My Favourite Directors

by EveLangElCoup | created - 30 Jan 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. Andrei Tarkovsky

Writer | Solyaris

The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood (1962), which ...

Stalker (1979) 10/10 The Mirror (1975) 9/10 Solaris (1972) 9/10 Andrei Rublev (1966) 8/10 Ivan's Childhood (1962) 8/10 Voyage in Time (1983) 7/10 The Steamroller and the Violin (1961) 7/10 The Sacrifice (1986) 6/10

64/80 = 80%

2. Lino Brocka

Director | Gumapang ka sa lusak

Lino Brocka is a Philippine director who gained attention in the international film community for his films about the Marcos dictatorship. He's is most famous for the film Insiang which was well received in Cannes.

Weighed But Found Wanting (1974) 9/10 Manila in the Claws of Light (1975) 9/10 Orapronobis (1989) 9/10 Cain and Abel (1982) 8/10 Jaguar (1979) 7/10 Insiang (1976) 7/10 Mother, Sister, Daughter 7/10 Hahamakin lahat (1990) 6/10

62/80 = 77%

3. Wojciech Has

Director | Pozegnania

Born in Kraków, Poland, in 1925. Feature film director. Graduated in 1946 from Cracow Film Institute, also studied painting. From 1947 to 1957 made a number of documentary shorts and educational films. Feature film debut: _The Noose_ (Petla, 1958, co-scr.). Other films: _Farewells_ (Pozegnania, ...

The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973) 10/10 The Saragossa Manuscript (1965) 9/10 The Noose (1958) 8/10 Lydia Ate the Apple (1958) 7/10 Jak byc kochana (1963) 7/10 Lalka (1968) 7/10 The Tribulations of Balthazar Kober (1988) 7/10 An Uneventful Story (1983) 7/10 Memoirs of a Sinner (1986) 7/10 Rozstanie (1961) 7/10 Harmonia (1948) 7/10 Zloto (1962) 5/10

88/120 = 73%

4. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Kakushi-toride no san-akunin

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...

Stray Dog (1949) 9/10 Ran (1985) 9/10 Seven Samurai (1954) 9/10 Sanjuro (1962) 9/10 Yojimbo (1961) 9/10 The Hidden Fortress (1958) 8/10 Rashomon (1950) 8/10 Ikiru (1952) 8/10 Kagemusha (1980) 8/10 Red Beard (1965) 7/10 The Lower Depths (1957) 7/10 The Quiet Duel (1949) 7/10 Throne of Blood (1957) 7/10 Dreams (1990) 7/10 Dersu Uzala (1975) 6/10 Maadadayo (1993) 6/10 Sanshiro Sugata (1943) 5/10 Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two (1945) 4/10

133/180 = 74%

5. Peter Greenaway

Director | The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Peter Greenaway trained as a painter and began working as a film editor for the Central Office of Information in 1965. Shortly afterwards he started to make his own films. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, but also paintings, novels and other books. He has held several ...

A Zed & Two Noughts (1985) 10/10 Drowning by Numbers (1988) 9/10 The Draughtsman's Contract (1982) 8/10 Prospero's Books (1991) 8/10 The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) 8/10 The Belly of an Architect (1987) 7/10 The Pillow Book (1996) 7/10 The Falls (1980) 5/10

62/80 = 77%

6. Frantisek Vlácil

Director | Marketa Lazarová

Frantisek Vlácil was born on February 19, 1924 in Cesky Tesin, Moravian-Silesian, Czech Republic. He was a director and writer, known for Marketa Lazarová (1967), Adelheid (1970) and Shadows of a Hot Summer (1978). He died on January 28, 1999 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Marketa Lazarová (1967) 9/10 The Devil's Trap (1962) 8/10 Valley of the Bees (1968) 8/10 Sirius (1975) 8/10 Mág (1988) 7/10 Smoke on the Potato Fields (1977) 7/10 Adelheid (1970) 7/10 The White Dove (1960) 6/10

60/80 = 75%

7. Majid Majidi

Director | Bacheha-Ye aseman

Majid Majidi was born on April 17, 1959 in Tehran, Iran to a middle class family. He started acting in amateur theater groups at the age of fourteen. After receiving his high school diploma, he started studying art at the Institute of Dramatic Art in Tehran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, ...

Children of Heaven (1997) 9/10 The Color of Paradise (1999) 9/10 The Song of Sparrows (2008) 8/10 The Willow Tree (2005) 8/10 Baran (2001) 8/10 The Father (1996) 6/10

48/60 = 80%

8. Emir Kusturica

Director | Underground

A Serbian film director. Born in 1954 in Sarajevo. Graduated in film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague in 1978. During his studies, he was awarded several times for his short movies including Guernica (1978), which took first prize at the Student's Film ...

Time of the Gypsies (1988) 9/10 Underground (1995) 9/10 Black Cat, White Cat (1998) 8/10 Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981) 8/10 Life Is a Miracle (2004) 7/10 When Father Was Away on Business (1985) 7/10

48/60 = 80%

9. Mikhail Kalatozov

Director | Letyat zhuravli

Mikhail Kalatozov was born on December 28, 1903 in Tiflis, Russian Empire as Mikhail Kalatozishvili. He was a director and cinematographer, known for The Cranes Are Flying (1957), True Friends (1954) and Zagovor obrechyonnykh (1950). He died on March 27, 1973 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

The Cranes Are Flying (1957) 10/10 Letter Never Sent (1960) 8/10 The Red Tent (1969) 8/10 Salt for Svanetia (1930) 7/10 I Am Cuba (1964) 7/10 Nail in the Boot (1931) 7/10 Zagovor obrechyonnykh (1950) 6/10 Pervyy eshelon (1956) 5/10

58/80 = 72%

The Captivating Star of Happiness (1975) 9/10 White Sun of the Desert (1970) 9/10

18/20 = 90%

11. Konrad Wolf

Director | Solo Sunny

He was the son of the German dramatist Friedrich Wolf. He left Germany with his family for the USSR and came back to Germany as a nineteen year old Lieutenant in the Russian Army in 1945. Was a short time commander of the town Bernau near Berlin in Spring 1945. _Ich war 19 (1968)_ is an ...

