Modern Directors Who Work in Multiple Genres

by 99Tfl | created - 12 Jul 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

The film directors of today who, over the years, have made films in a wide variety of different genres. For ease, documentaries and television will be excluded.

(This will be a long list, and some entries may surprise you)

1. Michael Apted

Director | Rome

Michael Apted was born on February 10, 1941 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England as Michael David Apted. He is a director and producer, known for Rome (2005), Enigma (2001) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). He has been married to Paige Simpson since January 8, 2014. He was previously married to ...

The Triple Echo (period war drama) Stardust (period musical drama) The Squeeze (crime thriller drama) Agatha (period drama thriller) Coal Miner’s Daughter (period biopic drama) Continental Divide (romantic comedy) Gorky Park (mystery crime drama) Firstborn (drama) Critical Condition (comedy) Gorillas In The Mist (biopic drama) Class Action (legal drama) Thunderheart (western crime mystery drama) Blink (neo-noir crime thriller) Nell (drama) Extreme Measures (crime thriller) The World Is Not Enough (action spy thriller) Enigma (period spy war thriller) Enough (thriller) Amazing Grace (period biopic drama) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (epic period fantasy adventure drama) Chasing Mavericks (period biopic sports drama) Unlocked (action thriller)

2. J.A. Bayona

Director | El orfanato

J.A. Bayona was born on May 9, 1975 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Juan Antonio García Bayona. He is a director, known for The Orphanage (2007), The Impossible (2012) and A Monster Calls (2016).

The Orphanage (horror) The Impossible (survival drama thriller) A Monster Calls (fantasy drama) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (science fiction action adventure horror thriller)

3. Susanne Bier

Director | Hævnen

Though Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winning writer and director Susanne Bier's films often play out against a wide-reaching global backdrop, their focus is intimate, carefully exploring the explosive emotions and complexities of familial bonds. This unique combination is part ...

Freud's Leaving Home (comedy-drama) Family Matters (drama) Like It Never Was Before (romantic drama) Credo (thriller) The One and Only (romantic comedy) Once In A Lifetime (comedy-drama) Open Hearts (romantic drama) Brothers (psychological war drama thriller) After the Wedding (drama) Things We Lost in the Fire (drama) In A Better World (romantic drama thriller) Love Is All You Need (romantic comedy-drama) Serena (period romantic drama) A Second Chance (drama thriller) Bird Box (science fiction horror thriller)

4. Danny Boyle

Director | 127 Hours

Danny Boyle was born on October 20, 1956 in Manchester, England as Daniel Boyle. He is a director and producer, known for 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later... (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

Shallow Grave (dark comedy) Trainspotting (dark comedy-drama) A Life Less Ordinary (dark romantic comedy action fantasy) The Beach (adventure drama) 28 Days Later (science fiction horror) Millions (family crime comedy drama) Sunshine (science fiction adventure thriller) Slumdog Millionaire (romance drama) 127 Hours (biopic adventure thriller) Trance (psychological crime thriller) Steve Jobs (biopic drama) T2 Trainspotting (crime-comedy-drama) Yesterday (musical romantic comedy)

(Most people familiar with his body of work would agree with this)

5. Kenneth Branagh

Actor | Henry V

Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family ...

Henry V (epic period war drama) Dead Again (romantic thriller) Peter's Friends (comedy-drama) Much Ado About Nothing (period romantic comedy-drama) Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (period horror) Hamlet (epic period drama) In the Bleak Midwinter (romantic comedy) Love's Labour's Lost (romantic comedy musical) As You Like It (period comedy-drama) The Magic Flute (musical drama) Sleuth (thriller) Thor (superhero drama) Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (action spy thriller) Cinderella (romantic fantasy) Murder on the Orient Express (period mystery crime drama) Artemis Fowl (science fiction fantasy adventure)

6. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (adventure comedy) Beetlejuice (fantasy comedy) Batman (superhero action) Edward Scissorhands (romantic fantasy) Batman Returns (superhero action) Ed Wood (period comedy-drama biopic) Mars Attacks! (science fiction comedy) Sleepy Hollow (period mystery horror) Planet of the Apes (science fiction) Big Fish (fantasy comedy-drama) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (musical fantasy comedy-drama) Corpse Bride (musical fantasy) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (period romantic musical horror) Alice in Wonderland (fantasy adventure) Dark Shadows (horror comedy) Frankenweenie (fantasy horror comedy) Big Eyes (biopic drama) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (fantasy adventure drama) Dumbo (period fantasy adventure)

(Not someone you would expect here, but when you break it down, he has actually worked in nearly every genre there is, wrapped under his unique aesthetic)

7. Niki Caro

Director | Whale Rider

Niki Caro is a New Zealand film director and screenwriter, born in 1967. Caro was born in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. She was educated first at the Kadimah College in Auckland, and then the Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland. The School is a private girls' school, and ranks ...

