Once Great Directors That Have One More Great Movie Left in Them

This is a list of great directors who I think should come back and make one more great movie and hopefully another classic.

Whether they were once great but now suck or haven't directed in a while, these are the men i think should either come back and make another great last film; or just come back and start making more great movies. Because they all deserve a chance at redemption and to go off with a bang.

Other Directors that almost made the list:
Andy & Lana Wachowski
Peter and Bobby Farrelly
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1.
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ He is still probably the greatest director of all time; even if he has recently done some films that were just okay, and also others that were just not very good at all. His last good film was Dracula (1992), so i think its about time he came back and started doing a film that he thinks will be great and that he will put his all into; and hopefully his career will go off with a deserved bang. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
2.
John Carpenter
Writer, Halloween
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles...
“ The true master of horror. He has been MIA for the past few years, and even when he pops up he does stuff that is only okay and not what we come to expect from such a great talent of the genre.

But if he's offered a great project that he loves, and will give his all into like he always did for his low budget classics like Halloween, we would have ourselves a welcome return for the Master of Horror. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
3.
“ Out of all the people on this list, McTiernan is the one i want to come back the most. Not just come back, but come back with a vengeance (see what i did there?).

Well first he has to get out of prison, where he's been the last decade and a half. He won't come back to films immediately and very well might not at all. If he does, however, I wish him the best to redeem all these years of absence and not so good films. (ahem Rollerball...) ” - CrawfordFilm
 
4.
Michael Bay
Producer, Transformers
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and The Divinyls...
“ He is probably the least likely on this list to make a good comeback. People's hatred for him is so strong i think even the most decent films he will ever do in the future will be panned and crucified.

But people aside, my POV is if he can get a really good writer that has a great story and screenplay for him to direct I think we could get a solid film. I really believe it, and I think it can happen. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
5.
M. Night Shyamalan
Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots. He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil obstetrician and gynecologist...
“ Like Michael Bay, Shyamalan's hatred is so monumental that even a good film by him is gonna get torn apart just because of his past films. Even tho he has done some really bad films, I think there is still a great director left in him.

He needs to not do any more blockbusters with special effects and go back to the smaller films that he did so well. I would love it if we could get just one more great movie out of him. He can do it, he just has to do a small film, have a cast he knows he can work well with or has collaborated with in the past and have real passion for it! You could feel the passion in his first films, and I think he can bring it back. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
6.
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, 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)...
“ He really hasn't done the best films recently. They aren't all bad but they aren't all up to par with what he used to do. In my opinion he can still bring in those great classic films he used to do, and here are the ways he can do it.

His films always have great settings, the style he uses all the time is cool and at times great. Recently he doesn't mesh his style with substance all that well. A lot of times his crazy style (thats been done over and over) takes up the entire film. Like Shyamalan, he needs to go back to smaller budget films, change up the tone, have a new/unique look and style to the film, and if at all possible get someone other than Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter to star in the film. Cause IMO they are in way to many of his films. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
7.
Rob Reiner
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner. Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also starred in...
“ Fantastic Director. I think he is one of the greatest of all time. Princess Bride and A Few Good Men are some of my all time favorite films. He hasn't done a really good film i think since The American President (1995). Since then he's done pretty much nothing worth remembering. Which is sad, cause i love his movies and i hope he gets to do another great movie, i know he can do it, i just hope he does it. My guessing is it would be his last film, so i hope it ends his incredible career with a bang. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
8.
Oliver Stone
Director, Platoon
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...
“ A director that has done nothing really good in over 20 years. You heard right, 20 years, Natural Born Killers (1994). Yet he is still known as a controversial but talented filmmaker. Which he still is, but he really needs another good film, he can do it. 20 years is way too long to have done nothing that memorable. Hollywood, please get this guy a something good to do! ” - CrawfordFilm
 
9.
George Lucas
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...
“ I liked Revenge of The Sith fine, but not many people did. He sold Star Wars and LucasFilm to Disney and said publicly he wants to go back to smaller films, and I think that would be a great way to get back into film. I think it's very possible we will get another great film like American Graffiti. Maybe even something like the original star wars. A small budget film with big ideas, that would be great and i think he could bring it. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
10.
Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to television...
“ He is one of the best comedic geniuses. If he could Direct another film before he dies, honestly good or bad i would love it. Cause i just love Mel Brooks. Probably wont happen, but i hope it does. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
11.
“ One of the best Writers/Directors of all time. 3 time oscar winner James L. Brooks. From Simpsons to As Good as It Gets and all sorts of great work he definitely is one of the best we have. His last film How Do You Know was a huge flop and not what we expect from him at all. Before he officially stops doing The Simpsons and retires he should totally do another film. Write and Direct of course. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
12.
Harold Ramis
Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" with other Second City graduates including John Belushi...
“ Groundhog Day has what many consider to be one of the best screenplays ever written, and he wrote it. Not only that, he did Caddyshack, which is one of the best comedies of all time. I say bring the crew of Ramis and Murray back and make another great movie. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
13.
Paul Verhoeven
Director, Total Recall
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris, about a medieval knight...
“ He really needs to make another film. I know it will be cool or awesome in some type of way cause he just always delivers. Another bloody, campy, and overall awesome film would be fantastic. Or another great messed up thriller like Basic Instinct i would love. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
14.
David Lynch
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ David Lynch is one of the strangest but most effective filmmakers. Every single one of his films has a huge fan base and Cult Following of some kind. It's just that he hasn't had a big masterpiece since Mulholland Dr. (2001) since then he's done a lot of small shorts but nothing that has met the heights of some of his other stuff. I think he should totally make another film again, make it weird, twisted, confusing and all around brilliant like a great portion of his filmography is. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
15.
Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College...
“ All his films have visual brilliance. With a few exceptions they all just focus on pretty shots and no substance whatsoever. I know Malick probably has a system of doing movies, and he would probably not take any of these tips i have for him in for consideration, but I'm going to say them anyway.

