Top 100 Greek Directors

by minalex | created - 25 Jun 2011 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

1. Alekos Sakellarios

Writer | Alloimono stous neous

Alekos Sakellarios was born on November 7, 1913 in Athens, Greece. He was a writer and director, known for Woe to the Young (1961), My Daughter, the Socialist (1966) and Those Not Allowed to Love (1951). He was married to Tina Sakellariou and Niki Linardou. He died on August 29, 1991 in Athens.

2. Grigoris Grigoriou

Director | Diogmos

Grigoris Grigoriou was born on June 16, 1919 in Athens, Greece. He was a director and writer, known for Persecution (1964), Amfivolies (1964) and Red Cliff (1949). He died on September 4, 2005 in Athens.

3. Stelios Tatasopoulos

Director | Koinoniki sapila

Stelios Tatasopoulos was born in 1908 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire. He was a director and producer, known for Social Decay (1932), Women Without Men (1954) and O megalos orkos (1965). He died on July 13, 2000 in Greece.

5. Yorgos Tzavellas

Writer | Antigoni

Yorgos Tzavellas was born in 1916 in Athens, Greece. He was a writer and director, known for Antigone (1961), The Drunkard (1950) and Marinos Kontaras (1948). He died on October 19, 1976.

6. Nikos Koundouros

Director | Mikres Afrodites

He studied painting and sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts from which he graduated in 1948.

Because of his left-wing political beliefs, he was exiled in Makronisos Island after the end of World War II

He started his career, as a director, at the age of 28, on 1954, with the film "Maghiki ...

7. Dinos Dimopoulos

Director | Pyretos stin asfalto

In his childhood he used to climb to the lighthouse of the nowadays ghost-town of Koprena, where he was raised, and daydream he was in a ship, sailing for distant places. His family, though, forbade a sailor's career. As things turned out, he became one of the two or three greatest film makers of ...

8. Nikos Tsiforos

Writer | Teleftaia apostoli

Nikos Tsiforos was born in 1912 in Alexandria, Egypt. He was a writer and director, known for The Last Mission (1949), Tsiganiko aima (1956) and O Leftas (1958). He died on August 6, 1970 in Athens, Greece.

9. Vasilis Georgiadis

Director | Koritsia ston ilio

Vasilis Georgiadis was born on August 12, 1921 in Dardanelles, Ottoman Empire. He was a director and actor, known for Girls in the Sun (1968), The Red Lanterns (1963) and Blood on the Land (1965). He died on April 30, 2000 in Athens, Greece.

10. Michael Cacoyannis

Director | Alexis Zorbas

Sent to London to read for the Bar, Cacoyannis gravitated instead to the Old Vic stage school. He had a short stage career under the name "Michael Yannis" before deciding he wanted to direct films.

11. Takis Kanellopoulos

Director | Parenthesi

Takis Kanellopoulos was born on October 26, 1933 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was a director and writer, known for Interlude (1968), Excursion (1966) and Kastoria (1969). He died on September 21, 1990.

12. Roviros Manthoulis

Director | Prosopo me prosopo

Roviros Manthoulis was born in 1929. He is a director and writer, known for Face to Face (1966), Anthropoi kai theoi (1965) and Akyvernites politeies (1985).

14. Panos Glykofrydis

Director | Me tin lampsi sta matia

Panos Glykofrydis was born on August 25, 1930 in Athens, Greece. He was a director and writer, known for With a Sparkle in the Eyes (1966), The Trial of the Judges (1974) and O gyrologos (1980). He died on March 14, 2010 in Athens.

15. Thanasis Vengos

Actor | Ti ekanes ston polemo Thanasi

Thanasis Vengos was born in 1927 in Neo Faliro, Piraeus, Greece. He made his movie debut in 1952 and played many supporting parts in films of the 1950s, often working as a technician, too. His first really major part was in the anti-war comedy Psila ta heria Hitler (1962); he followed that with a ...

