, Mary Costa and ...
1 film 1961 - Bachelor Flat
7. Guy Green
Director | The Angry Silence
Guy Green is well known to film audiences. Formerly a cinematographer, he was the first British D.P. to receive an Academy Award for his black-and-white photography on David Lean's Great Expectations (1946). He founded the British Society of Cinematographers together with Freddie Young and Jack ...
1 film 1962 - Diamond Head
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...
3 films 1964 - Nightmare in Chicago (TV Movie) 1972 - Images 1973 - The Long Goodbye
9. 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 film 1964 - The Killers
10. Frank Sinatra
Actor | The Manchurian Candidate
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. ...
1 film 1965 - None But the Brave
11. J. Lee Thompson
Director | The Guns of Navarone
J. Lee Thompson was born on August 1, 1914 in Bristol, England as John Lee Thompson. He was a director and writer, known for The Guns of Navarone (1961), Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957) and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). He was married to Lucille Kelly, Penny Thompson, Florence (Bill) ...
1 film 1965 - John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!
12. Jack Arnold
Director | The Incredible Shrinking Man
Jack Arnold reigns supreme as one of the great directors of 1950s science-fiction features. His films are distinguished by moody black and white cinematography, solid acting, smart, thoughtful scripts, snappy pacing, a genuine heartfelt enthusiasm for the genre and plenty of eerie atmosphere.
1 film 1965 - Who Goes There? (TV Movie)
Director | The Wild Geese
Andrew V. McLaglen was born on July 28, 1920 in Wandsworth, London, England as Andrew Victor McLaglen. He was a director and assistant director, known for The Wild Geese (1978), Hellfighters (1968) and Fools' Parade (1971). He was married to Sheila Anne Corbett, Sarah (Sally) Greenwood Pierce, Veda...
1 film 1966 - The Rare Breed
14. William Wyler
Director | Ben-Hur
William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as the...
1 film 1966 - How to Steal a Million
Director | The Concorde... Airport '79
Under-rated producer and director of the 1960s and 1970s.
In the 1960s he directed episodes of several cult TV shows including one episode of The Twilight Zone.
In the 1970s he got caught up in the disaster movie craze by putting out atleast five disaster films, four for TV and one feature (The ...
1 film 1966 - The Plainsman
16. Norman Panama
Writer | Knock on Wood
Norman Panama was born on April 21, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Norman Kaye Panama. He was a writer and director, known for Knock on Wood (1954), White Christmas (1954) and Above and Beyond (1952). He died on January 13, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
1 film 1966 - Not with My Wife, You Don't!
17. Arthur Hiller
Director | Love Story
Arthur Hiller was born on November 22, 1923 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He was a director and producer, known for Love Story (1970), The Hospital (1971) and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989). He was married to Gwen Hiller. He died on August 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
1 film 1966 - Penelope
18. Gene Kelly
Soundtrack | Singin' in the Rain
Eugene Curran Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third son of Harriet Catherine (Curran) and James Patrick Joseph Kelly, a phonograph salesman. His father was of Irish descent and his mother was of Irish and German ancestry.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in...
1 film 1967 - A Guide for the Married Man
19. Don Medford
Director | The Twilight Zone
Don Medford was born on November 26, 1917 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Donald Muller. He was a director and producer, known for The Twilight Zone (1959), Baretta (1975) and Suspicion (1957). He died on December 12, 2012 in West Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
1 film 1967 - Ghostbreakers (TV Movie)
20. Mark Robson
Director | Peyton Place
Mark Robson studied political science and economics at the University of California. He then took a law course at Pacific Coast University, and, at one time, also attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Ultimately, his interests led him elsewhere, since he ended up in the movie business as a ...
3 films 1967 - Valley of the Dolls 1969 - Daddy's Gone A-Hunting 1974 - Earthquake
21. Delbert Mann
Director | Marty
Delbert Mann, the Oscar-winning film director, was born Delbert Martin Mann Jr. in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1920. His father moved the family to Nashville, Tennesse, after taking a teaching position at Scarritt College. The young Mann graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he met his future wife, ...
3 films 1967 - Fitzwilly 1968 - Heidi (TV Movie) 1970 - Jane Eyre (TV Movie)
22. Buzz Kulik
Director | To Find a Man
After service in World War II, New York-born Buzz Kulik joined an advertising agency as a producer-director of TV commercials. After a few years he left the agency and became a television director during the period known as "The Golden Age of Television"; Kulik directed many episodes of such highly...
1 film 1968 - Sergeant Ryker
23. Herbert Ross
Director | The Turning Point
Herbert Ross was born on May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Herbert David Ross. He is known for his work on The Turning Point (1977), The Goodbye Girl (1977) and Steel Magnolias (1989). He was married to Lee Radziwill and Nora Kaye. He died on October 9, 2001 in New York City.
