Best Film Directors of the 2010s


The Top Ten

1 Denis Villeneuve Denis Villeneuve

Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049 - Y2K

2 Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan Christopher Edward Nolan is an English film director, producer, and screenwriter who holds both British and American citizenship. He is one of the highest-grossing directors in history, and among the most successful and acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century.

Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, Dunkirk - Y2K

3 David Fincher

The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl - Y2K

4 Jeff Nichols

Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special, Loving - Y2K

5 Martin Scorsese Martin Scorsese Martin Charles Scorsese is an American director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and film historian, whose career spans more than 53 years. He is best known for directing films such as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, After Hours, The Last Temptation of Christ, more.

Shutter Island, Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street, Silence - Y2K

6 Damien Chazelle

Whiplash, La La Land - Y2K

7 Ryan Coogler

Fruitvale Station, Creed, Black Panther - Y2K

8 Sean Baker

Starlet, Tangerine, The Florida Project - Y2K

9 Nicolas Winding Refn

Drive, Only God Forgives, The Neon Demon - Y2K

10 J.J. Abrams J.J. Abrams

Super 8, Stark Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Y2K

The Contenders

11 Alejandro González Iñárritu
12 Wes Anderson
13 Paul Thomas Anderson
14 Patty Jenkins
15 Kenneth Lonergan
16 Mike Mills
17 Taika Waititi

Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok - Y2K

18 Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, writer, and actor. His films are characterized by nonlinear story lines, satirical subject matter, an anesthetization of violence, extended scenes of dialogue, ensemble casts consisting of established and lesser-known performers, references to popular more.
19 Rian Johnson
20 Edgar Wright
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