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Top 501 Directors

The directors below are ranked based on how the quality of films that they directed, including films not on the master list. Directors get credit only on films for which they were credited unless no director was credited for the film. In this situation, the director identified by the Internet Movie Database is treated as a credited director for the film. If more than one director is credited for a film, points for the film are divided evenly among the listed directors.

  1. Alfred Hitchcock
  2. Steven Spielberg
  3. Stanley Kubrick
  4. Martin Scorsese
  5. Billy Wilder
  6. Francis Ford Coppola
  7. John Ford
  8. Akira Kurosawa
  9. Howard Hawks
  10. Woody Allen
  11. Ridley Scott
  12. Ingmar Bergman
  13. David Lean
  14. Charles Chaplin
  15. Orson Welles
  16. Peter Jackson
  17. James Cameron
  18. John Huston
  19. Quentin Tarantino
  20. Fritz Lang
  21. Frank Capra
  22. Joel Coen
  23. Roman Polanski
  24. Federico Fellini
  25. Luis Buñuel
  26. David Lynch
  27. Michael Curtiz
  28. Victor Fleming
  29. Jean-Luc Godard
  30. William Wyler
  31. Robert Altman
  32. Rob Reiner
  33. Sergio Leone
  34. George Cukor
  35. François Truffaut
  36. Robert Zemeckis
  37. Jean Renoir
  38. Sidney Lumet
  39. Clint Eastwood
  40. George Lucas
  41. Elia Kazan
  42. Robert Wise
  43. Christopher Nolan
  44. Hayao Miyazaki
  45. David Fincher
  46. John Carpenter
  47. F. W. Murnau
  48. Milos Forman
  49. Terry Gilliam
  50. Andrei Tarkovsky
  51. David Cronenberg
  52. Brian De Palma
  53. Tim Burton
  54. Ernst Lubitsch
  55. Mike Nichols
  56. Sam Peckinpah
  57. Werner Herzog
  58. Yasujiro Ozu
  59. Vincente Minnelli
  60. Jonathan Demme
  61. Preston Sturges
  62. Krzysztof Kieslowski
  63. Ang Lee
  64. Michael Powell
  65. Richard Linklater
  66. Carl Theodor Dreyer
  67. Michelangelo Antonioni
  68. Fred Zinnemann
  69. James Whale
  70. Leo McCarey
  71. Carol Reed
  72. Robert Bresson
  73. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  74. William Friedkin
  75. Nicholas Ray
  76. Paul Thomas Anderson
  77. Oliver Stone
  78. Vittorio De Sica
  79. Satyajit Ray
  80. Spike Lee
  81. Peter Weir
  82. Mel Brooks
  83. Stanley Donen
  84. John Lasseter
  85. Sam Raimi
  86. John Landis
  87. Michael Mann
  88. Sergei M. Eisenstein
  89. George Stevens
  90. George A. Romero
  91. Terrence Malick
  92. Alain Resnais
  93. Arthur Penn
  94. Danny Boyle
  95. Bernardo Bertolucci
  96. Luchino Visconti
  97. Pedro Almodóvar
  98. George Roy Hill
  99. Wim Wenders
  100. Robert Aldrich
  101. D. W. Griffith
  102. Kenji Mizoguchi
  103. Don Siegel
  104. John Cassavetes
  105. Steven Soderbergh
  106. Kar-Wai Wong
  107. Wes Anderson
  108. Buster Keaton
  109. Nicolas Roeg
  110. Paul Verhoeven
  111. John McTiernan
  112. Frank Darabont
  113. Harold Ramis
  114. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  115. Otto Preminger
  116. Roberto Rossellini
  117. Louis Malle
  118. Jacques Tourneur
  119. Bryan Singer
  120. John Sturges
  121. Raoul Walsh
  122. Emeric Pressburger
  123. John Frankenheimer
  124. Blake Edwards
  125. Franklin J. Schaffner
  126. Norman Jewison
  127. Alfonso Cuarón
  128. Richard Donner
  129. David Hand
  130. Alexander Mackendrick
  131. John Schlesinger
  132. Hal Ashby
  133. John Hughes
  134. Sydney Pollack
  135. Mike Leigh
  136. Irvin Kershner
  137. Lars von Trier
  138. Josef von Sternberg
  139. Brad Bird
  140. Henri-Georges Clouzot
  141. Terry Jones
  142. Jean-Pierre Melville
  143. Max Ophüls
  144. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  145. Cameron Crowe
  146. King Vidor
  147. John G. Avildsen
  148. Gus Van Sant
