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The 2010s—Top Directors

The top 100 directors of the 2010s, according to the Letterboxd community (as at 1 January 2020). Jump to the bottom of this description to see the full list as text.

By “top”, we mean the narrative feature film directors whose work in the 2010s, as ranked by the Letterboxd community, combined with their overall placing on Letterboxd’s Top 250 of the 2010s, signifies their excellence in the directing field.

We took a mathematical approach to ensure a balance between quantity and placement of films directed in the 2010s (ranking), and the quality of those films (rating).

Here’s how we worked it out:
i) We noted the number of films a director had in the 2010s top 250 list. (Directors…

  • Incendies

    1.Incendies

    Denis Villeneuve

    Average ranking: #62 / 5 films

    Average rating: 3.98

    Out of 7 films:
    • Polytechnique
    • Incendies
    • Prisoners
    • Enemy
    • Sicario
    • Arrival
    • Blade Runner 2049

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    2.What We Do in the Shadows

    Taika Waititi

    Average ranking: #116 / 5 films

    Average rating: 3.98

    Out of 5 films:
    • Boy
    • What We Do in the Shadows
    • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
    • Thor: Ragnarok
    • Jojo Rabbit

  • Poetry

    3.Poetry

    Lee Chang-dong

    Average ranking: #85 / 3 films

    Average rating: 4.01

    Out of 3 films:
    • Secret Sunshine
    • Poetry
    • Burning

  • Inception

    4.Inception

    Christopher Nolan

    Average ranking: #85 / 3 films

    Average rating: 3.94

    Out of 4 films:
    • Inception
    • The Dark Knight Rises
    • Interstellar
    • Dunkirk

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    5.The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Wes Anderson

    Average ranking: #97 / 3 films

    Average rating: 4.01

    Out of 3 films:
    Moonrise Kingdom
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Isle of Dogs

  • The Irishman

    6.The Irishman

    Martin Scorsese

    Average ranking: #105 / 3 films

    Average rating: 3.87

    Out of 5 films:
    Shutter Island
    • Hugo
    • The Wolf of Wall Street
    • Silence
    • The Irishman

  • Shoplifters

    7.Shoplifters

    Hirokazu Kore-eda

    Average ranking: #108 / 3 films

    Average rating: 3.83

    Out of 6 films:
    • I Wish
    • Like Father, Like Son
    • Our Little Sister
    • After the Storm
    • The Third Murder
    • Shoplifters

  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    8.Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan

    Average ranking: #118 / 3 films

    Average rating: 3.97

    Out of 3 films:
    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
    Winter Sleep
    • The Wild Pear Tree

  • Django Unchained

    9.Django Unchained

    Quentin Tarantino

    Average ranking: #151 / 3 films

    Average rating: 3.94

    Out of 3 films:
    • Django Unchained
    • The Hateful Eight
    • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

  • La Flor

    10.La Flor

    Mariano Llinás

    Average ranking: #30 / 2 films

    Average rating: 4.15

    Out of 2 films:
    Extraordinary Stories
    • La Flor

  • Coco

    11.Coco

    Lee Unkrich

    Average ranking: #36 / 2 films

    Average rating: 4.13

    Out of 2 films:
    Toy Story 3
    • Coco

  • Little Women

    12.Little Women

    Greta Gerwig

    Average ranking: #42 / 2 films

    Average rating: 4.20

    Out of 2 films:
    Lady Bird
    • Little Women

  • Parasite

    13.Parasite

    Bong Joon-ho

    Average ranking: #46 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.96

    Out of 4 films:
    • Mother
    • Snowpiercer
    • Okja
    • Parasite

  • A Separation

    14.A Separation

    Asghar Farhadi

    Average ranking: #47 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.79

    Out of 6 films:
    • Fireworks Wednesday
    • About Elly
    • A Separation
    • The Past
    • The Salesman
    • Everybody Knows

  • Whiplash

    15.Whiplash

    Damien Chazelle

    Average ranking: #57 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.76

    Out of 4 films:
    • Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
    • Whiplash
    • La La Land
    • First Man

  • Uncut Gems

    16.Uncut Gems

    Benny & Josh Safdie

    Average ranking: #59 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.88

    Out of 4 films:
    • Daddy Longlegs
    • Heaven Knows What
    • Good Time
    • Uncut Gems

