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

 

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