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Directors' Best Films (A to Z)

by Amadeus Magnus
Highly praised directors and their highest rated feature-lengh films by me. One film per director. Orhan Aksoy: Neseli Günler Robert Aldrich: The Dirty Dozen Woody Allen: Hannah and Her Sisters Robert Altman: The Player Alejandro Amenábar: Thesis Brad Anderson: Next Stop Wonderland Paul Thomas Anderson: Boogie Nights Wes Anderson: Fantastic Mr. Fox Jean-Jacques Annaud: The Bear Michelangelo Antonioni: Blow-Up Darren Aronofsky: The Wrestler Jack Arnold: The Incredible Shrinking Man Hal Ashby: Harold and Maude Anthony Asquith: Pygmalion John G. Avildsen: Rocky Héctor Babenco: Carandiru Roy Ward Baker: Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde Carroll Ballard:… Read more

Highly praised directors and their highest rated feature-lengh films by me. One film per director.

Orhan Aksoy: Neseli Günler
Robert Aldrich: The Dirty Dozen
Woody Allen: Hannah and Her Sisters
Robert Altman: The Player
Alejandro Amenábar: Thesis
Brad Anderson: Next Stop Wonderland
Paul Thomas Anderson: Boogie Nights
Wes Anderson: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Jean-Jacques Annaud: The Bear
Michelangelo Antonioni: Blow-Up
Darren Aronofsky: The Wrestler
Jack Arnold: The Incredible Shrinking Man
Hal Ashby: Harold and Maude
Anthony Asquith: Pygmalion
John G. Avildsen: Rocky
Héctor Babenco: Carandiru
Roy Ward Baker: Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde
Carroll Ballard: Fly Away Home
Natuk Baytan: Atla Gel Saban
Jacques Becker: Le Trou
Timur Bekmambetov: Day Watch
Ingmar Bergman: Wild Strawberries
Claude Berri: Manon of the Spring
Luc Besson: Léon
Kathryn Bigelow: Point Break
Bertrand Blier: Going Places
Budd Boetticher: The Tall T
Frank Borzage: Lucky Star
Danny Boyle: Slumdog Millionaire
Herbert Brenon: Laugh, Clown, Laugh
Martin Brest: Scent of a Woman
James L. Brooks: As Good as It Gets
Clarence Brown: Flesh and the Devil
Tod Browning: The Unholy Three
Luis Buñuel: Viridiana
Tim Burton: Ed Wood
Steve Buscemi: Lonesome Jim
James Cameron: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Martin Campbell: Casino Royale
Frank Capra: It’s A Wonderful Life
Marcel Carné: Children Of Paradise
John Carpenter: The Thing
John Cassavetes: Opening Night
Nick Cassavetes: Unhook the Stars
Nuri Bilge Ceylan: Uzak
Charlie Chaplin: The Gold Rush
Grigori Chukhrai: Ballad of a Soldier
René Clair: And Then There Were None
Jack Clayton: Room at the Top
René Clément: Purple Noon
Henri-Georges Clouzot: Le Corbeau
Jean Cocteau: Beauty and the Beast
Coen Brothers: The Big Lebowski
Chris Columbus: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Bill Condon: Gods and Monsters
Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather
Sergio Corbucci: Django
Roger Corman: The Little Shop of Horrors
Alain Corneau: Tous Les Matins du Monde
Costa-Gavras: Betrayed
David Cronenberg: eXistenZ
Cameron Crowe: Almost Famous
George Cukor: Gaslight
Michael Curtiz: Casablanca
Nesli Çölgeçen: Zugurt Aga
John Dahl: Rounders
Joe Dante: Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Frank Darabont: The Shawshank Redemption
Jules Dassin: Thieves’ Highway
Delmer Daves: 3:10 to Yuma
Philippe De Broca: Le Magnifique
Brian De Palma: Scarface
Vittorio De Sica: Bicycle Thieves
Guillermo Del Toro: Pan’s Labyrinth
Cecil B. DeMille: The Affairs of Anatol
Zeki Demirkubuz: Yeralti
Jonathan Demme: The Silence of the Lambs
Ted Demme: Beautiful Girls
Howard Deutch: Grumpier Old Men
William Dieterle: The Life of Emile Zola
Edward Dmytryk: Murder, My Sweet
Andrew Dominik: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Stanley Donen: Bedazzled
Richard Donner: The Omen
Gordon Douglas: Them!
Clint Eastwood: Unforgiven
Blake Edwards: A Shot in the Dark
Ertem Egilmez: Hababam Sinifi
Metin Erksan: Sevmek Zamani
Pierre Etaix: The Suitor
Federico Fellini: La Strada
Abel Ferrara: King of New York
David Fincher: Fight Club
Robert J. Flaherty: Nanook of the North
Richard Fleischer: The Narrow Margin
Victor Fleming: Captains Courageous
James Foley: At Close Range
Bryan Forbes: The Stepford Wives
John Ford: My Darling Clementine
Milos Forman: Amadeus
Marc Forster: Stranger Than Fiction
Bob Fosse: All That Jazz
Georges Franju: Eyes Without a Face
John Frankenheimer: Seven Days in May
Stephen Frears: Dangerous Liaisons
Samuel Fuller: White Dog
Abel Gance: Napoléon
Clyde Geronimi: Lady and the Tramp
Lewis Gilbert: Educating Rita
Terry Gilliam: Brazil
John Glen: Licence to Kill
Michel Gondry: The Science of Sleep
Michael Gordon: Cyrano de Bergerac
Serif Gören: Dervis Bey
Alfred E. Green: Irene
D.W. Griffith: Orphans of the Storm
John Guillermin: Death on the Nile
Taylor Hackford: Blood In, Blood Out: Bound by Honor
Lasse Hallström: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Robert Hamer: Kind Hearts and Coronets
Guy Hamilton: Goldfinger
Curtis Hanson: Wonder Boys
Hal Hartley: Trust
Henry Hathaway: Kiss of Death
Howard Hawks: Rio Bravo
Amy Heckerling: Clueless
Walter Hill: The Warriors
Alfred Hitchcock: North By Northwest
Tobe Hooper: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Ron Howard: Rush
John Hughes: The Breakfast Club
John Huston: The African Queen
Alejandro González Inarritu: Amores Perros
James Ivory: The Remains of the Day
Peter Jackson: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Jim Jarmusch: Night on Earth
Anders Thomas Jensen: The Green Butchers
Jean-Pierre Jeunet: Delicatessen
Norman Jewison: And Justice for All
Spike Jonze: Being John Malkovich
Neil Jordan: Ondine
Mike Judge: Idiocracy
Lawrence Kasdan: Grand Canyon
Ömer Kavur: Anayurt Oteli
Elia Kazan: East of Eden
Buster Keaton: Seven Chances
Kim Ki-Duk: Time
Krzysztof Kieslowski: Three Colors: Blue
Satoshi Kon: Paprika
Andrei Konchalovsky: Maria’s Lovers
Stanley Kramer: Judgment at Nuremberg
Stanley Kubrick: Barry Lyndon
John Landis: The Blues Brothers
Fritz Lang: Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
David Lean: Brief Encounter
Ang Lee: Life of Pi
Spike Lee: Do The Right Thing
Paul Leni: Waxworks
Sergio Leone: Once Upon a Time in the West
Mervyn Leroy: Little Women
Richard Lester: Superman II
Barry Levinson: Diner
Doug Liman: Go
Richard Linklater: Before Sunset
Anatole Litvak: Anastasia
Ken Loach: Carla’s Song
Joshua Logan: Picnic
Joseph Losey: The Servant
Ernst Lubitsch: The Shop Around The Corner
George Lucas: Star Wars
Sidney Lumet: Twelve Angry Men
David Lynch: Mulholland Drive
Alexander Mackendrick: The Man in the White Suit
Terrence Malick: Badlands
Louis Malle: My Dinner with Andre
David Mamet: House of Games
Rouben Mamoulian: Queen Christina
James Mangold: Knight and Day
Joseph L. Mankiewicz: All About Eve
Anthony Mann: The Man from Laramie
Michael Mann: Collateral
George Marshall: Houdini
Leo McCarey: Make Way for Tomorrow
Martin McDonagh: Seven Psychopaths
John McTiernan: Die Hard
Shane Meadows: This is England
Peter Medak: The Changeling
Fernando Meirelles: City of God
Sam Mendes: American Beauty
Lewis Milestone: All Quiet on the Western Front
Vincente Minnelli: An American in Paris
Hayao Miyazaki: My Neighbor Totoro
Jonathan Mostow: Breakdown
F.W. Murnau: Sunrise
Mira Nair: The Perez Family
Ronald Neame: Gambit
Mike Newell: Four Weddings and a Funeral
Fred Niblo: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Jeff Nichols: Mud
