Directors   (4,525) Most Notable
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 RANK   NAME   FILMS   AVG YEAR   TOP FILM   COUNTRY   LANGUAGE 
1 Hitchcock, Alfred 43 1946 5 USA English
2 Ford, John 58 1943 10 USA English
3 Spielberg, Steven 29 1993 24 USA English
4 Cukor, George 38 1946 37 USA English
5 Scorsese, Martin 27 1991 17 USA English
6 Bergman, Ingmar 27 1965 38 Sweden Swedish
7 Wilder, Billy 22 1956 25 USA English
8 Buñuel, Luis 20 1957 44 France French
9 Hawks, Howard 31 1946 75 USA English
10 Kurosawa, Akira 21 1963 7 Japan Japanese
11 Huston, John 30 1961 64 USA English
12 Wyler, William 30 1945 85 USA English
13 Kubrick, Stanley 12 1969 2 UK English
14 Truffaut, François 22 1970 15 France French
15 Lean, David 16 1954 23 UK English
16 Lang, Fritz 32 1942 27 Germany German
17 Renoir, Jean 28 1940 3 France French
18 Curtiz, Michael 37 1941 13 USA English
19 Allen, Woody 35 1990 21 USA English
20 Fellini, Federico 17 1965 11 Italy Italian
21 Godard, Jean-Luc 35 1977 16 France French
22 Chaplin, Charles 35 1924 111 USA English
23 Coppola, Francis Ford 15 1980 6 USA English
24 Capra, Frank 28 1939 51 USA English
25 Kazan, Elia 15 1954 36 USA English
26 Altman, Robert 25 1984 49 USA English
27 Welles, Orson 16 1954 1 USA English
28 Lumet, Sidney 21 1976 146 USA English
29 Zinnemann, Fred 18 1954 89 USA English
30 Minnelli, Vincente 23 1953 185 USA English
31 Powell, Michael 19 1947 206 UK English
32 Polanski, Roman 16 1981 19 USA English
33 Keaton, Buster 34 1925 100 USA English
34 Lubitsch, Ernst 29 1929 108 USA English
35 Vidor, King 26 1938 37 USA English
36 Stevens, George 14 1946 151 USA English
37 LeRoy, Mervyn 25 1947 37 USA English
38 Fleming, Victor 20 1938 34 USA English
39 Wise, Robert 19 1959 83 USA English
40 Coen, Ethan 17 2000 76 USA English
40 Coen, Joel 17 2000 76 USA English
41 Malle, Louis 18 1973 123 France French
42 Eastwood, Clint 27 1995 69 USA English
43 McCarey, Leo 26 1935 110 USA English
44 Donen, Stanley 16 1960 9 USA English
45 Antonioni, Michelangelo 10 1962 45 Italy Italian
46 Ray, Satyajit 13 1965 48 India Bengali
47 Visconti, Luchino 14 1961 163 Italy Italian
48 De Sica, Vittorio 11 1959 4 Italy Italian
49 Sturges, Preston 9 1942 96 USA English
50 Griffith, D.W. 44 1913 167 USA English
51 Scott, Ridley 16 1998 88 USA English
52 Reed, Carol 16 1950 77 UK English
53 Bresson, Robert 12 1965 119 France French
54 Pressburger, Emeric 12 1947 206 UK English
55 King, Henry 30 1942 609 USA English
56 Mankiewicz, Joseph L. 15 1956 40 USA English
57 Walsh, Raoul 28 1939 226 USA English
58 Forman, Milos 10 1980 55 USA English
59 Herzog, Werner 22 1993 52 West Germany German
60 Kieslowski, Krzysztof 11 1988 137 Poland French
61 Wellman, William A. 19 1939 266 USA English
62 Bertolucci, Bernardo 10 1981 32 Italy Italian
63 Eisenstein, Sergei M. 8 1935 65 Soviet Union Russian
64 Zhang, Yimou 13 1997 46 China Mandarin
65 von Sternberg, Josef 22 1934 228 USA English
