My Favorite Directors

by nikolayyeriomin | created - 06 Mar 2017 | updated - 23 Oct 2018 | Public

Some directors inspire, some just never cease to amaze and some become a large part of your own understanding of what movies are. I usually view my favorite directors work as a complex, so fewer of them are also featured in the list of my 25 most favorite movies.

First five are somewhat of a Top 5, while the others are in alphabetical order. Animation directors are marked specially and there are also at least first work seen and the work which made individual a favorite director listed.

Honorable mentions and close candidates for the list include: Sergey A. Luis Buñuel David Fincher James Gunn Stanislav Govorukhin Lloyd Kaufman Fritz Lang Sergio Leone Mike Matei Jean-Pierre Melville Nicolas Winding Refn Martin Scorsese Tony Scott Richard Stanley Adam Wingard

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1. Alfred Hitchcock

Director | Psycho

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and ...

The MOST favorite director of mine. First place with no doubt. Main inspiration to be a filmmaker, never ceases to amaze me with small details and looks more modern then some of the modern directors even in silent works of his. Just astonishing.

First work seen: "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1934) Work that made him a favorite director: "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956) (although I knew from the start he will be; I've read a lot about him at the time)

2. 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 ...

Second place. He's great. An always inspiring proof that translation from a passionate amateur into a cult and successful director is not only possible, but might produce some of the most unusual movies ever.

First work seen: "Spider-Man" (2002) Work that made him a favorite director: "Darkman" (1990)

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...

Third place. He's conflicting with a few other directors I'll put on the list (Josh Becker, for example, who is probably as great if severely underrated), but well, his movies make me feel good.

First work seen: "Four Rooms" (1994) Work that made him a favorite director: "Kill Bill Vol. 2" (2004)

4. Leonid Gaidai

Director | Brilliantovaya ruka

Leonid Iovich Gaidai was born on January 30, 1923, in the town of Svobodny, Amur region of Siberia, USSR. He was the third child in the family of a railroad worker. His father, named Iov Isidorovich Gaidai, was exiled to Siberia from Poltava, Ukraine. His mother, named Maria Ivanovna Lubimova, came...

Fourth place. A severely underrated classic comedy director from USSR who is... just so much more, really.

First work seen: really hard to tell, considering there were many instances in the early childhood. Most likely "The Diamond Arm" (Brilliantovaya ruka) (1969) Work that made him a favorite director: "Twelve Chairs" (12 stulev) (1971)

5. 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...

Fifth place. A Canadian master of body horror and psycho-noir who will always be great, it seems.

First work seen: "Videodrome" (1983) Work that made him a favorite director: "Scanners" (1981)

6. 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 ...

First work seen: "The Phantom of the Opera" (Il fantasma dell'opera) (1998) Work that made him a favorite director: "Suspiria" (1977)

7. Stuart Ashen

Writer | Ashens

Stuart Ashen - often referred to as simply 'Ashens' - is a comedian most well-known for his exceedingly popular Youtube channel, ashens (and spin-off channel, extraashens), where he reviews 'tat' from Poundland, fake games consoles and other objects sent to him by fans. Some of his works include a ...

Also an animation director.

First work seen: "Ashens" episode "Terminator, Robocop and Batman Figures" (2013) Work that made him a favorite director: "Ashens" (2006-) plus "Tales of the Unexpected: The Proposal" (2003)

8. 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 ...

First work seen: "Black Sunday" (La maschera del demonio) (1960) Work that made him a favorite director: "A Bay of Blood" (Reazione a catena) (1971)

9. Clive Barker

Writer | Hellraiser

Clive Barker was born on October 5, 1952 in Liverpool, England. He is a writer, known for Hellraiser (1987), Nightbreed (1990) and Candyman (1992).

First work seen: "Lord of Illusions" (1995) Work that made him a favorite director: "Hellraiser" (1987) plus "Lord of Illusions" (1995) (the latter is too underrated to not mention)

10. Josh Becker

Director | Running Time

Josh Becker was born on August 17, 1958 as Joshua Matthew Becker.

First work seen: "Torro. Torro. Torro!" (1981) Work that made him a favorite director: "Lunatics: A Love Story" (1991)

11. Luc Besson

Writer | The Fifth Element

Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997), as an adolescent bored in ...

