Thomas Newman's Feature Film Directors

by ChristopherLeeFan | created - 24 Jul 2016 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

1. James Foley

Director | At Close Range

James Foley was born on December 28, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and writer, known for At Close Range (1986), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) and House of Cards (2013).

1 film 1984 – Reckless

2. Jeff Kanew

Director | Revenge of the Nerds

Jeff Kanew was born on December 16, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA as Jeffrey Roger Kanew. He is an editor and director, known for Revenge of the Nerds (1984), Eddie Macon's Run (1983) and Natural Enemies (1979).

1 film 1984 – Revenge of the Nerds

3. Randal Kleiser

Director | Flight of the Navigator

Randal Kleiser has been an internationally known film director since the release of his first feature, Grease (1978). Other features include The Blue Lagoon (1980) with Brooke Shields, Summer Lovers (1982) starring Peter Gallagher and Daryl Hannah, Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) with Jamie Lee Curtis, ...

1 film 1984 – Grandview, U.S.A.

4. Susan Seidelman

Director | Desperately Seeking Susan

Susan Seidelman was born on December 11, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a director and producer, known for Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Sex and the City (1998) and Smithereens (1982).

2 films 1985 – Desperately Seeking Susan 1989 – Cookie

5. Alan Metter

Director | Back to School

Metter grew up in the Boston area, lived in the Hollywood Hills for most of his adult life, and moved to South Florida in 2009.

Alan began his creative life at Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB), the legendary advertising agency. In the late 1970s, Metter leaped at the opportunity to direct some of the first...

1 film 1985 – Girls Just Want to Have Fun

6. Stan Dragoti

Director | She's Out of Control

Stan Dragoti was born on October 4, 1932 in New York City, New York, USA as Stanley John Dragoti. He was a director and writer, known for She's Out of Control (1989), The Man with One Red Shoe (1985) and Dirty Little Billy (1972). He was married to Cheryl Tiegs. He died on July 13, 2018 in Los ...

1 film 1985 – The Man with One Red Shoe

7. Martha Coolidge

Director | Valley Girl

Martha Patterson Coolidge was born on August 17, 1946 in New Haven Connecticut. She studied illustration at Rhode Island School of Design, but changed majors, becoming the first film major at the school. She attended and graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she ...

1 film 1985 – Real Genius

8. 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.

Howard ...

2 films 1986 – Gung Ho 2005 – Cinderella Man

9. Penny Marshall

Actress | Laverne & Shirley

Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall on October 15, 1943 in the Bronx, New York. The Libra was 5' 6 1/2", with brown hair and green eyes. She was the daughter of Marjorie (Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony "Tony" Marshall, an industrial film director. She was the younger sister of ...

1 film 1986 – Jumpin' Jack Flash

10. Paul Schrader

Writer | First Reformed

Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a...

1 film 1987 – Light of Day

11. Joel Schumacher

Director | The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He is a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and 8MM (1999).

1 film 1987 – The Lost Boys

12. Marek Kanievska

Director | A Different Loyalty

He is well-known for his work in film and television in both the UK and the United States. His feature film directorial debut, Another Country, won awards at the 1984 Cannes and Florence Film Festivals. His next feature film was Less Than Zero, the 1987 adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis' ...

1 film 1987 – Less Than Zero

13. Ron Nyswaner

Writer | Philadelphia

Ron Nyswaner was born on October 5, 1956 in Clarksville, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Philadelphia (1993), The Painted Veil (2006) and Homeland (2011).

1 film 1988 – The Prince of Pennsylvania

14. Howard Deutch

Director | Some Kind of Wonderful

Howard Deutch was born on September 14, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Pretty in Pink (1986) and The Replacements (2000). He has been married to Lea Thompson since July 23, 1989. They have two children.

1 film 1988 – The Great Outdoors

15. Paul Brickman

Writer | Risky Business

Paul Brickman was born on April 23, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Risky Business (1983), True Crime (1999) and Uprising (2001).

1 film 1990 – Men Don't Leave

16. Leonard Schrader

Writer | Naked Tango

He and his brother, Taxi Driver (1976) screenwriter Paul Schrader, were born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Their family, of the Dutch Calvinist religious sect, forbade them to see any movies in their youth. Paul was quoted as saying, "That was a church edict. What they called worldly amusements were ...

