Greatest Film Directors of All Time

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61John McTiernan
62John Carpenter

Seriously this guy's movies are original and not duplicates of other flicks, Escape from NY (created Snake Plissken whose similarity is copied by protagonists in duke nukem, action man, metal gear and hoss del gado in Billy n Mandy), The Thing, Prince of darkness, StarMan, Vampires (which inspired van helsing), Ghosts of mars. And has also directed video games such as Fear 3, Dead Space, plus he is the cinematic director for God Of War 4 (2012)

His early works like 'Dark Star', 'Assault on Precinct 13', 'Eyes of Laura Mars', 'Halloween', 'Escape from New York' and 'Big Trouble in Little China' have all stood the test of time and remain great movies. Sadly, later films have mainly disappointed.

He's also a great composer, composing most of the music for his films (especially composing the Halloween theme song). he even has his own band called the Coupe De Viles.

63Orson WellesGeorge Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film.

He should be top 5 at least. his first film Citizen Kane is considered the greatest movie of all time and was made in 1941. He also directed The Third Man which is also a wonderful film.

It's depressing that this genius is only number 96. At least Kubrick is deservedly very high.

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64Danny Boyle

Slumdog Millionaire, Millions, 127 Hours, Trainspotting. Hands down the greatest director of the last 3 decades. - tuckrayl

Unconventional may be the best word to describe him.
A way of directing in which you can expect the unexpected, plus a brilliant way of storytelling, Boyle makes films that get into your brain, and they won't get of it in a long long time
With his portrait of claustrophoby; comedy; and subtle, not dramatic, sentimentalism, Boyle has become one of the greatest of our generations, and a really underrated one along with Paul Thomas, Wes Anderson
127 Hours, Trainspotting, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, and 28 Days Later are among his best films

65Ang Lee

One of the all time great directors hands down.

One of the best directors in the world. The level of his diversity is on the level of Kubrick. All of his films have such beauty and sensitivity.

His most well known films include brokeback mountain, hulk, life of pi, and crouching tiger hidden dragon.

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66Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Great Actor, Versatile Director

Going of to the Indian DVD store.

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67Ken Annakin
68Masaki Kobayashi
69Wolfgang Petersen
70Pier Paolo Pasolini
71Mel Gibson

Braveheart (won best director in the academy awards), Apocalypto, Passion of the Christ - Bman23

72Billy Wilder

The indisputable 'King of Comedy'. 'Some like it hot', 'The apartment', One, Two, Three', 'The Fortune Cookie',etc.. And his dramas like 'Sunset Boulevard', Double Indemnity', 'the Lost weekend, 'Stalag 17', 'Ace in the Hole', etc are just as brilliant. Top 20-Director!

I love all of his movies. He was a real master of combining light comedy and emotional themes (see The Apartment for perfection at this. ) When you look at the quality of his movie catalog it is really staggering. - chambon

Billy wilder was a true master he didn't make pretentious crap that tried to be some thing they weren't. He made down to earth films with grace and modesty

Should be in the top ten he's is a great writer director with a comedy like some like it hot and a drama like sunset boulevard he is the best

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73Michelangelo Antonioni

There are only three Film Directors: Antonioni, Bergman, Fellini. All others are just film directors.

74Zack Snyder

Awesome director, different and a class apart vision too... Man of steel is a movie which will appeal future progeny

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75Sam Mendes
76Puri Jaganath

Very creative. Director all his movies dedicated for new generation his thinking style is difference... I enjoyed every movie of his direction

Fastest film maker, characterizations are very strong. dialogs are contemporary!

Very open minded dialogues in his movies. Always thinks positive.

77Sidney Lumet
78William Friedkin

#57 Really?
The French Connection and The Exorcist alone put him in the Top 10

79Edgar Wright

Comedies are so bland. Wright makes jokes out of the simplest things. It's amazing what he can do with film

80Douglas Sirk
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