Directors' League: Most-Seen Directors, Ranked by Mean Score

This is a ranked list of all directors I have seen 5 or more feature films from, with my favorite film from each director shown as their representative title. The directors are ranked by average (mean) rating, based on the ratings I have given them (out of 10). The first tie-breaker is the total number of films seen, the second tie-breaker is the director with the single highest-scoring film, and the third tie-breaker is my personal preference. Documentaries and mini-series (where the director was committed to the entire project, not just an episode director) are included.

For experimental filmmakers (e.g. Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren), cartoonists (e.g. Chuck Jones, Tex Avery), early silent masters (e.g. Georges Méliès, Alice Guy-Blaché) and others…

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  • Bicycle Thieves

    1

  • The Human Condition

    2

  • The Double Life of Véronique

    3

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    4

  • Sunset Boulevard

    5

  • The Executioner

    6

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    7

  • Pather Panchali

    8

  • The 400 Blows

    9

  • Down by Law

    10

  • Au Revoir les Enfants

    11

  • In a Lonely Place

    12

  • Still Walking

    13

  • The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

    14

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    15

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    16

  • Tokyo Story

    17

  • Kes

    18

  • All About My Mother

    19

  • To Be or Not to Be

    20

  • My Night at Maud's

    21

  • The Player

    22

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    23

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    24

  • Ivan's Childhood

    25

  • The Red Shoes

    26

  • Small Axe

    27

  • Fireworks

    28

  • Letter from an Unknown Woman

    29

  • Frankenstein

    30

  • The Wild Bunch

    31

  • M

    32

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    33

  • Leningrad Cowboys Go America

    34

  • Sullivan's Travels

    35

  • 12 Angry Men

    36

  • The White Ribbon

    37

  • The Young and the Damned

    38

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    39

  • Seven Samurai

    40

  • City Lights

    41

  • Citizen Kane

    42

  • The Rules of the Game

    43

  • Wings of Desire

    44

  • 8½

    45

  • Rome, Open City

    46

  • Amadeus

    47

  • Red River

    48

  • Chungking Express

    49

  • Memories of Murder

    50

  • The Happiness of the Katakuris

    51

  • All About Eve

    52

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    53

  • Phantom Thread

    54

  • Rocco and His Brothers

    55

  • Rififi

    56

  • A Hidden Life

    57

  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    58

  • The Kid with a Bike

    59

  • The Wizard of Oz

    60

  • Rosetta

    61

  • Tokyo Drifter

    62

  • Naked Childhood

    63

  • The Magnificent Seven

    64

  • Being John Malkovich

    65

  • Shane

    66

  • The Maltese Falcon

    67

  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?

    68

  • Shaun of the Dead

    69

  • My Fair Lady

    70

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    71

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    72

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    73

  • Ordet

    74

  • In the Heat of the Night

    75

  • The Ox-Bow Incident

    76

  • Battleship Potemkin

    77

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    78

  • The Blue Angel

    79

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    80

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion

    81

  • How Green Was My Valley

    82

  • The Princess Bride

    83

  • Out of the Past

    84

  • The General

    85

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    86

  • Laura

    87

  • In Another Country

    88

  • Being There

    89

  • Casablanca

    90

  • On the Waterfront

    91

  • Gallipoli

    92

  • Singin' in the Rain

    93

  • Landscape in the Mist

    94

  • Dil Se..

    95

  • Police Story

    96

  • Y Tu Mamá También

    97

  • A Man Escaped

    98

  • Wendy and Lucy

    99

  • Aliens

    100