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Most-accomplished Active Directors (2020 Edition)

Person list created by Stehako Avatar

Welcome to the 12th Edition of this annual list!

Defining the careers of the most successful directors, creatively and commercially, who are still working today...
(Created by and in the opinion of Stephen H Koontz)

This list includes directors who...
-- Have at least five successful films/shows completed (ones I would rate 7/10 or higher or have been influential in our society)
-- Have directed full-length features for at least ten years.
-- Released a quality film/show in the last 5 years (Nothing older than 2015) or has at least one promising film on the way.

Typically the more high-quality completed films combined with promising upcoming films/shows, the higher their rank.

Welcome ONE new addition to the list!

Which means there must be one knocked OUT of the list:
ROMAN POLANSKI -
This auteur hasn't come out with anything remotely reaching the work he is known for. True, he hasn't necessarily come out with anything bad in the last decade (though, "Based on a True Story" is not one I've seen and has a 5.6 rating on Listal). But also true that none of it is noteworthy. It's very tough to take him off the list, hopefully he will give reason to return.

The other two lists in the series for 2020 coming later this week...


Enjoy!

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2019 Rank: #48
2018 Rank: #48
2017 Rank: #45
2016 Rank: #42
2015 Rank: #47
2014 Rank: #48
2013 Rank: #14 on Top Future Directing Greats
2012 Rank: #17 on Top Future Directing Greats
2011 Rank: #14 on Top Future Directing Greats
2010 Rank: #15 on Top Future Directing Greats
2009 Rank: #12 on Top Future Directing Greats


Reality Bites (1994)

The Cable Guy (1996)

Zoolander (2001)

Tropic Thunder (2008)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Escape at Dannemora (TV: 2018)


Upcoming:

Severance (TV: 2021)





2019 Rank: #49
2018 Rank: #50

2017 Rank: #48
2016 Rank: #45
2015 Rank: #43
2014 Rank: #46
2013 Rank: #47
2012 Rank: #13 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'
2011 Rank: #19 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'
2010 Rank: #30 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'
2009 Rank: #24 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'


My Own Private Idaho (1991)

To Die For (1995)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Finding Forrester (2000)

Elephant (2003)

Milk (2008)

Promised Land (2012)

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)


Upcoming:

The Prince of Fashion (2021)

2019 Rank: #47
2018 Rank: #44
2017 Rank: #42
2016 Rank: #38
2015 Rank: #38
2014 Rank: #37
2013 Rank: #38
2012 Rank: #40
2011 Rank: #43
2010 Rank: #2 on Future Directing Greats
2009 Rank: #23 on Future Directing Greats


Delicatessen (1992)

The City of Lost Children (1995)

Alien: Resurrection (1997)

Amelie (2001)

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Micmacs (2010)

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2014)

Casanova (2016)


Upcoming:

Big Bug (2021)




2019 Rank: #3 on 'Tier 2 Accomplished Directors' list

2018 Rank: #2 on 'Tier 2 Accomplished Directors' list
2017 Rank: #6 on 'Tier 2 Accomplished Directors' list
2016 Rank: #9 on 'Tier 2 Accomplished Directors' list
2015 Rank: #23 on 'Tier 2 Accomplished Directors' list
2014 Rank: #33 on 'Tier 2 Accomplished Directors' list
2013 Rank: #6 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2012 Rank: #13 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: #7 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: #1 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2009 Rank: --


Kicking and Screaming (1995)


The Squid and the Whale (2005)


Margot at the Wedding (2007)


Greenberg (2010)


Frances Ha (2013)


While We're Young (2015)


Mistress America (2015)


De Palma (2016)


The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)


Marriage Story (2019)



No Upcoming Films:



2019 Rank: #46
2018 Rank: #42

2017 Rank: #44
2016 Rank: #46
2015 Rank: #48
2014 Rank: OUT
2013 Rank: OUT
2012 Rank: OUT
2011 Rank: OUT
2010 Rank: #46
2009 Rank: #36


The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Aladdin (1992)

Hercules (1997)

Treasure Planet (2002)

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Moana (2016)

No Upcoming:



2019 Rank: #45
2018 Rank: #40

2017 Rank: #43
2016 Rank: #43
2015 Rank: #46
2014 Rank: #17 on Top Future Directing Greats
2013 Rank: #19 on Top Future Directing Greats
2012 Rank: #24 on Top Future Directing Greats
2011 Rank: #46 on Top Future Directing Greats
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --


The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (1997)

Mr. Death (1999)

The Fog of War (2003)

Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

Tabloid (2011)

The Unknown Known (2014)

Wormwood (TV: 2017)


No Upcoming:



2019 Rank: #50
2018 Rank: #49

2017 Rank: #49
2016 Rank: #48
2015 Rank: #50
2014 Rank: #24 in Top Future Directing Greats
2013 Rank: #26 in Top Future Directing Greats
2012 Rank: #39 in Top Future Directing Greats (Debut)
2011 Rank: --
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --


Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)

Talk to Her (2002)

Volver (2006)

The Skin I Live In (2011)

Julieta (2016)

Pain & Glory (2019)


Upcoming:

A Manual for Cleaning Women (2021)

2019 Rank: #44
2018 Rank: OUT

2017 Rank: OUT
2016 Rank: OUT
2015 Rank: OUT
2014 Rank: #39
2013 Rank: #35
2012 Rank: #35
2011 Rank: #20
2010 Rank: #14
2009 Rank: #17


Do the Right Thing (1989)

Malcolm X (1992)

Clockers (1995)

He Got Game (1998)

25th Hour (2002)

Inside Man (2006)

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Upcoming:

Da 5 Bloods (2020)


2019 Rank: #43
2018 Rank: #47

2017 Rank: #8 in Top Future Directing Greats
2016 Rank: #14 in Top Future Directing Greats
2015 Rank: #15 in Top Future Directing Greats
2014 Rank: #18 in Top Future Directing Greats
2013 Rank: #18 in Top Future Directing Greats
2012 Rank: #21 in Top Future Directing Greats
2011 Rank: #35 in Top Future Directing Greats
2010 Rank: #4 on Up & Coming Directors List (Debut)
2009 Rank: --


Spaced (TV: 1999 - 01)

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

The World's End (2013)

Baby Driver (2017)


Upcoming:

Last Night in SoHo (2020)
Shadows (2021)

2019 Rank: #42
2018 Rank: #45

2017 Rank: #50
2016 Rank: #44
2015 Rank: #42
2014 Rank: #42
2013 Rank: #42
2012 Rank: #41
2011 Rank: #28
2010 Rank: #31
2009 Rank: #23


Diner (1982)

The Natural (1984)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Rain Man (1988)

Avalon (1990)

Bugsy (1991)

Toys (1992)

Sleepers (1996)

Wag the Dog (1997)

Bandits (2001)

Man of the Year (2006)

You Don't Know Jack (2010)

Rock the Kasbah (2015)

The Wizard of Lies (2017)

Paterno (2018)


Upcoming:

Harry Haft (2020)




Levinson is becoming the master of HBO movies, with three of his last four movies being so.
2019 Rank: #41
2018 Rank: #41

2017 Rank: #46
2016 Rank: #47
2015 Rank: #8 in Top Future Directing Greats
2014 Rank: #9 in Top Future Directing Greats
2013 Rank: #11 in Top Future Directing Greats
2012 Rank: #12 in Top Future Directing Greats
2011 Rank: #9 in Top Future Directing Greats
2010 Rank: #20 in Top Future Directing Greats
2009 Rank: #43 in Top Future Directing Greats


The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Lost in Translation (2003)

Marie Antionette (2006)

Somewhere (2010)

The Bling Ring (2013)

The Beguiled (2017)


Upcoming:

On the Rocks (2020)

2019 Rank: #40
2018 Rank: #39

2017 Rank: #41
2016 Rank: #41
2015 Rank: #39
2014 Rank: #44
2013 Rank: #46
2012 Rank: #49
2011 Rank: #49
2010 Rank: #50
2009 Rank: #48


The Hit (1984)

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

The Grifters (1990)

Hero (1992)

High Fidelity (2000)

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

The Queen (2006)

Tamera Drewe (2010)

Philomena (2013)

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

Victoria and Abdul (2017)

A Very English Scandal (2018)

The State of the Union (TV: 2019)

Upcoming:

Quiz (TV: 2020)

2019 Rank: #38
2018 Rank: #38

2017 Rank: #37
2016 Rank: #39
2015 Rank: #40
2014 Rank: #7 on Top Future Directing Greats
2013 Rank: #9 on Top Future Directing Greats
2012 Rank: #22 on Top Future Directing Greats
2011 Rank: #36 on Top Future Directing Greats
2010 Rank: #39 on Top Future Directing Greats
2009 Rank: #26 on Top Future Directing Greats


