Notable Film Directors: 80 or Older

Here are some notable film directors who are 80 or older and have directed at least one theatrical film.

Martin Scorsese (November 17, 1942, 80, Taxi Driver; Raging Bull)
Most recent film: The Irishman (2019)
Upcoming film: Killers of the Flower Moon

Werner Herzog (September 5, 1942, 80, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo)
Most recent film: Theatre of Thought (2022)

Barry Levinson (April 6, 1942, 80, Diner; Rain Man)
Most recent directing: Dopesick (TV episode, 2021)
Most recent film: The Survivor (2021)
Upcoming film: Sheela

Peter Greenaway (April 5, 1942, 80, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover; The Pillow Book)
Most recent directing: Luther and His Legacy (documentary short, 2017)
Most recent film: Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015)
Upcoming film: Walking to Paris

Michael Haneke (March 23, 1942, 80, The Piano Teacher; Amour)
Most recent film: Happy End (2017)

Margarethe von Trotta (February 21, 1942, 80, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum; Sisters, or The Balance of Happiness)
Most recent film: Searching for Ingmar Bergman (2018)
Upcoming film: Bachmann & Frisch

Walter Hill (January 10, 1942, 80, The Driver; The Warriors)
Most recent film: Dead for a Dollar (2022)

Sean S. Cunningham (December 31, 1941, 80, Friday the 13th; Spring Break)
Most recent directing: The Connection (short, 2022)
Most recent film: Trapped Ashes, segment “Jibaku” (2006)

Jim McBride (September 16, 1941, 81, David Holzman’s Diary; Breatless [1983])
Most recent directing: My Son’s Wedding to My Sister-in-Law (documentary short, 2009)
Most recent film: The Informant (1997)

Barbet Schroeder (August 26, 1941, 81, Barfly; Reversal of Fortune)
Most recent film: The Venerable W. (2017)

Denys Arcand (June 25, 1941, 81, The Decline of the American Empire; The Barbarian Invasions)
Most recent film: The Fall of the American Empire (2018)

Stephen Frears (June 20, 1941, 81, The Grifters; The Queen)
Most recent film: The Lost King (2022)

Adrian Lyne (March 4, 1941, 81, Fatal Attraction; Jacob’s Ladder)
Most recent film: Deep Water (2022)

Hayao Miyazaki (January 5, 1941, 81, Princess Mononoke; Spirited Away)
Most recent directing: Boro the Caterpillar (short, 2018)
Most recent film: The Wind Rises (2013)
Upcoming film: How Do You Live?

Terry Gilliam (November 22, 1940, 82, Time Bandits; Brazil)
Most recent film: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

Brian De Palma (September 11, 1940, 82, Carrie; Scarface)
Most recent film: Domino (2019)
Upcoming film: Sweet Vengeance

Dario Argento (September 7, 1940, 82, Deep Red; Suspiria)
Most recent film: Black Glasses (2022)
Upcoming film: Longinus

Bruce Beresford (August 16, 1940, 82, Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy)
Most recent film: Ladies in Black (2018)

Víctor Erice (June 30, 1940, 82, The Spirit of the Beehive; El Sur)
Most recent film: Centro Histórico (2012), segment
Upcoming film: Cerrar los Ojos

James L. Brooks (May 9, 1940, 82, Broadcast News; As Good as It Gets)
Most recent film: How Do You Know (2010)

John Irvin (May 7, 1940, 82, Raw Deal; Hamburger Hill)
Most recent film: Mandela’s Gun (2016)

Al Pacino (April 25, 1940, 82, Looking for Richard; Chinese Coffee)
Most recent film: Salomé (2013)

Marco Bellocchio (November 9, 1939, 83, Fists in the Pocket; Vincere)
Most recent film: Esterno notte (2022)
Upcoming film: La conversione

John Badham (August 25, 1939, 83, Saturday Night Fever; Short Circuit)
Most recent directing: Meatballs (short, 2022)
Most recent film: Incognito (1997)

Ruggero Deodato (May 7, 1939, 83, Jungle Holocaust; Cannibal Holocaust)
Most recent film: Deathcember (segment, 2019)

