Great Movie Directors List

Not listed in any particular order. Feel free to add or subtract from the list. I should have listed their good movies after their names, but making the list took up enough time as it was. Feel free to add movies to the list if you wish. I’m obviously favoring Hollywood here, and I don’t know much about foreign films, so I’m obviously shorting those guys. There’s also an emphasis on the modern, so I probably gave short shrift to directors of the earlier era.

Anyone who made at least one damn good, and I mean damn good, movie, in any country, during any era, is on the list. That’s all it takes.

Feel free to discuss…You can add Youtube video clips in the comments if you wish to make your points.

  1. Oliver Stone
  2. Stanley Kubrick
  3. Francis Ford Coppola
  4. Orson Welles
  5. Bernardo Bertolucci
  6. Alfred Hitchcock
  7. Wes Craven
  8. George A. Romero
  9. John Malkovich
  10. Spike Jonze
  11. Frank Darabont
  12. Sam Mendes
  13. David Fincher
  14. Miloš Forman
  15. Paul Newman
  16. George Roy Hill
  17. Anthony Harvey
  18. Franklin Schaffner
  19. Mike Nichols
  20. Paul Schrader
  21. Sidney Lumet
  22. Brian De Palma
  23. David O. Selznick
  24. Victor Fleming
  25. Nicholas Ray
  26. William Friedkin
  27. Billy Wilder
  28. Dennis Hopper
  29. Alan Parker
  30. David Lynch
  31. Stuart Rosenberg
  32. Ron Howard
  33. Mel Brooks
  34. Woody Allen
  35. Alan Arkin
  36. Hal Ashby
  37. Roman Polanski
  38. Sidney Pollack
  39. Alan J. Pakula
  40. Carl Reiner
  41. Rob Reiner
  42. The Coen Brothers
  43. Fritz Lang
  44. Mike Nichols
  45. Warren Beatty
  46. Robert Aldrich
  47. Elia Kazan
  48. László Benedek
  49. James Brooks
  50. William Wyler
  51. Barry Levinson
  52. Ridley Scott
  53. Quentin Tarantino
  54. Arthur Penn
  55. Sean S. Cunningham
  56. Martin Scorsese
  57. Peter Weir
  58. Robert Altman
  59. Hal Ashby
  60. Tim Burton
  61. Peter Bogdanovich
  62. George Lucas
  63. William Friedkin
  64. Neal Israel
  65. Michael Cimino
  66. Frank Capra
  67. Gus Van Sant
  68. Robinson Devor
  69. Werner Herzog
  70. Terrence Malick
  71. Don Siegel
  72. Steven Soderbergh
  73. Jonathan Demme
  74. Roland Joffé
  75. Neil Jordan
  76. Alan Parker
  77. Amy Heckerling
  78. Tim Hunter
  79. Robert Zemeckis
  80. Wim Wenders
  81. Michelangelo Antonioni
  82. John Hughes
  83. Peter Shaffer
  84. Volker Schlöndorff
  85. Bill Duke
  86. Ingmar Bergman
  87. Sam Wood
  88. Michael Curtiz
  89. Steven Spielberg
  90. Luc Jacquet
  91. Alexander Payne
  92. Paul Thomas Anderson
  93. Andy Wachowski
  94. Larry Wachowski
  95. James Cameron
  96. Kevin Reynolds
  97. Michael Mann
  98. Blake Edwards
  99. Jon Favreau
  100. John Lasseter
  101. Cecil B. DeMille
  102. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  103. Mel Gibson
  104. Vicky Jenson
  105. Andrew Adamson
  106. Danny Boyle
  107. Roberto Benigni
  108. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  109. Aaron Schneider
  110. Ben Affleck
  111. Alex Cox
  112. Bud Townsend
  113. Gerard Damiano
  114. Radley Metzger
  115. Sam Peckinpah
  116. Samuel Fuller
  117. Jim Jarmusch
  118. Jean-Luc Godard
  119. François Truffaut
  120. Jacques Demy
  121. Agnès Varda
  122. Alain Resnais
  123. Jacques Rivette
  124. Claude Chabrol
  125. Éric Rohmer
  126. John Schlesinger
  127. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  128. Alexander Kluge
  129. Margarethe von Trotta
  130. Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
  131. Ken Loach
  132. Peter Yates
  133. Peter Watkins
  134. Ken Russell
  135. Tony Richardson
  136. Nicholas Roeg
  137. Karel Reisz
  138. Joseph Losey
  139. Richard Lester
  140. Bryan Forbes
