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Recommended Directors for Film Enthusiasts

After looking through my Recommendations For A Novice Film Viewer list, I have thought for some time to make a film list that would appeal to those who genuinely appreciate the visionary behind the camera.

I have provided the first three suggestions, and I wanted them to be obvious ones, because I am asking you, the Letterboxd community to provide some suggestions of directors that people should invest their time in and possibly find something of significant value through exploration. It would also be wonderful if quotes from your own or other peoples' reviews that perfectly summarise the director's appeal could be provided. Hopefully the suggestions provided would be diverse.

I will consistently look for quotes when I have spare…

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  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Tree of Life
  • Gone Girl
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Boogie Nights
  • Raging Bull
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Psycho
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • The Child
  • Syndromes and a Century
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Brazil
  • Melancholia
  • Solaris
  • Irreversible
  • Jaws
  • Drive
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Videodrome
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Le Samouraï
  • Tristana
  • L'Avventura
  • The Thing
  • Mysteries of Lisbon
  • Voyage to Cythera
  • Favourites of the Moon
  • Certified Copy
  • Under the Skin
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Seven Samurai
  • Caché
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Amélie
  • Paris, Texas
  • Harakiri
  • The Phantom Carriage
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • The Kid
  • The General
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Tokyo Story
  • Marketa Lazarová
  • In a Better World
  • Ugetsu
  • The Burmese Harp
  • On the Waterfront
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • My Winnipeg
  • The Earrings of Madame de...
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • 8½
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • Spirited Away
  • The Blue Angel
  • Children of Paradise
  • Don't Look Now
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Citizen Kane
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Saragossa Manuscript
  • Possession
  • The Holy Mountain
  • Naked
  • Au Revoir les Enfants
  • The 400 Blows
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • Her
  • Alice
  • Daisies
  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
  • Céline and Julie Go Boating
  • Holy Motors
  • Tokyo Sonata
  • Incendies
  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Color of Pomegranates
  • Breathless
  • Closed Curtain
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • The Leopard
  • Apocalypse Now
  • 12 Angry Men
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Pather Panchali
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • Camille Claudel, 1915
  • Beau Travail
  • Like Father, Like Son