List: DGA Best Directed Movies

This past spring, the Directors’ Guild of America celebrated their 80th anniversary by releasing a list of their choices for the 80 best-directed films of the last 80 years. Most best-of lists anger me (as they would any reader) with what I view as their omissions and at least a few wildly overrated movies. Of course, those problems exist on this list, as they do on all, but they are minimal. Here is a reproduction of that last with my grade for the quality of direction for each film. Next week, I publish my own list of the 80 best-directed movies from 1936-20015.

 

MV5BMTc1MDgxNzI0Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMTY3MTM2._V1_Pictured: #5 Casablanca

80. Sergio Leone, Once upon a Time in the West (1968) A+

79. Akira Kurosawa, Rashomon (1950) A+

78. Sidney Lumet, Network (1976) A+

77. Bryan Singer, The Usual Suspects (1995) D-

76. Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven (1991) A+

75. Sergio Leone, Once upon a Time in America (1984) Unseen

74. Orson Welles, Touch of Evil (1958) C

73. Stanley Kubrick, Barry Lyndon (1975) A+

72. Alan J. Pakula, All the President’s Men (1976) A+

71. John Ford, The Grapes of Wrath (1940) C

70. Terry Gilliam, Brazil (1985) Unseen

69. Giuseppe Tornatore, Cinema Paradiso (1988) Unseen

68. Vittorio de Sica, The Bicycle Thief (1948) B

67. Richard Attenborough, Gandhi (1982) B

66. Bernardo Bertolucci, The Conformist (1970) Unseen

65. John G. Avildsen, Rocky (1976) A-

64. Ridley Scott, Alien (1979) Unseen

63. Sam Peckinpah, The Wild Bunch (1969) A-

62. George Roy Hill, The Sting (1973) A+

61. Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood (2007)A

MV5BMzY1MjE5NjYwOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwODQxOTI2._V1_Pictured: #4 2001: A Space Odyssey

60. Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter (1977) C+

59. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, All about Eve (1950) A+

58. Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman: Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014) A

57. John Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) A+

56. Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker (2009) B

55. James Cameron, Avatar (2009) B-

54. Billy Wilder, The Apartment (1960) A+

53. Jonathan Demme, The Silence of the Lambs (1991) B+

52. Joel Coen, Fargo (1996) A+

51. William Wyler, Ben-Hur (1959) A+

50. Billy Wilder, Some Like It Hot (1959) A+

49. Robert Wise, West Side Story (1961) F

48. David Lean, Doctor Zhivago (1965) C

47. Miloš Forman, Amadeus (1984) A+

46. Stanley Kubrick, The Shining (1980) B-

45. James Cameron, Titanic (1997) C+

44. Martin Scorsese, Taxi Driver (1976) A-

43. Robert Wise, The Sound of Music (1965) C+

42. Miloš Forman, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) A-

41. Alfred Hitchcock, North by Northwest (1959) A+

MV5BMjY3NzkxNjg5MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNzY3Nzc2._V1_Pictured: #3 Lawrence of Arabia 

40. David Lean, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) C+

39. Alfred Hitchcock, Rear Window (1954) A-

38. William Wyler, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) A+

37. Carol Reed, The Third Man (1949) A+

36. Federico Fellini, 8 1/2 (1963) A+

35. Stanley Donen, Singin’ in the Rain (1952) A+

34. Robert Zemeckis, Forrest Gump (1994) A+

33. John Ford, The Searchers (1956) A+

32. Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho (1960) A+

31. Robert Mulligan, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) A+

30. Billy Wilder, Sunset Blvd. (1950) A+

29. Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo (1958) A+

28. Steven Spielberg, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) B-

27. Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange (1971) A+

26. Akira Kurosawa, Seven Samurai (1956) A+

25. Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan (1998) C+

24. Woody Allen, Annie Hall (1977) A+

23. Steven Spielberg, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) A+

22. Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction (1994) A+

21. Elia Kazan, On the Waterfront (1954) A+

MV5BMTE5MjgyNjQ1OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNjkxODM2._V1_Pictured: #2 Citizen Kane

20. Ridley Scott, Blade Runner (1982) A+

19. George Lucas, Star Wars (1977) A+

18. Mike Nichols, The Graduate (1967) A+

17. Frank Darabont, The Shawshank Redemption (1994) A+

16. Stanley Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) A+

15. Frank Capra, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) B

14. Steven Spielberg, Jaws (1975) B-

13. Martin Scorsese, Raging Bull (1980) C+

12. Victor Fleming, The Wizard of Oz (1939) A+

11. Roman Polanski, Chinatown (1974) A+

10. Martin Scorsese, Goodfellas (1990) A-

9. Victor Fleming, Gone with the Wind (1939) A+

8. Steven Spielberg, Schindler’s List (1939) A+

7. Francis Ford Coppola, Apocalypse Now (1979) A+

6. Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather Part II (1974) A+

5. Michael Curtiz, Casablanca (1942) A+

4. Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) A+

3. David Lean, Lawrence of Arabia (1962) A+

2. Orson Welles, Citizen Kane (1941) A+

1. Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather (1972) A+ (Pictured below)

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