The Best Film Directors

Normally it is the stars in front of the camera that are singled out for mass adulation but there are a few Directors who elicit the same response from movie fans all over the world. These directors can not only produce blockbusters but they are geniuses of film making and have created successive masterpieces which became part of cinematic history. We look at some of these Directors and the films that have made them great. These are the Director Profiles:

 

Steven Spielberg – b. 18thDecember 1946

Breakthrough Film: Jaws.

Films that secured the Legacy: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Colour Purple, E.T : The Extra-Terrestrial, Empire of the Sun, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Raider’s of the Lost Ark, Amistad, Jurassic Park.

Box Office Turnover: $3.8 billion.

Defining Characteristics as a Director: Adaptability, his filmography is vast and varied. There is arguably no other director in the world who is as prolific, commercial and critically acclaimed as Spielberg.

 

Martin Scorsese – b. 17th November 1942

Breakthrough Film: Mean Streets.

Films that secured the Legacy: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Departed, The King of Comedy, The Last Temptation of Christ.

Box Office Turnover: $829 million.

Defining Characteristics as a Director:  Atmospheric visual style which give his films great impact.

 

James Cameron – b. 16th August 1954

Breakthrough Film: The Terminator.

Films that secured the Legacy: Aliens True Lies, Titanic and Avatar.

Box Office Turnover: $1.9 billion.

Defining Characteristics as a Director: Although his films strive to have deeper meaning than what they first appear, often promoting feminism, alluding to fears of a nuclear holocaust and trying to understand how technological progress will affect humanity it is still Cameron’s ability to appeal to the masses that is his defining characteristic. Even as a first time feature film director he managed to create the colossal Terminator.

 

Alfred Hitchcock – b. 13th August 1899; d. 29th April 1980

Breakthrough Film: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog.

Films that secured the Legacy: Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, North by Northwest, The Man who Knew too Much, The Birds.

Box Office Turnover: $223 million.

Defining Characteristics as a Director: Ability to create suspense and intrigue like no other. He is called the Master of Suspense.

 

Stanley Kubrick – b. 26th July 1928; d. 7th March 1999

Breakthrough Film: Spartacus.

Films that secured the Legacy: Dr Strangelove, Lolita, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut.

Box Office Turnover: $296.5 million.

Defining Characteristics as a Director: Perfectionism. He was regarded as a genius of film but his meticulous movie making and care over his projects made him notorious in Hollywood.

 

Woody Allen – b. 1st December 1935

Breakthrough Film: Annie Hall.

Films that secured the Legacy:  Hannah and Her Sister, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Crimes and Misdemeanours, Sweet and Lowdown.

Box Office Turnover: $465 million.

Defining Characteristics as a Director: Fast talking witty dialogue often referring to Allen’s Jewish background, feelings of inferiority and his own narcissism.

 

Quentin Tarantino – b. 27th March 1963

Breakthrough Film: Reservoir Dogs.

Films that secured the Legacy:  Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill vol. I &II, Inglorious Bastards.

Box Office Turnover: $511 million.

Defining Characteristics as a Director: His films are known for biting dialogue and his beautifully filmed violent sequences.

 

David Lynch – b. 20th January 1946

Breakthrough Film: The Elephant Man.

Films that secured the Legacy: Eraserhead , Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive.

Box Office Turnover: $105.8 million.

Defining Characteristics as a Director: His films are described as dark and dream like. Although he has amassed worldwide critical acclaim he is famous for his cult following.

 

Francis Ford Coppola – b. 7th April 1939

Breakthrough Film: The Godfather.

Films that secured the Legacy: The Godfather II, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now.

Box Office Turnover: $692.4 million.

Defining Characteristics as a Director: He tells grand stories and portrays grand themes all through the medium of human relationships.

 

Orson Welles – b. 6th May 1915; d. 10th October 1985

Breakthrough Film: Citizen Kane.

Films that secured the Legacy: Touch of Evil, The Lady from Shanghai, Chimes at Midnight.

Box Office Turnover: $3.2 million.

Defining Characteristics as a Director: Ingenuity; Welles was noted for his innovative film making and forged the way for many directors to come.

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