Best Films of All Time – Organized by Director

This list consists of the “Best Films of All Time – The Critics’ Picks (Original)” and “Best Films of All Time – The Critics’ Picks (Revised)” lists organized by director, in alphabetical order. (NOTE: For consistency, I may rearrange this list in chronological order by director’s birthdate at some point.)

Robert Aldrich (1918-1983)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) US
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) US

Woody Allen (1935- )
Annie Hall (1977) US
Manhattan (1979) US
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) US
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) US
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) US

Pedro Almodóvar (1949- )
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) Spain
All About My Mother (1999) Spain
Talk to Her (2002) Spain

Robert Altman (1925-2006)
MASH (1970) US
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) US
The Long Goodbye (1973) US
Nashville (1975) US

Lindsay Anderson (1923-1994)
if… (1969) UK

Paul Thomas Anderson (1970- )
Boogie Nights (1997) US
Magnolia (1999) US

Wes Anderson (1969- )
Rushmore (1998) US

Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007)
L’Avventura (1960) Italy
L’Eclisse (1962) Italy
The Red Desert (1964) Italy
Blow-Up (1966) Italy/UK
Zabriskie Point (1970) US

Hal Ashby (1929-1988)
Harold and Maude (1971) US
Being There (1979) US

Héctor Babenco (1946- )
Pixote (1981) Brazil

Lloyd Bacon (1889-1955)
42nd Street (1933) US

John Badham (1939- )
Saturday Night Fever (1977) US

Warren Beatty (1937- )
Reds (1981) US

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007)
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) Sweden
The Seventh Seal (1957) Sweden

Wild Strawberries (1957) Sweden
Persona (1966) Sweden
Cries and Whispers (1972) Sweden
Fanny and Alexander (1982) Sweden

Bernardo Bertolucci (1940- )
The Conformist (1970) Italy
Last Tango in Paris (1973) France/Italy
1900 (1977) Italy

Peter Bogdanovich (1939- )
The Last Picture Show (1971) US

John Boorman (1933- )
Point Blank (1967) US
Deliverance (1972) US

Robert Bresson (1901-1999)
Diary of a Country Priest (1951) France
A Man Escaped (1956) France

Pickpocket (1959) France
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) France
L’Argent (1983) France

Mel Brooks (1926- )
The Producers (1968) US
Blazing Saddles (1974) US
Young Frankenstein (1974) US

Richard Brooks (1912-1992)
In Cold Blood (1967) US

Tod Browning (1880-1962)
Dracula (1931) US
Freaks (1932) US

Luis Buñuel (1900-1983)
Un Chien Andalou (1928) (with Salvador Dali) France
L’Age d’Or (1930) France
Los Olvidados (1950) Mexico
Viridiana (1961) Spain
The Exterminating Angel (1962) Mexico
Belle de Jour (1967) France
Tristana (1970) Spain
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) France

Charles Burnett (1944- )
Killer of Sheep (1977) US

James Cameron (1954- )
The Terminator (1984) US
Aliens (1986) US

Jane Campion (1954- )
The Piano (1993) New Zealand

Frank Capra (1897-1991)
It Happened One Night (1934) US
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) US
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) US

Marcel Carné (1906-1996)
Le jour se lève (1939) France
Children of Paradise (1945) France

John Cassavetes (1929-1989)
Shadows (1959) US
Faces (1968) US

A Woman Under the Influence (1974) US
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) US

Claude Chabrol (1930-2010)
Le Boucher (1970) France

Charles Chaplin (1889-1977)
The Gold Rush (1925)  US
City Lights (1931) US
Modern Times (1936) US
The Great Dictator (1940) US
Monsieur Verdoux (1947) US

Chen Kaige (1952- )
Farewell My Concubine (1993) China

Michael Cimino (1939- )
The Deer Hunter (1978) US

René Clair (1898-1981)
Le Million (1931) France
À Nous la Liberté (1932) France

René Clément (1913-1996)
Forbidden Games (1952) France

Edward F. Cline (1891-1961)
The Bank Dick (1940) US

Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907-1977)
The Wages of Fear (1955) France
Diabolique (1955) France

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)
Beauty and the Beast (1946) France
Orpheus (1950) France

Joel Coen (1954- ) & Ethan Coen (1957- )
Raising Arizona (1987) US
Miller’s Crossing (1990) US
Fargo (1996) US
The Big Lebowski (1998) US

