10 the Greatest Directors of the 1970s


List of the top directors of the ’70s. The 1970s were filled with absurd styles and monumental changes in movies, as some of the world’s greatest directors began experimenting like never before.


10.Sergio Leone

Dec. at 60 (1929-1989)

Credits (Film): Good, Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Duck, You Sucker (AKA A Fistful of Dynamite, 1971)
My Name Is Nobody (1973)
A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)

9.Federico Fellini

Dec. at 73 (1920-1993)

Credits (Film): La Dolce Vita, 8½, La Strada, Amarcord, Fellini Satyricon

Birthplace: Rimini, Italy

Nationality: Italy

The Clowns (1970)
Roma (1972)
Amarcord (1973)
Il Casanova di Federico Fellini (1976)
Orchestra Rehearsal (1978)

8.Werner Herzog

Age: 78

Credits (Film): What Dreams May Come, Rescue Dawn, Grizzly Man, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Aguirre

Birthplace: Munich, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)
Fata Morgana (1971)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Heart of Glass (1976)
Nosferatu the Vampire (1979)
Woyzeck (1979)

7.Robert Altman

Dec. at 81 (1925-2006)

Credits (Film): MASH, Nashville, The Player, Gosford Park, McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

MASH (1970)
Brewster McCloud (1970)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971)
Images (1972)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Thieves Like Us (1974)
California Split (1974)
Nashville (1975)
3 Women (1977)
A Wedding (1978)
Quintet (1979)
A Perfect Couple (1979)

6.Ridley Scott

Age: 83

Credits (Film): Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Prometheus

Birthplace: South Shields, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

The Duellists (1977)
Alien (1979)

5.Ingmar Bergman

Dec. at 89 (1918-2007)

Credits (Film): The Seventh Seal, Persona, Fanny and Alexander, Wild Strawberries, Cries and Whispers

Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

The Touch (1971)
Cries and Whispers (1972)
The Magic Flute (1975)
Face to Face (1976)
The Serpent’s Egg (1977)
Autumn Sonota (1978)

4.Sidney Lumet

Dec. at 87 (1924-2011)

Credits (Film): Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Network, Fail Safe

Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Area code 215, Contiguous United States, Philadelphia, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

The Anderson Tapes (1971)
Child’s Play (1972)
The Offence (1972)
Serpico (1973)
Lovin’ Molly (1974)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Network (1976)
Equus (1977)
The Wiz (1978)

3.Martin Scorsese

Age: 78

Credits (Film): Goodfellas, The Departed, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
Taxi Driver (1976)
New York, New York (1977)

2.Stanley Kubrick

Dec. at 71 (1928-1999)

Credits (Film): The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut

Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
and in the first place

Francis Ford Coppola

Age: 81

Credits (Film): The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, Patton, American Graffiti

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

The Godfather (1972)
The Conversation (1974)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
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