The Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Director is an annual award given by the Chicago Film Critics Association.



Year Winner and nominees Film
1988 Robert Zemeckis Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1989 Spike Lee Do the Right Thing
Woody Allen Crimes and Misdemeanors
Kenneth Branagh Henry V
Tim Burton Batman
Steven Soderbergh Sex, Lies, and Videotape


Year Winner and nominees Film
1990 Martin Scorsese Goodfellas
1991 Jonathan Demme The Silence of the Lambs
Kenneth Branagh Peter's Friends
Joel Coen Barton Fink
Martha Coolidge Rambling Rose
Terry Gilliam The Fisher King
Spike Lee Jungle Fever
Barry Levinson Bugsy
John Sayles City of Hope
Martin Scorsese Cape Fear
Ridley Scott Thelma & Louise
John Singleton Boyz n the Hood
1992 Robert Altman The Player
Clint Eastwood Unforgiven
Neil Jordan The Crying Game
Spike Lee Malcolm X
Quentin Tarantino Reservoir Dogs
1993 Steven Spielberg Schindler's List
Robert Altman Short Cuts
Jane Campion The Piano
Andrew Davis The Fugitive
Jonathan Demme Philadelphia
1994 Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction
Tim Burton Ed Wood
Steve James Hoop Dreams
Krzysztof Kieślowski Three Colours: Red
Robert Zemeckis Forrest Gump
1995 Oliver Stone Nixon
Clint Eastwood The Bridges of Madison County
Mike Figgis Leaving Las Vegas
Ron Howard Apollo 13
Martin Scorsese Casino
1996 Joel Coen Fargo
Miloš Forman The People vs. Larry Flynt
Mike Leigh Secrets & Lies
John Sayles Lone Star
Lars von Trier Breaking the Waves
1997 Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential
Paul Thomas Anderson Boogie Nights
James L. Brooks As Good as It Gets
James Cameron Titanic
Atom Egoyan The Sweet Hereafter
Ang Lee The Ice Storm
1998 Terrence Malick The Thin Red Line
John Boorman The General
Neil Jordan The Butcher Boy
Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan
Peter Weir The Truman Show
1999 Sam Mendes American Beauty
Paul Thomas Anderson Magnolia
Spike Jonze Being John Malkovich
Stanley Kubrick Eyes Wide Shut
David Lynch The Straight Story


Year Winner and nominees Film
2000 Steven Soderbergh Traffic
Darren Aronofsky Requiem for a Dream
Cameron Crowe Almost Famous
Ang Lee Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Robert Zemeckis Cast Away
2001 David Lynch Mulholland Dr.
Robert Altman Gosford Park
Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Baz Luhrmann Moulin Rouge!
2002 Todd Haynes Far from Heaven
Paul Thomas Anderson Punch-Drunk Love
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Alexander Payne About Schmidt
Roman Polanski The Pianist
Martin Scorsese Gangs of New York
2003 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Tim Burton Big Fish
Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation
Clint Eastwood Mystic River
Peter Weir Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
2004 Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby
2005 David Cronenberg A History of Violence
George Clooney Good Night, and Good Luck.
Peter Jackson King Kong
Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain
Steven Spielberg Munich
2006 Martin Scorsese The Departed
Clint Eastwood Letters from Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears The Queen
Paul Greengrass United 93
Alejandro González Iñárritu Babel
2007 Joel Coen and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood
David Fincher Zodiac
Tony Gilroy Michael Clayton
Jason Reitman Juno
2008 Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight
Andrew Stanton WALL-E
Gus Van Sant Milk
2009 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen A Serious Man
Spike Jonze Where the Wild Things Are
Jason Reitman Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds


Year Winner and nominees Film
2010 David Fincher The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky Black Swan
Debra Granik Winter's Bone
Tom Hooper The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan Inception
2011 Terrence Malick The Tree of Life
Michel Hazanavicius The Artist
Alexander Payne The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn Drive
Martin Scorsese Hugo
2012 Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty
Ben Affleck Argo
Paul Thomas Anderson The Master
Steven Spielberg Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin Beasts of the Southern Wild
2013 Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Inside Llewyn Davis
Alfonso Cuarón Gravity
Spike Jonze Her
David O. Russell American Hustle
2014 Richard Linklater Boyhood
Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
David Fincher Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Iñárritu Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Christopher Nolan Interstellar
2015 George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
Todd Haynes Carol
Alejandro G. Iñárritu The Revenant
Tom McCarthy Spotlight
Adam McKay The Big Short
2016 Barry Jenkins Moonlight
Damien Chazelle La La Land
Pablo Larraín Jackie
Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
Chan-wook Park The Handmaiden
2017 Christopher Nolan Dunkirk
Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig Lady Bird
Luca Guadagnino Call Me by Your Name
Jordan Peele Get Out
2018 Alfonso Cuarón Roma
Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born
Yorgos Lanthimos The Favourite
Lynne Ramsay You Were Never Really Here
Paul Schrader First Reformed
2019 Bong Joon-ho Parasite
Noah Baumbach Marriage Story
Greta Gerwig Little Women
Martin Scorsese The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino Once Upon a Hollywood


Year Winner and nominees Film
2020 Chloé Zhao Nomadland
Emerald Fennell Promising Young Woman
Spike Lee Da 5 Bloods
Steve McQueen Lovers Rock
Kelly Reichardt First Cow
2021 Jane Campion The Power of the Dog
Paul Thomas Anderson Licorice Pizza
Ryusuke Hamaguchi Drive My Car
David Lowery The Green Knight
Steven Spielberg West Side Story