My 100 Favourite Writers

by solmaquina | created - 15 Sep 2016 | updated - 18 Sep 2016 | Public

1. Edgar Wright

Director | Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...

Top 3: 3. The World's End 2. Hot Fuzz 1. Shaun of the Dead

2. Trey Parker

Music_department | South Park

Trey was born in Conifer, Colorado, on October 19, 1969 to Randy Parker, a geologist, and Sharon Parker, an insurance broker. He has an older sister, Shelley Parker. He met Matt Stone (co-creator of South Park (1997)) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double ...

Top 3: 3. Team America: World Police 2. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut 1. South Park

3. David X. Cohen

Producer | The Simpsons

Cohen is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley; he studied theoretical computer science. His real name is David 'S.' Cohen. He used that name when he worked on The Simpsons (1989), but when he starting working on Futurama (1999), he joined the Writer's Guild (the TV writer's union). ...

Top 3: 3. Beavis and Butt-head 2. The Simpsons 1. Futurama

4. Armando Iannucci

Writer | The Death of Stalin

Armando Iannucci was born on November 28, 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland as Armando Giovanni Iannucci. He is a writer and producer, known for The Death of Stalin (2017), In the Loop (2009) and Veep (2012). He has been married to Rachel Jones since August 25, 1990. They have two children.

Top 3: 3. Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge 2. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 1. I'm Alan Partridge

5. Steve Coogan

Actor | Philomena

Steve Coogan was born on October 14, 1965 in Middleton, Manchester, England as Stephen John Coogan. He is an actor and producer, known for Philomena (2013), Alan Partridge (2013) and 24 Hour Party People (2002). He was previously married to Caroline Hickman.

Top 3: 3. Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge 2. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 1. I'm Alan Partridge

6. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.

In January of...

Top 3: 3. From Dusk Till Dawn 2. Pulp Fiction 1. Inglourious Basterds

7. Graham Linehan

Writer | Father Ted

Graham Linehan was born on May 22, 1968 in Dublin, Ireland. He is a writer and director, known for Father Ted (1995), The IT Crowd (2006) and Motherland (2016). He has been married to Helen Linehan since 2004. They have two children.

Top 3: 3. Hippies 2. The IT Crowd 1. Father Ted

8. Dan Harmon

Producer | Rick and Morty

Dan Harmon was born on January 3, 1973 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is best known as the creator, writing, and producer for Community (2007) and Rick and Morty (2013). He also is known for writing and producing earlier works such as Computerman (2003), and Laser Fart (2004). He was previously ...

Top 3: 3. Monster House 2. Rick and Morty 1. Community

9. Ken Keeler

Producer | The Simpsons

Ken Keeler was born on December 2, 1961 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Kenneth Charles Keeler. He is a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), Futurama (1999) and The Critic (1994).

Top 3: 3. 2. The Simpsons 1. Futurama

10. Richard Ayoade

Writer | Submarine

Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty ...

Top 3: 3. The Double 2. Submarine 1. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

11. Rod Serling

Writer | The Twilight Zone

John Phillips is the name used by longtime television and film writer Rod Serling when he asked that his real name be removed as the writer of the pilot episode of the series "The New People" in 1969. While Serling's name remained as series developer, he was sufficiently annoyed with ABC- TV's ...

Top 3: 3. Night Gallery 2. Planet of the Apes 1. The Twilight Zone

12. 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 ...

Top 3: 3. Being John Malkovich 2. Anomalisa 1. Adaptation.

13. Mike Judge

Writer | Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

Mike Judge was born on October 17, 1962 in Guayaquil, Ecuador as Michael Craig Judge. He is a writer and producer, known for Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996), Office Space (1999) and Beavis and Butt-Head (1993).

Top 3: 3. King of the Hill 2. Silicon Valley 1. Beavis & Butt-head do America

14. Jesse Armstrong

Writer | In the Loop

Jesse Armstrong was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England. He is a writer and producer, known for In the Loop (2009), Four Lions (2010) and Fresh Meat (2011).

