This was fun. But I know even less than Jeff.
My Personal Key:
B = Best film (the director's masterpiece, based on what I've seen by him or her).
W = Worst film (using this in the way that Brandon did).
F = Favorite film (my personal favorite...sorry to patronize).
OS = I've only seen (comes in handy, as you'll see).
What's cool is that I/we can update this as time goes by. My Netflix queue is about to be bombarded, so I'm pretty excited about that. Here we go...
Lars von Trier: B = Europa, W = Melancholia (there's actually quite a bit I still haven't seen)
Alfred Hitchcock: B = Vertigo, W = didn't make a bad film from what I've seen. Suspicion is my least favorite so far.
Martin Campbell: OS = GoldenEye (same as Jeff, N64)
Curtis Hanson: OS = L.A. Confidential
Woody Allen: B = Annie Hall (F = Love and Death), W = The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (haven't seen Anything Else or Melinda & Melinda).
Martin Scorsese: B = Taxi Driver, W = Cape Fear
Fritz Lang: haven't seen any of his films; been meaning to watch M for the longest time.
Neil Jordan: OS = The Crying Game
George Stevens: Giant was on TCM yesterday (didn't catch it). I've wanted to see A Place in the Sun and Penny Serenade.
Max Ophuls: I'll check him out.
Clint Eastwood: OS = Mystic River (since we're only talking films directed by him).
Stanley Donen: B = Singin' in the Rain, W = Funny Face
Frank Capra: B = It's a Wonderful Life (F = Arsenic and Old Lace), W = haven't seen a bad film by him.
Carol Reed: OS = The Third Man
Robert Altman: OS = MASH (an insane film) and Gosford Park (which I kinda hated). Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts are all in my Netflix queue
Francis Ford Coppola: B = The Godfather (the best in the trilogy), W = Jack (what happened to you, dude?)
Werner Herzog: OS = Grizzly Man (wins my prize for best voice ever).
John Ford: OS = The Grapes of Wrath (yep, I suck); The Searchers is days away from being seen by me.
Joe Dante: OS = Gremlins, Small Soldiers (meh, and meh)
Wes Craven: B = Nightmare on Elm Street, W = Swamp Thing
John Carpenter: Haven't seen anything by him, but I want to see Halloween and The Thing. Also, one of my favorite Todd Harmon moments is of him explaining the plot to Escape From L.A.
David Cronenberg: OS = Eastern Promises and A History of Violence; I have his stuff in my queues.
George Romero: B = Dawn of the Dead, W = Everything but the last twenty minutes of Night of the Living Dead.
Bob Clark: B = haven't seen enough to say, W = A Christmas Story (if I could destroy all existence of a film, I would choose this one in a heartbeat).
Stanley Kubrick: B = 2001: A Space Odyssey (F = Dr. Strangelove);W = I've enjoyed them all, but still haven't seen Eyes Wide Shut, Paths of Glory, or The Killing.
The Coen Bros. B = No Country For Old Men/ Fargo, W = Barton Fink
Wes Anderson: B = Rushmore (F = The Life Aquatic), W = The Darjeeling Limited ("disappointing" is more apt).
Tim Burton: B = Ed Wood/Big Fish, W = Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland (sorry, Tim)
Preston Sturges: I've been told to watch him, and I will.
Ernst Lubitsch: His stuff is in my queues.
Michael Haneke: OS = Das Weisse Band; Funny Games awaits (dead horse beaten, I know).
Sergio Leone: OS = A Fistful of Dollars (this fact will change soon).
Pedro Almodovar: OS = Talk to Her; I'll check out more of his stuff.
Robert Aldrich: Will check him out.
Michelangelo Antonioni: Same.
Ingmar Berman: B = The Seventh Seal, though I haven't seen a bad film from him.
Jean Luc Godard: OS = really, I think I'll begin and end with Breathless.
Francois Truffaut: OS = Shoot the Piano Player, 400 Blows is in my queue.
Henri Georges Cluzot: I'll look into him
Olivier Assayas: same as above
Mario Brava: same
Frank Borzage: same
Jacques Tourneur: OS = Cat People; definitely want to check out more of his stuff.
Jim Jarmusch: OS = Broken Flowers; will check out more of his stuff.
Robert Bressen: I'll look into him.
Luis Bunuel: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie; W = haven't seen anything I've disliked.
Claude Chabrol: I'll look into him.
Charlie Chaplin: OS = The Gold Rush, The Pawn Shop (yep, I suck even more now). Of course I'll see more, though. I doubt he made a bad film.
Jean Cocteau: I'll look into him.
George Cukor: B = The Philadelphia Story; haven't seen anything that I've disliked.
Brian De Palma: B = The Untouchables, W = Scarface (ridiculous is a more apt term).
Claire Denis: I'll look into her.
Carl Theodor Dreyer: same.
Frederico Fellini: OS = 8 1/2; will see more.
David Fincher: B = Seven (F = Fight Club...sure, I'll go there), W = Alien 3
Terry Gilliam: B & F = Monty Python and the Holy Grail (2nd F = Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas), W = Brothers Grimm.
DW Griffith: probably won't watch any of his stuff.
Jia Zhangke: I'll look into him.
Buster Keaton: OS = The General, will watch more.
Abbas Kiarostami: I really want to see Taste of Cherry and Certified Copy.
Brad Bird: B = Ratatouille (F = "Krusty Gets Busted"), W = haven't seen The Incredibles yet.
Harmony Korine: Maybe I'll check him out, probably not.
Akira Kurosawa: OS = Rashomon; this is embarrassing, but I'm addressing the problem.
Kenji Mizoguchi: I'll look into him.