Merian Cooper (1893-1973)
King Kong (1933) (with Ernest Schoedsack) US

Francis Ford Coppola (1939- )
The Godfather (1972) US
The Godfather, Part II (1974) US
The Conversation (1974) US
Apocalypse Now (1979) US

Sofia Coppola (1971- )
Lost in Translation (2003) US

Costa-Gavras (1933- )
(1969) France

Wes Craven (1939- )
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) US

David Cronenberg (1943- )
Videodrome (1982) Canada
The Fly (1986) US
Dead Ringers (1988) Canada/US

George Cukor (1899-1983)
The Philadelphia Story (1940) US
Adam’s Rib (1949) US
A Star Is Born (1954) US
My Fair Lady (1964) US

Michael Curtiz (1886-1962)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) US
Casablanca (1942) US
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) US
Mildred Pierce (1945) US

Frank Darabont (1959- )
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) US

Jules Dassin (1911-2008)
Rififi (1956) France

Guillermo del Toro (1964- )
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) Mexico

Jonathan Demme (1944- )
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) US

Brian De Palma (1940- )
Carrie (1976) US
Blow Out (1981) US

Vittorio De Sica (1901-1974)
Bicycle Thieves (1948) Italy
Umberto D. (1952) Italy

Stanley Donen (1924- )
On the Town (1949) (with Gene Kelly) US
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) (with Gene Kelly) US
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) US

Alexander Dovzhenko (1894-1956)
Earth (1930) USSR

Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889-1968)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) France
Vampyr (1932) Germany/France
Ordet (1955) Denmark
Gertrud (1964) Denmark

Clint Eastwood (1930- )
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) US
Unforgiven (1992) US

Atom Egoyan (1960- )
The Sweet Hereafter (1997) Canada

Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948)
Battleship Potemkin (1925) USSR
Strike (1925) USSR
October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1927) USSR
Alexander Nevsky (1938) USSR
Ivan the Terrible, Part 1 (1944) USSR
Ivan the Terrible, Part 2 (1958) USSR

Victor Erice (1940- )
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) Spain

Jean Eustache (1938-1981)
The Mother and the Whore (1973) France

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945-1982)
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) West Germany
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) West Germany
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1983) West Germany

Federico Fellini (1920-1993)
La Strada (1954) Italy
Nights of Cabiria (1957) Italy
La Dolce Vita (1960) Italy
8 ½ (1963) Italy
Juliet of the Spirits (1965) Italy
Fellini Satyricon (1969) Italy
Amarcord (1973) Italy

Mike Figgis (1948- )
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) US

David Fincher (1962- )
Seven (1995) US

Robert Flaherty (1884-1951)
Nanook of the North (1922) US

Victor Fleming (1889-1949)
The Wizard of Oz (1939) US
Gone with the Wind (1939) US

John Ford (1894-1973)
Stagecoach (1939) US
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) US
How Green Was My Valley (1941) US
My Darling Clementine (1946) US
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) US
The Quiet Man (1952) US
The Searchers (1956) US
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) US

Miloš Forman (1932- )
Loves of a Blonde (1965) Czechoslovakia
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) US
Amadeus (1984) US

Bill Forsyth (1946- )
Local Hero (1983) UK

Bob Fosse (1927-1987)
Cabaret (1972) US
All That Jazz (1979) US

John Frankenheimer (1930-2002)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) US

William Friedkin (1935- )
The French Connection (1971) US
The Exorcist (1973) US

Samuel Fuller (1912-1997)
Pickup on South Street (1953) US
Shock Corridor (1963) US
The Big Red One (1980) US

Tay Garnett (1894-1977)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) US

Terry Gilliam (1940- )
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) (with Terry Jones) UK
Brazil (1985) UK

Jean-Luc Godard (1930- )
Breathless (1960) France
Vivre sa Vie (1962) France
Contempt (1963) France
Band of Outsiders (1964) France
Pierrot le Fou (1965) France
Alphaville (1965) France
Weekend (1967) France
Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1967) France

Michel Gondry (1963- )
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) US

D.W. Griffith (1875-1948)
The Birth of a Nation (1915) US
Intolerance (1916) US
Broken Blossoms (1919) US

Robert Hamer (1911-1963)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) UK

Guy Hamilton (1922- )
Goldfinger (1964) UK

David Hand (1900-1986)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) US
Bambi (1942) US

