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Top Ten Directors

Martin ​Scorsese​
Martin ​Scorsese​

Also, The Wolf of Wall Street was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Supporting Actor for Jonah Hill, Best Director for Martin Scorsese, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Terence Winter but did not win in any category.

Steven ​Spielberg​
Steven ​Spielberg​

In 1996, Spielberg worked on and shot original footage for a movie-making simulation game called Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair. He is the creator of the Medal of Honor series by Electronic Arts.

Quentin ​Tarantino​
Quentin ​Tarantino​

Quentin Jerome Tarantino (/ ˌ t ær ən ˈ t iː n oʊ /; born March 27, 1963) is an American director, writer, and actor.

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Stanley ​Kubrick​
Stanley ​Kubrick​

After William Friedkin won Best Director for The French Connection that year, he told the press: "Speaking personally, I think Stanley Kubrick is the best American film-maker of the year. In fact, not just this year, but the best, period".

James ​Cameron​
James ​Cameron​

On September 24, 2010, James Cameron was named Number 1 in The 2010 Guardian Film Power 100 list. In a list compiled by the British magazine New Statesman in September 2010, he was listed 30th in the list of "The World's 50 Most Influential Figures 2010".

Christopher ​Nolan​
Christopher ​Nolan​

Christopher Edward Nolan (/ ˈ n oʊ l ən /; born 30 July 1970) is an English film director, screenwriter, and producer who holds both British and American citizenship. He is one of the highest-grossing directors in history, and among the most acclaimed and influential filmmakers of the 21st century.

Alfred ​Hitchcock​
Alfred ​Hitchcock​

Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most famous directors in the history of filmmaking, was known for making suspense films, such as Psycho and Rear Window. Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most famous directors in the history of filmmaking, was known for making suspense films, such as Psycho and Rear Window.

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David Fincher​
David Fincher​

David Andrew Leo Fincher (born August 28, 1962) is an American director and producer of films, television, and music videos. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and The Social Network (2010).

Francis Ford ​Coppola​
Francis Ford ​Coppola​

Francis Ford Coppola (US: / ˈ k oʊ p əl ə /; born April 7, 1939) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and film composer. He was a central figure in the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking.

Woody Allen​
Woody Allen​

Woody Allen: Woody Allen, American director, screenwriter, and actor known for bittersweet comic films containing elements of parody, slapstick, and the absurd.

Clint ​Eastwood​
Clint ​Eastwood​

Director Philip Kaufman was fired by producer Bob Daley under Eastwood's command, resulting in a fine reported to be around $60,000 from the Directors Guild of America—who subsequently passed new legislation reserving the right to impose a major fine on a producer for discharging and replacing a director.

David Lynch​
David Lynch​

David Wants to Fly, released in May 2010, is a documentary by German filmmaker David Sieveking "that follows the path of his professional idol, David Lynch, into the world of Transcendental Meditation (TM)".

Akira ​Kurosawa​
Akira ​Kurosawa​

Kurosawa Production works closely with the Akira Kurosawa Foundation, established in December 2003 and also run by Hisao Kurosawa. The foundation organizes an annual short film competition and spearheads Kurosawa-related projects, including a recently shelved one to build a memorial museum for the director.

Ridley Scott​
Ridley Scott​

Sir Ridley Scott (born 30 November 1937) is an English film director and producer.

Michael Bay​
Michael Bay​

Michael Bay. Michael Benjamin Bay (born February 17, 1965) is an American filmmaker known for directing and producing big-budget action films characterized by fast cutting, stylistic visuals and extensive use of special effects, including frequent depictions of explosions.

Ingmar ​Bergman​
Ingmar ​Bergman​

Ernst Ingmar Bergman (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɪŋmar ˈbærjman] ( listen); 14 July 1918 – 30 July 2007) was a Swedish director, writer, and producer who worked in film, television, theatre and radio.

Orson Welles​
Orson Welles​

Orson Welles wrote, directed and starred in the film 'Citizen Kane,' among others, which remains one of the most influential films ever made. Synopsis Born on May 6, 1915, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Orson Welles began his career as a stage actor before going on to radio, creating his unforgettable version of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds.

