Greatest Film Directors of All Time

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161John Schlesinger
162Eric Rohmer
163Ken Loach
164Adrian Lyne
165Paul Verhoeven
166Karel Reisz
167Lindsay Anderson
168Rainer Werner Fassbinder
169Julian Schnabel
170James L. BrooksV1 Comment
171Luc Besson

The Professional? The Fifth Element? Nikita? The Big Blue? These are just examples...

The Professional? Nikita? The Fifth Element? The big blue?

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172Elia Kazan

Not having this man on the list yet shows a total ignorance of the history of American Film. Streetcar Named Desire, On The Waterfront, Gentlemen's Agreement, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn - ever heard of these movies? Most film historians and modern directors would place him squarely in the top 5.

To the visitor - I think you may need to consider the age group and focus of the majority of active users here. Participants determine ranks on these lists. They're knowledge generally doesn't include art from that era, exception being some music. - Billyv

173Kathryn Bigelow
174Lina Wertmuller

She started as Fellini's assistant and directed herself great movies like 'Love & Anarchy', a brilliant Italian 'black comedy'.

175Jane Campion
176Jerry Schatzberg
177William Wyler

How can William Wyler be forgotten.
Movies such as Ben Hur, The little foxes surely cannot be underrated.

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178Roger Corman
179Paolo Sorrentino
180Guy Ritchie

Best British director of our time. One of the best directors of noir-action-crime films in that there are no others like them. Truly original and a brilliant rejection of Hollywood conventions.

Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Revolver, RocknRolla and Sherlock Holmes and its sequel

the guy is a legend

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