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

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Scottish directors?" and "Which directors are from Scotland?"

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Adrian J. McDowall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 40 Adrian John McDowall is a BAFTA Award-Winning Filmmaker

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Ainslie Henderson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 39 Ainslie Thomas Henderson is a Scottish singer-songwriter. He is best known for his appearance on the BBC's television programme, Fame Academy, and his subsequent Top 5 UK single, "Keep Me a ...more

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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 53 Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an ...more

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Alan Myerson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 78 Alan Myerson, is an American film and television director.

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Alex Graham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 65 Alex Graham is a television producer.

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Alex Walker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Alex Walker age 34 Alexander Walker is a Scottish professional footballer currently without a club. He plays mainly as a defender, although he can also play in midfield. Walker has previously played for Rangers ...more

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Allan Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Allan Jacobsen age 40 Allan Jacobsen is a retired Scottish rugby union player. A prop, nicknamed "Chunk", he played with Edinburgh for his entire professional career. Started playing for Edinburgh at 15 and ...more

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Andrew Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 44 Andrew Black is a Scottish film director. Black's film The Snell Show won Best Short at the 2003 Slamdance Film Festival. His first feature film was Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-day Comedy. In ...more

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Andrew Crawford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 77 (1917-1994) Andrew Crawford was an actor.

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Andrew Lang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 68 (1844-1912) Andrew Lang was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the ...more

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Andrew P. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Andrew P. Wilson, born 1886 in Edinburgh, Scotland, was a UK director, playwright, teacher, and actor. He acted as General Manager for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland in 1914-15. There, he ...more

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Anne Milne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Anne Milne is a film director, film producer, film editor and cinematographer.

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Armando Iannucci is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 55 Armando Giovanni Iannucci, OBE is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated Scottish satirist, writer, television director and radio producer of Italian descent. Born in Glasgow, he studied at Oxford ...more

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Ben Humble is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 74 (1903-1977) Benjamin "Ben" Hutchison Humble MBE was a Scottish writer and climber who was responsible for the creation of Scottish Mountain Rescue teams as we know them today. He was also a keen ...more

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Bill Bryden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 76 William Campbell Rough Bryden CBE is a British stage- and film director and screenwriter.

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Bill Forsyth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 72 William David "Bill" Forsyth is a Scottish film director and writer known for his films Gregory's Girl, Local Hero, and Comfort and Joy.

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Bob Spiers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 63 (1945-2008) Robert Alexander "Bob" Spiers was a director. He is particularly noted as the director of the early series of Absolutely Fabulous, the musical comedy Spiceworld, and of the second ...more

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Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 72 Brian Denis Cox, CBE is a Scottish actor. He is known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. He has also appeared in many ...more

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Caroline Paterson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 53 Caroline Paterson in Kirkcaldy, Scotland is a Scottish actress who has appeared in many Scottish television shows such as one-off STV drama, The Steamie and the BBC's Rab C. Nesbitt. However, ...more

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Catriona MacInnes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Catriona MacInnes Catriona MacInnes is a Scottish film-maker. A graduate of MFA, Screen Academy Scotland, her graduation film was nominated for the Golden Lion Award in Corto Cortissimo at the 65th Venice ...more

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Charles Gormley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 68 (1937-2005) Charles Gormley was a Scottish film director. His films included Living Apart Together and Heavenly Pursuits. His made-for-television work includes The Bogie Man and Down Among the Big Boys.

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Colm McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 45 Colm McCarthy is a Scottish television director, who has directed several BBC drama productions.

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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 56 Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist. He was the host of The Late Late Show with Craig ...more

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Dallas Campbell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 48 Robert Dallas Campbell is a British television presenter and television and stage actor, best known as a presenter on the factual Channel 5 series The Gadget Show in 2008 and BBC One science ...more

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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 66 David Byrne is a Scottish musician and a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his ...more

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David Hayman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 70 David Hayman is a Scottish film, television and stage actor and director, known for his role as DCS Mike Walker in ITV drama Trial and Retribution.

