The 80 Best-Directed Films Of The Last 80 Years!

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As the the Directors Guild of America (DGA) celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, it decided to poll its members to see what they consider the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the Guild’s founding in 1936.  Many organizations and critics groups have compiled similar lists, but this was an opportunity for the people who actually do the job to focus specifically on the work of the director and his or her team. 

As in any poll of this nature, there are bound to be choices you disagree with, and other films you would have included—that’s part of the fun. But we think you’ll find this list thought-provoking and a fitting tribute to the timeless work of great directors.

Source: http://www.dga.org/Craft/DGAQ/All-Articl...

80. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) / Sergio Leone

79. Rashômon (1950) / Akira Kurosawa

78. Network (1976) / Sidney Lumet

77. The Usual Suspects (1995) / Bryan Singer

76. Unforgiven (1992) / Clint Eastwood

75. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) / Sergio Leone

74. Touch of Evil (1958) / Orson Welles

73. Barry Lyndon (1975) / Stanley Kubrick

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72. All the President's Men (1976) / Alan J. Pakula

71. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) / John Ford

70. Brazil (1985) / Terry Gilliam

69. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988) / Giuseppe Tornatore

68. Ladri di biciclette (1948) / Vittorio De Sica

67. Gandhi (1982) / Richard Attenborough

66. Il conformista (1970) / Bernardo Bertolucci

65. Rocky (1976) / John G. Avildsen

64. Alien (1979) / Ridley Scott

63. The Wild Bunch (1969) / Sam Peckinpah

62. The Sting (1973) / George Roy Hill

61. There Will Be Blood (2007) / Paul Thomas Anderson

60. The Deer Hunter (1978) / Michael Cimino

59. All About Eve (1950) / Joseph L. Mankiewicz

58. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) / Alejandro G. Iñárritu

57. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) / John Huston

56. The Hurt Locker (2008) / Kathryn Bigelow

55. Avatar (2009) / James Cameron

54. The Apartment (1960) / Billy Wilder

53. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) / Jonathan Demme

52. Fargo (1996) / Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

51. Ben-Hur (1959) / William Wyler

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50. Some Like It Hot (1959) / Billy Wilder

49. West Side Story (1961) / Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

48. Doctor Zhivago (1965) / David Lean

47. Amadeus (1984) / Miloš Forman

46. The Shining (1980) / Stanley Kubrick

45. Titanic (1997) / James Cameron

44. Taxi Driver (1976) / Martin Scorsese

43. The Sound of Music (1965) / Robert Wise

42. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) / Miloš Forman

41. North by Northwest (1959) / Alfred Hitchcock

40. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) / David Lean

39. Rear Window (1954) / Alfred Hitchcock

38. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) / William Wyler

37. The Third Man (1949) / Carol Reed

36. 8½ (1963) / Federico Fellini

35. Singin' in the Rain (1952) / Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

34. Forrest Gump (1994) / Robert Zemeckis

33. The Searchers (1956) / John Ford

32. Psycho (1960) / Alfred Hitchcock

31. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) / Robert Mulligan

30. Sunset Blvd. (1950) / Billy Wilder

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29. Vertigo (1958) / Alfred Hitchcock

28. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) / Steven Spielberg

27. A Clockwork Orange (1971) / Stanley Kubrick

26. Shichinin no samurai (1954) / Akira Kurosawa

25. Saving Private Ryan (1998) / Steven Spielberg

24. Annie Hall (1977) / Woody Allen

23. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) / Steven Spielberg

22. Pulp Fiction (1994) / Quentin Tarantino

21. On the Waterfront (1954) / Elia Kazan

20. Blade Runner (1982) / Ridley Scott

19. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) / George Lucas

18. The Graduate (1967) / Mike Nichols

17. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) / Frank Darabont

16. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) / Stanley Kubrick

15. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) / Frank Capra

14. Jaws (1975) / Steven Spielberg

13. Raging Bull (1980) / Martin Scorsese

12. The Wizard of Oz (1939) / Victor Fleming

11. Chinatown (1974) / Roman Polanski

10. Goodfellas (1990) / Martin Scorsese

9. Gone with the Wind (1939) / Victor Fleming

8. Schindler's List (1993) / Steven Spielberg

7. Apocalypse Now (1979) / Francis Ford Coppola

6. The Godfather: Part II (1974) / Francis Ford Coppola

5. Casablanca (1942) / Michael Curtiz

4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) / Stanley Kubrick

3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) / David Lean

2. Citizen Kane (1941) / Orson Welles

1. The Godfather (1972) / Francis Ford Coppola

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