The Comprehensive Directors' List (of whom I've seen)

Ranked by average rating. Favorite film chosen to represent each director. Open each note to see the average rating (out of 5, to three decimals), the number of films seen, a link to my film list for each director, and my favorite three works by that filmmaker.

I watch a lot of movies, but you'd be surprised perhaps by what I haven't seen.

Therefore, this list is incomplete and will always be incomplete. You'll search through immediately without even reading this description and wonder where your favorite director is and why he/she isn't higher. There are lots of reasons for that:
1) I watch hundreds of documentaries more than most people you know, and that skews the rankings. Those mostly-unheralded…

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  • Modern Times

    1

  • M

    2

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    3

  • Wings of Desire

    4

  • Harakiri

    5

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    6

  • Stalker

    7

  • Citizen Kane

    8

  • Woman in the Dunes

    9

  • Pather Panchali

    10

  • Three Colors: Red

    11

  • 8½

    12

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    13

  • 12 Angry Men

    14

  • Roma

    15

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    16

  • Whiplash

    17

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    18

  • Shame

    19

  • High and Low

    20

  • Sunset Boulevard

    21

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    22

  • Magnolia

    23

  • The Big Sleep

    24

  • A Separation

    25

  • On the Waterfront

    26

  • Being John Malkovich

    27

  • The Dark Knight

    28

  • Brief Encounter

    29

  • La Jetée

    30

  • Jackie Brown

    31

  • The Fog of War

    32

  • The Wrestler

    33

  • It Happened One Night

    34

  • The Lobster

    35

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    36

  • A Night at the Opera

    37

  • Fight Club

    38

  • Mr. Turner

    39

  • Take Shelter

    40

  • The Tree of Life

    41

  • Hoop Dreams

    42

  • The Truman Show

    43

  • Arrival

    44

  • The Godfather

    45

  • Brazil

    46

  • Chinatown

    47

  • Salesman

    48

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    49

  • Amores Perros

    50

  • Eastern Promises

    51

  • In Jackson Heights

    52

  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    53

  • Spotlight

    54

  • Lost in Translation

    55

  • The Case Against 8

    56

  • Fruitvale Station

    57

  • WALL·E

    58

  • As Good as It Gets

    59

  • Merchants of Doubt

    60

  • Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    61

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    62

  • A League of Their Own

    63

  • Raging Bull

    64

  • No Country for Old Men

    65

  • Mulholland Drive

    66

  • Heat

    67

  • The Maltese Falcon

    68

  • Talk to Her

    69

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    70

  • June 17th, 1994

    71

  • Hot Fuzz

    72

  • Grizzly Man

    73

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    74

  • Young Frankenstein

    75

  • Man on Wire

    76

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    77

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    78

  • The Fighter

    79

  • 28 Up

    80

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    81

  • Steve Jobs

    82

  • John Wick

    83

  • Disobedience

    84

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    85

  • The Shape of Water

    86

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    87

  • Trapped

    88

  • My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

    89

  • Che: Part Two

    90

  • The Civil War

    91

  • The Searchers

    92

  • Good Night, and Good Luck.

    93

  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    94

  • The King

    95

  • In the Heat of the Night

    96

  • Carol

    97

  • Schindler's List

    98

  • This Is Spinal Tap

    99

  • Planet Earth II

    100