Greatest Film Directors of All Time

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21Robert Zemeckis

Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Walk, and the greatest trilogy of all time, the Back to the Future movies. He does all these movies that sound dumb and nonsensical on paper, but couldn't have more clarity on screen (in addition to charm). That's much more than the likes of David Lynch could say, whose films don't even make sense after multiple viewings.

His mentor Steven Spielberg has created one of the greatest directors of all time. Robert's films have such inexplicable value it would be a crime to not place him on the best directors list. I mean come on who doesn't like forrest gump?

Back to the Future, ole school!

Please put him in the Top 5, Come on Forrest Gump was Great, and still is, it's a classic.

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22Woody AllenHeywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, playwright and musician, whose career spans more than six decades.

Should be way higher up. Is there another director thats consistenly delivered films that have been so widely enjoyed. His movies are hilarious because they strike so close to home and so accurately say the things we wish we could scream out. Brilliant writer and director, who's never had to use flash to make his movies amazing.

When he isn't busy molesting children he makes some solid movies

All his releases in the 1970s were golden. He deserves higher place!

He should be top 10 at least

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23Sergio Leone

Good bad ugly - best movie ever. Once upon a time in West - best Western ever. Once upon a time in America one of the best gangster movies ever. For a few dollars more - best spaghetti western ever. A fistful of dollars - creator of spaghetti western genre

A genius. He only did one bad film. Most the directors ranked above him can't make that claim. It's such a shame he died when he did. Two days before signing the contract to direct his WWII epic. One of cinema's greatest losses.

'Once upon a time in the West' is arguably the best Western of all time. It's the ultimate Western, because it perfectly captures the end of an era.

24Hayao Miyazaki

Everything about the way this man portrays his art is awe inspiring his obscure but interesting choice of camera angles his deep and simplistic philosophical themes all the way down to his storytelling which does not adhere to the common plot structure even his animation alone should win him the number 1 spot on this list he does not need special effects nor does he need a big budget just a piece of paper a pencil and the sheer magnitude of his imagination

What a great animator! His Ghibli films are all top-notch and bring out the inner kid in everyone. Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind... Even if you don't like foreign films, his animations are worth seeing!

25David Fincher

This is so not the truth, david fincher is far better than peter jackson and mikhael... He's work in movies like zodiac and seven and many more movies... Would totally prove this wrong... He should at least be the tenth... He deserves it... I love fincher for the way he makes the movie, and the way he presents it... I love him for the works HE HAS DONE AND THE LEGENDARY REMARKS THAT THEY ARE AND no one CAN REPLACE IT...!

A young gifted and talented director. One of the greatest upcoming geniuses, who will change the modern motion pictures future.

I've heard he was originally going to be the director of star wars episode 6 return of the Jedi, but he refused because he stated that Lucas should direct the film himself as the movie would reflect his own vision, not lynch's take on it.

One of the best modern filmmakers. His films are remarkable to look at and very remarkable.

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26Wes Craven

He is the director of lots of slasher and horror movies. the only movie directed by him that is not a horror movie is music of the heart starring Meryl Streep

Nightmare On Elm Street. Hello? Now what movie was better than that?

27Walt Disney
28David Lean

Every film he made came from a book which was considered impossible to adapt and he didn't just successfully do it, but ended up turning them into the greatest movies of all time. People not voting for him would either have a bad taste or don't know a thing about him, that's it. Plain and simple

2 of his films are in my top 15: Lawrence of Arabia (the greatest epic ever made) and The Bridge on The River Kwai (which arguably has the greatest ending of any film). His filmography is epic in every sense of the word.

For one man, to have directed so many classics (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, A Passage to India, Brief Encounter, Hobson's Choice, Blithe Spirit, Ryan's Daughter, etc.) is almost unbelievable. Not to mention, all the others, he'd worked on as an editor.

29Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson is a strange cookie. His films always involve strange camera maneuvers, eccentric colour choices, made-up worlds and symmetrical shots with such perfectionism that you leave the cinema wondering if he's borderline autistic. His films are full of hilarious but subtle humour and are always a pleasure to watch. He gets my vote for being brave and bold enough to create his own cinema style and not just conform to the usual Hollywood rubbish. He's indeed a very intelligent man and his films will always be Jewels.

Wes' style is very niche, and the problem with this format is that no one can give their number 2, 3, etc. If they could, Wes would be way higher on this list. Unfortunately, he isn't anybody's favorite director. Just showing him some love, as he definitely deserves it.

I just love this man's films LOVE. His writing and the depth of his characters and attention to detail make him one of a kind.

30Henry Selick

Number one for technology at the time and screenplay.

31Mani Ratnam

He can narrate any complicated story with ease and beautiful frames and wonderful technical aesthetics.

Just copied from others movie and showcased big budget movie - gdchetan

He is the best director all the time than any other Indian director

Creative director Tamil industry

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32Clint EastwoodClinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and political figure.

An expert, so real. This is why he is the best, because his view of the world is real, its true. Its because he's a conservative. You see, liberals don't get it. Look at the Newsroom by Aaron Sorkin, it's a pretty (if not smug and sanctimonious) view of how the would SHOULD be. But Eastwood produces films which depict how the world IS: dark, dirty, vicious, cruel, but also nuanced, subtle, and capable of redemption.

flags of ou fathers and letters from iwo jima! WOO - doodie-dude25

Everything he makes is perfection. A truly talented man.

Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven & more

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33Terry Gilliam

From 'Time Bandits' to 'Brazil' to 'Baron Munchausen', 'The Fisher King', '12 Monkeys' to 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' and 'The Brothers Grimm', he created intelligent, visually stunning, inspiring and creative masterpieces. Shame, he never finished 'The Man who killed Don Quixote' this story would have been perfect for him.

34Kenji Mizoguchi
35Kasinathuni Viswanath

A legendary director who took telugu film and culture on to a global level. One of the best directors known for the classical touch in his films.

A great classical cinema director in Telugu and Tamil film industry!

Why are there no girls on the list?

36Mikhail Kalatozov
37S. Shankar

He is the best director the film Industry has seen... His thoughts his imagination has no ends... His thoughts through social awareness is awesome... Hats off to him... I bow my head to him...

Top director in India... Can expect a lot from him..

Creative, message oriented, huge budget (Indian standard) are his cup of tea! A great master mind in film making.

Enthiran is Tamil first robotic film

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38Federico Fellini
39Darren Aronofsky

Watch Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, and Black Swan, and honestly tell me Aronofsky is not a top 10 director! His thought-provoking, brilliantly-shot masterpieces are complemented by some of the greatest scores by the underrated Clint Mansell. Although a young director now, expect him to be listed in the ranks of Scorsese and Tarantino as his repertoire grows.

40S. S. Rajamouli

He has the most creative director in Telugu film industry. He can make any genre of films, the subject has to solid not star cast, that is what he believes in..

Rajamouli has the mind full of innovations n perfect screenplay which the movie viewer wanted to with great dedication n perfect planning the movies will n finalised by him.

One of best director the world ever seen. He doesn't know the word failure in his career. His movies are simply awesome they cannot express.

The perfectionist, gives his best for the movies, even the small things n all his movies are unique.

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