60 Best Directors and Why

Top 60 of All Time
BONUS
Top 6 animation directors (3 also do fine fiction)
Top 6 documentary directors (4 also do fine fiction)
Top 1 short film director (1 also does fine fiction)

Runner Ups
Kar-Wai Wong (Poetic flare and visuals; See: 2046)
Roman Polanski (Beauty in human tragedy; See: The Pianist)
The Wachowskis (Surreal, smart and fun; See: The Matrix)
Hsiao-Hsien Hou (Storytelling cinematography; See: Good Men, Good Women)
Edward Yang (Innocence and light beauty; Yi Yi: A One and a Two...)
Tom Tykwer (Heaven, Perfume, Cloud Atlas)
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1.
Asghar Farhadi
Writer, A Separation
Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...
“ Interpersonal conflicts.

Must See:
A Separation
The Past
The Salesman
Fireworks Wednesday
About Elly ” - christian94
 
2.
“ The Human Condition (R.I.P. 1996)

Must See
The Human Condition Part I
The Human Condition Part 2
The Human Condition Part 3
Harakiri
Karami-ai
Kabe atsuki heya
Kaseki
Anata kaimasu
Samurai Rebellion ” - christian94
 
3.
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director. González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006)...
“ Visceral vision

Must See:
21 grams
Babel
Biutiful
Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Amores perros
The Revenant ” - christian94
 
4.
Sam Mendes
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-years-old...
“ Tone, pacing and dramatic buildup. I also saw his 1999 Broadway play "The Blue Room", starring Nicole Kidman.

Must See:
American Beauty
Revolutionary Road
Road to Perdition
Away We Go ” - christian94
 
5.
“ Narrative arc

Must see:
The Imitation Game
Headhunters
Buddy
Passengers ” - christian94
 
6.
Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Action and humour.

Must See:
Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs
Django Unchained
Death Proof
Jackie Brown
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Inglourious Basterds ” - christian94
 
7.
Robert Zemeckis
A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone, 1941) and special effect vehicles (Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future)...
“ Suspension of belief.

Must See:
Contact
Castaway
Forest Gump
Flight
Walk
Allied
Back to the Future ” - christian94
 
8.
Sion Sono
Director, Ai no mukidashi
Shion Sono is a Japanese director, writer and poet. Born in Aichi Perfecture in 1961 he started his career working as a poet before taking his first steps in film directing. As a student he shot a series of short films in Super 8 and managed to make his first feature films in the late 80s and early 90s...
“ Daringness and depth

Must See:
Cold Fish
Noriko's Dinner Table
Strange Circus
Hazard
Guilty of Romance
Tag
Antiporno ” - christian94
 
9.
Denis Villeneuve
Director, Arrival
Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started is career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013) and Incendies (2010). He is married to Tanya Lapointe.
“ Tension and truth

Must See:
Sicario
Prisoners
Polytechnique
Enemy
Incendies ” - christian94
 
10.
James Cameron
Writer, Aliens
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition...
“ Action and emotion.

Must See:
Terminator 2
Titanic
Avatar ” - christian94
 
11.
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ Humanness and quirkiness.

Must See:
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Match Point
Manhattan
Annie Hall
Crimes and Misdemeanors
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Blue Jasmine ” - christian94
 
12.
Stanley Kubrick
Director, The Shining
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ Vision and precision. (R.I.P 1999)

Must See:
2001, A Space Odyssey
Eyes Wide Shut
Clockwork Orange
The Shining
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb ” - christian94
 
13.
Steven Soderbergh
Director, Ocean's Eleven
Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge...
“ Dedication to content.

Must See:
Traffic
Sex, Lies and Videotape
The Informant!
Full Frontal
Solaris ” - christian94
 
14.
Martin Scorsese
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films...
“ Suspense, psychology and drama.

Must See:
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Aviator
Raging Bull ” - christian94
 
15.
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ Heightened experience

Must See:
Se7en
Fight Club
The Game
The Social Network
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Gone Girl ” - christian94
 
16.
“ Suspense and slowness.

Must See:
Cure
Seance
Tokyo Sonata
Bright Future
Pulse
Penance ” - christian94
 
17.
Jacques Rivette
Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began "thanks to Rivette," the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his "Cahiers du Cinéma" colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer...
“ Complicated Relationships. (R.I.P. 2016)

Must See:
Va savoir (2001)
La belle noiseuse (1991)
Paris nous appartient (1961)
Le coup du Berger (1956) - short
Ne touchez pas la hache (2007) - aka The Duchess of Langeais ” - christian94
 
18.
Lars von Trier
Writer, Melancholia
Lars von Trier (the "von" was adopted during his stay at the Danish Film School) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1956. He graduated from the Danish Film School in 1983 with his short film Befrielsesbilleder ("Images of Relief"), which won the Best Film award at the Munich Film Festival the following year...
“ Breaking boundaries and reinventing cinema.

Must See:
The Idiots (1998)
Dogville (2003)
Melancholia (2011)
Nymphomaniac Vol I & II (2013) ” - christian94
 
19.
Louis Malle
Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris...
“ Dialogue and directness. (R.I.P. 1995)

Must See
My Dinner with Andre
Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
Le feu follet
Le souffle au coeur ” - christian94
 
20.
“ Darkness and light.

Must See:
Oldboy
Joint Security Area
The Handmaiden
Stoker
Lady Vengeance ” - christian94
 
21.
Richard Linklater
Director, Before Sunset
Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period...
“ Dreaming and living.

Must See:
Waking Life
Boyhood
Before Sunrise
Before Sunset
Before Midnight
School of Rock ” - christian94
 
22.
Ki-duk Kim
He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Crocodile. Then he went on to direct Wild Animals...
“ Unspoken long strong scenes.

Must See:
Moebius
The Isle
Samaritain Girl
Pieta ” - christian94
 
23.
Steven Spielberg
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ Storytelling.

Must See:
Saving Private Ryan
Jurassic Park
Munich
Catch Me if You Can
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
The Adventures of Tintin ” - christian94
 
24.
Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan is a playwright, screenwriter and director. His film, You Can Count on Me, which he wrote and directed, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, won the Sundance 2000 Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, the NY Film Critics Circle, LA Film Critics Circle...
“ Storytelling and characters

Must See:
Manchester by Sea
You Can Count on Me
Margaret ” - christian94
 
25.
Tom McCarthy
Writer, Spotlight
Tom McCarthy is an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for direct and write The Station Agent (2003), The Visitor (2007), Win Win (2011), and Spotlight (2015), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Director. McCarthy co-wrote the film Up (2009) with Bob Peterson and Pete Docter...
“ Realism

Must See:
Station Agent
The Visitor
Spotlight ” - christian94
 
26.
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music and mechanics...
“ Slow burn.

Must See:
Gran Torino
Mystic River
Sully ” - christian94
 
27.
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ Reality and perceived reality.

Must See:
The Wrestler
Black Swan ” - christian94
 
28.
Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
“ Thinking movies.

Must See:
Memento
Inception
Interstellar ” - christian94
 
29.
Todd Field
Director, Little Children
William Todd Field was born in Pomona, California, and began acting after graduating from high school in Portland, Oregon, where he was raised. A budding jazz musician as well, he skipped college in favor of a move east to New York to study acting. Once there, he began performing with the Ark Theatre Company as both an actor and musician...
“ Enganged, enhanced acting.

Must See:
In the Bedroom
Little Children ” - christian94
 
30.
Alejandro Amenábar
Writer, The Others
Amenábar was born in Santiago Chile, on the eve of Pinochet's 1973 coup-de-état, such that his mother, who had already gone through the Spanish Civil War, uprooted the whole family and fled back to Spain. He grew up in Madrid and entered the Sciences Information Faculty at Madrid's Complutense University...
“ Uncertainty and understanding.

Must See:
Open your Eyes
The Sea Inside ” - christian94
 
31.
“ Sarcasm and self-search

Must See:
The Man Who Wasn't There
A Serious Man
Burn After Reading
Fargo
Miller's Crossing
Inside Llewyn Davis ” - christian94
 
32.
“ Simplicity.

Must See:
The Man Who Wasn't There
A Serious Man
Burn After Reading
Fargo
Miller's Crossing
Inside Llewyn Davis ” - christian94
 
33.
Damien Chazelle
Writer, Whiplash
Damien Chazelle is an American director and screenwriter. His directorial debut was the musical Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009), his breakthrough came when he wrote and directed his second feature film, Whiplash (2014), which was based on his award-winning 2013 short film of the same name. The film received five Academy Award nominations...
“ Music and Imagination

Must See:
Whiplash
La La Land ” - christian94
 
34.
Andrey Zvyagintsev
Director, Leviathan
Andrei Zvyagintsev is a Russian filmmaker and was born on Feb.6, 1964 in the northern city of Novisibirsk. He graduated from the Novosibirsk Actors School in 1984 and started to act on stage in provincial theatres. In the early 1990s he came to Moscow - the centre of the Russian film industry - with the ambition to star in movies...
“ Humour, humanity, culture and darkness

