Director Rankings - Master List

Finally, a place where all my directors lists can be found.

I might mention that one mustn't care too much for the ranking on here. With most directors I have barely seen half of their films (Mike Leigh for example) and with others, the fewer films they make, the easier it is to get higher up in the ranking. Basic math.

So, simply put, this list is and probably never will be finished. There are probably a lot of directors who I haven't ranked yet (gently shout their names into my ears as you virtually pass me in the comments under this list) and as I said there are still hundreds of films left to be seen.

Links to the individual lists can be found in the notes of each top film.

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  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    1

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    2

  • I'm Not There.

    3

  • 3-Iron

    4

  • Pather Panchali

    5

  • Songs from the Second Floor

    6

  • Secrets & Lies

    7

  • Fish Tank

    8

  • Persona

    9

  • Russian Ark

    10

  • Eden

    11

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    12

  • Seven Samurai

    13

  • Amour

    14

  • The Double Life of Veronique

    15

  • Dazed and Confused

    16

  • Chungking Express

    17

  • Paterson

    18

  • Hot Fuzz

    19

  • Mirror

    20

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown

    21

  • On the Silver Globe

    22

  • Like Someone in Love

    23

  • Antichrist

    24

  • Short Cuts

    25

  • Paris, Texas

    26

  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    27

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    28

  • The Return

    29

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    30

  • Oldboy

    31

  • The Lobster

    32

  • Hush!

    33

  • Amarcord

    34

  • Her

    35

  • Children of Men

    36

  • A Summer's Tale

    37

  • Inglourious Basterds

    38

  • There Will Be Blood

    39

  • The Human Dutch

    40

  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    41

  • Hunger

    42

  • The Kid with a Bike

    43

  • Mommy

    44

  • Lost in Translation

    45

  • Volver

    46

  • Holy Motors

    47

  • This Is Not a Film

    48

  • Sieranevada

    49

  • Stop Making Sense

    50

  • The Red Shoes

    51

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    52

  • Walkabout

    53

  • Sunset Boulevard

    54

  • Frances Ha

    55

  • Memories of Murder

    56

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    57

  • The Tree of Life

    58

  • Spirited Away

    59

  • The Elephant Man

    60

  • A Field in England

    61

  • Origins of the 21st Century

    62

  • The Dance of Reality

    63

  • Amélie

    64

  • Amadeus

    65

  • Jackie

    66

  • The Trip to Italy

    67

  • The Godfather: Part II

    68

  • Citizen Kane

    69

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    70

  • Un chien andalou

    71

  • Nebraska

    72

  • My Winnipeg

    73

  • The Fly

    74

  • Gone Girl

    75

  • Steve Jobs

    76

  • After Hours

    77

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    78

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    79

  • Paprika

    80

  • Vertigo

    81

  • mother!

    82

  • Scorpio Rising

    83

  • A Ghost Story

    84

  • The Red Turtle

    85

  • Bronson

    86

  • The Meaning of Life

    87

  • The Graduate

    88

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    89

  • The Girlfriend Experience

    90

  • Mary and Max

    91

  • Ratatouille

    92

  • Baraka

    93

  • Modern Times

    94

  • Annie Hall

    95

  • Whiplash

    96

  • Stand by Me

    97

  • 12 Angry Men

    98

  • At Sea

    99

  • The Breakfast Club

    100