One Hit Wonder Directors

I am using the term (one hit wonder) somewhat liberally, in that I may include directors who have made no more than two widely available feature films. Equally, a director who has made two or less feature films and multiple shorts can be found here: shorts almost never will be considered in this list unless they're longer and somewhat acclaimed. Directors who have done up to four feature films with only one being widely available, or directors who have done up to three, with one standing out significantly above the rest, will also be included.

Each film scoring a 4 or 5 in a given category receives a star for that category.

✦ The green category ✦ rates the integrity of a film's screenplay, plot development and believability.

explained: I deem this category the most important, as without a solid sensible plot, all you have is a hodgepodge of badly connected scenes, regardless of their individual worth where the lines between surrealism and simply badly planned directing can be blurred. For feature films, this is integral.

✦ The yellow category ✦ rates the quality of a film's directorial and cinematographic flair, style, power, and innovation in scene construction, which may also include dialogue and music.

explained: A film may not have a sensible plot, but its individual scenes may be outstanding examples of artistry.

✦ The orange category ✦ rates the talent and assets in a film, including acting talent, hair/makeup, special effects, anything that can often be boiled down to the film's budget, but ultimately, how that budget is made use of.

explained: Unfortunately, at the end of the day, the greater a film's budget, the less likely it is to be a flop. Producers can always churn out a well funded formula based film, largely lacking in substance that will always please viewers adequately and make tonnes of money.

✦ The red category ✦ is to rate how much I personally simply enjoyed the film.

explained: It is intended as somewhat of a recap of the other three categories, but also goes to show, that try as we might, we can never be completely objective. More importantly though, sometimes the viewer simply likes or dislikes a film, and the reasons are not always easy to identify, or simply too complex to list. it could be a point of interest when the rating of this category diverges from the median of the other three.
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“  Mean Creek (2004) 4 + 4 + 5 + 5 = 18

could break the label ” - schweinehunder
 
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Gerald Kargl
Director, Angst
“  Angst/Schizophrenia (1983) 3 + 5 + 4 + 5 = 17 ” - schweinehunder
 
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Mitch Davis
Since its inception in 1996, Mitch has been involved in what has been called by director Quentin Tarantino, "the most important and prestigious genre film festival on this planet". Mitch is the director of international selection for and the co-director of the world renowned Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada...
“  Divided Into Zero (1999) 3 + 5 + 4 + 5 = 17 ” - schweinehunder
 
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Thomas Clay
Sound Department, Soi Cowboy
“  The Great Ecstasy Of Robert Carmichael (2005) 3 + 4 + 3 + 4 = 14
Soi Cowboy (2008) 4 + 4 + 3 + 3 = 14

could break the label* ” - schweinehunder
 
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“  Breaking Point (1975) 3 + 3 + 2 + 4 = 12
Thriller - En Grym Film (1973) 1 + 3 + 2 + 3 = 9 ” - schweinehunder
 
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“  The Mutilation Man (1998) 2 + 4 + 3 + 3 = 12 ” - schweinehunder
 
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“ Les Filles Ne Savent Pas Nager (2000) 2 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 11 ” - schweinehunder
 
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“ Supervoksen (2006) 2 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 11 ” - schweinehunder
 
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“  The Art For Teachers Of Children (1995) 4 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 10
"Very slow tepidly paced, though quite conscientiously crafted low budget beginner film. Passable but largely uncompelling." ” - schweinehunder
 
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Tommy Wiseau
Actor, The Room
Tommy Wiseau trained to be an actor at: American Conservatory Theater, Vince Chase Workshop, Jean Shelton Acting Lab, Laney College and Stella Adler Academy of Acting. In 2001 he wrote, produced, directed and starred in "The Room," a feature film that received the 2003 Audience Award at the New York International Film Festival...
“  The Room (2003) 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10
Horrible as a film, though the performance of Wiseau himself makes the film a highly entertaining unmistakably unintentional spoof of itself. ” - schweinehunder
 