Whale Rider (drama) North Country (period drama) The Vintner’s Luck (romantic drama) McFarland, USA (sports drama) The Zookeeper’s Wife (period war drama) Mulan (fantasy war action-adventure drama)

8. Damien Chazelle

Writer | La La Land

Damien Sayre Chazelle is an American director and screenwriter. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother, Celia Sayre (Martin) Chazelle, is an American-Canadian writer and professor of history at The College of New Jersey. His father, Bernard Chazelle, is a French-American Eugene Higgins...

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (romantic musical drama) Whiplash (drama) La La Land (romantic comedy-drama musical) First Man (period space adventure biopic drama)

9. Jon M. Chu

Director | G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Jon is an alumni of the USC School of Cinema-Television. There, he won the Princess Grace Award, the Dore Schary Award presented by the Anti-Defamation league, the Jack Nicholson directing award, and recognized as an honoree for the IFP/West program Project: Involve.

After making his student short, ...

Step Up 2: The Streets (romantic dance drama) Step Up 3D (romantic dance drama) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (science fiction action) Jim and the Holograms (musical adventure fantasy drama) Now You See Me 2 (adventure crime caper comedy thriller) Crazy Rich Asians (romantic comedy-drama) In The Heights (musical drama)

10. Ethan Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two ...

Blood Simple (neo-noir crime thriller) Raising Arizona (crime comedy) Miller’s Crossung (period crime romantic drama) Barton Fink (neo-noir period drama) The Hudsucker Proxy (period comedy) Fargo (period crime dark comedy) The Big Lebowski (crime comedy-drama) O Brother, Where Art Thou? (period adventure crime comedy) The Man Who Wasn’t There (period neo-noir crime drama) Intolerable Cruelty (romantic legal comedy) The Ladykillers (black comedy crime thriller) No Country for Old Men (neo-noir period western crime thriller) Burn After Reading (spy dark comedy) A Serious Man (period dark comedy-drama) True Grit (period western adventure drama) Inside Llewelyn Davis (period black comedy-drama) Hail, Caesar! (period comedy-drama) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (period anthology western)

(See Joel)

11. 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.

Blood Simple (neo-noir crime thriller) Raising Arizona (crime comedy) Miller’s Crossing (period crime romantic drama) Barton Fink (neo-noir period drama) The Hudsucker Proxy (period comedy) Fargo (period crime dark comedy) The Big Lebowski (crime comedy-drama) O Brother, Where Art Thou? (period adventure crime comedy) The Man Who Wasn’t There (period neo-noir crime drama) Intolerable Cruelty (romantic legal comedy) The Ladykillers (black comedy crime thriller) No Country for Old Men (neo-noir period western crime thriller) Burn After Reading (spy dark comedy) A Serious Man (period dark comedy-drama) True Grit (period western adventure drama) Inside Llewelyn Davis (period black comedy-drama) Hail, Caesar! (period comedy-drama) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (period anthology western)

(See Ethan)

12. Bill Condon

Director | Kinsey

Bill Condon was born on October 22, 1955 in New York City, New York, USA as William Patrick Condon. He is a director and writer, known for Kinsey (2004), Dreamgirls (2006) and Gods and Monsters (1998).

Sister, Sister (mystery drama thriller) Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (horror) Gods and Monsters (period drama) Kinsey (period biopic drama) Dreamgirls (period romantic musical drama) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1 (romantic fantasy) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2 (romantic fantasy) The Fifth Estate (biopic drama thriller) Mr. Holmes (period mystery drama) Beauty and the Beast (romantic fantasy musical) The Good Liar (drama thriller)

(There is variety in his work, even if he usually frequents the same genres)

13. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...

