Notable Filmmakers

This list is comprised of some of the most recognizable names from the world of film and television production. Included are directors, producers and screenwriters. Not included are the cast, who are instead listed with the famous actors and actresses.
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NameLifespanOther Names
Jim Abrahams1944-
Lenny Abrahamson1966-
J. J. Abrams1966-
Dejan Aćimović1963-
Ben Affleck1972-(Boldt)
Ömer Lütfi Akad1916-2011
Zeki Alasya1943-2015
Woody Allen1935-
Paul Thomas Anderson1970-
Paul W. S. Anderson1965-
Wes Anderson1969-
Judd Apatow1967-
Denys Arcand1941-
Darren Aronofsky1969-
Guillermo Arriaga1958-(Jordán)
Amma Asante1969-
Richard Attenborough1923-2014
Pupi Avati1938-
John G. Avildsen1935-
John Badham1939-
Michael Bay1965-
Warren Beatty1937-
Robert Benton1932-
Zvonimir Berković1928-2009
Bernardo Bertolucci1940-
Kathryn Bigelow1951-
Stuart Blumberg1969-
Mark Boal1973-
Sanford Bookstaver1973-
Linwood Boomer1955-
John Boorman1933-
Frank Borzage1894-1962
Férid Boughedir1944-
Danny Boyle1956-
James L. Brooks1940-
Mel Brooks1926-(Kaminsky)
Jerry Bruckheimer1943-
Veljko Bulajić1928-
Tim Burton1958-
Jez Butterworth1969-
James Cameron1954-
Alessandro Camon1963-
Frank Capra1897-1991
John Carpenter1948-
John Cassavetes1929-1989
Nick Cassavetes1959-
Nuri Bilge Ceylan1959-
Charlie Chaplin1889-1977
Lisa Cholodenko1964-
Michael Cimino1939-
Diablo Cody1978-(Busey, Maurio)
Ethan Coen1957-
Joel Coen1954-
Jaume Collet-Serra1974-
Francis Ford Coppola1939-
Roman Coppola1965-
Sofia Coppola1971-
Kevin Costner1955-
Wes Craven1939-2015
David Cronenberg1943-
Cameron Crowe1957-
George Cukor1899-1983
Michael Curtiz1886-1962
Bora Dağtekin1978-
Frank Darabont1959-
Jan de Bont1943-
Guillermo del Toro1964-(Gómez)
Cecil B. DeMille1881-1959
Jonathan Demme1944-
Walt Disney1901-1966
Stegath Dorr1973-
Clint Eastwood1930-
Roland Emmerich1955-
Mitra Farahani1975-
Asghar Farhadi1972-
Vera Farmiga1973-
David Fincher1962-
Victor Fleming1889-1949
John Ford1894-1973
Miloš Forman1932-
Bob Fosse1927-1987
Stephen Frears1941-
William Friedkin1935-
George A. Romero1940-
Mel Gibson1956-
Terry Gilliam1940-
Obrad Gluščević1913-1980
Arnon Goldfinger1963-
Krešo Golik1922-1996
Alejandro González Iñárritu1963-
Şerif Gören1944-
Rajko Grlić1947-
Matt Groening1954-
Val Guest1911-2006(Grossmann)
Fadil Hadžić1922-2011
Lasse Hallström1946-
Michael Haneke1942-
Michel Hazanavicius1967-
Jim Henson1936-1990
George Roy Hill1921-2002
Alfred Hitchcock1899-1980
Tom Hooper1972-
Ron Howard1954-
John Hughes1950-2009
Tahir Hussainc. 1938-2010
John Huston1906-1987
Feđa Isović1965-
Peter Jackson1961-
Jim Jarmusch1953-
Tamara Jenkins1962-
Ellis Jones1943-
Spike Jonze1969-
Neil Jordan1950-
Ekta Kapoor1975-
Lawrence Kasdan1949-