  • Moonlight

    17.Moonlight

    Barry Jenkins

    Average ranking: #65 / 2 films

    Average rating: 4.08

    Out of 2 films:
    • Moonlight
    • If Beale Street Could Talk

  • Mommy

    18.Mommy

    Xavier Dolan

    Average ranking: #68 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.63

    Out of 8 films:
    • I Killed My Mother
    • Heartbeats
    • Laurence Anyways
    • Tom at the Farm
    • Mommy
    • It's Only the End of the World
    • The Death and Life of John P. Donovan
    • Matthias & Maxime

  • Marriage Story

    19.Marriage Story

    Noah Baumbach

    Average ranking: #79 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.65

    Out of 6 films:
    • Greenberg
    Frances Ha
    • While We're Young
    • Mistress America
    • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
    Marriage Story

  • Phantom Thread

    20.Phantom Thread

    Paul Thomas Anderson

    Average ranking: #80 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.87

    Out of 3 films:
    • The Master
    • Inherent Vice
    • Phantom Thread

  • Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2

    21.Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2

    Anurag Kashyap

    Average ranking: #85 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.66

    Out of 5 films:
    Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1
    Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2
    • Ugly
    • Raman Raghav 2.0
    • Lust Stories

  • Avengers: Endgame

    22.Avengers: Endgame

    Anthony & Joe Russo

    Average ranking: #95 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.86

    Out of 4 films:
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • Captain America: Civil War
    • Avengers: Infinity War
    • Avengers: Endgame

  • From What Is Before

    23.From What Is Before

    Lav Diaz

    Average ranking: #111 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.89

    Out of 3 films:
    • Norte, the End of History
    From What Is Before
    • The Woman Who Left

  • A Silent Voice

    24.A Silent Voice

    Naoko Yamada

    Average ranking: #112 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.85

    Out of 4 films:
    • K-On! The Movie
    • Tamako Love Story
    • A Silent Voice
    • Liz and the Blue Bird

  • Logan

    25.Logan

    James Mangold

    Average ranking: #116 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.39

    Out of 4 films:
    • Knight and Day
    • The Wolverine
    Logan
    • Ford v Ferrari

  • The Lighthouse

    26.The Lighthouse

    Robert Eggers

    Average ranking: #121 / 2 films

    Average rating: 4.02

    Out of 2 films:
    • The Witch
    • The Lighthouse

  • Gone Girl

    27.Gone Girl

    David Fincher

    Average ranking: #135 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.88

    Out of 3 films:
    • The Social Network
    • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    • Gone Girl

  • Embrace of the Serpent

    28.Embrace of the Serpent

    Ciro Guerra

    Average ranking: #136 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.96

    Out of 2 films:
    • Embrace of the Serpent
    • Birds of Passage

  • Aquarius

    29.Aquarius

    Kleber Mendonça Filho

    Average ranking: #144 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.94

    Out of 2 films:
    Neighboring Sounds
    • Aquarius

  • The Favourite

    30.The Favourite

    Yorgos Lanthimos

    Average ranking: #148 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.74

    Out of 5 films:
    • Dogtooth
    • Alps
    • The Lobster
    • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
    • The Favourite

  • The Raid 2

    31.The Raid 2

    Gareth Evans

    Average ranking: #148 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.67

    Out of 3 films:
    The Raid
    • The Raid 2
    • Apostle

  • Pain and Glory

    32.Pain and Glory

    Pedro Almodóvar

    Average ranking: #151 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.51

    Out of 4 films:
    • The Skin I Live In
    • I'm So Excited
    • Julieta
    • Pain and Glory

  • Cold War

    33.Cold War

    Paweł Pawlikowski

    Average ranking: #158 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.50

    Out of 3 films:
    • The Woman in the Fifth
    • Ida
    • Cold War

  • Hereditary

    34.Hereditary

    Ari Aster

    Average ranking: #165 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.91

    Out of 2 films:
    • Hereditary
    • Midsommar

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    35.Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Edgar Wright

    Average ranking: #182 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.78

    Out of 3 films:
    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
    • The Worlds End
    • Baby Driver

  • Birdman

    36.Birdman

    Alejandro González Iñárritu

    Average ranking: #195 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.80

    Out of 3 films:
    • Biutiful
    • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    • The Revenant

  • Swing Kids

    37.Swing Kids

    Kang Hyoung-chul

    Average ranking: #205 / 2 films

    Average rating: 3.60

    Out of 3 films:
    • Sunny
    • Tazza: The Hidden Card
    • Swing Kids

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    38.Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Céline Sciamma

