#51 Posted by AlexW00d (6548 posts) -

@castiel said:

David Cameron (Aliens and T2)


#52 Posted by Fredchuckdave (6451 posts) -

@ninjatard: Gatsby has good cinematography and Joel Edgerton was great but rest of it is meh; Dicaprio delivers yet another solid performance playing Dicaprio. Tobey Maguire plays the role of a lifetime in which he portrays a useless shit; what could be more fitting? It's not a terrible movie and the source material is ridiculously overrated but it doesn't hold a candle to Mud for starters (or 5 other movies already released prior to Oscar season).

#53 Posted by Greatgrey (55 posts) -
#55 Edited by razielrioux (135 posts) -

I also will join the Christopher Nolan crowd. I loved his direction for the Batman flicks, but I really enjoyed Memento and Following (great indie flick).

#56 Edited by GERALTITUDE (3915 posts) -

ehhhhh movies are pretty bad, all in all, after 1999. But until the whole industry fell apart... John Woo.

#57 Posted by TobbRobb (4931 posts) -

Clint Eastwood. He's got the personality, the skill and the perfectionism needed to be an amazing and charismatic director.

No one else really comes close in my book, even if I think some other directors have had higher peaks than him.

#58 Edited by Shortbreadtom (894 posts) -

Obvious answer, but I have to say Tarantino. The way he can do crazy action sequences as well as hyper tense conversation scenes is unparalleled. Also every genre he attempts is done excellently, and he still manages to make comments on said genres as well as filmmaking as a whole.

Another director I love is Judd Apatow. I feel like noone does modern, 18+ comedies like him.

EDIT: Shit, I forgot Edgar Wright. I love how he's a comedy director who gets that directing can be comedic, and not just pointing a camera at funny people.

#59 Posted by jimmy_p (278 posts) -

@tobbrobb: One too many oscar bait movies so I cant put him no. 1, but otherwise excellent as a director

@jimmy_p: Well I do like Barry Lyndon D: I do I really do .... tum tum .. ta tum tum , tum tum ta tum tum , tum tum tum ta tumm tum tum >_<

It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

#60 Posted by DharmaBum (1049 posts) -

Woody Allen is a personal favorite - he simply understands the human condition.

#61 Posted by TobbRobb (4931 posts) -

@jimmy_p: Heh, that's fine. I would agree about the oscar bait, but no one else really tickles me the same way. So even with flaws, he doesn't have any real competition. :D

#62 Posted by Soapy86 (2631 posts) -

#63 Edited by TobbRobb (4931 posts) -

@jimmy_p: Heh, that's fine. I would agree about the oscar bait, but no one else really tickles me the same way. So even with flaws, he doesn't have any real competition. :D

#64 Edited by Redbullet685 (6117 posts) -

No doubt it's Quentin Tarantino for me. I love every last one of his movies. And yes, that includes Death Proof. I even love Death Proof.

#65 Posted by leinad44 (547 posts) -

Hands down. Edgar Wright. Have never not had a great time watching his movies. Provides a perfect balance of action and comedy.

#66 Edited by johncallahan (675 posts) -

My top five, in order.

1.) Alfred Hitchcock

2.) Quentin Tarantino

3.) Steven Spielberg

4.) Martin Scorsese

5.) Woody Allen

#67 Posted by AlecOfTheWest (290 posts) -

Tarantino without a doubt. I always walk away from one of his films with a shit-eating grin on my face, and I can't say that for any other director.

#68 Posted by Clonedzero (4196 posts) -

I'm a huge movie fan. I absolutely love movies, and i appreciate them in deeper ways than most people. Sadly i can never remember directors of movies unless theres some big hubbub about it. Like michael bay with transformers ( i didnt know he did the Rock till someone told me).

I don't think im familiar enough with directors to make an educated choice.

I really like Tarantino movies (though i fucking HATED both Kill Bill movies).

Yeah I'm bad a movie directors...Sorry! i clicked this all ready to participate and exicted but then the startling realization that i don't ever really remember who directed what dawned on me. Sucks man. Sucks!

#69 Posted by Nonused (224 posts) -

I like pretty much everything Danny Boyle has ever done. I'm gonna go with him.

#70 Posted by Castiel (2807 posts) -

@alexw00d: Oh man, I think I was tired when I wrote that.

#71 Posted by Kyelb22 (294 posts) -

Quentin Tarantino. No one else even comes close for me.

