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25 Most Influential Directors

1. Alfred Hitchcock

14. John Cassavetes

2. D.W. Griffith

15. Majid Majidi

3. Orson Welles

16. Jean Renoir

4. Jean-Luc Godard

17. Francis Ford Coppola

5. John Ford

18. Howard Hawks

6. Stanley Kubrick

19. Francois Truffaut

7. Sergei Eisenstein

20. Buster Keaton

8. Charlie Chaplin

21. Abbas Kiarostami

9. Federico Fellini

22. John Huston

10. Steven Spielberg

23. Woody Allen

11. Martin Scorsese

24. Jafar Panahi

12. Akira Kurosawa

25. Ernst Lubitsch

13. Ingmar Bergman

300 Best Films

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

The African Queen (1951)

All About Eve (1950)

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

An American In Paris (1951)

Annie Hall (1977)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Ben-Hur (1959)

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

The Big Sleep (1946)

The Birth Of A Nation (1915)

Blade Runner (1982)

Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Casablanca (1942)

Chinatown (1974)

Citizen Kane (1941)

City Lights (1931)

The Crowd (1928)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Double Indemnity (1944)

Duck Soup (1933)

E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Easy Rider (1969)

Fantasia (1940)

42nd Street (1933)

The General (1927)

The Godfather (1972) (tie)
The Godfather, Part II (1974) (tie)

The Gold Rush (1925)

Gone With The Wind (1939)

The Graduate (1967)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Greed (1924)

High Noon (1952)

His Girl Friday (1940)

Intolerance (1916)

It Happened One Night (1934)

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

Jaws (1975)

King Kong (1933)

The Lady Eve (1941)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Modern Times (1936)

My Darling Clementine (1946)

Nashville (1975)

A Night At The Opera (1935)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Ninotchka (1939)

North By Northwest (1959)

Notorious (1946)

On The Waterfront (1954)

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Out Of The Past (1947)

Paths of Glory (1957)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Psycho (1960)

Pulp Fiction (1994)
(coming soon)

The Quiet Man (1952)

Raging Bull (1980)

Rear Window (1954)

Rebecca (1940)

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Red River (1948)

Roman Holiday (1953)

Schindler's List (1993)

The Searchers (1956)

Shane (1953)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Singin' In The Rain (1952)

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Stagecoach (1939)

A Star Is Born (1954)

Star Wars (1977) (tie)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Sunrise (1927)

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Taxi Driver (1976)

The Third Man (1949)

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

Top Hat (1935)

Touch Of Evil (1958)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Vertigo (1958)

West Side Story (1961)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

The Wild Bunch (1969)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Wuthering Heights (1939)

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Adam's Rib (1949)

Alien (1979)

American Graffiti (1973)

The Apartment (1960)

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

The Awful Truth (1937)

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Badlands (1973)

The Bank Dick (1940) (tie)

The Big Heat (1953)

The Big Parade (1925)

Blue Velvet (1986)

Brazil (1985)

Brief Encounter (1946)

Broken Blossoms (1919)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Cabaret (1972)

Camille (1936)

Cat People (1942)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

The Conversation (1974)

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Days of Heaven (1978)

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Dodsworth (1936)

Don't Look Now (1973)

Dracula (1931)

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (tie)

The Exorcist (1973)

Fargo (1996)

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

Frankenstein (1931)

The French Connection (1971)

From Here to Eternity (1953)

GoodFellas (1990)

Gun Crazy (1950)

The Heiress (1949)

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

The Hustler (1961)

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)

In a Lonely Place (1950)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

It's a Gift (1934) (tie)

The Jazz Singer (1927)

Jezebel (1938)

The Killers (1946)

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

The Last Picture Show (1971)

Laura (1944)

Little Caesar (1930)

The Lost Weekend (1945)

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Manhattan (1979)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)

Mean Streets (1973)

Metropolis (1927)

Mildred Pierce (1945)

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

My Fair Lady (1964)

My Man Godfrey (1936)

Network (1976)

Now, Voyager (1942)

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Pinocchio (1940)

A Place in the Sun (1951)

Platoon (1986)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

The Public Enemy (1931)

Queen Christina (1933)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

The Red Shoes (1948)

Romeo and Juliet (1968)

A Room with a View (1986)

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Scarface: The Shame of the Nation (1932)

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

She Done Him Wrong (1933)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Sons of the Desert (1933)

The Sound of Music (1965)

Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Swing Time (1936)

The Terminator (1984)

The Thin Man (1934)

The 39 Steps (1935)

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

To Have and Have Not (1944)

Tootsie (1982)

12 Angry Men (1957)


Unforgiven (1992)

White Heat (1949)

Winchester '73 (1950)

Written on the Wind (1956)

Airplane! (1980)

All the King's Men (1949)

Amadeus (1984)

American Beauty (1999)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Atlantic City (1981)

Babe (1995)

Baby Doll (1956)

Bambi (1942)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Being There (1979)

The Birds (1963)

Blow-Up (1966)

Bull Durham (1988)

Bus Stop (1956)

Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

The Crying Game (1992)

Dark Victory (1939)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Deliverance (1972)

Dinner at Eight (1933)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

East of Eden (1955)

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Field of Dreams (1989)

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Footlight Parade (1933)

Freaks (1932)

The Freshman (1925)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Gaslight (1944)

Glory (1989)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)

The Great Dictator (1940)

Groundhog Day (1993)

Halloween (1978)

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

Henry V (1944) and Henry V (1989) (tie)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Inherit the Wind (1960)

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

JFK (1991)

Key Largo (1948)

The Kid (1921)

The Killing (1956)

The King of Comedy (1983)

Kings Row (1942)

Koyaanisqatsi (1983)

L.A. Confidential (1997)

The Lady From Shanghai (1948)

The Last Emperor (1987)

Last Tango in Paris (1972)

The Letter (1940)

The Lion in Winter (1968)

A Man for All Seasons (1966)

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Marty (1955)

M*A*S*H (1970)

The Matrix (1999)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Patton (1970)

The Piano (1993)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Poltergeist (1982)

The Producers (1968)

Pygmalion (1938)

Repulsion (1965)

The Road Warrior (1982)
(aka Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981))

Rocky (1976)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

The Scarlet Empress (1934)

Sherlock, Jr. (1924)

The Shining (1980)

Sleeper (1973)

Spartacus (1960)

Stairway to Heaven (1946) (aka A Matter of Life and Death (1946))

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Thelma & Louise (1991)

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

The Thing (From Another World) (1951)

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

Titanic (1997)

Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999) (tie)

The Usual Suspects (1995)

Way Out West (1937)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)


The Wind (1928)

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

 The Greatest Directors and Their Best Films

 

WOODY ALLEN 1935-
Witty, Original New York-Based Screenwriter/Director/Film Actor/Comedian Combining Cerebral Wit, Psychological Exposition, and Physical Comedy

Suggested Filmography: Take the Money and Run (1969), Bananas (1971), Play It Again, Sam (1972) (writer), Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972), Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), Annie Hall (1977), Interiors (1978), Manhattan (1979), Stardust Memories (1980), A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982), Zelig (1983), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Radio Days (1987), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Husbands and Wives (1992), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Deconstructing Harry (1997), Celebrity (1998), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Small Time Crooks (2000), The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), Hollywood Ending (2002), Anything Else (2003), Melinda and Melinda (2005), Match Point (2005), Scoop (2006), Cassandra's Dream (2007), Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008), You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010).

 

PEDRO ALMODÓVAR 1949-
Insightful Oscar-Winning Spanish Writer/Director of Convoluted, Usually Sexually Provocative Films, Nicknamed "the Spanish Hitchcock"

Suggested Filmography (Sp.): Matador (1986, Sp.), La Ley del Deseo/Law of Desire (1987, Sp.), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988, Sp.), ¡Átame!/Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990, Sp.), Tacones Lejanos/High Heels (1991, Sp.), Kika (1993, Sp.), La Flor de Mi Secreto/The Flower of My Secret (1995, Sp.), Carne Trémula/Live Flesh (1997, Sp.), Todo Sobre Mi Madre/All About My Mother (1999, Sp.), Hable Con Ella/Talk to Her (2002, Sp.), La Mala Educación (2004, Sp.) (aka Bad Education), Volver (2006, Sp.), Broken Embraces/Los Abrazos Rotos (2009, Sp.).

