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Religious Affiliation of People Listed in
The Film 100:
A Ranking of the Most Influential People in the History of the Movies

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The following list of names is from the book The Film 100 (full title: The Film 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential People in the History of the Movies), written by Scott Wise, a Citadel Press Book, published by Carol Publishing Group: Secaucus, New Jersey (1998).

The purpose of this page is not to provide details about the careers and lasting influence of these individuals (numerous other resources are available for that). This purpose of this page is to identify the religious affiliation, religious background and/or religious beliefs of the individuals named in the "Film 100" list. The names and rankings in this list are from The Film 100, by Scott Wise. The other information has been researched and collected by Adherents.com specifically for this page.

The Film 100:
A Ranking of the Most Influential People in the History of the Movies
Rank. NameReligious AffiliationBrief note about significance, occupation, credits
1. W. K. Laurie Dickson?inventor of the motion picture camera
2. Edwin S. Porter invented film editing; America's first major filmmaker
3. Charlie ChaplinAnglican; agnosticactor, director
4. Mary PickfordCatholic; Christian Science (convert)actress; studio boss; co-founder of United Artists
5. Orson WellesProtestant Christiandirector/actor; Citizen Kane; etc.
6. Alfred HitchcockCatholicdirector; Psycho; The Birds; Rear Window; etc.
7. Walt DisneyCongregationalistpioneering animator
8. D. W. GriffithMethodistdirector
9. Will HaysPresbyterianled Hollywood's self-censorship: 1930 Motion Picture Produc. Code
10. Thomas EdisonCongregationalist; agnosticinventor, developed film recording, projection technology, light
11. John WaynePresbyterian; Catholicactor, movie star, esp. in Westerns
12. J. R. Bray founded first studio dedicated to animation
13. Billy Bitzer pioneering cameraman
14. Jesse Lasky founded first motion picture studio in Hollywood
15. George Eastman photography innovations incl. dry plates, film w/ flexible backing
16. Sergei EisensteinRussian Orthodox; Marxist; FreudianSoviet director; developed montage; Battleship Potemkin
17. Andre BazinCatholicFrench film critic
18. Irving ThalbergJewishmovie producer
19. Thomas Ince director
20. Marlon Brandominimal Christian Science;
Native American spirituality
pioneering "method" actor, inspired realism in film acting
21. Louis B. MayerJewishHollywood studio mogul
22. Greta GarboLutheranactress
23. Robert FlahertyProtestant father;
Catholic mother
pioneering documentary filmmaker; Nanook of the North
24. Lon ChaneyChristianity; both parents deafactor popular for monster, horror roles; make-up pioneer
25. Anita Loos screenwriter
26. Georges MeliesCatholicearly cinema pioneer; inventor of the sci-fi and fantasy genres
27. Adolph ZukorJewishproducer and executive
28. John GilbertLatter-day Saintleading silent-era movie star
29. Max FleischerJewishproducer
30. John FordCatholicdirector, esp. Westerns
31. William FoxJewishproducer, theater chain owner
32. George LucasBuddhist Methodistdirector, developer of special effects; Star Wars; etc.
33. Linwood Gale Dunn visual special effects pioneer
34. Eadweard Muybridge inventor of key photographic, film processes
35. Katharine Hepburnnominal Episcopalian background; atheistactress
36. Winsor McCay animator
37. Stanley KubrickJewishdirector; 2001: A Space Oddysey; Dr. Strangelove; etc.
38. Buster KeatonCatholic (non-practicing)actor known for physical comedy
39. James AgeeEpiscopalianfilm critic
40. Fritz LangJewish Catholicdirector (M; Metropolis; etc.)
