My Top 1,000 Directors

by the_guttersnipe | created - 15 Aug 2012 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

Each page represents an alphabetised qualitative tier; three work minimum per director.

101. Chantal Akerman

Director | Je, tu, il, elle

Chantal Akerman was born on June 6, 1950 in Brussels, Belgium as Chantal Anne Akerman. She was a director and writer, known for Je Tu Il Elle (1974), A Couch in New York (1996) and The Meetings of Anna (1978). She was married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on October 5, 2015 in Paris, France.

FEATURES Je, Tu, Il, Elle Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles La Folie Almayer Nuit et Jour La Captive SHORTS Blow Up My Town DOCUMENTARIES No Home Movie News from Home D'Est

102. Theodoros Angelopoulos

Director | Topio stin omihli

Theo Angelopoulos began to study law in Athens but broke up his studies to go to the Sorbonne in Paris in order to study literature. When he had finished his studies, he wanted to attend the School of Cinema at Paris but decided instead to go back to Greece. There he worked as a journalist and ...

FEATURES Landscape in the Mist The Travelling Players To Each His Own Cinema* Ulysses' Gaze Reconstruction SHORTS Broadcast DOCUMENTARIES Lumière et Compagnie**

* segment "Trois Minutes" ** segment "Theo Angelopoulos/Athenes"

103. Denys Arcand

Writer | Les invasions barbares

One of Québec's most politically aware filmmakers, Denys Arcand studied history at Université de Montréal, where he co-directed Alone or with Others (1962) with Denis Héroux and co-written with Stéphane Venne. He joined the National Film Board (NFB) in 1963, where his feature-length documentary on ...

FEATURES Jesus of Montreal The Barbarian Invasions The Decline of the American Empire Love & Human Remains SHORTS Volleyball

104. Matthew Barney

Director | Drawing Restraint 9

Matthew Barney was born on March 25, 1967 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is a director and writer, known for Drawing Restraint 9 (2005), Cremaster 2 (1999) and De Lama Lamina (2007).

FEATURES Cremaster 2 Cremaster 3 Drawing Restraint 9 Cremaster 5 Destricted* SHORTS Cremaster 4 Cremaster 1

* segment "Hoist"

105. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | The Last Emperor

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films were known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed The Grim Reaper (...

FEATURES The Conformist The Spider's Stratagem The Last Emperor The Dreamers Last Tango in Paris Besieged La Luna Before the Revolution Ten Minutes Older: The Cello* 1900 Me and You Venice 70: Future Reloaded** Little Buddha The Sheltering Sky Stealing Beauty DOCUMENTARIES 12 Registi per 12 Città***

* segment "Histoire d'Eaux" ** segment "Scarpette Rosse" *** segment "Bologna"

106. Albert Brooks

Actor | Drive

Albert Brooks was born on July 22, 1947 in Beverly Hills, California, USA as Albert Lawrence Einstein. He is an actor and writer, known for Drive (2011), Broadcast News (1987) and Defending Your Life (1991). He has been married to Kimberly Shlain since March 15, 1997. They have two children.

FEATURES Defending Your Life Real Life Lost in America Mother Modern Romance The Muse Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

107. 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 ...

FEATURES Terminator 2: Judgment Day Aliens The Terminator Avatar True Lies Titanic The Abyss Piranha II: The Spawning MUSIC VIDEOS Reach

108. 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 ...

FEATURES It's a Wonderful Life Arsenic and Old Lace It Happened One Night Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Lost Horizon The Power of the Press Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Meet John Doe Forbidden You Can't Take It with You The Bitter Tea of General Yen American Madness DOCUMENTARIES Know Your Enemy: Japan

109. Leos Carax

Director | Holy Motors

Leos Carax made several short films and also wrote film criticism, then at the age of 24 years made a very strong first feature Boy Meets Girl (1984). The film played at the 1984 Cannes film festival and was a critical triumph. It paved the way for Carax's second feature Mauvais Sang (1986) (Bad ...

FEATURES Mauvais Sang Holy Motors Boy Meets Girl Tokyo!* Les Amants du Pont-Neuf Pola X SHORTS 42 One Dream Rush** Gradiva My Last Minute

* segment "Merde" ** segment "Naked Eyes"

110. René Clair

Writer | Le silence est d'or

René Clair was born on November 11, 1898 in Paris, France as René-Lucien Chomette. He was a writer and director, known for Man About Town (1947), The Grand Maneuver (1955) and Beauties of the Night (1952). He was married to Bronia Clair. He died on March 15, 1981 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, ...

FEATURES À Nous la Liberté Le Million I Married a Witch Le Voyage Imaginaire Under the Roofs of Paris It Happened Tomorrow Le Fantôme du Moulin-Rouge The Italian Straw Hat SHORTS Entr'acte

111. Jean Cocteau

Writer | La belle et la bête

Jean Cocteau was one of the most multi-talented artists of the 20th century. In addition to being a director, he was a poet, novelist, painter, playwright, set designer, and actor. He began writing at 10 and was a published poet by age 16. He collaborated with the "Russian Ballet" company of Sergei...

FEATURES The Testament of Orpheus La Belle et la Bête Orphée The Blood of a Poet 8 X 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements SHORTS La Villa Santo Sospir DOCUMENTARIES Jean Cocteau s'Adresse... à l'An 2000

112. George Cukor

Director | My Fair Lady

George Cukor was born on July 7, 1899 in Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as George Dewey Cukor. He is known for his work on My Fair Lady (1964), The Philadelphia Story (1940) and A Star Is Born (1954). He died on January 24, 1983 in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, California, ...

