The Directors League

• For a director to qualify I must have seen at least five movies by him or her.
• Many use the LB five star system, but I prefer a more nuanced ten point scale.
• Ranking is based on my average rating. Kinda obvious.
• Not included are short films and documentaries.
• See notes for the average rating and which films it includes.
• See notes also for links to individual lists (if available) or use the directors ranked-tag.
• Will be updated every now and then.

The ranking does not necessarly reflect how much I love or appreciate a director's œuvre.

See also: The Franchise League

Thanks to Graham J, on whose original idea this is based.

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  • Aliens

    1

  • Inception

    2

  • Revolutionary Road

    3

  • Se7en

    4

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    5

  • The Departed

    6

  • The Green Butchers

    7

  • Mississippi Burning

    8

  • Inside Man

    9

  • Starship Troopers

    10

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    11

  • Jojo Rabbit

    12

  • Identity

    13

  • Ronin

    14

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    15

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

    16

  • Sicario

    17

  • The Apartment

    18

  • Pride and Glory

    19

  • Death Proof

    20

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    21

  • The Iron Giant

    22

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    23

  • Sharp Objects

    24

  • Klute

    25

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    26

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    27

  • Notting Hill

    28

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    29

  • Hot Fuzz

    30

  • A Few Good Men

    31

  • Das Boot

    32

  • This Boy's Life

    33

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    34

  • Before Midnight

    35

  • Captain Phillips

    36

  • Die Hard

    37

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    38

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    39

  • Amour

    40

  • Fargo

    41

  • Set It Off

    42

  • Dampfnudelblues

    43

  • Up in the Air

    44

  • Crimson Tide

    45

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    46

  • From Dusk Till Dawn

    47

  • The Trouble with Harry

    48

  • Dogville

    49

  • Mad Max 2

    50

  • Out of the Furnace

    51

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    52

  • Inherit the Wind

    53

  • Magnolia

    54

  • Lethal Weapon

    55

  • Children of Men

    56

  • Trance

    57

  • About Schmidt

    58

  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    59

  • The Invitation

    60

  • A Simple Favor

    61

  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    62

  • Lost Highway

    63

  • Sleepers

    64

  • Die Hard 2

    65

  • Love & Other Drugs

    66

  • The French Connection

    67

  • Brokeback Mountain

    68

  • The Fisher King

    69

  • Erin Brockovich

    70

  • Brooklyn's Finest

    71

  • JFK

    72

  • State of Play

    73

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    74

  • Bound

    75

  • High Fidelity

    76

  • The Pianist

    77

  • Falling Down

    78

  • Clerks II

    79

  • Gorillas in the Mist

    80

  • Quiz Show

    81

  • Straw Dogs

    82

  • The Holiday

    83

  • Million Dollar Baby

    84

  • Thirteen Days

    85

  • mother!

    86

  • After the Wedding

    87

  • Bang, Boom, Bang

    88

  • Glengarry Glen Ross

    89

  • Thelma & Louise

    90

  • Red Heat

    91

  • Heat

    92

  • Mirror Mirror

    93

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    94

  • L.A. Confidential

    95

  • Almost Famous

    96

  • Sea of Love

    97

  • Fracture

    98

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    99

  • A Simple Plan

    100