  141. Clive Donner
  142. Basil Dearden
  143. Jack Clayton
  144. John Boorman
  145. Jiří Menzel
  146. Ján Kadár
  147. Satyajit Ray
  148. Mani Ratnam
  149. Ritwik Ghatak
  150. Guru Dutt
  151. Akira Kurosawa
  152. Vittorio De Sica
  153. Jean Renoir
  154. Leni Riefenstahl
  155. Peter Jackson
  156. Kenji Mizoguchi
  157. Yasujirō Ozu
  158. Ernst Lubitsch
  159. Sergio Leone
  160. Stanley Donen
  161. Buster Keaton
  162. Andrew Stanton
  163. Nagisa Oshima
  164. Hiroshi Teshigahara
  165. Seijun Suzuki
  166. Shohei Imamura
  167. Yasujiro Ozu
  168. Susumu Hani
  169. Federico Fellini
  170. Roberto Rossellini
  171. Cesare Zavattini
  172. Luchino Visconti
  173. Giuseppe De Santis
  174. Suso Cecchi d’Amico
  175. Sergei Eisenstein
  176. Otto Preminger
  177. Gregg Araki
  178. Luis Buñuel
  179. Salvador Dalí
  180. Guy Debord
  181. Michael Haneke
  182. Georges Franju
  183. Henri-Georges Clouzot
  184. Andrzej Zulawski
  185. Jean Eustache
  186. Man Ray
  187. Jean Cocteau
  188. Tex Avery
  189. Robert Clampett
  190. Kenneth Anger
  191. Ralph Bakshi
  192. Terry Gilliam
  193. Alejandro Jodorowsky
  194. René Clair
  195. Just Jaeckin
  196. Wakefield Poole
  197. Artie Mitchell
  198. Jim Mitchell
  199. Jim Clark
  200. Jerry Gerard
  201. Herschell Gordon Lewis
  202. Sam Raimi
  203. Meir Zarchi
  204. Eduardo Sánchez
  205. Daniel Myrick
  206. Eli Roth
  207. James Wan
  208. Takashi Miike
  209. Rob Zombie
  210. Greg McLean
  211. Robert Rodriguez
  212. Tobe Hooper
  213. John Carpenter
  214. Robert Houston
  215. Terence Fisher
  216. Tod Browning
  217. David Cronenberg
  218. Oren Peli
  219. Richard Donner
  220. Tom Holland
  221. Jack Arnold
  222. Howard Hawks
  223. Val Lewton
  224. Rouben Mamoulian
  225. George Waggner
  226. James Whale
  227. Gaston Leroux
  228. Paul Wegener
  229. Robert Wiene
  230. F. W. Murnau
  231. Paul Leni
  232. Wallace Worsley
  233. Roland West
  234. Alice Guy
  235. Georges Méliès
  236. J. Searle Dawley
  237. Sylvester Stallone
  238. Michael Wadleigh
  239. John Landis
  240. Joe Dante
  241. Gene Fowler Jr.
  242. Richard Brooks
  243. Kevin Connor
  244. Joel M. Reed
  245. Pier Paolo Pasolini
  246. Charles Laughton
  247. Douglas Hickox
  248. Jonathan Demme
  249. John McNaughton
  250. Armand Mastroianni
  251. Robert Moore
  252. Jim Sharman
  253. John Jordon
  254. John De Bello
  255. Leo McCarey
  256. Alfred E. Green
  257. George Cukor
  258. Marcel Carné
  259. Wong Kar Wai
  260. Charles Chaplin
  261. Kátia Lund
  262. Fernando Meirelles
  263. King Vidor
  264. Krzysztof Kieslowski
  265. Edgar G. Ulmer
  266. Chia-Liang Liu
  267. Jackie Chan
  268. Kaige Chen
  269. Lee Unkrich
  270. Norman Z. McLeod
  271. Mohsen Makmalbaf
  272. Robert Hamer
  273. Merian C. Cooper
  274. Ernest B. Schoedsack
  275. Preston Sturges
  276. Josef von Sternberg
  277. David Lean
  278. Jean-Claude Lauzon
  279. Dziga Vertov
  280. John Frankenheimer
  281. Vincente Minelli
  282. Robert Bresson
  283. Jacques Tourneur
  284. Hamilton Luske
  285. Ben Sharpsteen
  286. Robert Pulcini
  287. Shari Springer Berman
  288. John Ford
  289. Gene Kelly
  290. Jon Amiel
  291. Alexander Mackendrick
  292. George Stevens
  293. Pedro Almodóvar
  294. King Hu
  295. Theo Angelopoulos
  296. Clint Eastwood
  297. Raoul Walsh
  298. Raj Kapoor
  299. Harold Ramis
  300. Tsui Hark
  301. Paul Gerber
  302. Peter Farrelly
  303. Roy Rowland
  304. Joseph H. Lewis
  305. John Patrick Shanley
  306. Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
  307. Philippe De Broca
  308. Bryan Singer
  309. Frank Darabont
  310. Terry Jones
  311. Robert Wise
  312. Franklin J. Schaffner
  313. Irvin Kershner