David Lean: B = The Bridge on the River Kwai, haven't seen a bad film, but need to see more.
Joseph H. Lewis: I'll look into him.
Henry Hathaway: same.
Richard Linklater: B = Before Sunrise, W = haven't seen one I've hated.
Jospeh Losey: I'll look into him.
David Lynch: B = Mulholland Drive/Blue Velvet, W = Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Eraserhead (Jeff and Brandon are both right).
Terrence Malick: B = The Tree of Life (sure), W = I've seen them all and have loved them all.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz: OS = All About Eve, will definitely see more.
Anthony Mann: I'll look into him.
Michael Mann: B = Heat, W = Public Enemies (because it was kinda boring, not because of the camera).
Leo McCarey: B and F = Duck Soup, haven't seen one I've hated or enough of his stuff for that matter.
James Cameron: B = Terminator 2, W = Avatar (much deserved, even if it's an easy target)
Jean-Pierre Melville: I'll check him out.
Paul Thomas Anderson: B = There Will Be Blood, W = Boogie Nights (sorry Jeff, I don't hate it, but I'm not remotely crazy about it).
Quentin Tarantino: B = Inglorious Basterds, W = I don't hate any of his films, Death Proof was the most disappointing, though.
Danny Boyle: B = Trainspotting/28 Days Later, W = Slumdog Millionaire
Vincent Minnelli: I will watch his stuff soon.
Sam Peckinpah: same as above.
Arthur Penn: OS = Bonnie and Clyde.
James Whales: OS = Frankenstein.
Tod Browning: Will see Freaks and Dracula at some point.
Edgar G. Ulmer: I'll look into him.
Robert Zemeckis: B = Back to the Future, W = Beuwolf, Polar Express, A Christmas Carol
Powell and Pressburger: I'll look into them.
Yasujiro Ozu: I have plans to catch his stuff.
Otto Preminger: same.
Nicholas Ray: OS = Rebel Without a Cause; will see more.
Jean Renoir: OS = The Grand Illusion; will definitely see more.
Nicolas Roeg: OS = The Witches; I'll look into him.
Eric Rohmer: Haven't seen anything; I'll check out those VHS's, John.
Roberto Rossellini: I'll look into him.
Douglas Sirk: same.
Steven Soderbergh: B = Traffic (F = Ocean's 11), W = Ocean's 12
Steven Spielberg: B = Schindler's List (F = Catch Me If You Can, Raiders of the Lost Ark), W = Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Lost World
Andrei Tarkovsky: B = Solaris; need to see more.
Jacques Tati: I'll look into him.
Paul Verhoven: haven't seen any of his movies because most of them look like shit (but who am I? a nobody).
Jean Vigo: I'll look into him.
Raoul Walsh: B = The Roaring Twenties (F = White Heat...maybe); need to see more by him.
John Waters: Why do I feel like I've seen one of his films?? But I haven't. Pink Flamingos has been in my queue for years.
Peter Weir: B and F = The Truman Show, W = haven't seen enough to say.
Orson Welles: B = Citizen Kane, W = haven't seen enough to say.
Wim Wenders: OS = Wings of Desire, but am definitely looking into him.
Billy Wilder: B = Sunset Blvd. (F = Some Like It Hot, Double Indemnity), W = haven't seen a bad film by him.
William Wellman: Haven't seen any of his films, but that will change soon.
William Wyler: same as above.
Wong Kar-wai: I'll look into him, but I believe this is the second time he is on the list, no?
Zhang Yimou: I must see his stuff; essential contemporary viewing.
Victor Fleming: B = Gone With the Wind/The Wizard of Oz; haven't seen enough of his work.
Mark Robson: I'll look into him.
Robert Wise: OS = West Side Story and The Sound of Music; will see The Curse of the Cat People at some point.
Josef Von Sternberg: I'll look into him.
Sam Fuller: same as above.
Roman Polanski: B = Chinatown; haven't seen one I've hated, but haven't seen enough.
John Cassavetes: I'll look into him.
John Boorman: OS = Deliverance
Tobe Hooper: I'll catch some of his stuff.
Robert Rodriguez: B = Sin City, W = Sharkboy and Lava Girl 3D crap-tacular
William Friedkin: B = The Exorcist; haven't seen enough to say.
John Huston: OS = The African Queen, this will change soon.
Mike Leigh: OS = Another Year, but definitely would see more.
Kathryn Bigelow: OS = The Hurt Locker, maybe I'll see her other stuff. I still like her better than her ex-husband.
Oliver Stone: Why all the hate? Oh wait, he sucks.
Spike Lee: B and F = Do the Right Thing (2nd F = 25th Hour), W = He Got Game
Gus Van Sant: B = Milk/Elephant, W = haven't seen a bad one yet, but haven't seen all of his stuff.
Hayao Miyazaki: I'll look into him.
George Miller: Maybe.
Darren Aronofsky: B and F = The Fountain, W = yeah, probably The Wrestler.
Spike Jonze: B = Adaptation (shame on you, Brandon), F = Being John Malkovich, W = Where the Wild Things Are...sure.
Directors I'm Adding:
Howard Hawks: B = Only Angels Have Wings; haven't seen a bad one yet, but need to see more.
Christopher Nolan: B and F = Memento, W = The Prestige, but I like it.
Cameron Crowe: B = Almost Famous, W = Elizabeth Town
Jean-Pierre Jeunet: B = Amelie, W = haven't seen enough.
People Brandon Forgot Because He Probably Didn't Want To Put Himself In a Sour Mood:
Mike Nichols: B = The Graduate, W = Closer
Sam Mendes: B = Away We Go, W = Jarhead
I had one or two other names, but I've forgotten. I'll try and remember them, though.