 

ROBERT ALTMAN 1925-2006
Innovative, Iconoclastic, Free-Spirited, Unconventional, Original, Countercultural Director

Suggested Filmography: That Cold Day in the Park (1969), Brewster McCloud (1970), M*A*S*H (1970), McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), The Long Goodbye (1973), California Split (1974), Thieves Like Us (1974), Nashville (1975), Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976), 3 Women (1977), A Wedding (1978), A Perfect Couple (1979), Popeye (1980), Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean (1982), Secret Honor (1984), Fool for Love (1985), Tanner '88 (1988), Vincent & Theo (1990), The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993), Pret-a-Porter (1994), The Gingerbread Man (1998), Cookie's Fortune (1999), Dr. T and the Women (2000), Gosford Park (2001), The Company (2003), A Prairie Home Companion (2006).

 

INGMAR BERGMAN 1918-2007
One of the Great Film-makers of All Time, From Sweden, of Often Bleak and Deeply Contemplative B/W Sagas

Suggested Filmography: Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), The Magician (1958), The Virgin Spring (1959), The Devil's Eye (1960), Through a Glass, Darkly, Winter Light (both 1962), The Silence (1963), Persona (1966), Shame (1968), Hour of the Wolf (1968), The Passion of Anna (1969), Cries and Whispers (1972), Scenes From a Marriage (1973), The Magic Flute (1975), Face to Face (1976), Autumn Sonata (1978), From the Life of the Marionettes (1980), Fanny and Alexander (1983).

 

BUSBY BERKELEY 1895-1976
Innovative Choreographer/Director Who Revolutionized the Film Musical with Kaleidoscopic Displays

Suggested Filmography: Whoopee! (1930) (choreographer), Footlight Parade (1933) (choreographer), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) (dance director), 42nd Street (1933) (choreographer), Dames (1934) (choreographer), Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935), Babes in Arms (1939), They Made Me a Criminal (1939), Strike Up the Band (1940), Babes on Broadway (1941), For Me and My Gal (1942), The Gang's All Here (1943), Girl Crazy (1943) (choreographer), Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949), Annie Get Your Gun (1950) (uncredited), Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) (choreographer).

 

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI 1940-
Italian Film-Maker Famous for Epic, Rhythmic, Sensual, Lyrical Tales in Exotic Locales

Suggested Filmography: Before the Revolution (1962), The Conformist (1970), The Spider's Stratagem (1970), Last Tango in Paris (1972), 1900 (1976), La Luna (1979), The Last Emperor (1987), The Sheltering Sky (1990), Little Buddha (1993), Stealing Beauty (1996), Besieged (1998), The Dreamers (2003).

 

FRANK BORZAGE 1893-1962
Hollywood's Great Romanticist with Soft-Focus, Sentimental, Romantic Films of the 30s/40s

Suggested Filmography: Humoresque (1920), Secrets (1924), Seventh Heaven (1927), Street Angel (1928), Liliom (1930), Bad Girl (1931), A Farewell to Arms (1932), Man's Castle (1933), Flirtation Walk (1934), Little Man, What Now? (1934), Desire (1936), Green Light (1937), History Is Made At Night (1937), The Shining Hour (1938), Mannequin (1938), Three Comrades (1938), The Mortal Storm (1940), Strange Cargo (1940), Smilin' Through (1941), His Butler's Sister (1943), Stage Door Canteen (1943), The Spanish Main (1945), Moonrise (1948), The Big Fisherman (1959).

 

MEL BROOKS 1926-
Producer/Actor/Director/Writer of Vulgar Comedy Spoofs of Traditional Movie Genres

Suggested Filmography: The Producers (1968), The Twelve Chairs (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1978), History of the World: Part I (1981), To Be Or Not To Be (1983), Spaceballs (1987), Life Stinks (1991), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995), The Producers (2005) (producer only).

 

CLARENCE BROWN 1890-1987
Distinguished, Leading Director from MGM Studios, Greta Garbo's Preferred Director

Suggested Filmography: The Last of the Mohicans (1920), The Eagle (1925), Flesh and the Devil (1926), A Woman of Affairs (1928), Anna Christie (1930), A Free Soul (1931), Possessed (1931), Sadie McKee (1934), Ah, Wilderness! (1935), Anna Karenina (1935), Wife vs. Secretary (1936), Conquest (1937), Idiot's Delight (1939), The Rains Came (1939), Edison, The Man (1940), Come Live With Me (1941), The Human Comedy (1943), National Velvet (1944), The White Cliffs of Dover (1944), The Yearling (1946), Intruder in the Dust (1949), Angels in the Outfield (1951), Plymouth Adventure (1952).

 

LUIS BUNUEL 1900-1983
Spanish Director and Screenwriter, Memorably Known for Original Works and as the "Father of Surrealism in Film"

Suggested Filmography: Un Chien Andalou (1929), L'Age D'Or (1930), Land Without Bread (1933), Los Olvidados/The Young and the Damned (1950), El (1953), The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955), Nazarin (1959), Viridiana (1961), The Exterminating Angel (1962), Diary of a Chambermaid (1964), Belle de Jour (1967), Tristana (1970), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), The Phantom of Liberty (1974), That Obscure Object of Desire (1977).

 

TIM BURTON 1958-
Wild, Imaginative, Distinctive, Comic-Strip Visualist/Director

Suggested Filmography: Vincent (1982), Frankenweenie (1984), Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985), Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman Returns (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) (producer), Ed Wood (1994), Batman Forever (1995) (producer), Mars Attacks! (1996), James and the Giant Peach (1996) (producer), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd (2007), Frankenweenie (2009), Alice in Wonderland (2010).

 

JAMES CAMERON 1954-
Ambitious, Top-Notch Action-Blockbuster Film Director/Screenwriter of the Modern Era

Suggested Filmography: The Terminator (1984), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) (writer), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), True Lies (1994), Strange Days (1995) (writer, producer), Titanic (1997), Ghosts of the Abyss (2003) (aka Titanic 3D: Ghosts of the Abyss), Aliens of the Deep (2005), Avatar (2009).

 

FRANK CAPRA 1897-1991
Producer/Director of "Capra-Corn" Social Americana Films as Tribute to the Idealistic Common Man Battling Against Corruption; also Known for His Fast-Paced, Madcap Comedies

Suggested Filmography: The Strong Man (1926), Platinum Blonde (1931), The Miracle Woman (1931), The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933), Lady for a Day (1933), Broadway Bill (1934), It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Lost Horizon (1937), You Can't Take It With You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Meet John Doe (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), It's A Wonderful Life (1946), State of the Union (1948), Here Comes the Groom (1951), A Hole in the Head (1959), Pocketful of Miracles (1961).

 

JOHN CASSAVETES 1929-1989
First Truly Pioneering American Independent Film Maker with Improvisational, Unpredictable Style Embodied in Realistic Film Stories; also Hollywood Actor

Suggested Filmography: Shadows (1961), Faces (1968), Husbands (1970), Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), Opening Night (1977), Gloria (1980), Love Streams (1984), Big Trouble (1985).

 

CHARLIE CHAPLIN 1889-1977
Extraordinarily-Famed Silent-Screen Tramp Character, Producer, Actor, Director and Dialogue-Less Comedian of Both the Silent and Sound Eras; One of Hollywood's First Super-Stars

Suggested Filmography: The Tramp (1915), The Immigrant (1917), Easy Street (1917), A Dog's Life (1918), The Kid (1921), The Pilgrim (1923), A Woman of Paris (1923), The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Limelight (1952), A King in New York (1957), A Countess from Hong Kong (1967).

 

JOEL COEN 1954- and ETHAN COEN 1957-
Writer/Director/Producer Brother-Team of Offbeat, Irreverent, Often Enigmatic, Unorthodox Yet Cinema-Savvy Films

Suggested Filmography: Blood Simple (1984), Raising Arizona (1987), Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), The Ladykillers (2004), No Country for Old Men (2007), Burn After Reading (2008), A Serious Man (2009).

 

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA 1939-
Italian-American Director Acclaimed in the 1970s for the 'Godfather' Films and the Classic War Film Apocalypse Now

Suggested Filmography: Dementia 13 (1963), You're a Big Boy Now (1966), Finian's Rainbow (1968), The Rain People (1969), The Godfather Trilogy: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather, Part II (1974); The Conversation (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979), One From the Heart (1982), Rumble Fish (1983), The Outsiders (1983), The Cotton Club (1984), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Gardens of Stone (1987), Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), New York Stories (1989), The Godfather, Part III (1990), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Jack (1996), The Rainmaker (1997), The Virgin Suicides (1999) (producer, daughter directed), Apocalypse Now Redux (2001), Youth Without Youth (2007), Tetro (2009).

