Woody Allen
Rank Title Points Votes Your Vote
1
A master of suspense and gallows humor, he turned out classic after classic, including Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds.
Current Score:
10873
Total Votes:
44307
2
He made science trippy in 2001, Cold War politics slapstick in Dr. Strangelove, and Roman slaves au courant in Spartacus.
Current Score:
8408
Total Votes:
43622
3
His wit and unflinching eye for hypocrisy produced Sunset Blvd. and Ace in the Hole along with the gender-bending Some Like It Hot.
Current Score:
5183
Total Votes:
15107
4
From Lawrence of Arabia to Doctor Zhivago, his movies proved that no desert is as deep or wide as the landscape of the human heart.
Current Score:
5167
Total Votes:
25319
5
In Sleeper, Annie Hall, and Manhattan, he invited moviegoers to laugh at urban neurotics, then got serious in Interiors.
Current Score:
5164
Total Votes:
25752
6
Larger than life, he debuted with the dazzling Citizen Kane, then he saw studios hack up The Magnificent Ambersons and Touch of Evil.
Current Score:
5028
Total Votes:
19984
7
His elegant storytelling made dramas (The Best Years of Our Lives), romances (Roman Holiday), and epics (Ben-Hur) sparkle.
Current Score:
4941
Total Votes:
18045
8
He was a genius of silent comedy and one of its first stars. The Tramp and Modern Times are still comic icons.
Current Score:
4472
Total Votes:
21996
9
In Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby, this international moviemaker probed dark passions and destructive desires.
Current Score:
3931
Total Votes:
20003
10
You talkin' to him? No one captures alienated men on the edge the way he's done in Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The Departed.
Current Score:
3400
Total Votes:
34746
11
Part of the first generation of film-school directors, he went from Dementia 13 to epics (The Godfather) and small gems (Rumble Fish).
Current Score:
2672
Total Votes:
23052
12
A brilliant pop-culture collagist, he thrilled movie lovers with Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and the Kill Bill series.
Current Score:
2576
Total Votes:
31500
13
His witty, sophisticated comedies -- The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels, The Palm Beach Story -- are still sharply funny, six decades later.
Current Score:
2458
Total Votes:
10412
14
Sentimental but not sappy, his best movies (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life) wrap dark themes in happy endings.
Current Score:
2345
Total Votes:
16297
15
His nightmarish Eraserhead paved the way for increasingly surreal movies in mainstream-thriller guises, from Blue Velvet to Mulholland Dr.
Current Score:
2325
Total Votes:
13377
16
Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner, and To Be or Not to Be have a unique Continental style that defies remaking.
Current Score:
2259
Total Votes:
10163
17
The U.K. screenwriter-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger made popular art movies like Black Narcissus and Peeping Tom.
Current Score:
2252
Total Votes:
10696
18
Artistic, macho, and intellectual, Huston had a career spanning four decades, from The Maltese Falcon to Prizzi's Honor.
Current Score:
2104
Total Votes:
12300
19
Metropolis still defines the future, and thrillers like The Woman in the Window and The Big Heat probed America's past.
Current Score:
2093
Total Votes:
10271
20
In A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront, this controversial director made gritty psychological dramas with resonance.
Current Score:
2052
Total Votes:
10848
21
Malick's brooding, intellectual anti-Hollywood masterpieces include Badlands, Days of Heaven, and The Thin Red Line.
Current Score:
1953
Total Votes:
10589
22
Countercultural attitudes, intersecting stories, and overlapping dialogue distinguish his movies, notably MASH and Nashville.
Current Score:
1943
Total Votes:
9093
23
Trained in improv theater, he specializes in character-driven comedies and dramas -- The Graduate, Silkwood, and Closer.
Current Score:
1941
Total Votes:
9993
24
Wit and class distinguish his sophisticated pictures, which star Katharine and Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo.
Current Score:
1915
Total Votes:
9371
25
From the weepie A Letter to Three Wives to the bitch-fest All About Eve, his movies are articulate and wickedly entertaining.
