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

The 72nd Best Director of All-Time: Michael Haneke

Haneke. Haneke’s strength for the purposes of this list are the 3 top 500 films (very few of those left at spot #72 here) with remarkable stylistic and narrative consistency in his oeuvre. Dominant during

The 71st Best Director of All-Time: Sidney Lumet

Lumet. It’s an incredible filmography (17 archiveable films, 5 in their respective decade’s top 100, spanning 50 years) and there’s enough consistency in his work to consider him an auteur for sure. Still, he’s a

The 70th Best Director of All-Time: Bela Tarr

Tarr. I might be another watch of The Turin Horse and especially Satantango away from shooting Tarr up to my top 50 directors of all-time. According to the consensus, Satantango is the 103rd best film of all-time and I have it

The 69th Best Director of All-Time: Jacques Demy

Demy. Demy’s 10-year run from 1961-1970 was something to behold. I did a demy study in 2014 and I’m both pissed it took me so long to get to him and thrilled to have finally

The 68th Best Director of All-Time: Terry Gilliam

Gilliam. There’s no way he’s on here ahead of many deserving auteurs if I didn’t think Brazil was much closer to the 50th best film of all-time than the 183rd best where TSPDT consensus has it. Man, I wish

The 67th Best Director of All-Time: Jacques Tati

Tati. Tati has a very small filmography but was certainly a style-plus director with a distinct look and a tight marriage to mise-en-scene and comedic architectural set-up.  The consistency in his work is worth more

The 66th Best Director of All-Time: Jean-Pierre Melville

Melville. Melville is a great place to start for anyone who doesn’t think old or foreign (or black and white…or all 3) movies can be entertaining. For the purposes of this list he’s a little

The 65th Best Director of All-Time: Wes Anderson

Wesley Anderson. Wes’ strength for the purposes of this list is both the filmography and the aesthetic quality (and consistency) in his work. He already has 3 top 500 films and a whopping 6 films

The 64th Best Director of All-Time: Brian De Palma

De Palma. When talking about De Palma people either start with either a) talking about him as a brilliant stylist/technician or b) talk about him being a Hitchcock imitator or c) talk about him the

The 63rd Best Director of All-Time: Agnes Varda

Varda. I have to preface that my neither my page, nor my ranking/evaluation of Varda, includes her documentary work (which is substantial). She shares this with Herzog and a few others. Varda has three top

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