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  • Anonymous
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    #91683

    in 2013, who are the best filmmakers working?
    You’ll notice that I didn’t include David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola because Lynch doesn’t work anymore and Coppola’s current filmography is less than average.
    You may include David Lynch, Ridley Scott, Spielberg etc. if you wish

    1. Paul Thomas Anderson
    2. Martin Scorsese
    3. Joel and Ethan Coen
    4. Michael Haneke
    5. Quentin Tarantino
    6. Jason Reitman
    7. Christopher Nolan
    8. David Fincher
    9. Woody Allen- still makes the occasional film that cements this status
    10. Terrence Malick 

    HONORABLE MENTION: Steve McQueen. We’ll see after 12 Years a Slave, but he deserves to be in the conversation.
    Alexander Payne
    Sofia Coppola
    Wes Anderson
    David O. Russell
    Darren Aronofsky
         
                  

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    Laactingnyc
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    IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

    1. Steven Spielberg
    2. Paul Thomas Anderson
    3. Darren Aronofsky
    4. Woody Allen
    5. Martin Scorsece
    6. Kathryn Bigelow
    7. Terrence Malick
    8. James Cameron
    9. Ang Lee
    10. Quentin Tarantino

    honorable mentions

    Joel and Ethan Cohen
    Stephen Daldry

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    KT
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    ^^^ Good list. I’d probably sub Fincher in for Cameron or Allen though.

    I read a list, I think by Entertainment Weekly, of the top 25 working directors. I think from a few years back. And they completely ignored Bigelow (who had just turned in Hurt Locker) and Ang Lee(!). Glad you included them both.

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    unsunganthem
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    1. Woody Allen
    2. Paul Thomas Anderson
    3. Martin Scorsese
    4. Roman Polanski
    5. Quentin Tarantino
    6. Terrence Malick
    7. David Lynch (I just cannot accept his de facto retirement)
    8. Alexander Payne
    9. Steve McQueen
    10. Richard Linklater
     

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    Beau S.
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    1. Quentin Tarantino
    2. Paul Thomas Anderson
    3. Martin Scorsese
    4. Christopher Nolan
    5. Joel and Ethan Coen
    6. David Fincher
    7. Ang Lee
    8. Woody Allen
    9. David O. Russell (sue me but I think he’s amazing)
    10. Darren Aronofsky

    Honorable mentions: Kathryn Bigelow (only a hair behind Aronofsky), Terrence Malick, Wes Anderson, Jason Reitman, Alexander Payne, Ridley Scott, David Lynch, Alexander Payne, Michael Haneke

    Steven Spileberg is a marvelous director (E.T. is the movie that got me into movies) but he hasn’t made an ambitious/truly great movie since the early 90’s.

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    Logan
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    #91689

    (not definitive but  I think these 10 are worthy):

    Abbas Kiarostami
    Zhang Yimou
    Agnes Varda
    Lars von Trier
    Jean-Luc Godard
    Claire Denis
    Hou Hsiao-Hsien
    Pedro Almodovar
    Kathryn Bigelow
    Francis Ford Coppola 

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    TV12
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    No particular order:
    -David O’Russell
    -Alexander Payne
    -Michael Haneke
    -Gus van Sant
    -Woody Allen
    -Danny Boyle
    -Steven Soderbergh
    -Nicolas Winding Refn
    -Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
    -Mike Leigh

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    ^^^ Good list. I’d probably sub Fincher in for Cameron or Allen though.
    I read a list, I think by Entertainment Weekly, of the top 25 working directors. I think from a few years back. And they completely ignored Bigelow (who had just turned in Hurt Locker) and Ang Lee(!). Glad you included them both.

    I’ve seen them update that list before, so it’s likely that they’ll send a new version to front page sometime in the near future.

    Here’s my Top 10, followed by an approximate 2nd Tier:

    1) Martin Scorsese
    2) Christopher Nolan
    3) Coen Brothers
    4) David Fincher
    5) Steven Spielberg
    6) Paul Thomas Anderson
    7) David O. Russell
    8) Sam Mendes
    9) Kathryn Bigelow
    10) Wes Anderson

    2nd Tier:
    11) Alfonso Cuaron
    12) Quentin Tarantino   
    13) Terence Malick  
    14) Guillermo Del Toro 
    15) Alexander Payne   
    16) Duncan Jones 
    17) Ben Affleck
    18) Jason Reitman 
    19) Ang Lee  
    20) Nicolas Winding Refn
    21)  Darren Aronofsky
    22) Roman Polanski
    23) Woody Allen
    24) Steven Soderbergh
    25) Brad Bird    
               

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    seabel
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    1. Paul Thomas Anderson
    2. Michael Haneke
    3. Coen Brothers
    4. Kelly Reichardt
    5. Pedro Almodovar
    6. Darren Aronofsky
    7. David Fincher
    8. Wes Anderson
    9. Sofia Coppola
    10. Kathryn Bigelow

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    Bill Buchanan
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    Glad to see everyone’s got PTA on their lists!

    Tarantino, Scorsese, Allen, Spielberg, Coens, Nolan, maaaaaayyyybeee Malick (I’ve been having a change of heart about his films lately, I think i might love him…).

    Then we’ve got Fincher and Bigelow and Lee, but I haven’t seen enough of their films to put them on this list. Then I’d have to include a couple of foreign directors.

    I feel so sad about Coppolla…  Apocalypse Now is my favorite movie of all time but his career has declined so much in the past 30 years…

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    I don’t have PTA. His movies always start with brilliant concepts but the actual movie falls short. I always leave his movies feeling underwhelmed. I think that’s a bit of a stain on his direction. “Boogie Nights” was his best and they’ve all gone downhill from there.

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    If this were 2008, I’d say hands down no. 1# Clint Eastwood: Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima, Changeling and Grand Torino all in 6 years is such an incredible body of work. But since then Invictus, Hereafter and J. Edgar not sure if he should be in the top 10. 

    Here’s some names that come to mind for me:
    Alexander Payne 
    Wes Anderson
    Lee Unkrich

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    I’m really surprised that no one else has mentioned Polanski. I think he’s brilliant. Repulsion, Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Pianist. Even Carnage, while not a great movie, was fairly good. 

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    allabout oscars
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    Steven Spielberg
    Paul Thomas Anderson
    Darren Aronofsky
    Martin Scorsese
    Woody Allen
    The Coens
    Wes Anderson

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    I’m really surprised that no one else has mentioned Polanski. I think he’s brilliant. Repulsion, Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Pianist. Even Carnage, while not a great movie, was fairly good. 

    I love Polanski’s films. I think he’s a brilliant filmmaker. However, there are only two people who I judge based on personal lives and not bodies of work: Jane Fonda and Roman Polanski. Hanoi Jane is why I don’t like Fonda. And Roman should have served his sentence for unlawful sex with a minor. I’ll admit that is why I don’t have him on my list.

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