Film Directors

With 882 biographies, Film Directors are the 11th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Athletes, Painters, and Military Personnels.

Pantheon has information on 882 Film Directors born between 1844 and 1984. 57.82% or 510 are still alive. The most famous living Film Directors include Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg, and Hayao Miyazaki. 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 (288), France (90), and United Kingdom (75). By city, the most common birth places were New York City (70), Paris (56), and London (43).The most common death places of Film Directors were United States (133), France (63), and Italy (28). By city, these were Los Angeles (85), Paris (56), and London (23).

The first Film Directors in Pantheon are Dadasaheb Phalke, Georges Méliès, and Charles-Émile Reynaud.  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 contains the following occupations Actor, Singer, Musician, Painter, and Composer.