My favorite directors!

First 15, or so, of these are in order, then there are some film-makers I have only seen couple film, but I'm interested in them as well. I ranked all of the films I have seen from them. Enjoy.

Criteria: 2 films minimum, only 2 films if I gave either a 10 or a 9 to both films.
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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 10/10
2001: A Space Odessey 10/10
Dr. Strangelove 10/10
Shining 10/10
Full Metal Jacket 10/10
Paths Of Glory 10/10
Barry Lyndon 10/10
The Killing 9.5/10
Eyes Wide Shut 9/10
Lolita 9/10
Fear and Desire 4/10
Killer's Kiss 3/10
Spartacus 6/10
The Seafarers (a documentary) 3/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
2.
Luis Buñuel
The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the university there, where his close friends included Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca...
“ Viridiana 10/10
The Discreet Charm of The Bourgeois 10/10
The Exterminating Angel 10/10
That Obscure Object of Desire 10/10
Los Oldvidados 10/10
Diary of a Chambermaid 10/10
Tristana 9.5/10
Belle de Jour 9.5/10
The Phantom of Liberty 9/10
Un Chien Andalou 9/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
3.
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...
“ Inherent Vice 10/10
There Will Be Blood 10/10
The Master 10/10
Magnolia 10/10
Boogie Nights 9/10
Punch-Drunk Love 9/10
Cigarettes and Coffee (short film) 7.5/10
The Dirk Diggler Story (short film) 4/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
4.
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...
“ Autumn Sonata 10/10
Sevent Seal 10/10
Wild Strawberries 10/10
Persona 10/10
Winter Light 10/10
Shame 10/10
The Hour Of The Wolf 10/10
Through A Class Darkly 9,5/10
The Passion Of Anna 7,5/10
Hamnstad 7/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
5.
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, credited as the inventor of "Spaghetti Western" genre. Leone's film-making style includes juxtaposing extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots. His movies include the sword and sandal action films The Last Days of Pompeii and The Colossus of Rhodes...
“ Once Upon A Time In The West 10/10
Once Upon A Time In America 10/10
The Good, the Bad, The Ugly 10/10
For a Few Dollars More 9.5/10
Fistful Of Dollars 8/10
Fistful Of Dynamite (Duck, You Sucker!) 8/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
6.
Federico Fellini
Writer,
The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the devil herself said the priests who ran his school)...
“ Nights Of Capiria 10/10
La Strada 10/10
La Dolce Vita 10/10
I Vitelloni 10/10
Giulietta Degli Spiriti 9.5/10
8½ 9.5/10
Fellini's Roma 9/10
Il Bidone 8/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
7.
Jean-Pierre Melville
Writer, Le Samouraï
The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its Ishmaels and its Claggarts a challenge to the European canon...
“ Le Samourai 10/10
Le Doulos 10/10
Le Cercle Rouge 10/10
Army Of Shadows 10/10
Bob The Gambler 9/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
8.
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 10/10
Taxi Driver 10/10
After Hours 9.5/10
King Of Comedy 9.5/10
Goodfellas 9.5/10
Shine a Light (Rolling Stone documentary) 10/10
The Departed 8/10
The Wolf of Wall Street 9/10
Casino 7.5/10
Shutter Island 7.5/10
The Color Of Money 7.5/10
Cape Fear 7/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
9.
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...
“ Annie Hall 10/10
Blue Jasmine 9.5/10
Manhattan 9.5/10
Hannah And Her Sisters 9.5/10
Radio Days 9/10
Love and Death 9/10
Stardust Memories 9/10
Bananas 8/10
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask 8/10
Irrational Man 7/10
To Rome With Love 6.5/10
Hollywood Ending 5/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
10.
“ Amour 10/10
Cache 10/10
The Piano Teacher 9/10
Funny Games U.S 7/10
Benny's Video 6/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
11.
“ And Ethan Coen aka The Coen Brothers.