Sense and Sensibility (1995)

The Ice Storm (1997)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Life of Pi (2012)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)


Upcoming:

Thrilla in Manilla (2020)

2019 Rank: #39
2018 Rank: #43

2017 Rank: #47
2016 Rank: #50
2015 Rank: #4 in Top Future Directing Greats
2014 Rank: #5 in Top Future Directing Greats
2013 Rank: #3 in Top Future Directing Greats
2012 Rank: #5 in Top Future Directing Greats
2011 Rank: #5 in Top Future Directing Greats
2010 Rank: #7 in Top Future Directing Greats
2009 Rank: #30 in Top Future Directing Greats


Thank You For Smoking (2005)

Juno (2007)

Up in the Air (2009)

Young Adult (2011)

Labor Day (2013)

Men, Women & Children (2014)

Casual (TV: 2015-2017)

Tully (2018)

The Frontrunner (2018)


Upcoming:

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2020)

2019 Rank: #37
2018 Rank: #35

2017 Rank: #38
2016 Rank: #40
2015 Rank: #1 in Top Future Directing Greats
2014 Rank: #1 in Top Future Directing Greats
2013 Rank: #4 in Top Future Directing Greats
2012 Rank: #6 in Top Future Directing Greats
2011 Rank: #7 in Top Future Directing Greats
2010 Rank: #11 in Top Future Directing Greats
2009 Rank: #14 in Top Future Directing Greats


Being John Malkovich (1999)

Adaptation. (2002)

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Pretty Sweet (2012)

Her (2013)


Upcoming:

The Beastie Boys Story (2020)

2019 Rank: #35
2018 Rank: #34

2017 Rank: #35
2016 Rank: #33
2015 Rank: #35
2014 Rank: #33
2013 Rank: #31
2012 Rank: #30
2011 Rank: #30
2010 Rank: #30
2009 Rank: #46


About Last Night… (1986)

Glory (1989)

Legends of the Fall (1994)

Courage Under Fire (1996)

The Siege (1998)

The Last Samurai (2003)

Blood Diamond (2006)

Defiance (2008)

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

Pawn Sacrifice (2015)


Upcoming:

Away (TV: 2020)

2018 Rank: #32
2018 Rank: #31

2017 Rank: #34
2016 Rank: #37
2015 Rank: #37
2014 Rank: #43
2013 Rank: #1 in Top Future Directing Greats
2012 Rank: #2 in Top Future Directing Greats
2011 Rank: #25 in Top Future Directing Greats
2010 Rank: #34 in Top Future Directing Greats
2009 Rank: #42 in Top Future Directing Greats


Election (1999)

About Schmidt (2002)

Sideways (2004)

The Descendants (2011)

Nebraska (2013)

Downsizing (2017)


Upcoming:

Landscapers(TV: 2020)
The Menu (2021)


2019 Rank: #34
2018 Rank: #36

2017 Rank: #39
2016 Rank: #1 in Top Future Directing Greats
2015 Rank: #8 in Top Future Directing Greats
2014 Rank: #19 in Top Future Directing Greats
2013 Rank: #32 in Top Future Directing Greats
2012 Rank: --
2011 Rank: --
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --


Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)

Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (2011)

Catching Hell (2011)

The Last Gladiators (2012)

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012)

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)

The Armstrong Lie (2014)

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)

Sinatra: All or Nothing at All (2015)

Zero Days (2016)

Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge (2017)

The Looming Tower (TV: 2018)

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019)


Upcoming:

Crazy, Not Insane (2020)

The House of Saud (2021)

2019 Rank: #31
2018 Rank: #28

2017 Rank: #28
2016 Rank: #31
2015 Rank: #34
2014 Rank: #38
2013 Rank: #39
2012 Rank: #45
2011 Rank: #50
2010 Rank: #29 on Future Directing Greats
2009 Rank: #48 on Future Directing Greats


Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Lessons of Darkness (1992)

My Best Friend (1999)

Grizzly Man (2005)

The Wild Blue Yonder (2006)

Rescue Dawn (2007)

Encounters at the End of the World (2008)

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2012)

Into the Abyss (2012)

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

Into the Inferno (2016)


Upcoming:

Fireball (2020)
Fordlandia (2021)

2019 Rank: #29
2018 Rank: #23
2017 Rank: #17

2016 Rank: #18
2015 Rank: #18
2014 rank: #21
2013 Rank: #20
2012 Rank: #20
2011 Rank: #16
2010 Rank: #13
2009 Rank: #20


What's Up, Tiger Lilly? (1966)

