Notable Film Directors: 80 or Older and Still Alive

Here are some notable film directors who are 80 or older, still alive, and have directed at least two feature theatrical films.

James L. Brooks (May 9, 1940, 80, Broadcast News; As Good as It Gets)
Most recent film: How Do You Know (2010)

John Irvin (May 7, 1940, 80, Raw Deal; Hamburger Hill)
Most recent film: Mandela’s Gun (2016)

Marco Bellocchio (November 9, 1939, 80, Fists in the Pocket; Vincere)
Most recent film: The Traitor (2019)

Joel Schumacher (August 29, 1939, 80, The Lost Boys; The Client)
Most recent film: Trespass (2011)
Most recent directing: House of Cards- TV episode (2013)

John Badham (August 25, 1939, 80, Saturday Night Fever; Short Circuit)
Most recent film: Brother’s Keeper (2002)
Most recent directing: Siren- TV episode (2019)

Peter Bogdanovich (July 30, 1939, 80, The Last Picture Show; Paper Moon)
Most recent film: The Great Buster (2018)
Upcoming film: One Lucky Moon

Ruggero Deodato (May 7, 1939, 81, Jungle Holocaust; Cannibal Holocaust)
Most recent film: Ballad of Blood (2016)
Upcoming film: Deathcember (segment: Casetta Sperduta in Campagna)

Christopher Miles (April 19, 1939, 81, The Maids; Priest of Love)
Most recent film: Fire from Olympia (2012) (video documentary)

Francis Ford Coppola (April 7, 1939, 81, The Godfather; Apocalypse Now)
Most recent film: Distant Vision (2016)
Upcoming film: Megalopolis

Volker Schlöndorff (March 31, 1939, 81, Young Törless; The Tin Drum)
Most recent film: Der namenlose Tag (2017)

Robert Shaye (March 4, 1939, 81, Book of Love)
Most recent film: Ambition (2019)

Liv Ullmann (December 16, 1938, 81, Sofie; Faithless)
Most recent film: Miss Julie (2014)

Waris Hussein (December 9, 1938, 81, A Touch of Love; Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx)
Most recent film: Her Best Friend’s Husband (2002) (TV movie)

Ralph Bakshi (October 29, 1938, 81, Fritz the Cat; Wizards)
Most recent film: Last Days of Coney Island (short) (2015)

Paul Verhoeven (July 18, 1938, 81, RoboCop; Total Recall)
Most recent film: Elle (2016)
Upcoming film: Benedetta

Richard Benjamin (May 22, 1938, 81, My Favorite Year; The Money Pit)
Most recent film: A Little Thing Called Murder (TV movie) (2005)
Upcoming film: Back of Book (attached to direct)

Lewis Teague (March 8, 1938, 82, Cujo; The Jewel of the Nile)
Most recent film: Charlotta-TS (2010)

Henry Jaglom (Jan. 26, 1938, 82, Eating; New Year’s Day)
Most recent film: Ovation (2015)
Upcoming film: Train to Zakopané

Peter Medak (Dec. 24, 1937, 82, The Ruling Class; The Changeling)
Most recent film: The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018)

Ridley Scott (Nov. 30, 1937, 82, Alien; Blade Runner)
Most recent film: All the Money in the World
Upcoming film: Untitled Alien: Covenant Sequel; Battle of Britain

Claude Lelouch (October 30, 1937, 82, A Man and a Woman; The Crook)
Most recent film: La vertu des impondérables

Don Bluth (Sept. 13, 1937, 82, The Secret of NIMH; An American Tail)
Most recent feature film: Titan A.E. (2000) with Gary Goldman
Upcoming film: Dragon’s Lair: The Movie

Francis Veber (July 28, 1937, 82, The Fugitives; Le Dîner de Cons)
Most recent film: A Pain in the Ass (2008)

Andrey Konchalovskiy (August 20, 1937, 82, Siberiade; Runaway Train)
Most recent film: Paradise (2016)
Upcoming film: Il peccato

Philip Kaufman (October 23, 1936, 83, Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1978]; The Right Stuff)
Most recent theatrical film: Twisted (2004)
Most recent film: Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)

Hugh Hudson (Aug. 25, 1936, 83, Chariots of Fire; Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes)
Most recent film: Finding Altamira (2016)

Robert Redford (Aug. 18, 1936, 83, Ordinary People; Quiz Show)
Most recent film as solo director: The Company You Keep (2012)
Most recent film: Cathedrals of Culture (2014, segment “The Salk Institute)

Dick Richards (July 9, 1936, 83, The Culpepper Cattle Co.; Farewell, My Lovely)
Most recent film: Heat (1986)

Ken Loach (June 17, 1936, 83, Kes; The Wind That Shakes the Barley)
Most recent theatrical film: I, Daniel Blake (2016)
Most recent: In Conversation with Jeremy Corbyn (2016)

