Perhaps one of the most universally-admired filmmakers of the modern era, Miyazaki seems to be one of the few directors who, according to the film community, can simply do no wrong. His movies feature beautiful animation and a joyous celebration of life and all the wonderful, magical things that can come from it. What's not to like?
Favorite films - Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro
84. Aleksandr Sokurov
Known mostly only among the inner circles of the film community, Sokurov is always impressive for his incredible, yet often skewed visuals, though his movies do tend to drag at times. Rather than simply in an aesthetic sense, Sokurov's films exude beauty in a meaningful yet somehow intangible way that few other directors can succeed in conveying.
Favorite films - Mother And Son, Russian Ark
83. Brad Bird
With only 4 films to his name as a director, Bird has already made a name for himself as incredible consistent in his work, and always entertaining. Known most for his work with Pixar, though with his entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise, one could easily assume that his talents aren't restricted to animation.
Favorite films - The Incredibles, Ratatouille
82. Nicolas Winding Refn
Incredibly stylized and often quite violent, Refn's style of filmmaking is very distinct and polarizing. Some might view his approach as far too romantic in his portrayal of violence and other disturbing content, but I think he blends the conflicting elements of ugliness and beauty fantastically. A one-of-a-kind director.
Favorite films - Drive, Valhalla Rising
81. Takashi Miike
Though his style does often come across as clownish, Miike has shown many times that despite the ludicrous, somewhat idiotic nature of many of his films, the man has a great talent and eye for visuals few others possess. Though I could certainly never find myself interested in exploring his entire filmography, there are a few gems that stand out enough to earn him a position on this list.
Favorite films - Audition, 13 Assassins