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501 Movie Directors is a chronological compendium that profiles the 501 most important film directors of all time. Entries describe such major figures as Sergei Eisenstein, Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Leni Riefenstahl, Orson Welles, Federico Fellini, Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman, and many, many others. Written by an expert team of film critics and historians, this book was compiled under the direction of editor Steven J. Schneider

The List[]

1 - Georges Méliès
2 - August Blom
3 - Edwin S Porter
4 - Louis Feuillade
5 - Robert Wiene
6 - Alice Guy
7 - Fred Niblo
8 - D W Griffith
9 - Victor Sjöström
10 - Benjamin Christensen
11 - Mack Sennett
12 - Yakov Protazanov
13 - Cecil B DeMille
14 - Tod Browning
15 - Thomas H Ince
16 - Germaine Dulac
17 - Sam Wood
18 - Mauritz Stiller
19 - Oscar Micheaux
20 - Robert J Flaherty
21 - Sacha Guitry
22 - Paul Leni
23 - Georg Wilhelm Pabst
24 - Erich von Stroheim
25 - Henry King
26 - Frank Lloyd
27 - Michael Curtiz
28 - Raoul Walsh
29 - F W Murnau
30 - Carl Theodor Dreyer
31 - Victor Fleming
32 - W S Van Dyke
33 - Charles Chaplin
34 - Jean Cocteau
35 - James Whale
36 - Abel Gance
37 - Lloyd Bacon
38 - Clarence Brown
39 - Fritz Lang
40 - Edmund Goulding
41 - Augusto Genina
42 - Ernst Lubitsch
43 - Gregory La Cava
44 - Frank Borzage
45 - Alexander Korda
46 - John Ford
47 - King Vidor
48 - Josef von Sternberg
49 - Abram Room
50 - Aleksandr Dovzhenko
51 - Jean Renoir
52 - Mario Camerini
53 - Marcel Pagnol
54 - Lewis Milestone
55 - Buster Keaton
56 - Ben Sharpsteen
57 - Busby Berkeley
58 - Dziga Vertov
59 - William A Wellman
60 - Howard Hawks
61 - William Cameron Menzies
62 - Julien Duvivier
63 - Dorothy Arzner
64 - Douglas Sirk
65 - Frank Capra
66 - Rouben Mamoulian
67 - Sergei M Eisenstein
68 - Henry Hathaway
69 - Kenji Mizoguchi
70 - Preston Sturges
71 - Norman Z McLeod
72 - Leo McCarey
73 - René Clair
74 - Joris Ivens
75 - Lev Kuleshov
76 - Lotte Reiniger
77 - George Cukor
78 - Alfred Hitchcock
79 - Luis Buñuel
80 - Alessandro Blasetti
81 - Robert Siodmak
82 - Mervyn LeRoy
83 - Robert Bresson
84 - Walt Disney
85 - Max Ophüls
86 - Anatole Litvak
87 - Boris Barnet
88 - William Wyler
89 - Vittorio De Sica
90 - Leni Riefenstahl
91 - Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
92 - Vincente Minnelli
93 - Yasujirô Ozu
94 - Terence Fisher
95 - Edgar G Ulmer
96 - Jacques Tourneur
97 - George Stevens
98 - Grigoriy Kozintsev
99 - Jean Vigo
100 - Henry Koster
101 - Mikio Naruse
102 - Hiroshi Inagaki
103 - Roberto Rossellini
104 - Billy Wilder
105 - Anthony Mann
106 - John Huston
107 - Jacques Becker
108 - Luchino Visconti
109 - Otto Preminger
110 - Carol Reed
111 - Fred Zinnemann
112 - Humphrey Jennings
113 - Henri Storck
114 - Henri Georges Clouzot
