Best Film Directors of the 2010s

The Top Ten

1 Denis Villeneuve

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

2 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.

Should be first.

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

3 Damien Chazelle

This man is truly something special. - iliekpiez

Whiplash, La La Land, First Man - Y2K

4 David Fincher David Andrew Leo Fincher is an American film director, film producer, television director, television producer, and music video director.

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

5 Jeff Nichols

Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special, Loving - Y2K

6 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

7 Taika Waititi

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

8 Sean Baker

Starlet, Tangerine, The Florida Project - Y2K

9 Edgar Wright

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

10 Ryan Coogler

Fruitvale Station, Creed, Black Panther - Y2K

The Contenders

11 J.J. Abrams

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

12 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 Paul Thomas Anderson

The Master, Inherent Vice, Phantom Thread

14 Russo Brothers
15 Alejandro González Iñárritu
16 Wes Anderson Wesley Wales Anderson is an American filmmaker. His films are known for their distinctive visual and narrative styles.
17 Nicolas Winding Refn

Drive, Only God Forgives, The Neon Demon - Y2K

18 Patty Jenkins
19 Rian Johnson

Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Knives Out - Y2K

20 Alex Garland

Dredd (unofficial), Ex Machina, Annihilation - Y2K

21 Dee Rees

Pariah, Bessie, Mudbound - Y2K

22 Hirokazu Kore-eda

I Wish, Like Father Like Son, Our Little Sister, Ishibumi, After The Storm, The Third Murder, Shoplifters, The Truth - Y2K

23 Dexter Fletcher

Eddie the Eagle, Wild Bill, Sunshine on Leith

24 Kenneth Lonergan
25 Mike Mills
26 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

27 Gareth Edwards

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

28 David O. Russell

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

29 Robert Zemeckis Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American director, film producer and screenwriter frequently credited as an innovator in visual effects.

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

30 Luca Guadagnino

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

31 Andrew Haigh

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

32 Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wonder - Y2K

33 Steve McQueen

Shame, 12 Years A Slave, Widows - Y2K

34 Deep Rees
35 Tim Burton Timothy Walter Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, Gothic, eccentric, and quirky fantasy films such as Beetle-juice (1988), Edward Scissor-hands (1990), the animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), the biographical film ...read more.

Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Big Eyes, Frankenweenie, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

36 Joss Whedon

Marvel's The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron

37 Kenneth Branagh

Cinderella, Thor, Murder on the Orient Express

38 Coen Brothers
39 Gary Ross
40 James Bobin

The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, Alice Through the Looking Glass

41 Jordan Peele

Get Out, Us - Y2K

42 Benny Safdie
43 Robert Eggers
44 Bong Joon-ho
45 Yorgos Lanthimos
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