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With 2,041 biographies, Film Directors are the 10th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Religious Figures, Musicians, and Military Personnels.


Pantheon has 2,040 people classified as film directors born between 1854 and 2000. Of these 2,040, 1,112 (54.51%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living film directors include Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Hayao Miyazaki. The most famous deceased film directors include Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, and Federico Fellini. As of April 2024, 228 new film directors have been added to Pantheon including Lung Chien, Anja Breien, and Rintaro.

Living Film Directors

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Deceased Film Directors

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Newly Added Film Directors (2024)

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Most film directors were born in United States (633), France (179), and United Kingdom (156). By city, the most common birth places were New York City (91), Paris (66), and Los Angeles (39).The most common death places of film directors were United States (317), France (120), and Russia (76). By city, these were Los Angeles (87), Moscow (56), and Paris (51).

Places Over Time

The earliest biographies classified as film directors in Pantheon are Vasily Goncharov, William Kennedy Dickson, and Birt Acres.  The concentration of film directors was largest during the Radio & Film Era, which lasted from 1900 to 1949. Some birth or death locations for earlier film directors are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.


Which Film Directors were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Film Directors since 1700.