FEATURES My Fair Lady The Wizard of Oz The Philadelphia Story The Women Adam's Rib A Star is Born Gaslight Holiday Camille Sylvia Scarlett It Should Happen to You Let's Make Love SHORTS Something's Got to Give

113. Bavo Defurne

Director | Noordzee, Texas

Writer-Director Bavo Defurne is best known for _Souvenir_ starring Academy Award Nominee Isabelle Huppert . Defurne encourages his cast and crew to transform the story material into a visually beautiful and expressive tale. Unspoken desire, the human body and nature play a prominent role in his ...

FEATURES North Sea Texas SHORTS Matroos Saint Campfire Particularly Now, in Spring

114. Jacques Demy

Director | Les parapluies de Cherbourg

Jacques Demy was born on June 5, 1931 in Pontchâteau, Loire-Atlantique, France. He was a director and writer, known for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), Une Chambre en Ville (1982) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967). He was married to Agnès Varda. He died on October 27, 1990 in Paris, France.

FEATURES The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Lola Les Demoiselles de Rochefort Donkey Skin A Room in Town SHORTS Les Horizons Morts Le Bel Indifférent

115. 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 ...

FEATURES Carlito's Way Hi, Mom! Scarface Blow Out Obsession Dressed to Kill Carrie The Untouchables Raising Cain Dionysus in '69 The Black Dahlia Body Double Redacted Femme Fatale Sisters The Fury Greetings Snake Eyes Mission: Impossible Casualties of War Phantom of the Paradise The Bonfire of the Vanities Passion Mission to Mars Wise Guys MUSIC VIDEOS Dancing in the Dark DOCUMENTARIES The Responsive Eye

116. Vittorio De Sica

Director | Ladri di biciclette

Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee ...

FEATURES Bicycle Thieves Umberto D. Miracle in Milan Marriage Italian Style The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Shoeshine Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Indiscretion of an American Wife Boccaccio '70* The Voyage Woman Times Seven

* segment "La Riffa"

117. William Dieterle

Actor | Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage

Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Wilhelm Dieterle was the youngest of nine children of parents Jacob and Berthe Dieterle. They lived in poverty, and when he was old enough to work, young Wilhelm earned money as a carpenter and a scrap dealer. He dreamed of better things, though, and theater caught ...

FEATURES Portrait of Jennie Duel in the Sun The Devil and Daniel Webster The Hunchback of Notre Dame The Life of Emile Zola I'll Be Seeing You Elephant Walk Salome The Turning Point

118. Stanley Donen

Director | Charade

Inspired by Fred Astaire's dancing in Flying Down to Rio (1933), Stanley Donen (pronounced 'Dawn-en') attended dance classes from the age of ten. He later recalled that the only thing he wanted to be was a tap dancer.

He was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Helen Pauline (Cohen) and Mordecai ...

FEATURES Singin' in the Rain On the Town Charade Indiscreet Two for the Road Funny Face Surprise Package Royal Wedding Arabesque Kismet Bedazzled Movie Movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers The Grass is Greener Saturn 3 MUSIC VIDEOS Dancing on the Ceiling TELEVISION Moonlighting (one episode segment)

119. Aleksandr Dovzhenko

Writer | Zemlya

Aleksandr Dovzhenko was born on September 10, 1894 in Vyunishche, Sosnitsa Ueyzd, Chernigov Governorate, Russian Empire as Aleksandr Petrovich Dovzhenko. He was a writer and director, known for Earth (1930), Shors (1939) and Life in Bloom (1949). He was married to Yuliya Solntseva. He died on ...

FEATURES Zvenigora Arsenal Earth SHORTS Love's Berries DOCUMENTARIES Bukovina, a Ukrainian Land

120. Atom Egoyan

Director | The Sweet Hereafter

Born in Egypt to Armenian parents, he was raised in Western Canada. Both his parents were painters, and he planned to be a playwright, but after making a short film, he became hooked on telling stories visually. Returned to ethnic "homeland" when he filmed Calendar (1993) in Armenia. Won attention ...

FEATURES The Sweet Hereafter The Adjuster Exotica Felicia's Journey Venice 70: Future Reloaded* Devil's Knot Where the Truth Lies To Each His Own Cinema** Ararat Chloe Adoration TELEVISION The Twilight Zone (one episode)

* segment "Butterfly" ** segment "Artaud Double Bill"

121. Víctor Erice

Director | El sur

Víctor Erice was born on June 30, 1940 in Karrantza, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain as Víctor Erice Aras. He is a director and writer, known for El Sur (1983), The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) and The Quince Tree Sun (1992).

FEATURES The Spirit of the Beehive El Sur Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet* SHORTS La Morte Rouge DOCUMENTARIES The Quince Tree Sun

* segment "Lifeline"

122. Asghar Farhadi

Writer | Darbareye Elly

Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...

FEATURES About Elly A Separation The Salesman The Past Fireworks Wednesday

123. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit

Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...

FEATURES The Marriage of Maria Braun Fear Eats the Soul World on a Wire In a Year of Thirteen Moons Gods of the Plague Love is Colder Than Death Veronika Voss The American Soldier Querelle The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant TELEVISION Berlin Alexanderplatz (fourteen episodes)

124. Federico Fellini

Writer | Amarcord

The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the ...

FEATURES La Dolce Vita 8½ Nights of Cabiria La Strada Juliet of the Spirits Amarcord Casanova And the Ship Sails On Satyricon Spirits of the Dead* Roma I Vitelloni Boccaccio '70** Orchestra Rehearsal Il Bidone COMMERCIALS The Picnic Lunch Dream Oh, What a Beautiful Landscape! High Society DOCUMENTARIES A Director's Notebook

* segment "Toby Dammit" ** segment "Le Tentazioni del Dottor Antonio"

125. Milos Forman

Director | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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

FEATURES One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Amadeus A Blonde in Love Man on the Moon The People vs. Larry Flynt Hair Goya's Ghosts The Firemen's Ball SHORTS I Miss Sonia Henie

126. John Frankenheimer

Director | The Manchurian Candidate

Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he ...

