The 84th Best Director of All-Time: George Cukor

Cukor. Cukor. Even without any credit for Gone With the Wind Cukor’s filmography alone is deserving of this slot. He’s not a style-plus director and his contribution to Gone With the Wind is of much debate (it’s clear

The 83rd Best Director of All-Time: The Dardenne Brothers

The Dardenne Brothers. There’s nobody in Hollywood, indie cinema or around the globe that can match the Dardenne’s realism work since the mid 90’s. They exploded on the scene 1996 with La Promesse and they now have

The 82nd Best Director of All-Time: Frank Capra

Capra. Capra is a style-minus director but has a brilliant filmography (his filmography grades out to be ranked 60th as a director) and unlike others like Huston or Curtiz or some others his great films

The 81st Best Director of All-Time: Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola. Coppola has given us one of the best films of the 00’s decade and five of her six films have landed in the top 100 of their respective decade. She’s yet another one

The 80th Best Director of All-Time: Charlie Chaplin

Chaplin. Chaplin’s filmography suggests a much better fate than where I’ve got him at here– sitting at #80.  . I’m lower on most of his films than the TSPDT consensus so that’s one thing. Even

The 79th Best Director of All-Time: Clint Eastwood

Eastwood. Eastwood’s filmography is stronger than he is as a stylistic director. Still—at slot #79 here—we have a director with 4 films in the top 500 with similarities in the visual design and persistent narrative

The 78th Best Director of All-Time: James Cameron

Cameron.  Cameron is a tricky one for me because he only has 7 archiveable films and doesn’t have a big glaring heavyweight masterpiece. Usually someone like that wouldn’t make my top 100 director list. However,

The 77th Best Director of All-Time: Nicholas Ray

Nicholas Ray. “The cinema is Nicholas Ray” is Godard’s famous, fabulously superior statement. It has been met with a good deal of ridicule over the years, for good reason. He’s not one of the best

The 76th Best Director of All-Time: John Cassavetes

Cassavetes. Cassavetes not only has 2 top 500 films but is rightly known as grand forerunner of independent American cinema. His films have a definite atmosphere and authenticity about them that isn’t just a stagey

The 75th Best Director of All-Time: Erich von Stroheim

Von Stroheim. Before I get going- I love that he added his own “von” to his name to make himself sound more distinguished and aristocratic. Haha.  For a silent director, von Stroheim had a limited

The 74th Best Director of All-Time: Alan Pakula

Pakula.  Pakula was on absolute fire from 1971 to 1976 with this unofficial paranoia trilogy and then we’re largely done—unlike Coppola, Scorsese, Spielberg and others American filmmakers that emerged during that incredibly fertile period in

The 73rd Best Director of All-Time: Buster Keaton

Keaton. Keaton is the silent set-piece master of comedy (at least until Tati made Playtime). He’s ahead of Chaplin despite Chaplin having the better filmography as it grades out). The use of the locomotive (The

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