The 58th Best Director of All-Time: Sam Peckinpah

Peckinpah. Peckinpah’s strength is his top 2 films and the massive amounts of style he packed into his short career as director. He was a fierce alcoholic, not unlike another great western auteur- John Ford,

The 57th Best Director of All-Time: Douglas Sirk

Sirk. Sirk is another great auteur who was completely overlooked at the time (and laughed at a little) in Hollywood for his soapy melodramas mostly “made for women” (aka “women weepies”) starring rock Hudson (who

The 56th Best Director of All-Time: Kenji Mizoguchi

Mizoguchi. Mizoguchi’s strength is that every film of his I’ve seen is in its year’s top 10 and I still have some work to do on his filmography. He’s the only director left this far

The 55th Best Director of All-Time: Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott. Sir Ridley is certainly still working adding films to his archives like The Martian from 2015 and All the Money in the World in 2017. Scott probably isn’t in the top 100 at all without Blade

The 54th Best Director of All-Time: Luchino Visconti

Visconti. His strengths here are the big two films: The Leopard and Rocco and His Brothers. Also, Visconti, oddly enough, touches many of the major artistic movements in the art forms young history. Ossessione is

The 53rd Best Director of All-Time: Michael Mann

Michael Mann. Fact, all eight of Mann’s archiveable films below would show up on their respective years’ top 10 if I had to update all my yearly top 10’s today. That’s remarkable. Now with another

The 52nd Best Director of All-Time: Bernardo Bertolucci

Bertolucci. Bertolucci is a style-plus director with a top 100 film- I don’t have many of those left at this point. The Conformist is a brilliant visual high-wire act of a masterpiece—directed with flair and gravitas. Although

The 51st Best Director of All-Time: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Fassbinder. He certainly burnt the candle at both ends- he seemed to exist only to do drugs, drink, and make movies (when they found his body he had the script for his next movie lying

The 50th Best Director of All-Time: Nicolas Roeg

Roeg. Though he’s not quite in his class, Roeg reminds me of Godard who had a great run and then fall off. He’s a supernova who burned brightly and died out quickly. Roeg worked as

The 49th Best Director of All-Time: Shôhei Imamura

Imamura. Imamura is relatively new for me- a "wow" random viewing of The Pornographers and then a full-blown study in 2019. His strengths are the four films in the top 500 of all-time and the

The 48th Best Director of All-Time: Werner Herzog

Herzog. Herzog has almost equal importance in the documentary community but of course that’s not counted here. I’m a much bigger fan of his five Kinski collaborations than TSPDT and not as sure on his

The 47th Best Director of All-Time: D.W. Griffith

Griffith.  Five years ago I would not have Griffith in the top 50 directors of all-time. Another example of why this is an always-evolving list that I hope to pause and update every 4-5 years.

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