115 - Tex Avery
116 - Robert Rossen
117 - David Lean
118 - Edward Dmytryk
119 - Manoel de Oliveira
120 - Joseph Losey
121 - Joseph L Mankiewicz
122 - Riccardo Freda
123 - Marcel Carné
124 - Elia Kazan
125 - Jacques Tati
126 - Akira Kurosawa
127 - Charles Crichton
128 - Karel Zeman
129 - John Sturges
130 - Robert Hamer
131 - Nicholas Ray
132 - Jules Dassin
133 - Georges Franju
134 - Marcel Camus
135 - Kaneto Shindô
136 - Richard Brooks
137 - Doris Wishman
138 - Samuel Fuller
139 - Alexander Mackendrick
140 - Chuck Jones
141 - Michelangelo Antonioni
142 - Don Siegel
143 - Gordon Parks
144 - Frank Tashlin
145 - Jirí Weiss
146 - Robert Clampett
147 - Gerardo de Leon
148 - Stanley Kramer
149 - Marguerite Duras
150 - Mario Bava
151 - Robert Wise
152 - Orson Welles
153 - Terence Young
154 - Kon Ichikawa
155 - Masaki Kobayashi
156 - Budd Boetticher
157 - George Sidney
158 - Dino Risi
159 - Giuseppe De Santis
160 - Maya Deren
161 - Jean Rouch
162 - Jean Pierre Melville
163 - Ida Lupino
164 - Gabriel Axel
165 - Ingmar Bergman
166 - Robert Aldrich
167 - Gérard Oury
168 - Shirley Clarke
169 - Ki young Kim
170 - Federico Fellini
171 - Éric Rohmer
172 - Franklin J Schaffner
173 - Jack Clayton
174 - Satyajit Ray
175 - Luis García Berlanga
176 - Chris Marker
177 - Miklós Jancsó
178 - Andrzej Munk
179 - George Roy Hill
180 - Pier Paolo Pasolini
181 - Russ Meyer
182 - Juan Antonio Bardem
183 - Alain Resnais
184 - Blake Edwards
185 - Arthur Penn
186 - Francesco Rosi
187 - Jonas Mekas
188 - Ousmane Sembene
189 - Cheh Chang
190 - Franco Zeffirelli
191 - Lindsay Anderson
192 - Mrinal Sen
193 - Seijun Suzuki
194 - Harry Smith
195 - Richard Attenborough
196 - Sergei Parajanov
197 - Frantisek Vlácil
198 - Stanley Donen
199 - Karel Kachyna
200 - Sidney Lumet
201 - Robert Altman
202 - Sam Peckinpah
203 - Wojciech Has
204 - Robert Mulligan
205 - Ritwik Ghatak
206 - Youssef Chahine
207 - John Schlesinger
208 - Andrzej Wajda
209 - Jerry Lewis
210 - André Delvaux
211 - Roger Corman
212 - Mel Brooks
213 - Norman Jewison
214 - Karel Reisz
215 - Lina Wertmüller
216 - Shôhei Imamura
217 - Yoram Gross
218 - Albert Maysles & David Maysles
219 - Hiroshi Teshigahara
220 - Kenneth Anger
221 - Tatsumi Kumashiro
222 - Herbert Ross
223 - Lucio Fulci
224 - Bob Fosse
225 - Ken Russell
226 - Marcel Ophüls
227 - Roger Vadim
228 - Jacques Rivette
229 - Alan J Pakula
230 - Agnès Varda
231 - Tony Richardson
232 - James Ivory
233 - Stanley Kubrick
234 - Andy Warhol
235 - Nicolas Roeg
236 - Curtis Harrington
237 - Nelson Pereira dos Santos
238 - Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
239 - Sergio Leone
240 - Radley Metzger
241 - Vera Chytilová
242 - Alejandro Jodorowsky
243 - José Mojica Marins
244 - Jean Pierre Mocky
245 - Hal Ashby
246 - Vittorio Taviani & Paolo Taviani
247 - John Cassavetes
248 - Frederick Wiseman
