Best Director films I've seen

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  1. 1928 - Frank Borzage (Seventh Heaven)
  2. 1929 - Frank Lloyd (The Divine Lady)
  3. 1930 - Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front)
  4. 1931 - Norman Taurog (Skippy)
  5. 1932 - Frank Borzage (Bad Girl)
  6. 1933 - Frank Lloyd (Cavalcade)
  7. 1934 - Frank Capra (It Happened One Night)
  8. 1935 - John Ford (The Informer)
  9. 1936 - Frank Capra (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town)
  10. 1937 - Leo McCarey (The Awful Truth)
  11. 1938 - Frank Capra (You Can't Take It with You)
  12. 1939 - Victor Fleming (Gone with the Wind)
  13. 1940 - John Ford (The Grapes of Wrath)
  14. 1941 - John Ford (How Green Was My Valley)
  15. 1942 - William Wyler (Mrs. Miniver)
  16. 1943 - Michael Curtiz (Casablanca)
  17. 1944 - Leo McCarey (Going My Way)
  18. 1945 - Billy Wilder (The Lost Weekend)
  19. 1946 - William Wyler (The Best Years of Our Lives)
  20. 1947 - Elia Kazan (Gentleman's Agreement)
  21. 1948 - John Huston (Treasure of the Sierra Madre)
  22. 1949 - Joseph L. Mankiewicz (A Letter to Three Wives)
  23. 1950 - Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve)
  24. 1951 - George Stevens (A Place in the Sun)
  25. 1952 - John Ford (The Quiet Man)
  26. 1953 - Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity)
  27. 1954 - Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront)
  28. 1955 - Delbert Mann (Marty)
  29. 1956 - George Stevens (Giant)
  30. 1957 - David Lean (The Bridge on the River Kwai)
  31. 1958 - Vincente Minnelli (Gigi)
  32. 1959 - William Wyler (Ben-Hur)
  33. 1960 - Billy Wilder (The Apartment)
  34. 1961 - Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins (West Side Story)
  35. 1962 - David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia)
  36. 1963 - Tony Richardson (Tom Jones)
  37. 1964 - George Cukor (My Fair Lady)
  38. 1965 - Robert Wise (The Sound of Music)
  39. 1966 - Fred Zinnemann (A Man for All Seasons)
  40. 1967 - Mike Nichols (The Graduate)
  41. 1968 - Carol Reed (Oliver!)
  42. 1969 - John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy)
  43. 1970 - Franklin J. Schaffner (Patton)
  44. 1971 - William Friedkin (The French Connection)
  45. 1972 - Bob Fosse (Cabaret)
  46. 1973 - George Roy Hill (The Sting)
  47. 1974 - Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather Part II)
  48. 1975 - Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
  49. 1976 - John G. Avildsen (Rocky)
  50. 1977 - Woody Allen (Annie Hall)
  51. 1978 - Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter)
  52. 1979 - Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer)
  53. 1980 - Robert Redford (Ordinary People)
  54. 1981 - Warren Beatty (Reds)
  55. 1982 - Richard Attenborough (Gandhi)
  56. 1983 - James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment)
  57. 1984 - Milos Forman (Amadeus)
  58. 1985 - Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa)
  59. 1986 - Oliver Stone (Platoon)
  60. 1987 - Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor)
  61. 1988 - Barry Levinson (Rain Man)
  62. 1989 - Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July)
  63. 1990 - Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves)
  64. 1991 - Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs)
  65. 1992 - Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven)
  66. 1993 - Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List)
  67. 1994 - Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump)
  68. 1995 - Mel Gibson (Braveheart)
  69. 1996 - Anthony Minghella (The English Patient)
  70. 1997 - James Cameron (Titanic)
  71. 1998 - Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan)
  72. 1999 - Sam Mendes (American Beauty)
  73. 2000 - Steven Soderbergh (Traffic)
  74. 2001 - Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind)
  75. 2002 - Roman Polanski (The Pianist)
  76. 2003 - Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  77. 2004 - Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby)
  78. 2005 - Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)
  79. 2006 - Martin Scorsese (The Departed)
  80. 2007 - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)
  81. 2008 - Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
  82. 2009 - Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)