Top 50 Directors

Below are my 50 favorite directors, and a list of my favorite films from each. Please feel free to check back on this list as it will be updated with changes periodically:

1. Terrence Malick
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2. Werner Herzog
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3. Wong Kar-wai
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4. Ermanno Olmi
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5. Anthony Mann
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6. Michelangelo Antonioni
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7. John Ford
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8. Frank Borzage

9. Budd Boetticher

10. David Gordon Green
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11. Andrei Tarkovsky
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12. Les Blank
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13. Claire Denis
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14. Jon Jost

15. Kelly Reichardt
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16. Alfred Hitchcock
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17. Robert Bresson
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18. Clint Eastwood

19. Wim Wenders
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20. Dimitri Kirsanoff

21. Henry Hathaway
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22. Olivier Assayas
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23. Ingmar Bergman
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24. Carl Theodor Dreyer

25. Yasujiro Ozu
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26. Lynne Ramsay

27. Michael Winterbottom
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28. Mike Leigh

29. Michael Mann

30. Joseph H. Lewis
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31. Krzysztof Kieslowski
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32. Jean Vigo
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33. Jean Epstein

34. F.W. Murnau
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35. Wes Anderson
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36. Hou Hsiao-hsien
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37. Sergio Leone
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38. William Dieterle

39. Steven Soderbergh
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40. Charles Chaplin
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41. William A. Wellman

42. Stanley Kubrick
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43. Alfonso Cuarón
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44. Buster Keaton

45. Robert Altman
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46. Francis Ford Coppola
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47. Peter Weir
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48. Jacques Tourneur

49. Paul Thomas Anderson
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50. Nicolas Roeg
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2 Responses to “Top 50 Directors”

  1. Peter Quinn Says:

    Two other directors whose work I like are Julien Duvivier and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Have you seen any of their films?

    • chrisfilm Says:

      I’ve only see The Gospel According to St Matthew from Pasolini. To be honest, what I’ve heard about the rest of his work scares me. Might be a bit too extreme, but I probably do need to bite the bullet and try another.

      Duvivier I haven’t seen any from, but for no good reason. I ought to make him a priority as I’ve heard good things.

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