In the beginning, directors chose to work with Criterion because we were the only label committed to showing movies as they were meant to be seen, letterboxed with new digital transfers made from the best available elements. Before long we began recording audio commentaries by directors, restoring director's cuts, collecting deleted scenes, gag reels, shooting scripts, early shorts, storyboards. To date, these 35 filmmakers have made our Director Approved library the most significant archive of contemporary filmmaking available to the home viewer.

Robert Altman | Michael Bay | Peter Bogdanovich | Danny Boyle | Peter Brook | Marcel Carne | John Carpenter | Don Chaffey | Francis Ford Coppola | David Cronenberg | Jonathan Demme | David Fincher | Terry Gilliam | Allen and Albert Hughes | Terry Jones | Neil Jordan | Philip Kaufman | Stanley Kubrick | Spike Lee | Mike Leigh | Louis Malle | Anthony Minghella | Alan Parker | Melvin Van Peebles | Roman Polanski | Sydney Pollack | Rob Reiner | Leni Riefenstahl | Nicolas Roeg | John Schlesinger | Martin Scorsese | John Singleton | Kevin Smith | Steven Soderbergh | Steven Spielberg | Michael Steinberg | Barbra Streisand | John Sturges | Lee Tamahori | Quentin Tarantino | Billy Bob Thornton | Paul Verhoeven | Lars Von Trier | John Waters | John Woo

Robert Altman

The Player
Secret Honor
Short Cuts

Michael Bay

The Rock

Peter Bogdanovich

The Last Picture Show

Danny Boyle


Peter Brook

The Lord of the Flies

Marcel Carne

Children of Paradise

John Carpenter


Don Chaffey

Jason and the Argonauts

Francis Ford Coppola

Bram Stoker's Dracula

David Cronenberg

Dead Ringers

Jonathan Demme

The Silence of the Lambs

David Fincher

The Game

Terry Gilliam

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
The Fisher King
Time Bandits

Allen and Albert Hughes

Dead Presidents
Menace II Society

Terry Jones

Life of Brian

Neil Jordan

Mona Lisa

Philip Kaufman

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Stanley Kubrick

Dr. Strangelove
The Killing
Paths of Glory
2001: A Space Odyssey

Spike Lee

Do the Right Thing
She's Gotta Have It

Mike Leigh


Louis Malle


Anthony Minghella

The English Patient

Alan Parker


Melvin Van Peebles

Sweet Sweetback's Baaadassssss Song

Roman Polanski

Knife in the Water

Sydney Pollack


Rob Reiner

This is Spinal Tap

Leni Riefenstahl


Nicolas Roeg

The Man Who Fell to Earth

John Schlesinger

Midnight Cowboy
Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Martin Scorsese

Raging Bull
Taxi Driver

John Singleton

Boyz N the Hood

Kevin Smith

Chasing Amy

Steven Soderbergh

sex, lies, and videotape

Steven Spielberg

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Michael Steinberg

Bodies, Rest & Motion

Barbra Streisand

The Prince of Tides

John Sturges

Bad Day at Black Rock
The Great Escape

Lee Tamahori

Once Were Warriors

Quentin Tarantino

Pulp Fiction

Billy Bob Thornton

Sling Blade

Paul Verhoeven


Lars Von Trier

Breaking the Waves

John Waters

Pink Flamingos

John Woo

Hard Boiled
The Killer

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