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:
4914
Total Votes:
33698
2
He was a genius of silent comedy and one of its first stars. The Tramp and Modern Times are still comic icons.
Current Score:
4125
Total Votes:
17263
3
He made science trippy in 2001, Cold War politics slapstick in Dr. Strangelove, and Roman slaves au courant in Spartacus.
Current Score:
4115
Total Votes:
34623
4
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:
3348
Total Votes:
15254
5
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:
3020
Total Votes:
8918
6
In Sleeper, Annie Hall, and Manhattan, he invited moviegoers to laugh at urban neurotics, then got serious in Interiors.
Current Score:
2984
Total Votes:
13308
7
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:
2916
Total Votes:
8434
8
In Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby, this international moviemaker probed dark passions and destructive desires.
Current Score:
2761
Total Votes:
9831
9
His elegant storytelling made dramas (The Best Years of Our Lives), romances (Roman Holiday), and epics (Ben-Hur) sparkle.
Current Score:
2728
Total Votes:
7302
10
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:
2691
Total Votes:
13065
11
The quintessential Westerner, he made icons of Monument Valley and John Wayne in the classics Stagecoach and The Searchers.
Current Score:
2365
Total Votes:
9953
12
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:
2286
Total Votes:
6668
13
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:
2243
Total Votes:
14443
14
Artistic, macho, and intellectual, Huston had a career spanning four decades, from The Maltese Falcon to Prizzi's Honor.
Current Score:
2108
Total Votes:
6722
15
In A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront, this controversial director made gritty psychological dramas with resonance.
Current Score:
2041
Total Votes:
6775
16
A brilliant pop-culture collagist, he thrilled movie lovers with Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and the Kill Bill series.
Current Score:
1971
Total Votes:
22379
17
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:
1893
Total Votes:
23427
18
Metropolis still defines the future, and thrillers like The Woman in the Window and The Big Heat probed America's past.
Current Score:
1830
Total Votes:
5804
19
He reworked the genre crowd-pleasers of his youth into the modern blockbusters Jaws, E.T., and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Current Score:
1829
Total Votes:
26935
20
Wit and class distinguish his sophisticated pictures, which star Katharine and Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo.
Current Score:
1512
Total Votes:
4892
21
Trained in improv theater, he specializes in character-driven comedies and dramas -- The Graduate, Silkwood, and Closer.
Current Score:
1394
Total Votes:
4882
22
An actor turned pioneering moviemaker, he paved the way for cinema verite with Shadows and A Woman Under the Influence.
Current Score:
1352
Total Votes:
4892
23
His witty, sophisticated comedies -- The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels, The Palm Beach Story -- are still sharply funny, six decades later.
Current Score:
1226
Total Votes:
4562
24
The U.K. screenwriter-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger made popular art movies like Black Narcissus and Peeping Tom.
Current Score:
1135
Total Votes:
4793
25
Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner, and To Be or Not to Be have a unique Continental style that defies remaking.
Current Score:
1089
Total Votes:
4293
26
Countercultural attitudes, intersecting stories, and overlapping dialogue distinguish his movies, notably MASH and Nashville.
Current Score:
1071
Total Votes:
5095
27
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:
1023
Total Votes:
9759
28
A TV-commercial star turned stylish auteur, he made the cool, slick Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma & Louise.
Current Score:
988
Total Votes:
11786
29
His nightmarish Eraserhead paved the way for increasingly surreal movies in mainstream-thriller guises, from Blue Velvet to Mulholland Dr.
Current Score:
978
Total Votes:
8324
30
He was the first master of big-budget event movies, with two Ten Commandments films and The Greatest Show on Earth.
Current Score:
926
Total Votes:
4656
31
From the weepie A Letter to Three Wives to the bitch-fest All About Eve, his movies are articulate and wickedly entertaining.
Current Score:
898
Total Votes:
4022
32
Malick's brooding, intellectual anti-Hollywood masterpieces include Badlands, Days of Heaven, and The Thin Red Line.
Current Score:
875
Total Votes:
5871
33
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:
873
Total Votes:
4175
34
He brought a European darkness to the American melodramas Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, and Imitation of Life.
Current Score:
864
Total Votes:
4386
35
The father of modern moviemaking, he pioneered film language in such milestones as The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance.
Current Score:
862
Total Votes:
4864
36
He dissected show business in both musicals (An American in Paris) and melodramas (The Bad and the Beautiful).
Current Score:
851
Total Votes:
4337
37
After the Freudian Western The Left Handed Gun, he made New Hollywood classics Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, and Night Moves.
Current Score:
833
Total Votes:
4109
38
A seventies film-school prodigy, he made Carrie and Scarface but specialized in Hitchcockian thrillers like Dressed to Kill and Body Double.
Current Score:
829
Total Votes:
5575
39
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:
418
Total Votes:
9498
40
Never sacrificing a laugh to good taste, Brooks made the sublimely rude Blazing Saddles, Producers, and Young Frankenstein.
Current Score:
405
Total Votes:
6813
41
The TV actor turned spaghetti-Western star became an A-list director with Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby.
Current Score:
344
Total Votes:
17276
42
Inspired by Halloween and Johnny Depp, this visual stylist made Beetle Juice, Batman, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Current Score:
312
Total Votes:
9696
43
He used new technologies to seamlessly combine reality and fantasy in movies like Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Current Score:
293
Total Votes:
5683
44
This African-American filmmaker provoked discussion via Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, and Summer of Sam.
Current Score:
233
Total Votes:
7639
45
He escaped the low-budget likes of Piranha Part Two to make the sci-fi spectacles Terminator, Aliens, and Avatar.
Current Score:
197
Total Votes:
11181
46
Not only did he create the Star Wars mythos, but he drove the development of widely used sound and special-effects technology.
Current Score:
126
Total Votes:
8512
47
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:
54
Total Votes:
3812
48
He upped onscreen violence in his controversial Westerns and dramas, including The Wild Bunch and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.
Current Score:
-673
Total Votes:
4449
49
Provocative, bombastic, and politically contrarian, he's courted controversy in Midnight Express, Natural Born Killers, and JFK.
Current Score:
-766
Total Votes:
6746
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:
-1061
Total Votes:
5783