EW’s Xenophobic List Of The ’25 Greatest Working Directors’ Shows Poor Understanding Of The Word ‘Greatest’

Entertainment Weekly has posted a list of the 25 Greatest Working Directors, and as usual the selections include a few head scratchers. Part of the problem may be that the guidelines are fairly non-existent. How many great films does a director need to make? What percentage of their films have to be considered great? Why are 22 of the 25 “greatest” directors white males? EW’s only explanation/definition of the category is as follows: “As the Oscars approach to honor excellence from the past year, we’re counting down the most talented, in-demand filmmakers behind the camera today.”

So basically… they have to be living directors.

But here’s a quick sampling of the living directors who didn’t make the list… David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron, Steven Soderbergh, Ridley Scott, Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, Kim Ji-woon, Ang Lee, Michael Mann, Mel Gibson, Sion Sono, Kiyoshi Kurasawa, Takashi Miike, Jacques Audiard, Jason Reitman, Ed Zwick.

Read on to see who beat out all these losers…

25. Wes Anderson
24. Mike Leigh
23. Brad Bird
22. J.J. Abrams
21. Spike Lee
20. Edgar Wright
19. Peter Jackson
18. James Cameron
17. David Lynch
16. David O. Russell
15. Kathryn Bigelow
14. Danny Boyle
13. Roman Polanski
12. Guillermo del Toro
11. Paul Thomas Anderson
10. Pedro Almodóvar
9. Clint Eastwood
8. Terrence Malick
7. Quentin Tarantino
6. Joel & Ethan Coen
5. Darren Aronofsky
4. Martin Scorsese
3. Steven Spielberg
2. Christopher Nolan
1. David Fincher

Who do you think doesn’t belong? And who do you think is missing?

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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