Greatest Film Directors of All Time

The Contenders: Page 2

21 Ingmar Bergman

I'm crying legit tears because of how hilariously ridiculous this list is. Steven Spielberg, Chirstopher Nolan and Tim Burton are the ultimate 'I don't know a single thing about film' picks. Anyone who thinks they are even close to being one of the greatest film directors has definitely never been outside the Hollywood bubble. They make easy, mainstream movies disguised as thought-provoking films and, judging by this list, they do a pretty good job at fooling the masses.
Call me pretentious, arrogant, bitter I don't care. It still doesn't erase the fact that you are probably one of those who doesn't watch foreign films because you don't like reading the subtitles.
I'd tell you people to watch the works of the master, so you can understand what art is. But I now realise you are too weak for Bergman. It's best if you just watch the godawful thing that is Interstellar and go on Facebook saying how is the best thing you've ever watched. I'll be here having a great laugh.

People who like mind-benders and/or thought provoking films would love the filmography of Ingmar Bergman. He is one of my top 5 favorite directors. His films are beautiful to look at and the films really get under your skin with deep philosophical and psychological themes.
Essential Bergman: The Seventh Seal, Persona (one of the most influential films of all time), Wild Strawberries, Cries and Whispers, Summer With Monika, Winter Light, The Virgin Spring, Through A Glass Darkly, Fanny and Alexander. Autumn Sonata.

Should be in the top 3. Amazing stories and besides that, he had a genius view in how photography and lightning should be in a movie. He really is a figure of excellence of the 7th art. Tortured existentialism at his best.

Obviously enough this list is made from US film goers. Bergman should be in top ten. Where is Federico Fellini?

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22 David Lean

Every film he made came from a book which was considered impossible to adapt and he didn't just successfully do it, but ended up turning them into the greatest movies of all time. People not voting for him would either have a bad taste or don't know a thing about him, that's it. Plain and simple

2 of his films are in my top 15: Lawrence of Arabia (the greatest epic ever made) and The Bridge on The River Kwai (which arguably has the greatest ending of any film). His filmography is epic in every sense of the word.

For one man, to have directed so many classics (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, A Passage to India, Brief Encounter, Hobson's Choice, Blithe Spirit, Ryan's Daughter, etc.) is almost unbelievable. Not to mention, all the others, he'd worked on as an editor.

23 David Fincher

This is so not the truth, david fincher is far better than peter jackson and mikhael... He's work in movies like zodiac and seven and many more movies... Would totally prove this wrong... He should at least be the tenth... He deserves it... I love fincher for the way he makes the movie, and the way he presents it... I love him for the works HE HAS DONE AND THE LEGENDARY REMARKS THAT THEY ARE AND no one CAN REPLACE IT...!

A young gifted and talented director. One of the greatest upcoming geniuses, who will change the modern motion pictures future.

He isn't even my favorite director, he's my 4th favorite, but still, he shouldn't be that low. He's much better than George Lucas, ridley scott, james cameron, tim burton and whoever these Indian directors are. Fight Club might be my favorite movie of all time, se7en is one of my favorites, Zodiac, Gone Girl and The Social Network are all masterpieces and Alien 3 is underrated.

Christopher Nolan is only above him because his movies are more popular. Fincher should at least be 2nd to Spielberg.

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24 Sergio Leone

I personally think Kubrick should be number one, but Leone should be ten spots up at the very least. His films have been extremely influential and many consider his movies to be some of the greatest ever made. Raise him up, please. Give the Spaghetti man his respect.

Good bad ugly - best movie ever. Once upon a time in West - best Western ever. Once upon a time in America one of the best gangster movies ever. For a few dollars more - best spaghetti western ever. A fistful of dollars - creator of spaghetti western genre

A genius. He only did one bad film. Most the directors ranked above him can't make that claim. It's such a shame he died when he did. Two days before signing the contract to direct his WWII epic. One of cinema's greatest losses.

number 1

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25 Federico Fellini

A flash of geniality in the european sky! - Ribaldo67

How the hell is he so low - NickFellini

26 Andrey Tarkovskiy

Films wouldn't be the same without tarkovsky, the style, the cinematography, the message in his films are way ahead than others directors. Spielberg, cameron, scott, lucas, etc are just candy sellers, Tarkovsky is art.
I understand why there is people who don't like him, but you can't say that he is not one of the most important film maker in history.

Tarkovsky is one of the ten samurais of the world cinema. He is probably the greatest discoverer of reality through the prism of mix of intuition, intellect and vision.

The greatest film maker ever.. The man who showed the world the purpose of cinema as an art form..

Number 1 Director of all time because other directors are just movie sellers for money but Tarkovsky is an Art.

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27 Henry Selick

Number one for technology at the time and screenplay.

28 Wes Craven

He is the director of lots of slasher and horror movies. the only movie directed by him that is not a horror movie is music of the heart starring Meryl Streep

Nightmare On Elm Street. Hello? Now what movie was better than that?

29 Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro's filmography is varied and each one of his projects is exciting in their own way. Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone prove that he is a master of mixing the fantastical with the dramatic, balancing childlike wonder with paranoia and challenging situations; they delve deep into the emotional core of mythology and fairy tales with their haunting beauty and eerie performances and on the side, they possess an incredible understanding of the tragedies often faced by real children and how they react to them. As for his blockbuster ventures like Hellboy and Pacific Rim, they're just proof that he can still embrace his inner child and just have fun; in doing so, he always creates interesting universes filled by hyper-kenetic action and a great sense of humour. Only Stephen Spielberg has proven as articulate in balancing his starker films with such joyful and exciting projects. I always look for projects with del Toro's name on them and I always get excited for more ...more

He ll one day will become the no film director of all time... One thing which aids this statement is uncompromising and rigid vision

30 Walt Disney Walt Disney Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. V 1 Comment
31 Terry Gilliam

Superb films from a brilliant mind. Thank you terry old chap.

