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10 Iconic Directors Without a Film in The IMDb Top 250

By Kevin Ding

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The IMDb Top 250 is a useful list for cinephiles to discover a good selection of films that they may not have seen. However, due to the nature of IMDb, it’s very subjective and biased- the list favours audience favorites like The Shawshank Redemption (#1 spot), The Dark Knight (#4 spot) and Pulp Fiction (#7 spot).

Although most, if not all, of the 250 films on the list are essential viewing for any film fan, the quintessential works of some directors are not found in it. Here are 10 iconic directors who don’t have a film in the IMDb Top 250.

1. Jean Renoir

Jean Renoir

“A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again.” Having directed over 40 films over his illustrious career, French director Jean Renoir was an influence to so many filmmakers who came after- including Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles and François Truffaut just to name a few. In the BFI’s 2002 poll on greatest directors, he was ranked 4th greatest director of all time. He has won the Prix Louis Delluc, multiple awards at the Venice Film Festival, an Honorary Academy Award and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The son of a painter, Renoir’s films often shared similar aesthetic qualities of his father’s work. He achieved international recognition in the late 1930s with La Grand Illusion & The Rules of the Game- two films often cited as masterpieces of world cinema. He later found success in America with movies like The Southerner (which got him nominated for a Best Director Oscar) and The Diary of a Chambermaid. Renoir’s last great film, 1951’s The River, is just a cherry on top of his indelible legacy to cinema.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema