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Each director name is linked to an especially awesome video to represent his body of work. You might find that, based on my grades for each film, the rankings seem illogical. They are based mostly on potential for future greatness. In other words, even if I haven’t seen a lot from a specific director, I may feel like I still haven’t seen his best work. Films are ranked in order of preference. Enjoy.

20. Stanley Kubrick












Full Metal Jacket (A)
2001: A Space Odyssey (A-)
A Clockwork Orange (B+)
Dr. Strangelove (C+)

19. John Huston









The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (A-)
The Maltese Falcon (A-)
The Asphalt Jungle

18. Charles Chaplin










City Lights (A)
The Great Dictator (A)

17. Michel Gondry








The Science of Sleep (A)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (B+)
Be Kind, Rewind (C+)

16. Akira Kurosawa












Seven Samurai (A)
Ran (A)

15. Jean-Luc Godard












Breathless (A)
Band of Outsiders (B)

14. Steven Spielberg









Jaws (A)
E.T. (A-)
Schindler’s List (A-)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (A-)
Munich (B+)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (B+)
The Terminal (B)
War of the Worlds (B)
Saving Private Ryan (B-)
Jurassic Park (B-)
A.I. (C)
The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (C)

13. Sidney Lumet










12 Angry Men (A)
The Verdict (A-)
Network (A-)
Dog Day Afternoon (B+)
Murder on the Orient Express (No Grade)

12. Terrence Malick












The Thin Red Line (A)
Days of Heaven (A-)
The New World (A-)
Badlands (B+)

11. David Fincher












Zodiac (A)
Se7en (A)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (B+)
The Game (B+)
Panic Room (B)
Fight Club (B-)

10. Francois Truffaut










Jules and Jim (A)
The 400 Blows (A-)
Pocket Money (B+)

9. Yasujiro Ozu












Tokyo Story (A)
Early Summer (A-)

8. Howard Hawks












Rio Bravo (A)
His Girl Friday (A-)
Only Angels Have Wings (B+)

7. Joel and Ethan Coen








No Country for Old Men (A-)
Miller’s Crossing (A-)
O Brother, Where Art Thou (A-)
Barton Fink (A-)
Fargo (A-)
Raising Arizona (B+)
Burn After Reading (B+)
The Big Lebowski (B)

6. Francis Ford Coppola












The Godfather: Part II (A)
Apocalypse Now (A)
The Godfather (A)
The Conversation (A-)
The Rainmaker (B+)

5. Sergio Leone












Once Upon a Time in the West (A)
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (A)
For a Few Dollars More (A)
A Fistful of Dollars (A-)

4. Paul Thomas Anderson









Magnolia (A)
There Will Be Blood (A-)
Boogie Nights (A-)
Hard Eight (B+)
Punch-Drunk Love (B)

3. Robert Altman









Short Cuts (A)
Nashville (A)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (A)

2. Alfred Hitchcock










Vertigo (A)
Rope (A)
Rear Window (A)
Shadow of a Doubt (A-)
Psycho (A-)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (B+)
North By Northwest (B+)
The Birds (B+)
Saboteur (B+)
The 39 Steps (B+)
The Lady Vanishes (B)
Strangers on a Train (B-)
To Catch a Thief (C+)
Frenzy (C+)

1. Steven Soderbergh











Traffic (A)
Che (No Grade)
Out of Sight (A)
Schizopolis (A)
The Limey (A)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (A-)
Bubble (A-)
Erin Brockovich (B+)
Ocean’s Eleven (B+)
The Good German (B)
Ocean’s Twelve (B)
Ocean’s Thirteen (B)
Solaris (B-)


The End. (of cinema)



    • Stephen Soderbergh
    • Posted November 18, 2008 at 6:23 am
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    Somehow I predicted number 1… but where are the more modern people? No love for George Lucas? Better change that perspective before that huge building opens…

    • namelessneed
    • Posted November 18, 2008 at 10:34 am
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    cinema brother,respect yr POV but comparing notes:John Huston’s later lesser literary works “Wise Blood” & “Fat City” need a mention.Upgrades to “A”: Verdict,Network,Days of Heaven,His Girl Friday,Raising Arizona,Eternal Sunshine..,* most notably,Dr, Stranglove.
    Hitchcocks “Notorious” & “Rebecca” were glaringly missing.Thanx for sharing

    • thetaproductions
    • Posted November 18, 2008 at 6:47 pm
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    I definitely need to catch up with the rest of Huston’s work, and while it would take repeat viewings of those potential upgrades, I’m not sure those last three will change my mind. Still need to see Notorious and Rebecca. Thanks for reading.

    • M. Night Shyamalan
    • Posted November 19, 2008 at 6:53 am
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    Fuck you, ya fuckin’ dick. I hope that the mental patient from Schizopolis viciously and repeatedly sodomizes you.

    The Village (A-)
    Lady in the Water (A)
    The Happening (I haven’t actually seen it but sources close to me tell me its good)

    • Elmo Oxygen
    • Posted March 22, 2009 at 8:31 pm
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    The fact that this blog hasn’t been updated since November ’08 is an affront to humanity, and a betrayal of all that I believe in, namely mayonnaise.

    • Idea Missing.
    • Posted April 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm
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    The lack of updates here depresses me. It makes me feel lonely, it makes me weep, it makes me want to stand over you and shake.

    Happy birthday, friend-o.

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