Top 1000 Directors

Based on a mathematical model anin the making.
Each director is represented by my favorite one of their movies.
I must have seen at least 2 of their movies for them to be considered.
Advantage is given to directors from whom I've seen more films.
Directors' names and films seen are in the notes.
This list is continually updated as new movies are seen.
See this list ( Ranked Filmographies A-L | Ranked Filmographies M-Z) for rankings of films within a director's filmography.

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  • Seven Samurai

    1

  • Fargo

    2

  • The 400 Blows

    3

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    4

  • Taxi Driver

    5

  • Rushmore

    6

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    7

  • Naked

    8

  • There Will Be Blood

    9

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    10

  • Marriage Story

    11

  • Pulp Fiction

    12

  • Spirited Away

    13

  • The Apartment

    14

  • My Night at Maud's

    15

  • Chungking Express

    16

  • Se7en

    17

  • Dead Man

    18

  • Irma Vep

    19

  • Le Samouraï

    20

  • Three Colors: Blue

    21

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    22

  • Only Angels Have Wings

    23

  • Stalker

    24

  • The Exterminating Angel

    25

  • Underground

    26

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    27

  • Talk to Her

    28

  • Rear Window

    29

  • Mulholland Drive

    30

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    31

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    32

  • Memento

    33

  • Badlands

    34

  • Breathless

    35

  • In a Lonely Place

    36

  • Dazed and Confused

    37

  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    38

  • Amadeus

    39

  • Chinatown

    40

  • M

    41

  • Being John Malkovich

    42

  • Paris, Texas

    43

  • The Piano Teacher

    44

  • Lost in Translation

    45

  • Blow-Up

    46

  • Mrs. Miniver

    47

  • Annie Hall

    48

  • Dust in the Wind

    49

  • Death in Venice

    50

  • Do the Right Thing

    51

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    52

  • I'm Not There

    53

  • La Promesse

    54

  • Rachel Getting Married

    55

  • 8½

    56

  • The Handmaiden

    57

  • Uncut Gems

    58

  • To Be or Not to Be

    59

  • Citizen Kane

    60

  • After Life

    61

  • PlayTime

    62

  • Dead Ringers

    63

  • What Time Is It There?

    64

  • Memories of Murder

    65

  • Y Tu Mamá También

    66

  • Harold and Maude

    67

  • La Ceremonie

    68

  • sex, lies, and videotape

    69

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    70

  • A Christmas Tale

    71

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    72

  • The Lovers on the Bridge

    73

  • The Return

    74

  • Show Me Love

    75

  • The Palm Beach Story

    76

  • Drowning by Numbers

    77

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    78

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    79

  • A Prophet

    80

  • The Insider

    81

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    82

  • Three Kings

    83

  • Pather Panchali

    84

  • The Brothers Bloom

    85

  • The Godfather

    86

  • Tokyo Story

    87

  • Jaws

    88

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    89

  • A Separation

    90

  • Metropolitan

    91

  • Breaking the Waves

    92

  • 127 Hours

    93

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    94

  • All About Eve

    95

  • Billy Liar

    96

  • Close-Up

    97

  • Dogtooth

    98

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    99

  • Coup de Torchon

    100