Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog (German: [ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈhɛɐ̯tsoːk]; born 5 September 1942) is a German film director, screenwriter, author, actor, and opera director, regarded as a pioneer of New German Cinema. His films often feature ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals in conflict with nature. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Werner Herzog has received more than 7,296,429 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Werner Herzog is the 56th most popular film director (up from 83rd in 2019), the 360th most popular biography from Germany (up from 492nd in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Film Director.

Werner Herzog is a German filmmaker who is most famous for his films and documentaries. His most famous works are Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Fitzcarraldo (1982), and Grizzly Man (2005).

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Among film directors, Werner Herzog ranks 56 out of 1,580Before him are Tim Burton, Roger Vadim, Chuck Jones, Agnès Varda, Theo Angelopoulos, and Franco Zeffirelli. After him are William Wyler, Claude Chabrol, Yasujirō Ozu, Terry Gilliam, Emir Kusturica, and Elia Kazan.

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Among people born in 1942, Werner Herzog ranks 26Before him are Michael Haneke, Brian Wilson, Brian Jones, Ted Kaczynski, Giorgio Agamben, and Calvin Klein. After him are Daniel Barenboim, Ian McShane, Ehud Barak, Lou Reed, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and John Wayne Gacy.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Werner Herzog ranks 360 out of 5,289Before him are Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1776), Ernst Busch (1885), Karen Horney (1885), Carl von Ossietzky (1889), Helmuth Weidling (1891), and Ernst Abbe (1840). After him are Maximilian II of Bavaria (1811), Franz Halder (1884), Ernst Ruska (1906), Carl Bosch (1874), Georg von Küchler (1881), and Martin Behaim (1459).


Among film directors born in Germany, Werner Herzog ranks 4Before him are Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Wim Wenders (1945), and Michael Haneke (1942). After him are Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945), F. W. Murnau (1888), Ernst Lubitsch (1892), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Volker Schlöndorff (1939), Max Ophüls (1902), Roland Emmerich (1955), and Robert Siodmak (1900).