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Top Future Directing Greats (2018 Edition)

Person list created by Stehako Avatar

The 10th Edition of this list

defining the careers of very good directors who have great potential to be among the greats...
(Created by and in the opinion of Stephen H Koontz)

This list includes directors who...
-- Have at least three successful films finished and, preferably, have at least one promising film on the way
-- Have directed full-length features for at least five years.

The more completed quality films (Rated 7/10 or higher) combined with promising films the director has on deck, the higher their rank.

Italicized title indicates unreleased film
Bold title indicates favorite film

Where did some directors move to?


Only one director MOVED UP to Most Accomplished Active Directors 2018:
EDGAR WRIGHT

Those who are OUT of the list:
John Lasseter
- The Pixar man was once one of the big helmers of the company but lately has made producing and the amusement parks more of a priority.
David Dobkin - He directed one of my favorite comedies of all time, "Wedding Crashers" but has failed to find himself a defining career. He is all over the place and not impressive as of late.
Godfrey Reggio - The master of the surreal documentary; but he simply not active enough these days, pushing 80 and is known for his lengthy sabbaticals. Still, I'm sure he will make my all-time list...
George Clooney - He has had a few stumbles. In fact, I think each film he makes is worse than the previous. Please feel sorry for him, haha.
Mark/Jay Duplass - The brothers had a unique brand which they have lost. They still write and produce and will probably direct again, but I can't keep them on, for now.
Richard Shepard - Another director who had a unique brand that he has ditched. He hasn't made anything bad, just not what made him unique. Hopefully he will get back to it.
Marc Forster - A director who has been all over the map and at the edge of this list for quite some time, finally finds his way out.
Kevin McDonald - He hasn't reached the heights of his documentary, "Touching the Void" from 2004. He has a Whitney Houston documentary coming out, which could bring him back on. He just barely missed the cut.


The other two lists in this series for 2018: Best Up-and-Coming Directors (2018)
AND Most Accomplished ACTIVE Directors (2018)

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2017 Rank: #29 on "BestUp-and-Coming Directors"
2016 Rank: #39 on "BestUp-and-Coming Directors"
2015 Rank: OUT
2014 Rank: OUT
2013 Rank: OUT
2012 Rank: OUT
2011 Rank: OUT
2010 Rank: OUT
2009 Rank: OUT

a. Memories of a Murder (2004)
b. The Host (2006)
c. Mother (2010)
d. Snowpiercer (2014)
e. Okja (2017)
f. Parasite (2019)



2017 Rank: #9 on "BestUp-and-Coming Directors"
2016 Rank: #3 on "BestUp-and-Coming Directors"
2015 Rank: #12 on "BestUp-and-Coming Directors"
2014 Rank: #17 on "BestUp-and-Coming Directors"
2013 Rank: #24 on "BestUp-and-Coming Directors"
2012 Rank: #31 on "BestUp-and-Coming Directors"
2011 Rank: #31 on "BestUp-and-Coming Directors"
2010 Rank: OUT
2009 Rank: OUT

a. Irreversible (2002)
b. Enter the Void (2010)
c. Love (2015)
d. Untitled Project (2020)


2017 Rank: #48
2016 Rank: #50
2015 Rank: #22 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2014 Rank: #27 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2013 Rank: #30 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2012 Rank: #36 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: --
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --

a. Freaks and Geeks (2000)
b. Arrested Development (TV: 2004 - 2005)
c. The Office (TV: 2005 - 2011)
d. Nurse Jackie (TV: 2009 - 2010)
e. Bridesmaids (2011)
f. The Heat (2013)
g. Spy (2015)
h. Ghostbusters (2016)
i. A Simple Favor (2018)




2017 Rank: #28 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2016 Rank: #36 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2015 Rank: --
2014 Rank: --
2013 Rank: --
2012 Rank: --
2011 Rank: --
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --


a. Eagle vs. Shark (2007)
b. Flight of the Conchords (TV 2007 - 09)
c. What We Do in the Shadows (2015)
d. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
e. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
f. What We Do in the Shadows (TV: 2018)
g. JoJo Rabbit (2019)

2017 Rank: #47
2016 Rank: #48
2015 Rank: #47
2014 Rank: #50
2013 Rank: #50
2012 Rank: #44
2011 Rank: #32
2010 Rank: #37
2009 Rank: #47

a. Monsoon Wedding (2001)
b. The Namesake (2007)
c. Amelia (2009)
d. The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013)
e. Queen of Katwe (2016)
f. A Suitable Boy (TV: 2018)




