The best film directors of all time
Here are the directors that everyone can admire and amaze for their life’s work. This list pays tribute to them, the top ten film directors of all time.
10. Christopher Nolan: He may be a fairly new director, but for renewing the Batman series we salute you. It improved on a show that was already decent (before they put Robin in and ruined it). He has a good eye for cinema and makes the most of his actors. He’s a great storyteller and will have many more great movies to come out in the not too distant future.
9. David Fincher: Fight Club, Benjamin Button, Se7en are some great movies. Se7en changed the mystery / suspense genre for the better. Fight Club had an incredible performance from Pitt / Norton. He needs to make more movies as all his work is amazing.
8. Quentin Tarantino: He changed the perspective of linear storytelling with Pulp Fiction. He mixed anime with live action on Kill Bill. He made a female character that was extremely interesting and could kick butt (Kill Bill). Reservoir Dogs had a lot of memorable character with an unexpected ending. It was also said out of chronological order.
7. Stanley Kubrick: In Full Metal Jacket we saw the inside of a training ground 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 dark and twisted way of telling stories that intrigues us a lot. His films are realistic but seem almost surreal in their storytelling.
6. Brian De Palma: This director has an amazing job with movies like The Untouchables and Scarface, to name a few. He has influenced both young and old directors and tells stories with style. His movie Scarface is referenced all the time in popular culture.
5. Ridley Scott: An incredible 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 also Blade Runner. All of his recent work like Body of Lies and American Gangster have been excellent as well. I haven’t seen a movie of his that I don’t love.
4. Alfred Hitchcock: At this point on the list, I could attest that any of the top four are the greatest directors of all time. In Psycho we delve into the mind of a psychopath with maternal problems, and we were never the same again. The birds made us look worried whenever we saw large swarms of birds. The back window made us think of that stranger who lives across the street. Could it be a murderer? Hitchcock turned us into voyeurs and we were disturbed but enthralled as much as some voyeurs in reality. An intellectual director despite the fact that he was known to dislike actors.
3. Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather I and II brought us. I didn’t like the third one, but neither did most of the people. He also made one of the weirdest and most well-made war movies, Apocalypse Now. He’s one of the best directors of our time, but oddly enough, he hasn’t made many great movies lately. His last good movie was Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I guess nothing will compare to his previous masterpieces. It’s like asking Davinci to headline the Mona Lisa.
2. Steven Spielberg: The best American director of all time without a doubt. His films are artistic and economic successes. That is why all emerging directors want to emulate his style. He works closely with the cinematographer and the entire crew to make the film look exactly the way he wants it. His masterpieces include ET, Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, and many more. We have a great history with his movies and we really enjoy watching them.
1. Akira Kurosawa: Seven Samurai, Roshoman, Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo, all amazing masterpieces. It has inspired almost every director, from George Lucas to many others. He is definitely the best Japanese director and perhaps the best director of all time. You must direct what books are to storytelling. If anyone has mastered the business of directing, Kurosawa would be the one.