First work seen: "The Fifth Element" (1997) Work that made him a favorite director: "Nikita" (1990)

12. 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 ...

First work seen: "Beetlejuice" (1988) Work that made him a favorite director: "Batman Returns" (1992) plus "Vincent" (1982)

13. Leonid Bykov

Actor | V boy idut odni 'stariki'

Leonid Bykov was born on December 12, 1928 in Znamenskoye, Donetsk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Leonid Fyodorovich Bykov. He was an actor and director, known for Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (1974), Little Hare (1965) and Fitil. Vypusk 11 (1963). He died on April 11, 1979 in Kiev Oblast, ...

First work seen: "Only Old Men Are Going to Battle" (V boy idut odni 'stariki') (1974) Work that made him a favorite director: "Little Hare" (Zaychik) (1965)

14. 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 ...

First work seen: "The Terminator" (1984) Work that made him a favorite director: "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991) plus "The Terminator" (1984)

15. John Carpenter

Soundtrack | Escape from New York

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 ...

First work seen: "Big Trouble in Little China" (1986) Work that made him a favorite director: "Starman" (1984)

16. 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 ...

First work seen: "Pay Day" (1922) Work that made him a favorite director: "Monsieur Verdoux" (1947)

17. David Cherkasskiy

Director | Ostrov sokrovishch. Karta kapitana Flinta

David Cherkasskiy was born on August 23, 1932 in Shpola, Ukrainskaya SSR, USSR as David Yanovich Cherkasskiy. He was a director and writer, known for Treasure Island Part I: Captain Flint's Map (1986), Return to Treasure Island (1989) and Makarony Smerti ili Oshibka Professora Bugensberga (1992). ...

Animation director.

First work seen: "The Adventures of Captain Vrungel" (Priklyucheniya Kapitana Vrungelya) (1976-1979) Work that made him a favorite director: "Treasure Island" (1986-1988)

18. Anton Corbijn

Director | Control

Anton Corbijn was born on May 20, 1955 in Strijen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands as Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard. He is a director and actor, known for Control (2007), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and The American (2010).

First work seen: "Depeche Mode: Policy of Truth" (1990) Work that made him a favorite director: "Depeche Mode: Strangelove" (1988) plus "Depeche Mode: Suffer Well" (2006) and "Depeche Mode: Halo" (1990).

19. Roger Corman

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Roger William Corman was born April 5, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan. Initially following in his father's footsteps, Corman studied engineering at Stanford University but while in school, he began to lose interest in the profession and developed a growing passion for film. Upon graduation, he worked a...

First work seen: "Bloody Mama" (1970) Work that made him a favorite director: "A Bucket of Blood" (1959) plus "The Terror" (1963)

20. 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 ...

First work seen: "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984) Work that made him a favorite director: "The People Under The Stairs" (1991)

21. Chris Cunningham

Make_up_department | Judge Dredd

Chris Cunningham made his directorial debut in 1997 with the music video for "Come to Daddy" by Aphex Twin, which was instantly praised, banned, and raved about by many people in the business. He followed up by making the music video for "Windowlicker" by Aphex Twin, and the astounding "All is Full...

First work seen: "Aphex Twin: Come to Daddy" (1997) Work that made him a favorite director: "Aphex Twin: Windowlicker" (1999)

22. Georgiy Daneliya

Director | Kin-dza-dza!

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

First work seen: "Gentlemen of Fortune" (Dzhentlmeny udachi) (1971) (though uncredited, he directed a few crucial scenes) Work that made him a favorite director: "Kin-dza-dza!" (1986)

23. 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)...

First work seen: "Innerspace" (1987) Work that made him a favorite director: "Gremlins" dilogy (1984-1990) plus "Matinee" (1993) and "The 'Burbs" (1989)

24. Frank Darabont

Writer | The Green Mile

Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High ...

First work seen: "Buried Alive" (1990) Work that made him a favorite director: "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)

25. Christopher J. Dinnan

Producer | Spine Chillers

Christopher J. Dinnan is a producer and actor, known for Spine Chillers (2013), Kids These Days (2018) and Zeitgeist (2004).