#72 Edited by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6582 posts) -

Robert Rodriguez, hands down. The man knows how to entertain me with his particular brand of shlock. I've watched The El Mariachi trilogy, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City, and Machete far more times than I ever want to admit.

#73 Posted by Oni (2117 posts) -

@bmehlers said:

I've become a big fan of Nolan. I know that seems like the popular answer these days, but I just find his movies really entertaining. Although my favorite of his is The Prestige, which is different than most people. I'm also a big fan of Scorsese and Scott as well.

No that's correct, The Prestige is Nolan's best film imo. I'd go with Nolan as well. I have some problems with all of the Batman films, but except for Rises they're still pretty great. Inception and Prestige though, man, great goddamn movies.

#74 Posted by OneKillWonder_ (1898 posts) -

Sam Raimi. Apart from the fact that he's directed my favorite movies of all time, the Evil Dead trilogy, I love his style and inventive angles and techniques. It gives his movies a unique and fun momentum that no one else has. His fondness for old-school acting and slapstick make even his weakest films all the better.

Also, Guillermo del Toro. When the man has a vision, he executes on it flawlessly. His movies are always beautifully shot and include extravagant, wild costumes and set designs that aid in his world-building. He also has an eye for great action scenes, as they are almost always clear and concisely shot, with a lot of amazing individual shots that emphasize scale. The man understands fun, pure and simple.

#75 Edited by DrxLecter (122 posts) -

Even though I love most of the directors in this thread (Kubrick, Nolan, Burton, Lynch) I'll add a name that hasn't been mentioned yet. Richard Linklater is easily one of my favorite directors around. Mostly it is due to his dialog and tendency to make "thinking movies". Slacker and Waking Life are both amazing stream of consciousness films touching on some supremely interesting ideas with wonderful surreality. A Scanner Darkly is easily one of the best Phillip K. Dick stories to turn into a movie, with some great casting. But mostly I love the Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy, they just simply strike a very meaningful chord with me.

#76 Posted by FLStyle (5102 posts) -

Nolan, Tarantino and Edgar Wright.

Their films always stick in my mind long after I've seen them.

#77 Posted by notdavid (845 posts) -

You know what? I really like James Cameron. He's kind of the best with over the top, bombastic bullshit. I'll defend Titanic to my god damn grave.

If I'm in polite company, though, I'd go Kubrick. Cameron is strictly a guilty pleasure.

#78 Posted by spraynardtatum (4011 posts) -

Paul Thomas Anderson, the Coen Bros., Edgar Wright, and many more!

#79 Posted by Fredchuckdave (6451 posts) -

@notdavid: Terminator 2 is the best action movie of all time; not exactly a guilty pleasure.

#80 Edited by myketuna (1778 posts) -

Quentin Tarantino. I love the style and panache he gives every one of his films and because of that, I love almost everything he's ever done. Except Death Proof. I haven't seen it yet, but I hear it's a low point of his.

Martin Scorsese would be second. His films are just enthralling to me and I have no idea why. Different vibe than Tarantino altogether, but it still attracts me. The man's got skills.

#81 Edited by AlKusanagi (1022 posts) -

Edgar Wright and Del Toro. I love how you can just sit and watch their movies and enjoy them for what they present on the surface, but when you dig into them you start to see everything that's going on visually and thematically, to the point of discovering new things even when you've watched a film a half dozen times before.

#82 Posted by JadeGL (1016 posts) -

@bmehlers: Yes! The Prestige is one of the best of Nolan's movies, just a great film. The book is also very good.

I would say Nolan is pretty great. I tend to enjoy his films quite a bit. I also really like a lot of movies directed by Guillermo Del Toro. His eye for interesting creature designs is pretty much unmatched in Hollywood right now, IMO. I would give a limb for a third Hellboy film, but that probably won't happen anytime soon. He seems to genuinely have fun with his material too.

#83 Posted by spraynardtatum (4011 posts) -

@notdavid: I just watched Aliens over the past weekend on blu-ray...that movie is unbelievable. It still keeps me on the edge of my seat. Also Terminator 2 is one of my favorite action movies of all time. James Cameron is a beast.

#84 Posted by Nadafinga (961 posts) -

No doubt it's Quentin Tarantino for me. I love every last one of his movies. And yes, that includes Death Proof. I even love Death Proof.

I also loved Death Proof. Never understood why someone who otherwise likes QT would not find things to enjoy in it. Although I didn't much care for the other half of Grindhouse (Planet Terror).

For me personally, my faves are Tarantino, Danny Boyle, Coen Bros, Richard Linklater, Steven Soderberg, David Fincher, PT Anderson, David Mamet.

