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Top 5 directors

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posted on Jul, 14 2006 @ 12:53 PM
Pick your list
They directed many importance films and inspire everyone thinking.

1.Stanley Kubrick (2001,Dr. Strangelove,Full Matal Jacket,Clockwork Orange)

2.Steven Speilberg (Jurassic Park,Schindler's List,AI,ET)

3.Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver aka the most awesome film of all time)

4.Oliver Stone (JFK,Vietnam war series)

5.Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away,Princess Mononoke,Kiki's Delivery Service)
[and his Studio Ghibli's Grave of the Fireflies directed by Isao Takahata was also made me cried...]

[edit on 14-7-2006 by bscale]

[edit on 14-7-2006 by bscale]

posted on Jul, 14 2006 @ 03:25 PM
OK, I'll play...

These are the most important, not necessarily my favorites:

1. D W Griffith. He invented practically all "film grammar" we're familiar with today. The close-up, the establishing shot, the zoom, cost-cutting between scenes, the wipe, the tracking shot -- I can't think of them all off the top of my head, but Griffith pretty much invented modern cinema. Whenever Griffith didn't invent, then...

2. ... Sergei Eisenstein did the rest.

3. Walt Disney. I'm not even sure what he personally directed, but as a filmmaker, he defined in entire genre for generations and generations. One of the great artists of the 20th century.

4. Howard Hawks. The guy could do anything in any genre, and do it masterfully. Personally responsible for the greatest comedy ever made, "Bringing up Baby," and the greatest western ever made, "Rio Bravo." Simply the best commercial filmmaker in the history of Hollywood.

5. Alfred Hitchcock. The second-best commercial filmmaker in history. "North by Northwest" is one of the most entertaining movies ever made; "Vertigo" is one of the most emotionally-wrenching; "Psycho" one of the scariest. Everything he did have a luster of intelligence and wit.

Special recognition goes to Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, David Lean, Robert Altman, Tex Avery, John Woo, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, and a couple dozen others...


posted on Jul, 23 2006 @ 05:17 PM
I'm going to have to say;

George Lucas- purely for the fact that he did Star Wars, I've seen his other movies, but......Star Wars!!!!

Tim Burton- his style is so unique and quirky that sets it apart from every other movie out there.

Christopher Nolan- Batman Begins was amazing and so are his shorts (as in movies, not the things he might wear!) Again, he has a really gritty style.

Alfred Hitch - he's been mentioned before, but he was awesome, his films still hold their own today and can get really tense! Especially that one in the boat, with the German U-Boat guy? I can't remember its name, but it's genius.

I really can't think of another one, but I'm gonna chuck in,

J.J Abrams- LOST!!!! Yeah, I'm a Lost freak.

posted on Jul, 24 2006 @ 12:58 PM
George Lucas

Stanley Kubrick

Oliver Stone

Ron Howard

Steven Speilberg

posted on Jul, 31 2006 @ 11:55 PM
Top 5:

1. Steven Spielberg(Saving Private Ryan, Schendlirs list(spelling),ET,etc..)

2. Francis Ford Coppola (Godfather movies)

3. George Lucas (American Graffiti, of course Star Wars)

4. Stanley Kubric (Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket)

5. Peter Jackson (Sorry LOTR was pretty damn sweet, and he is Exec. Producer on Halo movie)

thats mine...oh and Rob Zombie sucks as a director!

posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 12:24 AM
interesting tread i love cinema, old classic movie mostly.

1: S. Kubrick ( he did too many classics)

2: F.F. Coppola ( especialy for Apocalypse now)

3: D. Fincher ( for beeing original in an era of remake)

4: F. Lang (truly inspiring work)

5: A. Kurosawa ( For showing a different view)

but alot of runner up you guys mentioned i 've think about too, like Spielberg, Lucas, JJ Abrams, Hitchcock.

posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 07:30 AM
Hmm...I'd have to say:

1. Steven Spielberg

2. Ron Howard

3. Tim Burton

4. Alfred Hitchock


5. Quentin Tarantino


posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 11:02 AM
I think you've got to throw in-

Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, The Getaway, Ride the High Country, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid)

Frank Capra (It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Arsenic and Old Lace, It's a Wonderful Life)

and yes...William Castle, gimmick king extraordinaire (House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, I Saw What You Did, Macabre, Mr. Sardonicus). Check out the movie, Matinee in which John Goodman plays a character based on William Castle. Classic.

posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 12:00 PM

Originally posted by yeahright
(snip)... Check out the movie, Matinee in which John Goodman plays a character based on William Castle. Classic.

Thank you for mentioning this absolutely wonderful movie! Directed by one of my all-time favorite horror filmmakers, Joe Dante,Matinée is the greatest, and sweetest, valentine to old-school horror movies ever made.

