Sight and Sound 2012 - Ranking Directors Based on Votes

by Kim_Kobusch_Simonsen | created - 2 months ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

IMDb seems to have an issue with List Order currently so the ranking makes no God damn sense. My solution will probably be to copy the list when the time comes.

Sources: https://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/sightandsoundpoll2012/films https://www.imdb.com/list/ls008168628/ https://mubi.com/lists/sight-sound-2012-top-1000-films-combined-critics-and-directors-ballots

Titles that haven't been counted Bresson's Entire Oeuvre (maybe this should be counted as 1 vote) Germany in Autumn (1978) - is it fair to include it? People on Sunday (1930) - is it fair to include it? Jungle Book (1967) - who should be credited? Revolver (1994) - 4 directors Guy Sherwin's Short film series - should it be counted Snow White and the Seven Dwarves - how should be credited?

Directors I couldn't find: Jordan Belson J.B. McDowell Art & Jim Mitchell Robert Nelson Daniel Seymour Karim Asif John Smith François Verster Giorgio Bianchi Derek Williams John Cook

Director changed: Klaus Kinski was credited for "My Best Fiend" according to BFI. But I chose to credit Werner Herzog (the director) instead.

Title issues: Acrobatic Sisters Dainef (1903) - unknown director Ah Ying (1983) - unknown director Anemic Cinema (1926) - 1 or 2 votes Anthem (2006) - 1 or 2 votes Auf dem Weg - less than 3 votes Bahia of all the saints - 1 or 2 votes Balle traversant une bulle de savon - 1 or 2 votes The Argentinian Lesson - 1 or 2 votes Beep Beep - 1 or 2 votes Before Sunrise - 1 or 2 votes Belovy - 1 or 2 votes ber uns der dom - 1 or 2 votes The Big Trail - 1 or 2 votes Bintang Kejora - 1 or 2 votes Black TV - 1 or 2 votes The Body's Way - 1 or 2 votes Bovine - 1 or 2 votes Capitalism: Slavery - 1 or 2 votes Carlos - 1 or 2 votes Century of Birthing - 1 or 2 votes Cheese - 1 or 2 votes The Clock - 1 or 2 votes Cold Water - 1 or 2 votes Commingled Containers - 1 or 2 votes Cycling Chronicles: Landscape the Boy Saw - 1 or 2 votes The Dependent - 1 or 2 votes Did Wolff von Amerongen Commit Bankruptcy Offenses? - 1 or 2 votes Downfall - 1 or 2 votes The Ducksters - 1 or 2 votes The Dying Swan - 1 or 2 votes Easy Out - 1 or 2 votes Effects of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, The The Egyptian Series - 1 or 2 votes El grito del sur. Casas Viejas - 1 or 2 votes Episode 3 – ‘Enjoy Poverty’ (2009) - 1 or 2 votes Everyday Life in a Syrian Village - 1 or 2 votes Faszinierendes Puppenhaus - 1 or 2 votes Fela Kuti - 1 or 2 votes Fiamma che non si spegne - 1 or 2 votes Films of Nathaniel Dorsky - 1 or 2 votes Fox News Outtakes 4-399/400 NYC Street Scenes and Noises - 1 or 2 votes frontière de l’aube, La - 1 or 2 votes Gebet für die Linke - 1 or 2 votes God's Step Children - 1 or 2 votes Golfball, Ode to IBM - 1 or 2 votes Gyakushu Gokumon Toride/Les Paysans opprimés - 1 or 2 votes Hardwood Process - 1 or 2 votes Heiligabend auf St. Pauli - 1 or 2 votes Horse Boy, The - 1 or 2 votes - 1 or 2 votes How a Mosquito Operates - 1 or 2 votes I Think They Call Him John - 1 or 2 votes In Camera - 1 or 2 votes In The Dark - 1 or 2 votes Independencia - 1 or 2 votes Ingeborg Holm - 1 or 2 votes This is not a Film - 1 or 2 votes JLG: Self-Portrait in December - 1 or 2 votes Judex - 1 or 2 votes La Vida Loca - 1 or 2 votes Last Night - 1 or 2 votes Le village de Namo - Panorama pris d'une chaise à porteurs - 1 or 2 votes The Lodger - 1 or 2 votes Long Film for Ambient Light - 1 or 2 votes Louisa - 1 or 2 votes Love and Duty - 1 or 2 votes Malerei heute - 1 or 2 votes Man with No Name - 1 or 2 votes Me at the Zoo - 1 or 2 votes My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure - 1 or 2 votes Napoleon - 1 or 2 votes Ng Long Pat Kua Khuan - 1 or 2 votes NYC Street Scenes and Noises - Fox News One-Armed Boxer II - 1 or 2 votes Paradise Not Yet Lost - 1 or 2 votes Parents' Heart - 1 or 2 votes Poetry - 1 or 2 votes The Power of Speech - 1 or 2 votes Profit & Nothing But! Or Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle - 1 or 2 votes Radiant Child - 1 or 2 votes Reassemblange - 1 or 2 votes Reel Time - 1 or 2 votes Review 36th Year No.5 - Uncredited Saint Dnyaneshwar - 1 or 2 votes Scenes from a City Life (Dushi Fengguang) - 1 or 2 votes Scorpion Thunderbolt - 1 or 2 votes Shiranui Sea - 1 or 2 votes Side/Walk/Shuttle - 1 or 2 votes Six fois deux/Sur et sous la communication - 1 or 2 votes Sky Socialist, The - 1 or 2 votes Smooth Talk - 1 or 2 votes Song and Solitude - 1 or 2 votes Sortie D'Usine - 1 or 2 votes Stealing Beauty - 1 or 2 votes Study of a River - 1 or 2 votes Summer in Narita - 1 or 2 votes Super Dyke Meets Madam X - 1 or 2 votes Sylvie - 1 or 2 votes Ten Minutes of Love - 1 or 2 votes Textism - 1 or 2 votes Time Indefinite - 1 or 2 votes Tokyo Marigold - 1 or 2 votes Toute la mémoire du monde - 1 or 2 votes Trasferimento di modulazione - 1 or 2 votes Trash Humpers - 1 or 2 votes Trip, The - 1 or 2 votes Tuning the Instruments - 1 or 2 votes Ukuaru - 1 or 2 votes US Go Home - 1 or 2 votes Vivan las Antipodas! - 1 or 2 votes Vivir en Sevilla - 1 or 2 votes Walter Defends Sarajevo - 1 or 2 votes LEBASSI BARAYE AROUSSI (1976) - 1 or 2 votes What Goes Up? - 1 or 2 votes What's Opera, Doc? - 1 or 2 votes The Wire - 1 or 2 votes Work Done - 1 or 2 votes 1126 Dewey Avenue, Apt. 207 - Unknown 2 into 1 - 1 or 2 votes 2 minutes 45 seconds - 1 or 2 votes

1. 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 ...

389 votes in total, 19 movies

Vertigo (1958) [222 votes, 191 critics, 31 directors] Psycho (1960) [46 votes, 35 critics, 11 directors] Rear Window (1954) [39 votes, 28 critics, 11 directors] North By Northwest (1959) [34 votes, 28 critics, 6 directors] Notorious (1946) [12 votes, 10 critics, 2 directors] Marnie (1964) [9 votes, 6 critics, 3 directors] The Birds (1963) [9 votes, 6 critics, 3 directors] Shadow of a Doubt (1943) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Strangers on a Train (1951) [3 votes, 0 critics, 3 directors] The Lady Vanishes (1938) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Blackmail (1929) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Foreign Correspondent (1940) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Frenzy (1973) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Memories of the Camps (1945) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Rebecca (1940) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Rich and Strange (1932) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Rope (1948) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Spellbound (1945) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The 39 Steps (1935) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Wrong Man (1956) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

2. Jean-Luc Godard

Director | Pierrot le fou

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 ...

