Directors

"Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you're a director. Everything after that you're just negotiating your budget and your fee." —James Cameron

J.J. Abrams

Tomas Alfredson

Woody Allen

Roger Allers

Pedro Almodóvar

Robert Altman

Wes Anderson

Roy Andersson

Michelangelo Antonioni

Michael Apted

Gregg Araki

Niels Arden Oplev

Dario Argento

Michael Arias

Darren Aronofsky

Hal Ashby

Olivier Assayas

Ari Aster

David Ayer

Sean Baker

Ralph Bakshi

Tony Bancroft

Noah Baumbach

Michael Bay

J.A Bayona

Otto Bell

Robert Benton

Peter Berg

Ingmar Bergman

Bryan Bertino

Luc Besson

Kathryn Bigelow

Brad Bird

Shane Black

Peter Bogdanovich

Danny Boyle

Kenneth Branagh

Robert Bresson

Mel Brooks

Safdie brothers

Tod Browning

Luis Buñuel

Bo Burnham

Ken Burns

James Burrows

Tim Burton

James Cameron

Martin Campbell

Frank Capra

Leos Carax

Joe Carnahan

John Carpenter

Shane Carruth

Claude Chabrol

Aneesh Chaganty

Jackie Chan

Park Chan-wook

Charlie Chaplin

Damien Chazelle

Derek Cianfrance

Michael Cimino

Bob Clark

Jack Clayton

Ron Clements

Jean Cocteau

Joel & Ethan Coen

Chris Columbus

Ryan Coogler

Barry Cook

Scott Cooper

Bradley Cooper

Sofia Coppola

Sergio Corbucci

Panos Cosmatos

Kevin Costner

Wes Craven

David Cronenberg

Alan Crosland

Alfonso Cuarón

Michael Curtiz

Destin Daniel Cretton

Joe Dante

Frank Darabont

Terence Davies

Jonathan Dayton

Vittorio De Sica

Brian De Palma

Jan de Bont

Dean DeBlois

Guillermo del Toro

Jonathan Demme

Ruggero Deodato

Pete Docter

Xavier Dolan

Andrew Dominik

Richard Donner

Michael Dougherty

Don Siegel

Rodney Rothman

Rob Marshall

Paul Schrader

Boots Riley

James Wan

Justin Kurzel

David Frankel

Susanne Bier

Makoto Shinkai

Ruben Fleischer

Ruben Östlund

Coralie Fargeat

Warren Beatty

Andrzej Bartkowiak

Tatsuya Nagamine

Rob Bowman

David Slade

Georges Méliès

Debra Granik

Bryan Forbes

Andrea Arnold

Paul Dano

Stephen Frears

John Guillermin

Domee Shi

Neil Burger

Kogonada

Chris Evans

Mark Osborne

Tommy Wiseau

Curtis Bernhardt

Max Ophüls

Claire Denis

Mario Bava

James Watkins

Alan Clarke

Drew Goddard

Edwin S. Porter

Paul Weitz

John Hughes

Julian Schnabel

Brenda Chapman

Richard Attenborough

Franck Khalfoun

Richard Ayoade

Takashi Miike

Joel Schumacher

Keenen Ivory Wayans

Hiroshi Teshigahara

Yoshifumi Kondou

Anna Biller

Ross McElwee

Mike Mitchell

Abbas Kiarostami

Matt Stone

Sergei Parajanov

Charles Burnett

Nobuhiko Ōbayashi

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Tsai Ming-Liang

Eliza Hittman

Richard Williams

Jon M. Chu

Ken Russell

Douglas Sirk

Carlos Reygadas

Phillip Noyce

Barry Sonnenfeld

Olivia Wilde

Karyn Kusama

Gillian Robespierre

Shinichiro Watanabe

Nora Ephron

Francis Lawrence

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

Joanna Hogg

Vincenzo Natali

Mark Steven Johnson

Gaspar Noé

Garry Marshall

James Gray

Gary Goddard

William Wyler

Bob Fosse

Norman Jewison

George Cukor

John Madden

Stephen Daldry

Paul Feig

Christian Petzold

Powell and Pressburger

Nzingha Stewart

John Hillcoat

Carl Reiner

Louis Leterrier

David Yarovesky

Bernardo Bertolucci

Walter Hill

Vince Gilligan

Conrad Vernon

Chris Morris

D'Urville Martin

Masaaki Yuasa

Don Coscarelli

Catherine Hardwicke

Tom McCarthy

Robin Bissell

Duwayne Dunham

Adam Shankman

John Landis

Patrick McHale

Sturla Gunnarsson

Michael Dudok de Wit

Randy Moore

Lorene Scafaria

Neill Blomkamp

Tyler Nilson

Michael Schwartz

Jim Sharman

Kyle Balda

Tony Giglio

Mike Flanagan

Julia Ducournau

Ava DuVernay

Clint Eastwood

Trey Edward Shults

Gareth Edwards

Robert Eggers

Atom Egoyan

Sergei Eisenstein

Roland Emmerich

Gareth Evans

Asghar Farhadi

Valerie Faris

Jon Favreau

Federico Fellini

Yang Fengliang

David Fincher

Victor Fleming

John Ford

Tom Ford

Francis Ford Coppola

Miloš Forman

Marc Forster

James Franco

John Frankenheimer

William Friedkin

Kinji Fukasaku

Cary Fukunaga

Antoine Fuqua

Alex Garland

Clyde Geronimi

Greta Gerwig

Mel Gibson

Craig Gillespie

Terry Gilliam

Dan Gilroy

Tony Gilroy

Jonathan Glazer