Andrew Niccol: Lord of War
Mike Nichols: The Graduate
Christopher Nolan: The Dark Knight
Frank Oz: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Zeki Ökten: Kapicilar Krali
Georg Wilhelm Pabst: Diary of a Lost Girl
Chan-Wook Park: Lady Vengeance
Alan Parker: The Commitments
Alexander Payne: Sideways
Sam Peckinpah: The Wild Bunch
Arthur Penn: Bonnie and Clyde
Sean Penn: The Crossing Guard
Wolfgang Petersen: In The Line of Fire
Roman Polanski: Rosemary’s Baby
Sydney Pollack: Bobby Deerfield
Michael Powell: The Red Shoes
Otto Preminger: Anatomy of a Murder
Alex Proyas: The Crow
Michael Radford: Il Postino
Sam Raimi: A Simple Plan
Harold Ramis: Groundhog Day
Jean-Paul Rappeneau: Cyrano De Bergerac
Nicholas Ray: Johnny Guitar
Robert Redford: Quiz Show
Ivan Reitman: Ghostbusters
Jean Renoir: The Rules of the Game
Carol Reed: The Third Man
Rob Reiner: When Harry Met Sally…
Martin Ritt: Stanley & Iris
Eric Rohmer: Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle
George A. Romero: Night of the Living Dead
Stuart Rosenberg: Brubaker
Gary Ross: Seabiscuit
Chuck Russell: A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Hulki Saner: Turkish Star Trek
Claude Sautet: Un Cœur En Hiver
Franklin J. Schaffner: Papillon
John Schlesinger: Billy Liar
Ernest B. Schoedsack: The Most Dangerous Game
Joel Schumacher: 8MM
Martin Scorsese: Raging Bull
Ridley Scott: Thelma & Louise
Tony Scott: Enemy of the State
Ron Shelton: Bull Durham
Jim Sheridan: In The Name of the Father
Don Siegel: Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Bryan Singer: The Usual Suspects
John Singleton: Higher Learning
Robert Siodmak: Phantom Lady
Douglas Sirk: All That Heaven Allows
Victor Sjöström: He Who Gets Slapped
Steven Soderbergh: Out of Sight
Iain Softley: K-Pax
Sergio Sollima: The Big Gundown
Barry Sonnenfeld: Get Shorty
Paolo Sorrentino: Youth
Steven Spielberg: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Josef von Sternberg: The Docks of New York
George Stevens: A Place in the Sun
Robert Stevenson: The Absent-Minded Professor
Ben Stiller: Tropic Thunder
Whit Stillman: The Last Days of Disco
Oliver Stone: JFK
Erich von Stroheim: Greed
John Sturges: Bad Day at Black Rock
Jan Švankmajer: Alice
Quentin Tarantino: Kill Bill: Vol. 2
J. Lee Thompson: Cape Fear
Kartal Tibet: Davaro
Giuseppe Tornatore: The Legend Of 1900
Jacques Tourneur: Out of the Past
Yavuz Turgul: Eskiya
Frank Tuttle: This Gun for Hire
Tom Tykwer: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour
Tonino Valerii: Day of Anger
Jaco van Dormael: The Eighth Day
W.S. Van Dyke: The Thin Man
Matthew Vaughn: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Francis Veber: La Chèvre
Gore Verbinski: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Dziga Vertov: Man with a Movie Camera
King Vidor: The Crowd
Jean Vigo: L’Atalante
Luchino Visconti: Rocco and His Brothers
Raoul Walsh: High Sierra
John Waters: Pink Flamingos
Peter Weir: The Truman Show
Orson Welles: Citizen Kane
William A. Wellman: The Ox-Bow Incident
James Whale: The Invisible Man
Bo Widerberg: All Things Fair
Robert Wiene: The Hands of Orlac
Billy Wilder: Sunset Boulevard
Michael Winterbottom: Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
Robert Wise: The Day The Earth Stood Still
John Woo: Face/Off
William Wyler: Dodsworth
Atif Yilmaz: Kibar Feyzo
Zhang Yimou: Raise the Red Lantern
Derviş Zaim: Tabutta Rövaşata
Robert Zemeckis: Back to the Future
Fred Zinnemann: From Here to Eternity
Terry Zwigoff: Ghost World

Number of (feature-lengh) movies I watched (at least 3 films from each director).