    Average rating: 3.97

    Out of 3 films:
    • Tomboy
    • Girlhood
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

  • The Florida Project

    39.The Florida Project

    Sean Baker

    Average rating: 3.83

    Out of 3 films:
    • Starlet
    • Tangerine
    • The Florida Project

  • 12 Years a Slave

    40.12 Years a Slave

    Steve McQueen

    Average rating: 3.82

    Out of 3 films:
    • Shame
    • 12 Years a Slave
    • Widows

  • Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu

    41.Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu

    Tatsuya Oishi & Akiyuki Shinbo

    Average rating: 3.81

    Out of 3 films:
    • Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu
    • Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nettetsu
    • Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu

  • Certified Copy

    42.Certified Copy

    Abbas Kiarostami

    Average rating: 3.80

    Out of 3 films:
    Certified Copy
    • Like Someone In Love
    • 24 Frames

  • Creed

    43.Creed

    Ryan Coogler

    Average rating: 3.79

    Out of 3 films:
    • Fruitvale Station
    • Creed
    • Black Panther

  • Weekend

    44.Weekend

    Andrew Haigh

    Average rating: 3.77

    Out of 4 films:
    Weekend
    • 45 Years
    • Looking: The Movie
    • Lean on Pete

  • Paddington 2

    45.Paddington 2

    Paul King

    Average rating: 3.76

    Out of 3 films:
    • Bunny and The Bull
    • Paddington
    Paddington 2

  • Leviathan

    46.Leviathan

    Andrey Zvyagintsev

    Average rating: 3.754

    Out of 3 films:
    • Elena
    • Leviathan
    • Loveless

  • John Wick

    47.John Wick

    Chad Stahelski

    Average rating: 3.753

    Out of 3 films:
    • John Wick
    • John Wick: Chapter 2
    • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

  • How to Train Your Dragon

    48.How to Train Your Dragon

    Dean DeBlois

    Average rating: 3.748

    Out of 3 films:
    How to Train Your Dragon
    • How to Train Your Dragon 2
    • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

  • Invisible Life

    49.Invisible Life

    Karim Aïnouz

    Average rating: 3.747

    Out of 3 films:
    • I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You
    • Futuro Beach
    Invisible Life

  • Call Me by Your Name

    50.Call Me by Your Name

    Luca Guadagnino

    Average rating: 3.738

    Out of 4 films:
    • I Am Love
    • A Bigger Splash
    • Call Me By Your Name
    • Suspiria

  • Wolf Children

    51.Wolf Children

    Mamoru Hosoda

    Average rating: 3.735

    Out of 4 films:
    • Summer Wars
    • Wolf Children
    • The Boy and the Beast
    • Mirai

  • Phoenix

    52.Phoenix

    Christian Petzold

    Average rating: 3.74

    Out of 3 films:
    • Barbara
    • Phoenix
    • Transit

  • Knives Out

    53.Knives Out

    Rian Johnson

    Average rating: 3.70

    Out of 3 films:
    • Looper
    • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Knives Out

  • A Touch of Sin

    54.A Touch of Sin

    Jia Zhangke

    Average rating: 3.68

    Out of 3 films:
    • A Touch of Sin
    • Mountains May Depart
    • Ash is Purest White

  • A Prophet

    55.A Prophet

    Jacques Audiard

    Average rating: 3.67

    Out of 4 films:
    A Prophet
    • Rust and Bone
    • Dheepan
    • The Sisters Brothers

  • Oslo, August 31st

    56.Oslo, August 31st

    Joachim Trier

    Average rating: 3.673

    Out of 3 films:
    Oslo, August 31st
    • Louder Than Bombs
    • Thelma

  • Force Majeure

    57.Force Majeure

    Ruben Östlund

    Average rating: 3.667

    Out of 3 films:
    • Play
    • Force Majeure
    • The Square

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    58.A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    Marielle Heller

    Average rating: 3.659

    Out of 3 films:
    • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
    • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

  • Dragged Across Concrete

    59.Dragged Across Concrete

    S. Craig Zahler

    Average rating: 3.653

    Out of 3 films:
    • Bone Tomahawk
    • Brawl in Cell Block 99
    • Dragged Across Concrete