The Bellboy and the Playgirls (sex comedy) Tonight for Sure (western sex comedy) Dementia 13 (horror thriller) You're a Big Boy Now (comedy-drama) Finian's Rainbow (fantasy musical comedy) The Rain People (drama) The Godfather (epic period crime drama) The Conversation (mystery crime thriller) The Godfather Part II (epic period crime drama) Apocalypse Now (epic psychological war drama) One from the Heart (romantic musical drama) The Outsiders (crime drama) Rumble Fish (drama) The Cotton Club (crime drama) Peggy Sue Got Married (fantasy comedy-drama) Gardens of Stone (war drama) Tucker: The Man and his Dream (period biopic) The Godfather Part III (epic crime drama) Bram Stoker's Dracula (period romantic horror) Jack (fantasy comedy) The Rainmaker (legal crime drama) Youth Without Youth (period fantasy drama) Tetro (drama) Twixt (horror)

14. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

Solo con Tu Pareja (romantic comedy-drama) A Little Princess (period fantasy drama) Great Expectations (romantic drama) Y Tu Mama Tambien (adventure comedy-drama) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (fantasy adventure drama) Children of Men (science fiction dystopian drama thriller) Gravity (science fiction survival thriller) Roma (period drama)

15. Jonathan Demme

Director | The Silence of the Lambs

Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA as Robert Jonathan Demme. He was a director and producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008). He was married to Joanne Howard and Evelyn Purcell. He died...

Caged Heat (action comedy-drama) Crazy Mama (period action adventure comedy) Citizens Band/Handle With Care (comedy-drama) Fighting Mad (action drama) Last Embrace (mystery crime thriller) Melvin and Howard (comedy-drama) Swing Shift (period romantic war drama) Something Wild (romantic crime comedy-drama) Swimming to Cambodia (comedy-drama) Married to the Mob (romantic crime comedy) Silence of the Lambs (psychological horror crime thriller) Philadelphia (legal drama) Beloved (period horror drama) The Truth About Charlie (mystery adventure spy thriller) The Manchurian Candidate (science fiction drama thriller) Rachel Getting Married (drama) A Master Builder (drama) Ricki and the Flash (comedy-drama)

(A lot of the same types pop up, but there's still plenty of variety)

16. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

Play Misty for Me (psychological thriller) High Plains Drifter (western drama) Breezy (romantic drama) The Eiger Sanction (action crime thriller) The Outlaw Josey Wales (western action drama) Gauntlet (action thriller) Bronco Billy (action comedy) Firefox (action adventure thriller) Honkytonk Man (musical comedy-drama) Sudden Impact (action crime thriller) Pale Rider (western) Heartbreak Ridge (war comedy-drama) Bird (biopic drama) White Hunter Black Heart (period adventure drama) The Rookie (action crime comedy) Unforgiven (period western drama) A Perfect World (crime drama) The Bridges of Madison County (period romantic drama) Absolute Power (crime thriller) Midnight in the Garden of Evil (crime drama) True Crime (mystery crime thriller) Space Cowboys (space adventure drama) Blood Work (mystery crime drama thriller) Mystic River (mystery crime drama) Million Dollar Baby (sports drama) Flags of Our Fathers (war drama) Letters From Iwo Jima (war drama) Changeling (mystery biopic crime drama) Gran Torino (drama) Invictus (biopic sports drama) Hereafter (fantasy drama) J. Edgar (period biopic drama) Jersey Boys (period biopic musical drama) American Sniper (biopic action war) Sully (biopic drama) The 15:17 to Paris (action biopic drama thriller) The Mule (crime drama) Richard Jewell (period biopic drama)

(Holy cow, he's prolific)

17. Marc Forster

Producer | World War Z

Marc Forster is a German-born filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Monster's Ball (2001), Finding Neverland (2004), Stay (2005), Stranger than Fiction (2006), The Kite Runner (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), and World War Z (2013).

His breakthrough film was Monster's...

Loungers (musical drama) Everything Put Together (drama) Monster's Ball (romantic drama) Finding Neverland (period biopic drama) Stay (mystery thriller) Stranger than Fiction (fantasy comedy-drama) The Kite Runner (drama) Quantum of Solace (action spy thriller) Machine Gun Preacher (action biopic drama) World War Z (action horror thriller) All I See Is You (psychological romantic mystery drama) Christopher Robin (period fantasy comedy-drama)

18. Cary Joji Fukunaga

Producer | Beasts of No Nation

Cary Joji Fukunaga was born on July 10, 1977 in Oakland, California, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Beasts of No Nation (2015), Sin Nombre (2009) and Maniac (2018).