Take the Money and Run (1969)

Bananas (1971)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972)

Sleeper (1973)

Annie Hall (1977)

Manhattan (1979)

Zelig (1983)

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Husbands and Wives (1992)

Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

Match Point (2005)

Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008)

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Blue Jasmine (2013)

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

Café Society (2016)

Wonder Wheel (2017)


Upcoming:

Rifkin’s Festival (2020)

2019 Rank: #30
2018 Rank: #29

2017 Rank: #29
2016 Rank: #29
2015 Rank: #29
2014 Rank: #32
2013 Rank: #40
2012 Rank: #4 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'
2011 Rank: #8 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'
2010 Rank: #26 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'
2009 Rank: #31 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'


Flirting with Disaster (1996)

Three Kings (1999)

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

The Fighter (2010)

The Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

American Hustle (2013)

Joy (2015)


Upcoming:

Untitled Russell/De Niro Project (TV: 2021)

2019 Rank: #33
2018 Rank: #33

2017 Rank: #31
2016 Rank: #30
2015 Rank: #32
2014 Rank: #34
2013 Rank: #37
2012 Rank: #1 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'
2011 Rank: #2 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'
2010 rank: #1 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'
2009 Rank: #7 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'


American Beauty (1999)

Road to Perdition (2002)

Jarhead (2005)

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Away We Go (2009)

Skyfall (2012)

Spectre (2015)

1917 (2019)


No Upcoming:



2019 Rank: #27
2018 Rank: #27

2017 Rank: #26
2016 Rank: #19
2015 Rank: #19
2014 Rank: #18
2013 Rank: #17
2012 Rank: #18
2011 Rank: #25
2010 Rank: #28
2009 Rank: #22


Meet the Feebles (1989)

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

The Frighteners (1996)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

King Kong (2005)

The Lovely Bones (2009)

The Hobbit: Part I: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The Hobbit: Part II: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The Hobbit: Part III: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)


Upcoming:

Untitled Beatles Documentary (2021)

The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun (2022)

2019 Rank: #26
2018 Rank: #25

2017 Rank: #27
2016 Rank: #28
2015 Rank: #30
2014 Rank: #30
2013 Rank: #29
2012 Rank: #31
2011 Rank: #41
2010 Rank: #45
2009 Rank: #17 on Future Directing Greats


Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Snatch (2000)

Revolver (2005)

RocknRolla (2008)

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

The Man from UNCLE (2015)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)


Upcoming:

The Gentlemen (2020)
Cash Truck (2021)

2019 Rank: #28
2018 Rank: #32

2017 Rank: #30
2016 Rank: #27
2015 Rank: #28
2014 Rank: #28
2013 Rank: #28
2012 Rank: #27
2011 Rank: #39
2010 Rank: #3 (Future Directing Greats)
2009 Rank: #18 (Future Directing Greats)


Road Trip (2000)

Old School (2003)

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

The Hangover (2009)

Due Date (2010)

The Hangover Part II (2011)

War Dogs (2016)

Joker (2019)


Upcoming:

Untitled Hulk Hogan Biopic (2021)

2019 Rank: #22
2018 Rank: #19

2017 Rank: #19
2016 Rank: #20
2015 Rank: #21
2014 Rank: #23
2013 Rank: #25
2012 Rank: #21
2011 Rank: OUT
2010 Rank: #25
2009 Rank: #19


Platoon (1986)


Salvador (1986)


Wall Street (1987)


Talk Radio (1988)


Born on the Fourth of July (1989)


The Doors (1991)


JFK (1991)


Natural Born Killers (1994)


Nixon (1995)


Any Given Sunday (1999)


W. (2008)


South of the Border (2010)


Savages (2012)


The Untold History of the United States (TV: 2012 - 2013)


Snowden (2016)


The Putin Interviews (2017)



Upcoming:

White Lies (2020)



Stone's recent projects aren't at all bad, but I do miss the innovative, risky filmmaking of his earlier days.

