Gregor's Top 500 Directors of All Time

by Movie-Mate | created - 12 May 2014 | updated - 5 hours ago | Public

1. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

Top 7 Aliens - Director's Cut Avatar Titanic Terminator 2 The Terminator The Abyss - Director's Cut True Lies (Avatar 2) (Avatar 3) (Avatar 4) (Avatar 5)

2. 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 ...

Top 11 Princess Mononoke Laputa - Castle in the Sky Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Spirited Away My Neighbor Totoro Kiki's Delivery Service Howl's Moving Castle Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro Porco Rosso Ponyo The Wind Rises (How Do You Live?)

3. 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...

Top 9 Kill Bill Vol. 1&2 Pulp Fiction Reservoir Dogs Inglourious Basterds Once Upon a Time in Hollywood The Hateful Eight Django Unchained Death Proof Jackie Brown

4. 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 ...

Top 13 The Shining A Clockwork Orange 2001: A Space Odyssey Dr. Strangelove Paths Of Glory Full Metal Jacket Lolita Barry Lyndon The Killing Spartacus Eyes Wide Shut Killer's Kiss Fear and Desire

5. 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 ...

Top 25 Kingdom of Heaven - Director's Cut Gladiator Alien Blade Runner Black Rain Legend Thelma & Louise Matchstick Man A Good Year Black Hawk Down The Martian The Duellists American Gangster Alien: Covenant Prometheus All the Money in the World Robin Hood G.I. Jane Body Of Lies Hannibal The Counselor Exodus: Gods and Kings 1492: Conquest of Paradise White Squall Someone To Watch Over Me

6. 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 ...

Top 25 Sunset Blvd. One, Two, Three Some Like It Hot The Seven Year Itch The Front Page Ace In The Hole Witness for the Prosecution Double Indemnity The Apartment The Lost Weekend Five Graves to Cairo The Fortune Cookie The Major and the Minor Starlag 17 Sabrina Kiss me, Stupid A Foreign Affair Love in the Afternoon Irma La Douce Avanti! The Spirit of St. Louis Buddy Buddy The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Fedora The Emperor Waltz

7. Elia Kazan

Director | On the Waterfront

Known for his creative stage direction, Elia Kazan was born Elias Kazantzoglou on September 7, 1909 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey). Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He ...

Top 18 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn On The Waterfront Baby Doll A Streetcar Named Desire East Of Eden Wild River Gentleman's Agreement Splendor in the Grass A Face In The Crowed Pinky Boomerang! Panic in the Streets Man on a Tightrope Viva Zapata! America, America The Arrangement The Last Tycoon The Sea Of Grass

8. 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 ...

Top 6 Once Upon A Time In The West The Good, The Bad and the Ugly A Fistful of Dollars For A Few Dollars More Once Upon A Time in America A Fistful of Dynamite

9. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Ran

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...

Top 26 Seven Samurai Yojimbo Red Beard High and Low Rashomon The Bad Sleep Well The Hidden Fortress Throne Of Blood Kagemusha Ran Ikiru Sanjuro Stray Dog Akira Kurosawa's Dreams Drunken Angel The Lower Depths I Live in Fear No Regrets for Our Youth Scandal The Idiot One Wonderful Sunday The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail Sanshiro Sugata The Most Beautiful Dodesukaden Sanshiro Sugata, Part 2 (Dersu Uzala) (Madadayo) (The Quiet Duel) (Rhapsody In August)

10. 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, ...

Top 24 Raiders of the Lost Ark Schindler's List Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Jurassic Park Jaws Saving Private Ryan Close Encounters of the Third Kind E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Minority Report Catch Me If You Can Munich Ready Player One Empire of the Sun Lincoln The Adventures of Tintin The Lost World: Jurassic Park Bridge Of Spies A.I. Artificial Intelligence 1941 War of the Worlds The Terminal Hook Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (BFG) (The Post)

11. Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Writer | All About Eve

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount ...

