Listed below are, according to TSPDT, the 250 most critically acclaimed filmmakers of all-time. For the first time, Alfred Hitchcock is cinema's most acclaimed director knocking over Orson Welles, as he did - with Vertigo - in 2012's Sight & Sound film poll. As per the 1,000 Greatest Films, this list has been compiled from a large resource of film lists. Additionally, also factored in are many 'Best Director' polls. Alongside each director's name (in brackets) is the position each director held in January 2012's version. To qualify for this top 250, each director (or directing team) needed to have a minimum of two films cited in ballots/lists that I have collated. Only one director (Charles Laughton) did not meet this criteria (despite attaining enough points to make the list). Five directors only just met the criteria (with only 2 cited films). They were Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, David Hand, Fei Mu, Guru Dutt, and Frantisek Vlácil.
47. Buster Keaton (28) 7* films in the 1,000 Greatest / 7 other films cited [*5 films were co-directed by or credited to Clyde Bruckman, Edward Sedgwick, Charles F. Resiner, John Blystone & Donald Crisp]
105. Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet (212) 4* films in the 1,000 Greatest / 18 other films cited [*The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach and Not Reconciled were credited to Jean-Marie Straub as the only director. Danièle Huillet, however, was the co-screenwriter for both]
Directors that fell off the list (with previous ranking in brackets)-: William Wellman (195), Sam Raimi (200), Lewis Milestone (202), John Landis (205), John Frankenheimer (210), Jonathan Demme (211), Cecil B. DeMille (213), John Sturges (215), Irvin Kershner (216), Bill Forsyth (223), Stanley Donen (228) [see no. 43], Philip Kaufman (230), George Miller (233), John Sayles (234), Richard Lester (235), Wes Anderson (236), Laurence Olivier (241), Sacha Guitry (243), René Clément (245), Takeshi Kitano (246), Vsevolod Pudovkin (247), Joseph H. Lewis (248), Stephen Frears (249), Robert Rossen (250).