16. Kostas Manoussakis

Director | Prodosia

Kostas Manoussakis was born in January 1929 in Greece. He was a director and writer, known for Treason (1964), The Fear (1966) and Erotas stous ammolofous (1958). He died on August 26, 2005 in Athens, Greece.

17. Yiorgos Stamboulopoulos

Director | Kai xana pros ti doxa trava

Yiorgos Stamboulopoulos was born in Athens in 1936 and he is a cinema director and scriptwriter. From 1956 and for a decade he worked as an assistant director and production manager in more than fifty Greek films and around twelve foreign productions that were shot in Greece. He made his debut as a...

18. George Skalenakis

Director | Vyzantini rapsodia

George Skalenakis was born on May 17, 1926 in Port Said, Egypt as Yiorgos Skalenakis. He was a director and actor, known for Imperiale (1968), Apollo Goes on Holiday (1968) and Dancing the Sirtaki (1966). He died on September 14, 2014 in Athens, Greece.

19. 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.

20. Giannis Dalianidis

Director | Kati na kaii

Giannis Dalianidis was born on December 31, 1923 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was a director and writer, known for Kati na kaii (1964), Lovers of Dreams (1974) and O magas me to trikyklo (1972). He died on October 16, 2010 in Piraeus, Greece.

21. Dimis Dadiras

Director | Sta synora tis prodosias

Born two years after the Minor Asia catastrophe, Dimis Dadiras stayed in Constantinople until 1927 with his family. He came to Greece (Athens) and studied Law and Political Science in the Athens State University. In the age of 29 he made his first film. His father, Panagiotis Dadiras had already ...

22. Theodoros Angelopoulos

Director | Topio stin omihli

Theo Angelopoulos began to study law in Athens but broke up his studies to go to the Sorbonne in Paris in order to study literature. When he had finished his studies, he wanted to attend the School of Cinema at Paris but decided instead to go back to Greece. There he worked as a journalist and ...

23. Dinos Katsouridis

Editor | Ti ekanes ston polemo Thanasi

Dinos Katsouridis was born in 1927 in Lefkosia, Cyprus. He was an editor and cinematographer, known for Ti ekanes ston polemo Thanasi (1971), The Ruthless (1965) and To proxenio tis Annas (1972). He died on November 28, 2011 in Athens, Greece.

24. Alexis Damianos

Actor | ... Mehri to ploio

Alexis Damianos was born on January 21, 1921 in Athens, Greece. He was an actor and director, known for Cornerstone (1966), Evdokia (1971) and The Charioteer (1995). He died on May 4, 2006 in Athens.

25. Pantelis Voulgaris

Director | Petrina hronia

He studied film direction in Greece and worked in more than 40 films as an assistant director. In 1965 he made his first short film The Thief (1965) and in 1967 his second short film, Jimmy the Tiger (1966) won many awards in several festivals. In 1972 he made his feature film debut, To proxenio ...

26. Tonia Marketaki

Director | Ioannis o viaios

Tonia Marketaki was born on July 28, 1942 in Athens, Greece. She was a director and writer, known for John the Violent (1973), Crystal Nights (1992) and The Price of Love (1984). She died on July 26, 1994.

27. Thodoros Maragos

Director | Lavete theseis

Thodoros Maragos was born at Filiatra in Messinia, Southern-west of Peloponnisos. He started out his artistic activities with animation and from then on he got involved in the film industry. He has won a number of awards as director, scriptwriter, director of photography and animator. His movies ...

28. Tasos Psarras

Director | Thavma

Tasos Psarras is a director and writer, known for Thavma (1973), 40, 38-22, 57 (1970) and Dust (2004).

31. Nikos Nikolaidis

Writer | Proini peripolos

Nikos Nikolaidis was born on October 25, 1939 in Athens, Greece. He was a writer and director, known for Morning Patrol (1987), The Thrushes Are Still Singing (1979) and Singapore Sling (1990). He died on September 5, 2007 in Athens.

