The Definitive List of the Best Film Directors, Alphabetical

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    Woody Allen
    Annie Hall, one of the best movies ever made. Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Sleeper, Bananas, Broadway Danny Rose, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, Everyone Says I Love You, Bullets Over Broadway, Play It Again Sam, Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, Alice. One of the most prolific and genius filmmakers we've known.
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    Paul Thomas Anderson
    Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, The Master. Great filmmaker.
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    Wes Anderson
    Rushmore, Royal Tanenbaums, Life Aquatic, Fantastic Mr. Fox. What a unique filmmaker, love him.
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    Mel Brooks
    High Anxiety, History of the World, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, The Producers, To Be Or Not to Be. Satirical and hilarious, been laughing at his movies my whole life.
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    James Cameron
    I don't love the writing in most of his films, but his advancement in special effects have deeply impacted the industry. I've wept in awe at being able to witness 3D as if was intended in Avatar. Also, his films during his deep sea explorations (including Titanic wrecks) are incredible. The Terminator movies, Titanic, Aliens are incredible films from a technological standpoint.
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    Joel and Ethan Cohen
    Funniest films of our generation: Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country For Old Men, Miller's Crossing.
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    Francis Ford Coppola
    Godfather Godfather Godfather. Apocalypse Now too.
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    Cameron Crowe
    Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, Say Anything. I even loved We Bought a Zoo.
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    Alfonso Cuaron
    His films are amazing...Y Tu Mama Tambien, Children of Men, Gravity...love love love his films.
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    Guillermo del Toro
    Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy are special films.
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    Jonathan Demme
    Stop Making Sense, Silence of the Lambs, Married to the Mob, Something Wild. And one of the nicest guys in Hollywood. Had the privilege of being his assistant for a short time right after graduating film school.
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    David Fincher
    The amazing Fight Club!!!! Also Se7en, Social Network, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Panic Room, Zodiac. Love this man's vision.
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    Milos Forman
    Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, People vs. Larry Flynt.
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    Alfred Hitchcock
    The master. Rear Window, Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Strangers on a Train, etc. etc.
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    Stanley Kubrick
    The Shining, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, Lolita...what films!
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    Ang Lee
    Love his films. Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Eat Drink Man Woman, Wedding Banquet, Sense and Sensibility.
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    Mira Nair
    Mississippi Masala, Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding. Wish there were more women I could add to this list.
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    Alan Pakula
    All the President's Men and Sophie's Choice.
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    Roman Polanski
    Incredible filmmaker. Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, The Pianist. Love him.
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    Robert Redford
    Ordinary People, Quiz Show, River Runs Through It, Horse Whisperer, his films are beautiful and meaningful.
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    Martin Scorcese
    One of the most exciting and prolific storytellers of our time. Raging Bull, Goodfellas, King of Comedy, Casino, Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The Last Waltz, Color of Money, George Harrison doc.
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    Ridley Scott
    Thelma and Louise, Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Hannibal, The Martian.
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    Steven Solderbergh
    Changed the film business forever, significantly influencing the indie film industry with Sex Lies and Videotape. Also fantastic Out of Sight, Erin Brokovich and Traffic.
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    Steven Spielberg
    Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Shindler's List, ET, Color Purple, Jurrasic Park, Amistad. He's had some hokey misses, but he's a hero.
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    Quentin Tarantino
    Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Bastards, Django Unchained. PC he's not but is films are entertaining and one of a kind.
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    Orson Wells
    Citizen Kane was one of the innovative, important films in history. First film to use deep focus, overlapping dialogue, complex montages and L-cuts. The storytelling and of course, the iconic Rosebud! Touch of Evil is fantastic too!
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    Honorable mentions:
    Michael Mann, Sidney Lumet, Jane Campion, Werner Herzog, Francois Truffaut, Elia Kazan, Terrence Malick, Federico Fellini, Oliver Stone, Akira Kurosawa.
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    I wish there were more women on this list πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ
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    Sofia Coppola
    Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides, Somewhere
    Suggested by Β  @kate81
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    Christopher Nolan
    Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Interstellar
    Suggested by Β  @Squirrelguy
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    John Cassavetes. Actor, director. Died much too young. Watch 'A Woman Under The Influence' and 'Minnie and Moskowitz' to get a sense of his brilliance. And, yes, he was married to Gena Rowlands.
    Suggested by Β  @THEToughCookie
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    some amazing women directors: Andrea Arnold, Lynne Ramsay, Jane Campion, Agnes Varda
    Suggested by Β  @playcait