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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Directors 2010: FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #170 on: November 14, 2010, 05:29:48 AM »
Nice list Corndog, yeah Peter Weir.

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« Reply #171 on: November 23, 2010, 11:58:29 AM »
Just sent in my list.  I'll fix this up and make it pretty when I have the time.  Would like to do short write-ups for each as well. The directors' sensibilities and my affinity with them outweighed how many great films they made which is why, for example, Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin rank so high.  I just love the modest and quotidian feel of their lovely photographed stories that ooze incredible warmth for the characters.  Also, style factored in more than the number of great films which is why Koreeda ranked low (despite my love for Distance and Nobody Knows, I'm not a fan of the handheld camerawork) and Jancso ranked higher than Koreeda because of my love for the former's visual aesthetic even though with the exception of The Round-Up, I'd chose the best Koreeda to watch over the best Jancso most days.  My fave for each is in parentheses.  For most, it was difficult to chose just one, but chose only one, I did

1. Jean Renoir (The Rules of the Game)
2. Frederick Wiseman (Welfare)
3. Claire Denis (Vendredi soir)
4. Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes)
5. Krzysztof Kieslowski (The Decalogue)
6. Chris Marker (La jetee)
7. Yasujiro Ozu (Early Summer)
8. Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin (Lovers and Lollipops)
9. Milos Forman (Black Peter)
10. Hou Hsiao-hsien (Café Lumiere)
11. Ermanno Olmi (I Fidanzati)
12. Albert and David Maysles (Gimme Shelter)
13. Kim Longinotto (Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go)
14. Allan King (A Married Couple)
15. Agnes Varda (Jacquot de Nantes)
16. Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather Part 2)
17. Miklos Jancso (The Round-Up)
18. Hal Hartley (Surviving Desire)
19. Jacques Tati (Mon Oncle)
20. Bill Forsyth (Gregory’s Girl)
21. Hirokazu Koreeda (Still Walking)
22. Edward Yang (A Brighter Summer Day)
23. Eric Rohmer (My Night at Maud's)
24. Howard Hawks (Rio Bravo)
25. Wong Kar-wai (Happy Together)
26. Wim Wenders (Kings of the Road)
27. Aki Kaurismaki (Drifting Clouds)
28. Alfred Hitchcock (Shadow of a Doubt)
29. Masaki Kobayashi (Harakiri)
30. Masahiro Shinoda (Pale Flower)
31. Max Ophuls (La Ronde)
32. Akira Kurosawa (Red Beard)
33. Elaine May (A New Leaf)
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Directors 2010: FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #172 on: November 23, 2010, 12:20:33 PM »
And who are these people again?
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« Reply #173 on: November 23, 2010, 01:25:27 PM »
Yeah, don't you know that everyone's list is supposed to have Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Brad Bird, Paul Thomas Anderson, the Coen brothers and Hayao Miyazaki?  Come on, VS, get with the program!

Anyway, intriguing list.  I'm particularly happy to see Renoir, Kieslowski, Ozu, Olmi, Jancso, Tati, Kobayashi, and most of all Kaurismaki.

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« Reply #174 on: November 23, 2010, 01:35:11 PM »
Yeah, don't you know that everyone's list is supposed to have Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Brad Bird, Paul Thomas Anderson, the Coen brothers and Hayao Miyazaki?  Come on, VS, get with the program!

Anyway, intriguing list.  I'm particularly happy to see Renoir, Kieslowski, Ozu, Olmi, Jancso, Tati, Kobayashi, and most of all Kaurismaki.

What do I get if I have 5 of the first 7 and 4 of the last 8 on my list?
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« Reply #175 on: November 23, 2010, 03:26:41 PM »
Anyway, intriguing list.  I'm particularly happy to see Renoir, Kieslowski, Ozu, Olmi, Jancso, Tati, Kobayashi, and most of all Kaurismaki.

I've kind of cooled off on Kaurismaki films for the moment.  I don't doubt that future rankings might have him higher.

Hawks!

Excellent list, Ver. Now I feel guilty regarding my sloth.  :-[

Thanks.  You categorize your movie-watching activity lately as sloth?  Seems like you've been watching a ton of 80s, Hawks, Lewis, and Tashlin films.  I can't imagine how much more dedicated you can get.  You put us all to shame.