310 votes in total, 26 movies

À Bout de Souffle (1960) [84 votes ,57 critics, 27 directors] Le Mépris (1963) [55 votes, 43 critics, 12 directors] Pierrot le Fou (1965) [38 votes, 31 critics, 7 directors] Historie(s) du Cinema (1998) [33 votes, Nan Critics, Nan Directors] Vivre Sa Vie (1962) [21 votes, 12 critics, 9 directors] 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967) [19 votes, 16 critics, 3 directors] Nouvelle Vague (1990) [7 votes, 6 critics, 1 director] Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965) [6 votes, 1 critic, 5 directors] Numéro Deux (1975) [6 votes, 5 critics, 1 director] Week End (1967) [6 votes, 4 critics, 2 directors] Masculin Féminin (1966) [5 votes, 4 critics, 1 director] Passion Amour/ Travail (1982) [5 votes, 3 critics, 2 directors] Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie) (1979) [4 votes, 2 critics, 2 directors] Bande á Part (1964) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] Une Femme Est Une Femme (1961) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Film Socialisme (2010) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Ici et Ailleurs (1975) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Germany Year 90 Nine Zero [2 votes, Nan critics, Nan directors] Prénom: Carmen (1983) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Dans le Noir du Temps (2002) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Éloge de L'Amour (2001) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Je Vous Salue, Marie (1984) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Je Vous Salue, Sarajevo (1992) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] King Lear (1987) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 critics] Les Carabiniers (1963) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Notre Musique (2004) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Scénario du Film Passion (1983) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

3. 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 ...

226 votes in total, 9 movies

8½ (1963) [104 votes, 64 critics, 40 directors] La Dolce Vita (1960) [46 votes, 33 critics, 13 directors] Amarcord (1972) [28 votes, 14 critics, 14 directors] La Strada (1954) [23 votes, 8 critics, 15 directors] Le Notti di Cabiria (1957) [10 votes, 4 critics, 6 directors] Satyricon (1969) [5 votes, 2 critics, 3 directors] I Vitelloni (1953) [4 votes, 2 critics, 2 directors] Roma (1972) [4 vote, 1 critic, 3 directors] Il Bidone (1955) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Il Casanova (1976) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

3. 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 ...

234 votes in total, 7 movies

Zerkalo (1974) [77 votes, 47 critics, 30 directors] Andrei Rublev (1966) [66 votes, 41 critics, 25 directors] Stalker (1979) [53 votes, 39 critics, 14 directors] Solaris (1972) [14 votes, 11 critics, 3 directors] Ivanovo Detstvo (1962) [9 votes, 6 critics, 3 directors] Nostalghia (1983) [9 votes, 6 critics, 3 directors] Offret (1986) [6 votes, 3 critics, 3 directors]

3. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...

227 votes in total, 7 movies

Apocalypse Now (1979) [86 votes, 53 critics, 33 directors] The Godfather (1972) [74 votes, 43 critics, 31 directors] The Godfather Part II (1974) [52 votes, 38 critics, 14 directors] The Conversation (1974) [12 votes, 9 critics, 2 directors] One from the Heart (1982) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] The Outsiders (1983) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Rainmaker (1997) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

3. 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 ...

214 votes in total, 11 movies

Au hasard Balthazar (1966) [67 votes, 49 critics, 18 directors] A Man Escaped (1956) [36 votes, 23 critics, 13 directors] Pickpocket (1959) [36 votes, Nan Critics, Nan Directors] L' Argent (1983) [20 votes, 13 critics, 7 directors] Mouchette (1966) [20 votes, 14 critics, 6 directors] Journal D'Un Curé de Campagne (1951) [14 votes, 12 critics, 2 directors] Le Diable Probablement (1977) [10 votes, 8 critics, 2 directors] Lancelot du Lac (1974) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Une Femme Douce (1969) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Procés de Jeanne D'Arc (1962) [2 votes, 0 critics, 2 directors] Quatre Nuits D'Un Rêveur (1971) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

5. 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 ...

252 votes, 10 movies

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) [132 votes, 90 critics, 42 directors] Barry Lyndon (1975) [44 votes, 25 critics, 19 directors] Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) [20 votes, 14 critics, 6 directors] The Shining (1980) [19 votes, 11 critics, 8 directors] A Clockwork Orange (1971) [15 votes, 7 critics, 8 directors] Paths of Glory (1957) [10 votes, 4 critics, 6 directors] Eyes Wide Shut (1999) [5 votes, 4 critics, 1 director] The Killing (1956) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Full Metal Jacket (1987) [2 votes, 0 critics, 2 directors] Lolita (1962) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director]

5. Jean Renoir

Writer | La grande illusion

Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he ...

223 votes in total, 16 movies

La Règle du Jeu (1938) [117, 100 critics, 17 directors] La Grande Illusion (1937) [32 votes, 22 critics, 10 directors] Partie de Campagne (1936) [20 votes, 18 critics, 2 votes] The River (1951) [19 votes, 13 critics, 6 directors] Boudu Sauvé des Eaux (1932) [7 votes, 3 critics, 4 directors] French Cancan (1955) [7 votes, 6 critics, 1 director] Le Crime de M. Lange (1935) [7 votes, 5 critics, 2 directors] La Bête Humaine (1938) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] La Nuit du Carrefour (1932) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] La Carrozza D'Oro (1952) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 directors] La Chienne (1931) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] La Marseillaise (1937) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe (1959) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier (1961) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Nana (1926) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Toni (1935) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

6. 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 ...

224 votes in total, 15 movies

Persona (1966) [72 votes, 48 critics, 24 directors] Fanny och Alexander (1982) [43 votes, 19 critics, 24 directors] Det Sjunde Inseglet (1957) [25 votes, 17 critics, 8 directors] Smultronstället (1957) [25 votes, 24 critics, 1 director] Vargtimmen (1968) [14 votes, 3 critics, 11 directors] Viskningar och Rop (1972) [14 votes, 11 critics, 3 directors] Scener ur Ett Äktenskap (1974) [6 votes, 5 critics, 1 director] Tystnaden (1963) [6 votes, 1 critic, 5 directors] Nattvardsgästerna (1962) [5 votes, 5 critics, 0 directors] Jungfrukällan (1960) [4 votes, 3 critics, 1 director] Fängelse (1949) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Skammen (1968) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Sommaren med Monika (1953) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Sommarnattens Leende (1955) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Saraband (2003) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Sommerlek (1951) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

9. 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 ...

251 votes in total, 10 movies

Tokyo Story (1953) [155 votes, 107 critics, 48 directors] Late Spring (1949) [54 votes, 50 critics, 4 directors] Umarete Wa Mita Keredo (1932) [10 votes, 9 critics, 1 director] Sanma No Aji (1962) [8 votes, 7 critics, 1 director] Bakushû (1951) [7 votes, 4 critics, 3 directors] Higanbana (1958) [4 votes, 4 critics, 0 directors] Hitori Musuko (1936) [4 votes, 3 critics, 1 director] Kohayagawa-Ke No Aki (1961) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Ohayo (1959) [3 votes, 2 critic, 1 director] Ukigusa (1959) [3 votes, 0 critics, 3 directors] Akibiyori (1960) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors]

9. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....

299 votes in total, 10 movies

Citizen Kane (1941) [199 votes, 157 critics, 42 directors] Touch of Evil (1958) [41 votes, 25 critics, 16 directors] Magnificient Ambersons [24 votes, 20 critics, 4 directors] Chimes at Midnight (1966) [13 votes, 11 critics, 2 directors] F for Fake (1975) [9 votes, 7 critics, 2 directors] The Lady from Shanghai (1947) [7 votes, 6 critics, 1 vote] The Proces (1962) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Othello (1952) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Mr Arkadin (1955) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] The Immortal History [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

11. Carl Theodor Dreyer

Director | Ordet

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 ...

213 votes in total, 11 movies

La Passion de Jeanne D' Arc (1928) [78 votes, 65 critics, 13 directors] Ordet (1955) [61 votes, 42 critics, 19 directors] Gertrud (1964) [41 votes, 31 critics, 10 directors] Vampyr der Traum des Allan Gray (1932) [15 votes, 11 critics, 4 directors] Vredens Dag (1943) [12 votes, 9 critics, 3 directors] De Nåede Færgen (1948) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Die Gezeichneten (1921) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 vote] Glomdalsbruden (1925) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Michael (1924) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Prästänkan (1920) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Två Människor (1945) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

12. 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 ...

172 votes in total, 12 movies

Taxi Driver (1976) [72 votes, 38 critics, 34 directors] Raging Bull (1980) [54 votes, 28 critics, 26 directors] Goodfellas (1990) [21 votes, 10 critics, 11 directors] The King of Comedy (1983) [7 votes, 5 critics, 2 directors] Casino (1995) [5 votes, 5 critics, 0 directors] Hugo (2011) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Mean Streets (1973) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] New York, New York (1977) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Age of Innocence (1993) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Departed (2006) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

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...

