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:
10808
Total Votes:
44848
2
He made science trippy in 2001, Cold War politics slapstick in Dr. Strangelove, and Roman slaves au courant in Spartacus.
Current Score:
8796
Total Votes:
44200
3
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:
5165
Total Votes:
20333
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:
5079
Total Votes:
25641
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:
5040
Total Votes:
15450
6
In Sleeper, Annie Hall, and Manhattan, he invited moviegoers to laugh at urban neurotics, then got serious in Interiors.
Current Score:
4971
Total Votes:
26155
7
His elegant storytelling made dramas (The Best Years of Our Lives), romances (Roman Holiday), and epics (Ben-Hur) sparkle.
Current Score:
4744
Total Votes:
18352
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:
4352
Total Votes:
22366
9
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:
3864
Total Votes:
35288
10
In Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby, this international moviemaker probed dark passions and destructive desires.
Current Score:
3699
Total Votes:
20369
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:
2744
Total Votes:
23318
12
A brilliant pop-culture collagist, he thrilled movie lovers with Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and the Kill Bill series.
Current Score:
2727
Total Votes:
31835
13
His witty, sophisticated comedies -- The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels, The Palm Beach Story -- are still sharply funny, six decades later.
Current Score:
2415
Total Votes:
10511
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:
2369
Total Votes:
16415
15
His nightmarish Eraserhead paved the way for increasingly surreal movies in mainstream-thriller guises, from Blue Velvet to Mulholland Dr.
Current Score:
2364
Total Votes:
13532
16
Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner, and To Be or Not to Be have a unique Continental style that defies remaking.
Current Score:
2222
Total Votes:
10246
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:
2217
Total Votes:
10777
18
Artistic, macho, and intellectual, Huston had a career spanning four decades, from The Maltese Falcon to Prizzi's Honor.
Current Score:
2130
Total Votes:
12396
19
Metropolis still defines the future, and thrillers like The Woman in the Window and The Big Heat probed America's past.
Current Score:
2114
Total Votes:
10370
20
In A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront, this controversial director made gritty psychological dramas with resonance.
Current Score:
2065
Total Votes:
10933
21
Countercultural attitudes, intersecting stories, and overlapping dialogue distinguish his movies, notably MASH and Nashville.
Current Score:
1947
Total Votes:
9175
22
Trained in improv theater, he specializes in character-driven comedies and dramas -- The Graduate, Silkwood, and Closer.
Current Score:
1944
Total Votes:
10076
23
Malick's brooding, intellectual anti-Hollywood masterpieces include Badlands, Days of Heaven, and The Thin Red Line.
Current Score:
1931
Total Votes:
10697
24
Wit and class distinguish his sophisticated pictures, which star Katharine and Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo.
Current Score:
1901
Total Votes:
9435
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:
1873
Total Votes:
7603
26
He was the first master of big-budget event movies, with two Ten Commandments films and The Greatest Show on Earth.
Current Score:
1850
Total Votes:
8794
27
An actor turned pioneering moviemaker, he paved the way for cinema verite with Shadows and A Woman Under the Influence.
Current Score:
1781
Total Votes:
9015
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:
1761
Total Votes:
8137
29
The father of modern moviemaking, he pioneered film language in such milestones as The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance.
Current Score:
1696
Total Votes:
8870
30
He brought a European darkness to the American melodramas Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, and Imitation of Life.
Current Score:
1477
Total Votes:
8391
31
He dissected show business in both musicals (An American in Paris) and melodramas (The Bad and the Beautiful).
Current Score:
1444
Total Votes:
8286
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:
1410
Total Votes:
7494
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:
1289
Total Votes:
14593
34
He reworked the genre crowd-pleasers of his youth into the modern blockbusters Jaws, E.T., and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Current Score:
1268
Total Votes:
37648
35
The quintessential Westerner, he made icons of Monument Valley and John Wayne in the classics Stagecoach and The Searchers.
Current Score:
1200
Total Votes:
21238
36
A TV-commercial star turned stylish auteur, he made the cool, slick Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma & Louise.
Current Score:
1087
Total Votes:
18761
37
He escaped the low-budget likes of Piranha Part Two to make the sci-fi spectacles Terminator, Aliens, and Avatar.
Current Score:
423
Total Votes:
18149
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:
322
Total Votes:
19216
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:
298
Total Votes:
15044
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:
212
Total Votes:
11048
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:
178
Total Votes:
11358
42
Provocative, bombastic, and politically contrarian, he's courted controversy in Midnight Express, Natural Born Killers, and JFK.
Current Score:
77
Total Votes:
12123
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:
22
Total Votes:
6082
44
The TV actor turned spaghetti-Western star became an A-list director with Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby.
Current Score:
-23
Total Votes:
26285
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:
-28
Total Votes:
7212
46
Inspired by Halloween and Johnny Depp, this visual stylist made Beetle Juice, Batman, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Current Score:
-31
Total Votes:
15393
47
This African-American filmmaker provoked discussion via Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, and Summer of Sam.
Current Score:
-39
Total Votes:
12553
48
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:
-72
Total Votes:
13880
49
Never sacrificing a laugh to good taste, Brooks made the sublimely rude Blazing Saddles, Producers, and Young Frankenstein.
Current Score:
-199
Total Votes:
10673
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:
-1343
Total Votes:
8549