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

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Clint Eastwood Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry

The Most Iconoclastic Directors in Film History The Best British Crime Movies

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Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Martin Scorsese Goodfellas, The Departed, Taxi Driver

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John Ford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
John Ford The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Alfred Hitchcock Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo

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Sergio Leone is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Stanley Kubrick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Stanley Kubrick The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Steven Spielberg Jaws, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan

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Frank Capra is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Billy Wilder Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Sunset Boulevard

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Joel Coen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Joel Coen The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, Fargo

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Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Volume 1

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Howard Hawks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Howard Hawks Scarface, The French Connection, Bringing Up Baby

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Francis Ford Coppola is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

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Rob Reiner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Rob Reiner The Princess Bride, This Is Spinal Tap, Stand by Me

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Ridley Scott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Ridley Scott Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator

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Don Siegel is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Brian De Palma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Brian De Palma Scarface, Carrie, The Untouchables

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Sam Peckinpah is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Ingmar Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Ingmar Bergman The Seventh Seal, Persona, Fanny and Alexander