Best Director Academy Award Winners List

  1. 2024: Christopher Nolan - Oppenheimer
  2. 2023: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert - Everything Everywhere All at Once
  3. 2022: Jane Campion - The Power of the Dog
  4. 2021: Chloé Zhao - Nomadland
  5. 2020: Bong Joon-ho - Parasite
  6. 2019: Alfonso Cuarón - Roma
  7. 2018: Guillermo del Toro - The Shape of Water
  8. 2017: Damien Chazelle - La La Land
  9. 2016: Alejandro González Iñárritu - The Revenant
  10. 2015: Alejandro González Iñárritu - Birdman
  11. 2014: Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity
  12. 2013: Ang Lee - Life of Pi
  13. 2012: Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
  14. 2011: Tom Hooper - The King's Speech
  15. 2010: Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
  16. 2009: Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
  17. 2008: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - No Country for Old Men
  18. 2007: Martin Scorsese - The Departed
  19. 2006: Ang Lee - Brokeback Mountain
  20. 2005: Clint Eastwood - Million Dollar Baby
  21. 2004: Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  22. 2003: Roman Polanski - The Pianist
  23. 2002: Ron Howard - A Beautiful Mind
  24. 2001: Steven Soderbergh - Traffic
  25. 2000: Sam Mendes - American Beauty
  26. 1999: Steven Spielberg - Saving Private Ryan
  27. 1998: James Cameron - Titanic
  28. 1997: Anthony Minghella - The English Patient
  29. 1996: Mel Gibson - Braveheart
  30. 1995: Robert Zemeckis - Forrest Gump
  31. 1994: Steven Spielberg - Schindler's List
  32. 1993: Clint Eastwood - Unforgiven
  33. 1992: Jonathan Demme - The Silence of the Lambs
  34. 1991: Kevin Costner - Dances with Wolves
  35. 1990: Oliver Stone - Born on the Fourth of July
  36. 1989: Barry Levinson - Rain Man
  37. 1988: Bernardo Bertolucci - The Last Emperor
  38. 1987: Oliver Stone - Platoon
  39. 1986: Sydney Pollack - Out of Africa
  40. 1985: Milos Forman - Amadeus
  41. 1984: James L. Brooks - Terms of Endearment
  42. 1983: Richard Attenborough - Gandhi
  43. 1982: Warren Beatty - Reds
  44. 1981: Robert Redford - Ordinary People
  45. 1980: Robert Benton - Kramer vs. Kramer
  46. 1979: Michael Cimino - The Deer Hunter
  47. 1978: Woody Allen - Annie Hall
  48. 1977: John G. Avildsen - Rocky
  49. 1976: Milos Forman - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  50. 1975: Francis Ford Coppola - The Godfather Part II
  51. 1974: George Roy Hill - The Sting
  52. 1973: Bob Fosse - Cabaret
  53. 1972: William Friedkin - The French Connection
  54. 1971: Franklin J. Schaffner - Patton
  55. 1970: John Schlesinger - Midnight Cowboy
  56. 1969: Carol Reed - Oliver!
  57. 1968: Mike Nichols - The Graduate
  58. 1967: Fred Zinnemann - A Man for All Seasons
  59. 1966: Robert Wise - The Sound of Music
  60. 1965: George Cukor - My Fair Lady
  61. 1964: Tony Richardson - Tom Jones
  62. 1963: David Lean - Lawrence of Arabia
  63. 1962: Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise - West Side Story
  64. 1961: Billy Wilder - The Apartment
  65. 1960: William Wyler - Ben-Hur
  66. 1959: Vincente Minnelli - Gigi
  67. 1958: David Lean - The Bridge on the River Kwai
  68. 1957: George Stevens - Giant
  69. 1956: Delbert Mann - Marty
  70. 1955: Elia Kazan - On the Waterfront
  71. 1954: Fred Zinnemann - From Here to Eternity
  72. 1953: John Ford - The Quiet Man
  73. 1952: George Stevens - A Place in the Sun
  74. 1951: Joseph L. Mankiewicz - All About Eve
  75. 1950: Joseph L. Mankiewicz - A Letter to Three Wives
  76. 1949: John Huston - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  77. 1948: Elia Kazan - Gentleman's Agreement
  78. 1947: William Wyler - The Best Years of Our Lives
  79. 1946: Billy Wilder - The Lost Weekend
  80. 1945: Leo McCarey - Going My Way
  81. 1944: Michael Curtiz - Casablanca
  82. 1943: William Wyler - Mrs. Miniver
  83. 1942: John Ford - How Green Was My Valley
  84. 1941: John Ford - The Grapes of Wrath
  85. 1940: Victor Fleming - Gone with the Wind
  86. 1939: Frank Capra - You Can't Take It with You
  87. 1938: Leo McCarey - The Awful Truth
  88. 1937: Frank Capra - Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  89. 1936: John Ford - The Informer
  90. 1935: Frank Capra - It Happened One Night
  91. 1934: Frank Lloyd - Cavalcade
  92. 1933: Frank Borzage - Bad Girl
  93. 1932: Norman Taurog - Skippy
  94. 1931: Lewis Milestone - All Quiet on the Western Front
  95. 1930: Frank Lloyd - The Divine Lady
  96. 1929: Frank Borzage - 7th Heaven
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