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Flight of the Phoenix (1955), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962), The Dirty Dozen (1967), Too Late the Hero (1970), Hustle (1975) Click to show or hide the answer
Everything you always wanted to know about sex (but were afraid to ask) (1972), Sleeper (1973), Annie Hall (1977), Interiors (1978), Manhattan (1979), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah and her Sisters (1986), Radio Days (1987), Crimes and Misdemeanours (1989), Alice (1990), Husbands and Wives (1992), Bullets over Broadway (1994), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Deconstructing Harry (1997), Match Point (2005) Click to show or hide the answer
M*A*S*H, Brewster McCloud, The Player, Shortcuts, Pret–a–porter (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
Italian language "trilogy on modernity and its discontents": L'Avventura (The Adventure, 1960), La Notte (The Night, 1961), L'Eclisse (1962); Blow–Up (1966), Zabriskie Point (1970) Click to show or hide the answer
Pygmalion (1938), French Without Tears (1940), Fanny By Gaslight (1944), The Winslow Boy (1948), The Browning Version (1951), The Importance of Being Earnest (1952), Carrington V. C. (1955), The Yellow Rolls–Royce (1964) Click to show or hide the answer
Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), Young Winston (1972), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Gandhi (1982), Cry Freedom (1987), Chaplin (1992), Shadowlands (1993) Click to show or hide the answer
Rocky (1976), Rocky V (1990), The Karate Kid (1984, and its first two sequels: Part II 1986, Part III 1989) Click to show or hide the answer
Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Transformers live action series (2007-14) Click to show or hide the answer
Heaven Can Wait (1978), Reds (1981), Dick Tracey (1990), Bulworth (1998) Click to show or hide the answer
Last Tango in Paris (1972), The Last Emperor (1987) Click to show or hide the answer
Shallow Grave (1994), Trainspotting (1996), A Life Less Ordinary (1997), The Beach (2000), Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Henry V (1989), Peter's Friends (1992), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) Click to show or hide the answer
The Producers (1968), Blazing Saddles (1970), Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977), Spaceballs (1987), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) Click to show or hide the answer
Un chien Andalou (Spain, 1928) Click to show or hide the answer
Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Mars Attacks! (1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeney Todd (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Frankenweenie (2012) Click to show or hide the answer
Terminator (1984), Titanic (1997), Avatar (2009) (Titanic and Avatar are the two highest-grossing films of all time) Click to show or hide the answer
The Piano (1993) Click to show or hide the answer
It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You Can't Take It with You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Click to show or hide the answer
Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Star Man (1984), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988) Click to show or hide the answer
La La Land (2016) Click to show or hide the answer
The Deer Hunter (1978 – Best Director Oscar), Heaven's Gate (1980) Click to show or hide the answer
The Orphic trilogy: The Blood of a Poet (1930), Orpheus (1950), Testament of Orpheus (1960) Click to show or hide the answer
Raising Arizona (1987), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), The Man who Wasn't There (2001), The Ladykillers (2004), No Country for Old Men (2007), True Grit (2010) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, The Cotton Club Click to show or hide the answer
The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost in Translation (2003), Marie Antoinette (2006), Somewhere (2010) Click to show or hide the answer
Crash (1996) Click to show or hide the answer
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), Casablanca (1942) Click to show or hide the answer
Billy Elliot (2000), The Reader (2008), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) Click to show or hide the answer
Gremlins (1984) Click to show or hide the answer
The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Green Mile (1999) Click to show or hide the answer
Little Miss Sunshine (2006): directorial debut of (husband and wife team) Click to show or hide the answer
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The Ten Commandments (1956), The King of Kings, Samson and Delilah, The Greatest Show on Earth, Sign of the Cross Click to show or hide the answer
Silence of the Lambs Click to show or hide the answer
Carrie (1976), Scarface (1983), The Untouchables (1987), Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Mission: Impossible (1996) Click to show or hide the answer
Bicycle Thieves, Shoeshine, The Garden of the Fingi–Continis (Italian) Click to show or hide the answer
Renaldo and Clara (first shown publicly in 1978) Click to show or hide the answer