33. Andreas Thomopoulos

Director | Avrio tha xeroume - Dharma Blue Bums

Andreas Thomopoulos was born on August 4, 1945 in Athens, Greece. He is a director and writer, known for Tomorrow We'll Know (1997), Aldevaran (1975) and On Your Own (1969).

34. Nikos Zervos

Director | Apopeira gia koinoniki erevna sti simerini Ellada

Nikos Zervos was born on February 20, 1950 in Athens, Greece. He is a director and producer, known for Apopeira gia koinoniki erevna sti simerini Ellada (1974), Exoristos stin kentriki leoforo (1979) and Barbecue Them! (1981).

35. Pavlos Tasios

Director | Knock Out

Pavlos Tasios was born on April 1, 1942 in Polygiros, Greece. He was a director and producer, known for Urge for Life (1986), Parangelia! (1980) and Nai men, alla... (1972). He was married to Katerina Gogou. He died on October 2, 2011 in Athens, Greece.

36. Giorgos Panousopoulos

Director | Taxidi tou melitos

Giorgos Panousopoulos is a cinematographer and director, known for Honeymoon (1979), Testosterone (2004) and Love Me Not? (1989). He is married to Betty Livanou.

37. Frieda Liappa

Writer | Apetaxamin

Frieda Liappa was born on February 10, 1948 in Messini, Greece. She was a writer and director, known for Apetaxamin (1980), Love Wanders in the Night (1981) and A Quiet Death (1986). She died on November 28, 1994.

38. Omiros Efstratiadis

Director | Ta paidia ton louloudion

Omiros Efstratiadis was born on May 3, 1938 in Piraeus, Greece. He is a director and writer, known for Ta paidia ton louloudion (1973), Roda Tsanta Kai Kopana No. 5 (2019) and Provocation (1972).

39. Vasilis Vafeas

Director | Anatoliki perifereia

Vasilis Vafeas is a director and writer, known for Eastern Periphery (1979), The Love of Ulysses (1984) and Women's Conspiracies (2007).

40. Costas Ferris

Director | Rembetiko

Costas was raised in Egypt, and had a Greek education in Ambeteios School of Cairo. He speaks five languages, Greek, French, English, Italian and Arabic, and writes and creates in three (Greek, English and French). Interested in poetry and literature since a very early age, he was involved in ...

42. Stavros Tornes

Director | Karkalou

Stavros Tornes was born in 1932 in Athens, Greece. He was an actor and director, known for Karkalou (1984), Balamos (1982) and Theraic Dawn (1968). He died in 1988 in Athens.

43. Giorgos Korras

Editor | ...lipotaktis

Giorgos Korras is an editor and writer, known for ...Deserter (1988), See You (1997) and The Cronos Children (1985).

44. Nikos Panayotopoulos

Writer | Oi tembelides tis eforis koiladas

Nikos Panayotopoulos was born on November 6, 1941, in Mytilene, Greece. He studied film making in Athens and started his career as an assistant director in Greek and foreign productions.

In 1960-1973 he lived in Paris where he attended film courses at the filmology institute of Sorbonne.

In 1973 he ...

45. Nikos Papatakis

Writer | I fotografia

Nikos Papatakis was born on July 5, 1918 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was a writer and director, known for I fotografia (1986), Les abysses (1963) and Thanos and Despina (1967). He was married to Olga Karlatos and Anouk Aimée. He died on December 17, 2010 in Paris, France.

46. Nicos Perakis

Director | Loufa kai parallagi

Nicos Perakis was born on September 11, 1944 in Alexandria, Egypt. He is a director and production designer, known for Loaf and Camouflage (1984), Loufa Kai Parallagi: Seirines Sto Aigaio (2005) and Female Company (1999).

47. Fotos Lambrinos

Director | Doxobus

Fotos Lambrinos is a director and writer, known for Doxobus (1987), The Great Utopia (2017) and Captain Kemal: A Comrade (2009).

49. Stavros Tsiolis

Writer | Parakalo, gynaikes, mi klaite...