Top 20 All About Eve Cleopatra A Letter To Three Wives No Way Out Suddenly, Last Summer The Ghost and Mrs.Muir Guys And Dolls The Barefoot Contessa Julius Caesar Sleuth House Of Strangers Somewhere In The Night 5 Fingers Dragonwyck People Will Talk The Honey Pot The Late George Apley There Was a Crooked Man... The Quiet American Escape

12. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

Top 10 Modern Times Gold Rush City Lights The Great Dictator Limelight Monsieur Verdoux The Circus The Kid A King in New York A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

Top 20 Shorts A Dog's Life Pay Day Easy Street The Immigrant The Adventurer The Idle Class The Pilgrim Behind The Screen Shoulder Arms One A.M. The Cure The Rink The Vagabond The Floorwalker The Fireman The Pawnshop A Day's Pleasure Sunnyside The Count The Tramp

13. John Carpenter

Writer | The Fog

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

Top 20 The Thing Big Trouble In Little China Escape From New York Halloween The Fog In The Mouth Of Madness They Live Assault On Precinct 13 Prince Of Darkness Starman Vampires Cigarette Burns (Masters Of Horror S1/E8) Ghosts of Mars Escape from L.A. Dark Star Christine Village of the Damned Body Bags (TV Movie) (segments "The Gas Station", "Hair") Memoirs of an Invisible Man The Ward

14. 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 ...

Top 11 Twin Peaks (TV-Series, 6 Episodes) Twin Peaks - The Movie Mulholland Dr. Lost Highway The Elephant Man Blue Velvet Wild At Heart Twin Peaks 2017 (TV-Series, 18 Episodes) Eraserhead Dune Inland Empire (The Straight Story)

15. William Wyler

Director | Ben-Hur

William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as the...

Top 23 Ben Hur The Best Years Of Our Lives The Big Country The Little Foxes Mrs. Miniver Roman Holiday Jezebel The Heiress Detective Story Wuthering Heights The Children's Hour Dodsworth Dead End The Westener The Letter Desperate Hours Counsellor At Law These Three The Collector The Good Fairy Carrie How to Steal a Million Friendly Persuasion (Funny Girl)

16. Howard Hawks

Director | Red River

What do the classic films Scarface (1932), Twentieth Century (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Rio Bravo (1959) have in...

Top 19 Rio Bravo Red River Twentieth Century To Have And Have Not The Big Sleep El Dorado Only Angels Have Wings Bringing Up Baby His Girl Friday Sergeant York The Dawn Patrol Scarface Ball of Fire Land of the Pharaohs Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Monkey Business The Thing from Another World (uncredited) The Big Sky I Was A Male War Bride (Hatari!) (Rio Lobo) (Man's Favorite Sport?)

17. 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 ...

Top 18 Goodfellas The Wolf Of Wall Street Casino The Departed Raging Bull Taxi Driver Cape Fear Gangs Of New York The Irishman The Age of Innocence The Last Temptation of Christ Mean Streets Boxcar Bertha Hugo The Color Of Money Shutter Island The Aviator Bringing Out The Dead (The King Of Comedy) (After Hours) (Silence)

18. Frank Capra

Director | It's a Wonderful Life

One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you ...

Top 18 It's a Wonderful Life Mr. Smith Goes To Washington It Happened One Night Arsenic And Old Lace American Madness State Of The Union Meet John Doe Mr. Deets Goes To Town You Can't Take It With You Lady For A Day Lost Horizon The Bitter Tea of General Yen Rain or Shine Platinum Blonde Pocketful of Miracles The Miracle Woman Forbidden Ladies of Leisure

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, ...

