The 171st Best Director of All-Time: Noah Baumbach

Baumbach. Four of Baumbach’s best five films were from the 2010’s so like James Gray and others on this list before he’ll shoot up this list in the future when I update it (I’m trying

The 170th Best Director of All-Time: Andrzej Wajda

Wajda. Andrzej Wajda is the great polish auteur who emerged in the wake of WWII. I’ve always paired him with another great who made one hell of a debut in 1955- Satyajit Ray. Both followed

The 169th Best Director of All-Time: James Gray

Gray. James Gray’s best work (though his top four films are all really strong and closely clustered) has come in the 2010’s so he’ll vault up this list in the upcoming years. His resume’s strengths

The 168th Best Director of All-Time: Edgar Ulmer

Ulmer. On a shoestring budget Ulmer produced one of the best 1930’s horror films (The Black Cat) and one of the absolute staples and best films in film noir (Detour). Both show off Ulmer’s talents

The 167th Best Director of All-Time: James Ivory

Ivory. James Ivory is the director of the Merchant Ivory brand- and it is a brand- a clear and distinct style and taste. Ismail Merchant is the producer and James Ivory is most often credited

The 166th Best Director of All-Time: Tim Burton

Burton. Eight films with Burton’s unmissable gothic fingerprint is the reason he lands on this list. He doesn’t have a top 500 of all-time film (and unlike some others I’m pretty certain of that) and

The 165th Best Director of All-Time: John Woo

Woo. Woo’s case is his unabashed style and depth of filmography—there aren’t too many style-plus auteurs left this far down the list with a fourth best film as good as Hard Boiled or fifth as

The 164th Best Director of All-Time: Alexander Payne

Payne. Lists like these are often unkind to comedies and comedic filmmakers but Alexander Payne’s resume and talents as an auteur can’t be ignored any further. Like so many others he burst onto he scene

The 163rd Best Director of All-Time: Mario Bava

Bava. The father of the Giallo Italian horror sub-genre (with Argento as an acolyte and semi-contemporary) Bava did what the genre what Leone did for the western—he brought a hyper-stylized visual panache to the table

The 162nd Best Director of All-Time: John Boorman

Boorman. Since I’m trying to watch 500+ movies a year (far cry from 2011-2016 when I was putting away 1000+) the lists here are in flux as I try to continue to educate myself with

The 161st Best Director of All-Time: John Frankenheimer

Frankenheimer. Frankenheimer is often overshadowed because his artistic peak was in the early 1960’s- a time so fertile with, frankly, superior efforts from more talented auteurs. Still, his trademark kinetic style holds merit—as does The

The 160th Best Director of All-Time: Steve McQueen

McQueen. McQueen has the latest debut of any auteur on this list thus far (2008). He burst on the scene with Hunger- a film that landed solidly in the top 500 of all-time on my

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