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

  • Songs from the Second Floor

    2

  • Paris, Texas

    3

  • Citizen Kane

    4

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    5

  • The Double Life of Veronique

    6

  • Paterson

    7

  • Persona

    8

  • Eden

    9

  • Carol

    10

  • Pather Panchali

    11

  • Stop Making Sense

    12

  • Fish Tank

    13

  • Secrets & Lies

    14

  • Mirror

    15

  • Russian Ark

    16

  • Dazed and Confused

    17

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown

    18

  • 3-Iron

    19

  • Seven Samurai

    20

  • Amour

    21

  • There Will Be Blood

    22

  • Like Someone in Love

    23

  • Antichrist

    24

  • Hot Fuzz

    25

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    26

  • The Florida Project

    27

  • The Handmaiden

    28

  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    29

  • Hush!

    30

  • A Summer's Tale

    31

  • Her

    32

  • Amarcord

    33

  • Sunset Boulevard

    34

  • On the Silver Globe

    35

  • Children of Men

    36

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    37

  • The Human Dutch

    38

  • Chungking Express

    39

  • This Is Not a Film

    40

  • The Long Day Closes

    41

  • Hunger

    42

  • Short Cuts

    43

  • The Kid with a Bike

    44

  • Mommy

    45

  • Call Me by Your Name

    46

  • Sieranevada

    47

  • The Red Shoes

    48

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    49

  • Volver

    50

  • Love Exposure

    51

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    52

  • Faces Places

    53

  • Walkabout

    54

  • Memories of Murder

    55

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    56

  • The Return

    57

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    58

  • The Tree of Life

    59

  • Inglourious Basterds

    60

  • Spirited Away

    61

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

    62

  • World of Tomorrow

    63

  • The Graduate

    64

  • Amadeus

    65

  • Frances Ha

    66

  • The Dance of Reality

    67

  • 45 Years

    68

  • The Lobster

    69

  • Steve Jobs

    70

  • The Trip to Italy

    71

  • The Falls

    72

  • Amélie

    73

  • Holy Motors

    74

  • The Godfather: Part II

    75

  • The General

    76

  • Ruhr

    77

  • Un chien andalou

    78

  • My Winnipeg

    79

  • Annie Hall

    80

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    81

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    82

  • Gone Girl

    83

  • A Field in England

    84

  • After Hours

    85

  • Paprika

    86

  • Scorpio Rising

    87

  • The Red Turtle

    88

  • Lost in Translation

    89

  • Ratcatcher

    90

  • Vertigo

    91

  • The Elephant Man

    92

  • The Truman Show

    93

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    94

  • Little Miss Sunshine

    95

  • Ratatouille

    96

  • Mary and Max

    97

  • Baraka

    98

  • Aguirre: The Wrath of God

    99

  • Origins of the 21st Century

    100