Directors I want to explore

by arsenal_emil_valencia | created - 11 Sep 2016 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Some of them I've only seen a few movies by and really want to check out more of. Some of them I haven't experienced at all.

I've written down films of theirs that I've seen and my opinion on them.

1. Samuel Fuller

Writer | Shock Corridor

At age 17, Samuel Fuller was the youngest reporter ever to be in charge of the events section of the New York Journal. After having participated in the European battle theater in World War II, he directed some minor action productions for which he mostly wrote the scripts himself and which he also ...

Pickup on South Street (1953) Great film-noir with a really ballsy assault scene that as far as I could tell had the real actors doing the stunts.

2. John Cassavetes

Actor | Love Streams

John Cassavetes was a Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter. He is considered a pioneer of American independent film, as he often financed his own films.

Cassavetes was born in New York City in 1929 to Nicholas John Cassavetes and his wife, Katherine Demetre (1906-1983). Nicholas was...

3. Nicholas Ray

Director | Rebel Without a Cause

Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the ...

In a Lonely Place (1950) Great film-noir. Probably the best acting I've seen from Humphrey Bogart.

4. Nagisa Ôshima

Director | Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Nagisa Oshima's career extends from the initiation of the "Nuberu bagu" (New Wave) movement in Japanese cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to the contemporary use of cinema and television to express paradoxes in modern society. After an early involvement with the student protest movement in ...

Empire of Passion (1978) Good movie. I wouldn't be surprised if the score inspired the score of The Shining.

5. Jules Dassin

Director | Pote tin Kyriaki

Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi (1955), Never on Sunday (1960), and Topkapi (1964).

He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish ...

Brute Force (1947) A nice and pleasant noir.

The Naked City (1948) A nice noir with some great visuals.

Rififi (1955) Has one of the greatest heist scenes of all time.

6. 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,...

The Killers (1946) This one tied with Sweet Smell of Success and The Big Heat as my favourite film-noir.

7. Alex Cox

Director | Repo Man

Throughout his years in the industry, Alex Cox, an English writer-director, has not only proven his loyalty and integrity to cult cinema, but also his love for it. This all began in 1977, when Cox dropped out of Oxford University to study Radio, Film & TV at Bristol until graduating in 1977. Seeing...

8. 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 I: No Greater Love (1959) and Samurai Rebellion (1967). He died on October 4, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.

9. Krzysztof Kieslowski

Writer | Trois couleurs: Bleu

Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (...

Three Colors: Blue (1993) Everyone jizzes over this movie but I remember thinking it was alright.

Three Colors: Red (1994) This movie was great though.

10. Takeshi Kitano

Actor | Zatôichi

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

Fireworks (1997) Wasn't amazing. But interesting enough to make me want to check out more of Kitano's films.

11. Louis Malle

Director | Au revoir les enfants

Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies ...

My Dinner with Andre (1982) A very interesting movie, when it really gets started.

12. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writer | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the ...

Vampyr (1932) Probably the greatest vampire movie of all time.

13. Nicolas Roeg

Director | Don't Look Now

When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer twelve years later. He first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean's ...

Don't Look Now (1973) Definitely stuck with me, but not as great as I've been told.

14. Whit Stillman

Director | Love & Friendship

Whit Stillman was born in 1952 and raised in Cornwall in upstate New York, the son of a impoverished debutante from Philadelphia and a Democratic politician from Washington D.C. Stillman graduated from Harvard in 1973 and started out as a journalist in Manhattan, New York City.

In 1980 he met and ...

Barcelona (1994) I fell in love with this movie.

Metropolitan (1990) Not as good but still very enjoyable.

The Last Days of Disco (1998) Loved it as much as Barcelona, if not more.

Damsels in Distress (2011) Not a great movie by any means, but I still really liked it. It had a fun cast.

Love & Friendship (2016) Full review on my 2016 list.

15. Hal Ashby

Director | Harold and Maude

Hal Ashby was born the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon household, in Ogden, Utah, to Eileen Ireta (Hetzler) and James Thomas Ashby, on September 2, 1929. His father was a dairy farmer. After a rough childhood that included the divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, his dropping out of ...

Harold and Maude (1971) I really loved this movie.