2018 Rank: #30

2017 Rank: #32

2016 Rank: #35
2015 Rank: #13 in Top Future Directing Greats
2014 Rank: #14 in Top Future Directing Greats
2013 Rank: #17 in Top Future Directing Greats
2012 Rank: #19 in Top Future Directing Greats
2011 Rank: #30 in Top Future Directing Greats
2010 Rank: #44 in Top Future Directing Greats
2009 Rank: #32 in Top Future Directing Greats


Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)


Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)


Step Brothers (2008)


The Other Guys (2010)


Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)


The Big Short (2015)


Succession (TV: 2018)


Vice (2018)



Upcoming:

Untitled Lakers Project (TV: 2020)

Bad Blood (2021)

2019 Rank: #23
2018 Rank: #23

2017 Rank: #21
2016 Rank: #22
2015 Rank: #22
2014 Rank: #25
2013 Rank: #27
2012 Rank: #28
2011 Rank: #6 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'
2010 Rank: #10 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'
2009 Rank: #44 on 'Top Future Directing Greats'


Badlands (1973)


Days of Heaven (1978)


The Thin Red Line (1998)


The New World (2005)


The Tree of Life (2011)


To the Wonder (2013)


Knight of Cups (2016)


Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016)


Song to Song (2017)


A Hidden Life (2019)



Upcoming:

The Last Planet (2020)

2019 Rank: #24
2018 Rank: #24

2017 Rank: #24
2016 Rank: #24
2015 Rank: #26
2014 Rank: #26
2013 Rank: #24
2012 Rank: #25
2011 Rank: #26
2010 Rank: #5 on Future Directing Greats List
2009 Rank: #13 on Future Directing Greats List


Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)


Mystery, Alaska (1999)


Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)


Meet the Parents (2000)


Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)


Meet the Fockers (2004)


Recount (2008)


Dinner for Schmucks (2010)


The Campaign (2012)


Game Change (2012)


The Brink (TV: 2015)


Trumbo (2015)


All the Way (2016)


Bombshell (2019)



No Upcoming Films:


2019 Rank: #21
2018 Rank: #21

2017 Rank: #22
2016 Rank: #25
2015 Rank: #44
2014 Rank: #10 on Top Future Directing Greats
2013 Rank: #10 on Top Future Directing Greats
2012 Rank: #11 on Top Future Directing Greats
2011 Rank: #4 on Top Future Directing Greats
2010 Rank: #9 on Top Future Directing Greats
2009 Rank: #3 on Top Future Directing Greats


Amores Perros (2000)


21 Grams (2003)


Babel (2006)


Biutiful (2010)


Birdman or: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014)


The Revenant (2015)



Carne y Arena (2017)



No Upcoming Films:


2019 Rank: #20
2018 Rank: #20
2017 Rank: #25
2016 Rank: #26
2015 Rank: #24
2014 Rank: #29
2013 Rank: #30
2012 Rank: #32
2011 Rank: #1 on Top Future Directing Greats
2010 Rank: #8 on Top Future Directing Greats
2009 Rank: #6 on Top Future Directing Greats

"Mother!" has, once again, proven Aranofsky is one of the most creative directors active today, and one taking worthy risks. Something Oliver Stone used to do.


Pi (1998)


Requiem for a Dream (2000)


The Fountain (2006)


The Wrestler (2008)


Black Swan (2010)


Noah (2014)


Mother! (2017)



No Upcoming Films




2019 Rank: #18
2018 Rank: #18

2017 Rank: #21
2016 Rank: #22
2015 Rank: #23
2014 Rank: #24
2013 Rank: #26
2012 Rank: #26
2011 Rank: #24
2010 Rank: #27
2009 Rank: #1 on Top Future Directing Greats



Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)


King of the Hill (1993)


Schizopolis (1997)


Out of Sight (1998)


The Limey (1999)


Erin Brockovich (2000)


Traffic (2000)


Ocean’s Eleven (2001)


Solaris (2002)


Ocean's Twelve (2004)


The Good German (2006)


Ocean's Thirteen (2007)


Che: Parts One and Two (2008)


The Informant! (2009)


Contagion (2011)


Side Effects (2013)


Behind the Candelabra (2013)


The Knick (TV : 2014 - 2015)


Logan Lucky (2017)


Mosaic (TV: 2018)


The Laundromat (2019)


Upcoming Films:



Let Them Talk (2020)


2019 Rank: #17
2018 Rank: #14

2017 Rank: #15
2016 Rank: #15
2015 Rank: #17
2014 Rank: #13
2013 Rank: #11
2012 Rank: #3
2011 Rank: #6
2010 Rank: #4
2009 Rank: #6


Alien (1979)


Blade Runner (1982)


Thelma & Louise (1991)


White Squal (1996)


G.I. Jane (1997)


Gladiator (2000)


Black Hawk Down (2001)


Matchstick Men (2003)


Kingdom of Heaven (2005)