FEATURES The Manchurian Candidate Seconds Birdman of Alcatraz Black Sunday The Train Seven Days in May Ronin I Walk the Line French Connection II Grand Prix The Fixer Dead Bang Reindeer Games The Island of Dr. Moreau SHORTS Ambush COMMERCIALS What Would James Bond Do? Kennedy PSA

127. Ritwik Ghatak

Director | Meghe Dhaka Tara

Ritwik Ghatak was born on November 4, 1925 in Dacca, Bengal Presidency, British India as Ritwik Kumar Ghatak. He was a director and writer, known for The Cloud-Capped Star (1960), Madhumati (1958) and Reason, Debate and a Story (1974). He was married to Surama Ghatak. He died on February 6, 1976 in...

FEATURES Subarnarekha The Cloud-Capped Star A River Called Titas Reason, Debate and a Story DOCUMENTARIES Ramkinkar

128. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | The Revenant

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

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

FEATURES Amores Perros 21 Grams Biutiful 11'09''01 - September 11* The Revenant Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Babel To Each His Own Cinema** SHORTS Powder Keg

* segment "Mexico" ** segment "Anna"

129. Henry Hathaway

Director | True Grit

Henry Hathaway, son of a stage actress and manager, started his career as a child actor in westerns directed by Allan Dwan. His movie career was interrupted by World War I. After his discharge he briefly tried a career in finance but returned to Hollywood to work as an assistant director under such...

FEATURES Kiss of Death Peter Ibbetson The Dark Corner True Grit Call Northside 777 Rawhide The Desert Fox Nevada Smith Fourteen Hours 13 Rue Madeleine Niagara The House on 92nd Street The Sons of Katie Elder Down to the Sea in Ships Legend of the Lost North to Alaska O. Henry's Full House* How the West Was Won** 5 Card Stud 23 Paces to Baker Street Circus World The Black Rose Prince Valiant

* segment "The Clarion Call" ** segments "The Rivers", "The Plains" and "The Outlaws"

130. Kon Ichikawa

Director | Inugami-ke no ichizoku

Kon Ichikawa has been influenced by artists as diverse as Walt Disney and Jean Renoir, and his films cover a wide spectrum of moods, from the comic to the overwhelmingly ironic and even the perverse. Ichikawa began his career as a cartoonist, and this influence is apparent in his skillful use of ...

FEATURES An Actor's Revenge Fires on the Plain The Burmese Harp 47 Ronin Alone Across the Pacific Princess from the Moon DOCUMENTARIES Tokyo Olympiad

131. Shôhei Imamura

Director | Kuroi ame

Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Ôshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura began his serious directorial career as a member of the New Wave movement in Japan....

FEATURES Vengeance is Mine The Eel Pigs and Battleships Black Rain The Ballad of Narayama The Insect Woman The Profound Desire of the Gods 11'09''01 - September 11* Warm Water Under a Red Bridge Stolen Desire Nishi Ginza Station DOCUMENTARIES Muhomatsu Returns Home History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess The Pirates of Babuan A Man Vanishes

* segment "Japan"

132. Spike Jonze

Producer | Her

Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under the ...

FEATURES Being John Malkovich Adaptation. Her Where the Wild Things Are SHORTS I'm Here How They Get There Torrance Rises MUSIC VIDEOS Weapon of Choice Drop Buddy Holly Triumph of a Heart Sabotage Da Funk Sky's the Limit Praise You Get Back 100% Otis Elektrobank Undone (The Sweater Song) It's Oh So Quiet If I Only Had a Brain What's Up Fatlip? Wonderboy California Island in the Sun Feel the Pain Sure Shot Cannonball COMMERCIALS Pardon Our Dust Hello Tomorrow Lamp Kenzo World Doctors Flyweight Jeans DOCUMENTARIES An Intimate Look Inside the Acting Process with Ice Cube What's Up Fatlip? Amarillo by Morning

133. 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 ...

FEATURES On the Waterfront A Streetcar Named Desire Panic in the Streets A Face in the Crowd Wild River East of Eden Splendor in the Grass Viva Zapata! The Last Tycoon Gentleman's Agreement A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Boomerang! America, America

134. Abbas Kiarostami

Director | Copie conforme

Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career ...

FEATURES Certified Copy Through the Olive Trees Ten Like Someone in Love Where is the Friend's Home? Taste of Cherry And Life Goes On... To Each His Own Cinema* Venice 70: Future Reloaded** The Wind Will Carry Us Tickets*** Close-Up DOCUMENTARIES Lumière et Compagnie****

* segment "Where is my Romeo?" ** segment "Abbas Kiarostami" *** segment "Abbas Kiarostami" **** segment "Abbas Kiarostami/Locarno"

135. 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 III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961) and Samurai Rebellion (1967). He died on October 4, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.

FEATURES Harakiri Kwaidan The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer The Human Condition I: No Greater Love SHORTS My Sons' Youth DOCUMENTARIES Tokyo Trial

136. 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 ...

FEATURES Millennium Actress Perfect Blue Paprika Tokyo Godfathers TELEVISION Paranoia Agent (thirteen episodes) Ani*Kuri15 (one episode)

137. Hirokazu Koreeda

Director | Manbiki kazoku

Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film Lessons from a Calf (1991). His first feature, Maborosi (1995), based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn ...

FEATURES Like Father, Like Son Our Little Sister Nobody Knows Shoplifters Still Walking Air Doll After Life After the Storm I Wish

138. Lev Kuleshov

Director | Velikiy uteshitel

Lev Kuleshov was a Russian director who used the editing technique known as the "Kuleshov effect." Although some of the editing innovations, such as crosscutting were used by other directors before him, Kuleshov was the first to use it in the Soviet Russia. he was driving a Ford sports car amidst ...

