My 271 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. Jean-Luc Godard
  92. Michel Gondry
  93. Stuart Gordon
  94. D.W. Griffith
  95. Christopher Guest
  96. Michael Haneke
  97. Howard Hawks
  98. Monte Hellman
  99. Werner Herzog
  100. Walter Hill
  101. Alfred Hitchcock
  102. Seth Holt
  103. Dennis Hopper
  104. Tobe Hooper
  105. Hou Hsiao-hsien
  106. King Hu
  107. John Huston
  108. Kon Ichikawa
  109. Shohei Imamura
  110. Juzo Itami
  111. Peter Jackson
  112. Steve James
  113. Miklos Jancso
  114. Derek Jarman
  115. Jim Jarmusch
  116. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  117. Jia Zhangke
  118. Terry Jones
  119. Spike Jonze
  120. Phil Karlson 
  121. Philip Kaufman
  122. Elia Kazan
  123. Buster Keaton
  124. Gene Kelly
  125. Abbas Kiarostami
  126. Krzysztof Kieslowski
  127. Kim Jee-woon
  128. Kim Ki-duk
  129. Keisuke Kinoshita
  130. Takeshi Kitano
  131. Masaki Kobayashi
  132. Satoshi Kon 
  133. Hirokazu Koreeda
  134. Stanley Kubrick
  135. Akira Kurosawa
  136. Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  137. Fritz Lang
  138. David Lean
  139. Patrice Leconte
  140. Spike Lee
  141. Mike Leigh
  142. Sergio Leone
  143. Richard Lester
  144. Jerry Lewis
  145. Joseph H. Lewis
  146. Richard Linklater
  147. Carlo Lizzani
  148. Ken Loach
  149. Ernst Lubitsch
  150. David Lynch
  151. Alexander Mackendrick
  152. Guy Maddin
  153. Dusan Makavejev
  154. Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  155. Karoly Makk
  156. Terrence Malick
  157. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  158. Anthony Mann
  159. Chris Marker
  160. Yasuzo Masumura
  161. Elaine May
  162. Leo McCarey
  163. Norman Z. McLeod
  164. Dariush Mehrjui 
  165. Georges Melies
  166. Jean-Pierre Melville
  167. Takashi Miike
  168. George Miller
  169. Vincente Minnelli
  170. Hayao Miyazaki 
  171. Kenji Mizoguichi
  172. Errol Morris 
  173. Cristian Mungiu
  174. F.W. Murnau
  175. Mikio Naruse
  176. Fred C. Newmeyer
  177. Gaspar Noe
  178. Christopher Nolan
  179. Max Ophuls
  180. Nagisa Oshima
  181. Francois Ozon
  182. Yasujiro Ozu
  183. G.W. Pabst
  184. Jafar Panahi
  185. Park Chan-Wook
  186. Nick Park 
  187. Pier Paolo Pasolini
  188. Sam Peckinpah
  189. Arthur Penn
  190. Roman Polanski
  191. Gillo Pontecorvo
  192. Ted Post
  193. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
  194. Otto Preminger
  195. Stephen and Timothy Quay
  196. Sam Raimi
  197. Lynne Ramsay
  198. Nicholas Ray
  199. Satyajit Ray
  200. Carol Reed
  201. Matt Reeves
  202. Kelly Reichardt
  203. Jean Renoir
  204. Alain Resnais
  205. Carlos Reygadas
  206. Jacques Rivette
  207. Mark Robson
  208. Nicolas Roeg
  209. Eric Rohmer
  210. George A. Romero
  211. Francesco Rosi
  212. Roberto Rossellini
  213. Alan Rudolph 
  214. Ken Russell
  215. Martin Scorsese
  216. Ridley Scott
  217. Ulrich Seidl
  218. Henry Selick 
  219. Ousmane Sembene
  220. Don Siegel
  221. Douglas Sirk
  222. Ching Siu-tung
  223. Victor Sjostrom
  224. Steven Soderbergh
  225. Sergio Sollima
  226. Steven Spielberg
  227. Preston Sturges
  228. Seijun Suzuki
  229. Jan Svankmajer 
  230. Quentin Tarantino
  231. Andrei Tarkovsky
  232. Bela Tarr
  233. Frank Tashlin
  234. Jacques Tati
  235. Sam Taylor
  236. Andre Techine
  237. Tian Zhuangzhuang
  238. Johnnie To
  239. Andre de Toth
  240. Jacques Tourneur
  241. Jan Troell
  242. Francois Truffaut
  243. Tsui Hark
  244. Shinya Tsukamoto
  245. Edgar G. Ulmer
  246. Roger Vadim
  247. Agnes Varda
  248. Paul Verhoeven 
  249. King Vidor
  250. Luchino Visconti
  251. Josef von Sternberg
  252. Erich von Stroheim
  253. Lars von Trier
  254. Margarethe von Trotta
  255. Andrzej Wajda
  256. Raoul Walsh
  257. John Waters
  258. Peter Watkins
  259. Apichatpong Weersethakul
  260. Orson Welles
  261. Wim Wenders
  262. Lina Wertmuller
  263. James Whale
  264. Billy Wilder
  265. Robert Wise
  266. Wong Kar-wai
  267. John Woo
  268. Edgar Wright
  269. Robert Zemeckis
  270. Zhang Yimou
  271. Terry Zwigoff