I don't feel I can justify including Jonathan Glazer, but I don't want to leave him off either. Many people really dug Sexy Beast, but I stand nearly alone in thinking Birth is an incredible achievement in filmmaking. I've also watched his DVD and he's completely unafraid to push the music into the background of the video, focusing more on a narrative story. Plus, his commercial showing surf waves as giant horses made my jaw hit the floor. It's visually stunning (and both pre-dates and does the job better than Fellowship of The Ring.)
I say Jonathan Glazer definitely belongs in this discussion. He is a Great Director who has already proven himself, and I will be there opening weekend for whatever he does next.
So, should I give him a proper poll like Todd Field and Darren Aronofsky?