More Great Film Directors
and Their Best Films

Part 2

Greatest Film Directors
(alphabetical)
Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 , Part 6
More Great Film Directors
(alphabetical)
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

More Great Directors and Their Best Films
Part 2
(Alphabetical Order, Unranked)

WILLIAM DIETERLE 1893-1972
Reliable Director of 30s Biopic Dramas and 40s Romantic Melodramas

Suggested Filmography: The Last Flight (1931), Jewel Robbery (1932), Female (1933), Fashions of 1934 (1934), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936), Satan Met a Lady (1936), The Life of Emile Zola (1937), Juarez (1939), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940), All That Money Can Buy/The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), Kismet (1944), I'll Be Seeing You (1944), Love Letters (1945), Portrait of Jennie (1948), The Accused (1948), Rope of Sand (1949), Dark City (1950), September Affair (1950), Salome (1953), Elephant Walk (1954).

EDWARD DMYTRYK 1908-1999
Blacklisted Hollywood Ten Director of Film Noirs in the 40s

Suggested Filmography: Murder, My Sweet (1944), Back to Bataan (1945), Cornered (1945), Till The End of Time (1946), Crossfire (1947), Broken Lance (1954), The Caine Mutiny (1954), Soldier of Fortune (1955), The Left Hand of God (1955), The Mountain (1956), Raintree County (1957), The Young Lions (1958), Warlock (1959), Walk on the Wild Side (1962), Where Love Has Gone (1964), The Carpetbaggers (1964), Mirage (1965), Alvarez Kelly (1966), Shalako (1968), Anzio (1968), Bluebeard (1972).

STANLEY DONEN 1924- and GENE KELLY 1912-1996
Acclaimed Co-Directors of Classic Musicals

Suggested Filmography for Donen: On The Town (1949), Royal Wedding (1951), Singin' In The Rain (1952), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), It's Always Fair Weather (1955), Kiss Them For Me (1957), Funny Face (1957), The Pajama Game (1957), Damn Yankees! (1958), Indiscreet (1958), The Grass is Greener (1960), Charade (1963), Arabesque (1966), Bedazzled (1967), Two For the Road (1967), The Little Prince (1974), Lucky Lady (1975), Movie Movie (1978), Saturn 3 (1980), Blame It On Rio (1984).

Suggested Filmography for Kelly: On The Town (1949), Singin' In The Rain (1952), Invitation to the Dance (1956), It's Always Fair Weather (1955), Gigot (1962), A Guide For the Married Man (1967), Hello, Dolly! (1969), The Cheyenne Social Club (1970).

RICHARD DONNER 1930-
Director Noted for Lethal Weapon Series

Suggested Filmography: The Omen (1976), Superman: The Movie (1978), Inside Moves (1980), The Toy (1982), The Goonies (1985), Ladyhawke (1985), Lethal Weapon (1987), Scrooged (1988), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), Radio Flyer (1992), Maverick (1994), Assassins (1995), Conspiracy Theory (1997), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Timeline (2003).

MAYA DEREN 1922-1961
Important Pioneering Female Director of Avante-Garde, Surrealistic, Experimental, Mostly Short Films of the 1940s-1950s

Suggested Filmography: Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), Witch's Cradle (1944), At Land (1944), A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945), Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946), Meditation on Violence (1948), The Very Eye of Night (1958), Maeva (1961) (writer).

ALLAN DWAN 1885-1981
Pioneering Director in the Film Industry

Suggested Filmography: Robin Hood (1922), Zaza (1923), Manhandled (1924), Stage Struck (1925), The Iron Mask (1929), Heidi (1937), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938), Suez (1938), Frontier Marshal (1939), The Three Musketeers (1939), Trail of the Vigilantes (1940), Look Who's Laughing (1941), Around the World (1943), Abroad With Two Yanks (1944), Brewster's Millions (1945), Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), The Wild Blue Yonder (1951), Cattle Queen of Montana (1954), Silver Lode (1954), Tennessee's Partner (1955), Slightly Scarlet (1956), The Restless Breed (1957), The River's Edge (1957), The Most Dangerous Man Alive (1961).

BLAKE EDWARDS 1922-2010
Best-Known for the Pink Panther Comedy Series

Suggested Filmography: Operation Petticoat (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), Experiment in Terror (1962), The Pink Panther (1963), A Shot in the Dark (1964), The Great Race (1965), What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966), The Party (1968), Darling Lili (1970), Wild Rovers (1971), The Tamarind Seed (1974), The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), 10 (1979), S. O. B. (1981), Victor/Victoria (1982), Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), The Man Who Loved Women (1983), Micki & Maude (1984), A Fine Mess (1986), That's Life! (1986), Blind Date (1987), Sunset (1988), Skin Deep (1989), Switch (1991).