Stars (1959) 9/10 Professor Mamlock (1961) 9/10 I Was Nineteen (1968) 8/10 Genesung (1956) 7/10 Sun Seekers (1958) 7/10

40/50 = 80%

12. 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 ...

The Birds (1963) 10/10 I Confess (1953) 10/10 North by Northwest (1959) 9/10 The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) 9/10 Lifeboat (1944) 9/10 Rebecca (1940) 8/10 Strangers on a Train (1951) 8/10 Spellbound (1945) 8/10 Foreign Correspondent (1940) 7/10 Stage Fright (1950) 7/10 Dial M for Murder (1954) 7/10 Rebecca (1940) 7/10 Rear Window (1954) 7/10 The 39 Steps (1935) 7/10 Vertigo (1958) 7/10 To Catch a Thief (1955) 7/10 Psycho (1960) 7/10 Torn Curtain (1966) 6/10 The Wrong Man (1956) 6/10 Marnie (1964) 5/10 Notorious (1946) 5/10

156/210 = 74%

13. Michael Powell

Director | The Red Shoes

The son of Thomas William Powell and Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self-confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the south of France (where his parents ran a hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury and Dulwich ...

The Thief of Bagdad (1940) 10/10 Black Narcissus (1947) 9/10 A Matter of Life and Death (1946) 9/10 A Canterbury Tale (1944) 8/10 Peeping Tom (1960) 8/10 49th Parallel (1941) 7/10 I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) 7/10 The Red Shoes (1948) 7/10 The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972) 6/10 The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) 5/10

76/100 = 76%

14. 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...

The World's End (2013) 9/10 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) 9/10 Hot Fuzz (2007) 9/10 Shaun of the Dead (2004) 7/10 Baby Driver (2017) 7/10 Spaced (1999 - 2001) 7/10

48/60 = 80%

15. Bong Joon Ho

Writer | Okja

Bong Joon Ho was born on September 14, 1969 in Daegu, South Korea. He is a writer and director, known for Okja (2017), Snowpiercer (2013) and Memories of Murder (2003).

Mother (2009) 10/10 Memories of Murder (2003) 8/10 Parasite (2019) 8/10 The Host (2006) 7/10 Snowpiercer (2013) 7/10 Okja (2017) 7/10 Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) 5/10

53/70 = 76%

16. 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 ...

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 9/10 The Killing (1956) 9/10 Full Metal Jacket (1987) 8/10 Paths of Glory (1957) 8/10 Spartacus (1960) 7/10 The Shining (1980) 7/10 A Clockwork Orange (1971) 7/10 Barry Lyndon (1975) 7/10 Dr. Strangelove (1964) 7/10 Eyes Wide Shut (1999) 5/10

74/100 = 74%

If I Had a Gun (1971) 9/10 The Sun in a Net (1962) 8/10 The Organ (1965) 8/10 Three Daughters (1968) 7/10 Miraculous Virgin (1967) 6/10

38/50 76%

18. Carol Reed

Director | The Third Man

Carol Reed was the second son of stage actor, dramatics teacher and impresario founder of the Royal School of Dramatic Arts Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Reed was one of Tree's six illegitimate children with Beatrice Mae Pinney, who Tree established in a second household apart from his married life. ...

Odd Man Out (1947) 9/10 The Third Man (1949) 9/10 A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) 8/10 The Fallen Idol (1948) 7/10 Night Train to Munich (1940) 7/10 Outcast of the Islands (1951) 7/10 Kipps (1941) 5/10

52/70 = 74%

19. 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 ...

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) 9/10 Shutter Island (2010) 9/10 After Hours (1985) 9/10 Goodfellas (1990) 8/10 The Departed (2006) 8/10 Mean Streets (1973) 8/10 The Age of Innocence (1993) 7/10 Silence (2016) 7/10 Taxi Driver (1976) 7/10 Casino (1995) 7/10 The King of Comedy (1982) 7/10 Kundun (1997) 7/10 Raging Bull (1980) 7/10 Gangs of New York (2002) 7/10 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) 6/10 My Voyage to Italy (1999) 6/10 The Color of Money (1986) 6/10 Bringing Out the Dead (1999) 6/10 The Aviator (2004) 6/10 Cape Fear (1991) 6/10 New York, New York (1977) 5/10

148/210 = 70%

20. David Lean

Director | Lawrence of Arabia

An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding ...

Brief Encounter (1945) 10/10 Great Expectations (1946) 9/10 Oliver Twist (1948) 7/10 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 7/10 A Passage to India (1984) 7/10 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 7/10 Doctor Zhivago (1965) 6/10 This Happy Breed (1944) 4/10

57/80 = 71%

21. Andrey Zvyagintsev

Director | Leviafan

Andrei Zvyagintsev is a Russian filmmaker and was born on Feb.6, 1964 in the siberian city of Novisibirsk. He graduated from the Novosibirsk Actors School in 1984 and started to act on stage in provincial theatres. In the early 1990s he came to Moscow - the centre of the Russian film industry - ...

The Return (2003) 9/10 Leviathan (2014) 8/10 Loveless (2017) 7/10 Elena (2011) 6/10

30/40 = 75%

22. Federico Fellini

Writer |

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 ...

The Nights of Cabiria (1957) 9/10 La Dolce Vita (1960) 9/10 I Vitelloni (1953) 8/10 8½ (1963) 8/10 Amarcord (1973) 8/10 Roma (1972) 8/10 City of Women (1980) 7/10 Intervista (1987) 7/10 And the Ship Sails On (1983) 7/10 Variety Lights (1950) 7/10 The White Sheik (1952) 7/10 La Strada (1954) 7/10 Fellini Satyricon (1969) 6/10 Spirits of the Dead (1968) 5/10

103/140 = 73%

23. Fred Zinnemann

Director | A Man for All Seasons

Initially grew up wanting to be a violinist, but while at the University of Vienna decided to study law. While doing so, he became increasingly interested in American film and decided that was what he wanted to do. He became involved in European filmaking for a short time before going to America to...