  • Pariah

    60.Pariah

    Dee Rees

    Average rating: 3.650

    Out of 3 films:
    Pariah
    • Bessie
    • Mudbound

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    61.Inside Llewyn Davis

    Ethan & Joel Coen

    Average rating: 3.64

    Out of 4 films:
    • True Grit
    Inside Llewyn Davis
    • Hail Caesar!
    • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

  • Waves

    62.Waves

    Trey Edward Shults

    Average rating: 3.64

    Out of 3 films:
    • Krisha
    • It Comes at Night
    • Waves

  • 1917

    63.1917

    Sam Mendes

    Average rating: 3.63

    Out of 3 films:
    • Skyfall
    • Spectre
    • 1917

  • Tabu

    64.Tabu

    Miguel Gomes

    Average rating: 3.62

    Out of 5 films:
    • Our Beloved Month of August
    • Tabu
    • Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One
    • Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One
    • Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One

  • Cemetery of Splendour

    65.Cemetery of Splendour

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul

    Average rating: 3.623

    Out of 3 films:
    • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
    • Hotel Mekong
    • Cemetery of Splendour

  • Carol

    66.Carol

    Todd Haynes

    Average rating: 3.617

    Out of 3 films:
    Carol
    • Wonderstruck
    • Dark Waters

  • Love Exposure

    67.Love Exposure

    Sion Sono

    Average rating: 3.61

    Out of 11 films:
    Love Exposure
    • Cold Fish
    • Guilty of Romance
    • Himizu
    • Why Don’t You Play in Hell?
    • Tokyo Tribe
    • Tag
    • Love & Peace
    • The Whispering Star
    • Antiporno
    • The Forest of Love

  • Two Days, One Night

    68.Two Days, One Night

    Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

    Average rating: 3.613

    Out of 3 films:
    • The Kid With a Bike
    • Two Days, One Night
    • The Unknown Girl

  • Silenced

    69.Silenced

    Hwang Dong-hyuk

    Average rating: 3.609

    Out of 3 films:
    Silenced
    • Miss Granny
    • The Fortress

  • American Honey

    70.American Honey

    Andrea Arnold

    Average rating: 3.607

    Out of 3 films:
    • Fish Tank
    • Wuthering Heights
    • American Honey

  • The Invisible Guest

    71.The Invisible Guest

    Oriol Paulo

    Average rating: 3.606

    Out of 3 films:
    • The Body
    The Invisible Guest
    • Mirage

  • Right Now, Wrong Then

    72.Right Now, Wrong Then

    Hong Sang-soo

    Average rating: 3.60

    Out of 14 films:
    • Ha Ha Ha
    • Oki’s Movie
    • The Day He Arrives
    • In Another Country
    • Nobody’s Daughter Haewon
    • Our Sunhi
    • Hill of Freedom
    Right Now, Wrong Then
    • Yourself and Yours
    • On the Beach at Night Alone
    • Claire’s Camera
    • The Day After
    • Grass
    • Hotel by the River

  • Take Shelter

    73.Take Shelter

    Jeff Nichols

    Average rating: 3.600

    Out of 4 films:
    Take Shelter
    • Mud
    • Midnight Special
    • Loving

  • Dallas Buyers Club

    74.Dallas Buyers Club

    Jean-Marc Vallée

    Average rating: 3.598

    Out of 4 films:
    • Café de Flore
    • Dallas Buyers Club
    • Wild
    • Demolition

  • Blue Valentine

    75.Blue Valentine

    Derek Cianfrance

    Average rating: 3.60

    Out of 3 films:
    • Blue Valentine
    • The Place Beyond the Pines
    • The Light Between Oceans

  • When Marnie Was There

    76.When Marnie Was There

    Hiromasa Yonebayashi

    Average rating: 3.59

    Out of 3 films:
    • The Secret World of Arrietty
    • When Marnie Was There
    • Mary and the Witch's Flower

  • Zootopia

    77.Zootopia

    Rich Moore

    Average rating: 3.578

    Out of 3 films:
    • Wreck-It Ralph
    • Zootopia
    • Ralph Breaks the Internet

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    78.Guardians of the Galaxy

    James Gunn

    Average rating: 3.576

    Out of 3 films:
    • Super
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

  • Before Midnight

    79.Before Midnight

    Richard Linklater

    Average rating: 3.57

    Out of 6 films:
    • Bernie
    Before Midnight
    • Boyhood
    • Everybody Wants Some!!
    • Last Flag Flying
    • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Fantastic Woman

