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List of famous male film directors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male film directors list contains the most prominent and top males known for being film directors. There are thousand of males working as film directors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic film directors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a film director then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all male film directors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male film directors?" and "Who are the best male film directors?"
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Film Directors
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Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he was a spokesman for his generation. Nevertheless, early songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving his initial base in the American folk music revival, Dylan's six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone" altered the range of popular music in 1965. His mid-1960s recordings, backed by rock ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 76

Birthplace: Duluth, St. Louis County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Film Directors
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Benjamin Edward Meara "Ben" Stiller is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. After beginning his acting career with a play, Stiller wrote several mockumentaries, and was offered his own show entitled The Ben Stiller Show, which he produced and hosted for its 13-episode run. Having previously acted in television, he began acting in films; he made his directorial debut with Reality Bites. Throughout his career he has written, starred in, directed, and/or produced more than 50 films, including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Zoolander, There's Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, DodgeBall, Tropic Thunder, the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 50

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Film Directors
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William Edward "Billy" Crystal is an American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, comedian, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and box office successes When Harry Met Sally..., City Slickers, and Analyze This and providing the voice of Mike Wazowski in the Monsters, Inc. franchise. He has hosted the Academy Awards 9 times, beginning in 1990 and most recently in 2012; a record second only to that of Bob Hope, who hosted 14 times. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 70

Birthplace: Upper East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Film Directors
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Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time, and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films. Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco on November 27, 1940 to parents from Hong Kong and was raised in Kowloon with his family until his late teens. He was introduced to the film industry by his ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 33 (1940-1973)

Birthplace: Chinatown, California, United States of America

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