The BEST / MY FAVORITE Directors of All Time List! IN ORDER!!

This is a mix of mt Favorite Directors of all time, and the Best, of which i think there is a distinct difference. Before you get started here are some honorable metions i feel obliged to mention that were omitted, purposefully..: Alfred Hitchcock (Ive only seen four of his films, sorry) Paul Thomas Anderson, Woody Allen, John Woo, Luc Besson, John Carpenter (pains me he didn't make the cut), David Cronenberg (although if he keeps making 'Eastern Promises' calibur films, he should move up), Tom Twyker, Guillermo Del Toro, Brian De Palma, Steven Soderbergh, William Friedkin, John Sturges, Mel Gibson, Paul McGuigan, George Roy Hill, Sam Peckinpah, Peter Jackson, Tobe Hooper, Nowman Jewison, Roman Polanski, 'Beat' Takeshi, Takeshi Miike, and Robert Zemeckis. Whew! Whos left you ask, well read on....!
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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...

In my oinion, he's deserved 8 Best Director awards!!
(Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List & Jurasic Park, Jaws, Munich & War of the Worlds, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Indiana Jones & TheLast Crusade, Minority Report & Catch Me If You Can, Raiders of the Lost Ark) ” - cortesbycortes
Martin Scorsese
After serious deliberations about entering the priesthood - he entered a seminary in 1956 - Martin Scorsese opted to channel his passions into film. He graduated from NYU as a film major in 1964. Catching the eye of producer Roger Corman with his 1960s student films (including co-editing Woodstock)...
“ Has made some of the Best Films of all Time, and in my opinion Mean Streets is one of his Best! Early DeNiro here is better then in Godfather II or Taxi Driver. ” - cortesbycortes
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham) on 30 November 1937. His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the UK and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted to join Army (his...
“ Yeah thats right, I'm listing him this high, lemme remind you why!
Alien! Blade Runner! Legend!
Black Hawk Down! Gladiator! Kingdom of Heaven!
Body of Lies! The Duelists! Hannibal! G.I. Jane! Amercan Gangster!
Matchstik Men! A Good Year.
He can do it all!!! ” - cortesbycortes
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...
“ HE is the reason why The Oscars SUCK!!

He's deserved 7, thats right SEVEN, Best Director Awards!
(Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangeglove, A Clockwork Orange, Paths of Glory, The Shining, The Killing, Spartacus) ” - cortesbycortes
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 but, after graduating, drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition. He landed his first professional film job as art director...
“ If it were'nt for him, Spielberg, and George Lucas, what would our visual effects be like today? Wait, he just revolutionized them again with Avatar.

Arguably the Best Writer/Director of all time! ” - cortesbycortes
Michael Mann
Producer, Heat
A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief starring James Caan as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
“ Probably the most underrated of my Top Ten.

Heat was an epic masterpiece!
Last of the Mohicans was an epic masterpiece!

The Keep is the only mediocore film he has ever made, and being such a big fan of 80's Horror, i dont think this film is that bad. ” - cortesbycortes
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...
“ Hand down the Best Writer of All Time!! Thats with only 8 Films under his belt!!!

Revolutionized modern indie film.

He has about 4 films in my Top 25 Favorite Films of All Time!! ” - cortesbycortes
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...
“ Made Fight Club, my Favorite Film of All Time!!!

He has not made a bad movie! Not At All!!!!

I can only hope that He, Tarantino, Chris Nolan, and Darren Aronofsky continue to make excellent films for a long time to come. ” - cortesbycortes
Spike Lee
Director, Malcolm X
Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University...
“ If he doesn't make your list of at least Great Modern Directors, then I urge you to take a Film Appreciation class, and learn more!!! ” - cortesbycortes
Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear story-telling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of film-making, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made...
“ He's already made Number 10!! With only 7 films under his belt!

