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, First Man - 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 Newcomers

? Robert Zemeckis Robert Zemeckis

The Contenders

11 Taika Waititi

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

12 Alejandro González Iñárritu
13 Wes Anderson
14 Paul Thomas Anderson
15 Patty Jenkins
16 Kenneth Lonergan
17 Mike Mills
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
21 Gareth Edwards
22 David O. Russell

The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Accidental Love, Joy - Y2K

23 Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg is an American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era, as well as being viewed as one of the most popular directors and producers in film history.
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