Stavros Tsiolis was born on October 6, 1937 in Tripoli, Greece. He was a writer and director, known for Please, Ladies, Don't Cry (1992), Invincible Lovers (1988) and Love Under the Date-Tree (1990). He died on July 23, 2019 in Athens, Greece.

50. Dimitris Mavrikios

Director | Aenigma est

Dimitris Mavrikios is a director and writer, known for Aenigma est (1990), Sto dromo tou Lamore (1979) and Ta fantasmata tis eleftherias (1981).

51. Dimitris Giatzouzakis

Director | Mi mou aptou

Dimitris Giatzouzakis was born in 1961 in Athens, Greece. He is a director and writer, known for Touch Me Not (1996), Fanouropitta (1991) and Apo ta arhetypa eos tis eikones (1983).

52. Lefteris Xanthopoulos

Director | Kali patrida, syntrofe

Lefteris Xanthopoulos was born in 1945 in Athens, Greece. He is a director and writer, known for Happy Homecoming, Comrade (1986), Jorgos from Sotirianika (1978) and Greek Community in Heidelberg (1976).

53. Hristos Vakalopoulos

Writer | Parakalo, gynaikes, mi klaite...

Hristos Vakalopoulos was born in 1956 in Athens, Greece. He was a writer and actor, known for Please, Ladies, Don't Cry (1992), Olga Robards (1989) and Theatre (1986). He died on January 29, 1993 in Athens.

54. Periklis Hoursoglou

Director | Lefteris Dimakopoulos

Periklis Hoursoglou was born in 1955 in Athens, Greece.

55. Sotiris Goritsas

Director | Ap' to hioni

Sotiris Goritsas is a director and writer, known for From the Snow (1993), Ap' ta kokala vgalmena (2011) and Balkanisateur (1997).

56. Nikos Grammatikos

Director | Apontes

Nikos Grammatikos was born in 1963 in Salamina, Greece. He is a director and writer, known for Truants (1996), The King (2002) and The Wake (2005).

57. Vangelis Serdaris

Director | O 7os ilios tou erota

Vangelis Serntaris is a Greek film director. He was born in Vlachokerasia of Arcadia, a village near Tripoli of Peloponissos. He started to study politics in Athens but he didn't take his diploma from university for politic reasons. He has made 60 movies as an assistant director, most of them near ...

58. Yannis Smaragdis

Director | Kavafis

Iannis Smaragdis was born in Crete in 1946. He studied Film in Greece and France. He made his first appearance in 1972 with the short film Two Three Things..., which received the first prize at the Athens Film Festival, as well as a Special Mention at the Montreal Film Festival. Iannis Smaragdis' ...

59. Dimos Avdeliodis

Director | I earini synaxis ton agrofylakon

Dimos (Aristodimos) Avdeliodis was born in 1952 in Chios, Greece.

He is a Greek film director, screenwriter, actor and producer.

He studied at the School of Philosophy at the University of Athens and attended acting classes at the Athens Drama School of Giorgos Theodosiadis.

Dimos Avdeliodis has ...

60. Panos Karkanevatos

Director | Metaihmio

Panos Karkanevatos is born on October 20, 1962 in Serres Greece. He is a writer, producer and director, known for the feature films "Borderline" (1994), "Earth and Water" (1999), Athanasia", aka "well kept secrets" (2008), and "Riverbanks" (2015). He also produces and directs creative documentaries...

61. Thanasis Papathanasiou

Writer | Oxygono

Thanasis Papathanasiou was born in 1959 in Orestiada, Greece. He is a writer and director, known for Blackmail Boy (2003), To dis examartein (1993) and Crying... Silicon Tears (2001).

62. Michalis Reppas

Writer | Oxygono

Michalis Reppas was born in 1959 in Loutraki, Greece. He is an actor and writer, known for Blackmail Boy (2003), Oi Treis Harites (1990) and To dis examartein (1993).

63. Hristos Karakepelis

Director | Proti yli

Hristos Karakepelis was born in 1962 in Serres, Greece. He is a director and writer, known for Raw Material (2011), To spiti tou Kain (2000) and Krymmeni eikona (2009).