From Here to Eternity (1953) 9/10 Act of Violence (1949) 9/10 High Noon (1952) 8/10 The Search (1948) 7/10 The Men (1950) 7/10 A Hatful of Rain (1957) 7/10 Eyes in the Night (1942) 7/10 A Man for All Seasons (1966) 7/10 Redes (1936) 6/10

68/90 = 75%

24. Alejandro Amenábar

Writer | The Others

Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis (1996). His film ...

Open Your Eyes (1997) 9/10 The Sea Inside (2004) 9/10 Thesis (1996) 8/10 Agora (2009) 7/10 The Others (2001) 7/10

40/50 = 80%

25. Jean-Pierre Melville

Actor | À bout de souffle

The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its ...

Le Samouraï (1967) 9/10 Army of Shadows (1969) 9/10 Le Cercle Rouge (1970) 8/10 Le Doulos (1962) 8/10 Bob le Flambeur (1956) 7/10 Les Enfants Terribles (1950) 7/10 Un Flic (1972) 6/10

54/70 = 77%

26. Steve McQueen

Director | 12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen was born on October 9, 1969 in London, England as Steve Rodney McQueen. He is a director and writer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Shame (2011) and Hunger (2008). He is married to Bianca Stigter. They have two children.

Shame (2011) 9/10 12 Years a Slave (2013) 8/10 Widows (2018) 7/10 Hunger (2008) 6/10

30/40 = 75%

27. Satoshi Kon

Writer | Tôkyô goddofâzâzu

Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z (1991) by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film ...

Perfect Blue (1997) 9/10 Paprika (2006) 8/10 Paranoia Agent (2004) 7/10 Millennium Actress (2001) 7/10

31/40 = 77%

28. Shunji Iwai

Writer | Vampire

Having received his education at Yokohama National University, Shunji Iwai started out in the entertainment industry by directing music videos and television dramas, including the likes of Maria, Lunatic Love and Fireworks, for which he received the award for Best Newcomer from the Japanese ...

All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001) 10/10 Swallowtail Butterfly (1996) 8/10 Love Letter (1995) 8/10 April Story (1998) 7/10 Hana and Alice (2004) 7/10 Picnic (1996) 7/10 Last Letter (2018) 7/10 Geshi Monogatari (1992) 5/10

59/80 = 74%

29. Denis Villeneuve

Director | Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started his career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), ...

Incendies (2010) 9/10 Prisoners (2013) 8/10 Arrival (2016) 8/10 Blade Runner 2049 (2017) 7/10 Sicario (2015) 7/10 Enemy (2013) 5/10

44/60 = 73%

30. René Laloux

Writer | La planète sauvage

René Laloux was born on July 13, 1929 in Paris, France. He was a writer and director, known for Fantastic Planet (1973), Time Masters (1982) and Les escargots (1966). He died on March 14, 2004 in Angoulême, Charente, France.

Fantastic Planet (1973) 10/10 Gandahar (1988) 9/10 Time Masters (1982) 8/10 How Wang-Fo Was Saved (1987) 7/10 Les escargots (1966) 7/10 Dead Times (1965) 7/10

48/60 = 80%

31. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...

Volver (2006) 9/10 The Skin I Live In (2011) 8/10 Talk to Her (2002) 8/10 All About My Mother (1999) 7/10 Broken Embraces (2009) 7/10 Julieta (2016) 7/10 What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984) 7/10 Bad Education (2004) 7/10 Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989) 7/10

67/90 = 74%

32. Damiano Damiani

Writer | Il giorno della civetta

Damiano Damiani was born on July 23, 1922 in Pasiano di Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Mafia (1968), The Reunion (1963) and Confessions of a Police Captain (1971). He died on March 7, 2013 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

A Man on His Knees (1979) 9/10 A Bullet for the General (1967) 8/10 The Day of the Owl (1968) 8/10 I Am Afraid (1977) 7/10 Lipstick (1960) 7/10 The Most Beautiful Wife (1970) 7/10

46/60 = 77%

33. 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 ...

A Patch of Blue (1965) 9/10 Light in the Piazza (1962) 8/10 The Mark (1961) 8/10 The Snorkel (1958) 6/10

31/40 = 77%

34. 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/...

The City of Lost Children (1995) 9/10 Amélie (2001) 8/10 Micmacs (2009) 8/10 A Very Long Engagement (2004) 7/10 The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013) 7/10 Delicatessen (1991) 7/10 Alien: Resurrection (1997) 5/10

51/70 = 73%

Bushido (1963) 9/10 An Inlet of Muddy Water (1953) 8/10 Rice (1957) 7/10 Revenge (1964) 7/10 Night Drum (1958) 7/10

38/50 = 76%

36. Leon Hirszman

Director | Eles Não Usam Black-Tie

One of the most important Brazilian directors of all time, Leon Hirszman is best remembered for the realistic manner of dealing with social and political themes in his works, from documentaries to feature films. His career started with a segment filmed for Cinco vezes Favela (1962) and The Deceased...

They Don't Wear Black Tie (1981) 8/10 ABC da Greve (1990) 8/10 The Deceased (1965) 8/10 São Bernardo (1972) 6/10

30/40 = 75%

37. Helmut Käutner

Director | Der Hauptmann von Köpenick

Helmut Käutner was born on March 25, 1908 in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Paul Günther Helmut Käutner. He was a director and writer, known for The Captain from Köpenick (1956), The Last Bridge (1954) and The Rest Is Silence (1959). He was married to Erica Balqué. He died on ...

