Best Film Directors of the 2010s

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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, ...read more.

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

6 Damien Chazelle

Whiplash, La La Land, First Man - Y2K

7 Sean Baker

Starlet, Tangerine, The Florida Project - Y2K

8 Ryan Coogler

Fruitvale Station, Creed, Black Panther - Y2K

9 Nicolas Winding Refn

Drive, Only God Forgives, The Neon Demon - Y2K

10 Taika Waititi

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

The Contenders

11 J.J. Abrams J.J. Abrams

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

12 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.

The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse, Lincoln, Bridge of Spies, The BFG, The Post, Ready Player One - Y2K

13 Alex Garland

Dredd (unofficial), Ex Machina, Annihilation - Y2K

14 Alejandro González Iñárritu
15 Wes Anderson
16 Paul Thomas Anderson
17 Patty Jenkins
18 Kenneth Lonergan
19 Mike Mills
20 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 ...read more.

Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Y2K

21 Rian Johnson

Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Y2K

22 Edgar Wright

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World's End, Baby Driver - Y2K

23 Gareth Edwards

Monster, Godzilla, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Y2K

24 David O. Russell

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

25 Robert Zemeckis Robert Zemeckis

Flight, The Walk, Allied, Welcome to Marwen - Y2K

26 Luca Guadagnino

A Bigger Splash, Call Me By Your Name, Suspiria - Y2K

27 Andrew Haigh

Weekend, 45 Years, Looking, Lean on Pete - Y2K

28 Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wonder - Y2K

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