Elia Kazan1909-2003
Aamir Khan1965-
Archer King1917-2012
Elmar Klos1910-1993
Jeroen Krabbé1944-
Stanley Kubrick1928-1999
Emir Kusturica1954-
David Lean1908-1991
Ang Lee1954-
Spike Lee1957-
Mike Leigh1943-
Jalil Lespert1976-
Barry Levinson1942-
Jerry Lewis1926-
Richard Linklater1960-
Frank Lloyd1886-1960
Bey Logan1961-
Ulli Lommel1944-
George Lucas1944-
Ida Lupino1918-1995
David Lynch1946-
Dick Maas1951-
Terrence Malick1943-
Joseph L. Mankiewicz1909-1993
Delbert Mann1920-2007
Michael Mann1943-
Garry Marshall1934-2016
Dalibor Matanić1975-
Leo McCarey1898-1969
Steve McQueen1969-
Fernando Meirelles1955-(Ferreira)
Sam Mendes1965-
Arnon Milchan1944-
Lewis Milestone1895-1980
Oktavijan Miletić1902-1987
Bennett Miller1966-
Vatroslav Mimica1923-
Anthony Minghella1954-2008
Vincente Minnelli1903-1986
Mehran Modiri1967-
Michael Moore1954-
Oren Moverman1966-
F. W. Murnau1888-1931
Campion Murphy1962-
Ajay Nayyar1982-
Bob Nelson1956-
Mike Newell1942-
Mike Nichols1931-2014(Peschkowsky)
Christopher Nolan1970-
Jonathan Nolan1976-
Nancy Oliver1955-
Veiko Õunpuu1972-
Frank Oz1944-
Krsto Papić1933-2013
Alexander Payne1961-
Keir Pearson1966-
Tomislav Pinter1926-2008
Roman Polanski1933-
Stephen Poliakoff1952-
Sydney Pollack1934-2008
Carrie Preston1967-
Sam Raimi1959-
Harold Ramis1944-2014
Robert Redford1936-
Carol Reed1906-1976
Ivan Reitman1946-
Jean Renoir1894-1979
Gavin Richards1946-
Tony Richardson1928-1991
Guy Ritchie1968-
Jerome Robbins1918-1998
Robert Rodriguez1968-
Roberto Rossellini1906-1977
David O. Russell1958-
Rupert Sanders1971-
Franklin J. Schaffner1920-1989
John Schlesinger1926-2003
Branko Schmidt1957-
Julian Schnabel1951-
Martin Scorsese1942-
Ridley Scott1937-
Tony Scott1944-2012
David Seidler1937-
Danilo Šerbedžija1971-
M. Night Shyamalan1970-
Kevin Smith1970-
Zack Snyder1966-
Steven Soderbergh1963-
Barry Sonnenfeld1953-
Steven Spielberg1946-
John M. Stahl1886-1950(Strelitsky)
Fisher Stevens1963-
George Stevens1904-1975
Oliver Stone1946-
Tegan Summer1972-
Quentin Tarantino1963-
Norman Taurog1899-1981
Tanel Toom1982-
M. Nurullah Tuncer1959-
Guinevere Turner1968-
Theo van Gogh1957-2004
Gus Van Sant1952-
Nia Vardalos1962-
Jelena Veljača1981-
Paul Verhoeven1938-
Frano Vodopivec1924-1998
Antun Vrdoljak1931-
Vjekoslav Vrdoljak1954-
Andy Wachowski1967-
Lana Wachowski1965-
Fatin Abdel Wahab1913-1972
Warwick Ward1891-1967
Keenen Ivory Wayans1958-
Jerry Weintraub1937-2015
Orson Welles1915-1985
Wim Wenders1945-
Joss Whedon1964-
Kristen Wiig1973-
Billy Wilder1906-2002
Robert Wise1914-2005
Digby Wolfe1929-2012
John Woo1946-
William Wyler1902-1981
Lordan Zafranović1944-
Derviş Zaim1964-
Benh Zeitlin1982-
Robert Zemeckis1951-
Fred Zinnemann1907-1997
Bogdan Žižić1934-
David Zucker1947-
Jerry Zucker1950-
246 namesakes found