First work seen: "Spine Chillers" episode "Frontier Style" (2013) Work that made him a favorite director: "Zeitgeist" (2004) plus "Dead Game" (1996)

26. Jason Eisener

Director | Hobo with a Shotgun

Jason Eisener is a director and editor, known for Hobo with a Shotgun (2011), V/H/S/2 (2013) and Grindhouse (2007).

First work seen: "Hobo with a Shotgun" (2007) Work that made him a favorite director: "Hobo with a Shotgun" (2011) plus "One Last Dive" (2013)

27. Rudi Dolezal

Director | Ambros: 25 Jahre

Rudi Dolezal was born on February 5, 1958 in Vienna, Austria. He is a director and producer, known for Ambros: 25 Jahre (1996), Weltberühmt in Österreich - 50 Jahre Austropop (2006) and Freddie Mercury, the Untold Story (2000).

First work seen: "Queen: I'm Going Slightly Mad" (1991) Work that made him a favorite director: "Queen: I'm Going Slightly Mad" (1991)

28. Oleg Fomin

Actor | Mytar

Oleg Fomin was born on May 21, 1962 in Tambov, Tambovskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Oleg Borisovich Fomin. He is an actor and director, known for Mytar (1997), Next (2002) and Vremya vashey zhizni (1992).

First work seen: "Next" (2000) Work that made him a favorite director: "Next-3" (2003) plus "The Conference of Maniacs" (Konferentsiya manyakov) (2003)

29. Mark Frost

Writer | Fantastic Four

Mark Frost was born on November 25, 1953. He is a writer and producer, known for Fantastic Four (2005), Twin Peaks (1990) and Hill Street Blues (1981).

First work seen: "Twin Peaks" (1990-1991) Work that made him a favorite director: "Twin Peaks" (1990-1991), especially series-within-the-series "Invitation to Love".

30. Lucio Fulci

Writer | Murderock - Uccide a passo di danza

Lucio Fulci, born in Rome in 1927, remains as controversial in death as he was in life. A gifted craftsman with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of dark humor, Fulci achieved some measure of notoriety for his gore epics of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but respect was long in coming.

Abandoning ...

First work seen: "Zombi 2" (1979) Work that made him a favorite director: "The Smuggler" (Contraband) (1980)

31. Michel Gondry

Director | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band ...

First work seen: "Human Nature" (2001) Work that made him a favorite director: "The Foam of Days" (L'écume des jours) (2013)

32. Stuart Gordon

Writer | Re-Animator

Stuart Gordon started his film directing career in 1985. After graduating from Lane Technical High School, Gordon worked as a commercial artist apprentice prior to enrolling at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Unable to get into the film classes, he enrolled in an acting class and ended up ...

First work seen: "Robot Jox" (1989) Work that made him a favorite director: "Re-Animator" (1985) plus "Fortress" (1992)

33. Lee Hardcastle

Director | The ABCs of Death

Lee Hardcastle is a director and writer, known for The ABCs of Death (2012), GUNSHIP: Tech Noir (2015) and An Alien Claymation (2013).

Animation director.

First work seen: "Done in 60 Seconds. With Clay." episode "Shaun of the Dead" (2011) Work that made him a favorite director: "GUNSHIP: Tech Noir" (2015)

34. Cyriak Harris

Special_effects | Kill List

Cyriak Harris is known for his work on Kill List (2011), 7 Billion (2016) and Something (2010).

Animation director.

First work seen: "Cycles" (2010) (although his gif-animations earlier) Work that made him a favorite director: "Welcome to Kitty City" (2011) plus "Meow Mix" (2009) and "7 Billion" (2016)

35. Paul Harris

Actor | Spine Chillers

Paul Harris was born on February 25, 1968. He is an actor and producer, known for Spine Chillers (2013), Kids These Days (2018) and The Bunnymoon is Over (2017).

First work seen: "Spine Chillers" episode "RoadKill!" (2013) Work that made him a favorite director: "Spine Chillers" episodes "Exit Interview" (2014) plus "The Wraith" (2016).

36. Tom Holland

Writer | Fright Night

Tom Holland is an American director and screenwriter of horror and thriller films. His early writing projects include Class of 1984 (1982) and the Robert Bloch- inspired Psycho II (1983), the latter starring Anthony Perkins as the menacing psychopath, Norman Bates.

