Top 10 Favorite Directors

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  1. ErbFan28

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    Director (Favorite Movie by said director)

    1. Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park)
    2. J.J. Abrams (Star Trek)
    3. Gareth Edwards (Godzilla)
    4. Martin Scorsese (Wolf of Wall Street)
    5. Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)
    6. Peter Jackson (The Two Towers)
    7. Frank Darabont (Shawshanke Redemption)
    8. Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
    9. James Cameron (T2: Judgment Day)
    10. Zack Snyder (Man of Steel)

    Honorable Mentions:
    Guillermo Del Toro (Pacific Rim)
    Jon Favreau (Iron Man)
    Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump)
    Tim Burton (Big Fish)
    Neil Blomkamp (District 9)
     
  2. Dr Kain

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    In no order:

    Ridley Scott (Alien)
    Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)
    Frank Darabont (The SHawshank Redemption)
    Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds or Pulp Fiction)
    Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas)
    Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho)
    Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange)
    John Carpenter (The Thing)
    Steven Spielberg (Jaws or Raiders)
    James Cameron (Aliens)

    However, I must state the last two vary because they have just as many good movies as they have bad ones. For every Aliens, there is Avatar. For every Raiders and Jurassic Park, there is AI and Jurassic Park III. That is not to say they all don't have a bad egg or two, but Cameron and Spielberg are pretty much 50/50.

    Peter Jackson I love for Lord of the Rings, but that is about it. His other movies aren't bad, they just aren't fantastic. I love The Hobbit, I enjoyed King Kong and Frighteners, but I don't love them like I do with Lord of the Rings. There is absolutely no reason for The HObbit to be three movies, but that is a debate for The Hobbit discussions.

    Five years ago Tim Burton would have been on here. But since then he has destroyed Alice in Wonderland and pooped out Dark Shadows. I cannot think of the other movies recently he has done due to how bad they were. Sweeney Todd was his last great movie.

    George Lucas would have been on my list if he had actually directed The Empire Strikes Back.

    Other honorable mentions go to James Whale (Frankenstein), Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), Francis Ford Coppola (Dracula and The Godfather II), Sam Raimi (The Army of Darkness), and Orson Welles (Touch of Evil).
     
  3. Incepticon

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    In no particular order...

    Martin Scorsese
    Christopher Nolan
    David Fincher
    JJ Abrams
    Tim Burton (90's era)
    Jon Favreau
    Coen brothers
    Quentin Tarantino
    Michael Bay (minus TF 1-3, Armageddon & Pearl Harbor)
    Steven Spielberg

    * honorable mentions to both Ridley AND Tony Scott, Guillermo Del Toro & Robert Zemeckis

    Those are the ones with most proven track records for my tastes. There are other great directors out there, but I think many of them either need more movies behind them before I'll consider them consistent and/or reliable (ie: Neil Blomkamp, Brad Bird, etc.), or simply need more than just a few good movies between many stinkers (ie: Peter Jackson, Bryan Singer, Zack Snyder, etc.).
     
  4. RabidYak

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    Here's 13 in no particular order, that's as close as I can get to choosing.

    Scott (Blade Runner)
    Cameron (Aliens)
    Fincher (Seven)
    Lynch (Twin Peaks FWWM)
    Coppola (Apocalypse Now)
    Scorsese (Goodfellas)
    Tarantino (Pulp Fiction)
    Kubrick (Dr. Strangelove)
    Nolan (Insomnia)
    Oshii (Patlabor 2)
    Kon (Perfect Blue)
    Mann (Heat)
    Coen Bros (Fargo)
     
  5. Haloid1177

    Haloid1177 Hey, That's Pretty Good

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    1. Tarantino (Pulp Fiction)
    2. David O. Russell (American Hustle)
    3. David Fincher (Social Network)
    4. Scorsese (Goodfellas)
    5. Coen Bros. (No Country for Old Men)
    6. Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
    7. Del Toro (Hellboy 2)
    8. Chris Nolan (The Dark Knight)
    9. Neil Blomkamp (District 9)
    10. Sam Raimi (Evil Dead II/Spidey 2)
     
  6. Autovolt 127

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    Steven Speilberg's my all time favorite because of just how many movies he did.

    I'll make a top 10 list someday but right now I'm not sure who I'd put.
     
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    Spielberg
    Tarantino
    Nolan
    Jackson
    Attenborough
    JJ
    Whedon
    Scorsese
    Kubrick
    Wright

    Special mention goes to Bay for fun, Favreau for laughs, Edwards for Godzilla, and the Russo's for Cap and Community.
     
