Acclaimed director Elia Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront) is quoted as saying, “the director is the true author of the film.” In almost every way, a director must be all and know all. They must take responsibility for the whole film. From the screenplay, the actors and the cinematography to costumes, scenery and the editing process. They must have expansive background knowledge and savvy to execute an insurmountable task: making a movie. Without a doubt, there is a vast difference between being a director and being a great director. Then, what makes a Top 10 Director? In my estimation a Top 10 Director will possess extraordinary vision, craft and originality. Further, they must have made important contributions to filmmaking and its innovation. With this in mind, here are my Top 10 Directors of the 1990’s.