Best Directors & Creators

by morty_man91 | created - 06 Dec 2016 | updated - 6 minutes ago | Public

Highly subjective and only taking into account the films I've seen. I have a weird over-complicated point system.

Every film I see is rated from 1-10 10 = 5 points 9 = 4 points 8 = 3 points 7 = 2 points 6 = 1 point 5 = 0 points 4 = -1 point 3 = -2 points 2 = -3 points 1 = -4 points

1. The sum of the points of every film I've seen from a director is added together and decides how the director is ranked on this list. 2. When one director accumulates 10 points or more, that director reaches the top tier. 3. In the top tier, the sum of their points is divided by the number of films of theirs that I've seen to give a score which decides their ranking in the top tier. 4. To compensate for one-hit-wonders, I've added a bonus rule. One-hit-wonders is when I'll see two-three amazing films from some young, new director which will place them at the top of the list. Meanwhile, I've seen five equally great films by another director, but also two mediocre ones which will drag their score down. Therefore a bonus is added when I've seen five or more films by a director. Five films grants you 0.5 points in bonus. 6 films = 0.6 bonus, and so on. 5. For a director to get on the list in the first place, I have to have watched two of their films, with any ratings. OR one film that I've rated 8 or higher. When it comes to female directors I only need to watch one film, no matter the rating, before putting them on the list, this is to help me watching more films by female directors. Some showrunners and creators of TV series get honorary placement on the list, quite arbitrarily (it's not the olympics).

For example: If I see six films from director Stevley Spielrick, rating them as follows:

Spartajaws - Rating: 10 (5 points)

Lolita's List - Rating: 4 (-1 point)

Dr. Joneslove and the Temple of the Atomic Bomb - Rating: 5 (0 points)

2041: An Amistad Odyssey - Rating: 8 (3 points)

A Clockwork Purple - Rating: 8 (3 points)

Saving Private Pyle - Rating: 10 (5 points)

Spielrick gets a sum of 15 points. 15 is then divided by the number of films. 15 / 6 = 2,5 Then because I've seen 6 of his films (5 films or more), it adds a bonus of 0.6 points. 2,5 + 0,6 = 3,1

Stevley Spielrick gets a score of 3,1 and is ranked in the top tier accordingly.

1. 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 ...

The Killing, Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut (37 points = 3,7 + 1 = 4,70)

2. Chan-wook Park

Director | Ah-ga-ssi

Chan-wook Park was born on August 23, 1963 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and producer, known for The Handmaiden (2016), Thirst (2009) and Oldboy (2003). He is married to Eun-hee Kim. They have one child.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Thirst, Stoker, The Handmaiden (24 points = 4 + 0,6 = 4,60)

3. Yorgos Lanthimos

Director | The Lobster

Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied directing for Film and Television at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theater plays. Kinetta,...

Dogtooth, Alps, The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Favourite (20 points = 4 + 0,5 =4,50)

4. 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 A Serious Man (2009). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou, The Man Who Wasn't There, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, No Country For Old Men, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man, True Grit, Inside Llewyn Davies, Hail Caesar!, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (46 points = 2,70 + 1,7 = 4,40)

5. Ethan Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two ...

Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou, The Man Who Wasn't There, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, No Country For Old Men, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man, True Grit, Inside Llewyn Davies, Hail Caesar!, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (46 points = 2,70 + 1,7 = 4,40)

6. Denis Villeneuve

Director | Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started his career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), ...

Polytechnique, Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049 (25 points = 3,57+0,7 = 4,27)

7. 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 ...

The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Part III, Dracula (22 points = 3,66 + 0,6 = 4,26)

8. Thomas Vinterberg

Director | Jagten

With Last Round (1993) (Last Round), his graduation short from The National Film School of Denmark, he got an early taste of critical success. He received the Jury's and Producers' Awards at the International Student Film Fest in Munich and won the 1st Prize at the Tel Aviv Film Fest. Popular ...

The Celebration, Submarino, The Hunt, The Commune (17 points = 4,25)

9. 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...

Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill vol. 1, Kill Bill vol. 2, Inglorious Basterds, Death Proof, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (32 points = 3,20 + 1 = 4,20)

10. 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 ...

Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Casino, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street, Silence (39 points = 2,78 + 1,4 = 4,18)

11. Lars von Trier

Writer | Dancer in the Dark

Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...

"The Kingdom", Breaking the Waves, Dogville, The Boss of it All, Antichrist, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac vol. 1 (24 points = 3,42 + 0,7 = 4,12)

12. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | Biutiful

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...

Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Birdman, The Revenant (18 points = 3,6+0,5 = 4,10)

13. Christopher Nolan

Writer | The Prestige

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.


Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, Dunkirk (30 points = 3,0 + 1,0 = 4,0)

14. 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 ...

Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are, Her (16 points = 4,0)

15. Taika Waititi

Actor | What We Do in the Shadows

Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, hails from the Raukokore region of the East Coast of New Zealand, and is the son of Robin (Cohen), a teacher, and Taika Waiti, an artist and farmer. His father is Maori (Te-Whanau-a-Apanui), and his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish, Scottish, and ...

Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit (17 points = 3,4 + 0,5 = 3,90)

16. 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 ...

A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America (17 points = 3,4 + 0,5 = 3,90)

17. Danny Boyle

Director | 127 Hours

Danny Boyle was born on October 20, 1956 in Manchester, England as Daniel Boyle. He is a director and producer, known for 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later... (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, Trance, Trainspotting 2 (24 points = 3 + 0,8 = 3,80)

18. 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 ...

Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, "Twin Peaks", Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Lost Highway, The Straight Story, Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire, Twin Peaks: The Return (28 points = 2,8 + 1 = 3,80)

19. David Fincher

Director | Se7en

David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials...

Alien 3, Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl (25 points = 2,50 + 1 = 3,50)

20. 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 ...

Summer with Monika, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona (14 points = 3,50)

21. Hayao Miyazaki

Director | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the ...

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Tonari No Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away (14 points = 3,5)

22. Ruben Östlund

Director | The Square

Ruben Östlund was born on April 13, 1974 in Styrsö, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Claes Olle Ruben Östlund. He is a director and writer, known for The Square (2017), Force Majeure (2014) and Involuntary (2008). He was previously married to Andrea Östlund.

Gitarrmongot, Involuntary, Force Majeure, The Square (14 points = 3,50)

23. 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 ...

Benny's Video, The Piano Teacher, Caché, Funny Games U.S., Happy End (15 points = 3 + 0,5 = 3,50)

24. 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 ...

Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan, Mother! (17 points = 2,83 + 0,6 = 3,43)

25. 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 ...

The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs (19 points = 2,71 + 0,7 = 3,41)

26. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Director | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

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

Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children, Amelie (10 points = 3,33)

27. 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 ...

Solaris, Stalker, The Sacrifice (10 points = 3,33)

28. Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Actress | Solo: A Star Wars Story

Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge is an English actress, producer, and writer. She created, wrote, and starred in the Channel 4 sitcom Crashing (2016) and the BBC comedy-drama series Fleabag (2016-2019). She was also the show-runner and executive producer for the first series of the BBC America thriller ...

"Crashing", "Fleabag", "Killing Eve" (10 points = 3,33)

29. Damon Lindelof

Writer | Lost

Damon Lindelof was born on April 24, 1973 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Damon Laurence Lindelof. He is a writer and producer, known for Lost (2004), The Leftovers (2014) and Watchmen (2019). He has been married to Heidi Fugeman since May 28, 2005. They have one child.

"Lost", "The Leftovers", "Watchmen" (10 points = 3,33)

30. 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 ...

"South Park", South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut, Team America: World Police (10 points = 3,33)

31. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

Y Tu Mamá También, The Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, Gravity, Roma (14 points = 2,8 + 0,5 = 3,30)

32. Alfred Hitchcock

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 ...

Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds (14 points = 2,8 + 0,5 = 3,30)

33. Bong Joon Ho

Writer | Okja

Bong Joon Ho was born on September 14, 1969 in Daegu, South Korea. He is a writer and director, known for Okja (2017), Snowpiercer (2013) and Memories of Murder (2003).

Memories of Murder, The Host, Snowpiercer, Okja, Parasite (14 points = 2,8 + 0,5 = 3,30)

34. 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.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Coffee & Cigarettes, Broken Flowers, Only Lovers Left Alive, Paterson (14 points = 2,8 + 0,5 = 3,30)

35. 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. ...

Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, School of Rock, A Scanner Darkly, Boyhood (14 points = 2,8 + 0,5 = 3,30)

36. Tom Tykwer

Writer | Lola rennt

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

Run Lola Run, The Princess and the Warrior, Heaven, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, The International, Cloud Atlas (16 points = 2,66 + 0,6 = 3,26)

37. Roman Polanski

Actor | Chinatown

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

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

Repulsion, Cul-de-sac, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Bitter Moon, The Ninth Gate, The Pianist, The Ghostwriter, Carnage (21 points = 2,33 + 0,9 = 3,23)

38. Brian De Palma

Director | Dressed to Kill

Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the ...

Scarface, The Untouchables, Raising Cain, Carlito's Way, Mission Impossible (13 points = 2,6 + 0,5 = 3,10)

39. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | Valhalla Rising

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teen years. ...

Pusher, Pusher II, Pusher III, Drive, The Neon Demon (13 points = 2,6 + 0,5 = 3,10)

40. 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 ...

Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men, Kingdom of Heaven, A Good Year, American Gangster, Body of Lies, Robin Hood, Prometheus, The Martian, Alien: Covenant (24 points = 1,60 + 1,5 = 3,10)

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), Fighting with My Family (2019) and The Office (2005).

"The Office", "Extras", Cemetary Junction, "Hello Ladies", Fighting With My Family (13 points = 2,6 + 0,5 = 3,10)

42. 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 ...

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Timebandits, The Meaning of Life, Brazil, The Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Brothers Grimm, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, The Zero Theorem (20 points = 2 + 1,0 = 3,0)

43. Rian Johnson

Director | Knives Out

Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age his family moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film, Brick (2005), was released in 2005 ...

Brick, Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Knives Out (12 points = 3.0)

44. Per Åhlin

Director | Dunderklumpen!

Per Åhlin was born on August 7, 1931 in Hofors, Gävleborgs län, Sweden as Per Johan Axel Åhlin. He is known for his work on Dunderklumpen! (1974), Hoffmann's Ögon and The Journey to Melonia (1989).

Dunderklumpen, Resan till Melonia, "Alfons Åberg", Hundhotellet (12 points = 3.0)

45. 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 ...

"The X-Files", "Breaking Bad", "Better Call Saul", El Camino (12 points = 3,0)

46. 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 ...

The Devil's Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Crimson Peak, The Shape of Water (16 points = 2,28 + 0,7 = 2,98)

47. 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, ...

Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Hook, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, A.I., Minority Report, Catch Me if You Can, War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Crystal Skull (22 points = 1,37 + 1,6 = 2,97)

48. Olle Hellbom

Director | Bröderna Lejonhjärta

Olle Hellbom was born on October 8, 1925 in Stockholm, Sweden as Nils Olof Hellbom. He was a director and producer, known for The Brothers Lionheart (1977), Tjorven, Batsman, and Moses (1964) and Raggare! (1959). He died on June 5, 1982 in Stockholm.

"Vi På Saltkråkan", Skrållan, Ruskprick och Knorrhane, "Pippi Långstrump", Pippi Långstrump på de Sju Haven, På Rymmen med Pippi Långstrump, "Emil i Lönneberga", Bröderna Lejonhjärta, Rasmus på Luffen (17 points = 2,12 + 0,8 = 2,92)

49. Wolfgang Reitherman

Director | The AristoCats

Wolfgang Reitherman was a German-born American animator who was one of Disney's Nine Old Men.

He began working for Disney in 1933, along with future Disney legends Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl. The three worked together on a number of classic Disney shorts.