1 film 1990 – Naked Tango

17. Jim Abrahams

Writer | Airplane!

Jim Abrahams was born on May 10, 1944 in Shorewood, Wisconsin, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Airplane! (1980), Top Secret! (1984) and Hot Shots! (1991). He is married to Nancy Cocuzzo.

1 film 1990 – Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael

18. Bryan Gordon

Director | Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall

Bryan Gordon is a television and film director, writer, and producer. He has been nominated three times for the Directors Guild of America Award and received the Directors Guild award for comedy directing. He's been nominated for an Emmy twice - both for his work on the HBO series Curb Your ...

1 film 1991 – Career Opportunities

19. Michael Tolkin

Writer | The Player

Michael Tolkin was born on October 17, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Player (1992), Deep Impact (1998) and Changing Lanes (2002).

1 film 1991 – The Rapture

20. Damian Harris

Director | Gardens of the Night

Damian Harris was born on August 2, 1958 in London, England. He is a director and writer, known for Gardens of the Night (2008), The Rachel Papers (1989) and Greasy Lake (1988).

1 film 1991 – Deceived

21. Richard Shepard

Director | The Matador

Richard Shepard is an Emmy and DGA award winning writer/director. His features include "The Perfection" "Dom Hemingway" and "The Matador". He directed 12 episodes of the Golden Globe winning HBO series "Girls", along with pilots for "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" "Criminal Minds" and "Ugly Betty" ...

1 film 1991 – The Linguini Incident

22. Jon Avnet

Producer | Fried Green Tomatoes

Jon Avnet has directed, written, and produced dozens of motion pictures, television movies and Broadway plays, winning Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Peabody's, DGA Awards, the Humanitas, Golden Globes and the AFI's Franklin Shaffner Medal. He has directed the Oscar-nominated performance of Jessica Tandy ...

4 films 1991 – Fried Green Tomatoes 1994 – The War 1996 – Up Close & Personal 1997 – Red Corner

23. 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 film 1992 – The Player

24. Christopher Crowe

Writer | The Last of the Mohicans

Christopher Crowe was born on August 1, 1948 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Fear (1996) and The Untouchables (1993). He has been married to Cristina Raines since July 26, 1986. They have two children.

1 film 1992 – Whispers in the Dark

25. 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).

2 films 1992 – Scent of a Woman 1998 – Meet Joe Black

26. Steve Kloves

Writer | The Fabulous Baker Boys

Steve Kloves was born on March 18, 1960 in Austin, Texas, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Wonder Boys (2000) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011).

1 film 1993 – Flesh and Bone

27. Billy Weber

Editor | The Tree of Life

Billy Weber was born in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an editor, known for The Tree of Life (2011), Top Gun (1986) and The Thin Red Line (1998).

1 film 1993 – Josh and S.A.M.

28. Andrew Fleming

Director | Hamlet 2

Andrew Fleming was born on December 30, 1965 in the USA. He is a director and producer, known for Hamlet 2 (2008), The Craft (1996) and Ideal Home (2018).

1 film 1994 – Threesome

29. Donald Petrie

Director | How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Donald Petrie was born on April 2, 1954 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and actor, known for How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Miss Congeniality (2000) and Grumpy Old Men (1993).

1 film 1994 – The Favor

30. 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 ...

2 films 1994 – The Shawshank Redemption 1999 – The Green Mile

31. Gillian Armstrong

Director | Little Women

Gillian Armstrong was born on December 18, 1950 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Gillian May Armstrong. She is a director and producer, known for Little Women (1994), My Brilliant Career (1979) and Not Fourteen Again (1996). She is married to John Pleffer. They have two children.

2 films 1994 – Little Women 1997 – Oscar and Lucinda

32. Diane Keaton

Actress | Annie Hall

Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Deanne (Keaton), an amateur photographer, and John Newton Ignatius "Jack" Hall, a civil engineer and real estate broker. She studied Drama at Santa Ana College, before dropping out in favor of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New ...

