Lists by AConradG
To that end, I signed up for a Netflix account in May 2009 and started tackling an enormous list of movies. I included movies that are included on lists of the best films of all time, movies with cult followings, and movies that conquered the box office. I had already seen classics like Psycho, The Godfather, Citizen Kane, Pulp Fiction, and Memento before then. Even with this pretty big list, my queue is still 138 films long, and hasn't significantly gotten shorter.
The list also includes movies I saw in theaters during this time period.
Admittedly it's a little AFI-heavy, and there's an inordinately high percentage of movies from the last decade. Although some of these films will never leave this list, I do plan on updating it as I continue watching (and re-watching) movies.
They're ordered chronologically, because I don't think it's productive to rank lists like this.
Of course most people have more than five favorite movies, but forcing you to choose is an interesting exercise: you can get at what really matters to you.
Most of my favorite directors have very specific, recognizable visual styles. Also, a lot of them are also the writers for most, if not all, of their films. I guess I particularly like auteurs.
It's really difficult to narrow the list down to just ten, but if you just make a list of every director you like, you're not being very discriminating. Unfortunately that also means I left out masters like Terrence Malick, David Lynch, Clint Eastwood, and Paul Thomas Anderson. But I'm not against revising the list as I see more movies.
For most of these directors I've seen at least five of their films. A few of the more recent ones (or the ones I only recently discovered) are exceptions.