Jean-Luc Godard

Michel Gondry

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Peter Greenaway

Paul Greengrass

D.W. Griffith

Luca Guadagnino

James Gunn

David Hand

Michael Haneke

Renny Harlin

Mary Harron

Henry Hathaway

Howard Hawks

Todd Haynes

Marielle Heller

Jim Henson

Don Hertzfeldt

Werner Herzog

Jared Hess

Alfred Hitchcock

Ishirô Honda

Tobe Hooper

Tom Hooper

Mamoru Hosoda

Ron Howard

John Huston

Armando Iannucci

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alan J. Pakula

Franklin J. Schaffner

Peter Jackson

Mick Jackson

Miklós Jancsó

Jim Jarmusch

Patty Jenkins

Barry Jenkins

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Rian Johnson

Phil Johnston

Terry Jones

Chuck Jones

Spike Jonze

Bong Joon-ho

Neil Jordan

Wong Kar-wai

Charlie Kaufman

Philip Kaufman

Aki Kaurismäki

Tony Kaye

Elia Kazan

Buster Keaton

Richard Kelly

Gene Kelly

Jennifer Kent

Irvin Kershner

Krzysztof Kieślowski

Paul King

Randal Kleiser

Elem Klimov

Satoshi Kon

Harmony Korine

Joseph Kosinski

John Krasinski

Stanley Kubrick

Akira Kurosawa

Fritz Lang

Yorgos Lanthimos

Pablo Larraín

John Lasseter

Charles Laughton

Bart Layton

David Lean

Jennifer Lee

Spike Lee

Ang Lee

Michael Lehmann

David Leitch

Sergio Leone

Doug Liman

Richard Linklater

Kenneth Lonergan

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

David Lowery

Ernst Lubitsch

George Lucas

Baz Luhrmann

Sidney Lumet

The Lumière Brothers

Kátia Lund

Hamilton Luske

David Lynch

Alexander Mackendrick

David Mackenzie

Majid Majidi

Terrence Malick

James Mangold

Michael Mann

Chris Marker

Richard Marquand

James Marsh

Philip Martin

Steve Martino

Elaine May

Leo McCarey

Martin McDonagh

Adam McKay

Christopher McQuarrie

Steve McQueen

James McTeigue

John McTiernan

Fernando Meirelles 

Theodore Melfi

Jean-Pierre Melville

Sam Mendes

George Miller

Tim Miller

Bennett Miller

Frank Miller

Rob Minkoff

Hayao Miyazaki

Rich Moore

Errol Morris

Greg Mottola

Gabriele Muccino

Andy Muschietti

John Musker

Daniel Myrick

Mira Nair

László Nemes

Andrew Niccol

Jeff Nichols

Mike Nichols

Christopher Nolan

Stephen Norrington

Gavin O'Connor

Kihachi Okamoto

Joshua Oppenheimer

Mamoru Oshii

Katsuhiro Otomo

Yasujiro Ozu

José Padilha

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Trey Parker

John Patrick Shanley

Paweł Pawlikowski

Alexander Payne

Sam Peckinpah

Jordan Peele

Kimberly Peirce

Oren Peli

Arthur Penn

Bob Peterson

Laura Poitras

Roman Polanski

Vsevolod Pudovkin

Sam Raimi

Harold Ramis

Lynne Ramsay

Mani Ratnam

Carol Reed

Peyton Reed

Matt Reeves

Kelly Reichardt

Rob Reiner

Ivan Reitman

Jean Renoir

Guy Ritchie

David Robert Mitchell

Mark Robson

Robert Rodriguez

Nicolas Roeg

Mark Romanek

George A. Romero

Bernard Rose

Gary Ross

George Roy Hill

Chuck Russell

Joe & Anthony Russo

Eduardo Sánchez

David Sandberg

Chris Sanders

Jeremy Saulnier

Jerry Schatzberg

Ernest B. Schoedsack

Martin Scorsese

Ridley Scott

Tony Scott

Henry Selick

Taylor Sheridan

Hiroshi Shimizu

M. Night Shyamalan

Justin Simien

Bryan Singer

Kevin Smith

Zack Snyder

Steven Soderbergh

Aaron Sorkin

Paolo Sorrentino

Steven Spielberg

Chad Stahelski

Sylvester Stallone

Daniel Stamm

Andrew Stanton

Ben Stiller

Oliver Stone

John Sturges

Preston Sturges

Isao Takahata

Quentin Tarantino

Andrei Tarkovsky

Bela Tarr

Jacques Tati

Alan Taylor

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Paul Thomas Anderson

Dan Trachtenberg

Colin Trevorrow

Gary Trousdale

François Truffaut

Lee Unkrich

Gus Van Sant

Agnès Varda

Matthew Vaughn

Gore Verbinski

Paul Verhoeven

Dziga Vertov

Denis Villeneuve

Lars Von Trier

F. W. Murnau

Lana & Lilly Wachowski

Taika Waititi

James Whale

Raoul Walsh

Mark Waters

Jon Watts

Marc Webb

Lois Weber

Peter Weir

Chris Weitz

Orson Welles

William A. Wellman

Wim Wenders

Simon West

Joss Whedon

Robert Wiene

Billy Wilder

Nicolas Winding Refn

Adam Wingard

Robert Wise

John Woo

Edgar Wright

Joe Wright

Naoko Yamada

David Yates

Zhang Yimou

Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Robert Zemeckis

Edward Zwick