198 votes in total, 13 movies

Seven Samurai (1954) [70 votes, 48 critics, 22 directors] Rashomon (1950) [63 votes, 42 critics, 21 directors] Ikiru (1952) [18 votes, 13 critics, 5 directors] Ran (1985) [9 votes, 4 critics, 5 directors] Throne of Blood (1957) [8 votes, 7 critics, 1 director] Tengoku To Jigoku (1963) [7 votes, 5 critics, 2 directors] Dersu Uzala (1975) [5 votes, 1 critic, 4 directors] Kagemusha (1980) [5 votes, 2 critics, 3 directors] Dodos'Ka-Den (1970) [4 votes, 2 critics, 2 directors] Warui Yatsu Hodo Yoku Nemuru (1960) [4 votes, 1 critic, 3 directors] Yojimbo (1961) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Akahige (1965) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

12. John Ford

Director | The Quiet Man

John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...

201 votes in total, 19 movies

The Searchers (1956) [89 votes, 78 critics, 11 directors] The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1962) [19 votes, 14 critics, 5 directors] The Grapes of Wrath (1940) [13 votes, 9 critics, 4 directors] My Darling Clementine (1946) [12 votes, 7 critics, 5 directors] How Green Was My Valley (1941) [8 votes, 7 critics, 1 director] Stagecoach (1939) [7 votes, 5 critics, 2 directors] The Quiet Man (1952) [7 votes, 5 critics, 2 directors] Wagon Master (1950) [7 votes, 6 critics, 1 director] Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) [6 votes, 5 critics, 1 director] 7 Women (1965) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 diretors] Fort Apache (1948) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] The Sun Shines Bright (1953) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] The Wings of Eagles (1956) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] They Were Expendable (1945) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Cheyenne Autumn (1964) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Rio Grande (1950) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 director] She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] The Informer (1935) [2 votes, 0 critics, 2 directors] 3 Godfathers (1948) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Pilgrimage (1933) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Long Gray Line (1954) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Long Voyage Home (1940) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

14. 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"...

158 votes in total, 9 movies

L' Avventura (1960) [57 votes, 43 critics, 14 directors] L' Eclisse (1962) [33 votes, 22 critics, 11 directors] Blow-Up (1967) [22 votes, 12 critics, 10 directors] Professione: Reporter (1974) [17 votes, 15 critics, 2 directors] La Notte (1961) [10 votes, 4 critics, 6 directors] Il Deserto Rosso (1964) [8 votes, 8 critics, 0 directors] Il Grido (1957) [7 votes, 4 critics, 3 directors] Zabriskie Point (1970) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Cronaca di Un Amore (1950) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

14. Howard Hawks

Director | Red River

What do the classic films Scarface (1932), Twentieth Century (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Rio Bravo (1959) have in...

101 votes in total, 11 movies

Rio Bravo (1958) [29 votes, 24 critics, 5 directors] Bringing Up Baby (1938) [16 votes, 15 critics, 1 director] Only Angels Have Wings (1939) [12 votes, 11 critics, 1 director] His Girl Friday (1939) [11 votes, 10 critics, 1 director] Red River (1947) [10 votes, 7 critics, 3 directors] The Big Sleep (1946) [10 votes, 8 critics, 2 directors] Hatari! (1961) [5 votes, 5 critic, 0 directors] To Have and Have Not (1945) [4 votes, 4 critics, 0 directors] El Dorado (1966) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Man's Favorite Sport (1963) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Scarface (1932) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

14. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

148 votes in total, 14 movies

City Lights (1931) [43 votes, 29 critics, 14 directors] Modern Times (1936) [41 votes, 24 critics, 17 directors] The Gold Rush (1925) [18 votes, 11 critics, 7 directors] The Great Dictator (1940) [16 votes, 12 critics, 4 directors] The Kid (1921) [7 votes, 5 critics, 2 directors] Monsieur Verdoux (1947) [6 votes, 5 critics, 1 director] A Woman of Paris (1923) [5 votes, 3 critics, 2 directors] Limelight (1951) [4 votes, 3 critics, 1 director] The Circus (1928) [3 votes, 2 critics 1 director] A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] A Dog's Life (1918) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] A King in New York (1957) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Immigrant (1917) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Rink (1916) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

16. Luis Buñuel

Writer | El ángel exterminador

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 ...

168 votes in total, 19 movies

Viridiana (1961) [28 votes, 15 critics, 13 directors] Un Chien Andalou (1929) [24 votes, 17 critics, 7 directors] L'Âge d'or (1930) [21 votes, 15 critics, 6 directors] Los Olvidados (1950) [15 votes, 15 critics, 0 directors] Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (1972) [14 votes, 9 critics, 5 directors] El Angel Exterminador (1962) [13 votes, 8 critics, 5 directors] Belle de Jour (1967) [12 votes, 7 critics, 5 directors] El (1953) [6 votes, 4 critics, 2 directors] Cet Obscur du Désir (1977) [5 votes, 3 critics, 2 directors] Land without Bread (1933) [5 votes, 5 critics, 0 directors] Tristana (1970) [5 votes, 5 critics, 0 directors] Le Fantôme de la Liberté (1974) [4 votes, 2 critics, 2 directors] Nazarín (1958) [4 votes, 1 critic, 3 directors] Simón del Desierto (1965) [4 votes, 2 directors, 2 critics] La Voie Lactée (1968) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Ensayo de Un Crimen (1955) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Cela S'Apelle L'Aurore (1956) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] El Gran Calavera (1949) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Susana (1951) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

16. David Lynch

Writer | Twin Peaks

Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future ...

121 votes, 11 movies

Mulholland Dr (2001) [48 votes, 40 critics, 8 directors] Blue Velvet (1986) [33 votes, 23 critics, 10 directors] Eraserhead (1976) [12 votes, 9 critics, 3 directors] Inland Empire (2006) [7 votes, 6 critics, 1 director] Lost Highway (1996) [7 votes, 5 critics, 2 directors] The Elephant Man (1980) [5 votes, 3 critics, 2 directors] Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me (1992) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Twin Peaks (1989) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Wild at Heart (1990) [2 votes, 0 critics, 2 directors] Dune (1984) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] The Straight Story (1999) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

18. Sergei M. Eisenstein

Director | Ivan Groznyy

The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and ...

103 votes in total, 6 movies

Battleship Potemkin (1925) [71 votes, 63 critics, 8 directors] Ivan Grozni (1945) [18 votes, 16 critics, 2 directors] October (1928) [8 votes, 6 critics, 2 directors] Aleksandr Nevski (1938) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Stachka (1925) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Ivan Grozni II (1958) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

18. 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 ...

115 votes in total, 8 movies

Some Like It Hot (1959) [44 votes, 31 critics, 13 directors] Sunset Blvd. (1950) [33 votes, 24 critics, 9 directors] The Apartment (1960) [25 votes, 13 critics, 12 directors] Double Indemnity (1944) [7 votes, 6 critics, 1 director] One, Two, Three (1961) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Love in the Afternoon (1957) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] The Front Page (1974) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1971) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

21. Fritz Lang

Actor | Le mépris

Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...

113 votes in total, 16 movies

Metropolis (1927) [39 votes, 34 critics, 5 directors] M (1931) [35 votes, 27 critics, 8 directors] Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (1933) [8 votes, 7 critics, 1 director] Dr. Mabuse, Der Spieler 1. Teil: Der Große Spieler - Ein Bild Unserer Zeit (1922) [6 votes, 5 critics, 1 director] Der Tiger von Eschnapur (1958) [5 votes, 5 critics, 0 directors] Moonfleet (1955) [4 votes, 3 critics, 1 director] Spione (1928) [4 votes, 4 critics, 0 directors] The Big Heat (1953) [4 votes, 2 critics, 2 directors] Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Clash by Night (1952) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Die Nibelungen Erste Teil: Siegfried (1924) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Die Tausend Augen des Dr. Mabuse (1960) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 director] Der Müde Tod (1921) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Ministry of Fear (1943) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Blue Gardenia (1953) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] You only Live Once (1937) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

22. Jean Vigo

Writer | Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège

Jean Vigo had bad health since he was a child. Son of anarchist militant Miguel Almareyda, he also never really recovered from his father's mysterious death in jail when he was 12. Abandoned by his mother, he passed from boarding school to boarding school. Aged 23, through meetings with people ...

87 votes in total, 2 movies

L' Atalante (1934) [75 votes, 58 critics, 17 directors] Zero de Conduite (1933) [12 votes, 5 critics, 7 directors]

22. Kenji Mizoguchi

Director | Ugetsu monogatari

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 ...

