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Poll: Best Director Portrayal in a Film

A film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision.

Who do you think best captured the mannerisms of the director in a film?

Discuss the poll here

Make Your Choice

  1. Vote!

    Marcello Mastroianni in 8½ (1963)

    Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni)
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    Johnny Depp in Ed Wood (1994)

    Ed Wood (Johnny Depp)
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    Lana Turner, Dick Powell, and Barry Sullivan in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

    Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan)
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    Cinema Paradiso (1988)

    Salvatore Di Vita (Jacques Perrin)
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    State and Main (2000)

    Walt Price (William H. Macy)
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    Veronica Lake and Joel McCrea in Sullivan's Travels (1941)

    John L Sullivan (Joel McCrea)
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    Justin Theroux in Mulholland Drive (2001)

    Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux)
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    Clint Eastwood in White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

    John Wilson (Clint Eastwood)
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    Willem Dafoe in Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

    Carson Clay (Willem Dafoe)
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    Chris Rock in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

    Chaka Luther King (Chris Rock)
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    Robert Downey Jr. and Steve Coogan in Tropic Thunder (2008)

    Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan)
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    Rob Reiner stars as Documentarian Marty DiBergi

    Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner)
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    Adam Alexi-Malle and Steve Martin

    Bowfinger (Steve Martin)
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    Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds in Boogie Nights (1997)

    Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds)
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    Mel Brooks in Silent Movie (1976)

    Mel Funn (Mel Brooks)
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    Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock (2012)

    Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins)
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    Ian McKellen and Rosalind Ayres in Gods and Monsters (1998)

    James Whale (Ian Mckellen)
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    "Sunset Boulevard" Cecil B.DeMille and Gloria Swanson behind the scenes 1950 Paramount

    Cecil B. DeMille (Cecil B. DeMille)
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    Fritz Lang in Contempt (1963)

    Fritz Lang (Fritz Lang)
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    Robert Downey Jr. in Chaplin (1992)

    Charles Chaplin (Robert Downey Jr.)
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    John Malkovich stars as F.W. Murnau

    F. W. Murnau (John Malkovich)
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    Matthew McNulty in Little Ashes (2008)

    Luis Buñuel (Matthew McNulty)
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    Christian McKay in Me and Orson Welles (2008)

    Orson Welles (Christian McKay)
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    Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn (2011)

    Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh)
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    Mario Van Peebles and Melvin Van Peebles in Baadasssss! (2003)

    Melvin Van Peebles (Mario Van Peebles)
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    Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator (2004)

    Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio)
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    Takayuki Hamatsu in One Cut of the Dead (2017)

    Director Higurashi (Takayuki Hamatsu)
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    James Franco in The Disaster Artist (2017)

    Tommy Wiseau (James Franco)
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    Jack Black in King Kong (2005)

    Carl Denham (Jack Black)
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    Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray in King Kong (1933)

    Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong)
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    Ralph Fiennes and Alden Ehrenreich in Hail, Caesar! (2016)

    Laurence Laurentz (Ralph Fiennes)
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    Burt Reynolds and Robert Klein in Hooper (1978)

    Roger Deal (Robert Klein)

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