Woody Allen (Dec. 1, 1935, 84, Annie Hall; Manhattan)
Most recent film: Wonder Wheel (2017)
Upcoming film: A Rainy Day in New York

William Friedkin (Aug. 29, 1935, 84, The French Connection; The Exorcist)
Most recent film: The Devil and Father Amorth (2017)

Robert Downey Sr. (June 24, 1935, 84, Putney Swope; Greaser’s Palace)
Most recent film: Rittenhouse Square (2005)

Robert Towne (Nov. 23, 1934, 85, Personal Best; Without Limits)
Most recent film: Ask the Dust (2006)

Jan Svankmajer (Sept. 4, 1934, 85, Alice; Greedy Guts)
Most recent film: Insects (2018)

Roman Polanski (August 18, 1933, 86, Rosemary’s Baby; Chinatown)
Most recent film: Based on a True Story
Upcoming film: J’accuse

Ken Jacobs (May 25, 1933, 86, Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son; Star Spangled to Death)
Most recent film: Ulysses in the Subway (2017)

Tinto Brass (March 26, 1933, 87, Caligula)
Most recent film: Hotel Courbet (short, 2009)

Robert Young (March 16, 1933, 87, Splitting Heirs; Fierce Creatures with Fred Schepisi)
Most recent film: Ghost Ship (aka Curse of the Phoenix) (2014)

Sidney J. Furie (February 28, 1933, 87, The Ipcress File; Lady Sings the Blues)
Most recent film: Drive Me to Vegas and Mars (2018)
Upcoming film: Finding Hannah

Bob Rafelson (February 21, 1933, 87, Five Easy Pieces; The King of Marvin Gardens)
Most recent film: No Good Deed (2002)

Yoshishige Yoshida (February 16, 1933, 87, Akitsu Springs; Eros + Massacre)
Most recent film: Welcome to São Paulo (2004)

Costa-Gavras (February 12, 1933, 87, Z; Missing)
Most recent film: Capital (2012)
Upcoming film: Adults in the Room

Jack Hill (January 28, 1933, 87, Spider Baby; Foxy Brown)
Most recent film: Sorceress (1982)

John Boorman (January 18, 1933, 87, Point Blank; Deliverance)
Most recent film: Queen and Country (2014)

Liliana Cavani (January 12, 1933, 87, The Night Porter; Francesco [1989])
Most recent theatrical feature film: Ripley’s Game (2002)
Most recent film: Francesco (TV movie, 2014)
Upcoming film: Death Is for the Living

Robert Benton (September 29, 1932, 87, Kramer vs. Kramer; Places in the Heart)
Most recent film: Feast of Love (2007)

Melvin Van Peebles (August 21, 1932, 87, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song; Watermelon Man)
Most recent film: Lilly Done the Zampoughi Every Time I Pulled Her Coattail (short, 2012)

Fernando Arrabal (August 11, 1932, 87, Long Live Death; I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse)
Most recent film: Farewell, Babylon! (1992)

Monte Hellman (July 12, 1932, 87, The Shooting; Two-Lane Blacktop)
Most recent feature theatrical film: Road to Nowhere (2010)
Most recent film: Venice 70: Future Reloaded (segment, 2013)

Elaine May (April 21, 1932, 88, A New Leaf; The Heartbreak Kid [1972])
Most recent feature theatrical film: Ishtar (1987)
Most recent: American Masters- “Mike Nichols” (2016)

Richard Lester (January 19, 1932, 88, A Hard Day’s Night; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum)
Most recent film: Get Back (1991)

Alfonso Arau (January 11, 1932, 88, Like Water for Chocolate; A Walk in the Clouds)
Most recent film: L’imbroglio nel lenzuolo (2010)
Upcoming film: The Crime of Love

Carlos Saura (January 4, 1932, 88, Blood Wedding; Tango)
Most recent film: Jota de Saura (2016)
Upcoming films: Renzo Piano, an Architect for Santander; Picasso y el Guernica; El Rey de todo el mundo

Paolo Taviani (November 8, 1931, 88) (directed with his late brother Vittorio: Padre Padrone; The Night of the Shooting Stars)
Most recent film together: Wondrous Boccaccio (2015), directed with his late brother Vittorio
Paolo’s most recent film: Rainbow: A Private Affair (2017)

Ruy Guerra (August 22, 1931, 88, The Guns; Of Gods and the Undead)
Most recent film: Oblivious Memory (2016)

Jan Troell (July 23, 1931, 88, The Emigrants; Everlasting Moments)
Most recent film: The Last Sentence (2012)

Irwin Winkler (May 28, 1931, 88, Guilty by Suspicion; Night and the City)
Most recent film: Home of the Brave (2006)

Ted Kotcheff (April 7, 1931, 89, North Dallas Forty; First Blood)
Most recent feature theatrical film: Hidden Assassin (1995)
Most recent film: Fearless (short, 2014)

