My Top 30 Favorite Directors

by imanpro | created - 25 Oct 2017 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

1. Paul Thomas Anderson

Director | Punch-Drunk Love

Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making...

Movies (and my rate to them):

There Will Be Blood 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #1)

Magnolia 100%

Boogie Nights 100%

The Master 100%

Phantom Thread 93%

Inherent Vice 91%

Hard Eight 83%

Punch-Drunk Love 81%

2. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | The Revenant

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...


Birdman 100%

Amores Perros 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #3)

Babel 100%

Biutiful 91%

The Revenant 88%

21 Grams 78%

3. 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 ...


Dr. Strangelove 100%

2001: A Space Odyssey 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #4)

A Clockwork Orange 100%

Spartacus 91%

Paths of Glory 90%

Full Metal Jacket 89%

Barry Lyndon 87%

The Killing 84%

The Shining 80%

Lolita 81%

Eyes Wide Shut 73%

4. 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 100%

Fanny and Alexander 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #5)

Wild Strawberries 100%

Autumn Sonata 94%

Face to Face 91%

Through a Glass Darkly 89%

Persona 87%

The Silence 85%

The Passion of Anna 82%

Cries & Whispers 81%

Winter Light 80%

Shame 79%

Dreams 78%

Hour of the Wolf 72%

5. 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...


Ikiru 100%

High and Low 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #49)

Stray Dog 99%

Seven Samurai 92%

Rashomon 89%

Kagemusha 87%

Maadadayo 83%

Ran 83%

Sanjuro 81%

Drunken Angel 80%

The Bad Sleep Well 79%

6. Federico Fellini

Writer | Amarcord

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 ...

Movies :

La dolce vita 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #15)

8 1/2 100%

Amarcord 98%

La Strada 96%

Nights of Cabiria 93%

I vitelloni 91%

Juliet of the Spirits 84%

Fellini Satyricon 81%

And the Ship Sails On 79%

I clowns 77%

Variety Lights 73%

Fellini's Roma 72%

7. 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...

Movies :

High Noon 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #66)

A Man for all Seasons 100%

From Here To Eternity 97%

The Day of the Jackal 92%

The Nun's Story 90%

The Search 88%

Oklahoma! 85%

Julia 80%

The Member Of The Wedding 77%

Behold a Pale Horse 75%

The Seventh Cross 71%

The Sundowners 67%

8. Milos Forman

Director | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in ...


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 100%

Amadeus 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #6)

Taking Off 93%

The People vs. Larry Flynt 92%

Ragtime 87%

The Loves of a Blonde 85%

The Firemen's Ball 82%

Hair 79%

Man on the Moon 71%

9. 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 ...

Movies :

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 98%

Viridiana 95% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #54)

An Andalusian Dog 94%

Belle de Jour 91%

The Exterminating Angel 89%

Age of Gold 86%

That Obscure Object of Desire 85%

The Young and the Damned 83%

The Phantom of Liberty 83%

Tristana 81%

Simon of the Desert 80%

The Milky Way 78%

The Young One 71%

10. 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 ...


Taxi Driver 100%

Goodfellas 100%

Raging Bull 96%

The Wolf of Wall Street 95%

The King of Comedy 91% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #9)

The Departed 87%

Gangs of New York 86%

After Hours 85%

Hugo 82%

The Aviator 80%

Shutter Island 79%

Cape Fear 77%

The Age of Innocence 75%

Casino 73%

New York, New York 69%

11. Sidney Lumet

Director | 12 Angry Men

Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although ...


Network 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #7)

12 Angry Men 100%

Serpico 93%

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 90%

Dog Day Afternoon 88%

The Verdict 85%

Running on Empty 82%

The Pawnbroker 79%

Prince of the City 79%

Murder on the Orient Express 74%

12. 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.



Inception 100%

Memento 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #25)

Interstellar 93%

The Dark Knight 91%

The Prestige 87%

The Dark Knight Rises 85%

Dunkirk 84%

Insomnia 79%

Batman Begins 78%

Following 75%

13. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.

In January of...


Pulp Fiction 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #2)

Django Unchained 100%

Reservoir Dogs 92%

The Hateful Eight 91%

Jackie Brown 82%

Inglourious Basterds 73%

Kill Bill 71%

Death Proof 65%

14. 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...


Unforgiven 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #20)

Million Dollar Baby 100%

Letters from Iwo Jima 93%

Gran Torino 89%

Mystic River 87%

The Outlaw Josey Wales 87%

A Perfect World 85%

Bird 82%

Invictus 82%

American Sniper 77%

Sully 75%

Changeling 75%

The Eiger Sanction 67%

15. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was six) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. ...

Movies :

Citizen Kane 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #8)

The Trial 97%

Touch Of Evil 97%

The Magnificent Ambersons 94%

The Lady from Shanghai 93%

Chimes at Midnight 91%

The Third Man 91%

The Stranger 89%

F For Fake 85%

Othello 83%

Macbeth 81%

Mr. Arkadin 80%

The Immortal Story 77%

It's All True 71%

16. 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 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.


