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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?"

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

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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 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
age 42
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
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
age 80
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
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
age 48
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
age 67
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
age 87
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
age 36
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
age 60
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
age 76
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 35
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
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 80
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
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
age 92
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
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 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
age 59
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