Famous Directors - List of Famous Directors - page 2

Remember Catch Me If You Can, Schindlers List or even Saving Private Ryan? They are all Directors are the ones who direct the translation of the script into the final movie. They guide the complete process of making of the film starting right from the visualization of the script to the completion of the filming. The role of a director in film making is extremely complex—he is responsible not just for the technical aspects, but also for the dramatization and artistic elements of film production. Direction is a highly creative process; the director has to give a concrete form to the written words in the script by translating them into sounds and visuals. He has to guide the cinematographer in camera placements, selection of shots and staging of the action. He has to manage the flow of film production in a controlled pace by working with the other crew members and guiding them in setups and rehearsals. Film making involves various components which are to be converged into a single complete unit, i.e., the movie. It is the director who coordinates the efforts of the different professionals involved in film making to realize the artistic vision that eventually takes the shape of a film. Read on to know about the life and works of famous directors, through their biographies and timelines, from around the world.

The Most Famous Directors

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Kevin CostnerJanuary 18, 1955AmericanKevin Costner is an American actor, director and singer who is best known for his portrayal of rugged individuals with complex emotions
Michel QissiSeptember 12, 1962Belgian, MoroccanMichel Qissi is a Moroccan-Belgian actor known for his role in the martial arts flick ‘Kickboxer.’
Milo VentimigliaJuly 8, 1977AmericanMilo Ventimiglia is an American actor who became famous for his role as Peter Petrelli on the NBC television series Heroes
Dolph LundgrenNovember 3, 1957SwedishDolph Lundgren is a famous Swedish actor, film-maker, screenwriter and martial artist
Hal HolbrookFebruary 17, 1925AmericanHal Rowe Holbrook Jr
Alfonso RibeiroSeptember 21, 1971AmericanAlfonso Lincoln Ribeiro Sr
Baz LuhrmannSeptember 17, 1962AustralianBaz Luhrmann is an Australian writer, filmmaker, and producer
Mel GibsonJanuary 3, 1956AmericanMel Gibson is an American actor and filmmaker
Tom AckerleyJanuary 1, 1990BritishTom Ackerley is an English film and television director and film producer
Harry HollandFebruary 14, 1999BritishHarry Holland is a British actor, director, and writer
Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier is a Danish film-maker and screenwriter, known for his dark and intense movies

DanishApril 30, 1956120 views

Ben Affleck

An American actor, director, screenwriter and producer, Ben Affleck is well known for his impeccable acting skills

AmericanAugust 15, 1972139 views

Shane Lee Dawson (nee Yaw)

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AmericanJuly 19, 198883 views

Otto Preminger

Otto Preminger was an Austrian-American theatre and film director

George Stevens

George Stevens was an American director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer

AmericanDecember 18, 1904140 views

Stanley Kramer

Stanley Kramer was famous American film producer and director well-known for his 'message films'

AmericanSeptember 29, 1913114 views

Robert Wise

Robert Wise was an American film director who made 39 feature films in his career

AmericanSeptember 10, 1914124 views

Jack Clayton

Jack Clayton was a British film director who made only eight films in his entire career

BritishMarch 1, 1921114 views

Sydney Pollack

Sydney Irwin Pollack was a renowned American director, producer and actor

AmericanJuly 1, 1934117 views

Ken Russell

Ken Russell was an English film director lauded for his controversial films, especially ‘Women in Love’

BritishJuly 3, 1927148 views