Best British Film Directors
Learn about the best British film directors that keep movie-goers coming back for more. The best British directors made movies that fall in all categories: suspense, dramas and epics. Some British directors even perfected new techniques in filmmaking.
Tony Richardson He was a British New Wave director. He is known for films like "Phantom of the Opera House" made in 1990 for TV. Other movies include "Sanctuary," "Tom Jones" and "Hamlet."
Alfred Hitchcock Known for his suspense and cinematic dramatic techniques. Hitchcock made movies like "The Birds," "North by Northwest," "Psycho" and "Vertigo to name a few. This director became the king of suspense movies working with actors and actresses like Cary Grant, Tippi Henderson and James Stewart. His best films were from the 1960s to 1970s.
David Lean He is known for films that have a class message that people should know their place in society. Some of the films he made were "Great Expectations" and "Oliver Twist," ambitious productions with a large budgets. He is known for producing the epic film that often took years to make like "Doctor Zhivago."
Terance Davies A director that put great detail into each film he makes. Known for the details of the setting like rain on the streets or the shot of a face through the window. Some of the films he made were "The House of Mirth" and "The Neon Bible." He is known to capture commonplace moments of every day life in his films.
Sam Mendes He directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company and has directed movies like "The Blue Room" and "American Beauty." "American Beauty" won five Academy Awards. One of the awards was for Best Picture.
David Yates The British director is best known for the "Harry Potter" series. He worked on four of the movies in the series and produced many movies for television in his career. Some of the films he made were "Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."
Richard Attenborough He was an actor, producer and British director. He began acting at age of 12. He is known for directing "Shadowlands," "Charlie Chaplain" and "Gandhi." Many of his movies were nominated for the Academy awards because of the high quality of his work.
Ridley Scott This British director is known for stunning visuals in his movies. He produced movies like "Bladerunner," "Hannibal," "American Gangster" and "Alien." He is known to sketch his own story boards.
Christopher Nolan This British director began making movies when he was a child. He used his father's 8 mm camera and action figures. Known primarily for the Batman series with "The Dark Knight" and "Batman Begins."
Derek Jarman He is known for short documentaries and movies. Some of his films depict British history like "The Last of England" and "The Garden." Other notable films are "Blue," which is about his own personal struggle with AIDS. His work is known for visually stunning photography.
- Joan Russell