  149. Barry Levinson
  150. William A. Wellman
  151. John Boorman
  152. Andrew Stanton
  153. Jacques Tati
  154. Abbas Kiarostami
  155. Stephen Frears
  156. Jim Jarmusch
  157. Bob Fosse
  158. Samuel Fuller
  159. Ron Howard
  160. Sam Mendes
  161. Charles Laughton
  162. Robert Mulligan
  163. Alan J. Pakula
  164. Marcel Carné
  165. Sam Wood
  166. Gene Kelly
  167. Jean Cocteau
  168. Wes Craven
  169. Michel Gondry
  170. Michael Cimino
  171. Darren Aronofsky
  172. Michael Haneke
  173. Yimou Zhang
  174. Baz Luhrmann
  175. Richard Lester
  176. Peter Bogdanovich
  177. Tod Browning
  178. Guillermo del Toro
  179. John Woo
  180. Curtis Hanson
  181. Tobe Hooper
  182. Wolfgang Petersen
  183. Jean Vigo
  184. Spike Jonze
  185. Michael Apted
  186. Mervyn LeRoy
  187. Douglas Sirk
  188. John Sayles
  189. Luc Besson
  190. George Miller
  191. Pier Paolo Pasolini
  192. Fernando Meirelles
  193. Anthony Mann
  194. Alexander Payne
  195. Eric Rohmer
  196. Mike Newell
  197. M. Night Shyamalan
  198. Tony Scott
  199. Lewis Milestone
  200. (tie) Lana Wachowski and
    Lily Wachowski
  1. Alan Parker
  2. Robert Rossen
  3. Sofia Coppola
  4. Errol Morris
  5. Ivan Reitman
  6. Gore Verbinski
  7. Chris Marker
  8. Rouben Mamoulian
  9. Robert Stevenson
  10. Pete Docter
  11. Mel Gibson
  12. Philip Kaufman
  13. Martin Ritt
  14. Edgar Wright
  15. Gillo Pontecorvo
  16. Dario Argento
  17. Chris Columbus
  18. Cecil B. DeMille
  19. Todd Haynes
  20. Dennis Hopper
  21. Michael Moore
  22. Kevin Smith
  23. Mark Sandrich
  24. Kathryn Bigelow
  25. Amy Heckerling
  26. Robert Hamer
  27. Paul Greengrass
  28. Adrian Lyne
  29. Andrzej Wajda
  30. Richard Kelly
  31. Erich von Stroheim
  32. Dziga Vertov
  33. Jacques Demy
  34. Stanley Kramer
  35. Anthony Minghella
  36. Jules Dassin
  37. John Waters
  38. Ken Loach
  39. Guy Hamilton
  40. James Ivory
  41. Jane Campion
  42. Richard Fleischer
  43. Lindsay Anderson
  44. Robert Wiene
  45. Ernest B. Schoedsack
  46. Peter Yates
  47. Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  48. James L. Brooks
  49. Agnès Varda
  50. David O. Russell
  51. Henry Selick
  52. Richard Attenborough
  53. Jacques Rivette
  54. Leni Riefenstahl
  55. Ron Shelton
  56. René Clair
  57. Robert Rodriguez
  58. Penny Marshall
  59. Jay Roach
  60. Robin Hardy
  61. Giuseppe Tornatore
  62. Terence Young
  63. Terry Zwigoff
  64. Henry King
  65. Bill Forsyth
  66. Tony Richardson
  67. Merian C. Cooper
  68. Hamilton Luske
  69. David Zucker
  70. Steve James
  71. Bruce Robinson
  72. Trey Parker
  73. Victor Erice
  74. Charles Crichton
  75. Lloyd Bacon
  76. Edward Yang
  77. Neil Jordan
  78. Joseph Losey
  79. Jerry Zucker
  80. Clyde Bruckman
  81. Richard Marquand
  82. Ken Russell
  83. Robert J. Flaherty
  84. Georges Méliès
  85. Nagisa Ôshima
  86. Mike Hodges
  87. Bob Rafelson
  88. Masaki Kobayashi
  89. Abel Gance
  90. Ben Sharpsteen
  91. Katsuhiro Ôtomo
  92. Chan-wook Park
  93. Hsiao-hsien Hou
  94. Stuart Rosenberg
  95. Jack Clayton
  96. Kevin Costner
  97. Doug Liman
  98. Lasse Hallström
  99. John Badham
  100. Randal Kleiser
  101. Wolfgang Reitherman
  102. Richard Brooks
  103. Michael Ritchie
  104. Roberto Benigni
  105. Norman Z. McLeod
  106. Phil Alden Robinson
  107. Robert Siodmak
  108. Garry Marshall
  109. Béla Tarr
  110. Takashi Miike
  111. Victor Sjöström
  112. Walter Hill
  113. Georg Wilhelm Pabst
  114. Edward Zwick
  115. Peter Greenaway
  116. Lawrence Kasdan
  117. Christopher Guest
  118. Michael Bay
  119. Stan Brakhage
  120. Guy Ritchie
  121. W.S. Van Dyke
  122. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  123. Claude Lanzmann
  124. Fred M. Wilcox
  125. Takeshi Kitano
  126. Nicholas Meyer
  127. Georges Franju
  128. Frederick Wiseman
  129. Barry Sonnenfeld
  130. Nick Park
  131. Mel Stuart
  132. Atom Egoyan
  133. Claude Berri
  134. Claude Chabrol
  135. Elem Klimov
  136. Alejandro Amenábar
  137. Terence Fisher
  138. Claire Denis
  139. Chantal Akerman
  140. David Yates
  141. Jack Arnold
  142. Peter Farrelly
  143. Martin Brest
  144. Jim Sharman
  145. Clarence Brown
  146. William Dieterle
  147. Jerome Robbins
  148. Emile Ardolino
  149. Taylor Hackford
  150. Abel Ferrara
  151. Carl Reiner
  152. Ousmane Sembene
  153. Bob Clark
  154. Henry Hathaway
  155. Charles Burnett
  156. John Madden
  157. Isao Takahata
  158. Clyde Geronimi
  159. Martin Campbell
  160. Herbert Ross
  161. Robert Benton
  162. Jan de Bont
  163. George Sidney
  164. Edgar G. Ulmer
  165. Laurence Olivier
  166. Jim Sheridan
  167. Emir Kusturica
  168. Zack Snyder
  169. Stephen Daldry
  170. Mamoru Oshii
  171. Joe Dante
  172. Gregory La Cava
  173. Joss Whedon
  174. Phillip Noyce
  175. Bruce Beresford
  176. Walter Lang
  177. Costa-Gavras
  178. J. Lee Thompson
  179. Tom Tykwer
  180. Joel Schumacher
  181. Hugh Hudson
  182. Robert Redford
  183. David Anspaugh
  184. Thomas Vinterberg
  185. Theodoros Angelopoulos
  186. Arthur Hiller
  187. Joseph H. Lewis
  188. René Clément
  189. Mark Robson
  190. Warren Beatty
  191. Roland Emmerich
  192. Andrew Adamson
  193. Michael Winterbottom
  194. Walter Salles
  195. Jacques Audiard
  196. Rob Minkoff
  197. Alex Cox
  198. Charles Walters
  199. Alex Proyas
  200. Ethan Coen
  201. Frank Oz
  202. Aleksandr Dovzhenko
  203. D.A. Pennebaker
  204. William Keighley
  205. Monte Hellman
  206. Edward F. Cline
  207. Terence Davies
  208. Nora Ephron
  209. Mikheil Kalatozishvili
  210. Edmund Goulding
  211. Alejandro Jodorowsky
  212. Adam McKay
  213. Mario Bava
  214. Kon Ichikawa
  215. Kenneth Branagh
  216. Lewis Gilbert
  217. Ted Kotcheff
  218. George Seaton
  219. James Mangold
  220. Mike Judge
  221. Sylvain Chomet
  222. Todd Solondz
  223. Henry Koster
  224. Roger Corman
  225. Kaige Chen
  226. Judd Apatow
  227. Edward Dmytryk
  228. Jirí Menzel
  229. Jason Reitman
  230. Michael Anderson
  231. Budd Boetticher
  232. Fred Schepisi
  233. John Mackenzie
  234. Chris Noonan
  235. Jacques Becker
  236. Ben Stiller
  237. Oliver Hirschbiegel
  238. Karl Reisz
  239. Aleksandr Sokurov
  240. Sergei Parajanov
  241. Kevin Macdonald
  242. Satoshi Kon
  243. J.J. Abrams
  244. Byron Haskin
  245. Leon Gast
  246. Larry Charles
  247. Irving Rapper
  248. Peter Watkins
  249. Charles Vidor
  250. Gary Ross
  251. Robert Clouse
  252. Marcel Ophüls
  253. Shane Meadows
  254. Sylvester Stallone
  255. Denys Arcand
  256. Roland Joffé
  257. Volker Schlöndorff
  258. (tie) Gary Trousdale and
    Kirk Wise
  1. Tomas Alfredson
  2. Jonathan Glazer
  3. Andrew Davis
  4. Ishirô Honda
  5. Cy Endfield
  6. Paul Schrader
  7. John Singleton
  8. David Mamet
  9. George Marshall
  10. Jim Abrahams
  11. James Foley
  12. Roger Allers
  13. Kenneth Anger
  14. Tony Kaye
  15. Louis Feuillade
  16. Bertrand Tavernier
  17. Maurice Pialat
  18. P.J. Hogan
  19. Patricio Guzmán
  20. Mathieu Kassovitz
  21. Julien Duvivier
  22. Todd Phillips
  23. Barbara Kopple
  24. Lukas Moodysson
  25. Godfrey Reggio
  26. Shôhei Imamura
  27. Lee Unkrich
  28. (tie) Daniel Myrick and
    Eduardo Sánchez
  1. Hiroshi Teshigahara
  2. Rob Marshall
  3. Jean-Jacques Beineix
  4. Jon Favreau
  5. Chuck Jones
  6. Gavin O'Connor
  7. Ming-liang Tsai
  8. (tie) Ron Clements and
    John Musker
  1. Glauber Rocha
  2. Russ Meyer
  3. Mikio Naruse
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