    80.A Fantastic Woman

    Sebastián Lelio

    Average rating: 3.56

    Out of 4 films:
    • Gloria
    • A Fantastic Woman
    • Disobedience
    • Gloria

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    81.War for the Planet of the Apes

    Matt Reeves

    Average rating: 3.564

    Out of 3 films:
    • Let Me In
    • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    • War for the Planet of the Apes

  • Taxi

    82.Taxi

    Jafar Panahi

    Average rating: 3.561

    Out of 3 films:
    • Closed Curtain
    • Taxi
    • 3 Faces

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    83.Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Christopher McQuarrie

    Average rating: 3.552

    Out of 3 films:
    • Jack Reacher
    • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
    • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

  • The Lego Movie

    84.The Lego Movie

    Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

    Average rating: 3.547

    Out of 3 films:
    • 21 Jump Street
    • The Lego Movie
    • 22 Jump Street

  • No

    85.No

    Pablo Larraín

    Average rating: 3.54

    Out of 5 films:
    • Post Mortem
    • No
    • The Club
    • Neruda
    • Jackie

  • Things to Come

    86.Things to Come

    Mia Hansen-Løve

    Average rating: 3.52

    Out of 4 films:
    • Father of My Children
    • Goodbye, First Love
    • Eden
    • Things to Come

  • Another Year

    87.Another Year

    Mike Leigh

    Average rating: 3.52

    Out of 3 films:
    Another Year
    • Mr. Turner
    • Peterloo

  • Hell or High Water

    88.Hell or High Water

    David Mackenzie

    Average rating: 3.51

    Out of 5 films:
    • Perfect Sense
    • You Instead
    • Starred Up
    • Hell or High Water
    • Outlaw King

  • The Great Beauty

    89.The Great Beauty

    Paolo Sorrentino

    Average rating: 3.509

    Out of 4 films:
    • This Must Be the Place
    • The Great Beauty
    • Youth
    • Loro

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown

    90.The Broken Circle Breakdown

    Felix van Groeningen

    Average rating: 3.508

    Out of 4 films:
    • The Misfortunates
    • The Broken Circle Breakdown
    • Belgica
    • Beautiful Boy

  • Certain Women

    91.Certain Women

    Kelly Reichardt

    Average rating: 3.51

    Out of 3 films:
    • Meek's Cutoff
    • Night Moves
    • Certain Women

  • A Taxi Driver

    92.A Taxi Driver

    Jang Hoon

    Average rating: 3.499

    Out of 3 films:
    • Secret Reunion
    • Front Line
    A Taxi Driver

  • Ad Astra

    93.Ad Astra

    James Gray

    Average rating: 3.493

    Out of 3 films:
    • The Immigrant
    • The Lost City of Z
    • Ad Astra

  • I, Daniel Blake

    94.I, Daniel Blake

    Ken Loach

    Average rating: 3.487

    Out of 4 films:
    • Looking for Eric
    • Angel's Share
    • Jimmy's Hall
    • I, Daniel Blake

  • Rocketman

    95.Rocketman

    Dexter Fletcher

    Average rating: 3.485

    Out of 4 films:
    • Wild Bill
    • Sunshine on Leith
    • Eddie the Eagle
    • Rocketman

  • Paterson

    96.Paterson

    Jim Jarmusch

    Average rating: 3.49

    Out of 3 films:
    • Only Lovers Left Alive
    • Paterson
    • The Dead Don't Die

  • Carlos

    97.Carlos

    Olivier Assayas

    Average rating: 3.48

    Out of 5 films:
    • Carlos
    • Something in the Air
    • Clouds of Sils Maria
    • Personal Shopper
    • Non-Fiction

  • Melancholia

    98.Melancholia

    Lars von Trier

    Average rating: 3.48

    Out of 4 films:
    • Melancholia
    • Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1
    • Nymphomaniac: Vol. 2
    • The House That Jack Built

  • Green Room

    99.Green Room

    Jeremy Saulnier

    Average rating: 3.473

    Out of 3 films:
    • Blue Ruin
    • Green Room
    • Hold the Dark

  • The Duke of Burgundy

    100.The Duke of Burgundy

    Peter Strickland

    Average rating: 3.472

    Out of 3 films:
    • Berberian Sound Studio
    • The Duke of Burgundy
    • In Fabric