64. Filippos Koutsaftis

Cinematographer | Agelastos petra

Filippos Koutsaftis is known for his work on Mourning Rock (2000), Arkadia Haire (2015) and Semnon theon (1987).

65. Renos Haralambidis

Actor | No Budget Story

Renos Haralambidis was born on October 14, 1970 in Athens, Greece as Irineos Haralambidis. He is an actor and writer, known for No Budget Story (1997), Four Black Suits (2010) and Cheap Smokes (2000).

66. Lakis Papastathis

Director | Ton kairo ton Ellinon

Lakis Papastathis was born in 1943 in Volos, Greece. He is a producer and director, known for When the Greeks (1981), The Only Journey of His Life (2001) and Theophilos (1987). He is married to Ivonni Maltezou.

67. Constantine Giannaris

Director | Dekapentavgoustos

Constantine Giannaris is a Greek film director. He studied Finance, History and Philosophy at the Universities of Kiel and Birmingham. His cinema career started in England where he completed independent short films of short budget. His first Greek film, Mia Thesi Ston Helio (1995) was awarded with ...

68. Yannis Economides

Director | To mikro psari

Yannis Economides was born in 1967 in Limassol, Cyprus. In 1987 he moved to Athens to study filmmaking. After several short films and documentaries, in 2003 he wrote and directed his first feature film, MATCHBOX. His second feature SOUL KICKING premiered in The International Critics' Week at Cannes...

69. Katerina Evangelakou

Director | Tha to metanioseis

Katerina Evangelakou is a director and editor, known for Think it Over (2002), False Alarm (2006) and Jaguar (1994).

70. Elissavet Chronopoulou

Director | Mikri Arktos

Elissavet Chronopoulou is a director and editor, known for Ursa Minor (2015), Yesterday Afternoon (1998) and O Annivas pro ton pylon (2011).

71. Tassos Boulmetis

Director | Politiki kouzina

Tassos Boulmetis studied Physics at the University of Athens and Film Production and Direction at the University of California (UCLA), under a scholarship support from the A. Onassis Foundation. At UCLA he taught as a teaching assistant classes on directing actors for film and television. In Greece...

72. Dimitris Indares

Director | O tsalapeteinos tou Wyoming

Dimitris Indares is a director and writer, known for O tsalapeteinos tou Wyoming (1995), Totally Married (2003) and To kynigi tis papias (1991).

73. Dennis Iliadis

Director | The Last House on the Left

Dennis Iliadis was born in Athens, Greece, and also grew up in Paris and Rio de Janeiro. He attended Brown University in Rhode Island, studying film and political economy before enrolling at the Royal College of Art in London. Iliadis is quickly gaining a name in the film industry, having taken on ...

75. Angelos Frantzis

Director | Akinito potami

Angelos Frantzis is a director and writer, known for Still River (2018), Symptoma (2015) and In the Woods (2010).

76. Eleni Alexandraki

Director | Stagona ston okeano

Eleni Alexandrakis was born in 1957 in Athens. She studied film at the Sorbonne University, Paris I and at the National Film and TV School of England. She has written, directed and produced a few fiction films as well as documentaries among which: « A Drop in the Ocean» (fiction), « Easter is in ...

78. Adonis Lykouresis

Director | I Hrysomallousa

Adonis Lykouresis is a director and writer, known for I Hrysomallousa (1978), Slaves in Their Bonds (2008) and The Bleeding Statues (1982).

79. 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,...

80. Panos H. Koutras

Director | Xenia

Born in Athens. He studied in London at the "London International Film School" and then in Paris at the "Sorbonne". From 1985 until 1995 he lived in Paris and London and made several shorts films which participated in festivals such as "The London Film Festival", "Festival Du Cinema Mediterraneen" ...

82. Stella Theodoraki

Director | Apo to monadiko sto pollaplo

Stella Theodoraki is a director and producer, known for From the Unique to the Multiple (1993), Free Subject (2018) and Electra (2014).

