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 between 2000-2016) 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 (March 2016). Please note that this list previously only included 50 directors.
1. Wong Kar-wai (1) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
2. David Lynch (2) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
3. Michael Haneke (3) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
4. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (4) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 9 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
5. Paul Thomas Anderson (5) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
6. Lars von Trier (6) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
7. Richard Linklater (8) 8 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
8. Jia Zhangke (7) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
9. Terrence Malick (18) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
10. Ang Lee (9) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
11. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (12) 8 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
12. Wes Anderson (10) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
13. Clint Eastwood (14) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 9 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
14. Hayao Miyazaki (11) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
15. Christopher Nolan (19) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
16. Béla Tarr (13) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
17. Michel Gondry (24) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
18. Pedro Almodóvar (17) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
19. David Fincher (20) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
20. Gus Van Sant (25) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
21. Alfonso Cuarón (21) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
22. Martin Scorsese (26) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
23. Quentin Tarantino (22) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
24. Steven Spielberg (15) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
25. Peter Jackson (16) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
26. Claire Denis (31) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
27. Todd Haynes (28) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
28. Pedro Costa (34) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
29. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne (29) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
30. David Cronenberg (35) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
31. Nuri Bilge Ceylan (39) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
32. Alexander Payne (27) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
33. Aleksandr Sokurov (23) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
34. Tsai Ming-liang (32) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
35. Darren Aronofsky (30) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
36. Hou Hsiao-hsien (41) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
37. Lucrecia Martel (33) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
38. Werner Herzog (40) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 7 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
39. Andrew Stanton (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
40. Alejandro González Iñárritu (42) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
41. Jean-Luc Godard (—) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
42. Sofia Coppola (45) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
43. Steven Soderbergh (37) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 10 other films cited
44. Wang Bing (46) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
45. Steve McQueen (49) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
46. Bong Joon-ho (43) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
47. Cristi Puiu (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
48. Guillermo del Toro (48) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 5 other films cited
49. Agnès Varda (38) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
50. Olivier Assayas (47) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
51. Jafar Panahi (—) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
52. Carlos Reygadas (—) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
53. Kathryn Bigelow (36) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
54. Abbas Kiarostami (—) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
55. Asghar Farhadi (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
56. Park Chan-wook (—) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
57. Cristian Mungiu (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
58. Kelly Reichardt (—) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
59. Mike Leigh (—) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
60. Kenneth Lonergan (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
61. Jonathan Glazer (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
62. Spike Jonze (44) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
63. Guy Maddin (—) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
64. Noah Baumbach (—) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
65. Roy Andersson (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
66. Jacques Audiard (—) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
67. Paul Greengrass (—) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
68. Brad Bird (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
69. Arnaud Desplechin (—) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
70. Joshua Oppenheimer (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
71. Lee Chang-dong (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
72. Pete Docter (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
73. Aki Kaurismäki (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
74. Danny Boyle (—) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
75. Tomas Alfredson (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
76. Zhang Yimou (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
77. Stephen Frears (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 6 other films cited
78. Lee Unkrich (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
79. Terence Davies (—) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
80. Michael Winterbottom (—) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 8 other films cited
81. Lav Diaz (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 11 other films cited
82. Charlie Kaufman (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
83. Spike Lee (—) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 7 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
84. Woody Allen (—) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 8 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
85. Ridley Scott (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 7 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
86. Roman Polanski (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
87. Andrey Zvyagintsev (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
88. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
89. Edgar Wright (—) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
90. Andrea Arnold (—) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
91. Kim Ki-duk (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 6 other films cited
92. Abderrahmane Sissako (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
93. Patricio Guzmán (—) 1 film in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
94. Michael Moore (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
95. Baz Luhrmann (—) 1 film in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
96. Richard Kelly (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
97. Gaspar Noé (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
98. Lukas Moodysson (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
99. Andrew Dominik (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
100. Jim Jarmusch (—) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors