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100 Greatest Movie Directors

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Criteria: These directors have been judged by their originality and importance, as well as their ability to consistently make entertaining films. Next to each name is the film that best displays the director's talents.

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Last Updated: 2007-02-06
100 Greatest Movie Directors
  1. Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho)
  2. Stanley Kubrick (Dr Strangelove)
  3. Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull)
  4. Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai)
  5. Orson Welles (Citizen Kane)
  6. Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List)
  7. Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard)
  8. Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal)
  9. Federico Fellini (La Dolce Vita)
10. Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather)
11. John Ford (The Searchers)
12. Frank Capra (It's A Wonderful Life)
13. Charlie Chaplin (City Lights)
14. David Lean (Bridge On The River Kwai)
15. Elia Kazan (On The Waterfront)
16. John Huston (African Queen)
17. Sergio Leone (Once Upon A Time In The West)
18. William Wyler (Ben Hur)
19. David Lynch (Blue Velvet)
20. Luis Bunuel (The Golden Age)
21. Ridley Scott (Gladiator)
22. Sydney Lumet (Network)
23. Roman Polanski (Chinatown)
24. D.W. Griffith (Birth Of A Nation)
25. Laurence Olivier (Hamlet)
26. Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
27. Robert Altman (Nashville)
28. Jean Renoir (The Rules Of The Game)
29. George Cukor (The Philadelphia Story)
30. Francois Truffaut (The 400 Blows)
31. Jean Luc Godard (Breathless)
32. Sergei Eisenstein (Battleship Potemkin)
33. F.W. Murnau (Sunrise)
34. Oliver Stone (Platoon)
35. Woody Allen (Annie Hall)
36. John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate)    
37. Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction)
38. Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands)
39. Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch)
40. Spike Lee (Malcolm X)
41. Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump)
42. Erich Von Stroheim (Greed)
43. Steven Soderbergh (Traffic)
44. Michael Powell (Peeping Tom)
45. Joel Coen (Fargo)
46. Howard Hawks (His Girl Friday)
47. Alan J. Pakula (Sophie's Choice)
48. James Cameron (Titanic)
49. Satyajit Ray (The World of Apu)
50. Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven)
51. Jonathan Demme (The Silence Of The Lambs)
52. Jean Cocteau (Orphee)
53. Sydney Pollack (Out Of Africa)
54. George Lucas (Star Wars)
55. Michelangelo Antonioni (L'Avventura)
56. Cecil B. De Mille (Cleopatra)
57. Terry Gilliam (Brazil)
58. Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story)
59. David Fincher (Seven)
60. Kenji Mizoguchi (Ugestsu Monogatari)
61. Norman Jewison (In The Heat Of The Night)
62. Brian De Palma (Scarface)
63. Andrei Tarkovsky (Andrei Rublev)
64. Luchino Visconti (The Leopard)
65. Lewis Milestone (All Quiet On The Western Front)
66. Mike Nichols (The Graduate)
67. Henri-Georges Clouzot (Diabolique)
68. Buster Keaton (Our Hospitality)
69. Robert Aldrich (Kiss Me Deadly)
70. Robert Bresson (A Man Escaped)
71. Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line)
72. Fritz Lang (The Big Heat)
73. Victor Fleming (Gone With The Wind)
74. Michael Mann (Heat)
75. Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango in Paris)
76. Michael Curtiz (Casablanca)
77. Krzysztof Kieslowski (Trois Couleurs: Rouge)
78. Werner Herzog (Aguirre, the Wrath of God)
79. Fred Zinnemann (High Noon)
80. John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy)
81. George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid)
82. Lars Von Trier (Breaking the Waves)
83. Carl Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of Arc)
84. Ernst Lubitsch (To Be or Not to Be)
85. Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her)
86. Peter Jackson (Lord Of The Rings)
87. Vittorio De Sica (The Bicycle Thief)
88. Yimou Zhang (Raise the Red Lantern)
89. Max Ophuls (A Letter from an Unknown Woman)
90. Rainer Werner Fassbinder (The Marriage of Maria Braun)
91. Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet)
92. Pier Paolo Pasolini (The Gospel According to St. Matthew)
93. Vincente Minnelli (An American In Paris)
94. Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles)
95. Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without A Cause)
96. Robert Wise (The Sound Of Music)
97. Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally)
98. Sam Wood (A Night At The Opera)
99. John Carpenter (Halloween)
100. Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights)
honerable mentions
David Cronenberg (Scanners)
Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke)
Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream)
John Cassavetes (Opening Night)
Jim Jarmusch (Night On Earth)
Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects)
Anthony Minghella (The English Patient)
Christopher Nolan (Insomnia)
William Friedkin (The Exorcist)
Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter)
Joseph L Mankiewicz (All About Eve)
Arthur Penn (Bonnie And Clyde)
Clarence Brown (Anna Christie)
Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show)
Blake Edwards (A Shot In The Dark)
Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential)
Sam Mendes (American Beauty)
Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter)
John Woo (Face Off)
Carol Reed (The Third Man)
Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind)
Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy)
Don Siegel (Dirty Harry)
Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day)
George Romero (Night Of The Living Dead)
Richard Attenborough (Gandhi)
John Singleton (Boyz N The Hood)
Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich)
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (The City of Lost Children)
Richard Linklater (Slacker)
Rene Laloux (Fantastic Planet)
Wes Anderson (Rushmore)
John Hughes (The Breakfast Club)
Peter Weir (Master and Commander)

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