One approach to watching movies is by going through a specific filmmaker’s entire filmography. That’s how I approach things these days: You don’t have to think much what you’re going to watch next and you get a certain consistency of quality or at the very least in terms of what to expect. There are so many great auteurs out there – I myself am still discovering new ones every now and then.
This isn’t supposed to be a definitive list of what I think are the “best” filmmakers, these are just the ones that are most representative of my personal tastes. I tried to include the ones whose body of work I enjoy as a whole, so there still are many other directors I love outside of these, but maybe it’s more single films rather than their entire catalogue. What I appreciate most about these guys is their approach to cinema, their achievements and the attitude and mood of their films.