Directors Guild of America announce 80 best directed films of the last 80 years - only one female director selected

The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow made the list

Jack Shepherd
Wednesday 04 May 2016 16:19
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According to the Directors Guild of America, nearly every top film of the last 80 years has been directed by a man.

In their 80 best-directed films of the last 80 years, the film-makers’ union featured only one film directed by a woman: 2009’s Oscar-winner The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow. She also happens to be the one and only female who has ever won an Oscar for directing.

2,189 guild members voted, with Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather topping the list, closely followed by Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane.

Filling out the top five were David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca. Coppola also holds the 6th and 7th spot with The Godfather: Part II and Apocalypse Now respectively.

“As in any poll of this nature, there are bound to be choices you disagree with,” the DGA said in an official statement. “And other films you would have included – that’s part of the fun. But we think you’ll find this list thought-provoking and a fitting tribute to the timeless work of our great directors.”

The full list.

The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola (1972)

Citizen Kane Orson Welles (1941)

Lawrence of Arabia David Lean (1962)

2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick (1968)

Casablanca Michael Curtiz (1942)

The Godfather: Part II Francis Ford Coppola (1974)

Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola (1979)

Schindler’s List Steven Spielberg (1993)

Gone With the Wind Victor Fleming (1939)

Goodfellas Martin Scorsese (1990)

Chinatown Roman Polanski (1974)

The Wizard of Oz Victor Fleming (1939)

Raging Bull Martin Scorsese (1980)

Jaws Steven Spielberg (1975)

It’s a Wonderful Life Frank Capra (1946)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Stanley Kubrick (1964)

The Shawshank Redemption Frank Darabont (1994)

The Graduate Mike Nichols (1967)

Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope George Lucas (1977)

Blade Runner Ridley Scott (1982)

On the Waterfront Elia Kazan (1954)

Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino (1994)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Steven Spielberg (1982)

Annie Hall Woody Allen (1977)

Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg (1998)

Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa (1954)

A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick (1971)

Raiders of the Lost Ark Steven Spielberg (1981)

Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock (1958)

Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder (1950)

To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Mulligan (1962)

Psycho Alfred Hitchcock (1960)

The Searchers John Ford (1956)

Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis (1994)

Singin’ in the Rain Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly (1952)

8 ½ Federico Fellini (1963)

The Third Man Carol Reed (1949)

The Best Years of Our Lives William Wyler (1946)

Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock (1954)

The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean (1957)

North by Northwest Alfred Hitchcock (1959)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Miloš Forman (1975)

The Sound of Music Robert Wise (1965)

Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese (1976)

Titanic James Cameron (1997)

The Shining Stanley Kubrick (1980)

Amadeus Miloš Forman (1984)

Doctor Zhivago David Lean (1965)

West Side Story Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise (1961)

Some Like It Hot Billy Wilder (1959)

Ben-Hur William Wyler (1959)

Fargo Ethan and Joel Coen (1996)

The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme (1991)

The Apartment Billy Wilder (1960)

Avatar James Cameron (2009)

The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow (2008)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre John Huston (1948)

Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2014)

All About Eve Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1950)

The Deer Hunter Michael Cimino (1978)

There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson (2007)

The Sting George Roy Hill (1973)

The Wild Bunch Sam Peckinpah (1969)

Alien Ridley Scott (1979)

Rocky John G. Avildsen (1976)

The Conformist Bernardo Bertolucci (1970)

Gandhi Richard Attenborough (1982)

The Bicycle Thief Vittorio De Sica (1948)

Cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore (1988)

Brazil Terry Gilliam (1985)

The Grapes of Wrath John Ford (1940)

All the President’s Men Alan J. Pakula (1976)

Barry Lyndon Stanley Kubrick (1975)

Touch of Evil Orson Welles (1958)

Once Upon a Time in America Sergio Leone (1984)

Unforgiven Clint Eastwood (1992)

The Usual Suspects Bryan Singer (1995)

Network Sidney Lumet (1976)

Rashomon Akira Kurosawa (1950)

Once Upon a Time in the West Sergio Leone (1968)

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