Michael Haneke (1942- )
Caché (2005) Austria/France

Curtis Hanson (1945- )
L.A. Confidential (1997)  US

Howard Hawks (1896-1977)
Scarface (1932) (with Robert Rosson) US
Bringing Up Baby (1938) US

Only Angels Have Wings (1939) US
His Girl Friday (1940) US
To Have and Have Not (1944) US
The Big Sleep (1946) US
Red River (1948) US
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) US
Rio Bravo (1959) US

Werner Herzog (1942- )
Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972) West Germany
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) West Germany
Fitzcarraldo (1982) West Germany

George Roy Hill (1921-2002)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)  US

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)
The 39 Steps (1935) UK
The Lady Vanishes (1938) UK
Rebecca (1940) US
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) US
Notorious (1946) US
Strangers on a Train (1951) US
Rear Window (1954) US
Vertigo (1958) US
North by Northwest (1959) US
Psycho (1960) US
The Birds (1963) US

Mike Hodges (1932- )
Get Carter (1971) UK

Tobe Hooper (1943- )
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) US

Dennis Hopper (1936-2010)
Easy Rider (1969)  US

John Huston (1906-1987)
The Maltese Falcon (1941) US
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) US
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) US
The African Queen (1951) US
The Misfits (1961) US
Fat City (1972) US
The Dead (1987) US

James Ivory (1928- )
Howards End (1992) UK

Peter Jackson (1961- )
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) US/New Zealand
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) US/New Zealand
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) US/New Zealand

Jim Jarmusch (1953- )
Stranger than Paradise (1984) US

Norman Jewison (1926- )
In the Heat of the Night (1967) US
Moonstruck (1987) US

Terry Jones (1942- )
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) (with Terry Gilliam) UK
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979) UK

Neil Jordan (1950)
The Crying Game (1992) UK

Mikhail Kalatozov (1903-1973)
The Cranes are Flying (1957) USSR

Philip Kaufman (1936- )
The Right Stuff (1983) US

Elia Kazan (1909-2003)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) US
On the Waterfront (1954) US
East of Eden (1955) US
Splendor in the Grass (1961) US

Buster Keaton (1895-1966)
Sherlock, Jr. (1924) US
The General (1927) (with Clyde Bruckman) US

Gene Kelly (1912-1996)
On the Town (1949) (with Stanley Donen) US
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) (with Stanley Donen) US

Irvin Kershner (1923-2010)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) US

Abbas Kiarostami (1940- )
Close-Up (1990) Iran
Taste of Cherry (1997) Iran

Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941-1996)
The Decalogue (1988) Poland
Three Colors: Blue (1993) France/Poland
Three Colors: Red (1994) France/Poland
Three Colors: White (1994) France/Poland

Elem Klimov (1933-2003)
Come and See (1985) USSR

Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999)
The Killing (1956) US
Paths of Glory (1957) US
Spartacus (1960) US
Lolita (1962) US
Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) US/UK
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) UK/US
A Clockwork Orange (1971) UK
Barry Lyndon (1975) US/UK
The Shining (1980) US/UK

Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998)
Rashomon (1950) Japan
Ikiru (1952) Japan
Seven Samurai (1954)  Japan
Throne of Blood (1957) Japan
Yojimbo (1961) Japan
Ran (1985) Japan

Gregory La Cava (1892-1952)
My Man Godfrey (1936) US

John Landis (1950- )
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) US
An American Werewolf in London (1981) US

Fritz Lang (1890-1976)
Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922) Germany
Metropolis (1927) Germany

M (1931) Germany
Fury (1936) US
The Big Heat (1953) US

Claude Lanzmann (1925- )
Shoah (1985) France

John Lasseter (1957- )
Toy Story (1995) US

Charles Laughton (1899-1962)
The Night of the Hunter (1955) US

David Lean (1908-1991)
Brief Encounter (1945) UK
Great Expectations (1946) UK
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) UK/US
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) UK/US
Doctor Zhivago (1965) UK

Spike Lee (1957- )
Do the Right Thing (1989) US

Mike Leigh (1943- )
Secrets & Lies (1996) UK

Sergio Leone (1929-1989)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) Italy
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Italy/US

Richard Lester (1932- )
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) UK

Barry Levinson (1942- )
Diner (1982) US

Joseph Losey (1909-1984)
The Servant (1963) UK

Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947)
Trouble in Paradise (1932) US
Ninotchka (1939) US
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) US
To Be or Not to Be (1942) US