He needs a writer. He writes all his films, and they are all (again with a few exceptions) recycled, not used in the ways they should be, and instead he just directs scenes and uses his scripts for location and narration (which always consists of whispering). If he has someone write something for him and not try to tweak it in any way I think that would be really good for him and all of us for that matter. Another tip.

Just have one editor to work with, and don't spend months and months and sometimes years editing. He always has 3 or more editors for all his films (Tree of Life had 5 editors) and always takes forever to put the film together. It's too much. Have a consistency, don't cut out any important scenes, lines or characters (I'm looking at you Thin Red Line). If he were to take these tips in for consideration I guarantee that the film he makes will be more than just a Planet Earth style film. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
16.
Wes Craven
Director, Scream
Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision. Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on the Left, which he wrote...
“ He is a master or the genre. Without him we wouldn't have Nightmare on Elmstreet, Scream and (if you think about it) we wouldn't have Johnny Depp as a young and up and coming star. So there's a lot of great things this director has given us. But he has definitely fallen flat the last few years when it comes to not just making movies, but making what he knows how to do best, horror films. There's a great director of that genre still in him, he just needs to get it out. Make another horror film that's great and memorable unlike most of his other films in the last decade or so. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
17.
“ Hear me out. I know loud and clear that he directed Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. It is hard to forget that, but besides those films he is actually a solid director. Films like Lost Boys, A Time to Kill and Phone Booth I really enjoyed (Phone Booth was post Batman & Robin btw, so he really didn't loose all his directing chops after that, at least IMO). Also Phantom of The Opera I don't think is a bad film, had great singing and stellar production design.

Alright Batman and Good films he did aside. The last decade of his filmography is truly cringeworthy (The Number 21, Blood Creek, Trespass and more), but I saw an episode of House of Cards that he directed, and it was far better than those films. Benefitted from a great set up by David Fincher and some great writing, but it was still pretty good.

I know that films like Batman & Robin and The Number 23 will make people want to run for there lives if his name is involved with a film, I however see a decent director that just makes a few misses and gets a little more crap than he deserves. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
18.
Alex Proyas
Director, Dark City
Alex Proyas has moved effortlessly between helming TV commercials and music videos to feature films. Born to Greek parents in Egypt, Proyas relocated to Australia with his family when he was three years old. He began making films at age ten and went on to attend the Australian Film Television and Radio School along with Jane Campion and Jocelyn Moorhouse...
“ I love this director! He makes films that are very unique that you don't see very often and sometimes never. Very cool visual director. His last movie Knowing was only okay. Had some very well done scenes and some suspense but had some terrible lines and one of the worst ending in movie history IMO.

I don't want him to make one more good movie and be done, I want him to keep making movies, cause even the not so good ones have good things about them. He just needs to get back on the horse and make some more unique, cool and visually impressive films. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
19.
Ivan Reitman
Producer, Ghostbusters
Ivan Reitman, as a producer and director, has created many of American cinema's most successful and best loved feature film comedies and has worked with Hollywood's acting elite. Reitman has produced such hits as the ground-breaking sensation National Lampoon's Animal House, which introduced John Belushi to American filmgoers...
“ He has made some classic films. There is no doubt about it, he is truly a classic director. However, I think that the classic director isn't really there anymore. Cause his last good film was Dave (1993). 20 years people. 20 years! He has done some truly bad films since Dave. Maybe because he's just a different director from when he last did Dave, or he constantly picks bad projects that he has no real connection with. I don't know. I really think he collaborate with his past writers Harold Ramis and Gary Ross. Really work with those two men and make another great film that they have great passion for. It can happen. I really hope it does. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
20.
Martin Campbell
Director, Casino Royale
Martin Campbell knows how to entertain an audience when he steps behind the camera. When he directed The Mask of Zorro, the movie earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and launched the international careers of Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Next, when he helmed Vertical Limit, the film was well received by the critics and earned over $200 million in worldwide box-office sales...
“ Directed two of my favorite movies of all time, The Mask of Zorro and Casino Royale. Two superb action films. It's true Green Lantern was not that good, but I don't think it was all his fault. The script was just so bad, and I thought some of the visuals were impressive enough thanks to him. All I would say to him is do what you do best, action movies, and make it count. ” - CrawfordFilm
 
21.
Andrew Niccol
New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds." He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his The Truman Show script, but Rudin was not willing to gamble on a rookie director...
“ Always makes very interesting concepts and settings, but doesn't always pull them off well. In time had a very cool setting but not a great story, overall generic movie. The Host was a total disaster, which is why he makes this list. I don't want such a talented and creative man like him to go down the crapper. I don't have any real good advice for him other than there's no where to go but up after The Host. So make sure you go all the way up this time! ” - CrawfordFilm
 
22.
“ No one pays him any attention. After doing a masterpiece like Silence of The Lambs or a great acting piece like Philadelphia I am shocked. He's done lots of TV which is cool, but he does movies especially well, and I think he should go back to making them more often. ” - CrawfordFilm