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300 Greatest Movie Directors

On this 2018 Digital Dream Door list, these directors were ranked according to how much they'd influenced how films are made, as well as to the acclaim they've received specifically for their directorial technique, and the popularity of their output.
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RANK
DIRECTOR
1
Alfred Hitchcock
2
John Ford
3
Charles Chaplin
4
Akira Kurosawa
5
DW Griffith
6
Jean Renoir
7
Sergei Eisenstein
8
Orson Welles
9
Stanley Kubrick
10
George Melies
11
Luis Bunuel
12
Fritz Lang
13
Jean-Luc Godard
14
Federico Fellini
15
FW Murnau
16
Ingmar Bergman
17
Carl Theodor Dreyer
18
Howard Hawks
19
Yasujiro Ozu
20
Robert Bresson
21
Francois Truffaut
22
Martin Scorsese
23
Cecil B. DeMille
24
Satyajit Ray
25
Andrei Tarkovsky
26
Ernst Lubitsch
27
Steven Spielberg
28
Michelangelo Antonioni
29
John Cassavetes
30
Billy Wilder
31
Buster Keaton
32
Erich von Stroheim
33
Roberto Rossellini
34
Kenji Mizoguchi
35
Woody Allen
36
Robert Altman
37
David Lean
38
Abbas Kiarostami
39
Dziga Vertov
40
Frank Capra
41
Roman Polanski
42
Luchino Visconti
43
David Lynch
44
Jean Vigo
45
Stanley Donen
46
Hayao Miyazaki
47
Werner Herzog
48
Michael Powell
49
Quentin Tarantino
50
Joel & Ethan Coen
51
Francis Ford Coppola
52
Robert J. Flaherty
53
James Cameron
54
Spike Lee
55
Raoul Walsh
56
Bernardo Bertolucci
57
Sergio Leone
58
Ridley Scott
59
Vittorio De Sica
60
Douglas Sirk
61
Victor Sjostrom
62
Alexander Dovzhenko
63
Paul Thomas Anderson
64
Mario Bava
65
Nicholas Ray
66
Sam Peckinpah
67
John Carpenter
68
Wong Kar-Wai
69
Josef von Sternberg
70
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
71
Jean-Pierre Melville
72
Max Ophuls
73
Wes Anderson
74
Sidney Lumet
75
George A. Romero
76
Maurice Tourneur
77
Busby Berkeley
78
David Cronenberg
79
Jean Cocteau
80
John Huston
81
Samuel Fuller
82
Krzysztof Kieslowski
83
Louis Feuillade
84
Terrence Malick
85
Edwin S. Porter
86
Chantal Akerman
87
Alain Resnais
88
Michael Curtiz
89
Claude Chabrol
90
Maya Deren
91
Chuck Jones
92
Wim Wenders
93
Pier Paolo Pasolini
94
Stan Brakhage
95
Lars von Trier
96
Jacques Tati
97
Richard Linklater
98
Preston Sturges
99
Jim Jarmusch
100
Christopher Nolan
RANK
DIRECTOR
101
Abel Gance
102
Pedro Almodovar
103
Roger Corman
104
Lois Weber
105
Louis Malle
106
George Cukor
107
William Wyler
108
Hou Hsiao-Hsien
109
Vsevolod Pudovkin
110
Elia Kazan
111
King Vidor
112
Dario Argento
113
Cecil Hepworth
114
Winsor McCay
115
Andrzej Wajda
116
Zhang Yimou
117
Louis & Auguste Lumiere
118
James Whale
119
Clint Eastwood
120
Todd Haynes
121
Chris Marker
122
Agnes Varda
123
Vincente Minnelli
124
Tod Browning
125
William KL Dickson
126
Robert Wise
127
Anthony Mann
128
David Fincher
129
Michael Haneke
130
J. Stuart Blackton
131
Kenneth Anger
132
Mike Leigh
133
Claire Denis
134
Frank Borzage
135
GW Pabst
136
Milos Forman
137
Brian De Palma
138
Fred Niblo
139
Mike Nichols
140
Arthur Penn
141
John Frankenheimer
142
Rene Clair
143
Gus Van Sant
144
George Miller
145
Danny Boyle
146
Marcel Carne
147
Don Siegel
148
Leni Riefenstahl
