Directors

TSPDT’S current director pages are listed below. They have been grouped alphabetically, chronologically (year of director’s birth), and by country. There will be more to come.
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Directors listed chronologically (by year of birth)

1861
Georges Méliès
1875
D.W. Griffith
1879 Victor Sjöström
1880 Tod Browning
1881 Cecil B. DeMille
1884 Robert Flaherty
1885 Allan Dwan / Sacha Guitry / G.W. Pabst / Erich von Stroheim
1886
Michael Curtiz / Henry King / John Cromwell
1887
Raoul Walsh
1888
F.W. Murnau
1889
Charles Chaplin / Jean Cocteau / Carl Theodor Dreyer / Victor Fleming / Abel Gance / James Whale
1890
Clarence Brown / Fritz Lang
1892
Ernst Lubitsch
1893
William Dieterle
1894
Frank Borzage / John Ford / Jean Renoir / King Vidor / Josef von Sternberg
1895 Buster Keaton
1896
Julien Duvivier / Howard Hawks / Leo McCarey / Dziga Vertov / William Wellman
1897
Frank Capra / Douglas Sirk
1898
René Clair / Sergei Eisenstein / Henry Hathaway / Mitchell Leisen / Kenji Mizoguchi / Preston Sturges
1899
George Cukor / Alfred Hitchcock
1900
Luis Buñuel / Mervyn LeRoy / Robert Siodmak
1901
Robert Bresson / Vittorio De Sica
1902
Emeric Pressburger / Max Ophüls / William Wyler
1903
Vincente Minnelli / Yasujiro Ozu
1904
Delmer Daves / Terence Fisher / George Stevens / Jacques Tourneur / Edgar G. Ulmer
1905
Mikio Naruse / Michael Powell / Otto Preminger / Jean Vigo
1906
Jacques Becker / Marcel Carné / John Huston / Anthony Mann / Carol Reed / Roberto Rossellini / Luchino Visconti / Billy Wilder
1907
Henri-Georges Clouzot / Joseph H. Lewis / Jacques Tati / Fred Zinnemann
1908
Tex Avery / Edward Dmytryk / Phil Karlson / David Lean / Manoel de Oliveira
1909
Elia Kazan / Joseph Losey / Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1910
John Sturges / Akira Kurosawa
1911
Jules Dassin / Nicholas Ray
1912
Michelangelo Antonioni / Samuel Fuller / Gene Kelly / Alexander Mackendrick / Don Siegel
1913 André de Toth / Mark Robson / Frank Tashlin
1914
Mario Bava / William Castle / Robert Wise
1915
Orson Welles
1916
Budd Boetticher / Richard Fleischer / George Sidney
1917
Maya Deren / Jean-Pierre Melville
1918
Robert Aldrich / Ingmar Bergman
1920
Federico Fellini / Eric Rohmer
1921
Luis García Berlanga / Miklós Jancsó / Chris Marker / Satyajit Ray
1922
Blake Edwards / Jonas Mekas / Pier Paolo Pasolini / Arthur Penn / Alain Resnais
1923 Ousmane Sembene / Seijun Suzuki
1924 Stanley Donen / Sidney Lumet
1925
Robert Altman / Claude Lanzmann / Sam Peckinpah / Maurice Pialat
1926 Roger Corman / Shohei Imamura / Jerry Lewis / Andrzej Wajda
1927 Kenneth Anger / Ken Russell
1928
Stanley Kubrick / Jacques Rivette / Nicolas Roeg / Agnès Varda / Andy Warhol
1929
Hal Ashby / John Cassavetes / Alejandro Jodorowsky / Sergio Leone
1930
Claude Chabrol / Clint Eastwood / John Frankenheimer / Kinji Fukasaku / Jean-Luc Godard / Frederick Wiseman
1931
Jacques Demy / Mike Nichols / Ermanno Olmi
1932
Milos Forman / Monte Hellman / Louis Malle / Nagisa Oshima / Carlos Saura / Andrei Tarkovsky / François Truffaut
1933
John Boorman / Stan Brakhage / Roman Polanski / Bob Rafelson / Jean-Marie Straub
1934 Sydney Pollack
1935
Woody Allen / Theo Angelopoulos
1936
Hollis Frampton / Danièle Huillet / Ken Loach
1937
Ridley Scott
1938
Paul Verhoeven
1939
Peter Bogdanovich / Francis Ford Coppola / William Friedkin / Glauber Rocha
1940
Dario Argento / Brian De Palma / Victor Erice / Terry Gilliam / Abbas Kiarostami / George A. Romero
1941
Bernardo Bertolucci / Stephen Frears / Patricio Guzmán / Krzysztof Kieslowski / Hayao Miyazaki / Raúl Ruiz / Bertrand Tavernier
1942
Peter Greenaway / Michael Haneke / Werner Herzog / Walter Hill / Martin Scorsese
1943
Roy Andersson / David Cronenberg / Mike Leigh / Terrence Malick / Michael Mann / Alan Rudolph
1944 Charles Burnett / Jonathan Demme / George Lucas / Peter Weir
1945
