Best Director-Winning (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)

Popularity▲ A-Z User Rating Number of Votes US Box Office Runtime Year Release Date Date of Your Rating Your Rating
Forrest Gump (1994)
8.8
82 metascore

Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and other historical events unfold from the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,880,372 | Gross: $330.25M

Parasite (2019)
8.6
96 metascore

Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Cho, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 637,680 | Gross: $53.37M

Nomadland (2020)
7.4
93 metascore

Nomadland (2020)

R | 107 min | Drama

A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Gay DeForest

Votes: 117,475

Titanic (1997)
7.8
75 metascore

Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 1,082,859 | Gross: $659.33M

The Departed (2006)
8.5
85 metascore

The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 1,227,837 | Gross: $132.38M

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
8.6
85 metascore

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,316,702 | Gross: $130.74M

American Beauty (1999)
8.3
84 metascore

American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 1,096,008 | Gross: $130.10M

Braveheart (1995)
8.3
68 metascore

Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

Scottish warrior William Wallace leads his countrymen in a rebellion to free his homeland from the tyranny of King Edward I of England.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Votes: 981,334 | Gross: $75.60M

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
8.6
91 metascore

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,278,462 | Gross: $216.54M

Schindler's List (1993)
8.9
94 metascore

Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,252,130 | Gross: $96.90M

No Country for Old Men (2007)
8.1
91 metascore

No Country for Old Men (2007)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 889,989 | Gross: $74.28M

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
8.9
94 metascore

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,692,240 | Gross: $377.85M

The Godfather: Part II (1974)
9.0
90 metascore

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,169,055 | Gross: $57.30M

The Revenant (2015)
8.0
76 metascore

The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 732,494 | Gross: $183.64M

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
8.7
84 metascore

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

R | 133 min | Drama

A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco

Votes: 944,847 | Gross: $112.00M

The Pianist (2002)
8.5
85 metascore

The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 760,800 | Gross: $32.57M

La La Land (2016)
8.0
94 metascore

La La Land (2016)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 529,580 | Gross: $151.10M

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
8.2
72 metascore

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 873,745 | Gross: $170.74M

The Shape of Water (2017)
7.3
87 metascore

The Shape of Water (2017)

R | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones

Votes: 388,081 | Gross: $63.86M

Casablanca (1942)
8.5
100 metascore

Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

A cynical expatriate American cafe owner struggles to decide whether or not to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis in French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 537,432 | Gross: $1.02M

Dances with Wolves (1990)
8.0
72 metascore

Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 248,142 | Gross: $184.21M

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
7.7
87 metascore

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

Ennis and Jack are two shepherds who develop a sexual and emotional relationship. Their relationship becomes complicated when both of them get married to their respective girlfriends.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 334,921 | Gross: $83.04M

The Sound of Music (1965)
8.0
63 metascore

The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to a Naval officer widower's children.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 214,151 | Gross: $163.21M

The Deer Hunter (1978)
8.1
86 metascore

The Deer Hunter (1978)

R | 183 min | Drama, War

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

Votes: 321,328 | Gross: $48.98M

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
8.1
93 metascore

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Approved | 170 min | Drama, Romance, War

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Teresa Wright

Votes: 60,324 | Gross: $23.65M

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
7.7
87 metascore

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 596,095 | Gross: $42.34M

Rocky (1976)
8.1
70 metascore

Rocky (1976)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavyweight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 534,487 | Gross: $117.24M

Unforgiven (1992)
8.2
85 metascore

Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner Ned Logan and a young man, The "Schofield Kid."

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Votes: 387,881 | Gross: $101.16M

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
8.1
86 metascore

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 652,295 | Gross: $100.49M

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
8.0
84 metascore

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

A Mumbai teenager reflects on his life after being accused of cheating on the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?".

Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor

Votes: 813,607 | Gross: $141.32M

Amadeus (1984)
8.3
88 metascore

Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 378,797 | Gross: $51.97M

West Side Story (1961)
7.5
86 metascore

West Side Story (1961)

Approved | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 100,658 | Gross: $43.66M

Platoon (1986)
8.1
92 metascore

Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

Chris Taylor, a neophyte recruit in Vietnam, finds himself caught in a battle of wills between two sergeants, one good and the other evil. A shrewd examination of the brutality of war and the duality of man in conflict.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Votes: 392,025 | Gross: $138.53M

Gone with the Wind (1939)
8.1
97 metascore

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 298,831 | Gross: $198.68M

Gravity (2013)
7.7
96 metascore

Gravity (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident leaves them stranded in space.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen

Votes: 785,823 | Gross: $274.09M

Rain Man (1988)
8.0
65 metascore

Rain Man (1988)

R | 133 min | Drama

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen

Votes: 486,474 | Gross: $178.80M

The Graduate (1967)
8.0
83 metascore

The Graduate (1967)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels

Votes: 260,509 | Gross: $104.95M

Traffic (2000)
7.6
86 metascore

Traffic (2000)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jacob Vargas

Votes: 200,246 | Gross: $124.12M

Life of Pi (2012)
7.9
79 metascore

Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 595,346 | Gross: $124.99M

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
8.3
100 metascore

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 276,688 | Gross: $44.82M

The Hurt Locker (2008)
7.5
95 metascore

The Hurt Locker (2008)

R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller, War

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

Votes: 431,397 | Gross: $17.02M

The French Connection (1971)
7.7
94 metascore

The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 114,533 | Gross: $15.63M

The King's Speech (2010)
8.0
88 metascore

The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 652,646 | Gross: $138.80M

The Sting (1973)
8.3
83 metascore

The Sting (1973)

PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Votes: 248,208 | Gross: $159.60M

The English Patient (1996)
7.4
87 metascore

The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

At the close of World War II, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 182,930 | Gross: $78.65M

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
7.2
75 metascore

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

R | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bryan Larkin, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava

Votes: 101,234 | Gross: $70.00M

Ordinary People (1980)
7.7
86 metascore

Ordinary People (1980)

R | 124 min | Drama

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 48,886 | Gross: $54.80M

Midnight Cowboy (1969)
7.8
79 metascore

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

R | 113 min | Drama

A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Votes: 105,414 | Gross: $44.79M

Patton (1970)
7.9
91 metascore

Patton (1970)

GP | 172 min | Biography, Drama, War

The World War II phase of the career of controversial American general George S. Patton.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong

Votes: 97,451 | Gross: $61.70M

Ben-Hur (1959)
8.1
90 metascore

Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

After a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 226,434 | Gross: $74.70M

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