108 votes in total, 15 movies

Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) [38 votes, 29 critics, 9 directors] Sansho Dayu (1954) [28 votes, 25 critics, 3 directors] Saikaku Ichidai Onna (1952) [12 votes, 8 critics, 4 directors] Zangiku Monogatari (1939) [12 votes, 9 critics, 3 directors] Genroku Chusingura 1 (1941) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] Aien-Kyo (1937) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Akasen Chitai (1956) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Oyu-Sama (1951) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Naniwa Ereji (1936) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] The Crucified Lovers (1954) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Gion Bayashi (1953) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Shin Heike Monogatari (1955) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Yokihi (1955) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Yoru No Onnatachi (1948) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Yuki Fujin Ezu (1950) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

24. Vittorio De Sica

Director | Ladri di biciclette

Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee ...

81 votes in total, 4 movies

Bicycle Thieves (1948) [66 votes, 37 critics, 29 directors] Umberto D. (1952) [11 votes, 7 critics, 4 directors] Miracolo a Milano (1951) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Sciuscià (1946) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

24. Chris Marker

Writer | Twelve Monkeys

Chris Marker was born on July 29, 1921 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve. He was a director and writer, known for Twelve Monkeys (1995), Sans Soleil (1983) and Third Side of the Coin (1960). He died on July 29, 2012 in Paris, France.

76 votes in total, 6 movies

La Jetée (1962) [33 votes, 29 critics, 4 directors] Sans Soleil (1982) [30 votes, Nan critics, Nan directors] The Last Bolshevik (1993) [6 votes, 4 critics, 2 directors] A Grin Without a Cat (1977) [4 votes, 3 critics, 1 director] Statues Also Die (1953) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Level Five (1996) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

25. Roberto Rossellini

Writer | Paisà

The master filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, as one of the creators of neo-realism, is one of the most influential directors of all time. His neo-realist films influenced France's nouvelle vague movement in the 1950s and '60s that changed the face of international cinema. He also influenced American ...

114 votes in total, 12 movies

Journey to Italy (1954) [41 votes, 32 critics, 9 directors] Rome, Open City (1945) [14 votes, 9 critics, 5 directors] Germania, Anno Zero (1948) [13 votes, 8 critics, 5 directors] Paisà (1946) [11 votes, 8 critics, 3 directors] La Prise de Pouvoir par Louis XIV (1966) [8 votes, 6 critics, 2 directors] Stromboll, Terra di Dio (1950) [8 votes, 7 critics, 1 director] Europa '51 (1952) [6 votes, 4 critics, 2 directors] Francesco Giullare di Dio (1950) [6 votes, 3 critics, 3 directors] India (1959) [4 votes, 4 critics, 0 directors] Atti Degli Apostoli (1969) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Blaise Pascal (1972) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] L' Età Di Cosimo De' Medici (1972-1973) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

26. Sergio Leone

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...

66 votes in total, 5 movies

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) [33 votes, 21 critics, 12 directors] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) [16 votes, 6 critics, 10 directors] Once Upon a Time in America (1983) [15 votes, 11 critics, 4 directors] Fistful of Dollars (1964) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Giù la Testa (1971) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

26. Dziga Vertov

Director | Chelovek s kino-apparatom

Born in Bialystok, Poland, studied music and enrolled in St. Petersburg Neurological Institute in 1916. Worked on first Soviet newsreel, Kinonedelia (1918-1919), then on subsequent newsreel series (inc. Kinopravda, 1922-1925).

84 votes in total, 5 movies

Man With a Movie Camera (1929) [79 votes, 68 critics, 11 directors] Enthusiam (1931) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] A Sixth Part of the World (1926) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Kino Pravda (1922) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Three Songs About Lenin (1934) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

28. Satyajit Ray

Writer | Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie ...

73 votes in total, 8 movies

Pather Panchali (1955) [43 votes, 32 critics, 11 directors] Jalsaghar (1958) [11 votes, 9 critics, 2 directors] Apur Sansar (1958) [8 votes, 7 critics, 1 director] Charulata (1964) [6 votes, 6 critics, 0 directors] Aparajito (1956) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Aranyer din Ratri (1970) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Asani Sanket (1973) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Pratidwandi (1971) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

30. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

68 votes in total, 15 movies

Annie Hall (1977) [18 votes, 13 critics, 5 directors] Manhatten (1979) [14 votes, 8 critics, 6 directors] Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) [10 votes, 4 critics, 6 directors] Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) [5 votes, 3 critics, 2 directors] The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) [5 votes, 5 critics, 0 directors] Stardust Memories (1980) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Zelig (1983) [3 votes, 2 critic, 1 director] Take the Money and Run (1969) [2 votes, 0 critics, 2 directors] Another Woman (1988) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Broadway Danny Rose (1984) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Everyone Says I Love You (1996) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Husbands and Wives (1992) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Interiors (1978) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Match Point (2006) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Radio Days (1987) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

31. Max Ophüls

Director | La ronde

Director Max Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, Germany. He began his career as a stage actor and director in the golden twenties. He worked in cities such as Stuttgart, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Vienna, Frankfurt, Breslau and Berlin. In 1929 his son Marcel Ophüls was born in Frankfurt, ...

48 votes in total, 8 movies

Madame de... (1953) [18 votes, 17 critics, 1 director] Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) [17 votes, 11 critics, 6 directors] Le Plaisir (1951) [7 votes, 5 critics, 2 directors] Lola Montès (1955) [5 votes, 5 critics, 0 directors] Hotel Terminus (Klaus Barbie, His Life and Times) (1988) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] La Signora di Tutti (1934) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Liebelei (1933) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Die Verkaufte Braut (1932) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] La Ronde (1950) [1 vote, 1 critics, 0 directors] The Reckless Moment (1949) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

32. Emeric Pressburger

Writer | A Matter of Life and Death

Educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart, Emeric Pressburger worked as a journalist in Hungary and Germany and an author and scriptwriter in Berlin and Paris. He was a Hungarian Jew, chased around Europe (he worked on films for UFA in Berlin and Paris) before World War II, finally ...

97 votes in total, 6 movies

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) [21 votes, 17 critics, 4 directors] A Matter of Life and Death (1946) [20 votes, 18 critics, 2 directors] Black Narcissus (1947) [16 votes, 11 critics, 5 directors] The Red Shoes (1948) [16 votes, 14 critics, 2 directors] A Cantebury Tale (1944) [15 votes, 14 critics, 1 director] "I Know Where I'm Going!" (1945) [9 votes, 9 critics, 0 directors]

35. Michael Powell

Director | A Matter of Life and Death

The son of Thomas William Powell and Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self-confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the south of France (where his parents ran a hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury and Dulwich ...

101 votes in total, 7 movies

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) [21 votes, 17 critics, 4 directors] A Matter of Life and Death (1946) [20 votes, 18 critics, 2 directors] Black Narcissus (1947) [16 votes, 11 critics, 5 directors] The Red Shoes (1948) [16 votes, 14 critics, 2 directors] A Cantebury Tale (1944) [15 votes, 14 critics, 1 director] "I Know Where I'm Going!" (1945) [9 votes, 9 critics, 0 directors] Peeping Tom (1960) [4 votes, 1 critic, 3 directors]

36. David Lean

Director | Lawrence of Arabia

An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding ...

55 votes in total, 7 movies

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) [31 votes, 20 critics, 11 directors] Brief Encounter (1946) [14 votes, 11 critics, 3 directors] Great Expectationes (1947) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Ryan's Daughter (1970) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Doctor Zhivago (1965) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] A Passage to India (1985) [1 vote, 1 critics, 0 directors] The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

36. John Cassavetes

Actor | Love Streams

John Cassavetes was a Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter. He is considered a pioneer of American independent film, as he often financed his own films.

Cassavetes was born in New York City in 1929, to Nicholas John Cassavetes and his wife Katherine Demetre (1906-1983). Nicholas was...

91 votes in total, 9 movies

A Woman Under the Influence (1974) [22 votes, 12 critics, 10 directors] Faces (1968) [15 votes, 9 critics, 6 directors] Husbands - A Comedy About Life, Death and Random (1970) [15 votes, 7 critics, 8 directors] Love Streams (1984) [11 votes, 8 critics, 3 votes] Opening Night (1977) [11 votes, 4 critics, 7 directors] The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) [11 votes, 4 critics, 7 directors] Shadows (1959) [8 votes, 7 critics, 1 director] Gloria (1980) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

37. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...

86 votes in total, 8 movies

The General (1926) [43 votes, 35 critics, 8 directors] Sherlock Jr. (1924) [26 votes, 25 critics, 1 director] Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) [5 votes, 3 critics, 2 directors] The Camerman (1928) [4 votes, 3 critics, 1 director] Our Hospitality (1923) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] Seven Chances (1925) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] The Navigator (1924) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Cops (1922) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

38. Edward Yang

Writer | Yi yi

Born on November 6, 1947 in Shanghai, China, Edward Yang has become one of the most talented international filmmakers of his generation. Along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang ranks among the leading artists of the Taiwanese New Wave, and one of the world's most brilliant auteurs. ...

48 votes in total, 3 movies

A Brighter Summer Day (1991) [25 votes, 19 critics, 6 directors] Yi Yi (2000) [20 votes, 17 critics, 3 directors] Qingmei Zhuma (1984) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director]

38. Chantal Akerman

Director | Je, tu, il, elle

Chantal Akerman was born on June 6, 1950 in Brussels, Belgium as Chantal Anne Akerman. She was a director and writer, known for Je Tu Il Elle (1974), A Couch in New York (1996) and The Meetings of Anna (1978). She was married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on October 5, 2015 in Paris, France.

50 votes in total, 6 movies

Jeanne Dielman 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) [40 votes, 34 critics, 6 directors] D'Est (1993) [4 votes, 2 critics, 2 directors] Les Années 80 (1983) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] News From Home (1976) [2 votes, 0 critics, 2 directors] Golden Eighties (1986) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Nuit et Jour (1991) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

40. Abbas Kiarostami

Director | Copie conforme

Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career ...

88 votes in total, 10 movies

Close-Up (1989) [44 votes, 31 critics, 13 directors] Khaneh-Je Doost Kojast (1989) [10 votes, 7 critics, 3 directors] Zir-E Darakhtan-E Zeyton (1994) [10 votes, 6 critics, 4 directors] Le Vent Nous Emportera (1991) [8 votes, 7 critics, 1 director] Ta'Ame-Gilas (1997) [8 votes, 6 critics, 2 directors] 10 (2002) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] Copie Conforme (2009) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Gozarech (1977) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Shirin (2008) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Zendegi Va Digar Hich... (1992) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

41. Werner Herzog

Director | Fitzcarraldo

Director. Writer. Producer. Actor. Poet. He studied history, literature and theatre for some time, but didn't finish it and founded instead his own film production company in 1963. Later in his life, Herzog also staged several operas in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has...

55 votes in total, 13 movies

Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972) [28 votes, 18 critics, 10 directors] Jeder Für Sich und Gott Gegen Alle (1974) [8 votes, 3 critics, 5 directors] Fitzvarraldo (1981) [5 votes, 2 critics, 3 directors] The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1975) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Fata Morgana (1971) [2 votes, 0 critics, 2 directors] Grizzly Man (2005) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Herz aus Glas (1976) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Lebenzeichen (1968) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Lessons of Darkness (1992) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Letzte Worte (1968) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] My Best Fiend (1999) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

41. Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Director | Ci ke Nie Yin Niang

Of the ten films that Hsiao-Hsien Hou directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film or best director awards from prestigious international films festivals in Venice, Berlin, Hawaii, and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes. In a 1988 worldwide critics' poll, Hou was championed ...

48 votes in total, 10 movies

A City of Sadness (1989) [16 votes, 14 critics, 2 directors] Hsimeng Jensheng (1993) [10 votes, 7 critics, 3 directors] Haishang Hua (1998) [7 votes, 7 critics, 0 directors] Tongnian Wangshi (1985) [4 votes, 2 critics, 2 directors] Lianlian Feng Chen (1986) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Qianxi Manbo (2001) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Coffee Jikou (2003) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Feng Guilai de Ren (1983) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Haonan Haonu (1995) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Nanguo Zaijian, Nanguo (1996) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

42. Jacques Tati

Writer | Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot

The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who ...

53 votes in total, 4 movies

Playtime (1967) [44 votes, 31 critics, 13 directors] Les Vacances de M. Hulot (1953) [4 votes, 2 critics, 2 directors] Mon Oncle (1958) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Traffic (1971) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors]

43. Luchino Visconti

Writer | Rocco e i suoi fratelli

Luchino Visconti was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Luchino Visconti di Modrone. He was a writer and director, known for Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Death in Venice (1971) and Le Notti Bianche (1957). He died on March 17, 1976 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

72 votes in total, 13 movies

Il Gattopardo (1963) [30 votes, 26 critics, 4 directors] Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli (1960) [13 votes, 7 critics, 6 directors] Morte a Venezia (1971) [9 votes, 7 critics, 2 directors] La Terra Trema (1948) [4 votes, 3 critics, 1 directors] La Caduta degli Dei (1969) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Ludwig (1972) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Ossessione (1943) [3 votes, Nan critics, Nan directors] Gruppo di Famiglia in un Interno (1974) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Bellissima (1951) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Appunti su un fatto di cronaca (1953) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] L' Innocente (1976) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Le Notti Bianche (1957) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Senso (1954) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

43. Kar-Wai Wong

Writer | Yi dai zong shi

Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong ...

89 votes in total, 7 movies

In the Mood for Love (2000) [51 votes, 42 critics, 9 directors] Chunking Express (1994) [15 votes, Nan critics, Nan directors] Happy Together (1997) [9 votes, Nan critics, Nan directors] Ahfeu Zhenjuang (1990) [7 votes, 6 critics, 1 director] 2046 (2004) [4 votes, 3 critics, 1 director] Ashes of Time (1994) [2 votes, Nan critics, Nan directors] Wangjiao Kamen (1988) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

44. Claude Lanzmann

Director | Shoah

Claude Lanzmann was born on November 27, 1925 in Bois-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He was a director and writer, known for Shoah (1985), Shoah: Four Sisters (2018) and Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001). He was married to Dominique Lanzmann-Petithory, Angelika Schrobsdorff and ...

50 votes in total, 1 movie

Shoah (1985) [50 votes, 39 critics, 11 directors]

45. Gillo Pontecorvo

Director | La battaglia di Algeri

Gillo Pontecorvo was an Italian filmmaker. He is best known for his 1966 masterpiece, The Battle of Algiers, widely viewed as one of the finest films of its genre: realistic though fictionalized documentary. Its portrayal of the Algerian resistance during the Algerian War uses the neorealist style ...

46 votes, 2 movies

The Battle of Algeirs (1966) [45 votes, 30 critics, 15 directors] ¡Queimada! (1968) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

45. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit

Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...

65 votes in total, 14 movies

Fear Eats the Soul (1974) [25 votes, 17 critics, 8 directors] Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) [11 votes, 8 critics, 3 directors] In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden (1978) [9 votes, 6 critics, 3 directors] Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (1982) [4 votes, 0 critics, 4 directors] Die Bittern Tränen der Petra Von Kant (1972) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Die Ehe der Maria Braun (1978) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] Querelle (1982) [2 votes, 0 critics, 2 directors] Warnung Vor Einer Heiligen Nutte (1971) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Die Dritte Generation (1979) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Effie Brest (1974) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Faustrecht der Freiheit (1975) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Ich Will Doch Nur, Daß Ihr Mich Liebt (1976) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Katzelmacher (1969) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Mutter Küsters Fahrt Zum Himmel (1975) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

46. F.W. Murnau

Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air ...

163 votes in total, 8 movies

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) [110 votes, 93 critics, 17 directors] Der Letzte Mann (1924) [17 votes, 13 critics, 4 directors] Nosferatu (1922) [16 votes, 14 critics, 2 directors] Tabu: A Story of the South (1931) [12 votes, 10 critics, 2 directors] Faust eine Deutsche Volkstage (1926) [5 votes, 3 critics, 2 directors] City Girl (1929) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Die Finanzen des Großherzogs (1924) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Phantom (1922) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

47. Nicolas Roeg

Director | Don't Look Now

When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer twelve years later. He first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean's ...

51 votes in total, 5 movies

Don't Look Now (1973) [20 votes, 13 critics, 7 directors] Performance (1970) [19 votes, 15 critics, 4 directors] Walkabout (1970) [8 votes, 4 critics, 4 directors] Bad Timing (1980) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Eureka (1983) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

48. 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 ...

