Yardstick: 100 Directors, 100 Pinnacles

This is, I guess, an official yardstick of my standards and tastes. The only rule I kept in composing this list: one film per director. The list is in alphabetical rather than preferential order of titles. But of course it's not just to say what I like - it also tells me what I have not yet seen, and so serves as a yardstick for my ignorance.

2046 (Wong-Kar Wai)
4 Months, Three Weeks, and 2 Days
(Cristian Mungiu)
40 Guns (Samuel Fuller)
(Federico Fellini)
A Hard Day’s Night
(Richard Lester)
A Man for All Seasons
(Fred Zinneman)
A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood)
Aguirre: The Wrath of God
(Werner Herzog)
Alexander Nevsky
(Sergei Eisenstein)
All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar)
Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky)
Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville)
Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
Belle de Jour
(Luis Bunuel)
Ben-Hur
(William Wyler)
Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Blue Velvet
(David Lynch)
Border Incident (Anthony Mann)
Branded To Kill (Seijun Suzuki)
Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale)
Casablanca
(Michael Curtiz)
Cul-de-Sac
(Roman Polanski)
Dark Victory (Edmund Goulding)
Deep Red (Dario Argento)
Diary of a Lost Girl (G. W. Pabst)
Down By Law
(Jim Jarmusch)
Dressed To Kill (Brian De Palma)
Ed Wood (Tim Burton)
Elephant
(Gus Van Sant)
Far From the Madding Crowd
(John Schlesinger)
Fat Girl
(Catherine Breillat)
Fury
(Fritz Lang)
Gone With The Wind (Victor Fleming)
Greed (Erich Von Stroheim)
Henry & June
(Phillip Kaufman)
Henry V (Kenneth Branagh)
Hour of the Wolf
(Ingmar Bergman)
In Cold Blood
(Richard Brooks)
Isle of the Dead (Mark Robson)
Johnny Guitar
(Nicholas Ray)
Kiss Me Deadly
(Robert Aldrich)
Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi)
Last Tango in Paris
(Bernardo Bertolucci)
Lawrence of Arabia
(David Lean)
Le Corbeau (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
Les Enfants du Paradis
(Marcel Carné)
Levrés de Sang (Jean Rollin)
Marie Antoinette
(Sofia Coppola)
MASH
(Robert Altman)
Modern Times
(Charles Chaplin)
Mona Lisa (Neil Jordan)
Mr Smith Goes to Washington
(Frank Capra)
Naked (Mike Leigh)
Napoleon (Abel Gance)
O Lucky Man!
(Lindsay Anderson)
Odd Man Out (Carol Reed)
Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone)
Operazione Paura (Mario Bava)
Point Blank
(John Boorman)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
(Steven Spielberg)
Red Beard
(Akira Kurosawa)
Repo Man (Alex Cox)
Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
Rififi
(Jules Dassin)
Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks)
'Round Midnight
(Bertrand Tavernier)
Savage Messiah (Ken Russell)
See No Evil (Richard Fleischer)
Sherlock Jnr (Buster Keaton)
Shoot the Piano Player (Francois Truffaut)
Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick)
The Birds
(Alfred Hitchcock)
The Body Snatcher
(Robert Wise)
The Devil Rides Out (Terence Fisher)
The Duellists
(Ridley Scott)
The French Connection
(William Friedkin)
The Grapes of Wrath
(John Ford)
The Hustler
(Robert Rossen)
The Last Temptation of Christ
(Martin Scorsese)
The Leopard
(Luchino Visconti)
The Leopard Man
(Jacques Tourneur)
The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer)
The Mother and the Whore
(Jean Eustache)
The New World
(Terrence Malick)
The Pawnbroker
(Sidney Lumet)
The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor)
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (Billy Wilder)
The Red Shoes
(Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)
The Thing
(John Carpenter)
The Wild Bunch
(Sam Peckinpah)
There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Thief (Michael Mann)
Three Times
(Hsiao-hsien Hou)
Touch of Evil
(Orson Welles)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
(John Huston)
Underground
(Emir Kusturica)
Week-End (Jean-Luc Godard)

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