  314. Arthur Hiller
  315. Richard Fleischer
  316. Fred Zinnemann
  317. Robert Mulligan
  318. Jamie Uys
  319. Louis Malle
  320. Walter Hill
  321. Hiroshi Inagaki
  322. Norman Jewison
  323. Albert Hughes
  324. Allen Hughes
  325. Delmer Daves
  326. Michael Gordon
  327. Sydney Pollack
  328. Charlie Chaplin
  329. John D. Hancock
  330. Rob Minkoff
  331. Roger Allers
  332. Kevin Costner
  333. Byron Haskin
  334. Christopher Nolan
  335. Darren Aronofsky
  336. Bill Forsyth
  337. Philippe Parreno
  338. Douglas Gordon
  339. Stephen Chow
  340. Paul Crowder
  341. John Dower
  342. Gurinder Chadha
  343. Jafar Panahi
  344. Tom Hooper
  345. John Huston
  346. Robert Riger
  347. David Evans
  348. Ang Lee
  349. Baz Luhrmann
  350. Kathryn Bigelow
  351. Michael Moore
  352. D.A. Pennebaker
  353. Prince
  354. Charlotte Zwerin
  355. Albert Maysles
  356. David Maysles
  357. Adam Yauch
  358. Michael John Warren
  359. Nick Cassavetes
  360. John Cassavetes
  361. Stephen Frears
  362. Sofia Coppola
  363. Richard Linklater
  364. Jean-Jacques Beineix
  365. Scott Hicks
  366. Ed Harris
  367. Jodie Foster
  368. Todd Holland
  369. Wes Anderson
  370. Robert Altman
  371. Joel Schumacher
  372. Zalman King
  373. Robert Riskin
  374. Alan J. Pakula
  375. Michael Winterbottom
  376. Cecil B. De Mille
  377. David Greene
  378. Robert Elfstrom
  379. Carl Theodor Dreyer
  380. Victor Nuñez
  381. Alan Rudolph
  382. Barbet Schroeder
  383. Michael Cimino
  384. Stephen Daldry
  385. Isabel Coixet
  386. Richard Attenborough
  387. Mike Leigh
  388. Mabrouk El Mechri
  389. Gina Prince-Bythewood
  390. Oscar Micheaux
  391. John M. Stahl
  392. William Nolte
  393. Spencer Williams, Jr.
  394. Pierre Chenal
  395. Stanley Kramer
  396. Melvin Van Peebles
  397. Sidney J. Furie
  398. Mark Robson
  399. Russ Meyer
  400. Bill Condon
  401. Michael Schultz
  402. Charles Burnett
  403. Jeff Margolis
  404. Joe Layton
  405. John Singleton
  406. Kasi Lemmons
  407. John Boorman
  408. Adrian Lyne
  409. Jean Vigo
  410. D. W. Griffith
  411. Chantal Akerman
  412. Max Ophüls
  413. Erich von Stroheim
  414. Carol Reed
  415. Charles Reisner
  416. George Kuchar
  417. Kon Ichikawa
  418. Abbas Kiarostami
  419. Chris Marker
  420. Donald Cammell
  421. Claude Lanzmann
  422. Philippe Garrel
  423. Louis Feuillade
  424. Douglas Sirk
  425. Michael Snow
  426. Andrzej Wajda
  427. Marco Bellocchio
  428. Einar Hansen
  429. Alessandro Blasetti
  430. Marcel L’Herbier
  431. Clyde Bruckman
  432. W. C. Fields
  433. Alexander Hammid
  434. Maya Deren
  435. Abel Gance
  436. Leonid Trauberg
  437. Grigori Kozintsev
  438. Franco Zeffirelli
  439. Michael Powell
  440. Vsevolod Pudovkin
  441. Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  442. Joseph Cornell
  443. Todd Haynes
  444. Sam Taylor
  445. Fred C. Newmeyer
  446. Béla Tarr
  447. Terry Zwigoff
  448. Frank Oz
  449. Roger Corman
  450. Andrei Tarkovsky
  451. Frank Pierson
  452. Ken Jacobs
  453. Yuan Muzhi
  454. Frank Borzage
  455. Glauber Rocha
  456. Ousmane Sembène
  457. Kinji Fukasaku
  458. Hollis Frampton
  459. Larisa Shepitko
  460. Katsuhiro Otomo
  461. John Mackenzie
  462. Paul Bartel
  463. George Miller
  464. Tim Kincaid
  465. Robert Drew
  466. Joshua Logan
  467. David Mamet
  468. Freddie Francis
  469. William Wellman
  470. Ken Annakin
  471. Toshio Masuda
  472. Kinji Fukasaku
  473. Richard Fleischer
  474. Silvio Narizzano
  475. Slatan Dudow
  476. Jane Campion
  477. Bong Joon-Ho
  478. Mehboob Khan
  479. Zhang Yimou
  480. Sanjay Leela Bhansali
  481. Rolf de Heer
  482. Peter Djigirr
  483. John Woo
  484. Hideo Nakata
  485. George Sluizer
  486. Jacques Audiard
