Inspired by the "Ten movies everyone should own" thread. I got to thinking about it, and there are a LOT of great modern American film directors. I'm going to have almost as hard a time with this as I did narrowing down the above mentioned "ten" movies. 1: Darren Aronofsky. Check this out. 1998-Now. Pi, Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler. I'm riding the hot hand until he falters. 2: Terrence Malick. I'd settle for lesser movies, if he made twice as many. 3: Steven Spielberg (Though I think he's past his prime) 4: David Fincher. Honestly, Alien3 wasn't his fault. After that, Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, Benjamin Button. More than solid. 5: Quentin Tarantino. I know its a controversial choice, but despite all his flaws, of which there are admittedly many, I think he is brilliant. 6: Martin Scorcese. I don't think I have to explain this. His recent stuff has been pretty meh though. I think he's declining. 7: Brad Bird. I know, a curveball, right? Animated movies are still movies. 8: Clint Eastwood. About a quarter of the movies he's directed, I find unwatchable. Then again, he actually got a little bit of acting out of Kevin Costner. An impressive feat. 9: Steven Soderbergh: Hit and miss. When he does either, he does it to the extreme. Dude works constantly, always tries new things. Innovates. He will make movies that most people will never see, just to make them. 10: Spike Lee. Kind of the same story IMO as Soderbergh. I hate his "misses" but I love his "hits".