66 Almodóvar, Pedro 15 1997 138 Spain Spanish
67 Penn, Arthur 11 1968 14 USA English
68 Mamoulian, Rouben 14 1941 247 USA English
69 Resnais, Alain 15 1969 172 France French
70 Ray, Nicholas 15 1955 122 USA English
71 Murnau, F.W. 8 1926 61 Germany German
72 Mizoguchi, Kenji 18 1944 86 Japan Japanese
73 Lynch, David 10 1989 133 USA English
74 Nichols, Mike 15 1985 47 USA English
75 Ozu, Yasujiro 14 1945 20 Japan Japanese
76 Wenders, Wim 15 1991 57 West Germany German
77 Lee, Ang 10 2000 153 USA English
78 Schlesinger, John 12 1974 127 UK English
79 Wood, Sam 17 1936 345 USA English
80 Tarantino, Quentin 10 2003 18 USA English
81 Dreyer, Carl Theodor 9 1934 106 Denmark Danish
82 Preminger, Otto 18 1955 247 USA English
83 Rossellini, Roberto 13 1953 81 Italy Italian
84 Fassbinder, Rainer Werner 15 1975 301 West Germany German
85 Weir, Peter 13 1987 496 USA English
86 Jackson, Peter 10 2004 156 New Zealand English
87 Leigh, Mike 16 1993 261 UK English
88 Peckinpah, Sam 10 1970 76 USA English
89 Whale, James 11 1934 104 USA English
90 Chabrol, Claude 20 1978 278 France French
91 Ophüls, Max 9 1947 288 France French
92 Tarkovsky, Andrei 7 1974 150 Soviet Union Russian
93 Clair, René 16 1936 289 France French
94 Cameron, James 9 1994 182 USA English
95 Milestone, Lewis 14 1940 221 USA English
96 Tati, Jacques 7 1959 134 France French
97 Siegel, Don 13 1967 157 USA English
97 unknown 98 1890 2402 USA English
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98 Demme, Jonathan 16 1993 71 USA English
99 Frears, Stephen 17 1998 321 UK English
100 Aldrich, Robert 17 1965 304 USA English
101 Van Dyke, W.S. 19 1935 257 USA English
102 Lucas, George 7 1984 22 USA English
103 Malick, Terrence 7 1999 194 USA English
104 Pollack, Sydney 15 1982 245 USA English
105 Leone, Sergio 6 1969 149 Italy English
106 Edwards, Blake 17 1973 542 USA English
107 Kelly, Gene 7 1961 9 USA English
108 DeMille, Cecil B. 27 1929 571 USA English
109 Jewison, Norman 15 1977 207 USA English
110 Clément, René 10 1954 99 France French
111 von Trier, Lars 11 2002 391 Denmark English
112 Wajda, Andrzej 12 1974 90 Poland Polish
113 Hathaway, Henry 22 1950 961 USA English
114 Dieterle, William 14 1939 309 USA English
115 Carné, Marcel 8 1947 74 France French
116 Stone, Oliver 13 1995 375 USA English
117 Borzage, Frank 27 1930 900 USA English
118 Frankenheimer, John 12 1971 87 USA English
119 Cassavetes, John 10 1972 287 USA English
120 Lee, Spike 16 1997 73 USA English
121 Melville, Jean-Pierre 9 1961 217 France French
122 Zemeckis, Robert 15 1998 318 USA English
123 Lester, Richard 13 1970 95 UK English
124 Fuller, Samuel 13 1960 352 USA English
125 Kramer, Stanley 11 1962 427 USA English
126 Soderbergh, Steven 16 2003 497 USA English
127 Luske, Hamilton 13 1952 198 USA English
128 Cocteau, Jean 5 1946 99 France French
129 Brooks, Richard 13 1963 645 USA English
130 Richardson, Tony 8 1963 211 UK English
131 Hill, George Roy 11 1973 140 USA English
