directors you don't know, you rascal you

by karlericsson | created - 16 Jun 2011 | updated - 17 Jun 2011 | Public

In no specific order.

1. Lindsay Shonteff

Director | Spy Story

Lindsay Shonteff was born on November 5, 1935 in Toronto, Canada. He was a director and producer, known for Spy Story (1976), The Yes Girls (1971) and The 2nd Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World (1965). He was married to Elizabeth Gray. He died on March 11, 2006 in England.

Director of such naughtiness as "Big Zapper" and "The Second Best Secret Agent In the Whole Wide World", highly original films with much humor. Sadly misunderstood director that drifted away into soft porn films, probably because of sheer desperation.

2. Costa-Gavras

Director | Missing

Costa-Gavras was born on February 12, 1933 in Loutra-Iraias, Greece as Konstantinos Gavras. He is a director and writer, known for Missing (1982), Amen. (2002) and Z (1969). He has been married to Michèle Ray-Gavras since 1968. They have two children.

OK, not exactly forgotten but still not appreciated enough. Taught us the danger and pathology of normality in such films as "Betrayed", "The Music Box" and "Amen". Got more known for his lesser efforts such as "Z", which could just as well have been made by Pontecorvo, which, admittedly, is not exactly bad but by far not as good as the films mentioned above.

3. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

Not exactly unknown, but still deserving of more praise than he ever got. Just look at his enormous output of great films (see his filmography). The film I like to mention here as a typical example of him being neglected is "Cabin In the Cotton", a film that isn't much longer than an hour and still manages to describe capitalism in a nutshell. Forget about the compromising end, it's what went before in the film that really counts. On top of that the film is touching and beautiful in parts.

4. Julien Duvivier

Writer | Pépé le Moko

Revered by such legendary fellow directors as Ingmar Bergman and Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier is one of the greatest figures in the history of French cinema and of world cinema in general. He is perhaps the most neglected of the "Big Five" of classic French cinema (the other four being Jean Renoir,...

What atmosphere and what depth does not lurk between the dialogues of this man's movies. Just take a scene in the comedy "Don Camillo Returns" with Fernandel, in which Don Camillo is in a boat, visiting a city that has been flooded. Suddenly it's all not a comedy anymore and the character Camillo not just a clown.

5. 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 ...

Made many intelligent films with intelligent dialogue, of which I want to mention one, especially. Actually, it's more like a monologue. Vincent Price talks to the populace in "Dragonwyck" - that's the way the rich look upon the poor. You better remember!

6. Sergio Leone

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...

Has still not got the reputation he deserves in America. For years dismissed as "spaghetti", his films are finally taken seriously. Knew more about America, without even being able to speak english, than most Americans know. When I see his movies and hear the beautiful music by Morricone, it's like coming home.

7. John Cromwell

Director | The Prisoner of Zenda

Actor / director John Cromwell was born December 23, 1887, in Toledo, OH. He made his Broadway debut on October 14, 1912, in Marian De Forest's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" at the Playhouse Theatre. The show was a hit, running for a total of 184 performances. Cromwell appeared ...

"Abe Lincoln In Illinois", "The Enchanted Cottage" and many other films are from this man, whom we seldom hear about. "Abe Lincoln..." may not be entirely true but it is nevertheless enormously touching and "Enchanted..." is the only film about true love that I know of.

8. Gregory La Cava

Director | Stage Door

A former cartoonist, Gregory La Cava entered films during WWI as an animator for Walter Lantz on such animated films as "The Katzenjammer Kids" series. Hired by the Hearst Corp. as the editor-in-chief for its International Comic Films division, La Cava switched to live-action films in the 1920s and...

Portraying the president that probably never was in "Gabriel Over the White House" or, if he was, was probably shot before he was. He must have done more good movies, "My Man Godfrey" not necessarily being one of them, but he is so neglected that it is ridiculous.

9. Harold Ramis

Writer | Ghostbusters

Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" ...

Made "Groundhog Days", which puts him amongst the stars on heaven forever.