FEATURES The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks By the Law The Death Ray

139. Claude Lanzmann

Director | Shoah

Claude Lanzmann was born on November 27, 1925 in Bois-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He was a director and writer, known for Shoah (1985), Shoah: Four Sisters (2018) and Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001). He was married to Dominique Lanzmann-Petithory, Angelika Schrobsdorff and ...

DOCUMENTARIES Shoah Sobibor, Oct. 14, 1943, 4 p.m. The Last of the Unjust A Visitor from the Living The Karski Report

140. 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 ...

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

* some scenes

141. 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, ...

FEATURES Brokeback Mountain Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon The Ice Storm Lust, Caution Sense and Sensibility Eat Drink Man Woman Life of Pi The Wedding Banquet Pushing Hands Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Gemini Man Ride with the Devil Taking Woodstock Hulk SHORTS Chosen

142. Spike Lee

Director | Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended ...

FEATURES Do the Right Thing Malcolm X Clockers 25th Hour Jungle Fever Mo' Better Blues Inside Man BlacKkKlansman Get on the Bus Girl 6 Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet* Chi-Raq He Got Game Sucker Free City All the Invisible Children** Bamboozled Summer of Sam Miracle at St. Anna She Hate Me Oldboy She's Gotta Have It Crooklyn Red Hook Summer School Daze MUSIC VIDEOS Fight the Power He Got Game COMMERCIALS Different Drummer Is It the Shoes? DOCUMENTARIES When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts 4 Little Girls Lumière et Compagnie*** Bad 25 Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall The Original Kings of Comedy

* segment "We Wuz Robbed" ** segment "Jesus Children of America" *** segment "Spike Lee/Brooklyn"

143. Marcel L'Herbier

Director | L'inhumaine

Marcel L'Herbier was born on April 23, 1888 in Paris, France. He was a director and writer, known for The Inhuman Woman (1924), Le bonheur (1934) and Sacrifice d'honneur (1935). He was married to Marcelle Pradot. He died on November 26, 1979 in Paris.

FEATURES L'Argent La Nuit Fantastique SHORTS Prometheus... Banker

144. Richard Linklater

Director | Waking Life

Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. ...

FEATURES Before Sunrise Boyhood Slacker A Scanner Darkly Bernie Before Midnight Before Sunset Waking Life Tape Me and Orson Welles subUrbi@ Bad News Bears The Newton Boys The School of Rock Dazed and Confused It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books Everybody Wants Some!! Fast Food Nation SHORTS Woodshock

145. Joseph Losey

Director | Mr. Klein

Belonging to an important family clan in Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but was always interested in theater and thus worked together with Bertolt Brecht. After directing some shorts for MGM, he made his first important film, The Boy with Green Hair (1948), for RKO. While he was filming ...

FEATURES The Servant Figures in a Landscape The Big Night The Prowler The Go-Between Eva Accident Blind Date The Sleeping Tiger Time Without Pity The Criminal The Damned Modesty Blaise X: The Unknown The Boy with Green Hair Steaming SHORTS Pete-Roleum and His Cousins First on the Road DOCUMENTARIES A Child Went Forth

146. 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 ...

FEATURES 12 Angry Men Dog Day Afternoon The Pawnbroker Network Serpico Fail-Safe Before the Devil Knows You're Dead The Fugitive Kind Murder on the Orient Express The Hill Strip Search Running on Empty The Verdict Q & A Bye Bye Braverman The Offence Long Day's Journey Into Night Equus The Anderson Tapes Lovin' Molly Child's Play The Wiz The Deadly Affair Prince of the City Family Business Critical Care Night Falls on Manhattan Gloria

147. 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 ...

FEATURES All About Eve A Letter to Three Wives The Ghost and Mrs. Muir No Way Out Sleuth Julius Caesar Guys and Dolls House of Strangers Suddenly, Last Summer Dragonwyck The Quiet American Cleopatra The Barefoot Contessa Somewhere in the Night People Will Talk

148. Anthony Mann

Director | El Cid

Anthony Mann was born on June 30, 1906 in San Diego, California, USA as Emil Anton Bundesmann. He was a director and writer, known for El Cid (1961), Men in War (1957) and The Glenn Miller Story (1954). He was married to Anna; 1 child Nicholas Anthony Mann, Sara Montiel and Mildred Mann. He died on...

FEATURES The Fall of the Roman Empire The Naked Spur Winchester '73 Bend of the River God's Little Acre Man of the West The Glenn Miller Story Raw Deal The Man from Laramie T-Men Thunder Bay The Furies Men in War The Tin Star Reign of Terror He Walked by Night Railroaded! El Cid The Last Frontier A Dandy in Aspic The Far Country The Heroes of Telemark Strategic Air Command The Great Flamarion

149. Chris Marker

Writer | Twelve Monkeys

Chris Marker was born on July 29, 1921 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve. He was a director and writer, known for 12 Monkeys (1995), Sans Soleil (1983) and Third Side of the Coin (1960). He died on July 29, 2012 in Paris, France.

SHORTS La Jetée Theory of Sets L'Ambassade Tchaïka Owl Gets in Your Eyes Petite Ceinture Kino DOCUMENTARIES Sans Soleil The Last Bolshevik Grin Without a Cat Level Five The Case of the Grinning Cat The Sixth Side of the Pentagon Loin du Vietnam Letter from Siberia Statues Also Die A.K. Sunday in Peking Description of a Struggle E-clip-se Blue Helmet Leila Attacks

150. Sergio Martino

Director | Vendetta dal futuro

Talented, prolific and versatile writer/director Sergio Martino has made a vast array of often solid and enjoyable films in such diverse genres as horror, comedy, Western and science-fiction in a career that spans over 40 years.

Martino was born on July 19, 1938, in Rome, Italy. His grandfather was ...