Terence Davies / Rainer Werner Fassbinder / George Miller / Wim Wenders
1946
Joe Dante / Claire Denis / David Lynch / Paul Schrader / Oliver Stone / John Woo
1947
Hou Hsiao-hsien / Takeshi Kitano / Rob Reiner / Steven Spielberg / Edward Yang
1948
John Carpenter / Philippe Garrel / Errol Morris
1949
Pedro Almodóvar
1950
Chantal Akerman / John Landis / John Sayles
1951
Kathryn Bigelow / Jean-Pierre Dardenne / Abel Ferrara / Aleksandr Sokurov / Robert Zemeckis / Zhang Yimou
1952
Jacques Audiard / Gus Van Sant
1953
Jim Jarmusch
1954
James Cameron / Jane Campion / Joel Coen / Luc Dardenne / Ang Lee / Lee Chang-dong / Michael Moore
1955
Olivier Assayas / Béla Tarr / Johnnie To
1956
Danny Boyle / Guy Maddin / Lars von Trier / Wong Kar-wai
1957
Ethan Coen / Aki Kaurismäki / Spike Lee / Mohsen Makhmalbaf / Tsai Ming-liang
1958
Tim Burton
1959 Nuri Bilge Ceylan / Pedro Costa / Sam Raimi
1960
Leos Carax / Atom Egoyan / Hong Sang-soo / Richard Linklater / Takashi Miike / Jafar Panahi
1961
Alfonso Cuarón / Todd Haynes / Peter Jackson / Alexander Payne / Abderrahmane Sissako / Michael Winterbottom
1962
David Fincher / Hirokazu Koreeda / Kenneth Lonergan
1963
Michel Gondry / Alejandro González Iñárritu / Park Chan-wook / Steven Soderbergh / Quentin Tarantino
1964
Guillermo del Toro / Kelly Reichardt / Andrey Zvyagintsev
1965 Jonathan Glazer
1966 Lucrecia Martel
1967 François Ozon / Denis Villeneuve
1969
Wes Anderson / Darren Aronofsky / Noah Baumbach / Bong Joon-ho / James Gray / Spike Jonze / Steve McQueen / Lynne Ramsay
1970
Paul Thomas Anderson / Jia Zhangke / Christopher Nolan / Apichatpong Weerasethakul
1971
Sofia Coppola / Carlos Reygadas
Directors listed by key production country

(Country of birth, if it differs, is listed in brackets)

Argentina
Lucrecia Martel
Australia
Jane Campion (New Zealand) / George Miller
Austria
Michael Haneke (Germany)
Belgium
Chantal Akerman / Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
Brazil Glauber Rocha
Canada
David Cronenberg / Atom Egoyan (Egypt) / Guy Maddin / Denis Villeneuve
China
Jia Zhangke / Zhang Yimou
Denmark
Carl Theodor Dreyer / Lars von Trier
Finland
Aki Kaurismäki
France
Olivier Assayas / Jacques Audiard / Jacques Becker / Robert Bresson / Leos Carax / Marcel Carné / Claude Chabrol / René Clair / Henri-Georges Clouzot / Jean Cocteau / Jacques Demy / Claire Denis / Julien Duvivier / Abel Gance / Philippe Garrel / Jean-Luc Godard / Sacha Guitry (Russia) / Patricio Guzmán (Chile) / Claude Lanzmann / Louis Malle / Chris Marker / Georges Méliès / Jean-Pierre Melville / Max Ophüls (Germany) / François Ozon / Maurice Pialat / Roman Polanski / Jean Renoir / Alain Resnais / Jacques Rivette / Eric Rohmer / Raúl Ruiz (Chile) / Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet / Jacques Tati / Bertrand Tavernier / François Truffaut / Agnès Varda (Belgium) / Jean Vigo
Germany / West Germany
Rainer Werner Fassbinder / Werner Herzog / F.W. Murnau / G.W. Pabst (Austria-Hungary) / Wim Wenders
Greece Theo Angelopoulos
Hong Kong
Wong Kar-wai (China) / Johnnie To / John Woo (China)
Hungary
Miklós Jancsó / Béla Tarr
India
Satyajit Ray
Iran
Abbas Kiarostami / Mohsen Makhmalbaf / Jafar Panahi
Italy
Michelangelo Antonioni / Dario Argento / Mario Bava / Bernardo Bertolucci / Vittorio De Sica / Federico Fellini / Sergio Leone / Ermanno Olmi / Pier Paolo Pasolini / Roberto Rossellini / Luchino Visconti
Japan
Kinji Fukasaku / Shohei Imamura / Takeshi Kitano / Hirokazu Koreeda / Akira Kurosawa / Takashi Miike / Hayao Miyazaki / Kenji Mizoguchi / Mikio Naruse / Nagisa Oshima / Yasujiro Ozu / Seijun Suzuki
Mauritania
Abderrahmane Sissako
Mexico
Luis Buñuel (Spain) / Alejandro Jodorowsky (Chile) / Carlos Reygadas
New Zealand Peter Jackson
Poland
Krzysztof Kieslowski / Andrzej Wajda
Portugal Pedro Costa / Manoel de Oliveira
Russia / USSR Sergei Eisenstein (Latvia) / Aleksandr Sokurov / Andrei Tarkovsky / Dziga Vertov (Poland) / Andrey Zvyagintsev
