The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films (The Top 50 Directors)

Listed below are, according to TSPDT, the 50 most critically acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st Century (to date). To qualify for this top 50, each director (or directing team) needed to have a minimum of two films (made between 2000-2015) cited in ballots/lists that have been collated. Only one director (Edward Yang) did not meet this criteria (despite attaining enough points to make the list).
1. Wong Kar-wai (1) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
2. David Lynch (2) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
3. Michael Haneke (3) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
4. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (4) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 6 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
5. Paul Thomas Anderson (5) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
6. Lars von Trier (6) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
7. Jia Zhangke (7) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
8. Richard Linklater (8) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
9. Ang Lee (10) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
10. Wes Anderson (13) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
11. Hayao Miyazaki (11) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
12. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (9) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
13. Béla Tarr (12) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
14. Clint Eastwood (14) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 7 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
15. Steven Spielberg (17) 8 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
16. Peter Jackson (16) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
17. Pedro Almodóvar (19) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other filma cited / The Top 250 Directors
18. Terrence Malick (15) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
19. Christopher Nolan (20) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
20. David Fincher (18) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
21. Alfonso Cuarón (23) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
22. Quentin Tarantino (24) 7 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
23. Aleksandr Sokurov (21) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
24. Michel Gondry (25) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
25. Gus Van Sant (22) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
26. Martin Scorsese (26) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
27. Alexander Payne (29) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
28. Todd Haynes (42) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
29. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne (28) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
30. Darren Aronofsky (32) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
31. Claire Denis (30) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
32. Tsai Ming-liang (27) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
33. Lucrecia Martel (33) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
34. Pedro Costa (31) 4 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
35. David Cronenberg (35) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited / The Top 250 Directors
36. Kathryn Bigelow (36) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
37. Steven Soderbergh (37) 8 films in the Top 1000 / 8 other films cited
38. Agnès Varda (34) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
39. Nuri Bilge Ceylan (38) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
40. Werner Herzog (39) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 7 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
41. Hou Hsiao-hsien (40) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
42. Alejandro González Iñárritu (41) 6 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
43. Bong Joon-ho (44) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
44. Spike Jonze (45) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
45. Sofia Coppola (46) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 2 other films cited
46. Wang Bing (43) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited / The Top 250 Directors
47. Olivier Assayas (47) 5 films in the Top 1000 / 3 other films cited
48. Guillermo del Toro (—) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 4 other films cited
49. Steve McQueen (48) 3 films in the Top 1000 / 0 other films cited
50. Fernando Meirelles (—) 2 films in the Top 1000 / 1 other film cited
Directors that fell off the list (with previous ranking in brackets)-: Jean-Luc Godard (49) and Abbas Kiarostami (50).