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List of famous filmmakers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top filmmakers in the world? This includes the most prominent filmmakers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable filmmakers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic filmmakers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned filmmakers.

List ranges from Flying Lotus to Isabella Rossellini, plus much more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known filmmakers to the lesser known filmmakers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the filmmaker field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous filmmakers ever?" and "What are the names of famous filmmakers?" then you're in the right place. (275 items)
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
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James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks. He later played the title character in the TV biographical film James Dean, for which he won a ...more

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Age: 37

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Film Editor Author, + more

Credits: 127 Hours, Spider-Man, This Is the End, Spider-Man 2

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#79 on The Best Actors Working Today

#80 on The Best Living American Actors

#88 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#67 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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Isabella Rossellini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
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Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini is an Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model. Rossellini is noted for her 14-year tenure as a Lancôme model, and for her roles in films such as Blue Velvet and Death Becomes Her. ...more

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Age: 63

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Profession: Television director, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer Model, + more

Credits: Blue Velvet, Enemy, Death Becomes Her, Joy

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Jean Cocteau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
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Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles, and the films Blood of a Poet, Les Parents Terribles, Beauty and the Beast and Orpheus. His circle of associates, friends and lovers ...more

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Age: Died at 74 (1889-1963)

Birthplace: Maisons-Laffitte, France

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Designer Filmmaker, + more

Credits: Beauty and the Beast, Orpheus, The Testament of Orpheus, The Blood of a Poet Les Enfants Terribles, + more

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#38 on The Best Gay Authors

#45 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#37 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#10 on The Best French Authors

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Morgan Spurlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
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Morgan Valentine Spurlock is an American documentary filmmaker, humorist, television producer, screenwriter, and political activist, best known for the documentary films Super Size Me, Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Comic-Con Episode IV: ...more

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Age: 45

Birthplace: Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States of America

Profession: Humorist, Comedian, Television producer, Documentary Filmmaker Film Producer, + more

Credits: The Simpsons, Super Size Me, Freakonomics, Drive-Thru Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fans Hope, + more

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Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
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Dylan Moran is an Irish comedian, writer, actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his sardonic observational comedy, the UK television sitcom Black Books, and his work with Simon Pegg in Shaun of the Dead and Run Fatboy Run. Moran also appeared as one of the two lead characters in the Irish black ...more

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Age: 44

Birthplace: Navan, Republic of Ireland

Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Credits: Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Black Books, Run Fatboy Run Calvary, + more

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#22 on The Best Living Irish Actors

#46 on The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

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Paul Provenza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
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Paul Provenza is an actor, comedian, filmmaker, and self-professed skeptic based in Los Angeles. ...more

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Age: 58

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Filmmaker, + more

Credits: Northern Exposure, The Aristocrats, Strictly Business, Stealing Candy Survival Quest, + more

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John Waters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
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John Samuel Waters Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. Waters's 1970s and early '80s films feature his regular troupe of actors known as the ...more

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Profession: Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer Film Editor, + more

Credits: Hairspray, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea, Divine Trash

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#66 on The Best Comedy Directors in Film History

#23 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

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Todd Solondz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
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Todd Solondz is an American independent film screenwriter and director known for his style of dark, thought-provoking, socially conscious satire. Solondz has been critically acclaimed for his examination of the "dark underbelly of middle class American suburbia," a reflection of his own background ...more

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Age: 56

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Screenwriter, Filmmaker, Actor, Film Director

Credits: As Good as It Gets, Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Palindromes Storytelling, + more

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