Top 10 directors

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1.
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ All he has done up to now is pure gold! With movies like The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, he shows a form of directing that only he has managed. In every film he has presented a wonderful and exciting character development that takes place in small areas, even in Noah. It is his characteristic and originality that has earned him first place on my list.
Personal favorite: The Fountain ” - pete_aasbo
 
2.
Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
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...
“ Quentin is a god. As with Aronofsky, he has an extraordinary form of directing, where each film screams Tarantino. You never know what genre Tarantino delivers, but it is always first class. With both war film (Inglorious Basterds), (spaghetti) western (Kill Bill, Django), crime (Resovoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) and black comedy, all in his retro style, he has shown that he is a director who delivers every time.
Personal favorite: Pulp Fiction (kind of given, so I could also say Django Unchained). ” - pete_aasbo
 
3.
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli...
“ Nobody makes animated movies like Miyazaki. With only childfriendly movies, he also knows how to entertain adults at the same time. His movies are warm and full of life lessons,
Personal favorite: Mononoke Hime ” - pete_aasbo
 
4.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ What can I say? Paul is a master of directing. He has shown every time that he can make a movie serious and harsh, but still make some fun out of it. Without There Will Be Blood. There Will Be Blood is stone cold. And that's movie that made Paul Thomas Anderson on the 4th place.
Personal favorite: There Will Be Blood ” - pete_aasbo
 
5.
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
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...
“ David Fincher is a master of thrillers. Every movie he got shares his gloomy style and originality. Even in movies like Social Network and Benjamin Button, I got the same feel as in Se7en and Fight Club. With his newest serie, House of Cards, he truly is one of the masters of directing.
Personal favorite: Se7en ” - pete_aasbo
 
6.
Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear story-telling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of film-making, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
“ Unrealistic plots have never been more realistic than in Nolan's movies. With Prestige, Inception and the Batman trilogy he has revolutionized the fantasy genre, in terms of mystery and thriller.
Personal favorite: The Dark Knight (or maybe Prestige? Hard one) ” - pete_aasbo
 
7.
Guy Ritchie
Director, Snatch
Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school and in 1995...
“ With Lock Stock, Snatch and Rocknrolla he has shown a form of directing I've never seen anywhere else. He tends to jump back and forth in his plot, often from different perspectives, which appears as mindfuc until the film concludes with awesomeness. He also managed to give Sherlock Holmes a new, interesting perspective.
Personal favorite: Lock, Stock and two smoking barrals ” - pete_aasbo
 
8.
“ Oldboy. Do I have to say more than that? I've always liked Korean directors break from the typical hollywood, and Park is a perfect example. With his Vengance-triology (and with Oldboy by his throne) he has mezmerized me with his violent yet beautiful style of directing.
Personal favorite: ...hmm. Oldboy? ” - pete_aasbo
 
9.
Martin Scorsese
After serious deliberations about entering the priesthood - he entered a seminary in 1956 - Martin Scorsese opted to channel his passions into film. He graduated from NYU as a film major in 1964. Catching the eye of producer Roger Corman with his 1960s student films (including co-editing Woodstock)...
“ Scorsese is a classic. But I haven't seen his classics, I'm afraid. Though, that DiCaprio is my favorite actor, is due to Scorsese's amazing movies from the 21st century. With Gangs of New York, Shutter Island, The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street, Scorsese has proven himself a master of films. It pleases me that I have a number of wonderful movies before me.
Personal favorite: Shutter Island ” - pete_aasbo
 
10.
Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising....
“ Terry Gilliam is something of his own. As a founding member of Monty Python, he is a legend in comedy. But since that, he has also shown his skills in directing (like Fear and Loathing, Doctor Parnassus and 12 Monkeys).
Personal favorite: Monty Python and the Holy Grail ” - pete_aasbo