My Top 25 Directors

by SloppyMilkshake | created - 8 months ago | updated - 1 week ago | Public

1. 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, ...

Jaws - 9 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - 9 Schindler's List - 10 Jurassic Park - 10 The Lost World: Jurassic Park - 9 Saving Private Ryan - 10 Minority Report - 9 Catch Me If You Can - 9 The Terminal - 9 War of the Worlds - 9

Total - 93

2. 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 ...

Raging Bull - 10 The King of Comedy - 10 Goodfellas - 10 Casino - 9 The Departed - 9 Shutter Island - 9 The Wolf of Wall Street - 9 Silence - 9

Total - 75

3. 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 ...

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind - 9 Castle in the Sky - 9 My Neighbor Totoro - 9 Porco Rosso - 9 Princess Mononoke - 9 Spirited Away - 10 Howl's Moving Castle - 10 Ponyo - 9

Total - 74

4. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...

Paths of Glory - 9 2001: A Space Odyssey - 9 A Clockwork Orange - 10 Barry Lyndon - 9 The Shining - 9 Full Metal Jacket - 9 Eyes Wide Shut - 9

Total - 64

5. 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...

Reservoir Dogs - 9 Pulp Fiction - 10 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 - 9 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 - 9 Death Proof - 9 Inglourious Basterds - 9 Django Unchained - 9

Total - 64

6. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Inception

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.

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Memento - 9 Batman Begins - 9 The Prestige - 9 The Dark Knight - 10 Inception - 10 Interstellar - 10

Total - 57

7. J.J. Abrams

Producer | Lost

Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...

Mission: Impossible III - 9 Star Trek - 10 Super 8 - 10 Star Trek into Darkness - 10 Star Wars: Episode VII - 9

Total - 48

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,...

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - 10 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - 10 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - 10 King Kong - 9 They Shall Not Grow Old - 9

Total - 48

9. Denis Villeneuve

Director | Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started his career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), ...

Incendies - 9 Enemy - 9 Prisoners - 9 Arrival - 9 Blade Runner 2049 - 10

Total - 46

10. 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. ...

Before Sunrise - 9 Tape - 9 Before Sunset - 9 Before Midnight - 9 Boyhood - 10

Total - 46

11. Lars von Trier

Writer | Dancer in the Dark

Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...

Breaking the Waves - 9 Dancer in the Dark - 9 The Five Obstructions - 9 Dogville - 9 Melancholia - 9

Total - 45

12. Anthony Russo

Director | Avengers: Endgame

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

(+ Joe Russo)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 9 Captain America: Civil War - 10 Avengers: Infinity War - 10 Avengers: Endgame - 10

Total - 39

13. Paul Thomas Anderson

Director | Punch-Drunk Love

Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making...

Boogie Nights - 10 Magnolia - 10 There Will Be Blood - 9 The Master - 9

Total - 38

14. Paul Greengrass

Director | United 93

Paul Greengrass started his filmmaking career with a super 8 camera he found in his art room in secondary school. Those short movies were animation horror films he made using old dolls, artist dummies, and the general art room clutter.

After studying in Cambridge University he got into Granada ...

Bloody Sunday - 10 United 93 - 10 The Bourne Ultimatum - 9 Captain Phillips - 9

Total - 38

15. Frank Darabont

Writer | The Green Mile

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

The Shawshank Redemption - 10 The Green Mile - 10 The Mist - 9 The Walking Dead - 9

Total - 38

16. Joel Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), Fargo (1996) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

(+ Ethan Coen)

Fargo - 9 The Big Lebowski - 9 No Country for Old Men - 10 Inside Llewyn Davis - 9

Total - 37

17. Matt Reeves

Writer | Let Me In

Born on April 27, 1966, Matthew Reeves is a writer, director and producer, known for his directorial work on Cloverfield (2008), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017). Reeves was born in in Rockville Center, New York and was childhood friends with director ...

Cloverfield - 9 Let Me In - 9 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - 9 War of the Planet of the Apes - 9

Total - 36

18. Pete Docter

Writer | Up

Pete Docter was born on October 9, 1968 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA as Peter Hans Docter. He is a producer and writer, known for Up (2009), Inside Out (2015) and Monsters, Inc. (2001). He has been married to Amanda Jean Schmidt since December 27, 1992. They have two children.

Monsters, Inc. - 9 Up - 10 Inside Out - 10

Total - 29

19. 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 ...

Toy Story - 10 A Bug's Life - 9 Toy Story 2 - 10

Total - 29

20. 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 ...

Alien - 10 Blade Runner - 9 The Martian - 9

Total - 28

21. 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...

Fight Club - 10 Panic Room - 9 Gone Girl - 9

Total - 28

22. David Lynch

Writer | Twin Peaks

Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future ...

Eraserhead - 9 The Straight Story - 9 Mulholland Dr. - 10

Total - 28

23. Chris Buck

Director | Frozen

Chris Buck was born on February 24, 1958 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as Christopher James Buck. He is known for his work on Frozen (2013), Surf's Up (2007) and Frozen II (2019). He is married to Shelley Rae Hinton. They have three children.

(+ Jennifer Lee)

Tarzan - 10 Frozen - 9 Frozen II - 9

Total - 28

24. 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 ...

The Godfather - 9 The Conversation - 9 Apocalypse Now - 9

Total - 27

25. David Cronenberg

Director | The Fly

David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early...

Videodrome - 9 The Fly - 9 Naked Lunch - 9

Total - 27

26. John Musker

Writer | Hercules

John Musker was born on November 8, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Edward Musker. He is a writer and director, known for Hercules (1997), Aladdin (1992) and Moana (2016). He has been married to Gale Warren since September 22, 1979. They have three children.

(+ Ron Clements)

The Little Mermaid - 9 Aladdin - 9 The Princess and the Frog - 9

Total - 27



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