Top 1000 Directors

Based on a mathematical model a century in the making.
Each director is represented by my favorite one of their movies.
I must have seen at least 2 of their movies for them to be considered.
Advantage is given to directors from whom I've seen more films.
Directors' names and films seen are in the notes.
This list is continually updated as new movies are seen.
See this list ( Ranked Filmographies A-L | Ranked Filmographies M-Z) for rankings of films within a director's filmography.

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  • Seven Samurai

    1

  • Fargo

    2

  • The 400 Blows

    3

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    4

  • Taxi Driver

    5

  • Naked

    6

  • Rushmore

    7

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    8

  • There Will Be Blood

    9

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    10

  • Pulp Fiction

    11

  • Spirited Away

    12

  • Marriage Story

    13

  • Three Colors: Blue

    14

  • My Night at Maud's

    15

  • The Apartment

    16

  • Chungking Express

    17

  • Stalker

    18

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    19

  • Se7en

    20

  • Dead Man

    21

  • Irma Vep

    22

  • Le Samouraï

    23

  • Only Angels Have Wings

    24

  • The Exterminating Angel

    25

  • Memento

    26

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    27

  • Talk to Her

    28

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    29

  • Rear Window

    30

  • Mulholland Drive

    31

  • Underground

    32

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    33

  • In a Lonely Place

    34

  • Badlands

    35

  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    36

  • Breathless

    37

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    38

  • M

    39

  • After Life

    40

  • Paris, Texas

    41

  • The Piano Teacher

    42

  • Chinatown

    43

  • Blow-Up

    44

  • Mrs. Miniver

    45

  • Dust in the Wind

    46

  • Dazed and Confused

    47

  • 8½

    48

  • Death in Venice

    49

  • Annie Hall

    50

  • Lost in Translation

    51

  • Amadeus

    52

  • Being John Malkovich

    53

  • Do the Right Thing

    54

  • I'm Not There

    55

  • La Promesse

    56

  • Rachel Getting Married

    57

  • The Handmaiden

    58

  • To Be or Not to Be

    59

  • Citizen Kane

    60

  • The Palm Beach Story

    61

  • Parasite

    62

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    63

  • PlayTime

    64

  • What Time Is It There?

    65

  • Y Tu Mamá También

    66

  • Harold and Maude

    67

  • Dead Ringers

    68

  • La Cérémonie

    69

  • The Lovers on the Bridge

    70

  • 35 Shots of Rum

    71

  • Uncut Gems

    72

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    73

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    74

  • Tokyo Story

    75

  • Hunger

    76

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    77

  • All About Eve

    78

  • The Return

    79

  • Show Me Love

    80

  • Election

    81

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    82

  • Drowning by Numbers

    83

  • Coup de Torchon

    84

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    85

  • A Prophet

    86

  • The Insider

    87

  • The Godfather

    88

  • Jaws

    89

  • Pather Panchali

    90

  • The Brothers Bloom

    91

  • Billy Liar

    92

  • Metropolitan

    93

  • Breaking the Waves

    94

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    95

  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    96

  • Close-Up

    97

  • Three Kings

    98

  • 127 Hours

    99

  • Dogtooth

    100