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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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326 86
Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo

2
362 101
Stanley Kubrick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey

3
180 45
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

4
155 45
Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
MickLamarr added Citizen Kane, The Muppet Movie, The Third Man

5
152 49
Andrei Tarkovsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Solaris, Stalker, Andrei Rublev

6
163 61
Ingmar Bergman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
The Seventh Seal, Persona, Fanny and Alexander

7
139 47
Federico Fellini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
La Dolce Vita, 8½, La Strada

8
183 70
David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead

9
117 36
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
drkaramaniac added City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

10
211 89
Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Goodfellas, The Departed, Taxi Driver

11
74 19
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

12
137 54
Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke

13
101 37
Francis Ford Coppola is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
drkaramaniac added The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

14
50 7
Daryush Shokof is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
daryushshokofo added Seven Servants, Breathful, Asudem

15
88 39
Sergio Leone is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
216 133
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Volume 1

17
50 14
Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Catherine Judd added Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Sunset Boulevard

18
53 16
Fritz Lang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Catherine Judd added Metropolis, M, The Big Heat

19
91 49
François Truffaut is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
snourb added Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Breathless, Fahrenheit 451

20
136 88
Paul Thomas Anderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Minority Report

21
87 49
John Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
MickLamarr added The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach

22
74 38
Jean-Luc Godard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Breathless, Pierrot le Fou, Band of Outsiders

23
51 24
Vittorio De Sica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
MickLamarr added Cinema Paradiso, Bicycle Thieves, Blood for Dracula

24
166 111
Wes Anderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums

25
61 32
David Lean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Auteurs in Film History
MickLamarr added Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago