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

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Stanley Kubrick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Stanley Kubrick The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey

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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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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Steven Spielberg Jaws, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan

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Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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Ridley Scott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Ridley Scott Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator

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Ang Lee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain, Hulk, Crouching Tiger

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Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Volume 1

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Brian De Palma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Brian De Palma Scarface, Carrie, The Untouchables

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Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Woody Allen Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters

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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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Ron Howard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Ron Howard Apollo 13, American Graffiti, A Beautiful Mind

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Judd Apatow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Judd Apatow Superbad, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin

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Terry Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Terry Gilliam Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, 12 Monkeys

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Wes Anderson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Wes Anderson Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Alfred Hitchcock Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo

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Francis Ford Coppola is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

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Federico Fellini is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Federico Fellini La Dolce Vita, 8½, La Strada

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Luis Buñuel is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Spike Jonze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Spike Jonze The Wolf of Wall Street, Being John Malkovich, Moneyball

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Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Tim Burton Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands

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Rob Reiner is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Cameron Crowe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Cameron Crowe Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire

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James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
James Cameron Titanic, Avatar, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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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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Terrence Malick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Terrence Malick The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life, Badlands

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Miloš Forman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Miloš Forman One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, Hair

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Harold Ramis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Harold Ramis Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, National Lampoon's Animal House

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John Landis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
John Landis Spider-Man 2, The Blues Brothers, National Lampoon's Animal House

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David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
David Lynch Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead

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Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Oliver Stone Platoon, Scarface, JFK

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Richard Linklater is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Richard Linklater Dazed and Confused, School of Rock, Beavis and Butt-head Do America

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Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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The Wachowski brothers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
The Wachowski brothers Bound, Speed Racer, The Animatrix

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David O. Russell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Three Kings

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Roman Polański is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Roman Polański Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, The Pianist

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Sam Peckinpah is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Alfonso Cuarón is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Alfonso Cuarón Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Pan's Labyrinth, Gravity

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Sam Mendes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Sam Mendes American Beauty, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

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Peter Weir is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Peter Weir Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

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Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

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Guy Ritchie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
Guy Ritchie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

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John Hughes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History
John Hughes Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Home Alone