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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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    Stanley Kubrick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History

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

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    #3 on the original list
    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

    #4 on the original list
    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

    #38 on the original list
    Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ...

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    Ridley Scott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History

    #14 on the original list
    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

    #55 on the original list
    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

    #7 on the original list
    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

    #34 on the original list
    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

    #23 on the original list
    Woody Allen Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters

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    #12 on the original list
    The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, Fargo

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    #62 on the original list
    Apollo 13, American Graffiti, A Beautiful Mind

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    #269 on the original list
    Superbad, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin ...

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    #41 on the original list
    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

    #29 on the original list
    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

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

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    #5 on the original list
    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

    #18 on the original list
    Federico Fellini La Dolce Vita, 8½, La Strada

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

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    Spike Jonze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History

    #94 on the original list
    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

    #32 on the original list
    Tim Burton Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands

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    #79 on the original list
    The Princess Bride, This Is Spinal Tap, Stand by Me

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    #171 on the original list
    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

    #35 on the original list
    James Cameron Titanic, Avatar, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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    #6 on the original list
    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

    #48 on the original list
    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

    #31 on the original list
    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

    #113 on the original list
    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

    #108 on the original list
    John Landis Spider-Man 2, The Blues Brothers, National Lampoon's Animal House

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    #20 on the original list
    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

    #65 on the original list
    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

    #89 on the original list
    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

    #13 on the original list
    Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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    #206 on the original list
    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

    #125 on the original list
    David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Three Kings

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    #21 on the original list
    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

    #54 on the original list
    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

    #80 on the original list
    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

    #75 on the original list
    Sam Mendes American Beauty, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

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    #71 on the original list
    Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show, Master and Commander: The Far Side of ...

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    Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Directors in Movie History

    #162 on the original list
    Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

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    #114 on the original list
    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

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    #76 on the original list
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Home Alone

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