Top 24 The Grapes Of Wrath The Searchers The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Stagecoach My Darling Clementine How the West Was Won (Segment) The Quiet Man How Green Was My Valley Ford Apache Sergeant Rutledge Young Mr. Lincoln Mister Roberts She Wore a Yellow Ribbon The Informer Drums Along the Mohawk The Hurricane Rio Grande Mogambo Cheyenne Autumn They Were Expendable Two Rode Together The Horse Soldiers The Lost Patrol Mary of Scotland (The Whole Town's Talking) (3 Bad Men) (Wagon Master) (7 Women)

20. Fritz Lang

Actor | Le mépris

Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...

Top 28 The Big Heat M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder Die Niebelungen 1&2 Metropolis Scarlet Street Fury Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse The Woman In The Window Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse The Blue Gardenia Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit While The City Sleeps Spione Der Tiger von Eschnapur & Das indische Grabmal You Only Live Once Clash By Night Man Hunt Frau Am Mond Der müde Tod House By The River Ministry Of Fear Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Human Desire Secret Beyond the Door... You And Me Cloak and Dagger Hangmen Also Die! The Return of Frank James (Die Spinnen 1&2) (Rancho Notorious) (Moonfleet)

21. 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).

Top 11 Hero House of Flying Daggers Curse of the Golden Flower Raise the Red Lantern To Live Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles The Flowers of War Shadow The Road Home Shanghai Triad Red Sorghum The Great Wall (Coming Home) (Ju Dou)

22. Mike Nichols

Director | The Graduate

He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin. He later ...

Top 15 Closer The Graduate Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Birdcage Charlie Wilson's War Biloxi Blues Regarding Henry Working Girl Carnal Knowledge Primary Colors Wolf What Planet Are You From? Catch 22 Silkwood Postcards from the Edge

23. 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 ...

Top 31 Psycho Rear Window Shadow of a Doubt Dial M for Murder Rebecca Vertigo Lifeboat The Lady Vanishes North by Northwest Notorious Strangers on a Train Rope Spellbound Suspicion To Catch a Thief The 39 Steps The Birds Foreign Correspondent Sabotage I Confess The Wrong Man The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Frenzy Family Plot Marnie The Man Who Knew Too Much The Paradine Case Saboteur The Trouble with Harry Torn Curtain Topaz

24. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...

Top 14 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre The Maltese Falcon Key Largo The Asphalt Jungle The Night of the Iguana The Man Who Would Be King The African Queen In This Our Life The Misfits Fat City The Unforgiven Across the Pacific The MacKintosh Man The List of Adrian Messenger (Moby Dick) (The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean) (Freud) (Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison)

25. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

Top 20 Casablanca The Adventures of Robin Hood Mildred Pirce Yankee Doodle Dandy Angels with Dirty Faces Captain Blood The Sea Hawk The Sea Wolf The Breaking Point White Christmas Dodge City The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Kid Galahad Flamingo Road Life with Father Mystery of the Wax Museum Doctor X Passage to Marseille Dive Bomber Female (We're No Angels)

26. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...

Top 12 The General Sherlock Jr. Our Hospitality The Cameraman The Navigator Steamboat Bill Jr. Seven Chances Spite Marriage Battling Butler Go West College Three Ages

Top 19 Shorts One Week The Goat The High Sign The Scarecrow The Play House Cops Neighbors Convict 13 The Boat The Electric House The Haunted House Hard Luck The Paleface The Love Nest Day Dreams The Balloonatic My Wife's Relations The Blacksmith The Frozen North

27. 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...

Top 10 Seven Fight Club Gone Girl The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo The Curious Case of Benjamin Button The Social Network Alien 3 The Game Zodiac Panic Room

28. 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 ...

Top 13 Basic Instinct Robocop Total Recall Starship Troopers Elle Black Book Hollow Man Flesh+Blood The 4th Man Soldier of Orange Showgirls Katie Tippel Turks fruit (Benedetta) (Spetters)

29. 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 ...

