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List of famous filmmakers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top filmmakers in the world? This includes the most prominent filmmakers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable filmmakers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic filmmakers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned filmmakers.

List ranges from Flying Lotus to Isabella Rossellini, plus much more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known filmmakers to the lesser known filmmakers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the filmmaker field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous filmmakers ever?" and "What are the names of famous filmmakers?" then you're in the right place. (275 items)
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and ...more
Isabella Rossellini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini is an Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model. Rossellini is noted for her 14-year tenure as a Lancôme model, and for ...more
Jean Cocteau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles, and the films Blood ...more
Morgan Spurlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Morgan Valentine Spurlock is an American documentary filmmaker, humorist, television producer, screenwriter, and political activist, best known for the documentary films Super Size Me, Where In ...more
Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Dylan Moran is an Irish comedian, writer, actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his sardonic observational comedy, the UK television sitcom Black Books, and his work with Simon Pegg in Shaun ...more
Paul Provenza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Paul Provenza is an actor, comedian, filmmaker, and self-professed skeptic based in Los Angeles.
John Waters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
John Samuel Waters Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his ...more
Todd Solondz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Todd Solondz is an American independent film screenwriter and director known for his style of dark, thought-provoking, socially conscious satire. Solondz has been critically acclaimed for his ...more
Louis Le Prince is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince was an inventor who shot the first moving pictures on paper film using a single lens camera. He has been heralded as the "Father of Cinematography" ...more
Isaac Julien is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Isaac Julien is an installation artist and filmmaker.
Nana Patekar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Vishwanath "Nana" Patekar is an Indian actor, writer and filmmaker.
Bruce LaBruce is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Bruce LaBruce is a Canadian writer, filmmaker, photographer and underground adult director based in Toronto, Ontario. His films explore themes of sexual and interpersonal transgression against ...more
Georges Méliès is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, known as Georges Méliès, was a French illusionist and filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the ...more
Mel White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
James Melville "Mel" White is an American clergyman and author. White was a behind-the-scenes member of the Evangelical Protestant movement through the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, writing ...more
James O'Keefe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
James E. O'Keefe III is an American conservative activist. O'Keefe has produced secretly recorded undercover audio and video encounters with public figures and workers in a variety of ...more
Marlon Riggs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Marlon Troy Riggs was a gay African-American filmmaker, educator, poet, and gay rights activist. He produced, wrote, and directed several television documentaries, including Ethnic Notions, ...more
Gipi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Gianni Pacinotti is a comic artist, film director, TV director, screenwriter and TV producer.
Larry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Larry Jordan is an independent filmmaker who has been working in the Bay Area in California since 1955, and making films since 1952. He has produced some 40 experimental and animation films, and ...more
John Maybury is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
John Maybury is an English filmmaker. In 2005 he was listed as one of the 100 most influential gay and lesbian people in Britain.
Kayo Hatta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Kayo Hatta was an Asian American filmmaker, writer, and community activist. She directed and co-wrote the independent dramatic feature-length film Picture Bride, which won the Sundance Film ...more
Billy Name is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Billy Name, is an American photographer, filmmaker and lighting designer. He was the archivist of the Warhol Factory, from 1964 to 1970. His brief romance and subsequent friendship with Andy ...more
Susan Sontag is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Susan Sontag was an American writer and filmmaker, teacher and political activist, publishing her first major work, the essay "Notes on 'Camp'", in 1964. Her best known works include ...more
Charles Burnett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Charles Burnett is an African-American film director, film producer, writer, editor, actor, photographer, and cinematographer. His most popular films include Killer of Sheep, My Brother's ...more
Anthony Stanislas Radziwill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Prince Anthony Stanislaw Albert Radziwill was an American television executive and filmmaker.
Alice Guy-Blaché is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
Alice Guy-Blaché was an early French filmmaker. She was the first woman director in the motion-picture industry and is one of the first directors of fiction films.