Directors and their movies rated

Directors I enjoy the most, and some that I don't... Ordered from favorite to least favorite. Not a best directors list.

I still have quite a lot to see and will update as I watch, I would like to hear some suggestions, I know of many that I just haven't gotten around to seeing yet.

Rating system goes something like this

10 Masterpiece
9 Amazing
8 Great
7 Good
6 Alright
5 Disappointing
4 Poor
3 Hate it
2 Are you kidding?
1 I'm probably dead after watching this

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1.
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...
“ A Clockwork Orange - 10
2001 a Space Odyssey - 10
The Shining - 10
Full Metal Jacket - 9.5
The Killing - 9.5
Dr. Strangelove - 9.5
Eyes Wide Shut - 9 ” - danielklassen_13
 
2.
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...
“ The Good The Bad and The Ugly - 10
Fistfull of Dollars - 10
For a Few Dollars More - 10 ” - danielklassen_13
 
3.
David Lynch
Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future director Jennifer Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
“ Blue Velvet - 10
Mullholland Drive - 10
Twin Peaks Pilot - 9.5
Eraserhead - 9.5
Wild At Heart - 9
Lost Highway - 9
Dune - 9
Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me - 7.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
4.
Alfred Hitchcock
Actor, Psycho
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
“ Rear Window - 10
North By Northwest - 10
Vertigo - 10
Rope - 9
Psycho - 9
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) - 9
The Birds - 9
Strangers on a Train - 7.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
5.
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...
“ Pulp Fiction - 9.5
Inglorious Basterds - 9.5
Kill Bill Vol. 1 - 9.5
Reservoir Dogs - 9.5
Django Unchained - 9.5
Death Proof - 9
Kill Bill Vol. 2 - 9
Jackie Brown - 8

Four Rooms (The Man From Hollywood) - 7 ” - danielklassen_13
 
6.
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...
“ Raging Bull - 9.5
Wolf of Wall Street - 9
Mean Streets - 9
Shutter Island - 9
Casino - 9
The Departed - 9
Taxi Driver - 9
Goodfellas - 9
Hugo - 8.5
Gangs of New York - 7
Bringing Out The Dead - 7
Aviator - 7 ” - danielklassen_13
 
7.
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...
“ Boyhood - 10
Dazed and Confused - 10
Before Sunrise - 9.5
Before Sunset - 9.5
Me and Orson Welles -9
Waking Life - 8
School of Rock - 8
A Scanner Darkly - 7.5
The Newton Boys - 7
Bernie - 6 ” - danielklassen_13
 
8.
Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College...
“ Badlands - 10
The Tree of Life - 9.5
The Thin Red Line - 9.5
The New World - 8
Days of Heaven - 7.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
9.
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...
“ Apocalypse Now - 10
The Godfather - 9
The Godfather Part 2 - 8.5
The Outsiders - 7
The Godfather Part 3 - 7
Twixt - 6 ” - danielklassen_13
 
10.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ There Will Be Blood - 9.5
Boogie Nights - 8.5
The Master - 8
Punch Drunk Love - 8 ” - danielklassen_13
 
11.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years. New York quickly became his city and soon began to shape Nicolas's future...
“ Only God Forgives - 9.5
Drive - 9.5
Bronson - 9 ” - danielklassen_13
 
12.
“ Ethan Coen included...

A Serious Man - 9.5
The Big Lebowski - 9
Burn After Reading - 9
No Country For Old Men - 9
True Grit - 8
Raising Arizona - 8
Fargo - 7 ” - danielklassen_13
 
13.
Wes Anderson
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - 9
The Darjeeling Limited - 8.5
Fantastic Mr. Fox - 8.5
The Grand Budapest Hotel - 8
The Royal Tenenbaums - 8
Moonrise Kingdom - 8
Bottle Rocket - 8 ” - danielklassen_13
 
14.
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 advertising....
“ Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - 9.5
The Fisher King - 9
Monty Python and The Holy Grail - 9
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - 8
The Zero Theorum - 7 ” - danielklassen_13
 
15.
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...
“ Midnight In Paris - 9.5
To Rome With Love - 9
Annie Hall - 9
Vicky Christina Barcelona - 8
Blue Jasmine - 7 ” - danielklassen_13
 
16.
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...
“ Blade Runner - 9.5
Prometheus - 9
Gladiator - 9
Alien - 9
Hannibal - 8
American Gangster - 8
Body of Lies - 8
Legend - 7
Matchstick Men - 6
Black Hawk Down - 6 ” - danielklassen_13
 
17.
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...
“ Fight Club - 9
Se7en - 8.5
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - 8
The Social Network - 8
Zodiac - 8
The Game - 8
Panic Room - 8
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 7 ” - danielklassen_13
 
18.
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...
“ Jaws - 9
Catch Me If You Can - 9
Raiders of the Lost Ark - 9
The Last Crusade - 9
Schindler's List - 8.5
E.T. - 8.5
The Terminal - 8
Saving Private Ryan - 8
The Adventures of Tintin - 7.5
Munich - 7.5
Temple of Doom - 7.5
Jurassic Park - 7.5
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 7.5
War of the Worlds - 7
Hook - 7
Minority Report - 7
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - 6.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
19.
Sidney Lumet
Director, 12 Angry Men
Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often treated socially relevant themes in his films...
“ 12 Angry Men - 9
Dog Day Afternoon - 9
Network - 7.5
Serpico - 7 ” - danielklassen_13
 
20.
Alfonso Cuarón
Writer, Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then immediately started to film everything he saw...
“ Children of Men - 9.5
Graviy - 9
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 6 ” - danielklassen_13
 