Alfred Hitchcock 37
John Ford 29
Steven Spielberg 24
Fritz Lang 22
Martin Scorsese 21
Howard Hawks 20
Ernst Lubitsch 19
Woody Allen 18
Billy Wilder 16
Eric Rohmer 16
William Wyler 16
Ron Howard 15
Blake Edwards 14
Frank Capra 14
Sidney Lumet 14
Clint Eastwood 14
Francis Ford Coppola 13
John Carpenter 13
George Cukor 13
Coen Brothers 13
Tod Browning 13
John Huston 13
Roman Polanski 13
John Landis 12
Wes Craven 12
Tim Burton 12
Buster Keaton 12
Tony Scott 12
King Vidor 12
Cecil B. DeMille 12
Sydney Pollack 12
Walter Hill 12
Clarence Brown 12
Charlie Chaplin 11
Stanley Kubrick 11
F.W Murnau 11
John Frankenheimer 11
Stephen Frears 11
Robert Zemeckis 11
Steven Soderbergh 11
Joel Schumacher 10
Raoul Walsh 10
Terence Fisher 10
Richard Donner 10
Norman Jewison 10
Elia Kazan 10
Robert Wise 10
Joseph L. Mankiewicz 10
Chris Columbus 10
Ridley Scott 9
Rob Reiner 9
Luis Bunuel 9
Richard Fleischer 9
Ivan Reitman 9
Gore Verbinski 9
Michael Powell 9
Nicolas Roeg 9
Stanley Donen 9
Mike Leigh 9
David Lean 9
Kim Ki-Duk 9
Robert Rodriguez 9
Christopher Nolan 9
David Fincher 9
Brian De Palma 9
David Cronenberg 9
Quentin Tarantino 9
Frank Borzage 9
Michael Curtiz 9
David Lynch 8
James Cameron 8
John Singleton 8
John McTiernan 8
Francis Veber 8
Danny Boyle 8
Sam Raimi 8
Oliver Stone 8
Terry Gilliam 8
Lawrence Kasdan 8
Peter Weir 8
am Peckinpah 8
Robert Aldrich 8
Alan Parker 8
Neil Jordan 8
Fred Niblo 8
Richard Linklater 8
George Stevens 8
Barry Levinson 8
Bryan Singer 8
Anthony Mann 8
Sergio Leone 7
Vincente Minnelli 7
Martin Campbell 7
Roger Donaldson 7
Paul Verhoeven 7
Barry Sonnenfeld 7
Hayao Miyazaki 7
Wolfgang Petersen 7
Josef von Sternberg 7
Victor Fleming 7
J. Lee Thompson 7
Milos Forman 7
John Cassavetes 7
James Mangold 7
Ken Russell 7
Delmer Daves 7
Georg Wilhelm Pabst 7
Luc Besson 7
Michael Winterbottom 7
Richard Brooks 7
Sergio Corbucci 7
Michael Apted 7
William Dieterle 7
Stanley Kramer 7
Michael Mann 7
Robert Siodmak 7
Philip Kaufman 7
Otto Preminger 7
John Sturges 7
Nicholas Ray 7
David Mamet 7
Peter Jackson 7
Mike Nichols 7
Hal Hartley 7
Adrian Lyne 6
Harold Ramis 6
Clyde Geronimi 6
Jean Girault 6
Garry Marshall 6
John G. Avildsen 6
Taylor Hackford 6
Renny Harlin 6
Brett Ratner 6
John Badham 6
John Lasseter 6
Joe Dante 6
Bernardo Bertolucci 6
Mel Brooks 6