10. Dalton Trumbo

Writer | Roman Holiday

Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter, arguably the most talented, most famous of the blacklisted film professionals known to history as the Hollywood 10, was born in Montrose, Colorado to Orus Trumbo and his wife, the former Maud Tillery.

Dalton Trumbo was raised at 1124 Gunnison Ave. in ...

Would not snitch and got punished for it. His "Johnny Got His Gun" puts him amongst the stars on heaven forever.

11. Alain Tanner

Director | Dans la ville blanche

Alain Tanner was born on December 6, 1929 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. He is a director and writer, known for In the White City (1983), Return from Africa (1973) and The Salamander (1971). He has been married to Janine Giudici since 1964.

"Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000", is maybe his most famous film and an excellent examination of contemporary society in the early seventies. What's bad has become more bad since then and what's good seems less abundant than then. Let's hope I'm wrong. Other films by this director are also revealing. "Light Years Away" is a totally different film about the mysteries of life. This man was (is?) deep.

12. Claude Goretta

Director | L'invitation

Claude Goretta was born on June 23, 1929 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. He was a director and writer, known for The Invitation (1973), The Lacemaker (1977) and La provinciale (1980). He died on February 20, 2019 in Geneva, Canton de Genève, Switzerland.

"The Lacemaker" but also other films like "The Invitation" prove the uniqueness of this director in showing how "ordinary" people are incapable of understanding the sufferings of the people that are so much better than themselves, the meek that unfortunately do not inherit the world. These are like canaries amongst sparrows and we now what happens to them in this abomination of a society.

13. 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 ...

Well, he is known but still often forgotten. Partly he is to blame himself, because he always understates himself. He seems to be able to make just about any film. A true artist.

14. 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 ...

What a lovely man! Well, at least that is the impression that I get from interviews I've seen with him and, of course, from his films. Wonderfully tranquil humor. A wide variety of films, none bad but some considerably better than others, probably due to his generosity towards actors.

15. 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 ...

"The Last Picture Show", "Paper Moon" and...what happened? Somewhat of a mystery.

16. James Clavell

Writer | The Great Escape

James Clavell was born on October 10, 1921, in Sydney, New South Wales, as Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell. He was a film and TV writer and producer. During World War II, he was a British soldier and a Japanese prisoner on Java and in Singapore, which lead to his great interest in things East Asian...

Actually, just one really great film "The Last Valley" - but what a film!

17. Volker Schlöndorff

Director | Die Blechtrommel

Has studied economy and political sciences as well as at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique (IDHEC) in Paris, France. Worked as an assistant director with Louis Malle, Jean-Pierre Melville and Alain Resnais. Founded his own production company Bioskop Film together with Reinhard Hauff ...

"The Legend of Rita" - that film alone puts him on this list. But he has done others as well and he is really not artsy-fartsy. Worth checking out, for sure.

18. Jean-Pierre Melville

Actor | À bout de souffle

The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its ...

Did he ever do a bad film? I don't think so but just like Kubrick he didn't do so many. Still, often strangely forgotten.

19. Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Producer | Deux jours, une nuit

After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business.

In 1978 ...

And Luc Dardenne. Two brothers who do films in their own special way. Their films hit you through "the (back) kitchen door" so to speak. Gradually you understand what you are witnessing and the magnitude of the injustice and intimidation of the characters in the film gets you in the belly, where a fire starts.

20. Emeric Pressburger

Writer | The Red Shoes

Educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart, Emeric Pressburger worked as a journalist in Hungary and Germany and an author and scriptwriter in Berlin and Paris. He was a Hungarian Jew, chased around Europe (he worked on films for UFA in Berlin and Paris) before World War II, finally ...

And Michael Powell. Those two are definitely not forgotten but when the average slob makes a list like this - where are they then? So, shame on you, you rascal you!

21. 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,...

"Four Friends", "Little Big Man", "The Chase", "The Miracle Worker", "The Left-handed Gun" and some crowd-pleases like "Bonnie and Clyde". Must we forget him just because he did "Penn and Teller Get Killed"?

22. Alan Arkin

Actor | Argo

Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer.

He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish emigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946, the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to ...

Did "Little Murders".

23. Alexander Mackendrick

Writer | The Man in the White Suit

One of the most distinguished (if frequently overlooked) directors ever to emerge from the British film industry, Alexander Mackendrick, was in fact born in the US (to Scottish parents), but grew up in his native Scotland, where he studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He started out as a ...

Director of "The Man In the White Suit". Yes, indeed. Need not be ashamed of "Whiskey Galore", "Ladykillers" and "Sweet Smell of Success" either but did that extraordinary film about our society "The Man In....". Bravo!

24. Tex Avery

Director | A Wild Hare

Tex Avery was a descendant of Judge Roy Bean and Daniel Boone, but all his grandma ever told him about it was "Don't ever mention you are kin to Roy Bean. He's a no good skunk!!" After graduating from North Dallas High School in 1927, Avery moved to Southern California in 1929 and got a job in the ...

The King of Comedy, indeed. Those animated shorts of his prove this man's outstanding genius. If there is anyone who deserves to stand on top of any list about movies, then it is this man. And you have hardly heard of him, have you, you rascal you?

25. Lana Wachowski

Writer | The Matrix

Lana Wachowski and her sister Lilly Wachowski, (also known as 'The Wachowskis') are the duo behind ground-breaking movies such as The Matrix (1999) and Cloud Atlas (2012). Born to mother Lynne, a nurse, and father Ron, a businessman of Polish descent, Wachowski grew up in Chicago and formed a tight...

And Andy W.. "The Matrix" and screenplay for "V For Vendetta" - need I say more?

26. Alain Resnais

Director | Hiroshima mon amour

Alain Resnais was born on June 3, 1922 in Vannes, Morbihan, France as Alain Pierre Marie Jean Georges Resnais. He was a director and editor, known for Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Same Old Song (1997) and My American Uncle (1980). He was married to Sabine Azéma and Florence Malraux. He died on March...

OK, artsy-fartsy at times but then there is this remarkable film "Mon Oncle D'Amerique" and everything takes on meaning and we marvel upon the profundity of it all.

27. Bob Clark

Director | A Christmas Story

Bob Clark was born on August 5, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Benjamin Clark. He was a director and writer, known for A Christmas Story (1983), Porky's (1981) and Baby Geniuses (1999). He died on April 4, 2007 in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.

The Speech of Sherlock Holmes directed to these three scoundrels of government in the film "Murder by Decree" is a life-changer with almost the impact of "The Bicycle Thief". Vittorio de Sica is not on this list, because he is simply to well-known. Bob Clark has his own style - worth checking out.

28. Charles Laughton

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent, respectively. He was educated at Stonyhurst (a highly esteemed Jesuit college in England) and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). ...

"Night of the Hunter" - his only film but, then again, what a film!

29. Cornel Wilde

Director | No Blade of Grass

Dashing actor Cornel Wilde was born Kornel Lajos Weisz on October 13, 1912, in Prievidza, Hungary (now part of Slovakia), to a Jewish family. In 1920, he immigrated to New York City with his parents, Rayna (Vid) and Vojtech Béla Weisz, and elder sister, Edith. His family Americanized their names ...

"The Naked Prey" surprised everyone when it came and is still surprising today. A unique director.

30. Ken Loach

Director | I, Daniel Blake

Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context.

After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into ...

The Working Class Hero of commercial film. With few exception, all his films are important and has something to tell about this abomination of a society and its power. Courageous.

31. Michael Winner

Director | Death Wish

Winner was an only child, born in Hampstead, London, England, to Helen (née Zlota) and George Joseph Winner (1910-1975), a company director. His family was Jewish; his mother was Polish and his father of Russian extraction. Following his father's death, Winner's mother gambled recklessly and sold ...

Got all the films I could lay my hand on from this director. Again, we have to do with a director who is most naughty in the eyes of power. In the times when he was most active, the seventies, one could say that a kind of phony liberalism was dominating the film scene. Michael Winner was naughty and therefore a reactionary in those times. Today, I would most certainly not like if he did the same films, because today, everybody is singing that same fascist song. A Michael Winner of today would have to be a Stalinist or something, in a way despicable but nevertheless entertaining in the vein of "No matter what they ever say - I'm against it"!

32. Roy Ward Baker

Director | Asylum

Roy Ward Baker's first job in films was as a teaboy at the Gainsborough Studios in London, England, but within three years he was working as an assistant director. During World War II, he worked in the Army Kinematograph Unit under Eric Ambler, a writer and film producer, who, after the war, gave ...

"A Night to Remember", "Quatermass and the Pit" and probably one or two I have never seen. Often neglected.

33. 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", "Odd Man Out", "Outcast of the Island", "Our Man In Havanna", "The Man Between" and "The Fallen Idol" are all top films. "Young Mr. Pit" I have not seen. Probably good like most of this director's, who's not appreciated enough.

34. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writer | Gertrud

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 ...

"The Passion of Joan of Arc", "Ordet", "The Day of Wrath", "Vampyr" and more from that groundbreaking director, not forgotten but hardly remembered enough, you rascal, you.

35. 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 ...

"The Crowd", "Our Daily Bread", "Street Scene", "Stella Dallas", "The Citadel" and "Hallelujah". Unfortunately also "The Fountainhead" (how could you, King?).

36. 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...

"Wild Boys of the Road", "The Ox-Bow Incident", "The Public Enemy", "Magic Town", "Yellow Sky" and a bunch of John Wayne-movies that don't fit in.

37. Wim Wenders

Director | Der Himmel über Berlin

Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...

"Paris, Texas", "The American Friend", "Kings of the Road" and "Wings of Desire". Original fimmaker

38. John Boorman

Producer | Excalibur

John Boorman attended Catholic school (Salesian Order) although his family was not, in fact, Roman Catholic. His first job was for a dry-cleaner. Later, he worked as a critic for a women's journal and for a radio station until he entered the television business, working for the BBC in Bristol. ...

"Hell In the Pacific", "Zardoz", "Point Blanc ", "Deliverance" and "Excalibur" - that's enough, isn't it you rascall, you ?

39. Nick Willing

Writer | Photographing Fairies

Nick Willing was born in 1961 in London, England. He is a writer and director, known for Photographing Fairies (1997), Close Your Eyes (2002) and Alice (2009).

"Photographing Fairies", "Close Your Eyes" and "The River King". Sometimes, so it seems, there comes around a highly inventive filmmaker with a real feel for the mystic, creating a fascinating world in which you like to take part. Not a blabbermouth like Tolkien or Rawlings - no the real thing as far as our hidden worlds go. Keep going Nick, even though they don't understand you, them rascal, them.

40. John Pilger

Writer | The War You Don't See

John Pilger was born on October 9, 1939 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is a writer and director, known for The War You Don't See (2010), Utopia (2013) and The Dirty War on the National Health Service (2019).

The filmmaker of documentaries, that you like to avoid, you rascal, you.

41. Franklin J. Schaffner

Director | Patton

Franklin J. Schaffner was one of the most innovative creative minds in the early days of American network television, utilizing a moving camera in the days when most television directors kept the camera static. His eye for visuals was developed in the dozens of live television programs he directed ...

"Planet of the Apes", "Papillon" and that fairy-tale "Patton". Still, deserves more attention in film-history than he usually gets. There's something about his use of film-score that is fascinating, if nothing else.

42. Emile de Antonio

Director | In the King of Prussia

The son of a wealthy physician, Emile de Antonio grew up in the tough coal-mining town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and it made a deep impression on him. His sympathies were always with working-class people (although he was a Harvard graduate, he was at times a dock worker, a peddler, the captain of ...

Did 10 documentaries, all in all, but I guess there isn't one of them you like to remember, you rascal, you.

43. Michael Ritchie

Director | The Golden Child

Michael Ritchie was born on November 28, 1938 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA as Michael Brunswick Ritchie. He was a director and producer, known for The Golden Child (1986), The Island (1980) and Fletch (1985). He was married to Jimmie Brown and Georgina Tebrock. He died on April 16, 2001 in New York ...

"Fletch Lives" but unfortunately so doesn't Michael Ritchie anymore. And I really enjoyed "Prime Cut" and a bunch of other movies as well.

44. 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 ...

Yes, he did that intensely alive "One Flew Over the Cucko's Nest", where you still get the illusion that you don't know what's coming although you've seen the movie a dozen times.

45. Alejandro Amenábar

Writer | The Others

Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis (1996). His film ...

"Tesis", "Open Your Eyes" and "The Others" and then where did you disappear Alejandro? Too much success? Hope to see you again but no more "Sea Inside" you rascal, you.

46. 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 ...

I guess it was his impossible name that got you "Spirited Away" and forget him in your lists, you rascal, you?

47. Richard Brooks

Writer | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer.

He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...

Blackboard Jungle, Elmer Gantry, The Professionals, In Cold Blood, Bite the Bullet, Wrong Is Right - still often forgotten.

48. Raoul Walsh

Director | Sadie Thompson

Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona ...

They Drive by Night, The Roaring Twenties, High Sierra, Pursued, Colorado Territory, White Heat, Distant Drums and many others not quite as good but still not remembered enough.

49. 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 ...

Often forgotten in lists. Because of his similarity to Hitchcock (who is not in this list, since appreciated enough)? Well, I've got news for you - this man stands his own ground, you rascal, you.

50. 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 ...

Four pretty strong films in a row - let's keep an eye on this one.

51. Antoine Fuqua

Producer | The Magnificent Seven

Antoine Fuqua is an American film director, known for his work in the film Training Day as well as The Replacement Killers, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer.

He has directed music videos for such artists as Arrested Development, Prince, ...

Training Day and Shooter - let's keep an eye on this one too.

52. 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 ...

Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness and Telling Stories and my eyes were wide open. Then came Palindromes with its ambiguity about pedophiles and one of my eyes firmly closed. Let not that other eye close as well, Todd.

53. Anatole Litvak

Director | The Snake Pit

The distinguished film director Anatole Litvak was born in the Ukrainian city of Kiev, the son of Jewish parents. His very first job was as a stage hand. In 1915, he became an actor, performing at a little-known experimental theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a teenager, he witnessed the 1917 ...

Act of Love and so many other deeply touching films and still he is often forgotten you rascal, you.

54. Jacques Tourneur

Director | Out of the Past

Born in Paris in 1904, Tourneur went to Hollywood with his father, director Maurice Tourneur around 1913. He started out as a script clerk and editor for his father, then graduated to such jobs as directing shorts (often with the pseudonym Jack Turner), both in France and America. He was hired to ...

Is gradually coming back to public memory, maybe in spite of you, you rascal, you. Just discovered "Stars In My Crown" and can now ad social awareness to all other awareness he proves in his mystic films.

55. 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...

Only 7 films but none of them bad and the last one "Sunchaser" really good. Will always be remembered by all non-rascals.

56. 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 ...

Well, not forgotten but is he really remembered enough?

57. John Carpenter

Soundtrack | Escape from New York

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

Should he really be on this list? Well, not for Halloween, but then there is that movie "They Live" and although it is remembered by some it is definitely not remembered enough. Even the director seems to have forgot it - maybe out of protection?

58. 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...

Director of "The Tin Star" and so many other great films and still seldom included in lists.

59. Robert Enrico

Director | Le vieux fusil

Robert Enrico studied in Toulon and then in Paris where he graduated from Lycée Voltaire. He later enrolled in the famous film school IDHEC where he specialized in editing and directing. Until 1956 he was an active member of the Sorbonne's mediaeval group "Les Théophiliens". From 1956 to 1959 he ...

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. That short film, although it owed much to Ambroise Bierce (the author of the story), was still so wonderfully shot, that its director deserves to be on this list. But there are other films - check them out.

60. Barry Levinson

Director | Rain Man

Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he ...

Wag the Dog. That's enough, but there is also Diner.

61. 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.

A Midnight Clear, Mother Night and, especially, Waking the Dead - just a coincidence? I don't think so and that's why he is on this list.

62. Nick Park

Writer | The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Nick Park was born on December 6, 1958 in Preston, Lancashire, England as Nicholas Wulstan Park. He is a writer and producer, known for Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Chicken Run (2000) and A Grand Day Out (1989).

"Surprise me", some old rascal said referring to good movies. Well, this guy and his partner have surely done that. Good films from clay figures - who could have expected that? OK, they are not forgotten, except on lists.

63. Byron Haskin

Director | The War of the Worlds

After graduation from the University of California at Berkeley, Byron Haskin worked for a time as a newspaper cartoonist. He began his career in the film industry in 1920 as a commercial-industrial movie photographer, and then as a cameraman for Pathe and International Newsreel. Later he became an ...

Together with his producer/director George Pal, he did many remarkable sci-fi films, such as "War of the Worlds".

64. George Pal

Producer | The War of the Worlds

George Pal was born on February 1, 1908, in Cegled, Austria-Hungary. Later, when he was still a child, his stage-entertainer parents divorced, and he was raised by his grandparents.

In 1928, Pal graduated from the Budapest Academy of Arts with a degree in Architecture and highly developed drawing ...

Did "The Time Machine" all on his own - well, sort of.

65. Karel Reisz

Director | Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Karel Reisz was born on July 21, 1926 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He was a director and producer, known for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) and Morgan! (1966). He was married to Betsy Blair and Julia Coppard. He died on November 25, 2002 in London, ...

Did, after all, "Who'll Stop the Rain". Is therefore on this list. Has however done more worth watching.

66. Ivan Passer

Director | Intimní osvetlení

Ivan Passer was born on July 10, 1933 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is a director and writer, known for Intimate Lighting (1965), A Boring Afternoon (1964) and Haunted Summer (1988).

Did "Cutter's Way". Is therefore on this list.

67. Tom Laughlin

Actor | Billy Jack

Tom Laughlin was born on August 10, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Thomas Robert Laughlin. He was an actor and director, known for Billy Jack (1971), The Trial of Billy Jack (1974) and The Born Losers (1967). He was married to Delores Taylor. He died on December 12, 2013 in Thousand Oaks, ...

So unique in many ways and almost totally without respect. Is therefore on this list. A fine example of standing up against intimidation.

68. Edgar G. Ulmer

Director | The Naked Dawn

Edgar G. Ulmer was born on September 17, 1904 in Olmütz, Moravia, Austria-Hungary as Edgar George Ulmer. He was a director and writer, known for The Naked Dawn (1955), The Black Cat (1934) and Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943). He was married to Shirley Ulmer and Joan Warner. He died on September 30, ...

Director of "Detour" and many other films. But Detour is enough for this list.

69. Joseph H. Lewis

Director | Gun Crazy

The term "style over content" fits director Joseph H. Lewis like a glove. His ability to elevate basically mundane and mediocre low-budget material to sublime cinematic art has gained him a substantial cult following among movie buffs. The Bonnie & Clyde look-alike Gun Crazy (1950), shot in 30 days...

"Gun Crazy" and "Terror in a Texas Town" are two good movies by this director but there are others that are hard to find, because of forgetfulness, no doubt.

70. Roy Andersson

Director | Sånger från andra våningen

Roy Andersson was born on March 31, 1943 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Roy Arne Lennart Andersson. He is a director and writer, known for Songs from the Second Floor (2000), A Swedish Love Story (1970) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014).

Highly original swedish director - check him out.

71. Jacques Becker

Writer | Le trou

His interest in films was stimulated by a meeting with King Vidor, who offered him employment in the US as actor and assistant director. However, he remained in France and became assistant to Jean Renoir, a friend of the family, during that director's peak period (1932-39). In 1934 he ventured ...

French director of such films as "Le Trou", "Ali Baba", "Casques D'or" and "Touchez pas au grisbi". Remember and check out.

72. Budd Boetticher

Director | Bullfighter and the Lady

Brilliant, distinguished American director, particularly of Westerns, whose simple, bleak style disguises a complex artistic temperament. The son of a wealthy hardware retailer, Boetticher attended Culver Military Academy and Ohio State University, where he excelled in football and boxing.


So many good westerns - check them out!

73. Frank Borzage

Director | No Greater Glory

Frank Borzage was born on April 23, 1894 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor and director, known for No Greater Glory (1934), 7th Heaven (1927) and Bad Girl (1931). He was married to Juanita Scott, Edna Skelton and Rena Rogers. He died on June 19, 1962 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

Still not remembered enough.

74. Michael Cacoyannis

Director | Alexis Zorbas

Sent to London to read for the Bar, Cacoyannis gravitated instead to the Old Vic stage school. He had a short stage career under the name "Michael Yannis" before deciding he wanted to direct films.

Zorba, but also a bunch of other good films.

75. Michael Crichton

Writer | Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he ...

A writer but also a great director - check out!

76. Henri-Georges Clouzot

Writer | Le salaire de la peur

Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau (1943) banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to ...

Wages of Fear and Diabolique are just the most well-known but almost all of his films, which admittedly are not so many, are good.

77. 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...

Always interesting. Never dull. Too often forgotten.

78. Edward Dmytryk

Director | Crossfire

Edward Dmytryk grew up in San Francisco, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. After his mother died when he was 6, his strict disciplinarian father beat the boy frequently, and the child began running away while in his early teens. Eventually, juvenile authorities allowed him to live alone at the age ...

So many good films by a director seldom mentioned, you rascal, you.

79. Gordon Douglas

Director | Them!

Starting out as a child actor, Gordon Douglas was eventually hired by Hal Roach as a gag writer. His first directorial assignments were for Roach's "Our Gang" series. Graduating to features, Douglas stayed with comedies, directing Oliver Hardy in Zenobia (1939) and both Hardy and Stan Laurel in ...

This director directed for 42 years, adding 97 titles to his name. Michael Curtiz directed 49 years with 173 titles to his name. Both of them stand out for having done many films of high quality. I have begun buying films just because he has directed them and I can't remember being disappointed once. Not even Slaughter's Big Ripoff was totally without charm but I suggest you go for "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye", "Them", "The Detective", "Barquero" and "In Like Flint" first.

80. 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 ...

Definitely not remembered enough.

81. 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 ...

Well, he is cult, that's for sure. But why is he so seldom on lists?

82. Kenji Mizoguchi

Director | Ugetsu monogatari

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 ...

Before and besides Akira Kurosawa there were others. This director made many beautiful films.

83. Sydney Pollack

Director | Tootsie

Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films.

Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...

He is there out in the open and still often strangely forgotten.

84. Francesco Rosi

Writer | Cadaveri eccellenti

Francesco Rosi was born on November 15, 1922 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Illustrious Corpses (1976), La sfida (1958) and Salvatore Giuliano (1962). He was married to Giancarla Mandelli. He died on January 10, 2015 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Cadaveri Eccellenti - when will it ever arrive on dvd? Still, there is plenty to go around from this analytical director.

85. Robert Rossen

Writer | The Hustler

Robert Rossen was born on March 16, 1908 in New York City, New York, USA as Robert Rosen. He was a writer and director, known for The Hustler (1961), All the King's Men (1949) and Lilith (1964). He was married to Susan Siegal. He died on February 18, 1966 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Persecuted and forgotten in fascist times.

86. Ettore Scola

Writer | Una giornata particolare

Ettore Scola was born on May 10, 1931 in Trevico, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for A Special Day (1977), The Family (1987) and Passion of Love (1981). He was married to Gigliola. He died on January 19, 2016 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

We All Loved Each Other So Much The Family The Terrace Passion Of Love ... to name a few. Check out!

87. 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,...

Menschen am Sontag Nachts wenn der Teufel kam The Killers (även Don Siegel’s) Spiral Staircase Cry of the City Dark Mirror Kampf um Rom Mein Schulfreund Cobra Woman Crimson Pirate Criss-Cross name a few - the rest is maybe not yet released.

88. Bertrand Tavernier

Director | Un dimanche à la campagne

Bertrand Tavernier was a law student that preferred write film criticisms. He also wrote a few books about American movies. Then his first film won a few awards in France and abroad and established his reputation.

Ca Commense Aujourd’hui Clockmaker of St Paul Coup de Torchon L’Appat La Mort en Direct (Death Watch) Le Juge et le assassin name a few

89. 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 ...

Forgotten on lists, otherwise maybe not.

90. Tom Tykwer

Composer | Lola rennt

Director, writer, producer and composer Tom Tykwer was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. He showed an interest in film-making from childhood, making super 8 films from the age of 11. Among his first jobs was working at a local art-house cinema. Tykwer eventually relocated to Berlin, first working...

Perfume Heaven The Princess and the Warrior The International and, yeah, run lola - nah, I forget that one, I think.

91. Mario Van Peebles

Actor | Heartbreak Ridge

Mario Van Peebles is a highly regarded director, actor, producer and writer. His directorial skills can be seen in the retelling of the epic mini-series "Roots" starring Forest Whitaker and Matthew Goode. Van Pebbles has directed award-winning shows such as the recent hit "Empire" and "The Last ...

Panther and Posse.

92. 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...

Is he really remembered enough? I'm not sure.

93. Nick Broomfield

Director | Ghosts

Nick Broomfield was born on January 30, 1948 in London, England. He is a director and producer, known for Ghosts (2006), Battle for Haditha (2007) and Soldier Girls (1981).

Battle For Haditha Aileen

Yes, we definitely need more of these films.

94. Philippe de Broca

Director | L'homme de Rio

Philippe de Broca born in 1933 worked as an assistant for Claude Chabrol and Francois Truffaut ( "Les 400 coups" aka "The 400 blows" ). From 1960 to 2004 he directed over 30 full-length feature films, including the highly successful adventure movies such as "That Man from Rio" (L'Homme de Rio) in ...

Le Magnifique King of Hearts L’Homme de Rio Les Tribulations D’un Chinoise en Chine

I definitely think that those should not be forgotten.

95. Sidney Gilliat

Writer | State Secret

Sidney Gilliat, the English director, screenwriter, and producer, was born on February 15, 1908 in Edgely, Cheshire, England. He began his screen-writing career in the silent movie era, writing inter-titles, going uncredited for his contributions to Honeymoon Abroad (1928), Champagne (1928), and ...

Green For Danger Millions Like Us Only Two Can Play

Those I could get hold on but I think there is more good stuff from this director out there.

96. Lasse Hallström

Director | What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Lasse Hallström was born on June 2, 1946 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Lars Hallström. He is a director and writer, known for What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Chocolat (2000) and My Life as a Dog (1985). He has been married to Lena Olin since March 18, 1994. They have one child. He was...

Except for Chocolat, pretty good movies and amongst them "My Life As a Dog", maybe the best swedish movie made since Wild Strawberries.

97. Anders Thomas Jensen

Writer | Adams æbler

Anders Thomas Jensen was born on 6th April 1972 in Frederiksværk on Sjælland in Denmark to Carl Benny Jensen and Kirsten Jensen (born Sørensen). He attended the high school in Frederiksværk from 1988 to 1991. In 1990 while still in high school, he wrote and directed 10 år på bagen - 3 år i skyggen ...

There are other danes making movies besides Lars von Trier.

98. 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 ...

A crazy-looking japanese director, who is not so crazy as he looks.

99. Mike Leigh

Director | Happy-Go-Lucky

Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Another Year (2010). He was previously married to Alison Steadman.

Made some rather touching films - worth checking out.

100. Max Ophüls

Director | La ronde

Director Max Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, Germany. He began his career as a stage actor and director in the golden twenties. He worked in cities such as Stuttgart, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Vienna, Frankfurt, Breslau and Berlin. In 1929 his son Marcel Ophüls was born in Frankfurt, ...

Something tells me, that this director is also too often neglected. Something may not always be right.

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