The Last Bridge (1954) 10/10 Sky Without Stars (1955) 8/10 Ludwig II (1955) 8/10 Romance in a Minor Key (1943) 7/10 Under the Bridges (1946) 7/10 The Devil's General (1955) 7/10

47/60 = 78%

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

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) 10/10 Fargo (1996) 9/10 True Grit (2010) 8/10 Miller's Crossing (1990) 8/10 O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) 8/10 No Country for Old Men (2007) 7/10 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) 7/10 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) 7/10 Blood Simple (1984) 7/10 Hail, Caesar! (2016) 7/10 Raising Arizona (1987) 7/10 The Big Lebowski (1998) 7/10 The Ladykillers (2004) 6/10 Intolerable Cruelty (2003) 6/10 A Serious Man (2009) 6/10 Burn After Reading (2008) 6/10 Barton Fink (1991) 5/10

121/170 = 71%

39. Enki Bilal

Director | Tykho Moon

Born in Yugoslavia, his mother was Czech and his Bosnian father used to be Tito's tailor. His family fled the country to France in 1960, where Enki learns French and discovers cinema and comic books. In 1971, he wins a contest organized by the famous comics magazine Pilote with his first story "...

Bunker Palace Hôtel (1989) 9/10 Tykho Moon (1996) 7/10 Immortal (2004) 6/10

22/30 = 73%

40. Elio Petri

Writer | Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto

Elio Petri was born on January 29, 1929 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Eraclio Petri. He was a writer and director, known for Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970), We Still Kill the Old Way (1967) and Lulu the Tool (1971). He was married to Paola Pegoraro. He died on November 10, 1982 in ...

We Still Kill the Old Way (1967) 8/10 The 10th Victim (1965) 8/10 Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) 8/10 Lulu the Tool (1971) 7/10 The Assassin (1961) 7/10 Good News (1979) 6/10

44/60 = 73%

41. Kar-Wai Wong

Writer | Yi dai zong shi

Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong ...

In the Mood for Love (2000) 9/10 Ashes of Time (1994) 8/10 Days of Being Wild (1990) 8/10 2046 (2004) 8/10 The Grandmaster (2013) 7/10 As Tears Go By (1988) 7/10 My Blueberry Nights (2007) 6/10

53/70 = 76%

42. Jules Dassin

Director | Pote tin Kyriaki

Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi (1955), Never on Sunday (1960), and Topkapi (1964).

He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish ...

Night and the City (1950) 9/10 Uptight (1968) 8/10 Brute Force (1947) 8/10 He Who Must Die (1957) 8/10 Rififi (1955) 8/10 The Naked City (1948) 7/10 Topkapi (1964) 7/10 The Canterville Ghost (1944) 6/10 Phaedra (1962) 5/10

66/90 = 73%

43. 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.

Ghost Dog (1999) 9/10 Stranger Than Paradise (1984) 9/10 Broken Flowers (2005) 8/10 Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) 7/10 Dead Man (1995) 7/10 The Limits of Control (2009) 7/10 Night on Earth (1991) 7/10 Mystery Train (1989) 6/10 Permanent Vacation (1980) 2/10

61/90 = 69%

44. Byambasuren Davaa

Director | Die Höhle des gelben Hundes

Byambasuren Davaa was born in 1971 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. She is a director and writer, known for The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005), The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003) and The Two Horses of Genghis Khan (2009).

The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005) 8/10 The Weeping Camel (2003) 8/10

16/20 = 80%

45. Jee-woon Kim

Director | Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom

Jee-woon Kim was born on May 27, 1964 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for The Good the Bad the Weird (2008), A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) and I Saw the Devil (2010).

The Age of Shadows (2016) 8/10 The Good the Bad the Weird (2008) 8/10 A Bittersweet Life (2005) 7/10 A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) 7/10 Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018) 7/10 The Last Stand (2013) 6/10 I Saw the Devil (2010) 6/10

49/70 = 70%

46. 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 ...

The Seventh Seal (1957) 10/10 Fanny and Alexander (1982) 9/10 Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) 8/10 Persona (1966) 8/10 Shame (1968) 8/10 Hour of the Wolf (1968) 7/10 The Virgin Spring (1960) 7/10 Wild Strawberries (1957) 7/10 Port of Call (1948) 7/10 The Magician (1958) 6/10 The Serpent's Egg (1977) 6/10 Autumn Sonata (1978) 5/10

88/120 = 73%

47. Sergiu Nicolaescu

Director | Duelul

Sergiu Nicolaescu was born on the 13th of April 1930, in Targu Jiu, Gorj County, Romania. Nicolaescu, the 'Steven Spielberg of the Romanian cinema', was a brilliant, self-taught technician and a master of popular entertainment who approached during his long career various genres with great success....

Then I Sentenced Them All to Death (1972) 9/10 Michael the Brave (1970) 8/10 The Punishment (1976) 7/10 The Dacians (1966) 7/10

31/40 = 78%

48. Alain Resnais

Director | Hiroshima mon amour

Alain Resnais was born on June 3, 1922 in Vannes, Morbihan, France as Alain Pierre Marie Jean Georges Resnais. He was a director and editor, known for Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Same Old Song (1997) and My American Uncle (1980). He was married to Sabine Azéma and Florence Malraux. He died on March...

Last Year at Marienbad (1961) 9/10 Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) 9/10 My American Uncle (1980) 7/10 Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968) 7/10 Far from Vietnam (1967) 7/10 Love Unto Death (1984) 7/10 Night and Fog (1956) 6/10

52/70 = 74%

49. Todd Haynes

Director | Far from Heaven

Todd Haynes was always interested in art, and made amateur movies and painted while he was still a child. He attended Brown university and majored in art and semiotics. After he graduated he moved to New York City and made the controversial short film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988). ...

I'm Not There (2007) 8/10 Poison (1991) 8/10 Velvet Goldmine (1998) 7/10 Carol (2015) 7/10

30/40 = 75%

50. Giuseppe Tornatore

Writer | La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano

Giuseppe Tornatore was born on May 27, 1956 in Bagheria, Sicily, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for The Legend of 1900 (1998), The Best Offer (2013) and Cinema Paradiso (1988).

