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Top Future Directing Greats (2013 Edition)

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Average listal rating (38 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
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)


Stehako's rating:
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Debut

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2012 Rank: #4 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)
2011 rank: #25 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)
2010 Rank: #26 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)
2009 Rank: #19 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)

a. The Proposition (2006)
b. The Road (2009)
c. Lawless (2012)
d. Quarry (2014)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #46
2011 Rank: #48
2010: --
2009: --

a. Exotica (1994)
b. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
c. Where the Truth Lies (2005)
d. Chloe (2010)
e. Devil's Knot (2013)
f. Queen of the Night (2014)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (244 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #43

a. Dead Man (1995)
b. Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
c. Broken Flowers (2005)
d. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 0
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Debut

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2012 Rank: #21 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)
2011 Rank: #39 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)

a. Half Nelson (2006)
b. Sugar (2009)
c. It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
d. Mississippi Grind (2014)


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #42
2011 Rank: #33
2010 Rank: #38
2009 Rank: #40

a. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
b. The Devil’s Advocate (1997)
c. Proof of Life (2000)
d. Ray (2004)
e. Parker (2013)
f. Company Town (2014)


Stehako's rating:
**

Re-Entry

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2012 Rank: Out
2011 Rank: #29
2010 Rank: #21
2009 Rank: #38

a. Cop Land (1997)
b. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
c. Identity (2003)
d. Walk the Line (2005)
e. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
f. The Wolverine (2013)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (54 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
**

Debut

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2012 Rank: #20 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)
2011 Rank: #30 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)

a. The Damned United (2009)
b. The King's Speech (2010)
c. Les Miserables (2012)
d. Freddy Mercury Biopic (2015)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (35 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #41

a. Mrs Brown (1997)
b. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
c. The Debt (2011)
d. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)
e. Murder Mystery (2014)


Stehako's rating:
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)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (203 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0
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Debut

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2012 Rank: #4 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)
2011 Rank: #1 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)
2010 Rank: #2 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)
2009 Rank: #2 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)

a. Mission: Impossible III (2006)
b. Star Trek (2009)
c. Super 8 (2011)
d. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
e. Star Wars: Episode VII (2015)*


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (122 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 0
2011 Rank: #38
2010 Rank: #40
2009 Rank: #33

a. Into the West (1992)
b. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
c. Donnie Brasco (1997)
d. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
e. The Prince of Persia (2010)
f. Great Expectations (2013)
g. Reykjavik (2014)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (37 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 0
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Re-Entry

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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. Loomis Fargo (2014)*


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #34

a. The Ring (2002)
b. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
c. Rango (2011)
d. The Lone Ranger (2013)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (45 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 0
**

Debut

**
2012 Rank: #17 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)
2011 Rank: #36 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)
2010 Rank: #42 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)
2009 Rank: #21 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)

a. Brick (2005)
b. The Brothers Bloom (2009)
c. Looper (2012)


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #38 (Debut)
2011 Rank: #11 on "Best Up-and-Coming Directors" List
2010 Rank: #14 on "Best Up-and-Coming Directors" List
2009: --

a. Layer Cake (2004)
b. Stardust (2007)
c. Kick-Ass (2010)
d. X-Men: First Class (2011)
e. The Secret Service (2014)


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #37
2011 Rank: #40
2010 Rank: #45
2009 Rank: #8

a. Hellboy I (2004)
b. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
c. Hellboy II (2008)
d. Pacific Rim (2013)
e. Crimson Peak (2015)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (34 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #35
2011 Rank: #37
2010 Rank: #43
2009 Rank: #28

a. Clay Pigeons (1998)
b. Shanghai Knights (2003)
c. Wedding Crashers (2005)
d. The Change-Up (2011)
e. The Judge (2014)


Stehako's rating:
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Debut

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2012 Rank: #2 (On "Best Up and Coming" list)

a. Bronson (2008)
b. Valhalla Rising (2009)
c. Drive (2011)
d. Only God Forgives (2013)*
e. I Walk with the Dead (2015)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (244 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 0
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)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (64 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #30
2011 Rank: #17
2010 Rank: #27
2009 Rank: #9 on Up & Coming Directors

a. Chicago (2002)
b. Memoires of a Geisha (2005)
c. Nine (2009)
d. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
e. Into the Woods (2014)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (83 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #29
2011 Rank: #20
2010 Rank: #24
2009 Rank: --

a. The Parent Trap (1998)
b. Something's Gotta Give (2003)
c. The Holiday (2006)
d. It's Complicated (2009)
e. Private Benjamin (2014)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (132 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #33
2011 Rank: #18
2010 Rank: #23
2009 Rank: #36

a. Finding Neverland (2004)
b. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
c. The Kite Runner (2007)
d. Quantum of Solace (2008)
e. Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
f. World War Z (2013)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (196 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #31
2011 Rank: #26
2010 Rank: #33
2009 Rank: #50

a. Chungking Express (1994)
b. In the Mood for Love (2000)
c. 2046 (2004)
e. The Grandmaster (2013)
f. Two Knives (2015)


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #39

a. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
b. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
c. Talk to Her (2002)
d. Volver (2006)
e. The Skin I Live In (2011)
f. I'm So Excited (2013)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (70 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #27
2011 Rank: #27
2010 Rank: #42
2009 Rank: #35

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


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #26 (Debut)
2011 Rank: #35 on "Best Up & Coming Directors
2010 Rank: #25 on "Best Up & Coming Directors
2009 Rank: #22 on "Best Up & Coming Directors

a. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
b. Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
c. Leatherheads (2008)
d. The Ides of March (2011)
e. The Monuments Men (2013)*