249 - John Frankenheimer
250 - Richard Donner
251 - Paul Mazursky
252 - Clint Eastwood
253 - Claude Chabrol
254 - Kinji Fukasaku
255 - Jean Luc Godard
256 - King Hu
257 - Ettore Scola
258 - Ermanno Olmi
259 - Ruy Guerra
260 - Márta Mészáros
261 - Mike Nichols
262 - François Truffaut
263 - Alexander Kluge
264 - Milos Forman
265 - Nagisa Ôshima
266 - Andrei Tarkovsky
267 - Jean Paul Rappeneau
268 - Monte Hellman
269 - Melvin Van Peebles
270 - Yash Chopra
271 - Louis Malle
272 - Jean Marie Straub
273 - Liliana Cavani
274 - Stan Brakhage
275 - John Boorman
276 - Jack Hill
277 - Costa Gavras
278 - Bob Rafelson
279 - Philippe de Broca
280 - Ivan Passer
281 - Roman Polanski
282 - Lucian Pintilie
283 - Bruce Conner
284 - Donald Cammell
285 - João César Monteiro
286 - Sydney Pollack
287 - Jan Svankmajer
288 - Kira Muratova
289 - Yvonne Rainer
290 - Shyam Benegal
291 - Theodoros Angelopoulos
292 - William Friedkin
293 - Alan Clarke
294 - Peter Watkins
295 - Woody Allen
296 - Jaromil Jires
297 - Kwon taek Im
298 - Ken Loach
299 - Jan Nemec
300 - Robert Redford
301 - Yilmaz Güney
302 - Francis Veber
303 - Claude Lelouch
304 - Ridley Scott
305 - Larisa Shepitko
306 - István Szabó
307 - Jirí Menzel
308 - Jerzy Skolimowski
309 - Larry Cohen
310 - Paul Verhoeven
311 - Ralph Bakshi
312 - Jean Rollin
313 - Jean Eustache
314 - Bertrand Blier
315 - Glauber Rocha
316 - Volker Schlöndorff
317 - Lino Brocka
318 - Francis Ford Coppola
319 - Peter Bogdanovich
320 - Wes Craven
321 - Joel Schumacher
322 - Harry Kümel
323 - George A Romero
324 - Bernardo Bertolucci
325 - Paul Cox
326 - James L Brooks
327 - Carlos Diegues
328 - Abbas Kiarostami
329 - Víctor Erice
330 - Bruce Beresford
331 - Dario Argento
332 - Brian De Palma
333 - Pantelis Voulgaris
334 - Terry Gilliam
335 - Hayao Miyazaki
336 - Michael Apted
337 - Adrian Lyne
338 - Wolfgang Petersen
339 - Bertrand Tavernier
340 - Stephen Frears
341 - Denys Arcand
342 - Krzysztof Kieslowski
343 - Walter Hill
344 - Derek Jarman
345 - Margarethe von Trotta
346 - Michael Haneke
347 - Peter Greenaway
348 - Barry Levinson
349 - Werner Herzog
350 - Martin Scorsese
351 - Subhash Ghai
352 - Tobe Hooper
353 - Michael Mann
354 - Mike Leigh
355 - André Téchiné
356 - David Cronenberg
357 - Jon Jost
358 - Terrence Malick
359 - Arturo Ripstein
360 - Alan Parker
361 - Jonathan Demme
362 - Charles Burnett
363 - George Lucas
364 - Tony Scott
365 - Peter Weir
366 - George Miller
367 - Rainer Werner Fassbinder
368 - Wim Wenders
369 - Roger Donaldson
370 - Roland Joffé
371 - David Lynch
372 - Hector Babenco
373 - Júlio Bressane
374 - John Waters
375 - Lasse Hallström
376 - Geoff Murphy
377 - Paul Schrader
378 - Goran Markovic
379 - Oliver Stone
380 - John Woo
381 - Joe Dante
382 - Steven Spielberg
383 - Takeshi Kitano
384 - Rob Reiner
385 - Hsiao Hsien Hou
386 - Stephen Quay & Timothy Quay