Masahiro Shinoda (March 9, 1931, 89, Double Suicide; Sharaku)
Most recent film: Spy Sorge (2003)

Robert Duvall (January 5, 1931, 89, The Apostle)
Most recent film: Wild Horses (2015)

Jean-Luc Godard (December 3, 1930, 89, Breathless; Weekend)
Most recent film: The Image Book

Clint Eastwood (May 31, 1930, 89, Unforgiven; Million Dollar Baby)
Most recent film: The Mule

Richard Donner (April 24, 1930, 90, The Omen; Superman)
Most recent film: 16 Blocks (2006)

Frederick Wiseman (January 1, 1930, 90, Titicut Follies; La Danse)
Most recent film: Ex Libris: New York Public Library

Michael Snow (December 10, 1929, 90, Wavelength; La région centrale)
Most recent feature theatrical film: *Corpus Callosum (2002)
Most recent film: Puccini conservato (short, 2008)

Alain Tanner (December 6, 1929, 90, Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000; Light Years Away)
Most recent film: Paul s’en va (2004)

Richard Rush (April 15, 1929, 91, The Stunt Man)
Most recent film: Color of Night (1994)
Most recent: The Sinister Saga of Making ‘The Stunt Man’ (2000) video documentary

Alejandro Jodorowsky (February 17, 1929, 91, El Topo, The Holy Mountain)
Most recent film: Endless Poetry

Harold Becker (Sept. 25, 1928, 91, Taps; Sea of Love)
Most recent: Masters of Science Fiction: Watchbird (2007) (TV)
Most recent film: Domestic Disturbance (2001)

Lina Wertmüller (August 14, 1928, 91, Swept Away [1974], Seven Beauties)
Most recent feature theatrical film: Too Much Romance… It’s Time for Stuffed Peppers (2004)
Most recent film: Roma, Napoli, Venezia… in un crescendo rossiniano (2014)

James Ivory (June 7, 1928, 91, A Room with a View; The Remains of the Day)
Most recent film: The City of Your Final Destination (2009)
Upcoming film: Richard II

William Klein (April 19, 1928, 92, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?; Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee)
Most recent film: Messiah (1999)

Mark Rydell (March 23, 1929, 91, The Cowboys; On Golden Pond)
Most recent feature theatrical film: Even Money (2006)
Most recent: “Masters of Science Fiction” episode (2007) TV series

Marcel Ophüls (November 1, 1927, 92, The Sorrow and the Pity; Hotel Terminus)
Most recent film: Un voyageur (2013)

Toshio Masuda (October 5, 1927, 92, Rusty Knife; Tora! Tora! Tora!)
Most recent film feature film: Tengoku no Taizai (1992)
Most recent: Shinsengumi keppuhroku (TV series, 1998)

Jerry Schatzberg (June 26, 1927, 92, The Panic in Needle Park; Scarecrow)
Most recent film: The Day the Ponies Come Back (2000)

Allen Baron (April 14, 1927, 93, Blast of Silence; Terror in the City)
Most recent: Fortune Dane- “Airport” (1986) TV series

Sidney Poitier (February 20, 1927, 93, Uptown Saturday Night; Stir Crazy)
Most recent film: Ghost Dad (1990)

Kenneth Anger (February 3, 1927, 93, Fireworks; Scorpio Rising)
Most recent film: Airships (short, 2013)

Norman Jewison (July 21, 1926, 93, In the Heat of the Night; Fiddler on the Roof)
Most recent film: The Statement (2003)

Mel Brooks (June 28, 1926, 93, Blazing Saddles; Young Frankenstein)
Most recent film: Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

Roger Corman (April 5, 1926, 94, The Little Shop of Horrors; Pit and the Pendulum)
Most recent film: Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

Lee Grant (October 31, 1925, 94, Tell Me a Riddle)
Most recent feature theatrical film: Staying Together
Most recent film: … A Father… A Son… Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2005)

Peter Brook (March 21, 1925, 95, Lord of the Flies; Marat/Sade)
Most recent feature theatrical film: La tragédie de Carmen (1983)
Most recent film: The Tragedy of Hamlet (TV movie, 2002)

Robert M. Young (November 22, 1924, 95, Short Eyes; Alambrista!)
Most recent film: Beckett by Brook (2018, TV movie) with Marie-Hélène Estienne

Ebrahim Golestan (Oct. 19, 1922, 97, The Brick and the Mirror)
Most recent film: Secrets of the Treasure of the Jinn Valley (1974)

Bert I. Gordon (September 24, 1922, 97, The Amazing Colossal Man; Village of the Giants)
Most recent film: Secrets of a Psychopath (2015)

Carl Reiner (March 20, 1922, 98, Oh, God!; The Jerk)
Most recent film: That Old Feeling (1997)

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