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List of famous film directors from Turkey, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Turkey 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 Turkish directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Turkey 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 Turkish directors?" and "Which directors are from Turkey?"

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Abdulbaki Yavuz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Abdulbaki Yavuz age 32 Abdulbaki Yavuz is a film director, producer, editor, and cinematographer.

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Abdullah Oğuz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Abdullah Oğuz age 59 Abdullah Oguz is a Turkish film director and producer. Oguz studied at Marmara University. From 1990 to 2000 he produced and directed commercials, TV series and music videos, and later, feature

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Abdurrahman Palay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Abdurrahman Palay Died at 79 (1923-2002) Abdurrahman Palay was an actor, film director and screenwriter.

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Abidin Dino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Abidin Dino Died at 80 (1913-1993) Abidin Dino, was a Turkish artist and a well-known painter.

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Aclan Bates is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Aclan Bates age 51 Aclan Bates Büyüktürkoğlu is a Turkish actor, director, writer and producer.

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Ahmet Boyacıoğlu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Ahmet Boyacıoğlu age 64 Ahmet Boyacıoğlu is a film director, editor and producer.

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Ahmet Kucukkayali is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Ahmet Kucukkayali age 44 Ahmet Kucukkayali is a screenwriter, film director and film producer.

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Akile Nazlı Kaya is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Akile Nazlı Kaya age 37 Akile Nazlı Kaya is a film director and screenwriter.

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Alev Akakar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Alev Akakar age 68 Alev Akakar is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, and actor.

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Ali Eraslan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Ali Eraslan age 66

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Ali Özgentürk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Ali Özgentürk age 72 Ali Özgentürk is a renowned Turkish film director, screenwriter, and producer. He was born in 1947 in Adana, Turkey. After studying philosophy and sociology at Istanbul University, he ...more

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Antonis Kafetzopoulos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Antonis Kafetzopoulos age 66 Antonis Kafetzopoulos is an actor, television director and screenwriter.

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Aram Gülyüz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Aram Gülyüz age 86 Aram Gülyüz is a film director and a film producer.

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Arif Keskiner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Arif Keskiner age 79 Arif Keskiner is a film director, producer, screenwriter and actor.

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Atıf Yılmaz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Atıf Yılmaz Died at 81 (1925-2006) Atıf Yılmaz Batıbeki was a renowned Turkish film director, screenwriter, and film producer. He was almost a legend in the film industry of Turkey with 119 movies directed. He also wrote 53 ...more

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Aydemir Akbaş is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Aydemir Akbaş age 81 Aydemir Akbaş is a film director, screenwriter and an actor.

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Aydin Arakon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Aydin Arakon Died at 64 (1918-1982) Aydin Arakon was a screenwriter and film director.

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Aydın Bulut is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Aydın Bulut age 56 Aydin Bulut us a film director and screenwriter.

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Aydin Sayman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Aydin Sayman age 64 Aydın Sayman is a film director, producer and screenwriter.

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Ayse Polat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Ayse Polat age 47 Ayse Polat is a film director, producer, editor, and screenwriter.

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Aysun Bademsoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Aysun Bademsoy age 57 Aysun Bademsoy is a film director, screenwriter, and an actor.

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Belma Baş is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Belma Baş age 48 Belma Baş is a film director and screenwriter.

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Belmin Söylemez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Belmin Söylemez age 51 Belmin Söylemez is a film director and screenwriter.

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Berrin Dagçinar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Berrin Dagçinar Berrin Dağçınar is a film director.

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Biket Ilhan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Biket Ilhan age 73 Biket Ilhan is a film director and film producer.

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Bilge Ebiri is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Bilge Ebiri age 44 Bilge Ebiri is a Turkish American journalist and filmmaker. He was born in 1973 in York, England. Currently, Ebiri is a film critic for New York Magazine and Nerve.com. His first feature film, a ...more

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Bilge Olgac is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Bilge Olgac Died at 54 (1940-1994) Bilge Olgac is a film director and screenwriter.

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Bora Tekay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Bora Tekay age 43 Bora Tekay is a film director and film producer.

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Buğra Gülsoy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Buğra Gülsoy age 35 Buğra Gülsoy is a Turkish actor, architect, director, graphic designer and photographer.

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Bülent Oran is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Bülent Oran Died at 80 (1924-2004) Bülent Oran was a Turkish screenwriter and actor. He wrote for nearly 250 films between 1952 and 1988. He wrote for the film The Broken Pots, which was entered into the 11th Berlin ...more

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Çağan Irmak is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Çağan Irmak age 47 Çağan Irmak is a Turkish film and television writer and director, who has managed to attract a large audience in Turkey and is best known for the TV series Çemberimde Gül Oya ...more

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Çağla Zencirci is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Çağla Zencirci age 41 Çağla Zencirci is a film director and a screenwriter.

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Can Dündar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Can Dündar age 56 Can Dündar is a Turkish journalist, columnist and documentarian. He is one of the best known figures in Turkish media, described as possessing "impeccable republican credentials". ...more

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Caner Özyurtlu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Caner Özyurtlu age 31 Caner Özyurtlu is an actor, film director, film producer, and screenwriter.

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Cansel Elçin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Cansel Elçin age 44 Cansel Elçin, is a Turkish actor.

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Cem Gul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Cem Gul age 48 Cem Gul is a film, commercial and music video director.

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Cem Kurtuluş is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Cem Kurtuluş age 32 Cem Kurtuluş is a film director, poet, writer and screenwriter.

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Cem Sürücü is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Cem Sürücü age 39 Cem Sürücü is a film director.

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Cem Yılmaz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Cem Yılmaz age 44 Cem Yılmaz is a Turkish stand-up comedian, actor and filmmaker and cartoonist, best known for his films G.O.R.A., A.R.O.G and Yahşi Batı, who has won two Sadri Alışık awards for his roles in ...more

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Çetin İnanç is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Çetin İnanç age 76 Çetin İnanç is a Turkish film director who has directed movies for the past five decades.

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Cevdet Mercan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Cevdet Mercan age 48 Cevdet Mercan is a film director.

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Çiğdem Vitrinel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Çiğdem Vitrinel age 44 Çiğdem Vitrinel is an actress, film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Cüneyt Arkın is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Cüneyt Arkın age 80 Fahrettin Cüreklibatır, better known by his stage name Cüneyt Arkın, is a Turkish film actor, director, and producer. Having starred in somewhere around 248 movies and also TV series, ...more

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Derviş Zaim is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Derviş Zaim age 53 Derviş Zaim is a Turkish Cypriot filmmaker and novelist, who has twice won the Golden Orange for Best Director for Elephants and Grass and Dot; Golden Oranges for Best Film and Best Screenplay ...more

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Durul Taylan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Durul Taylan age 48 Durul Taylan is a film director

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Duygu Sağıroğlu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Duygu Sağıroğlu age 85 Duygu Sağıroğlu is a film director, screenwriter and professor.

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Ebru Ceylan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Ebru Ceylan age 41 Ebru Ceylan is a screenwriter, film director, photographer and actress.

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Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Elia Kazan Died at 94 (1909-2003) Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood ...more

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Emin Alper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Emin Alper age 43 Emin Alper is a film director, film producer, screenwriter and an actor.

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Emrah is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Turkey
Emrah age 46 Emrah İpek, also known as Emrah is a Turkish singer and actor. Born in Ergani, Diyarbakır Province, he professionally entered the music world with his album Ağam Ağam already during his middle ...more