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #25
2011 Rank: #13
2010 Rank: #12
2009 Rank: #2

a. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
b. United 93 (2006)
c. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
d. Green Zone (2010)
e. Captain Phillips (2013)


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #28
2011 Rank: #41
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --

a. Breaking the Waves (1996)
b. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
c. Antichrist (2009)
d. Melancholia (2011)
e. Nymphomaniac (2013)*


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #23
2011 Rank: #12
2010 Rank: #32
2009 Rank: #20

a. Toy Story (1995)
b. A Bug’s Life (1998)
c. Toy Story 2 (1999)
c. Cars (2006)
d. Cars 2 (2011)


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #20
2011 Rank: #28
2010 Rank: #35
2009 Rank: #19

a. City of God (2002)
b. The Constant Gardner (2005)
c. 360 (2012)
d. Rio, I Love You (2014)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (14 ratings) 9.1 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #24
2011 Rank: #46
2010 Rank: --
2009 Rank: --

a. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
b. Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (1997)
c. Mr. Death (1999)
d. The Fog of War (2003)
e. Standard Operating Procedure (2008)
f. Tabloid (2011)
g. The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld (2013)
h. Freezing People is Easy (2015)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (235 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #21
2011 Rank: #35
2010 Rank: #4 on Up & Coming Directors
2009 Rank: --

a. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
b. Hot Fuzz (2007)
c. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
d. The World's End (2013)*
e. Ant-Man (2015)


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #19
2011 Rank: #30
2010 Rank: #44
2009 Rank: #32

a. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
b. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
c. Step Brothers (2008)
d. The Other Guys (2010)
e. Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)*


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (296 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #18 (Debut)
2011 Rank: #3 on Up & Coming Directors
2010 Rank: #7 on Up & Coming Directors
2009 Rank: #4 on Up & Coming Directors

a. 300 (2007)
b. Watchmen (2009)
c. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)
d. Man of Steel (2013)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (208 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
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 (2014)
f. 1906 (2015)*


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (1737 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #17
2011 Rank: #14
2010 Rank: #15
2009 Rank: #12

a. Reality Bites (1994)
b. The Cable Guy (1996)
c. Zoolander (2001)
d. Tropic Thunder (2008)
e. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)*


Stehako's rating:
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)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (135 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
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)


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #12
2011 Rank: #9
2020 Rank: #20
2009 Rank: #43

a. The Virgin Suicides (1999)
b. Lost in Translation (2003)
c. Marie Antionette (2006)
d. Somewhere (2010)
e. The Bling Ring (2013)


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #11
2011 Rank: #4
2010 Rank: #9
2009 Rank: #3

a. Amores Perros (2000)
b. 21 Grams (2003)
c. Babel (2006)
d. Biutiful (2010)
e. Birdman (2014)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (383 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #22
2011 Rank: #36
2010 Rank: #39
2009 Rank: #26

a. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
b. The Ice Storm (1997)
c. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
d. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
e. Taking Woodstock (2009)
f. Life of Pi (2012)


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #7
2011 Rank: #10
2010 Rank: #16
2009 Rank: #4

a. A Bug’s Life (1998)
b. Finding Nemo (2003)
c. Wall-E (2008)
d. John Carter (2012)
e. Finding Dory (2015)


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #8
2011 Rank: #3
2010 Rank: #4
2009 Rank: #34

a. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
b. The Science of Sleep (2006)
c. Dave Chapelle’s Block Party (2006)
d. Be Kind, Rewind (2008)
e. Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? (2013)
f. Mood Indigo (2013)
g. Tales from the Hanging Head - Co-Directing with Alfonso Cuaron (2015)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (111 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #11
2011 Rank: #42
2010 Rank: #2 on Up & Coming Directors
2009 Rank: #10 on "Best Up & Coming Directors"

a. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
b. Atonement (2007)
c. The Soloist (2009)
d. Hanna (2011)
e. Anna Karenina (2012)
f. The Little Mermaid (2015)


Stehako's rating:
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. Tales from the Hanging Head (2015)


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (269 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
2012 Rank: #6
2011 Rank: #7
2010 Rank: #11
2009 Rank: #14

a. Being John Malkovich (1999)
b. Adaptation. (2002)
c. Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
d. Pretty Sweet (2012)
e. Her (2013)*


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #5
2011 Rank: #5
2010 Rank: #7
2009 Rank: #30

a. Thank You For Smoking (2005)
b. Juno (2007)
c. Up in the Air (2009)
d. Young Adult (2011)
e. Labor Day (2013)*


Stehako's rating:
Average listal rating (171 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 0
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)*


Stehako's rating:
2012 Rank: #2
2011 Rank: #25
2010 Rank: #34
2009 Rank: #42

a. Election (1999)
b. About Schmidt (2002)
c. Sideways (2004)
d. The Descendants (2011)
e. Nebraska (2013)*


Stehako's rating:

Welcome to the 5th year of these lists!


In the opinion of Stephen H Koontz

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

The more completed films combined with promising films the director has on deck, the higher their rank.
But of course the quality in films they've completed is even more important.

Italicized title indicates unreleased film

Bold title indicates favorite film

* - Indicates a highly anticipated film

Where did some directors move to?


Those who MOVED UP to Most Accomplished ACTIVE Directors:
Same Mendes
David O. Russell
Gus Van Sant



Those who are OUT of the lists:
Nora Ephron - Passed Away
Kevin Smith - No decent recents or upcoming interest
Paul Weitz - No decent recents, or upcoming interest
Jim Sheridan - Weak Offerings
Martin Campbell - Weak Offerings

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