American Gangster (2007)


Body of Lies (2008)


Prometheus (2012)


The Martian (2015)


All the Money in the World (2017)



Upcoming Films:



Raised by Wolves (TV: 2020)
The Last Duel (2020)

2019 Rank: #16
2018 Rank: OUT

2017 Rank: OUT
2016 Rank: OUT
2015 Rank: #25
2014 Rank: #20
2013 Rank: #19
2012 Rank: #17
2011 Rank: #11
2010 Rank: #9
2009 Rank: #5


Dumb & Dumber (1994)

with brother, Bobby Farrelly


Kingpin (1996)

with brother, Bobby Farrelly


There’s Something About Mary (1998)

with brother, Bobby Farrelly


Me, Myself and Irene (2000)

with brother, Bobby Farrelly


Shallow Hal (2001)

with brother, Bobby Farrelly


Stuck On You (2003)

with brother, Bobby Farrelly


Fever Pitch (2005)

with brother, Bobby Farrelly


The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

with brother, Bobby Farrelly


Loudermilk (TV: 2017 - 2019)


Greenbook (2018)



No Upcoming Films




2019 Rank: #15
2018 Rank: #17

2017 Rank: #18
2016 Rank: #17
2015 Rank: #16
2014 Rank: #14
2013 Rank: #14
2012 Rank: #14
2011 Rank: #17
2010 Rank: #19
2009 Rank: #7


Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)


Beetle Juice (1988)


Batman (1989)


Edward Scissorhands (1990)


Batman Returns (1992)


Ed Wood (1994)


Mars Attacks! (1996)


Sleepy Hollow (1999)


Big Fish (2003)


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)


The Corpse Bride (2005)


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)


Alice in Wonderland (2010)


Frankenweenie (2012)


Big Eyes (2014)


Ms Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)


Dumbo (2019)


Upcoming Films:



Beetlejuice 2 (2022)

2019 Rank: #19
2018 Rank: #18

2017 Rank: #16
2016 Rank: #16
2015 Rank: #15
2014 Rank: #16
2013 Rank: #15
2012 Rank: #16
2011 Rank: #21
2010 Rank: #23
2009 Rank: #30


Play Misty for Me (1971)


High Plains Drifter (1973)


Breezy (1973)


The Eiger Sanction (1975)


The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)


Sudden Impact (1983)


Pale Rider (1985)


Bird (1988)


Unforgiven (1992)


A Perfect World (1993)


The Bridges of Madison County (1995)


Absolute Power (1997)


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)


Mystic River (2003)


Million Dollar Baby (2004)


Flags of our Fathers (2006)


Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)


Changeling (2008)


Gran Torino (2008)


Invictus (2009)


The Hereafter (2010)


J. Edgar (2011)


American Sniper (2014)


Sully (2016)


The Mule (2018)


The Ballad of Richard Jewell (2019)


No Upcoming Films




2019 Rank: #14
2018 Rank: #15

2017 Rank: #14
2016 Rank: #12
2015 Rank: #12
2014 Rank: #11
2013 Rank: #10
2012 Rank: #6
2011 Rank: #7
2010 Rank: #6
2009 Rank: #11

I really hope so much time and talent isn't wasted on these upcoming "Avatar" sequels.


The Terminator (1984)


Aliens (1986)


The Abyss (1989)


Terminator II: Judgment Day (1991)


True Lies (1994)


Titanic (1997)


Dark Angel (TV: 2002)


Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)


Avatar (2009)



Upcoming Films:



Avatar Two (2021)

Avatar Three (2023)

Avatar Four (2025)

Avatar Five (2027)

2019 Rank: #12
2018 Rank: #12

2017 Rank: #12
2016 Rank: #11
2015 Rank: #11
2014 Rank: #12
2013 Rank: #13
2012 Rank: #12
2011 Rank: #18
2010 Rank: #20
2009 Rank: #24




Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)


Time Bandits (1981)


The Meaning of Life (1983)


Brazil (1985)


The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)


The Fisher King (1991)


Twelve Monkeys (1995)


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)


Tideland (2006)


The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)


The Zero Theorem (2014)


The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019)


Upcoming Films:





2019 Rank: #11
2018 Rank: #8

2017 Rank: #7
2016 Rank: #7
2015 Rank: #8
2014 Rank: #7
2013 Rank: #6
2012 Rank: #7
2011 Rank: #7
2010 Rank: #5
2009 Rank: #3



I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)


Romancing the Stone (1984)


