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List of famous film directors from England, listed alphabetically with photos when available. England has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best British directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of England and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

This list has everything from Omid Djalili to Gavin Lambert.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best British directors?" and "Which directors are from England?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of England in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented British directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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A. Edward Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 78 (1895-1973) A. Edward Sutherland aka Eddie Sutherland was a film director and actor. Born Albert Edward Sutherland in London, he was from a theatrical family. His father, Al Sutherland, was a theatre ...more

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A. V. Bramble is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 76 (1887-1963) Albert Victor Bramble was an English actor and film director. He began his acting career on the stage. He started acting in films in 1913, and subsequently turned to directing and producing ...more

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Aaron James Sorensen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 52 Aaron James Sorensen is a musician, writer, producer, and film director. Sorensen played guitar and aspired to be a musician from a young age, and eventually studied acting—first with Keith ...more

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Adam Croasdell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 38 Adam Croasdell is a Zimbabwe-born British actor. He has appeared on TV in Supernatural, The Chase, Holby City, Peak Practice, London's Burning, Agatha Christie's Cat Among the Pigeons and ...more

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Abigail Honor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Abigail Honor is a film editor and a film producer.

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Adam Curtis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 63 Kevin Adam Curtis, better known as Adam Curtis, is an English documentary filmmaker. Curtis says that his favourite theme is "power and how it works in society", and his works explore ...more

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Adam Deacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 35 Adam Steven Deacon is an English film actor, rapper, writer and director. He is best known for his lead role in the films Kidulthood, the sequel Adulthood and for his directorial debut,

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Adam Jennings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 40

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Adam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 53 Adam Charles Roberts is an academic, critic and novelist. He also writes parodies under the pseudonyms of A.R.R.R. Roberts, A3R Roberts and Don Brine. He has a degree in English from the ...more

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Adrian Biddle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 53 (1952-2005) Adrian Biddle, BSC, was an English cinematographer.

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Adrian Edmondson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 61 Adrian Charles "Ade" Edmondson is an English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director. He came to prominence in the early 1980s and was part of the ...more

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Adrian Hall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Adrian Hall age 59 Adrian Hall is an English actor. He is best known for the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in which he played the part of Jeremy Potts. He is currently co-director of the CDS school Academy of Live ...more

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Adrian Lester is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 50 Adrian Anthony Lester, OBE is an English actor, director, and writer.

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Adrian Lyne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 77 Adrian Lyne is a British film director, writer, and producer. He is best known for directing films that focus on sexually charged stories and characters, and often uses natural light. He was the ...more

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Adrian Noble is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 68 Adrian Keith Noble is a theatre director, and was also the artistic director and chief executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990 to 2003.

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Alan Bennett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 84 Alan Bennett is an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and author. He was born in Leeds and attended Oxford University where he studied history and performed with the Oxford Revue. He stayed ...more

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Alan Clarke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 55 (1935-1990) Alan Clarke was an English television and film director, producer and writer.

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Alan Dossor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Alan Dossor age 77 Alan Dossor is a British theatre director. He was artistic director of the Everyman Theatre Liverpool from 1970 to 1975. His production of John, Paul, George, Ringo ... and Bert by Willy Russell ...more

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Alan Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from England

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Alan J. W. Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 81 Alan J. W. Bell is a British television producer and director. He has produced and/or directed many BBC series since the early 1970s, most notably Last of the Summer Wine, Ripping Yarns and the ...more

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Alan Parker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 74 Sir Alan William Parker, CBE is an English film director, producer and screenwriter. The early part of his career, beginning in his late teens, was spent as a copywriter and director of ...more

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 72 Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman is an English actor. Rickman is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in both modern and classical theatre productions. His breakout performance was as the ...more

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Alan Roberts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 72 Alan Price-Roberts or Alan Roberts is a British radio presenter, producer and actor.

