The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars  

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List Rules Only film directors who have never had an Academy Award nomination FOR DIRECTING.

The life of a movie director can be quite exciting, extremely stressful, and completely unrewarding at times. Since the first Oscars were awarded at a small, private ceremony in 1929, directors in the Western world and beyond have sought validation through those heavy, gold statuettes. However, because only a handful of directors are nominated each year, some of history’s greatest film directors have never been properly acknowledged for their efforts, even though they made movies that we all know and love and deserved to be Academy Award winning movies.

What great directors have never been nominated for a Best Director Oscar? When we think about our favorite movies, we focus on the actors, the set, and the stories. Rarely do we think about people behind the scenes. This list includes some of the best directors of all time, from new favorites like Wes Anderson and Ben Affleck to long-gone classic auteurs like Charlie Chaplin and Fritz Lang - none of whom were ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. Though a few of the people on this list won Oscars in other categories - such as Best Screenplay or even Best Picture - they have never received an "Oscar nod" for Best Directing.

Vote up these most underrated directors who were snubbed by the Academy and who deserve recognition for their work by this distinguished award.
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City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator
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Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore
Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars
Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
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Abdallah Nabawy added The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins
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Carrie, Scarface, Dressed to Kill
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dca1983 added The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West
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Brazil, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 12 Monkeys
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daryushshokofo added Daryush Shokof Seven Servants, Breathful, Asudem
Buster Keaton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars
The Three Ages, Seven Chances, Go West
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Trioxin245 added Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York
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Metropolis, M, The Big Heat
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The Princess Bride, This Is Spinal Tap, Stand by Me
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Trioxin245 added Solaris, Stalker, Andrei Rublev
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The Fly, The Dead Zone, Eastern Promises
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Trioxin245 added The Silence of the Lambs, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead
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Argo, Gone Baby Gone, The Town
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Trioxin245 added Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Home Alone
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iandmph added Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Melancholia
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The Wild Bunch, Major Dundee, Straw Dogs
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Alex Farias added The White Ribbon, The Piano Teacher, Funny Games
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Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Show Boat
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levalex88 added Battle Royale, Fireworks, Outrage
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Trioxin245 added The Usual Suspects, X-Men, X-Men: First Class
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Glory, Courage Under Fire, The Last Samurai
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Shadows, Love Streams, Gloria