Jean-Jacques Annaud 6
Giuseppe Tornatore 6
Ingmar Bergman 6
John Hughes 6
Krzysztof Kieslowski 6
Frank Oz 6
Jean-Luc Godard 6
Mervyn LeRoy 6
Max Ophüls 6
George A. Romero 6
Guillermo del Toro 6
Guy Hamilton 6
John Boorman 6
John Schlesinger 6
Robert Stevenson 6
Wes Anderson 6
William A. Wellman 6
Martin Ritt 6
Victor Sjöström 6
Jim Jarmusch 6
Andrei Tarkovsky 6
Robert Altman 6
Abel Ferrara 6
Brad Anderson 6
Samuel Fuller 6
Leo McCarey 6
Peter Bogdanovich 6
Zack Snyder 6
Robert Redford 6
John Woo 6
George Lucas 5
David Yates 5
George Miller 5
James Foley 5
Gus Van Sant 5
Jerry Zucker 5
Mike Newell 5
Darren Aronofsky 5
Stephen Hopkins 5
Amy Heckerling 5
Kevin Reynolds 5
Cameron Crowe 5
D.W. Griffith 5
Erich von Stroheim 5
Kenneth Branagh 5
Louis Malle 5
Tobe Hooper 5
John Guillermin 5
Jules Dassin 5
Spike Lee 5
Alan J. Pakula 5
Fred Zinnemann 5
Lewis Gilbert 5
Sam Wood 5
John Glen 5
Sam Liu 5
Ken Loach 5
Tony Richardson 5
Jon Turteltaub 5
Jim Sheridan 5
Budd Boetticher 5
Edward Dmytryk 5
Andrew Niccol 5
Anthony Asquith 5
Arthur Penn 5
Federico Fellini 5
William Friedkin 5
Henry Hathaway 5
Joseph Losey 5
Don Siegel 5
Guy Ritchie 5
Edmund Goulding 5
Richard Lester 5
René Clement 5
René Clair 5
Alejandro González Inarritu 5
Anatole Litvak 5
Mark Robson 5
Sam Mendes 5
Jon Favreau 5
Terry Jones 4
Rick Rosenthal 4
Chuck Russell 4
James Ivory 4
Vittorio De Sica 4
Bruce Beresford 4
Patrice Leconte 4
Brad Bird 4
Enzo Barboni 4
Timur Bekmambetov 4
Martin Brest 4
Andrew Bergman 4
Robert Benton 4
Danny DeVito 4
Gregory Hoblit 4
Franco Zeffirelli 4
Andy Wachowski 4
Frank Darabont 4
Irvin Kershner 4
Jonathan Lynn 4
Jean-Pierre Jeunet 4
Terence Young 4
Akira Kurosawa 4
Paul Leni 4
Robert Wiene 4
George Sidney 4
Steve Buscemi 4
Ron Shelton 4
Jack Arnold 4
Rob Zombie 4
Herbert Ross 4
Mike Judge 4
Orson Welles 4
Alexander Mackendrick 4
Carol Reed 4
Frank Tuttle 4
Paul Mazursky 4
Alfred E. Green 4
Lasse Hallström 4
Ted Demme 4
Fred C. Newmeyer 4
Roger Corman 4
Marc Forster 4
Spike Jonze 4
François Truffaut 4
Alexander Payne 4
François Ozon 4
Curtis Hanson 4
John Waters 4
Doug Liman 4
Yasujiro Ozu 4
Rex Ingram 4
Maurice Tourneur 4
Douglas Sirk 4
Bernard Rose 4
Ang Lee 4
Matthew Vaughn 4
Henry King 4
George Marshall 4
Michael Radford 4
Ronald Neame 4
Byron Haskin 4
Whit Stillman 4