From 'Time Bandits' to 'Brazil' to 'Baron Munchausen', 'The Fisher King', '12 Monkeys' to 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' and 'The Brothers Grimm', he created intelligent, visually stunning, inspiring and creative masterpieces. Shame, he never finished 'The Man who killed Don Quixote' this story would have been perfect for him.

32 Orson Welles Orson Welles George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film.

He should be top 5 at least. his first film Citizen Kane is considered the greatest movie of all time and was made in 1941. He also directed The Third Man which is also a wonderful film.

It's depressing that this genius is only number 96. At least Kubrick is deservedly very high.

Citizen Kane. That is all. - ILegitMakeLists

Top seven greatest: 1.orson welles
2.Hitchcock
3.Kubrick
4. Scorsese
5.Spielberg
6.Tarantino
7.Nolan

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33 Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist.

Everything about the way this man portrays his art is awe inspiring his obscure but interesting choice of camera angles his deep and simplistic philosophical themes all the way down to his storytelling which does not adhere to the common plot structure even his animation alone should win him the number 1 spot on this list he does not need special effects nor does he need a big budget just a piece of paper a pencil and the sheer magnitude of his imagination

What a great animator! His Ghibli films are all top-notch and bring out the inner kid in everyone. Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind... Even if you don't like foreign films, his animations are worth seeing!

34 Mani Ratnam

one of finest indian director -

He can narrate any complicated story with ease and beautiful frames and wonderful technical aesthetics.

Just copied from others movie and showcased big budget movie - gdchetan

He is on of the best directer in the world

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35 Satyajit Ray

Mr Ray at no 19 and Mr Spielberg at number 1, even better from Kurosawa. really funny. how the greatest cinematic genius is disrespected by this kind of ranking. Mr spielberg took the complete script of E T... from Ray's story The Alien which he had written to make a film with Colombia Pictures. please don't make this kind of ranking..

33? Christ, how the hell is Ray so low? He IS the greatest Indian director of all time and one of the greats of film in general. Spielberg made a few decent films, but in the end is just an overrated prick who hasn't made a really good movie in 20 years. Mr Ray's films are so much more inventive in the most subtle possible way. No director I know of can portray human emotions as subtly as Ray could. He was a true gem, a gift to cinema. And to see him this low on the list, below so many other directors is just... sad.

Greatest Indian movie maker, one of the best in the World, with very little technical help at his disposal made unbelievably great movies. He should be within the 5 best movie makers of all time in the world

The greatest filmmaker from India and one of the best in the world. His films, whether Apu trilogy or his other movies are no less than unique cinematic experience. He has been one of the pioneers of modern new wave cinema in India. He is an institution and source ocf inspiration for generations of filmmakers.

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36 Mel Gibson Mel Gibson

Braveheart (won best director in the academy awards), Apocalypto, Passion of the Christ - Bman23

37 Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson is a strange cookie. His films always involve strange camera maneuvers, eccentric colour choices, made-up worlds and symmetrical shots with such perfectionism that you leave the cinema wondering if he's borderline autistic. His films are full of hilarious but subtle humour and are always a pleasure to watch. He gets my vote for being brave and bold enough to create his own cinema style and not just conform to the usual Hollywood rubbish. He's indeed a very intelligent man and his films will always be Jewels.

Wes' style is very niche, and the problem with this format is that no one can give their number 2, 3, etc. If they could, Wes would be way higher on this list. Unfortunately, he isn't anybody's favorite director. Just showing him some love, as he definitely deserves it.

He's way better than that fool Tim Burton. His movies are so smart and well written. He is definitely one of the best contemporary directors.

True story -(note :by that time I have seen three other Anderson films)Switches on t v...sees a random movie...2 min into the film -Hey this is a Anderson film.(the film was moonlight kingdom)

In a matter of minutes you can distinguish between a normal film and a Anderson film! its that unique.Featuring awesome and quirky story telling,miniature sets and more symmetrical shorts you'll ever see in a movie! - Toucan

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38 Chris Columbus

I mean who hates Harry. I think chris 8

39 Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and political figure.

An expert, so real. This is why he is the best, because his view of the world is real, its true. Its because he's a conservative. You see, liberals don't get it. Look at the Newsroom by Aaron Sorkin, it's a pretty (if not smug and sanctimonious) view of how the would SHOULD be. But Eastwood produces films which depict how the world IS: dark, dirty, vicious, cruel, but also nuanced, subtle, and capable of redemption.

Everything he makes is perfection. A truly talented man.

flags of ou fathers and letters from iwo jima! WOO - doodie-dude25

Both a good actor and director. - zxm

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40 Paul Thomas Anderson

33 shocking. This man boasts an impeccable and awesomely eclectic track record. From the exuberance of Boogie sweep to the Broad sweeping drama of There will be blood. This man is a genius and he always collaborates with the best actors and draws the very best out of them. For me the best living director.

One of the best directors making movies now. Every movie is a classic. From Hard Eight to Inherent Vice, its amazing to see how he has evolved

There Will Be Blood and Boogie Nights are masterpieces. A modern day Kubrick.

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