Being There (1979) Pretty funny and a stellar performance by Peter Sellers.

16. Michael Cimino

Writer | The Deer Hunter

Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). But his biggest success was The Deer...

17. Carol Reed

Director | The Third Man

Carol Reed was the second son of stage actor, dramatics teacher and impresario founder of the Royal School of Dramatic Arts Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Reed was one of Tree's six illegitimate children with Beatrice Mae Pinney, who Tree established in a second household apart from his married life. ...

The Third Man (1949) Harry Lime's introduction is one of my favourite scenes of all time.

18. 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, ...

The Ice Storm (1997) Loved it!

19. David Mamet

Writer | House of Games

David Mamet was born on November 30, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as David Alan Mamet. He is a writer and producer, known for House of Games (1987), State and Main (2000) and Wag the Dog (1997). He has been married to Rebecca Pidgeon since September 22, 1991. They have two children. He was ...

House of Games (1987) This movie is not bulletproof, especially in the acting department. And I did not like the main character.

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) Not directed by him but he wrote both the play and the screenplay - It's his movie. And it's in my top 10 favourites of all time.

State and Main (2000) Thought it was fun!

20. Peter Bogdanovich

Director | The Last Picture Show

Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in Kingston, New York. He is the son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis, Herma (Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, a painter and pianist. His father was a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and his mother was from a rich Austrian Jewish family. Peter ...

21. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Director | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/...

Delicatessen (1991) Crazy f'king movie, just the way I like it!

The City of Lost Children (1995) Just as crazy and fun as Delicatessen. However I rented a version with a stupid english dub.

22. Sam Peckinpah

Writer | The Wild Bunch

"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael. That ...

The Wild Bunch (1969) Great opening, great ending, pretty good in-between.

23. 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...

24. Chang-dong Lee

Writer | Beoning

Lee Chang-Dong was born in 1954 in Daegu, which some consider the most right-wing city in South Korea. Lee is a former high-school teacher and an acclaimed novelist. He turned to cinema when he was over 40 years old. His debut film "Green Fish" (1997) brought immediate success and critical acclaim....

Burning (2018) Review on my 2018 list.

25. Michael Powell

Director | The Red Shoes

The son of Thomas William Powell and Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self-confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the south of France (where his parents ran a hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury and Dulwich ...


Black Narcissus (1947) Gorgeous, meticulous and inventive - simply a masterpiece.

26. 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 ...

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Lovely film with some very intriguing scenes and cinematography.

Dead Poets Society (1989) Pretty great and a memorable performance by Robin Williams.

The Truman Show (1998) Amazing movie!

27. Yimou Zhang

Director | Ying xiong

Yimou Zhang was born on November 14, 1951 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is a director and writer, known for Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and Curse of the Golden Flower (2006).

Raise the Red Lantern (1991) A bit too long. It was really well made, but not exactly a movie that I'll rush back to.

28. John Schlesinger

Director | Midnight Cowboy

Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War ...

Marathon Man (1976) This was amazing! When it ended it felt like I'd only been watching it for about an hour.

29. 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 ...

30. James Ivory

Writer | Call Me by Your Name

The main part of his few movies were filmed in the quarter of a century in which he worked closely together with the Indian producer Ismail Merchant and the German writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. His first films are all set in India and are very much influenced by the style of Satyajit Ray and Jean ...

31. Peter Greenaway

Director | The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Peter Greenaway trained as a painter and began working as a film editor for the Central Office of Information in 1965. Shortly afterwards he started to make his own films. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, but also paintings, novels and other books. He has held several ...

The Pillow Book (1996) Found it to be really pretentious. But heard that it's not at all one of his greatest films.

32. Ernst Lubitsch

Director | To Be or Not to Be

From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at ...

Design for Living (1933) A very nice movie, but Gary Cooper isn't that good.

33. 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 ...

Exotica (1994) I loved how information was revealed, I loved the tone of the movie, it ended with a few loose ends.

The Sweet Hereafter (1997) It was objectively better than Exotica because I didn't find any loose ends at the end. But I liked it less than Exotica.

Where the Truth Lies (2005) I remember really liking it.

34. Jane Campion

Writer | The Piano

Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early...

35. 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 ...