Play Misty for me (1971), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Unforgiven (1992), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Flags of our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Invictus (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Pink Panther series Click to show or hide the answer
Battleship Potemkin (1925) Click to show or hide the answer
Die Ehe der Maria Braun (The Marriage of Maria Braun – German language, 1979) – was the most successful film directed by Click to show or hide the answer
La Strada (1954), La Dolce Vita (1960), Satyricon (1969), 8½ (1963), Casanova (1976) Click to show or hide the answer
Se7en (1995), Fight Club (1999), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind (both 1939) Click to show or hide the answer
Whistle Down the Wind (1961), Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), King Rat (1965), The Stepford Wives (1975) Click to show or hide the answer
The Man who Shot Liberty Vallance, The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Stagecoach, The Quiet Man (1952), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, How Green was my Valley (1941), The Searchers Click to show or hide the answer
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Amadeus (1984) Click to show or hide the answer
Gregory's Girl, Local Hero Click to show or hide the answer
Sweet Charity (1968), Cabaret (1972), All That Jazz (1979) Click to show or hide the answer
The Birdman of Alcatraz (1961) Click to show or hide the answer
The French Connection (1971), The Exorcist (1973) Click to show or hide the answer
Braveheart (1995), The Passion of the Christ (2004), Apocalypto (2006), Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Click to show or hide the answer
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Time Bandits (1981), Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983), Brazil (1985), The Fisher King (1991), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
The Draughtsman's Contract, A Zed and Two Noughts, The Belly of an Architect, Drowning by Numbers, The Cook the Thief his Wife and her Lover, Prospero's Books Click to show or hide the answer
Birth of a Nation, Intolerance (silent epics) Click to show or hide the answer
That Thing You Do (1997): directorial debut of Click to show or hide the answer
The Desert Fox (1951), North to Alaska (1960), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), True Grit (1969) Click to show or hide the answer
Bringing Up Baby (1938), Red River (1948), Rio Bravo (1961), El Dorado (1966) Click to show or hide the answer
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973) Click to show or hide the answer
Blackmail (Britain's first talkie, 1929), Juno and the Paycock (1930), The Man who Knew Too Much (1934 and 1956), The 39 Steps (1935), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Strangers on a Train (1951), Jamaica Inn (1939), Rebecca (1940), Spellbound (1945), Rope (1948), Strangers on a Train (1951), Dial M for Murder (1954), To Catch a Thief (1955), The Trouble with Harry (1955), Vertigo (1958), North by North West (1959), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), Marnie (1964), Torn Curtain (1966), Topaz (1969), Frenzy (1972), Family Plot (1976 – his last film) Click to show or hide the answer
Get Carter (1971) Click to show or hide the answer
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Poltergeist (1982) Click to show or hide the answer
The King's Speech (Best Film and Best Director Oscars, 2010); Les Misérables (2012 – the film version of the musical) Click to show or hide the answer
Cocoon (1985), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001 – Best Director Oscar), The Da Vinci Code (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
Sliding Doors, Johnny English Click to show or hide the answer
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), Weird Science (1985), The Breakfast Club (1985), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Pretty In Pink (1986), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), Uncle Buck (1989), Home Alone (1990 and 1992 sequel) Click to show or hide the answer
The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Key Largo (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), The Misfits (1961), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) Click to show or hide the answer
Bad Taste (1987 ) – a 'splatter' science fiction horror comedy – was the directorial debut of Click to show or hide the answer
Lord of the Rings (trilogy), The Hobbit (trilogy), King Kong (2005 version)
The Tempest (1979 – starring Toyah Willcox as Miranda); Blue (1993: 93 minutes of blue screen, with a soundtrack), Caravaggio (1986) Click to show or hide the answer
The Killing Fields Click to show or hide the answer
Monty Python's Life of Brian (also played Brian's mother, among other roles) Click to show or hide the answer
The Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa, The Crying Game Click to show or hide the answer
Viva Zapata, On the Waterfront, East of Eden, A Streetcar Named Desire Click to show or hide the answer
The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), Rembrandt (1936), An Ideal Husband (1947), Lady Hamilton (1940) Click to show or hide the answer
Fear and Desire (1953) was the first feature film directed by Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Paths of Glory (1957), Spartacus (1960), Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Eyes Wide Shut (1999); also gave Steven Spielberg the idea for A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001); died of a heart attack in 1999, aged 70