  487. Claude Berri
  488. Edgar Reitz
  489. Marjane Satrapi
  490. Vincent Paronnaud
  491. Walter Salles
  492. Ashutosh Gowariker
  493. Thomas Vinterberg
  494. Djibril Diop Mambéty
  495. Jiri Menzel
  496. Jacques Tati
  497. Oliver Hirschbiegel
  498. Jean-Paul Rappeneau
  499. Wong Kar-wai
  500. Hayao Miyazaki
  501. Jean-Pierre Melville
  502. Ari Folman
  503. Mathieu Kassovitz
  504. Ishiro Honda
  505. Lau Wai-keung
  506. Giuseppe Tornatore
  507. Michael Radford
  508. Wolfgang Petersen
  509. Elem Klimov
  510. Victor Erice
  511. Alfonso Cuarón
  512. Lewis John Carlino
  513. Park Chan-wook
  514. Tomas Alfredson
  515. Gillo Pontecorvo
  516. Guillermo del Toro
  517. Timur Bekmambetov
  518. Yuen Woo-ping
  519. Chen Kaige
  520. Marc Caro
  521. Bruce Lee
  522. Souleymane Cisse
  523. Paul Verhoeven
  524. Mamoru Oshii
  525. Wolfgang Becker
  526. Jules Dassin
  527. Aki Kaurismäki
  528. Tom Tykwer
  529. Christophe Gans
  530. Kim Ki-duk
  531. Juan Antonio Bayona
  532. Patrice Chéreau
  533. Susanne Bier
  534. Ben Sombogaart
  535. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  536. Gaspar Noé
  537. Rémy Belvaux
  538. Bimal Roy
  539. Bille August
  540. Jacques Becker
  541. Masaki Kobayashi
  542. Luc Besson
  543. Sylvain Chomet
  544. John Carney
  545. Vincent Cassel
  546. André Génovès
  547. Julian Schnabel
  548. Andrey Zvyagintsev
  549. Matteo Garrone
  550. Alejandro González Iñárritu
  551. James Marsh
  552. Auguste Lumière
  553. Louis Lumière
  554. Jack Gold
  555. Aleksandr Dovzhenko
  556. Maurice Pialat
  557. Jean Rouch
  558. Edgar Morin
  559. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
  560. Geoff Murphy
  561. Barry Peak
  562. Cameron Crowe
  563. Philip Kaufman
  564. René Laloux
  565. David Elfick
  566. Christopher Guest
  567. Jean-Jacques Annaud
  568. Ivo Caprino
  569. Sergio Corbucci
  570. Kevin Smith
  571. Wong Fei Huing
  572. Steve James
  573. George Hickenlooper
  574. Fax Bahr
  575. Louise Pepe
  576. Keith Fulton
  577. Neal Israel
  578. Alfred Cheung
  579. Jake Kasdan
  580. Roland Joffe
  581. Jim Abrahams
  582. Jerry Zucker
  583. David Zucker
  584. Giulio Questi
  585. Kevin Macdonald
  586. Mike Judge
  587. Bob Balaban
  588. George Roy Hill
  589. Trey Parker
  590. James Mangold
  591. Ted Kotcheff
  592. Blake Edwards
  593. Bud Yorkin
  594. Takeshi Kitano
  595. J. Lee Thompson
  596. Carroll Ballard
  597. Gene Saks
  598. Mike Hodges
  599. Robert Harmon
  600. Edgar Wright
  601. Liu Chia-Liang
  602. Ivan Reitman
  603. Joe Carnahan
  604. Franklin J. Schaffner
  605. Rob Reiner
  606. David Miller
  607. Fred Schepisi
  608. Robert Frank
  609. Ringo Lam
  610. Joseph Sargent
  611. Les Blank
  612. Jeremiah Chechik
  613. Ermanno Olmi
  614. Edward Norton
  615. Peter Griffin
  616. Mark Waters
  617. Michael Lehmann
  618. Donald Petrie
  619. Ted Kotcheff
  620. Javier Fesser
  621. Jimmy Murakami
  622. Paolo Sorrentino
  623. Sergio Garrone
  624. Haskell Wexler
  625. Peter Watkins
  626. Wolfgang Reitherman
  627. Rudolph Mate
  628. John Farrow
  629. Benjamin Christensen
  630. G. W. Pabst
  631. Marco Ferreri
  632. Peter Greenaway
  633. Bigas Luna
  634. Juzo Itami
  635. Tinto Brass
  636. Ed Wood
  637. David Worth
  638. Stewart Raffill
  639. John Badham
  640. Stan Dragoti
  641. Frederick Wiseman
  642. Jim Muro
  643. Guy Hamilton
  644. Val Guest
  645. Ken Hughes
  646. Joseph McGrath
  647. Robert Parrish
  648. Peter R. Hunt
  649. Alberto De Martino
  650. Garson Kanin
  651. Emeric Pressburger
  652. Albert Lamorisse
  653. Alberto Cavalcanti
  654. Frank Launder
  655. Sidney Gilliat
  656. Bob Rafelson
  657. Edward Dmytryk
  658. George W. Hill