Back to the Future (1985)


Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)


Back to the Future II (1989)


Back to the Future III (1990)


Forrest Gump (1994)


Contact (1997)


Cast Away (2000)


The Polar Express (2004)


Flight (2012)


The Walk (2015)


Allied (2016)


Welcome to Marwen (2018)



Upcoming Films:



The Witches (2020)
The King (2021)

2019 Rank: #13
2018 Rank: #13

2017 Rank: #13
2016 Rank: #14
2015 Rank: #13
2014 Rank: #15
2013 Rank: #18
2012 Rank: #19
2011 Rank: #10
2010 Rank: #10
2009 Rank: #4


Night Shift (1982)


Splash (1984)


Cocoon (1985)


Willow


Parenthood (1989)


Backdraft (1991)


Far and Away (1992)


The Paper (1994)


Apollo 13 (1995)


Ransom (1996)


How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)


A Beautiful Mind (2001)


Cinderella Man (2005)


The Da Vinci Code (2006)


Frost/Nixon (2008)


Angels & Demons (2009)


Rush (2013)


In the Heart of the Sea (2015)


The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (2016)


Genius (TV: 2017)


Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)


Pavarotti (2019)



Upcoming Films:




Rebuilding Paradise (2020)
Hillbilly Elegy (TV: 2020)

2019 Rank: #10
2018 Rank: #11

2017 Rank: #11
2016 Rank: #13
2015 Rank: #14
2014 Rank: #19
2013 Rank: #23
2012 Rank: #29
2011 Rank: #40
2010 Rank: #42
2009 Rank: #32




Slacker (1991)


Dazed and Confused (1993)


Before Sunrise (1995)


Suburbia (1996)


Waking Life (2001)


Tape (2001)


The School of Rock (2003)


Before Sunset (2004)


A Scanner Darkly (2006)


Bernie (2012)


Before Midnight (2013)


Boyhood (2014)


Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)


Last Flag Flying (2017)


Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019)


Upcoming Films:



Merrily We Roll Along (2020)
Brinkley (2021)
Apollo 10 1/2 (2021)

2019 Rank: #8
2018 Rank: #7

2017 Rank: #9
2015 Rank: #7
2014 Rank: #8
2013 Rank: #8
2012 Rank: #8
2011 Rank: #14
2010 Rank: #24
2009 Rank: #18



Seven (1995)


The Game (1997)


Fight Club (1999)


Zodiac (2007)


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)


The Social Network (2010)


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)


House of Cards (TV : 2013)


Gone Girl (2014)


Mindhunter (TV : 2017 - 2019)



Upcoming Films


Mank (2020)


2019 Rank: #9
2018 Rank: #10

2017 Rank: #10
2016 Rank: #9
2015 Rank: #9
2014 Rank: #9
2013 Rank: #9
2012 Rank: #10
2011 Rank: #15
2010 Rank: #18
2009 Rank: #19


Reservoir Dogs (1992)


Pulp Fiction (1994)


Jackie Brown (1997)


Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)


Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)


Inglourious Basterds (2009)


Django Unchained (2012)


The Hateful Eight (2015)


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)



No Upcoming Films





2019 Rank: #7
2018 Rank: #9
2017 Rank: #8
2016 Rank: #8
2015 Rank: #10
2014 Rank: #10
2013 Rank: #12
2012 Rank: #13
2011 Rank: #19
2010 Rank: #26
2009 Rank: #21



Shallow Grave (1994)


Trainspotting (1996)


A Life Less Ordinary (1997)


The Beach (2000)


28 Days Later (2002)


Millions (2004)


Sunshine (2007)


Slumdog Millionaire (2008)


127 Hours (2010)


Trance (2013)


Steve Jobs (2015)


T2: Trainspotting (2017)


Trust (TV: 2018)


Yesterday (2019)




No Upcoming Films:





2019 Rank: #6
2018 Rank: #5
2017 Rank: #5
2016 Rank: #5
2015 Rank: #5
2014 Rank: #6
2013 Rank: #7
2012 Rank: #5
2011 Rank: #9
2010 Rank: #22
2009 Rank: #15


Nolan finally got his Oscar nomination with "Dunkirk". Maybe the next film will get him a statue...


