Some Directors I Adore and My Favorite Films From Each

  1. Alfred Hitcock
    Favorites: The 39 Steps (1935), Rebecca (1940), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941), Dial M for Murder (1954), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960)
  2. Alejandro González Iñárritu
    Favorites: Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006), Biutiful (2010), and Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
  3. Ang Lee
    Favorites: Sense and Sensibility (1995), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Taking Woodstock (2009), and Life of Pi (2012)
  4. Ava DuVernay
    Favorites: This Is the Life (2008), Middle of Nowhere (2012), and Selma (2014)
  5. Billy Wilder
    Favorites: Double Indemnity (1944), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Sabrina (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Love in the Afternoon (1957), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), Irma la Douce (1963), Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), and The Fortune Cookie (1966)
  6. Cameron Crowe
    Favorites: Say Anything... (1989), Jerry Maguire (1996), Almost Famous (2000), Elizabethtown (2005), and Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)
  7. Charlie Chaplin
    Favorites: The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), and Modern Times (1936)
  8. Darren Afronofsky
    Favorites: Pi (1998), Requiem for a Dream (2000), and Black Swan (2010)
  9. Elia Kazan
    Favorites: Gentleman's Agreement (1947), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), East of Eden (1955), A Face in the Crowd (1957), and Splendor in the Grass (1961)
  10. Francis Ford Coppola
    Favorites: The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather Part II (1974), The Outsiders (1983), Rumble Fish (1983), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Jack (1996), and The Rainmaker (1997)
  11. Franco Zeffirelli
    Favorites: The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), and Tea with Mussolini (1999)
  12. Garry Marshall
    Favorites: Pretty Woman (1990), Frankie and Johnny (1991), Runaway Bride (1999), The Princess Diaries (2001), and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
  13. George Cukor
    Favorites: Holiday (1938), The Women (1939), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Gaslight (1944), Adam's Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952), A Star is Born (1954), and My Fair Lady (1964)
  14. George Lucas
    Favorites: American Graffiti (1973), Star Wars (1977), Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  15. Howard Hawks
    Favorites: Bringing Up Baby (1938), His Girl Friday (1940), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  16. Joel & Ethan Coen
    Favorites: Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), No Country for Old Men (2007), A Serious Man (2009), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), and Hail, Caesar! (2016)
  17. John Hughes
    Favorites: Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
  18. John Huston
    Favorites: The Maltese Falcon (1941), Key Largo (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), The Misfits (1960), and Prizzi's Honor
  19. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Favorites: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), All About Eve (1950), Guys and Dolls (1955), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), and Cleopatra (1963),
  20. Kathryn Bigelow
    Favorites: The Hurt Locker (2008) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
  21. Kenneth Branagh
    Favorites: Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Hamlet (1996), and Cinderella (2015)
  22. Martin Scorsese
    Favorites: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1983), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), and Hugo (2011)
  23. Mel Brooks
    Favorites: The Producers (1968), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World, Part I (1981), and Spaceballs (1987)
  24. Mike Nichols
    Favorites: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Graduate (1967), Catch-22 (1970), Carnal Knowledge (1971), Gilda Live (1980), Silkworm (1983), Heartburn (1986), Working Girl (1988), Postcards from the Edge (1990), The Birdcage (1996), and Closer (2004)
  25. Nora Ephron
    Favorites: Sleepless in Seattle (1993), You've Got Mail (1998), Hanging Up (2000), and Julie & Julia (2009)
  26. Orson Welles
    Favorites: Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Stranger (1946), and Touch of Evil (1958)
  27. Paul Thomas Anderson
    Favorites: Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), and There Will Be Blood (2007)
  28. Penny Marshall
    Favorites: Big (1988), Awakenings (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), and Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
  29. Richard Linklater
    Favorites: Dazed and Confused (1993), Before Sunrise (1995), School of Rock (2003), Before Sunset (2004), Me and Orson Welles (2008), Before Midnight (2013), and Boyhood (2014)
  30. Rob Reiner
    Favorites: This is Spinal Tap (1984), Stand By Me (1986), The Princess Bride (1987), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Misery (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), The American President (1995), and The Story of Us (1999)
  31. Robert Altman
    Favorites: MASH (1970), Brewster McCloud (1970), Nashville (1975), A Wedding (1978), Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993), Gosford Park (2001), and A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
  32. Robert Zemeckis
    Favorites: Romancing the Stone (1984), Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Death Becomes Her (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), and The Polar Express (2004)
  33. Sidney Lumet
    Favorites: 12 Angry Men (1957), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Network (1976) and Equus (1977)
  34. Sofia Coppola
    Favorites: The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost in Translation (2003), Somewhere (2010), and The Bling Ring (2013)
  35. Stanley Kubrick
    Favorites: The Killing (1956), Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and The Shining (1980)
  36. Steven Spielberg
    Favorites: Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), The Color Purple (1985), Always (1989), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Hook (1991), Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler's List (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), and War Horse (2011)
  37. Tim Burton
    Favorites: Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman Returns (1992), Ed Wood (1994), Big Fish (2003), Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Dark Shadows (2012), and Frankenweenie (2012)
  38. Vincente Minnelli
    Favorites: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Father of the Bride (1950), Father's Little Dividend (1951), An American in Paris (1951), The Long, Long Trailer (1954), Designing Woman (1957), Gigi (1958), The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)
  39. Wes Anderson
    Favorites: Bottle Rocket (1996) Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), the Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
  40. William Wyler
    Favorites: Jezebel (1938), The Little Foxes (1941), Roman Holiday (1953), The Children's Hour (1961), How to Steal a Million (1966), and Funny Girl (1968)