List of famous directors with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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Remember Catch Me If You Can, Schindlers List or even Saving Private Ryan? They are all Directors are the ones who direct the translation of the script into the final movie. They guide the complete process of making of the film starting right from the visualization of the script to the completion of the filming. The role of a director in film making is extremely complex—he is responsible not just for the technical aspects, but also for the dramatization and artistic elements of film production. Direction is a highly creative process; the director has to give a concrete form to the written words in the script by translating them into sounds and visuals. He has to guide the cinematographer in camera placements, selection of shots and staging of the action. He has to manage the flow of film production in a controlled pace by working with the other crew members and guiding them in setups and rehearsals. Film making involves various components which are to be converged into a single complete unit, i.e., the movie. It is the director who coordinates the efforts of the different professionals involved in film making to realize the artistic vision that eventually takes the shape of a film. Read on to know about the life and works of famous directors, through their biographies and timelines, from around the world.

Brie Larson Brie Larson
American

Bong Joon-ho Bong Joon-ho
South Korean

Keanu Reeves Keanu Reeves
Canadian, Lebanese
Roman Polanski Roman Polanski
French, Polish

Natalie Portman Natalie Portman
Israeli, American

Ben Affleck Ben Affleck
American
Vin Diesel Vin Diesel
American

John Wayne John Wayne
American
Mel Gibson Mel Gibson
American

Ron Howard Ron Howard
American

Eugene Levy Eugene Levy
Canadian
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Bill Paxton Bill Paxton
American

Zach Braff Zach Braff
American

Andy Warhol Andy Warhol
American

Laura Dern Laura Dern
American

Lupita Nyong'o Lupita Nyong'o
Kenyan, Mexican
Seth Rogen Seth Rogen
Canadian, American

Sean Penn Sean Penn
American

Don Cheadle Don Cheadle
American

Meg Ryan Meg Ryan
American

Michael Bay Michael Bay
American
Stanley Kubrick Stanley Kubrick
British, American
Giancarlo Esposito Giancarlo Esposito
Danish, American

Alan Alda Alan Alda
American

David Keith Lynch David Lynch
American
Mel Brooks Mel Brooks
American

Banksy Banksy
British

Tim Burton Tim Burton
American

Kathy Bates Kathy Bates
American

Ethan Hawke Ethan Hawke
American

Louis CK Louis C.K.
American

Kiefer Sutherland Kiefer Sutherland
Canadian, British

James Caan James Caan
American
Sidney Poitier Sidney Poitier
Bahamian, American

Mike Myers Mike Myers
Canadian

Lucy Liu Lucy Liu
American

Frank Oz Frank Oz
American

Spike Lee Spike Lee
American