1 film 1995 – Unstrung Heroes

33. Jocelyn Moorhouse

Writer | The Dressmaker

Jocelyn Moorhouse was born on September 4, 1960 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Jocelyn Denise Moorhouse. She is a writer and director, known for The Dressmaker (2015), Proof (1991) and Muriel's Wedding (1994). She is married to P.J. Hogan.

1 film 1995 – How to Make an American Quilt

34. Jon Turteltaub

Director | Cool Runnings

Jon Turteltaub was born on August 8, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA as Jonathan Charles Turteltaub. He is a producer and director, known for Cool Runnings (1993), While You Were Sleeping (1995) and Phenomenon (1996). He has been married to Amy Eldon since July 6, 2006. They have three ...

1 film 1996 – Phenomenon

35. Michael Corrente

Producer | Federal Hill

Michael Corrente was born on April 6, 1959 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Federal Hill (1994), Kingpin (1996) and Outside Providence (1999). He was previously married to Libby Langdon.

1 film 1996 – American Buffalo

36. 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 ...

1 film 1996 – The People vs. Larry Flynt

37. Costa-Gavras

Director | Missing

Costa-Gavras was born on February 12, 1933 in Loutra-Iraias, Greece as Konstantinos Gavras. He is a director and writer, known for Missing (1982), Amen. (2002) and Z (1969). He has been married to Michèle Ray-Gavras since 1968. They have two children.

1 film 1997 – Mad City

38. Robert Redford

Actor | The Natural

Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Scottish, Cornish, and Irish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955,...

1 film 1998 – The Horse Whisperer

39. Sam Mendes

Producer | 1917

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-...

6 films 1999 – American Beauty 2002 – Road to Perdition 2005 – Jarhead 2008 – Revolutionary Road 2012 – Skyfall 2015 – Spectre

40. Steven Soderbergh

Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to ...

3 films 2000 – Erin Brockovich 2006 – The Good German 2013 – Side Effects

41. Janine Hosking

Producer | Ganja Queen

Janine Hosking is a producer and director, known for Ganja Queen (2007) and The Eulogy (2018).

1 film 2000 – My Khmer Heart (documentary)

42. Mimi Leder

Director | On the Basis of Sex

Mimi Leder was born on January 26, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA as Miriam Leder. She is a producer and director, known for On the Basis of Sex (2018), The Leftovers (2014) and Deep Impact (1998). She is married to Gary Werntz. They have one child.

1 film 2000 – Pay It Forward

43. Todd Field

Director | Little Children

William Todd Field was born in Pomona, California, and began acting after graduating from high school in Portland, Oregon, where he was raised. A budding jazz musician as well, he skipped college in favor of a move east to New York to study acting. Once there, he began performing with the Ark ...

2 films 2001 – In the Bedroom 2006 – Little Children

44. Liz Garbus

Producer | The Farm: Angola, USA

Liz Garbus was born as Elizabeth Freya Garbus. She is a producer and director, known for The Farm: Angola, USA (1998), What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) and Girlhood (2003).

1 film 2002 – The Execution of Wanda Jean (documentary)

45. D.J. Caruso

Director | I Am Number Four

Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, Caruso came west to play tennis and study Television Production at Pepperdine University. Interned at Disney Studios in the Product Placement department and later hooked up with Director John Badham, who mentored him into a second-unit director, after Badham lost his ...

1 film 2002 – The Salton Sea

46. Peter Kosminsky

Director | No Child of Mine

Born in London, Kosminsky attended Oxford University as a chemistry major. He spent much of his time at the university in theater, where he was a lighting designer for the Dramatic Society and where he ultimately produced a successful touring production of Twelfth Night, co-starring fellow student ...

1 film 2002 – White Oleander

47. Andrew Stanton

Writer | WALL·E

Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse: The New ...

3 films 2003 – Finding Nemo 2008 – WALL·E 2016 – Finding Dory

48. Lee Unkrich

Editor | Coco

Lee Unkrich is an Academy Award-winning director at Pixar Animation Studios. He most recently directed Disney.Pixar's critically-acclaimed "Coco", which received the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Song.

As the director of Disney.Pixar's "Toy Story 3," Lee was also awarded an ...