Sin Nombre (adventure crime thriller) Jane Eyre (period romantic drama) Beasts of No Nation (war drama) Bond 25 (action spy thriller)

19. F. Gary Gray

Director | Set It Off

F. Gary Gray was born on July 17, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA as Felix Gary Gray. He is a director and producer, known for Set It Off (1996), The Italian Job (2003) and The Negotiator (1998).

Friday (comedy-drama) Set It Off (action crime drama) The Negotiator (action crime drama thriller) The Italian Job (action crime heist thriller) A Man Apart (action crime drama) Be Cool (crime comedy) Law Abiding Citizen (crime drama thriller) Straight Outta Compton (period biopic drama) The Fate of the Furious (action) Men In Black: International (science fiction action comedy)

(Most of his films fall under action, but there is still variation)

20. Luca Guadagnino

Director | Call Me by Your Name

Luca Guadagnino was born in 1971 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and producer, known for Call Me by Your Name (2017), Suspiria (2018) and I Am Love (2009).

The Protagonists (crime thriller) Melissa P. (erotic drama) I Am Love (romantic drama) A Bigger Splash (drama thriller) Call Me By Your Name (period romantic drama) Suspiria (supernatural horror drama)

(Again, some consistency, but also variety)

21. 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 ...

Grand Theft Auto (action comedy) Night Shift (comedy) Splash (fantasy romantic comedy) Cocoon (science fiction fantasy comedy-drama) Gung Ho (comedy) Willow (fantasy adventure) Parenthood (comedy-drama) Backdraft (action drama thriller) Far and Away (period romantic drama) The Paper (comedy-drama) Apollo 13 (period space adventure drama) Ransom (crime thriller) Edtv (comedy-drama) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (fantasy adventure comedy) A Beautiful Mind (biopic drama) The Missing (western thriller) Cinderella Man (period biopic sports drama) The Da Vinci Code (religious mystery thriller) Frost/Nixon (period biopic drama) Angels and Demons (religious mystery thriller) The Dilemma (comedy-drama) Rush (period sports action biopic) In the Heart of the Sea (period adventure drama) Inferno (religious mystery thriller) Solo: A Star Wars Story (science fiction action western) Hillbilly Elegy (drama)

22. Neil Jordan

Writer | The Crying Game

Neil Jordan was born on February 25, 1950 in Sligo, Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for The Crying Game (1992), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and Michael Collins (1996). He has been married to Brenda Rawn since June 30, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Vivienne ...

Angel (crime drama) The Company of Wolves (period gothic fantasy horror) Mona Lisa (neo-noir mystery crime drama) High Spirits (fantasy comedy) We’ No Angels (period comedy) The Miracle (drama) The Crying Game (crime drama thriller) Interview with the Vampire (period horror fantasy drama) Michael Collins (period biopic war drama) The Butcher Boy (period black comedy crime drama) The End of the Affair (period drama) In Dreams (psychological horror thriller) The Good Thief (crime thriller) The Actors (crime comedy) Breakfast on Pluto (period comedy-drama) The Brave One (psychological crime thriller) Ondine (romantic drama) Byzantium (fantasy horror mystery drama) Greta (drama thriller)

23. Ang Lee

Director | Wo hu cang long

Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ...

Pushing Hangs (comedy-drama) The Wedding Banquet (romantic comedy-drama) Eat Drink Man Woman (romantic comedy) Sense and Sensibility (period romantic comedy-drama) The Ice Storm (drama) Ride with the Devil (period action war) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (period romantic action drama) Hulk (superhero science fiction) Brokeback Mountain (period romantic drama) Lust, Caution (period romance drama) Taking Woodstock (period biopic comedy-drama) Life of Pi (fantasy adventure drama) Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (war drama) Gemini Man (science fiction action thriller)

24. Spike Lee

Director | Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended ...

