Greatest film-makers of all times

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(Note: created in the 1980s, superficially updated in the 1990s and never truly updated in the 2000s)
  1. Welles
  2. Lang
  3. Hitchcock
  4. Bergman
  5. Chaplin
  6. Bunuel
  7. Kurosawa
  8. Polanski
  9. Wilder
  10. Angelopoulos
  11. Fellini
  12. Kubrick
  13. Kazan
  14. Altman
  15. Kusturica
  16. Tarkovskij
  17. Von Trier
  18. Antonioni
  19. Tarr
  20. Stroheim
  21. Hawks
  22. Sternberg
  23. Peckinpah
  24. Sjostrom
  25. Huston
  26. Ford
  27. Marx
  28. Coppola
  29. Scorsese
  30. Eisenstein
  31. Edwards
  32. Capra
  33. Kieslowski
  34. Aldrich
  35. Lynch
  36. Griffith
  37. Greenaway
  38. Siegel
  39. Truffaut
  40. Wenders
  41. De Oliveira
  42. Dovzenko
  43. Spielberg
  44. Kiarostami
  45. Lucas
  46. Lubitsch
  47. Leone
  48. Murnau
  49. Renoir
  50. Boorman
  51. Bertolucci
  52. Dreyer
  53. Mizoguchi
  54. Almodovar
  55. De Sica
  56. Allen
  57. Keaton
  58. Clair
  59. Tarantino
  60. Resnais
  61. Ray
  62. Olmi
  63. Kitano
  64. Chabrol
  65. Mikhalkov
  66. Curtiz
  67. Herzog
  68. DePalma
  69. Kaurismaki
  70. Jan Svankmajer
  71. Scott
  72. Sturges
  73. Ozu
  74. Pudovkin
  75. Powell
  76. Rossellini
  77. Leigh
  78. Bresson
  79. Coen
  80. Fassbinder
  81. Monicelli
  82. Rohmer
  83. Imamura
  84. Visconti
  85. Cukor
  86. Majidi
  87. Ruiz
  88. Hirokazu Kore-eda
  89. Weir
  90. Wyler
  91. Jancso
  92. Minnelli
  93. Sayles
  94. Soderberg
  95. Borzage
  96. Quine
  97. Godard
  98. Lewis
  99. Forman
  100. Egoyan
  101. Watkins
  102. Loach
  103. Litvak
  104. Russell
  105. Preminger
  106. Penn
  107. Roeg
  108. Hathaway
  109. Cassavetes
  110. Gilliam
  111. Malle
  112. Van Sant
  113. Vidor
  114. Vigo
  115. Sion Sono
  116. Parker
  117. Ferrara
  118. Wong
  119. Yimou
  120. Leconte
  121. Denis
  122. Techine
  123. Assayas
  124. Akerman
  125. Holland
  126. Szabo
  127. Chahine
  128. Guney
  129. Kaige
  130. Campion
  131. Figgis
  132. Skolimowsky
  133. Wajda
  134. Jafar Panahi
  135. Ripstein
  136. Tsukamoto
  137. Chan-wook Park
  138. Michael Haneke
  139. Ki-duk Kim
Chronologically
(and one of their masterpieces)
  • Griffith: The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  • Sjostrom: Phantom Chariot (1920)
  • Stroheim: Greed (1924)
  • Ejzenstein: Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  • Lang: Metropolis (1926)
  • Keaton: The General (1927)
  • Murnau: Sunrise(1927)
  • Vidor: The Crowd (1928)
  • Dovzhenko: Zvenigora (1928)
  • Sternberg: Das Blaue Engel (1930)
  • Milestone: Front Page (1931)
  • Marx: Duck Soup (1933)
  • Chaplin: Modern Times (1936)
  • Renoir: La Grande Illusion (1937)
  • Hawks: Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  • Capra: John Doe (1941)
  • Welles: Citizen Kane (1941)
  • Curtiz: Casablanca (1942)
  • Lubitsch: Heaven Can Wait (1943)
  • Kurosawa: Rashomon (1950)
  • Wilder: Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  • Huston: The African Queen (1951)
  • DeSica: Miracle in Milan (1951)
  • Ozu: Tokyo Monogatari (1953)
  • Mizoguchi: Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)
  • Kazan: On The Waterfront (1954)
  • Bergman: Seventh Seal (1956)
  • Siegel: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  • Hitchcock: North By Northwest/ Intrigo Internazionale (1959)
  • Godard: Breathless (1959)
  • Truffaut: The 400 Blows(1959)
  • Fellini: La Dolce Vita (1960)
  • Powell: Peeping Tom (1960)
  • Frankenheimer: The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  • Ford: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  • Edwards: The Great Race (1965)
  • Aldrich: Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1965)
  • Antonioni: Blow-Up (1966)
  • Bunuel: Belle de Jour (1967)
  • Polanski: Rosemary's Baby (1968)
  • Kubrick: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • Leone: Once Upon a Time in The West (1968)
  • Peckinpah: The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • Boorman: Zardoz (1973)
  • Scorsese: Mean Streets (1973)
  • Coppola: The Godfather Part II (1974)
  • Altman: Nashville (1975)
  • Angelopoulos: Travelling Players (1975)
  • Bertolucci: 1900 (1976)
  • Lucas: Star Wars (1977)
  • Malick: Days of Heaven (1978)
  • Cimino: The Deer Hunter (1978)
  • Olmi: L'Albero degli Zoccoli (1978)
  • Allen: Manhattan (1979)
  • Tarkovskij: Stalker (1979)
  • DePalma: Dressed to Kill (1980)
  • Spielberg: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Szabo: Mephisto (1981)
  • Miller: The Road Warrior (1981)
  • Greenaway: The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
  • Scott: Blade Runner (1982)
  • Gilliam: Brazil (1985)
  • Wenders: Wings of Desire (1988)
  • Kitano: Sonatine (1993)
  • Tarantino: Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Egoyan: Exotica (1994)
  • Krzysztof Kieslowski: Rouge (1994)
  • Figgis: Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
  • Jeunet: City of Lost Children (1995)
  • Sayles: Lone Star (1995)
  • Von Trier: The Kingdom (1995)
  • Jarmusch: Dead Man (1995)
  • Kusturica: Underground (1995)
  • Jan Svankmajer: Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)
  • Lynch: Lost Highway (1997)
  • Hirokazu Kore-eda: After Life (1998)
  • Jafar Panahi: Ayneh/ The Mirror (1997)
  • Woo: Face/Off (1998)
  • Smith: Dogma (1999)
  • Majidi: Color Of Paradise (1999)
  • Bela Tarr: Werckmeister Harmoniak/ Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)
  • Christopher Nolan: Memento (2000)
  • Chan-wook Park: Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (2002)
  • Michael Haneke: Cache`/ Hidden (2005)
  • Ki-duk Kim: Shigan/ Time (2005)
  • Sion Sono: Love Exposure (2008)