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

This is a list that includes items like David Miller and Jared and Jerusha Hess.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best American directors?" and "Which directors are from United States?"

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Albert and David Maysles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Albert and David Maysles Albert and David Maysles were an American documentary filmmaking team whose works include Salesman, Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens.

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Albert Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Albert Parker Died at 79 (1916-1995) Albert Parker was the owner of The Claxton Bakery and creator of the Old Fashion Claxton Fruitcake. Parker got his start working with Savino Tos, the founder and previous owner of The Claxton ...more

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Anthony Simmons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Anthony Simmons age 41 Anthony Lamont Simmons is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for seven seasons. He played college football for ...more

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Anurag Kashyap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States

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Arthur Tappan Pierson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Arthur Tappan Pierson Arthur Tappan Pierson was an American Presbyterian pastor, Christian leader, and writer who preached over 13,000 sermons, wrote over fifty books, and gave Bible lectures as part of a ...more

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Brothers Quay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Brothers Quay Stephen and Timothy Quay are American identical twin brothers better known as the Brothers Quay or Quay Brothers. They are influential stop-motion animators. They are also the recipients of the ...more

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C. Michael Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
C. Michael Armstrong age 79 C Michael Armstrong is an American business executive and former AT&T chairman and CEO. He tried to reestablish AT&T as an end-to-end carrier but, due to the dot-com bust and various ...more

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Charles Correll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Charles Correll Died at 82 (1890-1972) Charles James Correll was an American radio comedian, best known for his work on the Amos 'n' Andy show with Freeman S. Gosden. Correll voiced the central character of Andy Brown, along with ...more

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Christian Duguay is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Christian Duguay age 47 Christian Duguay is an American comic actor. Duguay is most notable as one of the recurring cast of sketch comedy series MADtv.

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Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Dave Parker age 66 David Gene Parker, nicknamed "The Cobra", is an American former player in Major League Baseball. He was the 1978 National League MVP and a two-time batting champion. Parker was the ...more

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David Baker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
David Baker age 86 David Nathaniel Baker Jr. is an American symphonic jazz composer at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Baker attended Crispus ...more

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David Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
David Greene age 35 David Norman Greene is a former American football quarterback of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college ...more

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David Miller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
David Miller age 59 David Raymond Miller is a Canadian former politician. He was the 63rd Mayor of Toronto and the second since the 1998 amalgamation. He was elected to the position in 2003 for a three-year term ...more

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David Myers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
David Myers age 75 David Guy Myers is a professor of psychology at Hope College in Michigan, United States, and the author of 17 books, including popular textbooks entitled Psychology, Exploring Psychology, Social ...more

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David Teague is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
David Teague age 34 David Boyd Teague III is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Purdue

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Farrelly brothers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Farrelly brothers Peter John Farrelly and Robert Leo "Bobby" Farrelly, Jr., professionally known as the Farrelly brothers, are American screenwriters and directors. They have made eleven films to date, ...more

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Gary Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States

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H. David Burton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
H. David Burton age 79 Harold David Burton was the thirteenth Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1995 to 2012. He has been a general authority of the LDS Church since October ...more

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Hughes Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Hughes Brothers Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes, known together professionally as the Hughes brothers, are American film directors, producers and screenwriters. The pair, who are twins, are known for ...more

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J. Roy Rowland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
J. Roy Rowland age 91 James Roy Rowland, Jr. is an American politician and physician from Georgia. Rowland attended Wrightsville High School and graduated in 1943. He then attended Emory at Oxford in Oxford, Georgia ...more

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J. C. Fargo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
J. C. Fargo Died at 86 (1829-1915) James Congdell Fargo is a former president of American Express.

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Jack Scalia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Jack Scalia age 65 Jack Scalia is an Emmy-nominated American actor. He has had many roles in television series, television movies, and feature films. He is perhaps best known for his role as Chris Stamp on All My ...more

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Jared and Jerusha Hess is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Jared and Jerusha Hess Jared Lawrence Hess and Jerusha Elizabeth Hess are husband-and-wife American filmmakers known for their work on Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre and Gentlemen Broncos, all of which they co-wrote ...more

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Jason Friedberg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States

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Jeffrey Friedman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Jeffrey Friedman age 58 Jeffrey Friedman is a political scientist. He is the founder and editor of Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society. Friedman majored in history and philosophy at Brown University. He ...more

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Jim Finn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Jim Finn age 41 James Finn, Jr. is a former American football fullback. He was originally drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of ...more

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John Aaron Rawlins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
John Aaron Rawlins Died at 38 (1831-1869) John Aaron Rawlins was an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. A confidant of Ulysses S. Grant, Rawlins served on Grant's staff throughout the war, rising to the rank of ...more