Do the Right Thing (1989) Phenomenal!

Mo' Better Blues (1990) Only film of his that I've seen twice so far.

Clockers (1995) Thought it was great.

Inside Man (2006) Has plot holes but is filled with great actors.

Chi-Raq (2015) Just god awful.

BlacKkKlansman (2018) Review on my 2018 list.

36. 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 ...

Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989) Great acting, directing, score and a film that will require multiple viewings. Heck of a directoral debut as well.

Kafka (1991) Interesting movie with a great score and a lot of similarities to Brazil.

Underneath (1995) Loved the cinematography and lighting and I thought it was better than Criss Cross.

Out of Sight (1998) My favourite movie of all time.

The Limey (1999) The Limey was great! And Amelia Heinle was so f'king hot!

Erin Brockovich (2000) Great performance by Julia Roberts.

Ocean's Eleven (2001) My favourite heist movie.

Ocean's Twelve (2004) Not as great as the first.

The Good German (2006) Really nice 40's throwback movie. I love film-noir, so I was pleased by this movie.

Ocean's Thirteen (2007) The plan was pretty difficult to follow but it still payed off in the end. I really liked it.

Contagion (2011) In my opinion an extremely realistic portrayal of a lethal epidemic spread.

Haywire (2012) Reminded me a lot of Out of Sight. Naturally I loved it.

Magic Mike (2012) Not at all just pandering towards an audience that enjoys male stripping - no, that's Magic Mike XXL.

Side Effects (2013) An interesting film.

Logan Lucky (2017) Very funny and entertaining.

Unsane (2018) A good movie.

High Flying Bird (2019) Review on my 2019 list.

The Laundromat (2019) Review on my 2019 list.

37. 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...

Annie Hall (1977) We all know it's a great movie. But not his masterpiece in my opinion.

Manhattan (1979) Don't remember much of the plot actually.

Radio Days (1987) I honestly don't remember anything about this movie at all - even though I only saw it about a year ago.

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) It was a good movie, I do remember this one.

Midnight in Paris (2011) This is Woody Allen's masterpiece. I love everything about this movie.

38. Satyajit Ray

Writer | Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie ...

39. Robert Altman

Director | Gosford Park

Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...

MASH (1970) Truly one of its kind. A bit misogynistic, especially with Sally Kellerman's character, however that might be part of the satire.

Brewster McCloud (1970) It was good. Not great, but good.

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) Great movie with a great score.

The Long Goodbye (1973) This movie was great! Every second was intriguing and fun.

Nashville (1975) Really like this structure but I'm not a fan of country music.

The Player (1992) Air-tight script and amazing directing.

Short Cuts (1993) One of my favourite movies.

40. Roman Polanski

Actor | Chinatown

Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933.

His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...

Repulsion (1965) Great movie but not exactly for me.

Rosemary's Baby (1968) F'king great horror movie!

Macbeth (1971) So far my favourite Shakespeare film adaptation.

Chinatown (1974) As far as I'm concerned, this was a flawless movie.

The Tenant (1976) I really loved it!

The Ninth Gate (1999) Watched this for my Oktoberfest 2018.

The Pianist (2002) Don't remember much of it. But I remember it being pretty good.

Oliver Twist! (2006) Fine.

Carnage (2011) I loved this movie. Hilarious and very well written.

41. Keith Gordon

Director | A Midnight Clear

Keith Gordon was born on February 3, 1961 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and actor, known for A Midnight Clear (1992), Waking the Dead (2000) and Mother Night (1996). He has been married to Rachel Griffin since 1998.

Mother Night (1996) I wish they'd spend more time in Germany during the war, but it was still a great movie with some stellar performances.

42. Paul Schrader

Writer | First Reformed

Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a...

Affliction (1997) Good, but not exactly my thing.

First Reformed (2018) Review on my 2018 list.

43. 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 ...

Carrie (1976) Great horror movie.

Dressed to Kill (1980) F'king great!

Blow Out (1981) Wasn't too crazy about it to be honest.

Scarface (1983) A movie I watch once every year.

The Untouchables (1987) Great directing and great performances.

Carlito's Way (1993) Very underrated film in my opinion.