No Country for Old Men 100%

Inside Llewyn Davis 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #28)

Fargo 94%

Blood Simple. 91%

A Serious Man 86%

Barton Fink 84%

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 82%

True Grit 81%

Burn After Reading 78%

The Man Who Wasn't There 77%

Hail, Caesar! 74%

Miller's Crossing 71%

The Big Lebowski 68%

Raising Arizona 63%

17. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...


Blue Jasmine 99%

Manhattan 97% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #55)

Annie Hall 92%

Midnight in Paris 92%

Hannah and Her Sisters 88%

Crimes and Misdemeanors 87%

Manhattan Murder Mystery 83%

Zelig 81%

Take the Money and Run 77%

Vicky Cristina Barcelona 77%

Café Society 72%

New York Stories 70%

18. David Lynch

Writer | Twin Peaks

Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future ...


The Elephant Man 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #10)

Mulholland Drive 99%

Lost Highway 98%

Blue Velvet 93%

The Straight Story 90%

Eraserhead 82%

Inland Empire 81%

Wild at Heart 73%

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me 65%

19. John Ford

Director | The Quiet Man

John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...

Movies :

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valancen 100%

The Grapes of Wrath 99%

Stagecoach 97%

The Searchers 97% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #76)

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 88%

How Green Was My Valley 85%

My Darling Clementine 84%

Wagon Master 82%

Young Mr. Lincoln 79%

The Informer 77%

3 Godfathers 74%

Sergeant Rutledge 71%

20. 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 ...


The Mirror 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #18)

Andrei Rublev 95%

Solaris 94%

Stalker 91%

Ivan's Childhood 89%

Nostalgia 84%

The Sacrifice 80%

21. 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 Godfather 100%

Apocalypse Now 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #11)

The Conversation 93%

The Godfather: Part II 91%

The Godfather: Part III 86%

Peggy Sue Got Married 82%

Bram Stoker's Dracula 80%

The Rainmaker 78%

The Cotton Club 74%

Rumble Fish 71%

22. 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...


The Social Network 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #23)

Fight Club 100%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 96%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 92%

Seven 89%

Gone Girl 86%

Zodiac 80%

The Game 72%

Alien 3 71%

23. Robert Altman

Director | Gosford Park

Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...

Movies :

The Player 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #40)

Gosford Park 97%

The Long Goodbye 95%

MASH 91%

Nashville 90%

Short Cuts 88%

McCabe & Mrs. Miller 84%

3 Women 84%

California Split 84%

Buffalo Bill And The Indians 81%

Secret Honor 80%

Thieves Like us 78%

Brewster McCloud 77%

Vincent and Theo 75%

Cookie's Fortune 72%

A Prairie Home Companion 69%

24. 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 ...


The Apartment 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #69)

Stalag 17 99%

Sunset Boulevard 97%

Double Indemnity 94%

The Lost Weekend 91%

Some Like It Hot 91%

Witness for the Prosecution 88%

The Fortune Cookie 85%

The Major and the Minor 83%

Ocean's 11 83%

Sabrina 80%

One, Two, Three 78%

Ace in the Hole 72%

The Seven Year Itch 69%

25. Béla Tarr

Producer | Werckmeister harmóniák

Béla Tarr was born on July 21, 1955 in Pécs, Hungary. He is a producer and director, known for Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), The Turin Horse (2011) and Damnation (1988). He is married to Ágnes Hranitzky.


Werckmeister Harmonies 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #16)

Satantango 97%

The Turin Horse 93%

Damnation 91%

The Man from London 86%

Almanac of Fall 82%

26. Sergio Leone

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 100%

Duck, You Sucker 99% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #33)

Once Upon a Time in the West 93%

For a Few Dollars More 91%

Once Upon a Time in America 90%

Fistful of Dollars 87%

27. 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 ...

Movies :

Psycho 100%

Strangers on a Train 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #42)

Rear Window 96%

The Birds 90%

Vertigo 86%

Shadow of a Doubt 85%

North by Northwest 85%

Notorious 85%

Rebecca 82%

Dial M For Murder 81%

Rope 78%

The Trouble with Harry 75%

The Man Who Knew Too Much 72%

The Wrong Man 72%

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

Movies :

Oldboy 97% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #61)

The Handmaiden 93%

Joint Security Area 93%

Lady Vengeance 88%

Thirst 85%

Three... Extremes 84%

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance 81%

Stoker 77%

29. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an ...


The Grand Budapest Hotel 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #38)

Moonrise Kingdom 97%

The Royal Tenenbaums 93%

Fantastic Mr. Fox 88%

Isle of Dogs 85%

The Darjeeling Limited 85%

Rushmore 83%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 79%

Bottle Rocket 73%

30. Alexander Payne

Director | Nebraska

Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older ...


The Descendants 100% (My Top 100 Favorite Movies #12)

Sideways 97%

Nebraska 97%

About Schmidt 88%

Election 86%

Citizen Ruth 82%

Downsizing 69%

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