Reitherman directed several Disney animated ...

101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, The AristoCats, Robin Hood, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Rescuers (15 points = 2,14 + 0,7 = 2,84)

50. 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...

"Spaced", Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, The World's End, Baby Driver (13 points = 2,16 + 0,6 = 2,76)

51. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...

Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (19 points = 1,35 + 1,4 = 2,75)

52. Shane Meadows

Director | This Is England

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

Somers Town, Dead Man's Shoes, This is England, "This is England" (11 points = 2,75)

53. 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...

Naked Lunch, Crash, Existenz, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises (11 points = 2,2 + 0,5 = 2,70)

54. 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, 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.

The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, Moana (13 points = 2,16 + 0,6 = 2,66)

55. John Musker

Writer | Hercules

John Musker was born on November 8, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Edward Musker. He is a writer and director, known for Hercules (1997), Aladdin (1992) and Moana (2016). He has been married to Gale Warren since September 22, 1979. They have three children.

The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, Moana (13 points = 2,16 + 0,6 = 2,66)

56. Susanne Bier

Director | Hævnen

Though Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winning writer and director Susanne Bier's films often play out against a wide-reaching global backdrop, their focus is intimate, carefully exploring the explosive emotions and complexities of familial bonds. This unique combination is part ...

Once in a Lifetime, After the Wedding, "The Night Manager", Bird Box (10 points = 2,5)

57. David O. Russell

Director | American Hustle

David Owen Russell is an American film writer, director, and producer, known for a cinema of intense, tragi-comedic characters whose love of life can surpass dark circumstances faced in very specific worlds. His films address such themes as mental illness as stigma or hope; invention of self and ...

Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Joy (10 points = 2 + 0,5 = 2,5)

58. Anthony Russo

Director | Avengers: Endgame

Anthony Russo was born on February 3, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Anthony J. Russo. He is a producer and director, known for Avengers: Endgame (2019), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

You Me and Dupree, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame (10 points = 2 + 0,5 = 2,50)

59. Joe Russo

Director | Avengers: Endgame

Joe Russo was born on July 8, 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Joseph Vincent Russo. He is a producer and director, known for Avengers: Endgame (2019), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

You Me and Dupree, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame (10 points = 2 + 0,5 = 2,50)

60. John McTiernan

Director | Die Hard

John McTiernan was born on January 8, 1951 in Albany, New York, USA as John Campbell McTiernan Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Die Hard (1988), Predator (1987) and Last Action Hero (1993). He has been married to Gail Sistrunk since 2012. He was previously married to Kate Harrington, ...

Predator, Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October, Last Action Hero, Die Hard: With a Vengeance (10 points = 2 + 0,5 = 2,5)

61. Stephen Frears

Director | Dangerous Liaisons

Stephen Frears was born on June 20, 1941 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Stephen Arthur Frears. He is a director and producer, known for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Philomena (2013) and Dirty Pretty Things (2002). He has been married to Anne Rothenstein since 1992. They have two children. ...

High Fidelity, Dirty Pretty Things, The Queen, Philomena (10 points = 2,5)

62. Tomas Alfredson

Director | Låt den rätte komma in

Tomas Alfredson was born on April 1, 1965 in Lidingö, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is known for his work on Let the Right One In (2008), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and The Snowman (2017). He was previously married to Cissi Elwin.

"Bert", Screwed in Tallinn, Four Shades of Brown, Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (10 points = 2 + 0,5 = 2,5)

63. Rob Reiner

Actor | All in the Family

Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.

As a child, he often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he created and also starred in....

This is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery (10 points = 2 + 0,5 = 2,5)

64. Robert Zemeckis

Writer | Back to the Future

A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...

Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future Part II, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, Contact, Cast Away, The Polar Express, The Walk (14 points = 1,55 + 0,9 = 2,45)

65. Bryan Singer

Director | X-Men

Bryan Singer was born on September 17, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Bryan Jay Singer. He is a producer and director, known for X-Men (2000), The Usual Suspects (1995) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

The Usual Suspects, X-Men, X-Men 2, Valkyrie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse (11 points = 1,83 + 0,6 = 2,43)

66. Paul Feig

Producer | Freaks and Geeks

Paul Feig was born on September 17, 1962 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Freaks and Geeks (1999), The Heat (2013) and Spy (2015). He has been married to Laurie Karon since September 23, 1994.

