Legendary directorsby yulia-ivanova | created - 01 Nov 2015 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
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 ...
10 US a clockwork orange, the shining, 2001 space odyssey, full metal jacket, barry lyndon, eyes wide shut, dr strangelove, spartacus, paths of glory, lolita
2. 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 ...
10 US dog day afternoon, before the devil knows you'are dead, network, the prince of the city, serpico, 12 angry men, the hill, equus, the verdict, the offence
3. Alan Parker
Director | Evita
Prior to moving into film, Alan was noted as one of London's most talented advertising copywriters. He worked for the Collet Dickinson Pearce (CDP) ad agency in the 1960's and early 1970's, and began directing his own tvc scripts in their basement. Formed a partnership with David Puttnam as his ...
10 UK evita, the life of david gale, the road to wellville, pink floyd the wall, angela's ashes, mississippi burning, angel heart, midnight express, the commitments, birdy
4. Milos Forman
Director | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in ...
10 Czech republic one flew over the cookoo's nest, man on the moon, people vs larry flynt, amadeus, goya's ghosts, valmont, ragtime, hair, taking off, the firemen's ball
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, Ivanovo detstvo (1962), which won...
9 USSR the mirror, solyaris, stalker, andrey rublyov, offret, nostalghia, ivan's childhood, the steamroller and the violin, сегодня увольнения не будет
Director | Brat
Aleksey Balabanov was born on February 25, 1959 in Sverdlovsk, Sverdlovskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Aleksey Oktyabrinovich Balabanov. He was a director and writer, known for Brat (1997), Gruz 200 (2007) and Kochegar (2010). He was married to Nadezhda Vasileva. He died on May 18, 2013 in Solnechnoye...
9 Russia груз 200, морфий, жмурки, брат, брат 2, про уродов и людей, война, мне не больно, я тоже хочу
Writer | Smultronstället
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, Den goda viljan (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Enskilda samtal (1996) is the trilogy ...
8 Sweden the seventh seal, face to face, persona, fanny and alexander, autumn sonata, smultronstallet, through a glass darkly, vargtimmen
Director | Nebesa obetovannye
Eldar Aleksandrovich Ryazanov was born on November 18, 1927 in Samara, Russia. He graduated with honors from the Soviet State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1950, as a film director. He was making documentaries for five years. In 1955 Ryazanov came to work at the Mosfilm Studios under the ...
7 USSR служебный роман, вокзал для двоих, ирония судьбы, невероятные приключения итальянцев в россии, карнавальная ночь, берегись автомобиля, жестокий романс
Writer | Amarcord
The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the ...
6 Italy 8 and a half, la strada, le notti di cabiria, la dolce vita, amarcord, i vitelloni
10. 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...
6 US gosford park, short cuts, the player, mash, nashville, 3 women
11. 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 ...
6 US the graduate, who's afraid of virginia woolf, catch-22, the birdcage, closer, charlie wilson's war
12. Peter Weir
Peter Weir was born on August 21, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Lindsay Weir. He is a director and writer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Witness (1985) and The Truman Show (1998). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They have two...
Australia 6 dead poets society, the Truman show, master and commander, witness, the green card, the way back
13. Leonid Gaidai
Director | 12 stulev
Leonid Iovich Gaidai was born on January 30, 1923, in the town of Svobodny, Amur region of Siberia, USSR. He was the third child in the family of a railroad worker. His father, named Iov Isidorovich Gaidai, was exiled to Siberia from Poltava, Ukraine. His mother, named Maria Ivanovna Lubimova, came...
6 USSR иван васильевич меняет профессию, операция Ы, бриллиантовая рука, кавказская пленница, не может быть, 12 стульев
Writer | The Last Emperor
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films were known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed La commare secca (...
5 Italy il conformista, the dreamers, novecento, last tango in paris, the last emperor
15. Akira Kurosawa
Writer | Ran
After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sugata Sanshirô (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him ...
5 Japan dersu uzala, dreams (Yume), rashomon, kagemusha, ran
16. John Hughes
Writer | The Breakfast Club
John Hughes was born on February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as John Wilden Hughes Jr. He was a writer, known for The Breakfast Club (1985), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) and Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). He was married to Nancy Ludwig. He died on August 6, 2009 in Manhattan, ...
