The Top Movie Directors of All Time
Here are the Directors that everyone can admire and be astonished at their life’s work. This list pays homage to them, the top ten best movie directors of all time.
10. Christopher Nolan: He may be a fairly new director, but for revamping the Batman series we salute you. He improved upon an already decent series (before they put Robin in and ruined them). He has an eye for film and gets the most out of his actors. He is a great storyteller and will have many more good films to put out in the not so distant future.
9. David Fincher: Fight Club, Benjamin Button, Se7en are some great movies. Se7en changed the mystery/thriller genre for the better. Fight Club had amazing acting performance from Pitt/Norton. He needs to make more movies as all of his work is amazing.
8. Quentin Tarantino: He changed the outlook on linear storytelling with Pulp Fiction. He mixed anime with live action in Kill Bill. He made a woman character who was extremely interesting and could kick ass (Kill Bill). Reservoir Dogs had lots of memorable character with an unexpected ending. It was also told out of chronological order.
7. Stanley Kubrick: In Full Metal Jacket we got a look at the inside of a boot camp and the dark sides of the Vietnam War. Dr. Strangelove showed us what the world looks like on the brink of all out nuclear war. Kubrick has a twisted dark way of telling stories that is so intriguing to us. His films are realistic but seem almost surreal in their telling.
6. Brian De Palma: This director has an amazing body of work with films like The Untouchables and Scarface to name a few. He has influenced young and old directors alike and tells stories with a flair. His movie Scarface is referenced all the time in popular culture.
5. Ridley Scott: An amazing director and definitely one of the best. Gladiator was a masterpiece and you were totally immersed in the Roman world of dueling to the death before millions. Alien revitalized the Sci Fi series and so did Blade Runner. All his recent work such as Body of Lies and American Gangster have been excellent as well. I’ve haven’t seen a film of his I didn’t love.
4. Alfred Hitchcock: At this point in the list you could vouch that any of the top four are the best directors of all time. In Psycho we went inside the mind of a psychopath with mother issues, and were never the same again. The Birds made us give concerned looks whenever we see large swarms of birds. Rear Window made us think about that stranger living across the street. Could he be a killer? Hitchcock made us voyeur and we were disturbed but enthralled much as some voyeurs are in reality. A mastermind director even though he was known to not like actors.
3. Francis Ford Coppola: He brought us The Godfather I & II. The third one I didn’t care for, but neither do most people. He also made one of the most bizarre and well done war films, Apocalypse Now. He is one of the best directors of our time, but strangely has not made many great films lately. His last good film was Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I suppose nothing will ever compare to his earlier masterpieces. It’s like asking Davinci to top The Mona Lisa.
2. Steven Spielberg: The best American director of all time without a doubt. His films are artistic successes as well as financial success. That’s why all up and coming directors want to emulate his style. He works so closely with the cinematographer and whole crew to get the film to look exactly like he wants. His masterpieces include E.T., Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park and many more. We get a great story with his films and thoroughly enjoy watching them.
1. Akira Kurosawa: Seven Samurai, Roshoman, Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo, all astounding masterpieces. He has inspired almost every director, from George Lucas to countless others. He is definetly the best Japanese director and maybe the best director ever. He is to directing what books are to story telling. If there is anyone who has mastered the craft of directing, Kurosawa would be the one.