 

ROGER CORMAN 1926-
Extremely Prolific King (Producer and Director) of the Independents and Classic, Tacky, Low-Budget B's (Horror and Sci-Fi) and Drive-In Movies

Suggested Filmography: Swamp Women (1955), The Day the World Ended (1956), It Conquered the World (1956), Not of This Earth (1957), The Undead (1957), Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), Sorority Girl (1957), Machine-Gun Kelly (1958), A Bucket of Blood (1959), House of Usher (1960), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), The Wasp Woman (1960), The Intruder (1961), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Premature Burial (1962), Tales of Terror (1962), X - The Man With the X-Ray Eyes (1963), The Haunted Palace (1963), The Raven (1963), The Terror (1963), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), The Tomb of Ligeia (1965), The Wild Angels (1966), The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), The Trip (1967), Bloody Mama (1970), Death Race 2000 (1975), Frankenstein Unbound (1990).

 

GEORGE CUKOR 1899-1983
Cosmopolitan, Refined "Woman's" Director During 50 Year Career

Suggested Filmography: A Bill of Divorcement (1932), One Hour With You (1932), What Price Hollywood? (1932), Little Women (1933), Dinner at Eight (1933), David Copperfield (1935), Camille (1936), Romeo and Juliet (1936), Sylvia Scarlett (1936), Holiday (1938), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), Gone With The Wind (1939) (partial), The Women (1939), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Keeper of the Flame (1942), Gaslight (1944), A Double Life (1947), Adam's Rib (1949), Born Yesterday (1950), The Marrying Kind (1952), Pat and Mike (1952), A Star is Born (1954), It Should Happen to You (1954), Lust for Life (1956) (co-director, uncredited), Bhowani Junction (1956), Les Girls (1957), Let's Make Love (1960), My Fair Lady (1964), Travels With My Aunt (1972), Rich and Famous (1981).

 

MICHAEL CURTIZ 1888-1962
Hollywood's Most Prolific, Skilled and Colorful Hungarian-born Director of the 30s and 40s

Suggested Filmography: Cabin in the Cotton (1932), Doctor X (1932), The Kennel Murder Case (1933), The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Walking Dead (1936), Anthony Adverse (1936), Kid Galahad (1937), Marked Woman (1937), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Angels With Dirty Faces (1938), Four Daughters (1938), Dodge City (1939), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), The Sea Hawk (1940), Virginia City (1940), The Sea Wolf (1941), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Casablanca (1942), This is the Army (1943), Passage to Marseille (1944), Mildred Pierce (1945), Night and Day (1946), Life With Father (1947), The Unsuspected (1947), My Dream Is Yours (1949), Flamingo Road (1949), Young Man With a Horn (1950), Jim Thorpe - All American (1951), The Egyptian (1954), White Christmas (1954), We're No Angels (1955), The Proud Rebel (1958), King Creole (1958), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960), The Comancheros (1961).

 

CECIL B. DE MILLE 1881-1959
Master Director and "Showman" of the Big Budget, Excessive Historical Epic and Religious Spectacle/Pageant

Suggested Filmography: The Squaw Man (in three versions 1914, 1918, 1931), The Cheat (1915), Joan the Woman (1916), Male and Female (1919), Forbidden Fruit (1921), The Ten Commandments (1923), The King of Kings (1927), Madam Satan (1930), The Sign of the Cross (1932), Cleopatra (1934), The Crusades (1935), The Plainsman (1936), The Buccaneer (1938), Union Pacific (1939), North West Mounted Police (1940), Reap the Wild Wind (1942), The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944), Unconquered (1947), Samson and Delilah (1949), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), The Ten Commandments (1956).

 

JONATHAN DEMME 1944-
Hip, Critically-Admired and Mainstream Director of Quirky and Dramatic Tales in the 80s and 90s

Suggested Filmography: Caged Heat (1974), Crazy Mama (1975), Last Embrace (1979), Melvin and Howard (1980), Stop Making Sense (1984), Swing Shift (1984), Something Wild (1986), Swimming to Cambodia (1987), Married to the Mob (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993), Beloved (1998), The Truth About Charlie (2002), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006), Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains (2007), Rachel Getting Married (2008).

 

BRIAN DE PALMA 1940-
Dynamic Director of Lurid, Excessive, Psychological Thrillers/Melodramas With Hitchcock-Like Style

Suggested Filmography: Greetings (1968), Hi, Mom! (1970), Sisters (1973), Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Carrie (1976), Obsession (1976), The Fury (1978), Dressed To Kill (1980), Blow Out (1981), Scarface (1983), Body Double (1984), Wise Guys (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Casualties of War (1989), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Raising Cain (1992), Carlito's Way (1993), Mission: Impossible (1996), Snake Eyes (1998), Mission to Mars (2000), Femme Fatale (2002), The Black Dahlia (2006), Redacted (2007).

 

WALT DISNEY 1901-1966
Visionary and Producer of Major Entertainment Empire and Film Art-Animation

Suggested Filmography: Steamboat Willie (1928) (director), Flowers and Trees (1932), The Three Little Pigs (1933), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Ferdinand the Bull (1938), Fantasia (1940), Pinocchio (1940), Dumbo (1941), Bambi (1942), Peter and the Wolf (1946), Casey at the Bat (1946), Song of the South (1946), Mickey and the Beanstalk (1947), Johnny Appleseed (1948), Wind in the Willows (1949), The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Lady and the Tramp (1955), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1958), Sleeping Beauty (1959), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), Mary Poppins (1965), The Jungle Book (1967).

 

CLINT EASTWOOD 1930-
Versatile Actor/Producer Turned Director Noted Originally as TV Actor and Star of Italian-Made "Spaghetti" Westerns

Suggested Filmography: Play Misty for Me (1971), High Plains Drifter (1972), Breezy (1973), The Eiger Sanction (1975), The Outlaw-Josey Wales (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Bronco Billy (1980), Firefox (1982), Honkytonk Man (1982), Sudden Impact (1983), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Bird (1988), The Rookie (1990), White Hunter, Black Heart (1990), Unforgiven (1992), A Perfect World (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Absolute Power (1997), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), True Crime (1999), Space Cowboys (2000), Mystic River (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Changeling (2008), Gran Torino (2008), Invictus (2009).

 

SERGEI EISENSTEIN 1898-1948
Russian Director of Only Seven Films - Although Highly Influential

Suggested Filmography: Strike (1924), Battleship Potemkin (1925), October/10 Days That Shook the World (1927), The General Line (1929), Que Viva Mexico! (1932), Alexander Nevsky (1938), Ivan the Terrible, Part One (1944), Ivan the Terrible, Part Two (1946).

 

FEDERICO FELLINI 1920-1993
Visionary, Surrealistic Italian Screenwriter and Director

Suggested Filmography: Open City (1945), Paisan (1946), The White Sheik (1952), I Vitelloni (1953), La Strada (1954), Il Bidone (1955), Nights of Cabiria (1957), La Dolce Vita (1960), 8 1/2 (1963), Juliet of the Spirits (1965), Fellini Satyricon (1969), Fellini's Roma (1972), Amarcord (1974).

 

VICTOR FLEMING 1883-1949
'Director' of Two of MGM's Greatest Films

Suggested Filmography: The Virginian (1929), Red Dust (1932), Bombshell (1933), Treasure Island (1934), Reckless (1935), Captains Courageous (1937), The Good Earth (1937) (uncredited), Test Pilot (1938), Gone With The Wind (1939), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), Tortilla Flat (1942), A Guy Named Joe (1943), Joan of Arc (1948).

 

JOHN FORD 1894-1973
Talented, Superior, Durable and Prolific Film-maker, Master of Hollywood Westerns, Documentaries, and Irish Period Pieces

Suggested Filmography: The Secret Man (1917), The Iron Horse (1924), The Lost Patrol (1934), The Informer (1935), The Whole Town's Talking (1935), The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936), Mary of Scotland (1936), The Hurricane (1937), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), Stagecoach (1939), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), The Long Voyage Home (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Tobacco Road (1941), The Battle of Midway (1942) (doc.), December 7th (1943) (doc.), They Were Expendable (1945), My Darling Clementine (1946), The Fugitive (1947), 3 Godfathers (1948), "Cavalry Trilogy": Fort Apache (1948), Pinky (1949) (uncredited), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950); Wagonmaster (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), Mogambo (1953), The Long Gray Line (1955), Mister Roberts (1955), The Searchers (1956), The Wings of Eagles (1957), The Last Hurrah (1958), The Horse Soldiers (1959), Sergeant Rutledge (1960), Two Rode Together (1961), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Donovan's Reef (1963), Cheyenne Autumn (1964), 7 Women (1966).

