Best Modern Film Directors (1980-Present)


The Top Ten

1 Quentin Tarantino 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 more.
2 Joel and Ethan Coen
3 David Fincher
4 Wes Anderson
5 Richard Linklater
6 Tim Burton 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 more.
7 Christopher Nolan 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.
8 Paul Thomas Anderson
9 Peter Jackson Peter Jackson Sir Peter Robert Jackson is a New Zealand filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known as the director, writer and producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, both of which are adapted from the novels of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkein. He is also known for cult films like Bad more.
10 Rob Reiner Rob Reiner

The Contenders

11 George Miller

By 1980-present, I mean they have to have started no earlier than 1980. Therefore, despite being great directors, Martin Scorsese and George Miller are ineligible for this list. - BeatlesFan1964

12 Sam Raimi
13 Alejandro G. IƱarritu
14 Martin Scorsese 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, more.
15 Guillermo del Toro
16 Bernardo Bertolucci
17 Edgar Wright
18 Jean-Pierre Jeunet
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