Inside Llewyn Davis 10/10
Barton Fink 10/10
Fargo 10/10
Big Lebowski 10/10
Millers Crossing 10/10
No Country For Old Men 10/10
True Grit 9.5/10
O Brother, Where Art Thou? 9/10
The Man Who Wasn't There 8.5/10
Raising Arizona 7/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
12.
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...
“ Sunset Boulevard 10/10
Double Indemnity 10/10
Some Like It Hot 10/10
The Apartment 10/10
Ace In The Hole 9.5/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
13.
Werner Herzog
Director, Grizzly Man
Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn't finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for his films.
“ Fitzcarraldo 10/10
Aguirre, Wrath of God 10/10
My Best Fiend 9/10
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser 8/10
Nosferatu 7/10
Cobra Verde 7/10
Woyzeck 6/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
14.
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ Circus 10/10
City Lights 10/10
The Great Dictator 10/10
Goldrush 10/10
The Kid 10/10
Modern Times 9/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
15.
Alfred Hitchcock
Director, 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)...
“ Psycho 10/10
Vertigo 10/10
North by Northwest 8/10
Rear Window 8.5/10
The Birds 8/10
The Trouble With Harry 3/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
16.
Orson Welles
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein...
“ Citizen Kane 10/10
Touch of Evil 10/10
The Magnificent Ambersons 9.5/10
The Stranger 9/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
17.
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...
“ Tree of Life 10/10
Badlands 10/10
Days of Heaven 10/10
The Thin Red Line 9/10
To The Wonder 6.5/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
18.
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 10/10
The Elephant Man 9.5/10
Eraserhead 9.5/10
Mulholland Drive 9/10
Inland Empire 9.5/10
Lost Highway 8/10
Wild At Heart 7/10
Twin Peaks (tv series) 10/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
19.
Aki Kaurismäki
Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific film-makers...
“ The Man Without a Past 10/10
I Hired a Contract Killer 9/10
Lights In the Dusk 8/10
Le Havre 7.5/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
20.
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 was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
“ Videodrome 9/10
The Fly 9/10
Eastern Promises 8.5/10
Naked Lunch 8/10
Dead Zone 8/10
Maps to the Stars 7/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
21.
Roman Polanski
Director, The Pianist
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years before World War II began...
“ Chinatown 10/10
Rosemary's Baby 10/10
The Tenant 9.5/10
Repulsion 9/10
Carnage 8/10
Two Men and a Wardrobe (a short film) 9/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
22.
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....
“ Brazil 10/10
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 10/10
Twelve Monkeys 9/10
Monty Python and The Holy Grail 9/10
Life of Brian 9/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
23.
“ Last Year at Marienbad 10/10
Hiroshima, Mon Amour 10/10
Night and Fog 10/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
24.
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...
“ The Godfather 10/10
The Godfather Part II 10/10
The Godfather Part III 3/10
Apocalypse Now 10/10
The Conversation 10/10
The Outsiders 2/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
25.
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...
“ Ikiru 10/10
Rashamon 10/10
Ran 7/10
Dodesukaden 7/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
26.
Kar-Wai Wong
Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong cha sit (1997)...
“ Chungking Express 10/10
Days of Being Wild 10/10
In The Mood For Love 9.5/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
27.
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 Grand Budapest Hotel 10/10
Moonrise Kingdom 9/10
The Royal Tenenbaums 8.5/10
Fantastic Mr. Fox 7/10
Darjeeling Limited 5.5/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
28.
Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to television...
“ Young Frankenstein 9.5/10
The Producers 9/10
Spaceballs 8/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
29.
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Mr. Kieslowski started his career shooting documentaries and later became associated with the "cinema of moral anxiety" movement. It grouped several Polish directors, including Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, and aimed at depicting the conditions of Poles under communism. His best known work was the Three Colors trilogy: Three Colors: Red...
“ The Double Life of Veronica 9.5/10
A Short Film about Killing 9.5/10
A Short Film about Love 9.5/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
30.
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 Cuckoo's Nest 10/10
The People vs. Larry Flynt 9/10
Man on The Moon 9/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
31.
“ 12 Years a Slave 10/10
Shame 9.5/10
Hunger 9/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
32.
Jean-Luc Godard
Director, My Life to Live
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of Switzerland and attended school in Nyons (Switzerland)...
“ Band of Outsiders 9.5/10
Breathless 9/10
Alphaville 6/10
Week End 6/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
33.
“ Trainspotting 9.5/10
Sunshine 8.5/10
127 Hours 8/10
Beach 5/10
28 Days Later 3/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
34.
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...
“ Her 10/10
Adaptation 10/10
Being John Malkovich 9.5/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
35.
John Huston
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English...
“ Maltese Falcon 9.5/10
The Treasure Of Sierra Madre 9.5/10
Key Largo 5.5/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
36.
“ Taxi To The Dark Side 10/10
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson 8.5/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
37.
Jean Renoir
Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he began to make movies; he wanted to make a star of her...
“ Rules Of The Game 10/10
La Grande Illusion 9.5/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia
 
38.
Terry Zwigoff
Director, Ghost World
Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, Zwigoff held several jobs before making his breakthrough feature: the documentary Crumb (1994) in 1994. His previous jobs included musician, shipping clerk, printer and welfare office worker. In fact, Zwigoff traces his film career back to discovering a rare blues recording by an unknown Chicago blues musician he discovered in 1978...
“ Ghost World 10/10
Crumb 10/10 ” - SeaHorseMafia