1 film 1969 - Goodbye, Mr. Chips
24. Mark Rydell
Director | On Golden Pond
Mark Rydell was born on March 23, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA as Mortimer H. Rydell. He is known for his work on On Golden Pond (1981), The Long Goodbye (1973) and James Dean (2001). He was previously married to Esther Jacobs and Joanne Linville.
4 films 1969 - The Reivers 1972 - The Cowboys 1973 - Cinderella Liberty 1984 - The River
Writer | Square of Violence
Also playwright and university teacher, he is the son of journalist and author Joseph Bercovici who died in Febriary 1967.
1 film 1970 - Storia di una donna
26. Norman Jewison
Director | In the Heat of the Night
Norman Frederick Jewison was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Dorothy Irene (Weaver) and Percy Joseph Jewison, who managed a post office and a convenience store. His mother was an English immigrant, and his father was of English and Ulster-Scots descent. Jewison got his BA at Victoria College, ...
1 film 1971 - Fiddler on the Roof
27. Jack Smight
Director | The Illustrated Man
Emmy Award-winning director Jack Smight was born in Minneapolis, MN, on March 9, 1925, the offspring of Irish immigrants. After graduating from Cretin High School he served in the US Army Air Force during World War Two, where he flew combat missions in the Pacific Theater. After the war he attended...
2 films 1972 - The Screaming Woman (TV Movie) 1976 - Midway
28. Ronald Neame
Director | Golden Salamander
A British filmmaker who, over the years, worked as assistant director, cinematographer, producer, writer and ultimately director, Ronald Neame was born on April 23, 1911. His father, Elwin Neame, was a film director and his mother, Ivy Close, was a film star. During the 1920s, he started working at...
1 film 1972 - The Poseidon Adventure
29. Irwin Allen
Producer | The Towering Inferno
A graduate of New York's Columbia School of Journalism, Irwin Allen was a magazine editor, the producer/director of a radio show and the owner of an advertising agency before entering film production in the 1950s. His documentary, The Sea Around Us (1953), won an Academy Award. A successful TV ...
1 film 1972 - The Poseidon Adventure
30. Martin Ritt
Director | Hud
Martin Ritt, one of the best and most sensitive American filmmakers of all time, was a director, actor and playwright who worked in both film and theater. He was born in New York City. His films reflect, like almost none other, a profound and intimate humane vision of his characters.
He originally ...
3 films 1972 - Pete 'n' Tillie 1974 - Conrack 1990 - Stanley & Iris
31. Don Taylor
Actor | Stalag 17
Born in Freeport, Pennsylvania, Don Taylor studied law, then speech and drama at Penn State University, where as a freshman he began taking part in college stage productions. Hitchhiking to Hollywood in 1942, the youthful Taylor screen-tested at Warner Brothers but was rejected because of his draft...
1 film 1973 - Tom Sawyer
Director | Vanishing Point
Richard C. Sarafian was born on April 28, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Caspar Sarafian. He was a director and actor, known for Vanishing Point (1971), The Next Man (1976) and Bound (1996). He was married to Helen Joan Altman. He died on September 18, 2013 in Santa Monica, ...
1 film 1973 - The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
33. James Bridges
Writer | The China Syndrome
James Bridges was born on February 3, 1936 in Paris, Arkansas, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The China Syndrome (1979), Perfect (1985) and The Paper Chase (1973). He died on June 6, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
1 film 1973 - The Paper Chase
34. 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, ...
28 films 1974 - The Sugarland Express 1975 - Jaws 1977 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1979 - 1941 1981 - Raiders of the Lost Ark 1982 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1984 - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1987 - Empire of the Sun 1989 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 - Always 1991 - Hook 1993 - Jurassic Park 1993 - Schindler's List 1997 - The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 - Amistad 1998 - Saving Private Ryan 2001 - Artificial Intelligence: AI 2002 - Minority Report 2002 - Catch Me If You Can 2004 - The Terminal 2005 - War of the Worlds 2005 - Munich 2008 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2011 - The Adventures of Tintin 2011 - War Horse 2012 - Lincoln 2016 - The BFG 2017 - The Post
35. John Guillermin
Director | The Towering Inferno
Military service in the Royal Air Force prior to working as a documentary filmmaker.
1 film 1974 - The Towering Inferno
36. 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 film 1975 - The Eiger Sanction
37. 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 film 1976 - Family Plot
38. Arthur Penn
Director | Bonnie and Clyde
Arthur Penn was born on September 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Little Big Man (1970) and The Miracle Worker (1962). He was married to Peggy Maurer. He died on September 28, 2010 in Manhattan, New York City, New York,...
1 film 1976 - The Missouri Breaks
Director | The Manchurian Candidate
Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he ...
1 film 1977 - Black Sunday
40. 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 ...
4 films 1977 - Star Wars 1999 - Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 2002 - Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 2005 - Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
41. 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 film 1978 - The Fury
42. Jeannot Szwarc
Director | Somewhere in Time
1 film 1978 - Jaws 2
43. 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.
