Top 25 Directors France

by thatone54 | created - 17 Dec 2014 | updated - 17 Dec 2014 | Public

all-time most bankable french directors... http://www.jpbox-office.com/bigacteurs.php?tri=france&type=REA

1. Henri Verneuil

Director | I... comme Icare

Henri Verneuil was born on October 15, 1920 in Rodosto, Ottoman Empire as Achod Malakian. He was a director and writer, known for I... For Icarus (1979), Mother (1991) and The Sheep Has Five Legs (1954). He was married to Véronique Sedro and Françoise Bonnot. He died on January 11, 2002 in Bagnolet...

2. Claude Zidi

Writer | Les ripoux

One of the most successfully commercial directors of France with smash comedy hits as the Charlots , Les Sous-Doués and Les Ripoux series. Also made the first Asterix and Obelix movie, La Totale (later remade by James Cameron as "True Lies") and Banzai (with Coluche). It got him the nickname "Mr. ...

3. Jean Girault

Writer | Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez

Jean Girault was born on May 9, 1924 in Villenauxe-la-Grande, Aube, France. He was a writer and director, known for The Troops of St. Tropez (1964), The Exchange Student (1967) and The Troops get Married (1968). He died on July 24, 1982 in Paris, France.

4. Gérard Oury

Writer | Le corniaud

Gérard Oury was born on April 29, 1919 in Paris, France as Max-Gérard Houry Tannenbaum. He was an actor and writer, known for The Sucker (1965), The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973) and La Grande Vadrouille (1966). He was married to Michèle Morgan and Jacqueline Roman. He died on July 19, 2006 ...

5. Georges Lautner

Director | Les tontons flingueurs

Georges Lautner was born on January 24, 1926 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France. He was a director and writer, known for Monsieur Gangster (1963), La maison assassinée (1988) and Galia (1966). He was married to Caroline Lautner. He died on November 22, 2013 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine...

6. Luc Besson

Writer | The Fifth Element

Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997), as an adolescent bored in ...

7. Yves Robert

Producer | Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire

Yves Robert was born on June 21, 1920 in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France. He was an actor and producer, known for The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972), War of the Buttons (1962) and Pardon Mon Affaire, Too! (1977). He was married to Danièle Delorme. He died on May 10, 2002 in Paris, France.

8. Édouard Molinaro

Writer | The Birdcage

Édouard Molinaro was born on May 31, 1928 in Bordeaux, Gironde, France as Édouard Camille Molinaro. He was a director and writer, known for The Birdcage (1996), La Cage aux Folles (1978) and Beaumarchais the Scoundrel (1996). He was married to Catherine Laporte, Graziella and Marie-Hélène Breillat....

9. Claude Berri

Writer | Jean de Florette

Claude Berri was born on July 1, 1934 in Paris, France as Claude Berel Langmann. He was a producer and actor, known for Jean de Florette (1986), The Two of Us (1967) and Hunting and Gathering (2007). He was married to Anne-Marie Rassam and Sylvie Gautrelet. He died on January 12, 2009 in Paris.

10. Claude Lelouch

Director | Un homme et une femme

Claude Lelouch was born on October 30, 1937 in Paris, France. He is a writer and director, known for A Man and a Woman (1966), The Crook (1970) and Tout ça... pour ça! (1993). He is married to Valérie Perrin. He was previously married to Alessandra Martines, Marie-Sophie L., Evelyne ...

11. Francis Veber

Writer | Le dîner de cons

Francis Veber was born on July 28, 1937 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France. He is a writer and director, known for Le Dîner de Cons (1998), The Birdcage (1996) and Ruby & Quentin (2003). He has been married to Françoise Veber since January 11, 1964. They have two ...

12. Jean-Marie Poiré

Writer | Les visiteurs

Jean-Marie Poiré was born on July 10, 1945 in Paris, France. He is a writer and director, known for The Visitors (1993), Just Visiting (2001) and Operation Corned Beef (1991).

13. Philippe de Broca

Director | L'homme de Rio

Philippe de Broca born in 1933 worked as an assistant for Claude Chabrol and Francois Truffaut ( "Les 400 coups" aka "The 400 blows" ). From 1960 to 2004 he directed over 30 full-length feature films, including the highly successful adventure movies such as "That Man from Rio" (L'Homme de Rio) in ...

14. Claude Chabrol

Director | Le beau Serge

Claude Chabrol was born on June 24, 1930 in Paris, France. He was a director and writer, known for Le Beau Serge (1958), La Cérémonie (1995) and Story of Women (1988). He was married to Aurore Chabrol, Stéphane Audran and Agnès Goute. He died on September 12, 2010 in Paris.

15. Patrice Leconte

Director | La fille sur le pont

Patrice Leconte was born on November 12, 1947 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for The Girl on the Bridge (1999), Ridicule (1996) and Monsieur Hire (1989).

16. Jean-Jacques Annaud

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, ...

17. Louis Malle

Director | Au revoir les enfants

Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies ...

18. 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 ...

19. Gérard Krawczyk

Director | Wasabi

Gérard Krawczyk was born on May 17, 1953 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Wasabi (2001), Taxi 4 (2007) and I Hate Actors (1986).

20. Alain Chabat

Writer | Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre

Born in Oran, French Algeria in 1958, Alain Chabat moved with his family to Massy, a suburb of Paris, as the Algeria War came to an end in 1963 . in 1987 he started a comedy sketch group for television called Les Nuls which developed a cult following.His acting career led to four Cesar awards for ...

21. 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 ...

22. Jean Becker

Director | La tête en friche

Jean Becker was born on May 10, 1933 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010), Conversations with My Gardener (2007) and Love Me No More (2008).

23. 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 ...

24. Bertrand Blier

Writer | Trop belle pour toi

Bertrand Blier was born on March 14, 1939 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France. He is a writer and director, known for Too Beautiful for You (1989), The Clink of Ice (2010) and 1, 2, 3, Freeze (1993).

25. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Director | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/...



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