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Director Hall of Fame

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on March 2, 2012 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In this feature, I list my favorite filmmakers of all time, directors who have made an invaluable impression on my life and my cinematic perspective, artists who have reached through the screen and inspired my creative and intellectual curiosity, as well as provided me endless pleasure in experiencing the infinite possibilities of the medium. These are the geniuses who make me love film like no other art form. As I still have so much to see and so many new directors' works to discover, the list will no doubt be updated as I view and cherish more and more of cinema's great artists.

Ranked in rough order of preference:

1. Ingmar Bergman  SWEDEN

THREE BEST:  Persona (1966), Cries and Whispers (1973), The Silence (1963)

2. Federico Fellini  ITALY

THREE BEST:  Nights of Cabiria (1957), 8 1/2 (1963), La Strada (1954)

3. Yasujiro Ozu  JAPAN

THREE BEST:  Late Spring (1949), I Was Born, But... (1932), Early Summer (1951)

4. Woody Allen  UNITED STATES

THREE BEST:  Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Annie Hall (1977), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

5. Steven Spielberg  UNITED STATES

THREE BEST:  Schindler's List (1993), E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Empire of the Sun (1987)

6. Akira Kurosawa  JAPAN

THREE BEST:  Ran (1985), Seven Samurai (1954), High and Low (1963)

7. Joel and Ethan Coen  UNITED STATES

THREE BEST:  A Serious Man (2009), No Country for Old Men (2007), Fargo (1996)

8. Martin Scorsese  UNITED STATES

THREE BEST:  Taxi Driver (1976), The Aviator (2004), Goodfellas (1990)

9. Francis Ford Coppola  UNITED STATES

THREE BEST:  Apocalypse Now (1979), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974)

10. Louis Malle  FRANCE

THREE BEST:  Au Revoir les Enfants (1987), Murmur of the Heart (1971), Atlantic City (1981)

11. Charlie Chaplin  UNITED KINGDOM

THREE BEST:  City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Gold Rush (1925)

12. Stanley Kubrick  UNITED STATES

THREE BEST:  2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

13. Buster Keaton  UNITED STATES

THREE BEST:  The General (1927), Our Hospitality (1923), Seven Chances (1925) 

14. Luis Buñuel  SPAIN

THREE BEST:  Viridiana (1961), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), The Exterminating Angel (1962)

15. Terrence Malick  UNITED STATES

THREE BEST:  The Tree of Life (2011), Days of Heaven (1978), Badlands (1973)

16. Alfred Hitchcock  UNITED KINGDOM

THREE BEST:  Vertigo (1958), Strangers on a Train (1951), North by Northwest (1959)

17. F.W. Murnau  GERMANY

THREE BEST:  Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931), The Last Laugh (1925)

18. Robert Breer  UNITED STATES

THREE BEST:  Bang! (1986), Fuji (1974), Gulls and Buoys (1972)

19. Abbas Kiarostami  IRAN

THREE BEST:  Taste of Cherry (1997), Close-Up (1990), Certified Copy (2010)