  659. Ramon Menendez
  660. Edward James Olmos
  661. William Castle
  662. Harold S. Bucquet
  663. Ben Holmes
  664. William Nigh
  665. Sean Penn
  666. Robert Flaherty
  667. Jason Reitman
  668. Allison Anders
  669. Lindsay Anderson
  670. R. G. Springsteen
  671. Kaneto Shindo
  672. Martin Ritt
  673. Robert Rossen
  674. Fred Coe
  675. Charles M. Jones
  676. Zoltan Korda
  677. Don Weis
  678. Henry Koster
  679. Edward Yang
  680. Atom Egoyan
  681. Lodge Kerrigan
  682. Aleksei Balabanov
  683. Pen-ek Ratanaruang
  684. Lars von Trier
  685. Shinya Tsukamoto
  686. Ron Fricke
  687. George Sidney
  688. Charles Walters
  689. Busby Berkeley
  690. David Butler
  691. W.S. Van Dyke II
  692. Edward Buzzell
  693. Edwin L. Marin
  694. Mark Sandrich
  695. Gregory La Cava
  696. David Leland
  697. Sidney Lanfield
  698. William A. Seiter
  699. Dick Richards
  700. Ivan Passer
  701. John Dahl
  702. Matthew Vaughn
  703. William Cameron Menzies
  704. William Dieterle
  705. Otto Brower
  706. Robert Z. Leonard
  707. Roy Del Ruth
  708. Edgar Selwyn
  709. Gregory LaCava
  710. Edward Sedgwick
  711. Arthur Dreifuss
  712. Vincent Gallo
  713. Nancy Savoca
  714. Henry King
  715. R.G. Springsteen
  716. André de Toth
  717. Louis King
  718. Kurt Neumann
  719. Jack Starrett
  720. John C. Champion
  721. Edward Ludwig
  722. Irving Reis
  723. H.C. Potter
  724. Norman Foster
  725. Mark Rydell
  726. Paolo Sorrentino
  727. Howard Deutch
  728. Mitchell Leisen
  729. Nicolas Philibert
  730. Alexander Korda
  731. George Fitzmaurice
  732. Victor Saville
  733. Ian Dalrymple
  734. David Hand
  735. Pete Docter
  736. Lee Unkrich
  737. David Silverman
  738. William Keighley
  739. John Busker
  740. Ron Clements
  741. Lewis Milestone
  742. Chris Smith
  743. Anatole Litvak
  744. Guy Green
  745. John Cromwell
  746. Clarence Brown
  747. Jacques Feyder
  748. Robert Florey
  749. Leo McCarey
  750. Gabriel Axel
  751. Frank Marshall
  752. Ginette Leclerc
  753. Charles Moulin
  754. Fernand Charpin
  755. Robert Vattier
  756. Diane Wood
  757. Jasmin Dizdar
  758. Eric Rohmer
  759. Edward F. Cline
  760. Milcho Manchevski
  761. Nic Gaster
  762. Kirk Wise
  763. Gary Trousdale
  764. Mario Monicelli
  765. Lawrence Kasdan
  766. Martin Brest
  767. Yakima Canutt
  768. Andrew Marton
  769. Marcel Camus
  770. Campbell Scott
  771. Stanley Tucci
  772. Paul Mazursky
  773. Paul Greengrass
  774. Bruce Beresford
  775. Luigi Comencini
  776. Kimberly Peirce
  777. Steve Rash
  778. Joe Berlinger
  779. Bruce Sinofsky
  780. Kristoffer Nyholm
  781. Carlos Diegues
  782. Ron Shelton
  783. Eugene Corr
  784. Bob Fosse
  785. Fernando Trueba
  786. Herbert Ross
  787. Hugh Hudson
  788. Wayne Wang
  789. Frank Lloyd
  790. Lasse Hallström
  791. Claire Denis
  792. Nick Park
  793. Peter Lord
  794. Rob Marshall
  795. George Lowe
  796. Daniel Mann
  797. Michael Apted
  798. Bertrand Tavernier
  799. Mikhail Kalatozov
  800. George Seaton
  801. Rowland V. Lee
  802. Edmund Goulding
  803. Nikita Mikhalkov
  804. Mike Newell
  805. George Abbott
  806. Tim Robbins
  807. Phillip Noyce
  808. Vincent Monton
  809. Jacob Brackman
  810. Jim McBride
  811. George Marshall
  812. Susan Seidelman
  813. Jerzy Skolimowski
  814. Laslo Benedek
  815. Charles Crichton
  816. Beau Marks
  817. John McTiernan
  818. Roy Rossotti
  819. Pietro Germi
  820. Erick Zonca
  821. William Hobbs
  822. Agnieszka Holland
  823. Diane Kurys
  824. Peter Markham
  825. Anthony Minghella
  826. Zacharias Kunuk
  827. Yoshimitsu Morita
  828. Nick Abdo
  829. Garry Marshall
  830. Rene Clement
  831. Abraham Polonsky
  832. Peter Cattaneo
  833. Teinosuke Kinugasa
