No particular order to names

Top Ten Dead American Film Directors

Orson Welles

Billy Wilder

Charlie Chaplin

Buster Keaton

John Ford

Sidney Lumet

Sam Peckinpah

John Cassavettes

Elia Kazan

Stanley Kubrick

Top Ten Documentary Filmmakers

Werner Herzog

Errol Morris

Alex Gibney

D.A. Pennebaker

Barbara Koppel

Frederick Wiseman

Steve James

Terry Zwigoff

Albert and David Maysles

Ken Burns

Lesser Known Indie Directors to Watch

Ryan Coogler
Ana Lily Amirpour

David Mackenzie

Destin Daniel Cretton

David Gordon Green

Jeff Nichols

David Michôd

Michael Cuesta

J. C. Chandor

Benh Zeitlin

Top Ten Living American Film Directors

Martin Scorsese

David Lynch

Woody Allen

Quentin Tarantino

Jim Jarmusch

Spike Lee

Darren Aronofsky

Clint Eastwood

Oliver Stone

Terrence Malick

Top Ten Women Film Directors

Debra Granik

Lisa Cholodenko

Kimberly Pierce

Liliana Cavani

Sophia Coppola         

Sarah Polley

Katherine Bigelow

Claire Denis

Liv Ullman

Nicole Holofcener

 

Top Ten Television Writers

Dennis Potter

David Simon

David Chase

Matthew Weiner

Aaron Sorkin

Vince Gilligan

Mitchell Hurwitz

Frank Darabont

Paul Feig

Terence Winter

Top European Film Directors

Abel Gance

Ingmar Bergman

Federico Fellini

Maurice Pialat

Louis Malle

Jean Pierre Melville

Jean Luc Goddard

Francois Truffaut

Ken Loach

Wim Wenders

Emir Kusturica

Michelangelo Antonioni

Andrzej Wajda

Vittorio De Sica

Roman Polanski

Mike Leigh

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Andrei Tarkovsky

Jean Renoir

Alfred Hitchcock

Dziga Vertov

Sergio Leone

Milos Forman

Lars Von Trier

Terry Gilliam

Dardenne Brothers
Paolo Sorrentino

Pedro Almodóvar 

Theo Angelopoulos

Paul Greengrass

Jim Sheridan  

Abdellatif Kechiche

Michael Haneke

Patrice Leconte

Bernardo Bertolucci

Aki Kaurismaki

Non-American – Non-European

Yasujiro Ozu

Akira Kurosawa

Kar Wai Wong

Satyajit Ray

Guru Dutt

John Woo

Asghar Farhadi

Ari Folman 

Yimou Zhang

Nagisa Ôshima

 

Top Indie Directors

Paul Thomas Anderson

Richard Linkleter

Spike Jonze

Wes Anderson

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Vincent Gallo

Danny Boyle

John Waters

Abel Ferrara

Todd Solondz

Gus Van Sant

Joel and Ethan Coen

Alexander Payne 

Steven Soderbergh

Harmony Korine 

Noah Baumbach 

Julian Schnabel

Steve McQueen

Todd Haynes

Paul Schrader

David O Russell

David Fincher

Alex Cox

Bennett Miller

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