"Freaks & Geeks", Unaccompanied Minors, Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, Ghostbusters, A Simple Favor (12 points = 1,71 + 0,7 = 2,41)

67. 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,...

Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, Braindead, Heavenly Creatures, The Frighteners, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, The Lovely Bones, An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, The Battle of the Five Armies (13 points = 1,08 + 1,2 = 2,28)

68. James Mangold

Producer | Logan

James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted (1999), Walk the Line (2005), which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma (2007), The Wolverine (2013), and Logan (2017).

Mangold also wrote and directed Cop...

Girl Interrupted, Identity, 3:10 to Yuma, Knight and Day, The Wolverine, Logan (10 points = 1,66 + 0,6 = 2,26)

69. Wilfred Jackson

Director | Cinderella

Wilfred Jackson was born on January 24, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Wilfred Emmons Jackson. He is known for his work on Cinderella (1950), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Peter Pan (1953). He died on August 7, 1988 in Balboa Island, Newport Beach, California, USA.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp (10 points = 1,42 + 0,7 = 2,12)

70. Richard Donner

Director | Superman

Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard D. Schwartzberg. He is a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon (1987). He has been married to Lauren Shuler Donner since November 27, 1986.

The Omen, Superman, Superman II, The Goonies, Lethal Weapon, Scrooged, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 4, 16 Blocks (11 points = 1,22 + 0,9 = 2,12)

71. 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), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).

In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (9 points)

72. Ken Loach

Director | I, Daniel Blake

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

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

The Wind That Shakes the Barley, I Daniel Blake, Sorry We Missed You (9 points)

73. Yimou Zhang

Director | Ying xiong

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

Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower (9 points)

74. 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 ...

A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Finding Dory (9 points)

75. 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 ...

Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment (9 points)

76. Sam Mendes

Producer | 1917

Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-...

American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Skyfall, Spectre (9 points)

77. 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, "...

Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, Nine Months, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (9 points)

78. Francis Lawrence

Director | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Francis Lawrence was born on March 26, 1971 in Vienna, Austria. He is a director and producer, known for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), I Am Legend (2007) and Constantine (2005).

Constantine, I Am Legend, Water for Elephants, Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part I, Mockingjay Part II, Red Sparrow (9 points)

79. Ari Aster

Director | Midsommar

Ari Aster is a director and writer, known for Hereditary (2018), Midsommar (2019) and The Strange Thing About the Johnsons (2011).

Hereditary, Midsommar (8 points)

80. Hans Alfredson

Actor | Den enfaldige mördaren

During 1956-60 Hans Alfredson worked at Sveriges Radio together with Tage Danielsson. They wrote, directed and starred in several revues 1962-1982. As a director and scriptwriter for the screen Alfredson tried many different genres. He had his greatest critical successes with Egg! Egg! A Hardboiled...

Egg Egg, The Simple-Minded Murderer (8 points)

81. 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).

A Swedish Love Story, You the Living (8 points)

82. Emir Kusturica

Director | Underground

A Serbian film director. Born in 1954 in Sarajevo. Graduated in film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague in 1978. During his studies, he was awarded several times for his short movies including Guernica (1978), which took first prize at the Student's Film ...

Time of the Gypsies, Black Cat White Cat (8 points)

83. Damien Chazelle

Writer | La La Land

Damien Sayre Chazelle is an American director and screenwriter. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother, Celia Sayre (Martin) Chazelle, is an American-Canadian writer and professor of history at The College of New Jersey. His father, Bernard Chazelle, is a French-American Eugene Higgins...

Whiplash, La La Land (8 points)

84. 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 ...

"Community", "Rick & Morty" (8 points)

85. Sebastián Silva

Director | La Nana

Sebastián Silva was born on April 9, 1979 in Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile. He is a director and writer, known for The Maid (2009), Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013) and Magic Magic (2013).

Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus, Magic Magic, Nasty Baby (8 points)

86. 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 ...

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Graduate, Closer (8 points)

87. Tom McCarthy

Producer | Win Win

Tom McCarthy is an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for direct and write The Station Agent (2003), The Visitor (2007), Win Win (2011), and Spotlight (2015), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Director.


The Station Agent, The Visitor, Spotlight (8 points)

88. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...

All About My Mother, Volver, The Skin I Live In (8 points)

89. Fernando Meirelles

Director | Blindness

Fernando Meirelles was born in a middle class family in São Paulo City, Brazil.

He studied architecture at the university of São Paulo. At the same time he developed an interest in filmmaking. With a group of friends he started producing experimental videos and video art. They won a huge number of ...

City of God, The Constant Gardener, Blindness (8 points)

90. Pete Docter

Writer | Up

Pete Docter was born on October 9, 1968 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA as Peter Hans Docter. He is a producer and writer, known for Up (2009), Inside Out (2015) and Monsters, Inc. (2001). He has been married to Amanda Jean Schmidt since December 27, 1992. They have two children.

Monster's Inc., Up, Inside Out (8 points)

91. Tage Danielsson

Director | Ronja Rövardotter

Tage Danielsson was born in 1928, in a working class home in Linköping, Sweden. He went to Uppsala University, and graduated as a Master of Arts in English, French and the history of literature. In 1956 he met Hans Alfredson at the Swedish Radio company. They worked together for almost thirty years...

The Apple War, The Adventures of Picasso, Ronja Robbersdaughter (8 points)

92. Steven Knight

Writer | Locke

Steven Knight is a British screenwriter and film director. He is best known for screenplays he wrote for the films Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and Eastern Promises (2007), and also directed as well as written the film Locke (2013).

Knight is also one of three creators of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire...

"Peaky Blinders", "Taboo", "A Christmas Carol" (8 points)

93. 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) ...

The Cabin in the Woods, "Daredevil", Bad Times at the El Royale (8 points)

94. Valerie Faris

Director | Little Miss Sunshine

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have built an impressive body of work by perpetually seeking innovative projects in a variety of mediums.

After introducing bands such as REM and The Red Hot Chili Peppers on their ground breaking MTV show The Cutting Edge, Jonathan and Valerie continued to work in ...

Little Miss Sunshine, Battle of the Sexes, "Living With Yourself" (8 points)

95. Jonathan Dayton

Director | Little Miss Sunshine

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have built an impressive body of work by perpetually seeking innovative projects in a variety of mediums.

After introducing bands such as R.E.M. and Red Hot Chili Peppers on their ground-breaking MTV show The Cutting Edge (1992), Jonathan and Valerie continued to ...

Little Miss Sunshine, Battle of the Sexes, "Living With Yourself" (8 points)

96. Lukas Moodysson

Writer | Fucking Åmål

Lukas Moodysson was born on January 17, 1969 in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden as Karl Frederik Lukas Moodysson. He is a writer and director, known for Show Me Love (1998), Lilya 4-Ever (2002) and Together (2000). He has been married to Coco Moodysson since 1994. They have three children.

Show Me Love, Together, Lilya 4-ever, We are the best! (8 points)

97. J.A. Bayona

Director | El orfanato

J.A. Bayona was born on May 9, 1975 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Juan Antonio García Bayona. He is a director, known for The Orphanage (2007), The Impossible (2012) and A Monster Calls (2016).

The Orphanage, The Impossible, A Monster Calls, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (8 points)

98. 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...

My Life as a Dog, "Alla vi Barn i Bullerbyn", What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Chocolat (8 points)

99. Ang Lee

Director | Wo hu cang long

Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ...

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hulk, Brokeback Mountain, Lust Caution, Life of Pi (8 points)

100. Barry Levinson

Director | Rain Man

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

Rain Man, Toys, Sleepers, Wag the Dog, Sphere (8 points)

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