Tom gained more notoriety, however...

First work seen: "Thinner" (1996) Work that made him a favorite director: "The Langoliers" (1995)

37. Tobe Hooper

Director | The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Honored with many awards for his films and achievement in the horror genre, Tobe Hooper is truly one of the Masters of Horror (2005).

Tobe Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, to Lois Belle (Crosby) and Norman William Ray Hooper, who owned a theater in San Angelo. He spent the 1960s as a college ...

First work seen: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974) Work that made him a favorite director: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" (1986)

38. Robert Hughes

Director | Bunnicula

Robert Hughes was born on October 16, 1961 in Royal Oak, Michigan, USA as Robert Forrest Hughes. He is known for his work on Bunnicula (2016), Milo Murphy's Law (2016) and Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011).

Animation director.

First work seen: "The Angry Beavers" episode "A Dam Too Far/Long in the Teeth" (1997) Work that made him a favorite director: "Phineas and Ferb" episode "The Bully Code/Finding Mary McGuffin" (2009) plus "The Angry Beavers" episodes.

39. 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,...

First work seen: "The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" (2001) Work that made him a favorite director: "Braindead" (1992)

40. Jim Jarmusch

Director | Broken Flowers

Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.

First work seen: "Ghost Dog: The Way of Samurai" (1999) Work that made him a favorite director: "Night on Earth" (1991) plus "Ghost Dog: The Way of Samurai" (1999)

41. Aki Kaurismäki

Producer | Le Havre

Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965)) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific ...

First work seen: "Rocky VI" (1989) Work that made him a favorite director: "Leningrad Cowboys Go America" (1989)

42. Takeshi Kitano

Actor | Zatôichi

Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw ...

First work seen: "Sonatine" (1993) Work that made him a favorite director: "Takeshis' " (2005) plus "Sonatine" (1993)

43. Richard Kelly

Writer | Donnie Darko

James Richard Kelly better known as Richard Kelly, is an American film director and writer, known for writing and directing the cult classic Donnie Darko in 2001. Kelly was born James Richard Kelly in Newport News, Virginia, the son of Lane and Ennis Kelly. He grew up in Midlothian, Virginia, where...

First work seen: "Donnie Darko" (2001) Work that made him a favorite director: "Southland Tales" (2006)

44. Andrey Konchalovskiy

Writer | Belye nochi pochtalyona Alekseya Tryapitsyna

The Russian theatre and film director Andrei Konchalovsky is an elder brother of Nikita Mikhalkov, born August, 20, 1937. As a youngster he planned to pursue a career of a musician and learned to play piano but his love for cinema outweighed and he entered VGIK-the major state film school where he ...

First work seen: "The Odyssey" (1997) Work that made him a favorite director: "Homer and Eddy" (1989)

45. Igor Kovalyov

Director | Milch

Igor Kovalyov was born on January 17, 1963 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Igor Adolfovich Kovalyov. He is known for his work on Milch (2005), Hen, His Wife (1990) and Bird in a Window (2019).

Animation director.

First work seen: "Sledstvie vedut Kolobki" (1986) Work that made him a favorite director: "Krylya, nogi i khvosty" (1988) plus "Sledstvie vedut Kolobki" (1986) plus "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters" (1994-1996)

46. 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...

First work seen: "Dersu Uzala" (1975) Work that made him a favorite director: "Yojimbo" (Yôjinbô) (1961) plus "Dreams" (Yume) (1990)

47. Emir Kusturica

Director | Underground

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

First work seen: "Time of the Gypsies" (Dom za vesanje) (1988) Work that made him a favorite director: "Underground" (1995)

48. 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 "...

First work seen: "¡Three Amigos!" (1986) Work that made him a favorite director: "The Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977) plus "Coming to America" (1988)

49. Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince

Director | Roundhay Garden Scene

Le Prince is considered the pioneer of the motion picture. His father was an intimate friend of Louis Daguerre (1787-1851), the famous pioneer of photography, who gave his son some early lessons in the art. In 1875 he saw a series of photographs taken by Eadweard Muybridge at Palo Alto, California....

For someone who started it all this pioneer is special. The mystery of his life, the transcendence of simple 2-second short films...