Christopher Miles (April 19, 1939, 83, The Maids; Priest of Love)
Most recent directing: Fire from Olympia (2012) (video documentary)
Most recent film: The Clandestine Marriage (1998)

Francis Ford Coppola (April 7, 1939, 83, The Godfather; Apocalypse Now)
Most recent directing: Distant Vision (2016)
Most recent film: Twixt (2011)
Upcoming film: Megalopolis

Volker Schlöndorff (March 31, 1939, 83, Young Törless; The Tin Drum)
Most recent film: The Forestmaker (2022)

Bertrand Blier (March 14, 1939, 83, Going Places; Get Out Your Handkerchiefs)
Most recent film: Heavy Duty (2019)

Robert Shaye (March 4, 1939, 83, Book of Love; The Last Mimzy)
Most recent film: Ambition (2019)

Liv Ullmann (December 16, 1938, 83, Sofie; Faithless)
Most recent film: Miss Julie (2014)

Waris Hussein (December 9, 1938, 83, A Touch of Love; Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx)
Most recent directing: Great Performances: “Sarah” (TV episode, 2022)
Most recent film: Sixth Happiness (1997)

Michael Schultz (November 10, 1938, 84, Cooley High; Car Wash)
Most recent directing: All American (TV episode, 2022)
Most recent film: Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)

Ralph Bakshi (October 29, 1938, 84, Fritz the Cat; Wizards)
Most recent film: Last Days of Coney Island (short, 2015)

Paul Verhoeven (July 18, 1938, 84, RoboCop; Total Recall)
Most recent film: Benedetta (2021)
Upcoming project: Bel Ami (TV miniseries)

Richard Benjamin (May 22, 1938, 84, My Favorite Year; The Money Pit)
Most recent directing: A Little Thing Called Murder (TV movie) (2005)
Most recent film: Marci X (2003)

Jerzy Skolimowski (May 5, 1938, 84, Deep End; Moonlighting)
Most recent film: EO (2022)

Lewis Teague (March 8, 1938, 84, Cujo; The Jewel of the Nile)
Most recent film: Charlotta-TS (2010)

Paul Morrissey (February 23, 1938, 84, Chelsea Girls [with Andy Warhol]; Flesh)
Most recent film: News from Nowhere (2010)

Henry Jaglom (January 26, 1938, 84, Eating; New Year’s Day)
Most recent film: Train to Zakopané (2017)

Peter Medak (December 24, 1937, 83, The Ruling Class; The Changeling)
Most recent film: The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018)

Ridley Scott (November 30, 1937, 85, Alien; Blade Runner)
Most recent film: House of Gucci (2021)
Upcoming film: Napoleon

Claude Lelouch (October 30, 1937, 85, A Man and a Woman; The Crook)
Most recent film: Love Is Better Than Life (2021)

Carroll Ballard (October 14, 1937, 85, The Black Stallion; Fly Away Home)
Most recent film: Duma (2005)

Don Bluth (September 13, 1937, 85, The Secret of NIMH; An American Tail)
Most recent directing: Gift of the Hoopoe (short, 2009)
Most recent film: Titan A.E. (2000) with Gary Goldman

Andrey Konchalovskiy (August 20, 1937, 85, Siberiade; Runaway Train)
Most recent film: Homo Sperans (2020)

Francis Veber (July 28, 1937, 85, The Fugitives; Le Dîner de Cons)
Most recent film: A Pain in the Ass (2008)

Jack Nicholson (April 22, 1937, 85, Drive, He Said; Goin’ South)
Most recent film: The Two Jakes (1990)

Warren Beatty (March 30, 1937, 85, Reds; Dick Tracy)
Most recent film: Rules Don’t Apply (2016)

Philip Kaufman (October 23, 1936, 86, Invasion of the Body Snatchers; The Right Stuff)
Most recent directing: Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Most recent film: Twisted (2004)

Hugh Hudson (August 25, 1936, 86, Chariots of Fire; Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes)
Most recent film: Finding Altamira (2016)

Robert Redford (August 18, 1936, 86, Ordinary People; Quiz Show)
Most recent film: Cathedrals of Culture (segment, 2014)

Dick Richards (July 9, 1936, 86, The Culpepper Cattle Co.; Farewell, My Lovely)
Most recent film: Heat (1986)

