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List Rules Most important, culturally significant filmmakers of all time who deserve award recognition.

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D. W. Griffith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
D. W. Griffith The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, Brutna Blommor

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Michael Curtiz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Michael Curtiz Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Yankee Doodle Dandy

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F. W. Murnau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
F. W. Murnau Nosferatu, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, Faust

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Charlie Chaplin City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

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James Whale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
James Whale Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Old Dark House

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Fritz Lang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Fritz Lang Metropolis, M, The Big Heat

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Jean Renoir is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Jean Renoir The Grand Illusion, The Rules of the Game, The Crime of Monsieur Lange

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John Ford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
John Ford The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach

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Buster Keaton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Buster Keaton Sunset Boulevard, It's a Mad, Mad

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Howard Hawks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Howard Hawks Scarface, The French Connection, Bringing Up Baby

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Frank Capra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Frank Capra It's a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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Preston Sturges is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Preston Sturges The Invisible Man, Sullivan's Travels, The Lady Eve

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Sergei Eisenstein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Sergei Eisenstein Battleship Potemkin, Alexander Nevsky, October: Ten Days That Shook the World

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Alfred Hitchcock Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo

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Luis Buñuel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Luis Buñuel The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Beauty of the Day, An Andalusian Dog

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William Wyler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
William Wyler Ben-Hur, Roman Holiday, The Best Years of Our Lives

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Terence Fisher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Terence Fisher Dracula, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Brides of Dracula

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Michael Powell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Michael Powell Peeping Tom, The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death

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Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Billy Wilder Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Sunset Boulevard

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Carol Reed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Carol Reed The Third Man, Oliver!, Mutiny on the Bounty

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John Huston is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
John Huston Chinatown, The Maltese Falcon, The Black Cauldron

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David Lean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
David Lean Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago

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Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Elia Kazan On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, Splendor in the Grass

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Akira Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Akira Kurosawa The Magnificent Seven, A Fistful of Dollars, Seven Samurai

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George Seaton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
George Seaton The Wizard of Oz, Miracle on 34th Street, Airport

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Jules Dassin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Jules Dassin Rififi, The Naked City, Night and the City

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Chuck Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Chuck Jones Mrs. Doubtfire, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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Don Siegel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Don Siegel Dirty Harry, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Play Misty for Me

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Michelangelo Antonioni is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Michelangelo Antonioni Blowup, L'Avventura, The Passenger

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Samuel Fuller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Samuel Fuller The Big Red One, 1941, Pickup on South Street

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Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Orson Welles Citizen Kane, The Muppet Movie, The Third Man

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Ingmar Bergman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Ingmar Bergman The Seventh Seal, Persona, Fanny and Alexander

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Éric Rohmer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Éric Rohmer Claire's Knee, My Night at Maud's, I Think I Love My Wife

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Federico Fellini is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Federico Fellini La Dolce Vita, 8½, La Strada

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Kenji Misumi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Kenji Misumi Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades

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Blake Edwards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Blake Edwards Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark

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Sidney Lumet is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Sidney Lumet Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, Serpico

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Robert Altman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Robert Altman MASH, Nashville, The Player

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Sam Peckinpah is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Sam Peckinpah The Wild Bunch, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Getaway

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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs

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Alan J. Pakula is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Alan J. Pakula To Kill a Mockingbird, All the President's Men, Sophie's Choice

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Stanley Kubrick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Stanley Kubrick The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Hal Ashby is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Hal Ashby Harold and Maude, Being There, Coming Home

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John Cassavetes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
John Cassavetes Rosemary's Baby, The Dirty Dozen, A Woman Under the Influence

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Sergio Leone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Sergio Leone Good, Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Clint Eastwood Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry

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Jean-Luc Godard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Jean-Luc Godard Breathless, Pierrot le Fou, Band of Outsiders

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John Frankenheimer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
John Frankenheimer The Manchurian Candidate, Ronin, The Train

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Kinji Fukasaku is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Kinji Fukasaku Battle Royale, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Battles Without Honor and Humanity

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Mike Nichols is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Mike Nichols The Graduate, The Birdcage, Working Girl