My 273 Favorite Directors of All-Time (Alphabetical Order)

  1. Chantal Akerman
  2. Robert Aldrich
  3. Woody Allen
  4. Pedro Almodovar
  5. Robert Altman
  6. Lindsay Anderson
  7. Paul Thomas Anderson
  8. Wes Anderson
  9. Roy Andersson
  10. Kenneth Anger
  11. Michelangelo Antonioni
  12. Dario Argento
  13. Jack Arnold
  14. Darren Aronofsky
  15. Clive Barker
  16. Mario Bava
  17. Jacques Becker
  18. Marco Bellocchio
  19. Ingmar Bergman
  20. Bernardo Bertolucci
  21. Kathryn Bigelow
  22. Brad Bird 
  23. Budd Boetticher
  24. Peter Bogdanovich
  25. Bong Joon-ho
  26. Frank Borzage
  27. Robert Bresson
  28. Albert Brooks
  29. Tod Browning
  30. Luis Bunuel
  31. Charles Burnett
  32. Jane Campion
  33. Frank Capra
  34. Leos Carax
  35. Marcel Carne
  36. John Carpenter
  37. John Cassavetes
  38. William Castle
  39. Claude Chabrol 
  40. Charlie Chaplin
  41. Michael Cimino
  42. Rene Clair
  43. Alan Clarke
  44. Jack Clayton
  45. Henri-Georges Clouzot
  46. Jean Cocteau
  47. Joel and Ethan Coen
  48. Larry Cohen
  49. Francis Ford Coppola
  50. Sergio Corbucci
  51. Costa-Gavras
  52. Alex Cox
  53. David Cronenberg
  54. George Cukor
  55. Michael Curtiz
  56. Damiano Damiani
  57. Joe Dante
  58. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  59. Jules Dassin
  60. Terence Davies
  61. Guillermo del Toro
  62. Jonathan Demme
  63. Jacques Demy
  64. Claire Denis
  65. Manoel de Oliveira
  66. Brian De Palma
  67. Vittorio De Sica
  68. Stanley Donen
  69. Carl Theodor Dreyer
  70. Bruno Dumont
  71. Allan Dwan
  72. Clint Eastwood
  73. Atom Egoyan
  74. Sergei Eisenstein
  75. Pierre Etaix
  76. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  77. Federico Fellini
  78. Abel Ferrara
  79. Louis Feuillade
  80. Terence Fisher
  81. Robert J. Flaherty
  82. John Ford
  83. Bill Forsyth
  84. Bob Fosse
  85. John Frankenheimer
  86. William Friedkin
  87. Kinji Fukasaku 
  88. Samuel Fuller
  89. Abel Gance
  90. Terry Gilliam
  91. John Gilling
  92. Jean-Luc Godard
  93. Michel Gondry
  94. Stuart Gordon
  95. D.W. Griffith
  96. Val Guest
  97. Michael Haneke
  98. Howard Hawks
  99. Monte Hellman
  100. Werner Herzog
  101. Walter Hill
  102. Alfred Hitchcock
  103. Seth Holt
  104. Ishiro Honda
  105. Dennis Hopper
  106. Tobe Hooper
  107. Hou Hsiao-hsien
  108. King Hu
  109. John Huston
  110. Kon Ichikawa
  111. Shohei Imamura
  112. Juzo Itami
  113. Peter Jackson
  114. Steve James
  115. Miklos Jancso
  116. Derek Jarman
  117. Jim Jarmusch
  118. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  119. Jia Zhangke
  120. Terry Jones
  121. Spike Jonze
  122. Phil Karlson 
  123. Philip Kaufman
  124. Elia Kazan
  125. Buster Keaton
  126. Gene Kelly
  127. Abbas Kiarostami
  128. Krzysztof Kieslowski
  129. Kim Jee-woon
  130. Kim Ki-duk
  131. Keisuke Kinoshita
  132. Takeshi Kitano
  133. Masaki Kobayashi
  134. Satoshi Kon 
  135. Hirokazu Koreeda
  136. Stanley Kubrick
  137. Akira Kurosawa