First work seen: "Roundhay Garden Scene" (1888) Work that made him a favorite director: "The Accordeon Player" (1888)

50. William Lustig

Producer | Maniac

William Lustig was born on February 1, 1955 in Bronx, New York. During his teenage years, Lustig avidly watched a huge volume of lowdown trashy exploitation fare at numerous 42nd Street grind house theaters in Manhattan and also worked as a movie theater usher in Fort Lee, New Jersey. After ...

First work seen: "Maniac" (1980) Work that made him a favorite director: "Hit List" (1989)

51. 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 ...

I was very close to excluding him after finally getting to see his first works, but "Twin Peaks" and a few other movies of his, as well as his unusual connection with regular actors such as the late great Jack Nance make me really like some of his works too much not to put him here.

First work seen: "Dune" (1984) Work that made him a favorite director: "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" (1995) plus "Twin Peaks" (1990-1991)

52. Dieter Meier

Actor | Lightmaker

Dieter Meier was born on March 4, 1945 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Yello is one of my favorite bands ever anyhow, but Meier's direction of their music videos is a masterful thing in itself.

First work seen: "Yello: The Race" (1988) Work that made him a favorite director: "Yello: Lost Again" (1983) plus "Yello: Vicious Games" (1985) and "Yello: The Race" (1988)

53. Georges Méliès

Director | À la conquête du pôle

Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.

Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, ...

First work seen: "The Haunted Castle" (Le manoir du diable) (1896) Work that made him a favorite director: "Bluebeard" (Barbe-bleue) (1901)

54. 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, ...

First work seen: "Ichi the Killer" (Koroshiya 1) (2001) Work that made him a favorite director: "Shinjuku Underworld: Chinese Mafia War" (Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô) (1995)

55. 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 ...

First work seen: "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987) Work that made him a favorite director: "Mad Max" (1979) plus "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987)

56. Russell Mulcahy

Director | Highlander

Dynamic film/video director Russell Mulcahy was born June 23, 1953, in Melbourne, Australia. He first gained fame directing visually striking music video clips for such artists as Elton John, Duran Duran, The Buggles and Bonnie Tyler. He is also well known for feature films, starting off with the ...

First work seen: "The Shadow" (1994) Work that made him a favorite director: "Highlander" (1986) plus "The Shadow" (1994)

57. Rashid Nugmanov

Director | Dikiy vostok

In 1977 Rachid Nougmanov graduated from an architectural institute. In 1984 he entered the VGIK Moscow Film Institute. His first feature The Needle (1988) initiated what was to become in cinematic history: the 'Kazakh New Wave'. Claiming recognition abroad at festivals including Berlin, Toronto and...

First work seen: "The Needle" (Igla) (1988) Work that made him a favorite director: "Igla Remix" (Igla Remix) (2011)

Animation director.

First work seen: "Garfielf" (2013) Work that made him a favorite director: "Casino Night" (2015)

59. Albert Pyun

Director | Cyborg

Albert Pyun is an award-winning American filmmaker best known for his contributions to the science-fiction and action genres. He is credited with pioneering the cyborg sub-genre and is considered to be a maverick and renegade in independent genre cinema. With over 50 titles to his name, he has ...

First work seen: "Nemesis 2: Nebula" (1995) Work that made him a favorite director: "Mean Guns" (1997) plus "Knights" (1993)

60. Harold Ramis

Writer | Ghostbusters

Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" ...

First work seen: "Analyze This" (1999) Work that made him a favorite director: "Groundhog Day" (1993)

61. Robert Rodriguez

Producer | El mariachi

Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent.

Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York (1981), none ...

First work seen: "Four Rooms" (1994) Work that made him a favorite director: "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996)

62. James Rolfe

Writer | The Angry Video Game Nerd

James Rolfe was born on July 10, 1980 in Penns Grove, New Jersey, USA as James Duncan Rolfe. He is a writer and producer, known for The Angry Video Game Nerd (2004), Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (2014) and You Know What's Bullshit (2007). He has been married to April Rolfe since November 2007. ...