As for Hawks, unfortunately, I wasn't able to do a Hawks retro.  It's possible he could've ranked higher.
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Directors 2010: FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #176 on: November 23, 2010, 04:50:05 PM »
Yeah, don't you know that everyone's list is supposed to have Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Brad Bird, Paul Thomas Anderson, the Coen brothers and Hayao Miyazaki?  Come on, VS, get with the program!

Ha. Ver's list is a great example of why I was apprehensive about making a list this go round. I feel like I will be discovering many wonderful films next year when I try and go through and catch up with these people I have never heard of, or in some cases, just never got to yet.
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« Reply #177 on: November 24, 2010, 02:29:28 PM »
Sorry for the lack of pretty pictures or references to the films that I believe make them truly great, but I'm so cramped for time nowadays that putting together a simple list was hard enough. In the interest of full disclosure I decided to not even look at the last list I submitted so it will be interesting to see how different this list ends up being, provided I can actually find the list I submitted a few years ago.

Here we go,

1. Hayao Miyazaki
2. Werner Herzog
3. David Cronenberg
4. Stanley Kubrick
5. Gus Van Sant
6. Sergio Leone
7. The Coen Brothers
8. Richard Linklater
9. Woody Allen
10. Andrew Stanton
11. Chan-wook Park
12. Billy Wilder
13. Kar-wai Wong
14. Alfred Hitchcock
15. F.W. Murnau
16. Akira Kurosawa
17. Charles Chaplin
18. Alfonso Cuaron
19. James Cameron
20. Frank Darabont
21. John Ford
22. Kelly Reichardt
23. Steven Soderbergh
24. Brad Bird
25. Guillermo del Toro
26. Paul Thomas Anderson
27. Isao Takahata
28. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
29. Wes Anderson
30. Marc Forster
31. Pete Docter
32. Clint Eastwood
33. Terrence Malick
34. Jean-Pierre Melville
35. Ron Clements & John Musker
36. Louis Malle
37. Frank Capra
38. Orson Welles
39. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson & Hamilton Luske
40. Ingmar Bergman
41. Michael Curtiz
42. Steven Spielberg
43. George A. Romero
44. Takashi Miike
45. Robert Zemeckis
46. Ang Lee
47. Zack Snyder
48. John Carpenter
49. Sam Raimi
50. John McTiernan
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« Reply #178 on: November 24, 2010, 04:02:49 PM »
Yeah, don't you know that everyone's list is supposed to have Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Brad Bird, Paul Thomas Anderson, the Coen brothers and Hayao Miyazaki?  Come on, VS, get with the program!

Anyway, intriguing list.  I'm particularly happy to see Renoir, Kieslowski, Ozu, Olmi, Jancso, Tati, Kobayashi, and most of all Kaurismaki.

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« Reply #179 on: November 27, 2010, 03:27:51 PM »
All right, I'm pooped. I won't have time to cram into any more movies before the deadline, so I'm throwing in the towel a little early. Before diving in, I'm going to have to preface everything to explain how I compiled my list. First, I had to have seen at least five films for each director in order to give me a conformable sample size. Second, I rated all of the films that I had seen on a scale from zero to five stars going by half star increments. Everything ★★★ or higher is a positive rating and everything ★★1/2 or below is a negative rating, but here's a more specific breakdown:

★★★ - Good; a respectable film worth watching.
★★★1/2 - Very good; a film of high quality.
★★★★ - Great; a treasure
★★★★1/2 - A near-masterpiece; approaching an all-time great
★★★★★ - A masterpiece; an all-time great

★★1/2 - OK; not poorly made, but lacking emotional investment or some similar trait
★★ - Bad; having one or more serious flaw that ruins the film
★1/2 - Very bad; the film fails at many points and is painful to watch
★ - Awful; a disaster at every turn
1/2★ - Beyond awful; it doesn't just fail, it makes you angry
(zero stars) - Incompetent; a total failure at every level at filmmaking

Mostly ratings are positive though and few are less than ★★. I'm not rating the Brothers Strauss here. The third step was to put all of the scores together. I'm not a math person, but I came up with a formula intended to reconciled different sized filmographies and not unfairly punish or reward a director for the number of films I had seen by them. The formula I came up was (2A + B/2).

In 2A + B/2, A is an average of the director's five highest rated films and B is the average of all subsequent films. If I had only seen five films by a director, then B is the average of the two lowest rated films. This made it so that highly rated films influenced a director's rating more than poorly rated films, which I feel is fair. The highest possible rating that can be earned is 12.5. My number one director scored 11.43 and number fifty director scored 8.7. In the event of a tie I looked at the director's top one or two films to rank them.