2017 Rank: #23 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2016 Rank: #26 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2015 Rank: #39 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2014 Rank: --
2013 Rank: --
2012 Rank: --
2011 Rank: --
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --


a. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)
b. Iron Man 3 (2013)
c. The Nice Guys (2016)
d. The Predator (2018)

2017 Rank: #45
2016 Rank: #34
2015 Rank: #38
2014 Rank: #40
2013 Rank: #9 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2012 Rank: #12 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: #4 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: #3 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2009 Rank: #8 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list

a. Undeclared (TV: 2001)
b. Superbad (2007)
c. Adventureland (2009)
d. Paul (2011)
e. The Newsroom (TV: 2012 - 14)
f. Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)
g. The Dangerous Book for Boys (2018)

2017 Rank: #41
2017 Rank: #43
2016 Rank: #44
2015 Rank: #8 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2014 Rank: OUT
2013 Rank: OUT
2012 Rank: OUT
2011 Rank: #32 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: #46 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2009 Rank: #38 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list

a. Man on Wire (2008)
b. Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980 (2009)
c. Project NIM (2011)
d. The Theory of Everything (2014)
e. The Night Of (TV: 2016)
f. The Mercy (2018)
g. The King of Thieves (2019)
2017 Rank: #35
2016 Rank: #39
2015 Rank: #40
2014 Rank: #42
2013 Rank: #47
2012 Rank: #43
2011 Rank: --
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --

a. Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
b. Dead Man (1995)
c. Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
d. Broken Flowers (2005)
e. Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)
f. Gimme Danger (2016)
g. Paterson (2016)

2017 Rank: #40
2016 Rank: #42
2015 Rank: #44
2014 Rank: #43
2013 Rank: #41
2012 Rank: #40
2011 Rank: #39
2010 Rank: #41
2009 Rank: #45

a. Billy Elliot (2000)
b. The Hours (2002)
c. The Reader (2008)
d. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
e. Trash (2014)
f. The Crown (TV: 2016 - 2017)
g. Wicked (2019)




2017 Rank: #4 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2016 Rank: #19 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2015 Rank: #23 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2014 Rank: #12 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2013 Rank: #13 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2012 Rank: #14 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: #46 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --


a. Thumbsucker (2005)
b. The Beginners (2011)
c. 20th Century Women (2016)

2017 Rank: #34
2016 Rank: #36
2015 Rank: #42
2014 Rank: #47
2013 Rank: #49
2012 Rank: #4 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: #25 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: #26 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2009 Rank: #19 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list

a. The Proposition (2006)
b. The Road (2009)
c. Lawless (2012)
d. Triple Nine (2016)
e. Black Mirror: Crocodile (2017)


2017 Rank: #49
2016 Rank: --
2015 Rank: --
2014 Rank: --
2013 Rank: --
2012 Rank: --
2011 Rank: --
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --


a. Friday (1995)
b. The Negotiator (1998)
c. The Italian Job (2003)
d. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
e. Straight Outta Compton (2015)
f. The Fate of the Furious (2017)
g. Untitled 'Men In Black' Spin-Off (2019)

2017 Rank: #39
2016 Rank: #37
2015 Rank: #36
2014 Rank: #37
2013 Rank: #35
2012 Rank: #38
2011 Rank: #11 on "Best Up-and-Coming Directors" List
2010 Rank: #14 on "Best Up-and-Coming Directors" List
2009 Rank: --

a. Layer Cake (2004)
b. Stardust (2007)
c. Kick-Ass (2010)
d. X-Men: First Class (2011)
e. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
f. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
g. I Am Pilgrim (2019)

and Jonathan Dayton





2017 Rank: #3 on "Best Up-and-Coming Directors" List
2016 Rank: #8 on "Best Up-and-Coming Directors" List
2015 Rank: #10 on "Best Up-and-Coming Directors" List
2014 Rank: #13 on "Best Up-and-Coming Directors" List
2013 Rank: #19 on "Best Up-and-Coming Directors" List
2012 Rank: #29 on "Best Up-and-Coming Directors" List
2011 Rank: #35 on "Best Up-and-Coming Directors" List
2010 Rank: #32 on "Best Up-and-Coming Directors" List
2009 Rank: #20 on "Best Up-and-Coming Directors" List


a. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
b. Ruby Sparks (2012)
c. Battle of the Sexes (2017)
d. I'm Proud of You (2020)


2017 Rank: #38
2016 Rank: #41
2015 Rank: OUT
2014 Rank: OUT
2013 Rank: OUT
2012 Rank: OUT
2011 Rank: OUT
2010 Rank: OUT
2009 Rank: #33 on "Best Up-and-Coming" List


a. Far From Heaven (2002)
b. I'm not There (2007)
c. Carol (2015)
d. Wonderstruck (2017)
e. Peggy Lee Biopic (2019)