Top 3: 3. In the Loop 2. Four Lions 1. Peep Show

15. 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 ...

Top 3: 3. The Evil Dead 2. Evil Dead II 1. Army of Darkness

16. Vince Gilligan

Producer | The X Files

George Vincent Gilligan Jr. (born February 10, 1967) is an American writer, producer, and director. He is known for his television work, specifically as creator, head writer, executive producer, and director of Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He was a writer and producer for The ...

Top 3: 3. The X-Files 2. Better Call Saul 1. Breaking Bad

17. Greg Daniels

Writer | The Office

Greg Daniels was born on June 13, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Gregory Martin Daniels. He is a writer and producer, known for The Office (2005), Parks and Recreation (2009) and King of the Hill (1997). He has been married to Susanne Daniels since September 15, 1991. They have ...

Top 3: 3. King of the Hill 2. The Office 1. The Simpsons

18. Mitchell Hurwitz

Producer | Arrested Development

Mitchell Hurwitz was born as Mitchell D. Hurwitz. He is a producer and writer, known for Arrested Development (2003), Running Wilde (2010) and Lady Dynamite (2016). He has been married to Mary Jo Keenen since May 1999. They have two children.

Top 3: 3. Lady Dynamite 2. Running Wilde 1. Arrested Development

19. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...

Top 3: 3. The Cabin in the Woods 2. Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog 1. The Avengers

20. Charlie Brooker

Writer | Black Mirror

Charlton "Charlie" Brooker (born 3 March 1971) is an English humourist, critic, author, screenwriter, producer, and television presenter. He is the creator and co-showrunner of the anthology series Black Mirror and has written for programmes such as Brass Eye, The 11 O'Clock Show, and Nathan Barley...

Top 3: 3. Nathan Barley 2. Dead Set 1. Black Mirror

21. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

(Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh)

Top 3: 3. Braindead 2. Heavenly Creatures 1. The Frighteners

22. Simon Pegg

Actor | Shaun of the Dead

English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He later took his stepfather's surname, "Pegg". He was ...

Top 3: 3. Spaced 2. Hot Fuzz 1. Shaun of the Dead

23. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Dunkirk

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


Top 3: 3. Inception 2. The Dark Knight 1. The Prestige

24. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

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

Top 3: 3. Barry Lyndon 2. Full Metal Jacket 1. A Clockwork Orange

25. Martin McDonagh

Writer | In Bruges

Martin McDonagh was born on March 26, 1970 in Camberwell, London, England. He is a writer and director, known for In Bruges (2008), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and Seven Psychopaths (2012).

Top 3: 3. 2. Seven Psychopaths 1. In Bruges

Top 3: 3. King of the Hill 2. The Simpsons Movie 1. The Simpsons

27. Josh Weinstein

Producer | The Simpsons

Josh Weinstein was born on May 5, 1966 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Joshua Moses Weinstein. He is a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), Futurama (1999) and Gravity Falls (2012). He has been married to Lisa Simmons since July 2, 1995. They have two children.

Top 3: 3. 2. Futurama 1. The Simpsons

28. John Swartzwelder

Writer | The Simpsons

John Swartzwelder was born on November 16, 1950 in the USA as John Joseph Swartzwelder. He is known for his work on The Simpsons (1989), The Simpsons Movie (2007) and Saturday Night Live (1975).

Top 3: 3. 2. The Simpsons Movie 1. The Simpsons

29. Jeff Westbrook

Producer | The Simpsons

Jeff Westbrook is a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), Futurama (1999) and A.U.S.A. (2003).

Top 3: 3. 2. The Simpsons 1. Futurama

30. Sam Bain

Writer | Peep Show

Sam Bain was born on August 3, 1971 in West London, England as Samuel Christopher Bain. He is a writer and producer, known for Peep Show (2008), Four Lions (2010) and Fresh Meat (2011). He is married to Wendy Meredith.