55 votes in total, 11 movies

Breaking the Waves (1996) [15 votes, 9 critics, 6 directors] Melancholia (2011) [12 votes, 7 critics, 5 directors] Dogville (2004) [9 votes, 6 critics, 3 directors] Idioterne (1998) [7 votes, 4 critics, 3 directors] Dancer in the Dark (2000) [4 votes, 0 critics, 4 directors] Eureka (1984) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Riget (1997) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Antichrist (2009) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Epidemic (1987) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Manderlay (2006) [1 vote, 0 critics, 0 directors] The Five Obstructions (2003) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

50. Alain Resnais

Director | On connaît la chanson

Alain Resnais was born on June 3, 1922 in Vannes, Morbihan, France as Alain Pierre Marie Jean Georges Resnais. He was a director and editor, known for Same Old Song (1997), Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) and My American Uncle (1980). He was married to Sabine Azéma and Florence Malraux. He died on March...

69 votes in total, 9 movies

Last Year at Marienbad (1961) [23 votes, 16 critics, 7 directors] Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) [17 votes, 13 critics, 4 directors] Nuit et Bruillard (1956) [10 votes, 6 critics, 4 directors] Muriel ou Le Temps d'un retour (1963) [6 votes, 4 critics, 2 directors] Providence (1977) [5 votes, 3 critics, 2 directors] Je t’aime, je t’aime (1968) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Statues Also Die (1953) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Las Herbes Folles (2008) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Stavisky ... (1974) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

51. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...

43 votes in total, 4 movies

Blade Runner (1982) [32 votes, 23 critics, 9 directors] Alien (1979) [9 votes, 6 critics, 3 directors] Gladiator (2000) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Thelma & Louise (1991) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

51. Krzysztof Kieslowski

Writer | Trois couleurs: Bleu

Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (...

53 votes in total, 9 movies

Trois Couleurs Bleu (1993) [16 votes, 13 critics, 3 directors] Trois Couleurs Rouge (1994) [10 votes, 7 critics, 3 directors] La Double Vie de Véronique (1991) [9 votes, 7 critics, 2 directors] Dekalog (1989-1990) [7 votes, 6 critics, 1 director] Krótki Film o Zabijaniu (1987) [6 votes, 1 critic, 5 directors] Krótki Film o Milosci (1988) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Amator (1979) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Bez Konca (1984) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Przypadek (1981) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

53. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Schindler's List

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...

44 votes in total, 9 movies

E.T. (1982) [15 votes, 9 critics, 6 directors] Jaws (1975) [13 votes, 5 critics, 8 directors] Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) [4 votes, 3 critics, 1 director] A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 director] Duel (1971) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Minority Report (2002) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Schindler's List (1993) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

54. Nicholas Ray

Director | Rebel Without a Cause

Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the ...

38 votes in total, 9 movies

In a Lonely Place (1950) [12 votes, 11 critics, 1 director] Johnny Guitar (1954) [8 votes, 6 critics, 2 directors] The Lusty Men (1952) [5 votes, 5 critics, 0 directors] They Live By Night (1948) [5 votes, 2 critics, 3 directors] Bigger Than Life (1956) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Party Girl (1958) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Amére Victoire (1957) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] On Dangerous Ground (1951) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Wind Across the Everglades (1958) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

56. Leo McCarey

Director | An Affair to Remember

Leo McCarey was born on October 3, 1896 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Thomas Leo McCarey. He was a director and writer, known for An Affair to Remember (1957), Going My Way (1944) and Love Affair (1939). He was married to Stella Martin. He died on July 5, 1969 in Santa Monica, California.

30 votes in total, 6 movies

Duck Soup (1933) [9 votes, 8 critics, 1 director] Make Way for Tomorrow [7 votes, 5 critics, 2 directors] An Affair to Remember (1957) [6 votes, 5 critics, 1 director] The Awful Truth (1937) [5 votes, 4 critics, 1 director] Ruggles of Red Cap (1935) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

56. Vincente Minnelli

Director | An American in Paris

Born Lester Anthony Minnelli in Chicago on February 28 1903, his father Vincent was a musical conductor of the Minnelli Brothers' Tent Theater. Wanting to pursue an artistic career, Minelli worked in the costume department of the Chicago Theater, then on Broadway during the depression as a set ...

36 votes in total, 9 movies

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) [15 votes, 13 critics, 2 directors] The Band Wagon (1953) [8 votes, 7 critics, 1 director] Some Came Running (1958) [4 votes, 4 critics, 0 directors] An Amarican in Paris (1951) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Brigadoon (1954) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] The Clock (1945) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] A Matter of Time (1976) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Home From the Hill (1959) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

59. D.W. Griffith

Director | Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War veteran. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually shape his movies. In 1897 ...

44 votes in total, 11 movies

Intolerance (1916) [20 votes, 17 critics, 3 directors] Broken Blossoms (1919) [6 votes, 5 critics, 1 directors] The Birth of a Nation (1915) [5 votes, 5 critics, 0 directors] True Heart Susie (1919) [4 votes, 4 critics, 0 directors] Isn't Life Wonderful (1924) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] The Country Doctor (1909) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] A Corner in Wheat (1909) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Dream Street (1921) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Mothering Heart (1913) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Painted Lady (1912) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

60. 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 ...

73 votes in total, 5 movies

The Tree of Life (2011) [21 votes, 16 critics, 5 directors] Days of Heaven (1978) [19 vote, 14 critics, 5 directors] Balands (1973) [17 votes, 8 critics, 9 directors] The Thin Red Line (14 votes, 9 critics, 5 directors) The New World (2005) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director]

61. Roman Polanski

Director | Chinatown

Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933.

His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...

53 votes in total, 6 movies

Chinatown (1974) [28 votes, 21 critics, 7 directors] Rosemary's Baby (1968) [10 votes, 6 critics, 4 directors] Le Locataire (1976) [6 votes, 2 critics, 4 directors] Cul-de-sac (1966) [4 votes, 2 critics, 2 directors] Repulsion (1965) [4 votes, 3 critics, 1 director] Nóż w Wodzie (1962) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

62. Claire Denis

Director | High Life

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for High Life (2018), Beau travail (1999) and 35 Shots of Rum (2008).

40 votes, 6 movies

Beau Travail (1998) [28 votes, 21 critics, 7 directors] L' Intrus (2004) [4 votes, 4 critics, 0 directors] White Material (2009) [4 votes, 2 critics, 2 directors] 35 Rhums (2008) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Trouble Every Day (2001) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Vendredi Soir (2002) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

63. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Director | Loong Boonmee raleuk chat

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the ...

47 votes in total, 5 movies

Tropical Malady (2004) [18 votes, 13 critics, 5 directors] Lung Boonmee raluek chat (2010) [13 votes, 8 critics, 5 directors] Sud Saneha (2002) [10 votes, 7 critics, 3 directors] Sang Sattawat (2006) [5 votes, 3 critics, 2 directors] Mysterious Object at Noon (2000) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

64. Jean-Pierre Melville

Actor | À bout de souffle

The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its ...

35 votes in total, 7 movies

Le Samouraï (1967) [14 votes, 7 critics, 7 directors] L' Armée des Ombres (1969) [10 votes, 8 critics, 2 directors] Le Cercle Rouge (1970) [5 votes, 3 critics, 2 directors] Le Deuxiéme Souffle (1966) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Bob le Flambeur (1956) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Le Doulos (1963) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Le Silence de la Mer (1948) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

65. Pier Paolo Pasolini

Writer | Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma

Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life ...

61 votes in total, 13 movies

Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (1964) [21 votes, 7 critics, 14 directors] Salò o le Centoventi Giornate di Sodoma (1975) [16 votes, 8 critics, 8 directors] Teorema (1968) [5 votes, 1 critic, 4 directors] Accattone (1961) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Edipo Re (1967) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Il Fiore delle Mille e una Notte (1974) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Uccellacci e uccellini (1966) [3 votes, 2 critics, 1 director] Mamma Roma (1962) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Capriccio All'Italiana (che cosa sono le nuvole?) (1968) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Medea (1970) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Notes for an African Oresteia (1970) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Porcile (1969) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Rogopag (1963) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

65. Éric Rohmer

Director | Conte d'automne

Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, ...

27 votes in total, 7 movies

Ma nuit chez Maud (1969) [10 votes, 6 critics, 4 directors] Le Rayon Vert (1986) [9 votes, 6 critics, 3 directors] La Collectionneuse (1966) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Le Genou de Claire (1970) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Les Nuits de la Pleine Lune (1984) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] L' Amour, L'Après-Midi (1979) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 directors] Perceval le Gallois (1978) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

67. Michael Haneke

Writer | Caché

A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world ...

