1. Martin Scorsese – The Departed, Taxi Driver, Gangs of New York, Cape Fear, Raging Bull, Casino, Goodfellas, The Aviator

2. James Cameron – Titanic, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Aliens, True Lies, The Abyss, Rambo: First Blood Part II (Original Screenplay)

3. Clint Eastwood – Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven, Absolute Power, Letters from Iwo Jima, Bird

4. Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, The Beach, Millions, he is to direct 28 Months Later

5. Quentin Tarantino – Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill V. 1 & 2, Jackie Brown

6. Duncan Jones – Moon

7. Mel Gibson – Braveheart, Apocalypto, Passion of the Christ

8. The Nolan Brothers – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, Following

9. Peter Jackson – Lord of the Rings Series, King Kong, Heavenly Creatures, The Frighteners

10. Wong Kar-Wai – 2046, In the Mood for Love