The 40 Greatest Modern Directors

  1. Martin Scorsese: Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, The Departed, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York, Casino, Shutter Island, The Last Waltz, Cape Fear, The Color of Money, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Aviator, The Age of Innocence, Mean Streets, Kundun.
  2. Steven Spielberg: Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Jaws, ET, Poltergeist, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Catch Me if You Can, Minority Report, The Color Purple, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Amistad, Munich, War of the Worlds.
  3. Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather, The Godfather II, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, You're A Big Boy Now.
  4. Christopher Nolan: Memento, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Prestige, Batman Begins, Insomnia, Following.
  5. Joel/Ethan Cohen: No Country For Old Men, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, True Grit, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Barton Fink, Miller's Crossing, Raising Arizona, The Man Who Wasn't There, Blood Simple.
  6. James Cameron: Terminator 2, Avatar, Titanic, Aliens, The Abyss.
  7. Quentin Tarantino: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Inglourious Bastards, Jackie Brown.
  8. David Fincher: Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
  9. Darren Aronofsky: Requiem For a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan, Pi, The Fountain, Below.
  10. P.T. Anderson: There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Hard Eight, Punch-Drunk Love.
  11. Oliver Stone: Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers.
  12. Clint Eastwood: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Mystic River, The Bridges of Madison County.
  13. Ron Howard: A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, Frost/Nixon, Cocoon, Apollo 13.
  14. Roman Polanski: Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, The Pianist, Tess, Pirates.
  15. Brian De Palma: Scarface, Carlito's Way, Mission: Impossible, The Untouchables, Carrie.
  16. Robert Zemeckis: Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Cast Away, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Romancing the Stone.
  17. Ridley Scott: Alien, Gladiator, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down, Thelma and Louise, American Gangster.
  18. Steven Soderbergh: Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven, Che, Out of Sight.
  19. Woody Allen: Annie Hall, Bullets Over Broadway, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Purple Rose of Cairo.
  20. Peter Jackson: The Return of the King, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, King Kong, The Lovely Bones.
  21. David Lynch: Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, The Elephant Man, Wild at Heart, The Straight Story.
  22. Milos Forman: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Ragtime, Man on the Moon.
  23. Tim Burton: Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Batman, Big Fish.
  24. Terry Giliam: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
  25. Ang Lee: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Sense and Sensibility, Life of Pi, The Ice Storm.
  26. Michael Mann: Heat, The Insider, The Last of the Mohicans, Collateral, Ali.
  27. Mel Brooks: History of the World Part I, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Young Frankenstein.
  28. Rob Reiner: A Few Good Men, This is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, Misery.
  29. Gus Van Sant: Goodwill Hunting, Milk, Finding Forrester, Drugstore Cowboy, Elephant.
  30. Edward Zwick: Glory, Blood Diamond, Courage Under Fire, The Last Samurai, The Siege.
  31. Sam Mendes: American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road, Jarhead, Away We Go.
  32. John Carpenter: Halloween, The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, Big Trouble in Little China.
  33. Kevin Smith: Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
  34. Wes Anderson: The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Darjeeling Limited.
  35. Alejandro González Iñárritu: 21 Grams, Amoss Perros, Babel, Biutiful.
  36. Barry Levinson: Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam, The Natural, Sleepers, Bugsy.
  37. Spike Lee: Malcolm X, Clockers, Do the Right Thing, Inside Man, 25th Hour.
  38. Terrance Malick: The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life, Days of Heaven.
  39. Danny Boyle: Slumdog Milloinaire, Trainspotting, 127 Hours, 28 Weeks Later, The Beach.
  40. Guillermo Del Toro: Pan's Labrynth, Hellboy, Cronos.
Author Comments: 

Must be living and relatively active

Of your lifetime, maybe. Cecil B. Demille, D.W. Griffith, Fritz Lang, Federico Fellini, just to name a few. But most definitely not of "All Time".

Thanks for the clarification, podizz.