132 Pakula, Alan J. 10 1979 136 USA English
133 Rohmer, Eric 18 1981 544 France French
134 Reiner, Rob 12 1995 364 USA English
135 Mackendrick, Alexander 6 1953 129 UK English
136 Cline, Edward F. 24 1926 258 USA English
137 Tourneur, Jacques 11 1948 196 USA English
138 Boorman, John 8 1982 197 USA English
139 Brooks, Mel 8 1976 161 USA English
140 Roeg, Nicolas 6 1975 268 UK English
141 Clouzot, Henri-Georges 7 1951 147 France French
142 Jackson, Wilfred 14 1946 325 USA English
143 Sharpsteen, Ben 5 1938 198 USA English
144 Ritt, Martin 14 1968 429 USA English
145 Friedkin, William 8 1987 116 USA English
146 Cronenberg, David 12 1995 805 USA English
147 De Palma, Brian 19 1987 607 USA English
148 Brown, Clarence 20 1934 1092 USA English
149 Roberts, Bill 4 1942 283 USA English
150 Mann, Anthony 19 1953 554 USA English
151 Fincher, David 9 2004 510 USA English
152 Wong, Kar Wai 8 1998 158 Hong Kong Cantonese
153 Sirk, Douglas 10 1952 299 USA English
154 Bogdanovich, Peter 11 1979 120 USA English
155 Losey, Joseph 15 1964 506 UK English
156 Goulding, Edmund 13 1937 688 USA English
157 Conway, Jack 14 1935 572 USA English
158 Sandrich, Mark 8 1938 101 USA English
159 Haneke, Michael 8 2002 526 Austria French
160 Ashby, Hal 7 1974 338 USA English
161 Fosse, Bob 5 1975 117 USA English
162 Keighley, William 10 1938 115 USA English
163 Payne, Alexander 5 2005 276 USA English
164 Dassin, Jules 10 1957 297 USA English
165 Armstrong, Samuel 3 1941 283 USA English
166 Logan, Joshua 9 1959 594 USA English
167 Anderson, Paul Thomas 7 2003 379 USA English
168 Sturges, John 9 1963 310 USA English
169 Kiarostami, Abbas 13 1991 456 Iran Persian
170 Rossen, Robert 5 1955 171 USA English
171 Vigo, Jean 2 1933 84 France French
172 Levinson, Barry 12 1993 339 USA English
173 Mann, Michael 10 1995 333 USA English
174 Bacon, Lloyd 14 1938 224 USA English
175 Ivory, James 8 1985 320 UK English
176 Hamer, Robert 5 1951 162 UK English
177 Dmytryk, Edward 13 1953 476 USA English
178 Miyazaki, Hayao 8 1998 223 Japan Japanese
179 Verhoeven, Paul 9 1991 711 Netherlands Dutch
180 Tavernier, Bertrand 14 1994 580 France French
181 Hand, David 4 1937 92 USA English
182 Iñárritu, Alejandro González 6 2008 427 USA English
183 Van Sant, Gus 12 1998 709 USA English
184 Aleksandrov, Grigori 6 1933 65 Soviet Union Russian
185 Mann, Delbert 8 1959 271 USA English
186 Yates, Peter 6 1976 458 USA English
187 Loach, Ken 19 1991 419 UK English
188 Nolan, Christopher 9 2006 640 USA English
189 Algar, James 11 1954 283 USA English
190 Schaffner, Franklin J. 7 1969 296 USA English
191 McLeod, Norman Z. 9 1936 437 USA English
192 von Stroheim, Erich 8 1923 219 USA English
193 Crichton, Charles 6 1956 305 UK English
194 Cromwell, John 16 1941 665 USA English
195 Pabst, Georg Wilhelm 9 1931 235 Germany German
196 Olivier, Laurence 5 1954 270 UK English
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197 Siodmak, Robert 11 1945 368 USA English
198 Litvak, Anatole 16 1944 597 USA English