Top 12 12 Angry Men Network Fail-Safe The Verdict Dog Day Afternoon Long Day's Journey Into The Night Serpico Murder On The Orient Express Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Prince Of The City The Pawnbroker The Fugitive Kind

30. 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 ...

Top 11 The Godfather The Godfather, Part II Apocalypse Now Bram Stoker's Dracula The Outsiders The Conversation Rumble Fish The Godfaher, Part III The Cotton Club The Rainmaker Finian's Rainbow

31. Stanley Kramer

Producer | Judgment at Nuremberg

Stanley Kramer was born on September 29, 1913 in Hell's Kitchen [now Clinton], Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Stanley Earl Abramson. He was a producer and director, known for Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and Inherit the Wind (1960). He was married to ...

Top 9 Judgment at Nuremberg Inherit the Wind Guess Who's Coming to Dinner On The Beach The Defiant Ones Ship of Fools It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Not as a Stranger The Secret Of Santa Vittoria (Oklahoma Crude)

32. Otto Preminger

Director | Anatomy of a Murder

Otto Ludwig Preminger was born in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary. His father was a prosecutor, and Otto originally intended to follow his father into a law career; however, he fell in love with the theater in his 20's and became one of the most imaginative stage producers and directors. He was ...

Top 12 Laura Anatomy of a Murder The Man with the Golden Arm Where the Sidewalk Ends Advise & Consent Bunny Lake is Missing Daisy Kenyon Fallen Angel Whirlpool Angel Face River of No Return Exodus (In Harm's Way) (Bonjour tristesse) (Carmen Jones)

33. Ernst Lubitsch

Director | To Be or Not to Be

From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at ...

Top 20 To Be Or Not To Be Ninotchka The Shop Around The Corner Trouble In Paradise Heaven Can Wait Design for Living The Love Parade The Smliling Lieutenant The Merry Widow Bluebeard's Eight Wife A Royal Scandal (Uncredited) Cluny Brown Angel One Hour With You Monte Carlo The Marriage Circle Die Austernprinzessin Eternal Love That Lady in Ermine Das fidele Gefängnis (The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg) (Lady Windermere's Fan) (Broken Lullaby) (I Don't Want to Be a Man) (The Doll) (Sumurun) (Anna Boleyn) (The Mountain Cat)

34. 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.

aka. The Coen Brothers

Top 15 The Big Lebowski Miller's Crossing Fargo No Country for Old Men Blood Simple True Grit Barton Fink The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Inside Llewyn Davis The Hudsucker Proxy Raising Arizona O Brother, Where Art Thou? Burn After Reading The Man Who Wasn't There Hail, Caesar!

35. 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...

Top 31 Anything Else Manhatten Annie Hall Midnight in Paris Hannah and her Sisters Crimes and Misdemeanors A Rainy Day in New York Match Point The Purple Rose of Cairo Broadway Danny Rose Vicky Cristina Barcelona Blue Jasmine Whatever Works Mighty Aphrodite Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex... Bananas Sleeper Love and Death Play It Again, Sam Melinda and Melinda Zelig Radio Days A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy What's Up, Tiger Lily? Shadows and Fog You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Celebrity Another Woman Interiors September Alice (Husbands and Wives) (Bullets Over Broadway) (Stardust Memories) (Deconstructing Harry) (Manhatten Murder Mystery)

36. 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 ...

Top 15 Forrest Gump Back to the Future Back to the Future, Part II Romancing the Stone Flight The Walk Beowulf Who Framed Roger Rabbit Back to the Future, Part III Contact Cast Away Used Cars What Lies Beneath Death Becomes Her Allied

37. 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...

Top 28 Million Dollar Baby Gran Torino Unforgiven Heartbreak Ridge The Outlaw Josey Wales The Rookie Pale Rider High Plains Drifter Letters from Iwo Jima True Crime Mystic River Changeling American Sniper A Perfect World Play Misty for Me The Bridges of Madison County Sudden Impact Absolute Power The Mule Sully Flags of Our Fathers The Gauntlet Bronco Billy Space Cowboys J. Edgar Firefox Honkytonk Man City Heat

38. 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...

