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

  • Dazed and Confused

    8

  • Fish Tank

    9

  • Persona

    10

  • Russian Ark

    11

  • Eden

    12

  • Seven Samurai

    13

  • Amour

    14

  • The Double Life of Veronique

    15

  • Chungking Express

    16

  • Paterson

    17

  • Hot Fuzz

    18

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown

    19

  • On the Silver Globe

    20

  • Like Someone in Love

    21

  • Antichrist

    22

  • Short Cuts

    23

  • Paris, Texas

    24

  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    25

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    26

  • The Return

    27

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    28

  • Oldboy

    29

  • The Lobster

    30

  • Hush!

    31

  • Mirror

    32

  • Amarcord

    33

  • Her

    34

  • Children of Men

    35

  • A Summer's Tale

    36

  • There Will Be Blood

    37

  • Inglourious Basterds

    38

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

    39

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    40

  • The Human Dutch

    41

  • Lost in Translation

    42

  • Hunger

    43

  • The Kid with a Bike

    44

  • Mommy

    45

  • Volver

    46

  • This Is Not a Film

    47

  • Sieranevada

    48

  • Stop Making Sense

    49

  • The Red Shoes

    50

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    51

  • Frances Ha

    52

  • Walkabout

    53

  • Sunset Boulevard

    54

  • Memories of Murder

    55

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    56

  • Spirited Away

    57

  • The Fly

    58

  • The Elephant Man

    59

  • The Tree of Life

    60

  • A Field in England

    61

  • Origins of the 21st Century

    62

  • The Dance of Reality

    63

  • Amélie

    64

  • Amadeus

    65

  • Jackie

    66

  • Nebraska

    67

  • The Godfather: Part II

    68

  • Citizen Kane

    69

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    70

  • Un chien andalou

    71

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    72

  • My Winnipeg

    73

  • Gone Girl

    74

  • Steve Jobs

    75

  • Scorpio Rising

    76

  • Vertigo

    77

  • After Hours

    78

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    79

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    80

  • Paprika

    81

  • A Ghost Story

    82

  • The Red Turtle

    83

  • Bronson

    84

  • The Graduate

    85

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    86

  • The Girlfriend Experience

    87

  • The Fountain

    88

  • Mary and Max

    89

  • Ratatouille

    90

  • Baraka

    91

  • The Meaning of Life

    92

  • Modern Times

    93

  • Annie Hall

    94

  • Whiplash

    95

  • Stand by Me

    96

  • At Sea

    97

  • The Breakfast Club

    98

  • Blow-Up

    99

  • World of Tomorrow

    100