George Lucas and Steven Spielberg present a special Oscar to their hero: Akira Kurosawa

So, does this supersede my original list?  Well, lists are always organic – they grow and evolve over time.  I’ve fiddled with some of the categories and new films have come out and I’ve seen more films from some directors.  So, my original list was what it was in October of 2009.  This is where I am now, two years later, and one year overdue.  The list will continue to evolve over time.  The list never quite stops.  But here’s where I put it up.

I will remind people again that if you don’t see a director and you’re wondering why, please check the Introduction first.  It became clear on the original list that people didn’t read that instruction.  Please don’t repeat that.  And don’t ask about Godard.  See the Intro.

Also, we’ll again find out who reads this part, the film in parenthesis is not necessarily their best film (hell, with Mankiewicz, it’s his worst).  But it is the film I chose to write about, for whatever reason.

Because this lists links to the original posts, the numbers are very different.  The rank on their original post, except for the six directors who are brand new to the 2.0 list, is their ranking on the original list.  Their rank listed here is the new rank.  By the way, I haven’t updated any of the original posts – so, for example, the Nolan post won’t reflect on Inception or its place on his list.  I’m doing so many other posts right now, that kind of thing will have to wait.

So, here is the 2.0 version of the Top 100 Directors of All-Time – each director, followed by whatever film I wrote about and their score (which won’t match their original score in the individual posts).

100.  David Cronenberg  (A History of Violence)  –  504.96

99.  John Schlesinger  (Cold Comfort Farm)  –  505.31

98.  Robert Redford  (Quiz Show)  –  505.85

97.  Gus Van Sant  (Milk)  –  505.95

96.  D.W. Griffith  (The Birth of a Nation)  –  506.83

95.  Bernardo Bertolucci  (The Last Emperor)  –  507.07

94.  Buster Keaton  (Steamboat Bill, Jr.)  –  511.60

Buster Keaton, new to the list, in Limelight, directed by Charlie Chaplin, again high on the list

93.  George Stevens  (The Diary of Anne Frank)  –  512.49

92.  Fernando Meirelles  (City of God)  –  513.75

91.  Jean-Pierre Jeunet  (Amelie)  –  513.80

90.  Paul Greengrass  (United 93)  –  514.40

89.  Tom Tykwer  (Perfume)  –  514.97

88.  James Whale  (The Invisible Man)  –  517.20

87.  David Fincher  (The Social Network)  –  520.75

86.  Jonathan Demme  (The Silence of the Lambs)  –  521.87

85.  Warren Beatty  (Bulworth)  –  523.00

84.  Alejandro González Iñárritu  (Amores Perros)  –  525.00

Two of the three amigos are now on the list: Cuaron and Gonzalez Inarritu; hopefully Del Toro will make the 3.0 list