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    1) David Fincher (Fight Club)
    2) Quintin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction)
    3) Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas)
    4) Danny Boyle (Trainspotting)
    5) James Cameron (T2)
    6) Judd Apatow (Knocked Up)
    7) Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future)
    8) Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
    9) Zach Snyder (Watchmen)
    10) Coen Bros. (The Big Lebowski)
     
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    Spielberg didn't direct Jurassic Park 3. That was Joe Johnston. However, he did direct Jurassic Park 2 which I didn't care for much.

    I don't have much of a list because I need to put more thought into it.
     
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    1. Steven Spielberg - Jaws
    2. Ishiro Honda - Godzilla
    3. Sam Raimi - Evil Dead II
    4. Terence Fisher - Horror of Dracula
    5. Peter Jackson - Braindead
    6. Guillermo Del Toro - Pacific Rim
    7. Tim Burton - Ed Wood
    8. Charlie Chaplin - The Great Dictator
    9. Roger Corman - The Haunted Palace
    10. Edgar Wright - Hot Fuzz
     
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    No order though numbered

    1. Wes Anderson - Rushmore
    2. Tim Burton - Batman
    3. Stanley Kubrick - Dr. Strangelove
    4. Robert Rodriguez - From Dusk til Dawn
    5. Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious basterds
    6. Ridley Scott - Blade Runner/ Black Hawk Down
    7. The Coen Brothers - The Big Lebowski
    8. David Fincher - Fight Club
    9. Terry Gilliam - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    10. Tony Scott - Man on Fire/ Domino

    Honorary shout out to ED Wood - Plan 9 from Outer Space.

    Obligatory shout out to Alfred Hitchcock - The Birds.
     
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    No specific order.
    Steven Spielberg
    Guillermo Del toro
    David Fincher
    Christopher Nolan
    Neil Blomkamp
    James Cameron
    Quentin Tarantino
    Clint Eastwood
    Brad Bird
    Joss Whedon
     
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    No love for Kevin Smith??

    Red State wasn't my fav, but he has done a lot of great movies over the years IMO.
     
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    I enjoy his work, but he's nowhere near a "top 10 favorite" director.
     
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    I just realized that it's a very small list of Directors, that I would blindly watch a movie of, just because I saw their names attached...

    Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)
    Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight/Inception)
    Neil Blomkamp (District 9)
    Tony Scott (Man on Fire)
     
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    Damn, how could I have forgotten about Wes Anderson... he would easily be in my top 5.
     
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    My top 5:

    David Lynch - Lost Highway
    Wes Anderson - Life Aquatic
    John Carpenter - The Thing
    Sergio Leone - Once Upon a Time in the West
    Alfred Hitchcock - Rear Window


    I'm not sure who my #6-10 would be. I don't think anyone is too close to those top 5, although Kubrick is a contender, and I still like Burton, whose failures are still more interesting than most directors' successes.
     
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    bookwormdalek Gotta get a grip

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    1. Steven Spielberg(JAWS, it's the first movie I remember watching, and it's had a large effect on my life.)
    2. Robert Zemeckis(Forrest Gump, arguably the only Best Picture winner worthy of the title)
    3. Guillermo Del Toro(Pacific Rim, the only movie of his I have ever seen, love it anyways.)
    4. James Cameron(A tie between Terminator 2 and Aliens, which are some of the best films ever made)
    5. Mel Brooks(Spaceballs, the second best parody of all time IMO)
    6. Ivan Reitman(Ghostbusters, a timeless classic)
    7. JJ Abrahms(Super-8, the only good thing he ever made, and a damn good thing at that.)
    8. Ron Howard(Apollo 13, one of my favorite movies)
    9. Gareth Edwards(Godzilla, a fantastic film)
    10. George Lucas(Raiders of the Lost Ark. Would've been higher on the list but the Prequel Triology, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and merchandising puts him on the bottom.)
     
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    Also in no particular order:

    Alfred Hitchcock (Rear Window)
    Zhang Yimou (Hero)
    Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles)
    Keita Amemiya (Garo)
    Sergio Leone (The Man with No Name trilogy)
    Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven)
    Akira Kurosawa (The Seven Samurai)
    Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill vols 1&2)
    Alex Proyas (Dark City)
    George Lucas (Star Wars)

    Guilty pleasure #11: Russ Meyer ;) 
     
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    Michael Bay (TFTM07)
    Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)
    Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings)

    That's about it. I don't watch a lot of movies.
     

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