Wes Craven

1939 - 2015

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Wesley Earl Craven (August 2, 1939 – August 30, 2015) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and editor. Amongst his prolific filmography, Craven was best known for his pioneering work in the horror genre, particularly slasher films, where he mixed horror cliches with humor and satire. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wes Craven has received more than 7,934,692 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Wes Craven is the 124th most popular film director (down from 109th in 2019), the 842nd most popular biography from United States (down from 714th in 2019) and the 34th most popular American Film Director.

Wes Craven is most famous for his horror movies, including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, and The Hills Have Eyes.

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  • 7.9M

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  • 63.71

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  • 60

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  • 3.89

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  • 5.29

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among film directors, Wes Craven ranks 124 out of 2,041Before him are David Lean, Sergei Bondarchuk, John Woo, Howard Hawks, Victor Fleming, and Jiří Menzel. After him are Claude Lelouch, René Clément, Michael Curtiz, Peter Weir, William Hanna, and George A. Romero.

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Among people born in 1939, Wes Craven ranks 42Before him are Jorge Sampaio, Marvin Gaye, Paul Hogan, Jean-Marie Lehn, Mark Margolis, and Ray Manzarek. After him are Volker Schlöndorff, Michael Cimino, Kenzō Takada, Junko Tabei, Henry Mintzberg, and Phil Spector. Among people deceased in 2015, Wes Craven ranks 40Before him are Manoel de Oliveira, Oliver Sacks, Douglass North, Boris Nemtsov, Yoichiro Nambu, and Alcides Ghiggia. After him are Yevgeny Primakov, Günter Schabowski, Colleen McCullough, James Last, Faten Hamama, and Frei Otto.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Wes Craven ranks 842 out of 20,380Before him are Linda Hunt (1945), Victor Fleming (1889), Mark David Chapman (1955), Mark Margolis (1939), Ray Manzarek (1939), and Stanley B. Prusiner (1942). After him are Jerome Isaac Friedman (1930), Benny Goodman (1909), Martin Seligman (1942), Robert Venturi (1925), Lex Barker (1919), and John J. Pershing (1860).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Wes Craven ranks 34Before him are David Fincher (1962), John Huston (1906), Terrence Malick (1943), Jules Dassin (1911), Howard Hawks (1896), and Victor Fleming (1889). After him are William Hanna (1910), George A. Romero (1940), D. W. Griffith (1875), Michael Cimino (1939), Jonathan Demme (1944), and Frances Marion (1888).