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Sergio Leone​
Sergio Leone​

Sergio Leone (Italian: [ˈsɛrdʒo leˈoːne]; 3 January 1929 – 30 April 1989) was an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, credited as the inventor of the "Spaghetti Western" genre. Leone's film-making style includes juxtaposing extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots.

George Lucas​
George Lucas​

George Lucas Educational Foundation In 1991, The George Lucas Educational Foundation was founded as a nonprofit operating foundation to celebrate and encourage innovation in schools. The Foundation's content is available under the brand Edutopia, in an award-winning web site, social media and via documentary films.

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Federico ​Fellini​
Federico ​Fellini​

Federico Fellini, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (Italian: [fedeˈriːko felˈliːni]; 20 January 1920 – 31 October 1993) was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness, he is recognized as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time.

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Charlie ​Chaplin​
Charlie ​Chaplin​

A statue was erected in 1998; since 2011, the town has been host to the annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival, which was founded to celebrate Chaplin's legacy and to showcase new comic talent. In other tributes, a minor planet, 3623 Chaplin – discovered by Soviet astronomer Lyudmila Karachkina in 1981 – is named after Chaplin.

Paul Thomas ​Anderson​
Paul Thomas ​Anderson​

Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970), also referred to by his initials PTA, is an American filmmaker. In 1993, he wrote and directed a short film, Cigarettes & Coffee, on a budget of $20,000.

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Peter Jackson​
Peter Jackson​

Film director and screenwriter Peter Robert Jackson was born on October 31, 1961, in Pukerua Bay, New Zealand, a picturesque coastal town near the capital of Wellington. "Our house was on the edge of a cliff that sort of plummeted right down into the ocean," Jackson recalled.

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Wes ​Anderson​
Wes ​Anderson​

"Family Guy" Season 16 took on "Three Directors" in its latest episode, spoofing Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and Michael Bay. "Family Guy" Season 16 took on "Three Directors" in its latest episode, spoofing Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and Michael Bay.

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Tim Burton​
Tim Burton​

Director, producer and screenwriter Tim Burton is known for such films as Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, which blend themes of fantasy and horror. Synopsis Tim Burton was born on August 25, 1958, in Burbank, California.

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Andrei ​Tarkovsky​
Andrei ​Tarkovsky​

Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky (Russian: Андре́й Арсе́ньевич Тарко́вский, IPA: [ɐnˈdrʲej ɐrˈsʲenʲjɪvʲɪtɕ tɐrˈkofskʲɪj]; 4 April 1932 – 29 December 1986) was a Russian filmmaker, writer, film editor, film theorist, theatre and opera director.

Roman ​Polanski​
Roman ​Polanski​

Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański (born 18 August 1933) is a French-Polish film director, producer, writer, and actor. Since 1978, he has been a fugitive from the U.S. criminal justice system, having fled the country while awaiting sentencing for statutory rape.

John Ford​
John Ford​

As befitted his status as America's premier director, in 1973, John Ford was the recipient of the first Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Film Institute. President Richard Nixon attended the event, presenting Ford with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the U.S.

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Terrence ​Malick​
Terrence ​Malick​

Terrence Frederick Malick (/ ˈ m æ l ɪ k /; born November 30, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Malick began his career as part of the New Hollywood film-making wave with the films Badlands (1973), about a murderous couple on the run in the American badlands, and Days of Heaven (1978), which detailed the love-triangle between two labourers and a wealthy farmer, before a lengthy hiatus.

Hayao ​Miyazaki​
Hayao ​Miyazaki​

Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist.

Werner ​Herzog​
Werner ​Herzog​

Werner Herzog (German: [ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈhɛɐ̯tsoːk]; born 5 September 1942) is a German screenwriter, film director, author, actor, and opera director. Herzog is a figure of the New German Cinema, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Werner Schröter, and Wim Wenders.

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Satyajit Ray​
Satyajit Ray​

Satyajit Ray (Bengali: [ˈʃɔt̪ːodʒit̪ ˈrai̯] ( listen); 2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992) was an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, graphic artist, music composer and author, widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.

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David O
David O

A film director is a person who directs the making of a ... Directors need to be able to mediate differences in creative visions and stay within the boundaries of the ...