 

TERRY GILLIAM 1940-
Former Monty Python Team Member, Contemporary Director of Bizarre Comedy-Fantasies

Suggested Filmography: And Now For Something Completely Different (1971), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Jabberwocky (1977), Time Bandits (1981), Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983), Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), The Fisher King (1991), 12 Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Tideland (2005), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009).

 

JEAN-LUC GODARD 1930-
French Director, Noted as Ex-Cahiers du Cinema Critic and New Wave Filmmaker

Suggested Filmography: Breathless (1959), Une Femme est une Femme (1960), Contempt (1963), Vivre sa Vie (1963), Band of Outsiders (1964), Alphaville (1965), Pierrot le fou (1965), Masculin Feminin (1966), Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1966), Weekend (1967), La Chinoise (1967), Numero Deux (1975), Every Man for Himself (1980), Passion (1982), Hail Mary (1985), Nouvelle Vague (1990), In Praise of Love (2001), Notre Musique (2004).

 

D. W. GRIFFITH 1875-1948
Cinema's First Major Artist, Landmark Story-Teller and Feature Film Maker, A Pioneering Silent Film-Maker Often Considered the 'Father of Modern Filmmaking'

Suggested Filmography: The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912), The Girl and Her Trust (1912), Judith of Bethulia (1914), The Birth of a Nation (1915), Intolerance (1916), Hearts of the World (1918), Broken Blossoms (1919), True Heart Susie (1919), Way Down East (1920), Orphans of the Storm (1922), America (1924), Isn't Life Wonderful (1924), Sally of the Sawdust (1925), The Sorrows of Satan (1926), Abraham Lincoln (1930), One Million B.C. (1940).

 

HOWARD HAWKS 1896-1977
Popular, Versatile, Stylistic Director of Many Film Genres (Screwball Comedy, Film Noirs, Westerns, Gangster Films, War Movies, Literary Adaptations, etc.) During Hollywood's Golden Age in the Studio Era

Suggested Filmography: A Girl in Every Port (1928), Hell's Angels (1930), The Dawn Patrol (1930), The Crowd Roars (1932), Scarface: The Shame of the Nation (1932), Twentieth Century (1934), Viva Villa! (1934), Barbary Coast (1935), Come and Get It (1936), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Ball of Fire (1941), Sergeant York (1941), The Outlaw (1943) (uncredited), Air Force (1943), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948), A Song is Born (1948), I Was a Male War Bride (1949), The Thing (From Another World) (1951) - uncredited, Monkey Business (1952), The Big Sky (1952), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Land of the Pharaohs (1955), Rio Bravo (1959), Hatari! (1962), Man's Favorite Sport (1964), El Dorado (1967), Rio Lobo (1970).

 

WERNER HERZOG 1942-
German Director of the New German Cinema Movement

Suggested Filmography: Signs of Life (1968), Land of Silence and Darkness (1971), Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972), The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974), The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1975), Stroszek (1977), Woyzeck (1978), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982), Cobra Verde (1988), Lessons in Darkness (1992), The White Diamond (2004), Grizzly Man (2005), The Wild Blue Yonder (2005), Rescue Dawn (2006), Encounters at the End of the World (2007), The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009).

 

ALFRED HITCHCOCK 1899-1980
Acknowledged British Master of Manipulative Terror and Thrillers, Widely Known as the "Master of Suspense" and Arguably the Most Imitated Director of All Time; also Host of His Own TV Mystery Series

See Hitchcock's Memorable Cameo Appearances

Suggested Filmography: The Lodger (1926), Blackmail (1929), Murder! (1930), Rich and Strange (1932), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935), Sabotage (1936), Secret Agent (1936), Young and Innocent (1937), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Jamaica Inn (1939), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Rebecca (1940), Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941), Suspicion (1941), Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Lifeboat (1944), Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), The Paradine Case (1947), Rope (1948), Under Capricorn (1949), Stage Fright (1950), Strangers on a Train (1951), I Confess (1953), Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954), The Trouble With Harry (1955), To Catch a Thief (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956, remake), The Wrong Man (1956), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), Marnie (1964), Torn Curtain (1966), Topaz (1969), Frenzy (1972), Family Plot (1976).

 

RON HOWARD 1954-
Young Child Performer Turned Director

Suggested Filmography: Night Shift (1982), Splash (1984), Cocoon (1985), Gung Ho (1986), Willow (1988), Parenthood (1989), Backdraft (1991), Far and Away (1992), The Paper (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Ransom (1996), EdTV (1999), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Missing (2003), Cinderella Man (2005), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Frost/Nixon (2008), Angels & Demons (2009).

 

JOHN HUSTON 1906-1987
Legendary, Prodigious, Top-Notch American Director and Storyteller (also Actor and Scriptwriter) of Brilliantly-Crafted Films From All Genres

Suggested Filmography: The Maltese Falcon (1941), Across the Pacific (1942), In This Our Life (1942), Key Largo (1948), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), The Red Badge of Courage (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), Beat the Devil (1953), Moby Dick (1956), A Farewell to Arms (1957), Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), The Unforgiven (1960), The Misfits (1961), Freud (1962), The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), The Night of the Iguana (1964), The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966), Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), The Kremlin Letter (1970), Fat City (1972), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), The Mackintosh Man (1973), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Wise Blood (1979), Victory (1981), Annie (1982), Under the Volcano (1984), Prizzi's Honor (1985), The Dead (1987).

 

PETER JACKSON 1961-
New Zealand-Born Director Best Known for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Suggested Filmography: Bad Taste (1987), Meet the Feebles (1989), Dead Alive (1992), Heavenly Creatures (1994), The Frighteners (1996), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), King Kong (2005), Crossing the Line (2008), The Lovely Bones (2009).

 

ELIA KAZAN 1909-2003
Controversial American Stage and Film Director of Gritty Psychological Dramas and Message Movies

Suggested Filmography: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), The Sea of Grass (1947), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Boomerang! (1947), Pinky (1949), Panic in the Streets (1950), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Viva Zapata! (1952), Man on a Tightrope (1953), On the Waterfront (1954), East of Eden (1955), Baby Doll (1956), A Face in the Crowd (1957), Wild River (1960), Splendor in the Grass (1961), America, America (1963), The Arrangement (1969), The Visitors (1972), The Last Tycoon (1976).

 

BUSTER KEATON 1895-1966
The Great Stone Face, Silent Comedian/Stuntman and Director Noted for Risk-taking Physical Comedy

Suggested Filmography: One Week (1920), The Playhouse (1921), The Boat (1921), Cops (1922), Our Hospitality (1923), The Three Ages (1923), The Balloonatic (1923), The Navigator (1924), Sherlock Jr. (1924), Go West (1925), Seven Chances (1925), Battling Butler (1926), College (1927), The General (1927), The Cameraman (1928), Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928), Spite Marriage (1929).

 

HENRY KING 1886-1982
Durable, Consistently-Commercial Director from the Silents to the 60s

Suggested Filmography: Tol'able David (1921), Stella Dallas (1925), Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938), In Old Chicago (1938), Jesse James (1939), Stanley and Livingstone (1939), A Yank in the RAF (1941), The Black Swan (1942), The Song of Bernadette (1943), Wilson (1944), A Bell for Adano (1945), Margie (1946), Captain From Castile (1947), Twelve O'Clock High (1949), Prince of Foxes (1949), The Gunfighter (1950), David and Bathsheba (1951), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952), King of the Khyber Rifles (1953), Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), Carousel (1956), The Sun Also Rises (1957), The Bravados (1958), The Old Man and the Sea (1958), This Earth is Mine (1959), Beloved Infidel (1959).

 

STANLEY KRAMER 1913-2001
Influential, Highly-Regarded Director-Producer of Social Themes and Issues in the 50s and 60s

Suggested Filmography: Champion (1949) (producer), Home of the Brave (1949) (producer), The Men (1950) (producer), Death of a Salesman (1951) (producer), High Noon (1952) (producer), The Wild One (1954) (producer), The Caine Mutiny (1954) (producer), Not as a Stranger (1955), The Pride and the Passion (1957), The Defiant Ones (1958), On the Beach (1959), Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Ship of Fools (1965), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969), Bless the Beasts and the Children (1971), Oklahoma Crude (1973), The Domino Principle (1977).

