Monday, January 25, 2010

Top 25 Directors of the Decade (2000-2009)

This list is based on looking at one hundred and seven of the most important, influential and well known directors working in the decade (though I am sure there are a few I should have included or forgot about, or do not know). Each director was given a score based on the average review score given to all their qualifying films made in the decade. Only feature films were used in calculating a score, only directors that made at least two feature films (at least one being live action) qualified for the list and only feature films that saw a theatrical release in the decade qualified. Here are the top twenty five reviewed directors and below them the top five one film directors:

Top 25 Directors:

1.)                Christopher NolanMemento (2000), Insomnia (2002), Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006) , and The Dark Knight (2008)

2.)                Jean-Pierre JeunetAmelie (2001) and A Very Long Engagement (2004)

3.)                Darren AronofskyRequiem for a Dream (2000), The Fountain (2006) and The Wrestler (2008)

5.)                Quentin TarantinoKill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Death Proof (2007), and Inglourious Basterds (2009)

6.)                Alejandro Gonzalez InarrituAmores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003) and Babel (2006)

7.)                Jason ReitmanThank You for Smoking (2005), Juno (2007) and Up in the Air (2009)

8.)                Paul GreengrassBloody Sunday (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), United 93 (2006), and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

9.)                Alfonso CuaronY Tu Mama Tambien (2001), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Children of Men (2006)

10.)            Martin ScorseseGangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004) and The Departed (2006)

11.)            Paul Thomas AndersonPunch-Drunk Love (2002) and There Will Be Love (2007)

12.)            Michael MooreBowling for Columbine (2002), Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), Sicko (2007), and Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

13.)            Paul HaggisCrash (2005) and In the Valley of Elah (2007)

14.)            Spike JonzeAdaptation. (2002) and Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

15.)            Roman PolanskiThe Pianist (2002) and Oliver Twist (2005)

16.)            Fernando MeirellesCity of God (2002), The Constant Gardener (2005) and Blindness (2008)

17.)            Edward ZwickThe Last Samurai (2003), Blood Diamond (2006) and Defiance (2008)

18.)            Stephen DaldryBilly Elliot (2000), The Hours (2002) and The Reader (2008)

19.)            Chan-wook ParkJoint Security Area (2000), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003), Lady Vengeance (2005), I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK (2006), and Thirst (2009)

20.)            Zack SnyderDawn of the Dead (2004), 300 (2006) and Watchman (2009)

21.)            Julian SchnabelBefore Night Falls (2000) and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

22.)            Pedro AlmodovarTalk to Her (2002), Bad Education (2004), Volver (2006), and Broken Embraces (2009)

23.)            David FincherPanic Room (2002), Zodiac (2007) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

24.)            Jean-Marc ValleeC.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) and The Young Victoria (2009)

25.)            Wes AndersonThe Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Top Reviewed One-Film Directors:

1.)                Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckThe Lives of Others (2006)
2.)                Neill BlomkampDistrict 9 (2009)
3.)                Tomas Alfredson - Let the Right One In (2008)
4.)                Tom FordA Single Man (2009)
5.)                Cristian Mungiu4 months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (2007)

Directors used in survey (in order of score):

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Neill Blomkamp, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Darren Aronofsky, Tomas Alfredson, Tom Ford, Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jason Reitman, Cristian Mungiu, Paul Greengrass, Alfonso Cuaron, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Michael Moore, Paul Haggis, Spike Jonze, Roman Polanski, Fernando Meirelles, Edward Zwick, Stephen Daldry, Chan-wook Park, Zack Snyder, Julian Schnabel, Pedro Almodovar, David Fincher, Bennett Miller, Jean-Marc Vallee, Wes Anderson, Clint Eastwood, J.J. Abrams, Alexander Payne, David Lynch, Greg Mottola, Joe Wright, Yimou Zhang, Sam Mendes, David Yates, Mel Gibson, Peter Weir, Kar Wai Wong, Mike Leigh, Neil Burger, Oliver Hirschbiegel, The Coen Brothers, Judd Apatow, Werner Herzog, Ridley Scott, Guillermo del Toro, Jacques Audiard, George Lucus, James Cameron, Danny Boyle, Roger Donaldson, James Mangold, Bryan Singer, Ang Lee, Michel Gondry, Stephen Frears, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Sophia Coppola, David Gordon Green, Cameron Crowe, Richard Linklater, Sam Raimi, Cedric Klapisch, Frank Darabont, Mary Harron, Mike Nichols, Gore Verbinski, Rob Marshall, Ron Howard, Robert Zemeckis, Kevin Smith, Tony Gilroy, Michael Mann, Lasse Hallstrom, Peter Berg, Terrence Malick, Jon Favreau, Woody Allen, Gus Van Sant, Noah Baumbach, Kathryn Bigelow, Tony Scott, The Hughes Brothers, David Mamet, Paul Verhoeven, Todd Phillips, Adam McKay, Richard Kelly, Steven Soderbergh, The Wachowski Brothers, Terry Gilliam, Gil Kenan, Guy Ritchie, Jim Sheridan, Michael Bay, Luc Besson, M. Night Shyamalan, Martin Campbell, Robert Rodriguez, Rob Reiner, and Oliver Stone

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