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The Greatest Auteurs in Film History  

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List Rules Filmmakers known as auteurs

An auteur is a filmmaker or director whose personal, individual production style and creative flare gives his or her films a distinctive, unique feel. A director who falls in this category usually has complete control over the creative elements of producing a film. Since their influence on their films is so great they are considered the author of the film, regardless of whether or not they actually wrote the script. If you’ve ever asked the question, “What are the Greatest Auteurs in Film History?” before then you’ve definitely landed on the right page!
 
If you’re a movie buff, you’ve probably been a fan of at least a few of history’s greatest auteurs for years, whether or not you have actually understood what the definition of one is! Some of film’s greatest auteur directors have produced history’s greatest movies that have stood the test of time, such as: Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, Lost in Translation, and Moonrise Kingdom.
 
This list features history’s best auteurs, including: Wes Craven, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Charlie Kaufman and Julian Schnabel. Vote for your favorite auteur film director below, or add one whose style you love if they aren't already on the list.
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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo
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Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
MickLamarr added Citizen Kane, The Muppet Movie, The Third Man
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Akira Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
The Magnificent Seven, A Fistful of Dollars, Seven Samurai
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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
drkaramaniac added City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times
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Federico Fellini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
La Dolce Vita, 8½, La Strada
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David Lean is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
MickLamarr added Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago
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Ingmar Bergman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
The Seventh Seal, Persona, Fanny and Alexander
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David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead
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Andrei Tarkovsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Solaris, Stalker, Andrei Rublev
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Stanley Kubrick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey
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Luis Buñuel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Beauty of the Day, An Andalusian Dog
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Sergio Leone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
BillSchmalz added Good, Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America
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Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Catherine Judd added Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Sunset Boulevard
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John Ford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
MickLamarr added The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach
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Francis Ford Coppola is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
drkaramaniac added The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now
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Jean-Luc Godard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Breathless, Pierrot le Fou, Band of Outsiders
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Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Goodfellas, The Departed, Taxi Driver
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Jean Renoir is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
The Grand Illusion, The Rules of the Game, The Crime of Monsieur Lange
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Vittorio De Sica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
MickLamarr added Cinema Paradiso, Bicycle Thieves, Blood for Dracula
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Fritz Lang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Catherine Judd added Fritz Lang Metropolis, M, The Big Heat
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Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke
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François Truffaut is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
snourb added Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Breathless, Fahrenheit 451
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John Huston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
MickLamarr added Chinatown, The Maltese Falcon, The Black Cauldron
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Roberto Rossellini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Rome, Open City, Germany
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Daryush Shokof is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
daryushshokofo added Seven Servants, Breathful, Asudem