Lee Grant, the Oscar-winning actress (“Shampoo”) says she determined after her win to attempt to direct since good roles for older ladies had been restricted. It seems that was in regards to the midway level of her 98 12 months (to this point) life. What adopted was a story function (“Inform Me a Riddle”) and several other documentaries, together with “Down and Out in America,” which gained an Oscar.

Once we final ran our listing of the oldest dwelling function movie administrators in late 2022, the place Grant stood was a thriller. Since her breakout in William Wyler’s “The Detective Story” (1951), her first nomination, her 12 months of delivery was unclear. However lately she has clarified that that she was born in 1925. That makes her, to the most effective of our information, older than any of her friends.

Beneath are listed the 25 oldest. Since our most up-to-date listing, Norman Lear, Robert M. Younger (each of who briefly had been the oldest), and Norman Jewison amongst others have handed away. Additionally, a number of of the oldest-living administrators that had been ignored beforehand are actually listed.

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The three oldest (other than Grant, Roger Corman and Mel Brooks) stay very important figures, together with often participating in social media and within the case of Brooks lately accepting an honorary Oscar. Corman lately famous that Grant outranked him in age on a just-published related listing compiled by the British Movie Institute. Their listing nonetheless doesn’t embrace seven names we’ve decided must be included (to provide them credit score, that they had three not on our compilation).

The next is an inventory of each recognized dwelling director who has helmed at the least one feature-length narrative or documentary movie. It was compiled from a number of sources and unbiased analysis with each effort made to be complete. Aside from the BFI, IMDb additionally compiles one thing related. Each effort has been made to make this probably the most full listing.

We discovered 26 different administrators 90 or older, with two — Clint Eastwood (93) and Roman Polanski (90) nonetheless lively. Amongst these older, Frederic Wiseman continues to be going sturdy, together with his documentary “Menus-Plaisirs: Les Troisgros” successful awards lately from each the New York and Los Angeles Critics.

[Editor’s note: In instances where a photograph of the director could not be used, a production still or screenshot from one of their most renowned works appears.]

With editorial contributions from Wilson Chapman.

Lee Grant in
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Lee Grant — 98

Born: October 31, 1925

Identified for: “Inform Me a Riddle” (1980), “Down and Out in America” (1985)

TIME WARP: THE GREATEST CULT FILMS OF ALL-TIME- VOL. 3 COMEDY AND CAMP, Roger Corman, 2020. © Quiver Distribution / Courtesy Everett Collection
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Roger Corman — 97

Born: April 5, 1926

Identified for: “The Little Store of Horrors” (1960), “The Pit and the Pendulum” (1961), “Wild Angels” (1967)

SILENT MOVIE, Mel Brooks, 1976, TM & Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp./courtesy Everett Collection
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Mel Brooks — 97

Born: June 27, 1926

Identified for: “The Producers” (1968), “Blazing Saddles” (1974), “Younger Frankenstein” (1974)

Courtesy: IMDB

Margot Benacerraf — 97

Born: August 14, 1926

Identified for: “Ayala” (1959)

Courtesy: IMDB

Everett Chambers — 97

Born: August 19, 1926

Identified for: “Run Throughout the River” (1961), “The Lollipop Cowl” (1965)

SAY HELLO TO YESTERDAY, from left, Leonard Whiting, Jean Simmons, 1971
SAY HELLO TO YESTERDAY, from left, Leonard Whiting, Jean Simmons, 1971Courtesy Everett Assortment

Alvin Rakoff — 97

Born: February 6, 1927

Identified for: “Hoffman” (1969), “Say Hey to Yesterday” (1970)

SILENCE BEFORE BACH, (aka DIE STILLE VOR BACH), Pere Portabella, 2007. ©Films 59/Courtesy Everett Collection
SILENCE BEFORE BACH, (aka DIE STILLE VOR BACH), Pere Portabella, 2007. ©Movies 59/Courtesy Everett AssortmentMovies 59/Courtesy Everett Assortment

Pere Portabella — 97

Born: February 11, 1927

Identified for: Warsaw Bridge (1990), The Silence Earlier than Bach (2007)

PIE IN THE SKY, (aka TERROR IN THE CITY), Robert Allen, Richard Bray, 1964
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Allen Baron — 96

Born: April 14, 1927

Identified for: “Blast of Silence” (1961), “Terror within the Metropolis” (1964)

Jerry Schatzberg, 1970s
Jerry Schatzberg, SeventiesCourtesy Everett Assortment

Jerry Schatzberg — 96

Born: June 26, 1927

Identified for: “Panic in Needle Park” (1971), “Avenue Sensible” (1985)

TORA! TORA! TORA!, Takahiro Tamura (middle), 1970, TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.
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Toshio Masuda — 96

Born: October 5, 1927

Identified for: “The Rusty Knife” (1958), “Pink Hankerchief” (1964), “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (1970)

THE SORROW AND THE PITY, 1971. ©Milestone / Courtesy Everett Collection
THE SORROW AND THE PITY, 1971. ©Milestone / Courtesy Everett Assortment©Milestone/Courtesy Everett Assortment

