Spielberg voted top director

June 2, 2005 at 12:15 PM

LONDON, June 2 (UPI) -- Readers of Britain's Empire magazine have voted Steven Spielberg cinema's greatest director, above Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese.

Spielberg burst into film's mainstream with "Jaws" in 1975. He proved to be the most versatile director among the 10,000 Empire readers, editing his dinosaur blockbuster "Jurassic Park" in the evenings after spending the day directing "Schindler's List," the Times of London reported Thursday.

His next film, "War of the Worlds" to be released July 1, will also be one of the fastest blockbuster releases, Empire said.

Hitchcock, who directed 67 films, came second on the list and was the highest-ranked Briton. Scorcese was acknowledged as the third-greatest director, despite never having won an Oscar.

The top 10 directors voted in the list of 40 were Spielberg, Hitchcock, Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, Akira Kurosawa, Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Orson Welles and Woody Allen.

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