Top 15 Videodrome The Fly Scanners Shivers A History of Violence Eastern Promises Naked Lunch The Dead Zone eXistenZ Rabid Crash Dead Ringers The Brood Maps to the Stars A Dangerous Method

39. John Woo

Director | Ying hung boon sik

Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow ...

Top 15 Face/Off Hard Boiled The Killer Mission: Impossible II Bullet in the Head Red Cliff 1&2 Hard Target A Better Tomorrow A Better Tomorrow II Last Hurrah for Chivalry Broken Arrow Heroes Shed No Tears The Hand of Death Windtalkers Once a Thief

40. 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 ...

Top 14 Batman Batman Returns Sleepy Hollow Edward Scissorhands Ed Wood Beetlejuice Big Fish Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Planet of the Apes Corpse Bride Mars Attacks! Dark Shadows Alice in Wonderland (Dumbo) (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children)

41. Wes Craven

Writer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on ...

Top 15 Scream A Nightmare On Elm Street Scream 2 The People Under The Stairs The Serpent and the Rainbow Wes Craven's New Nightmare The Last House On The Left Shocker The Hills Have Eyes Red Eye Scream 4 Swamp Thing Scream 3 Deadly Blessing Deadly Friend

42. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

Top 13 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Frighners The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Braindead The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug King Kong Bad Taste They Shall Not Grow Old (Doc.) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Heavenly Creatures The Lovely Bones

43. Walter Hill

Writer | 48 Hrs.

Hill was born in Long Beach, California and educated at Mexico City College and Michigan State University. He worked in oil drilling and construction in the 60s before becoming a 2nd assistant director in 1967. He has written and co-written screenplays, including several uncredited works. He has ...

Top 12 Streets Of Fire Red Heat 48 Hrs. The Warriors Hard Times The Long Riders Johnny Handsome Southern Comfort Wild Bill Extreme Prejudice Another 48 Hrs. Last Man Standing (Undisputed)

44. Sam Peckinpah

Writer | The Wild Bunch

"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael. That ...

Top 10 Straw Dogs The Wild Bunch The Getaway Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid The Ballad of Cable Hogue Ride the High Country Cross of Iron Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia The Osterman Weekend Convoy

45. 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 ...

Top 14 Lawrence of Arabia Great Expectations The Bridge on the River Kwai Oliver Twist The Sound Barrier Hobson's Choice Brief Encounter Doctor Zhivago Blithe Spirit Madeleine This Happy Breed Ryan's Daughter In Which We Serve The Passionate Friends (Summertime) (A Passage to India)

46. 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. He was orphaned at 15 after his father's death and became the ward of Dr. ...

Top 9 Citizen Kane Touch of Evil The Lady from Shanghai The Trail The Magnificent Ambersons The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice Filming 'Othello (Doc.) The Stranger F for Fake (Doc.) (Chimes at Midnight) (MacBeth)

47. George Stevens

Director | Giant

George Stevens, a filmmaker known as a meticulous craftsman with a brilliant eye for composition and a sensitive touch with actors, is one of the great American filmmakers, ranking with John Ford, William Wyler and Howard Hawks as a creator of classic Hollywood cinema, bringing to the screen ...

Top 13 I Rememer Mama Swing Time Giant The Talk Of The Town The More The Merrier A Place In The Sun Shane Gung Din Woman Of The Year Vivacious Lady The Diary of Anne Frank Annie Oakley Penny Serenade

48. Chia-Liang Liu

Actor | Jui kuen II

Chia-Liang Liu was born on August 1, 1936 in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. He is known for his work on The Legend of Drunken Master (1994), My Young Auntie (1981) and Legendary Weapons of China (1982). He was married to Jing-Jing Yung and Hsiu-Hsia Ho. He died on June 25, 2013 in Hong Kong, China.

