U. UNSUNG HEROES: UNCANONIZED DIRECTORS’ GREAT FILMS

Too often, great films are associated with certain canonized directors, but greatness also comes from less familiar names; this list celebrates the considerable achievements of some rather less famous directors (and perhaps leaves us to wonder what else these directors might have done with more or better opportunities)

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U1. Anna Karenina (Brown, 1935)

U2. The Petrified Forest (Mayo, 1936)

U3. The Good Earth (Franklin, 1937)

U4. Boys Town (Taurog, 1938)

U5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Dieterle, 1939)

U6. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Lewin, 1945)

U7. Detour (Ulmer, 1945)

U8. Miracle on 34th Street (Seaton, 1947)

U9. Gun Crazy (Lewis, 1950)

U10. The Court Jester (Frank, Panama, 1955)

U11. The Ogre of Athens (Koundouros, 1956)

U12. Madurai Veeran (Yoganand, 1956)

U13. Mayabazar (Reddy, 1957)

U14. Ni Liv (Skouen, 1957)

U15. Dracula (Fisher, 1958)

U16. Aimless Bullet (Yu, 1961)

U17. Cronica de un niño solo (Fabio, 1965)

U18. Cat Ballou (Silverstein, 1965)

U19. The Round-Up (Jancso, 1966)

U20. The Lion in Winter (Harvey, 1968)

U21. Planet of the Apes (Schaffner, 1968)

U22. O Bandido da Luz Vermelha (Sganzerla, 1968)

U23. The Night of Counting the Years (Salam, 1969)

U24. The Italian Job (Collinson, 1969)

U25. Jackal of Nahueltoro (Littin, 1969)

U26. Medium Cool (Wexler, 1969)

U27. Kevade (Kruusement, 1969)

U28. Five Easy Pieces (Rafelson, 1970)

U29. Tko pjeva zlo ne misli (Golik, 1970)

U30. Two-Lane Blacktop (Hellman, 1971)

U31. Evdokia (Damianos, 1971)

U32. The Spook Who Sat By the Door (Dixon, 1973)

U33. The Deer (Kimiai, 1974)

U34. Cooley High (Schultz, 1975)

U35. Logan’s Run (Anderson, 1976)

U36. El Pez que Fuma (Chalbaud, 1977)

U37. Saturday Night Fever (Badham, 1977)

U38. The China Syndrome (Bridges, 1979)

U39. Julio comienza en julio (Caiozzi, 1979)

U40. The Tin Drum (Schlondorff, 1979)

U41. Kramer vs. Kramer (Benton, 1979)

U42. The Changeling (Medak, 1980)

U43. Diva (Beineix, 1981)

U44. Mephisto (Szabo, 1981)

U45. On Golden Pond (Rydell, 1981)

U46. Losing Ground (Collins, 1982)

U47. Ashes and Embers (Gerima, 1982)

U48. My Friend Ivan Lapshin (German, 1985)

U49. Avanti popolo (Bukai, 1986)

U50. Fatal Attraction (Lyne, 1987)

U51. House of Games (Mamet, 1987)

U52. Stand and Deliver (Menendez, 1988)

U53. A Cry in the Dark (Schepisi, 1988)

U54. Bashu, the Little Stranger (Beizai, 1989)

U55. Jesus of Montreal (Arcand, 1989)

U56. The Match Factory Girl (Kaurismaki, 1990)

U57. Trust (Hartley, 1990)

U58. City Slickers (Underwood, 1991)

U59. Juice (Dickerson, 1992)

U60. Leolo (Lauzon, 1992)

U61. Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (Harris, 1992)

U62. The Blue Kite (Zhuang, 1993)

U63. Tombstone (Cosmatos, 1993)

U64. Once Were Warriors (Tamahori, 1994)

U65. I Like It Like That (Martin, 1994)

U66. The White Balloon (Panahi, 1995)

U67. Kids (Clark, 1995)

U68. Devil in a Blue Dress (Franklin, 1995)

U69. Richard III (Loncraine, 1995)

U70. Anantha Rathriya (Vithanage, 1996)

U71. Sling Blade (Thornton, 1996)

U72. Big Night (Tucci, Scott, 1996)

U73. La Vie de Jesus (Dumont, 1997)

U74. Life is Beautiful (Benigni, 1997)

U75. Dark City (Proyas, 1998)

U76. The Terrorist (Sivan, 1998)

U77. The Dreamlife of Angels (Zonca, 1998)

U78. American History X (Kaye, 1998)

U79. The Yards (Gray, 2000)

U80. Le Placard (Veber, 2001)

U81. The Grey Zone (Nelson, 2001)

U82. The Best of Youth (Giordana, 2003)

U83. Whisky (Rebella, Stoll, 2004)

U84. Into the Wild (Penn, 2007)

U85. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Dominik, 2007)

U86. La mujer sin cabeza (Martel, 2008)

U87. Tulpan (Dvortsevoy, 2008)

U88. Departures (Takita, 2008)

U89. The Class (Cantet, 2008)

U90. District 9 (Blomkamp, 2009)

U91. Night Catches Us (Hamilton, 2010)

U92. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Wyatt, 2011)

U93. The Help (Taylor, 2011)

U94. Warrior (O’Connor, 2011)

U95. Chronicle (Trank, 2012)

U96. Spring Breakers (Korine, 2012)

U97. Under the Skin (Glazer, 2013)

U98. Leviathan (Zvyagintsev, 2014)

U99. Drishyam (Kamat, 2015)

U100. Spotlight (McCarthy, 2015)

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