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.

Paul Verhoeven (July 18, 1938, 80, RoboCop; Total Recall)
Most recent film: Elle (2016)
Upcoming film: Benedetta

Richard Benjamin (May 22, 1938, 80, 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)

Henry Jaglom (Jan. 26, 1938, 80, Eating; New Year’s Day)
Most recent film: Ovation (2015)
Upcoming film: Train to Zakopané

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi (Jan. 9, 1938, 80, House)
Most recent film: Hanagatami (2017)

Ridley Scott (Nov. 30, 1937, 80, Alien; Blade Runner)
Most recent film: All the Money in the World
Upcoming film: Untitled Alien: Covenant Sequel; Battle of Britain

Francis Veber (81, July 28, 1937, The Fugitives; Le Dîner de Cons)
Most recent film: A Pain in the Ass (2008)

Dick Richards (1936, 81, The Culpepper Cattle Co.; Farewell, My Lovely)
Most recent film: Heat (1986)

Andrey Konchalovskiy (81, August 20, 1937, Siberiade; Runaway Train)
Most recent film: Paradise (2016)
Upcoming film: Il peccato

Philip Kaufman (October 23, 1936, 82, 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, 82, Chariots of Fire; Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes)
Most recent film: Finding Altamira (2016)

Robert Redford (Aug. 18, 1936, 82, 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)

Ken Loach (June 17, 1936, 82, 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, 83, Annie Hall; Manhattan)
Most recent film: Wonder Wheel (2017)
Upcoming film: A Rainy Day in New York

William Friedkin (Aug. 29, 1935, 82, The French Connection; The Exorcist)
Most recent film: The Devil and Father Amorth (2017)

Robert Downey Sr. (June 24, 1935, 82, Putney Swope; Greaser’s Palace)
Most recent film: Rittenhouse Square (2005)

Jan Svankmajer (Sept. 4, 1934, 84, Alice; Greedy Guts)
Most recent film: Insects (2018)

Roman Polanski (August 18, 1933, 85, Rosemary’s Baby; Chinatown)
Most recent film: Based on a True Story

Ivan Passer (July 10, 1933, 85, Intimate Lighting; Born to Win)
Most recent film: Nomad: The Warrior (2005)

Ken Jacobs (May 25, 1933, 85, Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son; Star Spangled to Death)
Most recent film: Ulysses in the Subway (2017)

Tinto Brass (March 26, 1933, 85, Caligula)
Most recent film: Hotel Courbet (short, 2009)

Bob Rafelson (February 21, 1933, 85, Five Easy Pieces; The King of Marvin Gardens)
Most recent film: No Good Deed (2002)

Yoshishige Yoshida (February 16, 1933, 85, Akitsu Springs; Eros + Massacre)
Most recent film: Welcome to São Paulo (2004)

Costa-Gavras (February 12, 1933, 85, Z; Missing)
Most recent film: Capital (2012)
Upcoming film: Adults in the Room

Jack Hill (January 28, 1933, 85, Spider Baby; Foxy Brown)
Most recent film: Sorceress (1982)

John Boorman (January 18, 1933, 85, Point Blank; Deliverance)
Most recent film: Queen and Country (2014)

Liliana Cavani (January 12, 1933, 85, 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

Dusan Makavejev (October 13, 1932, 86, W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism; Sweet Movie)
Most recent film: Danish Girls Show Everything (segment, 1996)

Robert Benton (September 29, 1932, 86, Kramer vs. Kramer; Places in the Heart)
Most recent film: Feast of Love (2007)

Melvin Van Peebles (August 21, 1932, 86, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song; Watermelon Man)
Most recent film: Lilly Done the Zampoughi Every Time I Pulled Her Coattail (short, 2012)

Elaine May (April 21, 1932, 86, A New Leaf; The Heartbreak Kid [1972])
Most recent feature theatrical film: Ishtar (1987)
Most recent: American Masters- “Mike Nichols” (2016)

