Best Movie Director in the World | List of Greatest Filmmakers

Who is The Best Movie Director in the World | List of Greatest Filmmakers of All Time

The director or filmmaker is the person in charge of directing a film according to the script, filmmakers are also used to refer to film producers. Screenplay manuscripts are used to control aspects of art and drama. At the same time, the director escorted the officers or technical workers and casts to fulfill his briefing insight. A director also plays a role in guiding the technician's crew and filmmakers in realizing the creativity they have.

The director is responsible for the creative aspects of making the film, both interpretative and technical. He occupied the highest position in terms of artistic and led the making of a film about "what should be seen" by the audience. In addition to regulating the behavior in front of the camera and directing acting and dialogue, the director also controls the position along with the motion of the camera, sound, lighting, and other things that contribute to the end result of a film.

In carrying out his responsibilities a director works with the film crew and filmmakers. Among them are photography stylists, costume stylists, camera stylists and so on. In addition, the director was also involved in the process of making films from pre-production, production, to post-production.

Here is the list of world's greatest movie director, choose your favorite film maker and vote your favorite filmmakers so that he or she can get the proper position in this list. Re-rank this list.

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Iran (Islamic Republic of) FlagIran (Islamic Republic of)Daryush Shokof is an Iranian philosopher, artist, independent filmmaker and writer who lives in Germany. Daryush Shokof immigrated to the United States in 1979. In the 1980s he studied physics and mathematics. Furthermore, he graduated from the Film Academy New York. In 1981 he participated for the first time in an art exhibition. This took place in the New York gallery Gorky. In 1990 he shot his first experimental short film Angels Are Wired in Prague. After a few more short films, he made his debut film Seven Servants with Anthony Quinn. The film was nominated for the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in 1996 and received awards at festivals such as Berlin, St. Petersburg, Toronto and Montreal. His film Venussian Tabutasco was founded in 2004 as part of the second Berlin Asia-Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) premiered as a world premiere.

2. Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

United Kingdom FlagUnited KingdomThroughout a career that lasted more than half a century, Hitchcock set up a distinctive and very recognizable cinematic style. It was innovative in the use of the camera to imitate the look of a person, thus forcing viewers to participate in a certain way of voyeurism, used frames to cause anxiety, fear or empathy and developed a novel way of film mount. Their stories are often starring fugitives from the law and their leading actresses are usually fair-haired. Many of his films feature plot twists in the outcome and disturbing plots that move around violence, murders and crime. Frequently, the mysteries that articulate the plots are nothing more than decoys that serve to advance the story but have no greater importance in the argument.

3. Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

4. Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

5. Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap

6. Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa

7. Bong Joon-ho

Bong Joon-ho

8. Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese

9. James Cameron

James Cameron

Canada FlagCanadaHe started his career in the film industry as a special effects technician and later triumphed as a screenwriter and director of the action and science fiction film The Terminator (1984). His popularity led him to be hired as a screenwriter and director of a larger budget project, Aliens: The Return (1986), and three years later he premiered The Abyss, an underwater odyssey. He continued to enjoy the favor of criticism and public with Terminator 2: the final judgment (1991), praised for its special effects. After directing the spy film True Lies (1994), Cameron embarked on his most ambitious and successful project so far, Titanic (1997), which became the film with the highest collection in history and for which he was nominated for three Oscar awards, for best film, best director and best editing.

10. Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

11. Park Chan-wook

Park Chan-wook

12. Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott

13. Ram Gopal Varma

Ram Gopal Varma

14. Wong Kar-wai

Wong Kar-wai

United States of America FlagUnited StatesSpielberg is the director who has more films in the list of the 100 Best Films of All Time, made by the American Film Institute. He is considered one of the most popular and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema.

16. Ashok Mehta

Ashok Mehta

17. Stephen Chow

Stephen Chow

Hong Kong FlagHong KongHe began his career at the Shaw Brothers TVB actor school. Later he participated in the children's program 430 Shuttle, where he was the character called Black and White Vampire. Chow's latest films have begun to focus on action and special effects instead of verbal humor sequences, in order to appeal to a wider international audience. The film that launched him to international fame was Shaolin Soccer (2001), which made use of the CGI, and was directed by Chow himself. His next film was Kung Fu Hustle (2004), also directed by him, and in February 2005 he surpassed Siu lam juk kau as the film with the highest figures of cinema in Hong Kong.

