100 Great Directors

Honourable Mentions

  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Zhang Ke Jia
  • Jean Vigo
  • Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Mira Nair
  • Claude Lelouch
  • Patrice Leconte
  • John Cocteau
  • Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Oliver Assayas
  • Takeshi Kitano
  • Noah Baumbach
  • Shohei Immaura
  • Gasper Noe
  • Walter Salles
  • Aleksandr Sokurov
  • Tsai Ming-Liang
  • Jason Reitman
  • Errol Morris
  • Terence Davies
  • Nicholas Roeg
  • Rob Reiner
  • Delbert Mann
  • David O Russell
  • Alexander Payne
  • Barry Levinson
  • Charles Laughton
  • James Ivory
  • Milos Forman
  • William Friedkin
  • Blake Edwards
  • Michael Winterbottom
  • Stephen Frears
  • George Clooney
  • Michael Cimino
  • Sofia Coppola
  • Robert Wise
  • Sir Richard Attenborough
  • Jane Campion
  • John Boorman
  • Kathryn Bigelow
  • John Badham
  • Robert Aldrich
  • Fred Zinnemann
  • Micheal Apted
  • Adoor Gopalakrishnan
  • Peter Weir
  • Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  • Agnes Varda
  • Nikita Mikhalkov
  • Gillo Pontecorvo
  • Zhang Yimou
  • Kaige Chan
  • Matteo Garrone
  • Stan Brakhage
  • Maya Deren
  • Lina Wertmuller
  • Emir Kusturica
  • Mahendran J
  • Sam Wood
  • George Cukor Nicholas Ray
  • S Max Ophuls
  • Leo McCarey
  • Michael Mann
  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Brian De Palma
  • Terry Gilliam
  • Lynne Ramsay
  • Paulo Pier Pasolini
  • Balachander Kailasam
  • Jonathan Demme
  • Otto Preminger
  • Don Siegel
  • Frédéric Back

Notable Mentions

  • Guillermo Del Toro
  • Hsiao-hsien Hou
  • Alfonso Cuaron
  • Edward Yang
  • Apichatpong Weesarathakul
  • Victor Sjostrom
  • Pavel Pawlikowski
  • Samira Makhmalbaf
  • Takeshi Miike
  • Todd Haynes
  • Lukas Moodyson
  • Jacques Tourneur
  • James Whale
  • Gore Verbinski
  • W.S. Van Dyke
  • Gus Van Sant
  • John Sturges
  • Harold Ramis
  • George Romero
  • Franklin J. Schaffner
  • Sam Raimi
  • Robert Rodrigues
  • Robert Rossen
  • Carol Reed
  • Russ Meyer
  • Frank Oz
  • Mervyn Leroy
  • Norman Jewison
  • John Frankenheimera
  • Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly
  • John Carpenter
  • Richard Brooks
  • Alejandro Amenabar
  • John Lasseter
  • William. A. Wellman
  • Raoul Walsh
  • Josef von Sternberg
  • Vishal Bharatwaj
  • Girish Kasaravalli
  • Eric von Stroheim
  • Bimol Roy
  • King Vidor
  • Preston Sturges
  • Oliver Stone
  • John Schlesinger
  • Sydney Pollack
  • Arthur Penn
  • Spike Jonze
  • Victor Fleming
  • Ron Howard
  • Stanley Kramer
  • Spike Lee
  • George Lucas
  • Rouben Mamoulian
  • Aleksandr Petrov
Honourable Mentions are films/directors who are good enough to make it to the top list, but just lost it Notable Mentions are films/directors who do not have a chance to make it to the top list, but are good films/directors

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