4 of the Top 100 in one picture: Martin Scorsese receiving his Oscar from three close friends: Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

4 of the Top 100 in one picture: Martin Scorsese receiving his Oscar from three close friends: Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

THIS LIST IS NOW SUPERSEDED BY THE 2.0 VERSION OF THE LIST, WHICH YOU CAN FIND HERE.

With only one director left to go (and if you haven’t figured out who it is, you’re not paying attention), this is a good time to throw up the complete list.  I’ve gone ahead and provided links to all the directors, as well as listing what particular film I decided to focus on.  It was not always necessarily their best film, but rather the one I wanted to write about.

The first thing is, if there is a director here you were expecting to see and didn’t see them, you can go back to my Introduction, where I mention various directors who didn’t make the list and why.

Second, I will probably do a revision of this list sometime after the Oscars.  Because cumulative awards points are one of the categories I have used to make this list, I will re-calculate everyone after the awards season has concluded.  Also, in December, TSPDT re-does their list (they do it annually) and I will also be changing some point totals based on those re-calculations.

Third, almost certainly at some point, some younger directors will start to make the list.  Sofia Coppola finally has a fourth film in post-production, and unless it’s a complete disaster, she will be making a future version of the list.  Several other directors who were mentioned in the Intro still haven’t made a fourth film and at least three of them have just come out with their third films this year, but they will probably make a future version (those include Joe Wright, Stephen Daldry, Rob Marshall and Spike Jonze).  If I have someone who moves up the list, I will do an individual post for that director, with whatever rank they have acheived, and then will re-list all the ranks in the next February re-calculation.

But that’s it for now.  Here’s the complete initial list: The 100 Greatest Directors of All-Time.

100.  David Cronenberg (A History of Violence)

99.  George Stevens (The Diary of Anne Frank)

98.  Michael Mann (The Last of the Mohicans)

97.  Werner Herzog (Aguirre, the Wrath of God)

96.  Robert Redford (Quiz Show)

Uma Thurman, Robert Redford (#96), Meryl Streep (Actress #1), Mike Nichols (#63) and Amy Adams

Uma Thurman, Robert Redford (#96), Meryl Streep (Actress #1), Mike Nichols (#45) and Amy Adams

95.  Jean Cocteau (La belle et la bette)

94.  Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor)

93.  Gus Van Sant (Milk)

92.  D.W. Griffith (The Birth of a Nation)

91.  James Whale (The Invisible Man)

90.  Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited)

89.  Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride)

88.  Richard Brooks (The Professionals)

87.  Alejandro Amenabar (The Others)

86.  Mike Leigh (Topsy-Turvy)

85.  Krzysztof Kieslowski (Red)

84.  Paul Greengrass (United 93)

83.  John Schlesinger (Cold Comfort Farm)

82.  Andrei Tarkovsky (Solyaris)

81.  Joseph L. Mankiewicz (Cleopatra)

80.  Satyajit Ray (The Chess Players)

79.  Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie)

78.  Michael Powell (A Matter of Life and Death)

77.  Tom Tykwer (Perfume)

76.  Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch)

75.  Louis Malle (May Fools)

74.  Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs)

73.  Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in the West)

72.  James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment)

71.  Michael Curtiz (Yankee Doodle Dandy)

70.  John Sayles (Lone Star)

69.  Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her)

Warren Beatty being directed by Robert Altman on the set of McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)

Warren Beatty being directed by Robert Altman on the set of McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)

68.  Danny Boyle (Trainspotting)

67.  Warren Beatty (Bulworth)

66.  Alan J. Pakula (All the President’s Men)

65.  Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban)

64.  Alan Parker (The Commitments)

63.  Tim Burton (Ed Wood)

62.  Anthony Minghella (Truly, Madly, Deeply)

61.  Jim Sheridan (In America)

Laurence Olivier being directed by William Wyler on the set of Carrie (1952)

Laurence Olivier being directed by William Wyler on the set of Carrie (1952)

60.  Laurence Olivier (Hamlet)

59.  George Cukor (The Philadelphia Story)

58.  Ridley Scott (Kingdom of Heaven)

57.  Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!)

56.  Jean Renoir (The Grand Illusion)

55.  Neil Jordan (The Crying Game)

54.  Erich von Stroheim (Greed)

53.  Bob Fosse (All That Jazz)

52.  Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

51.  George Lucas (Star Wars)

50.  Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers)

49.  Terrence Malick (Badlands)

48.  Milos Forman (Amadeus)

47.  Preston Sturges (The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek)

46.  Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity)

45.  Mike Nichols (Angels in America)

44.  John Boorman (Excalibur)

43.  Stephen Frears (The Queen)

42.  Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away)

41.  F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu)

40.  Federico Fellini (Nights of Cabiria)

39.  Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight)

38.  Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life)

37.  Kenneth Branagh (In the Bleak Midwinter)

36.  Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous)

35. Oliver Stone (JFK)

34.  Robert Altman (M*A*S*H)

33.  Fritz Lang (M)

32.  Howard Hawks (The Big Sleep)

Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut while working on their book

Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut while working on their book

31.  Francois Truffaut (Day for Night)

30.  William Wyler (The Best Years of our Lives)

29.  Luis Bunuel (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)

28.  Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia)

27.  David Lynch (Mulholland Drive)

26.  Sergei Eisenstein (The Battleship Potemkin)

25.  Sam Mendes (American Beauty)

24.  Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather)

23.  Charlie Chaplin (Modern Times)

22.  Christopher Nolan (The Prestige)

21.  Elia Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire)

20.  Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society)

19.  Sidney Lumet (Running on Empty)

18.  Clint Eastwood (A Perfect World)

17.  Quentin Tarantino (Jackie Brown)

16.  Orson Welles (Touch of Evil)

15.  John Ford (The Grapes of Wrath)

14.  John Huston (The Maltese Falcon)

13.  Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)

12.  Roman Polanski (Chinatown)

Jack Nicholson and John Huston being directed by Roman Polanski on the set of Chinatown (1974)

Jack Nicholson and John Huston being directed by Roman Polanski on the set of Chinatown (1974)

11.  Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings)

10.  Woody Allen (Annie Hall)

9.  Billy Wilder (Sunset Blvd.)

8.  Joel and Ethan Coen (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

7.  David Lean (The Bridge on the River Kwai)

6.  Alfred Hitchcock (North by Northwest)

5.  Ingmar Bergman (Smiles of a Summer Night)

4.  Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange)

3.  Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg on the "set" of the first Tintin film

Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg on the "set" of the first Tintin film

2.  Martin Scorsese (GoodFellas)

1.  Akira Kurosawa (Ran)