The Stu View Top 10 Favourite Directors

by TheStuView | created - 17 Apr 2012 | updated - 24 Apr 2012 | Public

The 10 favourite film directors of The Stu View Movie Blog.

1. John Carpenter

Writer | The Fog

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 ...

One of the most influential film-makers of the last 40 years, John Carpenter's movies are highly stylised and atmospheric with memorable soundtracks mostly composed by himself. Top Films - Escape from New York, The Thing, Halloween, The Fog, Big Trouble in Little China.

2. John Landis

Director | The Blues Brothers

John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "...

From the late 70s to the end of the 80s, John Landis had the Midas touch as far as film comedy goes and made many movies that became instantly quotable.Top Films - The Blues Brothers, Animal House, Trading Places, Three Amigos!, Coming to America.

3. Sergio Leone

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...

No director before or since has made movies as uniquely stylish or instantly recognisable as Sergio Leone. Leone trademarks include supreme facial close-ups, clattering soundtracks and artfully framed shots. Top Films - A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good The Bad & The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West.

4. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

Not only one of the greatest movie stars of all-time but also a director of much distinction and intelligence. Top Films - Gran Torino, Unforgiven, The Outlaw Josey Wales, High Plains Drifter, Million Dollar Baby.

5. Gore Verbinski

Director | Rango

Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of ...

Gore Verbinski was the man at the helm of one of the most successful film series of all time and has a knack for making films with a certain panache. Top Films - Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, POTC Dead Mans Chest, POTC At World's End, Rango.

6. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Artificial Intelligence: AI

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...

What more can you say about Mr Spielberg? Arguably the most famous film director of all-time, Spielberg is adept at all movie genres and types, from summer blockbusters to serious Oscar winners. Personally, I prefer the blockbusters - Jaws, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

7. Michael Ritchie

Director | The Island

Michael Ritchie was born on November 28, 1938 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA as Michael Brunswick Ritchie. He was a director and producer, known for The Island (1980), The Golden Child (1986) and Fletch (1985). He was married to Jimmie B. Ritchie. He died on April 16, 2001 in New York City, New York, ...

The name might not be familiar to some but the late Michael Ritchie was the man at the helm of some great comedies of the 70s and 80s. Undoubtedly, his greatest success was the classic Chevy Chase vehicle Fletch. Top Films - Fletch, Fletch Lives, The Couch Trip, The Golden Child.

8. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

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 ...

You can always tell when you are watching a Tim Burton movie. The Californian-born director has a unique colourful visual style with his movies often having lusciously dressed sets. Top Films - Beetlejuice, Batman, Batman Returns, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.

9. Brett Ratner

Director | Red Dragon

Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers. His diverse films resonate with audiences worldwide and, as director, his films have grossed over $2 billion at the global box office. Brett began his career directing music videos before making his feature directorial debut at 26 years...

He might not be popular with X-Men fans but that doesn't bother me. Brett Ratner is an accomplished director of light-hearted 'popcorn' action movies that are always hugely enjoyable. Top Films - Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, Rush Hour 3, Tower Heist.

10. Terence Fisher

Director | Dracula

Terence Fisher was born in Maida Vale, England, in 1904. Raised by his grandmother in a strict Christian Scientist environment, Fisher left school while still in his teens to join the Merchant Marine. By his own account he soon discovered that a life at sea was not for him, so he left the service ...

The director who, more than any other, was responsible for the unique gothic style of Hammer's best horror movies. Fisher was equally adept at creating both creeping atmosphere and thrilling set-pieces. Top Films - Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Devil Rides Out.