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

Geoff Murphy and Alan Clay are only the beginning of the items on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Kiwi directors?" and "Which directors are from New Zealand?"

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

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Alan Clay is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Alan Clay age 64 Alan Clay is a film director, writer and clown teacher. In his early career he performed and taught extensively as a clown. He wrote three novels and a clown textbook. He went on to write and ...more

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Andrew Adamson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 52 Andrew Ralph Adamson, MNZM is a New Zealand film director, producer and screenwriter based mainly in Los Angeles, where he made the blockbuster animation films, Shrek and Shrek 2 for which he ...more

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Andrew Dominik is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 51 Andrew Dominik is a New Zealand-born Australian film director and screenwriter. He has directed the crime film Chopper, the Western drama film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward ...more

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Andrew Niccol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 54 Andrew M. Niccol is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. He wrote and directed Gattaca, S1m0ne, In Time, and Lord of War. He also wrote and co-produced The Truman Show, which ...more

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Andy Anderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 71 Andy Anderson is a musician and actor. As a musician he is best known as the lead singer of 1960s Australian band The Missing Links, and as an actor he is well known for his roles on both ...more

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Anna Campion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 66 Anna Campion is a film director and screenwriter.

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Anna Wilding is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Anna Wilding Anna Wilding is an actress, film director, film producer, and screenwriter.

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Anthony McCarten is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 57 Anthony McCarten is a New Zealand-born novelist, filmmaker and playwright. He lives in London and Los Angeles.

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Armagan Ballantyne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Armagan Ballantyne Armagan Ballantyne is a film director.

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Arthur Everard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Arthur Everard age 83 Arthur Everard is a filmmaker, journalist, and former Chief Censor of New Zealand. Everard graduated with a BA in psychology from Victoria University of Wellington and worked for 19 years as a ...more

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Astrid Glitter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Astrid Glitter

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Barry Barclay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Barry Barclay Died at 64 (1944-2008) Barry Ronald Barclay, MNZM was a New Zealand filmmaker and writer of Maori and Pākehā descent.

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Ben Hawker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Ben Hawker is a film director, screenwriter and film editor.

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Bert Bailey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Died at 85 (1868-1953) Bert Bailey was an actor and film producer.

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Billy Stead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Billy Stead Died at 81 (1877-1958) Billy Stead, born John William Stead, was a rugby union player born in Invercargill who played for New Zealand, the All Blacks, on their 1905–06 tour. Stead also played provincially for ...more

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Brad McGann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Died at 43 (1964-2007) Brad McGann MNZM, was a New Zealand film director and screenwriter. McGann was born in New Zealand in 1964. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Otago and in 1988 ...more

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Bruce D. Clark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Bruce D. Clark age 73 Bruce D. Clark is a film director and writer.

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Bruce Mason is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Died at 61 (1921-1982) Bruce Mason is a film director and writer.

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Cameron Duncan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Cameron Duncan Died at 17 (1986-2003) Cameron Troy Duncan was a writer and director from New Zealand.

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Cecil Holmes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Cecil Holmes Died at 73 (1921-1994) Cecil Holmes was a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Chris Thomson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 73 Chris Thomson is a TV director.

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Christian Rivers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Christian Rivers is a New Zealand visual effects art director and filmmaker. He first met Peter Jackson as a 17 year old, and storyboarded all of Jackson's films since Braindead. He also cameoed ...more

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Christine Jeffs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 55 Christine Jeffs is a New Zealand-born director, editor and screenwriter known for directing the New Zealand film Rain, the British motion picture Sylvia, and the American independent film ...more

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Christopher Banks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 41 Christopher Banks is a New Zealand journalist, musician, record producer, songwriter and film-maker.

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Costa Botes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 60 Costa Botes is a New Zealand writer, director and cinematographer, who works mainly in documentary.

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Dale Stewart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Dale Stewart age 33 Dale Stewart is a New Zealand film director, producer, editor and screenwriter, best known for his 2012 horror film Compound. He gained international recognition early in his career with his ...more

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Danny Mulheron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Danny Mulheron is a New Zealand actor, writer, and director who has worked in theatre, television and film. In 2012 he directed Fresh Meat a horror/comedy film which was released in October ...more

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James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 64 James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer who has directed the two biggest box office films of all time. He first found major ...more

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David Blyth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
David Blyth age 62 David Blyth is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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David de Vries is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 57 David de Vries is an Australian film writer, director and producer.

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David Scott is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
David Scott age 42

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Dimi Nakov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Dimi Nakov Dimi Nakov (born 22 September 1979) is a New Zealand Film Director.

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Don Selwyn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Died at 72 (1935-2007) Don Charles Selwyn, ONZM was a Maori actor and film director from New Zealand. He was a founding member of the New Zealand Maori Theatre Trust and directed the 2002 film The Merchant of Venice, ...more

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Ellory Elkayem is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 48 Ellory Elkayem is a New Zealand film director. Born in Christchurch, Ellory Elkayem began making films at a young age. He later attended a film school designed to give students practical ...more

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Erica Russell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Erica Russell age 67 Erica Russell is a film director and animator.

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Evan Yates is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Evan Yates

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Florian Habicht is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 43 Florian Habicht is a New Zealand film director. Florian was born in Berlin, Germany and moved with his family to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, when he was eight. He went to high school in ...more

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Gaylene Preston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Gaylene Preston, ONZM is a New Zealand film maker with a particular interest in documentary films.

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Geoff Murphy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Geoff Murphy age 80 Geoffrey Peter Murphy ONZM is a New Zealand filmmaker best known for his work during the renaissance of New Zealand cinema that began in the last half of the 1970s. His second feature Goodbye ...more

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George Lowe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Died at 89 (1924-2013) Wallace George Lowe, CNZM, OBE, known as George Lowe, was a New Zealand-born mountaineer, explorer, film director and educator. He was the last surviving member of the 1953 British Mount Everest ...more

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Glenn Standring is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Glenn Standring Glenn Standring is a New Zealand scriptwriter and film director, working in the horror and fantasy genres. Standring studied film at the Ilam School of Fine Arts, and completed a first class ...more

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Harry Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 59 Harry Sinclair is a film director, writer, and actor. In his early career he was an actor and member of The Front Lawn, a musical theater duo. He went on to write and direct several short films, ...more

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Helena Brooks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 42 Helena Brooks is a screenwriter, film director and film producer.

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Hugh MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Hugh MacDonald Hugh McDonald is a film director.

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Ian Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 63 Ian Gilmore is a actor, film and TV director.

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Ian Mune is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 77 Ian Barry Mune, OBE, or Ian Mune as he is known, is a New Zealand character actor, director, and screenwriter. His screen acting career spans four decades and more than 50 roles. His work as a ...more

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Ivar Campbell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Ivar Campbell Ivar Campbell was a New Zealand screenwriter and film director.

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James Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
James Cunningham age 45 James Cunningham is a New Zealand film director and animator. He has directed ten award winning short films. He is based in Auckland, New Zealand.

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James Napier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 36 James William Napier Robertson is a New Zealand writer, film director and producer, who wrote and directed the 2009 feature film I'm Not Harry Jenson, and the 2014 film The Dark Horse starring ...more

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Jane Campion is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 64 Elizabeth Jane Campion is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director based in Australia. Campion is the second of four women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and is ...more