Top 3: 3. 2. Fresh Meat 1. Peep Show

Top 3: 3. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan 2. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 1. I'm Alan Partridge

32. Joe Stillman

Writer | Shrek

Joe Stillman is a writer and producer, known for Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004) and King of the Hill (1997).

Top 3: 3. Shrek 2. King of the Hill 1. Beavis and Butt-head do America

33. Judd Apatow

Producer | Girls

Judd Apatow was born on December 6, 1967 in Syosset, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Girls (2012), Knocked Up (2007) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005). He has been married to Leslie Mann since June 9, 1997. They have two children.

Top 3: 3. This is 40 2. Funny People 1. The 40 Year Old Virgin

34. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

Top 3: 3. Avatar 2. The Terminator 1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

35. Joel Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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

(The Coen Brothers)

Top 3: 3. The Hudsucker Proxy 2. Fargo 1. No Country for Old Men

36. Christopher McCulloch

Actor | The Venture Bros.

Also known under the pseudonym Jackson Publick. His debut as a writer was a comedy superhero comic book "Cement Shooz", which got the attention of Ben Edlund. This led to McCulloch working as a storyboard artist on Edlund's animated series The Tick (1994). He later story boarded PB&J Otter (...

(Doc Hammer and Christopher McCulloch)

Top 3: 3. 2. 1. The Venture Bros.

37. Jeff Martin

Writer | Late Night with David Letterman

Jeff Martin was born as Jeff Summerlin Martin. He is a writer and producer, known for Late Night with David Letterman (1982), The Simpsons (1989) and The Good Life (1994). He has been married to Suzanne Martin since February 15, 1986. They have two children.

Top 3: 3. 2. 1. The Simpsons

38. Christopher Morris

Writer | Four Lions

Christopher Morris was born on September 5, 1965 in Bristol, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Four Lions (2010), The Day Today (1994) and Brass Eye (1997).

Top 3: 3. 2. Nathan Barley 1. Four Lions

39. George A. Romero

Writer | Land of the Dead

George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; by all indications, though, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 ,in New York City to Ann (Dvorsky) and Jorge Romero. His father was born in Spain and raised in Cuba, and...

Top 3: 3. Night of the Living Dead 2. Dawn of the Dead 1. Day of the Dead

40. Steve Pemberton

Actor | The League of Gentlemen

Born in Blackburn, Steve Pemberton graduated from Bretton Hall Drama College with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts. As well as being a quarter of the award-winning comedy team The League of Gentlemen, his previous work has centred mainly around fringe theatre, being a founder member of 606 Theatre, and ...

(Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith)

Top 3: 3. Psychoville 2. The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse 1. Inside No. 9

41. Stephen Merchant

Producer | Extras

Stephen Merchant was born on November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England. He is a producer and writer, known for Extras (2005), The Office (2005) and Logan (2017).

Top 3: 3. Life's Too Short 2. Extras 1. The Office

42. David Koepp

Writer | Jurassic Park

David Koepp was born on June 9, 1963 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is known for his work on Jurassic Park (1993), Stir of Echoes (1999) and Mission: Impossible (1996).

Top 3: 3. Stir of Echoes 2. Spider-Man 1. Jurassic Park

43. John Landis

Director | The Blues Brothers

John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "...

Top 3: 3. Blues Brothers 2000 2. The Blues Brothers 1. An American Werewolf in London

44. Bill Odenkirk

Producer | The Simpsons

Bill Odenkirk was born on October 13, 1965 in Naperville, Illinois, USA as William Leonard Odenkirk. He is a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), Futurama (1999) and Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995).

Top 3: 3. The Simpsons 2. W/ Bob and David 1. Futurama

45. David Webb Peoples

Writer | Unforgiven

David Webb Peoples was born on February 9, 1940 in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He is a writer and editor, known for Unforgiven (1992), Blade Runner (1982) and 12 Monkeys (1995). He is married to Janet Peoples.

