Who do you think calls the shot in Hollywood? No, it isn't the money minting stars nor the flick funding big, fat, producers. The directors run the show in world's most famous movie industry. America has produced some astute, exceptionally gifted filmmakers who are lauded for their principled artistic vision, iconoclastic individuality, and Oscar-grabbing movies. In this fleeting world of fame and films, while a few talented survived, a great many promising filmmakers just faded with time. Regardless of ups and downs of fame and fortune, some American directors have managed to become the benchmarks of best cinema. Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino are just a few Hollywood directors that the world easily reckons with, thanks to the large body of quality works that have given to Hollywood. Let us trail the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts on the life of famous American directors in the biographies here.
Kirk DouglasKirk Douglas
09 December 1916
Actor
Brie LarsonBrie Larson
01 October 1989
Actress

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943
Actor

Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood
31 May 1930
Actor

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963
Fimmaker

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
09 June 1981
Actress, Producer, Director
Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946
Actor, Director

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg
18 December 1946
Filmmaker
Ben AffleckBen Affleck
15 August 1972
Actor

Vin DieselVin Diesel
18 July 1967
Actor, Filmmaker
jack nicholsonJack Nicholson
22 April 1937
Actor, Filmmaker

Courteney CoxCourteney Cox
15 June 1964
Actress

Danny DeVitoDanny DeVito
17 November 1944
 

George LucasGeorge Lucas
14 May 1944
Film Director

John Wayne John Wayne
26 May 1907
Actor
Mel GibsonMel Gibson
03 January 1956
Actor

Steve CarellSteve Carell
16 August 1962
Actor

Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
19 August 1969
Actor

Ron HowardRon Howard
01 March 1954
Actor
James FrancoJames Franco
19 April 1978
Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Teacher

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez
12 May 1962
Actor
Howard HughesHoward Hughes
24 December 1905
Entrepreneur, Investor

Jason BatemanJason Bateman
14 January 1969
Actor, Director & Producer

George ClooneyGeorge Clooney
06 May 1961
Actor
Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman
23 July 1967
Actor, Director & Producer

Bill PaxtonBill Paxton
17 May 1955
 
Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo
22 November 1967
Actor

Jodie FosterJodie Foster
19 November 1962
Actress & Director

Zach BraffZach Braff
06 April 1975
Actor, Director
Andy WarholAndy Warhol
06 August 1928
Artist

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Laura DernLaura Dern
10 February 1967
Actress, Director
Seth RogenSeth Rogen
15 April 1982
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Producer, Director

Sean PennSean Penn
17 August 1960
Actor

Don CheadleDon Cheadle
29 November 1964
Actor

Elizabeth BanksElizabeth Banks
10 February 1974
Actress
Wes AndersonWes Anderson
01 May 1969
Director, Producer, Actor
Meg RyanMeg Ryan
19 November 1961
Actress

Bryan CranstonBryan Cranston
07 March 1956
Actor, Director

Michael BayMichael Bay
17 February 1965
Film Director, Producer

Stanley KubrickStanley Kubrick
26 July 1928
Film Director
Giancarlo EspositoGiancarlo Esposito
26 April 1958
Actor

Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton
04 August 1955
Actor, Director, Singer-songwriter

Joseph Gordon-LevittJoseph Gordon-Levitt
17 February 1981
Actor, Director

Alan AldaAlan Alda
28 January 1936
Actor

Martin ScorseseMartin Scorsese
17 November 1942
Director, Producer
David Keith LynchDavid Lynch
20 January 1946
Filmmaker

Mel BrooksMel Brooks
28 June 1926
American Film Director, Comedian, Actor & Producer
Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia
08 July 1977
Actor

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957
Actress

Steven SeagalSteven Seagal
10 April 1952
Actor & Martial Artist
Christopher ReeveChristopher Reeve
25 September 1952
Actor

Liev SchreiberLiev Schreiber
04 October 1967
Actor
Tim BurtonTim Burton
25 August 1958
Director

Kathy BatesKathy Bates
28 June 1948
Actress and film director

Tim MathesonTim Matheson
31 December 1947
Actor

Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris
15 June 1973
Actor

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke
06 November 1970
Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Louis CKLouis C.K.
12 September 1967
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer

Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
07 April 1939
 

James CaanJames Caan
26 March 1940
Actor

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927
 
Orson WellesOrson Welles
06 May 1915
Actor and Director

Robert DuvallRobert Duvall
05 January 1931
Actor, Director
Tommy Lee JonesTommy Lee Jones
15 September 1946
Actor, Director

Lucy LiuLucy Liu
02 December 1968
Actress

Matthew Gray GublerMatthew Gray Gubler
09 March 1980
Actor, Director, Model, Painter
Frank OzFrank Oz
25 May 1944
 

Spike LeeSpike Lee
20 March 1957
 
Peter BillingsleyPeter Billingsley
16 April 1971
Actor

Tim DalyTim Daly
01 March 1956
Actor

Casey AffleckCasey Affleck
12 August 1975
Actor, Director
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
26 March 1931
Actor, Author, Film Director

Paul Thomas AndersonPaul Thomas Anderson
26 June 1970
Director
Paul DanoPaul Dano
19 June 1984
Actor

Tommy WiseauTommy Wiseau
03 October 1955
Actor, Director, Filmmaker

Sondra LockeSondra Locke
28 May 1944
Actress

Lake BellLake Bell
24 March 1979
Actress
Sofia CoppolaSofia Coppola
14 May 1971
Director
Jake JohnsonJake Johnson
28 May 1978
Actor

Alan ArkinAlan Arkin
26 March 1934
Actor and Director

Rob SchneiderRob Schneider
31 October 1963
Actor, Comedian, Director, Screenwriter

Brad FalchukBrad Falchuk
1971 AD
Screenwriter, Director
Jerry LewisJerry Lewis
16 March 1926
Comedian, Actor, Singer, Film Director

James GunnJames Gunn
05 August 1966
Filmmaker

Darren AronofskyDarren Aronofsky
12 February 1969
Director

Melissa GilbertMelissa Gilbert
08 May 1964
Actress

Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943
Actor
Henry Franklin WinklerHenry Winkler
30 October 1945
Actor

Dennis HopperDennis Hopper
17 May 1936
Actor
Jon CryerJon Cryer
16 April 1965
Actor

Seth GreenSeth Green
08 February 1974
 
Clark GreggClark Gregg
02 April 1962
Actor
David BoreanazDavid Boreanaz
16 May 1969