Cinema Paradiso (1988) 9/10 The Best Offer (2013) 8/10 Baarìa (2009) 7/10 Malena (2000) 6/10

30/40 = 75%

51. Georgiy Daneliya

Director | Kin-dza-dza!

Georgi Daneliya was born on August 25, 1930 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Since 1939 the family lived in Moscow, where Danelia's father was the chief engineer for the Moscow Underground Metro System. Daneliya's father became a decorated WWII General, specializing in construction of underground bunkers for ...

Kin-dza-dza! (1986) 9/10 Autumn Marathon (1979) 9/10

18/20 = 90%

52. 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...

Fight Club (1999) 8/10 The Game (1997) 8/10 Mindhunter 8/10 Se7en (1995) 8/10 The Social Network (2010) 7/10 Gone Girl (2014) 7/10 Zodiac (2007) 7/10 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) 6/10 Panic Room (2002) 6/10

65/90 = 72%

53. Bahman Ghobadi

Director | Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand

Bahman Ghobadi was born in 1969 in Baneh, in the province of Iranian Kurdistan, near the Iran-Iraq border. Shortly after graduating from the National Audiovisual School, he made his first short, immediately acclaimed by the local critics. One of these short films, "Life in Fog" (1999) is even ...

A Time for Drunken Horses (2000) 8/10 Half Moon (2006) 8/10 Turtles Can Fly (2004) 8/10 Marooned in Iraq (2002) 7/10 No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009) 6/10

37/50 = 74%

54. 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 producer, known for The Handmaiden (2016), Thirst (2009) and Oldboy (2003). He is married to Eun-hee Kim. They have one child.

The Handmaiden (2016) 8/10 Stoker (2013) 8/10 I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006) 8/10 Oldboy (2003) 8/10 Lady Vengeance (2005) 7/10 Thirst (2009) 7/10 Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) 7/10 Three... Extremes (2004) 6/10

59/80 = 74%

55. Valerio Zurlini

Writer | Cronaca familiare

Valerio Zurlini was born on March 19, 1926. During his law studies in Rome, he started working in the theatre. In 1943, he joined the Italian resistance. Zurlini became a member of the Italian Communist Party. He filmed short documentaries in the immediate post-war period and in 1954 directed his ...

The Desert of the Tartars (1976) 8/10 The Camp Followers (1965) 7/10 Family Portrait (1962) 7/10 Girl with a Suitcase (1961) 7/10 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970) 7/10 Violent Summer (1959) 7/10

43/60 = 72%

56. Dariush Mehrjui

Director | Gaav

Dariush Mehrjui was born to a middle-class family in Tehran. He showed interest in painting miniatures, music, and playing santoor and piano. He spent a lot of time going to the movies, particularly American films which were un-dubbed and inter-spliced with explanatory title cards that explained ...

Leila (1997) 8/10 Hamoun (1990) 8/10 The Cow (1969) 7/10 The Pear Tree (1998) 7/10 Sara (1993) 7/10 The Postman (1972) 7/10

44/60 = 73%

57. Alexander Mackendrick

Writer | The Man in the White Suit

One of the most distinguished (if frequently overlooked) directors ever to emerge from the British film industry, Alexander Mackendrick, was in fact born in the US (to Scottish parents), but grew up in his native Scotland, where he studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He started out as a ...

The Ladykillers (1955) 9/10 Sweet Smell of Success (1957) 9/10 The Man in the White Suit (1951) 8/10 The Blue Lamp (1950) 7/10 Whisky Galore (1949) 6/10 Don't Make Waves (1967) 5/10

44/60 = 73%

58. Mario Monicelli

Writer | I compagni

Mario Monicelli was born on May 16, 1915 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for The Organizer (1963), Speriamo che sia femmina (1986) and The Great War (1959). He was married to Antonella Salerni and Chiara Rapaccini. He died on November 29, 2010 in Rome.

The Organizer (1963) 8/10 For Love and Gold (1966) 8/10 The Great War (1959) 7/10 A Tailor's Maid (1957) 7/10 Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) 7/10 My Friends (1975) 7/10 An Average Little Man (1977) 7/10

51/70 = 73%

59. Yimou Zhang

Director | Ying xiong

Yimou Zhang was born on November 14, 1951 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is a director and writer, known for Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and Curse of the Golden Flower (2006).

Red Sorghum (1987) 9/10 Coming Home (2014) 8/10 Raise the Red Lantern (1991) 8/10 Happy Times (2000) 8/10 Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005) 8/10 Not One Less (1999) 8/10 Ju Dou (1990) 8/10 Hero (2002) 7/10 House of Flying Daggers (2004) 7/10 The Story of Qiu Ju (1992) 7/10 The Road Home (1999) 7/10 Shadow (2018) 6/10 Under the Hawthorn Tree (2010) 6/10 The Great Wall (2016) 5/10 Curse of the Golden Flower (2006) 4/10

106/150 = 71%

60. Satyajit Ray

Writer | Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie ...

Nayak: The Hero (1966) 9/10 The Big City (1963) 8/10 Aparajito (1956) 8/10 Charulata (1964) 7/10 The Goddess (1960) 7/10 The Adversary (1970) 7/10 The Coward (1965) 7/10 The Holy Man (1965) 6/10 The Music Room (1958) 5/10

64/90 = 71%

61. Károly Makk

Director | Egymásra nézve

Károly Makk was born on December 22, 1925 in Berettyóújfalu, Hungary. He was a director and writer, known for Another Way (1982), Love (1971) and The Gambler (1997). He was married to Marianne Krencsey, Hanna Dömötör and Virág Dõry. He died on August 30, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.

Love (1971) 9/10 Another Way (1982) Cat's Play (1974) 7/10 The House Under The Rocks (1958) 7/10

30/40 = 75%

62. 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 ...

