To be a Great filmmaker in my opinion, one needs to direct 10 or more
* * * * star films. That is my highest rating. To be a Very Good filmmaker, one needs to direct a number of * * * * star films between the numbers of 5 and 10. To be a Good filmmaker, one needs to direct 4 or 5 * * * * star films. If one has directed 3 or less * * * * films, that makes him/her an OK director in my book. Here are my Favorite Directors of All-Time List (In Alphabetical Order)

  1. Robert Aldrich (Great)
  2. Woody Allen (OK)
  3. Pedro Almodovar (Good)
  4. Robert Altman (Great)
  5. Lindsay Anderson (Good)
  6. Wes Anderson (Very Good)
  7. Roy Andersson (OK)
  8. Michelangelo Antonioni (Great)
  9. Gregg Araki (Good)
  10. Dario Argento (Very Good)
  11. Jack Arnold (Very Good)
  12. Hal Ashby (Good)
  13. David Ayer (OK)
  14. Clive Barker (OK)
  15. Mario Bava (Great)
  16. Jacques Becker (Good)
  17. Marco Bellochio (Great)
  18. Ingmar Bergman (Great)
  19. Bernardo Bertolucci (Great)
  20. Budd Boetticher (Very Good)
  21. Peter Bogdanovich (Great)
  22. John Boorman (Great)
  23. Frank Borzage (Great)
  24. Robert Bresson (Great)
  25. Albert Brooks (OK)
  26. Clarence Brown (Great)
  27. Tod Browning (Good)
  28. Luis Bunuel (Great)
  29. Charles Burnett (Very Good)
  30. Tim Burton (Very Good)
  31. Frank Capra (Very Good)
  32. Leos Carax
  33. Marcel Carne
  34. John Carpenter (Great)
  35. John Cassavetes (Very Good)
  36. William Castle (Good)
  37. Claude Chabrol (Great)
  38. Charlie Chaplin (Great)
  39. Stephen Chow (Good)
  40. Rene Clair (Good)
  41. Henri-Georges Clouzot (Good)
  42. Jean Cocteau (Very Good)
  43. Joel and Ethan Coen (Very Good)
  44. Larry Cohen (Great)
  45. Francis Ford Coppola (Great)
  46. Sergio Corbucci (Good)
  47. Alex Cox (Great)
  48. Charles Crichton (OK)
  49. David Cronenberg (Great)
  50. Michael Curtiz (Very Good)
  51. Joe Dante (Very Good)
  52. Jules Dassin (Very Good)
  53. Terence Davies (Very Good)
  54. Guillermo del Toro (OK)
  55. Jonathan Demme (Great)
  56. Jacques Demy (Great)
  57. Brian De Palma (Great)
  58. Vittorio De Sica (Very Good)
  59. Stanley Donen (Great)
  60. Carl Theodor Dreyer (Great)
  61. Sergei Eisenstein (Very Good)
  62. Pierre Etaix (Good)
  63. Bobby and Peter Farrelly (OK)
  64. Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Great)
  65. Federico Fellini (Great)
  66. Abel Ferrara (Good)
  67. Louis Feuillade (Good)
  68. Terence Fisher (Good)
  69. Robert J. Flaherty (Very Good)
  70. John Ford (Great)
  71. Bill Forsyth (OK)
  72. Bob Fosse (Good)
  73. William Friedkin (OK)
  74. Samuel Fuller (Great)
  75. Abel Gance (Good)
  76. Costa-Gavras
  77. Mel Gibson (OK)
  78. Terry Gilliam (Good)
  79. Jean-Luc Godard (Great)
  80. Michel Gondry (Good)
  81. Edmund Goulding (Good)
  82. D.W. Griffith (Great)
  83. Christopher Guest (Good)
  84. Robert Hamer (Good)
  85. Howard Hawks (Great)
  86. Monte Hellman (Good)
  87. Werner Herzog (Great)
  88. Walter Hill (Great)
  89. Alfred Hitchcock (Great)
  90. P.J. Hogan (Good)
  91. Seth Holt (OK)
  92. Tobe Hooper (OK)
  93. John Huston (Great)
  94. Shohei Imamura (Great)
  95. Peter Jackson (OK)
  96. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Good)
  97. Alejandro Jodorowsky (Good)
  98. Terry Jones (OK)
  99. Spike Jonze (OK)
  100. Neil Jordan (Great)
  101. Chen Kaige
  102. Phil Karlson (Great)
  103. Elia Kazan (Very Good)
