VOTE: Best Directors of All Time

Thought I'd try to get a Letterboxd vote on who the community thinks is the best director, just out of curiosity. In the comments below, vote for up to 10 directors. 1 point goes to each director you pick. The order you list directors doesn't affect anything, they each only get 1 point. The directors you pick don't already have to be on the list, you're welcome to induct some new entries.

You can change your votes at a later time if you want.

Each director is represented by their most popular (solo-directed) film on Letterboxd. Directors and votes in the notes. The list is sorted by points, then alphabetically by director surname.

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  • The Shining

    1

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    2

  • There Will Be Blood

    3

  • Psycho

    4

  • Seven Samurai

    5

  • Pulp Fiction

    6

  • Stalker

    7

  • Mulholland Drive

    8

  • Persona

    9

  • No Country for Old Men

    10

  • Jurassic Park

    11

  • Gone Girl

    12

  • The Dark Knight

    13

  • Spirited Away

    14

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    15

  • Baby Driver

    16

  • Arrival

    17

  • Sunset Boulevard

    18

  • The Godfather

    19

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    20

  • City Lights

    21

  • 8½

    22

  • Citizen Kane

    23

  • Breathless

    24

  • The Thing

    25

  • The Tree of Life

    26

  • Tokyo Story

    27

  • In the Mood for Love

    28

  • The Shape of Water

    29

  • La La Land

    30

  • Boyhood

    31

  • Blade Runner

    32

  • Blow-Up

    33

  • A Man Escaped

    34

  • Amour

    35

  • Un Chien Andalou

    36

  • Gravity

    37

  • Her

    38

  • Oldboy

    39

  • Yi Yi

    40

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    41

  • Black Swan

    42

  • Perfect Blue

    43

  • 12 Angry Men

    44

  • The Fly

    45

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    46

  • Three Colors: Blue

    47

  • Do the Right Thing

    48

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    49

  • Melancholia

    50

  • The Lobster

    51

  • Twelve Monkeys

    52

  • Paterson

    53

  • Metropolis

    54

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    55

  • The Incredibles

    56

  • Close-Up

    57

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    58

  • Midnight in Paris

    59

  • Titanic

    60

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    61

  • Scarface

    62

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    63

  • Drive

    64

  • Nashville

    65

  • Edward Scissorhands

    66

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    67

  • The Searchers

    68

  • Harakiri

    69

  • To Be or Not to Be

    70

  • Ugetsu

    71

  • Chinatown

    72

  • Peeping Tom

    73

  • The 400 Blows

    74

  • Naked

    75

  • A Trip to the Moon

    76

  • Nosferatu

    77

  • Pather Panchali

    78

  • The Rules of the Game

    79

  • Love Exposure

    80

  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    81

  • Back to the Future

    82

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    83

  • Landscape in the Mist

    84

  • Frances Ha

    85

  • Trainspotting

    86

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    87

  • The Big Sleep

    88

  • Like Father, Like Son

    89

  • Heat

    90

  • Le Samouraï

    91

  • Split

    92

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    93

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    94

  • Love & Pop

    95

  • Snowpiercer

    96

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    97

  • Ex Machina

    98

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    99

  • The Holy Mountain

    100