Second-to-lastly, I have honorable mentions and apologies. Stanley Kramer, Jonathan Demme, Park Chan-wook, John Woo, Errol Morris, and Paul Thomas Anderson were the next directors according to my ratings that didn't make my list. Better luck next time fellas! Krzysztof Kieslowski, F.W. Murnau, Victor Fleming, and Kenji Mizoguchi on the other hand were virtual locks to make my list if I had seen the required five films for each. Kieslowski hurts in particular because I had planned on watching The Decalogue, but ran out of time.

Without any further ado, here is my list of the fifty best directors:

1. Alfred Hitchcock
Vertigo - ★★★★★
Psycho - ★★★★★
Notorious - ★★★★★
North by Northwest - ★★★★★
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) - ★★★★★
Rear Window - ★★★★
Dial M for Murder - ★★★★
Shadow of a Doubt - ★★★★
Frenzy - ★★★★
The Lady Vanishes - ★★★1/2
The Trouble with Harry - ★★★1/2
Lifeboat - ★★★1/2
Saboteur - ★★★
Spellbound - ★★★
To Catch a Thief - ★★★
Rope - ★★★
Foreign Correspondent - ★★★
The Wrong Man - ★★1/2
The 39 Steps - ★★1/2
Torn Curtain - ★★1/2
Suspicion - ★★1/2
Sabotage - ★★1/2
The Birds - ★★1/2
Rebecca - ★★
Strangers on a Train - ★★
Marnie - ★★
Family Plot - ★★
Topaz - ★1/2

2. Stanley Kubrick
2001: A Space Odyssey - ★★★★★
Dr. Strangelove - ★★★★★
The Shining - ★★★★★
The Killing - ★★★★★
Paths of Glory - ★★★★★
Barry Lyndon - ★★★1/2
Spartacus - ★★★
Full Metal Jacket - ★★★
Eyes Wide Shut - ★★1/2
A Clockwork Orange - ★★

3. Akira Kurosawa
Seven Samurai - ★★★★★
Throne of Blood - ★★★★★
Sanjuro - ★★★★★
Yojimbo - ★★★★1/2
Ran - ★★★★1/2
Rashômon - ★★★★
Ikiru - ★★★★
High and Low - ★★★★
Kagemusha - ★★★1/2
The Hidden Fortress - ★★★
Stray Dog - ★★★
Drunken Angel - ★★★
I Live in Fear - ★★★
Scandal - ★★1/2

4. Ingmar Bergman
The Seventh Seal - ★★★★★
Persona - ★★★★★
Wild Strawberries - ★★★★★
Smiles of a Summer Night - ★★★★1/2
Cries and Whispers - ★★★★1/2
Fanny and Alexander - ★★★
The Virgin Spring - ★★★
Thirst - ★★1/2

5. Sergio Leone
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - ★★★★★
For a Few Dollars More - ★★★★★
Once Upon a Time in America - ★★★★★
Duck, You Sucker - ★★★★
Once Upon a Time in the West - ★★★★
A Fistful of Dollars - ★★★1/2

6. David Lean
Lawrence of Arabia - ★★★★★
The Bridge on the River Kwai - ★★★★★
Oliver Twist - ★★★★1/2
Summertime - ★★★★1/2
Great Expectations - ★★★★1/2
Hobson's Choice - ★★★
Doctor Zhivago - ★★★
Brief Encounter - ★★1/2

7. Hayao Miyazaki
Spirited Away - ★★★★★
Princess Mononoke - ★★★★★
My Neighbor Totoro - ★★★★1/2
Castle in the Sky - ★★★★1/2
Kiki's Delivery Service - ★★★★
Ponyo - ★★★1/2
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind - ★★★
Howl's Moving Castle - ★★★
Porco Rosso - ★★★

8. Quentin Tarantino
Inglourious Basterds - ★★★★★
Death Proof - ★★★★★
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 - ★★★★1/2
Pulp Fiction - ★★★★
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 - ★★★★
Reservoir Dogs - ★★★1/2
Jackie Brown - ★★★1/2

