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I’ve got another extra-innings Best of the 2010s for ya. This time, the focus is on Film Directors, those folks who hang out behind the camera and let everyone know how they would like the movie to go.

Based on the eligibility rules of the poll that I submitted my list to, each director had to have at least two films come out between 2010 and 2019 to be considered. I made my selections based on a combination of how much I enjoyed their output and how much they influenced the medium and the culture at large.

My choices, along with their 2010s filmography, are listed below.

1. Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, Okja, Parasite)
2. Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, Dunkirk)
3. Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation)
4. Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us)
5. Rian Johnson (Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Knives Out)
6. David Fincher (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl)
7. Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049)
8. Steven Soderbergh (And Everything is Going Fine, Contagion, Haywire, Magic Mike, Side Effects, Behind the Candelabra, Logan Lucky, Unsane, High Flying Bird, The Laundromat)
9. Martin Scorcese (Shutter Island, A Letter to Elia, Public Speaking, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street, The 50 Year Argument, Silence, Rolling Thunder Revue, The Irishman)
10. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie, 22 Jump Street)
11. David O. Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Joy)
12. Ava DuVernay (I Will Follow, Middle of Nowhere, Selma, 13th, A Wrinkle in Time)
13. Steve McQueen (Shame, 12 Years a Slave, Widows)
14. Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird, Little Women)
15. Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)
16. Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods, Bad Times at the El Royale)
17. Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
18. Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night, The Shallows, The Commuter)
19. James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring, Insidious: Chapter 2, Furious 7, The Conjuring 2, Aquaman)
20. The Safdie Brothers (Lenny Cooke, Heaven Knows What, Good Time, Uncut Gems)
21. Jennifer Kent (The Babadook, The Nightingale)
22. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, Ghostbusters, A Simple Favor, Last Christmas)
23. Spike Lee (Red Hook Summer, Bad 25, Oldboy, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Chi-Raq, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, BlacKkKlansman)
24. Mike Flanagan (Absentia, Oculus, Hush, Before I Wake, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Gerald’s Game, Doctor Sleep)
25. David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover, It Follows)
26. Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs)
27. Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, To the Wonder, Knight of Cups, Voyage of Time, Song to Song, A Hidden Life)
28. Edgar Wright (The World’s End, Baby Driver)
29. Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Star Trek Beyond)
30. Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Noah, mother!)
31. Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land, First Man)
32. Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special, Loving)
33. Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wonder)