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The GMOAT Pantheon of Film Directors


The GMOAT Pantheon of Directors:


Tier 1

  • Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity)

  • Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List)

  • Martin Scorsese (The Departed)

  • Alfred Hitchcock (North by Northwest)

  • Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon)



Tier 2

  • Christopher Nolan

  • David Lean

  • Francis Ford Coppola

  • Frank Capra

  • John Ford

  • Quentin Tarantino

  • Sergio Leone

  • Sidney Lumet

  • Stanley Kubrick

  • William Wyler


Tier 3

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • George Cukor

  • Mike Nichols

  • Howard Hawks

  • Mel Brooks

  • Oliver Stone

  • John Huston

  • David Fincher

  • Michael Mann

  • John Carpenter

  • Fred Zinneman

  • David Lynch

  • The Coen Brothers

  • George Stevens

  • Rob Reiner


Tier 4

  • Robert Altman

  • Clint Eastwood

  • Wes Craven

  • Wes Anderson

  • Otto Preminger

  • James L Brooks

  • Milos Forman

  • Sam Mendes

  • Alan J Pakula

  • Joseph Mankiewicz

  • Orson Welles

  • Ridley Scott

  • Spike Lee

  • William Friedkin

  • Peter Weir

  • Wong Kar-Wai

  • John McTiernan

  • Terrence Malick

  • Terry Gilliam

  • James Cameron

Those that missed the cut:

  1. Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu

  2. Alfonso Cuaron

  3. Andrei Tarkovsky

  4. Ang Lee

  5. Ashgar Farhadi

  6. Barry Levinson

  7. Bernardo Bertolucci

  8. Bong Jong Ho

  9. Brian DePalma

  10. Buster Keaton

  11. Carol Reed

  12. Cecil B DeMille

  13. Danny Boyle

  14. Darren Aronofsky

  15. David O Russell

  16. Denis Villeneuve

  17. DW Griffith

  18. Edgar Wright

  19. Elia Kazan

  20. Ernst Lubitsch

  21. Francois Truffaut

  22. Frederico Fellini

  23. Fritz Lang

  24. George Lucas

  25. George Roy Hill

  26. Guillermo Del Toro

  27. Hal Ashby

  28. Ingmar Bergman

  29. Jane Campion

  30. Jean Luc Godard

  31. Jerry Lewis

  32. John Cassavetes

  33. John Hughes

  34. John Landis

  35. Jonathan Demme

  36. Kathryn Bigelow

  37. M Night Shamalan

  38. Park Chan-Wook

  39. Paul Thomas Anderson

  40. Peter Bogdanovich

  41. Peter Jackson

  42. Richard Donner

  43. Richard Linklater

  44. Robert Redford

  45. Robert Wise

  46. Robert Zemeckis

  47. Roman Polanski

  48. Sam Peckinpah

  49. Sam Raimi

  50. Steven Soderbergh

  51. Tim Burton

  52. Warren Beatty

  53. Woody Allen

  54. Yasujiro Ozu

Full List of Nominees (104 in all)

  • Akira Kurosawa

  • Alan J Pakula

  • Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu

  • Alfonso Cuaron

  • Alfred Hitchcock

  • Andrei Tarkovsky

  • Ang Lee

  • Ashgar Farhadi

  • Barry Levinson

  • Bernardo Bertolucci

  • Billy Wilder

  • Bong Joon Ho

  • Brian DePalma

  • Buster Keaton

  • Carol Reed

  • Cecil B DeMille

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • Christopher Nolan

  • Clint Eastwood

  • Coen Brothers

  • Danny Boyle

  • Darren Aronofsky

  • David Fincher

  • David Lean

  • David Lynch

  • David O Russell

  • Denis Villeneuve

  • DW Griffith

  • Edgar Wright

  • Elia Kazan

  • Ernst Lubitsch

  • Francis Ford Coppola

  • Francois Truffaut

  • Frank Capra

  • Fred Zinneman

  • Frederico Fellini

  • Fritz Lang

  • George Cukor

  • George Lucas

  • George Roy Hill

  • George Stevens

  • Guillermo Del Toro

  • Hal Ashby

  • Howard Hawks

  • Ingmar Bergman

  • James Cameron

  • James L Brooks

  • Jane Campion

  • Jean Luc Goddard

  • Jerry Lewis

  • John Carpenter

  • John Cassavetes

  • John Ford

  • John Hughes

  • John Huston

  • John Landis

  • John McTiernan

  • Jonathan Demme

  • Joseph Mankiewicz

  • Kathryn Bigelow

  • M Night Shamalan

  • Martin Scorsese

  • Mel Brooks

  • Michael Mann

  • Mike Nichols

  • Milos Forman

  • Oliver Stone

  • Orson Welles

  • Otto Preminger

  • Park Chan-Wook

  • Paul Thomas Anderson

  • Peter Bogdanovich

  • Peter Jackson

  • Peter Weir

  • Quentin Tarantino

  • Richard Donner

  • Richard Linklater

  • Ridley Scott

  • Rob Reiner

  • Robert Altman

  • Robert Redford

  • Robert Wise

  • Robert Zemeckis

  • Roman Polanski

  • Sam Mendes

  • Sam Peckinpah

  • Sam Raimi

  • Sergio Leone

  • Sidney Lumet

  • Spike Lee

  • Stanley Kubrick

  • Steven Soderbergh

  • Steven Spielberg

  • Terrence Malick

  • Terry Gilliam

  • Tim Burton

  • Warren Beatty

  • Wes Anderson

  • Wes Craven

  • William Friedkin

  • William Wyler

  • Wong Kar-Wai

  • Woody Allen

  • Yasujiro Ozu


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