Film Directors Famous Film Directors from Switzerland

Reference
7.2k views 181 items

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

Items on this list include Ursula Meier and Claudio Fäh.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Swiss directors?" and "Which directors are from Switzerland?"

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

1
Alain Delon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 83 Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon is a French actor and businessman, with French-Swiss dual citizenship since 1999. He rose quickly to stardom, and by the age of 23 was already being compared ...more

2
Alain Tanner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 89 Alain Tanner is a Swiss film director.

3
Alexander Birchler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 56 Alexander Birchler is a film director, screenwriter, film editor, and production designer.

4
Alexia Walther is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Alexia Walther age 44 Alexia Walther is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

5
Alice Riva is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Alice Riva age 29 Alice Riva is a screenwriter and film director.

6
Alice Schmid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 67 Alice Schmid is a film director, film producer, cinematographer and screenwriter.

7
Andrea Staka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 45 Andrea Staka is a Swiss film director best known for winning the Golden Leopard at the 59th Locarno International Film Festival in 2006 for her film, Das Fräulein. Staka was born in Lucerne ...more

8
Andreas Pfiffner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Andreas Pfiffner Andreas Pfiffner is a film director, cinematographer, screenwriter, film producer and film editor.

9
Anne-Marie Miéville is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 73 Anne-Marie Miéville is a Swiss filmmaker.

10
Antoine Cattin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 43 Antoine Cattin is a film director, screenwriter, cinematographer and film editor.

11
Antoine Jaccoud is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 61 Antoine Jaccoud is a screenwriter, journalist, playwright, writer and sociologist.

12
Baran Odar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Baran Odar age 40 Baran Odar is a film director and screenwriter.

13
Barbet Schroeder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 77 Barbet Schroeder is a Swiss-born French film director and producer who started his career in French cinema in the 1960s, working together with directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques ...more

14
Bastian Schweitzer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Bastian Schweitzer age 45 Bastian Schweitzer is a film director, a screenwriter, a film producer and a film editor.

15
Ben Hibon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Ben Hibon age 41 Ben Hibon is a Swiss animation director. Hibon was born in Geneva, Switzerland, where he completed studies in Fine Art. He moved to London in 1996 to study Graphic Design at the Central Saint ...more

16
Benno Besson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Died at 84 (1922-2006) Benno Besson was a Swiss actor and director. He had great success as director at Volksbühne Berlin, Deutsches Theater and Berliner Ensemble in East-Berlin, where he went by an invitation of ...more

17
Benny Fasnacht is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Benny Fasnacht age 59 Benny Fasnacht is a Swiss film director, producer and editor.

18
Bernard Weber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Bernard Weber age 55 Bernard Weber is a film director, screenwriter, cinematographer and film producer.

19
Bettina Oberli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Bettina Oberli age 46 Bettina Oberli is a film director and a screenwriter.

20
Bianca Lucas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Bianca Lucas age 29 Bianca Lucas is a film director, film producer, screenwriter and film art director.

21
Boris Lehman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 74 Boris Lehman, is a Belgian author-filmmaker of experimental cinema. Lehman initially studied piano, but in the early 1960s became interested in photography and cinema. In 1966, after graduating ...more

22
Bruno Ganz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 77 Bruno Ganz is a Swiss actor, known for his roles as Damiel in Wings of Desire, as Adolf Hitler in Downfall and as Professor Rohl in The Reader.

23
Carl Schenkel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Carl Schenkel Died at 55 (1948-2003) Carl Schenkel was a Swiss film director.

24
Christian Beetz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Christian Beetz age 50 Christian Beetz is a film producer, screenwriter, film director and television producer.

25
Christian Frei is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 59 Christian Frei is a Swiss filmmaker and film producer. He is mostly known for his films War Photographer, The Giant Buddhas and Space Tourists. Since 2006, Christian Frei has been an associate ...more

26
Christian Tschanz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Christian Tschanz age 37 Christian Tschanz is the director, editor, cinematographer and costume designer of the movie lamina.