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John Hay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
John Hay Died at 67 (1838-1905) John Milton Hay was an American statesman and official whose career in government stretched over almost half a century. Beginning as a private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln, Hay's ...more

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John Stockwell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
John Stockwell age 80 John R. Stockwell is a former CIA officer who became a critic of United States government policies after serving seven tours of duty over thirteen years. Having managed American involvement in ...more

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John Trent is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
John Trent Dr. John Trent is an award winning author of marriage and family books such as The Blessing. He is the creator of the Lion, Otter, Golden Retriever, and Beaver way of looking at personalities. ...more

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Jonathan Dayton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Jonathan Dayton Died at 64 (1760-1824) Jonathan Dayton was an American politician from the U.S. state of New Jersey. He was the youngest person to sign the United States Constitution and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ...more

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Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Fa... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are a team of American film directors and music video directors, also husband and wife, that received critical acclaim for their feature film directorial debut, ...more

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Joseph Hardy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Joseph Hardy age 94 Joseph A. Hardy III is the founder and CEO of the 84 Lumber Company.

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Kelly Overton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Kelly Overton Kelly Overton is the founder and Executive Director of People Protecting Animals & Their Habitats.

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Mark Levin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Mark Levin age 60 Mark Reed Levin is an American lawyer, author, and the host of American syndicated radio show The Mark Levin Show. Levin worked in the administration of President Ronald Reagan and was a chief ...more

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Michael Taylor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Michael Taylor Died at 47 (1967-2014) Michael Taylor was a Missouri prison inmate on death row, convicted of raping and murdering 15-year-old Ann Harrison after abducting her from a school bus stop in Raytown, Missouri on March 22, ...more

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Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Mike McCarthy age 54 Michael John "Mike" McCarthy is a professional American football coach, currently serving as the head coach of the National Football League's Green Bay Packers.

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Mitchell brothers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Mitchell brothers The brothers James Lloyd "Jim" Mitchell and Arthur Jay "Artie" Mitchell were pioneers in the pornography and striptease club business in San Francisco and other parts of ...more

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Richard Rush is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Richard Rush Died at 79 (1780-1859) Richard Rush was United States Attorney General under James Madison and United States Secretary of the Treasury under John Quincy Adams as well as John Quincy Adams' running mate when he ran for ...more

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Robert Butler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Robert Butler Died at 69 (1784-1853) Robert N. Butler was an American politician and physician. He served as Adjutant General of Virginia in the War of 1812, and was State Treasurer of Virginia 1846–53. Butler was born in Surry ...more

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Robert King is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Robert King Died at 59 (1906-1965) Robert Wade "Bob" King was an American athlete, who won a gold medal in the high jump at the 1928 Summer Olympics with a jump of 1.93 m. His personal best was 1.997 m, achieved earlier ...more

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Robert Walker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Robert Walker Died at 33 (1918-1951) Robert Hudson Walker was an American actor, best known for his starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 thriller Strangers on a Train. He started in youthful boy-next-door roles, one of them ...more

The Best Horror Directors in Film History

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Robert Young is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Robert Young Died at 91 (1907-1998) Robert George Young was an American television, film, and radio actor, best known for his leading roles as Jim Anderson, the father character in Father Knows Best, and the physician Marcus Welby ...more

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Roger Christian is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Roger Christian Died at 57 (1934-1991) Roger "Hot Dog Rog" Christian was a radio personality and lyricist who co-wrote several songs for The Beach Boys, mostly about cars, including "Ballad of Ole' Betsy", ...more

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Ron Pitts is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Ron Pitts age 55 Ronald Dwayne Pitts is a former professional American football player. He played cornerback for the Buffalo Bills and the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He played college ...more

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Sanjay Gupta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Sanjay Gupta age 46 Sanjay Gupta, MD is an American neurosurgeon and an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial ...more

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Scott Allen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Scott Allen age 68 Scott Ethan Allen is an American figure skater. He is the 1964 Olympic bronze medalist, the 1965 World silver medalist, and the 1964 and 1966 U.S. national champion. The son of Swedish figure ...more

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Spencer Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Spencer Williams Died at 76 (1889-1965) Spencer Williams was an American jazz and popular music composer, pianist, and singer. He is best known for his hit songs "Basin Street Blues", "I Ain't Got Nobody", ...more

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The Wachowski brothers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
The Wachowski brothers Lana Wachowski and Andrew Paul "Andy" Wachowski, known together professionally as the Wachowskis and formerly as the Wachowski Brothers, are American film directors, screenwriters and ...more

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Steve Berra is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from United States
Steve Berra age 44 Steve Berra is an American professional skateboarder and director, and is also the cofounder/co-owner of the popular skateboarding website "The Berrics".