1 film 2003 – Finding Nemo

49. Brad Silberling

Director | City of Angels

Brad Silberling was born on September 8, 1963 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Bradley Mitchell Silberling. He is a producer and director, known for City of Angels (1998), Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) and Moonlight Mile (2002). He has been married to Amy ...

1 film 2004 – A Series of Unfortunate Events

50. Alan Ball

Producer | American Beauty

Alan Ball was born on May 13, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Alan E. Ball. He is a producer and writer, known for American Beauty (1999), Six Feet Under (2001) and True Blood (2008).

1 film 2007 – Nothing Is Private

51. Jim Sheridan

Producer | In America

Jim Sheridan is a master story-teller, and an acclaimed film director of few films, but good films nevertheless.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1949, Sheridan moved to America in 1982, meeting a man who invited him to run the Irish Arts Center. He found a place to live in Hell's Kitchen, New York City,...

1 film 2009 – Brothers

52. John Madden

Director | Shakespeare in Love

John Madden was born on April 8, 1949 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. He is a director and producer, known for Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and Miss Sloane (2016).

3 films 2010 – The Debt 2011 – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2015 – The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

53. George Nolfi

Writer | The Adjustment Bureau

Nolfi was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended James Hart Junior High School in Homewood, Illinois, and then Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, both in the south suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude with a bachelor's in public policy and was ...

1 film 2011 – The Adjustment Bureau

54. Tate Taylor

Producer | The Help

Tate Taylor was born on June 3, 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Help (2011), Winter's Bone (2010) and Pretty Ugly People (2008).

2 films 2011 – The Help 2014 – Get on Up

55. Phyllida Lloyd

Director | Mamma Mia!

Phyllida Lloyd was born on June 17, 1957 in Bristol, England as Phyllida Christian Lloyd. She is known for her work on Mamma Mia! (2008), The Iron Lady (2011) and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018).

1 film 2011 – The Iron Lady

56. John Lee Hancock

Writer | The Blind Side

John Lee Hancock was born on December 15, 1956 in Longview, Texas, USA. He is a writer and director, known for The Blind Side (2009), The Highwaymen (2019) and Saving Mr. Banks (2013).

2 films 2013 – Saving Mr. Banks 2019 – The Highwaymen

57. David Dobkin

Producer | The Judge

David Dobkin was born on June 23, 1969 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is a producer and director, known for The Judge (2014), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) and R.I.P.D. (2013). He is married to Megan Wolpert. They have one child.

1 film 2014 – The Judge

58. Davis Guggenheim

Producer | Training Day

Davis Guggenheim was born on November 3, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Philip Davis Guggenheim. He is a producer and director, known for Training Day (2001), Waiting for 'Superman' (2010) and An Inconvenient Truth (2006). He has been married to Elisabeth Shue since August 1994. They have ...

1 film 2015 – Ne Named Me Malala (documentary)

59. 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 film 2015 – Bridge of Spies

60. Angus MacLane

Animation_department | The Incredibles

Angus MacLane is known for his work on The Incredibles (2004), Finding Dory (2016) and Toy Story of Terror (2013).

1 film 2016 – Finding Dory

61. Morten Tyldum

Director | Hodejegerne

Morten Tyldum was born on May 19, 1967 in Bergen, Norway. He is a director and producer, known for Headhunters (2011), The Imitation Game (2014) and Passengers (2016).

1 film 2016 – Passengers

62. 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 Dirty Pretty Things (2002). He has been married to Anne Rothenstein since 1992. They have two children. ...

1 film 2017 – Victoria and Abdul

63. Jason Hall

Actor | American Sniper

Jason Hall was born on April 28, 1972 in Lake Arrowhead, California, USA as Jason D. Hall. He is an actor and writer, known for American Sniper (2014), Thank You for Your Service (2017) and Spread (2009).

1 film 2017 – Thank You for Your Service

64. Dome Karukoski

Director | Tom of Finland

Dome Karukoski moved to Finland from Cyprus, when he was 5. His mother is a Finnish journalist and his father an American actor.

He is bilingual with Swedish and Finnish.

He was selected to the University of Art and Design of Helsinki in 1999. That year, three students were selected to become students...

1 film 2019 – Tolkien



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