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Table 3 Top 20 directors by influence centrality, with information on range of their career

From: Identification of key films and personalities in the history of cinema from a Western perspective

Rank Name Career Rank Name Career
1 Cukor, George (1930 - 1981) 11 Whale, James (I) (1930 - 1940)
2 Fleming, Victor (I) (1920 - 1948) 12 Coppola, Francis Ford (1959 - 2011)
3 Hitchcock, Alfred (I) (1925 - 1976) 13 Cameron, James (I) (1981 - 2025)
4 LeRoy, Mervyn (1928 - 1968) 14 Jackson, Wilfred (I) (1937 - 1955)
5 Spielberg, Steven (1964 - 2020) 15 Wood, Sam (I) (1920 - 1949)
6 Kubrick, Stanley (1953 - 1999) 16 Schoedsack, Ernest B. (1925 - 1952)
7 Taurog, Norman (1930 - 1968) 17 Cooper, Merian C. (1925 - 1952)
8 Vidor, King (1921 - 1959) 18 Wilder, Billy (1942 - 1981)
9 Lucas, George (I) (1969 - 2005) 19 Welles, Orson (1938 - 1993)
10 Curtiz, Michael (1922 - 1961) 20 Hawks, Howard (1927 - 1970)