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The Greatest Directors in Movie History

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

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  1. 1

    #78 on the original list
    The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, Brutna Blommor

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  2. 2

    #61 on the original list
    Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Yankee Doodle Dandy

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  3. 3

    #52 on the original list
    Nosferatu, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, Faust

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  4. 4

    #10 on the original list
    City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

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  5. 5

    #128 on the original list
    Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Old Dark House

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  6. 6

    #22 on the original list
    Metropolis, M, The Big Heat

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  7. 7

    #47 on the original list
    The Grand Illusion, The Rules of the Game, The Crime of Monsieur Lange

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  8. 8

    #16 on the original list
    The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach

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  9. 9

    #40 on the original list
    Sunset Boulevard, It's a Mad, Mad

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  10. 10

    #37 on the original list
    Scarface, The French Connection, Bringing Up Baby

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  11. 11

    #24 on the original list
    It's a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington ...

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  12. 12

    #83 on the original list
    The Invisible Man, Sullivan's Travels, The Lady Eve

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  13. 13

    #46 on the original list
    Battleship Potemkin, Alexander Nevsky, October: Ten Days That Shook the ...

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  14. 14

    #2 on the original list
    Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo

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  15. 15

    #43 on the original list
    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Beauty of the Day, An Andalusian ...

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  16. 16

    #53 on the original list
    Ben-Hur, Roman Holiday, The Best Years of Our Lives

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  17. 17

    #173 on the original list
    Dracula, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Brides of Dracula

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  18. 18

    #135 on the original list
    Peeping Tom, The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death

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  19. 19

    #15 on the original list
    Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Sunset Boulevard

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  20. 20

    #115 on the original list
    The Third Man, Oliver!, Mutiny on the Bounty

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  21. 21

    #28 on the original list
    Chinatown, The Maltese Falcon, The Black Cauldron

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    #29 on the original list
    Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago

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  23. 23

    #39 on the original list
    On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, Splendor in the Grass

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  24. 24

    #7 on the original list
    The Magnificent Seven, A Fistful of Dollars, Seven Samurai

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  25. 25

    #254 on the original list
    The Wizard of Oz, Miracle on 34th Street, Airport

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  26. 26

    #183 on the original list
    Rififi, The Naked City, Night and the City

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  27. 27

    #139 on the original list
    Mrs. Doubtfire, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole ...

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  28. 28

    #107 on the original list
    Dirty Harry, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Play Misty for Me

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  29. 29

    #51 on the original list
    Blowup, L'Avventura, The Passenger

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  30. 30

    #158 on the original list
    The Big Red One, 1941, Pickup on South Street

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  31. 31

    #8 on the original list
    Citizen Kane, The Muppet Movie, The Third Man

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    #11 on the original list
    The Seventh Seal, Persona, Fanny and Alexander

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  33. 33

    #156 on the original list
    Claire's Knee, My Night at Maud's, I Think I Love My Wife

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  34. 34

    #19 on the original list
    La Dolce Vita, 8½, La Strada

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    #325 on the original list
    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the ...

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  36. 36

    #108 on the original list
    Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark

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  37. 37

    #25 on the original list
    Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, Serpico

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  38. 38

    #42 on the original list
    MASH, Nashville, The Player

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  39. 39

    #54 on the original list
    The Wild Bunch, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Getaway

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  40. 40

    #49 on the original list
    Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs

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    #131 on the original list
    To Kill a Mockingbird, All the President's Men, Sophie's Choice

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  42. 42

    #1 on the original list
    The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey

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    #142 on the original list
    Harold and Maude, Being There, Coming Home

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  44. 44

    #70 on the original list
    Rosemary's Baby, The Dirty Dozen, A Woman Under the Influence

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  45. 45

    #9 on the original list
    Good, Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America

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  46. 46

    #17 on the original list
    Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry

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  47. 47

    #58 on the original list
    Breathless, Pierrot le Fou, Band of Outsiders

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  48. 48

    #102 on the original list
    The Manchurian Candidate, Ronin, The Train

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  49. 49

    #262 on the original list
    Battle Royale, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Battles Without Honor and Humanity

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    #85 on the original list
    The Graduate, The Birdcage, Working Girl

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