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

Jeff Fowler

Tatsuya Ishihara

Alex Wolff

Vicky Jenson

Dexter Fletcher

Penny Marshall

Mel Stuart

Ashutosh Gowariker

Cate Shortland

S. Craig Zahler

Jack Kinney

Niki Caro

Peter Strickland

Alex Gibney

Alma Har'el

Jason Reitman

Shekhar Kapur

Rob Cohen

Jay Roach

Jayne Loader

Pierce Rafferty

Tom Tykwer

Meghna Gulzar

Martin Brest

John R. Cherry III

Takashi Shimizu

Dorothy Arzner

Brian Levant

Nicolas Pesce

Asif Kapadia

William Eubank

David Soren

John Lee Hancock

Issa Lopez

Thor Freudenthal

David Bowers

Gillian Armstrong

Michael Radford

Bilall Fallah

Adil El Arbi

André Øvredal

Howard J. Ford

Jonathan Ford

Floria Sigismondi

Glen Keane

Larisa Shepitko

Sergio Pablos

Michael Tyburski

Oz Perkins

Marco Bellocchio

Cathy Yan

Wally Pfister

Joe Cornish

Mark Duplass

Melina Matsoukas

Roger Vadim

David O. Russell

Andrew Davis

Mark Andrews

Dan Scanlon

Ben Affleck

Robert Stromberg

Baltasar Kormákur

James Bobin

Shawn Levy

Scott Waugh

Angelina Jolie

J.C. Chandor

Rupert Wyatt

Brian Helgeland

Mike Cahill

McG

Wes Ball

Peter Sohn

Matt Spicer

William Brent Bell

Lulu Wang

Fede Alvarez

Mike Leigh

Cameron Crowe

Anthony Minghella

René Clément

Jim Rash

Nat Faxon

Leigh Whannell

Céline Sciamma

Elizabeth Banks

Albert & David Maysles

Kenji Nagasaki

Michelle Morgan

Janicza Bravo

Mark Webber

Pitof

Roar Uthaug

Dave Wilson

Chris Wedge

Paul Brickman

Shinya Tsukamoto

Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Jimmy Chin

Roberto Rossellini

Àlex & David Pastor

William Lustig

John Schlesinger

Sam Taylor-Johnson

Richard Stanley

Sam Hargrave

Craig Zobel

John Milius

John Erick Dowdle

Yoon Sung-hyun

Hirokazu Kore-eda

Miranda July

David Carson

Gillo Pontecorvo

Sergey Bondarchuk

David S. Goyer

Christophe Gans

M.J. Bassett

Veronika Franz

John A. Davis

Tom Harper

Peter Yates

Tony Cervone

James Foley

Bob Persichetti

Peter Ramsey

Patrick Brice

Phyllida Lloyd

Ol Parker

Andrew Patterson

Jack Sholder

Frank Pavich

Matthew Holness

Tomasz Mandes

Barbara Bialowas

Judd Apatow

Tim Hill

Kon Ichikawa

Jim Cummings

Clive Barker

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Desiree Akhavan

Greg Tiernan

Gina Prince-Bythewood

Natalie Erika James

Lorcan Finnegan

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