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Famous Film Directors from Netherlands

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

Items here include everything from Gerardjan Rijnders to Ron Termaat.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Dutch directors?" and "Which directors are from Netherlands?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Netherlands in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Dutch directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
  • BirthplaceNetherlands, Bergen op Zoom, European Netherlands, North Brabant, Kingdom of the Netherlands


    Films DirectedBad Luck City

    Aaike Stuart is a director, producer and editor.  ...more
  • BirthplaceBreda, Netherlands


    Films DirectedViolence Stories Caravan, Mum

    Adelheid Roosen is a film actress and film director.
  • Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)

    BirthplaceRotterdam, Netherlands


    Films DirectedBet, Queen of Jordan, Bet Trekt de 100.000, Bet Zit in de Penarie

    Adrienne Solser was an actress and a film director.  ...more
  • Dec. at 62 (1879-1941)

    BirthplaceNetherlands, Harlingen, European Netherlands, Friesland, Kingdom of the Netherlands


    Films DirectedEen Jongmensch..., The Misadventure of a French Gentleman Without Pants at the Zandvoort Beach

    Albert Mullens was a film director, film producer and cinematographer.
  • Dec. at 80 (1872-1952)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Oberhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, Germany


    Films DirectedMooi Juultje van Volendam, Moderne landhaaien, Oranje Hein, Kee en Janus naar Parijs, Op Hoop van Zegen

    Alex Benno (2 November 1873 – 2 April 1952) was a Dutch film actor, screenwriter and director of the silent era. He appeared in 15 films between 1913 and 1920.  ...more
  • BirthplaceDordrecht, Netherlands


    Films DirectedDie Welt

    Alex Pitstra is a film editor and cinematographer.
  • BirthplaceHolland, Netherlands, Haarlem, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands


    Films DirectedThe Dress, Little Tony, Grimm, The Northerners, Abel

    Alex van Warmerdam (born 14 August 1952) is a Dutch screenwriter, film director, and actor. He is also a painter.  ...more
  • BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands


    Films DirectedOff the Grid, There Is No Authority But Yourself

    Alexander Oey (born 1960, Amsterdam) is a Dutch film director who has directed numerous documentaries for Dutch television, including the controversial Euro-Islam According to Tariq Ramadan (see  ...more
  • André Boesnach was a screenwriter, film director, actor and film producer.  ...more
  • BirthplaceReek, Netherlands, Netherlands


    Films DirectedMariken, The Gang Of Oss, Heading for England

    André van Duren is a film and television director.
  • NationalityNetherlands

    Films DirectedSpell

  • BirthplaceAmstelveen, Netherlands


    Films DirectedLoft, Jackie, The Happy Housewife

    Antoinette Beumer (born 1962) is a Dutch film director. She is notable for having directed the 2010 films The Happy Housewife and Loft.  ...more
  • BirthplaceStrijen, Kingdom of the Netherlands


    Films DirectedControl, A Most Wanted Man, Devotional, One Night in Paris, The American

    Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑntɔn joːˈɦɑnəs ˈɣɛrɪt kɔrˈbɛin vɑn ˌʋɪlənsˈʋaːrt]; born 20 May 1955) is a Dutch photographer, music video director, and film  ...more
  • Dec. at 80 (1912-1992)

    BirthplaceUtrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands


    Films DirectedDe Dijk is Dicht

    Anthonie "Anton" Koolhaas (16 November 1912 – 16 December 1992) was a Dutch journalist, novelist, and scenario writer.  ...more
  • NationalityNetherlands

    Films DirectedFarmer Jack

    Arjan Wilschut is a film director and screenwriter.
  • BirthplaceNetherlands, European Netherlands, Boxmeer, North Brabant, Kingdom of the Netherlands


    Films DirectedChubby Drums

    Arne Toonen is a film director and an actor.
  • BirthplaceNetherlands, European Netherlands, Eibergen, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Gelderland


    Films DirectedThe Hideout, The Lost Colony, Mr and Mrs Gunya, The Angelmakers, I Shot the Mayor (or Plan B)

    Astrid Bussink (born 1975 in Eibergen, Gelderland) is a Dutch filmmaker. Her debut film is the documentary Angelmakers. She studied fine art at the Academy of fine Arts, AKI, Enschede (BA) in the  ...more
  • BirthplaceNetherlands, Zeeland, European Netherlands, Aardenburg, Sluis


    Films DirectedAll Men Are Mortal, Fogbound, Highway to Hell, Bekende Gezichten, Gemengde Gevoelens

    Ate de Jong (born 1953 in Aardenburg, Zeeland, Netherlands) is a Dutch film director. He is best known as the producer of The Discovery of Heaven (2001), nominated for a Golden Calf award, and Het  ...more
  • NationalityNetherlands

    Films DirectedDistance to Nearby, Hier Nu

    Barbara Meter is a film director, screenwriter, film producer, film editor, cinematographer, and an actress.  ...more
  • BirthplaceHaarlem, Netherlands


    Films DirectedCK

    Barbara Visser is an artist, film director and screenwriter.
  • Dec. at 71 (1940-2011)

    BirthplaceFerwerderadiel, Kingdom of the Netherlands


    Films DirectedIn Need of Space, Four Moves, De tijd, Horizontalen, Forest-Views

    Bart Vegter was a film director, film producer, film editor and cinematographer.  ...more
  • BirthplaceNetherlands, Amsterdam, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands, North Holland


    Films DirectedThe Storm, Crusade in Jeans, The Flying Liftboy, Tow Truck Pluck, Bride Flight

    Ben Sombogaart (born 8 August 1947) is a Dutch film and TV director. His film Twin Sisters (2002) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.  ...more
  • Ben van Lieshout is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.
  • BirthplaceBârlad, Romania

    NationalityNetherlands, Israel

    Films DirectedAl-Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe 1948

    Benny Brunner (Hebrew: בני ברונר‎; born 1954) is an Israeli-Dutch filmmaker, born in Bârlad, Romania and based in Amsterdam since 1986. He studied film at Tel Aviv University. Since the late 1980s,  ...more
  • BirthplaceNetherlands, Amsterdam, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands, North Holland


    Films DirectedWagner: Parsifal

    Bernard Johan Herman Haitink (Dutch: [ˈbɛrnɑrt ˈɦaːi̯tɪŋk]; born 4 March 1929) is a Dutch conductor.  ...more