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

 

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