149
Sidney Olcott
150
Walt Disney
151
Charles Burnett
152
Jack Arnold
153
Jacques Rivette
154
John Woo
155
Tim Burton
156
Chen Kaige
157
Otto Preminger
158
Ken Loach
159
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
160
John Lasseter
161
Gordon Parks
162
Tex Avery
163
Bela Tarr
164
Terry Gilliam
165
Ang Lee
166
Steven Soderbergh
167
Fred Zinnemann
168
Mack Sennett
169
Theo Angelopoulos
170
Eric Rohmer
171
Mauritz Stiller
172
Nagisa Oshima
173
Jean Rouch
174
Jia Zhangke
175
John Hughes
176
Peter Weir
177
William Friedkin
178
Robert Zemeckis
179
Alfonso Cuaron
180
Carol Reed
181
Jacques Demy
182
Leo McCarey
183
Peter Jackson
184
DA Pennebaker
185
Sam Raimi
186
George Lucas
187
George Stevens
188
Ousmane Sembene
189
Mel Brooks
190
Rouben Mamoulian
191
Kathryn Bigelow
192
Robert Aldrich
193
Errol Morris
194
Michael Mann
195
Ishiro Honda
196
Boris Barnet
197
Paul Verhoeven
198
Nicolas Roeg
199
Henri-Georges Clouzot
200
John Waters
RANK
DIRECTOR
201
William A. Wellman
202
Lindsay Anderson
203
Oliver Stone
204
Andy Warhol & Paul Morrissey
205
Richard Lester
206
Alejandro Jodorowsky
207
William Castle
208
Edward Yang
209
Ida Lupino
210
Jacques Becker
211
Jane Campion
212
Stephen Frears
213
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
214
Mario Monicelli
215
Sergei Parajanov
216
Rob Reiner
217
Paul Greengrass
218
Takeshi Kitano
219
Alice Guy-Blache
220
Henry King
221
Glauber Rocha
222
Ken Russell
223
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
224
Budd Boetticher
225
Albert & David Maysles
226
Jules Dassin
227
John Landis
228
John Boorman
229
Aki Kaurismaki
230
Kevin Smith
231
Mervyn LeRoy
232
Oscar Micheaux
233
Hal Ashby
234
John Sayles
235
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
236
Robert Siodmak
237
Richard Donner
238
Anthony Asquith
239
Mikio Naruse
240
Lev Kuleshov
241
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
242
Peter Bogdanovich
243
Ralph Bakshi
244
Tsai Ming-Liang
245
Joseph Losey
246
John Schlesinger
247
Peter Watkins
248
Darren Aronofsky
249
Wes Craven
250
Allan Dwan
251
Alexander Sokurov
252
Georges Franju
253
Russ Meyer
254
Walter Hill
255
Joris Ivens
256
Jan Svankmajer
257
Alexander Mackendrick
258
Frederick Wiseman
259
Yevgeni Bauer
260
Robert Rodriguez
261
Pedro Costa
262
Alexander Payne
263
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
264
Julien Duvivier
265
Manoel de Oliveira
266
Yuriy Norshteyn
267
Dorothy Arzner
268
Blake Edwards
269
Olivier Assayas
270
Sydney Pollack
271
Raj Kapoor
272
Luis Garcia Berlanga
273
Edgar G. Ulmer
274
Emir Kusturica
275
Guillermo del Toro
276
Costa-Gavras
277
Guy Maddin
278
Morris Engel
279
Jerry Lewis
280
Alan J. Pakula
281
Sadao Yamanaka
282
Herschell Gordon Lewis
283
Dave Fleischer
284
James Ivory
285
Jonathan Demme
286
Terence Davies
287
Kon Ichikawa
288
Bong Joon-Ho
289
Peter Greenaway
290
Victor Fleming
291
David O. Russell
292
Bob Clampett
293
Clarence Brown
294
Jacques Tourneur
295
Claude Lanzmann
296
Michael Cimino
297
Sofia Coppola
298
Lasse Hallstrom
299
Miklos Jancso
300
Henry Hathaway
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