Whether or not they worked in front of the camera as some have, here is partial list of my favorite people in role of movie director.

  • James Cameron
  • Steven Spielberg
  • George Lucas
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Elia Kazan
  • Nicholas Ray
  • George Stevens
  • Terry Gilliam
  • M. Night Shyamalan
  • Mimi Leder
  • Jane Campion
  • Brian Helgeland
  • Peter Jackson
  • Tim Burton
  • Sean Penn
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Kathryn Bigelow
  • Wolfgang Peterson
  • Ridley Scott
  • Ron Howard
  • John Hughes
  • Gore Verbinski
  • Penny Marshall
  • Amy Heckerling
  • Catherine Hardwicke
  • Cameron Crowe
  • Shawn Levy
  • Roland Emmerich
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Danny Boyle
  • Sam Raimi
  • Woody Allen
  • Rob Reiner
  • Nora Ephron
  • Sofia Coppola
  • Gus Van Sant
  • Baz Luhrmann