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

 

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