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.
Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood
31 May 1930
Actor
Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946
Actor, Director

Ben AffleckBen Affleck
15 August 1972
Actor

jack nicholsonJack Nicholson
22 April 1937
Actor, Filmmaker

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943
Actor

Charlie McDowellCharlie McDowell
10 July 1983
Film Director
Joseph Gordon-LevittJoseph Gordon-Levitt
17 February 1981
Actor, Director

Vin DieselVin Diesel
18 July 1967
Actor, Filmmaker

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
09 June 1981
Actress, Producer, Director
Brie LarsonBrie Larson
01 October 1989
Actress

Courteney CoxCourteney Cox
15 June 1964
Actress
Sean PennSean Penn
17 August 1960
Actor

Mel GibsonMel Gibson
03 January 1956
Actor

Rob SchneiderRob Schneider
31 October 1963
Actor

Bill PaxtonBill Paxton
17 May 1955
 

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963
Fimmaker
Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg
18 December 1946
Filmmaker

Tim BurtonTim Burton
25 August 1958
Director

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman
23 July 1967
Actor
George ClooneyGeorge Clooney
06 May 1961
Actor

Jason BatemanJason Bateman
14 January 1969
Actor
Steve CarellSteve Carell
16 August 1962
Actor

Jodie FosterJodie Foster
19 November 1962
Actress & Director

Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
19 August 1969
Actor
John Wayne John Wayne
26 May 1907
Actor

Meg RyanMeg Ryan
19 November 1961
Actress
Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo
22 November 1967
Actor

Danny DeVitoDanny DeVito
17 November 1944
 

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

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Steven SeagalSteven Seagal
10 April 1952
Actor
Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez
12 May 1962
Actor

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke
06 November 1970
Actor

Martin ScorseseMartin Scorsese
17 November 1942
Film director

Elizabeth BanksElizabeth Banks
10 February 1974
Actress
Andy WarholAndy Warhol
06 August 1928
Artist
Seth RogenSeth Rogen
15 April 1982
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Producer, Director

Stanley KubrickStanley Kubrick
26 July 1928
Film Director

Giancarlo EspositoGiancarlo Esposito
26 April 1958
Actor

Bryan CranstonBryan Cranston
07 March 1956
Actor, Director
Paul DanoPaul Dano
19 June 1984
Actor

Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia
08 July 1977
Actor

Howard HughesHoward Hughes
24 December 1905
Entrepreneur, Investor

Jake JohnsonJake Johnson
28 May 1978
Actor

Orson WellesOrson Welles
06 May 1915
Actor
Christopher ReeveChristopher Reeve
25 September 1952
Actor

Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris
15 June 1973
Actor
Laura DernLaura Dern
10 February 1967
Actress, Director

David Keith LynchDavid Lynch
20 January 1946
Filmmaker

Matthew Gray GublerMatthew Gray Gubler
09 March 1980
Actor, Director, Model, Painter
Sofia CoppolaSofia Coppola
14 May 1971
Director

Liev SchreiberLiev Schreiber
04 October 1967
Actor
Louis TherouxLouis Theroux
20 May 1970
Documentary Filmmaker

Alfred HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock
13 August 1899
Film Director

Paul Thomas AndersonPaul Thomas Anderson
26 June 1970
Director

Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton
04 August 1955
Actor

Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
07 April 1939
FilmMaker
Kirk DouglasKirk Douglas
09 December 1916
Actor

Robert DuvallRobert Duvall
05 January 1931
Actor

Mel BrooksMel Brooks
28 June 1926
Director

Lucy LiuLucy Liu
02 December 1968
Actress
Nick CannonNick Cannon
08 October 1980
Actor

Wes AndersonWes Anderson
01 May 1969
Producer
Tommy Lee JonesTommy Lee Jones
15 September 1946
Actor

James CaanJames Caan
26 March 1940
Actor

Rob ZombieRob Zombie
12 January 1965
Musician & Filmmaker
James GunnJames Gunn
05 August 1966
Filmmaker

George LucasGeorge Lucas
14 May 1944
Filmmaker
Casey AffleckCasey Affleck
12 August 1975
Actor

Zack SnyderZack Snyder
01 March 1966
Film Director

Christopher GuestChristopher Guest
05 February 1948
Director
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
26 March 1931
Actor

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957
Actress
Kathy BatesKathy Bates
28 June 1948
Actress and film director

Louis CKLouis C.K.
12 September 1967
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer

Spike LeeSpike Lee
20 March 1957
Film director

Zach BraffZach Braff
06 April 1975
Actor, Director
Oliver StoneOliver Stone
15 September 1946
Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927
 

Dennis HopperDennis Hopper
17 May 1936
Actor

Henry Franklin WinklerHenry Winkler
30 October 1945
Actor

Melissa GilbertMelissa Gilbert
08 May 1964
Actress
Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

Bob OdenkirkBob Odenkirk
22 October 1962
Actor

Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943
Actor

Don CheadleDon Cheadle
29 November 1964
Actor

Alan AldaAlan Alda
28 January 1936
Actor
Max GreenfieldMax Greenfield
04 September 1980
Actor

Seth GreenSeth Green
08 February 1974
 
Peter FondaPeter Fonda
23 February 1940
Actor, Director

Alfonso RibeiroAlfonso Ribeiro
21 September 1971
Actor
Joss WhedonJoss Whedon
23 June 1964
Screenwriter, Director & Producer
Darren AronofskyDarren Aronofsky
12 February 1969
Director