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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 Golden Globe Award. He played Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. He is also known for his roles in the films Flyboys, Pineapple Express, Milk, 127 Hours, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, This Is the End and The Interview. He had a recurring role in the ABC soap opera General Hospital. For his role in 127 Hours, Franco was nominated for an Academy ...more

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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

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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 included Kenneth Anger, Pablo Picasso, Jean Hugo, Jean Marais, Henri Bernstein, Yul Brynner, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky, María Félix, Édith Piaf, Panama Al Brown, Colette and Raymond Radiguet. ...more

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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: A Fan's Hope and One Direction: This Is Us. Spurlock was the executive producer and star of the reality television series 30 Days. On June 2013, he became host and producer of the CNN show Inside Man. He is also the co-founder of short-film content marketing company cinelan, which produced the Focus Forward campaign for GE. ...more

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