#85 Edited by mozzle (164 posts) -

Ingmar Bergman

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Akira Kurosawa

Powell & Pressburger

Abbas Kiarostami

#86 Edited by jimmy_p (278 posts) -

@nadafinga: I liked that it lulls you with all that casual talk and dialogue and then shit gets real. Maybe even too much dialogue...

#87 Posted by Fear_the_Booboo (627 posts) -

@mozzle: Freaking nice list.

Loved that last Kiarostami movie.

My favorite has to be Alain Resnais. The guy made some ho-hum films but his bests are revolutionnary and insanely good. I watched some dozen of times and I still enjoy them.

#88 Posted by Fallen189 (5090 posts) -

Park Chan Wook. Guy can shoot a movie

#89 Posted by bkbroiler (1656 posts) -

David Fincher. I love the ways his movies look, move... everything about them. And Wes Anderson. He hasn't made a movie yet that I've disliked.

#90 Edited by Beyond_the_infinite (103 posts) -

Hard to choose but its either Stanley Kubrick or David Lynch.

#91 Edited by GERALTITUDE (3915 posts) -

John Woo.

He is the only director who knows how to cram 10+ genres into a single film, essentially making him a master of the "Movie within a Film within a Flick" style of directing.

#92 Edited by ayoh (7 posts) -


#93 Posted by Hunter5024 (6164 posts) -

Never really got the love for Kubrick. I thought the first half of Full Metal Jacket was awesome, but the second half isn't very good. I actively dislike The Shining. I suppose I have to see more than 2 of his movies before I write him off.

#94 Edited by Apparatus_Unearth (3336 posts) -

Kevin Smith because I love and relate to all of his movies that he wrote (Not a fan of Cop Out).

Tarantino is a fucking master of his craft, Kill Bill is my favorite movie of all time, so it's tied between those two.

Kubrick's up there too because, come on, he made Eyes Wide Shut and A Clockwork Orange.

#95 Posted by mlarrabee (3144 posts) -

Never really got the love for Kubrick. I thought the first half of Full Metal Jacket was awesome, but the second half isn't very good. I actively dislike The Shining. I suppose I have to see more than 2 of his movies before I write him off.

He's a really divisive director, for me.

I really love A Clockwork Orange. Like you said, the first half of Full Metal Jacket is brilliant, but its second half's commentary of warfare is pretty unwieldy. The Shining has the seeds of greatness, but Wendy was changed to a pathetic, useless shell of a woman for the film, and that made it hard for me to care what happened to her. And I'm extremely picky about my black comedy, so I find some of Dr. Strangelove hilarious and some dull. I need to go back and rewatch 2001 since it's been about a dozen years.

#96 Posted by FilipHolm (669 posts) -

Paul Thomas Anderson

Stanley Kubrick



To name a few

#97 Posted by Silver-Streak (1443 posts) -

Probably Frank Darabont, specifically because The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite movies of all times (oh noes, common opinion).

#98 Posted by OsvaldoMoreno (63 posts) -

My favorite would be Guillermo del Toro ; El espinazo del diablo/The devil's backbone, Chronos and El laberinto del fauno/Pan's labyrinth are all what, for me a least, represents how you can blend fantasy, horror, politics and characters with a cause, in a masterful way. And I love also how he can make more blockbuster oriented movies without making you feel like your seeing transformers again (that scene in Hellboy 2 were they sing... priceless). And Spielberg also has a close second because Jurrasic Park was the first movie I've ever scene at a theater, and been loving his work ever since (and yes... even the last Indiana Jones).

Others I love are (in any order) : Alfonso Cuaron, John Carpenter, Pedro Almodovar, Frank Darabont, Chan Woo Park, Takeshi Kitano, Ridley Scott, Micheal Mann, les frères Darden, Woddy Allen, Marry Harron (only for American Psycho), Gaspar Noe, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Denis Arcand, Mathieu Kassovits, Coens brothers, Alfred Hitchcock and most (if not all) of the others already mentionned in the other posts above.

#99 Posted by wjb (1731 posts) -

Has anyone said Soderbergh yet? He might be my favorite at the moment:

  • Out of Sight
  • The Limey
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • Solaris
  • Magic Mike
  • Behind the Cadelabra
  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Traffic
  • Che
#100 Posted by mikeeegeee (1578 posts) -

Gotta mention Sam Mendes as well. Not necessarily for his body of work, but because a couple of his have resonated really deeply with me (Road to Perdition, American Beauty).