She’s Gotta Have It (romantic comedy-drama) School Daze (musical comedy-drama) Do The Right Thing (comedy-drama) Mo’ Better Blues (drama) Jungle Fever (romantic drama) Malcolm X (period biopic racial drama) Crooklyn (period comedy-drama) Clockers (mystery crime drama) Girl 6 (romantic dark comedy-drama thriller) Get On The Bus (drama) He Got Game (sports drama) Summer of Sam (period crime drama thriller) Bamboozled (dark comedy-drama) 25th Hour (crime drama) She Hate Me (comedy-drama) Inside Man (heist crime thriller) Miracle at St. Anna (period epic action war drama) Red Hook Summer (religious drama) Oldboy (neo-noir mystery action thriller) Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (horror comedy thriller) Chi-Raq (musical crime comedy-drama) BlacKkKlansman (period biopic racial crime comedy-drama) Da 5 Bloods (war drama)

(Again, he’s done some variety while also going back to the same territory)

25. Doug Liman

Producer | Edge of Tomorrow

Doug Liman was born on July 24, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Swingers (1996) and Fair Game (2010).

Getting In (comedy thriller) Swingers (comedy-drama) Go (crime comedy) The Bourne Identity (action spy thriller) Mr and Mrs Smith (romantic action spy comedy) Jumper (action adventure science fiction) Fair Game (political biopic thriller) Edge of Tomorrow (science fiction action) The Wall (war thriller) American Made (period biopic action crime comedy) Chaos Walking (science fiction adventure)

26. David Lowery

Editor | A Ghost Story

David Lowery is an American writer and director. He is best know for Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Pete's Dragon (2016), and A Ghost Story (2017).

At the age of 19, Lowery wrote and directed his first film, Lullaby.

Lowery had his breakthrough with his first feature film, St. Nick (2009).

He often ...

St. Nick (drama) Ain't Them Bodies Saints (romantic crime drama) Pete's Dragon (period fantasy adventure comedy-drama) A Ghost Story (supernatural fantasy drama) The Old Man and the Gun (period biopic crime comedy-drama) Green Knight (fantasy romantic adventure)

27. James Mangold

Producer | Logan

James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted (1999), Walk the Line (2005), which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma (2007), The Wolverine (2013), and Logan (2017).

Mangold also wrote and directed Cop...

Heavy (drama) Cop Land (crime drama) Girl, Interrupted (psychological drama) Kate & Leopold (fantasy romantic comedy) Identity (psychological mystery thriller) Walk the Line (biopic drama) 3:10 to Yuma (period action western) Knight and Day (romantic action spy comedy) The Wolverine (superhero) Logan (superhero action drama) Ford v. Ferrari (period sports action)

28. Sam Mendes

Producer | Road to Perdition

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-...

American Beauty (dark romantic comedy-drama) Road to Perdition (period crime drama) Jarhead (war drama biopic) Revolutionary Road (period romantic drama) Away We Go (comedy-drama) Skyfall (action spy thriller) Spectre (action spy) 1917 (period war drama)

29. Roger Michell

Director | Notting Hill

Roger Michell was born on June 5, 1956 in South Africa. He is a director and producer, known for Notting Hill (1999), Venus (2006) and Titanic Town (1998). He is married to Anna Maxwell Martin. They have two children. He was previously married to Kate Buffery.

My Night With Reg (drama) Titanic Town (period drama) Nothing Hill (romantic comedy-drama) Changing Lanes (drama crime thriller) The Mother (romantic drama) Enduring Love (romantic mystery drama) Venus (comedy-drama) Morning Glory (comedy) Hyde Park on Hudson (period comedy-drama biopic) Le Week-End (romantic comedy-drama) My Cousin Rachel (period romantic drama) Blackbird (drama)

(Again, a lot of consistency, but there is still variety. Plus, he was the first choice to direct Quantum of Solace)

30. George Miller

Producer | Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max ...

Mad Max (action drama) Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (science fiction dystopian action adventure) Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (science fiction dystopian action adventure) The Witches of Eastwick (fantasy horror comedy-drama) Lorenzo’s Oil (biopic drama) Babe: Pig In The City (adventure comedy-drama) Happy Feet (adventure musical comedy-drama) Happy Feet Two (adventure musical comedy-drama) Mad Max: Fury Road (epic science fiction dystopian action adventure) Three Thousand Years of Longing (epic romantic fantasy drama)

31. Mike Newell

Director | Four Weddings and a Funeral

Attended Cambridge University. Three year training course at Granada Television, with intention of going into theatre. Graduated to directing TV plays, building strong reputation for work with David Hare, David Edgar, Hohn, John Osborne, Jack Rosenthal.