 

STANLEY KUBRICK 1928-1999
Enigmatic, Creative, Cinematic Perfectionist and Hollywood Outsider of the Post-War Era; Director of Deeply-Layered, Complex, and Wide-Ranging Films in Many Different Genres

Suggested Filmography: Day of the Fight (1951), Fear and Desire (1953), Killer's Kiss (1955), The Killing (1956), Paths of Glory (1957), Spartacus (1960), Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned... (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Eyes Wide Shut (1999).

 

AKIRA KUROSAWA 1910-1998
Acclaimed and Magnificent Writer/Director of Japanese Cinema

Suggested Filmography: Rashomon (1950), Ikiru (1952), Seven Samurai (1954), Throne of Blood (1957), The Hidden Fortress (1958), Yojimbo (1961), Sanjuro (1962), Dersu Uzala (1975), Ran (1985).

 

FRITZ LANG 1890-1976
Pioneering Abstract German Expressionist and Resourceful Early Director of Dark Film Noirs

Suggested Filmography: Dr. Mabuse: the Gambler (1922), Siegfried (1924), Kriemhild's Revenge (1924), Metropolis (1927), M (1931), The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), Fury (1936), You Only Live Once (1937), The Return of Frank James (1940), Man Hunt (1941), Western Union (1941), Hangmen Also Die (1943), Ministry of Fear (1944), The Woman in the Window (1944), Scarlet Street (1945), Cloak and Dagger (1946), Clash By Night (1952), Rancho Notorious (1952), The Big Heat (1953), The Blue Gardenia (1953), Moonfleet (1955), Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956), Human Desire (1954), While the City Sleeps (1956).

 

JOHN LASSETER 1957-
Pioneering Director of Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) in Animated Films

Suggested Filmography: Luxo Jr. (1986) (short film), The Brave Little Toaster (1987) (animator), Tin Toy (1988) (short film), Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001) (executive producer), Spirited Away (2001, Jp.) (executive producer), Finding Nemo (2003) (executive producer), Howl's Moving Castle (2004, Jp.) (executive producer), The Incredibles (2004) (executive producer), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007) (executive producer), WALL-E (2008) (executive producer), Bolt (2008) (executive producer), Up (2009) (executive producer), The Princess and the Frog (2009) (executive producer), Toy Story 3 (2010) (executive producer).

 

DAVID LEAN 1908-1991
British-Born Director of Lavish, Breathtaking and Exotic Epics

Suggested Filmography: In Which We Serve (1942), This Happy Breed (1944), Blithe Spirit (1945), Brief Encounter (1946), Great Expectations (1946), Oliver Twist (1948), The Sound Barrier (1952), Hobson's Choice (1954), Summertime (1955), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970), A Passage to India (1984).

 

SPIKE LEE 1957-
Talented, Provocative, African-American Film-maker/Producer/Writer Who Explored Racial Themes

Suggested Filmography: She's Gotta Have It (1986), School Daze (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), Crooklyn (1994), Clockers (1995), Get on the Bus (1996), Girl 6 (1996), 4 Little Girls (1997), He Got Game (1998), Summer of Sam (1999), Bamboozled (2000), The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), The 25th Hour (2002), She Hate Me (2004), Inside Man (2006), Miracle at St. Anna (2008).

 

SERGIO LEONE 1929-1989
Creator of Genre of Italian "Spaghetti" Westerns Starring the "Man With No Name"

Suggested Filmography: The Dollars Trilogy: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For A Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966); Once Upon a Time in the West (1969), A Fistful of Dynamite (1971), Once Upon a Time in America (1984).

 

JERRY LEWIS 1926-
Director, Comedic Actor, and Producer

Suggested Filmography: The Bellboy (1960), The Ladies' Man (1961), The Nutty Professor (1963), The Family Jewels (1965).

 

ERNST LUBITSCH 1892-1947
German-Born Director, 'Continental' Comedy Film-maker, Known for His Sophisticated, Graceful, and Witty 'Lubitsch Touch'

Suggested Filmography: Carmen (Gypsy Blood) (1918, 1921), The Marriage Circle (1924), The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927), The Love Parade (1929), Monte Carlo (1930), One Hour With You (1932), If I Had a Million (1932), Trouble in Paradise (1932), Design For Living (1933), The Merry Widow (1934), Angel (1937), Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938), Ninotchka (1939), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), That Uncertain Feeling (1941), To Be Or Not To Be (1942), Heaven Can Wait (1943), A Royal Scandal (1945), Cluny Brown (1946), That Lady in Ermine (1948).

 

GEORGE LUCAS 1944-
Influential Executive Producer/Director and Re-Definer of the Special Effects Industry

Suggested Filmography: Herbie (1966), THX-1138 (1971), American Graffiti (1973), The Star Wars Trilogy: Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (producer only), Return of the Jedi (1983) (producer only); Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (producer), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) (producer), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) (producer), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).

 

SIDNEY LUMET 1924-
American Producer/Director of Films Based in the Urban East/New York

Suggested Filmography: 12 Angry Men (1957), Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), Fail-Safe (1964), The Pawnbroker (1965), The Hill (1965), Bye-Bye Braverman (1968), Serpico (1973), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), Equus (1977), Just Tell Me What You Want (1980), Prince of the City (1981), Deathtrap (1982), The Verdict (1982), Garbo Talks (1984), The Morning After (1986), Running on Empty (1988), Q&A (1990), A Stranger Among Us (1992), Guilty as Sin (1993), Night Falls on Manhattan (1996), Gloria (1999), Strip Search (2004), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), Getting Out (2009).

 

DAVID LYNCH 1946-
Acclaimed Writer/Director of Experimental, Avante-Garde, Dark and Disturbing Art House Films

Suggested Filmography: Eraserhead (1977), Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992), Lost Highway (1997), The Straight Story (1999), Mulholland Drive (2001), Inland Empire (2006).

 

LOUIS MALLE 1932-1995
French-Born Director of French and American Films

Suggested Filmography: Elevator to the Gallows (1958), The Lovers (1959), Zazie (1960), A Very Private Affair (1962), Viva Maria! (1965), The Fire Within (1966), The Thief of Paris (1967), Dearest Heart (1971), Murmur of the Heart (1971), Lacombe Lucien (1974), Pretty Baby (1978), Atlantic City (1981), My Dinner With Andre (1981), Alamo Bay (1985), Au Revoir, Les Enfants (1987), May Fools (1990), Damage (1992), Vanya on 42nd Street (1994).

 

ROUBEN MAMOULIAN 1898-1987
One of the Greatest Screen Innovators and Stylistic Directors of Hollywood's Golden Age

Suggested Filmography: Applause (1929), City Streets (1931), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932), Love Me Tonight (1932), Queen Christina (1933), Becky Sharp (1935), The Gay Desperado (1936), Golden Boy (1939), The Mark of Zorro (1940), Blood and Sand (1941), Laura (1944) (replaced by Otto Preminger), Summer Holiday (1948), Silk Stockings (1957).

 

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ 1909-1993
Exceptional, Articulate Producer/Writer/Director of Intelligent, Sophisticated Films; Member of Famed Mankiewicz Film Family

Suggested Filmography: Dragonwyck (1946), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), A Letter to Three Wives (1949), All About Eve (1950), No Way Out (1950), People Will Talk (1951), Five Fingers (1952), Julius Caesar (1953), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), Guys and Dolls (1955), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), Cleopatra (1963), The Honey Pot (1967), There Was a Crooked Man... (1970), Sleuth (1972).

 

MICHAEL MANN 1943-
Modern-Day Master of Action/Crime Films

Suggested Filmography: Thief (1981), The Keep (1983), Manhunter (1986), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Heat (1995), The Insider (1999), Ali (2001), Collateral (2004), Miami Vice (2006), Public Enemies (2009).

 

LEO McCAREY 1898-1969
Masterful Director of Comedies and Films with Sentiment

Suggested Filmography: Big Business (1929), Duck Soup (1933), Belle of the Nineties (1934), Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), The Milky Way (1936), The Awful Truth (1937), Make Way For Tomorrow (1937), Love Affair (1939), Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942), Going My Way (1944), The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), Good Sam (1948), Love Happy (1950), An Affair to Remember (1957), Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958).

 

LEWIS MILESTONE 1895-1980
Noted for War Films in Various Decades

Suggested Filmography: The Kid Brother (1927), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), The Front Page (1931), Rain (1932), Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (1933), The General Died at Dawn (1936), Of Mice and Men (1939), The Westerner (1940) (uncredited), Edge of Darkness (1942), The Purple Heart (1944), A Walk in the Sun (1945), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Arch of Triumph (1948), The Red Pony (1949), Halls of Montezuma (1950), Pork Chop Hill (1959), Ocean's Eleven (1960), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).

