The 18th Best Director of All-Time: David Lynch

Lynch. Lynch’s case is really strong. Lynch has 10 features- I have 9 of the 10 films in my archives. I’ve given Dune a few chances and probably have another one left in me but it’s

The 17th Best Director of All-Time: Max Ophüls

Ophüls. During 2011 and 2012 I saw all of Ophüls’ available films (his early pre ww2 German films are largely unavailable or lost). After leaving his homeland (Germany) he made a few films in Hollywood

The 16th 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 15th Best Director of All-Time: Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson. Anderson’s 4 films in the top 100 (work from 2009 or newer not yet eligible) puts him tied with Welles for second place behind only Kubrick (5) and that’s his case—and what

The 14th Best Director of All-Time: Jean Renoir

Renoir. Renoir dominated the 1930’s making 7 of the top 100 of the decade and a whopping 5 of the top 18 films. 14 total archiveable films is very respectable (I need to rewatch half

The 13th Best Director of All-Time: François Truffaut

Truffaut. No frogs in the top 10? Blasphemy, right to a country with such a rich tradition in cinema? I know. I’m actually more bullish on Truffaut than most cinephiles. Playful and largely accessible- he’s very different

The 12th Best Director of All-Time: Akira Kurosawa

Kurosawa. Kurosawa has two films that many cinephiles triumph as the best, or one of the 5 or so best, of all-time. He has a consistent narrative worldview, is a dynamic editor- specifically in action

The 11th Best Director of All-Time: Michelangelo Antonioni

Antonioni. Antonioni has 3 films in the top 100, 5 films essentially in the top 250 (#253 with Blow Up).  His films demonstrate a rigid formal structure (both within each film and as a collective

The 10th Best Director of All-Time: John Ford

Ford. Ford’s case is both the depth of the filmography (his 29 archiveable films trail only Hitchcock and Woody Allen) and The Searchers- the best film of all-time.  14 of those films end up in

The 9th Best Director of All-Time: Orson Welles

Welles. He’s undoubtedly a better director than the resulting filmography if that makes sense. TSPDT has him 2nd (behind Hitchcock) on the all-time director list based on a composite list. I have good reasons for Welles

The 8th Best Director of All-Time: Andrei Tarkovsky

Tarkovsky. The soviet’s answer to Kubrick until he defected in 1979 amid controversy surrounding The First Day (an unmade movie with allegories critical of the USSR (apparently more overt than the others throughout his career)). Tarkovsky joins

The 7th Best Director of All-Time: Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola. I have to go full-name here with the rise of Sofia in the last twenty years. There are only a total of 10 archiveable films for Coppola (which is low for this

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