22/30 directorsHarmony Korine

“When I was a child the temptation to sin was always a romantic option. This romantic option lead me to the cinema, a place where sin was welcome.”

21/30 directorsDarren Aronofsky

“You have to be memorable if you want people to be thinking about it thirty seconds after it happens. I don’t think it matters, the reaction, as long as they’re reacting.”

20/30 directorsAlfred Hitchcock

"Film your murders like love scenes, and film your love scenes like murders."

19/30 directorsChristopher Nolan

“Every film should have its own world, a logic and feel to it that expands beyond the exact image that the audience is seeing.”

18/30 directorsRidley Scott

"A friend of mine says, ‘Art’s like a shark. You’ve got to keep swimming, or else you drown.’ Keep bouncing around. People always ask me what’s the plan. There is no plan. I go to what fascinates me next."

17/30 directorsRoman Polanski
"Every film I make represents a departure for me. You see, it takes so long to make a film. By the time you get to the next one you’re already a different man. You’ve grown up by one or two years."
16/30 directorsWes Anderson

I have a way of filming things and staging them and designing sets. There were times when I thought I should change my approach, but in fact, this is what I like to do. It’s sort of like my handwriting as a movie director. And somewhere along the way, I think I’ve made the decision: I’m going to write in my own handwriting.”

15/30 directorsJean-Luc Godard

"The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t."

14/30 directorsTerrence Malick

"I film quite a bit of footage, then edit. Changes before your eyes, things you can do and things you can’t. My attitude is always let it keep rolling."

13/30 directorsWoody Allen

"If my films don’t show a profit, I know I’m doing something right."