#10 ~ David Fincher (‘Fight Club’, ‘Se7en’, ‘Gone Girl’)
I feel that when people do these lists, David Fincher gets overlooked a lot when he shouldn’t. He’s released two films that are widely considered some of the best of all time, ‘Fight Club’, ‘Se7en’ and multiple other films that are brilliant such as: ‘Gone Girl’, ‘The Social Network’ etc.
#9 ~ Alfred Hitchcock (‘Psycho’, ‘Vertigo’, ‘Rear Window’)
Arguably the greatest and one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, releasing some of the best thrillers to date, with a monumental career lasting over 50 film! It’s no wonder why he’s considered the best.
#8 ~ Frank Darabont (‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘The Green Mile’, ‘The Mist’)
Frank Darabont is mainly on this list because he directed my favourite film ever! so that basically secures his place, but it’s not just that!, he directed ‘The Green Mile’ another brilliant film with incredible performances that have a long lasting effect on you. He is the king of adapting ‘King’s’ work.
#7 ~ Joel & Ethan Coen (‘Fargo’, ‘The Big Lebowski’, ‘No Country for Old Men’)
Known for their quirky, but excellent films that are unique and original. Only the Coen Brother’s can come up with plots like ‘The Big Lebowski’ or ‘Fargo’. They have a recognisable style with witty dialogue and powerful storytelling. The brothers are some of the best working today.
#6 ~ Christopher Nolan (‘The Dark Knight’, ‘The Prestige’, ‘Inception’)
Mainly known for his Batman trilogy that are by far the best superhero films to date but also has films with complicated plots that make you think, for example ‘Inception’, ‘Interstellar’ and ‘The Prestige’ are all complicated and they mess with your mind but that’s not their flaw, its their style. He’s the most consistent director working today as every film he’s released is a 10/10 for me.
#5 ~ Ridley Scott (‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Gladiator’)
He has released some of the greatest Sci Fi films that we’ve seen and still manages to create excellent pictures like ‘The Martian’ with it’s jaw dropping cinematography and use of music and score. He can be forgiven for ‘Prometheus’ because we still have ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner’ !
#4 ~ Martin Scorcese (‘Goodfellas’, ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘The Departed’)
Over 50 years of experience and it shows in his movies! he is one of the only directors that has a masterpiece from every decade. Others like Tarantino, Hitchcock and Spielberg have one main masterpiece (‘Pulp Fiction’ – Tarantino, ‘Vertigo’ – Hitchcock, ‘Jaws’ – Spielberg) but Scorcese has multiple ones. These are ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Raging Bull’, ‘Goodfellas’, ‘The Departed’, and ‘Silence’. He is arguably the greatest for obvious reasons.
#3 ~ Francis Ford Coppola (‘The Godfather’, ‘The Godfather: Part II’, ‘Apoclaypse Now’)
Hands down the greatest director of the 70’s with masterpieces like ‘The Godfather I-II’ He is masterful at storytelling, evident through all his works. He directed what is widely considered the ‘greatest motion picture of all time’ with ‘The Godfather’. He deserves all 5 of his Oscars.
#2 ~ Stanley Kubrick (‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’
Mainly known for adapting novels unfaithfully but masterfully. His most memorable is ‘The Shining’ ,who even Stephen King despises, but managed to create the scariest film I’ve ever seen and gives me chills whenever I watch it. He was referred to as a ‘Perfectionist’ and for obvious reasons! He would reshoot scenes for days until he got what he was looking for, an example is ‘The Shining’ when Jack Nicholson is walking up the stairs after Shelly Duvall trying to attack her, the scene was re-shot 127 times! and according to Duvall, the ‘Heres Johnnnny’ scene took 3 days to film.
#1 ~ Quentin Taratino (‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Inglourious Basterds’)
Unrealistic and over the top violence with quotable dialogue is the best way to describe a Tarantino flick. He is quirky and weird but that makes his films all the better. All of his movies are excellent and he hasn’t done a bad one yet! He unfortunately only plans on doing 10, with 8 done so far, but will leave a legacy of monumental and influential films. Stellar casts are always a perk of his movies ranging from Samuel Jackson to Christoph Waltz, and Uma Thurman to Kurt Russell. Tarantino will always be my favourite.