18. Tim Burton

Tim Burton

19. Yasujirō Ozu

Yasujirō Ozu

20. Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou

21. Ahmed Rashwan

Ahmed Rashwan

22. John Carpenter

John Carpenter

United States of America FlagUnited StatesJohn Carpenter is an American director, writer, and composer born January 16, 1948 in Carthage, New York State. With a film career spanning nearly forty years, Carpenter has produced a number of horror and science fiction films that have gained international acclaim over the years. He directed his first feature film, Dark Star in 1974 when he was only 25 years old. He signed two years later an action film, Assault, before turning to another register with Halloween, the night masks: the horror. A genre that will quickly become his favorite genre. Released in 1978, Halloween meets a tremendous success, both critical and commercial. From then on, Carpenter's career was launched, and productions followed one another, Hollywood also opening its doors thanks to its new status of "profitable director".

23. Michael Mann

Michael Mann

United States of America FlagUnited StatesMichael Mann graduated in the UK, at London's International Film School. After seven years in England, he moved back to the United States where he started as a screenwriter for a few television series. He wrote episodes for Police Story and Starsky and Hutch, among others. Later he also stood behind the camera and in 1979 he directed the television film The Jericho Mile. His major debut came in 1981 with the crime film Thief starring James Caan. A few years later Mann made the horror film The Keep. Despite some big names in the actors, Gabriel Byrne and Ian McKellen, The Keep became a huge flop.

24. Michael Bay

Michael Bay

United States of America FlagUnited StatesBay, known for directing and producing action films big budget cut characterized by rapid and extensive use of special effects, often including explosions. Bay began his career in the film industry with George Lucas when he was fifteen, presenting the storyboards of Raiders of the Lost Ark, who thought "they were going to be terrible". His opinion changed after seeing him at the cinema and he was so impressed by the experience that he decided to become a film director. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1986, specializing in English and film.

25. Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck

26. Chen Kaige

Chen Kaige

27. Coen Brothers

Coen Brothers

United States of America FlagUnited StatesJoel David Coen and Ethan Jesse Coen, professionally known as the Coen brothers, are two American filmmakers who won four Oscars, two BAFTAs and one Golden Globe, among other recognitions. In a 2013 article for Entertainment Weekly, Darren Franich named the Coen brothers "the leading contemporary professionals" of both the western and the black movies. Robert C. Sickels added that directors' films "are deeply rooted in one or more traditional genres." Empire magazine wrote that the Coens "are a law unto themselves, dancing their own songs without being responsible to anyone except themselves." Critic Jonathan Romney of Sight and Sound described them as "the most purely ludic American filmmakers."

28. Damien Dematra

Damien Dematra

29. David Yates

David Yates

30. Johnnie To

Johnnie To

31. Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen

Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen

32. Lawrence Ah Mon

Lawrence Ah Mon

Hong Kong FlagHong KongLawrence Lau Kwok Cheong, better known as Lawrence Ah Mon, born in South Africa in 1949, educated and lived in Hong Kong, graduated from Diocesan Boys College and the University of Southern California Film Department. Native place in Shunde, Guangdong, is a Hong Kong famous movie director. He is an outstanding film director in Hong Kong and on both sides of the strait and is known as the originator of Hong Kong's realism.

