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Top 100 Directors

My favorite directors represented by my favorite film of theirs. The list was equal parts inspired by and stolen from Richard Trondsen. Like Richard, my criteria for the film is that I must have seen at least three films by each director.

My ranking of every director whose filmography I have completed can be found in the notes.

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  • Taxi Driver

    1

  • There Will Be Blood

    2

  • Raising Arizona

    3

  • Pulp Fiction

    4

  • The Thin Red Line

    5

  • True Romance

    6

  • The Wrestler

    7

  • Heat

    8

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    9

  • Drive

    10

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    11

  • Wild at Heart

    12

  • The Godfather

    13

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    14

  • Chungking Express

    15

  • The Shining

    16

  • The Prestige

    17

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    18

  • The Darjeeling Limited

    19

  • Mother

    20

  • Saving Private Ryan

    21

  • Blade Runner 2049

    22

  • Adaptation.

    23

  • Take Shelter

    24

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    25

  • The Fisher King

    26

  • Apocalypto

    27

  • Blade Runner

    28

  • Zodiac

    29

  • All the Real Girls

    30

  • The Apartment

    31

  • 25th Hour

    32

  • Sorcerer

    33

  • The Thing

    34

  • I Saw the Devil

    35

  • Breaking the Waves

    36

  • Léon: The Professional

    37

  • Children of Men

    38

  • Shame

    39

  • In the Name of the Father

    40

  • Trainspotting

    41

  • Blow Out

    42

  • A Prophet

    43

  • The Celebration

    44

  • Hard Boiled

    45

  • Eastern Promises

    46

  • Oldboy

    47

  • Before Sunset

    48

  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    49

  • Annie Hall

    50

  • The Fighter

    51

  • Out of Sight

    52

  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    53

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    54

  • Unforgiven

    55

  • Rear Window

    56

  • Road to Perdition

    57

  • Point Break

    58

  • The Wild Bunch

    59

  • Bringing Up Baby

    60

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    61

  • Under the Skin

    62

  • Brick

    63

  • Hanna

    64

  • The Proposition

    65

  • King Kong

    66

  • In Bruges

    67

  • The Commitments

    68

  • Beasts of No Nation

    69

  • The Revenant

    70

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    71

  • Three Colors: Red

    72

  • High and Low

    73

  • Riders of Justice

    74

  • The Princess Bride

    75

  • Die Hard

    76

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    77

  • Spider-Man 2

    78

  • Mistress America

    79

  • The Bourne Supremacy

    80

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    81

  • Dragged Across Concrete

    82

  • The Nice Guys

    83

  • Ad Astra

    84

  • Cold Mountain

    85

  • The Town

    86

  • Room

    87

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    88

  • A Most Violent Year

    89

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    90

  • ...And Justice for All

    91

  • Brokeback Mountain

    92

  • Oslo, August 31st

    93

  • Natural Born Killers

    94

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    95

  • Laurence Anyways

    96

  • Patton

    97

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    98

  • The Wailing

    99

  • Amour

    100