Senegal Ousmane Sembene
South Korea Bong Joon-ho / Hong Sang-soo / Lee Chang-dong / Park Chan-wook
Spain
Pedro Almodóvar / Victor Erice / Luis García Berlanga / Carlos Saura
Sweden
Roy Andersson / Ingmar Bergman / Victor Sjöström
Taiwan
Hou Hsiao-hsien (China) / Tsai Ming-liang (Malaysia) / Edward Yang (China)
Thailand
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Turkey
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
UK
John Boorman / Danny Boyle / Terence Davies / Terence Fisher / Stephen Frears / Jonathan Glazer / Peter Greenaway / David Lean / Mike Leigh / Ken Loach / Joseph Losey (USA) / Alexander Mackendrick (USA) / Steve McQueen / Michael Powell / Michael Powell (UK) & Emeric Pressburger (Hungary) / Lynne Ramsay / Carol Reed / Nicolas Roeg / Ken Russell / Michael Winterbottom
USA (A-B)
Robert Aldrich / Woody Allen / Robert Altman / Paul Thomas AndersonWes Anderson / Kenneth Anger / Darren Aronofsky / Hal Ashby / Tex Avery / Noah Baumbach / Kathryn Bigelow / Budd Boetticher / Peter Bogdanovich / Frank Borzage / Stan Brakhage / Clarence Brown / Tod Browning / Charles Burnett / Tim Burton
USA (C-D) James Cameron (Canada) / Frank Capra (Italy) / John Carpenter / John Cassavetes / William Castle / Charles Chaplin (UK) / Joel Coen & Ethan Coen / Francis Ford Coppola / Sofia Coppola / Roger Corman / John Cromwell / Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico) / George Cukor / Michael Curtiz (Hungary) / Joe Dante / Jules Dassin / Delmer Daves / Brian De Palma / André de Toth (Hungary) / Guillermo del Toro (Mexico) / Cecil B. DeMille / Jonathan Demme / Maya Deren (Ukraine) / William Dieterle (Germany) / Edward Dmytryk (Canada) / Stanley Donen / Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly / Allan Dwan (Canada)
USA (E-G) Clint Eastwood / Blake Edwards / Abel Ferrara / David Fincher / Robert Flaherty / Richard Fleischer / Victor Fleming / John Ford / Milos Forman (Czechoslovakia) / Hollis Frampton / John Frankenheimer / William Friedkin / Samuel Fuller / Terry Gilliam / Michel Gondry (France) / Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico) / D.W. Griffith / James Gray
USA (H-L) Henry Hathaway / Howard Hawks / Todd Haynes / Monte Hellman / Walter Hill / Alfred Hitchcock (UK) / John Huston / Jim Jarmusch / Spike Jonze / Phil Karlson / Elia Kazan (Turkey) / Buster Keaton / Henry King / Stanley Kubrick / John Landis / Fritz Lang (Austria) / Ang Lee (Taiwan) / Spike Lee / Mitchell Leisen / Mervyn LeRoy / Jerry Lewis / Joseph H. Lewis / Richard Linklater / Kenneth Lonergan / Ernst Lubitsch (Germany) / George Lucas / Sidney Lumet / David Lynch
USA (M-R) Terrence Malick / Joseph L. Mankiewicz / Anthony Mann / Michael Mann / Leo McCarey / Jonas Mekas (Lithuania) / Vincente Minnelli / Michael Moore / Errol Morris / Mike Nichols (Germany) / Christopher Nolan (UK) / Alexander Payne / Sam Peckinpah / Arthur Penn / Sydney Pollack / Otto Preminger (Austria-Hungary) / Sam Raimi / Bob Rafelson / Nicholas Ray / Kelly Reichardt / Rob Reiner / Mark Robson (Canada) / George A. Romero / Alan Rudolph
USA (S-U) John Sayles / Paul Schrader / Martin Scorsese / Ridley Scott (UK) / George Sidney / Don Siegel / Robert Siodmak (Germany) / Douglas Sirk (Germany) / Steven Soderbergh / Steven Spielberg / George Stevens / Oliver Stone / John Sturges / Preston Sturges / Quentin Tarantino / Frank Tashlin / Jacques Tourneur (France) / Edgar G. Ulmer (Austria-Hungary)
USA (V-Z) Gus Van Sant / Paul Verhoeven (Netherlands) / King Vidor / Josef von Sternberg (Austria) / Erich von Stroheim (Austria) / Raoul Walsh / Andy Warhol / Peter Weir (Australia) / Orson Welles / William Wellman / James Whale (UK) / Billy Wilder (Austria-Hungary) / Robert Wise / Frederick Wiseman / William Wyler (Germany) / Robert Zemeckis / Fred Zinnemann (Austria-HungaryJonas Mekas)