  104. Buster Keaton (Great)
  105. Abbas Kiarostami (Very Good)
  106. Stanley Kramer (OK)
  107. Stanley Kubrick (Great)
  108. Akira Kurosawa (Great)
  109. Fritz Lang (Great)
  110. David Lean (Great)
  111. Mike Leigh (Great)
  112. Sergio Leone (Very Good)
  113. Richard Lester (Very Good)
  114. Jerry Lewis (Very Good)
  115. Joseph H. Lewis (Very Good)
  116. Joseph Losey (Good)
  117. Ernst Lubitsch (Great)
  118. David Lynch (Good)
  119. Alexander Mackendrick (Good)
  120. Guy Maddin (Very Good)
  121. Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Great)
  122. Terrence Malick (Good)
  123. Louis Malle (Very Good)
  124. Joseph L. Mankiewicz (Very Good)
  125. Anthony Mann (Very Good)
  126. Chris Marker (Good)
  127. Elaine May (OK)
  128. Paul Mazursky (Good)
  129. Leo McCarey (Very Good)
  130. Olivier Megaton (Good)
  131. Jean-Pierre Melville (Very Good)
  132. George Miller (Good)
  133. Vincente Minnelli (Great)
  134. Hayao Miyazaki (Great)
  135. Kenji Mizoguchi (Great)
  136. F.W. Murnau (Very Good)
  137. Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor (Very Good)
  138. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Good)
  139. Max Ophuls (Great)
  140. Francois Ozon (Very Good)
  141. Yasujiro Ozu (Great)
  142.  G.W. Pabst (Very Good)
  143. Jafar Panahi (Very Good)
  144. Pier Paolo Pasolini (Great)
  145. Sam Peckinpah (Great)
  146. Arthur Penn (Very Good)
  147. Roman Polanski (Very Good)
  148. Gillo Pontecorvo (Good)
  149. Ted Post (OK)
  150. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (Very Good)
  151. Otto Preminger (Very Good)
  152. Bob Rafelson (Very Good)
  153. Sam Raimi (OK)
  154. Nicholas Ray (Very Good)
  155. Satyajit Ray (Great)
  156. Carol Reed (Good)
  157. Jean Renoir (Great)
  158. Alain Resnais (Great)
  159. Martin Ritt (Very Good)
  160. Mark Robson (Good)
  161. Nicholas Roeg (Very Good)
  162. Eric Rohmer (Great)
  163. George A. Romero (Great)
  164. Francesco Rosi (Very Good)
  165. Roberto Rossellini (Great)
  166. Robert Rossen (Good)
  167. Alan Rudolph (Great)
  168. Ken Russell (Great)
  169. Fred Schepisi (OK)
  170. John Schlesinger (Good)
  171. Martin Scorsese (Very Good)
  172. George Sidney (Very Good)
  173. Don Siegel (Very Good)
  174. Douglas Sirk (Very Good)
  175. Zack Snyder (Good)
  176. Todd Solondz (Good)
  177. Steven Spielberg (Great)
  178. George Stevens (Very Good)
  179. Whit Stillman (Good)
  180. Oliver Stone (Very Good)
  181. Preston Sturges (Very Good)
  182. Andrei Tarkovsky (Very Good)
  183. Frank Tashlin (Good)
  184. Jacques Tati (Very Good)
  185. Andre Techine (Great)
  186. Andre de Toth (Very Good)
  187. Jacques Tourneur (Very Good)
  188. Jan Troell (Very Good)
  189. Francois Truffaut (Great)
  190. Edgar G. Ulmer (Very Good)
  191. Roger Vadim (OK)
  192. Agnes Varda
  193. Paul Verhoeven (Very Good)
  194. Denis Villeneuve (Very Good)
  195. Luchino Visconti (Great)
  196. Josef von Sternberg (Great)
  197. Erich von Stroheim (Good)
  198. Raoul Walsh (Good)
  199. John Waters (Good)
  200. Orson Welles (Great)
  201. Wim Wenders (Very Good)
  202. James Whale (Good)
  203. Robert Wise (Very Good)
  204. Wong Kar-wai
  205. John Woo (Good)
  206. Edgar Wright (Good)
  207. William Wyler
  208. Robert Zemeckis (Good)
  209. Zhang Yimou
  210. Fred Zinnemann

Honorable Mention: John Landis

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