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

  • Carol

    2

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    3

  • 3-Iron

    4

  • Pather Panchali

    5

  • Songs from the Second Floor

    6

  • Secrets & Lies

    7

  • The Double Life of Veronique

    8

  • Fish Tank

    9

  • Paterson

    10

  • Persona

    11

  • Eden

    12

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    13

  • Seven Samurai

    14

  • Amour

    15

  • The Falls

    16

  • Mirror

    17

  • Russian Ark

    18

  • Dazed and Confused

    19

  • There Will Be Blood

    20

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown

    21

  • Like Someone in Love

    22

  • Antichrist

    23

  • Short Cuts

    24

  • Hot Fuzz

    25

  • Paris, Texas

    26

  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    27

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    28

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    29

  • Oldboy

    30

  • Hush!

    31

  • Amarcord

    32

  • Her

    33

  • On the Silver Globe

    34

  • Children of Men

    35

  • A Summer's Tale

    36

  • Inglourious Basterds

    37

  • The Human Dutch

    38

  • Chungking Express

    39

  • Hunger

    40

  • The Kid with a Bike

    41

  • Mommy

    42

  • Volver

    43

  • This Is Not a Film

    44

  • Sieranevada

    45

  • Stop Making Sense

    46

  • The Red Shoes

    47

  • The Long Day Closes

    48

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    49

  • Love Exposure

    50

  • Walkabout

    51

  • The Lobster

    52

  • Sunset Boulevard

    53

  • Frances Ha

    54

  • The Return

    55

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    56

  • The Elephant Man

    57

  • The Tree of Life

    58

  • Spirited Away

    59

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

    60

  • World of Tomorrow

    61

  • A Field in England

    62

  • The Dance of Reality

    63

  • Memories of Murder

    64

  • Amélie

    65

  • Holy Motors

    66

  • Amadeus

    67

  • Jackie

    68

  • The Trip to Italy

    69

  • The Godfather: Part II

    70

  • Citizen Kane

    71

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    72

  • Ruhr

    73

  • Un chien andalou

    74

  • Little Miss Sunshine

    75

  • Nebraska

    76

  • My Winnipeg

    77

  • Annie Hall

    78

  • Gone Girl

    79

  • Steve Jobs

    80

  • After Hours

    81

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    82

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    83

  • Paprika

    84

  • Vertigo

    85

  • Origins of the 21st Century

    86

  • Scorpio Rising

    87

  • A Ghost Story

    88

  • The Red Turtle

    89

  • Bronson

    90

  • Lost in Translation

    91

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    92

  • The Graduate

    93

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    94

  • Tropical Malady

    95

  • On the Beach at Night Alone

    96

  • Mary and Max

    97

  • Ratatouille

    98

  • Baraka

    99

  • The Meaning of Life

    100