For a filmmaker, or a team of filmmakers to qualify for a slot in NerdyGeek’s list of the all-time greatest, “Master Filmmakers”, who have a significant impact in cinematic history, storytelling and filmmaking techniques, (Though we have some filmmakers on the list, for example Shankar Nag, whose untimely death resulted in a short span of time in the industry, yet have left an ever-lasting impression on generations of people), displaying significant, indelible, and influential impact and contribution to the development of filmmaking and the film industry; compelling vision and ground-breaking style that has helped to define cinema as we know it today; a personal stamp that cuts across films, genres, and decades; amount of films made, and its quality; awards and accolades from peers; a consistent body of work with a number of great films, at least three unquestionably great films indicate a great filmmaker; and if they are still working, the quality and strength of recent work. Most importantly, the impact these filmmakers and their films have had on generations of people.
Filmmakers have been selected from: Bollywood (Hindi), Chinese Cinema, French Cinema, German Cinema, Hollywood (USA), Hollywood North (Canada), Hong Kong Cinema, Italian Cinema, Kollywood (Tamil), Mollywood (Malayalam), Russian Cinema, Sandalwood (Kannada), South Korean Cinema, Taiwan Cinema, Tollywood (Telugu), UK Film, and Vietnamese Cinema. Actors from other countries/industries are being added.
Abbas Kiarostami, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Akira Kurosawa, Alan Mak, Aleksandr Sokurov, Alfred Hitchcock, Andrei Tarkovsky, Ang Lee, Ashutosh Gowariker.
B.R. Chopra, Balachander K., Bharathi Rajaa, Bong Joon-Ho, Brian De Palma.
Cecil B. DeMille, Charlie Chaplin, Cheh Chang, Chen Kaige, Chia-Liang Liu, Christopher Nolan.
D.W. Griffith, Dang Nhat Minh, Darren Aronofsky, David Lean, David Lynch, Dev Anand, Dhorairaj Bhagavan.
Elia Kazan, Éric Rohmer.
Federico Fellini, Francis Ford Coppola, François Truffaut, Frank Capra.
G.V. Iyer, George Lucas, Gillo Pontecorvo, Guillermo del Toro, Gulzar, Guru Dutt, Guy Ritchie.
Hayao Miyazaki, Howard Hawks, Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
James Cameron, Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, John Carpenter, John Ford, John Hughes, John Huston, John Woo, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Joss Whedon.
Kaneto Shindo, Kashinath, Keisuke Kinoshita, Ken Loach, Ketan Mehta, Krzysztof Kieslowski.
Lana Wachowski, Leonid Gayday, Lilly Wachowski, Louis Malle, Luis Buñuel.
Mani Ratnam, Manmohan Desai, Manoj Kumar, Martin Scorsese, Masaki Kobayashi, Michael Curtiz, Miloš Forman.
Oliver Stone, Orson Welles, Otto Preminger.
Peter Jackson, Peter Weir, Prakash Jha, Puttana Kanagal S.R..
Raghavendra Rao K., Raj Kapoor, Rajamouli S.S., Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram, Rajkumar Santoshi, Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu B., Ramesh Sippy, Raoul Walsh, Richard Curtis, Ridley Scott, Robert Bresson, Robert Rodriguez, Roberto Rossellini, Ron Howard, Roy Andersson.
Sally Potter, Sam Peckinpah, Sam Raimi, Satyajit Ray, Sergei M. Eisenstein, Sergio Leone, Shakti Samanta, Shankar Nag, Shankar S., Shekhar Kapur, Shyam Benegal, Siddalingaiah, Sidney Lumet, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Subhash Ghai.
Terrence Malick, Tim Burton, Tony Scott.
Victor Sjöström, Vijay Anand, Vijay, Vittorio De Sica.
Werner Herzog, Wes Anderson, William Wyler, Woody Allen.
Yash Chopra, Yasujiro Ozu, Yimou Zhang, Yôji Yamada.
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