83. Syllas Tzoumerkas

Director | Hora proelefsis

Born in Thessaloniki. He studied theater, film-direction and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. He first made an impression with the 'dogma'-like short film The Devouring Eyes, which participated in competition at the Cinéfondation section of the Cannes Film Festival 2001 and was awarded with ...

84. Argyris Papadimitropoulos

Producer | Suntan

Argyris Papadimitropoulos was born on July 23, 1976 in Athens, Greece. He is a producer, known for Suntan (2016), Wasted Youth (2011) and Monday (2020).

85. Elias Demetriou

Editor | Smac

Elias Demetriou is an editor and director, known for Smac (2015), Fish n' Chips (2011) and Coat Fitting (2006).

87. Filippos Tsitos

Director | Adikos kosmos

Born in Anthens in 1966, where he studied marketing at university and worked as a photographer, assistant director and editor of pop promos, as well as the produced of a radio programme. Moved to Berlin (Germany) in 1991 where he studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy (...

88. Stelios Charalampopoulos

Director | Adis

Stelios Charalampopoulos was born in 1956 in Athens, Greece. He is a director and writer, known for Hades (1996), I ypografi (2011) and The Night Fernando Pessoa Met Constantine Cavafy (2008).

89. Thanos Anastopoulos

Producer | Diorthosi

Thanos Anastopoulos was born on October 26, 1965 in Athens, Greece. He is a producer and director, known for Correction (2007), The Daughter (2012) and The Last Resort (2016).

90. Yorgos Tsemberopoulos

Director | Megara

Born in Athens, studied Economics at the Athens University of Economics & Business while working as a still photographer, then studied directing at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he lived and worked until 1981. In Athens, in 1987, he founded Filmiki Productions SA, where he ...

91. Dimitris Koutsiabasakos

Director | O gios tou fylaka

Dimitris Koutsiabasakos is a Greek film director, writer, and independent producer, known for his documentaries, series, short and feature films. He was born in 1967 and studied movie and television direction at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, in Moscow, Russia (V.G.I.K.).

Since 2000, he ...

93. Nik Triantafyllidis

Director | Oi aisthimaties

Nik Triantafyllidis was born on September 9, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was a director and writer, known for The Sentimentalists (2014), Dogs Licking My Heart (1993) and 90 Years of PAOK: Nostalgia for the Future (2016). He died on June 7, 2016 in Athens, Greece.

94. Yorgos Avgeropoulos

Director | Agora: Apo ti dimokratia stis agores

Yorgos Avgeropoulos is a director and writer, known for Agora: From Democracy to the Market (2014), Chained (Agora II) (2020) and The Lost Signal of Democracy (2014).

95. Athiná-Rachél Tsangári

Producer | Trigonometry

Athiná-Rachél Tsangári was born on April 2, 1966 in Athens, Greece. She is a producer and director, known for Trigonometry (2020), Chevalier (2015) and Before Midnight (2013).

96. Alexis Alexiou

Director | Tetarti 04:45

Alexis Alexiou was born in 1976 in Athens, Greece. He is a director and writer, known for Wednesday 04:45 (2015), Tale 52 (2008) and Tugo tugo (1998).

97. Christopher Papakaliatis

Actor | Enas allos kosmos

Christopher Papakaliatis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. His father, Manuel Papakaliatis was born and raised in Crete. Villy Malamis, his mother, is South African. His parents met in London, England, where they first begun dating. Four years later they got divorced, but they already have had...

98. Dora Masklavanou

Editor | Ki an fygo... tha xanartho

Dora Masklavanou is an editor and writer, known for Coming as a Friend (2005), Polyxeni (2017) and Sweet Bunch (1983).

99. Nikos Kavoukidis

Cinematographer | Ta hromata tis iridos

Nikos Kavoukidis is a cinematographer and director, known for The Colours of Iris (1974), The Photographers (1998) and Robbery in Athens (1969).

100. Babis Makridis

Director | Oiktos

Babis Makridis is an assistant director, known for Pity (2018), L (2012) and The Last Fakir (2005).

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