9. Martin Scorsese
Raging Bull - ★★★★★
Goodfellas - ★★★★★
The Departed - ★★★★★
Taxi Driver - ★★★★
Casino - ★★★★
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore - ★★★★
The Aviator - ★★★★
Mean Streets - ★★★1/2
Gangs of New York - ★★★1/2
Cape Fear - ★★★
The Last Temptation of Christ - ★★★
Kundun - ★★★
Shutter Island - ★★★
The Age of Innocence - ★★★
The Color of Money - ★★★
After Hours - ★★★
The King of Comedy - ★★1/2
Bringing Out the Dead - ★★1/2
Shine a Light - ★

10. John Ford
The Searchers - ★★★★★
The Grapes of Wrath - ★★★★★
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - ★★★★★
Fort Apache - ★★★★
Stagecoach - ★★★★
My Darling Clementine - ★★★1/2
Young Mr. Lincoln - ★★★
How Green Was My Valley - ★★1/2

11. Steven Spielberg
Raiders of the Lost Ark - ★★★★★
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - ★★★★★
Jaws - ★★★★1/2
Saving Private Ryan - ★★★★1/2
Minority Report - ★★★★
Catch Me If You Can - ★★★★
The Terminal - ★★★★
Jurassic Park - ★★★1/2
Schindler's List - ★★★1/2
Empire of the Sun - ★★★
Munich - ★★★
War of the Worlds - ★★★
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - ★★1/2
The Lost World: Jurassic Park - ★★1/2
Artificial Intelligence: A.I. - ★★1/2
Hook - ★★
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - ★★
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - ★★
E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial - ★1/2

12. Yasujirô Ozu
Floating Weeds - ★★★★★
Tôkyô Story - ★★★★★
An Autumn Afternoon - ★★★★★
Equinox Flower - ★★★★
The Only Son - ★★★1/2
Late Spring - ★★★1/2
A Story of Floating Weeds - ★★★
Good Morning - ★★★

13. Billy Wilder
Sunset Boulevard - ★★★★★
Double Indemnity - ★★★★★
Some Like It Hot - ★★★★1/2
One, Two, Three - ★★★★
Ace in the Hole - ★★★★
Witness for the Prosecution - ★★★★
Stalag 17 - ★★★★
The Lost Weekend - ★★
The Apartment - ★★

14. Luis Buñuel
The Exterminating Angel - ★★★★★
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie - ★★★★★
Belle de Jour - ★★★★1/2
Viridiana - ★★★★
Los Olvidados - ★★★1/2
The Milky Way - ★★★
L'Age d'Or - ★★★

15. William Wyler
The Best Years of Our Lives - ★★★★★
Roman Holiday - ★★★★1/2
The Heiress - ★★★★1/2
Mrs. Miniver - ★★★★
Dodsworth - ★★★★
Dead End - ★★★1/2
Wuthering Heights - ★★★
The Letter - ★★★
Jezebel - ★★★
The Desperate Hours - ★★★
Ben-Hur - ★★1/2

16. Clint Eastwood
Unforgiven - ★★★★★
Million Dollar Baby - ★★★★1/2
Mystic River - ★★★★1/2
Letters from Iwo Jima - ★★★★
Gran Torino - ★★★★
Flags of Our Father - ★★★1/2
Changeling - ★★★
Pale Rider - ★★★
High Plains Drifter - ★★1/2
Sudden Impact - ★★1/2
Space Cowboys - ★★1/2
Invictus - ★★1/2
Blood Work - ★★1/2
The Outlaw Josey Wales - ★★1/2
Play Misty for Me - ★★1/2

17. Orson Welles
Citizen Kane - ★★★★★
Touch of Evil - ★★★★★
The Magnificent Ambersons - ★★★★1/2
Chimes at Midnight - ★★★★1/2
The Lady from Shanghai - ★★★
The Trial - ★★★
F for Fake - ★★★
Othello - ★★1/2
The Stranger - ★★1/2
Mr. Arkadin - ★★

18. Ridley Scott
Alien - ★★★★★
Gladiator - ★★★★1/2
Blade Runner - ★★★★
Black Hawk Down - ★★★★
Thelma & Louise - ★★★★
American Gangster - ★★★★
Hannibal - ★★

19. Douglas Sirk
Written on the Wind - ★★★★★
All That Heaven Allows - ★★★★1/2
Imitation of Life - ★★★★
A Time to Love and a Time to Die - ★★★★
Magnificent Obsession - ★★★1/2

20. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp - ★★★★★
Black Narcissus - ★★★★★
A Matter of Life and Death - ★★★★
The Red Shoes - ★★★★
I Know Where I'm Going - ★★★1/2
A Canterbury Tale - ★★★1/2
The Thief of Bagdad - ★★★ (Powell only)
The Small Back Room - ★★1/2
Peeping Tom - ★★ (Powell only)

21. Christopher Nolan
Memento - ★★★★★
The Dark Knight - ★★★★
Insomnia - ★★★★
The Prestige - ★★★★
Inception - ★★★★
Batman Begins - ★★★1/2
Following - ★★★

22. Elia Kazan
A Streetcar Named Desire - ★★★★1/2
On the Waterfront - ★★★★1/2
Splendor in the Grass - ★★★★1/2
East of Eden- ★★★★1/2
Viva Zapata! - ★★★1/2
Gentleman's Agreement - ★★★
Panic in the Streets - ★★1/2

23. John Huston
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - ★★★★★
The Asphalt Jungle - ★★★★★
The African Queen - ★★★★
The Maltese Falcon - ★★★★
Fat City - ★★★
Key Largo - ★★★

24. Charlie Chaplin
The Gold Rush - ★★★★★
Monsieur Verdoux - ★★★★1/2
Modern Times - ★★★★
The Great Dictator - ★★★★
The Circus - ★★★1/2
The Kid - ★★★
City Lights - ★★1/2

25. Werner Herzog
Little Dieter Needs to Fly - ★★★★1/2
Aguirre, the Wrath of God - ★★★★1/2
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans - ★★★★1/2
Rescue Dawn - ★★★★
Grizzly Man - ★★★1/2
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done - ★★★
The White Diamond - ★★★
Encounters at the End of the World - ★★★
Fitzcarraldo - ★★★
The Wild Blue Yonder - ★1/2

26. Preston Sturges
The Lady Eve - ★★★★1/2
Sullivan's Travels - ★★★★
The Great McGinty - ★★★★
Unfaithfully Yours - ★★★★
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek - ★★★1/2
Hail the Conquering Hero - ★★★1/2
The Palm Beach Story - ★★★1/2

27. Liu Chia-Liang
Drunken Master II - ★★★★★
The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter - ★★★★
Heroes of the East - ★★★★
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin - ★★★★
Return to the 36th Chamber - ★★★

28. Michael Curtiz
Casablanca - ★★★★★
Mildred Pierce - ★★★★1/2
Angels with Dirty Faces - ★★★★
The Adventures of Robin Hood - ★★★★
Yankee Doodle Dandy - ★★★1/2
Mystery of the Wax Museum - ★★1/2

29. Buster Keaton
Sherlock, Jr. - ★★★★★
The General - ★★★★★
The Cameraman - ★★★★
Our Hospitality - ★★★1/2
Steamboat Bill, Jr. - ★★★1/2
Seven Chances - ★★★
Go West - ★★★
College - ★★1/2

30. Woody Allen
Manhattan - ★★★★1/2
Crimes in Misdemeanors - ★★★★1/2
Hannah and Her Sisters - ★★★★
Bullets Over Broadway - ★★★★
Deconstructing Harry - ★★★1/2
Radio Days - ★★★1/2
Vicky Cristina Barcelona - ★★★
Sleeper - ★★★
Small Time Crooks - ★★1/2
Curse of the Jade Scorpion - ★★1/2
Annie Hall - ★★1/2

31. Rob Reiner
This Is Spinal Tap - ★★★★★
Stand By Me - ★★★★1/2
A Few Good Men - ★★★★1/2
The Bucket List - ★★★1/2
When Harry Met Sally - ★★★
Misery - ★★★
The Princess Bride - ★★1/2

32. Howard Hawks
To Have and Have Not - ★★★★1/2
Only Angels Have Wings - ★★★★
Rio Bravo - ★★★★
Bringing Up Baby - ★★★★
Red River - ★★★★
Sergeant York - ★★★1/2
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - ★★★
Scarface - ★★1/2
The Big Sleep - ★★
His Girl Friday - ★★

33. George Cukor
The Philadelphia Story - ★★★★1/2
My Fair Lady - ★★★★1/2
Born Yesterday - ★★★★1/2
Adam's Rib - ★★★1/2
A Star is Born - ★★★
Holiday - ★★★

34. Fritz Lang
M - ★★★★★
The Big Heat - ★★★★★
Scarlet Street - ★★★1/2
Man Hunt - ★★★1/2
Metropolis - ★★★
The Woman in the Window - ★★★
House By the River - ★★★
Fury - ★★1/2