Ken Loach (June 17, 1936, 86, Kes; The Wind That Shakes the Barley)
Most recent film: Sorry We Missed You (2019)
Upcoming film: The Old Oak

Kwon-taek Im (May 2, 1936, 86, The Surrogate Woman; Painted Fire)
Most recent film: Hwajang (2014)

Alan Alda (January 28, 1936, 86, The Four Seasons; New Liberty)
Most recent film: Betsy’s Wedding (1990)

Woody Allen (November 30, 1935, 87, Annie Hall; Manhattan)
Most recent film: Rifkin’s Festival (2020)
Upcoming film: Wasp 22

William Friedkin (August 29, 1935, 87, The French Connection; The Exorcist)
Most recent film: The Devil and Father Amorth (2017)

Robert Towne (November 23, 1934, 88, Personal Best; Without Limits)
Most recent film: Ask the Dust (2006)

Jan Svankmajer (September 4, 1934, 88, Alice; Greedy Guts)
Most recent film: Kunstkamera (2022)

Roman Polanski (August 18, 1933, 89, Rosemary’s Baby; Chinatown)
Most recent film: An Officer and a Spy (2019)
Upcoming film: The Palace

Ken Jacobs (May 25, 1933, 89, Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son; Star Spangled to Death)
Most recent film: XCXHXEXRXRXIXEXSX (2022)

Tinto Brass (March 26, 1933, 89, Madam Kitty; Caligula)
Most recent directing: I Miss Sonia Henie (short, 2009)
Most recent film: Monamour (2005)

Robert Young (March 16, 1933, 89, Splitting Heirs; Fierce Creatures [with Fred Schepisi])
Most recent film: Curse of the Phoenix (2014)

Sidney J. Furie (February 28, 1933, 89, The Ipcress File; Lady Sings the Blues)
Most recent film: Drive Me to Vegas and Mars (2018)
Upcoming film: Finding Hannah

Yoshishige Yoshida (February 16, 1933, 89, Akitsu Springs; Eros + Massacre)
Most recent film: Welcome to São Paulo (segment, 2004)

Costa-Gavras (February 12, 1933, 89, Z; Missing)
Most recent film: Adults in the Room (2022)

Jack Hill (January 28, 1933, 89, Spider Baby; Foxy Brown)
Most recent directing: The Host (short, 2000)
Most recent film: Sorceress (1982)

John Boorman (January 18, 1933, 89, Point Blank; Deliverance)
Most recent film: Queen and Country (2014)

Liliana Cavani (January 12, 1933, 89, The Night Porter; Francesco)
Most recent directing: Francesco (TV movie, 2014)
Most recent film: Ripley’s Game (2002)
Upcoming film: L’ordine del tempo

Robert Benton (September 29, 1932, 90, Kramer vs. Kramer; Places in the Heart)
Most recent film: Feast of Love (2007)

Fernando Arrabal (August 11, 1932, 90, Long Live Death; I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse)
Most recent film: Jorge Luis Borges: Una vita di poesia (1998)

Mike Hodges (July 29, 1932, 90, Get Carter; Flash Gordon)
Most recent directing: Murder by Numbers (documentary short, co-dir. Paul Carlin, 2004)
Most recent film: I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2003)

Elaine May (April 21, 1932, 90, A New Leaf; The Heartbreak Kid)
Most recent directing: American Masters– “Mike Nichols” (TV series episode, 2016)
Most recent film: Ishtar (1987)

Richard Lester (January 19, 1932, 90, A Hard Day’s Night; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum)
Most recent film: Paul McCartney’s Get Back (1991)

Alfonso Arau (January 11, 1932, 90, 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, 90, Blood Wedding; Tango)
Most recent film: The King of All the World (2021)
Upcoming film: Las paredes hablan

Paolo Taviani (November 8, 1931, 91) (directed with his late brother Vittorio: Padre Padrone; The Night of the Shooting Stars)
Most recent film: Leonora addio (2022)

Ruy Guerra (August 22, 1931, 91, The Guns; Of Gods and the Undead)
Most recent film: Aos Pedaços (2020)

Jan Troell (July 23, 1931, 91, The Emigrants; Everlasting Moments)
Most recent film: The Last Sentence (2012)

