Best Director Oscar winners by age

Every Best Director Oscar winner, listed from youngest to oldest at time of win.

*All-time winner average: 47.06 years*

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  • La La Land

    1

  • Skippy

    2

  • Two Arabian Knights

    3

  • American Beauty

    4

  • 7th Heaven

    5

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    6

  • Tom Jones

    7

  • The Godfather: Part II

    8

  • Marty

    9

  • Dances with Wolves

    10

  • The Graduate

    11

  • The French Connection

    12

  • It Happened One Night

    13

  • Traffic

    14

  • The King's Speech

    15

  • Gentleman's Agreement

    16

  • Bad Girl

    17

  • Nomadland

    18

  • The Lost Weekend

    19

  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

    20

  • The Deer Hunter

    21

  • Braveheart

    22

  • Platoon

    23

  • Mrs. Miniver

    24

  • A Letter to Three Wives

    25

  • Rocky

    26

  • The Awful Truth

    27

  • You Can't Take It with You

    28

  • The Informer

    29

  • All About Eve

    30

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    31

  • Annie Hall

    32

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    33

  • Forrest Gump

    34

  • The English Patient

    35

  • West Side Story

    36

  • Born on the Fourth of July

    37

  • Titanic

    38

  • Terms of Endearment

    39

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    40

  • Midnight Cowboy

    41

  • The Divine Lady

    42

  • Ordinary People

    43

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    44

  • The Artist

    45

  • Reds

    46

  • On the Waterfront

    47

  • Cabaret

    48

  • From Here to Eternity

    49

  • Rain Man

    50

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    51

  • A Place in the Sun

    52

  • Schindler's List

    53

  • Kramer vs. Kramer

    54

  • The Making Of West Side Story

    55

  • A Beautiful Mind

    56

  • How Green Was My Valley

    57

  • The Last Emperor

    58

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    59

  • Cavalcade

    60

  • Going My Way

    61

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    62

  • Parasite

    63

  • No Country for Old Men

    64

  • Patton

    65

  • Gone with the Wind

    66

  • Brokeback Mountain

    67

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    68

  • The Sound of Music

    69

  • Out of Africa

    70

  • Saving Private Ryan

    71

  • Gravity

    72

  • Giant

    73

  • The Sting

    74

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    75

  • The Revenant

    76

  • Amadeus

    77

  • No Country for Old Yeller

    78

  • The Shape of Water

    79

  • The Apartment

    80

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    81

  • Gigi

    82

  • Casablanca

    83

  • Roma

    84

  • Ben-Hur

    85

  • The Hurt Locker

    86

  • Life of Pi

    87

  • The Quiet Man

    88

  • Gandhi

    89

  • A Man for All Seasons

    90

  • Oliver!

    91

  • Unforgiven

    92

  • The Departed

    93

  • My Fair Lady

    94

  • The Pianist

    95

  • Million Dollar Baby

    96