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“ Sonny Boy (1989) 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 8
"The only thing good about this film to me was the theme song written by David Carradine." ” - schweinehunder
 
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Stu Dodge
Transportation Department, Remember the Titans
“ Cheerleader Autopsy (2003) 1 + 2 + 2 + 3 = 8
"A horrible film in every way, but not without low brow entertainment value." ” - schweinehunder
 
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Samantha Morton
Actress, John Carter
Samantha Morton has established herself as one of the finest actors of her generation, winning Oscar nominations for her turns in Woody Allen's Sweet and Low Down" (1999) and Jim Sheridan's "In America" (2002). She has the talent to become one of the major performers in the cinema of this young century...
 
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Johan Renck
Johan Renck is one of the most respected and sought after directors of commercials and music videos today, so much so that the French magazine CB News dubbed him "the number one director of commercials and music videos in the world ". His directing career started in 1992 when he joined the production company Mekano Film and Television in Stockholm...
“ could break the label ” - schweinehunder
 
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Al Pacino
Al Pacino received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Serpico (1973); he was also nominated for The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and ...And Justice for All (1979) and won the award in 1993 for his performance as a blind Lieutenant Colonel in Scent of a Woman (1992). For his performances in The Godfather...
 
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Mimmo Cattarinich
Camera and Electrical Department, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
 
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Peter Cohn
Director, Drunks
Peter Cohn is a director, producer and screenwriter. His debut film was "Drunks," which premiered at Sundance in 1996, and went on to broadcast on Showtime and to a theatrical release in the US and abroad. "Drunks" depicts a group of New Yorkers at a Times Square AA meeting and stars Richard Lewis, Faye Dunaway...
 
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Michael McDonald
Actor, MADtv
Michael McDonald was born and raised in Fullerton, Orange County, California. He graduated from USC with a degree in Business and became a loan officer at a bank in Los Angeles. A friend took him to see a sketch comedy/improv show at L.A.'s famous Groundling Theater, and everything changed for him. McDonald quit his job as a banker...
 
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Sophie Marceau
Sophie Marceau was born Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu in Paris, France, to Simone (Morisset), a shop assistant, and Benoît Maupu, a truck driver. She grew up far from the studio spotlights. When she was 14 she was living in the Paris suburb of Gentilly with her father. She learned from friends that director Claude Pinoteau was looking for new faces for a movie about teenagers called The Party...
“ could break the label ” - schweinehunder
 
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“ could break the label ” - schweinehunder
 
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Jimi Jones
Camera and Electrical Department, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
“ could break the label ” - schweinehunder
 
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Steven Seagal
Steven Seagal is a striking and somewhat boyishly handsome (often with ponytail) action star who burst onto the martial arts film scene in 1988 in the fast-paced Warner Bros. film Above the Law. Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Patricia Anne (Fisher), a medical technician...
 
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Stephen Belber
Writer, Tape
Stephen Belber's plays have been produced on Broadway and in over 25 countries. They include Match, Tape, Don't Go Gentle, Dusk Rings a Bell, McReele, Finally, Geometry of Fire, Fault Lines, Carol Mulroney, A Small, Melodramatic Story, One Million Butterflies, The Power of Duff and The Muscles In Our Toes...
“ could break the label ” - schweinehunder
 
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Skip Woods
Skip Woods is an American screenwriter and producer. He is best known for writing the screenplay for "Swordfish", the film adaptation of the Hitman video game series, and the 5th installment of the Die Hard franchise, "A Good Day to Die Hard". He lives in Austin, Texas. Woods is also a partner in Wetwork Tactical...
 
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“ could break the label ” - schweinehunder
 
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Eric Nicholas
Director, Alone with Her
Eric Nicholas is a writer-director known for the movies Alone with Her (2006) and River Rats (1995), and for the TV program The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen (2010). He is also the author of "Picture Yourself Directing a Movie: Step-By-Step Instruction for Creating Short Films and More" which was published in 2008.
 
