Directors

TSPDT’S current director pages are listed below. They have been grouped alphabetically, chronologically (year of director’s birth), and by country. There will be more to come.

Please note that the TSPDT Guide on each director's page reflects the opinions of TSPDT. However, if you are after a more consensus-based approach, you can view a listing of each director's most critically-acclaimed films by following the Acclaimed Films link near the bottom of each TSPDT Guide. For example, take a look at Alfred Hitchcock's acclaimed films.
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Directors listed chronologically (by year of birth)

1875
D.W. Griffith
1879 Victor Sjöström
1884 Robert Flaherty
1885 Erich von Stroheim
1886
Michael Curtiz / Henry King
1887
Raoul Walsh
1888
F.W. Murnau
1889
Charles Chaplin / Jean Cocteau / Carl Theodor Dreyer / Victor Fleming / Abel Gance / James Whale
1890
Fritz Lang
1892
Ernst Lubitsch
1894
Frank Borzage / John Ford / Jean Renoir / King Vidor / Josef von Sternberg
1895 Buster Keaton
1896
Howard Hawks / Leo McCarey / Dziga Vertov / William Wellman
1897
Frank Capra / Douglas Sirk
1898
René Clair / Sergei Eisenstein / Henry Hathaway / Mitchell Leisen / Kenji Mizoguchi / Preston Sturges
1899
George Cukor / Alfred Hitchcock
1900
Luis Buñuel / Robert Siodmak
1901
Robert Bresson / Vittorio De Sica
1902
Emeric Pressburger / Max Ophüls / William Wyler
1903
Vincente Minnelli / Yasujiro Ozu
1904
George Stevens / Jacques Tourneur
1905
Mikio Naruse / Michael Powell / Otto Preminger / Jean Vigo
1906
Jacques Becker / Marcel Carné / John Huston / Anthony Mann / Carol Reed / Roberto Rossellini / Luchino Visconti / Billy Wilder
1907
Henri-Georges Clouzot / Joseph H. Lewis / Jacques Tati / Fred Zinnemann
1908
David Lean / Manoel de Oliveira
1909
Elia Kazan / Joseph Losey / Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1910
John Sturges / Akira Kurosawa
1911
Jules Dassin / Nicholas Ray
1912
Michelangelo Antonioni / Samuel Fuller / Gene Kelly / Alexander Mackendrick / Don Siegel
1913 Frank Tashlin
1914
Robert Wise
1915
Orson Welles
1916
Budd Boetticher / Richard Fleischer
1917
Jean-Pierre Melville
1918
Robert Aldrich / Ingmar Bergman
1920
Federico Fellini / Eric Rohmer
1921
Luis García Berlanga / Chris Marker / Satyajit Ray
1922
Blake Edwards / Pier Paolo Pasolini / Arthur Penn / Alain Resnais
