With 1,305 biographies, Film Directors are the 9th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Musicians, Athletes, and Religious Figures.

Pantheon has 1,306 people classified as film directors born between 1860 and 2000. Of these 1,306, 752 (57.58%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living film directors include Steven Spielberg, Hayao Miyazaki, and Woody Allen. The most famous deceased film directors include Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Ingmar Bergman.

Living Film Directors

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Deceased Film Directors

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Most film directors were born in United States (383), France (119), and United Kingdom (97). By city, the most common birth places were New York City (68), Paris (56), and London (28).The most common death places of film directors were United States (182), France (81), and Italy (39). By city, these were Paris (57), Los Angeles (57), and Rome (29).

The earliest biographies classified as film directors in Pantheon are George Albert Smith, Georges Méliès, and William Kennedy Dickson.  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.

Film Directors are found within the Arts domain which also includes Actors, Singers, Musicians, Painters, and Composers.