Movie Director Rankings

After reading the awful list that EW.com compiled, Kotite's Corner decided to poll their entertainment contributors in order to establish an actual top 25 living directors. We compiled this by balancing both history and current relevance.

1. Christopher Nolan - Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight

2. Martin Scorsese - Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, The Departed, Shutter Island

3. Steven Spielberg - Jaws, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan

4. Quentin Tarantino - Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Ingourious Basterds

5. James Cameron - The Terminator, Aliens, True Lies, Titanic, Avatar

6. Darren Aronofsky - Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler

7. Coen Brothers - Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men

8. Clint Eastwood - Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Invictus

9. David Fincher - Seven, Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

10. Paul Thomas Anderson - Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood

11. Ron Howard - Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon

12. Jason Reitman - Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in The Air

13. Steven Soderbergh - Traffic, Ocean's Eleven, Che, The Informant

14. Peter Jackson - Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

15. Tim Burton -Beetle Juice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, Alice in Wonderland

16. Sam Mendes - American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road

17. Danny Boyle - Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire

18. Spike Jonze -Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are

19. Spike Lee - Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, He Got Game, Summer of Sam, Inside Man

20. Michael Mann - The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, The Insider, Ali, Collateral

21. Wes Anderson - Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited

22. Paul Greengrass - The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93

23. Guillermo Del Toro - Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy 2

24. J.J. Abrams
- Mission Impossible 3, Star Trek

25. Ang Lee - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Taking Woodstock


T-Bone said...

EW.com's list does suck -- any list that rates Judd Apatow, Sam Raimi, & Zack Snyder in the top 25 (much less #14, 15, & 16) is a complete joke. Yours is much better, though I'd put Eastwood around 4 or 5 -- certainly higher than Cameron, but to each his own. I am surprised by one glaring omission from your list, however. I have it on good authority that one of your entertainment contributors is a HUGE fan of M. Night Shyamalan. I won't divulge the identify of this individual, but I thought he would have used his considerable pull to sneak M. Night onto your list...

P.S. For more on how totally Shuster sucks, see comment #2 to that post.

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