The 80 Best-Directed Films (Directors Guild of America)

In 2016, the DGA made a list of the 80 "greatest directorial achievements" in film since 1936, to celebrate its 80th anniversary. Find out which films were deemed worthy to be in this list.
The list do not include only american films.
Year of release given as hint for each movie.
The director(s)'s name(s) appear only when the title is guessed; you are only asked to guess the movies' titles. Some directors have several movies in this list.
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Director(s)
1
1972
The Godfather
Francis Ford Coppola
2
1941
Citizen Kane
Orson Welles
3
1962
Lawrence of Arabia
David Lean
4
1968
2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick
5
1942
Casablanca
Michael Curtiz
6
1974
The Godfather: Part II
Francis Ford Coppola
7
1979
Apocalypse Now
Francis Ford Coppola
8
1993
Schindler’s List
Steven Spielberg
9
1939
Gone With the Wind
Victor Fleming
10
1990
Goodfellas
Martin Scorsese
11
1974
Chinatown
Roman Polanski
12
1939
The Wizard of Oz
Victor Fleming
13
1980
Raging Bull
Martin Scorsese
14
1975
Jaws
Steven Spielberg
15
1946
It’s a Wonderful Life
Frank Capra
16
1964
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Stanley Kubrick
17
1994
The Shawshank Redemption
Frank Darabont
18
1967
The Graduate
Mike Nichols
19
1977
Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope
George Lucas
20
1982
Blade Runner
Ridley Scott
21
1954
On the Waterfront
Elia Kazan
22
1994
Pulp Fiction
Quentin Tarantino
23
1982
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Steven Spielberg
24
1977
Annie Hall
Woody Allen
25
1998
Saving Private Ryan
Steven Spielberg
26
1954
Seven Samurai
Akira Kurosawa
27
1971
A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick
28
1981
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Steven Spielberg
29
1958
Vertigo
Alfred Hitchcock
30
1950
Sunset Boulevard
Billy Wilder
31
1962
To Kill A Mockingbird
Robert Mulligan
32
1960
Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock
33
1956
The Searchers
John Ford
34
1994
Forrest Gump
Robert Zemeckis
35
1952
Singin’ in the Rain
Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
36
1963
8 ½
Federico Fellini
37
1949
The Third Man
Carol Reed
38
1946
The Best Years of Our Lives
William Wyler
39
1954
Rear Window
Alfred Hitchcock
40
1957
The Bridge on the River Kwai
David Lean
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Director(s)
41
1959
North by Northwest
Alfred Hitchcock
42
1975
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Miloš Forman
43
1965
The Sound of Music
Robert Wise
44
1976
Taxi Driver
Martin Scorsese
45
1997
Titanic
James Cameron
46
1980
The Shining
Stanley Kubrick
47
1984
Amadeus
Miloš Forman
48
1965
Doctor Zhivago
David Lean
49
1961
West Side Story
Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
50
1959
Some Like it Hot
Billy Wilder
51
1959
Ben-Hur
William Wyler
52
1996
Fargo
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
53
1991
The Silence of the Lambs
Jonathan Demme
54
1960
The Apartment
Billy Wilder
55
2009
Avatar
James Cameron
56
2008
The Hurt Locker
Kathryn Bigelow
57
1948
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
John Huston
58
2014
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
59
1950
All About Eve
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
60
1978
The Deer Hunter
Michael Cimino
61
2007
There Will Be Blood
Paul Thomas Anderson
62
1973
The Sting
George Roy Hill
63
1969
The Wild Bunch
Sam Peckinpah
64
1979
Alien
Ridley Scott
65
1976
Rocky
John G. Avildsen
66
1970
The Conformist
Bernardo Bertolucci
67
1982
Gandhi
Richard Attenborough
68
1948
The Bicycle Thief
Vittorio De Sica
69
1988
Cinema Paradiso
Giuseppe Tornatore
70
1985
Brazil
Terry Gilliam
71
1940
The Grapes of Wrath
John Ford
72
1976
All the President’s Men
Alan J. Pakula
73
1975
Barry Lyndon
Stanley Kubrick
74
1958
Touch of Evil
Orson Welles
75
1984
Once Upon a Time in America
Sergio Leone
76
1992
Unforgiven
Clint Eastwood
77
1995
The Usual Suspects
Bryan Singer
78
1976
Network
Sidney Lumet
79
1950
Rashomon
Akira Kurosawa
80
1968
Once Upon a Time in the West
Sergio Leone
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Level 80
May 10, 2016
oh I was wasting a lot of time typing in directors at first because I thought you needed to guess both... I was going to comment incredulously.. wow.. no Spielberg. No Scorcese. No Ford. No Coppola. No.. Michael Bay??
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Level 43
May 10, 2016
Yeah, that's misleading. I did not want to put different colors everywhere, but the description in not enough to make it clear. I'm gonna fill this column with grey.
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Level 80
May 11, 2016
good call. that's helpful. My mistake for not reading the directions.
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Level 80
May 10, 2016
Will say that there were some egregious omissions, though. Nolan and Lasseter got robbed. To a lesser extent so did Burton, Hooper, Anderson (Wes), Miyazaki, Jonze, Fincher, and quite a few others.
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Level 43
May 10, 2016
I had the same thought about Nolan, Laceter to a lesser extent; at least it's a shame there is no animated movie (I won't count Avatar as one, I wouldn't count it at all actually but I know you kinda praise the movie). Good list of yours in my opinion, I'd add Antonioni and maybe Joe Dante (but it would be a guilty pleasure). On a side note, the list is more american-centric than similar other american lists.
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Level 80
May 11, 2016
I thought Avatar was great but I'm not sure it's the best example of Cameron's directorial abilities. I would vote for Titanic, which might be his best work, Terminator 2, still the best action movie ever put to film, or possibly The Abyss.
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Level 80
May 10, 2016
And Lucas does not deserve a spot on this list at all. He is a visionary, sure. A pioneer. A creative guy. A risky ballsy maverick who put it all on the line and won big time. He is the author of our dreams and sculptor of our reality insomuch as he has had an immeasurable impact on pop culture and contemporary mythology. But.... he's a piss poor director. Star Wars was a good movie, but not because of George's direction. The only film in the franchise that has been well directed was Empire Strikes Back, and that one wasn't directed by George.
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Level 43
May 10, 2016
My first thought about that was "why not Empire Strikes Back instead of A New Hope?" Then I remembered something that got me even more puzzled : Lucas left the Guild because of A New Hope (the DGA considering opening credits as non-negotiable in its films and Lucas considering his opening sequence as non-negotiable as well). Maybe the answer is in the proper list's title : is "greatest directional achievments" just about "best directed"? So that Lucas would be more deemed to be on the list than a guy like Kershner, in the way that Lucas introduced the whole Star wars franchise and technical revolution with A New Hope. But then, why no New Wave movie for exemple?
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Level 80
May 11, 2016
Fair points to consider. My guess: most of the people who voted on this list didn't think about it as hard as we were, and voted mostly for good (or landmark) movies instead of well-directed ones.
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Level 80
May 10, 2016
bon quiz
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Level 43
May 10, 2016
Thx :)
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Level 80
May 11, 2016
by the way... did a little bit of research.. some suggestions for your Cowardly Frenchmen quiz:

Joan of Arc
William the Conquerer
Roland
Charlemagne
Clovis
Charles Martel
Brennus
Postumus
Odo
Baldwin II of Jerusalem
Balian of Ibelin
Philip II
Chevalier Bayard
D'Artagnan the Musketeer
Turenne
Louis Joseph, Duke of Vendôme
Prince Eugene of Savoy
Comte de Grasse
Comte de Rochambeau
Lafayette
Jean Baptiste Kléber
Napoleon Bonaparte
Thomas-Alexandre Dumas
Michel Ney
Davout
Jean Danjou
Ferdinand Foch
Charles de Gaulle
Jean Moulin
Maréchal Leclerc

That's the best I could come up with. Though the average JetPunk user I'm guessing has only heard of 10-12 of these at best. I know you weren't making a serious proposal. Still could be a good quiz. I'll leave it up to you.
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Level 43
May 11, 2016
Nice list, but I still wouldn't call it this way ;) Anyway, I'd add Richard I of England, to be a minimum sassy.
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Level 80
May 11, 2016
haha... I'd probably do the same.
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Level 32
Sep 12, 2016
David Lean directed The Bridge on the River Kwai, obviously not Hitchcock
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Level 43
Sep 12, 2016
Oops! Thanks, I did not see that..
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Level 43
Sep 12, 2016
Fixed! :)
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Level 53
Jul 26, 2017
I would say that 2001 should work for 2001: A Space Odyssey
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Level 65
Sep 5, 2019
Yeah, I stopped after typing "2001" when that wasn't accepted, but then I thought "No way. It has to be on here," so I typed the whole thing, but I was surprised that just "2001" didn't work. That's what everyone calls it.