Not who is the most hyped, not who has won the most Oscars, but who has made the best movies and who has the most impressive career overall.
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ Career high: Schindler's List
Other great films by Spielberg: Indiana Jones series, Jurassic Park, The Terminal, War of the Worlds, Artificial Intelligence: AI, Minority Report, Munich, E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Saving Private Ryan and Catch Me If You Can. ” - sifter132
After The Dark Knight's success, Warner Bros. signed Nolan to direct Inception. Nolan also wrote and co-produced the film, described as "a contemporary set within the architecture of the mind". Before being released in theaters, critics like Peter Travers and Lou Lumenick wondered if Nolan's faith in moviegoers' intelligence would cost him at the box office...
“ Career high: The Dark Knight
Other great films by Nolan: Batman Begins, The Prestige, Memento and Inception.
Give him a few more years and another mega hit movie or 2 and he moves to #1. ” - sifter132
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese
(née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese
, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films...
“ Career high: The Departed
Other great films by Scorsese: The Aviator, Gangs of New York, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Casino and Shutter Island. ” - sifter132
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino
, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Career high: Pulp Fiction
Other great films by Tarantino: the Kill Bill set, Reservoir Dogs and Inglourious Basterds. ” - sifter132
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty
at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ Career high: Fight Club
Other great films by Fincher: Zodiac, Se7en, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Game and The Social Network. ” - sifter132
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University but, after graduating, drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition. He landed his first professional film job as art director...
“ Career high: Avatar
Other great films by Cameron: The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Aliens, True Lies and Titanic. ” - sifter132
Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), his best known works are the noir science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), crime drama Thelma & Louise (1991), historical drama and Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000)...
“ Career high: Gladiator
Other great films by Scott: Alien, Kingdom of Heaven, American Gangster, Black Hawk Down, Blade Runner and Body of Lies. ” - sifter132
“ Career high: Forrest Gump
Other great films by Zemeckis: Cast Away and the Back to the Future trilogy. ” - sifter132
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood finished high school at the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked odd jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ Career high: Gran Torino
Other great films by Eastwood: Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River and Unforgiven. ” - sifter132
“ and his brother Ethan of course...
Career high: No Country for Old Men
Other great films by the Coens: Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Burn After Reading and A Serious Man. ” - sifter132
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ Career high: The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Other great films by Jackson: King Kong. ” - sifter132
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ Career high: A Beautiful Mind
Other great films by Howard: Apollo 13, Cinderella Man, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons and Frost/Nixon. ” - sifter132
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price
“ Career high: Big Fish
Other great films by Burton: Batman and Batman Returns, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow. ” - sifter132
A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch
. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile
, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief
starring James Caan
as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
“ Career high: Heat
Other great films by Mann: The Insider, Collateral and Public Enemies. ” - sifter132
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success. William Oliver Stone was born in New York City...
“ Career high: Platoon
Other great films by Stone: JFK. ” - sifter132
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-years-old...
“ Career high: American Beauty
Other great films by Mendes: Jarhead and Road to Perdition. ” - sifter132
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years before World War II began...
“ Career high: The Pianist
Other great films by Polanski: Chinatown, The Ghost Writer and Rosemary's Baby. ” - sifter132
“ Career high: Slumdog Millionaire
Other great films by Boyle: Trainspotting. ” - sifter132
M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan is an Indian-American film director, screenwriter, producer and occasional actor known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots. His major films include the supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense (1999), the superhero drama thriller Unbreakable (2000), the science fiction thriller Signs (2002)...
“ Career high: The Sixth Sense
Other great films by Shyamalan: Signs and Unbreakable. ” - sifter132
“ Career high: Transformers
Other great films by Bay: The Rock, The Island, Armageddon and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. ” - sifter132
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
“ Career high: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Other great films by Lucas: the Star Wars prequels. ” - sifter132
“ Career high: The Usual Suspects
Other great films by Singer: X-Men and X2, Superman Returns and Valkyrie. ” - sifter132
Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott
. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British military...
“ Career high: Man on Fire
Other great films by Scott: Deja Vu and Enemy of the State. ” - sifter132
Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh
. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge...
“ Career high: Ocean's Eleven
Other great films by Soderbergh: Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Thirteen and Traffic. ” - sifter132
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ Career high: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Other great films by Lee: Brokeback Mountain. ” - sifter132