List: Best Directed Movies 1936-2015

After publishing a copy of the DGA’s list of the 80 best directed movies last week (see that post here) with my reaction to the list and ratings for each, here is a list of my personal choices based on the same criteria (full-length, non-documentary films that had their initial American theatrical releases between 1936 and 2015; the years listed with each movie reflect that American theatrical release).

MV5BMTY0NDYzMzMzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTY0MTc4Ng@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1436,1000_AL_Pictured: #5 Rashomon (1951)

80. Joel & Ethan Coen, Fargo (1996)

79. Woody Allen, Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

78. Robert Zemeckis, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

77. Charles Laughton, The Night of the Hunter (1955)

76. Alfred Hitchcock, Strangers on a Train (1951)

75. Mike Leigh, Secrets and Lies (1996)

74. Alfred Hitchcock, Saboteur (1942)

73. William Wyler, Wuthering Heights (1939)

72. Jean Renoir, Grand Illusion (1937)

71. Chris Noonan, Babe (1995)

70. Milos Forman, Amadeus (1984)

69. Ernst Lubitsch, To Be or Not to Be (1942)

68. Sam Mendes, American Beauty (1999)

67. Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven (1992)

66. Ridley Scott, Blade Runner (1982)

65. Sidney Lumet, Network (1976)

64. John Ford, The Searchers (1956)

63. Sidney Lumet, Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

62. Federico Fellini, Amarcord (1974)

61. George Lucas, Star Wars (1977)

MV5BMTgyMzc2NDY5M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwODgxODM2._V1_Pictured: #4 Casablanca (1942)

60. Richard Brooks, In Cold Blood (1967)

59. John Ford, Stagecoach (1939)

58. Jean Renoir, The Rules of the Game (1950; banned in the USA for 11 years)

57. Billy Wilder, The Lost Weekend (1945)

56. Dennis Hopper, Easy Rider (1969)

55. Charles Chaplin, The Great Dictator (1940)

54. Orson Welles, The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

53. Alfred Hitchcock, Rebecca (1940)

52. Nicholas Ray, Rebel without a Cause (1955)

51. Woody Allen, Zelig (1983)

50. Stanley Kubrick, The Killing (1956)

49. Stanley Kubrick, Paths of Glory (1957)

48. Wolfgang Petersen, Das Boot (1982)

47. Alfred Hitchcock, Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

46. Tom Hooper, Les Misérables (2012)

45. Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing (1989)

44. Billy WIlder, Some Like It Hot (1959)

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

42. Robert Stevenson, Mary Poppins (1964)

41. John Huston, The Maltese Falcon (1941)

MV5BMzY1MjE5NjYwOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwODQxOTI2._V1_Pictured: #3 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

40. Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

39. Sergio Leone, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1967)

38. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, All about Eve (1950)

37. Max Ophüls, Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

36. Federico Fellini, (1963)

35. Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction (1994)

34. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds (2009)

33. Stanley Donen, Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

32. Bob Fosse, Cabaret (1972)

31. Billy Wilder, Stalag 17 (1953)

30. George Roy Hill, The Sting (1973)

29. Roman Polanski, Chinatown (1974)

28. Jacque Demy, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

27. Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (1967)

26. John Frankenheimer, The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

25. Carol Reed, The Third Man (1950)

24. Billy Wilder, Sunset Blvd. (1950)

23. Francis Ford Coppola, Apocalypse Now (1979)

22. Alfred Hitchcock, Notorious (1946)

21. Steven Spielberg, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

MV5BMTg5OTE1NzMyNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDM4NjIwMjE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1533,1000_AL_Pictured: The Godfather Part II (1974)

20. Robert Zemeckis, Forrest Gump (1994)

19. Michel Hazanavicus, The Artist (2011)

18. Victor Fleming, Gone with the Wind (1939)

17. William Wyler, Ben-Hur (1959)

16. Billy Wilder, Double Indemnity (1944)

15. Sidney Lumet, 12 Angry Men (1957)

14. Elia Kazan, On the Waterfront (1954)

13. John Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

12. William Wyler, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

11. David Lean, Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

10. Alfred Hitchcock, Lifeboat (1944)

9.  Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho (1960)

8.  Victor Fleming, The Wizard of Oz (1939)

7.  Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather (1972)

6.  Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo (1958)

5.  Akira Kurosawa, Rashomon (1951)

4.  Michael Curtiz, Casablanca (1942)

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

2.  Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather Part II (1974)

1.  Orson Welles, Citizen Kane (1941)

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