33. Mani Ratnam

Mani Ratnam

34. Riri Riza

Riri Riza

35. Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis

36. Rohit Shetty

Rohit Shetty

37. S.Shankar


38. Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

39. Stephanie Okereke Linus

Stephanie Okereke Linus

40. Tigmanshu Dhulia

Tigmanshu Dhulia

41. Yousry Nasrallah

Yousry Nasrallah

42. Youssef Chahine

Youssef Chahine

43. Zoya Akhtar

Zoya Akhtar

44. A J Mintu

A J Mintu

45. A.J. Kardar

A.J. Kardar

46. A.R. Murugadoss

A.R. Murugadoss

47. A.T.M. Shamsuzzaman

A.T.M. Shamsuzzaman

48. AN Alcaff

AN Alcaff

49. Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan

50. Abbas–Mustan


51. Abdolhossein Sepanta

Abdolhossein Sepanta

52. Abdolreza Kahani

Abdolreza Kahani

53. Abdul Jabbar Khan

Abdul Jabbar Khan

54. Abdullah Oğuz

Abdullah Oğuz

55. Abhinay Deo

Abhinay Deo

56. Abolfazl Jalili

Abolfazl Jalili

57. Abu Sayeed

Abu Sayeed

58. Abu Shahed Emon

Abu Shahed Emon

59. Adeyemi Afolayan

Adeyemi Afolayan

60. Adim Williams

Adim Williams

61. Aditya Chopra

Aditya Chopra

62. Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Adoor Gopalakrishnan

63. Adrian Lyne

Adrian Lyne

64. Afia Nathaniel

Afia Nathaniel

65. Ahmad Abdalla

Ahmad Abdalla

66. Ahmed Maher

Ahmed Maher

67. Ahmed Nader Galal

Ahmed Nader Galal

68. Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

69. Aida El-Kashef

Aida El-Kashef

70. Ajab Gul

Ajab Gul

71. Akhtaruzzaman


72. Akihiko Shiota

Akihiko Shiota

73. Akin Omotoso

Akin Omotoso

74. Akio Jissoji

Akio Jissoji

75. Alamgir Kabir

Alamgir Kabir

76. Alan Bridges

Alan Bridges

77. Alan Mak

Alan Mak

78. Alan Parker

Alan Parker

79. Albert Finney

Albert Finney

80. Alex Chandon

Alex Chandon

81. Alex Cox

Alex Cox

82. Alex Proyas

Alex Proyas

83. Alexander Korda

Alexander Korda

84. Alexander Mackendrick

Alexander Mackendrick

85. Alexis Kouros

Alexis Kouros

86. Alfred Cheung

Alfred Cheung

87. Ali Hatami

Ali Hatami

88. Ali Mosaffa

Ali Mosaffa

89. Ali Özgentürk

Ali Özgentürk

90. Alizeh Imtiaz

Alizeh Imtiaz

91. Alki David

Alki David

92. Allen Fong

Allen Fong

93. Alok Nembang

Alok Nembang

94. Aly Badrakhan

Aly Badrakhan

95. Amaka Igwe

Amaka Igwe

96. Amal Ramsis

Amal Ramsis

97. Ami Priyono

Ami Priyono

98. Amir Naderi

Amir Naderi

99. Amir Shahab Razavian

Amir Shahab Razavian

100. Amr Salama

Amr Salama

101. Ananta Jalil

Ananta Jalil

102. Andjar Asmara

Andjar Asmara

103. Andrew Dosunmu

Andrew Dosunmu

104. Andrew Lau

Andrew Lau

105. Andy Amadi Okoroafor

Andy Amadi Okoroafor

106. Andy Lau

Andy Lau

107. Anees Bazmee

Anees Bazmee

108. Ang Lee

Ang Lee

109. Angga Dwimas Sasongko

Angga Dwimas Sasongko

110. Anil Budha Magar

Anil Budha Magar

111. Animesh Aich

Animesh Aich

112. Ann Hui

Ann Hui

113. Anthony Onah

Anthony Onah

114. Anup Baral

Anup Baral

115. Anurag Basu

Anurag Basu

116. Anwar Kemal Pasha

Anwar Kemal Pasha

117. Anwar Wagdi

Anwar Wagdi

118. Aparna Sen

Aparna Sen

119. Arifin C. Noer

Arifin C. Noer

120. Arizal


121. Arpan Thapa

Arpan Thapa

122. Arthur Penn

Arthur Penn

123. Aryo Danusiri

Aryo Danusiri

124. Ashiqur Rahman

Ashiqur Rahman

125. Ashir Azeem

Ashir Azeem

126. Ashutosh Gowarikar

Ashutosh Gowarikar

127. Ashutosh Gowariker