Must see:
Leviathan
The Return ” - christian94
 
35.
“ Normalcy, humanity and its failings

Must see:
Seul au monde
Enter the Void
Irreversible
Love ” - christian94
 
36.
Spike Jonze
Producer, Her
Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under...
“ Relatable insanity

Must See:
Her
Adaptation
Being John Malkovich ” - christian94
 
37.
“ Frailty and visual flair

Must See:
The Flowers of War
The House of Flying Daggers
Raise the Red Lantern
Not One Less
To Live
Coming Home
The Road Home ” - christian94
 
38.
“ Science-Fiction

Must See:
Super 8
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens ” - christian94
 
39.
Denys Arcand
One of Québec's most politically aware filmmakers, Denys Arcand studied history at Université de Montréal, where he co-directed Alone or with Others with Denis Héroux and co-written with Stéphane Venne. He joined the National Film Board (NFB) in 1963, where his feature-length documentary on the textile industry...
“ Existentialist humour

Must see:
Le declin de l'empire americain
Les invasions barbares ” - christian94
 
40.
Paul Haggis
Writer, Crash
Paul Haggis is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back - Million Dollar Baby directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash which he himself directed. For Crash, he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay...
“ Conflict and circumstances

Must See:
Crash
The Next Three Days ” - christian94
 
41.
“ Humour and hubristic self-mockery

Must See:
Paris
Pot-Luck
Chinese Puzzle
Russian Dolls ” - christian94
 
42.
Denzel Washington
Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at Fordham University...
“ Drama and acting

Must See:
Fences
The Great Debaters
Antwone Fisher ” - christian94
 
43.
Antoine Fuqua
Director, Training Day
Antoine Fuqua (born January 19, 1966) is an American film director, known for his work in the film Training Day as well as The Replacement Killers, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer. He has directed music videos for such artists as Arrested Development...
“ Gritty street life

Must See:
Brooklyn's Finest
Southpaw
Training Day ” - christian94
 
44.
“ Subtlety and sincerity

Must See:
A Hijacking
A War ” - christian94
 
45.
Thomas Vinterberg
Director, The Hunt
With Last Round (Last Round), his graduation short from The National Film School of Denmark, he got an early taste of critical success. He received the Jury's and Producers' Awards at the International Student Film Fest in Munich and won the 1st Prize at the Tel Aviv Film Fest. Popular success followed with his breakthrough short fiction film...
“ Dramatic tension and humanity

Must See:
The Hunt
Submarino ” - christian94
 
46.
“ Beauty and buidlup

Must See:
The Best of Youth
Wild Blood ” - christian94
 
47.
Chang-dong Lee
Writer, Shi
Lee Chang-Dong was born in 1954 in Daegu, which some consider the most right-wing city in South Korea. Lee is a former high-school teacher and an acclaimed novelist. He turned to cinema when he was over 40 years old. His debut film "Green Fish" (1997) brought immediate success and critical acclaim. "Peppermint Candy" (2000)...
“ Sensibility and life affirmation

Must See:
Poetry
Secret Sunshine ” - christian94
 
48.
“ Difference is good

Must See:
Mommy
Laurence Anways
Les amours imaginaires ” - christian94
 
49.
Jim Jarmusch
Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
“ Quirkiness and simplicity

Must See:
Broken Flowers
Paterson ” - christian94
 
50.
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ Dialogue and mood.

Must See:
The Godfather
The Godfather, Part 2 ” - christian94
 
51.
“ Down-to-earthness.

Must See:
Tangerines
Three Houses ” - christian94
 
52.
“ Edgy emancipation

Must See:
Demolition
Wild
C.R.A.Z.Y. ” - christian94
 
53.
Pedro Almodóvar
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ Complicated relationships

Must See:
Julieta
Volver
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown ” - christian94
 
54.
David Lynch
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ Mystery and depth.

Must See:
Mulholand Dr.
Lost Highway ” - christian94
 
55.
“ Feel good movies with heart.

