My Favorite American/Latin-American/Canadian Directors

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1. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Some Like It Hot" (1959) 4.) "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957) 3.) "The Lost Weekend" (1945) 2.) "Sunset Blvd." (1950) 1.) "The Apartment" (1960)

2. 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...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Zodiac" (2007) 4.) "The Social Network" (2010) 3.) "Fight Club" (1999) 2.) "Gone Girl" (2014) 1.) "Se7en" (1995)

3. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "After Hours" (1985) 4.) "The Last Temptation of the Christ" (1988) 3.) "Raging Bull" (1980) 2.) "Taxi Driver" (1976) 1.) "The Departed" (2006)

4. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Inception

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.


Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Inception" (2010) 4.) "Interstellar" (2014) 3.) "The Prestige" (2006) 2.) "Memento" (2000) 1.) "The Dark Knight" (2008)

5. 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...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "The Hateful Eight" (2015) 4.) "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) 3.) "Pulp Fiction" (1994) 2.) "Inglourious Basterds" (2009) 1.) "Django Unchained" (2012)

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), ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Arrival" (2016) 4.) "Blade Runner 2049" (2017) 3.) "Incendies" (2010) 2.) "Prisoners" (2013) 1.) "Enemy" (2014)

7. 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.

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000) 4.) "Fargo" (1996) 3.) "No Country for Old Men" (2007) 2.) "Burn After Reading" (2008) 1.) "The Ballad of Buster" (2018)

8. 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), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and A Serious Man (2009). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two ...

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9. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Blue Velvet" (1986) 4.) "Inland Empire" (2006) 3.) "Mulholland Drive" (2001) 2.) "The Elephant Man" (198 1.) "Eraserhead" (1977)

10. John Cassavetes

Actor | Love Streams

John Cassavetes was a Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter. He is considered a pioneer of American independent film, as he often financed his own films.

Cassavetes was born in New York City in 1929, to Nicholas John Cassavetes and his wife Katherine Demetre (1906-1983). Nicholas was...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Husbands" (1970) 4.) "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (1974) 3.) "Opening Night" (1977) 2.) "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974) 1.) "Love Streams" (1981)

11. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Biutiful" (2010) 4.) "Babel" (2006) 3.) "Amores Perros" (2000) 2.) "The Revenant" (2015) 1.) "Birdman" (2014)

12. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Mother!" (2017) 4.) "Black Swan" (2010) 3.) "Pi" (1998) 2.) "The Wrestler" (2008) 1.) "Requiem for a Dream" (2000)

13. Paul Thomas Anderson

Director | Punch-Drunk Love

Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "The Master" (2012) 4.) "Magnolia" (1999) 3.) "Phantom Thread" (2017) 2.) "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002) 1.) "There Will Be Blood" (2007)

14. John Sayles

Writer | Lone Star

A bright child, John Sayles began reading novels before age 9. A Williams grad in 1972, he shunned a corporate career to work various blue-collar jobs, moving to east Boston to take a factory job. He wrote stories and submitted them to various magazines, and the Atlantic Monthly gave him the idea ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Sunshine State" (2002) 4.) "Passion Fish" (1992) 3.) "Lone Star" (1996) 2.) "Matewan" (1987) 1.) "Amigo" (2010)

15. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Paths of Glory" (1957) 4.) "The Shining" (1980) 3.) "Dr. Strangelove" (1964) 2.) "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) 1.) "Barry Lyndon" (1975)

16. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Edward Scissorhands" (1990) 4.) "Ed Wood" (1994) 3.) "Big Fish" (2003) 2.) "Batman" (1989) 1.) "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007)

17. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Gran Torino" (2008) 4.) "Changeling" (2008) 3.) "Unforgiven" (1992) 2.) "Mystic River" (2003) 1.) "Million Dollar Baby" (2004)

18. Gaspar Noé

Director | Climax

Gaspar Noé was born on December 27, 1963 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a director and producer, known for Climax (2018), Irréversible (2002) and Enter the Void (2009).

