My 314 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. Gregg Araki
  13. Dario Argento
  14. Jack Arnold
  15. Darren Aronofsky
  16. Hal Ashby
  17. Ralph Bakshi
  18. Clive Barker
  19. Mario Bava
  20. Jacques Becker
  21. Marco Bellocchio
  22. Ingmar Bergman
  23. Bernardo Bertolucci
  24. Luc Besson
  25. Kathryn Bigelow
  26. Brad Bird 
  27. Budd Boetticher
  28. Peter Bogdanovich
  29. Bong Joon-ho
  30. John Boorman
  31. Frank Borzage
  32. Robert Bresson
  33. Albert Brooks
  34. Richard Brooks
  35. Clarence Brown
  36. Tod Browning
  37. Luis Bunuel
  38. Charles Burnett
  39. Tim Burton
  40. James Cameron
  41. Jane Campion
  42. Frank Capra
  43. Leos Carax
  44. Marcel Carne
  45. John Carpenter
  46. John Cassavetes
  47. William Castle
  48. Claude Chabrol 
  49. Charlie Chaplin
  50. Kaige Chen
  51. Stephen Chow
  52. Michael Cimino
  53. Rene Clair
  54. Alan Clarke
  55. Jack Clayton
  56. Henri-Georges Clouzot
  57. Jean Cocteau
  58. Joel and Ethan Coen
  59. Larry Cohen
  60. Francis Ford Coppola
  61. Sergio Corbucci
  62. Roger Corman
  63. Costa-Gavras
  64. Alex Cox
  65. Wes Craven
  66. David Cronenberg
  67. Cameron Crowe
  68. George Cukor
  69. Michael Curtiz
  70. Damiano Damiani
  71. Joe Dante
  72. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  73. Jules Dassin
  74. Terence Davies
  75. Guillermo del Toro
  76. Jonathan Demme
  77. Jacques Demy
  78. Claire Denis
  79. Manoel de Oliveira
  80. Brian De Palma
  81. Vittorio De Sica
  82. Stanley Donen
  83. Carl Theodor Dreyer
  84. Bruno Dumont
  85. Allan Dwan
  86. Clint Eastwood
  87. Atom Egoyan
  88. Sergei Eisenstein
  89. Pierre Etaix
  90. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  91. Federico Fellini
  92. Abel Ferrara
  93. Louis Feuillade
  94. David Fincher
  95. Terence Fisher
  96. Robert J. Flaherty
  97. John Ford
  98. Bill Forsyth
  99. Bob Fosse
  100. John Frankenheimer
  101. Stephen Frears
  102. William Friedkin
  103. Kinji Fukasaku 
  104. Samuel Fuller
  105. Abel Gance
  106. Terry Gilliam
  107. Jean-Luc Godard
  108. Michel Gondry
  109. Stuart Gordon
  110. D.W. Griffith
  111. Christopher Guest
  112. Michael Haneke
  113. Howard Hawks
  114. Monte Hellman
  115. Werner Herzog
  116. Walter Hill
  117. Alfred Hitchcock
  118. Seth Holt
  119. Dennis Hopper
  120. Tobe Hooper
  121. Hou Hsiao-hsien
  122. John Huston
  123. Kon Ichikawa
  124. Shohei Imamura
  125. Juzo Itami
  126. Peter Jackson
  127. Steve James
  128. Miklos Jancso
  129. Derek Jarman
  130. Jim Jarmusch
  131. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  132. Jia Zhangke
  133. Terry Jones
  134. Spike Jonze
  135. Neil Jordan
  136. Phil Karlson 
  137. Philip Kaufman
  138. Elia Kazan
  139. Buster Keaton
  140. Gene Kelly
  141. Irvin Kershner
  142. Abbas Kiarostami
  143. Krzysztof Kieslowski
  144. Kim Jee-woon
  145. Kim Ki-duk
  146. Keisuke Kinoshita
  147. Takeshi Kitano
  148. Masaki Kobayashi
  149. Satoshi Kon 
  150. Hirokazu Koreeda
  151. Stanley Kubrick
  152. Akira Kurosawa
  153. Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  154. Emir Kustirica
  155. John Landis
  156. Fritz Lang
  157. David Lean
  158. Patrice Leconte
  159. Mike Leigh
  160. Sergio Leone
  161. Richard Lester
  162. Jerry Lewis
  163. Joseph H. Lewis
  164. Richard Linklater
  165. Carlo Lizzani
  166. Ken Loach
  167. Ernst Lubitsch
  168. Sidney Lumet
  169. David Lynch