Top 19 Drunken Master 2 Heroes of the East Eight Diagram Pole Fighter The 36th Chamber of Shaolin My Young Auntie Disciples of the 36th Chamber Return to the 36th Chamber Martial Arts of Shaolin Legendary Weapons of China Mad Monkey Kung Fu Executioners from Shaolin Tiger on the Beat The Lady Is the Boss The Martial Club Challenge of the Masters Shaolin Mantis Dirty Ho The Spiritual Boxer Cat Vs. Rat

49. Jackie Chan

Actor | Ngo si seoi

Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success after his start in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.

Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on April 7, 1954, on Hong Kong's famous ...

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50. Cheh Chang

Director | Bao chou

Chang Cheh was the leading Martial Arts director in Hong Kong in the 1970s, now with close to 100 films to his name. His has influenced other directors such as John Woo and Liu Chiau Liang, and made famous such Hong Kong stars as Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Fu Sheng and Lung Ti. Chang has declared ...

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51. 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...

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52. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...

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53. Anthony Russo

Director | Avengers: Endgame

Anthony Russo was born on February 3, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Anthony J. Russo. He is a producer and director, known for Avengers: Endgame (2019), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

aka. The Russo Brothers

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54. Christopher McQuarrie

Writer | The Usual Suspects

Christopher McQuarrie is an acclaimed producer, director and an Academy Award® winning writer. McQuarrie grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and in lieu of college, he spent the first five years out of school traveling and working at a detective agency. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue...

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55. George Cukor

Director | My Fair Lady

George Cukor was an American film director of Hungarian-Jewish descent, better known for directing comedies and literary adaptations. He once won the Academy Award for Best Director, and was nominated other four times for the same Award.

In 1899, George Dewey Cukor was born on the Lower East Side of...

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56. 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 Samurai Rebellion (1967). He died on October 4, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.

Top 4 The Human Condition, Part 1-3 Harakiri Samurai Rebellion Kwaidan (The Thick-Walled Room) (I Will Buy You) (Black River) (The Inheritance)

57. 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 ...

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58. Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Animation_department | Jûbê ninpûchô

Graduated from Yokohama High School in 1968. After a few years working as animator at Mushi Production Animation, the company went bankrupt in 1972 and he joined Madhouse Studio. In the 70s he was promoted to animation director and finally debuted as film director in 1984's "SF New Century Lensman"...

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59. Oliver Stone

Producer | JFK

Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.

William Oliver Stone was ...

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60. Richard Donner

Director | Superman

Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard D. Schwartzberg. He is a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon (1987). He has been married to Lauren Shuler Donner since November 27, 1986.

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61. Hideaki Anno

Director | Shin Gojira

Hideaki Anno was born on May 22, 1960 in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan. He is known for his work on Shin Godzilla (2016), Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007) and The Wind Rises (2013). He has been married to Moyoco Anno since March 26, 2002.

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62. Shin'ichirô Watanabe

Director | The Animatrix

Shin'ichirô Watanabe is a director and writer, known for The Animatrix (2003), Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) and Carole & Tuesday (2019).

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63. Sam Mendes

Producer | 1917

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-...

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64. 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 ...

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65. Brian De Palma

Director | Dressed to Kill

Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the ...

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66. Brad Bird

Writer | The Incredibles

Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in...

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67. 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, ...

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68. 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 ...

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69. Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Stunts | Yip Man

Born in Hong Kong, Sammo Hung's acting career began while he was training in acrobatics, martial arts and dance as a child at the China Drama Academy, and he received acclaim for his performance with a troupe called "The Seven Little Fortunes." He made his feature film debut as an actor at the age ...

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70. Woo-Ping Yuen

Wo hu cang long

Woo-Ping Yuen was born on January 1, 1945 in Guangzhou, China as Yuen Woo Ping. He is known for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Kung Fu Hustle (2004) and The Grandmaster (2013).