ROLAND EMMERICH 1955-
Science Fiction and Action Film Director

Suggested Filmography: Moon 44 (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998), The Patriot (2000), The Day After Tomorrow (2004).

PETER FARRELLY (1956- ) & BOBBY FARRELLY (1958-)
Collaborating Brothers Who Directed Outrageous Comedies

Suggested Filmography: Dumb & Dumber (1994), Kingpin (1996), There's Something About Mary (1998), Me, Myself, and Irene (2000), Osmosis Jones (2001), Shallow Hal (2001), Stuck On You (2003), The Heartbreak Kid (2007).

MIKE FIGGIS 1948-
British Director of Suspense Films

Suggested Filmography: Stormy Monday (1988), Internal Affairs (1990), Liebestraum (1991), Mr. Jones (1993), The Browning Version (1994), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), One Night Stand (1997), The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999), Miss Julie (1999), Time Code (2000), Hotel (2001), Cold Creek Manor (2003).

DAVID FINCHER 1962-
Up-and-Coming Talented Young Director

Suggested Filmography: Alien3 (1992), Se7en (1995), The Game (1997), Fight Club (1999), Panic Room (2002), Zodiac (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).

TERENCE FISHER 1904-1980
Director of Horror Films for England's Hammer Studios

Suggested Filmography: The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958), The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Mummy (1959), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), The Brides of Dracula (1960), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), The Phantom of the Opera (1962), The Gorgon (1964), Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966), Island of Terror (1966), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), The Devil Rides Out (1968), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969).

ROBERT FLAHERTY 1884-1951
Early Explorer/Film-maker of "Noble Savages" and Renowned as the "Father of the Documentary"

Suggested Filmography: Nanook of the North (1922), Moana (1926), The Twenty-Four Dollar Island (1927), White Shadows in the South Seas (1928), Tabu (1931), Industrial Britain (1933), Man of Aran (1934), Elephant Boy (1937), The Land (1942), Louisiana Story (1948).

MILOS FORMAN 1932-
Czechoslovakian-Born Director of Major Best Picture/Director Academy Award Winners

Suggested Filmography: Loves of a Blonde (1966), The Firemen's Ball (1968), Taking Off (1971), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Hair (1979), Ragtime (1981), Amadeus (1984), Heartburn (1986), Valmont (1989), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Man on the Moon (1999), Goya's Ghosts (2006).

BOB FOSSE 1927-1987
Highly-Influential Stage Choreographer and Director with Jazzy Style

Suggested Filmography: Sweet Charity (1969), Cabaret (1972), Lenny (1974), All That Jazz (1979), Star 80 (1983).

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER 1930-2002
Veteran TV Director Turned Major Film Director of Realistic, Visually-Compelling 60s Political Dramas

Suggested Filmography: The Young Stranger (1957), The Young Savages (1961), All Fall Down (1962), The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Seven Days in May (1964), The Train (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Seconds (1966), The Fixer (1968), The Gypsy Moths (1969), I Walk the Line (1970), The Iceman Cometh (1973), The French Connection II (1975), Black Sunday (1977), Prophecy (1979), The Challenge (1982), The Holcroft Covenant (1985), 52 Pick-Up (1986), Dead Bang (1989), The Fourth War (1990), Year of the Gun (1991), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), Ronin (1998), Reindeer Games (2000), Ambush (2001).

STEPHEN FREARS 1941-
British Director, Originally of British TV and Then of Widely-Acclaimed Films

Suggested Filmography: Gumshoe (1971), The Hit (1984), My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), The Grifters (1990), Hero (1992), Mary Reilly (1996), The Hi-Lo Country (1998), High Fidelity (2000), Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005), The Queen (2006).

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN 1939-
Acclaimed Director of Sensational Thrillers in the Early 70s and After

Suggested Filmography: The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968), The Boys in the Band (1970), The French Connection (1971), The Exorcist (1973), Sorcerer (1977), The Brink's Job (1978), Cruising (1980), Deal of the Century (1983), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), The Guardian (1990), Rampage (1992), Blue Chips (1994), Jade (1995), Rules of Engagement (2000), The Hunted (2003), Bug (2006).

SAM FULLER 1912-1997
Independent-Minded Director of Hard-Edged, Bold, and Tough Tabloid-ish Films in the 50s and 60s

Suggested Filmography: The Steel Helmet (1951), Pickup on South Street (1953), Hell and High Water (1954), House of Bamboo (1955), Forty Guns (1957), Run of the Arrow (1957), The Crimson Kimono (1959), Underworld U.S.A. (1961), Merrill's Marauders (1962), Shock Corridor (1963), The Naked Kiss (1964), The Big Red One (1980), White Dog (1982).