FEATURES All the Colors of the Dark Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh The Case of the Scorpion's Tail 2019: After the Fall of New York Torso The Suspicious Death of a Minor Casablanca Express The Mountain of the Cannibal God

151. Jirí Menzel

Director | Ostre sledované vlaky

Jirí Menzel was born on February 23, 1938 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is an actor and director, known for Closely Watched Trains (1966), I Served the King of England (2006) and Larks on a String (1990). He has been married to Olga Menzelová-Kelymanová since 2004.

FEATURES Closely Observed Trains Larks on a String I Served the King of England Ten Minutes Older: The Cello* SHORTS Our Mr Foerster Died

* segment "One Moment"

152. 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, ...

FEATURES Audition Visitor Q Young Thugs: Nostalgia Ley Lines Big Bang Love, Juvenile A Crows Zero The Bird People in China Blade of the Immortal Ichi the Killer Gozu Rainy Dog 13 Assassins Dead or Alive 2: Birds Dead or Alive: Final Three... Extremes* Over Your Dead Body Yakuza Apocalypse The Happiness of the Katakuris Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha City of Lost Souls Graveyard of Honor Lesson of Evil Shinjuku Triad Society Young Thugs: Innocent Blood Crows Zero 2 Fudoh: The New Generation Deadly Outlaw: Rekka Sabu For Love's Sake The Great Yokai War Full Metal Yakuza Family 2 Sukiyaki Western Django Agitator Yatterman JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable - Chapter 1 Demon Pond Zebraman Family Bodyguard Kiba One Missed Call Bodyguard Kiba: Combat Apocalypse 2 Silver - Shirubaa MUSIC VIDEOS Pandoora TELEVISION Masters of Horror (one episode) MPD Psycho (six episodes)

* segment "Box"

153. 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 ...

FEATURES The Band Wagon Home from the Hill The Bad and the Beautiful Meet Me in St. Louis Lust for Life Some Came Running Madame Bovary Kismet An American in Paris Brigadoon Gigi

154. 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 ...

FEATURES Kiki's Delivery Service My Neighbor Totoro Princess Mononoke The Wind Rises Spirited Away Porco Rosso Ponyo Howl's Moving Castle Laputa: Castle in the Sky Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds The Castle of Cagliostro MUSIC VIDEOS On Your Mark TELEVISION Sherlock Hound (three episodes)

155. Kenji Mizoguchi

Director | Saikaku ichidai onna

Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known ...

FEATURES Street of Shame Ugetsu Sansho the Bailiff Chikamatsu Monogatari The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums The Life of Oharu The Woman in the Rumor The Lady of Musashino The 47 Ronin A Geisha Osaka Elegy Miss Oyu Princess Yang Kwei-Fei

156. Mikio Naruse

Director | Ukigumo

Came from a poor background and worked his way up from prop man at the Shochiko company in 1920, to full director ten years later. Had his best period in the 1950', becoming known for his depiction of contemporary social problems, particularly the role of women in Japanese society.

FEATURES When a Woman Ascends the Stairs Floating Clouds Flowing Late Chrysanthemums Sound of the Mountain Apart from You SHORTS Flunky, Work Hard!

157. Yasujirô Ozu

Director | Tôkyô monogatari

Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first ...

FEATURES Late Spring Tokyo Story Walk Cheerfully The End of Summer Early Summer Floating Weeds I Was Born, But... Dragnet Girl Late Autumn There Was a Father Equinox Flower That Night's Wife An Autumn Afternoon What Did the Lady Forget? Good Morning The Only Son SHORTS A Straightforward Boy

158. Sergei Parajanov

Director | Tini zabutykh predkiv

One of the 20th century's greatest masters of cinema Sergei Parajanov was born in Georgia to Armenian parents and it was always unlikely that his work would conform to the strict socialist realism that Soviet authorities preferred. After studying film and music, Parajanov became an assistant ...

FEATURES Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors The Color of Pomegranates Ashik Kerib The Legend of Suram Fortress DOCUMENTARIES Arabesques

159. Chan-wook Park

Director | Ah-ga-ssi

Chan-wook Park was born on August 23, 1963 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for The Handmaiden (2016), Thirst (2009) and Oldboy (2003). He is married to Eun-hee Kim. They have one child.

FEATURES Oldboy JSA The Handmaiden Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Stoker Three... Extremes* Thirst Lady Vengeance I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero** SHORTS Night Fishing Judgement A Rose Reborn

* segment "Cut" ** segment "Chan-wook Park"

160. Alexander Payne

Director | Nebraska

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

FEATURES Sideways Election Citizen Ruth Nebraska About Schmidt The Passion of Martin Paris, je t'aime* The Descendants SHORTS Carmen

* segment "14e Arrondissement"

161. Arthur Penn

Director | Bonnie and Clyde

Arthur Penn was born on September 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Little Big Man (1970) and The Miracle Worker (1962). He was married to Peggy Maurer. He died on September 28, 2010 in Manhattan, New York City, New York,...

FEATURES Night Moves Bonnie and Clyde Little Big Man The Missouri Breaks The Chase Dead of Winter DOCUMENTARIES Lumière et Compagnie*

* segment "Arthur Penn/Johannesburg"

162. Vsevolod Pudovkin

Director | Admiral Nakhimov

Vsevolod Pudovkin was born on February 28, 1893 in Penza, Russian Empire as Vsevolod Illarionovich Pudovkin. He was a director and actor, known for Admiral Nakhimov (1947), Zhukovsky (1950) and Minin i Pozharskiy (1939). He was married to Anna Zemtsova. He died on June 30, 1953 in Jurmala, Latvian ...

FEATURES Storm Over Asia The End of St. Petersburg Mother

163. Man Ray

Director | Home Movies

American painter and artist in various media who participated in a few films. He helped found the Dada movement and was the prime American participant in the Surrealist movement. An American expatriate to Paris in the 1920s, he was a member of the so-called "Lost Generation" of creative minds ...