83.  Darren Aronofsky  (The Fountain)  –  525.40

82.  Jean Cocteau  (La belle et la bette)  –  526.27

81.  Werner Herzog  (Aguirre, the Wrath of God)  –  531.11

80.  Joseph L. Mankiewicz  (Cleopatra)  –  534.15

79.  Rob Reiner  (The Princess Bride)  –  543.10

78.  Krzysztof Kieslowski  (Red)  –  543.20

77.  Jim Sheridan  (In America)  –  550.26

76.  John Sayles  (Lone Star)  –  550.58

75.  Mike Leigh  (Topsy-Turvy)  –  552.12

74.  Anthony Minghella  (Truly, Madly, Deeply)  –  552.73

73.  Sergio Leone  (Once Upon a Time in the West)  –  553.29

72.  Danny Boyle  (Trainspotting)  –  554.20

71.  Michael Curtiz  (Yankee Doodle Dandy)  –  554.49

70.  Alan J. Pakula  (All the President’s Men)  –  559.23

69.  George Cukor  (The Philadelphia Story)  –  560.78

68.  Milos Forman  (Amadeus)  –  562.95

67.  George Lucas  (Star Wars)  –  565.47

66.  Andrei Tarkovsky  (Solyaris)  –  565.71

65.  Terrence Malick  (Badlands)  –  569.25

64.  Tim Burton  (Ed Wood)  –  570.19

63.  Alan Parker  (The Commitments)  –  571.07

62.  Laurence Olivier  (Hamlet)  –  572.80

61.  Mike Nichols  (Angels in America)  –  573.09

60.  Baz Luhrmann  (Moulin Rouge!)  –  574.50

59.  Zhang Yimou  (House of Flying Daggers)  –  574.71

58.  Louis Malle  (May Fools)  –  578.08

57.  Sofia Coppola  (The Virgin Suicides)  –  580.00

56.  Michael Powell  (A Matter of Life and Death)  –  580.20

55.  Erich von Stroheim  (Greed)  –  583.80

54.  Neil Jordan  (The Crying Game)  –  584.07

53.  John Boorman  (Excalibur)  –  586.17

52.  Alfonso Cuarón  (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)  –  587.93

51.  Hayao Miyazaki  (Spirited Away)  –  588.40

50.  Fred Zinnemann  (From Here to Eternity)  –  589.36

49.  Steven Soderbergh  (Out of Sight)  –  591.64

48.  Stephen Frears  (The Queen)  –  600.85

47.  Pedro Almodóvar  (Talk to Her)  –  601.96

46.  Bob Fosse  (All That Jazz)  –  602.80

45.  Sam Peckinpah  (The Wild Bunch)  –  606.85

44.  Kenneth Branagh  (In the Bleak Midwinter)  –  609.02

43.  Oliver Stone  (JFK)  –  613.81

42.  Ridley Scott  (Kingdom of Heaven)  –  614.56

41.  Terry Gilliam  (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)  –  616.55

40.  Sam Mendes  (American Beauty)  –  625.00

39.  Preston Sturges  (The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek)  –  626.45

38.  Robert Altman  (M*A*S*H)  –  632.82

37.  Frank Capra  (It’s a Wonderful Life)  –  636.07

36.  Cameron Crowe  (Almost Famous)  –  637.00

35.  Jean Renoir  (The Grand Illusion)  –  645.21

34.  David Lynch  (Mulholland Drive)  –  645.80

33.  Paul Thomas Anderson  (Magnolia)  –  657.20

32.  F.W. Murnau  (Nosferatu)  –  660.31

31.  Federico Fellini  (Nights of Cabiria)  –  661.27

30.  Francois Truffaut  (Day for Night)  –  666.77

29.  Francis Ford Coppola  (The Godfather)  –  676.34

An Oscar-winning list-making father/daughter team - Francis and Sofia Coppola

28.  Elia Kazan  (A Streetcar Named Desire)  –  694.67

27.  Luis Buñuel  (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)  –  696.03

26.  Howard Hawks  (The Big Sleep)  –  700.19

25.  William Wyler  (The Best Years of Our Lives)  –  704.24

24.  Peter Weir  (Dead Poets Society)  –  705.76

23.  Clint Eastwood  (A Perfect World)  –  705.98

22.  Sidney Lumet  (Running on Empty)  –  711.35

21.  Fritz Lang  (M)  –  726.43

20.  Peter Jackson  (The Lord of the Rings)  –  737.80

19.  Charlie Chaplin  (Modern Times)  –  747.07

18.  Sergei Eisenstein  (The Battleship Potemkin)  –  750.89

17.  Ang Lee  (Brokeback Mountain)  –  751.33

16.  John Ford  (The Grapes of Wrath)  –  755.88

15.  Christopher Nolan  (The Prestige)  –  756.26

14.  John Huston  (The Maltese Falcon)  –  761.92

13.  Quentin Tarantino  (Jackie Brown)  –  776.11

12.  Orson Welles  (Touch of Evil)  –  808.60

11.  Roman Polanski  (Chinatown)  –  815.16

10.  Woody Allen  (Annie Hall)  –  824.04

9.  Billy Wilder  (Sunset Blvd.)  –  829.08

8.  David Lean  (The Bridge on the River Kwai)  –  890.91

7.  Alfred Hitchcock  (North by Northwest)  –  911.77

6.  The Coen Brothers  (O, Brother Where Art Thou?)  –  917.57

5.  Ingmar Bergman  (Smiles of a Summer Night)  –  926.29

The new #1 Director: Stanley Kubrick on the set of A Clockwork Orange with Malcolm McDowell

4.  Martin Scorsese  (GoodFellas)  –  944.97

3.  Steven Spielberg  (Raiders of the Lost Ark)  –  948.56

2.  Akira Kurosawa  (Ran)  –  963.60

1.  Stanley Kubrick  (A Clockwork Orange)  –  966.58