The Awakening (horror) Bad Blood (thriller) Dance With A Stranger (period biopic crime drama) The Good Father (drama) Amazing Grace and Chuck (sports drama) Soursweet (drama) Enchanted April (period drama) Into the West (adventure fantasy) Four Weddings and a Funeral (romantic comedy) An Awfully Big Adventure (period comedy-drama) Donnie Brasco (period crime drama) Pushing Tin (romantic comedy-drama) Mona Lisa Smile (period drama) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (fantasy adventure drama) Love in the Time of Cholera (period romantic drama) Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (action adventure fantasy) Great Expectations (period drama) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (period comedy-drama)

32. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Dunkirk

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.


Following (psychological thriller) Memento (neo-noir psychological mystery thriller) Insomnia (psychological crime drama) Batman Begins (superhero drama) The Prestige (period mystery drama) The Dark Knight (superhero crime thriller) Inception (science fiction crime caper) The Dark Knight Rises (superhero action epic) Interstellar (science fiction space epic) Dunkirk (epic war drama) Tenet (action spy thriller)

(Like Burton, he has worked in a variety of dramas wrapped in his own aesthetic and narrative style)

33. Sam Raimi

Director | Spider-Man

Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead (1981). From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making ...

It's Murder! (crime comedy) The Evil Dead (horror) Crimewave (horror crime comedy) Evil Dead II (horror comedy) Darkman (superhero action horror) Army of Darkness (horror comedy) The Quick and the Dead (western action thriller) A Simple Plan (crime thriller) For Love of the Game (sports drama) The Gift (fantasy drama thriller) Spider-Man (superhero action drama) Spider-Man 2 (superhero action drama) Spider-Man 3 (superhero action drama) Drag Me to Hell (horror thriller) Oz the Great and Powerful (fantasy adventure)

34. Matt Reeves

Writer | Let Me In

Born on April 27, 1966, Matthew Reeves is a writer, director and producer, known for his directorial work on Cloverfield (2008), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017). Reeves was born in in Rockville Center, New York and was childhood friends with director ...

The Pallbearer (romantic comedy) Cloverfield (found-footage science fiction horror) Let Me In (romantic fantasy horror) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (science fiction action drama) War for the Planet of the Apes (science fiction action-adventure drama) The Batman (neo-noir superhero)

(I can't believe his first film was a rom-com)

35. 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 ...

Who's That Knocking At My Door (romantic drama) Boxcar Bertha (romantic crime drama) Mean Streets (crime drama) Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (romantic comedy-drama) Taxi Driver (neo-noir crime thriller) New York, New York (musical drama) Raging Bull (period sports biopic) The King of Comedy (dark comedy) After Hours (dark comedy) The Colour of Money (sports drama) The Last Temptation of Christ (biblical biopic drama) Goodfellas (period crime drama) Cape Fear (psychological crime thriller) The Age of Innocence (period romantic drama) Casino (period gangster crime) Kundun (religious biopic) Bringing Out the Dead (drama) Gangs of New York (epic period crime drama) The Aviator (epic period biopic drama) The Departed (crime thriller) Shutter Island (period psychological horror thriller) Hugo (period adventure drama) The Wolf of Wall Street (period dark crime comedy) Silence (period religious drama) The Irishman (epic period crime drama)

(His seeming ability to do every film genre under the sun is really underrated)

36. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...

The Duellists (period drama) Alien (science fiction horror) Blade Runner (neo-noir dystopian science fiction drama) Legend (romantic fantasy) Someone to Watch over Me (romantic crime thriller) Black Rain (crime thriller) Thelma and Louise (crime comedy-drama) 1492: Conquest of Paradise (period epic biopic) White Squall (adventure survival drama) G.I. Jane (action war drama) Gladiator (epic period action drama) Hannibal (psychological horror crime thriller) Black Hawk Dawn (war drama) Matchstick Men (dark crime comedy) Kingdom of Heaven (period epic action war drama) A Good Year (romantic comedy) American Gangster (period crime drama thriller) Body of Lies (action spy thriller) Robin Hood (period epic action war drama) Prometheus (science fiction mystery adventure horror) The Counsellor (crime thriller) Exodus: Gods and Kings (epic biblical adventure drama) The Martian (science fiction) Alien: Covenant (science fiction horror) All the Money in the World (period biopic crime drama)

37. 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 Phone Booth (2002).