1924 Stanley Donen / Sidney Lumet
1925
Robert Altman / Claude Lanzmann / Sam Peckinpah / Maurice Pialat
1926 Roger Corman / Shohei Imamura / Andrzej Wajda
1927 Ken Russell
1928
Stanley Kubrick / Jacques Rivette / Nicolas Roeg / Agnès Varda
1929
Hal Ashby / John Cassavetes / Alejandro Jodorowsky / Sergio Leone
1930
Claude Chabrol / Clint Eastwood / John Frankenheimer / Jean-Luc Godard
1931
Jacques Demy / Mike Nichols
1932
Milos Forman / Louis Malle / Nagisa Oshima / Andrei Tarkovsky / François Truffaut
1933
John Boorman / Stan Brakhage / Roman Polanski / Bob Rafelson / Jean-Marie Straub
1935
Woody Allen / Theo Angelopoulos
1936
Hollis Frampton / Danièle Huillet / Ken Loach
1937
Ridley Scott
1938
Paul Verhoeven
1939
Peter Bogdanovich / Francis Ford Coppola / William Friedkin / Glauber Rocha
1940
Dario Argento / Bernardo Bertolucci / Brian De Palma / Victor Erice / Terry Gilliam / Abbas Kiarostami / George A. Romero
1941
Stephen Frears / Krzysztof Kieslowski / Hayao Miyazaki / Raúl Ruiz
1942
Michael Haneke / Werner Herzog / Martin Scorsese
1943
David Cronenberg / Mike Leigh / Terrence Malick / Michael Mann
1944 Jonathan Demme / George Lucas / Peter Weir
1945
Terence Davies / Rainer Werner Fassbinder / Wim Wenders
1946
Claire Denis / David Lynch / Oliver Stone / John Woo
1947
Hou Hsiao-hsien / Rob Reiner / Steven Spielberg / Edward Yang
1948
John Carpenter
1949
Pedro Almodóvar
1950
Chantal Akerman
1951
Kathryn Bigelow / Jean-Pierre Dardenne / Aleksandr Sokurov / Robert Zemeckis / Zhang Yimou
1952
Gus Van Sant
1953
Jim Jarmusch
1954
James Cameron / Jane Campion / Joel Coen / Luc Dardenne / Ang Lee
1955
Olivier Assayas / Béla Tarr
1956
Lars von Trier / Wong Kar-wai
1957
Ethan Coen / Aki Kaurismäki / Spike Lee / Tsai Ming-liang
1958
Tim Burton
1959 Nuri Bilge Ceylan / Pedro Costa
1960
Richard Linklater
1961
Alfonso Cuarón / Todd Haynes / Peter Jackson / Alexander Payne / Michael Winterbottom
1962
David Fincher
1963
Michel Gondry / Alejandro González Iñárritu / Steven Soderbergh / Quentin Tarantino
1964
Guillermo del Toro
1966 Lucrecia Martel
1969
Wes Anderson / Darren Aronofsky / Bong Joon-ho / Spike Jonze / Steve McQueen
1970
Paul Thomas Anderson / Jia Zhangke / Christopher Nolan / Apichatpong Weerasethakul
1971
Sofia Coppola
Directors listed by key production country