 

ANTHONY MINGHELLA 1954-2008
Known for Screen Adaptations of Novels

Suggested Filmography: Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990), Mr. Wonderful (1993), The English Patient (1996), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Play (2000), Cold Mountain (2003), Breaking and Entering (2006).

 

VINCENTE MINNELLI 1910-1986
Masterful Director of Memorable Musicals With Integrated Song and Dance

Suggested Filmography: Cabin in the Sky (1943), Meet Me In St. Louis (1944), The Clock (1945), Yolanda and the Thief (1945), Ziegfeld Follies (1946), Undercurrent (1946), Till the Clouds Roll By (1947), The Pirate (1948), Madame Bovary (1949), The Father of the Bride (1950), An American in Paris (1951), Father's Little Dividend (1951), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), The Band Wagon (1953), Brigadoon (1954), Kismet (1955), The Cobweb (1955), Lust for Life (1956), Tea and Sympathy (1956), Designing Woman (1957), Gigi (1958), The Reluctant Debutante (1958), Some Came Running (1958), Bells Are Ringing (1960), Home From the Hill (1960), Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1961), Two Weeks in Another Town (1963), The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963), Goodbye Charlie (1964), The Sandpiper (1965), On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970).

 

HAYAO MIYAZAKI 1941-
Revered Japanese Animator and Director, Known as "the Japanese Walt Disney"

Suggested Filmography (Jp.): Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds (1984, Jp.), Castle in the Sky (1986, Jp.), My Neighbor Totoro (1988, Jp.), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989, Jp.), Porco Rosso (1992, Jp.), Pom Poko (1994, Jp.) (writer), Whisper of the Heart (1995, Jp.) (writer), Princess Mononoke (1997, Jp.), Spirited Away (2001, Jp.), Howl's Moving Castle (2004, Jp.).

 

F. W. MURNAU 1888-1931
Influential, German-Born Silent Film Director Influenced by Poetic and Dark Expressionism

Suggested Filmography: Nosferatu, the Vampire (1922), The Last Laugh (1924), Tartuff (1926), Faust (1926), Sunrise (1927), City Girl (Our Daily Bread) (1930), Tabu (1931).

 

MIKE NICHOLS 1931-
Play Director Turned Film Director of Comedies and Dramas

Suggested Filmography: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Graduate (1967), Catch-22 (1970), Carnal Knowledge (1971), The Day of the Dolphin (1973), The Fortune (1975), Gilda Live (1980), Silkwood (1983), Heartburn (1986), Working Girl (1988), Biloxi Blues (1988), Postcards From the Edge (1990), Regarding Henry (1991), Wolf (1994), The Birdcage (1996), Primary Colors (1998), What Planet Are You From? (2000), Wit (2001), Angels in America (2003) (HBO miniseries), Closer (2004), Charlie Wilson's War (2007).

 

MAX OPHULS 1902-1957
German-Born European Expatriate Famous For Fluid Tracking Shots and Emphasis on Mise-en-Scene

Suggested Filmography: Liebelei (1933), Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948), Caught (1949), The Reckless Moment (1949), La Ronde (1950), Le Plaisir (1952), The Earrings of Madame De... (1953), Lola Montes (1955).

 

SAM PECKINPAH 1925-1984
Iconoclastic, Controversial, Ground-Breaking, Maverick Film-Maker (aka "Mad Sam")

Suggested Filmography: Ride the High Country (1962), Major Dundee (1965), The Wild Bunch (1969), The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), Straw Dogs (1971), The Getaway (1972), Junior Bonner (1972), Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973), Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974), The Killer Elite (1975), Cross of Iron (1977), Convoy (1978), The Osterman Weekend (1983).

 

ARTHUR PENN 1922-
Skilled, Perceptive Director of Actors

Suggested Filmography: The Left-Handed Gun (1958), The Miracle Worker (1962), The Train (1964) (replaced by John Frankenheimer), Mickey One (1965), The Chase (1966), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Alice's Restaurant (1969), Little Big Man (1970), Night Moves (1975), The Missouri Breaks (1976), Four Friends (1981), Target (1985), Dead of Winter (1987), Penn & Teller Get Killed/Dead Funny (1989).

 

ROMAN POLANSKI 1933-
Notorious, French-Born, Polish-Educated Successor to Alfred Hitchcock

Suggested Filmography: Knife in the Water (1963), Repulsion (1965), Cul-De-Sac (1966), The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are In My Neck (1967), Rosemary's Baby (1968), Macbeth (1971), Chinatown (1974), The Tenant (1976), Tess (1979), Pirates (1986), Frantic (1988), Bitter Moon (1992), Death and the Maiden (1994), The Ninth Gate (1999), The Pianist (2002), Oliver Twist (2005), To Each His Cinema (2007), The Ghost (2010).

 

SYDNEY POLLACK 1934-2008
Important Director of Hollywood Stars from the 70s through the 90s; also Profilic Producer and Actor

Suggested Filmography: The Slender Thread (1965), This Property is Condemned (1966), The Swimmer (1968) (uncredited), Castle Keep (1969), They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), The Way We Were (1973), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Yakuza (1975), Bobby Deerfield (1977), The Electric Horseman (1979), Absence of Malice (1981), Tootsie (1982) (actor, producer, director), Out of Africa (1985), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) (ex. producer), Presumed Innocent (1990) (producer), Havana (1990), Dead Again (1991) (producer), The Firm (1993), Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) (producer), Sabrina (1995), Sense and Sensibility (1995) (producer), Random Hearts (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (ex. producer), Blow Dry (2001) (ex. producer), Heaven (2002) (ex. producer), The Interpreter (2005), Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005).

 

MICHAEL POWELL 1905-1990
(and EMERIC PRESSBURGER 1902-1988)
British Director/Screenwriter Duo of Visually-Impressive Films

Suggested Filmography: The Man Behind the Mask (1936) (Powell only), The Edge of the World (1937), The Thief of Bagdad (1940), 49th Parallel (1941), One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), A Canterbury Tale (1944), I Know Where I'm Going (1945), A Matter of Life and Death/Stairway to Heaven (1946), Black Narcissus (1947), The Red Shoes (1948), The Small Black Room (1949), The Elusive Pimpernel (1950), The Tales of Hoffman (1951), Peeping Tom (1960) (Powell only), Age of Consent (1969).

 

OTTO PREMINGER 1905-1986
Serious Austrian-Born Independent Producer/Director and Outspoken Taboo Breaker Who Challenged the Film Production Codes

Suggested Filmography: Laura (1944) (replaced Mamoulian), Daisy Kenyon (1947), Forever Amber (1947), Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), Angel Face (1952), The Moon Is Blue (1953), Carmen Jones (1954), River of No Return (1954), The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955), The Man With the Golden Arm (1955), Saint Joan (1957), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Porgy and Bess (1959), Exodus (1960), Advise and Consent (1962), The Cardinal (1963), In Harm's Way (1965), Bunny Lake is Missing (1965), Hurry Sundown (1967), Skidoo (1968), Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970).

 

SAM RAIMI 1959-
Cult Horror Film Director

Suggested Filmography: The Evil Dead (1981), Crimewave (1985), Evil Dead II (1987), Darkman (1990), Army of Darkness (1993), The Quick and the Dead (1995), A Simple Plan (1998), For Love of the Game (1999), The Gift (2000), Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), Drag Me to Hell (2009), The Evil Dead (2009), Spider-Man 4 (2011).

 

NICHOLAS RAY 1911-1979
Hollywood Director of Distinctively Personal/Confessional Works in the 50s

Suggested Filmography: The Twisted Road (1948) - re-released as They Live By Night (1949), Knock on Any Door (1949), In A Lonely Place (1950), On Dangerous Ground (1951), Flying Leathernecks (1951), The Lusty Men (1952), Johnny Guitar (1954), Rebel Without A Cause (1955), Bigger Than Life (1956), Bitter Victory (1957), Party Girl (1958), King of Kings (1961), 55 Days at Peking (1963).

 

SATYAJIT RAY 1921-1992
Award-Winning Indian-Born Director, the Most Famous of All-Time, and Noted for the Acclaimed "Apu Trilogy"

Suggested Filmography: Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956), The Music Room (1958), The World of Apu (1959), The Big City (1963), Charulata (1964), Days and Nights in the Forest (1969), Distant Thunder (1973), The Branches of the Tree (1990).