The Incredible Shrinking Woman (science fiction comedy) D.C. Cab (comedy) ST. Elmo's Fire (drama) The Lost Boys (horror comedy) Cousins (romantic comedy) Flatliners (science fiction psychological horror) Dying Young (romantic drama) Falling Down (drama thriller) The Client (legal mystery drama thriller) Batman Forever (superhero science fiction) A Time to Kill (legal crime drama) Batman & Robin (superhero science fiction action) 8mm (mystery crime thriller) Flawless (crime comedy-drama) Tigerland (period war drama) Bad Company (action comedy) Phone Booth (crime thriller) Veronica Guerin (biopic crime drama) The Phantom of the Opera (period musical romantic drama) The Number 23 (psychological thriller) Blood Creek (horror) Twelve (action crime drama) Trespass (crime thriller)

38. Floria Sigismondi

Director | The Runaways

Floria Sigismondi is a photographer and director. Apart from her art exhibitions she is best known for directing music videos. Her trademark dilating, jittery camerawork, noticeable as early as her video for Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People", has been replicated by a great number of directors...

The Runaways (period biopic music drama) The Turning (supernatural horror drama)

39. 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 ...

Sex, Lies and Videotape (drama) Kafka (mystery thriller) King of the Hill (period drama) The Underneath (crime thriller) Gray's Anatomy (comedy-drama) Out of Sight (crime comedy) The Limey (mystery crime drama) Erin Brockovich (biopic drama) Traffic (crime drama thriller) Ocean's Eleven (crime caper comedy thriller) Solaris (science fiction drama) Full Frontal (romantic comedy-drama) Ocean's Twelve (crime caper comedy) Bubble (mystery drama) The Good German (period mystery thriller) Ocean's Thirteen (crime caper comedy thriller) Che (period biopic war drama) The Girlfriend Experience (drama) The Informant! (period biopic crime comedy-drama) Contagion (drama thriller) Haywire (action thriller) Magic Mike (comedy-drama) Side Effects (psychological mystery thriller) Logan Lucky (crime caper comedy-drama) Unsane (psychological horror drama) High Flying Bird (sports drama) The Laundromat (drama thriller)

(While he has sometimes gone back to familiar ground, his body of work is still incredibly diverse. And like Eastwood, he's really prolific)

40. 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, ...

The Sugarland Express (crime drama) Jaws (action horror) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (science fiction drama) 1941 (war comedy) Raiders of the Lost Ark (period action-adventure) E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (science fiction adventure) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (period action-adventure) The Colour Purple (period racial drama) Empire of the Sun (war epic) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (period action-adventure) Always (supernatural fantasy romantic comedy-drama) Hook (fantasy adventure) Jurassic Park (science fiction action thriller) Schindler's List (epic historical war drama) The Lost World: Jurassic Park (science fiction action thriller) Amistad (period legal racial drama) Saving Private Ryan (epic war drama) A.I. Artificial Intelligence (science fiction adventure drama) Minority Report (science fiction action thriller) Catch Me if You Can (period biopic crime caper drama) The Terminal (romantic comedy-drama) War of the Worlds (science fiction thriller) Munich (period spy thriller) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (period action-adventure) The Adventures of Tintin: Secrets of the Unicorn (period action-adventure) War Horse (period war drama) Lincoln (epic period biopic drama) Bridge of Spies (period spy drama) The BFG (fantasy adventure) The Post (period thriller drama) Ready Player One (science fiction action-adventure) West Side Story (period musical romantic drama)

(My favourite on this list. Cannot wait for West Side Story, Indy 5 or Blackhawk)

41. Jean-Marc Vallée

Director | C.R.A.Z.Y.

Jean-Marc Vallée was born on March 9, 1963 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a director and producer, known for C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005), Dallas Buyers Club (2013) and Café de Flore (2011).

Black List (thriller) Los Locos (period western) Loser Love (drama thriller) C.R.A.Z.Y. (period comedy-drama) The Young Victoria (period biopic drama) Cafe de Flore (drama) Dallas Buyers Club (period biopic drama) Wild (period biopic adventure drama) Demolition (comedy-drama)

42. Gore Verbinski

Director | Rango

Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of ...

