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, 81, The Driver; The Warriors)
Most recent film: Dead for a Dollar (2022)

Sean S. Cunningham (December 31, 1941, 81, 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, 82, 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)

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, 84, Sofie; Faithless)
Most recent film: Miss Julie (2014)

Waris Hussein (December 9, 1938, 84, 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, 85, Eating; New Year’s Day)
Most recent film: Train to Zakopané (2017)

Peter Medak (December 24, 1937, 85, 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

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, 90, Point Blank; Deliverance)
Most recent film: Queen and Country (2014)

Liliana Cavani (January 12, 1933, 90, 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)

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, 91, 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, 91, 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, 91, 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, 92, 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, 93, Titicut Follies; Welfare)
Most recent film: A Couple (2022)

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)

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)

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)

Elliot Silverstein (August 3, 1927, 95, Cat Ballou; A Man Called Horse)
Most recent directing: Tale from the Crypt: “Surprise Party” (1994) (TV episode)
Most recent film: Flashfire (1994)

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)

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
Bohemian Rhapsody
Boy Erased
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Cold War
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
Green Book
The Hate U Give
Have a Nice Day
The House That Jack Built
The House with a Clock in Its Walls
If Beale Street Could Talk
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
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots
Mom and Dad
Monrovia, Indiana
The Mule
Never Look Away
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
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
A Simple Favor
The Sisters Brothers
Sollers Point
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Sorry to Bother You
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Stan & Ollie
The Strange Ones
The Strangers: Prey at Night
Support the Girls
Sweet Country
Tea with the Dames
Tehran Taboo
They Shall Not Grow Old
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
Vox Lux
The Wife
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
A Wrinkle in Time
You Were Never Really Here
The Young Karl Marx
At home
Crazy Rich Asians
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
The Guilty
Pass Over
A Prayer Before Dawn
Private Life

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. Nashville (1975, Robert Altman)
9. Being There (1979, Hal Ashby)
10. All That Jazz (1979, Bob Fosse)