The best movie directors of all time have contributed important things to the art of filmmaking. Some of them helped establish basic aspects of the filmmaking art and all of them showed a tremendous command in their use of film as an artistic medium. These movie directors come from all corners of the globe and their styles are incredibly diverse.

  1. Alfred Hitchcock This movie director had a huge influence on the entire visual technique used for storytelling in movies. Some of his best films include “Rear Window” and “Vertigo.”

  2. John Ford He helped create the Hollywood western and won a bunch of Oscars for Best Director. His best films are “The Searchers” and “The Grapes of Wrath”.

  3. Luis Bunuel He was one of the first truly experimental movie directors and helped establish surrealism as a movement in cinema. He made many wonderful films, including “The Exterminating Angel” and “That Obscure Object of Desire.”

  4. Stanley Kubrick This great movie director was known for his perfectionism and his cold, calculating style. Many of his films are true classics. Some of the best are “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Barry Lyndon.”

  5. F.W. Murnau His career was shortened when he died tragically young in an automobile crash or he might have ranked much higher on this list of the best movie directors. During his life he made the silent classics “Nosferatu, A symphony of Horror” and “Sunrise a Song of Two Humans.” Both films are way ahead of their time and had a big impact.

  6. Yasujiro Ozu This is one of the best Japanese movie directors of all time and many consider him to be the very best. His style is very different from any western director and had a very unique way of doing things. Some of his best films include “Tokyo Story” and “Tokyo Twilight.”

  7. Martin Scorsese This movie director is known for his brilliant use of the camera and his willingness to show extreme violence. He’s made several classic films, including “Goodfellas” and “The Age of Innocence.” Many consider him to be the best movie director of the modern era.

  8. Howard Hawks This director had a reputation for being able to work in any genre. He made films of many different genres, including everything from westerns like “Rio Bravo" to comedies like “Bringing Up Baby.” Some people say he is the best movie director in terms of delivering great entertainment to the audience.

  9. Werner Herzog This director has a very unusual style that blends documentary elements with strange fictional qualities. He’s made many great films, including “Aguirre: The Wrath of God” and “Stroszek.”

  10. Orson Welles This director was only able to make a few truly great movies because he had very few opportunities, but his works had a huge influence. His most famous film is “Citizen Kane.”