First work seen: "The Angry Video Game Nerd" (2004-) Work that made him a favorite director: "The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie" (2014) plus "You Know What's Bullsh*t" (2007-)

63. George A. Romero

Writer | Land of the Dead

George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; by all indications, though, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 ,in New York City to Ann (Dvorsky) and Jorge Romero. His father was born in Spain and raised in Cuba, and...

First work seen: "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) Work that made him a favorite director: "Dawn of the Dead" (1978) plus "The Dark Half" (1993)

64. Hannes Rossacher

Director | Ambros: 25 Jahre

Hannes Rossacher was born on October 16, 1952 in Steyr, Austria. He is a director and producer, known for Ambros: 25 Jahre (1996), Power Vision - Pop Galerie (1995) and The Joel Files (2001).

First work seen: "Queen: I'm Going Slightly Mad" (1991) Work that made him a favorite director: "Welcome to the 80's" (2009) episode plus "Queen: I'm Going Slightly Mad" (1991)

65. Eldar Ryazanov

Director | Nebesa obetovannye

Eldar Aleksandrovich Ryazanov was born on November 18, 1927 in Samara, Russia. He graduated with honors from the Soviet State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1950, as a film director. He was making documentaries for five years. In 1955 Ryazanov came to work at the Mosfilm Studios under the ...

First work seen: "The Irony of Fate" (Ironiya sudby ili S legkim parom!) (1975) Work that made him a favorite director: "The Man from Nowhere" (Chelovek niotkuda) (1961)

66. David Sandberg

Director | Kung Fury

David Sandberg is a director and actor, known for Kung Fury (2015), Kung Fury 2 and Nugammalt - 77 händelser som format Sverige (2013).

First work seen: "David Hasselhoff: True Survivor" (2015) Work that made him a favorite director: "Kung Fury" (2015)

67. 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 ...

First work seen: "Legend" (1985) Work that made him a favorite director: "Blade Runner" (1982) plus "Hannibal" (2001)

68. Patty Shinagawa

Animation_department | The Simpsons Movie

Animation director.

First work seen: "The Angry Beavers" episodes. Work that made her a favorite director: "Futurama" episode "Where the Buggalo Roam" (2002) plus "The Angry Beavers" episode "Noberto y Daggetto en 'El grapadura y el castor malo'/The Loogie Hawk" (1999).

69. Jack Sholder

Director | The Hidden

Jack Sholder was born on June 8, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a director and writer, known for The Hidden (1987), Renegades (1989) and Arachnid (2001).

First work seen: "A Nightmare on Elm Street Part II: Freddy's Revenge" (1985) Work that made him a favorite director: "Generation X" (1996)

70. M. Night Shyamalan

Producer | Lady in the Water

Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots.

He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil ...

First work seen: "Signs" (2000) Work that made him a favorite director: "Unbreakable" (2000)

71. Kevin Smith

Producer | Clerks

Kevin Patrick Smith was born in Red Bank but grew up in Highlands, New Jersey, the son of Grace (Schultz) and Donald E. Smith, a postal worker. He is very proud of his native state; this fact can be seen in all of his movies. Kevin is of mostly German, with some Irish and English, ancestry.

His ...

First work seen: "Dogma" (1999) Work that made him a favorite director: "Mallrats" (1995)

72. Scott Spiegel

Actor | Evil Dead II

Scott Spiegel was born on December 24, 1957 in Walnut Lake, Michigan, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Evil Dead II (1987), Spider-Man (2002) and The Evil Dead (1981).

First work seen: "The Nutt House" (1992) Work that made him a favorite director: "From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money" (1999)

73. 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, ...

First work seen: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) Work that made him a favorite director: "Duel" (1971)

74. Matthew Stogdon

Writer | The Titan's Eagle

Born into a London Irish home, Matthew has always been very proud of his North London / West Ireland heritage. Unfortunately for him, he was dragged kicking and screaming to Norwich at the tender age of fifteen and immediately hated it. But after a decade and a half he's come to finally appreciate ...

First work seen: "CheeseBites" episode "The Singing Detective" (2015) Work that made him a favorite director: "CheeseBites" episodes, including "The Singing Detective" (2015) and "Cold Caller" (2016) plus "Unlocked the Series" (2012-2015)

75. Tibor Takács

Director | Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Tibor Takács was born on September 11, 1954 in Budapest, Hungary. He is a director and writer, known for Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996), My Babysitter's a Vampire (2011) and The Gate (1987).