SHORTS Le Retour à la Raison Emak-Bakia Poison L'Étoile de Mer Rue Campagne-Première Autoportrait ou Ce qui Manque à Nous Tous Dance DOCUMENTARIES Les Mystères du Château de Dé L'Atelier du Val de Grâce La Garoupe Course Landaise Ady Juliet Corrida

164. Godfrey Reggio

Director | Koyaanisqatsi

Godfrey Reggio is a pioneer of a film style that creates poetic images of extraordinary emotional impact for audiences worldwide. Reggio is prominent in the film world for his QATSI trilogy, essays of visual images and sound that chronicle the destructive impact of the modern world on the ...

MUSIC VIDEOS Patricia's Park DOCUMENTARIES Koyaanisqatsi Powaqqatsi Visitors Naqoyqatsi

165. Rob Reiner

Actor | All in the Family

Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.

As a child, he often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he created and also starred in....

FEATURES Stand by Me This is Spinal Tap Misery The Princess Bride Flipped The Sure Thing When Harry Met Sally... A Few Good Men The American President North Ghosts of Mississippi Rumor Has It... The Bucket List

166. Glauber Rocha

Director | Terra em Transe

He studied Law. He also directed theatre pieces, wrote movie criticisms and took part in the creation and development of the 'cinema novo' movement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, becoming its theoretical leader and first embassador in Europe. After "Barravento (1962)", a trilogy of films and "Antonio ...

FEATURES Black God, White Devil Antonio das Mortes Entranced Earth The Age of the Earth SHORTS Pátio

167. Éric Rohmer

Director | Conte d'automne

Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, ...

FEATURES The Green Ray My Night at Maud's La Collectionneuse My Girlfriend's Boyfriend L'Amour l'Après-midi Claire's Knee A Good Marriage A Tale of Winter Paris vu par...* The Marquise of O The Sign of Leo The Lady and the Duke SHORTS Nadja à Paris

* segment "Place de l'Étoile"

168. Claude Sautet

Writer | Un coeur en hiver

Claude Sautet was born on February 23, 1924 in Montrouge, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France as Claude Marie Sautet. He was a writer and director, known for Un Coeur en Hiver (1992), Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995) and The Things of Life (1970). He was married to Graziella Sautet. He died on ...

FEATURES A Heart in Winter Classe Tous Risques Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud César and Rosalie Les Choses de la Vie

169. 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 ...

FEATURES Blade Runner Alien Gladiator The Martian Matchstick Men Black Hawk Down Alien: Covenant American Gangster Prometheus Thelma & Louise 1492: Conquest of Paradise Kingdom of Heaven The Duellists All the Invisible Children* Hannibal A Good Year Exodus: Gods and Kings The Counselor Robin Hood Body of Lies White Squall Someone to Watch Over Me G.I. Jane Black Rain Legend SHORTS Boy and Bicycle COMMERCIALS 1984 Bike The Seven Worlds

* segment "Jonathan"

170. Masahiro Shinoda

Director | Shinjû: Ten no Amijima

Masahiro Shinoda was born on March 9, 1931 in Gifu, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Double Suicide (1969), Silence (1971) and Ballad of Orin (1977). He has been married to Shima Iwashita since 1967. They have one child.

FEATURES Pale Flower Double Suicide Silence Assassination Himiko

171. Don Siegel

Director | Dirty Harry

Don Siegel was educated at Cambridge University, England. In Hollywood from the mid-'30s, he began his career as an editor and second unit director. In 1945 he directed two shorts (Hitler Lives (1945) and Star in the Night (1945)) which both won Academy Awards. His first feature as a director was ...

FEATURES Invasion of the Body Snatchers Charley Varrick The Beguiled Hell is for Heroes Dirty Harry Riot in Cell Block 11 The Duel at Silver Creek Coogan's Bluff The Killers Flaming Star Escape from Alcatraz Edge of Eternity The Shootist Count the Hours Private Hell 36 Two Mules for Sister Sara The Big Steal The Black Windmill TELEVISION The Twilight Zone (one episode)

172. 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,...

FEATURES The Spiral Staircase The Killers People on Sunday Criss Cross The Suspect Phantom Lady Son of Dracula Cobra Woman The File on Thelma Jordon Custer of the West The Rough and the Smooth

173. Douglas Sirk

Director | Schlußakkord

Film director Douglas Sirk, whose reputation blossomed in the generation after his 1959 retirement from Hollywood filmmaking, was born Hans Detlef Sierck on April 26, 1897, in Hamburg, Germany, to a journalist. Both of his parents were Danish, and the future director would make movies in German, ...

FEATURES All That Heaven Allows There's Always Tomorrow Imitation of Life Written on the Wind Magnificent Obsession Interlude The Tarnished Angels Lured Summer Storm A Time to Love and a Time to Die Captain Lightfoot Shockproof Week-End with Father

174. Steven Soderbergh

Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to ...

FEATURES Solaris Traffic sex, lies, and videotape Ocean's Eleven Bubble The Limey Out of Sight Schizopolis Contagion Che: Part Two Che: Part One Unsane Logan Lucky Behind the Candelabra Side Effects Erin Brockovich The Informant! Ocean's Thirteen The Good German Kafka Eros* Ocean's Twelve Underneath King of the Hill Magic Mike Haywire Full Frontal TELEVISION Fallen Angels (one episode)

* segment "Equilibrium"

175. Aleksandr Sokurov

Director | Russkiy kovcheg

He was born with a disability because of an anatomic defect of his leg, in 1951 in Podorvikha village in Siberian Russia. His father was a Red Army veteran of WW2. One of most important contemporary filmmakers, Sokurov worked extensively in television and later graduated from the prestigious film ...

