Amused myself with picking favourite filmmakers. Haven’t seen – nor liked – all of their respective movies, but at least enough to form a reasonably educated opinion.

Hasse Alfredsson and Tage Danielsson
Woody Allen
Pedro Almodóvar
Robert Altman
Paul Thomas Anderson
Wes Anderson
Ingmar Bergman
Robert Bresson
Luis Buñuel
Charlie Chaplin
Joel and Ethan Coen
Francis Ford Coppola
Wes Craven
David Cronenberg
Walt Disney
Clint Eastwood
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
David Fincher
John Ford
Milos Forman
Terry Gilliam
Peter Greenaway
Lasse Hallström
Werner Herzog
Alfred Hitchcock
Jim Jarmusch
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman
Aki Kaurismäki
Buster Keaton
Stanley Kubrick
Akira Kurosawa
Fritz Lang
John Lasseter
Ang Lee
Spike Lee
Sidney Lumet
David Lynch
Georges Méliès
Hayao Miyazaki
Christopher Nolan
Roman Polanski
Martin Scorcese
Ridley Scott
Steven Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino
Andrei Tarkovsky
Lars von Trier
Francois Truffaut
Agnes Varda
Orson Welles
Wim Wenders
Billy Wilder

The list contains more or less the usual suspects, I guess, with few (if any) surprising names. Mostly americans, and – embarrassingly but true – only one woman! Forced myself to come up with some more female directors, found these nine: Susanne Bier, Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Claire Denis, Nora Ephron, Amy Heckerling, Agnes Jaouibey, and Lone Scherfig.

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4 Responses to direct

  1. SJHoneywell says:

    A lot of people here I like. I’d drop a couple and would add Guillermo del Toro, but I don’t have a lot of complaints with this list.

  2. Mr del Toro definitely seems to be a worthy candidate, I liked »Pan’s labyrinth« a lot but still haven’t gotten around to any more of his movies.

    • SJHoneywell says:


      Crimson Peak is beautiful, but it’s a Gothic romance, not horror.
      Pacific Rim is fun, but not much more than fun.
      Blade II is also fun and has some interesting ideas.
      Hellboy II is…not bad.
      Hellboy is fantastic. Seriously.
      The Devil’s Backbone is transcendently good.

      El Orfanato was produced by del Toro and feels like one of his better films. The same is true of the two Hellboy cartoons–they’re worth your time after you’ve seen Hellboy.

  3. I believe you’ve tried to sell me on The Devil’s Backbone before, and it seems far more interesting than the rest of the list mentioned above. That said, I’ll gladly give the others their chances, too. Some day.

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