COSTA-GAVRAS (CONSTANTINOS GAVRAS) 1938-
Controversial, Political-Minded Greek-born Director of Mostly French Films

Suggested Filmography: Z (1969, Fr.), The Confession (1970, Fr.), State of Siege (1973, Fr.), Claire de Femme (1979, Fr.), Missing (1982, US), Hannah K. (1983, Fr.), The Music Box (1989, US), Le Petite Apocalypse (1993, Fr.), Lumiere & Company (1995, Fr.), Mad City (1997, US), Amen (2003, Fr.).

EDMUND GOULDING 1891-1959
Competent Director of Actors in the 30s and 40s

Suggested Filmography: Grand Hotel (1932), Riptide (1934), That Certain Woman (1937), The Dawn Patrol (1938), Dark Victory (1939), The Old Maid (1939), The Great Lie (1941), Claudia (1943), Forever and a Day (1943), The Constant Nymph (1943), The Razor's Edge (1946), Nightmare Alley (1947), Mister 880 (1950), We're Not Married! (1952).

RANDA HAINES 1945-
Acclaimed Female Director

Suggested Filmography: Children of a Lesser God (1986), The Doctor (1991), Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993), Dance With Me (1998).

CURTIS HANSON 1945-
Skilled Director and Screenwriter

Suggested Filmography: Losin' It (1982), The Bedroom Window (1987), Bad Influence (1990), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), The River Wild (1994), L.A. Confidential (1997), Wonder Boys (2000), 8 Mile (2002), In Her Shoes (2005), Lucky You (2007).

HAL HARTLEY 1959-
Original Film-maker

Suggested Filmography: The Unbelievable Truth (1989), Trust (1990), Simple Men (1992), Amateur (1994), Flirt (1995), Henry Fool (1997), The Book of Life (1998), No Such Thing (2001).

HENRY HATHAWAY 1898-1985
Skilled Film Director at Fox Studios from 40s through 60s

Suggested Filmography: The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936), Souls at Sea (1937), Brigham Young - Frontiersman (1940), The Shepherd of the Hills (1941), The House on 92nd Street (1945), The Dark Corner (1946), 13 Rue Madeleine (1946), Kiss of Death (1947), Call Northside 777 (1948), Down to the Sea in Ships (1949), The Desert Fox (1951), O'Henry's Full House (1952), Niagara (1953), Garden of Evil (1954), 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956), From Hell to Texas (1958), North to Alaska (1960), Circus World (1964), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), Nevada Smith (1966), 5 Card Stud (1968), True Grit (1969).

TODD HAYNES 1961-
Creative Modern-Day Film-maker

Suggested Filmography: Poison (1991), Safe (1995), Velvet Goldmine (1998), Far From Heaven (2002), I'm Not There (2007).

AMY HECKERLING 1954-
"Youth Market" Teen Movie Director

Suggested Filmography: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Johnny Dangerously (1984), National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), Look Who's Talking (1989), Look Who's Talking Too (1990), Clueless (1995), Loser (2000), I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007).

JIM HENSON 1936-1990
Innovative and Genius Puppeteer, Frequent Collaborator with Director Frank Oz, and "Voice Of" His Signature Character Kermit the Frog (among others)

Suggested Filmography: The Muppet Movie (1979) (producer), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Dark Crystal (1982) (director/producer), The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) (producer), Labyrinth (1986), The Witches (1990) (producer).

GEORGE ROY HILL 1922-2002
Director of a Few Commercial Hits in the 60s and 70s

Suggested Filmography: Toys in the Attic (1963), The World of Henry Orient (1964), Hawaii (1966), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Slaughterhouse Five (1972), The Sting (1973), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), Slap Shot (1977), A Little Romance (1979), The World According to Garp (1982), The Little Drummer Girl (1984), Funny Farm (1988).

ARTHUR HILLER 1923-
Canadian-born American Director of Entertaining Films in the 70s and 80s

Suggested Filmography: The Americanization of Emily (1964), Tobruk (1967), Popi (1969), Love Story (1970), The Out-of-Towners (1970), The Hospital (1971), Plaza Suite (1971), Man of La Mancha (1972), The Man in the Glass Booth (1975), Silver Streak (1976), Nightwing (1979), The In-Laws (1979), Making Love (1982), Author! Author! (1982), Romantic Comedy (1983), Teachers (1984), The Lonely Guy (1984), Outrageous Fortune (1987), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), Taking Care of Business (1991), Married to It (1991), The Babe (1992), Carpool (1996).



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