Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970, in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee.
Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation).
Born in 1954 in Pinging, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A.
He is a director and producer, known for 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later... (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930, in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a bond salesman and later manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.
Alejandro González Inherit (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director. Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968.
After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sun dance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. Guillermo Del Too was born October 9, 1964, in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico.
Raised by his Catholic grandmother, Del Too developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ...
One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Gaza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972, in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Bold), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced.
His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherries), a bookkeeper, and Martin Königsberg, a waiter and jewelry engraver.
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, ...
Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars on Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). David Owen Russell is an American film writer, director, and producer, known for a cinema of intense, tragicomedy characters whose love of life can surpass dark circumstances faced in very specific worlds.
His films address such themes as mental illness as stigma or hope; invention of self and ... Fernando Marbles was born in a middle class family in São Paulo City, Brazil.
Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Ref was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Andes Ref, a film director and editor, and Vibe Winding (née Tuxes), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teen years.
Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ... Described by film producer Michael Della as “the very best eye in the business”, director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937, in South Shields, Type and Wear (then County Durham).
His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ... At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York.
Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut.
Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Marabout was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montpelier, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High ...
David Rosenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father, Milton Rosenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sum berg), was a piano player.
And No Country for Old Men, and Christopher Nolan had Memento and Inception in addition to the Batman franchise. If you don't see your favorite director of the decade on the list, make sure to add them and see if others share your point of view.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (00), A Beautiful Mind (01), The Missing (03), Cinderella Man (05), The Da Vinci Code (06), Frost/Nixon (08), Angels & Demons (09) Both are due in 2012, and the latter film, like The Class before it, finds Canter working with a group of adolescents making their acting debuts.
“There's piercing sadness, and fury, too, in this Every man's isolation, and Canter is singularly skilled at evoking the universal condition of such tragic ordinariness.” The veteran Spanish director looks likely to lose his lofty #2 ranking by the end of this week when the final reviews come in for his latest film, The Skin I Live In, which underwhelmed some critics at its Cannes debut earlier this year.
That film reunites Almodóvar with star Antonio Band eras, who appeared in many of the director's early releases, but none since 1990s Tie Me Up! Next up for the Canadian filmmaker is the crime drama Keyhole, which follows a gangster (Jason Patrick) on an Ulysses-like odyssey ... through the rooms of a house.
“In the hands of visionary filmmaker Alexander Source, this simple material makes for a haunting drama about war, generational relationships and the human condition.” Born in China, You is now known as one of Taiwan's top directors, though some of his best known films have been made in other countries (including Café Lumiere in Japan and Flight of the Red Balloon in France).
He has attracted an international following (at least among the film critic community) as well, and after being named the best director of the 1990s in a poll of leading critics, he has continued to earn raves for his more recent work, including 2008's poetic Balloon, which references the classic French short film (which you likely watched when you were a kid) to tell the story of a young boy, his mom, and his new caretaker. In fact, if we had to choose, we'd probably pick the 1990s as his most productive decade, but the 21st century has also been good to Leigh, who has received five Oscar nominations (four for screenplay, one directing) since 2000.
A remake of King Kong ultimately proved to be another success, though his most recent film, an adaptation of the novel The Lovely Bones, was a rare commercial and critical dud. Music is another key interest for the filmmaker; many of his films feature musicians as major characters, including his most recent work, No One Knows About Persian Cats, which centers on an Iranian rock band facing censorship in their home country.
Global's next film, a political romance called Rhinos Season, is due in 2012; Monica Gallucci is set to star. Born to Turkish parents in Germany, Faith Akin has made all but one of his (German-language) feature films in the current century.
His next project already has the makings of another runaway success: Fischer's take on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo arrives in theaters on December 23. It's almost shocking to see that red Meta score in Claire Denis' filmography; though some movie fans aren't fond of the French filmmaker's work, critics almost always are.
Even with that black mark, she's the only female director to rank in our top 15, thanks to recent films like the Africa-set drama White Material and her minimalist character study 35 Shots of Rum. The only director on our list working almost exclusively in the horror genre, Mexico's Guillermo Del Too has been impressing critics since his 1993 debut, Cronus 70.
After a career spanning six decades, the late Robert Altman directed his final four films in the early 2000s before his death in 2006. While these last films may not be representative of his finest work (think M*A*S*H, The Player, Nashville, and McCabe and Mrs. Miller, among many others), their combined score is still high enough to land him on our list, thanks mainly to 2001's Oscar-nominated Oxford Park.
But since those four films all start with the words “Harry Potter,” that makes David Yates one of the more successful directors of the past decade.