Ashutosh Gowariker

128. Asim Raza

Asim Raza

129. Asrul Sani

Asrul Sani

130. Atef El-Tayeb

Atef El-Tayeb

131. Atıf Yılmaz

Atıf Yılmaz

132. Ayo Makun

Ayo Makun

133. Ayten Amin

Ayten Amin

134. Azizur Rahman

Azizur Rahman

135. Babak Payami

Babak Payami

136. Baby Islam

Baby Islam

137. Badal Rahman

Badal Rahman

138. Badar Munir

Badar Munir

139. Bahman Farmanara

Bahman Farmanara

140. Bahman Ghobadi

Bahman Ghobadi

141. Bahman Kiarostami

Bahman Kiarostami

142. Bahram Beyzai

Bahram Beyzai

143. Bakhtiar Effendi

Bakhtiar Effendi

144. Bala


145. Bang Eun-jin

Bang Eun-jin

146. Barbet Schroeder

Barbet Schroeder

147. Basu Chatterjee

Basu Chatterjee

148. Behrouz Gharibpour

Behrouz Gharibpour

149. Benny Chan

Benny Chan

150. Bharathan


151. Bhusan Dahal

Bhusan Dahal

152. Bikash Raj Acharya

Bikash Raj Acharya

153. Bill Douglas

Bill Douglas

154. Bill Forsyth

Bill Forsyth

155. Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder

156. Bimal Roy

Bimal Roy

157. Binod Pradhan

Binod Pradhan

158. Biyi Bandele

Biyi Bandele

159. Branwen Okpako

Branwen Okpako

160. Brian De Palma

Brian De Palma

161. Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

162. Bu Wancang

Bu Wancang

163. Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Buddhadeb Dasgupta

164. Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton

165. Byun Young-joo

Byun Young-joo

166. Bülent Oran

Bülent Oran

167. Cai Chusheng

Cai Chusheng

168. Cai Shangjun

Cai Shangjun

169. Carol Reed

Carol Reed

170. Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille

171. Cem Yılmaz

Cem Yılmaz

172. Charles Novia

Charles Novia

173. Chashi Nazrul Islam

Chashi Nazrul Islam

174. Cheng Bugao

Cheng Bugao

175. Chetan Anand

Chetan Anand

176. Chico Ejiro

Chico Ejiro

177. Chidananda Dasgupta

Chidananda Dasgupta

178. Chineze Anyaene

Chineze Anyaene

179. Ching Siu-tung

Ching Siu-tung

180. Choi Dong-hoon

Choi Dong-hoon

181. Choo Chang-min

Choo Chang-min

182. Christopher Doyle

Christopher Doyle

183. Christopher Guinness

Christopher Guinness

184. Clarence Fok

Clarence Fok

185. Corey Yuen

Corey Yuen

186. Cüneyt Arkın

Cüneyt Arkın

187. D. Djajakusuma

D. Djajakusuma

188. D.W. Griffith

D.W. Griffith

189. Dadasaheb Phalke

Dadasaheb Phalke

190. Daisuke Itō

Daisuke Itō

191. Daniel Wu

Daniel Wu

192. Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle

193. Dante Lam

Dante Lam

194. Daoud Abdel Sayed

Daoud Abdel Sayed

195. Dariush Mehrjui

Dariush Mehrjui

196. David Dhawan

David Dhawan

197. David Fincher

David Fincher

198. David Lean

David Lean

199. David Lynch

David Lynch

200. Dayahang Rai

Dayahang Rai

201. Deddy Mizwar

Deddy Mizwar

202. Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta

203. Deepa Shree Niraula

Deepa Shree Niraula

204. Deepak Raj Giri

Deepak Raj Giri

205. Deepak Rauniyar

Deepak Rauniyar

206. Deepak Rayamajhi

Deepak Rayamajhi

207. Dennis Law

Dennis Law

208. Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman

209. Derek Yee

Derek Yee

210. Derviş Zaim

Derviş Zaim

211. Desmond Elliot

Desmond Elliot

212. Dev Anand

Dev Anand

213. Dickson Iroegbu

Dickson Iroegbu

214. Dilip Rayamajhi

Dilip Rayamajhi

215. Dinesh D.C.

Dinesh D.C.