But I hope he pulls something out of his ass with the next Batman film, Inception was soooo good, can he out-due it, and with no more Heath Ledger, how will it stand against Dark Knight. ” - cortesbycortes
Oliver Stone
Director, Platoon
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success. William Oliver Stone was born in New York City...
“ I mean he is the oppitomy of controversy! Im am a conspearicy theorist today because i saw JFK as a kid, and it all went downhill from there. Thats when i fall in love with libraries, then later realized the impact a single film can have on your life. He made me realize that if a film is done correctly, it can be just as influential or impactful as any book, if not more. ” - cortesbycortes
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...
“ The only reason he's not higher is beacuse Ive only seen five of his films, but even with those five, i know how influential of a filmmaker he was on generations to come.
Dreams is an unerrated masterpiece, btw. Odd i have not seen Ran or Throne of Blood, but ive seen Dreams. :) ” - cortesbycortes
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...
“ As good as I know Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan are, how come The Fountain is rarely mentioned, this is probably the most underrated film of all time. ” - cortesbycortes
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...
“ Godfather.
Apocalypse Now.
The Conversation.
Godfather II.

Enough Said. He Owned the 70's. ” - cortesbycortes
“ He just doesn't stop surprising me!
Sunshine was amazing!
28 Days Later is one of the Best Zombie films of all time!
127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire are easily two of the Best Films of their respective Years!
And Trainspotting, literally, changed my life!

He should probably be ranked higher now that i think about it. ” - cortesbycortes
Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ I could easily say he is the most consistant director since 2000. ” - cortesbycortes
Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick is well-known for his heroic movies that include Glory, and the breathtaking works of art that include Legends of the Fall. Zwick has also been known for his thoughtfulness as a director, and for his record of working with television series and other films as a producer. Born in 1952...
“ I want him to stop gettin campy on me, or he'll quickly fall more in the rankings. I could feel it coming in Last Samurai, it was more evident in Blood Diamond, and full on in Defiance, a very dissapointing film. ” - cortesbycortes
“ Mr. Action

Die Hard & Predator!!! ” - cortesbycortes
Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertisement...
“ I just wish he was a little easier to work with, then he would probably get more opportunities to make the kind of movies we love to see. ” - cortesbycortes
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics...
“ Although he did make two of the Greatest Westerns of All Time, he did more too! Have you see Once Upon A Time in America!!! ” - cortesbycortes
Tony Scott
Director, Top Gun
Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British military...
“ The Hyperactive version of Ridley Scott!

But seriously, True Romance, Man on Fire, Spy Game,Top Gun, Enemy of the State, Crimson Tide..... C'mon, he is an action genius! ” - cortesbycortes
“ As quirky as Terry Gilliam or im Burton, just on a completely different level. ” - cortesbycortes
Ron Howard
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ Still waiting on that one, knock-down drag-out, AMAZING film! He's had some great films, but they were just swallowed up by other AMAZAING films that year.

Cinderella Man 2005 - Munich, The Constant Gardener, Jarhead, Green Street Hooligans, Match Point, History of Violence.
Apollo 13 1995 - Braveheart, Se7en, 12 Monkeys, The Usual Suspects, Casino, Heat, Kids.
A Beautifull Mind 2001 - Black Hawk Down, Vanilla Sky, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship, Blow, Ali, Ocean's 11, Donnie Darko, Dog Soldiers, Bangkok Dangerous.
Ransom 1996 - Trainspotting, Dead Man, Get on the Bus, From Dusk Till Dawn, Bound, Courage Under Fire, Fargo, Scream.

You just got bad timing buddy. ” - cortesbycortes
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
“ You just gotta love this dude! ” - cortesbycortes
Guy Ritchie
Director, Snatch
Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school and in 1995...
“ This was probably the hardest spot to fill...who is gonna get that last spot....?
Well i chose Guy Ritchie, I LOVED Snatch, Lock Stock, and RocknRolla. And I hate to stereotype, but I need more like that! I'd love to see you go and be able to do more Guy, but i need another hit like that to elevate you in this list, you were once the new Tarantino....but he stayed consistant, you made Swept Away and Revolver. ” - cortesbycortes