Up-and-coming Movie Directorsby Dan Martinez | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Directors that seem to have been recently gaining popularity due to the movies listed. Each director has to have directed at least two movies that have between 1,000 and 125,000 IMDb votes and a minimum rating of 7.0. At least one of those movies has to have been released within the last five years and they also can't have had a release before 1997.
Director | American Honey
Fish Tank, American Honey
2. Andrew Haigh
Director | 45 Years
Weekend, 45 Years
Writer | Veep
Armando Iannucci was born on November 28, 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland as Armando Giovanni Iannucci. He is a writer and producer, known for Veep (2012), In the Loop (2009) and The Thick of It (2005). He has been married to Rachel since August 25, 1990. They have two children.
In the Loop, The Death of Stalin
Producer | Beasts of No Nation
Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, Beasts of No Nation
Director | Lars and the Real Girl
Craig Gillespie is an Australian film director, best known for his films Lars and the Real Girl (2007), and I, Tonya (2017).
Born and raised in Sydney, Gillespie moved to New York City at the age of nineteen to study illustration, graphic design and advertising at Manhattan's School of Visual Arts.
Lars and the Real Girl, Million Dollar Arm
6. Dee Rees
Director | Mudbound
Director | Short Term 12
Short Term 12, The Glass Castle
Dexter Fletcher is an English actor who made his way in many screen and television performances, the most well-liked and well-known of the latter being in Press Gang (1989) where he played opposite real-life love (at the time) Julia Sawalha (Lynda Day on "Press Gang"). His career began at the age ...
Wild Bill, Eddie the Eagle
9. J.C. Chandor
Producer | A Most Violent Year
J.C. Chandor was born as Jeffrey McDonald Chandor. He is a producer and writer, known for A Most Violent Year (2014), Margin Call (2011) and All Is Lost (2013). He has been married to Mary Cameron Goodyear since 2004. They have two children.
Margin Call, A Most Violent Year
10. James Ponsoldt
Director | The Spectacular Now
James Ponsoldt was born in 1978 in Athens, Georgia, USA as James Adam Ponsoldt. He is a director and producer, known for The Spectacular Now (2013), The Circle (2017) and Smashed (2012). He has been married to Megan Holloway since September 25, 2010.
The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour
11. Jeremy Saulnier
Cinematographer | Blue Ruin
Jeremy Saulnier has slyly defined a unique cinematic aesthetic that complements his idiosyncratic narrative premises. His sophomore feature, Blue Ruin (2013) a quirky, crime drama set in a pretty, but grimier part of suburban America was a festival darling and supplanted his name within the ...
Blue Ruin, Green Room
12. Jeremy Sims
Director | Last Cab to Darwin
Jeremy Sims was born on January 10, 1966 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia as Jeremy William Hartley. He is an actor and director, known for Last Cab to Darwin (2015), Beneath Hill 60 (2010) and Chances (1991).
Beneath Hill 60, Last Cab to Darwin
13. John Crowley
Director | Brooklyn
Boy A, Brooklyn
Writer | The Guard
The Guard, Calvary
15. Justin Chadwick
Director | The First Grader
Justin Chadwick was born on December 1, 1968 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. He is a director and actor, known for The First Grader (2010), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) and Bleak House (2005).
The First Grader, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
16. Lee Daniels
Producer | Precious
Lee Daniels gave his parents an early Christmas present when he entered the world on December 24, 1959; unfortunately, the Philadelphia native was to have a difficult relationship with his police officer father who later reacted violently to his son's sexuality. Despite the brutality of his ...
Precious, Lee Daniels' The Butler
Director | The Vicious Kind
The Vicious Kind, The Age of Adaline
18. Lynne Ramsay
Director | We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lynne Ramsay was born on December 5, 1969 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a director and writer, known for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), You Were Never Really Here (2017) and Morvern Callar (2002).
Ratcatcher, We Need to Talk About Kevin, You Were Never Really Here
19. Michael McGowan
Director | Saint Ralph
Saint Ralph, One Week, Still Mine
20. Mike Cahill
Editor | Another Earth
Another Earth, I Origins
21. Mike Mills
Director | Beginners
Mike Mills was born in 1966, Berkeley, California. He graduated from Cooper Union, 1989.
He works as a filmmaker, graphic designer and artist. As a filmmaker, Mike has completed a number of music videos, commercials, short films, documentaries, and the feature film Thumbsucker (2005). Architecture ...
Beginners, 20th Century Women
22. Nicholas Gyeney
Producer | Beta Test
Nicholas was born in Seattle to Hungarian parents on July 15th, 1986, and quickly immersed himself in the world of motion pictures with the indelible influence of his father, Örs Gyeney, who would sit down with Nicholas to show him new films like Star Wars, The Terminator series, and the adventures...
The Penitent Man, Matt's Chance
23. Niki Caro
Director | Whale Rider
Whale Rider, North Country; McFarland, USA; The Zookeeper's Wife
24. Ramin Bahrani
Writer | 99 Homes
Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo, 99 Homes
25. Ric Roman Waugh
Director | Felon
Ric Roman Waugh was born on February 20, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Felon (2008), Snitch (2013) and That Which I Love Destroys Me (2015). He has been married to Tanya Ballinger since September 24, 2005. They have two children.
Felon, Shot Caller
26. S. Craig Zahler
Writer | Bone Tomahawk
Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99
27. Sean Baker
Writer | Tangerine
Sean Baker is a writer/director known for the Spirit Award nominated films Take Out (2004), Prince of Broadway (2008) and Starlet (2012) (winner of the Robert Altman Spirit Award). His latest film Tangerine (2015) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Magnolia Pictures in ...
Tangerine, The Florida Project
28. Simon Curtis
Producer | My Week with Marilyn
Simon Curtis began his directing career at the Royal Court Theatre, where he was Deputy Director to Max Stafford Clark and director of the Theatre Upstairs. His many productions there included the world premiere of Jim Cartwright's ROAD, which transferred to the Lincoln Center, New York. He has ...
My Week with Marilyn, Woman in Gold, Goodbye Christopher Robin