10. Andrea Arnold
She had to overcome a couple of obstacles to make it this far up in this list. First of all, she was a female and secondly, she was into making non-genre British movies. She is known for the Oscar-winning Wasp and also Red Toad and Fish Tank.
9. Edgar Wright
The trio of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost brought us the zombie comedy, or zom-com, Shaun of the Dead. They are also known for Hot Fuzz. After going solo, Wright came up with Scott Pilgrim vs The World. In 2013 he is back with Pegg and Frost to direct The World’s End.
8. Leos Carax
Known for the stylized romance Boy meets Girl, Leos Carax came into the limelight in the early-80s. His two 1990s films Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf and Pola X were hit and flop respectively. However, the new Holy Motors restored his status as the leading director of French cinema.
7. Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen made a leap from a gallery fine artist to a film director. A type of a pattern has formed in his films which has made them somewhat predictable for McQueen fans.
6. Jason Reitman
The son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, Jason knew what he had to do to follow in his father’s footsteps. He started off with the hugely successful Thank You for Smoking. Seven years after that, he has had four Oscar nominations and his efforts can really be seen in the tragicomedy Young Adult.
5. Lars Von Trier
There are few directors who are as versatile as Lars Von Trier. In just the previous ten years, he has been able to come up with an office comedy, a disaster, and a psychological horror. We eagerly await his next project The Nymphomaniac.
4. Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon has the Midas touch of turning medium popularity into blockbuster success. In just the last year, he came up with Marvel’s Avengers and a futuristic horror The Cabin in the Woods.
3. Nicolas Winding Refn
A somewhat forgotten director before the release of Drive in 2011, Refn came up with just nine movies in 15 years. However, in every one of his films, you can almost see the artwork and the dedication that was put in their direction.
2. Lynne Ramsay
When movie buffs first heard about a new adaptation of We Need to Talk about Kevin, a few sighs of relief could be heard when they learned that Lynne Ramsay would be doing the directing. Other works of Ramsay include Ratcatcher and Moby Dick. She made her feature debut in 1999’s Ratcatcher.
1. Paul Thomas Anderson
Even if he has released just five movies in his entire 16 year career, he is good enough to make the top of this list. He is known for the successful Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love which is known especially for its dialogue selection, and There Will Be Blood. His upcoming controversial film The Master is eagerly awaited by his fans all around the world.