The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films (The Top 100 Directors)

Listed below are, according to TSPDT, the 100 most critically acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st Century (to date). To qualify for this top 100, each director (or directing team) needs to have a minimum of two films (from 2000 onwards) cited in ballots/lists that TSPDT has collated. Alongside each director's name (in brackets) is the position each director held in last year's version (February 2019).
1. Wong Kar-wai (1) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
2. David Lynch (2) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
3. Paul Thomas Anderson (4) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
4. Michael Haneke (3) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
5. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (5) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 10 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
6. Richard Linklater (7) 8 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
7. Lars von Trier (6) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
8. Jia Zhangke (8) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
9. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (9) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
10. Terrence Malick (11) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
11. Alfonso Cuarón (12) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
12. Christopher Nolan (14) 8 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
13. Wes Anderson (13) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
14. Martin Scorsese (25) 8 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
15. Ang Lee (10) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
16. Quentin Tarantino (22) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
17. Lucrecia Martel (27) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
18. Clint Eastwood (15) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 12 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
19. Hayao Miyazaki (16) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
20. David Fincher (20) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
21. Pedro Almodóvar (19) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
22. Claire Denis (24) 8 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
23. Bong Joon-ho (40) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
24. Béla Tarr (21) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
25. Steven Spielberg (17) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 7 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
26. Pedro Costa (29) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
27. Jean-Luc Godard (38) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 6 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
28. Gus Van Sant (23) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
29. Michel Gondry (18) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 8 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
30. Nuri Bilge Ceylan (28) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
31. Hou Hsiao-hsien (34) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
32. Todd Haynes (30) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
33. David Cronenberg (31) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
34. Peter Jackson (26) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
35. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne (33) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
36. Tsai Ming-liang (35) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 6 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
37. Guillermo del Toro (36) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited
38. Sofia Coppola (41) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
39. Abbas Kiarostami (49) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
40. Lee Chang-dong (58) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
41. Aleksandr Sokurov (37) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 7 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
42. Werner Herzog (42) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 9 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
43. Darren Aronofsky (32) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
44. Jonathan Glazer (55) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
45. Kelly Reichardt (57) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
46. Asghar Farhadi (52) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
47. Alexander Payne (39) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
48. Agnès Varda (50) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
49. Alejandro González Iñárritu (44) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
50. Kathryn Bigelow (51) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
51. Steve McQueen (46) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
52. Olivier Assayas (48) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited
53. Park Chan-wook (47) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited
54. Steven Soderbergh (45) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 17 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
55. Andrew Stanton (43) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
56. Wang Bing (54) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 8 other films cited
57. Kenneth Lonergan (61) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
58. Noah Baumbach (64) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited
59. Cristi Puiu (53) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
60. Barry Jenkins (83) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
61. Joshua Oppenheimer (68) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
62. George Miller (79) 1 film in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
63. Carlos Reygadas (56) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
64. Hong Sang-soo (100) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 14 other films cited
65. Leos Carax (new) 1 film in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
66. Maren Ade (new) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
67. Cristian Mungiu (59) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
68. Jafar Panahi (60) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
69. Spike Jonze (63) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
70. Roy Andersson (62) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
71. Edgar Wright (67) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
72. Lynne Ramsay (98) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
73. Guy Maddin (70) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited
74. Mike Leigh (66) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
75. Spike Lee (69) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 9 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
76. Andrea Arnold (99) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
77. Jacques Audiard (65) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
78. Miguel Gomes (93) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
79. James Gray (91) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
80. Terence Davies (77) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
81. Andrey Zvyagintsev (73) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
82. Yorgos Lanthimos (90) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
83. Tomas Alfredson (71) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
84. Brad Bird (75) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
85. Pete Docter (78) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
86. Lee Unkrich (76) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
87. Pawel Pawlikowski (88) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
88. Gaspar Noé (97) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
89. Aki Kaurismäki (82) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
90. Hirokazu Koreeda (85) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited
91. Arnaud Desplechin (81) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited
92. Lav Diaz (94) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 13 other films cited
93. Denis Villeneuve (new) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited
94. Frederick Wiseman (new) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 7 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
95. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (72) 1 film in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
96. Danny Boyle (74) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 6 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
97. Jim Jarmusch (new) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
98. Paul Greengrass (80) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
99. Damien Chazelle (96) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
100. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (87) 1 film in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
The five directors that fell off the list (with previous ranking in brackets)-: Ridley Scott (84), Woody Allen (86), Zhang Yimou (89), Stephen Frears (92) and Charlie Kaufman (95).