216. Dinesh Raut

Dinesh Raut

217. Dinesh Sharma

Dinesh Sharma

218. Dipendra K. Khanal

Dipendra K. Khanal

219. Djamaluddin Malik

Djamaluddin Malik

220. Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen

221. Duygu Sağıroğlu

Duygu Sağıroğlu

222. Ebrahim Golestan

Ebrahim Golestan

223. Ebrahim Hatamikia

Ebrahim Hatamikia

224. Edward Yang

Edward Yang

225. Ehtesham


226. Elia Kazan

Elia Kazan

227. Emem Isong

Emem Isong

228. Emeric Pressburger

Emeric Pressburger

229. Emin Alper

Emin Alper

230. Enamul Karim Nirjhar

Enamul Karim Nirjhar

231. Eric Tsang

Eric Tsang

232. Ernst Lubitsch

Ernst Lubitsch

233. Eros Djarot

Eros Djarot

234. Ertem Eğilmez

Ertem Eğilmez

235. Ezzel Dine Zulficar

Ezzel Dine Zulficar

236. Fahad Mustafa

Fahad Mustafa

237. Farid Shawqi

Farid Shawqi

238. Farjad Nabi

Farjad Nabi

239. Fatih Akin

Fatih Akin

240. Fatima Rushdi

Fatima Rushdi

241. Fatin Abdel Wahab

Fatin Abdel Wahab

242. Fei Mu

Fei Mu

243. Felix Chong

Felix Chong

244. Femi Odugbemi

Femi Odugbemi

245. Feng Xiaogang

Feng Xiaogang

246. Ferzan Özpetek

Ferzan Özpetek

247. Forough Farrokhzad

Forough Farrokhzad

248. Frances-Anne Solomon

Frances-Anne Solomon

249. Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola

250. Frank Capra

Frank Capra

251. Frank Rajah Arase

Frank Rajah Arase

252. Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang

253. Fruit Chan

Fruit Chan

254. Fuat Uzkınay

Fuat Uzkınay

255. Funke Akindele

Funke Akindele

256. G. Aravindan

G. Aravindan

257. Garin Nugroho

Garin Nugroho

258. Gauri Shinde

Gauri Shinde

259. Gazi Rakayet

Gazi Rakayet

260. Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji

261. George Cukor

George Cukor

262. George Lucas

George Lucas

263. Giasuddin Selim

Giasuddin Selim

264. Goldie Behl

Goldie Behl

265. Gordon Chan

Gordon Chan

266. Goutam Ghose

Goutam Ghose

267. Govind Nihalani

Govind Nihalani

268. Gu Changwei

Gu Changwei

269. Guru Dutt

Guru Dutt

270. H. Tjut Djalil

H. Tjut Djalil

271. Haissam Hussain

Haissam Hussain

272. Hala Khalil

Hala Khalil

273. Halit Refiğ

Halit Refiğ

274. Hanny Saputra

Hanny Saputra

275. Hanung Bramantyo

Hanung Bramantyo

276. Happy Salma

Happy Salma

277. Hari Bansha Acharya

Hari Bansha Acharya

278. Haseeb Hassan

Haseeb Hassan

279. Hassan Al Imam

Hassan Al Imam

280. Hassan Rana

Hassan Rana

281. Hassan Tariq

Hassan Tariq

282. Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki

283. He Jianjun

He Jianjun

284. He Ping

He Ping

285. Heinosuke Gosho

Heinosuke Gosho

286. Hem Raj BC

Hem Raj BC

287. Henry Barakat

Henry Barakat

288. Herwin Novianto

Herwin Novianto

289. Hideo Gosha

Hideo Gosha

290. Hideo Nakata

Hideo Nakata

291. Hira Singh Khatri

Hira Singh Khatri

292. Hirokazu Kore-eda

Hirokazu Kore-eda

293. Hiroshi Inagaki

Hiroshi Inagaki

294. Hiroshi Shimizu

Hiroshi Shimizu

295. Hiroshi Teshigahara

Hiroshi Teshigahara

296. Hong Sangsoo

Hong Sangsoo

297. Howard Hawks

Howard Hawks

298. Hu Mei

Hu Mei

299. Huang Jianxin

Huang Jianxin

300. Hugh Hudson

Hugh Hudson