 

JEAN RENOIR 1894-1979
Famed Expressionistic French Director of Three of the Greatest Films of All-Time; One of the First Auteurs and Son of Famed Impressionistic Painter Auguste Renoir

Suggested Filmography (mostly Fr.): La Chienne/The Bitch (1931), Boudu Sauvé des Eaux/Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932), Les Bas-fonds/The Underground (1936), The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936), Une Partie Campagne/A Day in the Country (1936), La Grande Illusion/Grand Illusion (1937), La Bete Humaine/The Human Beast (1938), La Marseillaise (1938), La Règle du Jeu/The Rules of the Game (1939), L'Amour/Ways of Love (1940), Swamp Water (1941), This Land is Mine (1943), The Southerner (1945), The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946), The Woman on the Beach (1947), The River (1951), Le Carrosse D'or/The Golden Coach (1953), French Cancan (1955), Elena et Les Hommes (1956), Picnic on the Grass (1959).

 

KEN RUSSELL 1927-
Flamboyant British Director of Sensational, Often Shocking, Grotesque, Impressionistic Cinema

Suggested Filmography: French Dressing (1964), Billion Dollar Brain (1967), Women in Love (1969), The Boy Friend (1971), The Devils (1971), The Music Lovers (1971), Savage Messiah (1972), Mahler (1974), Lisztomania (1975), Tommy (1975), Valentino (1977), Altered States (1980), Crimes of Passion (1984), Gothic (1986), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), Salome's Last Dance (1988), The Rainbow (1989), Whore (1991), Lion's Mouth (2000), The Fall of the Louse of Usher (2002), Revenge of the Elephant Man (2004), Trapped Ashes (2006), Moll Flanders (2008).

 

JOHN SCHLESINGER 1926-2003
Skillful, Capable, and Celebrated British Director

Suggested Filmography: A Kind of Loving (1962), Billy Liar (1963), Darling (1965), Far From the Madding Crowd (1967), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971), The Day of the Locust (1975), Marathon Man (1976), Yanks (1979), Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), The Believers (1987), Madame Sousatzka (1988), Pacific Heights (1990), The Innocent (1993), Cold Comfort Farm (1995), Eye For An Eye (1996), The Next Best Thing (2000).

 

MARTIN SCORSESE 1942-
Renowned, Notable, Modern American Film-maker of a "New Hollywood" Generation; Director of Contemporary, Visually-Stimulating Films That Predominantly Featured New York City, and Had Urban/Crime Themes

Suggested Filmography: Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1968), Boxcar Bertha (1972), Mean Streets (1973), Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), The Last Waltz (1978), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1983), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), GoodFellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993), Casino (1995), A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies (1995) (documentary), Kundun (1997), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), You Can Count on Me (2000) (ex. producer), Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005), The Departed (2006), Shine a Light (2008), Shutter Island (2009).

 

RIDLEY SCOTT 1937-
Hit-Producing, British-Born Director of Visually-Striking 80s and 90s (and Beyond) Films

Suggested Filmography: The Duellists (1977), Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Legend (1985), Someone to Watch Over Me (1987), Black Rain (1989), Thelma & Louise (1991), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), White Squall (1996), G.I. Jane (1997), Gladiator (2000), Hannibal (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001), Matchstick Men (2003), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008), Robin Hood (2010).

 

TONY SCOTT 1944-
British Writer/Director (Brother of Ridley) With Top Gun As His Greatest Claim to Fame

Suggested Filmography: The Hunger (1983), Top Gun (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Days of Thunder (1990), Revenge (1990), The Last Boy Scout (1991), True Romance (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), The Fan (1996), Money (1996), Enemy of the State (1998), Spy Game (2001), Beat the Devil (2002), Man on Fire (2004), Domino (2005), Deja Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), The Warriors (2010).

 

MACK SENNETT 1880-1960
Greatest, Most Influential Master of Silent Screen Comedy, the "King of Comedy" and Anarchic Slapstick

Suggested Filmography: Producer and Director of hundreds of short films, Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914), The Dentist (1932) (producer), The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933) (producer).

 

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN 1970-
Director of Films Specializing in Twists and Surprise Endings

Suggested Filmography: Praying with Anger (1992), Wide Awake (1998), The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Lady in the Water (2006), The Happening (2008), The Last Airbender (2010).

 

DON SIEGEL 1912-1991
Action-Film Director of Low-Budget Police Dramas, Established a Prolific Association with Anti-Hero Clint Eastwood

Suggested Filmography: The Big Steal (1949), Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Baby Face Nelson (1957), The Line-Up (1958), Flaming Star (1960), Hell Is For Heroes (1962), The Killers (1964), Coogan's Bluff (1968), Madigan (1968), Two Mules for Sister Sara (1969), The Beguiled (1971), Dirty Harry (1971), Charley Varrick (1973), The Black Windmill (1974), The Shootist (1976), Telefon (1977), Escape From Alcatraz (1979), Rough Cut (1980), Jinxed! (1982).

 

DOUGLAS SIRK 1900-1987
Director of Glossy, Stylized, 50s Technicolor, Melodramatic Soap Operas

Suggested Filmography: Lured (1947), Sleep, My Love (1948), Shockproof (1949), Thunder on the Hill (1951), Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952), All I Desire (1953), Magnificent Obsession (1954), All That Heaven Allows (1955), Sign of the Pagan (1955), There's Always Tomorrow (1956), Written on the Wind (1956), Battle Hymn (1957), The Tarnished Angels (1957), A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958), Imitation of Life (1959).

 

STEVEN SPIELBERG 1946-
Most Commercially-Successful and Prolific Producer/Director of Hollywood Blockbusters and Other 'Big-Budget' Films

Suggested Filmography: Duel (1971), The Sugarland Express (1974), Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), 1941 (1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Poltergeist (1982), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) (segment 2), Gremlins (1984) (producer), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Back to the Future, II, III (1985, 1989, 1990) (executive producer), The Color Purple (1985), Empire of the Sun (1987), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) (executive producer), Always (1989), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Hook (1991), Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler's List (1993), Twister (1996) (executive producer), Amistad (1997), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Men in Black (1997) (producer), Saving Private Ryan (1998), A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001), Jurassic Park III (2001) (ex. producer), Minority Report (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), Munich (2005), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

 

GEORGE STEVENS 1904-1975
Respected American Producer/Director/Cinematographer of Many Classics

Suggested Filmography: Alice Adams (1935), Swing Time (1936), A Damsel in Distress (1937), Vivacious Lady (1938), Gunga Din (1939), Penny Serenade (1941), The Talk of the Town (1942), Woman of the Year (1942), The More the Merrier (1943), I Remember Mama (1948), American Trilogy: A Place In the Sun (1951), Shane (1953), Giant (1956), The Diary of Anne Frank (1959), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), The Only Game in Town (1970).

 

OLIVER STONE 1946-
Controversial, Provocative, Stylistic Director of Compelling, Bombastic, Modern-Day Dramas (Often Political)

Suggested Filmography: The Hand (1981), Vietnam Trilogy: Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Heaven and Earth (1993); Salvador (1986), Wall Street (1987), Talk Radio (1988), The Doors (1991), JFK (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), Nixon (1995), U-Turn (1997), Any Given Sunday (1999), Alexander (2004), World Trade Center (2006), W. (2008), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010).

 

PRESTON STURGES 1898-1959
Legendary Writer/Director of Anarchic Screen Comedies and Witty Satires of the 40s With Larger-Than-Life Characters

Suggested Filmography: The Great McGinty (1940), Christmas in July (1940), The Lady Eve (1941), Sullivan's Travels (1941), The Palm Beach Story (1942), Hail the Conquering Hero (1944), The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944), The Sin of Harold Dibbledock (1947), Unfaithfully Yours (1948), The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949).

 

QUENTIN TARANTINO 1963-
Volatile, Pop Cultural, Brilliant Director/Screenwriter/Actor of Audacious, Off-Beat Violent Films of the 90s - Symbol of a New Generation of Film-Makers

Suggested Filmography: Reservoir Dogs (1992) (screenwriter and director), True Romance (1993) (screenwriter only), Natural Born Killers (1994) (screenwriter only), Pulp Fiction (1994) (screenwriter and director), Four Rooms (1995) - one segment, Jackie Brown (1997) (screenwriter and director), Kill Bill, Vol. I (2003), Kill Bill, Vol. II (2004), Sin City (2005) - special guest director, Grindhouse (2007) - one segment "Death Proof", Death Proof (2007), Inglourious Basterds (2009).

