Favorite Directors

My Top 25 Directors

(including my three favorites of their movies):

1. Sam Peckinpah



2. Martin Scorsese



3. John Carpenter



4. Robert Altman

Gosford Park




5. Alfred Hitchcock



6. Werner Herzog




7. Stanley Kubrick



8. Samuel Fuller

Pickup on South Street
Shock Corridor



9. James Whale




10. Quentin Tarantino

Django Unchained



11. Ingmar Bergman

Fanny and Alexander
Smiles of a Summer Night



12. John Ford




13. François Truffaut



14. Hayao Miyazaki

My Neighbor Totoro




15. Otto Preminger

Advise & Consent




16. Joel and Ethan Coen

No Country for Old Men






17. Akira Kurosawa







18. Federico Fellini





19. Wes Anderson




20. George Romero




21. Steven Spielberg





22. Billy Wilder

Stalag 17
Witness for the Prosecution











23. Sidney Lumet

12 Angry Men






24. Jean Renoir

The River








 25. Woody Allen






frshpilot said...

- Seven Samurai
- Yojimbo
- Rashoman

Screamqueenarmy said...

Lloyd Kaufman

- The Toxic Avenger
- Terror Firmer
- Tromeo and Juliet

DVD Infatuation said...

Both excellent choices!

I felt especially bad not having Kurosawa on the list (I love so many of his films), so I'm glad he was mentioned.

Everyone else is welcome to include their favorites as well in the comments (also, let me know if your favorite is listed above, but your three films differ from mine)

tjpieraccini said...

Frank Capra

- American Madness
- Mr Smith Goes to Washington
- Bitter Tea of General Yen

(though I'd be lying by omission if I didn't also mention the obvious Christmas one)

Peter Weir qualifies for me on the basis of Dead Poets Society alone.

Clint Eastwood for Unforgiven and Bridges of Madison County.

Jacques Tourneur

- Night of the Demon
- I walked With a Zombie
- Out of the Past

(Though I haven't seen Anne of the Indies for a while, and he deserves some sort of medal for getting both Jean Peters and Debra Paget in one film...)

Top Bergmans vary - I'd probably also go with Seventh Seal but add The Silence and Persona

Interesting that you select both Kubrick and Hitchcock without the third that often, these days, goes with them - Christopher Nolan. All three are a bit head-over-heart for me, though I'm not questioning their actual moviemaking skills.

Lally said...

Great list. Throwing in for discussion:
Elia Kazan
-On the Waterfront
-East of Eden
-A streetcar named desire

Peter Jackson
-Fellowship of the Ring
-Two Towers
-Return of the King

John Huston
-The Man who Would be King
-The Maltese Falcon
-The African Queen

Woody Allen (not going to list, too numerous)

Fuller was interesting - didn't think of him. I am glad someone else mentioned Akira Kurisowa - I love so many of his films. Ridley Scott doesn't make this list, and I can see why - but I think he may be in the conversation too, especially if you liked Blade Runner, Alien and Gladiator. I didn't see Coppolla on my first reading? Peckinpaw as #1 - I didn't see that but it's thought provoking - especially when you think how remarkably original his work was for it's time - the Wild Bunch was really the first movie of it's kind. No mention of Sergio Leone here - but I think that makes sense. Like your list, thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, JJ Abrahms, Ben Affleck for Argo alone for me

Unknown said...

Agree with almost if not all of the above - but would add Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, JJ Abrahms, Ben Affleck for Argo alone for me

Save the Book said...

Peter Weir
The Cars that Ate Paris
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Dead Poets Society
Sergei Eisenstein
The Battleship Potemkin
Alexander Nevsky
Ivan the Terrible (parts 1 and II)

Unknown said...

Top list, Dave.
David Lynch
Blue Velvet
Wild At Heart
The Elephant Man

DVD Infatuation said...

Thanks to everyone who posted above! And I can't argue with any of your choices. All are excellent directors!

Thanks again!

Tony said...

Michael Curtiz
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Mildred Pierce

filmgrit said...

Wim Wenders:
Paris, Texas
Wings of Desire
Buena Vista Social Club

replicantpinky said...

Not one person mentioned David Fincher or Danny Boyle? Wow

irish said...

I would say Billy Wilder is my alltime favourite director. because he has directed more of my fav movie's than any other. Among the favs would be 1,2,3, and The Major and The Minor.
Woody Allen might have taken over, if he had kept on making movies like Sleeper, and Love and Death.
Howard Hawks is possibly next. I always lump in and Ford together. I'm not a great fan of Ford. The only fav for me is How Green was my valley. But I've always enjoyed Wagonmaster.
I also Bergman and Fellini together. But for me Bergman wins out. Although I think Seventh Seal is overrated. Some of his best for me are Shame, Fanny and Alexander, Face to Face, and Scenes from a marriage.
As for Fellini, i prefer his earlier work. Stuff like 8½, and La Dolce Vita do nothing for me.

Of the direcrtors you mention. These are my fav movies

Altman-prarie home companion+m.a.s.h
Still haven't seen Park, or Miller

Hitchcock-Saboteur, North by northwest, pyscho


Fuller-Big Red One

Tarantino-Dogs (i think) Fiction. Bill (not sure if both or just the first, or just the second)

Bergman (Fanny and Alexander-maybe)


Spielberg-ET. Jurassic Park, Raiders

Billy Wilder-Sabrina fair,The Fortune Cookie,kiss me stupid,one two three,the apartment, some like it hot.the major and the minor (maybe A foreign affair, and arise my love)

woody allen. Money, sleeper, Love and, bananas.

irish said...

I would include Howard Hawks as well.

Unknown said...

The Testament of Dr. Abuse

The Tennant
Rosemary's Baby

Touch of Evil
The Trial
Citizen Came

The Unknown

Branded To Kill
Youth Of The Beast
Tokyo Drifter

The Thing From Another World
The Big Sleep
Rio Bravo
(I know it's a cheat, but I honestly couldn't narrow it down!)

oakland steve said...

Umberto D
Bicycle Thieves
Miracle in Milan
After the Fox
Two Women
Marriage, Italian Style
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Brief Vacation