The 100 Greatest Directors

This is my best attempt to rank the 100 greatest directors of all time.
Many factors were involved in the making of this list, but influence was the least significant of all. My goal was to rank the best directors fo all time solely based on the quality of their work. The filmography size, movie acclaim, creativity of the works and techniques, and directorial prowess were important variables in this ranking.
Also, I adopted a "quality over quantity" principle. Few masterpieces have more weight than many good films.
Directors names in notes.
Movie is the highest ranked from the director in my 1001 Greatest Films list.

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  • Vertigo

    1

  • Seven Samurai

    2

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    3

  • Fanny and Alexander

    4

  • Andrei Rublev

    5

  • The Searchers

    6

  • 8½

    7

  • GoodFellas

    8

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    9

  • Spirited Away

    10

  • Dekalog

    11

  • City Lights

    12

  • Schindler's List

    13

  • Breathless

    14

  • The Apartment

    15

  • Viridiana

    16

  • The Rules of the Game

    17

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    18

  • The Godfather

    19

  • Tokyo Story

    20

  • Citizen Kane

    21

  • The Tree of Life

    22

  • In the Mood for Love

    23

  • Mulholland Drive

    24

  • L'Avventura

    25

  • Rosemary's Baby

    26

  • Rio Bravo

    27

  • The Red Shoes

    28

  • Ugetsu

    29

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    30

  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    31

  • Rome, Open City

    32

  • A City of Sadness

    33

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    34

  • The Leopard

    35

  • Fargo

    36

  • The 400 Blows

    37

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    38

  • Paris, Texas

    39

  • There Will Be Blood

    40

  • Only Yesterday

    41

  • M

    42

  • Annie Hall

    43

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    44

  • Berlin Alexanderplatz

    45

  • Pather Panchali

    46

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    47

  • Satantango

    48

  • The General

    49

  • Battleship Potemkin

    50

  • Alien

    51

  • Caché

    52

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    53

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    54

  • To Be or Not to Be

    55

  • Breaking the Waves

    56

  • The Earrings of Madame de...

    57

  • Bicycle Thieves

    58

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    59

  • Tropical Malady

    60

  • Night of the Living Dead

    61

  • Aliens

    62

  • Nashville

    63

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    64

  • PlayTime

    65

  • All About My Mother

    66

  • The Gospel According to Matthew

    67

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    68

  • Le Samouraï

    69

  • The Green Ray

    70

  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

    71

  • The Thing

    72

  • Landscape in the Mist

    73

  • Pulp Fiction

    74

  • Duck Soup

    75

  • The Conformist

    76

  • Black God, White Devil

    77

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    78

  • Fantasia

    79

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    80

  • The Fly

    81

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    82

  • Gone with the Wind

    83

  • Out of the Past

    84

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    85

  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    86

  • Naked

    87

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    88

  • The Wild Bunch

    89

  • In a Lonely Place

    90

  • Unforgiven

    91

  • Evil Dead II

    92

  • Raise the Red Lantern

    93

  • Suspiria

    94

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    95

  • Fight Club

    96

  • On the Waterfront

    97

  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    98

  • The Exorcist

    99

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    100