Top 3: 3. Twelve Monkeys 2. Unforgiven 1. Blade Runner

46. Gary Ross

Writer | Pleasantville

Gary Ross is an American writer, director and actor born November 3rd, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. His father was screenwriter Arthur A. Ross (1920 - 2008). After writing for television series Deadly Nightmares (1983) in 1986, Ross broke through by penning the Tom Hanks hit Big (1988), his ...

Top 3: 3. The Hunger Games 2. Big 1. Pleasantville

47. 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 ...

Top 3: 3. City Lights 2. The Kid 1. The Gold Rush

48. Jonathan Nolan

Writer | Westworld

Attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, graduating in 1994.

Graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1999. Majored in English.

Shortly after graduating from Georgetown University, Jonathan Nolan served as a production assistant on Memento (2000).

Wrote the short story, "...

Top 3: 3. Interstellar 2. The Dark Knight 1. The Prestige

49. Bob Gale

Writer | Back to the Future

Bob Gale is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter-producer-director, best known as co-creator, co-writer and co-producer of Back to the Future (1985) and its sequels. Gale was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Cinema from the University of Southern ...

Top 3: 3. Back to the Future: Part III 2. Back to the Future: Part II 1. Back to the Future

50. Andrew Stanton

Writer | WALL·E

Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse: The New ...

Top 3: 3. Wall E 2. Monsters Inc 1. Toy Story

51. Drew Goddard

Producer | The Martian

Drew Goddard was raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He attended Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, New Mexico and graduated in 1993. He then attended the University of Colorado, and worked as a production assistant in L.A. after graduation. A spec script Drew wrote based on Six Feet Under (2001) ...

Top 3: 3. Cloverfield 2. The Martian 1. The Cabin in the Woods

52. 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 ...

Top 3: 3. The Mist 2. The Walking Dead 1. The Shawshank Redemption

53. James Gunn

Writer | Guardians of the Galaxy

James Gunn was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, to Leota and James Francis Gunn. He is from a large Catholic family, with Irish and Czech ancestry. His father and his uncles were all lawyers. He has been writing and performing as long as he can remember. He began making 8mm films at the age ...

Top 3: 3. Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Slither 1. Super

54. Jemaine Clement

Actor | Flight of the Conchords

Jemaine Clement was born and raised in Masterton, New Zealand, the oldest of three brothers. His mother is Maori. Clement was educated at Makoura College in Masterton, NZ. He went on to study drama and film at Victoria University of Wellington. Whilst there he met Taika Waititi, and they formed ...

Top 3: 3. 2. What We Do in the Shadows 1. Flight of the Conchords

55. Julia Davis

Actress | Nighty Night

Julia Davis was born in 1966 in Bath, Somerset, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Nighty Night (2004), Love Actually (2003) and Camping (2016).

Top 3: 3. 2. Human Remains 1. Nighty Night

56. Shane Black

Writer | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon (1987) screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout (1991) ...

Top 3: 3. Last Action Hero 2. Lethal Weapon 1. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

57. Seth Rogen

Actor | This Is the End

An actor, comedian and writer, Seth Rogen has come a long way from doing stand-up comedy as a teen.

Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Sandy (Belogus), a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who worked for non-profits. His father is American-born and his mother is Canadian. He is of Russian...

(Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg)

Top 3: 3. This is the End 2. The Green Hornet 1. Superbad

58. Aaron Sorkin

Writer | The West Wing

Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to ...

Top 3: 3. Moneyball 2. Steve Jobs 1. The Social Network

59. 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 ...

Top 3: 3. Who's That Knocking at My Door? 2. Goodfellas 1. Casino

60. 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 ...

Top 3: 3. The Apartment 2. The Lost Weekend 1. Double Indemnity

61. Stephen Chow

Actor | Kung fu

Stephen Chow was the only boy of his family, and has grown up as a Bruce Lee fan and a martial arts addict. His career started on TV, where he presented a children show ( "430 Space Shuttle" (1983)) and started becoming popular. He got some supporting roles, after that, and won the Taiwanese Golden...

