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
Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943
Actor

Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946
Actor, Director

Ben AffleckBen Affleck
15 August 1972
Actor

Vin DieselVin Diesel
18 July 1967
Actor, Filmmaker

Mel GibsonMel Gibson
03 January 1956
Actor
Brie LarsonBrie Larson
01 October 1989
Actress

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
09 June 1981
Actress, Producer, Director

Bill PaxtonBill Paxton
17 May 1955
 
Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963
Fimmaker

John Wayne John Wayne
26 May 1907
Actor
Joseph Gordon-LevittJoseph Gordon-Levitt
17 February 1981
Actor, Director

Steve CarellSteve Carell
16 August 1962
Actor

Courteney CoxCourteney Cox
15 June 1964
Actress

Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg
18 December 1946
Filmmaker

Sean PennSean Penn
17 August 1960
Actor
Nick CannonNick Cannon
08 October 1980
Actor

Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman
23 July 1967
Actor

Jason BatemanJason Bateman
14 January 1969
Actor

jack nicholsonJack Nicholson
22 April 1937
Actor, Filmmaker
John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

James FrancoJames Franco
19 April 1978
Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Teacher
Jodie FosterJodie Foster
19 November 1962
Actress & Director

Tommy WiseauTommy Wiseau
03 October 1955
Actor, Director, Filmmaker

Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
19 August 1969
Actor
Elizabeth BanksElizabeth Banks
10 February 1974
Actress

George ClooneyGeorge Clooney
06 May 1961
Actor
Rob SchneiderRob Schneider
31 October 1963
Actor

Ron HowardRon Howard
01 March 1954
Actor

Danny DeVitoDanny DeVito
17 November 1944
 
Spike LeeSpike Lee
20 March 1957
Film director

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Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez
12 May 1962
Actor
Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo
22 November 1967
Actor

Martin ScorseseMartin Scorsese
17 November 1942
Film director

Giancarlo EspositoGiancarlo Esposito
26 April 1958
Actor

Steven SeagalSteven Seagal
10 April 1952
Actor
Meg RyanMeg Ryan
19 November 1961
Actress
Mel BrooksMel Brooks
28 June 1926
Director

Seth RogenSeth Rogen
15 April 1982
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Producer, Director

Howard HughesHoward Hughes
24 December 1905
Entrepreneur, Investor

Stanley KubrickStanley Kubrick
26 July 1928
Film Director
Matthew Gray GublerMatthew Gray Gubler
09 March 1980
Actor, Director, Model, Painter

Laura DernLaura Dern
10 February 1967
Actress, Director

Bryan CranstonBryan Cranston
07 March 1956
Actor, Director

Andy WarholAndy Warhol
06 August 1928
Artist

Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia
08 July 1977
Actor
Paul DanoPaul Dano
19 June 1984
Actor

Zack SnyderZack Snyder
01 March 1966
Film Director
Oliver StoneOliver Stone
15 September 1946
Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer

Orson WellesOrson Welles
06 May 1915
Actor

Kirk DouglasKirk Douglas
09 December 1916
Actor
Jake JohnsonJake Johnson
28 May 1978
Actor

Christopher ReeveChristopher Reeve
25 September 1952
Actor
Liev SchreiberLiev Schreiber
04 October 1967
Actor

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke
06 November 1970
Actor

David Keith LynchDavid Lynch
20 January 1946
Filmmaker

Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton
04 August 1955
Actor

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

Zach BraffZach Braff
06 April 1975
Actor, Director

Tim BurtonTim Burton
25 August 1958
Director

James CaanJames Caan
26 March 1940
Actor
James GunnJames Gunn
05 August 1966
Filmmaker

Alfred HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock
13 August 1899
Film Director
Melissa GilbertMelissa Gilbert
08 May 1964
Actress

Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris
15 June 1973
Actor

Louis CKLouis C.K.
12 September 1967
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer
Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927
 

Lucy LiuLucy Liu
02 December 1968
Actress
Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
07 April 1939
FilmMaker

Wes AndersonWes Anderson
01 May 1969
Director, Producer, Actor

Paul Thomas AndersonPaul Thomas Anderson
26 June 1970
Director
George LucasGeorge Lucas
14 May 1944
Filmmaker

Christopher GuestChristopher Guest
05 February 1948
Director
Seth GreenSeth Green
08 February 1974
 

Casey AffleckCasey Affleck
12 August 1975
Actor

Don CheadleDon Cheadle
29 November 1964
Actor

Bob OdenkirkBob Odenkirk
22 October 1962
Actor
Kathy BatesKathy Bates
28 June 1948
Actress and film director
Dennis HopperDennis Hopper
17 May 1936
Actor

Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
26 March 1931
Actor

Alan AldaAlan Alda
28 January 1936
Actor

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon
23 June 1964
Screenwriter, Director & Producer
Sofia CoppolaSofia Coppola
14 May 1971
Director

Henry Franklin WinklerHenry Winkler
30 October 1945
Actor

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957
Actress

Lamorne MorrisLamorne Morris
14 August 1983
Actor

Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943
Actor
David BoreanazDavid Boreanaz
16 May 1969
 

Max GreenfieldMax Greenfield
04 September 1980
Actor
Louis TherouxLouis Theroux
20 May 1970
Documentary Filmmaker

Michael BayMichael Bay
17 February 1965
Film Director, Producer
Jennifer Siebel NewsomJennifer Siebel Newsom
19 June 1974
Filmmaker
Peter FondaPeter Fonda
23 February 1940
Actor, Director