47 votes in total, 8 movies

Caché (2004) [19 votes, 11 critics, 8 directors] Das Weisse Band (2009) [10 votes, 7 critics, 3 directors] Code Inconnu Récit Incomplet de Divers Voyages (2000) [6 votes, 2 critics, 4 directors] Funny Games (1997) [4 votes, 1 critic, 3 directors] La Pianiste (2001) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Amour (2012) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Der Siebente Kontinent (1989) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 directors] 71 Fragmente Einer Chronologie des Zufalls (1994) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

67. Jacques Rivette

Director | La belle noiseuse

Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began "thanks to Rivette," the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his "Cahiers du Cinéma" colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer...

33 votes in total, 6 movies

Céline et Julie Vont en Batteau (1974) [15 votes, 13 critics, 2 directors] Out 1 (1990) [13 votes, 13 critics, 0 directors] La Belle Noiseuse (1991) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] L' Amour Fou (1968) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Le Pont du Nord (1982) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Out 1: Spectre (1973) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

68. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | The Last Emperor

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films were known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed The Grim Reaper (...

34 votes in total, 4 movies

Il Conformista (1970) [26 votes, 16 critics, 10 directors] 1900 (1976) [4 votes, 1 critic, 3 directors] Ultimo Tango a Parigi (1972) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] La Luna (1979) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] The Last Emperor (1988) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

70. Marcel Carné

Director | Le quai des brumes

Marcel Carné, the son of a cabinet maker, entered the movies as the assistant of Jacques Feyder. At the age of 25 he directed his first movie Jenny (1936). Colaborating with the writer Jacques Prévert, the decorator Alexandre Trauner, the musician and composer Maurice Jaubert and the actor Jean ...

36 votes, 6 movies

Les Enfants du Paradis (1945) [25 votes, 22 critics, 3 directors] Le Quai des Brunes (1938) [5 votes, 3 critics, 2 directors] Le Jour se Lève (1939) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Hotel du Nord (1938) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] L' Argent de Poche (1976) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Trois Chambres À Manhatten (1964) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

72. Douglas Sirk

Director | Schlußakkord

Film director Douglas Sirk, whose reputation blossomed in the generation after his 1959 retirement from Hollywood filmmaking, was born Hans Detlef Sierck on April 26, 1897, in Hamburg, Germany, to a journalist. Both of his parents were Danish, and the future director would make movies in German, ...

36 votes in total, 6 movies

Votes for Imitation of Life (1959) [20 votes, 17 critics, 3 directors] All That Heaven Allows (1955) [7 votes, 7 critic, 0 directors] Written on the Wind (1956) [4 votes, 3 critics, 1 director] A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Magnificient Obsession (1954) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] The Tarnished Angels (1957) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

73. 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.

36 votes in total, 8 movies

The Big Lebowski (1998) [12 votes, 7 critics, 5 directors] Fargo (1996) [8 votes, 3 critics, 5 directors] Barton Fink (1991) [5 votes, 4 critics, 1 director] No Country For Old Men (2007) [4 votes, 2 critics, 2 directors] Raising Arizona (1987) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Miller's Crossing (1990) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] A Serious Man (2009) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Blood Simple (1983) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

75. Stanley Donen

Director | Charade

Inspired by Fred Astaire's dancing in Flying Down to Rio (1933), Stanley Donen (pronounced 'Dawn-en') attended dance classes from the age of ten. He later recalled that the only thing he wanted to be was a tap dancer.

He was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Helen Pauline (Cohen) and Mordecai ...

58 votes in total, 4 movies

Singin' In the Rain (1952) [55 votes, 46 critics, 9 directors] It's Always Fair Weather (1955) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] On the Town (1949) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Two for the Road (1967) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

76. Ethan Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two ...

36 votes in total, 8 movies

The Big Lebowski (1998) [12 votes, 7 critics, 5 directors] Fargo (1996) [8 votes, 3 critics, 5 directors] Barton Fink (1991) [5 votes, 4 critics, 1 director] No Country For Old Men (2007) [4 votes, 2 critics, 2 directors] Raising Arizona (1987) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Miller's Crossing (1990) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] A Serious Man (2009) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Blood Simple (1983) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

77. Elem Klimov

Director | Idi i smotri

Elem Klimov was born on July 9, 1933 in Stalingrad, Nizhne-Volzhskiy kray, RSFSR, USSR as Elem Germanovich Klimov. He was a director and actor, known for Come and See (1985), Rasputin (1981) and Pokhozhdeniya zubnogo vracha (1965). He was married to Larisa Shepitko. He died on October 26, 2003 in ...

26 votes in total, 2 movies

Idi i Smotri (1985) [25 votes, 11 critics, 14 directors] Dobro Pozhalovat (1964) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

78. Gene Kelly

Soundtrack | Singin' in the Rain

Eugene Curran Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third son of Harriet Catherine (Curran) and James Patrick Joseph Kelly, a phonograph salesman. His father was of Irish descent and his mother was of Irish and German ancestry.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in...

57 votes in total, 3 movies

Singin' In the Rain (1952) [55 votes, 46 critics, 9 directors] It's Always Fair Weather (1955) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] On the Town (1949) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

79. Robert Altman

Director | Gosford Park

Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...

46 votes in total, 5 movies

Nashville (1975) [27 votes, 22 critics, 5 directors] McCabe & Mrs Miller (1971) [7 votes, 5 critics, 2 directors] Short Cuts (1993) [5 votes, 4 critics, 1 director] The Long Goodbye (1973) [5 votes, 4 critics, 1 director] 3 Women (1977) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director]

80. Jean-Marie Straub

Director | Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach

Jean-Marie Straub was born on January 8, 1933 in Metz, Moselle, Lorraine, France. He is a director and editor, known for The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968), Sicily! (1999) and Class Relations (1984). He was previously married to Danièle Huillet.

36 votes in total, 15 movies

Sicilia! (1998) [8 votes, 7 critics, 1 director] Dalla Nube Alla Resistenza (1979) [6 votes, 5 critics, 1 director] Chronik der Anna Magdelena Bach (1968) [4 votes, 4 critics, 0 directors] Nicht Verschönt Oder Es Hilft Nur Gewalt, Wo Gewalt Herrscht (1965) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Too Early, Too Late (1982) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] Cézanne (1989) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Geschichtsunterricht (1972) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Les Yeux ne Veulent Pas en Tout Temps se Fermer ou Peut-être Qu' Un Jour Rome se Permettra de Choisir à Son Tour (1969) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Die Antogone (1991) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Einleitung zu Arnold Schönbergs “Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene/Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene (1972) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Fortini/Cani (1976) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Le Genou d'Artémide [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Moses and Aron (1974) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Quei Loro Incontri (2006) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Une Visite au Louvre (2004) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

83. Danièle Huillet

Director | Sicilia!

Danièle Huillet was born on May 1, 1936 in Paris, France. She was a director and editor, known for Sicily! (1999), Class Relations (1984) and The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968). She was married to Jean-Marie Straub. She died on October 9, 2006 in Cholet, Maine-et-Loire, France.

36 votes in total, 15 movies

Sicilia! (1998) [8 votes, 7 critics, 1 director] Dalla Nube Alla Resistenza (1979) [6 votes, 5 critics, 1 director] Chronik der Anna Magdelena Bach (1968) [4 votes, 4 critics, 0 directors] Nicht Verschönt Oder Es Hilft Nur Gewalt, Wo Gewalt Herrscht (1965) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] Too Early, Too Late (1982) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] Cézanne (1989) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Geschichtsunterricht (1972) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Les Yeux ne Veulent Pas en Tout Temps se Fermer ou Peut-être Qu' Un Jour Rome se Permettra de Choisir à Son Tour (1969) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Die Antogone (1991) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Einleitung zu Arnold Schönbergs “Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene/Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene (1972) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Fortini/Cani (1976) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Le Genou d'Artémide [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Moses and Aron (1974) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Quei Loro Incontri (2006) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Une Visite au Louvre (2004) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

83. 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.

68 votes in total, 3 movies

Sátántangó (1994) [40 votes, 34 critics, 6 directors] Werckmeister Harmóniák (2000) [15 votes, 10 critics, 5 directors] The Turin Horse (2011) [13 votes, Nan critics, Nan directors]

87. François Truffaut

Writer | La nuit américaine

French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who became his protector. Bazin helped the ...