Following (1998)


Memento (2000)


Insomnia (2002)


Batman Begins (2005)


The Prestige (2006)


The Dark Knight (2008)


Inception (2010)


The Dark Knight Rises (2012)


Interstellar (2014)


Dunkirk (2017)



Upcoming Films


Tenet (2020)


2019 Rank: #5
2018 Rank: #6

2017 Rank: #6
2016 Rank: #4
2015 Rank: #4
2014 Rank: #4
2013 Rank: #4
2012 Rank: #9
2011 Rank: #12
2010 Rank: #17
2009 Rank: #39

Wes gave us another great stop-animation film and he is kind to his finds by swiftly revealing a title and details on his next film...


Bottle Rocket (1996)


Rushmore (1998)


The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)


The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)


The Darjeeling Limited (2007)


Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)


Moonrise Kingdom (2012)


The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)


Isle of Dogs (2018)



Upcoming Films:



The French Dispatch (2020)




2019 Rank: #4
2018 Rank: #4

2017 Rank: #4
2016 Rank: #6
2015 Rank: #6
2014 Rank: #5
2013 Rank: #5
2012 Rank: #11
2011 Rank: #13
2010 Rank: #12
2009 Rank: #33

"Phantom Thread" was another intoxicating film from the auteur. Pretentious? Sure, but I can't help love his attention to detail and layered storytelling and also being able to direct tremendous performances. He is the closest thing to Kubrick we have when it comes to perfectionism.


Hard Eight (1996)


Boogie Nights (1997)


Magnolia (1999)


Punch-Drunk Love (2002)


There Will Be Blood (2007)


The Master (2012)


Inherent Vice (2014)


Phantom Thread (2017)



No Upcoming Films


Untitled 1970s High School Movie (2021)





and Ethan Coen



2019 Rank: #3
2018 Rank: #3

2017 Rank: #2
2016 Rank: #3
2015 Rank: #3
2014 Rank: #3
2013 Rank: #3
2012 Rank: #4
2011 Rank: #3
2010 Rank: #3
2009 Rank: #8


Blood Simple (1984)


Raising Arizona (1987)


Miller’s Crossing (1990)


Barton Fink (1991)


The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)


Fargo (1996)


The Big Lebowski (1998)


O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)


The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)


Intolerable Cruelty (2003)


The Lady Killers (2004)


No Country for Old Men (2007)


Burn After Reading (2008)


A Serious Man (2009)


True Grit (2010)


Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)


Hail, Caesar! (2016)


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)



Upcoming Films:


Macbeth (2021)




2019 Rank: #2
2018 Rank: #2

2017 Rank: #3
2016 Rank: #2
2015 Rank: #2
2014 Rank: #2
2013 Rank: #2
2012 Rank: #2
2011 Rank: #2
2010 Rank: #2
2009 Rank: #2

It's kind of ridiculous how much Spielberg has done and still has going on.



Duel (1971)


The Sugarland Express (1974)


Jaws (1975)


Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)


1941 (1979)


Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)


E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)


The Color Purple (1985)


Empire of the Sun (1987)


Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)


Hook (1991)


Jurassic Park (1993)


Schindler’s List (1993)


Amistad (1997)


Saving Private Ryan (1998)


Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)


Minority Report (2002)


Catch Me if You Can (2002)


The Terminal (2004)


Munich (2005)


The Adventures of Tintin (2011)


War Horse (2011)


Lincoln (2012)


Bridge of Spies (2015)


The Post (2017)


Ready Player One (2018)


Upcoming Films



West Side Story (2020)

Indiana Jones 5 (2021)

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (2021)

2018 Rank: #1
2017 Rank: #1

2016 Rank: #1
2015 Rank: #1
2014 Rank: #1
2013 Rank: #1
2012 Rank: #1
2011 Rank: #1
2010 Rank: #1
2009 Rank: #1

The greatest of all time has a film coming out at the end of this year that boasts an insane cast and is possibly one of my most anticipated movies of all time.


Mean Streets (1973)


Taxi Driver (1976)


New York, New York (1977)


The Last Waltz (1978)


Raging Bull (1980)


The King of Comedy (1982)


After Hours (1985)


The Color of Money (1986)


The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)


Goodfellas (1990)


Cape Fear (1991)


The Age of Innocence (1993)


Casino (1995)


Kundun (1997)


Gangs of New York (2002)


The Aviator (2004)


The Departed (2006)


Shine a Light (2008)


Shutter Island (2010)


Boardwalk Empire (TV : 2010)


Hugo (2011)


George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)


The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)


Vinyl (TV : 2016)


Silence (2016)



The Irishman (2019)



Upcoming Films



Killers of the Flower Moon (2021)

The Devil in the White City (TV: 2022)




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