 

JACQUES TATI 1909-1982
French Film-maker

Suggested Filmography: L'École des facteurs (1947), Jour De Fete (1948), Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953), Mon Oncle (1958), Playtime (1967).

 

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT 1932-1984
Film Critic and French Film-maker, Part of the New Wave Movement in the 1950s

Suggested Filmography: The 400 Blows (1959), Shoot the Piano Player (1960), Jules and Jim (1961), The Soft Skin (1964), Fahrenheit 451 (1967), The Bride Wore Black (1968), Mississippi Mermaid (1969), The Wild Child (1970), Two English Girls (1972), Day for Night (1973), Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me (1973), The Story of Adele H (1975), The Man Who Loved Women (1977), The Last Metro (1980), The Woman Next Door (1981), Confidentially Yours (1983).

 

KING VIDOR 1894-1982
Versatile Early Pioneer of Silent and Early Sound Films with Simple Themes

Suggested Filmography: The Big Parade (1925), The Crowd (1928), Show People (1928), Hallelujah! (1929), The Champ (1931), Our Daily Bread (1934), The Wedding Night (1935), Stella Dallas (1937), The Citadel (1938), The Wizard of Oz (1939) (uncredited), Comrade X (1940), Northwest Passage (1940), Duel in the Sun (1946), Beyond the Forest (1949), The Fountainhead (1949), Ruby Gentry (1952), Man Without a Star (1955), War and Peace (1956), Solomon and Sheba (1959).

 

JOSEF von STERNBERG 1894-1969
Famous Austrian-Born Collaborator in Seven Films With Actress Marlene Dietrich

Suggested Filmography: It (1927) (uncredited), Underworld (1927), The Docks of New York (1928), The Last Command (1928), The Blue Angel (1930), Morocco (1930), Dishonored (1931), Blonde Venus (1932), Shanghai Express (1932), The Scarlet Empress (1934), The Devil Is a Woman (1935), The Shanghai Gesture (1941), Jet Pilot (1957).

 

ERICH von STROHEIM 1885-1957
Perfectionistic, Original, and Notorious Austrian-Born Director of Epic, Extravagant, Often Re-Edited Masterpieces

Suggested Filmography: Blind Husbands (1919), The Devil's Passkey (1920), Foolish Wives (1922), Greed (1925), The Merry Widow (1925), The Wedding March/The Honeymoon (1928), Queen Kelly (1929).

 

RAOUL WALSH 1887-1980
Capable, Prolific Director Noted for Energized, Robust, Brisk-Paced Films Spanning Silent and Sound Eras

Suggested Filmography: The Thief of Bagdad (1924), What Price Glory (1926), Sadie Thompson (1928), In Old Arizona (1929), The Big Trail (1930), Klondike Annie (1936), The Roaring Twenties (1939), They Drive By Night (1940), Dark Command (1940), High Sierra (1941), The Strawberry Blonde (1941), They Died With Their Boots On (1941), Gentleman Jim (1942), Objective, Burma! (1945), The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945), Pursued (1947), White Heat (1949), Colorado Territory (1949), Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951), Along the Great Divide (1951), The World In His Arms (1952), A Lion is in the Streets (1953), Battle Cry (1955), Band of Angels (1957), The Naked and the Dead (1958).

 

PETER WEIR 1944-
Australian-Born Director of Mystical, Visually-Poetic, Mysterious and Ambiguous Films

Suggested Filmography: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), The Last Wave (1977), Gallipoli (1981), The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), Witness (1985), The Mosquito Coast (1986), Dead Poets Society (1989), Green Card (1990), Fearless (1993), The Truman Show (1998), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Way Back (2010).

 

ORSON WELLES 1915-1985
Influential, Uncompromising, Expertly-Genius Film Director/Producer, Hollywood's Premier Enfant Terrible and Victim; Director of Filmdom's Most Studied Film - Citizen Kane

Suggested Filmography: Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Stranger (1946), The Lady From Shanghai (1948), Macbeth (1948), Othello (1952), Mr. Arkadin (1955), Touch of Evil (1958), The Trial (1962), Chimes at Midnight/Falstaff (1966), F for Fake (1975).

 

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN 1896-1975
Versatile, Maverick Film-Maker of Numerous Films, Including the First Best Picture Winner

Suggested Filmography: Wings (1927), Night Nurse (1931), Other Men's Women (1931), The Public Enemy (1931), Frisco Jenny (1932), The Purchase Price (1932), So Big! (1932), Heroes for Sale (1933), Midnight Mary (1933), Wild Boys of the Road (1933), The Call of the Wild (1935), Nothing Sacred (1937), A Star is Born (1937), Beau Geste (1939), Roxie Hart (1942), Lady of Burlesque (1943), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), Yellow Sky (1948), Battleground (1949), The Happy Years (1950), Westward the Women (1951), Island in the Sky (1953), The High and the Mighty (1954), Track of the Cat (1954), Blood Alley (1955).

 

BILLY WILDER 1906-2002
Maverick Austrian-Born Writer/Director of Daring, Caustic, Provocative, Controversial Themes - with 21 Academy Award Nominations (Winner of 6)

Suggested Filmography: The Major and the Minor (1942), Five Graves to Cairo (1943), Double Indemnity (1944), The Lost Weekend (1945), A Foreign Affair (1948), The Emperor Waltz (1948), Sunset Boulevard (1950), The Big Carnival/Ace in the Hole (1951), Stalag 17 (1953), Sabrina (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Love In the Afternoon (1957), The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), Witness For the Prosecution (1957), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), One, Two, Three (1961), Irma La Douce (1963), Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), Avanti! (1972), The Front Page (1974), Fedora (1978), Buddy Buddy (1981).

 

ROBERT WISE 1914-2005
Versatile, Accomplished, Veteran Director/Producer/Editor

Suggested Filmography: Citizen Kane (1941) (editor), The Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Body Snatcher (1945), Born to Kill (1947), Blood On The Moon (1948), The Set-Up (1949), The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), The Desert Rats (1953), Executive Suite (1954), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), Tribute to a Bad Man (1956), Helen of Troy (1956), I Want to Live! (1958), Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), West Side Story (1961) (co-directed with Jerome Robbins), The Haunting (1963), The Sound of Music (1965), The Sand Pebbles (1966), Star! (1968), The Andromeda Strain (1971), The Hindenburg (1975), Audrey Rose (1977), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).

 

SAM WOOD 1883-1949
Overlooked, Neglected Director

Suggested Filmography: Hold Your Man (1933) (uncredited), A Night at the Opera (1935), A Day At The Races (1937), Gone With the Wind (1939) (uncredited), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), Kitty Foyle (1940), Our Town (1940), Raffles (1940), The Devil and Miss Jones (1941), Kings Row (1942), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Guest Wife (1945), Saratoga Trunk (1945), Ivy (1947), Command Decision (1948), The Stratton Story (1949).

 

WILLIAM WYLER 1902-1981
Renowned, Three-Time Best Director Oscar Winner, Superb and Elegant Story-Teller

Suggested Filmography: Come and Get It (1936) (partial), Dodsworth (1936), These Three (1936), Dead End (1937), Jezebel (1938), Wuthering Heights (1939), The Letter (1940), The Westerner (1940), The Little Foxes (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), The Heiress (1949), Detective Story (1951), Carrie (1952), Roman Holiday (1953), The Desperate Hours (1955), Friendly Persuasion (1956), The Big Country (1958), Ben-Hur (1959), The Children's Hour (1961), The Collector (1965), How to Steal a Million (1966), Funny Girl (1968).

 

ROBERT ZEMECKIS 1951-
80s and 90s Director (and Producer) of Half-Fantasy, Comic-Strip Worlds, Often with Special Effects

Suggested Filmography: I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Used Cars (1980), Romancing the Stone (1984), Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Back to the Future II (1989), Back to the Future III (1990), Death Becomes Her (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997), What Lies Beneath (2000), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007), A Christmas Carol (2009).

 

FRED ZINNEMANN 1907-1997
Maker of Meticulously-Cautious, Well-Crafted 'Realistic' Dramas

Suggested Filmography: The Seventh Cross (1944), The Search (1948), Act of Violence (1949), The Men (1950), High Noon (1952), The Member of the Wedding (1952), From Here to Eternity (1953), Oklahoma! (1955), A Hatful of Rain (1957), The Old Man and the Sea (1958) (uncredited), The Nun's Story (1959), The Sundowners (1960), A Man For All Seasons (1966), The Day of the Jackal (1973), Julia (1977), Five Days One Summer (1982).