Greatest Film Directors of All Time

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81 John Woo V 1 Comment
82 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!

83 Werner Herzog

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

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84 Terrence Malick

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

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85 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.

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86 Renny Harlin
87 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.

88 Rob Reiner Rob Reiner
89 Wim Wenders

'Paris, Texas' is an incredible movie. Amazing cinematography, excellent cast, emotional story and a brilliant soundtrack.

90 John Hughes John Hughes

Without him we couldn't have had the 1980's and the influence it spawned. He directed classics such as The Breakfast Club (my all time favorite), Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Home Alone 1 and 2 and Weird Science. He was also a great producer.

John Hughes and Chris Columbus both rock.

91 Lasse Hallström
92 Catherine Hardwicke
93 Sam Peckinpah

Sam Peckinpah was a real genius. Greatest maverick filmmaker of all time!

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94 Abbas Kiarostami

Personally watching his films have been a revelation.

Doctors killed him but he is alive in our memory

Simply one of the best Cinema has ever seen...

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95 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

96 Sanjay Leela Bhansali
97 Oliver Stone

Don't forget Platoon people...

98 Denis Villeneuve
99 Trivikram Srinivas

Wow! he's a director born for entertainment

He is one of the best directors in telugu

He is the best director in telugu because of his all films must be think and then understood films his films are very different for other films family sentiments recent movies like Attarintiki Daaredi,S/O Sathyamurthy like these movies are very thinking and then understanding films that's y am liking trivikram srinivas garu

100 John Huston

From his directorial debut, 'The Maltese Falcon' to dozens of total classics (Treasure of Sierra Madre, Key Largo, Asphalt Jungle, African Queen, Moby Dick, The Misfits, Night of the Iguana, The Mackintosh Man, The Man who would be King, Prizzi's Honour and his last, The Dead) he covered most genres, unfortunately, even musicals, with the terrible 'Annie' (one of very few mistakes). Also, a talented screenwriter, an incredible actor and father to Anjelica Huston, he had an impressive career of over 65 years.

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