The sixty-two best directors

A couple weeks ago, ILX ran a list of our picks for fifty best directors in film history. Below is my alphabetized list, expanded to sixty; how the hell would you argue that Béla Tarr is “better” than Preston Sturges? Also included are a couple of contemporaries like James Gray and Desplechin whose work I anticipate even if in toto their work may not — yet — rank with the sainted company.

And I still forgot Steven Spielberg.

1. Chantal Akerman
2. Robert Altman
3. Olivier Assayas
4. Michaelangelo Antonioni
5. Ingmar Bergman
6. John Boorman
7. Frank Borzage
8. Luis Buñuel
9. Jean Cocteau
10. Sofia Coppola
11. David Cronenberg
12. George Cukor
13. Terence Davies
14. Jonathan Demme
15. Arnaud Desplechin
16. Jacques Demy
17. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
18. James Gray
19. Howard Hawks
20. Todd Haynes
21. Alfred Hitchcock
22. Hou Hsiao-hsien
23. Shohei Imamura
24. Aki Kaurismäki,
25. Abbas Kiarostami
26. Akira Kurosawa
27. Fritz Lang
28. Mike Leigh
29. David Lynch
30. Lucrecia Martel
31. Paul Mazursky
32. Jean-Pierre Melville
33. Kenji Mizoguchi
34. Errol Morris
35. F.W. Murnau
36. Max Ophuls
37. Yasujiro Ozu
38. G.W. Pabst
39. Sam Peckinpah
40. Roman Polanski
41. Michael Powell
42. Otto Preminger
43. Satyajit Ray
44. Jean Renoir
45. Eric Rohmer
46. Raul Ruiz
47. Douglas Sirk
48. Preston Sturges
49. Béla Tarr
50. Andrei Tarkovsky
51. Tsai Min-liang
52. Agnes Varda
53. Gus Van Sant
54. Paul Verhoeven
55. King Vidor
56. Luchino Visconti
57. Joseph von Sternberg
58. Orson Welles
59. Apichatpoing Weerasethakul
60. Frederick Wiseman
61. Edward Yang
62. Jia Zhangke

7 thoughts on “The sixty-two best directors

  1. Because it’s you Alfred. I’ll check out her oeuvre. Shall I start with The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette?

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