Irwin Winkler (May 28, 1931, 91, Guilty by Suspicion; Night and the City)
Most recent film: Home of the Brave (2006)

Ted Kotcheff (April 7, 1931, 91, Wake in Fright; First Blood)
Most recent film: Soul of an Artist (dir. with Yorgo Lorandos, 2017)

William Shatner (March 22, 1931, 91, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)
Most recent directing: William Shatner War Chronicles (TV series episodes, 2015)
Most recent film: The Captains (2011)

Masahiro Shinoda (March 9, 1931, 91, Pale Flower; Double Suicide)
Most recent film: Spy Sorge (2003)

Robert Duvall (January 5, 1931, 91, The Apostle; Assassination Tango)
Most recent film: Wild Horses (2015)

Clint Eastwood (May 31, 1930, 92, Unforgiven; Million Dollar Baby)
Most recent film: Cry Macho (2021)

Frederick Wiseman (January 1, 1930, 92, Titicut Follies; Welfare)
Most recent film: A Couple (2022)

Michael Snow (December 10, 1929, 92, Wavelength; La région centrale)
Most recent film: Cityscape (short, 2019)
Most recent film: *Corpus Callosum (2002)

Alejandro Jodorowsky (February 17, 1929, 93, El Topo, The Holy Mountain)
Most recent film: Psychomagic, a Healing Art (2019)

Harold Becker (September 25, 1928, 94, Taps; Sea of Love)
Most recent directing: Masters of Science Fiction (TV series episode, 2007)
Most recent film: Domestic Disturbance (2001)

James Ivory (June 7, 1928, 94, A Room with a View; The Remains of the Day)
Most recent film: The City of Your Final Destination (2009)
Upcoming film: A Cooler Climate (dir. with Giles Gardner)

Mark Rydell (March 23, 1929, 93, The Cowboys; On Golden Pond)
Most recent directing: Masters of Science Fiction (TV series episode, 2007)
Most recent film: Even Money (2006)

Marcel Ophüls (November 1, 1927, 95, The Sorrow and the Pity; Hotel Terminus)
Most recent film: Un voyageur (2013)

Toshio Masuda (October 5, 1927, 95, Rusty Knife; Tora! Tora! Tora!)
Most recent directing: Shinsengumi keppuhroku (TV series, 1998)
Most recent film: Tengoku no Taizai (1992)

Jerry Schatzberg (June 26, 1927, 95, The Panic in Needle Park; Scarecrow)
Most recent film: The Day the Ponies Come Back (2000)

Allen Baron (April 14, 1927, 95, Blast of Silence; Terror in the City)
Most recent directing: Fortune Dane (TV series episode, 1986)
Most recent film: Foxfire Light (1983)

Alvin Rakoff (February 6, 1927, 95, Hoffman; Say Hello to Yesterday)
Most recent directing: A Dance to the Music of Time (TV miniseries episodes, 1997)
Most recent film: Dirty Tricks (1981)

Kenneth Anger (February 3, 1927, 95, Fireworks; Scorpio Rising)
Most recent directing: Airships (short, 2013)

Norman Jewison (July 21, 1926, 96, In the Heat of the Night; Fiddler on the Roof)
Most recent film: The Statement (2003)

Mel Brooks (June 28, 1926, 96, Blazing Saddles; Young Frankenstein)
Most recent film: Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

Roger Corman (April 5, 1926, 96, The Little Shop of Horrors; Pit and the Pendulum)
Most recent film: Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

Lee Grant (October 31, 1925, 97, Tell Me a Riddle)
Most recent directing: … A Father… A Son… Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2005)
Most recent film: Staying Together (1989)

Robert M. Young (November 22, 1924, 98, Short Eyes; Alambrista!)
Most recent film: The Maze (2011)

Ebrahim Golestan (October 19, 1922, 100, The Brick and the Mirror)
Most recent film: Secrets of the Treasure of the Jinn Valley (1974)

Bert I. Gordon (September 24, 1922, 100, The Amazing Colossal Man; Village of the Giants)
Most recent film: Secrets of a Psychopath (2015)

Norman Lear (July 29, 1922, 100)
Most recent directing: Maggie Bloom (TV movie, 2000)
Most recent (and only) film: Cold Turkey (1971)

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