2017 Rank: #37
2016 Rank: #46
2015 Rank: #46
2014 Rank: #46
2013 Rank: #46
2012 Rank: #21 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: #39 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --

a. Half Nelson (2006)
b. Sugar (2009)
c. In Treatment (TV: 2009)
d. It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
e. The Affair (TV: 2014 - 2015)
f. Mississippi Grind (2015)
g. Billions (TV: 2016 - 2017)
h. Captain Marvel (2019)




2017 Rank: #16 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2016 Rank: #20 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2015 Rank: #27 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2014 Rank: #26 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2013 Rank: #29 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2012 Rank: #39 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: #49 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --


a. In Bruges (2008)
b. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
c. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

2017 Rank: #36
2016 Rank: #40
2015 Rank: #43
2014 Rank: #11 on Best Up & Coming Directors
2013 Rank: #16 on Best Up & Coming Directors
2012 Rank: #24 on Best Up & Coming Directors
2011 Rank: --
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --

a. Capote (2005)
b. Moneyball (2011)
c. Foxcatcher (2014)
d. A Christmas Carol (2019)

2017 Rank: #33
2016 Rank: #27
2015 Rank: #33
2014 Rank: #38
2013 Rank: #38
2012 Rank: OUT
2011 Rank: #43
2010 Rank: #47
2009 Rank: #46

a. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
b. Nacho Libre (2006)
c. Gentlemen Broncos (2009)
d. Don Verdean: Biblical Archeologist (2015)
e. Masterminds (2016)
f. Nicktoons (2020)

2017 Rank: #43
2016 Rank: #47
2015 Rank: #28 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2014 Rank: #41 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2013 Rank: --
2012 Rank: --
2011 Rank: --
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --

a. CRAZY (2006)
b. The Young Victoria (2009)
c. Cafe de Flore (2011)
d. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
e. Demolition (2016)
f. Big Little Lies (TV: 2017)
g. Sharp Objects (TV: 2018)

2017 Rank: #27
2016 Rank: #29
2015 Rank: #34
2014 Rank: #1 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2013 Rank: #2 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2012 Rank: #8 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: #5 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: #18 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2009 Rank: #42 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list

a. Control (2007)
b. The American (2010)
c. A Most Wanted Man (2014)
d. Life (2015)
e. Devil in the Grove (2019)

2017 Rank: #31
2016 Rank: #30
2015 Rank: #32
2014 Rank: #32
2013 Rank: #29
2012 Rank: #29
2011 Rank: #20
2010 Rank: #24
2009 Rank: --

a. The Parent Trap (1998)
b. What Women Want (2000)
c. Something's Gotta Give (2003)
d. The Holiday (2006)
e. It's Complicated (2009)
f. The Intern (2015)

2017 Rank: #32
2016 Rank: #32
2015 Rank: #37
2014 Rank: #39
2013 Rank: #43
2012 Rank: #20 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: #30 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --

a. John Adams (TV: 2008)
b. The Damned United (2009)
c. The King's Speech (2010)
d. Les Miserables (2012)
e. The Danish Girl (2015)
f. Practical Cats (2019)



a. Swingers (1996)
b. Go (1999)
c. The Bourne Identity (2002)
d. Fair Game (2010)
e. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
f. American Made (2017)
g. Impulse (TV: 2018)
h. Chaos Walking (2019)


2017 Rank: #24
2016 Rank: #25
2015 Rank: #5 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2014 Rank: #7 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2013 Rank: #14 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2012 Rank: #19 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: #15 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: #19 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2009 Rank: #26 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list

a. Monsters, Inc. (Co-Director) (2001)
b. Up (2009)
c. Inside Out (2015)


2017 Rank: #29
2016 Rank: #1 on 'Best Up and Coming Directors'
2015 Rank: #1 on 'Best Up and Coming Directors'
2014 Rank: #2 on 'Best Up and Coming Directors'
2013 Rank: #4 on 'Best Up and Coming Directors'
2012 Rank: #11 on 'Best Up and Coming Directors'
2011 Rank: #22 on 'Best Up and Coming Directors'
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --


a. Blue Valentine (2010)
b. The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)
c.The Light Between Oceans (2016)
d. Metalhead (2018)
e. Empire of the Summer Moon (2019)

2017 Rank: #28
2016 Rank: #35
2015 Rank: #41
2014 Rank: #44
2013 Rank: #10 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2012 Rank: #15 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: #23 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: #22 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2009 Rank: --

a. Point Break (1991)
b. Strange Days (1995)
c. The Hurt Locker (2009)
d. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
e. Detroit (2017)

