Great movies will never come alive if there is no great directors behind it.  Behind the screen, they worked their magic and talent on producing some of the finest film ever!!  So.. who was on top of their game in directing actors by far? Here is the list of my most favorite directors :

1. Francis Ford Coppola

With movies like “The Godfather”, “Godfather: Part 2”, and “Apocalypse Now”, Coppola is undoubtedly one of the most talented directors. Not many movies made.. but few of them enough to left great impression amongst us. Simply genius!!

2. Clint Eastwood

As people said, Clint Eastwood is just exactly like the wine. Getting better and better with ages. Before,  i only knew him as a typical wild wild west actors. But now.. He just keep make a smash hit after hit after hit… All went to box-office, and even often got into Oscar nominations. I still remember i was wowed by his “Mystic River” back in 2003. But Mr. Clint Eastwood does not stop ther. Million Dollar Baby was awesome! Also, Letters from Iwo Jima (though unfortunately i can not enjoy much the twin-movie of it – The Flags of our Fathers) . And then there is Changeling (with perfect acting delivered by the one and only Angelina Jolie), Gran Torino, Invictus and Hereafter. All were widely different from each other and each was a movie that not easily forgotten! And then..  Mr. Eastwood made another surprising news! He will collaborate with my favorite actor, Leonardo diCaprio, on one of the most highly anticipating character, J. Edgar Hoover!!! Oh mon dieu!!! How awesome is that!!

3.  James Cameron

With 2 movies that were the highest gross-making movie ever (Titanic and Avatar), James Cameron definitely should be on the list. Enough said.

4.  Peter L Jackson

With LOTR trilogy on hands, Peter L Jackson should earn his place on my heart as one of my most favorite director ever (although i wasnt truly satisfied with his King Kong.. but with LOTR? all forgiven Mr. Jackson!! All forgiven! )

5.  Steven Soderbergh

He surprised everyone as a talented director when he directed Erin Brockovich and Traffic in the same year (2000). Then, he directed the Ocean’s eleven franchise! Not only that, he is also the executive producer for Bob Dylan’s movie ” I’m not there” where Cate Blanchett successfully acted cross-gender!!

6.  Steven Spielberg

There is no way to left Mr. Spielberg out of this list. He is a true genius. “The Schinder’s List” with Liam Neeson is simply breathtaking. I love every moment in the movie and its kinda moved me into tears when watching it. Remember the scene where everything was kinda black and white? And then there is this little girl in red dress amongst the bodies? That scene still haunted me until now. Well done, mr. Spielberg!! Very well done!!

Also, he direct “Catch me if You Can”, “Jaws”, “E.T”, ” Indiana Jones : Raiders of the Lost Arks”, “Saving Private Ryan” – which btw.. one of my favorite ww movie alongside “All quiet on the western front” . Also.. he is the mastermind behind “Empire of the Sun” where we can see little Mr. Bale as a child actors. And dont forget Jurassic Park!! A true Epic! Grrroaaaar!!

7. Martin Scorcese

Together with Leo  Dicaprio, this duo already made many awesome movies!! Starting from Gangs of New York (with the talented Daniel Day Lewis that simply sparkled during the whole movie), then The Aviator (where Cate Blanchett got her first Oscar for portraying Katherine Hepburn), followed by The Departed, and then.. Shutter Island (2010). On top of that.. lets not forget some of his masterpiece back in the 1980’s! Raging Bull, The King of Comedy,  and Taxi Driver! This guy had made life more exciting just by watching and enjoying his movies!

8. Alfred Hitchcock

What can i say?? The king of suspense, Hitchcock is the man behind “Vertigo”, “Rear Window” and most celebrated “Psycho” (1960).

9. Stanley Kubrick

When Kubrick first directed “2001: A space Odyssey”, many people were skeptical of his talent. But now.. everyone understood that Kubrick is simply a genius in the cinema world as that movie made in 1969, were very mind-blowing and so much ahead of his time. On top of that… this director, who notoriously famous for perfection, also made some of the most talked about films ever! “A clockwork Orange” (which is very disturbing btw..), “The Shining” , “Spartacus” (with Kirk Douglas and won many Oscar nomination that year), “Paths of Glory” and “Dr. Strangelove or : How i stop worrying and Love the Bomb” are amongst his legacy.

10. Christopher Nolan

With a masterpiece such as “The Dark Knight”, as well as amazingly crafted “Memento” which blows the time sequence in almost impossible way but created such a nice originality and left a huge impact on the viewer, chris nolan deserved to be in this list! And lets not forget the fact that he is the man behind the scene of “Inception”, where the idea of a dream within a dream is coming into reality and suprisingly become soooo believable.

So.. thats my list so far. Although of course.. there are other directors that i feel should actually made into the list as well such as :

  • Frank Darabont (with a list including “The Shawshank Redemption”  – which btw.. the best movie ever!! -, “The Green Mile” and also “The Walking Dead” series)
  • Oliver Stone (“Platoon”, “Born on The Fourth of July”, “Wall Street”)
  • Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge”, and the highly anticipated remake of “The Great Gatsby” – with Leo Dicaprio as Jay Gatsby!!!! oh my god!! How awesome is that??!).
  • Tim Burton (“Edward Scissorhands”)
  • Ridley Scott (“Gladiator” – which is very breathtaking and heartbreaking to watch.. such a beautiful film!! – , “American Gangster” – Russell Crowe + Denzel ?? thats = quadruple the suspense! , “Black Hawk Down”, “Body of Lies”, etc.)
  • Tony Scott (“Man on Fire”, “Unstoppable”, “Taking of Pelham 123”)
  • Joel Coen (the hillarious “Big Lebowski”, “No Country for Old Men”, “Miller’s Crossing”).
  • Last but not least, also there is David Fincher!! The director behind “Fight Club”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, and “Seven”.

Alright then folks.. Thats all on the list. 🙂

Whenever you have time, please try to watch some of the movies that those great directors made! I guarantee.. its just far more enjoyable than watching.. hmh.. Twilight? :p

  1. Soham says:

    agree with almost all your choices except perhaps lubrick, that too as i haven’t seen any of his movies. Nice one.

  2. Syafiq says:

    I think you should make it shorter, only 5 or less is enough 😀 (there’re not so many director in the pool)

    I agree in one thing though. Shawshank Redemption is the best movie ever… It still gave me chill eveytime I heards Red says those quote worthy monologues.

    “I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”

    Maybe not the director, but the screenwriter is top notch.

    • sofia07 says:

      @ Soham : Thanks! You should try watch Kubrick’s sometimes 🙂
      @ Syafiq : Do u know who writes Shawshank Redemption? It was made based on the novel “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King! Yup.. the material itself is already a top notch. No wonder the movie itself was superb..

      • Syafiq says:

        Oh really?! Wow, I never knew. But I’m not a Stephen King’s fan, so I never reads his novels. 😀

        Another question, how about Godfather part 3? Why you didn’t write it? I admit the movie is not so great compared to the prevoius two, but the Corleone family story wouldn’t be complete without it and I like the tragic ending of Corleone family and the last scene when Michael died alone sitting in the chair is very memorable…

  3. sofia07 says:

    Godfather III is also a good one.. although the ending was a bit too sad.. I wasnt intentionally left it out from the list. Afterall, its also one of the coppola’s masterpiece.. 🙂

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