91 votes in total, 10 movies

The 400 Blows (1959) [58 votes, 33 critics, 25 directors] Jules et Jim (1962) [19 votes, 13 critics, 6 directors] Tirez Sur le Pianiste (1960) [4 votes, 4 critics, 0 directors] Baisers Volés (1968) [2 votes, 0 critics, 2 directors] La Femme D'À Coté (1981) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 directors] La Nuit Américaine (1973) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Deux Anglaises et la Continent (1971) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] L'Enfant Sauvage (1969) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] La Mariée Etait en Noir (1967) [1 vote, 1 critics, 0 directors] Le Dernier Métro (1979) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

89. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

25 votes in total, 2 movies

Casablanca (1942) [24 votes, 19 critics, 5 directors] Mildrer Pierce (1945) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

89. Hayao Miyazaki

Director | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the ...

30 votes in total, 4 movies

My Neighbour Totoro (1988) [14 votes, 11 critics, 3 directors] Sen To Chihiro no Kamikakushi (2001) [11 votes, 8 critics, 3 directors] Princess Mononoke (1997) [4 votes, 4 critics, 0 directors] Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

91. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...

31 votes in total, 5 movies

Greed (1923) [21 votes, 19 critics, 2 directors] The Wedding March (1928) [4 votes, 4 critics, 0 directors] Foolish Wives (1922) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] The Merry Widow (1925) [2 votes 1 critic, 1 director] Queen Kelly (1931) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors]

92. Sergei Parajanov

Director | Tini zabutykh predkiv

One of the 20th century's greatest masters of cinema Sergei Parajanov was born in Georgia to Armenian parents and it was always unlikely that his work would conform to the strict socialist realism that Soviet authorities preferred. After studying film and music, Parajanov became an assistant ...

30 votes in total, 2 movies

The Colour of Pomegranates (1968) [22 votes, 19 critics, 3 directors] Tini Zabutykh Predkiv (1964) [8 votes, 6 critics, 2 directors]

92. Jacques Demy

Director | Les parapluies de Cherbourg

Jacques Demy was born on June 5, 1931 in Pontchâteau, Loire-Atlantique, France. He was a director and writer, known for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), Une Chambre en Ville (1982) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967). He was married to Agnès Varda. He died on October 27, 1990 in Paris, France.

29 votes in total, 4 movies

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) [15 votes, 10 critics, 5 directors] Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967) [7 votes, 7 critics, 0 directors] Lola (1961) [6 votes, 5 critics, 1 director] Peau D'Âne (1970) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

93. Glauber Rocha

Director | A Idade da Terra

He studied Law. He also directed theatre pieces, wrote movie criticisms and took part in the creation and development of the 'cinema novo' movement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, becoming its theoretical leader and first embassador in Europe. After "Barravento (1962)", a trilogy of films and "Antonio ...

21 votes in total, 4 movies

Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (1964) [9 votes, 6 critics, 3 directors] Terra em Transe (1967) [6 votes, 4 critics, 2 directors] A Idade da Terra (1980) [3 votes, 1 critic, 2 directors] O Dragão da Maldade contra o Santo Guerreiro [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors]

94. Wim Wenders

Director | Der Himmel über Berlin

Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...

34 votes in total, 6 movies

Der Himmel über Berlin (1987) [10 votes, 6 critics, 4 directors] Im Lauf der Zeit (1976) [9 votes, 8 critics, 1 director] Paris, Texas (1984) [9 votes, 9 critics, 0 directors] Alice in den Städten (1974) [4 votes, 2 critics, 2 directors] Buena Vista Social Club (1999) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Tokyo-Ga (1985) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

95. Mikhail Kalatozov

Director | Letyat zhuravli

Mikhail Kalatozov was born on December 28, 1903 in Tiflis, Russian Empire as Mikhail Kalatozishvili. He was a director and cinematographer, known for The Cranes Are Flying (1957), True Friends (1954) and Zagovor obrechyonnykh (1950). He died on March 27, 1973 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

20 votes in total, 2 movies

Soy Cuba (1964) [13 votes, 6 critics, 7 directors] Letyat Zhuravli (1957) [7 votes, 2 critics, 5 directors]

95. Víctor Erice

Director | El sur

Víctor Erice was born on June 30, 1940 in Karrantza, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain as Víctor Erice Aras. He is a director and writer, known for El Sur (1983), The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) and The Quince Tree Sun (1992).

36 votes in total, 3 movies

El Espìritu de la Colmena (1973) [26 votes, 20 critics, 6 directors] The Quince Tree Sun (1992) [8 votes, 6 critics, 2 directors] La Morte Rouge (2006) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors]

97. Andy Warhol

Director | Blue Movie

Andrew Warhol's father, Ondrej, came from the Austria-Hungary Empire (now Slovakia) in 1912, and sent for his mother, Julia Zavackyová Warholová, in 1921. His father worked as a construction worker and later as a coal miner. Around some time, the family moved to Pittsburgh. During his teenage years...

26 votes in total, 10 movies

The Chelsea Girls (1966) [9 votes, 8 critics, 1 director] Empire (1964) [6 votes, 3 critics, 3 directors] My Hustler (1965) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Screen Test (1965) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Outer and Inner Space (1965) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Beauty #2 (1965) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Blowjob (1964) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Couch (1966) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 directors] Imitation of Christ (1969) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Trash (1970) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

99. Preston Sturges

Writer | The Great McGinty

Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S....

31 votes in total, 4 movies

The Lady Eve (1941) [19 votes, 15 critics, 4 directors] Sullivan's Travels (1941) [7 votes, 7 critics, 0 directors] The Palm Beach Story (1942) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director]

101. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.

In January of...

30 votes in total, 6 movies

Pulp Fiction (1994) [19 votes, 14 critics, 5 directors] Reservoir Dogs (1991) [6 votes, 2 critics, 4 directors] Inglourious Basterds (2009) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Death Proof (2007) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Jackie Brown (1997) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Kill Bil Vol. 1 (2003) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

101. Ken Loach

Director | I, Daniel Blake

Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into...

22 votes in total, 7 movies

Kes (1970) [15 votes, 7 critics, 8 directors] Land and Freedom (1995) [2 votes, 1 critic, 2 director] Ladybird Ladybird (1994) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] My Name Is Joe (1998) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Riff-Raff (1991) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] Sweet Sixteen (2002) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director] The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

102. Spike Lee

Director | Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended ...

19 votes in total, 2 movies

Do the Right Thing (1989) [18 votes, 13 critics, 5 directors] Malcolm X (1992) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

103. 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...

30 votes in total, 4 movies

There Will Be Blood (2007) [16 votes, 8 critics, 8 directors] Magnolia (1999) [8 votes, 5 critics, 3 directors] Punch-drunk Love (2002) [4 votes, 1 critic, 3 directors] Boogie Nights (1997) [2 votes, 0 critics, 2 directors]

104. Frank Capra

Director | It's a Wonderful Life

One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you ...

17 votes in total, 3 movies

It's a Wonderful Life (1947) [12 votes, 6 critics, 6 directors] It Happened One Night (1934) [4 votes, 3 critics,1 director] American Madness (1932) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]

104. Ernst Lubitsch

Director | To Be or Not to Be

From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at ...

59 votes in total, 11 movies

Trouble in Paradise (1932) [19 votes, 14 critics, 5 directors] To Be or Not to Be (1942) [17 votes, 12 critics, 5 directors] The Shop Around the Corner (1940) [10 votes, 8 critics, 2 directors] Angel (1937) [3 votes, 3 critics, 0 directors] Clunny Brown (1946) [2 votes, 1 critic, 1 director] Lady Windermere's Fan (1925) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 critics] The Merry Widow (1934) [2 votes, 2 critics, 0 directors] Bluebeard's Eigth Wife (1938) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Man I Killed (1932) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Marriage Ciricle (1923) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors]

105. Theodoros Angelopoulos

Director | Topio stin omihli

Theo Angelopoulos began to study law in Athens but broke up his studies to go to the Sorbonne in Paris in order to study literature. When he had finished his studies, he wanted to attend the School of Cinema at Paris but decided instead to go back to Greece. There he worked as a journalist and ...

30 votes in total, 4 movies

The Travelling Players (1975) [21 votes, 16 critics, 5 directors] Topio Stin Omichli (1988) [7 votes, 4 critics, 3 directors] To Vlemma Tou Odyssea (1995) [1 vote, 1 critic, 0 directors] Trilogia to Livadi Pou Dakrisi (2004) [1 vote, 0 critics, 1 director]



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