199 Gilliam, Terry 11 1993 509 UK English
200 Robson, Mark 18 1954 1177 USA English
201 Pasolini, Pier Paolo 9 1966 159 Italy Italian
202 Schoedsack, Ernest B. 7 1935 60 USA English
203 Riefenstahl, Leni 4 1935 435 Germany German
204 Howard, Ron 12 1998 599 USA English
205 Benton, Robert 6 1984 258 USA English
206 Linklater, Richard 16 2003 638 USA English
207 Hanson, Curtis 4 2001 54 USA English
208 Anderson, Lindsay 5 1973 284 UK English
209 Fleischer, Richard 15 1963 1181 USA English
210 Cuarón, Alfonso 5 2003 141 USA Spanish
211 Jordan, Neil 9 1998 295 UK English
212 Parker, Alan 11 1985 922 USA English
213 Demy, Jacques 8 1970 302 France French
214 Sayles, John 15 1992 824 USA English
215 Mendes, Sam 7 2007 126 USA English
216 Carpenter, John 10 1984 382 USA English
217 Asquith, Anthony 15 1944 470 UK English
218 Jeunet, Jean-Pierre 5 2000 237 France French
219 Miller, George 10 1992 595 Australia English
220 Boyle, Danny 7 2004 397 UK English
221 Rivette, Jacques 11 1985 369 France French
222 Apted, Michael 18 1990 559 UK English
223 Berri, Claude 5 1985 383 France French
224 Jonze, Spike 4 2005 266 USA English
225 Romero, George A. 8 1989 280 USA English
226 Dearden, Basil 10 1955 612 UK English
227 Lang, Walter 14 1949 832 USA English
228 Korda, Alexander 7 1935 444 UK English
229 Cooper, Merian C. 4 1934 60 USA English
230 Korda, Zoltan 10 1942 444 UK English
231 Leisen, Mitchell 15 1940 787 USA English
232 Rafelson, Bob 8 1979 164 USA English
233 Beresford, Bruce 10 1990 743 Australia English
234 Browning, Tod 8 1930 405 USA English
235 Jarmusch, Jim 8 1997 543 USA English
236 Burton, Tim 14 1999 1130 USA English
237 Lloyd, Frank 14 1928 306 USA English
238 Russell, David O. 8 2005 590 USA English
239 Ferguson, Norman 3 1942 325 USA English
240 Flaherty, Robert J. 7 1935 586 USA English
241 Lasseter, John 7 1997 275 USA English
242 Neame, Ronald 12 1964 808 UK English
243 Mazursky, Paul 11 1978 981 USA English
244 Leonard, Robert Z. 10 1933 763 USA English
245 Campion, Jane 9 1991 145 Australia English
246 Stevenson, Robert 15 1955 474 USA English
247 Satterfield, Paul 2 1941 283 USA English
248 Koster, Henry 11 1949 1100 USA English
249 Newell, Mike 8 1996 667 UK English
250 Sidney, George 18 1954 1406 USA English
251 Kaufman, Philip 9 1983 361 USA English
252 Attenborough, Richard 8 1982 387 UK English
253 Costa-Gavras 7 1974 274 France French
254 Mulligan, Robert 10 1965 216 USA English
255 Brooks, James L. 5 1993 540 USA English
256 Dardenne, Jean-Pierre 7 2005 857 Belgium French
256 Dardenne, Luc 7 2005 857 Belgium French
257 Varda, Agnès 8 1981 783 France French
258 Ross, Herbert 12 1976 1200 USA English
259 Clayton, Jack 6 1968 386 UK English
260 Marshall, George 12 1943 520 USA English
261 Morris, Errol 9 1998 634 USA English
262 Egoyan, Atom 12 1997 424 Canada English
263 Reisz, Karel 5 1970 374 UK English
264 Cimino, Michael 3 1977 121 USA English
265 Beatty, Warren 5 1992 239 USA English