  834. Frank Tashlin
  835. Bertrand Blier
  836. Henry Cornelius
  837. Agnes Varda
  838. Valerio Zurlini
  839. Jose Ferrer
  840. Joseph Reidy
  841. Sidney Franklin
  842. Gustav Machaty
  843. Barbara Kopple
  844. Todd Solondz
  845. Alan Oxman
  846. Michael Almereyda
  847. Laurence Olivier
  848. Gerald Cotts
  849. James Ivory
  850. Eleanor Coppola
  851. Richard Pearce
  852. Elaine May
  853. Hal Hartley
  854. Kenneth Branagh
  855. Vic Armstrong
  856. Lisa Cholodenko
  857. Jean Negulesco
  858. Marcel Ophuls
  859. Michael Dryhurst
  860. Peter Hall
  861. Ken Burns
  862. Todd Field
  863. John Boulting
  864. Mike Figgis
  865. Alan Crosland
  866. Richard Thorpe
  867. Frank Kowalski
  868. Yang Fengliang
  869. Robert Siodmak
  870. Robert Benton
  871. Hector Babenco
  872. Peter Brook
  873. Walter Lang
  874. Lamont Johnson
  875. Gianni Amelio
  876. Curtis Hanson
  877. Noel Howard
  878. Andre Smagghe
  879. Roger Vadim
  880. Penny Marshall
  881. Mervyn LeRoy
  882. Alfonso Arau
  883. Henry Hathaway
  884. Tom DiCillo
  885. Gillian Armstrong
  886. Mark Lewis
  887. Vassili Pitchul
  888. Philip Leacock
  889. Ray Ashley
  890. Morris Engel
  891. Ruth Orkin
  892. Dennis Stock
  893. Albert Brooks
  894. Karoly Makk
  895. Bernhard Wicki
  896. Delbert Mann
  897. Nicole Holofcener
  898. Patrick Carey
  899. Nicholas Hytner
  900. Tariq Anwar
  901. Gabriel Pascal
  902. Aki Kaurismaki
  903. Robert Stevenson
  904. Harry Horner
  905. Whit Stillman
  906. Evelyn Purcell
  907. Constantin Costa-Gavras
  908. Richard Boleslawski
  909. Ann Petrie
  910. James Flood
  911. Elliott Nugent
  912. Ildiko Enyedi
  913. Jim Sheridan
  914. Roy Ward Baker
  915. Gary McLarty
  916. Conrad Palmisano
  917. Sam Zebba
  918. Ettore Scola
  919. Irving Rapper
  920. Larry Peerce
  921. Carl Franklin
  922. Victor Schertzinger
  923. Harry Watt
  924. Robert Redford
  925. Donald Roos
  926. Michael Anderson
  927. Daryl Duke
  928. Roger Michell
  929. Bill Roberts
  930. Colin Englert
  931. Tay Garnett
  932. Jacques Doillon
  933. Leslie Howard
  934. Anthony Asquith
  935. Peter Glenville
  936. Stuart Gordon
  937. Michael Tolkin
  938. Michael D. Moore
  939. Franc Roddam
  940. Craig R. Baxley
  941. Paul Brickman
  942. Robert Ellis Miller
  943. Daniel Vigne
  944. Peter Medak
  945. Mira Nair
  946. Charles MacArthur
  947. Ben Hecht
  948. Roy Boulting
  949. Lina Wertmuller
  950. John Madden
  951. Gordon Parks
  952. Jonathan Glazer
  953. Alan Bridges
  954. Ross McElwee
  955. Jacques-Yves Cousteau
  956. Elmar Klos
  957. Arthur Wooster
  958. Perce Pearce
  959. Larry Morey
  960. Michael Ritchie
  961. Roger Donaldson
  962. Lloyd Bacon
  963. Joe Alves
  964. Nicholas Meyer
  965. Robert Enders
  966. Lew Ayres
  967. Janet Gaynor
  968. Ulu Grosbard
  969. Mariangela Melato
  970. Giancarlo Giannini
  971. Alexander Mackendrick
  972. Serge Bourguignon
  973. Bobby Bass
  974. Hercules Bellville
  975. Gary Capo
  976. Tim Whelan
  977. Ludwig Berger
  978. François Girard
  979. Herbert Coleman
  980. Peter Masterson
  981. Ronald Neame
  982. Danny DeVito
  983. Herman Shumlin
  984. Bob Ziembicki
  985. Michael Steinberg
  986. Ian Sharp
  987. Neal Jimenez
  988. Jerome Robbins
  989. Marcel Pagnol
  990. Andre Techine
  991. Kenneth Lonergan
  992. Chen Huai-En
  993. George Dunning
  994. Alfonso Cuaron
  995. James Young Deer
  996. Lois Weber
  997. Phillips Smalley
  998. Chuck Jones
  999. Elaine Bass
  1000. Saul Bass
  1001. John Emerson
  1002. Victor Sjöström
  1003. George Pal
  1004. Joseph Kane
  1005. Charles Lamont
  1006. Pat O’Neill
  1007. G. W. Bitzer
  1008. Dave Tatsuno
  1009. George Loane Tucker
  1010. Gregory Bateson