Marcel Ophuels — 96

Born: November 21, 1927

Identified for: “The Sorrow and the Pity” (1971), “Lodge Terminus” (1988)

THE BLISS OF MRS. BLOSSOM, from left: James Booth, Shirley MacLaine, 1968
THE BLISS OF MRS. BLOSSOM, from left: James Sales space, Shirley MacLaine, 1968Courtesy Everett Assortment

Joseph McGrath — 95

Born: March 27, 1928

Identified for: “The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom” (1968), “The Magic Christian” (1969)

THE GOLDEN BOWL, from left, Kate Beckinsale, director James Ivory, on-set, 2000, ©LionsGate/courtesy Everett Collection
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James Ivory — 95

Born: June 7, 1928

Identified for: “A Room With a View” (1986), “Howard’s Finish” (1992), “The Stays of the Day” (1993)

Producer, writer and director James B. Harris, ca. 1962
Producer, author and director James B. Harris, ca. 1962Courtesy Everett Assortment

James B. Harris — 95

Born: August 3, 1928

Identified for: “The Bedford Incident” (1965), “Cop” (1988)

French director and screenwriter Serge Bourguignon, ca. mid-1960s
French director and screenwriter Serge Bourguignon, ca. mid-SixtiesCourtesy Everett Assortment

Serge Bourguignon —  95

Born: September 3, 1928

Identified for: “Sundays and Cybele” (1962), “The Reward” (1965)

MALICE, director Harold Becker on set, 1993, © Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection
MALICE, director Harold Becker on set, 1993, © Columbia/courtesy Everett Assortment©Columbia Photos/Courtesy Everett Assortment

Harold Becker —  95

Born: September 25, 1928

Identified for: “The Onion Subject” (1979), “Faucets” (1981), “Sea of Love” (1989)

AIDO, from left: Yuri Suemasa, director Susumu Hani, Kimiko Nukamura arriving for screening at the Berlin Film Festival, 1969
AIDO, from left: Yuri Suemasa, director Susumu Hani, Kimiko Nukamura arriving for screening on the Berlin Movie Competition, 1969Courtesy Everett Assortment

Susumu Hani —  95

Born: October 10, 1928

Identified for: “Dangerous Boys” (1961), “Nanami – The Inferno of First Love” (1968)

FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH, (aka TIAN XIA DI YI QUAN, aka KING BOXER), Lo Lieh, 1972
FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH, (aka TIAN XIA DI YI QUAN, aka KING BOXER), Lo Lieh, 1972Courtesy Everett Assortment

Jeong Chang-wha —  95

Born: November 1, 1928

Identified for: “A Sunny Subject,” (1960) “5 Fingers of Loss of life” (1972)

PSYCHOMAGIC, A HEALING ART, (aka PSYCHOMAGIE, UN ART POUR GUERIR), director Alejandro Jodorowsky, 2019. © Abkco Films / Courtesy Everett Collection
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Alejandro Jodorowsky — 95

Born: February 17, 1929

Identified for: “Fando and Lis” (1968), “El Topo” (1970), “The Holy Mountain” (1973)

THE RIVER, director Mark Rydell, 1984, ©Universal / courtesy Everett Collection
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Mark Rydell — 94

Born: March 23, 1929

Identified for: “Cinderella Liberty” (1973), “The Rose” (1979), “On Golden Pond” (1981)

BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY, Larry 'Buster'Crabbe, Erin Gray, Gil Gerard in 'Planet of the Slave Girls: Parts 1 and 2' (Season 1, Episodes 3 and 4, aired September 27, 1979), 1979-81. ©Universal Television/courtesy Everett Collection
BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY, Larry ‘Buster’Crabbe, Erin Grey, Gil Gerard in ‘Planet of the Slave Women: Elements 1 and a pair of’ (Season 1, Episodes 3 and 4, aired September 27, 1979), 1979-81. ©Common Tv/courtesy Everett Assortment©Common/Courtesy Everett Assortment

Daniel Haller — 94

Born: September 14, 1929

Identified for: “The Dunwich Horror” (1970), “Buck Rogers within the twenty fifth Century” (1979)

Courtesy: Mubi

Kazuo Ikehiro — 94

Born: October 25, 1929

Identified for: “Zatoichi and the Sword of Gold” (1964), “Bare Ambition” (1970)

HOT MILLIONS, from left: Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Cesar Romero, 1968
HOT MILLIONS, from left: Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Cesar Romero, 1968Everett Assortment / Everett Assortment

Eric Until — 94

Born: November 24, 1929

Identified for: “Sizzling Hundreds of thousands” (1968), “Improper Channels” (1981)

Frederick Wiseman, ca. 1978
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Frederick Wiseman — 94

Born: January 1, 1930

Identified for: “Titicut Follies” (1968), “In Jackson Heights” (2015), “Menus-Plaisirs: Les Troisgros” (2023)

TWO-MINUTE WARNING, director Larry Peerce on set, 1976
TWO-MINUTE WARNING, director Larry Peerce on set, 1976Courtesy Everett Assortment

Larry Peerce — 94

Born: April 19, 1930

Identified for: “One Potato, Two Potato” (1964), Goodbye, Columbus” (1969), “Two-Minute Warning” (1976)

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