Greatest Film Directors of All Time

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61 Ang Lee

One of the all time great directors hands down.

One of the best directors in the world. The level of his diversity is on the level of Kubrick. All of his films have such beauty and sensitivity.

His most well known films include brokeback mountain, hulk, life of pi, and crouching tiger hidden dragon.

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62 Kamal Haasan Kamal Haasan Kamal Haasan is an Indian film actor, screenwriter, director, producer, playback singer, choreographer, lyricist, philanthropist and dancer who works primarily in the Tamil film industry.

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

Keeping the Indian flag flying high all over the world for three decades is great achievement. He is the greatest living legend in India.

He's the great legend

The only one who has a flower and a districts name of karnataka in the world...

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63 Edward Yang
64 John McTiernan
65 Edgar Wright

Wright makes films for much more of a select audience then other directors, leading to less of a public reputation, but a deep love from his fans. Baby Driver might be the movie to broaden his popularity, but lets wait and see.

Comedies are so bland. Wright makes jokes out of the simplest things. It's amazing what he can do with film

66 Luchino Visconti
67 Danny Boyle

Slumdog Millionaire, Millions, 127 Hours, Trainspotting. Hands down the greatest director of the last 3 decades. - tuckrayl

Unconventional may be the best word to describe him.
A way of directing in which you can expect the unexpected, plus a brilliant way of storytelling, Boyle makes films that get into your brain, and they won't get of it in a long long time
With his portrait of claustrophoby; comedy; and subtle, not dramatic, sentimentalism, Boyle has become one of the greatest of our generations, and a really underrated one along with Paul Thomas, Wes Anderson
127 Hours, Trainspotting, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, and 28 Days Later are among his best films

68 John Ford

Made some of the greatest westerns stage coach my darling clementine and the searchers

69 Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Great Actor, Versatile Director

Going of to the Indian DVD store.

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70 Jean-Luc Godard
71 William Wyler

Wake up you lot! William Wyler should rank in the top 3.


His best known film is probably ben hur.

Check out all his award-winning movies...should be way higher on this list...perhaps younger people forgot this film genius.

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72 Carl Theodor Dreyer
73 Masaki Kobayashi
74 Wolfgang Petersen
75 Pier Paolo Pasolini
76 Douglas Sirk

Once you've seen his touching motion pictures such as "Imitation of Life", "All That Heaven Allows", "Written on the Wind" or "A Time to Love and a Time to Die" you will wonder how comes he is not regarded as one of the top directors of his time (mostly the 1950s), and how his movies are so widely forgotten despite their commercial success. Back then, Sirk dug deep into the issues of society, and he spread values that didn't lose any relevance - maybe slightly altered, but still. Sirk openly talked about topics that weren't talked about until ten years later in pictures such as "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner". But apart from their content, the movies of Sirk are simply beautifully shot. Whether the snowy landscapes of "All that Heaven Allows" or the autumn leaves in the storm in "Written on the Wind", his visuals are both stunning and full of symbolic meaning. - Martin_Canine

77 Zack Snyder Zack Snyder Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder is an American filmmaker, best known for his action and science fiction films.

Awesome director, different and a class apart vision too... Man of steel is a movie which will appeal future progeny

Excellent for actions movies!

78 Sam Mendes
79 Puri Jaganath

Very creative. Director all his movies dedicated for new generation his thinking style is difference... I enjoyed every movie of his direction

Fastest film maker, characterizations are very strong. dialogs are contemporary!

Very open minded dialogues in his movies. Always thinks positive.

80 Sidney Lumet
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