10 Movie Directors Of All Time
Directors are the ones who are responsible for a successful movie. A lot of times filmmakers gets unrecognized because of actors or other great directors of their time. The world has seen many legendary directors over the years. Some of them have left a great impact which will inspire many upcoming filmmakers. Legends like Satyajit Ray and Walt Disney will always be remembered for their contribution to the movie industries. Before jumping into the list, here are a few honourable mentions- David Lynch, The Coen Brothers, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, Clint Eastwood, David Fincher, Roman Polanski and Woody Allen and of course James Cameron. Now, here’s our list of 10 Movie Directors Of All Time who has a great influence on the industry.
1. Stanley Kubrick:
Frequently dubbed as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in cinematic history, Stanley Kubrick was best known for genres including war, horror, and science-fiction. He has made many great movies across his career including ‘The Shining’, ‘Spartacus’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’, ‘A Full Metal Jacket’, and ‘2001: The Space Odyssey’. Realism, dark humour, unique cinematography, extensive set designs, and evocative use of music, which made Kubrick’s movies so great. Kubrick was average in studies but he took great interest in literature, photography, and film from a young age.
2. Martin Scorsese:
The American-Italian filmmaker and historian, Martin Scorsese was born in New York City on November 17, 1942. One of the most respected directors in Hollywood, Scorsese’s career spans more than 50 years. Concepts such as guilt and redemption, faith, machismo, modern crime, and gang conflict were Scorsese’s speciality. A few of his famous work includes, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘The Departed’, which won him an Oscar, ‘Goodfellas’, ‘Raging Bull’, and ‘Mean Streets’.
3. Alfred Hitchcock:
One of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Alfred Hitchcock is a legend. Hitchcock specialized in genres such as horror, drama and suspense. Hitchcock began his career by working on silent films and he didn’t direct a film with sound until his tenth film, ‘Blackmail’, which was released in 1929. Alfred Hitchcock’s most renowned movies include ‘Psycho’, ‘Rebecca’, ‘Vertigo’, ‘North by Northwest’, and ‘Rear Window’. Hitchcock was born on 13 August 1899 and he passed away at the age of 29 80 in April 1980.
4. Quentin Tarantino:
Quentin Tarantino began his career as an independent filmmaker in the early 1990s with the release of Reservoir Dogs. But the American filmmaker and actor rose to fame his second film, Pulp Fiction, which earned him a lot of praises from the critics as well the masses. Tarantino’s movies are known for achieving both critical and commercial success. He has earned many awards throughout his career including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards and the Palme d’Or as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Quentin Tarantino is one of the most influential directors of now.
5. Orson Welles:
Regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time, Orson Welles is known for his innovative work in radio, theatre and film. The American actor, director, writer and producer first came to limelight with his radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds.” His movie ‘Citizen Kane’ is considered as one of the movies of all time. Orson Welles was an outsider to the studio system and despite struggling for creative control on his projects in Hollywood, later on, he became one of the biggest icons of the movie industry.
6. Christopher Nolan:
Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors of now in Hollywood. He is widely known for making personal, distinctive films within the Hollywood mainstream. Christopher Nolan always impresses both the critics and the audience. Nolan made his debut with the movie Following in 1998 but his second feature, Memento was the film that gained him a worldwide reputation. The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Prestige, Inception, Interstellar, and Dunkirk are some of his best-known movies.
7. Francis Ford Coppola:
One of the central figures in the New Hollywood filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Francis Ford Coppola has directed a few of the best movies ever made in Hollywood. The American film director, producer, screenwriter and film composer, Coppola’s most famous list of films include ‘The Outsiders’, ‘Rumble Fish’, ‘The Conversation’, ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘The Godfather’ trilogy. The Godfather won three Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Coppola passed his graduation with a degree in drama from Hofstra University.
8. Akira Kurosawa:
Akira Kurosawa used to be a painter before becoming one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. He was a Japanese film director and screenwriter who had a distinctive cinematic eye. He was known for shooting many of his subjects from a distance using a long lens, which created a more natural feel to his films while maintaining the beauty of the natural landscape. He directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years and some of his best-known movies are Drunken Angel, Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Kagemusha and Ran.
9. Steven Spielberg:
Steven Spielberg is one of the best known and one of the most influential personals in Hollywood. One of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era, Spielberg is among the most celebrated directors and producers in film history. Spielberg began his Hollywood journey by directing television and several minor theatrical releases. He is also one of the wealthiest directors in this industry and his films are enjoyed worldwide. He has been making films for over four decades. Science-fiction, war, and adventure are Spielberg’s speciality. Some of his best-known movies are- ‘Jaws’, ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’, and ‘Saving Private Ryan’. Spielberg won many awards throughout his career including two Oscars. He is also the co-founder of DreamWorks Studios and Amblin Entertainment.
10. Charlie Chaplin:
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin was one of the most iconic people in the world. The English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer got famous from his comedic yet heart touching silent films. “The Tramp” is one of his most praised movies. He is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. Dramas, romances and a lot of laughter, Chaplin’s silent films will remain evergreen forever. His other famous movies include, ‘The Kid’, ‘A Woman of Paris’, ‘A Countess from Hong Kong’, ‘The Great Dictator’, ‘The Circus’, and ‘Modern Times’.