2017 Rank: #21
2016 Rank: #24
2015 Rank: #28
2014 Rank: #36
2013 Rank: #1 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2012 Rank: #3 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: #10 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: #20 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2009 Rank: #27 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list

a. Gone Baby Gone (2007)
b. The Town (2010)
c. Argo (2012)
d. Live by Night (2016)
e. Witness for the Prosecution (2019)

2017 Rank: #20
2016 Rank: #23
2015 Rank: #25
2014 Rank: #30
2013 Rank: #31
2012 Rank: #36
2011 Rank: #22
2010 Rank: #31
2009 Rank: #27

a. Made (2001)
b. Elf (2003)
c. Iron Man (2008)
d. Iron Man 2 (2010)
e. Cowboys and Aliens (2011)
f. Chef (2014)
g. The Jungle Book (2016)
h. The Lion King (2019)
i. The Jungle Book 2 (2020)

2017 Rank: #26
2016 Rank: #28
2015 Rank: #27
2014 Rank: #28
2013 Rank: #30
2012 Rank: #30
2011 Rank: #17
2010 Rank: #27
2009 Rank: #9 on Up & Coming Directors List

a. Chicago (2002)
b. Memoires of a Geisha (2005)
c. Nine (2009)
d. Into the Woods (2014)
e. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
f. The Little Mermaid (2021)

2017 Rank: #18
2016 Rank: #18
2015 Rank: #20
2014 Rank: #26
2013 Rank: #25
2012 Rank: #27
2011 Rank: #27
2010 Rank: #42
2009 Rank: #35

a. Naked (1993)
b. Secrets & Lies (1996)
c. Topsy-Turvy (1999)
d. Vera Drake (2004)
e. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
f. Another Year (2010)
g. Mr. Turner (2014)
h. Peterloo (2018)

2017 Rank: #16
2016 Rank: #15
2015 Rank: #16
2014 Rank: #19
2013 Rank: #23
2012 Rank: #25
2011 Rank: #13
2010 Rank: #12
2009 Rank: #2

a. Bloody Sunday (2002)
b. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
c. United 93 (2006)
d. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
e. Green Zone (2010)
f. Captain Phillips (2013)
g. Jason Bourne (2016)
h. Norway (2018)

2017 Rank: #17
2016 Rank: #16
2015 Rank: #17
2014 Rank: #24
2013 Rank: #27
2012 Rank: #31
2011 Rank: #26
2010 Rank: #33
2009 Rank: #50

a. Days of Being Wild (1990)
b. Chungking Express (1994)
c. In the Mood for Love (2000)
d. 2046 (2004)
e. The Grandmaster (2013)
f. Blossoms (2019)



a. Toy Story 2 (1999)
b. Monsters, Inc. (Co-Director) (2001)
c. Finding Nemo (Co-Director) (2003)
d. Toy Story (2010)
e. Coco (2017)
2017 Rank: #15
2016 Rank: #13
2015 Rank: #11
2014 Rank: #16
2013 Rank: #22
2012 Rank: #28
2011 Rank: #41
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --

a. Europa (1991)
b. Breaking the Waves (1996)
c. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
d. Dogville (2003)
e. Antichrist (2009)
f. Melancholia (2011)
g. Nymphomaniac: Vol. I & II (2014)
h. The House That Jack Built (2018)

2017 Rank: #13
2016 Rank: #12
2015 Rank: #26
2014 Rank: #34
2013 Rank: #40
2012 Rank: #4 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: #1 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: #2 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2009 Rank: #2 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list

a. Alias (TV: 2001 - 2005)
b. Lost (TV: 2004)
c. Mission: Impossible III (2006)
d. Star Trek (2009)
e. Super 8 (2011)
f. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
g. Star Wars: Episode XI (2019)


2017 Rank: #10
2016 Rank: #6
2015 Rank: #14
2014 Rank: #15
2013 Rank: #15
2012 Rank: #15
2011 Rank: #34
2010 Rank: #46
2009 Rank: #10

a. The Iron Giant (1999)
b. The Incredibles (2004)
c. Ratatouille (2007)
d. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
e. Tomorrowland (2015)
f. The Incredibles 2 (2018)
f. 1906 (2020)

2017 Rank: #25
2016 Rank: #26
2015 Rank: #30
2014 Rank: #29
2013 Rank: #34
2012 Rank: #37
2011 Rank: #40
2010 Rank: #45
2009 Rank: #8

a. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
b. Hellboy I (2004)
c. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
d. Hellboy II (2008)
e. Pacific Rim (2013)
f. The Strain (TV: 2014 - 2015)
g. Crimson Peak (2015)
h. The Shape of Water (2017)
i. Pinocchio (2019)

