100 Great Directors; 500 Great Films

Using They Shoot Pictures list of top directors and combining it with IMDb's rankings I have come up with this list. It takes the top 100 TSPDT directors* and lists their five best films as ranked by IMDb users.

If you have any problems with the choice of directors or films please don't blame me, I'm just the messenger. Even though I don't agree with every film on this list the overall quality remains very high.

*four of the original top 100 directors didn't have five or more films on the database so I had to skip them and add four more (still based on the TSPDT list). They are...

* Jean Vigo (No. 34)
* Gillo Pontecorvo (No. 77)
* Claude Lanzmann (No. 84)
* George Cukor (No. 89)

  • Rear Window
  • Psycho
  • Vertigo
  • North by Northwest
  • Rebecca
  • Citizen Kane
  • Touch of Evil
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Chimes at Midnight
  • The Fountain of Youth
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Paths of Glory
  • The Shining
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • La Strada
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • 8½
  • La Dolce Vita
  • I Vitelloni
  • Breathless
  • Vivre Sa Vie
  • Band of Outsiders
  • Contempt
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • Grand Illusion
  • The Rules of the Game
  • A Day in the Country
  • La Bête Humaine
  • La Chienne
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • The Searchers
  • Stagecoach
  • The Quiet Man
  • Seven Samurai
  • Rashomon
  • Yojimbo
  • Ikiru
  • Ran
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Conversation
  • The Godfather: Part III
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Persona
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • The Virgin Spring
  • Tokyo Story
  • Late Spring
  • An Autumn Afternoon
  • Early Summer
  • Good Morning
  • GoodFellas
  • Taxi Driver
  • The Departed
  • Raging Bull
  • Casino
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Day of Wrath
  • Ordet
  • Vampyr
  • Gertrud
  • The Young and the Damned
  • Viridiana
  • The Exterminating Angel
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • City Lights
  • Modern Times
  • The Great Dictator
  • The Kid
  • The Gold Rush
  • Andrei Rublev
  • Stalker
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • Solaris
  • Mirror
  • A Man Escaped
  • Pickpocket
  • Diary of a Country Priest
  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Mouchette
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Double Indemnity
  • Witness for the Prosecution
  • Some Like It Hot
  • The Apartment
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • Nosferatu
  • The Last Laugh
  • Faust
  • City Girl
  • The Big Sleep
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • His Girl Friday
  • To Have and Have Not
  • Rio Bravo