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“ could break the label ” - schweinehunder
 
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Sande Zeig
Director, The Girl
 
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“ could break the label ” - schweinehunder
 
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Guerdon Trueblood
Writer, Jaws 3-D
Guerdon Trueblood is the grandson of General Billy Mitchell, who's the founding father of the U.S. Air Force. Trueblood attended George Wastington University in Virginia. He achieved his greatest success as a solid and dependable television writer. Trueblood has written scripts for such TV shows as...
 
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Jake Cashill
Director, Oral Fixation
Jake is the writer/director of arguably the greatest film ever made on a Thursday, Nundercover. He also wrote and directed the Edsel of sexy thrillers, Oral Fixation, which remains, however, very popular with young men in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia. Jake is the Grand Prize Winner of American Zoetrope's inaugural Screenplay Contest...
 
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Joseph Ellison
Joseph Ellison was born in Manhattan in 1948, where he first fell in love with music, especially the diverse sounds of Hank Williams Sr, Thelonious Monk, and The Maguire Sisters. His Texas born father instilled a strong sense of morality in him while moving him around the nation. He recalls his childhood as being largely uneventful and typical...
 
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Tom Garrett
Producer, Powaqqatsi
Tom Garrett is a producer of independent feature films and a founding partner of Circa Films, a sales and distribution company engaged in production and international distribution of independent feature films. Over a 20-year period Tom has been credited as a producer on 14 feature films. He has intimate knowledge of the legal and financial issues involved in feature film production...
 
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“ could break the label ” - schweinehunder
 
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David Hollander
David Hollander was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Mount Lebanon High School and Sewickley Academy before going to Northwestern University. He began his career as a playwright before turning his attention to film and television. He has served on the faculty of the USC Graduate Screenwriting Program.
 
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Marcus Reichert
Director, Union City
Marcus Reichert, born in 1948, is an artist of various disciplines, inlcuding painting and film-making. His works are held in many important collections throughout the world and have been written about extensively. The first neo-noir, Reichert's film Union City was hailed by Lawrence O'Toole, film critic for Maclean's Magazine...
 
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Franck Vestiel
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Femme Fatale
 
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J.M. Logan
Production Manager, The Way Way Back
 
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“ could break the label ” - schweinehunder
 
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Rajnesh Domalpalli
Director, Vanaja
Rajnesh Domalpalli comes from Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh in South India. He was born in Chennai, but spent his childhood in small rural towns associated with dam construction projects where his father worked as a civil engineer for the Andhra government. After completing his B. Tech in EE from the IIT Mumbai in 1984 and an MS from SUNY...
 
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Klaus Kinski
Klaus Kinski was born Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began acting on the stage...
 
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Miranda July
Filmmaker Magazine rated her #1 in their "25 New Faces of Indie Film" in 2004! She is a performance artist and published short story writer. Since becoming a filmmaker, her debut feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) has won several film awards. Daughter of Lindy Hough and Richard Grossinger, writers and publishers who founded North Atlantic Books.
“ could break the label ” - schweinehunder
 
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Yotta Kasai
Yotta Kasai began making movies at age 11, but his formal film education began after high school, He soon made a short film. his next work, uncensored videos during University, was produced by the Darkness Production. It was released in Japan, introducing to some underground audiences. After dropped out of University He began taking film study classes at the film school in Sydney...
 
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Caryn Krooth
Producer, Jaded
 
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and one day be the Governor of California!...
 
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Walter Murch
Sound Department, Apocalypse Now
Walter Murch has been editing sound in Hollywood since starting on Francis Ford Coppola's film The Rain People. He edited sound on American Graffiti and The Godfather: Part II, won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation, won his first Oscar for Apocalypse Now, and won an unprecedented double Oscar for Best Sound and Best Film Editing for his work on The English Patient...
“ return to oz ” - schweinehunder
 
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“ daddy ” - schweinehunder