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71. Yuen Chor

Writer | for Xing xing yue liang tai yang: shang

His father was a famed Cantonese film actor. After studying in the Department of Chemistry in Zhongsha University for 3 years, Chor joined the movie industry as a writer in 1956. His film debut was "The Soul Stealer" directed by Ng Wui. Soon he began working as an assistant director and finally ...

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72. Terrence Malick

Writer | Days of Heaven

Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...

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73. 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...

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74. 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 ...

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75. Tony Scott

Producer | Domino

Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...

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76. John McTiernan

Director | Die Hard

John McTiernan was born on January 8, 1951 in Albany, New York, USA as John Campbell McTiernan Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Die Hard (1988), Predator (1987) and Last Action Hero (1993). He has been married to Gail Sistrunk since 2012. He was previously married to Kate Harrington, ...

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77. Robert Wise

Director | West Side Story

Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an ...

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78. 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...

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79. Preston Sturges

Writer | The Great McGinty

Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S....

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80. Richard Brooks

Writer | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer.

He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...

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81. Blake Edwards

Writer | The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Blake Edwards' stepfather's father J. Gordon Edwards was a silent screen director, and his stepfather Jack McEdward was a stage director and movie production manager. Blake acted in a number films, beginning with Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942) and wrote a number of others, beginning with ...

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82. William A. Wellman

Director | A Star Is Born

William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born (1937), was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle.

A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th...

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83. Cecil B. DeMille

Producer | The Ten Commandments

His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New ...

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84. 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.

Top 8 Oldboy J.S.A.: Joint Security Area The Handmaiden Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Stoker Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Thirst I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

85. 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).

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86. 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).

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87. 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 ...

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88. Joe Dante

Director | Innerspace

Joe Dante is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art. After a stint as a film reviewer, he began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard (1976) (co-directed with Allan Arkush)...

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89. John Landis

Director | The Blues Brothers

John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "...

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90. 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 ...

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91. Vincente Minnelli

Director | An American in Paris

Born Lester Anthony Minnelli in Chicago on February 28 1903, his father Vincent was a musical conductor of the Minnelli Brothers' Tent Theater. Wanting to pursue an artistic career, Minelli worked in the costume department of the Chicago Theater, then on Broadway during the depression as a set ...

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92. Robert Siodmak

Director | Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam

The director Robert Siodmak (which he insisted, be pronounced 'See-odd-mack') was a masterful film maker who successfully blended the techniques of German Expressionism with contemporary styles of American film, particularly film noir, in the process creating a handful of moody, sometimes chilling,...

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93. Edmund Goulding

Director | Grand Hotel

London-born Edmund Goulding was an actor/playwright/director on the London stage, and entered the British army when WWI broke out. Mustered out of the service because of wounds suffered in battle, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1921. He obtained assignments as a screenwriter in Hollywood, wrote a ...

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94. Raoul Walsh

Director | Sadie Thompson

Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona ...

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95. 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, ...

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96. King Vidor

Director | The Crowd

King Vidor was an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter of Hungarian descent. He was born in Galveston, Texas to lumberman Charles Shelton Vidor and his wife Kate Wallis. King's paternal grandfather Károly (Charles) Vidor had fled Hungary as a refugee following the failed ...

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97. Nicholas Ray

Director | Rebel Without a Cause

Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the ...

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98. Dario Argento

Writer | Profondo rosso

Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940, in Rome, Italy, the first-born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for filmmaking from his close-knit family from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other ...

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99. Mario Bava

Cinematographer | Ecologia del delitto

Italian director Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in the coastal northern Italian town of San Remo. His father, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cinematographer in the early days of the Italian film industry. Bava was trained as a painter, and when he eventually followed his father into film ...

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100. Takashi Miike

Director | Koroshiya 1

Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura, ...

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