VOTE: Best Directors of All Time

Thought I'd try to get a Letterboxd vote on who the community thinks is the best director, just out of curiosity. In the comments below, vote for up to 10 directors. 1 point goes to each director you pick. The order you list directors doesn't affect anything, they each only get 1 point. The directors you pick don't already have to be on the list, you're welcome to induct some new entries.

You can change your votes at a later time if you want.

Each director is represented by their most popular (solo-directed) film on Letterboxd. Directors and votes in the notes. The list is sorted by points, then alphabetically by director surname.

Other votes I run: Sci-Fi Films | Comedy Films | Romance Films | Animated Films | LGBTQ+ Films | Horror Films | 2000s Films | 1990s Films | 1980s Films | 1970s Films | 1960s Films | 1950s Films | 1940s Films | 2018 Films

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  • The Shining

    1

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    2

  • There Will Be Blood

    3

  • Psycho

    4

  • Seven Samurai

    5

  • Stalker

    6

  • Pulp Fiction

    7

  • Persona

    8

  • Mulholland Drive

    9

  • No Country for Old Men

    10

  • Jurassic Park

    11

  • Gone Girl

    12

  • The Dark Knight

    13

  • Spirited Away

    14

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    15

  • Sunset Boulevard

    16

  • Arrival

    17

  • Baby Driver

    18

  • The Godfather

    19

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    20

  • Breathless

    21

  • Citizen Kane

    22

  • City Lights

    23

  • 8½

    24

  • Tokyo Story

    25

  • The Thing

    26

  • The Tree of Life

    27

  • In the Mood for Love

    28

  • Boyhood

    29

  • Blade Runner

    30

  • La La Land

    31

  • The Shape of Water

    32

  • Blow-Up

    33

  • A Man Escaped

    34

  • Un Chien Andalou

    35

  • Gravity

    36

  • Amour

    37

  • Her

    38

  • Oldboy

    39

  • Yi Yi

    40

  • Birdman

    41

  • Black Swan

    42

  • 12 Angry Men

    43

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    44

  • Do the Right Thing

    45

  • The Fly

    46

  • Three Colors: Blue

    47

  • Perfect Blue

    48

  • The Lobster

    49

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    50

  • Twelve Monkeys

    51

  • Close-Up

    52

  • Melancholia

    53

  • Midnight in Paris

    54

  • Titanic

    55

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    56

  • Paterson

    57

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    58

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    59

  • Nashville

    60

  • The Incredibles

    61

  • Scarface

    62

  • Metropolis

    63

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    64

  • Drive

    65

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    66

  • The Searchers

    67

  • To Be or Not to Be

    68

  • Ugetsu

    69

  • Chinatown

    70

  • Peeping Tom

    71

  • Edward Scissorhands

    72

  • Harakiri

    73

  • Naked

    74

  • The Rules of the Game

    75

  • The 400 Blows

    76

  • Back to the Future

    77

  • Landscape in the Mist

    78

  • Trainspotting

    79

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    80

  • The Big Sleep

    81

  • Heat

    82

  • A Trip to the Moon

    83

  • Nosferatu

    84

  • Pather Panchali

    85

  • Split

    86

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    87

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    88

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    89

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    90

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    91

  • The Holy Mountain

    92

  • Like Father, Like Son

    93

  • 12 Years a Slave

    94

  • Le Samouraï

    95

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    96

  • Love Exposure

    97

  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    98

  • Love & Pop

    99

  • Frances Ha

    100