  138. Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  139. Fritz Lang
  140. David Lean
  141. Patrice Leconte
  142. Spike Lee
  143. Mike Leigh
  144. Sergio Leone
  145. Richard Lester
  146. Jerry Lewis
  147. Joseph H. Lewis
  148. Richard Linklater
  149. Carlo Lizzani
  150. Ken Loach
  151. Ernst Lubitsch
  152. David Lynch
  153. Alexander Mackendrick
  154. Guy Maddin
  155. Dusan Makavejev
  156. Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  157. Karoly Makk
  158. Terrence Malick
  159. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  160. Anthony Mann
  161. Chris Marker
  162. Yasuzo Masumura
  163. Elaine May
  164. Leo McCarey
  165. Norman Z. McLeod
  166. Dariush Mehrjui 
  167. Georges Melies
  168. Jean-Pierre Melville
  169. Takashi Miike
  170. George Miller
  171. Vincente Minnelli
  172. Hayao Miyazaki 
  173. Kenji Mizoguichi
  174. Errol Morris 
  175. Cristian Mungiu
  176. F.W. Murnau
  177. Mikio Naruse
  178. Fred C. Newmeyer
  179. Gaspar Noe
  180. Christopher Nolan
  181. Max Ophuls
  182. Nagisa Oshima
  183. Francois Ozon
  184. Yasujiro Ozu
  185. G.W. Pabst
  186. Jafar Panahi
  187. Park Chan-Wook
  188. Nick Park 
  189. Pier Paolo Pasolini
  190. Sam Peckinpah
  191. Arthur Penn
  192. Roman Polanski
  193. Gillo Pontecorvo
  194. Ted Post
  195. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
  196. Otto Preminger
  197. Stephen and Timothy Quay
  198. Sam Raimi
  199. Lynne Ramsay
  200. Nicholas Ray
  201. Satyajit Ray
  202. Carol Reed
  203. Matt Reeves
  204. Kelly Reichardt
  205. Jean Renoir
  206. Alain Resnais
  207. Carlos Reygadas
  208. Jacques Rivette
  209. Mark Robson
  210. Nicolas Roeg
  211. Eric Rohmer
  212. George A. Romero
  213. Francesco Rosi
  214. Roberto Rossellini
  215. Alan Rudolph 
  216. Ken Russell
  217. Martin Scorsese
  218. Ridley Scott
  219. Ulrich Seidl
  220. Henry Selick 
  221. Ousmane Sembene
  222. Don Siegel
  223. Douglas Sirk
  224. Ching Siu-tung
  225. Victor Sjostrom
  226. Steven Soderbergh
  227. Sergio Sollima
  228. Steven Spielberg
  229. Preston Sturges
  230. Seijun Suzuki
  231. Jan Svankmajer 
  232. Quentin Tarantino
  233. Andrei Tarkovsky
  234. Bela Tarr
  235. Frank Tashlin
  236. Jacques Tati
  237. Sam Taylor
  238. Andre Techine
  239. Tian Zhuangzhuang
  240. Johnnie To
  241. Andre de Toth
  242. Jacques Tourneur
  243. Jan Troell
  244. Francois Truffaut
  245. Tsui Hark
  246. Shinya Tsukamoto
  247. Edgar G. Ulmer
  248. Roger Vadim
  249. Agnes Varda
  250. Paul Verhoeven 
  251. King Vidor
  252. Luchino Visconti
  253. Josef von Sternberg
  254. Erich von Stroheim
  255. Lars von Trier
  256. Margarethe von Trotta
  257. Andrzej Wajda
  258. Raoul Walsh
  259. John Waters
  260. Peter Watkins
  261. Apichatpong Weersethakul
  262. Orson Welles
  263. Wim Wenders
  264. Lina Wertmuller
  265. James Whale
  266. Billy Wilder
  267. Robert Wise
  268. Wong Kar-wai
  269. John Woo
  270. Edgar Wright
  271. Robert Zemeckis
  272. Zhang Yimou
  273. Terry Zwigoff