Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director

This is the complete list of the winners of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director given by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
Bong Joon-ho 2017.jpg
Current recipient: Bong Joon-ho
CountryUnited States
Presented byLos Angeles Film Critics Association
First awardedSidney Lumet
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Currently held byBong Joon-ho
Parasite (2019)



Year Winner Film
1975 Sidney Lumet Dog Day Afternoon
1976 Sidney Lumet Network
1977 Herbert Ross The Turning Point
1978 Michael Cimino The Deer Hunter
1979 Robert Benton Kramer vs. Kramer


Year Winner Film
1980 Roman Polanski Tess
1981 Warren Beatty Reds
1982 Steven Spielberg E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
1983 James L. Brooks Terms of Endearment
1984 Miloš Forman Amadeus
1985 Terry Gilliam § Brazil
1986 David Lynch Blue Velvet
1987 John Boorman Hope and Glory
1988 David Cronenberg § Dead Ringers
1989 Spike Lee § Do the Right Thing


Year Winner Film
1990 Martin Scorsese Goodfellas
1991 Barry Levinson Bugsy
1992 Clint Eastwood Unforgiven
1993 Jane Campion The Piano
1994 Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction
1995 Mike Figgis Leaving Las Vegas
1996 Mike Leigh Secrets & Lies
1997 Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential
1998 Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan
1999 Sam Mendes American Beauty


Year Winner Film
2000 Steven Soderbergh Erin Brockovich
2001 David Lynch Mulholland Drive
2002 Pedro Almodóvar Talk to Her (Hable con ella)
2003 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004 Alexander Payne Sideways
2005 Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain
2006 Paul Greengrass United 93
2007 Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood
2008 Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire
2009 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker


Year Winner Film
2010 Olivier Assayas § Carlos
David Fincher The Social Network
2011 Terrence Malick The Tree of Life
2012 Paul Thomas Anderson § The Master
2013 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity
2014 Richard Linklater Boyhood
2015 George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
2016 Barry Jenkins Moonlight
2017 Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water
Luca Guadagnino § Call Me by Your Name
2018 Debra Granik § Leave No Trace
2019 Bong Joon-ho Parasite