Mission Impossible (1996) Definitely my favorite in the franchise.

44. 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 ...

Alice (1988) The decision to have the little girl do all the lines of all the characters instead of hiring voice actors prevented this movie from being great.

Conspirators of Pleasure (1996) Weeeeiiiird movie in the best of ways. I can't imagine these scenarios being dreamed into existence!

45. 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 ...

46. Walter Hill

Writer | 48 Hrs.

Hill was born in Long Beach, California and educated at Mexico City College and Michigan State University. He worked in oil drilling and construction in the 60s before becoming a 2nd assistant director in 1967. He has written and co-written screenplays, including several uncredited works. He has ...

The Driver (1978) Very boring to be honest.

The Warriors (1979) Coolest movie of all time.

47. Gus Van Sant

Director | Elephant

Gus Van Sant was born on July 24, 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Gus Greene Van Sant Junior. He is a director and producer, known for Elephant (2003), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989).

Good Will Hunting (1997) Very good movie.

Elephant (2003) Good movie.

Milk (2008) Good movie.

48. Preston Sturges

Writer | The Great McGinty

Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S....

Unfaithfully Yours (1948) Made me a fan of Rex Harrison.

49. 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.

50. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was six) he traveled the world with his father. He was orphaned at 15 after his father's death and became the ward of Dr. ...

Citizen Kane (1941) Great.

The Lady from Shanghai (1947) Don't remember that much from it.

Touch of Evil (1958) Liked it even more than Citizen Kane!

The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Review on my 2018 list.

51. Jerry Schatzberg

Director | Scarecrow

Before going on to direct films in the 1970s, Jerry Schatzberg had already established a career as a professional photographer. His work appeared in many magazines including 'Vogue' and 'McCall's'.

52. Paul Mazursky

Actor | An Unmarried Woman

Paul Mazursky was born on April 25, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Irwin Lawrence Mazursky. He is known for his work on An Unmarried Woman (1978), Harry and Tonto (1974) and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969). He was married to Betsy Mazursky. He died on June 30, 2014 ...

53. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...

The Maltese Falcon (1941) I remember a bird statue and Peter Lorre yelling at Sidney Greenstreet.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) I remember the fight scene at the bar and two guys laughing at the end. Humphrey Bogart may have died.

54. Mike Figgis

Director | Leaving Las Vegas

Mike Figgis was born on February 28, 1948 in Carlisle, Cumberland, England as Michael Figgis. He is a director and writer, known for Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Stormy Monday (1988) and Timecode (2000).

Stormy Monday (1988) In terms of story, there's not a whole lot there. However, it had a great 80's feel to it and good acting.

Leaving Las Vegas (1995) This guy is great at establishing a tone. It had too many montages, was cheesy at times and the sound mixing was hit or miss, besides that the movie was great.

55. John Dahl

Director | Kill Me Again

John Dahl was born in 1956 in Billings, Montana, USA. He is known for his work on Kill Me Again (1989), The Last Seduction (1994) and Rounders (1998). He is married to Beth Jana Friedberg. They have four children.

56. William Friedkin

Director | The French Connection

Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with ...

The Exorcist (1973) The 2nd greatest horror movie of all time.

To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) Amazing contemporary urban epic.

Jade (1995) Got a bit confusing at the end. But it did have an exciting car chase in the middle - it is a William Friedkin movie after all.

12 Angry Men (1997) Don't remember much of it. Only that George C. Scott gave a great performance, as he always does.

57. Ana Lily Amirpour

Director | A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour was born on July 25, 1976 in Margate, Kent, England. She is a director and writer, known for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), The Bad Batch (2016) and A Little Suicide (2012).

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Great vampire movie. The cat stole the show, though.

58. Derek Jarman

Director | Caravaggio

Derek Jarman was born on January 31, 1942 in London, England as Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Caravaggio (1986), Edward II (1991) and Wittgenstein (1993). He died on February 19, 1994 in London.

59. 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 ...

60. Anna Biller

Director | Viva

Anna Biller is a writer and director who creates unique, female-focused, highly visual films. She has a BA from UCLA in art and an MFA from CalArts in art and film. Her first feature Viva played in film festivals all over the world and gained minor cult status, and her second feature The Love Witch...

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