266 Gance, Abel 6 1929 250 France French
267 La Cava, Gregory 7 1932 377 USA English
268 Daldry, Stephen 5 2007 613 USA English
269 Haynes, Todd 8 2000 531 USA English
270 Kasdan, Lawrence 7 1991 524 USA English
271 Hamilton, Guy 8 1965 190 UK English
272 Chen, Kaige 7 1998 143 China Mandarin
273 Rapper, Irving 7 1949 307 USA English
274 Menzies, William Cameron 6 1941 444 UK English
275 Bruckman, Clyde 4 1929 100 USA English
276 Redford, Robert 7 1994 426 USA English
277 Anderson, Wes 7 2006 683 USA English
278 Bigelow, Kathryn 5 1998 351 USA English
279 Schrader, Paul 9 1986 1055 USA English
280 Singer, Bryan 8 2005 323 USA English
281 Arcand, Denys 3 1992 440 Canada French
282 Mann, Daniel 8 1960 919 USA English
283 Zucker, Jerry 6 1985 290 USA English
284 Moore, Michael 7 2003 823 USA English
285 Geronimi, Clyde 11 1949 1460 USA English
286 Pontecorvo, Gillo 4 1962 103 Italy French
287 Negulesco, Jean 14 1950 974 USA English
288 Leconte, Patrice 9 1997 1143 France French
289 Badham, John 6 1983 204 USA English
290 Erice, Víctor 2 1982 114 Spain Spanish
291 Ichikawa, Kon 8 1960 518 Japan Japanese
292 Walters, Charles 12 1954 1080 USA English
293 Méliès, Georges 21 1903 1167 France French
294 Unkrich, Lee 5 2005 800 USA English
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295 Vertov, Dziga 5 1928 130 Soviet Union Russian
296 Zucker, David 5 1984 290 USA English
297 Avildsen, John G. 5 1974 259 USA English
298 Sjöström, Victor 9 1919 565 USA English
299 Zeffirelli, Franco 8 1978 646 Italy English
300 Minghella, Anthony 4 2001 311 USA English
301 Robbins, Jerome 1 1961 83 USA English
302 Seaton, George 8 1956 762 USA English
303 Crowe, Cameron 4 1999 620 USA English
304 Meirelles, Fernando 2 2003 165 USA Portuguese
305 Tornatore, Giuseppe 5 2001 181 Italy Italian
306 Franklin, Sidney 11 1931 553 USA English
307 Menzel, Jirí 5 1985 201 Czechoslovakia Czech
308 Duvivier, Julien 10 1939 745 France French
309 Vidor, Charles 8 1948 589 USA English
310 Rosson, Arthur 2 1937 168 USA English
311 Mikhalkov, Nikita 8 1988 946 France Russian
312 Aronofsky, Darren 6 2006 851 USA English
313 Pagnol, Marcel 8 1937 776 France French
314 Laughton, Charles 2 1952 112 USA English
315 Audiard, Jacques 6 2006 512 France French
316 Hallström, Lasse 11 1999 780 USA English
317 Taylor, Sam 10 1926 861 USA English
318 Rosi, Francesco 9 1972 1329 Italy Italian
319 Petersen, Wolfgang 6 1993 294 West Germany German
320 Luhrmann, Baz 4 2002 473 Australia English
321 Dovzhenko, Aleksandr 8 1936 336 Soviet Union Russian
322 Boulting, John 5 1952 817 UK English
323 Porter, Edwin S. 16 1905 1197 USA English
323 Schlöndorff, Volker 8 1985 442 West Germany German
324 del Toro, Guillermo 8 2003 238 USA Spanish
325 Sedgwick, Edward 5 1936 525 USA English
326 Solondz, Todd 6 2003 418 USA English
327 Gilbert, Lewis 9 1972 920 UK English
328 Tashlin, Frank 15 1954 1254 USA English
329 Jones, Terry 4 1981 587 UK English