FEATURES Alexandra Russian Ark Moloch Father and Son The Sun Faust Mother and Son DOCUMENTARIES Francofonia Sonata for Hitler

176. Todd Solondz

Director | Welcome to the Dollhouse

Todd Solondz was born in Newark, New Jersey. One of his earliest jobs in the film industry was when, as a young man, he worked as a messenger for the Writers' Guild of America. During this time, he wrote several screenplays.

Solondz's first color film with sync sound was the short "Schatt's Last ...

FEATURES Happiness Palindromes Dark Horse Welcome to the Dollhouse Wiener-Dog Venice 70: Future Reloaded* Life During Wartime Fear, Anxiety & Depression Storytelling SHORTS Feelings Babysitter

* segment "3013"

177. Sion Sono

Director | Ai no mukidashi

Shion Sono is a Japanese director, writer and poet. Born in Aichi Perfecture in 1961 he started his career working as a poet before taking his first steps in film directing. As a student he shot a series of short films in Super 8 and managed to make his first feature films in the late 80s and early...

FEATURES Love Exposure Cold Fish Utsushimi Exte: Hair Extensions The Land of Hope Guilty of Romance Tokyo Tribe Why Don't You Play in Hell? Venice 70: Future Reloaded* Suicide Club SHORTS Love Songs

* segment "Sono Sion"

178. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...

FEATURES Greed The Wedding March Queen Kelly Foolish Wives Blind Husbands

179. Seijun Suzuki

Director | Tsigoineruwaizen

Seijun Suzuki was born in Nihonbashi, Tôkyô, on May 24, 1923. In 1943, he entered the army to fight at the front. In 1946, he enrolled in the film department of the Kamakura Academy and passed the assistant director's exam. For the next few years, he worked as an assistant director at several ...

FEATURES Branded to Kill Gate of Flesh Tokyo Drifter Youth of the Beast The Flowers and the Angry Waves Zigeunerweisen Yumeji Voice Without a Shadow Pistol Opera Kagerô-za Fighting Delinquents Princess Raccoon Fighting Elegy

180. Jan Svankmajer

Director | Otesánek

After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after ...

FEATURES Alice Conspirators of Pleasure Faust Surviving Life Lunacy Little Otik SHORTS Dimensions of Dialogue Darkness/Light/Darkness Virile Games The Fall of the House of Usher Food Leonardo's Diary Punch and Judy The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia The Pendulum, the Pit and Hope A Quiet Week in the House The Flat Castle of Otranto Historia Naturae, Suita A Game with Stones Meat Love Picnic with Weissmann The Garden Et Cetera Don Sajn Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasy in G Minor Jabberwocky Flora The Last Trick Down to the Cellar MUSIC VIDEOS Another Kind of Love DOCUMENTARIES The Ossuary

181. István Szabó

Director | Sunshine

Istvan Svabo was the first Hungarian director to win an Oscar (Although a Hungarian-American director, Michael Curtiz [Mihaly Kertesz], also won an Oscar previously for directing Casablanca). He received the award for his 1981 movie Mephisto. In January 2006, it became public that he had been an ...

FEATURES Mephisto Colonel Redl Father Taking Sides Hanussen Sunshine Ten Minutes Older: The Cello*

* segment "Ten Minutes After"

182. Isao Takahata

Director | Hotaru no haka

Isao Takahata was born on October 29, 1935 in Ise, Mie, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Grave of the Fireflies (1988), The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013) and Only Yesterday (1991). He died on April 5, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

FEATURES Grave of the Fireflies Pom Poko The Tale of Princess Kaguya Only Yesterday Chie the Brat Goshu the Cellist My Neighbors the Yamadas Little Norse Prince SHORTS Winter Days* Panda! Go Panda! The Rainy-Day Circus

* segment "Isao Takahata"

183. Béla Tarr

Producer | Werckmeister harmóniák

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

FEATURES The Turin Horse Sátántangó Werckmeister Harmonies The Man from London Macbeth Damnation SHORTS Hotel Magnezit

184. Zhuangzhuang Tian

Director | Lan feng zheng

Tian is a former cameraman and graduate of the Beijing Film Academy. Due to controvery caused by some of his films, post-production on The Blue Kite (1993) had to be completed outside his homeland China.

FEATURES The Go Master The Horse Thief The Blue Kite Springtime in a Small Town The Warrior and the Wolf

185. François Truffaut

Writer | La nuit américaine

French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who became his protector. Bazin helped the ...

FEATURES Jules et Jim The Bride Wore Black The 400 Blows Day for Night Shoot the Piano Player Finally, Sunday The Soft Skin The Woman Next Door The Wild Child Stolen Kisses Fahrenheit 451 Anne and Muriel Bed and Board Love on the Run The Man Who Loved Women The Last Metro SHORTS Une Histoire d'Eau

186. Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Actor | Tetsuo

Shin'ya Tsukamoto was born on January 1, 1960 in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor and director, known for Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), Ichi the Killer (2001) and Vital (2004).

FEATURES Tetsuo: The Iron Man Bullet Ballet A Snake of June Haze Tokyo Fist Venice 70: Future Reloaded* Vital Tetsuo: The Bullet Man Kotoko Fires on the Plain Tetsuo II: Body Hammer Hiruko the Goblin SHORTS The Phantom of Regular Size

* segment "For the Future"

187. Agnès Varda

Director | Sans toit ni loi

Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She was a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Faces Places (2017) and Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962). She was married to Jacques Demy. She died on March 29, 2019 in Paris, France.

FEATURES Cléo from 5 to 7 Vagabond Le Bonheur Jacquot de Nantes Kung Fu Master! Jane B. par Agnès V. L'Une Chante, l'Autre Pas La Pointe-Courte Lions Love SHORTS Plaisir d'Amour en Iran Les 3 Boutons Viennale Walzer DOCUMENTARIES Faces Places The Gleaners & I The Beaches of Agnès Mur Murs Salut les Cubains Black Panthers Daguerréotypes

188. King Vidor

Director | Hallelujah

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 ...

