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List of Famous Filmmakers

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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)

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    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 Golden ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Film Editor, Author, + more
    • Credits: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Oz the Great and Powerful, Freaks and Geeks, + more
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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: age 63
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Television director, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, + more
    • Credits: Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her, Wild at Heart, The Tracey Ullman Show, Merlin, + more
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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 included ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1889-1963)
    • Birthplace: Île-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines
    • 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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    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: A ...more

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    • Age: 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 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: age 44
    • Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Navan
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Black Books, Run Fatboy Run, Calvary, + more
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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: age 58
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • 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: age 69
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, USA, Maryland
    • Profession: Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, + more
    • Credits: Hairspray, Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom, + more
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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 in ...more

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    • Age: 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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