Ben Stiller 4
J.J. Abrams 4
Roy Ward Baker 4
John Dahl 4
Terry Zwigoff 4
Henri-Georges Clouzot 4
Pierre Etaix 4
Preston Sturges 4
Anders Thomas Jensen 4
Albert Brooks 4
Paul Thomas Anderson 4
Nick Cassavetes 4
Jean Renoir 3
Ernest B. Schoedsack 3
Richard Attenborough 3
Iain Softley 3
Ronny Yu 3
Andrei Konchalovsky 3
Hector Babenco 3
Paul W.S. Anderson 3
Charles Vidor 3
Stuart Rosenberg 3
Lewis Milestone 3
Carl Reiner 3
Hal Needham 3
Costa-Gavras 3
Alex Proyas 3
Michel Gondry 3
Julie Delpy 3
Gene Kelly 3
Paul Auster 3
Kevin Costner 3
Nathan Juran 3
Charles Walters 3
Hal Ashby 3
Bob Rafelson 3
Len Wiseman 3
Alfonso Cuarón 3
Edward Zwick 3
Joshua Logan 3
Philippe de Broca 3
Mike Figgis 3
James Whale 3
Phillip Noyce 3
Roger Vadim 3
Gary Ross 3
Penny Marshall 3
Tommy Lee Wallace 3
Jonathan Demme 3
Jeremiah S. Chechik 3
Stephen Sommers 3
Terrence Malick 3
Franklin J. Schaffner 3
Luchino Visconti 3
Jacques Tourneur 3
Sergio Sollima 3
Andrew Dominik 3
David O’Russell 3
George Roy Hill 3
Satoshi Kon 3
Mira Nair 3
Barbet Schroeder 3
Herbert Brenon 3
Carl Theodor Dreyer 3
Rouben Mamoulian 3
W.S. Van Dyke 3
Sean Penn 3
Howard Deutch 3
Carroll Ballard 3
Chan-wook Park 3
Peter Medak 3
Edgar G. Ulmer 3
John Mackenzie 3
Arthur Hiller 3
Jeff Nichols 3
Irving Pichel 3
Gordon Douglas 3
Jean Cocteau 3
Marcel Carné 3
Kar Wai Wong 3
Michael Gordon 3
Todd Phillips 3
Robert Hamer 3
Shane Meadows 3
Curt Geda 3
Fernando Meirelles 3
James L. Brooks 3
Claude Berri 3
Kathryn Bigelow 3
Greg McLean 3
Jonathan Mostow 3
Joe Wright 3
Louis Feuillade 3
Jane Campion 3
Irving Cummings 3
Wallace Worsley 3
Bob Fosse 3
Andrzej Zulawski 3
Theo Angelopoulos 3
Mike Cahill 3
Bryan Forbes 3
Neill Blomkamp 3
Delbert Mann 3
Bill Condon 3
Robert Mulligan 3
Paolo Sorrentino 3
Denis Villeneuve 3
Jean-Pierre Melville 3
Norman Z. McLeod 3
Michael Haneke 3
Zhang Yimou 3
Paul Schrader 3
Jaco van Dormael 3
Louis Leterrier 3
Shane Black 3
John Madden 3
John Carney 3

Turkish Directors:

Atif Yilmaz 26
Kartal Tibet 23
Natuk Baytan 22
Osman F. Seden 22
Ertem Egilmez 21
Zeki Ökten 13
Orhan Aksoy 10
Metin Erksan 6
Nuri Bilge Ceylan 6
Serif Gören 5
Ömer Kavur 5
Yavuz Turgul 5
Hulki Saner 4
Memduh Ün 4
Halit Refiğ 3
Nesli Çölgeçen 3
Zeki Demirkubuz 3

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