21.
Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the script writers Paul Schrader...
“ Casualties of War - 9.5
Carrie - 9
The Untouchables - 8
Dressed to Kill - 8
Mission Impossible - 8
Scarface - 7
The Black Dahlia - 7
Passion - 7 ” - danielklassen_13
 
22.
“ Shame - 9.5
12 Years a Slave - 9 ” - danielklassen_13
 
23.
“ Trainspotting - 9
127 Hours - 8.5
Slumdog Millionaire - 8.5
A Life Less Ordinary - 8
Sunshine - 7.5
Trance - 7 ” - danielklassen_13
 
24.
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...
“ Interstellar - 9
The Prestige - 9
Memento - 9
Inception - 7.5
Batman Begins - 7.5
The Dark Knight - 7.5
Following - 7.5
Insomnia - 7
The Dark Knight Rises - 6.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
25.
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...
“ The Fountain - 9
Black Swan - 9
The Wrestler - 8
Pi - 7.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
26.
Milos Forman
Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in Buchenwald and his mother died in Auschwitz...
“ One Flew Over The Cookoo's Nest - 9
Man On The Moon - 8.5
Amadeus - 7.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
27.
Derek Cianfrance
Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied, won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best film...
“ Place Beyond The Pines - 9
Blue Valentine - 8 ” - danielklassen_13
 
28.
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...
“ Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - 9
Snatch - 8.5
Sherlock Holmes - 6.5
RocknRolla - 6
Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows - 6 ” - danielklassen_13
 
29.
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...
“ American Beauty - 8
Skyfall - 7.5
Jarhead - 7
Road to Perdition - 7
Away We Go - 6 ” - danielklassen_13
 
30.
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ The Return of The King - 9
The Fellowship of The Ring - 9
The Two Towers - 9
The Frighteners - 7
Dead Alive - 7
King Kong - 6.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
31.
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...
“ Avatar - 8
The Abyss - 7.5
The Terminator - 7.5
Titanic - 7.5
Aliens - 7 ” - danielklassen_13
 
32.
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...
“ Platoon - 9
Natural Born Killers - 7
Wall Street - 7
The Doors -7
JFK - 7
World Trade Center - 6.5
Wall Street Money Never Sleeps - 5.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
33.
John Milius
John Milius is a screenwriter and director who came to prominence in the 1970s, when he was associated with Francis Ford Coppola and the pre-Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope George Lucas. Born on April 11, 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri, Milius was one of the first movie industry professionals to be a film school graduate...
“ The Big Wednesday - 9
Conan - 8.5
Red Dawn - 7.5
The Wind and The Lion - 6 ” - danielklassen_13
 
34.
David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories...
“ Videodrome - 8.5
A Dangerous Method - 7.5
Eastern Promises - 7
Cosmopolis - 6.5
A History of Violence - 6 ” - danielklassen_13
 
35.
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)...
“ Back to the Future - 8
Forest Gump - 8
Back to the Future 3 - 7.5
Back to the Future 2 - 8
Flight - 7.5
Contact - 7
Polar Express - 7
Cast Away - 7 ” - danielklassen_13
 
36.
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...
“ Miami Vice - 7.5
The Insider - 7
Ali - 7
Heat - 7
The Keep - 7
Public Enemies - 7
The Last of The Mohicans - 6.5
Collateral - 6.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
37.
“ 50/50 - 8.5
Warm Bodies - 8
The Wackness - 7 ” - danielklassen_13
 
38.
Harmony Korine
Director, Spring Breakers
Harmony Korine was born in Bolinas, California, in 1973. His family moved to the east coast of the United States when he was five, and he spent his early years in Nashville, Tennessee, and New York. At the age of 19, he wrote the critically acclaimed screenplay Kids for director Larry Clark...
“ Spring Breakers - 8.5
Gummo - 7.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
39.
John Carpenter
Writer, Halloween
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles...
“ Halloween - 9
The Thing - 8.5
Christine - 7
Big Trouble in Little China - 7
Escape From L.A. - 6 ” - danielklassen_13
 
40.
Kathryn Bigelow
Director, The Hurt Locker
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be critiqued by people like Richard Serra...
“ Point Break - 9
The Hurt Locker - 8
Zero Dark Thirty - 8 ” - danielklassen_13
 
41.
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...
“ Traffic - 7.5
Out of Sight - 7.5
Magic Mike - 7
Ocean's Eleven - 7
Side Effects - 7
Ocean's Thirteen - 6.5
Ocean's Twelve - 6.5
Contagion - 6 ” - danielklassen_13
 
42.
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, 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)...
“ Big Fish - 7
Batman Returns - 6.5
Batman - 6.5
Beetlejuice - 6.5
Edward Scissorhands - 6.5
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - 6 ” - danielklassen_13
 
43.
Luc Besson
Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue and The Fifth Element, as an adolescent bored in school. He...
“ Leon the Professional - 7
Taken - 7
The Fifth Element - 6.5
Lucy - 6.5
The Family - 5.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
44.
“ Super 8 - 7
Star Trek into Darkness - 7
Star Trek - 6.5
Mission Impossible 3 - 6.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
45.
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...
“ A Beautiful Mind - 8
Apollo 13 - 7
The Da Vinci Code - 7
Cinderella Man - 7
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - 7
Angels and Demons - 7
The Dilemma - 4.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
46.
“ Zombieland - 7
30 Minutes or Less - 6.5
Gangster Squad - 5.5 ” - danielklassen_13
 
47.
Michael Bay
Producer, Transformers
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and Divinyls...
“ Pain and Gain - 6.5
Bad Boys - 6.5
Transformers - 6.5
The Rock - 6
Transformers 2 - 5.5
Bad Boys 2 - 5.5 ” - danielklassen_13