Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director

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Steven Spielberg holds the record for most wins: 6 (1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1985 The Color Purple, 1987 Empire of the Sun, 1993 Schindler's List, 1998 Saving Private Ryan and 2005 Munich). Peter Jackson won an award for each and every film of The Lord of the Rings-trilogy.



Year Winner Film
1966 Federico Fellini Juliet of the Spirits (Giulietta degli spiriti)
1967 Michelangelo Antonioni Blowup
1968 Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey
1969 John Schlesinger Midnight Cowboy


Year Winner Film
1970 Robert Altman MASH
1971 Sam Peckinpah Straw Dogs
1972 Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather
1973 Ingmar Bergman Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop)
1974 Francis Ford Coppola The Conversation
The Godfather: Part II
1975 Robert Altman Nashville
1976 Miloš Forman One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
1977 Woody Allen Annie Hall
1978 Woody Allen Interiors
1979 Robert Benton Kramer vs. Kramer


Year Winner Film
1980 Robert Redford Ordinary People
1981 Sidney Lumet Prince of the City
1982 Steven Spielberg E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
1983 Philip Kaufman The Right Stuff
1984 David Lean A Passage to India
1985 Steven Spielberg The Color Purple
1986 Oliver Stone Platoon
1987 Steven Spielberg Empire of the Sun
1988 Barry Levinson Rain Man
1989 Edward Zwick Glory


Year Winner Film
1990 Martin Scorsese Goodfellas
1991 Jonathan Demme The Silence of the Lambs
1992 Clint Eastwood Unforgiven
1993 Steven Spielberg Schindler's List
1994 Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction
1995 Ron Howard Apollo 13
1996 Joel Coen Fargo
1997 James Cameron Titanic
1998 Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan
1999 Sam Mendes American Beauty


Year Winner Film
2000 Steven Soderbergh Traffic
2001 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2002 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2003 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004 Martin Scorsese The Aviator
2005 Steven Spielberg Munich
2006 Paul Greengrass United 93
2007 Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood
Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon)
2008 Darren Aronofsky The Wrestler
2009 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker


Year Winner Film
2010 Christopher Nolan Inception
2011 Terrence Malick The Tree of Life
2012 Ang Lee Life of Pi
2013 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity
Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave
2014 Richard Linklater Boyhood