George Lucas (1944- )
American Graffiti (1973) US
Star Wars (1977) US

Sidney Lumet (1924-2011)
12 Angry Men (1957) US
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) US
Network (1976) US

Kátia Lund (1966- )
City of God (2002) (with Fernando Meirelles) Brazil

David Lynch (1946- )
Eraserhead (1977) US
The Elephant Man (1980) US/UK
Blue Velvet (1986) US
Mulholland Dr. (2001) US

Alexander Mackendrick (1912-1993)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) US

Dušan Makavejev (1932- )
W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (1971) Yugoslavia

Terence Malick (1943- )
Badlands (1973) US
Days of Heaven (1978) US
The Thin Red Line (1998) US

Louis Malle (1932-1995)
Atlantic City (1980) Canada/France
Au Revoir, Les Enfants (1988) France

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909-1993)
A Letter to Three Wives (1949) US
All About Eve (1950) US

Anthony Mann (1906-1967)
Winchester ’73 (1950) US
Man of the West (1958) US

Delbert Mann (1920-2007)
Marty (1955) US

Michael Mann (1943- )
Heat (1995) US

Leo McCarey (1898-1969)
Duck Soup (1933) US
The Awful Truth (1937) US
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) US

Norman Z. McLeod (1898-1964)
It’s a Gift (1934) US

John McTiernan (1951- )
Die Hard (1988) US

Fernando Meirelles (1955- )
City of God (2002) (with Kátia Lund) Brazil

Jean-Pierre Melville (1917-1973)
Bob le Flambeur (1956) France
Le Samourai (1967) France
Army of Shadows (1969) France

Jiří Menzel (1938- )
Closely Watched Trains (1966) Czechoslovakia

Lewis Milestone (1895-1980)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) US

George Miller (1945- )
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982) Australia

Vincente Minnelli (1903-1986)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) US
An American in Paris (1951) US
The Band Wagon (1953) US
The Bad and the Beautiful (1953) US
Gigi (1958) US

Hayao Miyazaki (1941- )
Spirited Away (2001) Japan

Kenji Mizoguchi (1898-1956)
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939) Japan
Life of Oharu (1952) Japan

Ugetsu Monogatari (1954) Japan
Sansho the Bailiff (1954) Japan

Errol Morris (1948- )
The Thin Blue Line (1988) US

Robert Mulligan (1925-2008)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) US

F.W. Murnau (1888-1931)
Nosferatu (1922) Germany
The Last Laugh (1924) Germany
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) US
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) US

Fred Newmeyer (1888-1967)
Safety Last! (1923) (with Sam Taylor) US

Mike Nichols (1931- )
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) US
The Graduate (1967) US

Christopher Nolan (1970- )
Memento (2000) US

Ermanno Olmi (1931- )
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) Italy

Max Ophüls (1902-1957)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) US
The Earrings of Madame de…  (1954) France/Italy

Lola Montès (1955) France

Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963)
Late Spring (1949)  Japan
Tokyo Story (1953) Japan
Floating Weeds (1959) Japan
An Autumn Afternoon (1962) Japan

Alan Pakula (1928-1998)
Klute (1971) US
All the President’s Men (1976) US

G.W. Pabst (1885-1967)
Pandora’s Box (1929) Germany

Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990)
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964) USSR
The Color of Pomegranates (1969) USSR

Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975)
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) Italy

Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984)
Ride the High Country (1962) US
The Wild Bunch (1969) US
Straw Dogs (1971) US
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) US
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) US

Arthur Penn (1922-2010)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) US
Little Big Man (1970) US
Night Moves (1975) US

D.A. Pennebaker (1925- )
Don’t Look Back (1967) US

Roman Polanski (1933- )
Repulsion (1965) UK
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) US
Chinatown (1974) US

Sidney Pollack (1934-2008)
Tootsie (1982) US

Gillo Pontecorvo (1919-2006)
The Battle of Algiers (1965) Italy/Algeria

Michael Powell (1905-1990)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940) (with Ludwig Berger and Tim Whelan) UK
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1945) (with Emeric Pressburger) UK
I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) (with Emeric Pressburger)
A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven) (1946) (with Emeric Pressburger) UK
Black Narcissus (1947) (with Emeric Pressburger) UK
The Red Shoes (1948) (with Emeric Pressburger) UK
Peeping Tom (1960) UK

