My Top 9 Directors

9. Darren Aronofsky

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Known for: Black Sawn, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler

Aronofsky is also directing the epic-adaption of Noah. What I love of Mr. Aronofsky is his ability to exploit different emotional levels in his film. He is able to make you feel as if you were the one experiencing those emotions.

8. Clint Eastwood

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Known for: Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino

He takes chances, and he is able to show the moral complexity of human beings and executes it so well on screen.

7. David Fincher

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Known for: Fight Club, Se7en, Panic Room, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

David Fincher can use the elements of psychological and dark overtones. He’s known to be too controlling and retaking a lot of scenes, but this is why he’s great at attention detail.

6. Joel Coen

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Known for: The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, O Brother , Where Art Thou?

I can’t mention Joel Coen without his brother Ethan, both are visionary and use idiosyncratic styles. They can combine arch irony, humor and brute violence in order to make a film come alive.

5. Christopher Nolan

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Known For: Momento, Inception, The Prestige, Insomnia

Mostly known for directing The Dark Knight Trilogy but his other recognitions are noteworthy. Critics have called him the next Kubrick; both directors have similar styles approaching how they want to tell their story.

4. Steven Spielberg

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Known for: E.T, Jurassic Park, Close Encounter of The Third Kind, Schindler’s List

Is a visual genius he can take advantage of lighting and make it bleed beautifully on screen. “He’s the first one of us who doesn’t see the proscenium arch.” A quote by Alfred Hitchcock praising his directorial flair. Spielberg can take advantage of various shots, whether they are sideways tracking, over the shoulder shots, wide lenses, match cuts and has the ability in making it his own style.

3. Martin Scorsese

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Known for: Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Departed

I don’t think I ever seen a Scorsese film and not be drawn in. Scorsese has a gift to make the audience pay attention to every detail as if he saying “hey watch or you will miss something.” All of his films are consistent and have articulate themes.

2. Stanley Kubrick.

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Known for: 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shinning, Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange

I have never seen a director who has achieved as many genres so beautifully as Kubrick has. Something that I admired from Kubrick for a long time is that he never made a sequel. All of his films were fresh. Kubrick was also known to be a serious director as well as a serious editor.

1. Alfred Hitchcock

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Known for:  Psycho, Vertigo, 39 Steps, North by Northwest

I have a soft spot for psychological genre, and no one does it better than Hitchcock. He IS the master of suspense even his photographs gives you chills. Hitchcock has many techniques whether its camera angles, bridging humor and tension together and he’s great adding irony in all of his films. My favorite directing style from Hitchcock is that he puts dialogue second. He once said that dialogue is only necessary when it is.

Do you agree/disagree with my list? Leave a comment 🙂

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5 thoughts on “My Top 9 Directors

  1. It’s hard to argue with any of your choices, and Kubrick and Hitchcock are my favorite directors, too. My only comment is that they were so good, they belong on a list by themselves.

  2. Francis Ford Coppola probably belongs on your list as well, on the strength of just four films: Godfather, Godfather II, Apocalypse Now, and the Conversation. The only problem is that most of his other work is mediocre or forgettable—and he has a long filmography.
    I would also add Terry Gilliam to your list. For a while there he was making one fantasy masterpiece after another: Time Bandits, Brazil, Baron Muncheusen, Fisher King and 12 Monkeys. He kind of lost it for a while, but The Imaginarium or Dr. Parnassus was a return to form (even though nobody saw it), and I have high hopes for Zero Theorem. The man is a visionary.

    • Francis Ford is brilliant he should belong on my list. I actually have not seen much of Gilliam and I did enjoy 12 Monkeys and The Imaginarium. I would have to analyze his other movies then. Thanks for those suggestion and for your input!

  3. Francis Ford Coppola probably belongs on your list as well, on the strength of just four films: Godfather, Godfather II, Apocalypse Now, and the Conversation. The only problem is that most of his other work is mediocre or forgettable—and he has a long filmography.
    I would also add Terry Gilliam to your list. For a while there he was making one fantasy masterpiece after another: Time Bandits, Brazil, Baron Muncheusen, Fisher King and 12 Monkeys. He kind of lost it for a while, but The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus was a return to form (even though nobody saw it), and I have high hopes for Zero Theorem. The man is a visionary.

  4. If you want to know if you like Gilliam or not, all you need to do is watch Brazil. It’s his masterpiece, and the quintessential film of his career. It’s on my top five list, but I know people who REALLY hate it.

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