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 (released since 2000) cited in ballots/lists that have been collated. Alongside each director's name (in brackets) is the position each director held in last year's version (February 2018).
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. Michael Haneke (3) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
4. Paul Thomas Anderson (5) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
5. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (4) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 10 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
6. Lars von Trier (6) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
7. Richard Linklater (7) 8 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
8. Jia Zhangke (8) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
9. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (11) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
10. Ang Lee (9) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
11. Terrence Malick (10) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
12. Alfonso Cuarón (17) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
13. Wes Anderson (13) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
14. Christopher Nolan (12) 8 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
15. Clint Eastwood (14) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 10 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
16. Hayao Miyazaki (15) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
17. Steven Spielberg (20) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 8 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
18. Michel Gondry (19) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 6 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
19. Pedro Almodóvar (16) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
20. David Fincher (21) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
21. Béla Tarr (18) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
22. Quentin Tarantino (24) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
23. Gus Van Sant (23) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
24. Claire Denis (26) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
25. Martin Scorsese (22) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
26. Peter Jackson (25) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
27. Lucrecia Martel (33) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
28. Nuri Bilge Ceylan (31) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
29. Pedro Costa (27) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
30. Todd Haynes (28) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
31. David Cronenberg (30) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
32. Darren Aronofsky (29) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
33. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne (34) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
34. Hou Hsiao-hsien (32) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
35. Tsai Ming-liang (37) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
36. Guillermo del Toro (38) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited
37. Aleksandr Sokurov (35) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
38. Jean-Luc Godard (43) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 6 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
39. Alexander Payne (36) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
40. Bong Joon-ho (41) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
41. Sofia Coppola (44) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
42. Werner Herzog (39) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 9 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
43. Andrew Stanton (42) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
44. Alejandro González Iñárritu (40) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
45. Steven Soderbergh (45) 8 films in the Top 1000 / 12 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
46. Steve McQueen (50) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
47. Park Chan-wook (47) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited
48. Olivier Assayas (48) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited
49. Abbas Kiarostami (54) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
50. Agnès Varda (49) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
51. Kathryn Bigelow (46) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
52. Asghar Farhadi (55) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
53. Cristi Puiu (51) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
54. Wang Bing (52) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 7 other films cited
55. Jonathan Glazer (60) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
56. Carlos Reygadas (53) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
57. Kelly Reichardt (58) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
58. Lee Chang-dong (77) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
59. Cristian Mungiu (56) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
60. Jafar Panahi (57) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
61. Kenneth Lonergan (59) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
62. Roy Andersson (64) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
63. Spike Jonze (61) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
64. Noah Baumbach (63) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
65. Jacques Audiard (66) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
66. Mike Leigh (62) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
67. Edgar Wright (72) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
68. Joshua Oppenheimer (68) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
69. Spike Lee (86) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 8 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
70. Guy Maddin (65) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited
71. Tomas Alfredson (78) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
72. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (new) 1 film in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
73. Andrey Zvyagintsev (73) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
74. Danny Boyle (67) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 6 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
75. Brad Bird (71) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
76. Lee Unkrich (80) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
77. Terence Davies (70) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
78. Pete Docter (74) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
79. George Miller (97) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
80. Paul Greengrass (75) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
81. Arnaud Desplechin (69) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited
82. Aki Kaurismäki (76) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
83. Barry Jenkins (new) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
84. Ridley Scott (83) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 9 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
85. Hirokazu Koreeda (new) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited
86. Woody Allen (79) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 9 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
87. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (81) 1 film in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
88. Pawel Pawlikowski (new) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
89. Zhang Yimou (88) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
90. Yorgos Lanthimos (new) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
91. James Gray (92) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
92. Stephen Frears (85) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 7 other films cited
93. Miguel Gomes (87) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
94. Lav Diaz (84) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 12 other films cited
95. Charlie Kaufman (82) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
96. Damien Chazelle (new) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
97. Gaspar Noé (93) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
98. Lynne Ramsay (new) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
99. Andrea Arnold (91) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
100. Hong Sang-soo (94) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 14 other films cited