The 11th Best Director of All-Time: François Truffaut

Truffaut. No frogs in the top 10? I know. I’m actually more bullish on Truffaut than most cinephiles. Playful and largely accessible- could there be another auteur more different than the auteur directly in front of him:

The 12th Best Director of All-Time: Fritz Lang

Lang. I really struggled with this slot. I think I looked past Lang initially for this slot because he doesn’t have the big third film after metropolis and M. I’ve concluded, at least for the time being, that the

The 13th Best Director of All-Time: Jean-Luc Godard

Godard. I feel like I’ve written so much about Godard over the years. I’ll be the first to grant that if you consider documentaries and experimental cinema alongside narrative fiction cinema, then godard would probably

The 14th Best Director of All-Time: Howard Hawks

Hawks. Hawks had definite style. He was not just a game-manager and supervisor as a director. He’s no byproduct and benefactor of an efficient studio system. He worked within it much like Ford and Hitchcock

The 15th Best Director of All-Time: Jean Renoir

Renoir. Ultimately I went with Renoir here above the others because of his utter dominance of the 1930’s with no less than 6 top ten films of their year (5 top five films) all directed

The 16th Best Director of All-Time: David Lynch

Lynch. Lynch’s case is really strong. Lynch has 10 features, a bunch of shorts and a tv show (of which he directed 6 of 30 episodes). I have 9 of the 10 films in my

The 17th Best Director of All-Time: Terrence Malick

Malick. Malick’s case is incredibly strong for a relatively modern auteur.  He is certainly having a puzzling decade by first giving us perhaps his best career work- and then falling on his face with a

The 18th Best Director of All-Time: Max Ophüls

Ophuls. This is one of those limbs I’m going out on. I’m way higher on ophuls than the consensus. During 2011 and 2012 I saw all of ophuls’ available films (his early pre ww2 german

The 19th Best Director of All-Time: Luis Buñuel

Bunuel. To some it may feel like Bunuel should be closer to the top 10 but he’s got some really well reviewed films that don’t qualify for me (docs and experimental films) and several films

The 20th Best Director of All-Time: Sergio Leone

Leone. There are no easy choices on this list/project. By and large, I think much more of all 3 leone/eastwood collaborations than the TSPDT critical consensus. Also, I view Leone’s style as a huge plus

The 21st Best Director of All-Time: F.W. Murnau

Murnau. It’s hard not to think that if Murnau hadn’t died in a car accident at age 42 it wouldn’t be him in Lang’s spot or higher- even perhaps in the top 10. It was

The 22nd Best Director of All-Time: Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino. Man, this is tough! Tarantino is not only my highest ranking director on the list to debut his first film post-1990, he’s actually the first on the list to debut post-1980 (Lynch’s eraserhead debuted in 1977).

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