FEATURES The Crowd The Wizard of Oz Duel in the Sun The Big Parade Show People The Patsy Man Without a Star The Fountainhead Stella Dallas War and Peace Our Daily Bread Bird of Paradise Hallelujah! Ruby Gentry Solomon and Sheba The Champ DOCUMENTARIES Truth and Illusion: An Introduction to Metaphysics

189. Andrzej Wajda

Director | Katyn

Andrzej Wajda is an Academy Award-wining director. He is the most prominent filmmaker in Poland known for The Promised Land (1975), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyn (2007).

He was Born on March 6, 1926, in Suwalki, Poland. His mother, Aniela Wajda, was a teacher at a Ukrainian school. His father, Jakub...

FEATURES Ashes and Diamonds A Generation Man of Marble Kanal Man of Iron Danton Sweet Rush Katyn The Birch Wood Walesa: Man of Hope SHORTS Roly Poly

190. Kôji Wakamatsu

Director | Jitsuroku Rengo Sekigun: Asama sanso e no michi

The pioneering Kôji Wakamatsu (born Ito Takashi) was a contemporary of Oshima Nagisa and equally controversial, yet not as famous. The man was born in Miyagi Prefecture in the north of Japan before dropping out of agricultural school, some say following a physical altercation, moving to Tokyo at ...

FEATURES United Red Army Violated Angels Go, Go Second Time Virgin 11.25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate Endless Waltz The Embryo Hunts in Secret DOCUMENTARIES Red Army/PFLP: Declaration of World War

191. Peter Weir

Director | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Peter Weir was born on August 21, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Lindsay Weir. He is a director and writer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Way Back (2010) and The Truman Show (1998). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They ...

FEATURES Witness The Truman Show The Last Wave Fearless Picnic at Hanging Rock The Plumber Gallipoli The Way Back The Year of Living Dangerously Dead Poets Society The Mosquito Coast Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Homesdale Green Card The Cars That Ate Paris

192. 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...

FEATURES Nothing Sacred Lady of Burlesque The Ox-Bow Incident Battleground Yellow Sky Wings A Star is Born Buffalo Bill Beggars of Life The Public Enemy Story of G.I. Joe Track of the Cat Beau Geste Magic Town The Iron Curtain Midnight Mary Island in the Sky Blood Alley The Hatchet Man The High and the Mighty Across the Wide Missouri

193. Michael Winterbottom

Director | A Mighty Heart

Michael Winterbottom was born on March 29, 1961 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. He is a director and producer, known for A Mighty Heart (2007), A Summer in Genoa (2008) and The Killer Inside Me (2010).

FEATURES 24 Hour Party People A Cock and Bull Story Code 46 Genova A Mighty Heart In This World Trishna Jude Welcome to Sarajevo Everyday Wonderland The Killer Inside Me I Want You With or Without You The Face of an Angel The Claim The Look of Love Butterfly Kiss 9 Songs DOCUMENTARIES The Road to Guantanamo The Shock Doctrine TELEVISION The Trip to Italy (six episodes) The Trip (six episodes) Cracker (two episodes)

194. 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 ...

FEATURES In the Mood for Love Ashes of Time Chungking Express The Grandmaster Fallen Angels Happy Together 2046 As Tears Go By To Each His Own Cinema* Days of Being Wild My Blueberry Nights Eros** SHORTS The Follow There's Only One Sun MUSIC VIDEOS Six Days COMMERCIALS Mask La Rencontre Midnight Poison Hypnôse Homme

* segment "I Travelled 9000 km to Give it to You" ** segment "The Hand"

195. Yôji Yamada

Writer | Tasogare Seibei

Yamada Yoji graduated Tokyo University in 1954, the year he joined Shochiku as an assistant director. In 1969, he launched the popular "Tora-san" series, the world's longest theatrical film series. "The Twilight Samurai" (The Twilight Samurai (2002)) marks his 77th film as well as his 41th year as ...

FEATURES The Hidden Blade Love and Honour The Twilight Samurai

196. Edward Yang

Writer | Yi yi

Born on November 6, 1947 in Shanghai, China, Edward Yang has become one of the most talented international filmmakers of his generation. Along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang ranks among the leading artists of the Taiwanese New Wave, and one of the world's most brilliant auteurs. ...

FEATURES A Brighter Summer Day Yi Yi Taipei Story

197. Yoshishige Yoshida

Director | Ningen no yakusoku

Yoshishige Yoshida was born on February 16, 1933 in Fukui, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for A Promise (1986), Wuthering Heights (1988) and Farewell to the Summer Light (1968). He has been married to Okada, Mariko since 1964.

FEATURES Heroic Purgatory Eros + Massacre Coup d'État A Story Written with Water DOCUMENTARIES Lumière et Compagnie*

* segment "Kiju Yoshida/Hiroshima"

198. 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 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004).

FEATURES Iron Monkey Drunken Master Snake in the Eagle's Shadow True Legend Twin Warriors

199. 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...

FEATURES The Day of the Jackal High Noon People on Sunday Act of Violence The Nun's Story The Sundowners From Here to Eternity Behold a Pale Horse Julia The Men Oklahoma! A Man for All Seasons

200. Andrey Zvyagintsev

Director | Leviafan

Andrei Zvyagintsev is a Russian filmmaker and was born on Feb.6, 1964 in the siberian city of Novisibirsk. He graduated from the Novosibirsk Actors School in 1984 and started to act on stage in provincial theatres. In the early 1990s he came to Moscow - the centre of the Russian film industry - ...

FEATURES The Return The Banishment Loveless Elena Leviathan SHORTS Apocrypha Mystery

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