Mousehunt (slapstick comedy) The Mexican (romantic adventure comedy) The Ring (supernatural horror) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (period action-adventure fantasy romance) The Weather Man (comedy-drama) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (period action-adventure fantasy) Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (epic period action-adventure fantasy romance) Rango (western action comedy) The Lone Ranger (western action-adventure) A Cure for Wellness (fantasy horror)

43. Paul Verhoeven

Director | Zwartboek

Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969), about a medieval ...

Diary of a Hooker (comedy) Turkish Delight (romantic drama) Katie Tippel (period drama) Soldier of Orange (period war drama thriller) Spetters (romantic sports drama) The Fourth Man (mystery drama thriller) Flesh + Blood (romantic adventure drama) Robocop (science fiction action crime) Total Recall (science fiction action thriller) Basic Instinct (erotic crime thriller) Showgirls (erotic drama) Starship Troopers (science fiction action war) Hollow Man (science fiction horror) Black Book (period war drama thriller) Elle (neo-noir psychological crime thriller) Benedetta (period biopic drama)

44. Taika Waititi

Writer | What We Do in the Shadows

Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, hails from the Raukokore region of the East Coast of New Zealand, and is the son of Robin (Cohen), a teacher, and Taika Waiti, an artist and farmer. His father is Maori (Te-Whanau-a-Apanui), and his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish, Scottish, and ...

Eagle vs Shark (romantic comedy) Boy (comedy-drama) What We Do In The Shadows (horror comedy) Hunt for the Wilderpeople (adventure comedy-drama) Thor: Ragnarok (superhero science fiction action-adventure) Jojo Rabbit (period dark comedy-drama) Akira (science fiction action epic)

45. Chris Weitz

Writer | About a Boy

Chris Weitz was born on November 30, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA as Christopher John Weitz. He is a producer and writer, known for About a Boy (2002), The Golden Compass (2007) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). He has been married to Mercedes Martinez since 2006. They have one child.

Down to Earth (fantasy comedy) About a Boy (comedy-drama) The Golden Compass (epic fantasy adventure) The Twilight Saga: New Moon (romantic fantasy drama) A Better Life (drama) Operation Finale (period drama thriller)

46. 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...

A Fistful of Fingers (western comedy) Shaun of the Dead (horror comedy) Hot Fuzz (action buddy-cop crime comedy) Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (romantic musical action comedy) The World's End (science fiction comedy) Baby Driver (action crime romantic thriller) Last Night In Soho (psychological horror)

(Yeah, most of his films have a comedic bent, but they are still damn good examples of their respective genres. Baby Driver is probably his most serious film though)

47. Robert Zemeckis

Writer | Back to the Future

A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...

I Want to Hold Your Hand (period comedy) Used Cars (dark comedy) Romancing the Stone (romantic comedy action-adventure) Back to the Future (science fiction comedy) Who Framed Roger Rabbit (period adventure mystery comedy) Back to the Future Part II (science fiction comedy) Back to the Future Part III (science fiction western comedy) Death Becomes Her (dark comedy fantasy) Forrest Gump (period comedy-drama) Contact (science fiction mystery drama) What Lies Beneath (supernatural horror drama) Cast Away (survival drama) The Polar Express (fantasy adventure) Beowulf (epic action fantasy) A Christmas Carol (period fantasy drama) Flight (drama) The Walk (period biopic crime adventure drama) Allied (romantic war thriller) Welcome to Marwen (biopic fantasy drama) The Witches (period fantasy horror comedy)

48. Edward Zwick

Producer | Thirtysomething

Edward Zwick is well-known for his heroic movies that include Glory (1989), and the breathtaking works of art that include Legends of the Fall (1994). Zwick has also been known for his thoughtfulness as a director, and for his record of working with television series and other films as a producer.


About Last Night... (romantic comedy-drama) Glory (period war drama) Leaving Normal (comedy-drama) Legends of the Fall (epic historical drama) Courage Under Fire (war drama) The Siege (action drama thriller) The Last Samurai (epic period war drama) Blood Diamond (adventure war drama thriller) Defiance (period war drama) Love & Other Drugs (romantic comedy-drama) Pawn Sacrifice (period biopic drama) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (action thriller) Trial By Fire (period biopic drama)

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