The Greatest Directors Of The 1970s

Over 500 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Greatest Directors Of The 1970s
Voting Rules
Vote based on each director's body of film work between 1970 and 1979
Latest additions: Peter Yates, John Hough, Alan Parker
Most divisive: David Cronenberg

List of the top directors of the '70s. The 1970s were filled with absurd styles and monumental changes in movies, as some of the world's greatest directors began experimenting like never before. Fellini, Bergman, and Truffaut, for instance, inspired Americans like John Cassavetes and Hal Ashby to make some of their most unique and cherished films of the decade.

The top directors of the 1970s made some defining works of art during the period. For instance, Roman Polanski struck gold with Chinatown while Stanley Kubrick did the same with A Clockwork Orange. The same can be said for Robert Altman and Francis Ford Coppola, whose 1970s filmographies seem unparalleled and as if they could do no wrong. Not only was this decade the time of the two Godfather movies, but the seventies is also when director Sidney Lumet came out with his two Al Pacino spectaculars: the unforgettable '70s hits of Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon.

Which 70's directors are your favorites? Vote up the directors who made the best 1970s movies and vote down any seventies movies makers you don't really like.

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