The Five Most Influential Filmmakers in American History

By David Thomson

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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http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2006/12/influential-filmmakers/305383/