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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
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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 Geeks. He later played the title character in the TV biographical film James Dean, for which he won a ...more

Age: 38

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Film Editor, Author, + more

Credits: 127 Hours, Spider-Man, This Is the End, Spider-Man 2

Also Ranked

#81 on The Best Actors Working Today

#67 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#79 on The Best Living American Actors

#88 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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Isabella Rossellini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
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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 her roles in films such as Blue Velvet and Death Becomes Her. ...more

Age: 64

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Profession: Television director, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, + more

Credits: Blue Velvet, Enemy, Death Becomes Her, Joy

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Jean Cocteau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
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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 of a Poet, Les Parents Terribles, Beauty and the Beast and Orpheus. His circle of associates, friends and lovers ...more

Age: Died at 74 (1889-1963)

Birthplace: Maisons-Laffitte, France

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Designer, Filmmaker, + more

Credits: Beauty and the Beast, Orpheus, The Testament of Orpheus, The Blood of a Poet, Les Enfants Terribles, + more

Also Ranked

#44 on The Best Gay Authors

#44 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#45 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#19 on The Best French Authors

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Morgan Spurlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Filmmakers
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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 The World Is Osama Bin Laden, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Comic-Con Episode IV: ...more

Age: 46

Birthplace: Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States of America

Profession: Humorist, Comedian, Television producer, Documentary Filmmaker, Film Producer, + more

Credits: The Simpsons, Super Size Me, Freakonomics, Drive-Thru, Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fans Hope, + more

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