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Poll: One-Hit Wonder Movie Directors

When we think of some directors, instantly one masterpiece comes to mind... and not much else. This isn't to say that their other films are bad per se (though some are...) but rather that they just haven't come close to the iconic stature and 'masterpiece status' of the films listed below. Ultimately, these films stand out easily as the best from their respective directors' track record.

(Please note: These films don't have to be the first film of a director's career. Furthermore, if an actor-turned-director created only one film BUT it became a critical hit, this will qualify. Films must also have a minimum 7.4 rating.)

Which of these films from a one-hit wonder movie director was your favorite?

After voting, you may discuss these rare gems here.

Make Your Choice

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    District 9 (2009)

    Director: Neill Blomkamp.
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    The Deer Hunter (1978)

    Director: Michael Cimino.
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    Donnie Darko (2001)

    Director: Richard Kelly.
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    American History X (1998)

    Director: Tony Kaye.
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    The Night of the Hunter (1955)

    Director: Charles Laughton.
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    Cool Hand Luke (1967)

    Director: Stuart Rosenberg.
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    The Boondock Saints (1999)

    Director: Troy Duffy.
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    The Sixth Sense (1999)

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    V for Vendetta (2005)

    Director: James McTeigue.
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    La Haine (1995)

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    Le Trou (1960)

    Director: Jacques Becker.
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    Buffalo '66 (1998)

    Director: Vincent Gallo.
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    The Machinist (2004)

    Director: Brad Anderson.
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    The Lives of Others (2006)

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    American Psycho (2000)

    Director: Mary Harron.
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    Boyz n the Hood (1991)

    Director: John Singleton.
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    Dances with Wolves (1990)

    Director: Kevin Costner.
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    Boys Don't Cry (1999)

    Director: Kimberly Peirce.
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    Remember the Titans (2000)

    Director: Boaz Yakin.
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    Zombieland (2009)

    Director: Ruben Fleischer.
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    Sling Blade (1996)

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    Easy Rider (1969)

    Director: Dennis Hopper.
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    The Wicker Man (1973)

    Director: Robin Hardy.
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

    Director: Michel Gondry.
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    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    Director: Irvin Kershner.
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    The Matrix (1999)


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