35. David Fincher
Seven - ★★★★1/2
Fight Club - ★★★★1/2
Zodiac - ★★★★1/2
The Social Network - ★★★1/2
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - ★★★
Panic Room - ★★★
Alien3 - ★★1/2
The Game - ★★1/2

36. Sidney Lumet
12 Angry Men - ★★★★
Murder on the Orient Express - ★★★★
The Verdict - ★★★★
Network - ★★★★
Dog Day Afternoon - ★★★1/2
Fail-Safe - ★★★1/2
Serpico - ★★★1/2
Before the Devil Knows Your Dead - ★★★1/2
Find Me Guilty - ★★1/2
Equus - ★★

37. Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather - ★★★★★
Apocalypse Now - ★★★★★
The Godfather, Part II - ★★★★
The Godfather, Part III - ★★★1/2
The Conversation - ★★1/2
Bram Stoker's Dracula - ★★1/2
The Outsiders - ★★1/2

38. John Sturges
The Great Escape - ★★★★★
Bad Day at Black Rock - ★★★★★
Ice Station Zebra - ★★★★
The Magnificent Seven - ★★★
Last Train from Gun Hill - ★★★
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral - ★★1/2

39. Roman Polanski
Rosemary's Baby - ★★★★1/2
Chinatown - ★★★★
The Ghost Writer - ★★★★
The Pianist - ★★★1/2
The Tenant - ★★★1/2
Repulsion - ★★★1/2
Frantic - ★★★
Macbeth - ★★★
Knife in the Water - ★★

40. Jean Renoir
Grand Illusion - ★★★★★
The Rules of the Game - ★★★★
The River - ★★★1/2
The Lower Depths - ★★★1/2
The Human Beast - ★★★

41. James Cameron
Aliens - ★★★★★
Terminator 2: Judgment Day - ★★★★1/2
The Terminator - ★★★★
Titanic - ★★★
Avatar - ★★★
True Lies - ★★★
The Abyss - ★★1/2

42. Terry Gilliam
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - ★★★★★
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - ★★★★
Brazil - ★★★★
The Fisher King - ★★★1/2
Twelve Monkeys - ★★1/2

43. George A. Romero
Night of the Living Dead - ★★★★★
Day of the Dead - ★★★★1/2
Dawn of the Dead - ★★★★
Land of the Dead - ★★★
Survival of the Dead - ★★★
Diary of the Dead - ★★★
The Crazies - ★★

44. Federico Fellini
La Dolce Vita - ★★★★★
Nights of Cabiria - ★★★★
La Strada - ★★★★
I Vitelloni - ★★★1/2
Amarcord - ★★★
8 1/2 - ★★1/2

45. Samuel Fuller
White Dog - ★★★★1/2
The Naked Kiss  - ★★★★1/2
Underworld U.S.A. - ★★★★
Shock Corridor - ★★★1/2
I Shot Jesse James - ★★★
Pickup on South Street - ★★1/2
Forty Guns - ★★1/2

46. Jacques Tati
Playtime - ★★★★★
Mon Oncle - ★★★★1/2
Mr. Hulot's Holiday - ★★★★
Trafic - ★★★
Jour de Fête - ★★1/2

47. Joel and Ethan Coen
No Country for Old Men - ★★★★★
The Big Lebowski - ★★★★
Barton Fink - ★★★★
The Man Who Wasn't There - ★★★1/2
Blood Simple - ★★★
Raising Arizona - ★★1/2
Burn After Reading - ★★1/2
The Ladykillers - ★★1/2
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - ★★
Fargo - ★★
Miller's Crossing - ★1/2

48. Anthony Mann
Winchester '73 - ★★★★★
Bend of the River - ★★★1/2
The Furies - ★★★1/2
The Naked Spur - ★★★1/2
Man of the West - ★★★1/2
Border Incident - ★★1/2

49. Pedro Almodovar
All About My Mother - ★★★★1/2
Volver - ★★★★1/2
Talk to Her - ★★★★
Bad Education - ★★★1/2
Broken Embraces - ★★★
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown - ★★

50. Ernst Lubitsch
To Be or Not to Be - ★★★★
Trouble in Paradise - ★★★★
The Smiling Lieutenant - ★★★1/2
One Hour with You- ★★★1/2
Ninotchka - ★★★
The Shop Around the Corner - ★★★
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