Realizadores mais influentes de sempre não significa, necessariamente, os realizadores melhores de sempre. O site Movie Maker pegou na premissa e elaborou, em 2002, uma lista com os 25 realizadores mais influentes de sempre. Explicando, devidamente, o que quer dizer "influente":
Influence is defined as that intangible power which can affect a person, thing or course of events. Many believe that motion pictures, more than any other art form in the past century, have had a profound influence on modern life. If one also accepts the generally held premise that directors, more than any other creative force in the film industry, are responsible for steering and shaping motion pictures, then perhaps film directors as a group have had a vastly underestimated effect on the way society thinks and behaves.
But who has had the most influence on other directors, as well as the public? In the past 100 years, which directors have made an indelible impact on our lives, and on the face of the movie industry? In what ways have these directors helped to define cinema as we know and see it today? With the help of some of our most celebrated moviemakers and industry professionals, we have counted down the directors who made the most difference—and continue to do so today.
É uma excelente lista. Apenas trocaria a ordem de alguns realizadores (puxava uns para cima e outros para baixo), mas todos eles foram, segundo o conceito explicado, muito influentes.