Top 3: 3. CJ7 2. Shaolin Soccer 1. Kung Fu Hustle

62. Caroline Thompson

Writer | Edward Scissorhands

Caroline Thompson was born on April 23, 1956 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Addams Family (1991) and Corpse Bride (2005). She is married to Steve Nicolaides. She was previously married to Henry Bromell.

Top 3: 3. Corpse Bride 2. Edward Scissorhands 1. The Nightmare Before Christmas

63. Dan O'Bannon

Writer | Alien

Dan O'Bannon was inspired at an early age by EC Comics like Tales from the Crypt and old horror films that he saw in St. Louis. He even wrote a few stories for Heavy Metal magazine (which also showed up in the film).

O'Bannon got his start when he and John Carpenter collaborated on the cult sci-fi ...

Top 3: 3. Total Recall 2. The Return of the Living Dead 1. Alien

64. Chris Matheson

Writer | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Chris Matheson was born on February 25, 1959 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Christian L. Matheson. He is a writer and director, known for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) and A Goofy Movie (1995).

Top 3: 3. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey 2. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 1. A Goofy Movie

65. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an ...

Top 3: 3. Moonrise Kingdom 2. Fantastic Mr. Fox 1. The Royal Tenenbaums

66. Diablo Cody

Writer | Juno

Diablo Cody is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Minnesota to live with her Internet boyfriend, Jonny who later became her husband. While there, she decided on a whim to take up stripping as a hobby of sorts.

She was working at an ad agency and got a promotion. The job wore her ragged ...

Top 3: 3. Jennifer's Body 2. Juno 1. Young Adult

67. Guillermo del Toro

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 ...

Top 3: 3. Cronos 2. The Devil's Backbone 1. Pan's Labyrinth

68. 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...

Top 3: 3. Shivers 2. Videodrome 1. The Fly

69. Melissa Rosenberg

Producer | Jessica Jones

Melissa Rosenberg was born on August 28, 1962 in Marin County, California, USA as Melissa Anne Rosenberg. She is a producer and writer, known for Jessica Jones (2015), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) and Dexter (2006). She has been married to Lev L. Spiro since 1995.

Top 3: 3. Twilight 2. Dexter 1. Jessica Jones

70. Rob McElhenney

Writer | It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Rob McElhenney was born on April 14, 1977 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert Dale McElhenney. He is a writer and producer, known for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005), Latter Days (2003) and Wonder Boys (2000). He has been married to Kaitlin Olson since September 27, 2008. They ...

(Ron EcElhenney, Glenn Howerton & Charlie Day)

Top 3: 3. 2. 1. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

71. John Hughes

Writer | Planes, Trains & Automobiles

John Hughes was born on February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as John Wilden Hughes Jr. He was a writer, known for Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), The Breakfast Club (1985) and Uncle Buck (1989). He was married to Nancy Hughes. He died on August 6, 2009 in Manhattan, New York City, ...

Top 3: 3. Vacation 2. Ferris Beuller's Day Off 1. The Breakfast Club

72. Ricky Gervais

Writer | The Office

Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and ...

Top 3: 3. Life's Too Short 2. Extras 1. The Office

73. David Renwick

Writer | Jonathan Creek

David Peter Renwick (born 4 September 1951) is an English television writer, best known for creation of the sitcom One Foot in the Grave (1990) and the mystery series Jonathan Creek (1997).

Before beginning his full-time comedy writing career, he worked as a journalist on his home town newspaper, ...

Top 3: 3. 2. One Foot in the Grave 1. Jonathan Creek

74. Tina Fey

Actress | Date Night

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish,...

Top 3: 3. Mean Girls 2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 1. 30 Rock

75. Shane Meadows

Director | Dead Man's Shoes

Shane Meadows was born on December 26, 1972 in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England. He is a director and writer, known for Dead Man's Shoes (2004), This Is England (2006) and TwentyFourSeven (1997).

Top 3: 3. Dead Man's Shoes 2. This is England '86 1. This is England

76. Spike Jonze

Producer | Her

Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under the ...