2017 Rank: #14
2016 Rank: #17
2015 Rank: #21
2014 Rank: #31
2013 Rank: #36
2012 Rank: #17 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: #36 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2010 Rank: #42 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2009 Rank: #21 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list

a. Brick (2005)
b. The Brothers Bloom (2009)
c. Breaking Bad (TV: 2011 - 2013)
c. Looper (2012)
d. Star Wars: Episode XIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

2017 Rank: #5
2016 Rank: #8
2015 Rank: #7
2014 Rank: #11
2013 Rank: #12
2012 Rank: #14
2011 Rank: #15
2010 Rank: #17
2009 Rank: #11

a. Hero (2004)
b. House of Flying Daggers (2005)
c. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2006)
d. Curse of the Golden Flower (2007)
e. The Flowers of War (2012)
f. The Great Wall (2017)
g. Shadow (2018)

2017 Rank: #7
2016 Rank: #11
2015 Rank: #18
2014 Rank: #25
2013 Rank: #32
2012 Rank: #2 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2011 Rank: --
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --

a. Bronson (2008)
b. Valhalla Rising (2009)
c. Drive (2011)
d. Only God Forgives (2013)
e. Neon Demon (2016)
f. Les Italiens (TV: 2018)
g. Too Old to Die Young (TV: 2018)

2017 Rank: #4
2016 Rank: #4
2015 Rank: #6
2014 Rank: #4
2013 Rank: #2
2012 Rank: #3
2011 Rank: #11
2010 Rank: #22
2009 Rank: #22

a. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
b. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
c. Australia (2008)
d. The Great Gatsby (2013)
e. The Get Down (TV: 2016 - 2017)

2017 Rank: #9
2016 Rank: #5
2015 Rank: #9
2014 Rank: #12
2013 Rank: #13
2012 Rank: #16
2011 Rank: #23
2010 Rank: #26
2009 Rank: #5

a. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
b. Knocked Up (2007)
c. Funny People (2009)
d. This is 40 (2012)
e. Trainwreck (2015)
f. Crashing (TV: 2017)
g. May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers (2017)
h. The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (2018)

2017 Rank: #2
2016 Rank: OUT
2015 Rank: OUT
2014 Rank: OUT
2013 Rank: OUT
2012 Rank: OUT
2011 Rank: OUT
2010 Rank: OUT
2009 Rank: #12

a. The Man Without a Face (1993)
b. Braveheart (1995)
c. Apocalypto (2006)
d. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
e. Berserker (2019)
2017 Rank: #12
2016 Rank: #7
2015 Rank: #2
2014 Rank: #3
2013 Rank: #6
2012 Rank: #11
2011 Rank: #42
2010 Rank: #2 on Up & Coming Directors list
2009 Rank: #10 on Up & Coming Directors list

a. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
b. Atonement (2007)
c. The Soloist (2009)
d. Hanna (2011)
e. Anna Karenina (2012)
f. Darkest Hour (2017)
g. Stoner (2019)

2017 Rank: #1
2016 Rank: #2
2015 Rank: #5
2014 Rank: #8
2013 Rank: #8
2012 Rank: #7
2011 Rank: #10
2010 Rank: #16
2009 Rank: #4

a. A Bug’s Life (1998)
b. Finding Nemo (Co-Director) (2003)
c. Wall-E (2008)
d. John Carter (2012)
e. Finding Dory (2016)
f. Stranger Things (TV: 2017)

2017 Rank: #3
2016 Rank: #3
2015 Rank: #3
2014 Rank: #2
2013 Rank: #5
2012 Rank: #9
2011 Rank: #21
2010 Rank: #25
2009 Rank: #25

a. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
b. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
c. Children of Men (2006)
d. Gravity (2013)
e. Roma (2018)

2017 Rank: #6
2016 Rank: #9
2015 Rank: #23
2014 Rank: #33
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: --

a. The Squid and the Whale (2005)
b. Margot at the Wedding (2007)
c. Greenberg (2010)
d. Frances Ha (2013)
e. While We're Young (2015)
f. Mistress America (2015)
g. De Palma (2016)
h. The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
i. Untitled Project (2018)


2017 Rank: #11
2016 Rank: #41
2015 Rank: #13 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2014 Rank: #28 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2013 Rank: #45 on 'Best Up-and-Coming Directors' list
2012 Rank: --
2011 Rank: --
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --

a. Incendies (2011)
b. Prisoners (2013)
c. Enemy (2014)
d. Sicario (2015)
e. Arrival (2016)
f. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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