An Expert’s Opinion December 2006

The Five Most Influential Filmmakers in American History

As we assembled our list of the top 100 influential figures in American history, we asked critic David Thomson whom he sees as America’s most influential filmmakers. Here are his Top Five:

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David Thomson is the author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. His most recent book is Nicole Kidman.

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