Top 30 Best Directors

by arthurjason-13593 | created - 11 Nov 2018 | updated - 12 Nov 2018 | Public

1. 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 ...

2. 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, ...

3. Stephen Chbosky

Writer | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky was born on January 25, 1970 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Wonder (2017). He has been married to Liz Chbosky since 2010.

4. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...

5. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "...

6. Sam Raimi

Director | Spider-Man

Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead (1981). From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making ...

7. Richard Starzak

Writer | Shaun the Sheep Movie

Richard Starzak was born in 1959 in Suffolk, England. He is a writer and director, known for Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015), Shaun the Sheep (2007) and Creature Comforts (2003).

8. Mark Burton

Writer | Shaun the Sheep Movie

Mark Burton is known for his work on Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015), Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) and Madagascar (2005).

9. David Leitch

Actor | Deadpool 2

David Leitch is a billion dollar film director, actor, stuntman, writer, producer, and stunt coordinator. He co-directed John Wick (2014) with Chad Stahelski, which he also served as producer. David directed Atomic Blonde (2017) starring Charlize Theron. David also directed the box office smash and...

10. Tim Miller

Director | Deadpool

Tim Miller is an American animator, film director, creative director and visual effects artist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for the work on his short animated film Gopher Broke. He made his directing debut with Deadpool. Miller is also famous for creating ...

11. Tim Miller

Special_effects | The Dark Crystal

Tim Miller was born on October 29, 1944 as Timothy David Miller. He is known for his work on The Dark Crystal (1982), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) and Bear in the Big Blue House (1997). He died on August 29, 2019.

I was supposed to put the Tim Miller who directed Deadpool here, but I accidentally added this Tim Miller, sorry.

12. Alex Goyette

Camera_department | God Bless America

Sixteen years ago, he picked up a camera, and never stopped creating. 85 shorts and 2 movies later his work has been featured on Netflix, Nickelodeon, MTV and The Today Show. Last year, he wrote and directed "Expelled" which topped the digital sales charts to become the #1 movie worldwide on iTunes...

13. Kelly Asbury

Actor | Gnomeo & Juliet

Among Kelly Asbury's many achievements, he Directed [UglyDolls (STX 2019)] and [Smurfs - The Lost Village (Sony 2017). He also Co-Wrote the 3D computer-animated feature film, Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) (Disney/Touchstone 2011).

Asbury's other past directorial efforts include the Oscar-nominated ...

14. Peter Lord

Director | The Amazing Adventures of Morph

Peter Lord was born on November 4, 1953 in Bristol, England. He is a producer and director, known for The Amazing Adventures of Morph (1980), Chicken Run (2000) and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005).

16. Jimmy Hayward

Actor | Horton Hears a Who!

Jimmy Hayward is known for his work on Horton Hears a Who! (2008), Jonah Hex (2010) and Free Birds (2013).

17. David Bowers

Director | Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

David Bowers was born in Cheshire, England. He is known for his work on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011), Flushed Away (2006) and Astro Boy (2009).

19. Masami Hata

Director | Little Nemo

Masami Hata was born in 1942 in Taipei. He debuted as an animator in 1965 at Mushi Pro with Wonder 3, and while there directed his first two TV series. After Mushi Pro folded in 1973, he worked a bit for Tokyo Movie Shinsha, drawing storyboards and directing episodes in a handful of TV series. ...

20. Jerry Rees

Art_department | The Brave Little Toaster

Trained at California Institute of the Arts, Jerry Rees is a Director of live action, animation, and live/CGI films. In addition to theatrical features, he has directed a record-setting 15 multi-media Disney Theme Park attractions in Florida, Paris, and Anaheim and aboard the Disney Cruise Line. ...

21. Mark A.Z. Dippé

Director | Spawn

Mark A.Z. Dippé was born on November 9, 1956 in Tokyo, Japan as Mark Earnest Dippé. He is known for his work on Spawn (1997), Jurassic Park (1993) and The Abyss (1989).

22. Anthony Stacchi

Director | The Boxtrolls

Anthony Stacchi is known for his work on The Boxtrolls (2014), Open Season (2006) and Ghost (1990).

23. Chris Sanders

Writer | Lilo & Stitch

Born and raised in Colorado, Chris Sanders fell in love with animation at the age of ten after seeing Ward Kimball animated shorts on 'The Wonderful World of Disney'. He began drawing, and applied to CalArts after his grandmother told him about the animation program at the school. He majored in ...

24. Phil Lord

Producer | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Phil Lord was born on July 12, 1975 in Miami, Florida, USA as Philip A. Lord. He is a producer and writer, known for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), The Lego Movie (2014) and Clone High (2002).

25. Chris Sanders

Producer | My Ghost Story

Chris Sanders is a Los Angeles based actor and producer with an affinity for the fantastical, geeky, historic, and horrific.

Born and raised in the city of Austin, Texas, his early years in this unique community helped foster his lifelong love of the arts and all things eclectic, strange, and ...

I accidentally added this Chris Sanders here, I meant to put the other one at #23 but I accidentally added this one.

26. Christopher Miller

Writer | The Lego Movie

Christopher Miller was born on September 23, 1975 in Everett, Washington, USA as Christopher Robert Miller. He is a producer and writer, known for The Lego Movie (2014), Clone High (2002) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). He is married to Robyn Murgio. They have one child.

27. Steve Box

Writer | The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Steve Box was born on January 23, 1967 in Bristol, England. He is known for his work on Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Stage Fright (1997) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012).

28. 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).

29. Richard Linklater

Director | Waking Life

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

30. Conrad Vernon

Actor | Shrek 2

Conrad Vernon was born on July 11, 1968 in Lubbock, Texas, USA as Conrad Vernon IV. He is an actor and producer, known for Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek (2001) and Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).

31. Thor Freudenthal

Director | Starman

Thor Freudenthal was born on October 20, 1972 in West Berlin, West Germany. He is a director and writer, known for Starman (2016), Motel (2005) and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013).

32. Joe Pytka

Director | Space Jam

Joe Pytka was born on November 4, 1938 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Space Jam (1996), Let It Ride (1989) and Lunch with George and Ed (2017).



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