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Directors' Cut: The results

We asked you to pick the filmmakers who should feature in our end-of-year Directors' Special.

You voted in huge numbers, and here are the results.

Italian-American master Martin Scorcese scooped the top spot, closely followed by the godfather of film, Francis Ford Coppola, and blockbuster-generator Ridley Scott.

King of cartoon violence Quentin Tarantino made fourth place, while actor-turned-director Clint Eastwood came in fifth. And, in a last-minute dash to the finish line, hidden dragon Ang Lee pipped New York neurotic Woody Allen to sixth spot.

Find out which other directors made the final cut, and hear their thoughts on movie-making and the film industry.

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Your pick of directors


  • Martin Scorsese 15%
    Iconic Italian-American known for gritty documentary style and rapport with De Niro
    Key Films: Taxi Driver; Raging Bull; Goodfellas
  • Francis Ford Coppola 12%
    Five-time Academy award winner has achieved critical acclaim and commercial success
    Key Films: The Godfather Trilogy; Apocalypse Now
  • Ridley Scott 11%
    A classic back catalogue have made this cigar-puffing Brit a legend in his own lifetime
    Key Films: Alien; Bladerunner; Black Hawk Down
  • Quentin Tarantino 10%
    With his cartoon-violence schlock-fests, he revived the B-movie and Travolta's career.
    Key Films: Reservoir Dogs; Pulp Fiction; Kill Bill
  • Clint Eastwood 8%
    The King of the Western, he's now forging a second award-winning career as a director
    Key Films: Unforgiven; Million Dollar Baby
  • Ang Lee 6%
    Taiwanese powerhouse who turned kung fu on its head and made gay cowboys cool
    Key Films: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Brokeback Mountain