Top 10 Directors

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10. Christopher Nolan has only directed nine films, yet he is one of the highest-grossing directors in history. At the age of 45, he has grossed over 4.2 billion worldwide and garnered twenty-nine Oscar nominations. Nolan’s films are rooted in philosophical, sociological, and ethical concepts exploring human reality, the construction of time, and the malleable nature of memory and personal identity. If you will allow me to go full fan boy, I believe Christopher Nolan will easily be one of the top five directors very shortly. Nolan’s most notable works include The Dark Knight Trilogy, Prestige, and Inception. #newkidontheblock

9. George Lucas will inevitably go down in history as one of the greatest writers of our time. Not only does Lucas have a knack for creating interesting characters and storylines, he also has the ability to step behind the camera and direct amazing films. Lucas balances exceptional writing with amazing directing skills. He won a Golden Globe for Best Director for Star Wars: A New Hope which began a Star Wars craze throughout the world. As a Star Wars fan girl, I may be biased when it comes to putting Lucas on the list. However, it is hard to deny the influence that Star Wars has had on our modern culture. #creativegenius

8. Frank Capra films enjoyed immense success in the 1930s. It Happened One Night became the first film to win all five top Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay). Some of Capra’s later films were derived as too simplistic. However, movies such as It’s A Wonderful Life gained popularity in later years. Some of Capra’s most notable works are You Can Take It With You and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. #underappreciated

7. James Cameron has the two highest grossing films of all time and that cannot be ignored. Cameron has developed and mastered the 3D Fusion Camera System. Although Cameron has not put out a high volume of films, the quality of his product cannot be denied. Some of Cameron’s most notable works are Titanic and Avatar. #boxofficehits

6. Steven Spielberg is one of the most popular directors of all time. Spielberg’s films hold a box office record of a billion world-wide, making him the highest grossing director of all time. Spielberg’s early science-fiction films were seen as archetypes of modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. Some of Spielberg’s most notable works are Jaws, Schindler’s List, and Jurassic Park. #johnwilliams

5. Quentin Tarantino is a master of non-linear storylines. His films are characterized by satirical subject matter, violence, and ensemble casts. Tarantino’s films have garnered both commercial and critical success. He has directed such films as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Django Unchained to name a few. #kingofdialogue

4. Martin Scorsese was a major force in the New Hollywood way of film making. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinema history. Many of Scorsese’s films are also known for their depiction of violence and liberal use of profanity. Some notable Scorsese works include Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and Moon Street. #?!?@**?!

3. Orson Welles directed what many believe to be the greatest film of all time (Citizen Kane). He was also voted the greatest film director of all time by two British film Institute Polls. Welles’ other notable works include The Lady from Shanghai and Chimes at Midnight. #bestfilmever

2. Stanley Kubrick is most noted for his exceptional attention to detail. He is considered one of the most influential directors of all time. Kubrick’s films are noted for their realism, dark humor, unique cinematography, extensive set designs, and evocative music. Kubrick truly was an innovative director who paved the way for future directors such as Steven Spielberg. Notable Kubrick works include The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as Dr. Strangelove. #perfectionist

1. Alfred Hitchcock is often referred to as the master of suspense. Hitchcock pioneered the genres of suspense and thriller. He directed 50 feature films in a career spanning over six decades. Hitchcock’s flair was for narrative. He cruelly withheld crucial information (from his characters and viewers), and engaged the emotions of his audience like none before him and few who have followed. Hitchcock’s most notable works include Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo. #greatest

Did we forget to mention your favorite director on our list? Tell us some of your favorite directors in the comments below! #anerdynook


3 thoughts on “Top 10 Directors

  1. I’m SO happy to see George Lucas on this list! I often feel like a Lucas Apologist. Yay! So many people hate him with a surprising passion but what that man’s done with mythic storytelling (the Hero’s Journey, Ring Theory, incorporation of religious themes from all the world’s major traditions, etc.) is unparalleled. I’ll take Lucas (and the EU) over the Disney Canon any day!


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