387 - Ross McElwee
388 - Edward Yang
389 - Patrice Leconte
390 - John Carpenter
391 - Nick Broomfield
392 - Errol Morris
393 - Mike Figgis
394 - Claire Denis
395 - Catherine Breillat
396 - Bille August
397 - Agnieszka Holland
398 - Marleen Gorris
399 - Jim Sheridan
400 - Sally Potter
401 - Pedro Almodóvar
402 - Hark Tsui
403 - John Hughes
404 - Neil Jordan
405 - Phillip Noyce
406 - Chantal Akerman
407 - John Landis
408 - John Sayles
409 - Amos Gitai
410 - Gillian Armstrong
411 - Jean Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
412 - Rolf de Heer
413 - Aleksandr Sokurov
414 - Abel Ferrara
415 - Mamoru Oshii
416 - Yimou Zhang
417 - Kathryn Bigelow
418 - Roberto Benigni
419 - Robert Zemeckis
420 - Gus Van Sant
421 - Jim Jarmusch
422 - Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
423 - Nanni Moretti
424 - Jean Pierre Jeunet
425 - Anthony Minghella
426 - Idrissa Ouedraogo
427 - Ron Howard
428 - Michael Moore
429 - Jane Campion
430 - Amy Heckerling
431 - James Cameron
432 - Ang Lee
433 - Emir Kusturica
434 - Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
435 - Su Friedrich
436 - Kiyoshi Kurosawa
437 - Béla Tarr
438 - Fernando Meirelles
439 - Vincent Ward
440 - Mel Gibson
441 - Guy Maddin
442 - Walter Salles
443 - Lars von Trier
444 - Giuseppe Tornatore
445 - Danny Boyle
446 - Gakuryû Ishii
447 - Spike Lee
448 - Aki Kaurismäki
449 - Clara Law
450 - Mohsen Makhmalbaf
451 - Cameron Crowe
452 - Stanley Kwan
453 - Mira Nair
454 - Ming liang Tsai
455 - Robert Lepage
456 - Kar Wai Wong
457 - David O Russell
458 - Tim Burton
459 - Aleksey Balabanov
460 - Luc Besson
461 - Todd Solondz
462 - Sam Raimi
463 - Hal Hartley
464 - Shin'ya Tsukamoto
465 - Atom Egoyan
466 - Richard Linklater
467 - Takashi Miike
468 - Kenneth Branagh
469 - Ki duk Kim
470 - Todd Haynes
471 - Alexander Payne
472 - Michael Winterbottom
473 - Hideo Nakata
474 - Peter Jackson
475 - Alfonso Cuarón
476 - Ram Gopal Varma
477 - David Fincher
478 - Baz Luhrmann
479 - Steven Soderbergh
480 - Quentin Tarantino
481 - Michel Gondry
482 - Alejandro G Iñárritu
483 - Chan wook Park
484 - Alex Proyas
485 - Gaspar Noé
486 - Guillermo del Toro
487 - Tom Tykwer
488 - Bryan Singer
489 - Lucrecia Martel
490 - François Ozon
491 - Robert Rodriguez
492 - Lukas Moodysson
493 - Darren Aronofsky
494 - Wes Anderson
495 - Thomas Vinterberg
496 - Spike Jonze
497 - Paul Thomas Anderson
498 - Christopher Nolan
499 - M Night Shyamalan
500 - Alejandro Amenábar
501 - David Gordon Green

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Books Editions
1001 Movies Editions1st Edition1st Edition (2014)2nd Edition3rd Edition4th Edition5th Edition6th Edition7th Edition8th Edition9th Edition10th Edition11th Edition12th Edition13th Edition14th Edition15th Edition16th Edition
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