5 US ferris bueller's day off, weird science, plains trains and automobiles, the breakfast club, sixteen candles
17. Alan J. Pakula
Producer | Sophie's Choice
Alan J. Pakula was born on April 7, 1928 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Alan Jay Pakula. He was a producer and director, known for Sophie's Choice (1982), All the President's Men (1976) and Presumed Innocent (1990). He was married to Hannah Pakula and Hope Lange. He died on November ...
5 all the president's men, sophie's choice, presumed innocent, the parallax view, klute
18. James Ivory
Writer | Call Me by Your Name
The main part of his few movies were filmed in the quarter of a century in which he worked closely together with the Indian producer Ismail Merchant and the German writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. His first films are all set in India and are very much influenced by the style of Satyajit Ray and Jean ...
4 UK the room with a view, the remains of the day, maurice, howards end
19. 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 ...
4 rear window, the birds, north by northwest, vertigo
20. Alain Resnais
Director | Hiroshima mon amour
Alain Resnais was born on June 3, 1922 in Vannes, Morbihan, France as Alain Pierre Marie Jean Georges Resnais. He was a director and editor, known for Hiroshima mon amour (1959), On connaît la chanson (1997) and Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980). He was married to Sabine Azéma and Florence ...
France 4 providence, les herbes folles, hiroshima mon amour, l'annee dernier a marienbad
Writer | Blowup
Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema"...
4 Italy l'avventura, zabriskie point, l'eclisee, eros, la notte
22. Norman Jewison
Director | In the Heat of the Night
Norman Frederick Jewison was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Dorothy Irene (Weaver) and Percy Joseph Jewison, who managed a post office and a convenience store. His mother was an English immigrant, and his father was of English and Ulster-Scots descent. Jewison got his BA at Victoria College, ...
USA 4 and justice for all, in the heat of the night, moonstruck, the hurricane
Director | Os Canibais
Manoel de Oliveira was born on December 11, 1908 in Oporto, Portugal as Manoel Candido Pinto de Oliveira. He was a director and writer, known for Os Canibais (1988), Viagem ao Princípio do Mundo (1997) and Gebo et l'ombre (2012). He was married to Maria Isabel Brandão de Meneses de Almeida ...
Portugal 4 os canibais, um filme falado, viagem ao principio do mundo, je rentre a la maison
24. Vittorio De Sica
Director | Ladri di biciclette
Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee ...
3 Italy ieri, oggi, domani, matrimonio all'italiana, ladri di biciclette
25. David Lean
Director | Lawrence of Arabia
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding ...
3 UK dr zhivago, the bridge on the river kwai, lawrence of arabia
Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit
Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...
Germany 3 Angst Essen Seele Auf, die bitteren Traenen der Petra Von Kant, die ehe von maria braun
27. Ken Russell
Director | The Devils
Ken Russell tried several professions, before choosing to become a film director. He was a still photographer, a dancer and even served in the army, but it was film that was to be Mr. Russell's destiny. He began by making several short films, and those paved the way for his brilliant television ...
3 UK the devils, altered states, the boy friend
28. John Schlesinger
Director | Midnight Cowboy
Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War ...
midnight cowboy, marathon man, the next best thing
Director | Die Blechtrommel
Has studied economy and political sciences as well as at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique (IDHEC) in Paris, France. Worked as an assistant director with Louis Malle, Jean-Pierre Melville and Alain Resnais. Founded his own production company Bioskop Film together with Reinhard Hauff ...
die blechtrommel, die verlorelene ehre der katharina blum, death of a salesman
Writer | Trois couleurs: Bleu
Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personel (...
trois couleurs bleu, trois couleurs rouge, la double vie de veronique
31. Aleksey German
Director | Khrustalyov, mashinu!
Aleksey German was born on July 20, 1938 in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR as Aleksei Yuryevich German. He was an actor and director, known for Khrustalyov, mashinu! (1998), Trudno byt bogom (2013) and Moy drug Ivan Lapshin (1985). He was married to Svetlana Karmalita. He died on February 21, 2013 ...
20 dney bez voiny, хрусталев машину
32. Hal Ashby
Director | Harold and Maude
Hal Ashby was born the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon household, in Ogden, Utah, to Eileen Ireta (Hetzler) and James Thomas Ashby, on September 2, 1929. His father was a dairy farmer. After a rough childhood that included the divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, his dropping out of ...
being there, harold and maude
33. Jean-Luc Godard
Director | À bout de souffle
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...
a bout de souffle, alphaville
34. Orson Welles
Actor | Citizen Kane
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....
citizen kane, the trial
35. 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 ...
witness for the prosecution, some like it hot