  1011. Margaret Mead
  1012. William C. Jersey
  1013. Denis Sanders
  1014. Jim Freeman
  1015. Greg MacGillivray
  1016. Theodore Case
  1017. Harold L. Muller
  1018. Christian Nyby
  1019. George Ingmire
  1020. Mike Todd, Jr.
  1021. Robert L. Bendick
  1022. Burt Gillett
  1023. Budd Boetticher
  1024. Cedric Gibbons
  1025. Jack Conway
  1026. Ted Parmelee
  1027. Edwin S. Porter
  1028. Maurice Schwartz
  1029. Steve Binder
  1030. Karl Brown
  1031. Walt Disney
  1032. Andrew L. Stone
  1033. Miriam Bennett
  1034. Dudley Murphy
  1035. Dave Fleischer
  1036. Wilfred Jackson
  1037. William Cottrell
  1038. Perce Pearce
  1039. F.S. Armitage
  1040. Julien Bryan
  1041. Lynn Reynolds
  1042. Helen Hill
  1043. Ernie Gehr
  1044. Thomas Chalmers
  1045. Lowell Sherman
  1046. Charles Bryant
  1047. Herbert J. Biberman
  1048. Pare Lorentz
  1049. Daniel Petrie
  1050. Janie Geiser
  1051. Jonas Mekas
  1052. Alfred Leslie
  1053. Lou Breslow
  1054. Robert F. McGowan
  1055. Sally Cruikshank
  1056. J. Stuart Blackton
  1057. Chuck Workman
  1058. Ray Eames
  1059. Charles Eames
  1060. Thomas Edison
  1061. Arthur P. Jacobs
  1062. David Hand
  1063. Norman Ferguson
  1064. T. Hee
  1065. Jack Kinney
  1066. Herbert Brenon
  1067. Randal Kleiser
  1068. Wallace Kelly
  1069. Fred Guiol
  1070. Emilio Fernández
  1071. Mitchell Block
  1072. Lionel Rogosin
  1073. Scott Bartlett
  1074. Jerry Lewis
  1075. Michael Roemer
  1076. Anthony Mann
  1077. James Parrott
  1078. Morton DaCosta
  1079. James Frawley
  1080. Benjamin Doniger
  1081. William Beaudine
  1082. Oskar Fischinger
  1083. Bruce Conner
  1084. Sid Laverents
  1085. Alice Guy-Blaché
  1086. Joseph Santley
  1087. James Blue
  1088. George B. Seitz
  1089. Alexander Hall
  1090. Mabel Normand
  1091. James Algar
  1092. Fred M. Wilcox
  1093. Sidney Peterson
  1094. Connie Field
  1095. Slavko Vorkapich
  1096. H. Lee Waters
  1097. William Heise
  1098. Godfrey Reggio
  1099. Reginald Barker
  1100. Harold M. Shaw
  1101. Bert Stern
  1102. Gjon Mili
  1103. Edward S. Curtis
  1104. Helen Levitt
  1105. James Agee
  1106. Janice Loeb
  1107. Clarence G. Badger
  1108. Robert Gardner
  1109. John Marshall
  1110. Martin Brest
  1111. Ida Lupino
  1112. Ralph Steiner
  1113. William S. Hart
  1114. Charles Swickard
  1115. Clifford Smith
  1116. Marie Menken
  1117. Sidney Olcott
  1118. Alfred Ames
  1119. Winsor McCay
  1120. Robert Cannon
  1121. Robert Breer
  1122. Frank Mouris
  1123. Marvin Breckinridge Patterson
  1124. Rex Ingram
  1125. Len Lye
  1126. Lawrence Marston
  1127. Edwin Thanhouser
  1128. Fatty Arbuckle
  1129. Jerome Hill
  1130. Ray Taylor
  1131. Frederick Stephani
  1132. Gregory Nava
  1133. Bruce Brown
  1134. Robert Clouse
  1135. Anthony Rizzo
  1136. Harry Smith
  1137. William Dickson
  1138. Meg Barstow
  1139. Robbins Barstow
  1140. Leonard Kamerling
  1141. Sarah Elder
  1142. Dorothy Arzner
  1143. Marion Wong
  1144. Kent MacKenzie
  1145. Melvin Frank
  1146. Norman Panama
  1147. Leopold Wharton
  1148. Louis J. Gasnier
  1149. Melville Webber
  1150. James Sibley Watson
  1151. Julie Dash
  1152. Shirley Clarke
  1153. Bruce Baillie
  1154. Lewis H. Moomaw
  1155. Jay Leyda
  1156. Mimi Pickering
  1157. James W. Horne
  1158. Albert Parker
  1159. Charles Brabin
  1160. Fred Niblo
  1161. Robert M. Fresco
  1162. Thomas H. Ince
  1163. Raymond B. West
  1164. Raymond Dowidat
  1165. Esther Dowidat
  1166. Judy Collins
  1167. Jill Godmilow
  1168. George C. Stoney
  1169. Charles Barton
  1170. Nathan H. Juran
  1171. Ruggero Deodato
  1172. Isao Takahata
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16 thoughts on “Great Movie Directors List”