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David MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
David MacDonald Died at 79 (1904-1983) David MacDonald was a Scottish film director, writer and producer. His first major film as director was The Brothers.

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David McKay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
David McKay is a Scottish actor and television director. In the television series Shoebox Zoo, he played McTaggart who was the Keeper of the Book of Forbidden Knowledge who was bound to stay ...more

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David Mitton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 69 (1939-2008) David Nelson Godfrey Mitton was a British television producer and director, and an experienced model-maker and author, best known for producing and directing the children's TV series Thomas the ...more

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David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 47 David Tennant is a Scottish actor known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, Alec Hardy in Broadchurch, Giacomo Casanova in the TV serial Casanova and ...more

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David Winters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 35 David Winters is a Scottish professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for Pollok in the SJFA West Premier League. He has previously played in the Scottish Premier League for ...more

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Denis Lawson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 71 Denis Stamper Lawson is a Scottish actor and director. He is known for his roles as John Jarndyce in the BBC's adaptation of Bleak House, as Gordon Urquhart in the film Local Hero, as Tom ...more

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Des Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 53 Des Hamilton is a casting director and an actor.

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Don Boyd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 70 Donald William Robertson "Don" Boyd Hon D.Litt is a Scottish film director, producer, screenwriter and novelist. He is a Governor of the London Film School and a Visiting Professor in ...more

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Douglas Gordon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 52 Douglas Gordon is a Scottish artist; he won the Turner Prize in 1996 and the following year he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

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Ester Gould is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 43 Ester Gould is a film screenwriter.

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Fiona Samuel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland

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Frank Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 74 (1886-1960) Frank William George Lloyd was a Scottish American film director, scriptwriter and producer. Lloyd was among the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and its president ...more

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Gavin Millar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 80 Gavin Millar is a Scottish film director, critic and television presenter. Millar's early career was as a film critic, most notably for The Listener from 1970 to 1984. He also contributed to ...more

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George Scott is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
George Scott age 52 George Scott is a film director and film producer.

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Gilbert Gunn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 62 (1905-1967) Gilbert Gunn was a British screenwriter and film director.

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Gordon Flemyng is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 61 (1934-1995) Gordon William Flemyng was a Scottish director of six theatrical features, several television films and numerous episodes of TV series, some of which he also wrote and produced. Flemyng directed ...more

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Harry Watt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 81 (1906-1987) Harry Watt was a Scottish documentary and feature film director, who began his career working for John Grierson and Robert Flaherty. His 1959 film The Siege of Pinchgut was entered into the 9th ...more

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Ian Knox is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Ian Knox age 64 Ian Knox is a film director and screenwriter.

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Ian MacNaughton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 77 (1925-2002) Edward Ian Macnaughton was a Scottish actor-turned-television producer and director, best known for his work with the Monty Python team. MacNaughton was director and producer for all but four of ...more

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Ian Stewart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 47 (1938-1985) Ian Andrew Robert Stewart was a Scottish keyboardist, co-founder of the Rolling Stones and inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was dismissed from the line-up in May 1963 but he ...more

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Peter Mullan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 59 Peter Mullan is a Scottish actor and filmmaker who is best known for his roles in Trainspotting, My Name Is Joe and the Harry Potter film series.

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J. M. Barrie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 77 (1860-1937) Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in ...more

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Jack Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 66 (1891-1957) Walter John "Jack" Buchanan was a Scottish theatre and film actor, singer, producer and director. He was known for three decades as the embodiment of the debonair man-about-town in the ...more

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James Erskine, Lord Grange is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Died at 75 (1679-1754) James Erskine, Lord Grange was a Scottish advocate, judge and politician. He served as Lord Justice Clerk and a Lord of Justiciary. The son of Charles Erskine, Earl of Mar, by his spouse Lady ...more