1 film 1978 - Superman
44. John Badham
Director | WarGames
English-born "Army brat" John Badham is the son of English actress Mary Hewitt and the stepson of an American Army general. Raised in Alabama and schooled at Yale, he cut his teeth producing and directing for TV before making his feature debut with The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor ...
1 film 1979 - Dracula
45. Irvin Kershner
Irvin Kershner was born on April 29, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Southern California film school, Kershner began his career in 1950, producing documentaries for the United States Information Service in the Middle East. He later turned to television, directing...
1 film 1980 - Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
46. Allan Arkush
Producer | Heroes
1 film 1981 - Heartbeeps
47. Frank Perry
Director | Mommie Dearest
Frank Perry was born on August 21, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Jr. Frank Joseph Perry. He was a director and producer, known for Mommie Dearest (1981), Last Summer (1969) and David and Lisa (1962). He was married to Virginia Brush Ford, Barbara Goldsmith and Eleanor Perry. He died on ...
1 film 1982 - Monsignor
48. Richard Marquand
Director | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Richard Marquand was born on September 22, 1937 in Llanishen, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales as Richard Alfred Marquand. He was a director and producer, known for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Jagged Edge (1985) and Nowhere to Run (1993). He was married to Carol Bell and Josephine ...
1 film 1983 - Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
49. Harry Winer
Director | Alias
Harry Winer was born on May 4, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Harry Stuart Winer. He is a director and producer, known for Alias (2001), Erased (2012) and SpaceCamp (1986). He is married to Shelley Hack. They have one child. He was previously married to Eileen Harriette Pittler.
1 film 1986 - SpaceCamp
50. George Miller
Producer | Mad Max: Fury Road
George Miller is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max ...
1 film 1987 - The Witches of Eastwick
51. Lawrence Kasdan
Writer | The Big Chill
Lawrence Kasdan was born on January 14, 1949 in Miami, Florida, USA as Lawrence Edward Kasdan. He is a writer and producer, known for The Big Chill (1983), Silverado (1985) and Wyatt Earp (1994). He has been married to Meg Kasdan since November 28, 1971. They have two children.
1 film 1988 - The Accidental Tourist
52. Oliver Stone
Producer | JFK
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.
William Oliver Stone was ...
3 films 1989 - Born on the Fourth of July 1991 - JFK 1995 - Nixon
53. Alan J. Pakula
Producer | Sophie's Choice
Alan J. Pakula was born on April 7, 1928 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Alan Jay Pakula. He was a producer and director, known for Sophie's Choice (1982), All the President's Men (1976) and Presumed Innocent (1990). He was married to Hannah Pakula and Hope Lange. He died on November ...
1 film 1990 - Presumed Innocent
54. 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, "...
5 films 1990 - Home Alone 1992 - Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1998 - Stepmom 2001 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2002 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
55. Ron Howard
Actor | Arrested Development
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.
1 film 1992 - Far and Away
56. Sydney Pollack
Director | Tootsie
Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films.
Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...
1 film 1995 - Sabrina
57. Barry Levinson
Director | Rain Man
Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he ...
1 film 1996 - Sleepers
58. John Singleton
Writer | Boyz n the Hood
Son of Danny Singleton, a mortgage broker, and Sheila Ward, a pharmaceutical company sales executive, and raised in separate households by his unmarried parents, John Singleton attended the Film Writing Program at USC, after graduating from high school in 1986. While studying there, he won three ...
1 film 1997 - Rosewood
Director | Der Name der Rose
Jean-Jacques Annaud is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for directing Quest for Fire (1981), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Lover (1992), Seven Years in Tibet (1997) and Wolf Totem (2015). Annaud has received numerous awards for his work, including four César Awards, ...
1 film 1997 - Seven Years in Tibet
60. Alan Parker
Director | Evita
Prior to moving into film, Alan was noted as one of London's most talented advertising copywriters. He worked for the Collet Dickinson Pearce (CDP) ad agency in the 1960's and early 1970's, and began directing his own tvc scripts in their basement. Formed a partnership with David Puttnam as his ...
1 film 1999 - Angela's Ashes
61. Roland Emmerich
Writer | Independence Day
Roland Emmerich is a German film director and producer of blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Godzilla (1998), Independence Day (1996) and The Patriot (2000). Before fame, he originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director, after watching the original ...
1 film 2000 - The Patriot
62. Alfonso Cuarón
Writer | Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...
1 film 2004 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
63. Rob Marshall
Director | Chicago
1 film 2005 - Memoirs of a Geisha
64. Brian Percival
Director | The Book Thief
1 film 2013 - The Book Thief
65. J.J. Abrams
Producer | Lost
Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...
1 film 2015 - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
66. Rian Johnson
Director | Looper
Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film Brick (2005) was released in 2005 and was ...
1 film 2017 - Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi