Artimidor's Complete Film Ratings by Directorby Artimidor | created - 14 Jan 2012 | updated - 6 days ago | Public
What we've got here is work in progress list comprising my favorite film directors, detailed ratings of films already seen are included and added to the various directors. Directors with only one entry yet will be added to the bottom of the list - this however only in case they can be considered acclaimed directors or where I definitely plan to watch more. Once at least two ratings are available they'll be moved up and sorted into the main list. So consider it more a Top 50 list with the rest lying in waiting to join the fray...
Latest evaluations: 2019/11/29 ~ 4.2 - Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Branagh, 1994) # 2019/11/22 ~ 7.1 - Prophet's Prey (Berg, 2015) 2019/11/10 ~ 7.3 - Poil de Carotte (Duvivier, 1932) 2019/11/08 ~ 7.2 - Suspicion (Hitchcock, 1941) 2019/10/04 ~ 7.4 - Welcome, or No Trespassing (Klimov, 1964) 2019/09/27 ~ 7.7 - Pitfall (Teshigahara, 1962) 2019/09/21 ~ 8.3 - Kanal (Wajda, 1957) 2019/09/14 ~ 8.1 - Faces Places (Varda, 2017) 2019/09/13 ~ 6.7 - The Scar (Kieslowski, 1976) 2019/09/07 ~ 8.1 - Kiss Me, Stupid (Wilder, 1964)
(*) ... Reviewed/to be reviewed on my Masterpieces list (**) ... Reviewed on my Essential TV Series list (#) ... Director unlisted until further noteworthy works emerge
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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 ...
9.9 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
9.7 - A Clockwork Orange (1971)
9.5 - Paths of Glory (1957)
9.3 - The Shining (1980)
9.1 - Dr. Strangelove (1964)
9.0 - Full Metal Jacket (1987)
8.9 - Spartacus (1960)
8.8 - Barry Lyndon (1975)
8.5 - The Killing (1956)
8.4 - Lolita (1962)
8.0 - Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
7.6 - Killer's Kiss (1955)
6.8 - Fear and Desire (1953)
Documentaries on Stanley Kubrick: 8.2 - Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (Harlan, 2001)
2. 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 ...
Evaluated films: 9.8 - Mulholland Dr. (2001) 9.2 - The Elephant Man (1980) 9.0 - Twin Peaks (TV series, 1990-1991) 8.9 - Inland Empire (2006) 8.8 - Eraserhead (1977) 8.5 - The Straight Story (1999) 8.1 - Blue Velvet (1986) 7.9 - Wild at Heart (1990) 7.5 - Twin Peaks: The Return (TV series, 2017) 7.4 - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) 7.3 - Lost Highway (1997) 6.0 - Eraserhead Stories (2001)
Director | Psycho
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and ...
9.7 - Vertigo (1958)
9.6 - Psycho (1960)
9.3 - Rear Window (1954)
9.2 - Strangers on a Train (1951)
9.1 - Dial M for Murder (1954)
8.8 - North by Northwest (1959)
8.5 - The Birds (1963)
8.3 - Rebecca (1940)
8.3 - The Paradine Case (1947)
8.2 - Rope (1948)
8.1 - The 39 Steps (1935)
8.1 - Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
8.0 - The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
8.0 - The Lady Vanishes (1938)
7.9 - The Trouble with Harry (1955)
7.9 - Frenzy (1972)
7.8 - Notorious (1946)
7.8 - Family Plot (1976)
7.8 - Lifeboat (1944)
7.6 - The Wrong Man (1956)
7.5 - I Confess (1953)
7.4 - Spellbound (1945)
7.4 - Saboteur (1942)
7.3 - Marnie (1964)
7.2 - To Catch a Thief (1955)
7.2 - Torn Curtain (1966)
7.2 - Suspicion (1941)
7.2 - The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)
6.8 - Stage Fright (1950)
6.6 - Topaz (1969)
Documentaries on Alfred Hitchcock: 8.1 - Hitchcock/Truffaut (Jones, 2015)
4. 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 ...
5. 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.
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 ...
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/...
Director | To Kill a Mockingbird
Robert Mulligan was born on August 23, 1925 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Robert Patrick Mulligan Jr. He was a director and producer, known for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Summer of '42 (1971) and The Other (1972). He was married to Sandy Mulligan and Jane Lee Sutherland. He died ...
Writer | Ran
After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...
9.6 - Rashomon (1950)
9.5 - Ikiru (1952)
9.3 - Seven Samurai (1954)
9.3 - Ran (1985)
9.2 - The Hidden Fortress (1958)
9.0 - Throne of Blood (1957)
8.7 - Sanjuro (1962)
8.5 - Dersu Uzala (1975)
8.5 - Red Beard (1965)
8.3 - Yojimbo (1961)
8.3 - High and Low (1963)
8.0 - Stray Dog (1949)
8.0 - Kagemusha (1980)
7.8 - Dodes'ka-den (1970)
7.8 - Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
7.3 - I Live in Fear (1955)
7.0 - The Lower Depths (1957)
Documentaries on Akira Kurosawa: 7.9 - Great Performances: Kurosawa (Low, 2002)
10. Billy Wilder
Writer | The Apartment
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many ...
Evaluated films: 9.6 - Sunset Blvd. (1950) 9.5 - The Apartment (1960) 9.3 - Double Indemnity (1944) 9.0 - Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 8.7 - The Lost Weekend (1945) 8.6 - Ace in the Hole (1951) 8.5 - Some Like It Hot (1959) 8.4 - Stalag 17 (1953) 8.3 - The Seven Year Itch (1955) 8.2 - The Front Page (1975) 8.1 - Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) 8.0 - The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) 8.0 - One, Two, Three (1961) 7.9 - The Fortune Cookie (1966) 7.9 - A Foreign Affair (1958) 7.7 - Sabrina (1954) 7.6 - Avanti! (1972) 7.5 - The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) 7.4 - The Major and the Minor (1942) 7.3 - Love in the Afternoon (1957)
11. Terrence Malick
Writer | Days of Heaven
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.
A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...
12. 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 ...
13. Andrei Tarkovsky
Writer | Solyaris
The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood (1962), which ...
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 (...
9.6 - The Decalogue (TV mini-series, 1988)
[*] - A Short Film About Love (1988)
[*] - A Short Film About Killing (1988)
9.3 - Three Colors: Blue (1993)
9.1 - The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
8.7 - Three Colors: Red (1994)
8.6 - Three Colors: White (1994)
7.8 - Camera Buff (1979)
7.7 - Blind Chance (1986)
6.7 - The Scar (1976)
[*] ... Feature film version of a "Decalogue" episode
15. F.W. Murnau
Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air ...
16. 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 ...
17. 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 ...
9.5 - Tokyo Story (1953)
8.6 - Late Spring (1949)
8.5 - The Only Son (1936)
8.1 - A Hen in the Wind (1948)
8.1 - The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941)
8.0 - An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
8.0 - Early Summer (1951)
8.0 - Equinox Flower (1958)
7.9 - Good Morning (1959)
7.8 - Late Autumn (1960)
7.7 - There Was a Father (1942)
7.4 - I Was Born, But... (1932)
Documentaries on Yasujirô Ozu: 7.0 - Tokyo-Ga (Wenders, 1985)
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 ...
Writer | La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano
20. Elem Klimov
Director | Idi i smotri
Elem Klimov was born on July 9, 1933 in Stalingrad, Nizhne-Volzhskiy kray, RSFSR, USSR as Elem Germanovich Klimov. He was a director and actor, known for Come and See (1985), Rasputin (1981) and Farewell (1983). He was married to Larisa Shepitko. He died on October 26, 2003 in Moscow, Russia.
21. 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 ...
Evaluated films: 9.4 - Great Expectations (1946) 9.3 - Brief Encounter (1945) 8.8 - Doctor Zhivago (1965) 8.7 - Hobson's Choice (1954) 8.7 - Oliver Twist (1948) 8.5 - Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 8.4 - The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 8.2 - A Woman's Story (1949) 8.1 - Ryan's Daughter (1970) 7.9 - Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952) 7.8 - A Passage to India (1984) 7.7 - In Which We Serve (1942) 7.5 - Madeleine (1950) 7.4 - Blithe Spirit (1945) 7.4 - This Happy Breed (1944) 7.3 - Summertime (1955)
22. Victor Fleming
Director | Gone with the Wind
Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the ...
23. 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 ...
24. 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 ...
9.4 - 12 Angry Men (1957)
9.0 - Network (1975)
8.6 - Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
8.6 - Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
7.3 - The Verdict (1982)
6.8 - Long Day's Journey Into Night (1968)
6.5 - The Morning After (1986)
Documentaries on Sidney Lumet: 7.0 - By Sidney Lumet (Buirski, 2015)
25. Jim Jarmusch
Director | Broken Flowers
Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
Evaluated films: 9.4 - Night on Earth (1991) 9.0 - Dead Man (1995) 8.3 - Mystery Train (1989) 8.3 - Stranger Than Paradise (1984) 8.1 - Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) 8.0 - Down by Law (1986) 7.8 - Broken Flowers (2005) 7.4 - Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) 7.0 - Paterson (2016) 6.7 - Permanent Vacation (1980) 6.4 - The Year of the Horse (1997)
Director | Letyat zhuravli
Mikhail Kalatozov was born on December 28, 1903 in Tiflis, Russian Empire as Mikhail Kalatozishvili. He was a director and cinematographer, known for The Cranes Are Flying (1957), True Friends (1954) and Zagovor obrechyonnykh (1950). He died on March 27, 1973 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.
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 ...
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 ...
9.4 - Apocalypse Now (1979)
8.8 - The Godfather (1972)
8.7 - The Godfather: Part II (1974)
8.7 - The Conversation (1974)
8.0 - The Godfather: Part III (1990)
7.2 - Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Documentaries on Francis Ford Coppola: 8.2 - Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (Bahr/Hickenlooper, 1991)
29. 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 ...
30. Fritz Lang
Actor | Le mépris
Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...
Evaluated films: 9.4 - Metropolis, uncut (1927) 8.6 - Destiny (1921) 8.5 - M (1931) 8.2 - Fury (1936) 8.2 - The Big Heat (1953) 8.0 - You Only Live Once (1937) 8.0 - The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) 7.4 - The Woman in the Window (1944) 7.3 - The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960) 7.2 - Ministry of Fear (1944) 7.2 - Tiger of Bengal (1959) 7.1 - Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) 7.1 - The Indian Tomb (1959) 6.2 - Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922) 6.0 - Secret Beyond the Door (1947)
31. Edgar Reitz
Director | Die andere Heimat - Chronik einer Sehnsucht
Studied theatre science, German philology, art history, and publicism in Munich. Published some poems and short stories during early 1950s, co-edited the literature magazine "Spuren". In 1952, he took acting lessons, co-founded a student theatre which became established as the university's studio ...
Evaluated films: 9.4 - Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (TV series, 1984) 8.5 - Heimat III: A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings (TV series, 2004) 8.4 - Heimat II: A Chronicle of a Generation (TV series, 1992) 8.3 - Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (2013) 7.1 - Geschichten aus den Hunsrückdörfern (1981) 6.8 - Heimat Fragments: The Women (2006)
32. 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 ...
Writer | El laberinto del fauno
Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ...
34. Terry Gilliam
Writer | Brazil
Terry Gilliam was born near Medicine Lake, Minnesota. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of MAD magazine. In his early twenties he was often stopped by the police who suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising. In ...
Evaluated films: 9.3 - Brazil (1985) 9.1 - Tideland (2005) 8.6 - Twelve Monkeys (1995) 8.5 - The Fisher King (1991) 8.4 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1989) 7.5 - Time Bandits (1981) 7.2 - The Brothers Grimm (2005) 7.0 - The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen (1988) 6.8 - Jabberwocky (1977) 4.6 - The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
35. Robert Bresson
Writer | Au hasard Balthazar
Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin (1943) in 1943. His next film, Les ...
36. Michael Haneke
Writer | Caché
A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world ...
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...
38. 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 ...
39. 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. ...
40. René Clément
Director | Jeux interdits
René Clément was one of the leading French directors of the post-World War II era. He directed what are regarded as some of the greatest films of the time, such as The Battle of the Rails (1946), Forbidden Games (1952) and The Day and the Hour (1963). He was later almost forgotten as a director. He...
41. Robert Wise
Director | West Side Story
Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an ...
Evaluated films: 9.3 - The Sound of Music (1965) 8.4 - The Sand Pebbles (1966) 8.2 - The Body Snatcher (1945) 7.9 - The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) 7.8 - The Curse of the Cat People (1944) 7.6 - Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) 7.1 - The Haunting (1971) 7.1 - West Side Story (1961) 6.4 - Run Silent Run Deep (1958)
Director | Suna no onna
Hiroshi Teshigahara was born the son of Sofu Teshigahara who was the founder of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (flower arrangement). In 1950, he graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in oil painting. In 1958, he became the director of Sogetsu Art Centre and took a ...
43. Errol Morris
His documentaries helped spur a rebirth of non-fiction film in the 80s & garnered wide critical success. But until 2003's "The Fog of War," Morris was shunned by the Academy Awards.
Morris' first two films won much acclaim (Gates of Heaven (1978) and Vernon, Florida (1981)). In the second movie, ...
Evaluated films: 9.2 - The Thin Blue Line (1988) 8.6 - Standard Operating Procedure (2008) 8.5 - The Fog of War (2003) 8.2 - Tabloid (2010) 8.0 - The Unknown Known (2013) 8.0 - A Brief History of Time (1991) 7.9 - Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred Leuchter (1999) 7.6 - Gates of Heaven (1978) 7.2 - Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) 7.2 - Vernon, Florida (1981)
44. 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 ...
45. Charlie Kaufman
Writer | Synecdoche, New York
Avid reader Charlie Kaufman wrote plays and made short films as a young student. He moved from Massapequa, New York to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1972 where he attended high school. As a comedic actor, he performed in school plays and, after graduation, he enrolled at Boston University but soon ...
46. 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).
47. Terry Jones
Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. His father was a bank clerk, mother - mistress of the house. He has an older brother, Nigel Jones (1940-). He studied at St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford University. In 1965, with his friend Michael Palin, he made The Late Show (1966) for television, ...
48. 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...
49. Charles Chaplin
Writer | The Great Dictator
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...
9.1 - Modern Times (1936)
8.8 - Limelight (1952)
8.6 - The Gold Rush (1925)
8.4 - The Kid (1921)
8.4 - The Circus (1928)
8.3 - City Lights (1931)
8.3 - The Pilgrim (1923)
8.2 - The Great Dictator (1940)
7.3 - Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
7.3 - A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923)
6.5 - A King in New York (1957)
Documentaries on Charles Chaplin: 8.9 - Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (Schickel, 2003)
50. Buster Keaton
Actor | The General
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...
9.1 - The General (1926)
8.7 - Seven Chances (1925)
8.4 - The Cameraman (1928)
8.2 - The Navigator (1924)
8.2 - Sherlock Jr. (1924)
8.0 - Our Hospitality (1923)
7.4 - Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
7.1 - Battling Butlers (1926)
6.9 - Go West (1925)
6.0 - Three Ages (1923)
Documentaries on Buster Keaton: 8.2 - Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (Brownlow, 1987)
51. 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...
Evaluated films: 9.1 - The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) 8.8 - Casablanca (1942) 8.3 - The Sea Hawk (1942) 8.3 - Captain Blood (1935) 7.8 - Mildred Pierce (1945) 7.8 - The Sea Wolf (1941) 7.7 - The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) 7.7 - They Died With Their Boots On (1941) 7.4 - Dodge City (1939) 7.4 - The Walking Dead (1936) 7.4 - Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) 6.9 - White Christmas (1954) 6.8 - Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
52. Ron Fricke
Cinematographer | Samsara
53. 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 ...
54. Werner Herzog
Director | Fitzcarraldo
Director. Writer. Producer. Actor. Poet. He studied history, literature and theatre for some time, but didn't finish it and founded instead his own film production company in 1963. Later in his life, Herzog also staged several operas in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has...
9.1 - Stroszek (1977)
8.3 - Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)
8.3 - On Death Row (TV series, 2012)
8.2 - The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
8.2 - Fizcarraldo (1982)
8.2 - Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)
8.1 - Grizzly Man (2005)
8.1 - Lessons of Darkness (1992)
8.1 - Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
8.0 - The White Diamond (2004)
8.0 - My Best Fiend - Klaus Kinski (1999)
8.0 - Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
7.8 - The Great Ecstasy of the Wood Carver Steiner (1974)
7.7 - Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
7.6 - Cobra Verde (1987)
7.5 - Into the Abyss (2011)
7.5 - Land of Silence and Darkness (1971)
7.2 - Heart of Glass (1968)
7.0 - Wheel of Time (2002)
7.0 - Bells from the Deep (1993)
6.8 - Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010)
6.8 - La Soufrière (1977)
6.5 - Woyzeck (1979)
2.8 - Fata Morgana (1971)
Documentaries on Werner Herzog: 8.3 - Burden of Dreams (Blank, 1982)
Writer | Gabbeh
Mohsen Makhmalbaf is known as one of the most influential filmmakers and founders of the new wave of Iranian cinema in the world today.
Many of his films like Salam Cinema, A Moment Of Innocence, Gabbeh, Kandahar and The President have been widely well received across the globe and have brought him ...
56. 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...
57. 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...
58. 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 ...
9.0 - Close-Up (1990)
8.7 - Certified Copy (2010)
8.7 - Ten (2002)
8.5 - Where is the Friend's Home? (1987)
8.3 - Taste of Cherry (1997)
8.2 - Through the Olive Trees (1994)
8.1 - The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
8.0 - Life, and Nothing More (1992)
7.7 - Homework (1989)
7.0 - The Experience (1973)
7.0 - Shirin (2008)
6.5 - ABC Africa (2001)
Documentaries on Abbas Kiarostami: 7.7 - Abbas Kiarostami: The Art of Living (Collins/Daly, 2003)
59. Jean-Luc Godard
Director | Pierrot le fou
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...
Evaluated films: 9.0 - Breathless (1960) 8.7 - Vivre Sa Vie (1962) 8.7 - Band of Outsiders (1964) 7.8 - A Woman Is a Woman (1961) 7.7 - Contempt (1963) 6.9 - Alphaville (1965) 6.8 - Masculin Féminin (1966) 6.7 - 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967) 6.1 - Weekend (1967) 6.0 - Pierrot le Fou (1965) 5.0 - JLG/JLG: Self-Portrait in December (1994) 2.5 - Nouvelle Vague (1990)
60. 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 ...
61. Robert Aldrich
Director | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Robert Aldrich entered the film industry in 1941 when he got a job as a production clerk at RKO Pictures. He soon worked his way up to script clerk, then became an assistant director, a production manager and an associate producer. He began writing and directing for TV series in the early 1950s, ...
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 ...
Evaluated films: 9.0 - The 400 Blows (1959) 8.6 - Day for Night (1973) 8.4 - Shoot the Piano Player (1960) 8.2 - Confidentially Yours (1983) 8.0 - Jules and Jim (1962) 7.8 - The Story of Adele H (1975) 7.8 - Antoine and Colette (1962) 7.7 - Stolen Kisses (1968) 7.6 - Bed & Board (1970) 7.6 - The Woman Next Door (1981) 7.4 - Love at Twenty [Segment] (1962) 7.3 - The Wild Child (1970) 7.2 - Two English Girls (1971) 7.1 - Love on the Run (1971) 6.4 - The Last Metro (1980)
63. 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), Samurai Rebellion (1967) and The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961). He died on October 4, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.
64. 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,...
65. 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 ...
66. Marjane Satrapi
Director | Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi was born on November 22, 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She is a director and actress, known for Persepolis (2007), The Voices (2014) and Chicken with Plums (2011). She is married to Mattias Ripa. She was previously married to Reza.
67. 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...
9.0 - Zelig (1983)
8.5 - Annie Hall (1977)
8.4 - The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
8.1 - Love and Death (1975)
8.0 - Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
7.9 - Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
7.7 - Blue Jasmine (2013)
7.4 - Manhattan (1979)
7.3 - Bananas (1971)
7.1 - Sleeper (1973)
7.0 - Stardust Memories (1980)
6.8 - Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
6.4 - Deconstructing Harry (1997)
6.3 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972)
Documentaries on Woody Allen: 7.4 - Woody Allen: A Documentary (Weide, 2012)
68. Darren Aronofsky
Director | Pi
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won ...
69. 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).
70. Peter Weir
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 ...
71. 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...
72. 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. ...
73. Hal Ashby
Editor | In the Heat of the Night
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 ...
74. George Stevens
Director | Giant
George Stevens, a filmmaker known as a meticulous craftsman with a brilliant eye for composition and a sensitive touch with actors, is one of the great American filmmakers, ranking with John Ford, William Wyler and Howard Hawks as a creator of classic Hollywood cinema, bringing to the screen ...
75. 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 ...
76. 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 ...
Evaluated films: 8.9 - Sansho the Bailiff (1954) 8.7 - Street of Shame (1956) 8.6 - Ugetsu (1953) 8.2 - Life of Oharu (1952) 8.1 - The Crucified Lovers (1954) 7.9 - Miss Oyu (1951) 7.9 - The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939) 7.5 - A Geisha (1953) 7.5 - Yôkihi (1955) 7.0 - Woman in the Rumor (1954)
77. Ingmar Bergman
Writer | Smultronstället
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (1996) is the ...
8.9 - Persona (1966)
8.7 - Fanny and Alexander (1982)
8.5 - The Virgin Spring (1960)
8.2 - Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
8.1 - The Magician (1958)
8.1 - Winter Light (1963)
8.1 - Shame (1968)
8.1 - Cries and Whispers (1972)
8.1 - Hour of the Wolf (1968)
8.0 - Wild Strawberries (1957)
8.0 - Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
7.8 - Saraband (2003)
7.7 - The Silence (1963)
7.4 - The Seventh Seal (1957)
Documentaries on Ingmar Bergmank: 7.3 - Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work (Donner, 1998)
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 ...
79. 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, ...
Evaluated films: 8.8 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 8.6 - Schindler's List (1993) 8.6 - Jaws (1979) 8.4 - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 8.3 - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) 8.2 - E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 8.1 - Saving Private Ryan (1998) 7.6 - Duel (1971) 7.5 - The Color Purple (1985) 7.5 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 7.4 - Minority Report (2002) 7.3 - Jurassic Park (1993) 7.3 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) 6.9 - Artificial Intelligence: A.I. (2001) 4.5 - Twilight Zone: The Movie [Segment] (1983)
80. Jafar Panahi
Director | Taxi
Jafar Panahi (Born 11 July 1960) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor, commonly identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement. After several years of making short films and working as an assistant director for fellow Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi achieved ...
81. 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 ...
82. Kaneto Shindô
Writer | Ichimai no hagaki
Kaneto Shindô was born on April 22, 1912 in Hiroshima, Japan. He was a writer and director, known for Postcard (2010), A Last Note (1995) and The Naked Island (1960). He was married to Nobuko Otowa and Miyo Shindo. He died on May 29, 2012 in Hiroshima.
83. Andrew Jarecki
Producer | Capturing the Friedmans
Andrew Jarecki is an American filmmaker, musician, and entrepreneur. He is best known for the Emmy-winning 2015 HBO documentary series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" that led to the arrest and imprisonment of Mr. Durst. He is also known for documentary film "Capturing the Friedmans...
84. 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 ...
8.8 - Taxi Driver (1976)
8.5 - The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
8.3 - King of Comedy (1983)
8.3 - A Personal Journey Through American Movies (1995)
8.2 - Raging Bull (1980)
8.1 - Goodfellas (1990)
8.0 - Casino (1995)
8.0 - After Hours (1985)
7.6 - The Departed (2006)
7.3 - Hugo (2011)
7.1 - Shutter Island (2010)
7.0 - Cape Fear (1991)
6.8 - Mean Streets (1973)
6.8 - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
Documentaries on Martin Scorsese: 7.9 - American Masters: Martin Scorsese Directs (Fischler/Sucher, 1990)
85. John Ford
Director | The Quiet Man
John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...
Evaluated films: 8.8 - The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 8.5 - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 8.2 - The Searchers (1956) 8.1 - Stagecoach (1939) 7.8 - The Informer (1935) 7.7 - How the West Was Won (1962) 7.4 - The Quiet Man (1952) 7.5 - My Darling Clementine (1946) 7.3 - How Green Was My Valley (1941) 7.1 - Wagon Master (1950) 7.1 - 7 Women (1966) 7.0 - The Sun Shines Bright (1953) 7.0 - They Were Expendable (1945) 6.8 - Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 6.5 - She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
86. Luis Buñuel
Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie
The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the ...