41. Marcus LoewJewishfounded theater chain
42. Cedric Gibbons art director
43. James CagneyCatholicactor
44. Ben HechtJewishproducer, director, writer
45. Ingmar BergmanLutheran; agnosticacclaimed Swedish filmmaker
46. Humphrey BogartEpiscopalian (lapsed)actor
47. Leon SchlesingerJewishproducer over Warner Brothers animation studio
48. Louella ParsonsCatholicentertainment and gossip columnist
49. Roger CormanCatholicproducer, director
50. Edith HeadCatholiccostume designer
51. Bernard HerrmannJewishcomposer
52. Gary CooperCatholic (convert)actor
53. Mike ToddJudaismproducer; pioneered 70-millimeter film; Around the World in 80 Days
54. Ernst LubitschJewishGerman-born director; "King of Comedy"; also musicals
55. Sidney PoitierVodoun; Anglican; Catholicpioneering black actor
56. Saul Bass title designer
57. Billy WilderJewishdirector; Double Indemnity; Some Like It Hot, etc.
58. Bette DavisBaptist/Episcopalian family background;
Christian Science (temporary)
59. Erich von StroheimJewish-born Catholic (convert)actor, director; Greed
60. Max Factor developed face make-up used in filmmaking
61. The Lumiere Brothers first to project moving, photographic, pictures to paying audience
62. Woody AllenJewish (raised Orthodox);
director, actor; "Annie Hall" (1977), etc.
63. Clark GableCatholicactor
64. David O. SelznickJewishproducer
65. Gregg Toland pioneering cinematographer; Citizen Kane
66. Lillian GishEpiscopalianactress
67. William Cameron Menzies set designer; Gone with the Wind
68. Lucille BallProtestant;
Dutch Reformed (Rev. Peale)
actress, comedian; television sitcom pioneer
69. Samuel RothafelJewishpioneer in building movie "palaces"; synched orchestral score to film
70. Akira KurosawaBuddhist-Shinto cultureinfluential Japanese filmmaker
71. Marilyn MonroeChristian Science;
temporary convert to Judaism
actress, movie star, female icon
72. Vittorio De SicaCatholicItalian director; The Bicycle Thief
73. Natalie Kalmus co-developer of Technicolor process
74. Gene Siskel &
       Roger Ebert
lapsed Catholic
influential film reviewers
75. Willis O'Brien special effects pioneer; stop motion photography; King Kong
76. Shirley TemplePresbyterian, Episcopalianpopular child star
77. Yakima Canutt stunt man
78. Sam PeckinpahProtestantdirector
79. Jackie CooganCatholicchild actor
80. Federico FelliniCatholic; astrology; Jungdirector
81. Leni RiefenstahlLutheraninfluential director famous for Nazi propaganda films
82. Steven SpielbergJudaismdirector
83. Sam WarnerJewishexecutive, studio founder
84. Jean-Luc GodardCalvinist/Huguenot (lapsed);
devout Maoist
85. Robert De NiroCatholic (non-practicing)actor
86. Fred AstaireEpiscopalianpopular dancing actor, dance choreographer
87. Francis Ford CoppolaCatholic (non-practicing)director
88. Ted Turnerraised Catholic/Episcopal;
now agnostic or atheist
cable mogul; film colorization
89. Clint Eastwoodraised Protestant; agnosticactor famous for popular Westerns; leading director
90. Dalton TrumboChristian ScienceImportant novelist and screenwriter
91. Dennis Hopper director, actor
92. Richard Hollingshead drive-in movies inventor and entrepreneur
93. Melvin Van Peebles pioneering black filmmaker
94. John Chambers make-up technician, advanced latex masks; Planet of the Apes
95. Mack SennettCatholicpioneer, innovator of slapstick film comedy (incl. Keystone Kops)
96. Martin ScorseseCatholic (lapsed former seminarian)director
97. Karl Struss DP for Cecil B. DeMille, etc.; pioneering cinematographer
98. Busby Berkeley influential Hollywood movie director, musical choreographer
99. John Hubley New York Times: "most influential animator of the postwar era"
100. John CassavetesGreek Orthodoxdirector; pioneer of American cinema verite; Faces; Shadows; etc.

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