My top 41 favorite directors and the movies/short movies I've seen that they've directed (director's cuts don't count) in no particular order

by tsirni | created - 9 months ago | updated - 8 months ago | Public

1. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: GoodFellas, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Hugo, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, Casino, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Departed, Shutter Island, and Cape Fear

2. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Full Metal Jacket, Killer's Kiss, Barry Lyndon, and Day of the Fight

3. 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...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Sleeper, Manhattan, Annie Hall, Bananas, Zelig, Midnight in Paris, Take the Money and Run, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Crimes and Misdemeanors

4. 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...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: The Hateful Eight, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds, Sin City, and Death Proof

5. Alfred Hitchcock

Director | Psycho

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

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Rope, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo, North by Northwest, The Birds, and The Man Who Knew Too Much

6. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: The Abyss, True Lies, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Avatar, Titanic, and Aliens

7. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: They Live, Christine, Halloween, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, and Ghosts of Mars

8. 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,...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, King Kong, and Bad Taste

9. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol, Cast Away, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, and The Walk

10. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: The Conversation, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, The Cotton Club, and Jack

11. 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, ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Lincoln, Jaws, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secert of the Unicorn, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me if You Can, and Hook

12. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Exodus: Gods and Kings, Alien, Prometheus, Hannibal, Legend, Gladiator, and The Martian

13. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: The Untouchables, Carrie, Mission: Impossible, Mission to Mars, Snake Eyes, Dressed to Kill, and The Fury

14. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Inferno, Rush, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Apollo 13, and Splash

15. 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...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac, Gone Girl, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Panic Room

16. 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, ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Die Hard, Die Hard With a Vengence, Last Action Hero, Predator, and The Hunt for Red October

17. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Oz the Great and Powerful, The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Drag Me to Hell, and The Quick and the Dead

18. Adam McKay

Producer | The Other Guys

Adam McKay (born April 17, 1968) is an American screenwriter, director, comedian, and actor. McKay has a comedy partnership with Will Ferrell, with whom he co-wrote the films Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and The Other Guys. Ferrell and McKay also founded their comedy website Funny or Die through ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Step Brothers, The Other Guys, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

19. Zack Snyder

Director | 300

Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Dawn of the Dead, Man of a Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and 300

20. 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, ...

Movie/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: A Trip to the Moon, The Vanishing Lady, The Pillar of Fire, The Astronomer's Dream, The Haunted Castle, The Cook's Revenge, How He Missed His Train, The Mystical Flame, Troubles in a Tenements House, The Misfortunes of An Explorer, The One-Man Band, The Four Troublesome Heads, and The Kingdom of the Fairies

21. 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 "...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: An American Werewolf in London, Three Amigos!, Coming to America, The Blues Brothers, and Spies Like Us

22. Gore Verbinski

Director | Rango

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

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Rango, The Lone Ranger, The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

23. 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.

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Superman, The Goonies, Scrooged, The Omen, and Maverick

24. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, Scream 4, A Nightmare on Elm Street, New Nightmare, Shocker, and The Hills Have Eyes

25. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Big Fish, Mars Attacks!, Frankenweenie, Sleepy Hollow, Dark Shadows, Alice in Wonderland, Batman, Batman Returns, Beetlejuice, Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Planet of the Apes, and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

26. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Spy Kids, Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2: The Isaland of Lost Dreams, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Machete, and Sin City

27. Henry Selick

Director | Coraline

Henry Selick is a film director, specializing in films with stop-motion animation. He has formal training as an animator.

Selick was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, son of Charles H. Selick and Melanie Molan. He was mostly raised Rumson, New Jersey. As a child, Selick took up drawing as a hobby. He ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Coraline, James and the Giant Peach, Monkeybone, Moongirl, and The Nightmare Before Christmas

28. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Mrs. Doubtfire, Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Pixels, Night at the Musem, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Camber of Secrets, and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

29. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

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

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, and Castello Cavalcanti

30. John Lasseter

Writer | Toy Story 2

Although born in Hollywood John and his twin sister, Johanna were raised in Wittier near Los Angeles. His parents were Jewell Mae (Risley), an art teacher, and Paul Eual Lasseter, a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership. His mother's profession contributed to his interest in animation and ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Cars, Cars 2, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Mater and the Ghostlight, A Bug's Life, Red's Dream, Tin Toy, and Luxo Jr.

31. Joel Coen

Writer | Fargo

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for Fargo (1996), A Serious Man (2009) and Blood Simple (1984). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, Fargo, and Raising Arizona

32. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Audrey Rose, Tribute to a Bad Man, and West Side Story

33. 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 ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, The Wiz, and Murder on the Orient Express

34. Bryan Singer

Director | X-Men

Bryan Singer was born on September 17, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Bryan Jay Singer. He is a producer and director, known for X-Men (2000), The Usual Suspects (1995) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Apt Pupil, Jack the Giant Slayer, and The Usual Suspects

35. Jan de Bont

Director | Speed

Jan de Bont was born in the Netherlands to a Roman Catholic Dutch family on the 22 of October 1943. He has always had a creative mind and good mentality for camera techniques and soon got into film as a popular cinematographer. He worked on a huge number of films before finding himself on the ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Twister, Speed, Speed 2: Cruise Control, and The Haunting

36. Brett Ratner

Director | Red Dragon

Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers. His diverse films resonate with audiences worldwide and, as director, his films have grossed over $2 billion at the global box office. Brett began his career directing music videos before making his feature directorial debut at 26 years...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Hercules, X-Men: The Last Stand, Red Dragon, and Rush Hour

37. Dennis Dugan

Actor | Happy Gilmore

Dennis Dugan was born on September 5, 1946 in Wheaton, Illinois, USA as Dennis Barton Dugan. He is an actor and director, known for Happy Gilmore (1996), You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) and Big Daddy (1999). He is married to Sharon Dugan. He was previously married to Joyce Van Patten.

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Happy Gilmore, Jack and Jill, Beverly Hills Ninja, and Problem Child

38. Ben Stiller

Producer | Tropic Thunder

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism).

It's not surprising that Ben has ...

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: Zoolander, Zoolander 2, The Cable Guy, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Tropic Thunder

39. Jon Favreau

Producer | Chef

Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director.

The amiable, husky-framed actor with the ...

Movies/Short movies this director directed that I've seen: The Jungle Book, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Elf, and Zathura: A Space Adventure

40. Ethan Coen

Producer | A Serious Man

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

Movies/Short Movies this director directed that I've seen: O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, Fargo, and Raising Arizona

41. 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 (1981) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max films, Miller has ...

Happy Feat, Happy Feat Two, Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Witches of Eastwick



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