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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director

The National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director is an annual award given by National Society of Film Critics to honor the best film director of the year.

American director Martin Scorsese and Swedish director Ingmar Bergman won this award a record three times. Scorsese won for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), and Goodfellas (1990); Bergman won for Persona (1967), Shame (Skammen) + Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) (1968), and The Passion of Anna (En passion) (1970). Robert Altman, Luis Buñuel, David Cronenberg, Clint Eastwood, Mike Leigh, Terence Malick, Steven Spielberg, and François Truffaut each won the award twice.



Year Winner Film
1966 Michelangelo Antonioni Blowup
1967 Ingmar Bergman Persona
1968 Ingmar Bergman Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen)
Shame (Skammen)
1969 François Truffaut Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés)


Year Winner Film
1970 Ingmar Bergman The Passion of Anna (En passion)
1971 Bernardo Bertolucci The Conformist (Il conformista)
1972 Luis Buñuel The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie)
1973 François Truffaut Day for Night (La nuit américaine)
1974 Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather Part II
1975 Robert Altman Nashville
1976 Martin Scorsese Taxi Driver
1977 Luis Buñuel That Obscure Object of Desire (Cet obscur objet du désir)
1978 Terrence Malick Days of Heaven
1979 Woody Allen Manhattan
Robert Benton Kramer vs. Kramer


Year Winner Film
1980 Martin Scorsese Raging Bull
1981 Louis Malle Atlantic City
1982 Steven Spielberg E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
1983 Paolo and Vittorio Taviani The Night of the Shooting Stars (La notte di San Lorenzo)
1984 Robert Bresson Money (L'argent)
1985 John Huston Prizzi's Honor
1986 David Lynch Blue Velvet (film)
1987 John Boorman Hope and Glory
1988 Philip Kaufman The Unbearable Lightness of Being
1989 Gus Van Sant Drugstore Cowboy


Year Winner Film
1990 Martin Scorsese Goodfellas
1991 David Cronenberg Naked Lunch
1992 Clint Eastwood Unforgiven
1993 Steven Spielberg Schindler's List
1994 Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction
1995 Mike Figgis Leaving Las Vegas
1996 Lars von Trier Breaking the Waves
1997 Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential
1998 Steven Soderbergh Out of Sight
1999 Mike Leigh Topsy-Turvy


Year Winner Film
2000 Steven Soderbergh Erin Brockovich
2001 Robert Altman Gosford Park
2002 Roman Polanski The Pianist
2003 Clint Eastwood Mystic River
2004 Zhang Yimou Hero (Ying xiong)
House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu)
2005 David Cronenberg A History of Violence
2006 Paul Greengrass United 93
2007 Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood
2008 Mike Leigh Happy-Go-Lucky
2009 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker


Year Winner Film
2010 David Fincher The Social Network
2011 Terrence Malick The Tree of Life
2012 Michael Haneke Amour
2013 Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Inside Llewyn Davis
2014 Richard Linklater Boyhood
2015 Todd Haynes Carol
2016 Barry Jenkins Moonlight
2017 Greta Gerwig Lady Bird
2018 Alfonso Cuarón Roma