The Top 10 Most Important Directors of All Time (everyone can, must contribute)

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Author Comments: 

Post the list of the 10 directors that are according to you the most important, NOT the best, of all time.
Your list can be ranked, but doesn't have to.
Thanks.
No deadline is set for this.

Altman
Antonioni
Gance
Godard
Griffith
Hitchcock
Hou
Renoir
Sirk
Welles

I might change my mind in the future :-) , but for the moment I invite you to prove me wrong

Good list. You can change your mind as often as you want.

Leo McCarey
John Ford
Terrence Malick
Sidney Lumet
Akira Kurosawa
Yasujiro Ozu
Martin Scorsese
Peter Jackson
Roberto Rossellini
Satyajit Ray

Good list too. Are they in any order?

No particular order. I remembered them in that order.

I'm confused as to your omission of Welles... or perhaps it's your elevation of these ten.

As I said, I'm confused.

Oops.

Take Terrence Malick, Sidney Lumet, and Leo McCarey off the list and replace them with Capra, Griffith, and Hitchcock.

In no order:

D.W. Griffith
Luis Bunuel
John Ford
Alfred Hitchcock
Orson Welles
Akira Kurosawa
Francois Truffaut
F.W. Murnau
Charles Chaplin
Sergei Eisenstein

Okay, most important...not best...gotcha.

In alphabetical order:

Francis Ford Coppola
Federico Fellini
John Ford
D.W. Griffith
Alfred Hitchcock
Akira Kurosawa
Martin Scorsese
Quentin Tarantino
Orson Welles
Billy Wilder

In rough chronological order:

Georges Melies
Edwin S. Porter
J. Stuart Blackton
David Wark Griffith
Lev Kuleshov
Robert Flaherty
Jean Renoir
Orson Welles
Roberto Rossellini
Jean-Luc Godard

John Cassavetes
Charles Chaplin
Sergei Eisenstein
David Wark Griffith
Alfred Hitchcock
Buster Keaton
Akira Kurosawa
Georges Méliès
Martin Scorsese
Orson Welles

John Cassavetes
Andrei Tarkovsky
Buster Keaton
Alain Resnais
Hayao Miyazaki
Howard Hawks
Robert Altman
Stanley Kubrick
Alfred Hitchcock
Orson Welles

Roger Corman
George Cukor
Alfred Hitchcock
John Huston
Buster Keaton
Spike Lee
Leni Riefenstahl
the Dread Spielberg
Orson Welles
John Woo

Roger Corman

I salute you, 0dysseus.

Off the top of my head, the most important (but certainly not best or favorite):

D.W. Griffith
Charlie Chaplin
Sergei Eisenstein
F.W. Murnau
Luis Bunuel
Orson Welles
Alfred Hitchcock
Jean-Luc Godard
Roger Corman
George Lucas

Alfred Hitchcock
Peter Jackson
Stanley Kubrick
George Cukor
Elia Kazan
Ridley Scott
Tim Burton
William Wyler
Steven Spielberg
John Carpenter

Alfred Hitchcock
Roman Polanski
Richard Linklater
Kevin Smith
Spike Lee
Peter Jackson
Quentin Tarantino
Spike Jonze
Stanley Kubrick
David Lynch

John Ford
Hou Hsiao-hsien
Yasujiro Ozu
D.W. Griffith
Roberto Rossellini
Buster Keaton
Brian de Palma
Kenji Mizoguchi
Alfred Hitchcock
Abbas Kiarostami

Michelangelo Antonioni
Stan Brakhage
John Cassavetes
Maya Deren
Sergei Eisenstein
Jean-Luc Godard
D.W. Griffith
F.W. Murnau
Roberto Rossellini
Orson Welles

Most important are Lumiere, Melies, Griffith, Chaplin, Eisenstein, Lang, Welles, Bergman, Lucas, Lynch, Mann

Maya Deren,
Shirley Clarke,
Joyce Wieland
Leni Riefenstahl,
Sofia Coppola
Elaine May
Mira Nair
Nancy Mayers
Rebecca Miller
Kathryn Bigelow