330 Kershner, Irvin 6 1973 354 USA English
331 Raimi, Sam 9 1998 1135 USA English
332 Saura, Carlos 8 1982 574 Spain Spanish
333 Gibson, Mel 4 2005 573 USA English
334 Landis, John 7 1980 821 USA English
335 Yang, Edward 4 1993 339 Taiwan Mandarin
336 Salles, Walter 4 2002 467 France Portuguese
337 Zwigoff, Terry 5 1998 462 USA English
338 Hiller, Arthur 8 1970 985 USA English
339 Vinterberg, Thomas 2 2005 232 Denmark Danish
340 Kaurismäki, Aki 7 1997 1124 Finland Finnish
341 Greengrass, Paul 7 2008 976 USA English
342 Schepisi, Fred 8 1991 828 Australia English
343 Annakin, Ken 8 1957 818 USA English
344 Sheridan, Jim 5 1998 566 Ireland English
345 Ulmer, Edgar G. 4 1940 461 USA English
346 Forster, Marc 8 2005 742 USA English
347 Babenco, Hector 3 1985 417 Brazil Portuguese
348 Nair, Mira 7 2002 675 India Hindi
349 Anderson, Michael 7 1964 747 USA English
350 Madden, John 4 2002 357 USA English
351 Hooper, Tom 5 2010 495 UK English
352 Zwick, Edward 9 1998 878 USA English
353 Kinney, Jack 6 1943 356 USA English
354 Greenaway, Peter 7 1990 1280 UK English
355 Amelio, Gianni 8 2001 522 Italy Italian
356 Abrahams, Jim 4 1983 290 USA English
357 Stanton, Andrew 5 2007 800 USA English
358 Szabó, István 6 1987 610 Hungary Hungarian
359 Hopper, Dennis 3 1973 214 USA English
360 Taurog, Norman 14 1944 1742 USA English
361 Forbes, Bryan 9 1967 1444 UK English
362 Russell, Ken 5 1973 718 UK English
363 Parajanov, Sergei 3 1974 616 Soviet Union Ukrainian
364 Newmeyer, Fred C. 8 1923 861 USA English
365 Lund, Kátia 1 2002 165 Brazil Portuguese
366 Lelouch, Claude 7 1982 1041 France French
367 Forsyth, Bill 4 1983 727 UK English
368 Noyce, Phillip 7 1994 1105 Australia English
369 Garnett, Tay 10 1941 648 USA English
370 Branagh, Kenneth 8 1998 849 UK English
371 Park, Chan-wook 7 2008 478 South Korea Korean
372 Hudson, Hugh 2 1982 215 UK English
373 Hill, Walter 10 1985 1603 USA English
374 Ophüls, Marcel 3 1977 494 France French
375 Berkeley, Busby 10 1941 1453 USA English
376 Darabont, Frank 4 2000 303 USA English
377 Villeneuve, Denis 5 2010 958 USA English
378 Hou, Hsiao-hsien 10 1994 1126 Taiwan Mandarin
379 Reitman, Jason 4 2008 723 USA English
380 Lanzmann, Claude 2 1993 232 France English
381 Woo, John 5 1997 805 Hong Kong Cantonese
382 Thorpe, Richard 7 1950 1429 USA English
383 Glenville, Peter 6 1961 746 USA English
384 Maysles, Albert 4 1968 729 USA English
385 Boleslawski, Richard 5 1933 686 USA English
386 Denis, Claire 7 1999 1226 France French
387 Hooper, Tobe 3 1980 744 USA English
388 Corman, Roger 8 1963 1313 USA English
389 Joffé, Roland 2 1985 350 UK English
390 Ramis, Harold 5 1992 367 USA English
391 Bird, Brad 5 2007 1256 USA English
392 Maysles, David 3 1971 729 USA English
393 Horne, James W. 5 1931 801 USA English
394 Del Ruth, Roy 17 1937 1931 USA English
394 Perry, Frank 8 1971 1565 USA English
395 Oshima, Nagisa 7 1975 923 Japan Japanese
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