Must See:
Live and Become
The Concert ” - christian94
 
56.
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the United Kingdom and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted to...
“ Sci-fi, horror and action

Must See:
The Martian
Black Hawk Down
Body of Lies
Hannibal
Kingdom of Heaven ” - christian94
 
57.
Billy Wilder
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929, and wrote scripts for many German films until Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933...
“ Story

Must See:
The Apartment
Some Like It Hot
Double Identity ” - christian94
 
58.
Claude Chabrol
Director, La Cérémonie
French film director considered a master in the mystery genre. He is credited with starting the "nouvelle vague" French film movement.
“ Suspense and sensibility

Must See:
La Ceremonie ” - christian94
 
59.
Ingmar Bergman
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions is the trilogy closed. Here, as in 'Den Goda Viljan' Pernilla August play his mother...
“ Family

Must See:
The Seventh Seal
Fanny and Alexander ” - christian94
 
60.
Akira Kurosawa
Writer, Yojimbo
After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata. Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom...
“ Strife

Must See:
Ran
Druken Angel ” - christian94
 
61.
Satoshi Kon
Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film Memories (this Episode was "Magnetic Rose")...
“ ANIMATION MASTERS SECTION

Wisdom and whirlwind. (R.I.P. 2010)

Must See:
Perfect Blue
Millenium Actress ” - christian94
 
62.
Mamoru Hosoda
Mamoru Hosoda is a Japanese film director and animator. Formerly employed at Toei Animation, he went to work at Madhouse from 2005 to 2011. Hosoda left Madhouse in 2011 to establish his own animation studio, Studio Chizu. He first came to public attention in the early 2000s with the first two films in the Digimon Adventure series and the sixth film in the One Piece series...
“ Subtlety and splendor

Must See:
Wolf Children
Summer Wars ” - christian94
 
63.
Makoto Shinkai
Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer. Shinkai studied Japanese literature at Chuo University where he was a member of juvenile literature club where he drew picture books. In 1999, Shinkai released She and Her Cat, a five-minute short piece done in monochrome...
“ Beauty of life.

Must See:
Your Name
The Place Promised in our Early Days
Voices of a Distant Star
5cm per Second ” - christian94
 
64.
Shunji Iwai
Having received his education at Yokohama National University, Shunji Iwai started out in the entertainment industry by directing music videos and television dramas, including the likes of Maria, Lunatic Love and Fireworks, for which he received the award for Best Newcomer from the Japanese Director's Association...
“ Sensibilite and love

Must See:
The Murder Case of Hana & Alice
Hana and Alice
Love Letter ” - christian94
 
65.
“ Grounded and Funny Fantasy

Must See:
The Lion King
The Forbidden Kingdom ” - christian94
 
66.
Brad Bird
Writer, Ratatouille
Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in the propane business...
“ Passion and pace

Must See:
Ratatouille
The Incredibles
Mission: Impossible 4 - Ghost Protocol ” - christian94
 
67.
Sarah Polley
Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her sensitive portraits of wounded and conflicted young women in independent films...
“ DOCUMENTARY DEITIES SECTION

Documentary and drama

Must See:
Stories We Tell
Away from Her
Take This Waltz ” - christian94
 
68.
José Padilha
He is best known for directing the Brazilian critical and financial successes Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within and the 2014 remake of RoboCop. He has won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Elite Squad in 2008. He is also the producer and director of the Netflix original series Narcos, starring frequent collaborator Wagner Moura.
“ Vulnerability.

Must See:
Elite Squad
Elite Squad 2
Bus 174 ” - christian94
 
69.
Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until reunification)...
“ Essence and eternity

Must see:
The Salt of the Earth (2014)
Pina (2011)
Paris, Texas (1984)
Wrong Move (1975) ” - christian94
 
70.
“ Charisma and charm (RIP 2017)

Must See:
Rachel Getting Married
Silence of the Lambs
The Agronomist
A Master Builder ” - christian94
 
71.
Michael Moore
Michael Francis Moore was born in Flint, Michigan on April 23, 1954, and was raised in its Davison suburb. He is the son of Helen Veronica (Wall), a secretary, and Francis Richard Moore, who worked on an auto assembly line. He has Irish, as well as English and Scottish, ancestry. Moore studied journalism at the University of Michigan-Flint...
“ Social commentary and story

Must see:
Sicko
Fahrenheit 9/11
Where to Invade Next
Bowling for Columbine
Capitalism: A Love Story ” - christian94
 
72.
“ Difficult documentaries

Must See:
Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) ” - christian94
 
73.
“ Best Short Director

Must See:
Coming Out
Doomsday Book
Three

A Tale of Two Sisters
I Saw the Devil
The Good the Bad the Weird ” - christian94