Brazil (1985) 9/10 12 Monkeys (1995) 8/10 The Meaning of Life (1983) 8/10 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 8/10 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) 7/10 The Brothers Grimm (2005) 7/10 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) 7/10 Tideland (2005) 7/10 Time Bandits (1981) 6/10 The Fisher King (1991) 6/10 The Zero Theorem (2013) 5/10

78/110 = 71%

63. Paolo Sorrentino

Writer | Youth

Paolo Sorrentino was born on May 31, 1970 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Youth (2015), The Great Beauty (2013) and This Must Be the Place (2011). He is married to Daniela D'Antonio. They have two children.

Il Divo (2008) 9/10 The Consequences of Love (2004) 8/10 Youth (2015) 7/10 The Great Beauty (2013) 7/10 This Must Be the Place (2011) 6/10 One Man Up (2001) 6/10

43/60 = 72%

64. Dejan Zecevic

Director | Neprijatelj

He is the youngest Serbian director who made six feature films until 37 years old, several short films, a segment in a composite film, a television film and several TV series. His films have received more than 100 prizes and for fourth all of them he have received FIPRESCI Award for Best director (...

The Fourth Man (2007) 9/10 The Enemy (2011) 8/10 Little Night Music (2002) 6/10

23/30 = 76%

65. Henri-Georges Clouzot

Writer | Le salaire de la peur

Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau (1943) banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to ...

The Wages of Fear (1953) 8/10 Diabolique (1955) 8/10 La Vérité (1960) 7/10 The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942) 7/10

30/40 = 75%

66. Jean Renoir

Writer | La règle du jeu

Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he ...

La Grande Illusion (1937) 10/10 The Lower Depths (1936) 8/10 The Southerner (1945) 7/10 The River (1951) 7/10 La Bête Humaine (1938) 7/10 A Day in the Country (1946) 7/10 The Rules of the Game (1939) 7/10 The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936) 7/10 Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932) 7/10 Experiment in Evil (1959) 6/10 Toni (1935) 6/10

79/110 = 72%

67. Chuan Lu

Director | Kekexili

Lu Chuan is considered one of the most talented young directors in China, and his films are known for daring and commercially successful takes on historical and social issues.

After receiving a Master's degree in film studies from Beijing Film Academy in 1998, Lu Chuan started as a co-writer for ...

City of Life and Death (2009) 9/10 Mountain Patrol (2004) 7/10

16/20 = 80%

68. Ján Kadár

Director | Obchod na korze

Ján Kadár was born on April 1, 1918 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Janos Kadár. He was a director and writer, known for The Shop on Main Street (1965), Smrt si ríká Engelchen (1963) and Obzalovaný (1964). He died on June 1, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Shop on Main Street (1965) 8/10 Adrift (1971) 7/10

15/20 = 75%

69. Pietro Germi

Writer | Il ferroviere

Pietro Germi was born on September 14, 1914 in Genoa, Liguria, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Man of Iron (1956), Divorce Italian Style (1961) and The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1966). He was married to Olga D'Aiello and Anna Bancio. He died on December 5, 1974 in Rome, Lazio...

The Facts of Murder (1959) 8/10 Divorce Italian Style (1961) 8/10 Seduced and Abandoned (1964) 7/10 The Path of Hope (1950) 7/10 Lost Youth (1948) 7/10

37/50 = 74%

70. Julien Duvivier

Writer | Un carnet de bal

Revered by such legendary fellow directors as Ingmar Bergman and Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier is one of the greatest figures in the history of French cinema and of world cinema in general. He is perhaps the most neglected of the "Big Five" of classic French cinema (the other four being Jean Renoir,...

Pépé le Moko (1937) 9/10 Panic (1946) 8/10 The End of The Day (1939) 7/10 Holiday for Henrietta (1952) 7/10 The Little World of Don Camillo (1952) 7/10 The Man of Stone (1936) 6/10

44/60 = 73%

71. 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.

Iphigenia (1977) 10/10 Zorba the Greek (1964) 8/10 Electra (1962) 7/10 Stella (1955) 6/10

31/40 = 77%

72. Juraj Herz

Director | Habermann

Juraj Herz was born on September 4, 1934 in Kezmarok, Czechoslovakia. He was a director and actor, known for Habermann (2010), Beauty and the Beast (1978) and The Cremator (1969). He was married to Therese Herz. He died on April 8, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Cremator (1969) 9/10 Vampire Ferat (1981) 8/10 Morgiana (1972) 7/10 Beauty and the Beast (1978) 7/10

31/40 77%

73. 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 ...

Spirited Away (2001) 9/10 My Neighbor Totoro 8/10 Porco Rosso (1992) 7/10 Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979) 7/10 Castle in the Sky (1986) 7/10 Ponyo (2008) 7/10 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) 7/10 Princess Mononoke (1997) 7/10 Howl's Moving Castle (2004) 7/10 Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) 6/10 On Your Mark (1995) 5/10

77/110 = 70%

74. Johnnie To

Director | San taam

With over thirty directing and producing credits to his name, Johnnie To enjoyed international breakthroughs with Election (2005), Election 2 (2006) (aka "Triad Election") and Exiled (2006); those films enjoyed multiple international film festival appearances and were separately sold to more than ...

Mad Detective (2007) 9/10 Election (2005) 9/10 Exiled (2006) 7/10 Justice, My Foot! (1992) 7/10 Election 2 (2006) 7/10 Three (2016) 7/10 Vengeance (2009) 6/10

52/70 = 74%

75. István Szabó

Director | Sunshine

Istvan Svabo was the first Hungarian director to win an Oscar (Although a Hungarian-American director, Michael Curtiz [Mihaly Kertesz], also won an Oscar previously for directing Casablanca). He received the award for his 1981 movie Mephisto. In January 2006, it became public that he had been an ...

Colonel Redl (1985) 8/10 Father (1966) 7/10 Age of Illusions (1965) 7/10 Koncert (1962) 7/10

29/40 = 72%

76. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many ...

Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 9/10 Sunset Blvd. (1950) 9/10 Ace in the Hole (1951) 9/10 Stalag 17 (1953) 8/10 Some Like It Hot (1959) 8/10 Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) 7/10 Double Indemnity (1944) 7/10 Sabrina (1954) 7/10 The Apartment (1960) 6/10 The Front Page (1974) 5/10 One, Two, Three (1961) 4/10

79/110 = 72%

77. Basil Dearden

Director | Sapphire

A former stage director, Basil Dearden entered films as an assistant to director Basil Dean (he changed his name from Dear to avoid being confused with Dean). Dearden worked his way up the ladder and directed (with Will Hay) his first film in 1941; two years later he directed his first film on his ...

Victim (1961) 8/10 The League of Gentlemen (1960) 7/10 Sapphire (1959) 7/10 Dead of Night (1945) 7/10 The Blue Lamp (1950) 7/10 The Mind Benders (1963) 6/10

42/60 = 70%

78. Otakar Vávra

Writer | Kladivo na carodejnice

Otakar Vávra was born on February 28, 1911 in Hradec Kralove, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary. He was a writer and director, known for Witchhammer (1970), Romance for Bugle (1967) and Days of Betrayal (1973). He died on September 15, 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Witchhammer (1970) 8/10 Romance for Bugle (1967) 7/10 Krakatit (1948) 7/10

22/30 = 73%

79. Mrinal Sen

Director | Chorus

Sen is one of his nation's most politically active filmakers. After having studied physics at university in Calcutta, Sen worked as a freelance journalist, a salesman of patent medicines and a sound technician in a film studio. In the mid-1940s he joined the Indian People's Theatre Association and ...

The Marginal Ones (1977) 8/10 The Case Is Closed (1982) 8/10 Ek Din Achanak (1989) 7/10 Padatik (1974) 7/10 Calcutta 71 (1971) 7/10 Akash Kusum (1965) 7/10 Bhuvan Shome (1969) 6/10

50/70 = 71%

80. Masaki Kobayashi

Director | Seppuku

Masaki Kobayashi was born on February 14, 1916 in Hokkaido, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Harakiri (1962), The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) and The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961). He died on October 4, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.

Harakiri (1962) 8/10 Somewhere Under the Broad Sky (1954) 8/10 Samurai Rebellion (1967) 7/10 Inn of Evil (1971) 7/10 The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) 7/10 Youth of the Son (1952) 6/10

43/60 = 72%

81. Mamoru Hosoda

Director | Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki

Mamoru Hosoda is a Japanese film director and animator. Formerly employed at Toei Animation, he went to work at Madhouse from 2005 to 2011. Hosoda left Madhouse in 2011 to establish his own animation studio, Studio Chizu. He first came to public attention in the early 2000s with the first two films...

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) 8/10 Wolf Children (2012) 8/10 The Boy and the Beast (2015) 7/10 Summer Wars (2009) 6/10

29/40 = 72%

82. Juan Antonio Bardem

Writer | Calle Mayor

Juan Antonio Bardem was born on June 2, 1922 in Madrid, Spain as Juan Antonio Bardem Muñoz. He was a writer and director, known for Main Street (1956), La venganza (1958) and Death of a Cyclist (1955). He was married to María Aguado Barbado. He died on October 30, 2002 in Madrid.

Death of a Cyclist (1955) 9/10 Main Street (1956) 7/10

16/20 = 80%

83. Luchino Visconti

Writer | Rocco e i suoi fratelli

Luchino Visconti was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Luchino Visconti di Modrone. He was a writer and director, known for Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Death in Venice (1971) and Le Notti Bianche (1957). He died on March 17, 1976 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Rocco and His Brothers (1960) 9/10 The Leopard (1963) 8/10 Senso (1954) 8/10 Le Notti Bianche (1957) 7/10 Ossessione (1943) 7/10 La Terra Trema (1948) 6/10 Death in Venice (1971) 5/10

50/70 = 71%

84. Kon Ichikawa

Director | Inugami-ke no ichizoku

Kon Ichikawa has been influenced by artists as diverse as Walt Disney and Jean Renoir, and his films cover a wide spectrum of moods, from the comic to the overwhelmingly ironic and even the perverse. Ichikawa began his career as a cartoonist, and this influence is apparent in his skillful use of ...

Fires on the Plain (1959) 10/10 The Burmese Harp (1956) 8/10 The Wanderers (1973) 7/10 The Heart (1955) 7/10 Ten Dark Women (1961) 7/10 The Inugami Family (1976) 7/10 I Am a Cat (1975) 6/10 An Actor's Revenge (1963) 6/10 Odd Obsession (1959) 5/10

63/90 = 70%

85. Roberto Gavaldón

Director | El niño y la niebla

Roberto Gavaldón was born on June 7, 1909 in Jiménez, Chihuahua, Mexico as Roberto Gavaldón Leyva. He was a director and writer, known for El niño y la niebla (1953), In the Palm of Your Hand (1951) and Untouched (1954). He died on September 4, 1986 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Macario (1960) 8/10 In the Palm of Your Hand (1951) 8/10 The Golden Cockerel (1964) 8/10 The Kneeling Goddess (1947) 6/10 The Other One (1946) 5/10

35/50 = 70%

86. Philip Leacock

Director | Gunsmoke

Philip Leacock was brought up in the Canary Islands and educated at the English boarding school Bedales. He began in the film industry as a camera assistant in 1935. After serving with the Army Kinematograph Service during World War II, he joined the Crown Film Unit in 1948, making his directing ...

Reach for Glory (1962) 9/10 Take a Giant Step (1959) 9/10 The War Lover (1962) 7/10 Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960) 6/10

31/40 = 77%

87. 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 ...

