National Board of Review Award for Best Director

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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
2017 Greta Gerwig Lady Bird