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "I Stand Alone" (1998) 4.) "Climax" (2018) 3.) "Love" (2015) 2.) "Irréversiable" (2002) 1.) "Enter the Void" (2009)

19. 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, ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Catch Me If You Can" (2002) 4.) "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) 3.) "Schindler's List" (1993) 2.) "Duel" (1971) 1.) "Jaws" (1975)

20. Shane Carruth

Composer | Primer

Writer-director Shane Carruth, a former software engineer, burst onto the independent movie scene with his extremely low-budget science-fiction film Primer (2004) in 2004. Carruth also played one of the two leads in the film and composed its music. "Primer" won the Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred P...

Best of Filmography - Top 2: 2.) "Upstream Color" (2013) 1.) "Primer" (2004)

21. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "The Life of Aquatic with Steve Zissou" (2004) 4.) "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 3.) "Isle of Dogs" (2018) 2.) "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012) 1.) "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009)

22. Kelly Reichardt

Director | Wendy and Lucy

Kelly Reichardt was born and raised in Miami-Dade Country, Florida, to a family of police officers. She had an interest in photography from a very young age. She started by using her father's camera, which he used for photographing crime scenes. She went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Wendy and Lucy" (2008) 4.) "Night Moves" (2013) 3.) "Old Joy" (2006) 2.) "Certain Women" (2016) 1.) "Meek's Cutoff" (2010)

23. David Lowery

Editor | A Ghost Story

David Lowery is an American writer and director. He is best know for Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Pete's Dragon (2016), and A Ghost Story (2017).

At the age of 19, Lowery wrote and directed his first film, Lullaby.

Lowery had his breakthrough with his first feature film, St. Nick (2009).

He often ...

Best of Filmography - Top 3: 3.) "Pete's Dragon" (2016) 2.) "The Old Man & the Gun" (2018) 1.) "A Ghost Story" (2017)

24. Terrence Malick

Writer | Days of Heaven

Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "The New World" (2005) 4.) "The Thin Red Line" (1998) 3.) "Days in Heaven" (1978) 2.) "The Tree of Life" (2011) 1.) "Badlands" (1973)

25. Jim Jarmusch

Director | Broken Flowers

Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Paterson" (2016) 4.) "Mystery Train" (1989) 3.) "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" (1999) 2.) "Dead Man" (1995) 1.) "Night on Earth" (1991)

26. Alejandro Jodorowsky

Writer | La montaña sagrada

Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Iquique, Chile on February 17, 1929. In 1942 he moved to Santiago where he attended university, was a circus clown and a puppeteer. In 1955 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. He worked with Maurice Chevalier there and made a short film, La cravate...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Fando y Lis" (1968) 4.) "Endless Poetry" (2016) 3.) "El Topo" (1970) 2.) "Santa Sangre" (1989) 1.) "The Holy Mountain" (1973)

27. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Crimson Peak" (2015) 4.) "Pacific Rim" (2013) 3.) "The Devil's Backbone" (2001) 2.) "Cronos" (1993) 1.) "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006)

28. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998) 4.) "Tideland" (2005) 3.) "12 Monkeys" (1995) 2.) "Brazil" (1985) 1.) "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975)

29. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Small Time Crook" (2000) 4.) "Midnight in Paris" (2011) 3.) "Manhattan" (1979) 2.) "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) 1.) "Annie Hall" (1977)

30. Robert Altman

Director | Gosford Park

Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "3 Woman" (1977) 4.) "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971) 3.) "Short Cuts" (1993) 2.) "The Long Goodbye" (1973) 1.) "Nashville" (1975)

31. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

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. ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "The Neon Demon" (2016) 4.) "Pusher Trilogy" (1996-2005) 3.) "Valhalla Rising" (2009) 2.) "Bronson" (2008) 1.) "Drive" (2011)

32. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) 4.) "The Conversation" (1974) 3.) "Apocalypse Now" (1979) 2.) "The Godfather: Part II" (1974) 1.) "The Godfather" (1972)

33. Sidney Lumet

Director | 12 Angry Men

Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Serpico" (1973) 4.) "Network" (1976) 3.) "A Dog Day Afternoon" (1975) 2.) "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" (2007) 1.) "12 Angry Men" (1957)

34. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Contact" (1997) 4.) "Back to the Future" (1985) 3.) "Cast Away" (2000) 2.) "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988) 1.) "Forrest Gump" (1994)

35. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 4: 4.) "Where the Wild Things Are" (2009) 3.) "Adaptation." (2002) 2.) "Her" (2013) 1.) "Being John Malkovich" (1999)

36. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" (1999) 4.) "American Graffiti" (1973) 3.) "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) 2.) "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" (1977) 1.) "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" (2005)

37. John Carpenter

Soundtrack | Escape from New York

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

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976) 4.) "In the Mouth of Madness" (1994) 3.) "Halloween" (1978) 2.) "They Live" (1988) 1.) "The Thing" (1982)

38. Nicholas Ray

Director | Rebel Without a Cause

Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "The Savage Innocents" (1960) 4.) "Johnny Guitar" (1954) 3.) "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) 2.) "Bigger Than Life" (1956) 1.) "In A Lonely Place" (1950)

39. 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...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "The Brood" (1979) 4.) "Eastern Promises" (2007) 3.) "Dead Ringers" (1988) 2.) "A History of Violence" (2005) 1.) "The Fly" (1986)

40. 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 ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Sisters" (1972) 4.) "Obsession" (1976) 3.) "Carrie" (1976) 2.) "Blow Out" (1981) 1.) "Scarface" (1983)

41. Charles Burnett

Director | Killer of Sheep

Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi on April 13, 1944, Charles Burnett moved with his family to the Watts area of Los Angeles at an early age. He describes the community of having a robust mythical connection with the South as a result of having so many Southern transplants, an atmosphere which has ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Nightjohn" (1996) 4.) "My Brother's Wedding" (1983) 3.) "When It Rains" (1995) 2.) "To Sleep With Anger" (1990) 1.) "Killer of Sheep" (1978)

42. John Ford

Director | The Quiet Man

John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962) 4.) "Young Mr. Lincoln" (1939) 3.) "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) 2.) "The Searchers" (1956) 1.) "Stagecoach" (1939)

43. 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. ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Before Midnight" (2013) 4.) "Before Sunset" (2004) 3.) "Before Sunrise" (1995) 2.) "A Scanner Darkly" (2006) 1.) "Waking Life" (2002)

44. Abel Ferrara

Director | Bad Lieutenant

Born in the Bronx, Ferrara started making amateur films on Super 8 in his teens before making his debut with violent exploitation films such as 'Driller Killer' and 'Ms.45'. Good reviews for the latter helped create his cult reputation, leading to larger budgets, studio funding and 'name' actors (...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Ms. 45" (1981) 4.) "King of New York" (1990) 3.) "The Addiction" (1995) 2.) "Pasolini" (2014) 1.) "Bad Lieutenant" (1992)

45. Antonio Campos

Producer | Martha Marcy May Marlene

Antonio Campos was born on August 24, 1983 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), Afterschool (2008) and Buy It Now (2005). He has been married to Sofía Subercaseaux since November 28, 2015. They have one child.

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 3.) "Afterschool" (2008) 2.) "Christine" (2016) 1.) "Simon Killer" (2012)

46. Oliver Stone

Producer | JFK

Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.

William Oliver Stone was ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Wall Street" (1987) 4.) "Salvador" (1984) 3.) "Platoon" (1986) 2.) "Nixon" (1995) 1.) "JFK" (1991)

47. Spike Lee

Director | Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended ...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "Inside Man" (2006) 4.) "25th Hour" (2002) 3.) "BlackkKlansman" (2018) 2.) "Do the Right Thing" (1989) 1.) "Malcolm X" (1992)

48. Robert Redford

Actor | The Natural

Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Scottish, Cornish, and Irish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955,...

Best of Filmography - Top 5: 5.) "The Conspirator" (2010) 4.) "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988) 3.) "Ordinary People" (1980) 2.) "The Horse Whisperer" (1998) 1.) "Quiz Show" (1994)

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