Current Score:
1896
Total Votes:
7536
26
He was the first master of big-budget event movies, with two Ten Commandments films and The Greatest Show on Earth.
Current Score:
1861
Total Votes:
8727
27
An actor turned pioneering moviemaker, he paved the way for cinema verite with Shadows and A Woman Under the Influence.
Current Score:
1780
Total Votes:
8944
28
He made Casablanca and Elvis Presley's King Creole, along with dozens of movies in every genre, from action to horror to melodrama.
Current Score:
1762
Total Votes:
8074
29
The father of modern moviemaking, he pioneered film language in such milestones as The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance.
Current Score:
1709
Total Votes:
8799
30
He brought a European darkness to the American melodramas Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, and Imitation of Life.
Current Score:
1504
Total Votes:
8334
31
He dissected show business in both musicals (An American in Paris) and melodramas (The Bad and the Beautiful).
Current Score:
1472
Total Votes:
8226
32
After the Freudian Western The Left Handed Gun, he made New Hollywood classics Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, and Night Moves.
Current Score:
1425
Total Votes:
7429
33
Joel and Ethan Coen are smart alecks with heart, combining dark humor, violence, and potent themes in movies like Fargo and True Grit.
Current Score:
1216
Total Votes:
14476
34
The quintessential Westerner, he made icons of Monument Valley and John Wayne in the classics Stagecoach and The Searchers.
Current Score:
1142
Total Votes:
21138
35
He reworked the genre crowd-pleasers of his youth into the modern blockbusters Jaws, E.T., and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Current Score:
1038
Total Votes:
37354
36
A TV-commercial star turned stylish auteur, he made the cool, slick Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma & Louise.
Current Score:
991
Total Votes:
18609
37
He escaped the low-budget likes of Piranha Part Two to make the sci-fi spectacles Terminator, Aliens, and Avatar.
Current Score:
329
Total Votes:
17989
38
Funny, tough, and funny-tough, he went from Scarface to His Girl Friday and from To Have and Have Not to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Current Score:
309
Total Votes:
19141
39
Not only did he create the Star Wars mythos, but he drove the development of widely used sound and special-effects technology.
Current Score:
249
Total Votes:
14897
40
He used new technologies to seamlessly combine reality and fantasy in movies like Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Current Score:
184
Total Votes:
10962
41
A seventies film-school prodigy, he made Carrie and Scarface but specialized in Hitchcockian thrillers like Dressed to Kill and Body Double.
Current Score:
140
Total Votes:
11262
42
Provocative, bombastic, and politically contrarian, he's courted controversy in Midnight Express, Natural Born Killers, and JFK.
Current Score:
56
Total Votes:
12028
43
After the film noir Laura, he challenged movie censors with drug abuse, in The Man With the Golden Arm, and rape, in Anatomy of a Murder.
Current Score:
23
Total Votes:
6025
44
This African-American filmmaker provoked discussion via Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, and Summer of Sam.
Current Score:
-36
Total Votes:
12444
45
He upped onscreen violence in his controversial Westerns and dramas, including The Wild Bunch and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.
Current Score:
-42
Total Votes:
7144
46
Inspired by Halloween and Johnny Depp, this visual stylist made Beetle Juice, Batman, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Current Score:
-84
Total Votes:
15250
47
This New Zealand-born movie buff started small with the low-budget Bad Taste and worked his way up to the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Current Score:
-116
Total Votes:
13758
48
The TV actor turned spaghetti-Western star became an A-list director with Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby.
Current Score:
-133
Total Votes:
26123
49
Never sacrificing a laugh to good taste, Brooks made the sublimely rude Blazing Saddles, Producers, and Young Frankenstein.
Current Score:
-233
Total Votes:
10573
50
The cult-movie king from Michigan gave us the Evil Dead trilogy (and Bruce Campbell), A Simple Plan, and the blockbuster Spider-Man movies.
Current Score:
-1354
Total Votes:
8466