Top 3: 3. 2. Where the Wild Things Are 1. Her

77. Kevin Smith

Producer | Clerks

Kevin Patrick Smith was born in Red Bank but grew up in Highlands, New Jersey, the son of Grace (Schultz) and Donald E. Smith, a postal worker. He is very proud of his native state; this fact can be seen in all of his movies. Kevin is of mostly German, with some Irish and English, ancestry.

His ...

Top 3: 3. Tusk 2. Clerks II 1. Clerks.

78. Adam Reed

Writer | Archer

Adam Reed is a writer and producer, known for Archer (2009), Frisky Dingo (2006) and Sealab 2021 (2000).

Top 3: 3. Sealab 2. Archer 1. Frisky Dingo

79. Mark Gatiss

Actor | The League of Gentlemen

Mark Gatiss is an accomplished author, actor and playwright. Originally from Sedgefield, County Durham, he graduated from Bretton Hall Drama College with a BA (honors) in Theatre Arts.

He was one-quarter of the award-winning comedy team The League of Gentlemen (1999), and became heavily involved in ...

Top 3: 3. The League of Gentlemen 2. The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse 1. Sherlock

80. Stephen McFeely

Writer | Avengers: Endgame

Stephen McFeely is a writer and producer, known for Avengers: Endgame (2019), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

Top 3: 3. Thor: The Dark World 2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier 1. Captain America: The First Avenger

81. Jane Goldman

Producer | Kick-Ass

Jane Goldman was born on June 11, 1970 in England. She is a producer and writer, known for Kick-Ass (2010), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Stardust (2007). She has been married to Jonathan Ross since August 1988. They have three children.

Top 3: 3. Stardust 2. Kick-Ass 1. X-Men: First Class

82. Matthew Vaughn

Producer | Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn is an English film producer and director. He is known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) and for directing the crime thriller, Layer Cake (2004), the fantasy epic, Stardust (2007), the superhero comedy, Kick-Ass (2010), and the ...

Top 3: 3. Stardust 2. Kick-Ass 1. X-Men: First Class

83. Steven E. de Souza

Writer | Die Hard

Among the handful of screenwriters whose films have earned over $2 billion at the box office, Steven de Souza was introduced to Hollywood on camera--as a contestant on an L.A. game show. There the Philadelphia-based writer for PBS, "The New York Times", "Premiere" and other media outlets won a car ...

Top 3: 3. The Flintstones 2. Die Hard 2 1. Die Hard

84. Mel Brooks

Actor | Spaceballs

Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to ...

Top 3: 3. Young Frankenstein 2. The Producers (2005) 1. The Producers (1968)

85. Lena Dunham

Writer | Tiny Furniture

New Yorker Lena Dunham is the daughter of a painter, Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons, a designer and photographer. Dunham was educated at Oberlin College, Ohio, graduating with a creative writing degree. It was while at Oberlin that she began writing shorts and feature films. In 2009, Dunham ...

Top 3: 3. 2. Tiny Furniture 1. Girls

86. Matthew Holness

Actor | Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

Matthew Holness is an actor and writer, known for Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004), Possum (2018) and Playhouse Presents (2012).

Top 3: 3. 2. Man to Man with Dean Learner 1. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

87. J. Stewart Burns

Producer | The Simpsons

J. Stewart Burns was born on December 4, 1969 in the USA as Joseph Stewart Burns. He is a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), Futurama (1999) and Futurama (2003).

Top 3: 3. 2. The Simpsons 1. Futurama

88. Rik Mayall

Actor | The Young Ones

Rik Mayall, one of the first and foremost alternative comedians in the UK, was born in a village called Matching Tye, just outside Harlow in Essex. His parents, John and Gillian were both drama teachers. His acting debut was at the age of seven when he appeared in one of his father's stage plays. ...

Top 3: 3. 2. Bottom 1. The Young Ones

89. Robert Popper

Producer | Look Around You

Robert Popper was born on November 23, 1967 in St. Marylebone, London, England as Robert Darren Popper. He is known for his work on Look Around You (2002), Friday Night Dinner (2011) and Peep Show (2003).

Top 3: 3. 2. 1. Friday Night Dinner

90. Ron Clements

Writer | Hercules

Ron Clements was born on April 25, 1953 in Sioux City, Iowa, USA as Ronald Francis Clements. He is a writer and director, known for Hercules (1997), Aladdin (1992) and The Princess and the Frog (2009). He has been married to Tamara Lee Glumace since February 25, 1989.

(Ron Clements & John Musker)

Top 3: 3. Hercules 2. The Princess & the Frog 1. Aladdin

91. John Michael McDonagh

Writer | The Guard

John Michael McDonagh was born in 1967 in London, England. He is a writer and director, known for The Guard (2011), Calvary (2014) and War on Everyone (2016).

Top 3: 3. 2. The Guard 1. Calvary

92. James L. Brooks

Writer | Broadcast News

James L. Brooks was born on May 9, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as James Lawrence Brooks. He is a writer and producer, known for Broadcast News (1987), As Good as It Gets (1997) and Terms of Endearment (1983). He was previously married to Holly Holmberg Brooks and Marianne Catherine Morrissey.

Top 3: 3. As Good as it Gets 2. Terms of Endearment 1. The Simpsons Movie

93. Mike Myers

Actor | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Michael John Myers was born in 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario, to Alice E. (Hind), an officer supervisor, and Eric Myers, an insurance agent. His parents were both English, and had served in the Royal Air Force and British Army, respectively.

Myers' television career really started in 1988, when he ...

Top 3: 3. Wayne's World 2. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

94. Dan Aykroyd

Writer | Blues Brothers 2000

Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Lorraine Hélène (Gougeon), a secretary from a French-Canadian family, and Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer who advised prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Aykroyd attended Carleton University in 1969, where...

Top 3: 3. Ghostbusters II 2. The Blues Brothers 1. Ghostbusters

95. Ian Maxtone-Graham

Producer | The Simpsons

Ian Maxtone-Graham was born on July 3, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA as Ian Howes Maxtone-Graham. He is a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), The Simpsons Movie (2007) and Veep (2012).

Top 3: 3. 2. 1. The Simpsons

96. Blake Edwards

Writer | The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Blake Edwards' stepfather's father J. Gordon Edwards was a silent screen director, and his stepfather Jack McEdward was a stage director and movie production manager. Blake acted in a number films, beginning with Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942) and wrote a number of others, beginning with ...

Top 3: 3. Revenge of the Pink Panther 2. The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1. The Return of the Pink Panther

97. Peter Farrelly

Producer | Green Book

Peter Farrelly was born on December 17, 1956 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA as Peter John Farrelly. He is a producer and writer, known for Green Book (2018), There's Something About Mary (1998) and Dumb and Dumber (1994). He has been married to Melinda Farrelly since December 31, 1996. They ...

(The Farrelly Brothers)

Top 3: 3. There's Something About Mary 2. Me, Myself & Irene 1. Dumb & Dumber

98. Dan Fogelman

Writer | This Is Us

Dan Fogelman is a writer and producer, known for This Is Us (2016), Life Itself (2018) and Tangled (2010). He has been married to Caitlin Thompson since June 13, 2015.

Top 3: 3. Tangled 2. Cars 1. Crazy, Stupid, Love.

99. Pam Brady

Producer | South Park

Pam Brady is a producer and writer, known for South Park (1997), South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) and Team America: World Police (2004).

Top 3: 3. Team America: World Police 2. South Park 1. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

100. Daniel Gerson

Writer | Monsters, Inc.

Daniel Gerson was born on August 1, 1966 in New York City, New York, USA as Daniel R. Gerson. He was a writer, known for Monsters, Inc. (2001), Big Hero 6 (2014) and Monsters University (2013). He was married to Beau Stacom. He died on February 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Top 3: 3. Monsters University 2. Big Hero 6 1. Monsters Inc.

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