(Country of birth, if it differs, is listed in brackets)

Argentina
Lucrecia Martel
Australia
Jane Campion (New Zealand)
Austria
Michael Haneke (Germany)
Belgium
Chantal Akerman / Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
Brazil Glauber Rocha
Canada
David Cronenberg
China
Jia Zhangke / Zhang Yimou
Denmark
Carl Theodor Dreyer / Lars von Trier
Finland
Aki Kaurismäki
France
Olivier Assayas / Jacques Becker / Robert Bresson / Marcel Carné / Claude Chabrol / René Clair / Henri-Georges Clouzot / Jean Cocteau / Jacques Demy / Claire Denis / Abel Gance / Jean-Luc Godard / Claude Lanzmann / Louis Malle / Chris Marker / Jean-Pierre Melville / Max Ophüls (Germany) / Maurice Pialat / Roman Polanski / Jean Renoir / Alain Resnais / Jacques Rivette / Eric Rohmer / Raúl Ruiz (Chile) / Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet / Jacques Tati / François Truffaut / Agnès Varda (Belgium) / Jean Vigo
Germany / West Germany
Rainer Werner Fassbinder / Werner Herzog / F.W. Murnau / Wim Wenders
Greece Theo Angelopoulos
Hong Kong
Wong Kar-wai (China) / John Woo (China)
Hungary
Béla Tarr
India
Satyajit Ray
Iran
Abbas Kiarostami
Italy
Michelangelo Antonioni / Dario Argento / Bernardo Bertolucci / Vittorio De Sica / Federico Fellini / Sergio Leone / Pier Paolo Pasolini / Roberto Rossellini / Luchino Visconti
Japan
Shohei Imamura / Akira Kurosawa / Hayao Miyazaki / Kenji Mizoguchi / Mikio Naruse / Nagisa Oshima / Yasujiro Ozu
Mexico
Luis Buñuel (Spain) / Alejandro Jodorowsky (Chile)
New Zealand Peter Jackson
Poland
Krzysztof Kieslowski / Andrzej Wajda
Portugal Pedro Costa / Manoel de Oliveira
Russia / USSR Sergei Eisenstein (Latvia) / Aleksandr Sokurov / Andrei Tarkovsky / Dziga Vertov (Poland)
South Korea Bong Joon-ho
Spain
Pedro Almodóvar / Victor Erice / Luis García Berlanga
Sweden
Ingmar Bergman / Victor Sjöström
Taiwan
Hou Hsiao-hsien (China) / Tsai Ming-liang (Malaysia) / Edward Yang (China)
Thailand
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Turkey
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
UK
John Boorman / Terence Davies / Stephen Frears / David Lean / Mike Leigh / Ken Loach / Joseph Losey (USA) / Alexander Mackendrick (USA) / Steve McQueen / Michael Powell (UK) & Emeric Pressburger (Hungary) / Carol Reed / Nicolas Roeg / Ken Russell / Michael Winterbottom
USA (A-D)
Robert Aldrich / Woody Allen / Robert Altman / Paul Thomas AndersonWes Anderson / Darren Aronofsky / Hal Ashby / Kathryn Bigelow / Budd Boetticher / Peter Bogdanovich / Frank Borzage / Stan Brakhage / Tim Burton / James Cameron (Canada) / Frank Capra (Italy) / John Carpenter / John Cassavetes / Charles Chaplin (UK) / Joel Coen & Ethan Coen / Francis Ford Coppola / Sofia Coppola / Roger Corman / Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico) / George Cukor / Michael Curtiz (Hungary) / Jules Dassin / Brian De Palma / Guillermo del Toro (Mexico) / Jonathan Demme / Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
USA (E-L) Clint Eastwood / Blake Edwards / David Fincher / Robert Flaherty / Richard Fleischer / Victor Fleming / John Ford / Milos Forman (Czechoslovakia) / Hollis Frampton / John Frankenheimer / William Friedkin / Samuel Fuller / Terry Gilliam / Michel Gondry (France) / Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico) / D.W. Griffith / Henry Hathaway / Howard Hawks / Todd Haynes / Alfred Hitchcock (UK) / John Huston / Jim Jarmusch / Spike Jonze / Elia Kazan (Turkey) / Buster Keaton / Henry King / Stanley Kubrick / Fritz Lang (Austria) / Ang Lee (Taiwan) / Spike Lee / Mitchell Leisen / Joseph H. Lewis / Richard Linklater / Ernst Lubitsch (Germany) / George Lucas / Sidney Lumet / David Lynch
USA (M-V)
Terrence Malick / Joseph L. Mankiewicz / Anthony Mann / Michael Mann / Leo McCarey / Vincente Minnelli / Mike Nichols (Germany) / Christopher Nolan (UK) / Alexander Payne / Sam Peckinpah / Arthur Penn / Otto Preminger (Austria-Hungary) / Bob Rafelson / Nicholas Ray / Rob Reiner / George A. Romero / Martin Scorsese / Ridley Scott (UK) / Don Siegel / Robert Siodmak (Germany) / Douglas Sirk (Germany) / Steven Soderbergh / Steven Spielberg / George Stevens / Oliver Stone / John Sturges / Preston Sturges / Quentin Tarantino / Frank Tashlin / Jacques Tourneur (France) / Gus Van Sant / Paul Verhoeven (Netherlands) / King Vidor / Josef von Sternberg (Austria) / Erich von Stroheim (Austria)
USA (W-Z) Raoul Walsh / Peter Weir (Australia) / Orson Welles / William Wellman / James Whale (UK) / Billy Wilder (Austria-Hungary) / Robert Wise / William Wyler (Germany) / Robert Zemeckis / Fred Zinnemann (Austria-Hungary)