The Seven Samurai (1954 – Japanese) Click to show or hide the answer
Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Trading Places (1983); also Michael Jackson's Thriller video Click to show or hide the answer
Metropolis Click to show or hide the answer
Brief Encounter (1945), Oliver Twist (1948), Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Ryan's Daughter (1970), A Passage to India Click to show or hide the answer
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Brokeback Mountain (2005) Click to show or hide the answer
“Spaghetti Westerns”: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Once upon a Time in the West (1968) Click to show or hide the answer
The Wizard of Oz (but see King Vidor) Click to show or hide the answer
A Hard Day's Night (1964), Help! (1965), The Three Musketeers (1973, and sequels), Superman III (1983); also controversially involved in the Christopher Reeve Superman franchise (1978–83) Click to show or hide the answer
Kes Click to show or hide the answer
American graffiti (1973), Star Wars (1977) Click to show or hide the answer
Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge! (2001), Australia (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
12 Angry Men (1957), The Hill (1965), Serpico (1973), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), Equus (1977) Click to show or hide the answer
Eraserhead (1978), The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Drive (2001); also the TV series Twin Peaks (1990–1) and the spin–off film Fire Walk with Me (1992) Click to show or hide the answer
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), A Letter to Three Wives (1949), All About Eve (1950), Julius Caesar (1953), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), Guys and Dolls (1955), The Quiet American (1958), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), Cleopatra (1963), Sleuth (1972) Click to show or hide the answer
Winchester '73 (1950), Bend of the River (1952), The Glenn Miller Story (1954), The Far Country (1955), The Man from Laramie (1955) Click to show or hide the answer
American Beauty (Best Director Oscar, 1999), Road to Perdition (2002), Revolutionary Road (2008), Skyfall (2012) Click to show or hide the answer
Mad Max (series), The Road Warrior (Australian) Click to show or hide the answer
The English Patient (1995), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Cold Mountain (2003) Click to show or hide the answer
Documentary film maker, best known for Bowling for Columbine (2002) and Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Click to show or hide the answer
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Donnie Brasco (1997), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Click to show or hide the answer
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Three Men and a Baby (1987) Click to show or hide the answer
Interstellar (2014) Click to show or hide the answer
The Wrong Trousers, A Grand Day Out, A Close Shave Click to show or hide the answer
Bugsy Malone, Birdy, Midnight Express, Shoot the Moon, The Commitments, Evita, Fame, Mississippi Burning Click to show or hide the answer
Major Dundee (1965), The Wild Bunch (1969), Straw Dogs (1971), The Getaway (1972), Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973), Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974), Cross of Iron (1977), Convoy (1978) Click to show or hide the answer
Repulsion (1965), Cul–de–Sac (1966), Dance of the Vampires (1967), Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971), Chinatown (1974), Tess (1979), The Pianist (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
They Shoot Horses Don't They (1969), The Way we Were (1973), Tootsie (1982), Out of Africa (1985) Click to show or hide the answer
Margin for Error (1942), Laura (1944), The Moon is Blue (1953), Carmen Jones (1954), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Saint Joan (1957), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Skidoo! (1968), Rosebud (1974) Click to show or hide the answer
Ordinary People (1980), Quiz Show (1985), A River Runs Through It (1992) Click to show or hide the answer
The Third Man (1949), Oliver! (1968) Click to show or hide the answer
This Is Spinal Tap (1984), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Misery (1990), A Few Good Men (1992) Click to show or hide the answer
Barbarella Click to show or hide the answer
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La Grande Illusion (1937), The Rules of the Game (La Regle du Jeu – 1939) Click to show or hide the answer
Sharky's Machine (also starred) Click to show or hide the answer
Look Back in Anger (1958, starring Richard Burton as Jimmy Porter; also directed the original London stage production), The Entertainer (1960), A Taste of Honey (1961), The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), Tom Jones (1963), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968), Ned Kelly (1970, starring Mick Jagger), The Phantom of the Opera (1990) Click to show or hide the answer
Triumph of the Will, Olympia Click to show or hide the answer