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Alex Winter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 53 Alexander Ross "Alex" Winter is an English-born American actor, film director and screenwriter, best known for his role as Bill S. Preston Esq. in the 1989 film Bill & Ted's ...more

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Alber Ponte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 55 Alber Ponte is an actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Albert Austin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 72 (1881-1953) Albert Austin was an English actor, film star, director and script writer, noted mainly for his work in Charlie Chaplin films. He was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, and was a music ...more

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Alexis Kanner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 61 (1942-2003) Alexis Kanner was a French-born English actor, most notable for appearing in the ground-breaking TV series The Prisoner. He was born in Nazi-occupied Bagnères-de-Luchon, France, to a ...more

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Albert Finney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 82 Albert Finney is an English actor. Beginning in the theatre, Finney was especially successful in plays by William Shakespeare before he switched to films. He achieved prominence in films in the ...more

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Alec C. Snowden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Alec C. Snowden Died at 82 (1901-1983) Alec C. Snowden is a film producer.

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Alec Mills is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 86 Alec Mills is a cinematographer and film director.

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Andrew Birkin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 73 Andrew Timothy Birkin is an English screenwriter, director and occasional actor. He was born the only son of Lieutenant-Commander David Birkin and his wife, the actress Judy Campbell. One of his ...more

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Aleem Khan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 33 Aleem Khan is a film producer, film director, screenwriter and casting director.

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Alex Barrett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Alex Barrett age 34 Alex Barrett is a film director, screenwriter, film editor and producer.

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Alex De Rakoff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Alex De Rakoff age 48 Alex De Rakoff is a British director.

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Alex Hyde-White is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 59 Alex Hyde-White, also credited as Alex Hyde White, is an English-born film and television actor. In 1978, he signed with Universal Pictures as one of the last "contract players" in ...more

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Alex Westaway is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 35 Alex Westaway is the co-lead vocalist and guitarist in post-hardcore band Fightstar alongside Charlie Simpson, Omar Abidi and Dan Haigh.

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Alexander Abela is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 53 Alexander Abela is a film director, film producer, and screenwriter.

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Alexander Korda is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 63 (1893-1956) Sir Alexander Korda was a Hungarian-born British film producer and director. He worked in Hollywood the first time during the transition to "talkies", from 1926 to 1930. The change led ...more

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Alexander Shaw is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Alexander Shaw Died at 86 (1910-1996) Alexander Shaw was a film producer and a film director.

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Alf Collins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Alf Collins Died at 85 (1866-1951) Alf Collins was a British film director and actor.

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Anthony Pelissier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 76 (1912-1988) Harry Anthony Compton Pelissier was an English actor, screenwriter, producer and director.

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Alfie Barker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 22 Alfie Barker is a film director, screenwriter, cinematographer and film editor.

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 81 (1899-1980) Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE was an English film director and producer. Often nicknamed "The Master of Suspense", he pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological ...more

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Alfred Roome is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Alfred Roome Died at 89 (1908-1997) Alfred Wallace Roome was an English film editor and occasional director. Born in London, in 1908, he first worked in the film industry as a film editor on the 1932 British comedy film Thark. He ...more

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Alfred Shaughnessy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Died at 89 (1916-2005) Alfred James Shaughnessy, sometimes known as "Freddy Shaughnessy", was an English scriptwriter and producer best known for being the script editor of Upstairs, Downstairs.

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Alice Anderson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Alice Anderson age 42 Alice Anderson is a French-British sculptor and filmmaker. She works primarily with copper wire.

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Alison Snowden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 60 Alison Snowden is an English animator, voice actress, producer, and screenwriter best known for Bob and Margaret.

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Amber Sealey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 43 Amber Sealey is an actress and a film director.

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Amma Asante is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
age 49 Amma Asante is a British screenwriter, film director, and former actress. She wrote and directed A Way of Life, which won numerous awards. Her second feature film as a director was Belle in

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Andrew Gunn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from England
Andrew Gunn is a British television director. He was born in Staffordshire and later grew up on Tyneside before attending film school in Surrey and Dorset. He has written and directed several ...more