Top 100 Best Hollywood Directors Of Time

Greatest Hollywood Directors Of All Time

Who are the Best Hollywood Directors ever? What is the toughest task in film making? Surely, more than 90% of you would agree that it is direction. After all its not difficult to give an impressive facial expression in front of camera but to catch it at the right time and tailor it into a scene is hercules task. The success of the film lies very much in the hand of director. Its the director who controls all the themes, plot and dramatic side of a film. Over the past 100 years our cinema has seen thousands of directors. While some just follows the footstep of others, some stand out of crowd giving a significant contribution to the cinema. Hundreds of film making techniques have been developed over the past few decades.

We have made here a list of 100 best directors ever born. The directors listed here are chosen on the basis of their brilliance in direction, the impact of their films on pop culture, their influence on other directors and actors, awards won by them, their diversity in genres and the rating given to them by popular critics. If we miss any good director then do let us know in comment section below.

Here is the list of 100 greatest Hollywood directors of all time:

100. M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable)
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99. Robert Altman (MASH)
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98. Kathryn Bigelow(The Hurt Locker)
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97. Ben Afleck (Gone Baby Gone, Argo)
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96. Warren Beatty (Heaven Can Wait)
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95. Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3, Monsters Inc.)
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94. Marc Forster (World War Z, Finding Neverland)
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93. Terrence Mallick (The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line)
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92. Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn)
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91. Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission Impossible 4)
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90. George Roy Hill (The Sting, Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid)
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89. Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on Western Front)
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88. Federico Fellini (81/2, La Strada)
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87. Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption)
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86. D.W. Griffith (Birth of a Nation)
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85. Richard Attenborough (Gandhi)
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84. David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, The Fighter)
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83. Todd Phillips (The Handover, Old School)
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82. Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day, Caddyshack)
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81. John Sturges (The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven)
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80. Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys)
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79. Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, The Day the Earth Stood Still)
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78. Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty)
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77. Michael Bay (Transformers)
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76. Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in America, Dollars Trilogy)
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75. Cecil B.DeMille (The Ten Commandments)
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74. Michael Curtiz (Casablanca)
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73. George Cukor (The Philadelphia Story, My Fair Lady)
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72. Bryan Singer (X-Men Series)
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71. Charlie Chaplin (Modern Times, City Lights, The gold Rush)
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70. David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence)
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69. John McTierman (Die Hard, Predator)
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68. James Mangold (Walk the Line, Girl Interrupted)
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67. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise kingdom, Rushmore)
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66. Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma)
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65. Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Toy Story)
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64. Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein)
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63. Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront, East of Eden, A Streetcar Named Desire)
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62. Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream)
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61. John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, The blues Brothers)
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60. Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, The Master)
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59. Satyajit Ray (Apu Trilogy)
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58. Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Closer)
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57. Howard Hawks (Rio Bravo, His Girl Friday)
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56. Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network)
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55. Fred Zinnemann (High Noon, From Here to Eternity)
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54. Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise series)
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53. Paul Green Grass (The Bourne Series, Captain Phillips, United 93)
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52. Spike Lee (Inside Man, Malcolm X)
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51. Tony Scott (Top Gun, Man On Fire)
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50. Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude, Being There)
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49. Peter Weir (The Truman Show, Dead Poets Society)
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48. Milos Forman (One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest)
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47. Gore Verbinski(Pirates of the Caribbean Series)
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46. Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
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45. Victor Flaming (Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz)
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44. Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire)
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43. Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting)
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42. George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead)
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41. Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride, Stand By me, A few good Men)
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40. William Wyler (Ben-Hur, Roman Holiday)
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39. John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen)
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38. Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal)
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37. Oliver Stone (Platoon, JFK)
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36. Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven)
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35. Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spider Man)
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34. David Lynch (Muhlloland Drive, Blue Velvet)
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33. Tim Burton (Big Fish, Sleepy Holow, Ed Wood, Batman)
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32. Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider)
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31. Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Rush)
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30. Frank Capra (It Happened One Night, Its a Wonderful Life)
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29. Brian De Palma (Scarface, Carrie, The Untouchables)
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28. George Lucas (Star Wars)
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27. Fritz Lang (M, Metropolis)
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26. Orson Welles (Citizen Kane)
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25. Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requeim for a Dream)
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24. Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump)
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23. John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing)
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22. John Hughes (Ferris Bueller Day off, Home Alone)
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21. Billy Wilder (Some like it Hot, The Apartment)
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20. John Ford (The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
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19. Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire)
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18. Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings)
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17. David Lean (Doctor Zhivago, The Bridge on River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia)
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16. Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby, The Pianist)
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15. Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Alien)
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14. Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now)
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13. Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven, Gran Torino)
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12. Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, Yojimbo, Seven Samurai)
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11. Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)
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10. Coen Brothers (Fargo, No Country for Old Men)
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9. David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven, The Social Network, The Girl With Dragon tattoo)
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8. Woody Allen (List is Long)
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7. James Cameroon (Avatar, Titanic, Terminator, Aliens)
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6. Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained)
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5. Christopher Nolan (Name a Movie Which He directed and Is not AWESOME)
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4. Martin Scorsese (A Long List of Movies Directed by Him)
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3. Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List, ET, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan)
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2. Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, Vertigo, North By Northwest, Vertigo)
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1. Stanley Kubrick (All his Movies)
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The was our list of greatest Hollywood directors. Who is your favorite director in the list? Who do you think deserves to be called as the greatest director of all time?

5 thoughts on “Top 100 Best Hollywood Directors Of Time

  1. James cameron is the greatest director ever born on planet earth. We can’t compare him with other directors.His work is always perfect.

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