Chinatown (1974) 9/10 The Tenant (1976) 8/10 The Ghost Writer (2010) 7/10 The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) 7/10 The Pianist (2002) 7/10 Rosemary's Baby (1968) 7/10 Macbeth (1971) 7/10 The Ninth Gate (1999) 6/10 Oliver Twist (2005) 6/10 Knife in the Water (1962) 6/10 Carnage (2011) 5/10

75/110 = 68%

88. David Cronenberg

Director | The Fly

David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early...

eXistenZ (1999) 9/10 Videodrome (1983) 8/10 Dead Ringers (1988) 8/10 Naked Lunch (1991) 8/10 Crash (1996) 8/10 Eastern Promises (2007) 8/10 The Fly (1986) 7/10 M. Butterfly (1993) 7/10 The Dead Zone (1983) 6/10 A History of Violence (2005) 6/10 A Dangerous Method (2011) 6/10 Cosmopolis (2012) 6/10 The Brood (1979) 6/10 Spider (2002) 6/10 Rabid (1977) 5/10 Shivers (1975) 5/10

109/160 = 68%

A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (1957) 8/10 The Balloon (1956) 7/10 Suzaki Paradise Red Light (1956) 7/10 The Temple of Wild Geese (1962) 7/10

29/40 = 72%

90. Shôhei Imamura

Director | Kuroi ame

Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Ôshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura began his serious directorial career as a member of the New Wave movement in Japan....

Pigs and Battleships (1961) 10/10 Vengeance Is Mine (1979) 7/10 Black Rain (1989) 7/10 The Pornographers (1966) 7/10 The Insect Woman (1963) 5/10

36/50 = 72%

91. Makoto Shinkai

Writer | Kimi no na wa.

Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer.

Shinkai studied Japanese literature at Chuo University where he was a member of juvenile literature club where he drew picture books. In 1999, Shinkai ...

5 Centimeters Per Second (2007) 8/10 Your Name. (2016) 7/10 Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011) 7/10 The Garden of Words (2013) 7/10 The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004) 7/10

36/50 = 72%

92. Nagisa Ôshima

Director | Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Nagisa Oshima's career extends from the initiation of the "Nuberu bagu" (New Wave) movement in Japanese cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to the contemporary use of cinema and television to express paradoxes in modern society. After an early involvement with the student protest movement in ...

In the Realm of the Senses (1976) 8/10 Empire of Passion (1978) 8/10 The Suns' Burial (1960) 7/10 Boy (1969) 6/10 The Ceremony (1971) 5/10

34/50 = 68%

93. Luis Buñuel

Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the ...

The Milky Way (1969) 8/10 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) 8/10 The Young and the Damned (1950) 7/10 Nazarin (1959) 7/10 The Phantom of Liberty (1974) 7/10 Un Chien Andalou (1929) 7/10 Las Hurdes (1933) 7/10 Belle de Jour (1967) 7/10 The Young One (1960) 7/10 The Exterminating Angel (1962) 7/10 El (1953) 7/10 Viridiana (1961) 7/10 Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1954) 6/10 L'Age d'Or (1930) 5/10

97/140 = 69%

94. John Sturges

Director | The Great Escape

John Sturges was an American film director, mostly remembered for his outstanding Western films. In 1992, Sturges was awarded a Golden Boot Award for his lifelong contribution to the Western genre.

Sturges was born in the village of Oak Park, Illinois, within the Chicago metropolitan area. By 1930, ...

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) 9/10 The Great Escape (1963) 8/10 Ice Station Zebra (1968) 8/10 The Magnificent Seven (1960) 7/10 Kind Lady (1951) 7/10 The Law and Jake Wade (1958) 7/10 The Satan Bug (1965) 6/10 Joe Kidd (1972) 6/10 The Eagle Has Landed (1976) 5/10

63/90 = 70%

95. Heinosuke Gosho

Director | Entotsu no mieru basho

His father was a wealthy businessman, his mother was a geisha.

An Innocent Witch (1965) 8/10 Omokage (1948) 8/10 An Inn at Osaka (1954) 7/10 Where Chimneys Are Seen (1953) 7/10 Behold Thy Son (1957) 7/10 Ryôjû (1961) 7/10 Dispersed Clouds (1951) 5/10

49/70 = 70%

96. Hiroshi Teshigahara

Director | Suna no onna

Hiroshi Teshigahara was born the son of Sofu Teshigahara who was the founder of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (flower arrangement). In 1950, he graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in oil painting. In 1958, he became the director of Sogetsu Art Centre and took a ...

The Face of Another (1966) 8/10 Pitfall (1962) 7/10 Woman in the Dunes (1964) 7/10 Antonio Gaudí (1984) 7/10 The Man Without a Map (1968) 6/10

35/50 = 70%

97. Darren Aronofsky

Director | Pi

Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won ...

Black Swan (2010) 8/10 Mother! (2017) 8/10 Pi (1998) 7/10 Requiem for a Dream (2000) 7/10 The Fountain (2006) 6/10 The Wrestler (2008) 6/10

42/60 = 70%

98. 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 ...

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 9/10 Escape from Alcatraz (1979) 8/10 Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) 7/10 The Lineup (1958) 7/10 The Verdict (1946) 6/10 Count the Hours! (1953) 6/10 Dirty Harry (1971) 6/10

49/70 = 70%

99. Jerzy Hoffman

Director | Ogniem i mieczem

Jerzy Hoffman was born on March 15, 1932 in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for With Fire and Sword (1999), Trzy kroki po ziemi (1965) and The Deluge (1974). He is married to Jagoda Pradzynska. He was previously married to Walentyna and Marlena.



The Deluge (1974) 10/10

100. Hirokazu Koreeda

Director | Manbiki kazoku

Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film Lessons from a Calf (1991). His first feature, Maborosi (1995), based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn ...

After Life (1998) 9/10 Nobody Knows (2004) 8/10 Our Little Sister (2015) 7/10 After the Storm (2016) 7/10 Without Memory (1996) 7/10 Still Walking (2008) 7/10 Like Father, Like Son (2013) 6/10 Air Doll (2009) 4/10

55/80 = 69%



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