Top 1000 Directors

Based on a mathematical model a century in 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

  • Naked

    6

  • Rushmore

    7

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    8

  • There Will Be Blood

    9

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    10

  • Pulp Fiction

    11

  • Marriage Story

    12

  • Three Colors: Blue

    13

  • Spirited Away

    14

  • My Night at Maud's

    15

  • The Apartment

    16

  • Chungking Express

    17

  • Stalker

    18

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    19

  • Se7en

    20

  • Dead Man

    21

  • Irma Vep

    22

  • Le Samouraï

    23

  • Only Angels Have Wings

    24

  • The Exterminating Angel

    25

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    26

  • Underground

    27

  • Talk to Her

    28

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    29

  • Rear Window

    30

  • Mulholland Drive

    31

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    32

  • Memento

    33

  • Badlands

    34

  • In a Lonely Place

    35

  • Breathless

    36

  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    37

  • M

    38

  • After Life

    39

  • Being John Malkovich

    40

  • Paris, Texas

    41

  • The Piano Teacher

    42

  • Chinatown

    43

  • Blow-Up

    44

  • Mrs. Miniver

    45

  • Dust in the Wind

    46

  • Dazed and Confused

    47

  • Amadeus

    48

  • Death in Venice

    49

  • Annie Hall

    50

  • Lost in Translation

    51

  • Do the Right Thing

    52

  • I'm Not There

    53

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    54

  • La Promesse

    55

  • Rachel Getting Married

    56

  • 8½

    57

  • The Handmaiden

    58

  • Uncut Gems

    59

  • To Be or Not to Be

    60

  • Citizen Kane

    61

  • The Palm Beach Story

    62

  • Parasite

    63

  • PlayTime

    64

  • What Time Is It There?

    65

  • Y Tu Mamá También

    66

  • Harold and Maude

    67

  • La Cérémonie

    68

  • 35 Shots of Rum

    69

  • Dead Ringers

    70

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    71

  • Tokyo Story

    72

  • Hunger

    73

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    74

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    75

  • The Lovers on the Bridge

    76

  • All About Eve

    77

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    78

  • The Return

    79

  • Show Me Love

    80

  • Election

    81

  • Drowning by Numbers

    82

  • Coup de Torchon

    83

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    84

  • A Prophet

    85

  • The Insider

    86

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    87

  • Three Kings

    88

  • Pather Panchali

    89

  • The Brothers Bloom

    90

  • The Godfather

    91

  • Jaws

    92

  • A Separation

    93

  • Metropolitan

    94

  • Breaking the Waves

    95

  • 127 Hours

    96

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    97

  • Billy Liar

    98

  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    99

  • Close-Up

    100