Fernando Arrabal (August 11, 1932, 86, Long Live Death; I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse)
Most recent film: Farewell, Babylon! (1992)

Richard Lester (January 19, 1932, 86, A Hard Day’s Night; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum)
Most recent film: Get Back (1991)

Carlos Saura (January 4, 1932, 86, 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, 87) (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, 87, The Guns; Of Gods and the Undead)
Most recent film: Oblivious Memory (2016)

Jan Troell (July 23, 1931, 87, The Emigrants; Everlasting Moments)
Most recent film: The Last Sentence (2012)

Ted Kotcheff (April 7, 1931, 87, North Dallas Forty; First Blood)
Most recent feature theatrical film: Hidden Assassin (1995)
Most recent film: Fearless (short, 2014)

Masahiro Shinoda (March 9, 1931, 87, Double Suicide; Sharaku)
Most recent film: Spy Sorge (2003)

Robert Duvall (January 5, 1931, 87, The Apostle)
Most recent film: Wild Horses (2015)

Buck Henry (December 9, 1930, 88, Heaven Can Wait)
Most recent film: First Family (1980)
Most recent: Trying Times- “Hunger Chic” (1989)

Jean-Luc Godard (December 3, 1930, 88, Breathless; Weekend)
Most recent film: Remerciements de Jean-Luc Godard à son Prix d’honneur du cinéma suisse (short, 2015)
Upcoming film: Untitled Jean-Luc Godard Project

Clint Eastwood (May 31, 1930, 88, Unforgiven; Million Dollar Baby)
Most recent film: Sully
Upcoming film: The 15:17 to Paris

Richard Donner (April 24, 1930, 88, The Omen; Superman)
Most recent film: 16 Blocks (2006)

Frederick Wiseman (January 1, 1930, 88, Titicut Follies; La Danse)
Most recent film: Ex Libris: New York Public Library

Michael Snow (December 10, 1929, 89, Wavelength; La région centrale)
Most recent feature theatrical film: *Corpus Callosum (2002)
Most recent film: Puccini conservato (short, 2008)

Alain Tanner (December 6, 1929, 88, Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000; Light Years Away)
Most recent film: Paul s’en va (2004)

Monte Hellman (July 12, 1929, 89, The Shooting; Two-Lane Blacktop)
Most recent feature theatrical film: Road to Nowhere (2010)
Most recent film: Venice 70: Future Reloaded (segment, 2013)

Claude Goretta (June 23, 1929, 89, The Invitation; The Lacemaker)
Most recent feature theatrical film: L’ombre (1992)
Most recent film: Sartre, Years of Passion (2006)

Eddie Garcia (May 2, 1929, 89, Karugtong ng kahapon; Historia de un amor)
Most recent film: Abakada… Ina (2001)

Richard Rush (April 15, 1929, 89, 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, 89, El Topo, The Holy Mountain)
Most recent film: Endless Poetry

Harold Becker (Sept. 25, 1928, 90, Taps; Sea of Love)
Most recent: Masters of Science Fiction: Watchbird (2007) (TV)
Most recent film: Domestic Disturbance (2001)

Lina Wertmüller (August 14, 1928, 90, 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, 89, A Room with a View; The Remains of the Day)
Most recent film: The City of Your Final Destination (2009)
Upcoming film: Richard II

Agnès Varda (May 30, 1928, 90, Cléo from 5 to 7; Vagabond)
Most recent film: Faces Places (Visages villages) (2017)
Upcoming film: Untitled documentary co-directed with Didier Rouget

William Klein (April 19, 1928, 90, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?; Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee)
Most recent film: Messiah (1999)

Mark Rydell (March 23, 1928, 90, 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, 91, The Sorrow and the Pity; Hotel Terminus)
Most recent film: Un voyageur (2013)

Toshio Masuda (October 5, 1927, 91, 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, 91, The Panic in Needle Park; Scarecrow)
Most recent film: The Day the Ponies Come Back (2000)