  1. Your opinion, probably posted elsewhere, of James Dean?

    Now, the chief supposed imitator of James Dean
    was early Michael Parks.

    “Bus Riley’s Back In Town” with Ann-Margret.

    http://www.blockbuster.com/browse/catalog/movieDetails/53194

    “The Idol” with Jennifer Jones.

    “Wild Seed.”

    (in this regard Parks’ Adam in the Bible would be superfluous.)

    “Then Came Bronson” 1969, was the premiere natural-realist shot-on-location soul-searching introspective wanderer TV show, Parks playing the lead. Never since attempted let alone duplicated.

    1. Menace 2 Society is staying on, because it’s damn good. Singleton was just added. You’re right, boys in the hood was great.

      Are you a film buff, Silver?

      One thing I know nothing about is Australian cinema. Other than Peter Weir, maybe you could help me out.

    2. Not just one good movie, but one damn good, I mean damn good, movie. At any time in any place. I’m being generous here, but the truth is that in over 100 years, obviously there have been hundreds of fine directors.

      1. Considering that they own Hollywood, you still think I shouldn’t blame the filthy rat kikes for this kind of shit?

  2. Edward Yang deserves a place for Yi Yi.

    Atom Egoyan for Chloe. I haven’t seen his other stuff.

    Lodge Kerrigan for Clean, Shaven.

    Aleksei Balabanov for Brat, Morfiy, Cargo 200 and maybe others.

    Pen-ek Ratanaruang.

    Lars von Trier. Antichrist was amazing. Dancer in the Dark, The Five Obstructions, and Riget were good. I’m not too big on the strict Dogme stuff like Dogville.

    Shinya Tsukamoto for Tetsuo: the Iron Man and Tokyo Fist.

    Ron Fricke for Baraka.

  3. European cinema is very under-represented in the list, in particular the directors of France, Germany, Russia/the USSR, Spain, Italy, Poland and Hungary. All this nations have made world class films.

  4. Very solid list.
    I see you’ve got Eisenstein, Vertov, Bakshi, Passolini, Jimmy Murakami, Hal Ashby, Jimmy Murakami, and Luis Buñuel (I was literally checking to see if you missed any of them; just looking for a reason to comment).
    I think Isao Takahata should be in here for ‘Grave of the Fireflies’, though.

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