  170. Alexander Mackendrick
  171. Guy Maddin
  172. Dusan Makavejev
  173. Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  174. Samira Makhmalbaf
  175. Karoly Makk
  176. Terrence Malick
  177. Louis Malle
  178. Djibril Diop Mambety
  179. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  180. Anthony Mann
  181. Chris Marker
  182. Yasuzo Masumura
  183. Elaine May
  184. Paul Mazursky
  185. Leo McCarey
  186. Martin McDonagh 
  187. Norman Z. McLeod
  188. Peter Medak 
  189. Olivier Megaton
  190. Dariush Mehrjui 
  191. Deepa Mehta
  192. Georges Melies
  193. Jean-Pierre Melville 
  194. George Miller
  195. Vincente Minnelli
  196. Hayao Miyazaki (Anime Director)
  197. Kenji Mizoguichi
  198. Errol Morris (Documentary Director)
  199. Cristian Mungiu
  200. F.W. Murnau
  201. Mira Nair
  202. Mikio Naruse
  203. Ronald Neame
  204. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor
  205. Fred C. Newmeyer
  206. Gaspar Noe
  207. Christopher Nolan
  208. Max Ophuls
  209. Francois Ozon
  210. Yasujiro Ozu
  211. G.W. Pabst
  212. Jafar Panahi
  213. Park Chan-Wook
  214. Nick Park (Animation Director)
  215. Pier Paolo Pasolini
  216. Sam Peckinpah
  217. Arthur Penn
  218. Roman Polanski
  219. Gillo Pontecorvo
  220. Ted Post
  221. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
  222. Otto Preminger
  223. Stephen and Timothy Quay
  224. Bob Rafelson
  225. Sam Raimi
  226. Nicholas Ray
  227. Satyajit Ray
  228. Carol Reed
  229. Matt Reeves
  230. Nicholas Winding Refn
  231. Kelly Reichardt
  232. Karel Reisz
  233. Jean Renoir
  234. Alain Resnais
  235. Carlos Reygadas
  236. Tony Richardson
  237. Martin Ritt
  238. Jacques Rivette
  239. Mark Robson
  240. Nicolas Roeg
  241. Eric Rohmer
  242. George A. Romero
  243. Francesco Rosi
  244. Roberto Rossellini
  245. Robert Rossen
  246. Alan Rudolph 
  247. Ken Russell
  248. John Sayles
  249. John Schlesinger
  250. Martin Scorsese
  251. Ridley Scott
  252. Ulrich Seidl
  253. Henry Selick (Animation Director)
  254. Ousmane Sembene
  255. George Sidney
  256. Don Siegel
  257. Douglas Sirk
  258. Victor Sjostrom
  259. Steven Soderbergh
  260. Aleksandr Sokurov
  261. Sergio Sollima
  262. Todd Solondz
  263. Steven Spielberg
  264. George Stevens
  265. Whit Stillman 
  266. Oliver Stone
  267. Preston Sturges
  268. Seijun Suzuki
  269. Jan Svankmajer (Animation Director)
  270. Quentin Tarantino
  271. Andrei Tarkovsky
  272. Bela Tarr
  273. Frank Tashlin
  274. Jacques Tati
  275. Sam Taylor
  276. Andre Techine
  277. Tian Zhuangzhuang
  278. Johnnie To
  279. Andre de Toth
  280. Jacques Tourneur
  281. Jan Troell
  282. Francois Truffaut
  283. Tsui Hark
  284. Shinya Tsukamoto
  285. Edgar G. Ulmer
  286. Roger Vadim
  287. Paul Verhoeven 
  288. King Vidor
  289. Luchino Visconti
  290. Josef von Sternberg
  291. Erich von Stroheim
  292. Lars von Trier
  293. Margarethe von Trotta
  294. Andrzej Wajda
  295. Raoul Walsh
  296. John Waters
  297. Peter Watkins
  298. Apichatpong Weersethakul
  299. Orson Welles
  300. William A. Wellman
  301. Wim Wenders
  302. Lina Wertmuller
  303. James Whale
  304. Billy Wilder
  305. Robert Wise
  306. Wong Kar-wai
  307. John Woo
  308. Edgar Wright
  309. William Wyler
  310. Franco Zeffirelli
  311. Robert Zemeckis
  312. Zhang Yimou
  313. Fred Zinnemann
  314. Terry Zwigoff

 

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