Allen Baron (April 14, 1927, 91, Blast of Silence; Terror in the City)
Most recent: Fortune Dane- “Airport” (1986) TV series

Sidney Poitier (February 20, 1927, 91, Uptown Saturday Night; Stir Crazy)
Most recent film: Ghost Dad (1990)

Kenneth Anger (February 3, 1927, 91, Fireworks; Scorpio Rising)
Most recent film: Airships (short, 2013)

Norman Jewison (July 21, 1926, 92, In the Heat of the Night; Fiddler on the Roof)
Most recent film: The Statement (2003)

Mel Brooks (June 28, 1926, 92, Blazing Saddles; Young Frankenstein)
Most recent film: Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

Roger Corman (April 5, 1926, 92, The Little Shop of Horrors; Pit and the Pendulum)
Most recent film: Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

Lee Grant (October 31, 1925, 92, 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)

D. A. Pennebaker (July 15, 1925, 93, Monterey Pop; The War Room)
Most recent film: Unlocking the Cage (2015)

Peter Brook (March 21, 1925, 93, 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, 93, Short Eyes; Alambrista!)
Most recent film: The Maze (2011) (directed with David Grubin)

Stanley Donen (April 13, 1924, 94, Singin’ in the Rain; Charade)
Most recent feature theatrical film: Blame It on Rio (1984)
Most recent film: Love Letters (TV movie, 1999)

Matti Kassila (January 12, 1924, 94, The Harvest Month; Tulipunainen kyyhkynen)
Most recent feature theatrical film: Play It All (1994)
Most recent film: Kun aika on kypsä – Matti Kassila kertoo Sillanpää-elokuvistaan (1998)

Mrinal Sen (May 14, 1923, 95, In Search for Famine, The Case Is Closed)
Most recent film: My Land (2002)

Franco Zeffirelli (February 12, 1923, 95, Romeo and Juliet; Brother Sun, Sister Moon)
Most recent feature theatrical film: Callas Forever (2002)
Most recent film: Zeffirelli’s Inferno (2017)

Jonas Mekas (December 24, 1922, 94, Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania; As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty)
Most recent feature theatrical film: Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man
Most recent film: Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland (short, 2013)

Ebrahim Golestan (Oct. 19, 1922, 96, The Brick and the Mirror)
Most recent film: Secrets of the Treasure of the Jinn Valley (1974)

Bert I. Gordon (September 24, 1922, 96, The Amazing Colossal Man; Village of the Giants)
Most recent film: Secrets of a Psychopath (2015)

Carl Reiner (March 20, 1922, 96, Oh, God!; The Jerk)
Most recent film: That Old Feeling (1997)

Kirk Douglas (December 9, 1916, 101, Scalawag)
Most recent film: Posse (1975)

Every Film I Saw Released in the US in 2018

In theaters
The 15:17 to Paris
24 Frames
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Beautiful Boy
Before We Vanish
Black Panther
Boy Erased
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
The Day After
The Death of Stalin
The Devil and Father Amorth
Double Lover
Eighth Grade
The Endless
Fahrenheit 11/9
The Favourite
Final Portrait
First Man
First Reformed
Free Solo
Game Night
Golden Exits
The Great Buster
The Hate U Give
Have a Nice Day
The House That Jack Built
The House with a Clock in Its Walls
In Between
Incredibles 2
The Insult
Isle of Dogs
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
Lean on Pete
Leave No Trace
Let the Sun Shine In
Love After Love
Love, Simon
Lover for a Day
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
Mom and Dad
Monrovia, Indiana
The Old Man & the Gun
On Body and Soul
The Other Side of the Wind
Paddington 2
The Party
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word
A Quiet Place
Ready Player One
The Rider
The Road Movie
A Simple Favor
The Sisters Brothers
Sollers Point
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Sorry to Bother You
The Strange Ones
The Strangers: Prey at Night
Sweet Country
Tea with the Dames
Tehran Taboo
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
The Wife
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
A Wrinkle in Time
You Were Never Really Here
The Young Karl Marx


My Top Ten Favorite Films of All Time

My top ten favorite films of all time are:
1. City Lights (1931, Charlie Chaplin)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
3. The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah)
4. It’s a Gift (1934, Norman Z. McLeod)
5. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
6. Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
7. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
8. Being There (1979, Hal Ashby)
9. Nashville (1975, Robert Altman)
10. All That Jazz (1979, Bob Fosse)

Gregg Araki and Steven Soderbergh Creating New TV Series Now Apocalypse

Gregg Araki, director of the films Mysterious Skin and Kaboom, and Steven Soderbergh, director of the TV series The Knick and Mosaic and executive producer of The Girlfriend Experience and Godless, are teaming up for a new Starz television series titled Now Apocalypse.

How I Watch Films and Television

This is how I do it. I am not saying that my way is the only way.

Sleep is my favorite thing in life. Second is watching a film in a theater on film (although almost every theater shows films only digitally now) on a really big screen with great sound and a big audience as long as they are off their cellphones and not talking. I like to sit as close to the middle of the row as I can. Most of the time I do not like to eat anything, and I usually drink only water. The top two reasons I usually want to see a film are: 1. the director and 2. good reviews. There are over 100 living directors whose new films I want to see in theaters regardless of plot, subject matter, reviews, or actors. If these directors remade City Lights, my favorite film of all time, starring Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, I would still see it. If a film has multiple reviews on Metacritic and has a rating in the red (39 or under), I almost certainly will not see it unless it has a director I am a completist about. I try and watch the original versions of films and TV series before the remakes and sequels. I say I try and read the source material (novel, novella, short story, graphic novel) before seeing the films and TV series they are based on, but I often do not. The only films ever made that I refuse to see are The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the 2003 Michael Bay-produced remake; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning; and Texas Chainsaw 3D. I keep a list of every film I have seen, and I have seen over 3000 feature theatrical films.

At my apartment I have a widescreen television with surround sound and a region free Blu-ray player. I have Netflix (streaming and through the mail), Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, and Starz. I own a few hundred films and TV series on Blu-ray and DVD. I do not buy DVDs anymore, just Blu-rays, unless I cannot legally rent or stream the films or TV series. I have never illegally downloaded a film or TV series. I do not even know how to, and I would never do that. It is illegal and immoral. I will not watch a film or TV series on DVD if I can get a Blu-ray of it or stream it in HD. I rarely buy a film or TV series that I have not seen, unless it is a classic or by a director I really admire, and I know I want to have it even if I end up not liking it.

I would never watch a film or TV series unless it is in the correct aspect ratio and completely uncut and commercial free. Even some of the cable channels show films not in full widescreen. I will only watch a film or TV episode if I can watch it in its entirety in one sitting. Films and TV episodes should not be broken up. I have never walked out of a film in theaters or not finished a film. When watching a film or TV series, I turn off all my lights, and I always completely silence my phone and do not look at it. If anyone watches a film or TV series using an electronic device, he or she has not seen the film or TV series. The person has been using a device while a film or TV series has been playing. Since I have my widescreen television, I have no reason to ever watch a film on anything smaller. I have never watched a film or TV series on a computer or phone, and I never will.

If I watch a TV series, I watch it in order, spreading out the episodes by at least a day. I never watch more one than one episode on the same day unless two aired back-to-back originally. I do not like binge-watching series. I never watch a TV series unless I can fast forward through the commercials. I have never seen a reality TV series outside of a class, and I have no desire to see any. I have never seen a TV drama series that premiered before 1990. I am watching Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Hill Street Blues now though. The only TV dramas that I have seen that premiered before 2006, when Big Love did, are the original Twin Peaks and the British House of Cards, which both premiered in 1990. I want to see more.