Directors

The first of the re-designed director pages are now available (see below). Plenty more to come (1,200-plus are currently planned).

Please note that the TSPDT Guide on each director's page reflects the opinions of Bill Georgaris and TSPDT. Alternatively, 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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View director listings at old website.
Directors listed chronologically (by year of birth)

1875
D.W. Griffith
1885 Erich von Stroheim
1886
Michael Curtiz
1887
Raoul Walsh
1888
F.W. Murnau
1889
Charles Chaplin / Jean Cocteau / Carl Theodor Dreyer
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
1897
Frank Capra / Douglas Sirk
1898
René Clair / Sergei Eisenstein / Kenji Mizoguchi / Preston Sturges
1899
George Cukor / Alfred Hitchcock
1900
Luis Buñuel
1901
Robert Bresson / Vittorio De Sica
1902
Emeric Pressburger / Max Ophüls / William Wyler
1903
Vincente Minnelli / Yasujiro Ozu
1904
Jacques Tourneur
1905
Michael Powell / Otto Preminger / Jean Vigo
1906
Marcel Carné / John Huston / Anthony Mann / Carol Reed / Roberto Rossellini / Luchino Visconti / Billy Wilder
1907
Henri-Georges Clouzot / Joseph H. Lewis / Jacques Tati
1908
David Lean
1909
Elia Kazan / Joseph Losey / Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1910
Akira Kurosawa
1911
Nicholas Ray
1912
Michelangelo Antonioni / Samuel Fuller / Gene Kelly
1914
Robert Wise
1915
Orson Welles
1917
Jean-Pierre Melville
1918
Robert Aldrich / Ingmar Bergman
1920
Federico Fellini / Eric Rohmer
1921
Luis García Berlanga / Chris Marker / Satyajit Ray
1922
Pier Paolo Pasolini / Alain Resnais
1924 Stanley Donen / Sidney Lumet
1925
Robert Altman / Sam Peckinpah
1926 Andrzej Wajda
1928
Stanley Kubrick / Jacques Rivette / Nicolas Roeg / Agnès Varda
1929
John Cassavetes / Alejandro Jodorowsky / Sergio Leone
1930
Claude Chabrol / Clint Eastwood / Jean-Luc Godard
1932
Milos Forman / Louis Malle / Andrei Tarkovsky / François Truffaut
1933
Stan Brakhage / Roman Polanski / Bob Rafelson / Jean-Marie Straub
1935
Woody Allen / Theo Angelopoulos
1936
Danièle Huillet / Ken Loach
1937
Ridley Scott
1939
Francis Ford Coppola / William Friedkin / Glauber Rocha
1940
Dario Argento / Bernardo Bertolucci / Brian De Palma / Terry Gilliam / Abbas Kiarostami
1941
Krzysztof Kieslowski / Hayao Miyazaki / Raúl Ruiz
1942
Michael Haneke / Werner Herzog / Martin Scorsese
1943
David Cronenberg / Mike Leigh / Terrence Malick / Michael Mann
1944 George Lucas / Peter Weir
1945
Rainer Werner Fassbinder / Wim Wenders
1946
Claire Denis / David Lynch / Oliver Stone / John Woo
1947
Hou Hsiao-hsien / 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 / Joel Coen / Luc Dardenne / Ang Lee
1955
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 / Peter Jackson / Alexander Payne
1962
David Fincher
1963
Steven Soderbergh / Quentin Tarantino
1964
Guillermo del Toro
1969
Wes Anderson / Darren Aronofsky / Spike Jonze
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)

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
Robert Bresson / Marcel Carné / Claude Chabrol / René Clair / Henri-Georges Clouzot / Jean Cocteau / Claire Denis / Jean-Luc Godard / Louis Malle / Chris Marker / Jean-Pierre Melville / Max Ophüls (Germany) / 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
Akira Kurosawa / Hayao Miyazaki / Kenji Mizoguchi / Yasujiro Ozu
Mexico
Luis Buñuel (Spain) / Alejandro Jodorowsky (Chile)
New Zealand Peter Jackson
Poland
Krzysztof Kieslowski / Andrzej Wajda
Portugal Pedro Costa
Russia / USSR Sergei Eisenstein (Latvia) / Aleksandr Sokurov / Andrei Tarkovsky
Spain
Pedro Almodóvar / Luis García Berlanga
Sweden
Ingmar Bergman
Taiwan
Hou Hsiao-hsien (China) / Tsai Ming-liang (Malaysia) / Edward Yang (China)
Thailand
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Turkey
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
UK
David Lean / Mike Leigh / Ken Loach / Joseph Losey (USA) / Michael Powell (UK) & Emeric Pressburger (Hungary) / Carol Reed / Nicolas Roeg
USA
Robert Aldrich / Woody Allen / Robert Altman / Paul Thomas AndersonWes Anderson / Darren Aronofsky / Kathryn Bigelow / 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 / Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico) / George Cukor / Michael Curtiz (Hungary) / Brian De Palma / Guillermo del Toro (Mexico) / Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly / Clint Eastwood / David Fincher / John Ford / Milos Forman (Czechoslovakia) / William Friedkin / Samuel Fuller / Terry Gilliam / D.W. Griffith / Howard Hawks / Alfred Hitchcock (UK) / John Huston / Jim Jarmusch / Spike Jonze / Elia Kazan (Turkey) / Buster Keaton / Stanley Kubrick / Fritz Lang (Austria) / Ang Lee (Taiwan) / Spike Lee / Joseph H. Lewis / Richard Linklater / Ernst Lubitsch (Germany) / George Lucas / Sidney Lumet / David Lynch / Terrence Malick / Joseph L. Mankiewicz / Anthony Mann / Michael Mann / Leo McCarey / Vincente Minnelli / Christopher Nolan (UK) / Alexander Payne / Sam Peckinpah / Otto Preminger (Austria-Hungary) / Bob Rafelson / Nicholas Ray / Martin Scorsese / Ridley Scott (UK) / Douglas Sirk (Germany) / Steven Soderbergh / Steven Spielberg / Oliver Stone / Preston Sturges / Quentin Tarantino / Jacques Tourneur (France) / Gus Van Sant / King Vidor / Josef von Sternberg (Austria) / Erich von Stroheim (Austria) / Raoul Walsh / Peter Weir (Australia) / Orson Welles / Billy Wilder (Austria-Hungary) / Robert Wise / William Wyler (Germany) / Robert Zemeckis