Otto Preminger (1905-1986)
Laura (1944) US
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) US
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) US

Emeric Pressburger (1902-1988)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1945) (with Michael Powell) UK
I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) (with Michael Powell) UK
A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven) (1946) (with Michael Powell) UK
Black Narcissus (1947) (with Michael Powell) UK
The Red Shoes (1948) (with Michael Powell) UK

Bob Rafelson (1933- )
Five Easy Pieces (1970) US

Harold Ramis (1944- )
Groundhog Day (1993) US

Nicholas Ray (1911-1979)
They Live By Night (1949) US
In a Lonely Place (1950) US
Johnny Guitar (1954) US
Rebel Without A Cause (1955) US
Bigger than Life (1956) US

Satyajit Ray (1921-1992)
Pather Panchali (1955) India
Aparajito (1956) India
The World of Apu (1959) India

Carol Reed (1906-1976)
Odd Man Out (1947) UK
The Third Man (1949) UK

Rob Reiner (1947- )
This is Spinal Tap (1984) US

Edgar Reitz (1932- )
Heimat (1985) Germany

Jean Renoir (1894-1979)
La Chienne (1931) France
Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932) France
Partie de Campagne (1936) France
Grand Illusion (1937) France
The Rules of the Game (1939) France
The River (1951) France

Alain Resnais (1922- )
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959) France
Last Year at Marienbad (1961) France
Mon Oncle d’Amerique (1980) France

Tony Richardson (1928-1991)
Tom Jones (1963) UK

Jacques Rivette (1928- )
Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
La Belle Noiseuse (1991) France

Bruce Robinson (1956- )
Withnail and I (1987) UK

Nicholas Roeg (1928- )
Performance (1970) UK
Walkabout (1971) Australia
Don’t Look Now (1973) UK

Eric Rohmer (1920-2010)
My Night at Maud’s (1969) France
Claire’s Knee (1971) France

George Romero (1940- )
Night of the Living Dead (1968) US
Dawn of the Dead (1978) US

Stuart Rosenberg (1927-2007)
Cool Hand Luke (1967) US

Roberto Rossellini (1906-1977)
Rome, Open City (1945) Italy
Paisan (1946) Italy
Europa ’51 (1952) Italy
Viaggio in Italia (1953) Italy

Robert Rossen (1908-1966)
The Hustler (1961) US

Mark Sandrich (1900-1945)
Top Hat (1935) US

John Sayles (1950- )
Lone Star (1996) US

John Schlesinger (1926-2003)
Midnight Cowboy (1969) US
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) UK

Volker Schlöndorff (1939- )
The Tin Drum (1979) West Germany

Ernest Schoedsack (1893-1979)
King Kong (1933) (with Merian Cooper) US

Martin Scorcese (1942- )
Mean Streets (1973) US
Taxi Driver (1976) US
Raging Bull (1980) US
The King of Comedy (1983) US
GoodFellas (1990) US
Casino (1995) US

Ridley Scott (1937- )
Alien (1979) US
Blade Runner (1982) US
Thelma & Louise (1991) US

Ben Sharpsteen (1895-1980)
Fantasia (1940) US
Pinocchio (1940) (with Hamilton Luske) US
Dumbo (1941) US

Don Siegel (1912-1991)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) US
Dirty Harry (1971) US

Bryan Singer (1965- )
The Usual Suspects (1995) US

Robert Siodmak (1900-1973)
The Killers (1946) US

Douglas Sirk (1897-1987)
All that Heaven Allows (1955) US
Written on the Wind (1956) US

Imitation of Life (1959) US

Steven Spielberg (1946- )
Jaws (1975) US
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) US
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) US
E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) US
Schindler’s List (1993) US
Saving Private Ryan (1998) US
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001) US

George Stevens (1904-1975)
Swing Time (1936) US
Gunga Din (1939) US
A Place in the Sun (1951) US
Shane (1953) US

Oliver Stone (1946- )
Platoon (1986) US
JFK (1991) US

John Sturges 
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) US
The Great Escape (1963) US

Preston Sturges (1898-1959)
The Lady Eve (1941) US
Sullivan’s Travels (1941) US
The Palm Beach Story (1942) US
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944) US

