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Directors of the Top 100 IMDb Movies

Can you name the directors of the top 100 movies, as rated by users on IMDb.
Source https://www.imdb.com/chart/top/ - Correct as of January 2024
Animated films in blue
For films with multiple directors, you only need to name one.
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Rank
Movie
Director
1
The Shawshank Redemption
Frank Darabont
2
The Godfather
Francis Ford Coppola
3
The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan
4
The Godfather: Part II
Francis Ford Coppola
5
12 Angry Men
Sidney Lumet
6
Schindler's List
Steven Spielberg
7
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Peter Jackson
8
Pulp Fiction
Quentin Tarantino
9
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Peter Jackson
10
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Sergio Leone
11
Forrest Gump
Robert Zemeckis
12
Fight Club
David Fincher
13
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Peter Jackson
14
Inception
Christopher Nolan
15
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Irvin Kershner
16
The Matrix
The Wachowskis
17
Goodfellas
Martin Scorsese
18
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Milos Forman
19
Se7en
David Fincher
20
It's a Wonderful Life
Frank Capra
21
Interstellar
Christopher Nolan
22
Seven Samurai
Akira Kurosawa
23
The Silence of the Lambs
Jonathan Demme
24
Saving Private Ryan
Steven Spielberg
25
City of God
Fernando Meirelles
26
Life Is Beautiful
Roberto Benigni
27
The Green Mile
Frank Darabont
28
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
James Cameron
29
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
George Lucas
30
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers & Justin K. Thompson
31
Back to the Future
Robert Zemeckis
32
Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki
33
The Pianist
Roman Polanski
34
Parasite
Bong Joon Ho
35
Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock
36
Gladiator
Ridley Scott
37
The Lion King (1994)
Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff
38
Léon: The Professional
Luc Besson
39
The Departed
Martin Scorsese
40
American History X
Tony Kaye
41
Whiplash
Damien Chazelle
42
The Prestige
Christopher Nolan
43
Grave of the Fireflies
Isao Takahata
44
Hara-Kiri
Masaki Kobayashi
45
The Usual Suspects
Bryan Singer
46
Casablanca
Michael Curtiz
47
The Intouchables
Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano
48
Modern Times
Charlie Chaplin
49
Cinema Paradiso
Giuseppe Tornatore
50
Rear Window
Alfred Hitchcock
51
Once Upon a Time in the West
Sergio Leone
52
Alien
Ridley Scott
53
12th Fail
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
54
City Lights
Charlie Chaplin
55
Apocalypse Now
Francis Ford Coppola
56
Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino
57
Memento
Christopher Nolan
58
WALL-E
Andrew Stanton
59
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Steven Spielberg
60
The Lives of Others
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
61
Sunset Blvd.
Billy Wilder
62
Paths of Glory
Stanley Kubrick
63
Avengers: Infinity War
Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
64
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman
65
The Shining
Stanley Kubrick
66
Witness for the Prosecution
Billy Wilder
67
The Great Dictator
Charlie Chaplin
68
Aliens
James Cameron
69
Inglourious Basterds
Quentin Tarantino
70
The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan
71
American Beauty
Sam Mendes
72
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Stanley Kubrick
73
Oldboy
Chan-wook Park
74
Coco
Lee Unkrich
75
Amadeus
Milos Forman
76
Toy Story
John Lasseter
77
Oppenheimer
Christopher Nolan
78
Das Boot
Wolfgang Petersen
79
Braveheart
Mel Gibson
80
Avengers: Endgame
Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
81
Joker
Todd Phillips
82
Princess Mononoke
Hayao Miyazaki
83
Good Will Hunting
Gus Van Sant
84
Your Name.
Makoto Shinkai
85
Once Upon a Time in America
Sergio Leone
86
High and Low
Akira Kurosawa
87
3 Idiots
Rajkumar Hirani
88
Singin' in the Rain
Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
89
Capernaum
Nadine Labaki
90
Requiem for a Dream
Darren Aronofsky
91
Come and See
Elem Klimov
92
Toy Story 3
Lee Unkrich
93
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Richard Marquand
94
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Michel Gondry
95
The Hunt
Thomas Vinterberg
96
2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick
97
Reservoir Dogs
Quentin Tarantino
98
Ikiru
Akira Kurosawa
99
Lawrence of Arabia
David Lean
100
The Apartment
Billy Wilder
9 Comments
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Level 82
Jun 28, 2021
Can't believe I forgot Brian Singer directed The Usual Suspects. duh... also I'm absolutely floored that Michael Bay, the greatest director of his generation and perhaps of all time, is nowhere in the top 100.
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Level 78
Jun 28, 2021
I'm waiting for the comments about how Michael Bay does not belong on this list.
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Level 58
Jun 28, 2021
Surprised The Shining made the list. In my opinion, any movie that drops the N-Bomb does not deserve this list. (great movie excluding that and the gore tho)
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Level 90
Apr 2, 2023
Weird how you call out The Shining for dropping the n-word, which it only does like two or three times, when you have Pulp Fiction, which uses it 10+ times, much higher on this list.
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Level 66
Oct 1, 2022
Damn, I really couldn't think of another Pixar guy except Pete Docter.

Sorry Lee Unkrich - you did some of my favourite films and I don't know your name!

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Level 65
Apr 2, 2023
Good quiz! Noticed that Toy Story 3 isn't written in blue, though. So for continuity, you should fix that.
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Level 77
Apr 6, 2023
Thanks for pointing that out! Fixed now :) Glad you enjoyed!
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Level 71
Nov 5, 2023
Can you accept Spike Lee for Oldboy please?
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Level 77
Feb 8, 2024
Spike Lee’s Oldboy would be in the worst 100 movie remakes of all time, not this list.