Film Directors Famous Film Directors from Iceland

Reference
3.7k views 32 items

List of famous film directors from Iceland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Iceland 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 Icelander directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Iceland and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

List items include Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, Arni Asgeirsson and many more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Icelander directors?" and "Which directors are from Iceland?"

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

1
Ágúst Guðmundsson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 71 Ágúst Guðmundsson is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter. He studied French, Icelandic in Reykjavík and filmmaking at the National Film School in London. He has ...more

2
Andri Snær Magnason is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 45 Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer. He has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories, essays and CDs. His work has been published or performed in more than 16 countries. His ...more

3
Arni Asgeirsson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 46 Arni Asgeirsson is a film director, screenwriter, and an actor.

4
Baltasar Kormákur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 52 Baltasar Kormákur Samper is an Icelandic actor, theater and film director, and film producer. He is known professionally as Baltasar Kormákur. He is best known for directing the ...more

5
Bjarni Gautur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 29 Bjarni Gautur is a film producer, cinematographer, film editor,screen writer, film director, actor, and voice actor,musician and artist.

6
Dagur Kári is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 45 Dagur Kári is an Icelandic film director. He was born in Paris, France to Icelandic parents and returned to Iceland when he was 3 years old. Dagur graduated from the National Film School ...more

7
Gunnar Sommerfeldt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Died at 57 (1890-1947) Gunnar Sommerfeldt was a Danish actor and film maker. In 1919 he directed Saga Borgarættarinnar, the first feature film shot in Iceland. Sommerfeldt also wrote the script, based on Gunnar ...more

8
Einar Thor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Einar Thor age 54 Einar Thor, also known as Einar Þór Gunnlaugsson, is an Icelandic film director and writer primarily based in London since 1990. He has written and directed various films and ...more

9
Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen is a film director, screenwriter, film editor and film producer.

10
Friðrik Þór Friðriksson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 64 Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, sometimes credited as Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, is an Icelandic film director. He started his film making career with experimental films and ...more

11
Guðný Halldórsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Guðný Halldórsdóttir age 64 Guðný Halldórsdottir is a film director and screenwriter.

12
Hrafn Gunnlaugsson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Hrafn Gunnlaugsson age 70 Hrafn Gunnlaugsson is an Icelandic film director. He is the brother of the actress Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir. He is mostly known for his series of Viking films, sometimes called "Cod ...more

13
Ísold Uggadóttir is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Ísold Uggadóttir is a screenwriter, film editor, film director & film producer.

14
Jon Gustafsson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 55 Jon Gustafsson is an Iceland born film director. The Icelandic spelling of his name is Jón Gústafsson. Best known for directing the Canadian documentary film Wrath of Gods, ...more

15
Júlíus Kemp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Júlíus Kemp age 51 Júlíus Kemp is an Icelandic film director.

16
Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 41 Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir is a musician, visual artist, film director, screenwriter, and cinematographer.

17
Marteinn Thorsson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Marteinn Thorsson is a film director, film producer, film editor, screenwriter and an actor.

18
Olaf de Fleur Johannesson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 43 Olaf de Fleur is an Icelandic film director, scriptwriter and producer. Born in 1975 in Búðardalur, Iceland, Olaf has been a dedicated filmmaker for over a decade. He founded his own ...more

19
Omar Orn Hauksson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 43 Ómar Örn Hauksson is a film actor, screenwriter, film score composer and composer.

20
Óskar Jónasson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 55 Óskar Jónasson is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter. His film Remote Control was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. His most ...more

21
Óskar Thór Axelsson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Óskar Thór Axelsson Óskar Thór Axelsson is a cinematographer, film director and screenwriter.

22
Ragnar Bragason is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 47 Ragnar Bragason is an Icelandic film director, screenwriter and producer.

23
Ragnheidur Gestsdottir is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Ragnheidur Gestsdottir age 43 Ragnheidur Gestsdottir is a film director, cinematographer, film editor and a film producer.

24
Róbert Ingi Douglas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 45 Róbert Ingi Douglas is an Icelandic film director, screenwriter and cinematographer who made his feature film debut with Íslenski draumurinn. That film became a sleeper hit in the ...more

25
Runar Runarsson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 41 Rúnar Rúnarsson is an Icelandic screenwriter and director. Films for which he is credited as both writer and director include the feature film Volcano and the short films Anna, Two ...more

26
Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir age 28 Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir is an Icelandic footballer who plays for Swedish Damallsvenskan club FC Rosengård. Sara Björk is part of Iceland's national team and represented ...more

27
Sesselja Vilhjálmsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Sesselja Vilhjálmsdóttir Sesselja Vilhjálmsdóttir is a film producer, director and entrepreneur.

28
Sólveig Anspach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Sólveig Anspach age 58 Sólveig Anspach is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter living in France. She has directed nine films since 1998. Her film Stormy Weather was screened in the Un Certain Regard ...more

29
Vala Halldorsdottir is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
Vala Halldorsdottir Vala Halldorsdottir is a film director, producer and entrepreneur.

30
Valdís Óskarsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 68 Valdís Óskarsdóttir is a film editor, director and screenwriter.

31
Þórhildur Þorleifsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 73 Þórhildur Þorleifsdóttir is an Icelandic theater, opera, film and television director, actress, dancer, choreographer and politician. She was the artistic director of ...more

32
Þráinn Bertelsson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iceland
age 74 Þráinn Bertelsson is an Icelandic film director, writer, politician, journalist and newspaper editor. He moved into politics in the wake of the financial crisis in 2008, and was ...more