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows (2011), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) Click to show or hide the answer
Withnail and I (1987) Click to show or hide the answer
Performance (1970 – with Donald Cammell), Walkabout (1971), Don't Look Now (1973), The Man who Fell to Earth (1976), Castaway (1986) Click to show or hide the answer
Women in Love (1969), The Music Lovers (1970),  The Devils (1971), The Boy Friend (1971), Tommy (1975), Lisztomania (1975), Valentino (1977), Crimes of Passion (1984) Click to show or hide the answer
A Kind of Loving (1962), Billy Liar (1963), Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1969), Marathon Man (1976), Yanks (1979) Click to show or hide the answer
Mean Streets (1973), Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), The Last Waltz (The Band's final concert of 1976, released 1978), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1983), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991 remake), Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2007), Hugo (2011). Also the video to Michael Jackson's Bad single (1987), and George Harrison: Living in the Material World (a biographical documentary, 2011) Click to show or hide the answer
Blade Runner (1982), Thelma & Louise (1991), 1492 Conquest of Paradise (1992), Alien (series), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Hannibal (2001), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), American Ganster (2007), Robin Hood (2010), Prometheus (2012) Click to show or hide the answer
The Usual Suspects (1995); X–Men (2000, and sequels X-2 2003, First Class 2011, Days of Future Past 2014, Apocalypse 2016); Superman Returns (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989), Erin Brokovich (2000), Traffic (2000), Ocean's Eleven (2001 remake) Click to show or hide the answer
Duel (1971 – his first film), Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), ET (1982), The Color Purple (1985), Empire of the Sun (1987), Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler's List (1993), Amistad (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Munich (2005), War of the Worlds (2005), War Horse (2011), Lincoln (2012), Bridge of Spies (2015) Click to show or hide the answer
Documentary film maker, best known for Super Size Me (2004) Click to show or hide the answer
Paradise Alley (1978 – directorial debut, also wrote and starred), Staying Alive (1983 – also co–wrote); also directed all of the Rocky films, except Rocky and Rocky V Click to show or hide the answer
The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express (Austrian) Click to show or hide the answer
JFK (1991), The Doors (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994); Vietnam trilogy: Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (Best Director Oscar 1989), Heaven & Earth (1993) Click to show or hide the answer
Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction Click to show or hide the answer
Nowhere Boy (John Lennon biopic, 2009), Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Click to show or hide the answer
Carry On (series) Click to show or hide the answer
Ice Cold in Alex (1958), North West Frontier (1959), Tiger Bay (1959), The Guns of Navarone (1961), Cape Fear (1962 original), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), Death Wish 4: the Crackdown (1987) Click to show or hide the answer
Fahrenheit 451 (original 1966 version) Click to show or hide the answer
Robocop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Basic Instinct (1992), Showgirls (1995), Starship Troopers (1998) Click to show or hide the answer
Sepia (tinted) sequences in The Wizard of Oz Click to show or hide the answer
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Gallipoli (1981), The Year of Living Dangerously (1983) Click to show or hide the answer
Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Macbeth (1948), Othello (1952) Click to show or hide the answer
The State of Things (1982), Paris, Texas (1984), Wings of Desire (1987), Buena Vista Social Club (1999 documentary) Click to show or hide the answer
Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) Click to show or hide the answer
The Lost Weekend (1945), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Some Like it Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960) Click to show or hide the answer
The Woman in Red (1984) – also starred Click to show or hide the answer
Death Wish (series, first three of five) Click to show or hide the answer
The Sound of Music (1965) Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. Miniver (1942), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Ben–Hur (1959) Click to show or hide the answer
The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Hamlet (1990) Click to show or hide the answer
High Noon (1952), From Here to Eternity (1953), Julia (1977), A Man for All Seasons (1966), The Nun's Story (1959), Day of the Jackal (1973) Click to show or hide the answer
Romancing the Stone (1984), Back to the Future series (1985, 1989, 1990), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1998), Forrest Gump (1994), Beowulf (2007) Click to show or hide the answer

The two films that John Wayne directed (he also starred in both) 1960 Click to show or hide the answer
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