National Board of Review Award for Best Director

The National Board of Review Award for Best Director is one of the annual film awards given (since 1945) by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.[1]



Year Winner Film
1945 Jean Renoir The Southerner
1946 William Wyler The Best Years of Our Lives
1947 Elia Kazan Boomerang! §
Gentleman's Agreement
1948 Roberto Rossellini § Paisan (Paisà)
1949 Vittorio De Sica § Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette)


Year Winner Film
1950 John Huston The Asphalt Jungle
1951 Akira Kurosawa § Rashōmon
1952 David Lean § The Sound Barrier
1953 George Stevens Shane
1954 Renato Castellani § Romeo and Juliet
1955 William Wyler The Desperate Hours
1956 John Huston § Moby Dick
1957 David Lean The Bridge on the River Kwai
1958 John Ford § The Last Hurrah
1959 Fred Zinnemann The Nun's Story


Year Winner Film
1960 Jack Cardiff Sons and Lovers
1961 Jack Clayton § The Innocents
1962 David Lean Lawrence of Arabia
1963 Tony Richardson Tom Jones
1964 Desmond Davis § Girl with Green Eyes
1965 John Schlesinger Darling
1966 Fred Zinnemann A Man for All Seasons
1967 Richard Brooks In Cold Blood
1968 Franco Zeffirelli Romeo and Juliet
1969 Alfred Hitchcock § Topaz


Year Winner Film
1970 François Truffaut § The Wild Child (L'enfant sauvage)
1971 Ken Russell The Boy Friend §
The Devils §
1972 Bob Fosse Cabaret
1973 Ingmar Bergman Cries and Whispers
1974 Francis Ford Coppola § The Conversation
1975 Robert Altman Nashville
Stanley Kubrick Barry Lyndon
1976 Alan J. Pakula All the President's Men
1977 Luis Buñuel § That Obscure Object of Desire (Cet obscur objet du désir)
1978 Ingmar Bergman § Autumn Sonata
1979 John Schlesinger § Yanks


Year Winner Film
1980 Robert Redford Ordinary People
1981 Warren Beatty Reds
1982 Sidney Lumet The Verdict
1983 James L. Brooks Terms of Endearment
1984 David Lean A Passage to India
1985 Akira Kurosawa Ran
1986 Woody Allen Hannah and Her Sisters
1987 Steven Spielberg § Empire of the Sun
1988 Alan Parker Mississippi Burning
1989 Kenneth Branagh Henry V


Year Winner Film
1990 Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves
1991 Jonathan Demme The Silence of the Lambs
1992 James Ivory Howards End
1993 Martin Scorsese § The Age of Innocence
1994 Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction
1995 Ang Lee § Sense and Sensibility
1996 Joel Coen Fargo
1997 Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential
1998 Shekhar Kapur § Elizabeth
1999 Anthony Minghella § The Talented Mr. Ripley


Year Winner Film
2000 Steven Soderbergh Erin Brockovich
2001 Todd Field § In the Bedroom
2002 Phillip Noyce The Quiet American §
Rabbit-Proof Fence §
2003 Edward Zwick § The Last Samurai
2004 Michael Mann § Collateral
2005 Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain
2006 Martin Scorsese The Departed
2007 Tim Burton § Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
2008 David Fincher The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2009 Clint Eastwood § Invictus


Year Winner Film
2010 David Fincher The Social Network
2011 Martin Scorsese Hugo
2012 Kathryn Bigelow § Zero Dark Thirty
2013 Spike Jonze § Her
2014 Clint Eastwood § American Sniper
2015 Ridley Scott § The Martian
2016 Barry Jenkins Moonlight


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