Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
Age:
78
Lowdown: One of the busiest filmmakers around, he has four film releases in 2016 and this year marks his biggest movie ever, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'. The meticulous director is known for his zeal for excessive risk with scripts but isn't afraid to fail.

Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
Age:
73
Lowdown: When Robert De Niro jested about the celebrated director replacing him with Leonardo DiCaprio (Gangs of New York, The Aviator, etc) the thespian made a sly reference to the fact that he's ageing while Scorsese appears to stay young in his craft.

Woody Allen
Woody Allen
Age:
79
Lowdown: For the last four decades, not one year has passed by without this evergreen filmmaker working on a film that saw a release. His critics may suggest that he shouldn't be churning out movies like an assembly line but he does what he wants to. And wonderfully, too.

Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
Age:
84
Lowdown: Call him a French genius or a maverick but the fact remains that one of the oldest active filmmakers on this planet — with films like The 400 Blows to his credit — also happens to be the busiest visionary around with a slew of films happening every year.

Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
Age:
82
Lowdown: Controversies don't seem to leave this Polish filmmaker alone while he has no intention of bowing down to pressure as his filmography continues to blossom. Venus of Fur (2013) was his last directorial release and he's currently working on his next.

Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
Age:
76
Lowdown: The man behind gems such as The Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now (1979) is still active behind the scenes, if not the camera itself. Although he doesn't seem keen on directing films he's producing them every single year without fail.

Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
Age: 85
Lowdown: This old man of Hollywood can give a young heart a run for his spirit. Clint Eastwood has been compelling not only on the filmmaking front but also music composition. Gran Torino, someone?

Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
Age:
73
Lowdown: This German legend stays on the pedestal when it comes to documentary filmmaking. Dare is too feeble a word for the kind of courage his films exhibit, be it Grizzly Man (2005) or Hate in America.

Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
Age:
75
Lowdown: Of late, he's showing keen interest in writing but his first love remains cinema. Or should we say, cinema at its purest form? As is the case with most auteurs, he dabbles in docus every now and then only to go back to a feature films like Dreamers.