27
Christoph Müller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Christoph Müller age 38 Christoph Müller is a film director, screenwriter, film editor and film producer.

28
Christoph Schaub is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Christoph Schaub age 60 Christoph Schaub is a Swiss film director and screenwriter. He has directed fourteen films since 1987. His 2008 film Happy New Year was entered into the 31st Moscow International Film Festival.

29
Cicero Egli is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Cicero Egli age 45 Cicero Egli is a film director and screenwriter.

30
Claude Goretta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 89 Claude Goretta is an internationally successful television producer and film director. His 1973 film L'Invitation was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. His 1981 ...more

31
Claudio Fäh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Claudio Fäh age 43 Claudio Fäh is a Swiss film director, producer and screenwriter. Fäh has directed films such as Coronado, Hollow Man 2 and Sniper: Reloaded, as well as webisodes of Ghost Whisperer: ...more

32
Claudio Risi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Claudio Risi age 70 Claudio Risi is a film director and a television director.

33
Curt Goetz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Died at 72 (1888-1960) Curt Goetz, born Kurt Walter Götz, was a Swiss German writer, actor and film director. Curt Goetz was regarded as one of the most brilliant comedy writers of his time in the German-speaking ...more

34
Dani Levy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 61 Dani Levy is a film maker, theatrical director and actor.

35
Daniel Schmid is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Died at 65 (1941-2006) Daniel Schmid was a Swiss theatre and film director. In 1982, his film Hécate was entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival. His film Beresina, or the Last Days of ...more

36
David Bernet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
David Bernet David Bernet is a television director and a screenwriter.

37
David L. Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 47 David L. Cunningham, born in Switzerland and raised in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i, is an international filmmaker. Besides his documentary credits in more than 40 countries, Cunningham has also ...more

38
David Weiss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Died at 66 (1946-2012) David Weiss is a film director and screen writer.

39
Delia Hess is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Delia Hess age 33 Delia Hess is a screenwriter, film director, film editor, film art director and teacher.

40
Dieter Meier is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 73 Dieter Meier is a Swiss musician and conceptual artist. He is the front man in the electronic music group Yello, which also includes music producer Boris Blank. He is a vocalist and lyricist, as ...more

41
Dominique Othenin-Girard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 60 Dominique Othenin-Girard is a Swiss/French film director, producer and screenwriter. He is known for films such as Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, The Crusaders and After Darkness ...more

42
Edo Bertoglio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 67 Edo Bertoglio is a Swiss photographer and film director. He is the director of Downtown 81.

43
Edoardo Ponti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 45 Edoardo Ponti is an Italian-American director. He is the son of actress Sophia Loren and producer Carlo Ponti, Sr..

44
Eileen Hofer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 42 Eileen Hofer is a film director, screenwriter and a film producer.

45
Elodie Pong is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Elodie Pong age 52 Elodie Pong is an artist, a film director, a film producer, a screenwriter, a cinematographer and an actress.

46
Emmanuelle Antille is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Emmanuelle Antille age 46 Emmanuelle Antille is a film director, screenwriter, film producer and editor.

47
Eric Bergkraut is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Eric Bergkraut age 61 Eric Bergkraut is a film director, actor, screenwriter and film producer.

48
Pierre Koralnik is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Pierre Koralnik age 80 Pierre Koralnik is a French film director and screenwriter. He directed the 1967 film Anna, which starred Anna Karina.

49
Erwin C. Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
age 88 Erwin C. Dietrich is a Swiss film producer, director and writer, mainly of exploitation vehicles like Ranch of the Nymphomaniac Girls, Barbed Wire Dolls, She Devils of the SS and The Erotic ...more

50
Erwin Keusch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Switzerland
Erwin Keusch age 72 Erwin Keusch is an actor, film director and screenwriter.