Most of us are big fans of watching movies, like Stella Sarmiento. We all love the suspense brought by thriller films and the tears from drama movies that we watch. Some of us even like how comedy motion pictures tickle us into laughing too hard, and there are some who are thirsty for blood that only brutal and gory action movies can give. But behind each work of art is a brilliant mind who heads its production. Listed below are some of the best film directors of all time!
Alfred Hitchcock is regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers and famous directors in the history of cinema. Also known as the "Master of Suspense", the English film director and producer had more than 50 feature films under his belt over the course of his six-decade career. His works are often included among the greatest films of all time. Some of these include Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960). His unique style of shooting a film influenced future filmmakers and can be seen a lot in today's movies.
Stanley Kubrick is an American screenwriter, a film director, and a producer known for film adaptations of novels and short stories. He is frequently ranked among the most influential and best movie directors in the history of cinema. He is the man behind the critically-acclaimed film 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968, and The Shining in 1980 in which he was one of the first directors to utilize a Steadicam. His films often receive mix reviews and were full of controversies, but most were nominated for the major film awards like Oscars, Golden Globes, and BAFTA Awards.
Steven Spielberg is an American filmmaker deemed as one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era. He rose to prominence as the director of the critically-acclaimed and box-office hit film Jaws. His following films focussed on science fiction such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and then transitioned into more serious flicks like Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg is one of the best directors in the American film industry due to his directing talent and versatility, winning the Academy Award for Best Director twice.
Quentin Tarantino is an American filmmaker known for films with ensemble casts, extended dialogue scenes, nonlinear storylines, references to pop culture and many other films, satirical subject, and unique depiction of violence. His career started as an independent filmmaker with Reservoir Dogs, which premiered in 1992. It was followed by the 1994 black comedy crime movie Pulp Fiction, which hit major success in both audiences and critics. His works earned him two Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globe Awards each.
Orson Welles is an American actor, producer, writer, and considered as one of the best movie directors of all time. He has a distinctive style of directing which featured nonlinear narrative forms, Chiaroscuro lighting, unique camera angles, among others. Welles' directorial debut was in the film Citizen Kane, which was consistently placed as one of the best ever made. He has released twelve more feature films including The Magnificent Ambersons, The Lady from Shanghai, Touch of Evil, and F for Fake.
Martin Scorsese is an American-Italian filmmaker regarded as one of the most significant and influential figures in cinematic history. As a part of New Hollywood filmmakers, his body of work deals addresses various themes like Italian-American identity, faith, gang conflict, machismo, modern crime, and more. Some of his notable movies include Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and The Irishman. His successful collaborations with Leonardo DiCaprio earned him numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Director for their film The Departed.
David Lynch is an American filmmaker known for his highly-acclaimed motion pictures Eraserhead in 1997, Blue Velvet in 1986, and Mullholland in 2001. He was labeled "the first popular Surrealist" by the late American film critic Pauline Kael for his 1990 TV series Twin Peaks. His accolades include winning France's César Award for Best Foreign Film twice, the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. Lynch also received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, and become a recipient of an Academy Honorary Award in 2019.
Akira Kurosawa is a Japanese movie director and screenwriter, regarded as one of the most influential and important figures in the history of cinema. He debuted his first directorial film Sanshiro Sugata in 1943, then directed over 20 more films in his 57-year career where most became a critical and commercial success. Some of his works include Ikiru, Seven Samurai, and Yojimbo. Kurosawa's film Rashomon that premiered in Tokyo, became the unexpected winner of the Golden Lion in the 1951 Venice Film Festival, and he received the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1990.
Bong Joon-ho has become an international household name when he won the prestigious Academy Award for Best Director of 2020. Apart from this honor, the South Korean director also took home several major awards that same night such as the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay awards for his black comedy thriller film "Parasite". Among his prominent works are The Host, Snowpiercer, and Okja. Joon-ho is currently living in South Korea together with his wife Jung Sun-young who is also a screenwriter. As of February 2020, his net worth is $30 million.
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