I knew he was something special, but it took me a few b-movies and a great early movie of his to understand it fully.

First work seen: "Mansquito" (2005) Work that made him a favorite director: "I, Madman" (1989)

76. Rachel Talalay

Director | Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Rachel Talalay was born in Chicago Illinois. Her parents, Paul and Prudence, moved to Baltimore to work/teach at Johns Hopkins when she was 4 years old. After studying Applied Mathematics at Yale University, she worked as a computer programmer at Johns Hopkins University. During this time, she met ...

First work seen: "Ghost in the Machine" (1993) Work that made her a favorite director: "Ghost in the Machine" (1993) as I've rediscovered it after searching for the film for years without knowing the title.

77. Aleksandr Tatarskiy

Writer | Gora samotsvetov

Aleksandr Tatarskiy was a co-founder of Pilot Studio, reputedly the first private animation studio in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He held many roles in the animation process: writer, animator, artist, director, producer, and teacher. He has won the State Premio of Russian ...

Animation director.

First work seen: "Bratya piloty" (1995) Work that made him a favorite director: "Padal proshlogodniy sneg" (1983) plus "Sledstvie vedut Kolobki" (1986)

78. Sergey Twob

Producer | Ona?

Ukrainian independent film-maker, known worldwide not only as one of the most enthusiastic amateur film-makers, grown to more serious work in Ukraine, but also as a co-founder (with Anna Dji) of Irpen Film Festival, one of the most known independent film festivals in Ukraine, the concept of which: ...

First work seen: "N-H3C" (2007) Work that made him a favorite director: "Shestoy Irpenskiy Kinofestival' " (2009) plus "N-H3C" (2007)

79. 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 ...

First work seen: "Stalker" (1979) Work that made him a favorite director: "The Killers" (Ubiytsy) (1956)

80. 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 ...

First work seen: "Total Recall" (1990) Work that made him a favorite director: "RoboCop" (1987) plus "Total Recall" (1990)

81. 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. ...

What could I say about this genius?.. Just probably that he's still somehow underrated.

First work seen: "Mr. Arkadin" (1955) Work that made him a favorite director: "The Hearts of Age" (1934) plus "Mr. Arkadin" (1955)

82. 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 ...

First work seen: "Face/Off" (1997) Work that made him a favorite director: "The Killer" (Dip huet seung hung) (1989)

83. Krzysztof Zanussi

Director | Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa

Born in 1939 in Warsaw, Poland. Documentary and feature film director. Studied physics at Warsaw University and philosophy at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Graduated from Lodz Film Academy in 1966. Amateur film maker. His school diploma film 'Death of a Provincial' (The Death of a Provincial (...

First work seen: "Heart in the Hand" (Serce na dloni) (2008) Work that made him a favorite director: "Foreign Body" (Obce cialo) (2014)

84. Vladimir Zaykin

Director | Bashmachnik

Vladimir Zaykin was born on April 9, 1959 in Transportnyy, Magadan Oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Vladimir Vladimirovich Zaykin. He is a director and writer, known for Bashmachnik (2002), Pyatnitsa. 12 (2009) and Grafomafiya (2017).

First work seen: "The Shoe Maker" (Bashmachnik) (2002) Work that made him a favorite director: "Friday the 12th" (Pyatnitsa. 12) (2009)

85. 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 ...

First work seen: "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988) Work that made him a favorite director: "Back to the Future" trilogy (1985-1990) plus "Tales from the Crypt" episode "And All Through The House" (1989)

86. Rob Zombie

Director | The Devil's Rejects

Robert Bartleh Cummings, more famously known as Rob Zombie, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965. He is the oldest son of Louise and Robert Cummings, and has a younger brother, Michael David (aka Spider One; b. 1968), who is the lead singer of Powerman 5000. Growing up, Zombie ...

First work seen: "Halloween" (2007) Work that made him a favorite director: "House of 1000 Corpses" (2004) plus "Grindhouse" (2007) (fake trailer segment "Werewolf Women of the S.S.")

First work seen: "Unedited Footage of a Bear" (2014) Work that made him a favorite director: "This House Has People in It" (2016)



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