Directors ranked&rated

by dordairobert | created - 25 Mar 2018 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

This ratings are subjective and their purpose is to see how my taste changes with time and rewatches.

1. Béla Tarr

Producer | Werckmeister harmóniák

Béla Tarr was born on July 21, 1955 in Pécs, Hungary. He is a producer and director, known for Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), The Turin Horse (2011) and Damnation (1988). He is married to Ágnes Hranitzky.

Sátántangó 10 A torinói ló 10 Werckmeister harmóniák 10 Kárhozat 9 Öszi almanach 9


2. Andrei Tarkovsky

Writer | Solyaris

The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood (1962), which ...

Zerkalo 10 Andrey Rublev 10 Stalker 10 Solyaris 9.5 Ivanovo detstvo 8.5


(left out: Nostalghia 8; Offret 8)

3. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...

2001: A Space Odyssey 10 A Clockwork Orange 10 The Shining 9.5 Eyes Wide Shut 9 Paths of Glory 9


(left out: Full Metal Jacket 8)

4. Ingmar Bergman

Writer | Smultronstället

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (1996) is the ...

Höstsonaten 9.5 Persona 9.5 Smultronstället 9.5 Viskningar och rop 9.5 Det sjunde inseglet 9


(left out: Hour of the Wolf 8.5)

5. Robert Bresson

Writer | Au hasard Balthazar

Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin (1943) in 1943. His next film, Les ...

Au hasard Balthazar 9.5 Mouchette 9.5 Pickpocket 9.5 Journal d'un curé de campagne 9.5 Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut 9


6. Yasujirô Ozu

Director | Tôkyô monogatari

Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first ...

Hitori musuko 9.5 Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo 9.5 Tôkyô monogatari 9.5 Sanma no aji 9 Higanbana 9


(left out: Bakushû 8.5; Ukikusa Monogatari 8)

7. Luis Buñuel

Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the ...

Los Olvidados 9.5 Viridiana 9.5 Cet obscur objet du désir 9.5 Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie 9.5 El ángel exterminador 8.5


8. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writer | Gertrud

The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the ...

Gertrud 10 La passion de Jeanne d'Arc 9.5 Ordet 9 Vredens dag 8.5 Vampyr 8.5


9. Andrzej Zulawski

Writer | Possession

Born in Lvov, Ukraine; then he moved with his father Miroslaw Zulawski to Czechoslovakia and later to Poland. In the late 1950s, he studied cinema in France. In the 1960s, he was an assistant of the famous Polish film director Andrzej Wajda. His feature debut The Third Part of the Night (1971) was ...

Na srebrnym globie 10 Diabeł 9.5 Possession 9 L'important c'est d'aimer 8.5 Trzecia czesc nocy 8.5


10. Kenji Mizoguchi

Director | Saikaku ichidai onna

Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known ...

Saikaku ichidai onna 9 Sanshô dayû 9 Ugetsu monogatari 9 Akasen chitai 9 Chikamatsu monogatari 8.5


11. Paul Thomas Anderson

Director | Punch-Drunk Love

Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making...

Magnolia 9.5 There Will Be Blood 9 The Master 9 Phantom Thread 9 Inherent Vice 8


(left out: Boogie Nights 7.5)

12. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Kakushi-toride no san-akunin

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...

Shichinin no samurai 10 Rashômon 9 Ikiru 8.5 Dersu Uzala 8 Tengoku to jigoku 8


(left out: Yôjinbô 8; Shubun 7.5)

13. Lars von Trier

Writer | Dancer in the Dark

Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...

Dancer in the Dark 9 Dogville 9 Breaking the Waves 9 Antichrist 8.5 Melancholia 8


14. Federico Fellini

Writer | Amarcord

The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the ...

I Vitelloni 9 8½ 9 Le notti di Cabiria 9 La Strada 8.5 La Dolce Vita 8


15. Terrence Malick

Writer | Days of Heaven

Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...

The Tree Of Life 10 The Thin Red Line 9 Song To Song 8 Badlands 8 Days of Heaven 8


16. Frantisek Vlácil

Director | Marketa Lazarová

Frantisek Vlácil was born on February 19, 1924 in Cesky Tesin, Moravian-Silesian, Czech Republic. He was a director and writer, known for Marketa Lazarová (1967), Adelheid (1970) and Shadows of a Hot Summer (1978). He died on January 28, 1999 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Marketa Lazarová 10 Dáblova past 8.5 Stíny horkého léta 8.5 Holubice 8 Údolí vcel 8


(left out: Adelheid 7.5)

17. Michelangelo Antonioni

Writer | Blowup

Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema"...

Blow-up 9.5 La Notte 9 L'avventura 8.5 Il deserto rosso 8 L'Eclisse 7.5


18. Joel Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), A Serious Man (2009) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

No Country for Old Men 9 The Big Lebowski 9 Barton Fink 8.5 Fargo 8 Miller's Crossing 7.5


(left out: Raising Arizona 7)

19. Jean-Luc Godard

Director | À bout de souffle

Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...

Week End 9 Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution 9 Pierrot le Fou 8.5 Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux 7.5 Une femme est une femme 7.5


(left out: À bout de souffle 7)

20. Mike Leigh

Director | Happy-Go-Lucky

Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Another Year (2010). He was previously married to Alison Steadman.

Naked 9 All or Nothing 8.5 Secrets & Lies 8 Another Year 8 Bleak Moments 8


21. Martin Scorsese

Director | Taxi Driver

Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later ...

Taxi Driver 9.5 Raging Bull 9 Goodfellas 8 Shutter Island 7 Gangs of New York 7


(left out: The Departed 6.5; The Wolf of Wall Street 6.5; The King of Comedy 6.5)

22. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many ...

Sunset Boulevard 8.5 The Apartment 8.5 Double Indemnity 8 Some Like It Hot 7.5 Ace in the Hole 7.5


23. Alfred Hitchcock

Director | Psycho

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and ...

Vertigo 9 Psycho 8.5 Rear Window 8.5 North by Northwest 7 Strangers on a Train 7


24. Shûji Terayama

Writer | Saraba hakobune

Terayama Shuji was born the only son of Terayama Hachiro and Terayama Hatsu in Hirosaki City, Aomori on December 10th, 1935; but his birth and name were officially registered on January 10th, 1936. His father, an officer in the "thought police", leaves for the Pacific War in early 1941. He dies in ...

Den-en ni shisu 9 Sho o suteyo machi e deyou 8 Kusa-meikyû 7.5 Les fruits de la passion 7.5 Tomato Kecchappu Kôtei 7


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