the imcomparable jean renoir is still the greatest does anybody rememember him ? the wisest man to make films,other greats dreyer,bresson,parajanov,tarkovsky,kurosawa,mizoguchi,ozu, naruse,kiarostami,murnau,fellini,luc godard etc
I really think that Andrei Tarkovsky is the greatest! But besides him there are: Fellini Bunuel Bergman Scorsese Neil Jordan Mike Leigh Lars Von Trier Vittorio De Sica Kurosowa Truofaut Godard Kubrick Errol Morris(Even though he does documentaries) Woody Allen Dreyer Darren Aronofsky I know that there are hundreds that I have foregotten
I forgot to mention Nicholas Roeg mainly because I can't believe no one has really mentioned him. "Walkabout" was one the most gorgeous films! For that alone he should be considered. Also what about Coppola, I know that he's really awfull now, but "The Godfather" and "The Conversation" are masterworks. I guess I judge a director on a sole film than on an entire body of work. For instance David Gordon Green is a fantastic director, he made "George Washington" to prove it, yet he's not really considred great because he hasn't made as many films as Bunule or Kurosowa have. Just some food for thought.
Lets cut through the bull...we all knowthe best director ever was and always will be............ KUROSAWA!!!!!!!!!! Ikiru Rashomon red beard seven samurai The Lower Depths (shiver!) Ran Dreams Stray Dog (brrr!)