Greatest Film Directors of All Time

The Contenders: Page 5

81 Wolfgang Petersen
82 Pier Paolo Pasolini
83 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

84 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!

85 Sam Mendes
86 Stanley Kramer
87 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.

88 Sidney Lumet
89 William Friedkin

#57 Really?
The French Connection and The Exorcist alone put him in the Top 10

90 David Yates

#83. He directed Harry Potter, the best movie ever. Those who were kids during the series can't stop talking about it. - Greatness_Forever

Harry Potter 5,6,7, and 8! Come on!

91 Frank Darabont

His only great installment is also the biggest masterpiece of all time. He might not have made more than 2 really great movies, and one of them is today the best rated movie of all time: "The Shawshank Redemption" - the movie which is on the top on Imdb.com with 1.6 millions votes and a rating of 9.3/10 - that's an extremely high rating! Imdb.com is also the biggest rating site with most users that exists, so you can with certainty say that "The Shawshank Redemption" is the best movie ever!

92 John Woo V 1 Comment
93 Werner Herzog

Mind expanding stuff.Engaging to say the least.

All his collaborations with actor Klaus Kinski (Nosferatu, Fitzcarraldo, Aquirre, the Wrath of God, Cobra Verde and Woyzeck) are incredible works of finest cinema.

94 J.J. Abrams J.J. Abrams

How is Abrams not higher on this list? He did Cloverfield, Mission Impossible 3, the first two excellent Star Trek reboots, and last but most certainly not least STAR WARS EPISODE 7.

Star Wars.

95 Tommy Wiseau Tommy Wiseau Tommy Wiseau is a director, screenwriter, producer, and actor based in the United States . He is best known for The Room, which has been described by many critics as "one of the worst movies ever made" and has gained cult film status .

Best director ever, and he is an amazing actor

He's,my favrit

96 Terrence Malick

HOW DID YOU NOT HAVE THE GREAT MALICK ON THE LIST yet that hack Burton is at #9

The tree of life says it all...

97 Renny Harlin
98 Alan Parker

Maybe not as consistent with his movies like the Coen-Brothers, Burton, Tarantino or even Hitchcock ('Bugsy Malone' is one of the worst movies ever (in my opinion) and 'Evita' is pretty awful too), but 'The Wall', 'Midnight Express', 'Angel Heart', 'Birdy' and even 'Fame' are some of the greatest films ever.

99 Guy Ritchie

Best British director of our time. One of the best directors of noir-action-crime films in that there are no others like them. Truly original and a brilliant rejection of Hollywood conventions.

Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Revolver, RocknRolla and Sherlock Holmes and its sequel

the guy is a legend

100 Cecil B Demille
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