Saturday Nov 25

The 50 Greatest Modern Directors

Definitive Dose presents the 50 best directors working in Hollywood today.
  1. Martin Scorsese: Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Departed, Mean Streets, Gangs of New York, Casino, Shutter Island, The Last Waltz, The Wolf of Wall Street, Cape Fear, The Color of Money, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Aviator, The Age of Innocence.
  2. Steven Spielberg: Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E:T: The Extra Terrestrial, Jaws, Lincoln, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, Poltergeist, Catch Me if You Can, Minority Report, The Color Purple, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Amistad, Munich.
  3. Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather, The Godfather II, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, You're A Big Boy Now.
  4. Christopher Nolan: Dunkirk, Memento, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Inception, Interstellar, Batman Begins, Insomnia.
  5. Joel/Ethan Cohen: No Country For Old Men, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Barton Fink, Miller's Crossing, Raising Arizona, True Grit, The Man Who Wasn't There, Blood Simple, A Serious Man, The Hudsucker Proxy.
  6. P.T. Anderson: There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master, Punch-Drunk Love.
  7. Quentin Tarantino: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds.
  8. James Cameron: Terminator 2, Avatar, Titanic, Aliens, The Abyss.
  9. David Fincher: Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
  10. Alejandro González Iñárritu: The Revenant, 21 Grams, Birdman, Amores Perros, Babel.
  11. Roman Polanski: Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, The Pianist, Tess, Pirates.
  12. Darren Aronofsky: Requiem For a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan, Pi, The Fountain.
  13. Woody Allen: Annie Hall, Bullets Over Broadway, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Purple Rose of Cairo.
  14. Oliver Stone: Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers.
  15. Clint Eastwood: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Mystic River, The Bridges of Madison County.
  16. Ridley Scott: Alien, Gladiator, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down, The Martian, Thelma and Louise, American Gangster.
  17. Robert Zemeckis: Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Cast Away, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Romancing the Stone.
  18. Peter Jackson: The Return of the King, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, King Kong, The Lovely Bones.
  19. David Lynch: Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, The Elephant Man, Wild at Heart, The Straight Story.
  20. Milos Forman: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Ragtime, Man on the Moon.
  21. Terrence Malick: The Thin Red Line, Badlands, The Tree of Life, Days of Heaven.
  22. Steven Soderbergh: Traffic, Ocean's Eleven, Erin Brockovich, Che, Out of Sight.
  23. Brian De Palma: Scarface, Carlito's Way, Mission: Impossible, The Untouchables, Carrie.
  24. Ang Lee: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi, Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm.
  25. David Cronenberg: A History of Violence, The Fly, Eastern Promises, Dead Ringers, Videodrome.
  26. Tim Burton: Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Batman, Big Fish.
  27. Wes Anderson: The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox.
  28. George Lucas: Star Wars: A New Hope, American Graffiti, TXH 1138, The Phantom Menace, Revenge of the Sith.
  29. Terry Giliam: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
  30. Michael Mann: Heat, The Insider, The Last of the Mohicans, Collateral, Manhunter.
  31. Gus Van Sant: Good Will Hunting, Milk, Finding Forrester, Drugstore Cowboy, Elephant.
  32. David O. Russell: American Hustle, The Fighter, Three Kings, Silver Linings Playbook, Flirting With Disaster.
  33. Edward Zwick: Glory, Blood Diamond, Courage Under Fire, The Last Samurai, The Siege.
  34. Sam Mendes: American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road, Skyfall, Jarhead.
  35. John Carpenter: Halloween, The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, Big Trouble in Little China.
  36. Sydney Pollack: Out of Africa, Tootsie, Jeremiah Johnson, They Shoot Horses Don't They?, The Way We Were.
  37. Barry Levinson: Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam, The Natural, Sleepers, Bugsy.
  38. Ron Howard: A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, Frost/Nixon, Cocoon, Apollo 13.
  39. Alfonso Cuaron: Children of Men, Gravity, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, A Little Princess.
  40. Danny Boyle: Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, Steve Jobs, 127 Hours, 28 Weeks Later.
  41. Richard Linklater: Boyhood, Dazed and Confused, Slacker, Before Sunset, Everybody Wants Some!!.
  42. Steve McQueen: 12 Years a Slave, Hunger, Shame.
  43. Peter Weir: Witness, Master and Commander, The Truman Show, Dead Poets Society, Green Card.
  44. Curtis Hanson: L.A. Confidential, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 8 Mile, Wonder Boys, Too Big To Fail.
  45. Kathryn Bigelow: The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, Strange Days.
  46. Ben Affleck: Argo, Gone Baby Gone, The Town.
  47. Spike Lee: Malcolm X, Clockers, Do the Right Thing, Inside Man, 25th Hour.
  48. Rob Reiner: A Few Good Men, This is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, Misery.
  49. Alexander Payne: The Descendants, Election, Nebraska, Sideways, About Schmidt.
  50. Bennet Miller: Foxcatcher, Capote, Moneyball.

*Best Director Academy Award winners in italics

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