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Alejandro ​González IñáRritu​
Alejandro ​González IñáRritu​

Alejandro González Iñárritu (American Spanish: [aleˈxandɾo gonˈsales iˈɲaritu]; credited since 2014 as Alejandro G. Iñárritu; born August 15, 1963) is a Mexican film director, producer, and screenwriter.

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Ethan Coen​
Ethan Coen​

Joel and Ethan Coen were born and raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Their mother, Rena (née Neumann), was an art historian at St. Cloud State University, and their father, Edward Coen, was an economist at the University of Minnesota. Their family is Jewish.

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Robert ​Zemeckis​
Robert ​Zemeckis​

Robert Lee Zemeckis (born May 14, 1952) is an American filmmaker frequently credited as an innovator in visual effects. Credited as "one of the greatest visual storytellers in filmmaking", he first came to public attention in the 1980s as the director of Romancing the Stone (1984) and the science-fiction comedy Back to the Future film trilogy, as well as the live-action/animated comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

David Lean​
David Lean​

Sir David Lean, CBE (25 March 1908 – 16 April 1991) was an English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor, responsible for large-scale epics such as The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and A Passage to India (1984).

Yasujirō Ozu​
Yasujirō Ozu​

Ozu was voted the tenth greatest director of all time in the 2002 British Film Institute's Sight & Sound poll of Critics' top ten directors. Ozu's Tokyo Story has appeared several times in the Sight & Sound poll of best films selected by critics and directors.

Darren ​Aronofsky​
Darren ​Aronofsky​

Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969) is an American filmmaker and writer, who has received acclaim and generated controversy for his often surreal and disturbing films. Aronofsky attended Harvard University, where he studied film and social anthropology, and the American Film Institute where he studied directing.

J.J. Abrams​
J.J. Abrams​

Jeffrey Jacob "J. J." Abrams (born June 27, 1966) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and composer. He is known for work in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction.

Guillermo del ​Toro​
Guillermo del ​Toro​

Guillermo del Toro Gómez (Spanish: [ɡiˈʝeɾmo ðel ˈtoɾo]; born October 9, 1964) is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist.

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Lars von Trier​
Lars von Trier​

Lars von Trier (born Lars Trier; 30 April 1956) is a Danish film director and screenwriter with a prolific and controversial career spanning almost four decades. His work is known for its genre and technical innovation; confrontational examination of existential, social, and political issues; and his treatment of subjects such as mercy, sacrifice, and mental health.

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Kathryn ​Bigelow​
Kathryn ​Bigelow​

Kathryn Ann Bigelow (/ ˈ b ɪ ɡ ə ˌ l oʊ /; born November 27, 1951) is an American director, producer, and writer. Covering a wide range of genres, her films include Near Dark (1987), Point Break (1991), Strange Days (1995), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), The Hurt Locker (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), and Detroit (2017).

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Terry Gilliam​
Terry Gilliam​

Gilliam's long-time director of photography Nicola Pecorini has said, ... Terry Gilliam was awarded the Fellowship of the Kermodes, by film critic Mark Kermode.

Jean-Luc ​Godard​
Jean-Luc ​Godard​

Jean-Luc Godard (French: [ʒɑ̃lyk ɡɔdaʁ]; born 3 December 1930) is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He rose to prominence as a pioneer of the 1960s French New Wave film movement.

Spike Lee​
Spike Lee​

Spike Lee. Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.

Sidney Lumet​
Sidney Lumet​

Sidney Lumet. Sidney Arthur Lumet (/luːˈmɛt/ loo-MET; June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), and The Verdict (1982).

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John ​Carpenter​
John ​Carpenter​

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, film producer, musician, editor and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various film genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s.

John Korty​
John Korty​

John Korty was born on June 22, 1936 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He is known for his work on The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), Farewell to Manzanar (1976) and Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?] (1977).

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Ang Lee​
Ang Lee​

Ang Lee OBS (Chinese: 李安; pinyin: Lǐ Ān; born October 23, 1954) is a Taiwanese film director and screenwriter. Lee's work is known for its emotional charge, which critics believe is responsible for his success in offsetting cultural barriers and achieving international recognition.

Edgar Wright​
Edgar Wright​

Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg ...

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