István Szabó (1938- )
Mephisto (1981) Hungary

Quentin Tarantino (1963- )
Reservoir Dogs (1992) US
Pulp Fiction (1994) US

Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986)
Andrei Rublev (1966) USSR
Solaris (1972) USSR
Mirror (1975) USSR
Stalker (1979) USSR

Béla Tarr (1955- )
Sátántangó (1994) Hungary
Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) (with Agnes Hranitzky) Hungary

Jacques Tati (1907-1982)
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953) France
Mon Oncle (1958) France
Playtime (1967) France

Sam Taylor (1895-1958)
Safety Last! (1923) (with Fred Newmeyer) US

André Téchiné (1943- )
Wild Reeds (1994) France

Hiroshi Teshigahara (1927-2001)
Woman in the Dunes (1964) Japan

Giuseppe Tornatore (1956- )
Cinema Paradiso (1989) Italy

Jacques Tourneur (1904-1977)
Cat People (1942) US
I Walked with a Zombie (1943) US
Out of the Past (1947) US

Francois Truffaut (1932-1984)
The 400 Blows (1959) France
Shoot the Piano Player (1960) France

Jules and Jim (1962) France
Day for Night (1973) France

Edgar G. Ulmer (1904-1972)
Detour (1945) US

W.S. Van Dyke (1889-1943)
The Thin Man (1934) US

Gus Van Sant (1952- )
My Own Private Idaho (1991) US

Dziga Vertov (1896-1954)
Man with a Movie Camera (1929) USSR

Charles Vidor
Gilda (1946) US

King Vidor (1894-1982)
The Big Parade (1925) US
The Crowd (1928) US

Jean Vigo (1905-1934)
Zero for Conduct (1933) France
L’Atalante (1934) France

Thomas Vinterberg (1969- )
The Celebration (1998) Denmark

Luchino Visconti (1906-1976)
La Terra Trema (1947) Italy
Senso (The Wanton Contessa) (1954) Italy
Rocco and His Brothers (1960) Italy
The Leopard (1963) Italy

Josef von Sternberg (1894-1969)
The Blue Angel (1930) Germany
Shanghai Express (1932) US
The Scarlet Empress (1934) US

Erich von Stroheim (1885-1957)
Foolish Wives (1922) US
Greed (1924) US

Lars von Trier (1956- )
Breaking the Waves (1996) Denmark

Andrzej Wajda (1926- )
Ashes and Diamonds (1958) Poland

Raoul Walsh (1887-1980)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924) US
White Heat (1949) US

Peter Weir (1944- )
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Australia
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) Australia

Orson Welles (1915-1985)
Citizen Kane (1941) US
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) US
The Lady from Shanghai (1948) US
Touch of Evil (1958) US
Chimes at Midnight (1965) Spain/Switzerland
F for Fake (1973) France/West Germany/Iran

William Wellman (1896-1975)
The Public Enemy (1931) US
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) US

Wim Wenders (1945- )
The American Friend (1977) West Germany
Paris, Texas (1984) West Germany/US
Wings of Desire (1988) West Germany

James Whale (1889-1957)
Frankenstein (1931) US
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) US

Robert Wiene (1873-1938)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Germany

Billy Wilder (1906-2002)
Double Indemnity (1944) US
The Lost Weekend (1945) US
Sunset Blvd. (1950) US
Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951) US
Some Like It Hot (1959) US
The Apartment (1960) US

Robert Wise (1914-2005)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) US
West Side Story (1961) (with Jerome Robbins) US
The Sound of Music (1965) US

Wong Kar-Wai (1958- )
Chungking Express (1994) Hong Kong
Happy Together (1997) China
In the Mood for Love (2000) China

John Woo (1946- )
The Killer (1989) Hong Kong

Sam Wood (1884-1949)
A Night at the Opera (1935) US

William Wyler (1902-1981)
Dodsworth (1936) US
Wuthering Heights (1939) US
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) US
Roman Holiday (1953) US
Ben-Hur (1959) US

Edward Yang (1947-2007)
A Brighter Summer Day (1991) Taiwan
Yi Yi (2000) Taiwan

Robert Zemeckis (1951- )
Back to the Future (1985) US
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) US
Forrest Gump (1994) US

Zhang Yimou (1951- )
Red Sorghum (1987) China
Ju Dou (1990) China
Raise the Red Lantern (1991) China

Fred Zinnemann (1907-1997)
High Noon (1952) US
From Here to Eternity (1953) US
A Man for All Seasons (1966) US

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