Sadly, it's out of print on DVD, available for purchase only at exorbitant sums, and not available through Netflix. :shk: I urge anybody who loves old horror films and gets an opportunity to see Matinée to do so without hesitation -- guaranteed you'll love it!


posted on Aug, 15 2006 @ 12:26 PM
Steven Spielberg (**LEGEND**Jurasic Park, Indiana Jones, ET, Saving Private Ryan W.o.W., AIJaws)

George Lucas (star Wars, Indian jones (produced)

Peter Jackson (LOTR OBV!!!King Kong)

Martin Scorsese( Goodfellas,Casino & Gangs of NY)

Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down, kingdom of heaven, Gladiator, Hannibal & Alien):

James Cameron (Aliens, Titanic, Terminator 1 & 2):

JJ Abrams
Bryan Singer
(Superman returns was QUALITY)

posted on Aug, 15 2006 @ 02:03 PM
1. Akira Kurosawa (Rashoman, 7 Samurai, Ikiru)

2. Stanley Kubrick (2001, Dr. Strangelove)

3. Hayao Miazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Naussica of the Valley)

4. David Gordon Green, (George Washington, All the Real Girls, Undertow.) A relatively new chap, but I think very impressive. He seems very influenced by:

5. Terrence Mallick (Days of Heaven, Thin Red Line, New World) Almost a poet in his imagery. I'm always hypnotized by his films.

posted on Aug, 22 2006 @ 12:12 PM
- Steven Spielberg for not getting annoyed with his audience always wanting the exact opposite of what he wants.
- George Lucas for treating pop culture as seriously as Simon Gray of ATS fame.
- James Cameron, Walt Disney, and Peter Jackson for reasons that are purely obvious.

posted on Aug, 23 2006 @ 07:20 AM
1. Tim Burton (not only is his style beautiful, but he also drags Danny Elfman along to provide lovely music!)
2. Stanley Kubrick (just gotta love that man.)
3. Quentin Tarantino (GREAT. MOVIES.)
4. Sofia Coppola (i just love her movies. love them.)
5. David Lynch (ohmygod, i just love and hate those movies.. you watch them over and over again, and you still don't understand much.

posted on Aug, 23 2006 @ 07:24 AM
stanley hitchcock

stanley kubrick

oliver stone

wolfgang petersen (das boot)

tony scott

posted on Aug, 23 2006 @ 10:53 AM
In no particular order:

John McTiernan (Hunt For Red October, Predator)

Brian DePalma (Untouchables, 8mm, Carlito's Way)

Martin Scorcese (Goodfellas, Casino)

John Schlesinger (Marathon Man, The Believers)

John Frankenheimer (Ronin, Black Sunday)

Honorable mention: Brian Singer
Steven Speilberg
John Carpenter
Ridley Scott

[edit on 23-8-2006 by Dr Love]

[edit on 23-8-2006 by Dr Love]

posted on Aug, 23 2006 @ 12:01 PM
In no particular order.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, The City of Lost Children)

Akira Kurosawa (Ran, Seven Samurai)

David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Lost Highway)

Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in America, The Good The Bad and The Ugly)

Stanley Kubrick (The Shining, Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)

posted on Aug, 23 2006 @ 01:32 PM

Originally posted by JediMaster
In no particular order.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, The City of Lost Children)

Akira Kurosawa (Ran, Seven Samurai)

David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Lost Highway)

Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in America, The Good The Bad and The Ugly)

Stanley Kubrick (The Shining, Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)

And no George Lucas JediMaster?

posted on Aug, 29 2006 @ 10:24 PM
1. Stanley Kubrick

2. Sam Peckinpah

3. David Lynch

4. Akira Kurosawa

5. Dario Argento

posted on Aug, 29 2006 @ 11:42 PM
In random order:

Michael Cutiz- "Angels with dirty faces", "Casablanca", "Yankee Doodle Dandy", The Adventures Of Robin Hood"

Alfred Hitchcock- "Rear Window", "Vertigo", "Psycho", "Frenzy"

John Ford- " She wore a yellow Ribbon", "Stage Coach", "The Quiet man"

Ron Howard- "Splash", "A beautiful mind", "Apollo XIII", "Cinderella Man"

Frank Capra- "Mr Smith goes to Washington", "Mr. Deeds goes to town", It's a wonderful life", "Arsenic and old lace"

They may not be the most popular directors of all time but they made/make the kinds of movies that I like to watch and they did/do it excellently.

Honorable mention:

Lawrence Kasdan- "The big chill", Grand Canyon", "Silverado"
George Romero- "The night of the living dead", Dawn of the dead"
M Night Shyamalan- "Sixth sense", The Village", "Unbreakable", Signs"

[edit on 8/29/2006 by Stormrider]

[edit on 8/29/2006 by Stormrider]

posted on Aug, 30 2006 @ 11:51 AM
I had previously posted who I thought were the top five most important directors; most everyone else here is listing their favorites, which is a lot more fun.

Here's mine, with my favorite of their works:

1. Alfred Hitchcock ( North by Northwest, Vertigo, Notorious, The Birds, Shadow of a Doubt, Spellbound)
2. Howard Hawks ( Rio Bravo, Red River, Bringing up Baby, Scarface, His Girl Friday, The Thing )
3. John Ford ( The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers, Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, 3 Godfathers)
4. Brian de Palma ( The Fury, Obsession, Femme Fatale, Blow Out, Carrie, Scarface)
5. Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Minority Report, Duel, Raiders of the Lost Ark )

There -- now I feel much better.


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