Evaluated films: 8.8 - Un Chien Andalou (1929) 8.4 - The Exterminating Angel (1962) 8.4 - Los Olvidados (1950) 8.3 - L'Âge d'Or (1930) 8.2 - Belle de Jour (1967) 8.1 - Viridiana (1961) 8.1 - The Phantom of Liberty (1974) 7.5 - Land Without Bread (1932) 7.4 - That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) 7.3 - Tristana (1970) 7.3 - El (1953) 7.2 - Simon of the Desert (1965) 7.0 - The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
87. 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 ...
88. Steve James
Director | The Interrupters
Steve James was born in Hampton, Virginia, USA. He is a director and producer, known for The Interrupters (2011), Hoop Dreams (1994) and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016). He is married to Judy James.
89. Stan Laurel
Actor | Sons of the Desert
Stan Laurel came from a theatrical family, his father was an actor and theatre manager, and he made his stage debut at the age of 16 at Pickard's Museum, Glasgow. He traveled with Fred Karno's vaudeville company to the United States in 1910 and again in 1913. While with that company he was Charles ...
Stan Laurel is recognized as the creative mind behind all Laurel/Hardy vehicles (only features are listed).
Evaluated films: 8.8 - Way Out West (1937) 8.1 - Pardon Ust (1931) 8.0 - March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) 7.9 - The Devil's Brother (1933) 7.9 - Swiss Miss (1938) 7.6 - Sons of the Desert (1933) 7.5 - Our Relations (1936) 7.4 - Pack Up Your Troubles (1932) 7.0 - Bonny Scotland (1935) 7.0 - The Bohemian Girl (1935)
90. Adam Elliot
Director | Mary and Max
Grew up on a shrimp farm in southern Australia together with two brothers, one sister and two parrots. He discerned his artistic abilities at an early age and spent five years studying photography, painting, pottery etc. In 1996 he began his studies at the Victorian College of the Arts where Uncle ...
91. Mike Nichols
Director | The Graduate
He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin. He later ...
92. Victor Sjöström
Actor | Smultronstället
Victor Sjöström was born on September 20, 1879, and is the undisputed father of Swedish film, ranking as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of ...
93. 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 ...
Evaluated films: 8.7 - Kings of the Road (1976) 8.6 - Paris, Texas (1984) 8.5 - Alice in the Cities (1974) 8.3 - Wings of Desire (1987) 8.3 - Pina (2011) 8.3 - The Salt of the Earth (2014) 7.0 - Faraway, So Close! (1993) 7.0 - Tokyo-Ga (1985) 6.9 - The American Friend (1977) 6.8 - Beyond the Clouds (1995) 6.0 - Room 666 (1982) 5.5 - Until the End of the World (1991)
94. 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 ...
Evaluated films: 8.7 - Stairway to Heaven (1946) 8.6 - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) 8.3 - The Red Shoes (1948) 8.2 - 49th Parallel (1941) 8.1 - The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) 8.0 - I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) 7.8 - Peeping Tom (1960) 7.7 - The Edge of the World (1937) 7.7 - The Thief of Bagdad (1940) 7.6 - The Battle at the River Plate (1956) 7.6 - Black Narcissus (1947) 7.2 - Ill Met By Moonlight (1957) 7.1 - One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) 6.5 - A Canterbury Tale (1944)
95. 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 ...
Director | Aleksandr Nevskiy
The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and ...
97. Jean Renoir
Writer | La grande illusion
Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he ...
Evaluated films: 8.7 - La Grande Illusion (1937) 8.5 - The River (1951) 8.3 - The Rules of the Game (1939) 8.3 - A Day in the Country (1936) 8.2 - La Bête Humaine (1938) 7.7 - Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932) 7.5 - French Cancan (1955) 7.4 - This Land is Mine (1943) 6.8 - The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
98. 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 ...
Director | The Devil Is a Woman
Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop ...
100. 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 ...