The 10 Best Directors of the 2010’s

I’ve been doing a “best directors on the planet” list for years now but this is my first attempt at doing a directors of a decade list. Here we go: Christopher Nolan – I don’t

The 138th Best Director of All-Time: Terence Davies

Davies. Terence Davies delivers the harsh realities of life in a swooningingly lyrical style. His resume includes a top 500 film, 3 films in the top 100 of their respective decade (and The Long Day

The 137th Best Director of All-Time: Abbas Kiarostami

Kiarostami. Kiarostami is an accomplished auteur and worthy acolyte of the cinematic realists. If you roughly break down the auteurs by those that are grounded in realism, and those grounded in exresspionism—again—he’s an important figure

The 136th Best Director of All-Time: Gus Van Sant

Van Sant.  So Gus Van Sant is the first auteur on my list not to have a top 500 film. They (top 500 films that haven’t had their director mentioned by my previous 135 directors

The 135th Best Director of All-Time: Sam Mendes

Mendes.  Few modern auteurs have a resume that includes the 1-2 punch of American Beauty and The Road to Perdition and can (with confidence) boast that they’ve made the best James Bond film (it’s right

The 134th Best Director of All-Time: Paul Schrader

Schrader. Sadly, Schrader is probably first thought of as the screenwriter for Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and to a lesser extent, Bringing out the Dead. He’s a masterful auteur though and has 9 films

The 133rd Best Director of All-Time: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pasolini. I’ll be the first to admit that there is work to be done here on my end regarding Pasolini. I’ve seen six Pasolini films, once a piece, between the years 2004-2006. That certainly doesn’t

The 132nd Best Director of All-Time: Marcel Carné

Carné. All three of Carné’s archiveable films land in the top 100 of their respective decade. There isn’t much beyond that as far as resume. I’ll get to it below but the disconnect I have

The 131st Best Director of All-Time: George Romero

Romero. Genre diehards will hate that’s it has taken me this long to get to Romero and vice-versa for those who view horror as some sort of lower art-form (which it isn’t—in the hands of

The 130th Best Director of All-Time: Michael Cimino

Cimino. Cimino is probably as well known for killing the fertile artistic period of American cinema of the 1970’s with expensive economic (but certainly not artistic) failure of Heaven’s Gate as he is for his

The 129th Best Director of All-Time: Stanley Donen

Donen. Donen has a unique case here. He has one bright shining star of a film (Singin’ in the Rain- just missing my top 100 by an eyelash) that he wouldn’t be here without. The

The 128th Best Director of All-Time: Anthony Minghella

Minghella. Minghella is a classical British auteur who died too early (at age 54) and made literary adaptation epics: The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain. His strength, for the purposes of

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